#IndiePride: Coffee Quills – Blasted Research & Spells, Snow & Sky

Coffee Quills, Blasted Research: A post-apocalyptic polyamorous romance; Spells, Snow and Sky: a polyamorous paranormal romance. #IndiePride

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON Coffee Quills’ Blasted Research & Spells, Snow & Sky

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Blasted Research | Spells, Snow & Sky

Blurb for Spells, Snow & Sky:
Sky needs breathing room. Keeping a photographer on a short leash is, in her opinion, an act of cruelty. Fleeing Florida and landing in Hokkaido might just be the act that saves her sanity, even if it dooms her romantically. Yuki wishes to leave Japan. Not forever, but to at least travel the world for a while with a lover at her side. The hard part is figuring out how a being of ice and snow can survive outside of Hokkaido’s winters. Nyssa needs to find her runaway girlfriend. Too bad she doesn’t want to be found and has turned off her phone. When Nyssa receives a panicked farewell though, all her wants center on arriving in enough time to save her love. It’s going to take honesty, communication, and some heart-felt apologizing for things to be okay between everyone… but Sky’s not going to settle for just “okay” when, with a little push, there’s happiness on the horizon for all of them. A fluffy, cotton candy paranormal romance where being poly is the solution, not the problem!

Blurb for Blasted Research:
Safety is better than happiness, right?

Dr. Jules considers xemself to be lucky. Even if there are venomous thoughts and stagnant governmental practices inside Dome, there are also warm beds, stable food supplies, and an interesting job studying radiation at the Science Center. Sure, xe might not be the happiest person there, but it’s a good life. Better than the wasteland of poisoned trees and mutated creatures xe could have been born into. Then comes xyr newest assignment: go to the nearby Bells River, gather fresh samples, and bring them back to Dome for radiation testing. Looking the bright side, at least this will excuse xem from yet another blind date xyr mother set xem up on. And when they come back, xe’ll receive a raise!

Wasteland adventure? Bring in the experts!

Kirk and Li are the wasteland guides hired to keep Dr. Jules safe as xe gets water and mud from Bells River. Unfortunately, when it comes to Domies and the outside world, it’s easier said than done. Those inside people know nothing about spitting spiders, let alone how quickly the environment can turn against a person. And spotting thieves before supplies are stolen? Ha! For Li and Kirk, the payment is worth the aggravation. Educational and instructive books that’ll help make life easier for their family and future generations.

There and back again, quick as can be.

But the wasteland loves its little surprises and it’s going to take every ounce of determination, sacrifice, and friendship to stay alive… let alone find happiness.

A post-apocalyptic adventure leading to acceptance, hope, and romance, it’s Station Eleven meets Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts!

Author’s Tags: neopronouns xe/xem/xyrs, nonbinary & asexual Jules, bisexual Li, gay Kirk, poly is the solution not the problem, found family, hurt/comfort, knife wounds, spiders, cursing Kirk, self-accepting Jules, Li gets to manage these two (good luck Li), all the gooey feelings, happy ending.

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#IndiePride: Jaimie N. Schock – The Pyre Starter

The Pyre Starter, Book I, The Talisman War by Jaimie N. Schock. #IndiePride

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON Jaimie N. Schock’s The Pyre Starter

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The Pyre Starter, Book I, The Talisman War by Jaimie N. Schock

Blurb:
Exhausted with life, Dakota tries to end his—only to be saved at the last moment by his friend, Terrell, who then drags him into a world of magic and intrigue that’s always been right there, hidden beneath the surface.

Powerful magic users are steadily dragging the planet into a violent war, and evil forces will stop at nothing to take the talismans possessed by Dakota and his newfound family. Dakota soon finds himself deeply in over his head—with love, with family, with fighting for all their lives. 

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Author Interview: Jaimie N. Schock

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1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I love all of them, but I prefer paperback when it comes to reading.

2. Pick a genre, any genre!

Urban Fantasy.

