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Add Magic to Taste Author Spotlight: Shea Sullivan

Shea Sullivan is a life-long writer living in upstate New York. As a late-blooming queer person, she enjoys writing about complex characters coming into themselves and finding comfort in being exactly who they are.

Shea’s day jobs in computer programming and middle management have molded her into the patient, sarcastic, big-hearted, frustrated human she is today, but it’s what she does outside the 9-5 that really excites  her. When she’s not writing, she can be found painting, napping, making quilts, watching documentaries, and trying not to adopt more animals, usually with a cup of tea in hand.

Story Title: Sea Salt and Caramel

tags: animal transformation, creature character, bipoc character, happy ending, meet awkward, mlm, octopus shifter, manta ray shifter, new england, united states

Teaser

Kyle doesn’t make friends Above, and he certainly doesn’t go out after work.

But when Nigh asks, it doesn’t feel like a choice, it feels inevitable. Like the push-pull of the tide.

“Why skateboarding?” Kyle asks as Nigh rolls up beside him, returning from a series of tricks along the boardwalk. The air is heavy with humidity and the smell of the ocean, and for once Kyle isn’t desperate to pull his skin on and slip back into the water.

“Why not?” Nigh shrugs. “It feels good. It can be easy, just the smooth ride of the road, or challenging, like when I’m learning a new trick. And it feels powerful, you know? Free, like flying.” He laughs. “I used to think I was a Viv, I loved it so much. Then a bunch of my friends had their first shift, and I realized… I just like it, I guess.”

Kyle looks at the long blue marks that run parallel to Nigh’s collarbones. He considers saying something about how swimming feels like that—like freedom and weightlessness. He’s silent. Everyone finds their way in their own time, and he doesn’t know, not really. He just senses it, like the warning tingle of a barracuda cresting the reef behind him.


Is Kyle finally making his first friend Above? And what mysteries await Nigh? You can read the whole story and find out by backing the Add Magic to Taste Kickstarter!

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Add Magic to Taste Author Spotlight: Lacey Hays

When Lacey isn’t dreaming of the stars or magical worlds, she can be found stomping around in the wild areas of Northern Oregon with her wife and son, or sipping on a coffee with her trusty notebook and fountain pens. Her writing journey began in the Star Trek: Voyager fandom and has continued for over two decades. At the moment, she’s plugging away at her first novel—a world that’s taken twenty years to come to life. Lacey is eager to continue sharing diverse stories set in dark, but hopeful, worlds.

Story Title: The Magic Kin Know

tags: creature character, fae and fairy folk, fostering, lesbian character, witch character, parenthood, reunion, semi-accidental baby acquisition, star-crossed lovers, wlw

Teaser:

Hers was the voice that had haunted Isla for three days. In silent, sleepy moments, the memory of her had hummed like the wind through the trees. In the dark of the night, she’d danced through the exposed eaves of Isla’s bedroom like a sprite causing mischief. She’d reverberated between the folds of Isla’s brain, twisting and shifting, so familiar, but her identity had remained out of reach.

Oh, how had Isla not realized?

This voice was beloved—the voice of warm summers and chilly falls and first love whispered under the pale moonlight while laying on pillows of meadow grasses, the voice of blood oaths whispered at midnight while passion and power coursed through hot veins. The magic had been too strong for twenty-two-year-old girls drunk on romance novels.

This was the voice of broken hearts and partings, of longings and regrets.

This was the voice Isla had imagined as she’d read a hundred letters over the last decade.

And here it was—here she was. The veil between the worlds must have been thin indeed.

What were the Fair Folk getting at?


That is the question? What are the Fair Folk getting at? You’ll have to read on to find out…so back the Add Magic to Taste Kickstarter and get a copy of this full story, and 19 others, all for yourself!

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NOW AVAILABLE!

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Duck Prints Press, LLC, is thrilled to be working with author Tris Lawrence (@tryslora) to bring her trilogy, “Twinned,” to a wider audience, by publishing the e-book version of the first book in the series! If you love college settings, sports AUs, a huge splash of magic, found family, and queer characters from across the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. spectrum, this series is a must-not-miss!! This full length (160k words!) novel includes laughs, grief, adventure, fear, with incredible characterizations and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

Summary:

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.

Price: $6.99

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Now Available: Puppetry by Nina Waters!

Duck Prints Press LLC is thrilled to announce our third title – a modern-with-magic novelette by Nina Waters, with three full-page illustrations by Nikki O’Shea!

Summary: Harriet comes to her senses on a bustling New York City sidewalk with no memory of how she got there, where she was going, or how to get home. Terrified that her elderly Puppeteer, Jacob, will be angry with her, Harriet panics. There’s no way she can find her way, not alone!

Fortunately, Harriet isn’t alone.

“Puppetry” is a story about aging, changing, growing up, asserting independence – and finding someone worth spending a lifetime of lifetimes with.

Length: 19,950 words/58 pages

Genre: Modern with Magic

Rating: Adult

Tags: BIPOC main character, asexual main character, magical automatons, found family, aging and old age, memory loss, minor character death, classism, racism, off-screen non-con, happy ending

Format: e-book (ePub, Mobi and PDF)

Price: $1.99 US

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