Flight

Tomorrow, Flight, goes out of print. So today is the last day to purchase it. Flight is the second book in Queer Sci Fi’s Flash Fiction Contest series. It was the first flash fiction contest I entered with QSF, and my story, ‘Purrsuation’, is included. Stories cover the full range of Humor to Dark/Horror, Sci-fi to Fantasy. If you don’t have time to read except in short snippets, this book is for you. Here’s the link: Flight 

 

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Interview with A. Zukowski

Today is Sunday, which means it’s time for my monthly interview with a Beaten Track author.  A. Zukowski is visiting and will be telling us about their soon to be released book, Liam for Hire, and to answer what I like to call, ‘learn about the author’ questions. AZ also has a Rafflecopter drawing people can enter to win a copy of Liam. The link for the Rafflecopter entry will be at the end of this post. Let’s get started with the interview, shall we?

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KC: Can you tell us about your book Liam for Hire?

AZ: Liam is a young Irishman who has left his rural home behind to come to London.  He ended up homeless and acquired a bad drug habit. We meet him first after he has cleaned up his act and is working as an escort to make ends meet. One of his clients, Ali, is widowed, and trying to deal with grief and regrets.

Liam and Ali are very different, but each has a gut-wrenching past. It’s a story about finding soul mates under the most unexpected circumstances.

 

KC: What inspired you to write this particular story? What were some of the difficulties in writing it?

AZ: This story is from the point of view of Liam who first appeared in my debut The Boy Who Fell to Earth. Initially, I wanted to write something light because The Boy was pretty angsty. So I opted for Liam. Despite all his flaws, I liked him a lot and thought of him as a great storyteller. The first draft of the story took only two days because his voice came to me easily. I was thinking of some people I knew in Cork, Ireland. This was last year and it was meant to be a sweet summer read. As always, I got carried away and it has since grown into a full-length novel.

I write with my heart, and it can get very emotional. LOL. When I tried to write scripts, it was suggested to me by my mentor—who was a producer for the BBC—that I’d always have a goal when I write. How do I want the readers to feel at the end of the story? So, because I want to touch my readers, I have to feel the characters’ emotions myself.

 

KC: Are there any subjects you would never write about? What are they?

AZ: Never say never. I always write about flawed people in highly realistic scenarios. I sometimes wonder what it would be like writing sci-fi or fantasy.

 

KC: I noticed your bio states you live in London and Liam is also set in London. If someone wanted to experience what that city is like without visiting the usual tourist attractions, where would you take them to give them a true feeling of what it’s like to live there?

AZ: I’ve lived in quite a lot of places, mostly cities, and I always love the parts that visitors and even residents don’t/won’t see. Places are so important in my stories, but you won’t find a list of locations. Instead, I try to offer some kind of immersive experience where you end up wanting to visit the settings yourself. So, Liam For Hire portrays a nostalgia for Ireland, as well as gives a sensual experience of its main setting: London.

I haven’t really answered the question, have I? I love London for all its diversity. I like travelling on the no. 29 bus all the way from the city along Green Lanes to the northern edge, and often not a word of English is heard. I admire green spaces such as Highgate Woods, Hampstead Heath and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. And while you’re at it, visit Highgate Cemetery to see the graves of famous people like Karl Marx and George Eliot. I also enjoy discovering little eateries from Ethiopian cafés, Japanese vegan to artisan bakeries. Go up to Alexandra Palace, which used to be a BBC transmission centre, and you can see all of London city from a vantage point. For those who love literary connections, they’d wander around Bloomsbury or visit the poet John Keats’ house (also in Hamsptead Heath). Instead of art galleries and museums, take a walk around Old Street, Hoxton and Brick Lane and spot famous graffiti (like Banksy’s).

 

KC: Here’s a fun question. Do you have a bucket list and if you do, what are a few things on that list? Why are they on the list?

AZ: No, I don’t keep a bucket list! But, I really want to visit South America, not as a tourist but to spend months travelling and living in various countries. That’d be great. I’m quite a linguist but I still forget the languages if I don’t use them for a long time. I want to live somewhere else for a while to perfect a language.

