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This update is going to be SUPER short...just kidding, April Fool's! My newsletters are rarely short. *laughs*

The year is 25% over. How crazy is that, hmm? It's been more than a year and I'm still working from home. I'd like to stay working from home, to be honest. I never realized how much I hate the rat-race commute. Not to mention I'm more productive AND I'm exercising 5 days a week after I log off for the day. All good habits that I hope to continue, friends!

So my writing group chose flash fiction as the topic for their March meetup. (Relax, it's via Zoom) I don't really know how to write short stories so I took the opportunity to practice. If you're reading this, you've probably peeked inside one or two of my books. I'm a world-builder. That stuff doesn't happen in "1000 words or less." Anyway, I failed my first attempt by writing 1300 words. But I liked Who Says Potions Can’t Be Delicious? so much, I posted it on AO3. The same week I was rushing to write that story, I also received a message inviting me to enter the Queer Sci Fi flash fiction contest. (2021 theme is "Ink") I read the rules and nearly keyboard smashed. Three hundred words MAX?? Impossible!! I was only just learning to really write short fiction.

Anyway, once I finished the 1300 word short story, I circled back to the Queer Sci Fi thing. Needless to say, 298 words later, I submitted my flashfic, Power, to their contest. LOL. If chosen, it will be included in the next anthology.

Newest news
Remember Me, Synthetica wasn't popular enough to hit the final round for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, but it did make it to the final round for the Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art. It was a beautiful piece, and Ann McMan really brought my book to life with the cover art for this one. It's my favorite to date. Click on the cover for the Amazon link.

Shooting the Shit Podcast with KD Williamson
You know her, you love her, and she's hilarious. KD was my very first Author Astronaut of the Month, back when I started featuring other writers. She's the author of Big Girl Pill, Pink, and the popular, Cops and Docs series. As for the podcast...honestly, I don't even know how this happened. One second, she's talking about it online, the next thing I know I'm her sidekick. At least we'll never run out of material to talk about. Fanfic, WTF News, medical indignities, and much, much, more! The podcasts can be found on all the usual platforms, accessed via Linktree. As a bonus, the video of our recorded sessions will also be posted on our Shooting The Sh*t Podcast YouTube channel. Click the image below to watch our very first podcast. The next episode we'll talk about a popular taboo trope in fanfic. And in the 3rd episode, we'll have our very first guest stars, with Rae D. Magdon and Virginia Black. We're going to talk about fanfic and how it relates to published fiction.

GCLS Member Spotlight
I had the privilege and honor to be the March featured member for the GCLS Member Spotlight. I wanted to do something a little different for this blog post so rather than the usual "this is all about my writing" I decided to give folks a little glimpse inside my pre-novel writing brain. I was a poet long before I conceived of a story, practically my entire life. I hope you enjoy.

Author Spotlight
You want to know who is a cool cat in writer town? Kate Gavin! She is our Author Astronaut of the Month for April. Kate is a native Midwesterner, currently living in Ohio. When not staring at a computer screen for her day job, or this writing gig, she spends her time retrieving items from her thieving dog, playing video games, and bingeing TV shows with her wife.

Currently Entered:
Children of the Stars Goldie Awards
Remember Me, SyntheticaBisexual Book AwardsOtherwise AwardsGoldie AwardsLambda Literary, Ippy, & Lesfic Bard Awards
The Lost Temple of Psiere - Goldie AwardsLambda Literary

GCLS Member Spotlight: March
GCLS Virtual Series event: 2 Truths and 1 Lie
Lynn Lawler's Book Blog: Meet Author Kelly Aten-Keilen
 All Stars Lesfic Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club video interview - Remember Me, Synthetica
12 WLW & Lesbian Phone or Online Romance Novels - Rules of the Road

Eight Great Angsty Lesbian Romance Books - Burn It Down

Writing Updates:

  • With Elemental Attraction finished, I've been slowly chugging along on The Rebels of Psiere. That's the 3rd and final book in the Mystery of the Makers trilogy. The reason it's going so slow is because of my new fascination with flash fiction. (the really short stuff) I'm officially up to 13,000 words, which is a little over two chapters.
  • I spent some time working on a few other shorts, contemplating adding more fics to my Adventures of an Awkward Scientere series, and doing a little work on my dark YA idea.
  • Chosen of Artemis: Chapter One sample on my website.


