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10 April Releases from Duck Prints Press!

After a couple slow months, we’ve come back raring with ten new releases in April so far (and more to come!). Join us now and learn all about ‘um.

Website 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 "Foundation" and the author is Johnathan Stern. Text below the title reads: Science Fiction * F/F * Academia Setting * Meet Cute

Title: Foundations
Author: Johnathan Stern

F/F, Science Fiction, Meet Cute on Mars

Addison is browsing the stacks of the Valles Marineris Coprates Chasma University Memorial Library when she’s shocked to find someone looking for the same obscure book about the history of space travel that is.

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Title: Worlds Apart (but Still Close)
Author: Sanne Burg

F/M and M/M to F/M/M, Urban Paranormal, Confessions of Mutual Attraction, When in Doubt Fuck it Out

Flo is consistently frustrated with how her boyfriend Arthur’s bodyguard Kacen is always watching her suspiciously. But when she discovers Arthur and Kacen in bed together, it casts a whole new light on the relationships between the three of them, and Flo finds herself considering possibilities that had never dawned on her before.

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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 "Worlds Apart" and the author is Sanne Burg. Text below the title reads: “Modern with Magic * F/M/M * Infidelity to Poly * The Only Solution to a Love Triangle Is..."

Patreon Releases: General Imprint

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 “Glass Slipper: A Dance” and the author is Cedar McCafferty-Svec. Text below the title reads: Fantasy * F/NB * Cinderella Retelling * Getting Together.

Title: Glass Slipper: A Dance
Author: Cedar McCafferty-Svec

F/NB, Fantasy, Dating Royalty is Hard Even if Your Stepmother Isn’t Evil, Attraction at First Sight, Getting to Know One Another

Going to the ball was Marienne’s dream, but it still never occurred to her that she’d catch the eye of the Royal Heir Apparent. Their dance is a dream come true, and their walk around the gardens together helps demonstrate they could have a future together even putting perfect first-dances aside, but that doesn’t mean things will be easy.

Become a backer at the $5/month level (or higher!) to read this story!

Title: Fool’s Gold
Author: Eliot Lovell

M/M (Pre-Relationship), Fantasy, Dragon Hordes and Lifelong Dreams, Hurt/Comfort

When Tomas sets off to defeat a dragon, he does so despite the aches and pains of growing older and a bum hip. Little does he expect that his attempt to be a valiant hero will be derailed prematurely when he’s set upon by wolves. After they leave him unconscious in the woods, the last thing he expects is to be rescued and nursed to help. But he has one burning question: who found him, and why?

Become a backer at the $7/month (or higher!) level to read this story!

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 "Fool's Gold" and the author is Eliot Lovell. Text below the title reads: “Fantasy * M/M Pre-Relationship * Dragon x Human * Nursing a Stranger to Health."
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 “Into the Wyvern's Lair” and the author is Mikki Madison. Text below the title reads: “Fantasy * Action and Adventure * F/F Pre-Relationship."

Title: Into the Wyvern’s Lair
Author: Mikki Madison

F/F (Pre-Relationship), Fantasy, the Inherent Eroticism of Being Competing Mercenaries After the Same Mark (and the Same Pay Day)

Usually, Kella wouldn’t take a job from a tiny podunk town in exchange for the risks of facing wyvern, but they’re offering 25 gold pieces, and that’s too much to resist. She doesn’t expect the job to be that hard – it’s not her first time facing a wyvern – but she also doesn’t expect competition, in the form of a stubborn mage who has been hired by the same town at the same rate. But what she really doesn’t expect is the wyvern…

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Title: Washer Wars: A Laundromat Feud
Author: Samantha M. Piper

F/F, Contemporary Romance, Meet-Awkward, Sometimes the Only Difference Between Fighting and Flirting is Point of View

Every Saturday morning, before the crack of dawn, Dee goes to the laundromat to do her laundry alone and in the quiet, with her pick of the available machines.

Until the morning she’s not alone anymore.

Truly, she doesn’t know what’s worse: the loss of her solitude, or that this intruder has taken the biggest washer.