 

KC: Let’s talk about writing again. Your publisher is Beaten Track. How did you find Debbie or how did she discover you? How long have you been with BTP?

AZ: Your question makes Deb sound like some kind of talent scout! This can be a long story, but it’s also a rather short one about how I’ve found a home.

When I self-published my debut novel The Boy Who Fell to Earth last March, I had absolutely no idea how to do it, but stubbornly I soldiered on. I did everything myself from personally contacting each and every blog to all the formatting, cover design etc. I learned a great deal. I was really grateful for the bloggers and readers who liked my book, and some of them championed it in their own ways. For an earlier version of Liam For Hire I’d had some good feedback. I had interest from a publisher which is now defunct. It was looking like another project that no one wanted.

I can’t recall why I contacted Debbie. I read her Checking Him Out and When Skies Have Fallen, and many of the works by Al Stewart and Claire Davis, some short stories, and I really loved them. I knew BTP publishes diverse fiction, and it has a certain British quirk and an ethos that I agree with. To my surprise Deb was interested in Liam. I asked Al for advice who told me BTP is the best. I sent him my brightest emoji, and the rest is history…. Apart from the novella Courting Light (see question 7), Liam is my first full-length novel with Beaten Track.

So, the short version of this story: I was a stray that Deb has taken in.

 

KC: Now that Liam for Hire is finished, what are you working on next and approximately when can readers expect to see that book out?

AZ: I published a YA lesbian coming-of-age novella, Courting Light, which I’m very proud of. It’s part of Beaten Track’s Seasons of Love anthology and available as a standalone ebook and paperback. It’s a love story and it also features a teenage boy who has ASD and he has a strong voice. Liam’s friend Chris will be next (and final) in the London Stories series—Blue Jay. Chris’s love interest Alex is an ex-boxer, who will come to terms with his bisexuality in the novel. Almost all the readers of Liam For Hire have commented on how they’d like to learn more about Chris, which was how I felt about them, too. They’re sexy, funny and tragic all at the same time—a most alluring character. Their story is going to be a very romantic tale. I have another WIP but I need to do some historical research; so it’s a secret at the moment!

 

KC: Thanks, AZ for visiting! It’s always fun to speak with authors I haven’t previously met and to learn a bit about them.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

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Title: Liam For Hire
Author: A. Zukowski
Released: 24 August 2018.
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Length: 76,250 words/270 pages
ISBN: Paperback: 978 1 78645 244 3;
eBook: 978 1 78645 245 0
ASIN: B07FDH1TBW
Genres: gay, contemporary romance, LGBTQ, MM, age gap, new adult, homeless, prostitution, sex trade, bereavement

 

 

AVAILABLE AT:

Beaten Track   Liam Paperback   Liam ebook    Amazon

 

BLURB:

A gay novel

Liam Murphy has kicked his drug habit and now pays for the high living costs in London as an escort. His life is finally in balance. His only problem is that he obsesses about the minimum number of times he has to bend over to make ends meet. As long as he has his emotions under control, it’ll be fine. That’s what Liam keeps telling himself until he meets the young widower Alastair, also known as Ali, whose emerald eyes remind him of Ireland.

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“I…I want us to have sex as though we’re making love.”

Making love? Jaysus.

I scratch my head. “Okay. You mean more kisses and shit?”

Ali laughs.

“And shit.” His face lights up and he looks about ten years younger. “Like cuddles.”

Featuring Liam from The Boy Who Fell to Earth.

This title contains material some may find objectionable or trigger-inducing: mature content, drug use, suicidal thoughts.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

I am a London-based British writer who grew up in the gay village and red light district of Manchester, UK.

I was trained in screenwriting at the University of the Arts, London; National Film & Television School and Script Factory, UK, followed by a series of misadventures as a film journalist, writer and producer of short films. My stories are based on personal and emotional experiences, and feature strong LGBTQ-identified characters.

