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This Weekend: Duck Prints Press at Arisia!

Arisia, the largest, most diverse sci-fi and fantasy convention in New England, runs this weekend from Friday, January 12th to Monday, January 15th, and Duck Prints Press will be there!

Held at the Westin Boston Seaport District hotel, Arisia draws several thousand SFF fans for four days of panels, cosplay, shopping, music, and more. The guests of honor this year are Ryka Aoki, Winona Nelson, and Tanya DePass, and over 50 vendors will fill the vending hall with all the sci-fi and fantasy stuff you could dream of…including us!

I (unforth/Nina Waters) will be manning our vending table the entire time the dealer’s room is open. The hours are:
Friday, Jan. 12th: 5 PM Eastern – 9 PM Eastern
Saturday, Jan. 13th: 10 AM Eastern – 7 PM Eastern (closed 1 PM to 2 PM)
Sunday, Jan. 14th: 10 AM Eastern – 7 PM Eastern (closed 1 PM to 2 PM)
Monday, Jan 15th: 10 AM Eastern – 2:30 PM Eastern

Where can you find us? Easy! We’re at Table D14 – just look for the Dux!

A map/floor layout of a convention center focused on the dealer's room. Doors and rooms are labeled. The main area shows numerous tables, with each area labeled with a letter and each table marked with a number. The table numbered 14 in section D is circled in red, and a duck (our Dux mascot) stands at the table.

We’ll have merchandise and campaign leftovers from all our past campaigns, AND we’ll have print copies of Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley, To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh, and Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” – a week before they and their related merch go up for sale on our website.

And, if you sign up for our Patreon during the con, come to the booth and you can get a free bonus sticker! (If you’re already a backer and come say hi, you can grab a sticker too. 😀 )

We’re really excited to be kicking off our 2024 convention schedule by attending this awesome event, and we hope to see you there! There’s gonna be a lot of other awesome vendors there, too. I hope I’ll have time to meet some of them!

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Aether Beyond the Binary: The First 24 Hours!

The wrap-around cover for the anthology "Aether Beyond the Binary, A Duck Prints Press Anthology." The front cover part is on the right of this image, and shows two people of indeterminate gender standing side by side. One has light skin (white, Asian, or Latine are the most likely races), short white hair, brown eyes, and wears multiple earrings, a brown shirt, and white overalls. They have one hand raised and in that hand they wear a green glove, and above the glove, a blooming bluebell plant hovers in the air. Beside them is a Black person with long dreads and glasses. They have a single piercing, and they were a blue shirt and also wear the same white overalls. Their hands are gloved in green, and they carry a glowing tablet. Plants in the foreground block the view of these people from the waist up. Behind them, light swirls in shades of green and teal, with occasional sparkling stars interspersed. The back cover portion, here on the left, shows a small flying robot watering potted tropical plants.

The Kickstarter campaign for Duck Prints Press’s sixth anthology, Aether Beyond the Binary, featuring 17 stories of people outside the gender binary inhabiting, exploring, living, learning, growing, and changing in modern aetherpunk settings, launched yesterday, and we’ve had a great first 24 hours!

  • 79 backers
  • $4,917 in support
  • 36% of the way to our funding goal

We’re really excited about the early enthusiasm this collection has generated and wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has signal boosted, shared, liked, and supported our social media platforms, and an even HUGER T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.O.O.O.U to the people who’ve backed.

We’ve got 29 days left to raise the other 64% of the money we need to make this project a reality. That’s still a ways to go – so please do keep helping us spread the word, and don’t forget, if you’re planning to back but haven’t yet, that you should follow the campaign page to ensure you get a reminder before it ends! We’ll only make merch to sales (we usually have some extra but not lots!) so if there’s something you want, you need to make sure to back!

Here’s to the next 24 hours getting us even closer to our funding minimum…

(and don’t forget: people who back the Kickstarter campaign and also support us at the $10/month or $25/month level on Patreon get an exclusive extra – for this campaign, that’ll be an adorable acrylic key chain of the plant-watering robot in the image above! That lil fella has definitely become our unofficial campaign mascot, we all love him and we hope you do too! Mar Spragge really hit the cover art out of the park.)

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Recent Releases from Duck Prints Press!