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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 “Washer Wars: A Laundromat Feud” and the author is Samantha M. Piper. Text below the title reads: Modern Romance * F/F * Misunderstandings * Getting Together
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 “Coffee For My Valentine?” and the author is Cedar McCafferty-Svec. Text below the title reads: Modern with Magic * F/F * Meet Cute

Title: Coffee For My Valentine?
Author: Cedar McCafferty-Svec

F/F, Contemporary Romance with a Splash of Magic, Bookshop-slash-Coffee-Shop Meet-Cute, Heat Resistance for the Win

Valentine’s day is invariably a disaster for Nissa. And when she starts this Valentine’s work day by spilling coffee all over a new customer?

Maybe she should have just stayed in bed this morning.

Become a backer at the $7/month level (or higher!) to read this story!

Patreon Releases: Explicit Imprint

Title: Georgia Rain
Author: R. L. Houck
This is a sequel to the Patreon-exclusive story “Pretty 7 Days a Week”

F/NB, Contemporary Suspense, Reunion after a Long Separation, They Work Hard for the Money, You’ll Never Guess How This Sex Romp Gets Interrupted…

Four years after the events of Pretty 7 Days a Week, Tomas, who has changed their name to Aster, has built themself a new, better life no longer working on the streets.

The last thing they expect is for Lydia to come sweeping back into their life. It’s also the last thing they want…or so they keep trying to tell themself…

Become a backer at the $7/month level (or higher!) to read this story!

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.”
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 “Old Kings and New” and the author is Lyonel Loy. Text below the title reads: Fantasy with Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics * M/M Omega/Omega * Conquered x Conqueror * Bodice Ripper Vibes.

Title: Old Kings and New
Author: Lyonel Loy

M/M, Fantasy, Omega/Omega, Middle-Aged Characters, Bonding Over Shared Favorite (Rape Fantasy) Books

No one in their right mind would name Isemund king, but he’s the only heir left, and so the council names him and then flees before the conqueror Caith can seize the castle.

Isemund is prepared to die at the hands of the invader.

Caith has other plans in mind.

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Title: Escape
Author: Sanne Burg

F/M + F/M Established Relationship with Partner Swapping, Contemporary Romance, Middle-Aged Characters, Friends with Benefits to Lovers

Anxiety means that it doesn’t take much to push Liam into needing some quiet time to himself, and he’s so appreciative of his wife Alice taking the initiative to get him that quiet time.

He’s slightly less appreciative when their friends-with-benefits partner-swap married friends Dan and Lola show up, especially considering that it was finding RPF fanart of him and Dan having sex that triggered Liam’s anxiety in the first place…

Become a backer at the $7/month level (or higher!) to read this story!

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 “Escape” and the author is Sanne Burg. Text below the title reads: Modern * F/F and M/M * Polyamory * Friends to Lovers.

Duck Prints Press publishes 6 short stories every month to our Patreon – love short stories? Better become a backer now!

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Meet Some of Duck Prints Press’s Transgender Authors!

A graphic showing 10 book covers over stripes in pastel blue, pastel pink, and white - the colors of the trans pride flag. The graphic is labeled as "Transgender Day of Visibility: 11 reads by Trans Authors x Duck Prints Press." The book covers are: Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology; Of Loops and Weaves by Catherine E. Green; Sarisa by N. C. Farrell; Whispers of Atlantis: A Tale of Discovery and Belonging by Neo Scarlett; Chrysopoeia by Zel Howland; Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley; A Shield for the People by Puck Malamud; This Treatment for Chronic Pain has an Unbelievable Side Effect! by Xianyu Zhou; And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"; and LA Photographs Itself by YF Ollwell.

Today, March 31st 2024, is Transgender Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating by shining the spotlight on 11 trans authors who’ve published with us, and three more who are contributing to projects that are in the pipeline. Duck Prints Press works with many trans creators, but we never disclose such information without explicit permission – there are way more than 11 trans folks working with us, but the people highlighted in this post all opted in to be included: they’re here, they’re trans, and they’re happy for y’all to know that about them!

Most of these authors have published more than one work with Duck Prints Press; we’re mostly highlighting one story each for this post, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to read!

Aether Beyond the Binary is our most recent anthology (Kickstarted in January, expected to go up for sale in late spring or early summer). About half the contributors are transgender or genderqueer, including four who volunteered to be included in this post!