3. What is the first book you remember reading?

Who Put the Pepper in the Pot by Joanna Cole.

4. What book shaped your childhood most?

I read a lot as a child, but the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey were particularly important to me at the time.

5. When did you first start writing?

In early grade school, I wrote a lot of short stories. In high school, I started writing for a local newspaper, which resulted in me becoming a journalist.

6. What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I just had a lot to say. I think that’s still true now.

7. What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

My first book The Pyre Starter. It took the most energy to write and is the longest thing I’ve written. It taps into my mental health issues and introduces my favorite character Dakota.

8. Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I did! I published it with a small press called JMS Books.

9. How many books/collections have you published so far?

Eight. A seven-book series called The Talisman War, and a stand-alone sci-fi called Visions of Iotan.

10. What genres do you write in (or hope to)? 

Urban fantasy, sci-fi, and epic fantasy. I may dabble in horror eventually, and all my books are LGBTQ+ oriented.

11. Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head? 

Gotta do research. I can’t imagine doing no research at all for a story.

12. To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I never plan. I pants the whole thing. I let the characters and events tell me how to proceed.

13. What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I’ve done small press, but I intend to go traditional if possible.

14. If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.) 

Probably Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar. I like the talking horses, magic, etc.

15. Do you currently have a WIP?

I do! It’s called A Melody of Chaos, and it features a lesbian bard as the main character. It is an epic fantasy, and it is currently being beta read.

16. Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

Dakota Crossley from The Talisman War series. He has clinical depression and is suicidal for part of the first book. He also has a chronic illness, and is disabled for much of the series. He cares deeply for the people around him and is willing to do anything to protect them.

17. What do you consider your *current* magnum opus? 

Probably my seven-book series, because it took so much effort to create.

18. Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

I do. It’s Dakota and Terrell from my series. They split up and get back together (spoiler alert), and while it is not Dakota’s best love, it is the most enduring. They fit together. They are the endgame of the series.

19. Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I actually don’t. I put on the Weather Channel as background noise. BUT, my favorite writing song has got to be ‘The Book of My Life’ by Sting. It’s a great song.

20. Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I made some picrew drawings, but since I don’t have the links anymore, I can’t credit them.

21. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Don’t listen to writing advice. It’ll make you doubt your writing, which kills creativity. Let an editor fix errors after the fact.

22. Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I entered writing contests for print journalism and won a Gold Communicator Award for a piece on LGBTQ+ people in engineering education. I have not entered any writing contests for fiction.

23. Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Stephen King, Mercedes Lackey, Robert Frost, Michael Crichton, William Ernest Henley, and many others I can’t think of right now.

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#IndiePride – Vaela Denarr and Micah Iannandrea – The Gift of Blood

The Gift of Blood (Crimson Tears, #1)
by Vaela Denarr and Micah Iannandrea. Monsters. Queer werewolves. Gay vampires. And cute girls who are totally 'just friends'. #IndiePride

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The Gift of Blood (Crimson Tears, #1)
by Vaela Denarr and Micah Iannandrea. Monsters. Queer werewolves. Gay vampires. And cute girls who are totally 'just friends'.

“Shit, people keep killing me off. It’s like some bad TV show.”

a note from the authors:

“We wanted a story about a buff, beautiful lesbian who gets to be fucking badass and show that just because you’re physically strong doesn’t mean you’re better than everyone. You gotta put in the work. So we wrote a story about a six-foot lesbian kickboxer who reacts to vampires telling her that she’s supposed to work for them with a smirk and a ‘Fucking make me, buddy.’ … Also we just really like writing buff sapphics. Gotta represent ourselves and share them with the world.”

Our names are Micah (They/Them) and Vaela (She/They), one nonbinary cutie and their queer sapphic girlfriend, who both happen to be different flavours of demi as well. We’ve been together for about 2 years (got our debut out on our second anniversary!), and even before then we had very similar interests, namely being buff, queer, and also creating stories about buff, queer characters. Most of our writing focuses on sapphic characters (write what you love), but frequently contains elements of polyamory, either with main or side characters, as well as an all-queer cast with a great variety of gender identities and orientations. All our queer siblings are beautiful and need to be seen.