Elemental Attraction
      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 and her telepathic steed, Roccotári, to see her safely there. Of course, things are never simple as they seem. Not only do they have to traverse the land between two kingdoms on the brink of war, 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, without actually lying. A situation made even more difficult by a matchmaking mare, steamy baths, and an innkeeper with mischief on the mind.
      Caught between the weight of the past and expectations of the future, they must find their true destiny within the heat of fire.


Publishing Updates:

  • Elemental Attraction is sitting tidy with my editor for the first pass. Right now, we are shooting for a September 1, 2021 release date. It will be my first book under the Flashpoint Publications label and I'm excited.
  • I'm also excited that May Dawney is creating the cover for Elemental Attraction. Her speculative fiction work is top notch, and garners a lot of chatter on the cool social media pages. If you're an author, check out her portfolio. Her prices are really reasonable for the quality you receive.
  • 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

~ Shooting the Shit Podcast with KD Williamson
GCLS Virtual Series event: 2 Truths and 1 Lie
Grrl on Fire taste test video with KD WIlliamson
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
K Aten’s 3 Top Books Of 2018: Podcast
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 - 9 works, 51500 words
Adventures of an Awkward Scientere - 2 works, 23000 words
Amazon Author Page 
Goodreads Author Page 
Flashpoint Publications Author Page
The Lesbian Review: Reviewer Profile - I don't review any more but you can see my favorite books when I did.


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 and Social Media Manager at Flashpoint Publications
"Some words end the silence, others begin it."



Name: Kate Gavin
Publisher: Bella Books
Reason you started writing: Started writing for a queer studies class and we had to examine an aspect of the LGBTQ+ community using different mediums. I chose a novella and that eventually became my first book, Full of Promise.
Next book to release & when: Table for Two published on March 18, 2021
Why we should read it: You should read this to get a twist on the “only one bed” trope. In this case, there’s only one table. There’s a dash of a thawing ice queen with a sprinkle of enemies to lovers. Plus, add some great friendships and adorable (and sometimes embarrassing) banter between a mother and daughter. 
K. Aten notes: Only one bed/only one table trope IS an excellent one that I've read in fanfic many times.
Genres that you've written: YA Romance, Contemporary Adult Romance.
List of published books:

  • Full of Promise
  • Table for Two
  • Save the Date - Bella Books romantic anthology coming in June, 2021

Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: I’m pretty proud of the relationships I create in my books, and not just romantic ones. I think I’ve built great relationships between an MC and a parent or an MC and a friend. 
Click HERE to see all of Kate's books on Amazon.US.

Cats or Dogs: Dogs. 🐕
 Coffee, but since I’m trying to cut back I guess I should say water… 
K. Aten notes: You shouldn't have to cut back during a pandemic, just saying. 
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Shotgun or the weapon Charlize Theron wields in The Old Guard. K. Aten notes: The Old Guard *swoons* Charlize Theron with short dark hair, and black tank top, and wielding a big-ass ax? Oh yes! Great choice there and I'm here all day for a sequel!
Hobbies: Video games, puzzles, walks with my wife, crocheting.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: Read it, but don’t write it – fave ship is Kara/Lena. 
K. Aten notes: I'm starting to wonder about all these folks saying Supercorp. Are they trying to win me over, or is the ship as awesome and full of chemistry as I assume? Hmm... 🥰

Website: Amazon: Kate-Gavin
Facebook: kate.gavin.9889
Twitter: @kategavinbooks

Table for Two by Kate Gavin

      Trying to take a few brief moments away from a stressful situation, Reagan Murphy snags the last table at a bustling downtown lunch spot. When another woman walks into the crowded restaurant seeking a table, Reagan offers to share hers.
      Jillian Jacobs just wanted a quick bite before she’d have to focus on a new and unreasonable deadline. Irritated by her empty stomach and by the prospect of waiting, Jillian resentfully accepts a seat at a stranger’s table.
      Their shared lunch is filled with hostility, snide comments, and shades of derision from Jill and Reagan finds herself relieved at the end of the encounter.
      But then the two are thrown back together when Jill becomes a catering client of Reagan’s. Soon navigating a professional relationship becomes complicated as their attraction begins to smolder. Will it get in the way and cause even bigger problems? Or will this be the start of something they’ve both been looking for all along?



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
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 Fiction about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women of color
23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist
Black Lesbian Literary Collective
Best Black Lesbian Books -
10 Novels & Memoirs By and About Black Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women

Lesfic Authors of Color Directory

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