  • S. J. Ralston, who contributed the story Razzmatazz, about a dystopian Hollywood where robots of long-dead stars are forced to make movies, and about the non-binary mechanic who services them.
  • Kelas Lloyd, who contributed the story True, about a non-binary teen going to a remedial camp to help them learn to channel aether.
  • Catherine E. Green, who contributed the story To Hold the World Close, about an established non-binary couple working together to try to take down a corporation that’s trying to control access to the world-wide aether network.
  • Zel Howland, who contributed the story Flower and Rot, about a world where channeling aether causes human bodies to sprout plants, and about the people who sprout fungi instead.
  • Meet the other contributors, too!

All of our anthologies have had trans contributors; highlighted here also is And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” contributed to by Adrian Harley (a character study of modern-day Benedick’s coming out as a trans man) and Nickel J. Keep (a wlw historical story about the characters returning home after serving in World War 2).

You can read about all the contributors to Aether Beyond the Binary here.

And other works by our trans authors…

And we’ve got upcoming projects featuring even more trans authors!

So come check out Duck Prints Press, an indie press that works with fancreators to publish their original works, and support some awesome trans creators this Transgender Day of Visibility!

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Now Available: Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard

A graphic for advertising a book. The background shows an icy water surface, like a rink, in a gradient from deep blue to nearly white. The ice is cut up as if people have been skating on it, and it reflects light. A book cover is centered over the background graphic. The title of the book is "Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance" and the author is "A. L. Heard." The image on the book cover shows two men from the back. They are in a loose embrace, one with an arm over the other's shoulder, the other with his arm around the first's waist. They're wearing hockey helmets and jerseys that read "Jensen 68" and "Porter 12," and there are hearts in red, white, and blue floating around them. Text above the book cover reads "Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance by A. L. Heard." The book cover is surrounded by arrows that point to text. This text reads: "hockey players are sexy af" "meddling friends and family" "emotionally constipated idiots to lovers" "m/m" "grumpy x sunshine" "mutual pining" "slooooow burn" At the bottom of the graphic, text reads "Now Available!"

Our successful crowdfunding campaign for Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard has been fulfilled, backers have their awesome rewards, and that means now, even if you missed the December pre-order window, now you can get your copy of this fun contemporary hockey slow-burn mlm novel!

Nick Porter has always loved hockey. Ever since he can remember, it’s been his favorite thing in the world. It’s too bad he never learned to play, he’d tell himself, but it was too late to do it now. Adults don’t just magically learn to skate and join a hockey team. That’d be ridiculous.

Except maybe they do? On a whim, he decides to sign up for an adult beginner’s class. He learns to skate, joins a team, and meets a really hot teammate… and it’s pretty much a disaster from there on out.

Available in…

  • e-book from our website, major retailers, and through the library e-book app of your choice!
  • trade paperback from our website and major retailers, and you can request it from your library or bookstore of choice!
  • hard cover is only available through our website, and only while supplies last. We have about a dozen copies left and will not be printing more so if you want the hard cover, get it while you can!

Want even more? Don’t miss the merchandise!

A graphic with words and art over a photograph of ice. It's entitled "Hockey Bois" Merchandise and includes images in three categories: "Magnets," which shows chibi artwork of two chibi men in hockey uniforms skating while holding their hockey stickers; "Two-sided Bookmark" which features the same two men, but not in a chibi/cute style, as shown on a bookmark with a white background, and "Stickers," which has artwork of five stickers, including the same two chibi images as in magnets, then artwork of the two men embracing from behind, another of them chibi and standing side by side, and a last piece of them from the waist up with arms over each other's shoulders as they clink beer bottles.

And that’s not all! Can’t get enough and Nick and Brady? We have short stories by A. L. Heard for that!

Brady Jensen vs. Haunted House: a “what if” alternate take on if these characters went to high school together!

Brambles, Pollen, and Other Natural Disasters: a sexy “what if” college setting version, with sex pollen!

Snowbound and Love Sick: another sexy alternate take, this time snowed-in together in a cabin – what could possibly go wrong?

And you can get EVEN MORE on A. L. Heard’s ko-fi!

