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!
Fair warning, this will be a pic heavy newsletter. I hope you like images. LOL
Some of you may remember that I was deep in the heart of home makeover for a few months. I painted, built, refurbished, created, and designed until I had a workspace at home that I enjoy. I also refinished the half-bath with a steampunk vibe. I still have a few odds and ends to complete but over all I really like my private oasis in this crazy house! The cats like it too.
I'm only going to share the Before and After pics of the office, you'll have to wait until next month for the steampunk half bath.
Bonus picture is the running medal holder I ordered and mounted on custom stained wood for my wife. I used the same stain technique that I used on the new butcher block bathroom counter. (I wouldn't/couldn't run if someone tied bacon to a stick and dangled it in front of my face)
On to the cool news...
I recently commissioned some artwork for the romantic couples in my books. The artist is Holly Bunn. She was recommended by a few other authors and I absolutely adore her work. Send her a message on Twitter, Instagram, or just email (firstname.lastname@example.org) her if you're interested. Or drop me a line and tell me if you like them.
#funfact - The outfits worn by Castellan and Olivienne above are from The Lost Temple of Psiere, which will come out November 1st.
Want to see some reviews for Remember Me, Synthetica? Check it out!
The Author Astronaut of the Month for August is C H Clepitt! She has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of the West of England and a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. Clepitt's Master’s Dissertation focused on little known 18th Century playwright Susannah Centlivre, and her novels are extremely dialogue driven. It has often been observed that they would translate well to the screen. Read more about CH below!
Nothing here but keep your fingers crossed for me next year, eh? Also, did you find any of my books award-worthy? If so, drop a line and let me know.
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.
- 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.
- My writing has been woefully lacking the past few months. I promise to get back on track soon. I have goals to meet!
Podcasts & Panels
~Sheena is joined by K Aten to discuss Food And Fated Love
The Lesbian Talk Show - Book clip and talk show links:
~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: C H Clepitt
Publisher: Self published
Reason you started writing: I’ve always written. Ever since I was small I’ve loved telling stories.
Next book to release & when: Eye of the Beholder - Released June 2020
Why we should read it: Because I asked nicely? Seriously, though, I never know what to say to these sort of questions, so I asked one of my beta readers. I did not expect this, or pay her!
“You know that feeling when you unexpectedly stumble across something so perfect, so pure that it seems to answer a question you didn’t even know you were asking? That’s why you should read this novella. C H Clepitt’s queer retelling of this classic fairy tale is exceptional in every detail from the setting in 1930s France to the nature of the “beast”. Give this queer fairy tale a try, I know it will become your new head-canon too.”
Genres that you've written: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Comedy, Cosy Romance, Satire, Contemporary and more!
List of published books: (Listing the 1st in each series, see Clepitt's Amazon page for all)
- A Reason to Stay
- A Blessing in Disguise
- Curtain Call
- I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse
- Lineage: A Beginning
- My Dream Woman
- Or What You Will
- The Book of Abisan
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: Every time someone says they enjoyed my writing, or it helped them I feel proud and honoured.
Click HERE to see all of Claire's books on Amazon.US.
Cats or Dogs: Both, but at the moment I have a cat with 3 ½ legs called Cass. 🐈🙀 K. Aten notes: Perhaps Aileen could have been a better name? But Cass sounds like a lovely kitty! 💕
Coffee/Tea/Water: Coffee in the morning, tea after lunch and water if I’m thirsty.
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Sword. Never goes out of style, never runs out of bullets. K. Aten notes: My thinking exactly! Clepitt's on MY team now. LOL
Hobbies: When I’m not quarantined I play netball and love going to the cinema with friends. Since I’ve been quarantined I’ve been drawing a lot more, and I’ve taken up felting! Educational Moment (because you KNOW I had to look it up): Felting is the process of producing felt, a textile or fabric that by combining and compressing the loose fibers or hair. Now YOU know too.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: I do not fanfic, but if I did I would kill that disastrous Chakotay/7 thing they did at the end of Voyager, and rewrite the entire last series of Lost Girl!
Click Claire's newest release below to see its listing on Amazon.US.
Eye of the Beholder: A Reimagining of Beauty and the Beast (Magic Mirror Book 1) by C H Clepitt
When pressure from his materialistic children turns Claude into a thief, it is down to his youngest daughter to set things right. Angelique agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner to what she is told is a hideous beast.
Angelique soon discovers that the so called beast is nothing more than Rosalie, a princess cursed to remain trapped in a castle, unless the curse can be broken, something she assures her is impossible.
Angelique does not believe in the impossible, and sets about trying to find a way to save her new friend, who she is rapidly growing to love.
Eye of the Beholder is the first in a series of queer fairy tale retellings in C H Clepitt’s Magic Mirror Collection.
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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