We’ve been keeping this artful little gem to ourselves, but with pride are pleased to announce our newest author and her fantasy tale.
The fey can’t lie, but secrets never die.
Robin Goodfellow is at home in a world of chaos, and there is plenty while serving in the Green Court of Faerie, a place of veiled magical deceit, and fickle immortal kings and queens.
When it is discovered a servant is the rightful successor to the throne, Robin’s kingdom faces falling apart as a dangerous invading land prepares to steal the heir for their own cruel ends. In order to save the secret prince he helped raise, Robin must rebel against everything he has ever known.
To come out alive, he will have to take action and sacrifice every false identity he’s ever created. Because who he really is—beyond the trickster persona and under the hilarious wit and sarcasm—easily could be more valuable and feared to his power-hungry enemies than to himself. Treacherous adventures, deadly consequences, and powerful truths that cannot be unspoken push the bonds between friends and family alike to their lethal limits, but will they break?
V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic meets Rory Power’s In A Garden Burning Gold in Wander The Night, an own voices aro ace Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired epic fantasy.
Not all love is meant to last, but with the Underworld on your side there’s a chance in Hell.
In Elysian, there’s always another soul needing guidance into the afterlife. Makaria knew it wouldn’t always be an easy job, but she never expected the living to start showing up, or for Cupid to have such poor aim.
Rule number one of being Cupid: fate’s arrows are only meant for humans. But when it comes to taking his shot… Cupid realizes there’s plenty of love left and aims with his own heart. Smitten over the kindness Makaria shows for the dead and dying, he does what any good man would with the influx of sudden guests: help, dote, and please.
Makaria didn’t expect love after so much death, but something about Cupid brings out a desire for her own blessed rapture. As the lines between the living and dead blur, Makaria and Cupid realize a return to normal means separating the realms. Will playing Cupid be enough, or are they fated to endure being worlds apart?
American Gods meets Dark Olympus in The Cupid Fate. Book one of the Children of Hades series features fake dating, happily ever after, and Greek myths retold for lovers of all things dark and holy. Welcome to the modern next generation of gods who are as sizzling as they are sweet.
In 2018 before genre norms were established, popularized, and then normalized as the standard, we released a book about video games vs reality that tons of bisexual heart. To honor it and the stories continued relevancy to the world we still live in, Bone Diggers has a new cover!
This Age of Shadows FNVR editions features a bigger cover focus on the book’s in game world, but we made sure to keep those bi colors flying in the back ground. If you are old school, or simply love limited editions the original cover is now exclusively available in our store. We believe fans of LitRPG, science fiction that blurs into fantasy romance, and just fans of Owen’s avatar self will adore this cover as much as we do. This FNVR edition is available in kindle unlimited, kindle ebook, and in paperback!
Owen loves digging up dirt on fellow gamers. Being a Bone Digger is a profitable hustle that gives him access to everyone’s ugly secrets. When a quest goes wrong, and his anonymity lost, Owen is forced to make a choice… Jail time or playing in the public eye.
If he can survive, Age of Shadows promises fame, fortune, and adventure. The only chance he has is to team up with a handsome thief and an ambitious recruit. That’s if his daily adventures don’t prove more perilous than the digital swordfights, because without a walkthrough he may pay with his life.
Bone Diggers is a stand-alone novel with VR themes, enemies to lovers, and partners in crime. If you’re looking for a story that blurs reality with the digital world and shows how both make up who someone is, you can’t miss out on this adventure!
The 7th Queen is the newest tale in the quickly growing Big Bad Magic series. A world where fairy tales combine with the queer coded villains trope. Then gives them all the happily ever after ending they truly deserve.
Join Claudia as she stumbles across white rabbits and discovers a wondrous world of magic.
“We’re all villains here. . .”
You can grab this Sapphic short story set before the events of THE 8TH RANK for free by signing up for Rose Sinclair’s newsletter! Once entered the exclusive story will sent directly to your email. Don’t miss this tale full of wonder and women loving women.
We asked author Rose Sinclair, why writing a series like this was so important to them.
“Before The 7th Queen, and the other stories in the Big Bad Magic series, I did not consider myself a romance writer. I was a science fiction or fantasy writer who might have characters fall in love. That all changed in The 8th Rank, and the upcoming The 9th Pawn. The driving force of these characters is their love of someone else. And within that journey for Mal and Claudia they learn to love themselves.