Come on over to the Duck Prints Press Webstore and Get Your Copies Now!

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Announcing the Contributors to “Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica”

There’s always more in the pipeline here at Duck Prints Press, and while we’re still putting the finishing touches on our most recently crowdfunded anthology Aether Beyond the Binary, that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working on what’s coming next! We’re thrilled to be ready to share with y’all the list of 16 authors contributing to our next project – our FIRST erotica anthology! – entitled Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica. We anticipate launching the crowdfunding campaign for this campaign in the early spring.

Don’t want to miss out on the latest information about Many Hands? Make sure you follow us on social media and/or subscribe to our mailing list!

Read on to learn all about these awesome writers!

Alex Bauer

Born and raised in the Wisconsin northwoods, Alex Bauer is a part-time author and full-time menace. When he’s not writing, he can be found communing with his animals via prolonged eye contact and inhuman chittering. Summoning him is as easy as leaving a cup of coffee unattended (or rolling a shiny object past his hidey-hole).

He developed a passion for books and writing in early childhood, concerning librarians and classmates alike with the number of books he could devour in any given week. Ever since, he’s endeavored to channel that passion (and his queer experience) into his own creative work.

He is a proud multifandom multishipper. His favorite characters are mostly powerful, wet-cat-energy protagonists who would rather be anywhere else but their current story. While he started out as a Naruto fiend, his current favorite fandoms include Trigun, Bungou Stray Dogs, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Boku no Hero Academia.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr | Writer Tumblr

enchantedsleeper

A photograph of a white Hello Kitty doll - a super deformed cute cat - wearing a white bow, red collar, and holding a golden star wand.

enchantedsleeper is a writer and general fandom enthusiast from the UK who has been knocking around the internet and fandom since 2004-ish. She came to fandom through anime and manga and reading second-person quizzes on Quizilla, before discovering Fanfiction.net and later, AO3. She mainly creates fanfic but has also dabbled in fanart, cosplay, fancrafts, fanvids, and meta throughout her time in fandom.

She previously published an essay in Ofic Magazine, “From Anime to (Quiz)Zilla: A fandom origin story” about her history with fandom and how it has shaped her life. This is her first published original fiction.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Dreamwidth | Tumblr

D. A. Hernández

An author who works as a teacher, reads fanfiction compulsively, gets inspiration from her weird dreams, lives for long naps, and once in a while writes a story or two. Find her original stories in the Duck Prints Press anthologies She Wears the Midnight Crown and Aim for the Heart.

Link: Twitter

ilgaksu

Artwork of a cute blue creature with big floppy ears leaping onto the top of a pink lidded cup of the style often used for milk tea. The colors are evocative of the trans pride flag.

Full-time fandom cryptid, Furby enthusiast, and the human embodiment of that one gif of Elmo on fire, ilgaksu was born and raised in an undisclosed location, living in several others, and now currently residing in [REDACTED]. Their interests include collecting haunted toys, using their artistic practice as an excuse to forget to do their laundry, and playing with fictional men like Bratz dolls. They have not unclenched their jaw yet today, but they do remember to drink lots of water.

Mina Kramek

Mina has been looking through archways and in tree hollows for a portal to another world since she was six years old, and discovered along the way that she loves exploring this world almost as much. The first stories she ever told were fairy tale retellings, and she still has a soft spot for them. She’s been writing fanfiction since long before she knew what it was, but finished a story for the first time in 2020 after watching the Untamed three times in a row. Since then, she’s posted about 750k worth of stories on AO3 and modded a Big Bang. She would always rather be sipping wine by a river and learning the history of somewhere she’s never been before, but staying home with her cats, a book, or the occasional crochet project is pretty good too. 

Link: Archive of Our Own

Eliot Lovell

Artwork showing a styled, cute stuffed fox in white, orange, and black.

Eliot (they/them) is a queer author from the UK, whose been obsessed with writing stories for as long as they can remember. Even though they can’t swim, they love living close to the sea and on the rare instance they’re not actually writing, they can invariably found thinking about bees.

Links: Tumblr | Twitter

Lyonel Loy

Lifelong maladaptive daydreamer, finally working up the courage to write those daydreams down. Spends time cosplaying as a Responsible Adult With A Job.

