I'm gonna warn you right now that this newsletter is CHOCK FULL, so fasten your seatbelts and get ready! (*whispers* If you want to skip to the new release announcement with the super secret excerpt link, click the Publishing shortcut in the header bar)
November 1st means another year of the haunted hospital has come and gone only this year the bloody mask was completely necessary. Dun, dun, dun! If you know me at all then you know that my Halloween involves full prep for the "Howell E.R.", my murderous garage/hospital. This is the VIDEO taken a few years ago when I had less props. Below are a few pics of my office on October 30th, the day of our Gay-Straight-Alliance hosted Zoom contest for my entire office building. I unpacked some of my hospital accessories a day early to really pull off my doctor costume. I even bloodied up a new lab coat and Ethel's scrubs and created fake hopital IDs.
But no matter what I do for October 31st, we all know the scariest day is yet to come...November 3rd!
Per my usual during Covid-times, here is your monthly meme collection to force a smile before the stress hits over the next couple days (for those in the "not so" United States)
Hey, friends? Do you remember when I hosted the giveaway for my birthday and ran the poll to see which book Holly Bunn worked on next? After a little delay due to technical difficulties, she totally finished the characters from Remember Me, Synthetica. I think it looks awesome, how do you all feel about it? The picture of Emily, little Anna, and Alex is just below the poll. I've already written up the request for Children of the Stars and sent it off to her.
If you'd like more information on Holly, you can find her in the following places: Twitter, Instagram, or just email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Are you still with me? Good!
Remember Me, Synthetica is one of the two November book reads in the Facebook group, All Stars Book Club.
About their group: We read f/f (lesbian) fiction - primarily Fantasy & Sci-Fi, and books that give voices to marginalized characters. We are a group of enthusiastic readers, and our group is run by readers. Not only am I one of the featured authors, but one of my favorite fellow authors (and former Author Astronaut of the Month), Rae D. Magdon, is the other with her book, Lucky 7!
The read begins November 2nd and the Q&A for both books will take place at the end of the month, dates to be posted later. If you want to participate and see fun bonus author bits and get your burning questions answered, you'll need to JOIN because it's a private group. If you want to participate in the Q&A session, that's a separate group (to protect authors who are shy? IDK) and you'll have to go here: All Stars Book Club Q&A
Our awesome Author Astronaut of the Month for November is fellow Regal Crest author, Hope Milam. Hope is married with one child and two aging shihtzus. She lives in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Hope is an avid reader, a part time gamer, and a die hard Saints fan (Who Dat!). She like romantic walks to the taco truck and the color black. She also says that she'll bring a few lighters when it’s time to burn down the patriarchy.
Children of the Stars - Goldie Awards
Remember Me, Synthetica - Bisexual Book Awards, Otherwise Awards, Goldie Awards, Lambda Literary, & Lesfic Bard Awards
The Lost Temple of Psiere - TBD
TBD Author and editor, Jae, recently posted 12 WLW & Lesbian Phone or Online Romance Novels. It was my luck to have Rules of the Road make the list.
Burn it Down was featured on Autostraddle when they posted an article a few months ago titled: Eight Great Angsty Lesbian Romance Books. I'm proud to say my novel was one of the eight. It was pretty exciting that my dark horse contemporary dramatic romance would get so much traction with the reading community. Click on the article title to check it out.
- I started writing again, then got sidetracked by the last few edit passes of my new release. However, November means NaNoWriMo and I WILL be participating. My goal is to utilize the motivation generated by this event to finish my current WIP, Elemental Attraction. Are you participating? Check out my PROFILE and friend me! Right now I'm at 54,000 words so nano should just about wrap it up. (I hope)
Two people find themselves in a quandary. Aderri—a powerful dragon shifter with some light defensive magic and Ellys—a half-elven swordswoman for hire, one of the best across the six nations.
When Aderri gets news that she must come home for the naming ceremony of a new hatchling, she's forced to hire Ellys to see her safely across a nation on the brink of war and into her home country. Of course things are never simple as they seem. Not only do they have to traverse the land between two hostile kingdoms, but Aderri's Clan expects her to return with a romantic interest. So, for the added promise of triple Ellys' normal fee, the half-elf agrees to pretend to be Aderri's suitor.
Ellys and Aderri have to convince a Clan full of magical mixed-shifters for a week that creatures of differing elements can burn with the flames of love. Caught between the weight of the past and expectations of the future, they must find their true destiny within the heat of fire.
Do you want a sneak peak of this WIP? Click on the dice to read chapter one on my website.
- I know you've been so patient with me because I've delayed the announcement until WAAAAY down the newsletter but...
The Lost Temple of Psiere is available right now. What are you waiting for? As a bonus, I've put an excerpt on my website. But you have to click the picture button below to get to it. Shhh, don't tell! This bonus excerpt hasn't been posted ANYPLACE else. As a matter of fact, there isn't even a link to the super secret excerpt page on the actual website, this is literally your ticket in. Push the button, you know you want to!