An informational graphic with 7 rectangular book covers over a simple gradient background from blue to pink. A header reads "November New Releases from Duck Prints Press." The book covers are: "The Lightkeeper and the Sea" by Zel Howland; "Sarisa" by N. C. Farrell; "Pour One Out" by A. J. Ash; "The Wayward Timekeeper" by Terra P. Waters; "Orchidelirium" by Dei Walker; "What Monsters Need" by Lyn Weaver; and "Pretty 7 Days a Week" by R. L. Houck. At the bottom of the graphic, text reads "Become a Patreon Backer and Read These Short Stories and Many Others NOW!"

November marks the first month when all of Duck Prints Press’s new short story releases are direct to Patreon!

How do short story releases now work?

Formerly, we published two short stories to Patreon and between four and eight short stories to our website each month. However, after considering the purchasing patterns of our customers and Patreon backers, we’ve decided to consolidate these releases and only publish short stories to Patreon (and authors are paid a lump sum instead of royalties). We will aim for six stories a month, though may sometimes publish more if we didn’t hit our target in a previous month (for example, we didn’t publish six in October, so we are publishing an extra in November). The level at which each story is released is determined randomly. What level people back at determines how many stories they receive each month!

All Backers: receive one general imprint short story per month
All backers at the $5/month level and up: receive one additional general imprint short per month
All backers at the $7/month level and up: receive one additional general imprint short story + one explicit imprint short story per month
All backers at the $10/month level and up: receive one additional story per month, which may be from either imprint
$25/month backers: receive all short stories we release every month!

Put another way, $3/month = 1 story; $5/month = 2 stories; $7/month = 4 stories; $10/month = 5 stories; and $25/month = 6 stories.

This is in addition to all the other backer rewards we offer, such as behinds-the-scenes access, Discord membership, webstore discounts, free merchandise, bonus stories, and more!

November General Imprint Releases

A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Blue triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duck Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “The Lightkeeper and the Sea” and the author is Zel Howland. Text below the title reads: “Fantasy Horror Dark Comedy * F/NB * Capitalism is the Real Villain * Elderly Main Character.”

Title: The Lightkeeper and the Sea
Author: Zel Howland

F/NB, Eerie Fantasy with a Healthy Splash of Dark Humor, End-of-Life Decisions, Corporations are Evil Actually, Ambiguous Ending

The elderly Lightkeeper of Beaufort Spire is suffering from terminal cancer, so a representative from RIXACOM Corp comes to the lighthouse to discuss the contractual obligations related to her death. Unbeknownst to the corporate crony, though, there is a third presence in Beaufort Spire on this fateful day…

Available to Backers at the $5/month level and up!

Title: Sarisa
Author: N. C. Farrell

Friendship Between the Like-Minded, Bigender Main Character who Uses She/Her and He/Him Pronouns, Mecha and Space Battles

Lu and the crew of maintenance workers she leads in maintaining the mecha Sarisa have been waiting for sometime for Sarisa’s new pilot to be ready to take the mecha’s helm.

Today, Carina arrives.

Lu was expecting someone like the previous pilot who died in the line of duty; he was not expecting Carina.

Available to Backers at the $7/month level and up!

A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Blue triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duck Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “Sarisa” and the author is N. C. Farrell. Text below the title reads: “Mecha Science Fiction * Bigender Main Character * Mecha are Creepy.”
A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Blue triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duck Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “Pour One Out” and the author is A. J. Ash. Text below the title reads: “Humorous Metafiction * M/M * Commiserating Over Drinks.”

Title: Pour One Out
Author: A. J. Ash

Two M/M Relationships, All Book Characters Can Hang Out Together Metafiction, Two Fictional Men Commiserate While Their Other Halves are Elsewhere, Characters Critiquing the Authors Who Created Them

Whenever Adam and the love of his life Silas aren’t inhabiting the book By Mage’s Might, they hang out in the Between Place for some relaxation and downtime, and even some time apart. For example, this evening Silas is at a weight-lifting meet-up, so Adam goes to hang out at his favorite bar.

There’s someone in his seat.

Available to All Patreon Backers!

Title: The Wayward Timekeeper
Author: Terra P. Waters

M/M, Questing Together, First Meeting to Lovers, Immortality and Gods and Godly Offspring (Oh My!)

Tanyl is the oldest uncapped cleric among all his siblings, the child of Father Death and the Summer Queen. Frustrated that he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself, he awaits the return of his mother from the Underrealm and the mission that will bring him: caring for and rearing the infant she is pregnant with.

It should be an easy mission to earn him his cap, the recognition of adulthood he deserves at his age.

But when the spring equinox comes, and the Summer Queen is supposed to return from the Underrealm, the God Gate instead sits silent and empty.

Available to Backers at the $10/month level and up!

