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ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Escape From the Holidays Collection

Escape From the Holidays Collection

Escape from the Holidays Collection For the second year in a row, Mischief Corner Books is putting out a winter holiday collection – Escape from the Holidays – ten stories revolving around various December holidays: The end of year holidays can get overwhelming for anyone. Things to do. People to see. Last minute work obligations to take care of. Sometimes it’s just easier to escape from it all, running away from the responsibilities and expectations, or ignore the underlying disappointment from relatives who don’t see eye-to-eye with you. Because escaping the holiday grind can lead to new, unexpected paths, and … Read more

FOR WRITERS/READERS: Asexuality in Speculative Fiction

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FOR WRITERS & READERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: We’re starting to see more diversity in speculative fiction. Even so, there are still a paucity of asexual characters.   Writers: Do you write ace characters? What are some of the considerations in getting them “right”?   Readers – who are your fave ace characters in speculative fiction? Join the chat

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: The Liminality Series Box Set, by M.R. Graham

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QSFer M.R. Graham has a new ace-aro paranormal box set out: The Liminality Series. It begins with the breaking of a gentle monster, with the capture of girl who dwells in dreams, with the hidden strength of a young wizard, with the bitter rage of a wounded vampire. It ends in victory… or a world drowning in Shadows, overrun with Death. The Rules are in flux, the balance shifting. Never in memory has a medium, a being both alive and dead, become a vampire. Never has a creature born to aid the dead been impelled to violence. Never has the … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Bones & Bourbon, by Dorian Graves

Bones and Bourbon

Dorian Graves has a new Ace/Bi urban fantasy book out: Half-huldra Retz Gallows is having an awful day. First, he wakes up in the middle of driving to who-knows-where with an angry unicorn head in his passenger seat. This is almost normal, thanks to a lifetime of sharing a body with Nalem, a bone-controlling spirit with a penchant for wicked schemes and body-stealing joyrides. It’s probably a bad idea to ask what else could go wrong. Jarrod Gallows left home with plans to rescue his little brother from possession. Instead, he got saddled with a dead-end job as a paranormal … Read more

CALL: Circlet Press wants asexual romances for upcoming anthology

Circlet Press has a call out for short romance stories featuring asexual characters. They want “stories from all over the spectra—from science fiction to fantasy, from sex-repulsed to demi-sexual, from romantic to platonic.” Due April 15.

Read the full post on Dale Cameron Lowry’s blog for writers.

FOR WRITERS: Ace Characters and Intimacy

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Rory Ni Coileain: How do you show an intimate relationship with Ace characters that doesn’t involve even fade-to-black closed-door sex? This is a potentially sensitive topic, so please be careful to avoid stereotypes and treat the subject respectfully. Legacy chat. Join the chat

FOR READERS: Aces High

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer K. S. Madden: Hi Scott, after reading a lot of the recent responses, I’d love to see you do a question post sometime about the surge in interest in seeing more asexual characters. I was at Readercon in Boston a few months ago and there was a panel there as well stating the need for more asexual protagonists in mainstream scifi/fantasy. I’m curious what people want to see. Asexual characters in romantic relationships? Or asexual characters just having adventures and being free of relationships? Or is this partly a desire to see … Read more

FOR READERS: Favorite Ace Characters

Asexual Awareness Week

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Angel Martinez: To celebrate Asexual Awareness Week, we thought we’d do a couple discussion topics. First off for readers, what are your favorite ace characters in speculative fiction? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

ANNOUNCEMENT: Golden, by R.L. Mosswood

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QSFer R.L. Mosswood has a new MM Fantasy book out: Harem boy might not be the most appropriate role for someone who’s never really seen the appeal of sex, but Elin’s status as dahabi: golden in a land of tan and brown, has marked him for The Dragon’s service since birth. He’s content enough with his life of uncomplicated, if restrictive, luxury, until an unremarkable chore becomes a case of love at first sight. Mysterious newcomer Hathar, a roguish “merchant adventurer” from far-off lands, ignites an exploration of Elin’s first taste of physical desire, as well as a desire to … Read more