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"This wasn't on my 2020 bingo card..."

      How many times have you read those words this year? Global warming, forest fires, pandemic, murder hornets, JUSTIFIED protests around the world, fighting against the racist actions from those at all levels of society, fighting against systemic racism itself.
      It seems like so much is coming at us at once and it's really hard to process. But you know that feeling when you're forced to carry a load and someone adds ONE MORE THING? That's where people of color are right now. They've always been carrying this load, but right now all systems are strained at the seams. And our racism that was hidden behind baggy societal fabric is now in strong relief for all to see. Folks are sick. Folks are tired. And the people of color in the country have a right to be fed up. I'm going to add a list of BIPOC authors and resource links at the bottom of the newsletter. (Click the BAM graphic below if you want to jump to them) Let's lift people where we can, especially people of color in the writing community.

Thanks to KD Williamson for this graphic

Pride month is over <cries> but we will still hold love within our hearts going forward. My Pride Month weekly book giveaway was a success and I'd like to take a moment to congratulate the four winners.

      Finally, I've been super busy for the past month trying to make a better work/writing space in the basement. Like many people, I've been working from home for more than 3 months, with no real end date for return to the office. Which honestly isn't a big deal because a) I save 10+ hours a week without commute or overtime and b) I have everything I need to do my job at home except for a nice workspace. Staring at ripped up, dark green-striped wallpaper day in and day out isn't exactly motivating.
      For the past month I've been removing wallpaper, puttying walls, sanding, painting, putting together new office furniture (that isn't 20+ years old and falling apart), making curtains, reupholstering chairs and a window bed for the cats, and building shelves. I've also cut and custom stained a butcher block counter for the bathroom, painted more walls, and installed hardware. Did I mention I'm also renovating the half bath in the basement as well, giving it a steampunk makeover? Yeah, time consuming! Perhaps I'll include some before and after photos in the August newsletter. Here is hoping I get it all done by then!

In other news, GCLS arrived like a freight train. I hope you've had a chance to check out some of the panels. I had the honor of serving on the GCLS Fanfic 201: Expanding your Fanfic Reach. My awesome, fellow fanfic geek panellists were Rae D. Magdon, Tagan Shepard, and Patrice James. Our FANtastic moderator was Rachel Gold. If you missed our panel, or any panel really, GCLS is recording them all and has set up a video repository on YouTube, HERE. Or click the picture below to see our Fanfic 201 - Expanding your Fanfic Reach panel video.

On to the writing stuff...
Happy Release Day!! Click the image of the book below to go to my Amazon page and order. Or, you can find my books on Regal Crest Enterprises, Bella Books, Barnes and Nobel, and Kobo.

Author Spotlight
July's Author Astronaut of the Month is none other than the wonderful, Jenn Matthews! Jenn lives in England’s South West with her wife, dog, and cat. When not working full-time as a health-care assistant at a mental health rehab unit, she can be found avidly gardening, crocheting, writing, or visiting National Trust properties. Inspired by life’s lessons and experiences, Jenn is a passionate advocate of people on the fringe of society. She hopes to explore and represent other “invisible people” with her upcoming novels.

The Golden Crown Literary Society Goldie winners will be announced via Zoom on July 11, between 4 pm EST and 7 pm EST. That will be the moment of truth for my Romantic Blend entry, Burn It Down. This is FREE, you can sign up for the virtual awards ceremony under your email, HERE.

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 out now. 
  • 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:

  • No writing updates since last month, see the bathroom and office renovation update above. Between that and GCLS, I haven't had time for anything else.

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: Jenn Matthews
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Reason you started writing: I started writing when I was small, just to get some ideas out onto paper. I had a very active imagination. Fairies, humpbacked whales in a cave, etc. Later on, I wrote fanfic for obvious reasons and then original lesfic because I enjoy it, I want fiction to represent me, and I seem to be rather good at it!

Next book to release & when: Reasons To Heal - July 2020
Why we should read it: It has diverse characters, humour and romance. It has fangirling and baking and police officers. 

Genres that you've written: I write contemporary romance, usually slow burn, with diverse characters.
List of published books:

  •  Hooked On You
  • The Words Shimmer
  • Reasons To Heal (July 2020)
  • Sing For My Baby (2021) 

Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: I'm still proud of my first 'yes' from my publisher. The speed of the reply and the passion that drove it. They were excited about the characters I'd written - both over 50, something not often written about - and wanted to publish Hooked On You with this as the predominant reason. I still tell the story of that first, daunting Skype call! I'm still amazed that something I wrote could cause such an impassioned response from someone!
Click HERE to see all of Jenn's books on Amazon.US.

Cats or Dogs: Dogs, although I have both 🐕 
Coffee/Tea/Water: Coffee usually twice a day, tea after that, water in between
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: My crochet hook! 
K. Aten notes: I'm pretty sure Jenn's gonna be zombie food with only a small crochet hook to protect herself!
Hobbies: Crochet, singing, playing the piano, hula hooping, wearing scarves (although this is usually for medical reasons) 🎹🧣
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: Berena (Bernie & Serena, Holby City), although it’s become very tainted these days. I don’t read much fanfic anymore, although I do have a Berena WIP that I need to finish.

Twitter: @whispersmummy
Click Jenn's upcoming release below to see its listing on Ylva's website.

Reasons to Heal by Jenn Matthews
      A beautiful lesbian romance about wants, love, family, and duty, asking when is the right time to live our own life and dreams.

      English police constable Molly Blue is devastated when an assault forces her to endure weeks of therapy and disrupts her promising career. The cute physiotherapist getting her back on her feet is an intriguing distraction at least.
      Physiotherapist Kudzi Mufaro is a bold, confident woman in every area of her life except one. She hasn’t told her Zimbabwean parents she’s gay. That probably explains the parade of men her family keeps trotting past her nose. Is it time to finally be honest?
      But when Molly takes a visit home, it rocks her to the core. She is forced to decide whether to stay and look after her sister or not. It would mean giving up her career and any hope of something more with Kudzi.



BIPOC Author & Resource list

#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
Alyssa Cole
AM McKnight
Anne Shade
Arizona X Tape
Celeste Castro
Cheryl A. Head
Chinelo Okparanta
Delores Cremm
Destiny Hawkins
Dillon Watson
Elizebeth Andre
Fiona Zedde
Gabrielle Goldsby
Ileandra Young
Jacqueline Koyanagi
Jade Winters
Jennifer Linsky
Jewelle Gomez
K Arsenault Rivera
KD Williamson
Krystal Smith
La Toya Hankins
Lea Santos
Leah Johnson
LM Bennett
Malinda Lo
Mason Dixon
MB Guel
Mercedes Lewis
Monique 'B.T' Thomas
Nanisi Barrett D'Arnuk
Nik Nicholson
Nikki Harmon
Penny Mickelbury
Rachel E. Bailey
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Rivers Solomon
RJ Samuel
S. Renée Bess
Sara Farizan
Shamim Sharif
Sheree L. Greer
Sheryn Munir
Sonora Ryes
Stephanie Andrea Allen
Tanai Walker
V Castro
Yolanda Wallace
Zen Cho

#BLM support pages with many resources links
Black Lives Matter Resources
BOMB Magazine
Lecture In Progress
Time Out

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 Books by Lesbians of Color
23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist

Black Lesbian Literary Collective
Black Lesbian Books

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