Wow, December. Who would have guessed what the year would bring back in January? Let's do a little flashback.
- Pre-author spotlights
- Pre-editing for Remember Me, Synthetica AND The Lost Temple of Psiere, both of which are now published
- Pre-Covid-19 pandemic shut down (1 & 2)
- I hadn't yet won the Lesfic Bard Award for best drama with Burn It Down
- Nor had I won a Rainbow Award for Sci-Fi Futuristic/ Romance with Waking the Dreamer
- It was before we all missed the GCLS con in Albuquerque *cries*
- And we hadn't yet cancelled ALL our social plans for the year
But look, I published three books, won two awards and made even more online friends, whom I hope to meet at a con in the near future. So it can't be ALL bad, right? Here is hoping for positive leadership, safe families, and a brighter future all the way around starting next year.
You know it's not the pandemic if I don't post a few new quarantine memes. Because laughter is the best medicine.
For those of you who love Holly Bunn's artworks as much as I do, here is her newest book character adaption. Amari and Zen never felt more alive in my head than when I saw this image. What do you think? Look at that Hair! You can sent me a message on Facebook, Twitter, Insta, or just send me an email. I'll always respond. Is there anyone you want to see brought to life? I don't have many books left for her to create graphics for the mc's.
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)
I had a great time doing the All Stars Book Club feature this past month. There was a follow up two-part interview after that's not posted yet but should be up anytime after December 6th. You can see all their interviews, including the one featuring the lovely and talented Anna Burke, by checking out their YouTube channel. Click their logo below.
The December Author Astronaut of the Month is none other than the talented woman of many hats, K'Anne Meinel! Author of more than 115 published works, creator of Shadoe Publishing, enterprising individual who also started the Lesfic Bard Awards and the Gay Scribe Awards. To say she's busy is an understatement. K’Anne is the mistress of sarcasm and double entendre. She has a wicked tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that many find addictive. She has a special way with words! Her descriptions paint visions in your mind, and her words fuel your imagination. Often referred to as the lesbian Danielle Steel, K’Anne has been featured in the Huffington Post for her detailed and gripping storylines. Also in 2018, she was named a USA Today best-selling author! Befriend or ‘like’ K’Anne on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to keep up to date on her career along with her latest books and stories. With K’Anne’s vast library of writings, you are guaranteed to find something you will enjoy. K’Anne also welcomes your email comments, suggestions, and advice…but don’t hold your breath waiting for her to put your advice into practice.
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 - Goldie Awards, Lambda Literary
In case you missed it last month, 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 have been writing in November though sadly I'm not going to win NaNoWriMo. I'm about 86,000 words and seventeen chapters in and going strong. My goal is to complete this manuscript by the end of the year in hope of publication in the first half of 2021.
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.
- !!ATTENTION!! - I'm leaving this in for an entire extra month! >> 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: K'Anne Meinel
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing, LLC
Reason you started writing: My favorite authors weren’t writing fast enough for me so I thought I’d see if I could do it. I wrote my first novel (SHIPS) in two weeks.
Next book to release & when: No idea, this year has made me realize what I have is a gift and I shouldn’t count on it. I used to write a book a month, not a novella, but a novel with at least 100 pages or more which doubles when you publish it. K. Aten notes: K'Anne's most recently release is Malefic Malice, which you can see the link for at the bottom.
Why we should read it: K. Aten notes: Why wouldn't you want to read about a lesbian serial killer? This is the continuation of Alice's story..
Genres that you've written: Romance, Mystery, Adventure, Historical, Murder, Drama, Non-Fiction
List of published books/novellas: Too many to list here! How about characters instead?
- Lesbian serial killer
- Computer Programmer
- And many more!
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: When a fan has contacted me telling me how much a specific story has meant to them because it influenced their life. Whether they are newly coming out, or something in it has happened to them too.
Click HERE to see all of K'Anne's books on Amazon.US.
Cats or Dogs: Both, preferably Maine Coon’s and Standard Parti-Poodles 🐈🐕
Coffee/Tea/Water: Water K. Aten notes: Also my favorite. Let's hear it for some H2O! 🚰
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Machete.
Hobbies: Rockhounding K. Aten notes: Rockhounding definition - the activity of searching for and collecting rocks, fossils, or minerals.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: Nope *Cries*
Facebook: K'Anne Meinel Books & More Books
Malefic Malice by K'Anne Meinel
Lessons on how to piss off a lesbian serial killer:
1) Hit her in the head with the butt of a gun.
2) Treat her with disdain and underestimate her abilities.
3) Involve her family!
Alice awakens to discover she has been taken prisoner. Flashbacks are instantaneous, and when she realizes that Kathy and Emily are there too, she is compelled to return them to safety. Alice doesn’t want her family involved in this part of her life. She isn’t comfortable with them knowing, much less participating, after all her years of hard work to keep them in the dark.
Paybacks can be deadly for those who don’t realize how truly gifted Alice is. Follow along as Alice continues to triumph at what she does so very well…
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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