We've reached Friday! This week, I'm reading to you from a historical from a different time period - Elizabethan London. Stage Struck is a gay erotic short by Ellie Thomas - brand new just this week! Come have a listen:
by Ellie Thomas
As a humble scribe living out a humdrum existence in the City of London in Elizabethan times, Stephen finds his escape across the river amongst the crowds of the teeming theatres where he is transported by the spectacle.
But poetry isn’t everything. When a young Welsh actor called Ioan catches his eye, he’s tempted to overcome his shyness and make his acquaintance. Is Stephen out of his depth in this colourful world with its undertones of danger? Or might there be a slim chance that Ioan can return his feelings?
Ellie Thomas lives by the sea. She comes from a teaching background and goes for long seaside walks where she daydreams about history. She is a voracious reader especially about anything historical. She mainly writes historical gay romance.
Ellie also writes historical erotic romance as L. E. Thomas.
First, quick reminders for anyone who still wants to pre-order paperbacks for signing and pickup at GRL in St. Louis this October:
Also, Amazon has chosen Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters for their September Monthly Deals. Normally, the book is $3.99, on sale all of September for $1.99. The publisher will be dropping the price at all other sellers to match. Yay!
It's Friday! This week, I have a new paranormal historical lesbian romance (Yay!!) by A. L. Lester - The Fog of War, #1 in the Bradfield trilogy.
Post WWI, strange happenings, village life - come have a listen!
The Fog of War
Bradfield Trilogy #1
by A. L. Lester
The quiet village of Bradfield should offer Dr Sylvia Marks the refuge she seeks when she returns home from her time in a field hospital in France in 1918. However, she is still haunted by the disappearance of her ambulance-driver lover two years previously ,and settling down as a village doctor is more difficult than she realised it would be after the excitement of front-line medicine. Then curious events at a local farm, mysterious lights and a hallucinating patient’s strange illness make her revisit her assessment of Anna’s death on the battlefield.
Lucille Hall-Bridges is at a loose end now her nursing work is finished. She felt useful as a nurse and now she really doesn’t know what to do with her life. She hopes going to stay with her friend Sylvia for a while will help her find a way forward. And if that involves staying at Bradfield with Sylvia…then that’s fine with her.
Will the arrival of Lucy at Bradfield be the catalyst that allows both women to lay their wartime stresses to rest? Can Sylvia move on from her love affair with Anna and find happiness with Lucy, or is she still too entwined in the unresolved endings of the past?
The first in the Bradfield trilogy, set in the Border Magic universe.
About A. L.:
Writer of queer, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, mostly. Lives in the South West of England with Mr AL, two children, a badly behaved dachshund, a terrifying cat, some hens and the duckettes. Likes gardening but doesn't really have time or energy. Not musical. Doesn't much like telly. Non-binary. Chronically disabled. Has tedious fits.
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To Chicago, specifically.
Next week, I'll be online rather less than usual since I'm flying out to Chicago to help with a move. Maybe I'll remember to take pictures while I'm there - miracles do happen!
Regular blog posts have been scheduled, so no interruption of those. :)
Happy Friday, everyone! I'm pleased to have an excerpt this week from J.S. Fields new fantasy Foxfire in the Snow! Nonbinary main character, vanishing moms, and alchemical fun with fungus! :D Don't forget the giveaway at the bottom of the post, and come have a listen:
Foxfire in the Snow
Barnes & Noble
Born the heir of a master woodcutter in a queendom defined by guilds and matrilineal inheritance, nonbinary Sorin can’t quite seem to find their place. At seventeen, an opportunity to attend an alchemical guild fair and secure an apprenticeship with the queen’s alchemist is just within reach. But on the day of the fair, Sorin’s mother goes missing, along with the Queen and hundreds of guild masters, forcing Sorin into a woodcutting inheritance they never wanted.
With guild legacy at stake, Sorin puts apprentice dreams on hold to embark on a journey with the royal daughter to find their mothers and stop the hemorrhaging of guild masters. Princess Magda, an estranged childhood friend, tests Sorin’s patience—and boundaries. But it’s not just a princess that stands between Sorin and their goals. To save the country of Sorpsi, Sorin must define their place between magic and alchemy or risk losing Sorpsi to rising industrialization and a dark magic that will destroy Sorin’s chance to choose their own future.
About J. S.:
J.S. Fields is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. They enjoy roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans.
Author Website: http://www.jsfieldsbooks.com
Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/galactoglucoman
Happy Friday, everyone! It's that time of year again - time for the annual Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology!
This year's theme was Ink and there were over 380 submissions this year. *whew* I've picked out four from the 130+ stories that were accepted for the anthology. They're really short - 300 words - so come have a listen!
Queer Sci Fi's 8th Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:
1) A colored fluid used for writing
2) The action of signing a deal
3) A black liquid ejected by squid
4) Publicity in the written media
5) A slang word for tattoos
Ink features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
We have dates! Hooray!
Ryld's Shadows: AURA 4 will:
For anyone unfamiliar with the series, AURA is urban fantasy that takes place mainly in New York, available from Pride Publishing and all the usual vendors.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.