 

Social Media

Twitter: @saszazukowski

Blog: http://azukowskiblog.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16509569.A_Zukowski

Tumblr: http://azukowski.tumblr.com

FB: http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.zukowski.353

 

 

GIVEAWAY

 

If you’d like to participate in a rafflecopter giveaway for one of five ebook copies of Liam for Hire, then click on the link below and it will take you to the page for the giveaway.

RAFFLECOPTER

 

 

 

 

 

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Nature Sounds and Videos

I am so over summer. I can’t wait for winter to arrive. Maybe that’s why I’m sitting here at my desk listening to a nature video of a snow storm and a running stream. It got me wondering if anyone else likes to listen to environmental sound videos, to just relax or as they write. I’m not one to listen to music while writing like many authors, because I find it distracting. I pay too much attention to the melody and the lyrics. Environmental sounds however are different. They soothe me and help me focus. Here’s the one I’m currently listening to Snowstorm & Icy Cold River  . If you have any nature sound recordings you like to listen to, feel free to post a link. I’m always looking for new nature videos to check out.

 

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‘Seasons of Love’ and Interview with Editor Debbie McGowan

Ever wonder what it’s like to put an anthology together? Well, today’s your lucky day. Today is Beaten Track promo day where I interview, Debbie McGowan, the editor of BTP’s soon to be released anthology, Seasons of Love. July 31st, is the magical release date for the anthology so keep your eyes open. I’ll post the information about the book after the interview. In the meantime, I’ll let Debbie, or as I like to call her, Deb, tell you about the anthology and all the work involved in bringing one to publication.

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KC: Please tell us a little about ‘Seasons of Love’, and also how you came up with the anthology’s theme?

Deb: It all began with Ofelia Gränd (as it usually does):

Ofelia: Oh, what’s this year’s anthology theme? There will be one, right?? 😀

Deb: I think we could do something in summer. I know it’s super short notice, but it could be fun, throwaway, a bit mad. Theme…anything goes? I’ve given this no thought whatsoever – you can probably tell! 😀

Bear in mind it was the end of March by that point, and I thought… We could do a ‘summer’ anthology, but we might not be ready by then. Should we go for an autumn theme instead? It was only a small leap from that to an anthology for all seasons, and the title, thanks to the song of the same name which has been stuck in my head for about five years, was a given.

The stories – I told the authors as long as they incorporated the theme of ‘seasons of love’, they could write whatever they were inspired to write. I also didn’t set a word limit as this can really sap creativity.

The result is ten stories ranging in length from 6k to 42k words (around 190k words in total) and of various genres, including: young adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance and humour.

 

KC: How do you decide what stories go into any of Beaten Track Publishing’s (BTP) anthologies? Are there any specific rules you have for the submissions?

Deb: With Seasons of Love (and some of the other anthologies), it was a closed call for submissions (existing BTP authors only), which usually results in all of the submitted stories being included. We’re only small, and authors join our family because it’s right for them and us, so it’s unlikely anyone will write something that isn’t up to scratch. There are no formal rules beyond sticking to the theme. Having said that, Boughs of Evergreen stories had to be suitable for young adult readers, so there’s no explicit sex/violence.

 

KC: Can you give us a little behind the scenes look at what goes into creating an anthology?

Deb: For Seasons of Love, I posted the submission call on March 27th, with a submission deadline of May 31st and tentative publication date of August 1st (I had to look it up to check – we’re ahead of schedule! Woohoo!). Initially, there is some discussion back and forth as authors ‘brainstorm’ ideas and check those are acceptable. After that point, it generally goes quiet until the first submission comes in (on this occasion, April 22nd), and from then on, the rest come in dribs and drabs – only two late submissions this time, one of which was mine. :p

BTP is a team, and anthology time is when we really shine. While I do most of the editing, other editors help out too. Once we (author and editor) have agreed edits, the story is proofread by at least three people, first and foremost Jor Barrie, our resident proofreader, and by those authors who are confident enough/have time to proofread. (Huge thanks to Andrea, Amy, Alexis, A., Phetra, Roe, Neptune, Ofelia, KC and Nige.)