Because that self love, that acceptance of whatever you desire, and being brave enough to confess that truth in a world that makes you feel monstrous is something often missing. Too often there’s a false dichotomy that says art must be either queer pain or # Positive Vibes Only. That isn’t true to anyone’s life. Retelling fairytales and accepting “villainy” allows readers to not only see these characters in a new way. But maybe be seen themselves.
The 7th Queen is a short story prequel gives me the chance to focus on hope, on the quiet moments between Claudia and Alice. Because it’s often the softness that get’s us through the pain in any world. If F/F can add to the care we have for each other (fictional or otherwise) then I’d be honored if you signed up for my newsletter.
A few days ago, on June 30th the asexual flag hit it’s 10 year anniversary. Born from a community poll, and then faced many rounds of rounds of discussion on AVEN. Not by, on the website in a really collaborative way. You can see a more complete history collected by Asexuality Archive which comes into more detail about why the flag is the way it is.
Each stripe of the asexual flag was given a meaning.
Grey: Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality
*White: Non-asexual partners and allies
*Over the past at least two years people wondered about the white stripe. Said ‘hey we are no longer mostly on AVEN. The collective direction isn’t ally focused anymore. Maybe we should change the white’s meaning.’ Common suggestions include romantic variation. White means the sum of all colors so the white stripe could reference some other diversity within. Which would help tie it to the aro flag more, and the trans’ white stripe. All work without taking anything away.
With that preface, I want to talk about where the purple came from. Which is actually a really cool story I have never heard before in my 7-8 years of being in the community.
Before 2010, ace symbols included shades of grey gradient. AVEN’s logo is a prism for that reason. The demisexual’s flag is also reference a prism. Do you know why purple was added? Never even thought of it before this.
The story goes purple was a 2001 addition. Specially choosing the amethyst crystal shade for it’s relationship to the Greek (or French Poet 1528 – 1578) story that mentions a nymph named Amethyst (or Amethystas). In it, Dionysus flirts with her. She wasn’t into it, and Artemis protects the nymph by turning her into white quartz. Dionysus then showed he made a mistake and poured wine over the amethyst stone, staining it purple.
Here’s some art from a different version of the story, where Dio was less hitting on her, and more accidentally on purpose angry with her. Risking the mortals life via threat of tiger. It ends with Dio crying wine in remorse turning the stone purple.
As you can see above a white to purple gradient appears. Whatever the original version of the story. The heart of it is the same. Artemis saved someone from harm and the person who caused the harm realized their grave mistake.
Later stories tell of wine goblets carved out of Amethyst. Reminding royals would think of Dio’s mistake so they didn’t make their own. Which not only makes my pagan heart happy. To forever now know the ace shade of purple has Artemis meaning. But also how that shade of purple meant don’t harm people who aren’t interested in your advances.
Which in a strange way makes me like that the pesky white stripe could be an ode to allies (ace or not) protecting aces. Because no matter where the story came from isn’t it such a timeless, thought out, over arching connection. One that goes back far more than just the 10 years of the asexual flag itself.
Asexuality history goes back so much further than just that flag. The earliest I know of is from a translated Sappho poem.
There’s so much even recent ace history that has been saved for us thanks to aces, thanks to projects like The Wayback Machine, thanks to how threads work, how google works. I know it’s technology, but it can be pretty magical if you have a curiosity to learn. It’s a gift we mustn’t ever lose to a click bait nature of social media today.
As Sappho also said, “Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us.”
I was following along with Bob Ross and then my table started having a problem with all of the leaves so by the end I let inspiration and my digital options turn this piece into something really atmospheric.
It seems to be the month of cover reveals! This is dear to my heart because I had the honor of making it! First let me tell you a bit more about Fear of Thunder by Devon E Lail:
Henrietta Boyd is nobody. Just another college graduate with nothing to show for it except a job at a diner, unsupportive parents, and a strained, long-distance relationship with her college girlfriend. It seems as if life will never be what dreams are made of for Henrietta, that is until a group of criminals mistake her house for her neighbor’s.
With a little sweet talk and wit, Henrietta finds herself whisked away into another world, where her elderly neighbors are not just retired bankers, celebrities never put away their theater masks, and no one is to be trusted.
Through the twists and turns of new and dangerous excitements, Henrietta creates a new identity for herself, one that allows her the freedom and happiness she has been so desperately seeking. But such freedom comes with a price and a secret…
If you’re looking for diversity, this is the book for you! Several LGBTQ characters, specifically bisexual characters, and characters of color. Fear of Thunder comes out August 17th, but be sure to check out Devon E Lail’s author page as well.
Without further ado, here’s the cover!
Lovely, if I do say so myself. I hope you check it out when the book comes out next week!