Alec J. Marsh

Alec lives in the Pacific Northwest, where they write romantic adult fantasy and self-indulgent fanfiction. They make candles inspired by their favorite characters.

Links: Etsy | Instagram | Twitter

K. Martin

K. Martin is a queer disabled writer from Canada. She has a degree in English & Contemporary Studies and a gold medal in Faculty of Arts from WLU. Previously, she’s had poetry published in ImageOutWrite Vol. 5, short fiction in Torquere’s Harvest Moon anthology, and erotic flash fiction in NSP’s Erato anthology. When not writing fanfiction or the final draft of her novel, she’s on Tumblr as @queerfictionwriter, or talking about writing over on Patreon.com/K’sCorner. 

Links: Patreon | Tumblr

Cedar D. McCafferty-Svec

Cedar (he/him) lives with his two life partners and their menagerie of animals. He was first introduced to writing original work at the young age of 7 years old and has never stopped chasing that high of sharing the worlds inside his head. His crowning accomplishment in college was making his creative writing professor enjoy a fantasy story after having been told that all fantasy stories were boring. When not writing, Cedar can be found making various handcrafted goods or screaming into the abyss about his latest hyperfixation (currently robots).

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr

YF Ollwell

YF Ollwell (he/him and she/her) is a queer transmasculine writer, artist and graduate student currently located in sunny California. He has been writing both original work and fanfiction for over a decade, posting predominantly in horror and anime fandoms, but has only recently began publishing his original work as well. She’s a sucker for historical settings and loves to read and write strange interactions between complicated queer characters, especially in or about the horror genre she’s devoted most of her life and study to. When not writing for work or play, YF can be found experimenting with new art modes, watching grindhouse movies, or re-reading The Stand for the seventh time.

Links: Archive of Our Own

Taliesin Owens

Taliesin is a queer author who grew up bouncing around Europe and the US and currently calls Chicago home. They’ve been writing stories since they had to pester their mom to help them transcribe their words on the family desktop computer. After half a million words of posted fanfiction and a lot of kind encouragement from friends and strangers, they are delighted to be making their publishing debut with Duck Prints Press. They work as a stage manager, dog walker, bartender, and hold a Master’s degree in Humanities, with a focus in literature. No amount of school or chaotic array of part-time jobs has yet managed to stop them from reading and writing voraciously. They can also occasionally be found doing calligraphy, baking, getting really excited about Shakespeare, or walking out to look at the lake because everything seems a little better when you can stand at the edge of the water for a while.

Link: Tumblr

Veronica Sanders

Veronica Sanders has a deep love of modern literature that began in early childhood, when she considered Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin (IYKYK), and Barbara Parks amongst her personal heroes. Later, she added Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, and Julia Alvarez to that list, as well as (begrudgingly) a couple of boys, in the form of Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving. Her initial forays into fanfiction began in preschool, making her dolls act out fix-it scenes from her favorite TV shows. Currently, she is the admin for Artificial Queens, a Tumblr blog for RuPaul’s Drag Race-inspired fanfiction. She would like to dedicate this story to all the Blonde + Brunette couples who have inspired her over the years.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr (Artificial Queens) | Tumblr (Veronica Sanders)

E. K. Victor

E. K. Victor, aka Smehur (they/them), is a queer writer, artist and stargazer. They have been writing fanfiction for fifteen years (mostly for Mass Effect, but also The Elder Scrolls and recently Darksiders), and original fiction for about half as long. Working with Duck Prints Press is their first foray into traditional publishing.

In one way or another, Smehur’s fiction is always about troubled m/m relationships where deception, jealousy, mental illness and/or the barriers in understanding between neurotypical and neurodivergent characters are balanced by love, loyalty, or sometimes, obsession. Their favorite trope is second chances.

Outside their creative pursuits, Smehur is a low-energy creature who shies from company and enjoys reading, gardening and gaming. Increasingly, they worry that the world will end before they get to tell it all their tales.

Links: Personal Webpage | Archive of Our Own | Tumblr

Dei Walker

Dei Walker (she/her) is a queer New Englander abroad, having spent almost half her life overseas. She currently lives with her family in Beijing, China. When she isn’t writing, she can be found knitting, scuba diving, or playing games (video or tabletop). 