It’s pretty intense for a few weeks before release, although we’ve definitely improved with experience. I recall ‘fondly’ Jonathan Penn (proofreading) and I (formatting) working twelve hours solid (through the night for me) before the Boughs of Evergreen final version had to be uploaded for pre-release. Thankfully, it’s never been so last-minute since or we’d have only put out two anthologies instead of six.

 

KC: What do you love about your work being an editor and running BTP?

Deb: Everything! Actually, that’s not true. I hate collating sales figures because all the vendors provide the information in a different format. But that wasn’t what you asked.

I love working with brilliant authors and getting to read their stories first, although, it dawned on me earlier today, when I had to tear myself away from formatting the Seasons of Love ebook to do something else, that I get a deep sense of satisfaction and achievement out of seeing the finished product. There is something wonderful about holding something in my hand (or on my Kindle) and saying ‘We made this!’ Again. J

 

KC: What are some of the difficult aspects about running BTP?

Deb: The most difficult is time. There’s never enough of it, and it almost always take me longer to complete edits than I think it will. Luckily, I’m not the kind of person who can sit and do nothing. I’m…introvert, asocial, intellectual…don’t like going out and doing stuff. I don’t watch much TV, and Nige works strange hours, so I can work all of the day if I wish (and I do).

 

KC: Let’s talk about your own writing. What can readers look forward from you, that doesn’t include the anthology?

Deb: I’m waaaay behind on my own writing (see above re. time), but I’m going to try to fit in the final Checking Him Out book before this year’s over, and I’ve definitely got a novel coming out at the end of October, which is Goth of Christmas Past. It’s the first novel featuring the younger characters from the Hiding Behind The Couch universe – I say ‘younger’; they’re in their mid-twenties, so it’s contemporary New Adult fiction, I guess, and, like the rest of HBTC, it’s about a group of friends, central to which are Krissi and Jay.

Jay is a ‘goth’ and runs a community trust, mostly working in the trust’s recording studio. Krissi is (or used to be) a ‘scene kid’ and is starting a new job managing the trust’s milk bar, but she and Jay have been friends since high school, so there’s a lot of history there, and they’ve supported each other through some fairly significant events. That’s really what the novel is about – how they came to be BFFs. It’s stand-alone, but readers of the other HBTC books will recognise most of the characters and references to past events.

 

KC: Does BTP plan to release another anthology any time soon, possibly for the holidays?

Deb: Hmm. We’ll see (what Ofelia says). 😉 Joking aside, BTP has quite a few releases scheduled between now and Christmas, so probably not, but never say never.

 

KC: Thanks, Deb for the great interview. It’s always fun for me, and I’m sure many others, to find out what it takes to put a book together.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Seasons of Love by BTP

Published: 31st July, 2018
Length: 193,000 words (approx.)
ISBN: paperback 978-1-78645-232-0; ebook 978-1-78645-233-7
Authors: Deven Balsam, Neptune Flowers, Ofelia Gränd, Paul Iasevoli, A.M. Leibowitz, Debbie McGowan, Dawn Sister, Bob Stone, Alexis Woods, A. Zukowski  
Genres: Various, including LGBTQ+, Romance and Relationships, Contemporary, Fantasy, Literary, Young Adult, Adult, Humour
URL: http://beatentrackpublishing.com/seasonsoflove
Price: (Varies by retailer)
Ebook Edition: £7.50 (€8.40 / $9.90)
Paperback Edition: £17.99 (€20.15 / $23.75)
Also at Amazon: Seasons of Love

 

Blurb:

Love follows no rules. Like sun in winter and rain in summer, love can blossom in the most unexpected places. This richly diverse collection of stories proves that love is as universal and as varied as the seasons.

 

The Stories:

 

Tourist Season – Deven Balsam

Sometimes the darkness becomes too familiar. Sometimes, love lights the way out.