Are you ready to buy the book now? Click book cover below to go to the Amazon.us sales page, or you can find it at Bella Books, Regal Crest, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
- Regal Crest Enterprises will be under new ownership as of January 1st, 2020.The publishing company was bought by our Author Liaison's company, Flashpoint Publications. Patty Schramm has some great ideas going forward and I'm excited for this next evolutionary step for the RCE stable of authors. I will miss my publisher, Cathy, more than I can express but now she'll have time to spend with the grandbabies.
- Because of the changes, if you were previously planning on submitting a manuscript to RCE, go ahead and send it to Flashpoint instead. Most of the stuff will not change with the exception of potentially adding services that RCE previously didn't have.
- I've also taken over post scheduling for the Regal Crest Twitter page (Which will convert to Flashpoint January 1st), the Regal Crest Facebook page, AND the Flashpoint Facebook page. How fun. LOL
- Do you need reading material but don't have a big budget right now? Don't forget, all my short stories, as well as my short and long fan fiction can be found FREE on AO3.
Podcasts & Panels
~ Grrl on Fire taste test video with KD WIlliamson
The Lesbian Talk Show - Book clip and talk show links:
~ Sheena is joined by K Aten to discuss Food And Fated Love
~The Sovereign of Psiere Book Clip
~ Burn It Down Book Clip
~ K Aten Talks About the Lesbian Speculative Fiction She Loves
~ Anna And Kelly Talk GCLS 2018
~ The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 26b - Interview with K. Aten
~ The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 26c - Book Appreciation with K. Aten
~ GCLS Fanfic 201: Expanding your Fanfic Reach
~ Curve Virtual Festival Supernatural Storytelling Presented by The Golden Crown Literary Society
~ K Aten’s 3 Top Books Of 2018
Now for my links:
Supercorp First Kisses Collection
Adventures of an Awkward Scientere
My Amazon Author Page
My Goodreads Author Page
Regal Crest Author Page
The Lesbian Review: Reviewer Profile
As always, thank you for your continued support, because a voice is nothing without people to hear. Read, rate, and review. I'm always glad to answer emails and love to see feedback. Drop me a line for all questions, comments, and criticisms. I genuinely want to get better and I'm open to all. Thank you, my friends!
Author at Regal Crest Enterprises
WEBSITE ~ AMAZON ~ GOODREADS
"Some words end the silence, others begin it."
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Name: Hope Milam
Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises which will become Flashpoint Publications after January 1, 2021
Reason you started writing: I am a big reader. I always have been, even as a child. I wanted to create my own characters and worlds people could get lost in from the time I was in 1st grade.
Next book to release & when: That is a good question. K. Aten notes: Hope's most recently release is Welcome Home Bailey, which you can see the link for at the bottom. I have one that I’m shopping around (publisher undecided) and two that I’m currently working on. I have several that keep trying to butt in as well. K. Aten notes: Don't we all?
Why we should read it: It’s quirky and a bit odd. A little unreliable narrator mixed with a little mystery, Southern charm, and a hint of sci-fi.
Genres that you've written: Mystery, general lesbian fiction. Mostly all have a Southern slant to them.
List of published books/novellas:
- Mississippi Blues (self published)
- All that Jazz (self published)
- Breaking the Waves (self published)
- Murders at the Lille Mansion (self published)
- Welcome Home, Bailey (Regal Crest)
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: I can see the growth in my style.
Click HERE to see all of Hope's books on Amazon.US.
Cats or Dogs: Both, although I currently have two dogs. 🐈🐕
Coffee/Tea/Water: Sweet tea, but coffee at Waffle House when I need to brainstorm. I’m a dedicated Coke drinker. K. Aten notes: Sweet tea is a HUGE nope for me!🤢🤮LOL
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: I’d have to go with a sword or at least a very big knife.
Hobbies: PlayStation, reading, planning trips that hopefully one day I’ll be able to take again.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: Yes I do. Supercorp is what I'm reading now. 🢀😍 K. Aten notes: #Supercorp! *swoons* Yet another woman after my own heart!
Facebook: Hope Alexis Milam - Author
Welcome Home Bailey by Hope Milam
Bailey Cooper is a guitarist in a metal/punk band. With the band on an extended break, the 43 year old has nothing but time on her hands and a bad case of writer’s block. A call for wedding help brings her home to Bayview, her hometown.
While Bailey has mastered her inner demons, she’s never come to terms with a lot of things she keeps buried in Bayview. This trip home will force her to face her mother, her parentage, the results of her actions and Beth, her one true love.
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As promised, my #BLM, #AOC, and #BIPOC content in my newsletter and on my website will remain indefinitely for anyone who wants or needs it. It's important so it will not be taken down. If anyone has suggestions for an addition, feel free to send the info my way. Thanks!