A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Blue triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duck Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “The Wayward Timekeeper” and the author is Terra P. Waters. Text below the title reads: “Fantasy Adventure * M/M * Gods and Their Children * Getting Together.”

November Explicit Imprint Releases

A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Red triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duxxx Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “Orchidelirium” and the author is Dei Walker. Text below the title reads: “Regency Erotica * F/F/M * Sex Pollen.”

Title: Orchidelirium
Author: Dei Walker

F/F/M, Reunited Lovers, Wealthy Regency Society and the Associated Norms, Consensual Aphrodisiac Consumption

Beatrice’s mother is determined that Beatrice must make a good match before the end of the Season. All Beatrice wants is to get through the last few weeks of social engagements without bringing scandal down on her family.

Three unexpected discoveries in the wilds of Lord Penrose’s hothouse threaten Beatrice’s efforts to maintain an uneventful social presence… but when all is said and done, she can’t say she really minds…

Available to Backers at the $7/month level and up!

Title: What Monsters Need
Author: Lyn Weaver
This story is a make-up for October.

M/M, Dubious Consent, Vampire Point of View with Vampiric Self-Esteem Issues, Sparring Gets Sexual

Lazarus Blythe loves his sister, but sometimes her antics frustrate him and bring him nothing but trouble. Like now, for example, when her seduction of a woman led to the murder of that woman’s husband. Now monster hunters have come knocking on Lazarus’s door looking for Leona. The interruption of his usual daily activities is annoying, but the chance to fight, and win, and prove himself against a member of the powerful Albrecht monster hunter clans?

The arrival of that opportunity on his doorstep, in the form of a blond, burly brick of a man, brings him nothing but excitement.

Available to Backers at the $7/month level and up!

A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Red triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duxxx Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “What Monsters Need” and the author is Lyn Weaver. Text below the title reads: “Gothic Fantasy * M/M * Vampire x Monster Hunter * Fighting to F***ing.”
A book cover. The background is a mottled tan parchment tone. Red triangles in each corner bear a simple motif resembling a very stylized peacock. An ornate decorative graphic with elegant swirls is centered at the top. At the bottom is the Duxxx Prints Press logo. The title of the book is “Pretty 7 Days a Week” and the author is R. L. Houck. Text below the title reads: “Modern * F/F/F/M/NB Orgy * Non-Binary Character Point of View * Sex Work * Power Dynamics.”

Title: Pretty 7 Days a Week
Author: R. L. Houck

F/F/F/M/NB and Permutations There Of, BIPOC Characters, Everyone Has Sex With Everyone, Non-Binary Sex Worker Point of View, Pretty Woman Vibes

When Lydia texts Tomas to arrange for an overnight liaison with them, they’re excited. Lydia is their favorite client, and they’ve never gotten to spend the night before.

That excitement fades when they arrive and discover three other people in Lydia’s hotel room.

But, with some TLC and sexy times spread liberally between the five people present, perhaps Tomas can recover those happier feelings, and advance their hope that Lydia will like them enough to keep them…

Available to Backers at the $25/month level!

So become a Duck Prints Press Supporter on Patreon, and let the Reading Commence!

And don’t forget – pre-orders are still running for the m/m sports romance Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard – make sure you come by our campaign page, learn all about the book and merchandise, and order your copy NOW!

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Shop Duck Prints Press This Weekend and Save!

A text graphic over a watercolor-esque background of light rainbow shades. The text reads: This Saturday, November 25th, celebrate Small Business Saturday. Below this text is the American Express 'Shop Small' logo, then the word at, then the Duck Prints Press Logo that reads Duck Prints Press, is edged on the left and bottom by duck prints in rainbow shades, has the Press duck mascot Dux standing on the right, and includes the Press slogan 'We Print Diversity' at the bottom. Additional text below this reads: Use code ? to save 25% off your order placed this weekend!

This Saturday, November 25th, is Small Business Saturday! Duck Prints Press is offering our best coupon of the year – 25% off, no other purchase necessary! Looking to shop small this holiday season? Check out Duck Prints Press, the fan-created independent small press that publishes the (usually extremely queer) original work of fanauthors and fanartists. We’ve got great gifts for the queer book lover in your life, including anthologies, short stories, merchandise, and more. And, of course, we’ve got lots of adorable merch featuring our adorable Dux mascot, too!

This coupon was created for our newsletter subscribers… but there are a couple sneaky ways to get it even if you’re not a subscriber. Want to grab this discount for yourself but didn’t get to subscribe to our newsletter in time? Well, don’t despair – there’s still two ways you can get in on the savings!