One of Zeus’s own children has a favorite office, hidden deep beneath the streets of Asheville, NC. Hades’ existence, while satisfying, is due for a surprise when his path converges with that of Korey, a gifted art student.

 

Machete Betty and the Office Sharks – Neptune Flowers

Tim is in the A team, professionally trained to investigate allegations of the potential mass hypnosis of the nation… But Tim is bored and horny. Who wouldn’t be? The office is full of idiots, and summer just keeps getting hotter and hotter. Reality starts to blur, screensavers come to life, and before he can say jiggyjig, he finds himself cavorting with a chain-smoking foul-mouthed merman.

Tim’s training is forgotten as he becomes immersed in fishy hedonism and office shenanigans. Can he save the day? Or will the team be forever lost in shameful acts of bouncybounce?

Find out in this tail of office boredom and surreal fun.

Warning! This story does not reflect realistic relationships with mermen or sharks.

 

Once Around Seven – Ofelia Gränd

Oswald Sattle is out of money and out of options. After more than eight months of sleeping in his car, when an acquaintance from his past offers him a job opportunity in the middle of nowhere, he can’t turn it down. No matter how much he’d like to.

Joshua Roth moved to Nortown four years ago, and he has everything he needs—a job, friends, peace and quiet. He’s not interested in a relationship, or anything else that would upset the life he’s built for himself.

But sometimes fate has other plans, and a single glimpse can completely change the course of a life.

In a small town, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, reaching for what you want can feel like a risk. But some risks are worth taking.

 

Winter Blossoms – Paul Iasevoli

Chris, a naïve twenty-four-year-old, breaks up with the first man he’s ever lived with. In the months that follow, he travels from Queens to The Hamptons, Manhattan to Brooklyn to find love. In the process, he discovers more about himself and realizes the man he hoped to meet has been in front of him the entire time.

Winter Blossoms will take you on a ride through the streets and subways of New York City. Every stop along the way highlights the 1980s’ vibrant, gay nightlife. Part nostalgic romp, part coming-of-age story, Winter Blossoms will delight the reader as it comes into full bloom.

 

Year of the Guilty Soul – A.M. Leibowitz

Antonia Moskowitz is caught in the middle, always having to pick a side. Whether it’s between her family’s two religions or in her relationships, she has choices to make. But learning who she is has a price, and every decision has consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to choose between being good and being right. Four seasons. Four kisses. One year to figure out what her heart wants.

 

The Great Village Bun Fight – Debbie McGowan

All’s fair in love and war. But not in baking.

 

A Springful of Winters – Dawn Sister

Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

 

Out of Season – Bob Stone

It’s the old, old story. Demon meets girl, demon falls for girl, demon creates a perfect summer’s day in the middle of winter. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Seashell Voices – Alexis Woods

Once upon a time, a merboy spied a human child. The merboy, who longed to walk the sandy shore, spent his days watching the human boy grow to become a man who loved the sea. A man he’s admired from afar. The one he wishes he could be.

But how can a merman express his greatest wish when he has no voice with which to speak?

 

Courting Light – A. Zukowski

Our days were numbered but precious.

Courting Light is the story of Josie, an eighteen-year-old about to leave home to start university in London. She volunteers at a summer camp for disabled children. When Josie is paired with the autistic teenager Lucian, she faces intense experiences that are truly eye-opening. To her surprise, Lucian is not the only one who captures her attention. Over the weeks, Josie develops powerful desires evoked by the camp’s enigmatic young leader with a shaved head and tattoo on her skull.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Electropuppy

Today I bring you some information on a new, innovative way to market and sell your ebooks. This idea was created by Nigel Paice, host of Beaten Track Radio a non-profit 24-7 station, affiliated to Beaten Track Publishing It plays a unique mix of music, storytelling, books, author spotlights, comedy and plays. He’s also the husband of my editor, Debbie McGowan.