BIPOC Author & Resource list
Thanks to KD Williamson for this graphic
#OwnVoices & BIPOC F/F fiction Authors in our community
If you are a black or indigenous author of color, or know an author who is not listed below, please send me a message and I'll include them next month. THIS LIST IS NOT GOING AWAY!
Amazon Author Page Links (99 and counting)
Alice Walker - Romance
Allysyn Jones - Romance, Erotica, Humor
Alyssa Cole - Historical Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
AM McKnight - Romance, Short Stories
Aminah Mae Safi - Romance, Young Adults
Anna Stone - Romance
Anne Shade - Erotica
Anondra Williams - Fantasy, Science Fiction
April Sinclair - Historical Fiction, Young Adults
Arizona X Tape - Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Ava Freeman - Romance
Becky Birtha - Poetry, Short Stories
CB Lee - Science Fiction, Young Adults
Celeste Castro - Romance, Horror, Paranormal
Cheryl A. Head - Crime, Mystery
Chinelo Okparanta - Historical Fiction
Darlene Burns - Horror, Science Fiction
Delores Cremm - Historical Fiction, Drama, Short Stories
Destiny Hawkins - Science Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Teen, Young Adults, Short Stories
Dillon Watson - Romance
Eija Jimenez - Romance
Elizebeth Andre - Romance, Thriller, Paranormal
Fiona Zedde - Action, Erotica, Romance
Gabrielle Goldsby - Romance, Historical
Ileandra Young - Fantasy, Science Fiction
J. Nichole - Romance
J.Y. Yang - Fantasy, Science Fiction
Jacqueline Koyanagi - Science Fiction
Jade Winters - Romance, Short Stories
Jennifer Linsky - Science Fiction, Romance
Jewelle Gomez - Erotica, Play (Theatre), Poetry, Short Stories
Junauda Petrus - Play (Theatre), Romance, Young Adults
K Arsenault Rivera - Fantasy
K. Ancrum - Romance, Young Adults
Kalynn Bayron - Young Adults
Katrina Jackson - Romance
KD Williamson - Action, Romance
Ki Love - Action, Science Fiction
Krystal Smith - Science Fiction, Short Stories, Romance
La Toya Hankins - Romance
Larissa Lai - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
LaShonda Katrice Barnett - Historical Fiction
Laurinda D. Brown - Erotica
Lea Santos - Romance
Leah Johnson - Romance, Young Adults
LM Bennett - Poetry, Short Stories, Lesbian Studies
Lynda Sandoval - Romance, Young Adults
Makeda Silvera - Romance, Short Stories
Malinda Lo - Young Adults
Mason Dixon - Romance
MB Guel - Teen, Young Adults
Mercedes Lewis - Poetry
Mia McKenzie - Drama
Misa Sugiura - Romance, Young Adults
Monique 'B.T' Thomas - Romance, Drama
Nalo Hopkinson - Science Fiction, Short Stories
Nanisi Barrett D'Arnuk - Erotica, Short Stories, Romance
Nghi Vo - Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
Nicky Drayden - Speculative Fiction
Nik Nicholson - Historical Fiction, Poetry
Nikki Harmon - Romance, Science Fiction
Nikki Rashan - Romance
Nisi Shawl - Fantasy, Horror, Short Stories
Octavia Reese - Children, Speculative Fiction
Penny Mickelbury - Mystery
Rachel E. Bailey - Fantasy, Romance
Raven ShadowHawk - Erotica
Rebekah Weatherspoon - Erotica, Romance
Rivers Solomon - Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
RJ Samuel - Romance, Suspense
S. Renée Bess - Mystery, Short Stories
Sara Farizan - Teen, Young Adult
Shamim Sharif - Action, Historical Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adults
Sheree L. Greer - Drama, Short Stories
Sheryn Munir - Romance
Shonia Brown - Drama, Romance
Skyy - Romance
Sonora Ryes - Young Adults
Stephanie Andrea Allen - Science Fiction, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
Tanai Walker - Paranormal, Thriller
Tasha Suri - Fantasy, Young Adults
Tenea D. Johnson - Horror, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
V Castro - Paranormal, Horror, Erotica
V.A. Fearon - Crime
Yolanda Wallace - Romance
Zaina Arafat - Drama
Zen Cho - Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Zoraida Córdova - Fantasy, Romance, Young Adults
#BLM support pages with many resources links
Black Lives Matter Resources
Lecture In Progress
FINIMPACT (UK business resource)
Lists/Sites Supporting Black & POC Authors & Stories
PBS - 10 Black Authors To Read
Black Literary Organizations
Independent Websites Dedicated to Authors of African Descent
Best Black queer books, according to Black LGBTQ leaders
25 Black Queer Books to Honor Protests and Pride Month
10 Young Black LGBTQ Authors Reclaiming Their Space Through Words
Queer Fiction by Queer Writers of Color
Goodreads Fiction about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women of color
23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist
Black Lesbian Literary Collective
Best Black Lesbian Books - Amazon.com
10 Novels & Memoirs By and About Black Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women
Lesfic Authors of Color Directory