I (Vaela) am the one who does most of the writing, while Micah is the one who keeps track of details, creates amazing characters, helps me really just be amazingly creative, and also helps in playing out scenes to get a good feel for the dialogue.

My specialty is fight scenes. I have some experience with martial arts, and since Ryann, the MC of THE GIFT OF BLOOD is a kickboxer, I tried very hard to show her expertise and skill and make it flow on the page.

Most if not all of our writing also has love as an important element. It’s not always romantic, but more often than not it’s familial love or the love between friends who have found each other and learned to trust each other. It’s always very emotional, because it’s something that’s very personally important to us. (V: In THE GIFT OF BLOOD, one of the things we hadn’t planned at all was the queerplatonic friendships, but they turned out to be some of my favourite scenes!)

We started writing in earnest in September 2021 with a simple story premise: A kickboxing lesbian vampire hunts monsters to keep her town safe. It was meant as just a small, short story about a vampire hunting monsters, making them into soup, and absorbing their powers. But the more time went on, and the deeper we got into the character, the more things changed. More attention was drawn to how Ryann, deals with becoming a vampire, and the circumstances of her life. Eventually it turned into a story about finding your family and protecting them. In the most simplest terms, it is a story about love. Familial love, romantic love, queerplatonic love, love for your friends… all these things play a vital role in Ryann’s story and aid in her own growth and healing from the scars of her past.

The book ended up being a lot bigger than planned. There was no way to shorten it without either taking out characters or completely removing whole story arcs that led to their characterization, so we just let it be big. We’ve learned a lot over the course of writing and publishing it, and I personally have met some authors whose writing inspires me to work on my own. So I am very excited for the next books we are working on. So… if you like kickboxing vampires, ace sapphic polyamorous werewolves cuddling, cute trans girls getting all the poly sapphic dragon wives, and bisexual werewolves over fifty, stick around!

To read more about the authors, check out these interviews!
The Queer Indie Beat Podcast Interview
Author Interview (includes character art!)
Interview with Adam Gaffen
Introducing…DRAGON TALK

Author Bios:
Vaela is a sapphic queer woman who pretends to be all big and buff, and blushes when Micah calls them cute. She very much tries not to be, but it’s just so difficult when Micah is so adorable and lovable at all times. They’re Vaela’s rock, her light, her love… her very life.

Micah is a cute nonbinary nerd who always makes fun of Vaela for blushing, but never admits they’re cute themselves. They enjoy playing DnD, making characters to inspire their girlfriend to make books about, and stealing Vaela’s NPCs and side characters to make them into the love interests of their characters. This has happened three times now. Nobody’s complaining.

The two live in a long distance relationship and just want to sell enough sweet queer books to cross the oceans and hug. Their writing focuses on a variety of gender identities and sexual orientations. It usually does contain some sort of sapphic relationship, and often polyamory in all its beauty.

The Gift of Blood (Crimson Tears, #1)
by Vaela Denarr and Micah Iannandrea. Monsters. Queer werewolves. Gay vampires. And cute girls who are totally 'just friends'. Available on Amazon. Now $2.99, also available on Rakuten Kobo and Payhip.

Blurb:
A lesbian vampire on a revenge quest, distracted by a slow burn romance.

One person’s gift is another’s curse. And sometimes the dark hides very real monsters. This is certainly the case for Ryann Ly, professional kickboxer, MMA athlete, and freshly Turned vampire. When the people who abducted, faked her death, and cursed her to burn in the sun attempt to enlist her into their ranks, Ryann decides she has absolutely no time for any of their nonsense. Even if she has to kill them to get some peace and quiet.

It’s only fair. They killed her first.