Links: Discord: .dei. | BlueSky | Tumblr

Terra P. Waters

Artwork of a light-skinned person looking toward their viewer. They have light brown, shoulder length hair, and they're wearing a v-cut dark pink top. A pendant with a blue stone dangles on their chest.

Terra is a scientist by day who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She has been writing fiction as long as she can remember, and has always told her partner of 17 years that if she wasn’t a scientist, she would be an author. During grad school, she discovered fanfiction and immediately began writing her own. After many years and several fandoms (including Teen Wolf, Hawaii Five-0, and Stranger Things), she returned to writing original fiction. To date, she has self-published two novellas in a 90s-nostalgia polyamory comedy series, and has drafted two YA/NA sci-fi novels. When not doing science or writing, you can find Terra indulging her yarn addiction and knitting.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr | Twitter

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Ongoing Pre-Order Campaigns: Updates!

Now that we’ve finished our month-long push for our Kickstarter campaign for Aether Beyond the Binary, we have space and time to talk about literally anything else on our social media (lol). We’ve gotten a couple private inquiries about the status of our other projects, so here’s an overview of progress on our current publishing projects (we’ve also got a couple art projects in the works, but that’s a topic for another day).

A graphic featuring book covers over a background with a gradient from dark blue to pink (reminiscent of the bisexual pride flag). Text at the top says "Project Updates from Duck Prints Press," with the "Duck Prints Press" part inserted as the Press logo with a rainbow of duck prints and our Dux mascot standing beside it. There are five book covers shown below this: "To Drive the Hundred Miles" by Alec J. Marsh (depicting two people walking hand-in-hand against a snowy forest background), "Aim For The Heart" (which shows a person in historical Musketeer-esque clothing baring their chest as three swords are aimed at the center), "Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance" by A. L. Heard (which shows two men in hockey helmets and jerseys embracing), "Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology" (which shows two people of indeterminate gender doing science, studying a floating flower), and "Many Drops Make a Stream" by Adrian Harley (which shows a giant bird carrying a woman high in the sky, a fantasy/historical style city far beneath them.)

To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh

Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers

  • fulfillment on the crowdfunding campaign for our most recent anthology is complete
  • as of January 20th, the book and leftover merch are now available on our webpage!
  • you can also get the e-book through major retailers and can request it through your library
  • we’re working on reformatting the book to a slightly different size so that we can also offer it print-on-demand to major retailers, local bookstores, and libraries everywhere

Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard

  • all merchandise has been received and prepared for distribution
  • trade paperback books have been received
  • the proof of the hardcover edition has been approved, and the hardcover edition is in production
  • according to our book printer, BookLogix, we should expect delivery of the hardcover edition in roughly a month (around the end of February)
  • once we’ve received all items necessary for fulfillment, we will send out everyone’s orders as quickly as possible

Aether Beyond the Binary

  • the crowdfunding campaign for our next anthology successfully concluded yesterday!
  • we are putting finishing touches on stories
  • we are preparing templates suitable for printing our merchandise
  • we’ve begun to gather information from backers necessary fulfillment
  • most fulfillment activities are on hold until the funds clear and we can actually place orders; this will take roughly three weeks

Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley

Other Projects

  • Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica: stories for this collection are being edited, with progress ranging from “barely started” to “almost done.” We’re just beginning to discuss the books internal appearance, and are waiting on the final cover from the artist we’re working with. We expect to release the contributor list in the next few weeks and hope to crowdfund the anthology during the spring.
  • Untitled Best Of Anthologies: we’ll be doing two anthologies – one general imprint and one explicit imprint – featuring stories published to our Patreon and webpage before September 31, 2023. Most of the stories have been set, and we’ll beginning work on the cover and campaign features soon. We expect to launch this during the summer of 2024.
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: recruitment for this anthology closed on January 15th, and we will be selecting contributors and notifying them by January 31st. We expect this campaign to be ready for launch in roughly a year (late 2024 or early 2025).
  • Untitled General Imprint Anthology: we’re in the very preliminary stages of discussing a theme for our next general imprint anthology, and we expect to open recruitment for it in the late spring, with an expected publication date of summer, 2025.
  • Scrap Metal Angel by Nicola Kapron: our next novella project, we are working on final editing, and once that’s done we’ll begin work on a cover, artwork, and other campaign aspects. We don’t yet have a time frame on pre-orders, but definitely during 2024, before the fall.
  • The Twinned Trilogy by Tris Lawrence: we still have a great deal of editing to complete on this project, but covers are done and the pre-launch page is on Kickstarter. We’re aiming for spring or summer 2024 for crowdfunding.
  • We have several other novellas and novels in the pipeline, but none that we’re ready to announce yet. Be on the look-out!