Nigel wrote up a nice explanation of how Electropuppy works and he gave me permission to post about it here on my blog. So take a read, and if the idea of Electropuppy intrigues you, contact Nigel on Facebook , through Beaten Track Radio or email at: hello@electropuppy.com  Now here is what Nigel has to say about Electropuppy:

 

ELECTROPUPPY

We’ve just launched electropuppy.com. We supply download cards for independent creators to sell their digital stuff. This means authors can sell ebooks at conventions and in real world bookstores. Musicians can sell their albums at gigs without having to carry around heavy boxes of CDs (lets face it who still buys CDs anyway?) and automatically get eco-cred for not contributing to more plastic being created.

Each electropuppy download card has the cover art of the product being sold and scratch off panel revealing a unique 12 digit code. Enter the code at electropuppy.com and download your stuff. It’s that easy!

So, by purchasing an electropuppy download card from an author or musician, you’re not only supporting them, but you’re also supporting independently owned bookshops, music stores and other retail outlets that are being added to out network of awesome sales partners every day.

I’m posting because I’m looking for independent retail outlets who would like to sell our cards. We’ll supply everything you need including display stands, posters and a continually monitored and updated stock of changing titles, all for free and you take a percentage of every sale. it’s a no risk deal.

Also, if you’re a creator of music and/or books and you want to get involved either via the above retail channels or just to purchase some cards to sell on your own, drop me a line and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

 

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‘Say You Will’ and Author Interview

Today my guest is Alexis Woods. Alexis and I are both authors at Beaten Track and we’ve co-written a novel together, Metamorphic Heart. In this interview, Alexis is here to talk about her new release, Say You Will. 

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KC: Alexis, can you tell us about your new book and how you came up with the plot and characters? Also, why baseball?

AW: Say You Will is the next chapter in the life of Aaron Lark (AKA Ace) and his boyfriend, Darren Goldman (AKA Dare). They met in book one, Opening Day, cemented their relationship in book 2, Evading Exodus, and then I posted snippets of them in books 3, 4 and 5. But after three years I felt them calling to me to write the next step. The trick was writing a story where I could bring back in all the other characters who had been created in the Southern Jersey Shores world.

As for baseball… that goes back to Opening Day. When I wrote that story (the first M/M romance I’d ever written) it was time for catchers and pitchers to report for spring training. I went with a theme I knew well, and created characters based on people I knew, myself included.

 

KC: Out of all the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one or two do you feel you relate to the most, and why?

AW: Both of these characters, Ace and Dare, are bits of me and my spouse. I’m a pharmacist and my husband works in front store pharmacy management. When I relate interactions within the characters’ work places, those are true and heartfelt reality. Because they are me, I’m drawn to write a piece of their story ever year. I just can’t let them go.

 

KC: Let’s talk about tropes and genres. What are some of your favorites, some of your least favorites, and why?

AW: It’s hard for me to discuss tropes as I’m fairly open to all of them. I do enjoy May/December romances, more so than second-chance ones. I love seeing characters meet “the one.” That first glance that makes them go “Wow!”

I’m more into genres. I won’t touch horror and dislike a lot of suspense. Give me action stories such as military or sports, and I’ll be swooning over those men. I love reading BDSM of all forms, but steer clear of zombies (*shudders*) and books that involve beards (using women as covers) whenever possible. I’ll devour mpreg, but limit my MC (motorcycle clubs) intake. I love a good fantasy, more so than science fiction, having grown up with Anne McCaffrey and reading all the great YA fantasy authors in the library. In historical fiction, I lean towards Roman and Greek, early medieval, over Regency times, mostly in lieu of the fact that my family and I are medieval reenactors with the Society for Creative Anachronism.

 

KC: I know you recently traveled to England to meet up with Beaten Track Publishing’s Debbie McGowan, her family, and numerous BTP authors. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

AW: Over one year ago, Debbie McGowan introduced the idea to the authors of BTP about having a get-together in England. I literally jumped on this chance, not only to meet the authors I interact with online at least weekly with, but using this opportunity to see England for the first time. My husband and I left the kids with Grandma, and flew across the Atlantic for 8 days of meet and greet and exploration.

