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Flight

Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Contest V2

Flight
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 4.99 USD
Pages: 262
Paperback - First Edition: $ 12.99 USD
Pages: 262
Paperback - First Edition: $ 24.99 USD
Pages: 262

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi's Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. "Flight" leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

Discovery

Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Contest V1

Discovery
Part of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Contest series:
Editions:Paperback - First Edtion: $ 9.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1514735473
Pages: 232
Kindle - First Edition: $ 3.99 USD
Pages: 232

The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

Brandywine Investigations: Open for Business

Books 1-3

by Angel Martinez

Book Cover: Brandywine Investigations: Open for Business
Part of the Brandywine Investigations series:
  • Brandywine Investigations: Open for Business
Editions:ePubPaperback

When humans forsake the temples, the gods need to find other employment. Hades opens Brandywine Investigations after his divorce and his subsequent move to the modern world. If he was hoping for boring infidelity cases and lost dogs, he’s sorely mistaken as murder and mayhem find his agency and his extended family at an astonishing rate.

Includes:
Canines, Crosshairs & Corpses: Brandywine Investigations #1
No Enemy But Time: Brandywine Investigations #2
Dragons, Diamonds & Discord: Brandywine Investigations #3

Excerpt:

"Grab that cable, Dio." Orpheus pointed with a drumstick as he packed up the last of the kit.

Dionysus, wild god of Wine and Ecstasy, threw him a mock salute. "Yes, your bossiness."

It probably should have annoyed him, the way Orpheus ordered everyone around after a show. Lesser deity and all that. But, damn, that had been one sweet gig, everyone just completely on and the crowd in tune with every change in pace and mood. His blood still hummed and sang with it. Dio had to stop coiling the cable to adjust his overeager cock in his skintight leathers. Lots of grabby hands in the crowd that night, to his everlasting delight, and he was raring to go, willing to do anything that got them to the after party faster.

He straightened and stretched to pop his spine, taking a moment to look around the club. A few employees lingered to clean up the tables in the back but all the patrons had filtered out.

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Almost all… Dio chuckled when he caught sight of the club's last occupant, a white-haired man in a black leather duster facedown on his table. "Should we wake up Daddy Warbucks back there and see if he wants to come with?"

Hermes snapped the last guitar case closed and turned to squint into the gloom. "We probably…oh, damn. Dio, doesn't he look a little too familiar?"

The excess of blackberry brandy made focusing a bit of a challenge, but Dio took a hard look at the broad shoulders, at short-cropped hair that was silver rather than white. "Fuck."

Orpheus joined them, stepping over their faun drummer who lay snoring on the stage floor. "Oh, him. It's none of our business. Let's get packed up and go."

"Might not be your business, but that's my favorite uncle. And he doesn't do shit like this." Dio hopped down from the stage, Hermes right on his heels, and jogged over to the inebriated figure at the back of the room.

"Uncle Hades?" Hermes shook one powerful shoulder gently while Dio examined the empty glasses.

"Jagermeister. Hell of a lot of it. Think he's out for a bit." Dio scratched his head, baffled. "Last place I'd expect to see Uncle Straight and Narrow. What the hell was he thinking?"
Orpheus lifted a black clad arm far enough to tug out a sheaf of paper. "I'm thinking maybe this is a piece of it."

"Lemme see." Hermes snatched the documents before Orpheus had a chance to open them. His handsome brow furrowed as he unfolded them and began to read, and then his mouth fell open in shock. "Shit. Oh, for the earth's sake…"

With his lips compressed in a taut line, he handed the papers to Dio. It looked like a lot of legal hoohah to him at first, stuff he couldn't even begin to decipher, but then bits and pieces started to jump up and bite him on the nose.

"Divorce?" he squeaked. "Aunt Persephone is divorcing him?"

"No, it can't say that." Orpheus scowled as he snatched the papers back. "You can't read worth shit, Dio." But a few seconds perusal turned his glower into shock. "How can she…I mean, they've been together for how many centuries?" He kept skimming even as he spoke, turning pages faster and faster. "Guys, this is bad."

"How bad?"

"Epically bad." Orpheus dropped the divorce papers on the table, shaking his fingers out as if the words had singed him. "She's kicking him out, too. Keeping the palace and the dog."

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About the Author

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, gave birth to one amazing son, and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.

Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.