You can…

back us on Patreon, and get access to this coupon and additional coupons you can use all year round!

join our Book Lover’s Discord Server, and get this coupon, a lovely place to chat with fans who love books, and access to Discord-exclusive events like Ask Me Anything sessions!

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Small Business Saturday SALE on duckprintspress.com!

A text graphic over a watercolor-esque background of light rainbow shades. The text reads: This Saturday, November 25th, celebrate Small Business Saturday. Below this text is the American Express 'Shop Small' logo, then the word at, then the Duck Prints Press Logo that reads Duck Prints Press, is edged on the left and bottom by duck prints in rainbow shades, has the Press duck mascot Dux standing on the right, and includes the Press slogan 'We Print Diversity' at the bottom. Additional text below this reads: Newsletter Subscribers will receive a Coupon for 25% off their entire purchase made on November 25th!

This Saturday, November 25th, is Small Business Saturday! Looking to shop small this holiday season? Check out Duck Prints Press, the fan-created independent small press that publishes the (usually extremely queer) original work of fanauthors and fanartists. We’ve got great gifts for the queer book lover in your life, including anthologies, short stories, merchandise, and more. And, of course, we’ve got lots of adorable merch featuring our adorable Dux mascot, too!

What have we got? Well, what are you looking for?? We have…

A graphic over a background of rainbow colors in watercolor splotches. Text at the top reads: Now available at duckprintspress.com/shop. Below this is an array if items with accompany labels: "art prints" with two examples, "Print books" with DPP anthologies "He Bears the Cape of Stars," "She Wears the Midnight Crown," and "And Seek (Not) to Alter Me," "Shirts" with three examples, two of which are t-shirts and one of which is a hoodie, "Stickers and Magnets" with a citrus slice with rainbow segments and a Dux with a mustache, devil horns, devil tail, and trident, and "Enamel Pins" with an owl, raccoon, crow, fox, moose, and wolf pin, and also a woman in a crown and a man in a cape. At the bottom of the graphic, text reads "...and MORE!"

BEST YET?

All newsletter subscribers will receive a coupon good for 25% off their ENTIRE PURCHASE made this weekend! So if you’re not a subscriber yet, there’s no time like the present!

And while you’re at it, make sure you follow us on the social media platform(s) of your choice! Also, come read with us on our Book Lover’s Discord Server. Want to support indie queer publishing all year round? Back us on Patreon and get awesome rewards!

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October Short Story Release Day: Three New Short Stories from Duck Prints Press!

Today is our October release day, and we’ve got three short stories out! Two are former Patreon stories now released in our store, which means you can back us on Patreon and read them both, or you can buy them individually by visiting our website! The third is a Patreon-exclusive. Going forward, most of our short stories will publish directly to our Patreon account, and will not become available to on our website as stand-alone purchases. So, if you love Duck Prints Press and want to get access to all the great short mostly-queer stories that we have to offer, there’s no time like RIGHT NOW to become a backer. $3/month backers get access to 31 short stories immediately, and backers at higher levels can get even more!

So back us out on Patreon and read to your heart’s content! (or visit our webstore and buy the stories you want the most!)

Title: Brady Jensen vs. Haunted House
Author: A. L. Heard

M/M, Modern High School Setting, Mutual Pining Idiots to Lovers

Brady Jensen is excited to attend this year’s Halloween festival with his friends. It’s got hayrides, a corn maze, oodles of pumpkins, lots of fun things to do…and it’s got a haunted house.

Brady is not excited for the haunted house.

But at least his crush Nick is there to give him something to think about other than his fears…

This story is an alternate universe take on Nick Porter and Brady Jensen, the main characters of A. L. Heard’s novel “Hockey Bois.” No knowledge of the source material is needed to enjoy this story.


Title: A Cup and Company
Author: A. J. Ash

F/NB, Coffee Shop Meet-Cute, the Ennui of Modern Wage Employment

Zoe hates her part-time job in telemarketing, but at least it pays the bills while she’s in graduate school, and at least it’s just down the street from the adorable Corner Café. When she stops in for pick-me-up and gets trapped in the café by a rainstorm, though, the last thing she expects is some company while she drinks her cup of rose chai latte.


PATREON EXCLUSIVE

Title: A Friendly Neighbourhood Monster Mash!
Author: J. D. Harlock

General (No Ship), Chat Room Transcript, Just How Does a Group of Monsters Agree On Where to Host a Monster Mash?