It was both nerve wracking and incredibly joyful to meet these amazing people who all work so diligently at creating works of art. Not everyone I met was a writer, some were proofreaders and editors and sensitivity readers, but I am so thankful for the experience. Those authors in attendance were Roe Harvot, Hans Hirshi, AM Liebowitz, Julie Pyke, Sheila McKenna, Graham West, Dawn Sister, and Debbie McGowan. It was particularly gratifying to meet Amy, AM Liebowitz. She and I along with two other authors had just spent the last several months sprinting one to two days a week. In between sprints there was plenty of smack talk and getting to know you stuff, that meeting each other in the flesh simply cemented the friendship we’d already cultivated.

 

KC: Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month (June)? What are you working on if you are?

AW: While I am not participating in anything in June, I do participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. In April, I did not complete my intended project, but did create two short stories. One (based on previously created characters) which will be added to a novel I’m planning on completing in 2019 and another for inclusion in a new anthology by my publisher Beaten Track Publishing. I also completed the editing for Say You Will.

For July’s camp I’m hoping to complete the first draft of a complete revision and addition to Moondrake. I’d written Moondrake several years ago for an event sponsored by Goodreads, but had left the end dangling. Originally it was about 40k in length, currently it’s still uncompleted and totals over 80k. Moondrake is M/M/M, sci-fi, shape-shifter, mpreg, and with luck will be available by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

 

KC: What will we be seeing from you in the future?

AW: In addition to completing Moondrake and finishing revision edits on Metamorphic Heart (co-written by your host, K.C. Faelan), I’m planning on dedicating the remainder of this year and next year to finishing/writing two novels. The first one I started in 2014, a cold-case mystery with a touch of M/M/M romance—I’m bound and determined to get it done in 2019—and the second will be the third book in the Chosen Angels series. I’m still deciding on whether it will be Nate’s or Theo’s story, both are sitting on my shoulders demanding they be next. Nate’s storyline is a lot more complicated than Theo’s, who I suspect will have a short novel than Judah’s was (Hammer’s Thief).

There’s also still supposed to be a co-authored work with Francu Godgluck in his Gods and Monsters series, but I’m not sure when that will be completed. We’d started the story, but then both of us went off to work on individual projects.

Additionally, I suspect you’ll see another installment in the Southern Jersey Shores series in 2019, and expect to see an anthology available in print by the end of this year of all six original short stories.

KC: Thanks for visiting, Alexis. It was great having you here and learning about you, and your writing projects.

 

 ABOUT THE BOOK

 

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Title: Say You Will
Language: English
Release: 4, June 2018
Publisher: Beaten Track
Category: Fiction
Genre: LGBTQ, Romance and Relationships, Pure Romance – M/M, Adult
Series: Southern Jersey Shores

 

 

 

 

 

BLURB:

Three years ago, Darren Goldman had no idea the man he met on his first day of work in
a new town would become the man he’d been waiting for his whole life. With Ace’s birthday approaching, Dare sets out to do the impossible: surprise his boyfriend with a party and a proposal.

“Can’t be done,” they said. “Never work.” “Don’t bother.” “Are you sure you want to do this?”

He’d prove them wrong. He was sure of it, until he wasn’t.

Book 6 in the Southern Jersey Shores series.

 

AVAILABLE AT:

Beaten Track Publishing   Barnes & Noble   Amazon   Smashwords

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Always an avid reader and colorful dreamer, it was only a matter of time before taking pen to paper, oftentimes literally. Every story I write has a song or theme, sometimes both, that emcompass them because I’m a firm believer in every song tells a story and every story has a song. I sing under my breath, tap my toes and swing my hips, much to the delight of my co-workers and friends. I freely admit that becoming a romance author is the best mid-life crisis a girl could ever have.

