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ANNOUNCEMENT: Upstaged Anthology


QSFer AM Leibowitz has a story in a new FF anthology: Upstaged.

Note: The stories are a wide range of genres, but 3 of them are SFF. One is historical ghost story, one is sci fi sensual romance, and one is steampunk.

Presenting the Revial of Jan, Aila Alvina Boyd – Years after blowing her Broadway debut, a former actress is convinced by the playwright to come out of retirement in order to revive the role that pushed her to the brink of insanity.

The Helsinki Incident, Renee Young – After an unexpected, erotic encounter with a mysterious and beautiful stranger, the lead guitarist of a band touring mining outposts across the solar system rediscovers her love of music.

I, Stage Manager, Marolyn Krasner – A short love story about a stage manager, eccentric theater types, a kooky best friend, and leather daddies.

End of an Era, Althea Blue – In the years leading to the death of the silent film, many careers were ended prematurely. But do we really know everything there was to know about the silent stars who faded away?

Knife’s Edge, Geonn Cannon – Amid the insanity of the circus, Arlie and Ru must place absolute trust in each other. Arlie trusts that the blades will hit their intended target, while Ru trusts that Arlie won’t flinch. It would only take the smallest of mistakes to destroy that trust.

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Queer, Allison Fradkin – Theatre is an ensemble of inflection, projection, and rejection. So when 16-year-old Reyna—a performer who’s part prima donna, part dreamgirl next door—desires a duet with Melinda, the ingénue who plays her best friend, she can’t just run and tell that. Or even run and tell Melinda. But with the arrival of a triply threatening romantic rival, it’s five to places and ten to one that Reyna had better act on her feelings before the curtain closes on her chances.

London Lark, JL Merrow – Repairing a salvaged automaton becomes a labour of love for apprentice tinkerer Harriet Hodgkins. But the clockwork coquette is destined for resale, and Miss Pandora’s restoration will signal their separation—unless Hodgkins can engineer a more auspicious ending.

Prima Donna, Kathleen Jowitt – Everybody knows why the great Signora Valli left the Licorne opera company. Everybody, that is, except Monsieur Perret, who’s taken the brave – some would say foolish – decision to cast her opposite rising star Delphine Vincent-Leclerc in Rossini’s Tancredi. But what everybody knows is only half the story.

Oh No She Didn’t!, Debbie McGowan – Once upon a time, in the not so faraway land of small-town amateur dramatics, there lived a widow called Marcy and her beautiful, grown-up daughter, Ginny…

Rise or Shine, Sonni de Soto – What is Cadence Carrington to do? Her public life is colliding fast with her private persona, when her boss at the governor’s office sets his eye on shutting down the club she secretly performs burlesque at as featured dancer and femme fatale, Rebel Rouser. It’s only a matter of time before she’s found out, but the question is will she choose Cady’s steady, straight-laced life or will she choose to be the Rebel she knows she is at heart?

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Author Bio

Aila Alvina Boyd is a Virginia-based writer and educator. Her writing has been published in multiple literary journals and anthologies. Before starting to write fiction, she worked as a print journalist. She holds degrees in theatre, media studies, and writing.

Renee Young wants to live in a world where swashbuckling and spacefaring women loving women are featured in more books than she could possibly ever read. When not writing, you can find her in the greater Boston area reading, writing code, and searching for the perfect veggie pad thai. Renee is a 2018 graduate of the Golden Crown Literary Society Writing Academy.

Renee Young wants to live in a world where swashbuckling and spacefaring women loving women are featured in more books than she could possibly ever read. When not writing, you can find her in the greater Boston area reading, writing code, and searching for the perfect veggie pad thai. Renee is a 2018 graduate of the Golden Crown Literary Society Writing Academy.Connect with her on Twitter at @RYoung_Author

Marolyn Krasner’s debut novel is called The Radicals. Connect with her at or on Twitter @marolynkrasner

Althea Blue lives in Toronto, Canada and reads too many fairy tales. She has published one novel with Supposed Crimes, The Beast at the Door.

Geonn Cannon lives in Oklahoma. He is the author of several novels, including the Riley Parra series which is currently being produced as a webseries for Tello Films, and also writes official tie-in fiction for Fandemonium’s Stargate SG-1 series of novels.

Allison Fradkin is a playwright with thespian tendencies. She makes her stage presence felt in community theatre productions of musicals (State Fair, Big Fish, Spamalot), as well as straight plays (The Miracle Worker, The Women, Children of a Lesser God). In addition to performing, she plays the part of Dramatist for Special Gifts Theatre, adapting musicals for actors of all abilities; and acts as Literary Coordinator for Pride Films & Plays, curating new works by female-identified screenwriters and playwrights. Scriptly speaking, Allison’s plays, which include “Girl, You Know Its True Colors” and “I Love Lezzie,” not only surpass the Bechdel Test but have come out onstage at 10-minute play festivals nationwide. Although she has a soft spot for short plays, Allison is currently developing her first full-length work: a feminist tribute to The Golden Girls entitled Say Cheesecake! The Musical about Girls of a Golden Age. To give her props, please visit

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes award-winning contemporary gay romance and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour.  JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers and UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Kathleen Jowitt is an author and trade union officer. Her first novel, Speak Its Name, was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, which is awarded to the best debut by an author under the age of 35, in 2017. She lives in Cambridge, UK, and enjoys train travel, long walks, and live music.

Debbie McGowan is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction that celebrates life, love and relationships in all their diversity. Since the publication in 2004 of her debut novel, Champagne – based on a stage show co-written and co-produced with her husband – she has published more than forty further novels, novellas and short stories. She is the author of the ongoing series, Hiding Behind The Couch (a literary ‘soap opera’ centring on the lives of nine long-term friends), and Checking Him Out (LGBTQ romance). Debbie has been a finalist in both the Rainbow Awards and the Bisexual Book Awards, and in 2016, she won the Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for her novel, When Skies Have Fallen: a British historical romance spanning twenty-three years, from the end of WWII to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. She is also a socialist publisher and social scientist, and truly believes fiction has the power to change hearts and minds.

Sonni de Soto is a queer storyteller of color, who believes that the romance genre too often doesn’t get the credit it deserves. For a genre that is too often dismissed as fluff or pure entertainment, it allows us to explore sides of ourselves that we can’t anywhere else, what we desire and fear, our values and taboos. It allows us, as storytellers, to showcase the soul. de Soto has had the privilege of publishing romantic erotica novels and stories with The Sexy Librarian, Cleis Press, Sexy Little Pages, and many others and has been nominated for and won several literary awards and has been featured in Rolling Stones. An escape artist at heart, de Soto also enjoys consuming stories of all kinds and cosplaying the fictional loves of her life.

About Supposed Crimes:

Supposed Crimes, LLC publishes fiction and poetry primarily featuring lesbian characters and themes. The focus is on genre fiction–Westerns, Science Fiction, Horror, Action–rather than just romance. That’s how we set ourselves apart from our competitors. Our characters happen to love women and kick ass.


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