User Gill-Man, user Undead & Loathing It, user Phan-atic of the Opera, user I’m a Motherlovin’ Monsta, user Mummy’s Boy, and user Big Bad Wolfy have joined the chat for the group Monster Mash TONIGHT.

Or: a humorous take on all our favorite Hollywood classic-movie monsters debating the logistics of hosting this year’s Halloween Monster Mash.

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There’s No Time Like the Present to Back the Duck Prints Press Patreon!

There’s no time like the present to back the Duck Prints Press Patreon!

Why should you back Duck Prints Press?

  • support a queer-owned indie press, founded by fandom creators for fandom creators looking to publish their original work!
  • help a great, transparent, ethical small business that helps usually queer, often disabled, creators publish queer stories and art!
  • AND you get awesome stuff in exchange!

Wait, I’ll get stuff?

You will get so much stuff!!!

  • a free short story every month!
  • exclusive teasers and previews!
  • behind-the-scenes access via our Patreon blog and Discord!
  • voting rights to influence future anthology themes!
  • a discount in our webstore!
  • and that’s JUST THE MINIMUM LEVEL! You get all that for ONLY $3 PER MONTH. Higher levels get EVEN MORE!

Why is now a great time?

  • we will no longer be releasing new short stories to our website! So backing on Patreon will be the only way to get them!
  • as a result, we just changed how many stories our backers get!
    • $3/month backers now get one short story per month
    • $5/month backers now get two short stories per month
    • $7/month backers now a minimum of four short stories per month
    • $10/month backers now a minimum of five short stories per month
    • $25/month backers now a minimum of six short stories per month
  • when you back, you also get instant access to every single backer-reward story we’ve ever released! As of right now, that’s 30 free stories for backers at the $3/month, $5/month, and $7/month level, and 59 free stories for backers at the $10/month and $25/month level! That’s a LOT of stories!!!
  • Did you just buy Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley? People who back us on Patreon will get an exclusive epilogue when we fulfill the pre-order campaign! And, if you back us at the $10/month or $25/month level before October 15th, you can still get our Patreon-exclusive bonus reward (it’s a totally awesome engraved wooden coaster)! We’ll add the extra retroactively to your order, even though pre-orders are now closed!
  • Did you just buy To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh? Patrons at the $10/month and $25/month level who back the campaign (which runs until October 20th!) will also get a bonus extra: a snowflake ornament!
  • and I mean, isn’t it always a good time to support a queer indie press?

So come on over to our Patreon, help us grow our Press, and get lots of awesome stuff for yourself!

Who We Are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher owned and operated by @unforth. We work with fan creators to publish their original art and stories. We are particularly dedicated to publishing works featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Love what we do but aren’t up for backing right now? That’s okay! Sign up for our monthly newsletter and get previews, behind-the-scenes information, coupons, and more!

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It’s Bisexual Visibility Day! Come See Duck Prints Press’s Bisexuals!

Earlier this week, we celebrated the start of Bisexual Awareness Week by sharing 18 books we’ve read and loved that include bisexual characters. Today, we aim to bring visibility to some titles that aren’t as widely known: our own! We’ve got three anthologies, two novels, and five short stories that feature explicitly bisexual characters. Learn all about ‘um now!

To Fill My Cup by Violet J. Hayes

“Here, Grandma, let me get you a stool.” Talia hurried to bring one from the other side of the island and helped her settle down into it. “Do you want a fresh cup of coffee?”

“No, dear, I’m fine.” One by one, her grandmother picked up each sweet potato. Her fingers were stiff with arthritis, the knuckles swollen. Talia wondered if she could get her plain gold wedding band off even if she wanted to. She turned each potato in her hands, murmuring as she did so. Talia knew she was doing math to calculate the number of servings, but it gave the impression of a sorcerer muttering an incantation.

I think my grandma might be a witch, she texted Rachael, and was surprised when her phone rang a moment later. “Hey, Rach.”

“Hey.”

It only took that single word for Talia to know something was off. “What’s wrong?”


Add Magic to Taste with contributions by 20 authors; five of the stories include bisexual characters

For Add Magic to Taste, 20 authors have come together to produce new, original short stories uniting four of our absolute favorite themes: queer relationships, fluff, magic, and coffee shops! Our diverse writers have created an even more diverse collection of stories guaranteed to sweeten your coffee and warm your tart.