I’m an: Anachronist, Coffee Lover, Daughter/Dancer, Friend/Fighter, Jewish, Khazar, Lover/Leader, Mother/Medievalist, Novice/Nightowl, Opinionated, Pharmacist, Romantic/Reenactor, Sister/Scout, Traveler, Visionary, Wife/Writer.

 

On Goodreads at: www.goodreads.com/AlexisWoods

By Email: alexiswoods553@gmail.com

On Google+: https://www.google.com/+AlexisWoodsAuthor

Twitter: @alexiswoods553

Facebook: Alexis Woods

 

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Impact Anthology

I’m so happy right now. I received a congratulatory email from J. Scott Coatsworth, who is one of the moderators that runs the Queer Sci Fi group.

First, let me backtrack a bit. For the past five years or so, QSF has run a writing competition where the requirement is to write a three hundred word flash fic centered around a chosen theme. This year’s theme was ‘Impact’. Once winner’s are chosen, they are published in the annual QSF anthology. This year 182 stories were submitted, and 110 stories were chosen.

I first entered the QSF competition three year’s ago. My stories have appeared the previous two times, and I’m happy to announce the story I submitted this year was again selected for the anthology. I’m stoked! I’m not sure how much more information I’m allowed to tell you, though. I don’t think I can announce the title of my flash fic either because the honorable mentions, judge’s choices and final winners have yet to be announced. But whatever happens, I’m very happy my little story made the cut.

Hoping your day sends you some happy news, too.

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GDPR and Privacy statement completed

What a chore! I finally finished writing up my GDPR compliance statement to the Privacy page. You can get to the page through the Privacy tab located at the top of this blog and over the header. Please read through what I’ve written when you have the chance.

If you choose not to remain on my email list or to receive blog post notifications/emails, please unsubscribe using the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the WordPress emails you receive from me or through your WordPress settings, otherwise I will consider it affirmation that you wish to remain on the list. Thanks!

Now that that task is over, I think it’s time to relax and read a book.

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GDPR And Authors: What You Need To Know

If you’re like me, you probably subscribe to multiple blogs and email lists. Also if you’re like me, you’re probably receiving numerous emails from blogs and lists asking you to opt-in or opt-out because of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Since I have a blog here at WordPress, I also have to clarify how I collect information from subscribers and protect their privacy. If you’re an author, you might find the whole situation overwhelming. The author Nicolas Rossis here on WordPress, has written a helpful post for authors. Hopefully, this post directs you to his post. If not, I’ll come back to correct it so you can read his advice.

I’ll also write more on the subject of GDPR and create a Privacy post that subscribers can read. Stay tuned!

Nicholas C. Rossis

I’ve received quite a few inquiries regarding the new European Union privacy legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). GDPR comes into effect on May 25, 2018. This regulation initially impacts European Union member countries and aims to protect people from companies selling personal data. To do this, it regulates the use of people’s personal data online and aims at ensuring that every business storing an individual’s personal information has their prior consent. Furthermore, people have the right to know which data is stored and to ask for their removal.

Does That Affect My Newsletter?

GDPR and authors | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

The first question in most authors’ minds is: how does this affect my newsletter? There are four points to remember here:

First of all, if you’re in the US contacting solely Americans, you’re covered by the CAN-SPAM regulation; not GDPR. However, if you’re also addressing Europeans, you must enforce GDPR. In other words, the…

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Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas in a Dill Cream Sauce

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We had a good amount of crème fraîche leftover from the Chicken and Artichoke Fricassée with Morel Mushrooms recipe, and as we were fairly new in cooking this particular ingredient, we were a bit stumped as to what to do with it.  As the expiration date loomed near, I started searching all over the internet to find out what types of recipes called for crème fraîche.  I found that crème fraîche is not only popular as a topping for fruit desserts, but is also a great finishing for sauces for more savory dishes.  In particular, crème fraîche can be used to finish a creamy pasta sauce.

I then recalled one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time from Basta Pasta, an amazing Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant in Manhattan that had some of the best pastas I had ever tasted.  The dish was called Farfalle Con Salmone E Crema:…

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