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"The world is weird right now. Dangerous and strange."
That's how I started out last month's newsletter and somehow I feel as though it's even more important this month. Despite the insanity happening all around us I do have a pocket of calm for you and some news to impart so keep reading, my friends.

Oh hey, I'm going to start by wishing everyone a happy pride month! I know many parades and celebrations have been cancelled but that doesn't mean we can't support LGBTQIA+ businesses and stand by our community. It's more important now than ever. Especially those businesses run by POC. We know, after years of fighting the system, how hard it is to do alone. We also know that we're stronger together.
One world, one love, one voice. Let's sing together.

On to the writing stuff...
First, in case you haven't seen my copious social media posts, Remember Me, Synthetica is available for pre-order right now on Amazon. It will release on July 1st, so exactly one month from now. I tell you, folks, I think this one is my new favorite, ABOVE Waking the Dreamer. I hope you like it too. Click on the mini-book for the Amazon.US pre-order page.

GCLS is fast approaching and I am definitely participating. As of right now, I'm still signed up for the Fanfic Panel and I intend to enter something into the Author Spotlight and the Open Mic. I will keep everyone posted on my virtual appearance schedule via the main page of my website. On a GCLS side note, I thought it was kind of cool that they ran with the name I suggested to the media and marketing people. When you see "Virtually Everywhere"...that's mine. Woot!

If you didn't get a chance to see the Curve Media Supernatural Storytelling Presented by The Golden Crown Literary Society during their virtual festival, click on the image below to see the video. Sallyanne Monti was our phenomenal moderator and asked great questions.

Author Spotlight
Serena J. Bishop is our June Author Astronaut of the Month. Check out her information at the bottom of the newsletter and give her some love. When Serena's not writing fiction or technical pieces she enjoys being a nerd (is a self-proclaimed expert with Buffy trivia), surprising others with her pop culture knowledge, dining out, or finding a new craft beer or wine she enjoys. She has spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, but now resides in Maryland with her lovely wife and chihuahua.

The Golden Crown Literary Society announced their finalists for this year's awards and I was delighted to see that Burn It Down made the short list for Romantic Blend. Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

And in case you didn't see it last month, the Lesfic Bard Awards announced the winners of their 2019 award contest on April 19th. I'm proud (and surprised) to say that my novel Burn It Down won for best drama. The award itself made of crystal and is in the shape of a book. It's also quite beautiful with its rainbow graphic. (The wife liked it) I also want to congratulate all the other winners and finalists, well done! Click the image below for the Amazon.US Burn It Down page.

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.

Publishing Updates:

  • Remember Me, Synthetica is available for pre-order now. The release date is July 1.
  • The Lost Temple of Psiere is currently in edits. And yes, there is a part in the novel where I tear up with every single read-through. Sorry in advance. But don't worry, there is NO cliffhanger, and yes, there will be a third book in the trilogy.
  • 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.

Writing Updates:

  • Great news!! I've been writing for the past two weeks and I finally have a name for my current WIP that is set in the Myth World. I've settled on the title: Elemental Attraction. Desperate for some inspiration, I had a good chat with my beta reader about my story, brainstorming as to what or how I would go about moving forward. Unfortunately, my beta shredded my manuscript. But with some valuable communication we identified various places where the characters and plots could be fleshed out to make it a more engaging read. I feel good about the tale now and I've recently written my first humorous dragon attack. I'm sitting at 41,000 words, so maybe 1/3 of the way through? I guess we'll see. 
  • I haven't spent any time on Whispers in the Dark, but I've had a few ideas about plot scenes in my head.  Again, I'm not sure how spooky it will be, but it's definitely taken a quirky turn. The MC is a private investigator to pay her bills, but is also a paranormal investigator as a hobby. She can see and talk to ghosts, and accidentally picked up three over the years. Stuck with her permanently are: a gay black man named Steve who died in the 80's, Benjamin Franklin, and Gabrielle Dubon, an old retired French prostitute. They guide her, help her, and drive her crazy. Current word count: 2700

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
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!


K. Aten

Author at Regal Crest Enterprises
"Some words end the silence, others begin it."



Name: Serena J. Bishop
Publisher: EOS Publishing
Reason you started writing: My wife encouraged me by making a bet of whoever wrote a novel that was optioned for a movie first won. It was an excellent way to motivate me, but I still haven’t won. 
Next book to release & when: Leveled, Fall 2020
Why we should read it: The storyline is written from two perspectives, the protagonist’s and her sister’s. I haven’t encountered a romance novel that takes into account how exciting, entertaining, and frustrating it can be to watch someone you love go through the beginning stages of a relationship. Plus, the antagonist’s relationship system provides comic relief and breaks down relationships in a way I also haven’t read before. 

Genres that you've written: All of my novels thus far have a romance element, but the stories vary in sub-genre. Beards bordered on historical-fiction (if you’re under 25) and Dreams used a sci-fi/fantasy backdrop.
List of published books:

Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: A few people told me after reading Beards, they had never read a book about chosen family or the lengths the gay community had gone to (will go to) to be with the people they love. With Dreams, I’m proud that multiple readers have called out the unique storyline in reviews. There are thousands of romance novels out there so to write something that is still viewed as original I take as a huge compliment.
Click HERE to see all of Serena's books on Amazon.US.

Cats or Dogs: Cat-sized dogs 🐕 
Coffee/Tea/Water: Coffee (black, no sugar)
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Two machetes. I would like one for each hand to maximize efficiency. 
K. Aten notes: I approve and will tailor my plan similarly
Hobbies: Cooking, watching bad movies and making fun of them with my friends, cocktail hour on the deck with my wife and dog. K. Aten notes: Serena has a chihuahua, as mentioned above
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: I’ve never written fanfic, but reading Willow-Tara fanfic really helped me come to terms with my sexuality. Aside from that pairing, I like the AU ship of Detective Olivia Benson and Agent Dana Scully, and some of the newer Birds of Prey ships, mainly Huntress and Black Canary. Oh, and WayHaught. Love me some WayHaught. 

Twitter: @SerenaJBishop
Click Serena's most recent release below to see its listing on Amazon.US.

Dreams by Serena J. Bishop
      Aurora’s life is perfectly mundane. She has a job she hates, an ex that ran her out of her hometown, and the highlight of her week is Monday breakfast with her best friend. That changes when Aurora starts dreaming of a woman who can’t remember her own name. A woman who Aurora falls head over heels for. She knows the romance that develops between them isn’t real, but the dreams make life so much better that she hurries to bed every night…until she discovers that her dream woman isn’t imaginary. Her name is Leela and she is in a coma.
      Aurora must risk everything—her job, apartment, friends, and her sanity—to save Leela, a woman she’s only ever met in her mind. But in order to help, Aurora must convince Leela’s neurologist and parents that she and Leela have a bond that transcends the physical plane.
      Can Aurora fight through a progressively nightmarish landscape to wake Leela? And if Leela wakes, will she recognize Aurora as the one who saved her? As the one Leela said she loved? Their dream-relationship might not be real, but if there is any possibility of making her dreams come true, Aurora has to try.
      Dreams is a sweet lesfic romance about a love that defies the laws of physics.



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