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Announcement: Submerging Inferno, by Brandon Witt

QSFer and DSPP Author Brandon Witt has a new Fantasy / Paranormal book out: Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his emotions. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage. The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of … Read more

Writing Aliens

Alien

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Michael Barnette. “Do you write aliens? How do you use them in your books? How alien are they?” There are many variations – possibly an almost infinite number – when it comes to writing aliens. In MM romance, we tend to see human-like aliens, so they can interact romantically with our human protagonists. Although certain non-human accessories (tentacles, anyone?) are not unheard of. But aliens can also take on much different forms, from the title one in the Alien or Predator movies, to much more benign but still different forms. So my questions to you … Read more

Announcement: Adverse Effects, by Alicia Nordwell

Adverse Effects

QSFer Alicia Nordwell has a new sci fi book out: Dade, human-Caeorleian hybrid and ex-military grunt, doesn’t fit in—not with humans, not with aliens, not anywhere. He’s always on the outskirts, angry, and people aren’t sure they can trust him. When he encounters a compatible tziu named Yaseke, secrets, misunderstandings, and attacks nearly prevent the two from making a connection Dade sorely needs. Even after they unite, Dade and Yaseke face challenges that two newly joined males should never have to endure. From traitorous council members, to sadistic aliens who plan to sell them as slaves, to meeting a mysterious … Read more

Me Me Monday!

Me Me Monday

Welcome to ME ME MONDAY at our FB discussion group – your chance to pop in and tell us about your latest success. Have a new book or short story coming out? Let us know. Just sell something? Let us know so we can cheer you on. HOW IT WORKS: I’ll pin this topic to the top of our FB discussion page for the day. –Please post your announcement as a separate post, so I can also share it over to our FB page (as opposed to this discussion group). –If you want, send me your book announcement info at … Read more

Rainbow Con Still Has a Couple Author Spots Left

RainbowCon

Just got this from Kristina Piet, one of the organizers of Rainbow Con: We only have 5-7 author slots left (we’re in the process of updating our lists again, since there have been quite a few more registrations the last couple weeks). Àuthor registration is $125 for the four-day conference and comes with the perks of being listed as an Attending Author, having the opportunity to put items into the welcome bags, and promote themselves by appearing on panels, having an author reading, and being part of the author signing. And if they can’t make it out, there are always … Read more

Announcement: The Tin Man’s Heart. by Cree Storm

The Tin Man's Heart

QSFer Cree Storm has a new MM fantasy book out in the Mystic Series: After a meteor attack a group of men are brought together by the World Council called MYSTIC. MYSTIC is a group of men with multiple powers known as celestials. They are only brought in to deal with Nefariouses, men with powers used for their own evil, twisted purpose. Maxim is a MYSTIC agent. He can change the weather, shoot fire, and even turn into metal. He fears very little, until he meets his mate, Quade Sanders. Quade Sanders is renowned. He has saved hundreds of lives … Read more

Other Languages in Sci Fi / Fantasy

Klingon

Thought we’d go back to a fun topic for me – the use of different languages in speculative fiction. These can go from the relatively mundane – sprinkle a little celtic into your Fantasy novel, throw in a little Italian into your sci fi, or maybe a little Russian with your werewolves from the old country? Or it can be more exotic – think Star Trek’s Klingon, or Tolkien’s dialects in Middle Earth. So writers, how do you handle other languages in your sci fi, fantasy or paranormal? Whether it’s an Earth Language or Alien? Readers, do you like a … Read more

Interview: Zev de Valera, Author of the Ring of Amentotep Series

Talisman

Today we’ve got another exclusive interview for you, with QSFer Zev de Valera, author of the Ring of Amentotep Series. Enjoy! QSF: So you’re writing an MM series – how would you describe it, in a nutshell? A Brazil nut? I love Brazil nuts. OK. I’ll be serious. It began as a short story for a ‘gay superhero’ open call, but was picked up as a stand-alone short. The series idea came when my editor said: stop with the cliff-hangers unless you intend this to be a series. So, I fleshed out the idea of this regular guy who comes … Read more

Money Money Money

Money

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Tam Ames – “Money. Gimme Gimme. How do you deal with that in sci-fi? Did Han Solo have a Visa card? Does everyone used gold pressed latinum? I can barely get my shit together to get the right currency when I’m traveling an hour away, what if I’m going across the galaxy and have never even know this planet exists? Do we just ignore it? Barter? Curious what people have done, if anything.” With the world moving into epay systems, what will money look like in the future? What will it mean if you can’t … Read more

Announcement: Taijiku, by Elizabeth Andre

Taijiku

Elizabeth Andre has a new sci fi book out: Angela’s past is more than a little rocky, and that rocky path has led her to finish up her juvenile detention sentence on the Yemaya, an alien underwater ship devoted to observation and research. Part of its maintenance crew, at the bottom rung of the status ladder, Angela doesn’t see much excitement forthcoming. But that was before encountering the fearsome Taijiku or meeting her crew mate Stella, leaving Angela with a completely different problem and unable to say which is the greater challenge: giant sea monsters or falling in love. Excerpt … Read more