A Mutual Interest by Alec J. Marsh

Tirsa stopped arguing with Jeromy after they reached the outskirts of the city, and by the time they’d made it to open countryside she had fallen asleep, snuggled against the window of the jeep under his coat. He didn’t mind her arguing, not exactly, but she was arguing against her own best interests. She deserved a weekend off.

The traffic grew thicker as they neared the army checkpoint into Kestilav Province, and Jeromy pulled to a stop. Tirsa didn’t stir, and her breathing whistled a little bit. Jeromy’s heart squeezed with fondness.


Commit to the Kick by Tris Lawrence

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way.


Bubble, Bubble by Sage Mooreland

“Punk, if you don’t get your rear end down here, we’re not going to be able to go!” Charlotte called up the stairs. “I thought you wanted to do three blocks tonight?”

There was a muffled thump, some child-friendly cursing, and then running feet. “Mama, gimme a minute! Dad’s fixing my costume!”


And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, an anthology with contributions by 16 authors and 16 artists; three of the stories include bisexual characters

In And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, 16 authors and 16 artists have come together to create an exquisite, full-color collection of artwork and stories inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. We encouraged contributors to stretch their imaginations, think outside the box, and put their own unique—and queer—twists on Benedick, Beatrice, Hero, Claudio, Don Pedro, and the whole gang! In true Shakespearean fashion, our creators utilize gender, sexuality, romanticism, and a host of costume changes to tell unique artworks and stories—some featuring original characters, some characters from the play—that show Shakespeare’s work in a whole new light.


A Glimmer of Hope by Nina Waters

Gregory Adalwin’s life ended the day in 1746 when his liege lord, Duke Haribert Schultheis-Königsmann, was murdered. With everything he’d spent a thousand years building in ruins, Gregory set out to wreak vengeance on those who had killed the Duke. He didn’t expect to survive. Yet, a century after completing his revenge, Gregory is somehow still breathing. He wastes his days in an alcoholic stupor, clothed and fed and housed at the sufferance of Teyrngar Gwehydd, once sworn to his service, now owed more than he can ever hope to repay. The only things that get him out of bed are the vodka that Mstislav Alkayev sneaks to him and the prospect of spending time with the beautiful pixie Yermolai Praskovya. No one remembers who Gregory is, no one knows him, and no one cares about him. After how Gregory failed his Duke, he deserves nothing more.

Or so he thinks, until someone tries to kill him, and Gregory is confronted by a stupefying question: who on earth could possibly give enough of a damn about him to want him dead?


In Which James Willoby Enjoys a Ball Far More Than One Should by A. L. Heard

It was halfway through the second dance when “the moment” finally came.

James caught sight of him at a distance, a familiar form lurking at the periphery of his vision. As he turned with the dance, James focused on that corner of the ballroom, locking eyes with none other than their host.

Haywood Keating was by all accounts a handsome man. Nearly ten years James’s senior, he exuded the type of charm and confidence only the wealthy could afford, coaxing smiles and earning admiration wherever he went. His dark suit, although perfectly tailored and pressed, was almost boring when viewed among the other gentry wearing their best, but the bright-purple cravat dotted with yellow paisley made him stand out all the same. His hair was longer these days, the dark strands beginning to curl but currently tamed; his footman must have pulled it back and fastened it with that vibrant-green ribbon that complemented his dark complexion. A sight to behold, as always.


He Bears the Cape of Stars, an anthology with contributions by 17 authors; three of the stories include bisexual characters

He Bears the Cape of Stars is one of our two paired masquerade-themed anthologies. It features 17 stories exploring mlm relationships developing, growing, and changing while the characters attend or participate in masquerades!

The collected works in He Bears the Cape of Stars feature men and masculine-leaning genderqueer characters, with a spectrum of sexualities, and these diverse individuals inhabit worlds ranging from a science fiction setting where everyone must be masked to breathe, to a fantasy world where no one wears a literal mask but everyone shows the world a false guise, to an iteration of the real world where all the characters truly want is to take their masks off and show the world who they really are. Our contributors stretched their imaginations to present innovative stories exploring what a masquerade can be…and, of course, tell rich, engaging tales of wonderful queer folk finding love, companionship, acceptance, the queer platonic relationship of their dreams, or the found family they deserve.


No One Right Way by R. L. Houck

Sometime a little past 9 p.m., Rachel swanned into the bedroom from the bathroom. She paused suddenly a few steps past the doorway. Nikkōka glanced up, noting she wore the shorts-and-T-shirt combo she normally donned for bed. Her mouth was pinched with anxiety despite her confident stance.

“I am horny, and I am going to get off,” she announced.


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