Want to always know the latest on what we’re working on? Want a say in what we work on next? Want behind-the-scenes access, more information, awesome extras, free stories, and more? Want exclusive extra merch for supporting our future campaigns? Best yet: want the joy of supporting queer independent publishing? If you said “yes” to any of these, there’s no time like today to become a backer of our Patreon!

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Spice Up the Season with 2 New Explicit Titles from Duxxx Prints Press!

A graphic advertising two books. The background is a simple dusky red and black graphic, with red rays radiating from the center. Text reads: Two New Erotica Titles from Duck Prints Press. Below that are two book covers. These covers are:

Book on the Left: 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. The title of the book is “Weather the Storm” and the author is Lyn Weaver. Text below the title reads: “Sci-Fi Dystopia * M/M * Metaphysics and Surreality * Dog Shifter Knotting.”

Book on the Right: 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 "Adventures of the Scarlet Sentinel: After Dark" and the author is Samantha M. Piper. Text below the title reads: “Modern * Established F/F * Sexy Roleplaying * Plot? What Plot?"

At the bottom of the graphic is the Duxxx Prints Press logo rendered in shades of red.

For December’s webstore releases, Duck Prints Press is bringing two formerly Patreon-exclusive stories to our Duxxx Prints Press webstore!

Title: Weather the Storm
Author: Lyn Weaver

Dystopian Capitalist Sci-Fi Setting, M/M, Dubious Consent, Body Horror, Pseudo-Selfcest, Genuinely Impossible to Tag

Ever since the conceptual entity Cerberus consumed part of Rain, Rain has straddled the line between being a human and being a creature of the reality-adjacent Mirror. Even worse, Cerberus hungers still; everywhere Rain goes, Cerberus is sure to follow eventually. Still, this has its advantages: when Rain goes to sabotage an LG Corp factory, having Cerberus show up ensures the factory will be destroyed so thoroughly that it’ll never operate again.

Knowing that won’t help Rain get through his encounter with the not-exactly-a-dog creature again, though. Maybe he’ll finally find out why Cerberus keeps pursuing him…

Lyn Weaver is the author of the popular Sunrise in the Black Forest ‘verse, which includes both explicit and general imprint titles. Weather the Storm is the first explicit title she’s written with Duck Prints Press outside that verse. The second, and most recent, is What Monsters Need, and is currently exclusive to our Patreon backers.


Title: Adventures of the Scarlet Sentry: After Dark
Author: Samantha M. Piper

Modern Fluff, F/F, Established Relationship, the Inherent Eroticism of Roleplaying as a Superhero and the Civilian they are Desperate to Protect

The curtains billowed outward gracefully onto the patio in the soft night breeze like ghosts reaching out for justice as she made her way through the shadows. It was well past midnight and not a soul was around, but stealth was a second skin to someone in her profession. Darkness was the only ally she could trust...

…or so Frankie thinks tonight, as she and her wife Nadia spend this evening of their vacation roleplaying as the Scarlet Sentry and Dr. Sharon Zenith finally setting costumes aside and giving in to desire.

This is Samantha M. Piper’s second title with Duck Prints Press. The first, Easier Than Expected, debuted our “they had it coming” tag…

Looking for some steamy this December? You’ve come to the right place! Come on over to duckprintspress.com and check out these explicit titles and many more!

Want even more spice this season? Become a backer of our Patreon, and you can immediately access THIRTY FOUR explicit titles, including both of today’s webstore releases!

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Recent Campaigns: Project Updates!

We’ve been working hard on fulfillment our three most recent successful crowdfunding campaigns: Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers,” Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley, and To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh.

Aim For The Heart: Fulfillment of this Kickstarter campaign is now complete; we updated the Kickstarter to this effect two weeks ago. 95% of backer orders have been shipped; the remaining few, we are waiting for information from the backer. We anticipate the e-book becoming available through our webpage and distribution network in January, and we also hope to be able to offer print options as well.

Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley: You may recall that fulfillment was delayed on this campaign as a result of an error in the initial production run of the enamel pin. I’m pleased to report that the replacements have been manufactured and are on their way to us now! Delivery is estimated for Friday, December 8th. We’ll be aiming to fill purchaser orders over the coming weekend and to put orders in the mail on the morning of Monday, December 11th.

To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh: this crowdfunding campaign is now complete, the first we’ve ever run from start to finish on our own webpage! Backer rewards went in the mail this morning (December 4, 2023) and e-books were sent to the purchasers’ e-mail address. Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign, and we hope you love your orders.

Our current campaign is Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard; we are aiming to raise $2,800 by December 10th and we’re about half-way to our goal as I type this. Love what we do? Don’t forget to check it out!

Our next crowdfunding campaign is slated for launch on Kickstarter on December 26th, 2023: Aether Beyond the Binary, an anthology of 18 short stories about characters whose gender is outside the binary exploring modern and near-modern worlds suffused with magical aether! You’re not gonna want to miss it, so be on the lookout for our campaign announcement, cover reveal, and more!

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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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DPP Contributor Interview: A. L. Heard

A photograph of an open hard-cover book resting on a white surface. It's sunny and bright. A blurred-out background suggests the outdoors. Text over the image reads "Author interview! Meet A. L. Heard." The Duck Prints Press logo is at the bottom middle of the image.

A. L. Heard is one of the founding members of Duck Prints Press and has been a part of our planning team since before our official inception, offering her advice and expertise to the Press since mid-2019, and she’s been an editor on our anthologies Add Magic to Taste, And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, He Bears the Cape of Stars, She Wears the Midnight Crown, and Aim For The Heart. She’s also a prolific author of stories of all lengths and in all genres, and one of the most active authors involved with the Press.

Pre-orders of the revised edition of A. L. Heard’s debut novel Hockey Bois open on December 1st, 2023!

Want to meet A. L. Heard and ask her YOUR questions? YOU CAN! Join us TOMORROW, Thursday, November 30th, at 8 p.m. Eastern time (converter) on our Book Lover’s Discord server for a very special Ask Me Anything session with the author of Hockey Bois!

A photograph of a slim white woman, shown from the shoulders up, with a forest in the background. She is casually dressed, her hair up, and large aviator-style sunglasses cover her eyes. This is an author portrait of A. L. Heard.

Author Biography: Ashley, pen name A. L. Heard, fandom name jhoom, is a 35-year-old teacher, writer, and mother of two little boys. She’s been writing fanworks since she discovered fanfiction.net back in her middle school days; the platform has changed and the writing’s improved, but Ashley ultimately still spends her free time writing about characters she adores in worlds she’d like to explore. Her first novel, Hockey Bois, was published in 2021. In between writing projects, she works as a language teacher in the Pittsburgh area, plays hockey, and plays trains with her sons.

Links: Bluesky | Instagram


How did you pick the name you create under?

It’s a combination of my [real life] name and family names, making it unique but also still connected to me.


When and why did you begin creating?

I started writing fic during middle school and went through phases where I’d write fic and original work and then long periods with no writing. I’m happy to be settled into writing on a regular basis 🙂


What’s your favorite part of the creation process?

The brainstorming and playing around with a new story and characters, where everything is still possible and I haven’t had to commit to any particular plot point.


Describe your ideal creation space.

An office that’s well lit with an endless supply of tea or coffee or snacks, with no distractions or extra noises except birds. Either that or a brewery or cafe with background noise.


What are your favorite snacks and/or drinks to consume while creating?

Tea, coffee, and baked goods (cookies, scones, that sort of thing)


What’s one thing (style, genre, etc.) that you think you’ll never do, and why not?

Epic fantasy – they’re awesome stories but I don’t have the creativity/brain for a large scale world and magic system like that.


Short Stories A. L. has published with Duck Prints Press:

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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!