She just wants to get her life in order and navigate this strange new reality she finds herself trapped in. But vampire turf wars, monsters in the dark, and people hunting Ryann for mysterious reasons make that very difficult. Luckily, she’s not alone. Helping her along is a soft werewolf dad, a polyamorous couple of badasses, a vampire with PTSD and a dry sense of humour, a childhood friend, and Rachel, a human girl that Ryann thinks is very cute.

Will Ryann defeat the darkness that haunts her, and the things within? Will she be able to avenge the injustice done to her, or will she become another monster, destined to be slain? Will she find out why people keep declaring her dead?

And will she ever figure out why her found family keeps calling her and Rachel girlfriends?


Only time will tell.

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#IndiePride: Meg Radiant – A Twist in the Rift

A Twist in the Rift: Rift Runners #1 by Meg Radiant. #IndiePride

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON Meg Radiant’s A Twist in the Rift

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A Twist in the Rift: Rift Runners #1 by Meg Radiant. Available now!
A Twist in the Rift: Rift Runners #1 by Meg Radiant.

Blurb:
If you could travel to different worlds, would you ever come back to this one?

Lyrica is the usual final year university student, except that she has the ability to see Rifts – portals to other worlds in this Universe. When her acquaintance Basil, a time-travelling archaeologist from the future shows up and needs her help, well, why would she resist the call of adventure? But what of these new aliens that have joined their group – will they draw Lyrica out of her self-justified, self-imposed loneliness? What will happen when the adventure turns more dangerous than anticipated?

In this first story of the Rift Runners Saga, find out what life is like when you can travel almost anywhere, and almost anything can happen! 

Meg Radiant currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada with her two silly cats. Professionally trained in the sciences, she always gravitates toward sci-fi and fantasy books. Her debut sci-fi novella, A Twist in the Rift, is hopefully the beginning of a long writing career. Find out about Meg’s future projects by visiting her website and signing up for her newsletter!

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Author Interview: Meg Radiant

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

Paperback!  For reading anyway. I do love my special edition hardcovers! I read faster than people talk, so audiobooks lose my attention quickly.

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

Bit of a cop-out, but Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I couldn’t decide between them!

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

Remember? That’s a hard one. I think Gone with the Wind. I was in fourth grade – a bit out of my depth, but I was an ambitious reader even as a kid!

4.      What book shaped your childhood most?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I love the imagination and humour of it!

5.      When did you first start writing?

When I was a kid. I stopped for a while after grade school, then picked it up again in early 2020.  And now here I am!

6.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I just love telling stories.  I also hope to spark people’s imagination!

7.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

I think every book I work on becomes my favourite.  I can see myself getting better.

8.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

Nope.  It was another novella – I may return to it for fun, but I have too many ideas I want to work on right now.

9.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

One published, with the sequel coming soon, and a short novel following shortly after!

10.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Keeping in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres!  My true loves!

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

Only a little. Most of my stories are fantastical, but I research when I need to. I have a science background, so I love to research anyways!

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I plan super lightly. The largest outline I wrote was about 1000 words! 

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

Self-publishing! I feel it’s the best route for me. I plan on staying that route.

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

 Middle Earth. Tolkien’s universe is so close to my heart.

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

Oh yeah. It’s a more high fantasy style story, super excited to write about elves and dwarves and tree people and magic.

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

The main character of my WIP. She’s a lot of fun to write!

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

My WIP. For now. I plan to always aim higher!

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

Yup, once again, my WIP. It’s a crush at first sight enemies to lovers type thing. 

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

Always! I always love music. Right now a great one for writing magical scenes is by Faun – Tamlin. I want to write a story that has the feel of that song!

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

Not yet!  Hopefully soon!

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Just write. Get started. Get excited! Once you get that first draft of your first story done, it means you finished a story! That’s huge.

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

Just a flash fiction one. It was pretty easy to enter, and even though I didn’t win, still enjoyed getting that short piece ready for submission.

23.   Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Saladin Ahmed, Kat Howard (I’ve only read an Unkindness of Magicians, but I loved it SO MUCH). I also recently read The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang, which I also loved! I have memory issues (thanks brain!), so these are what I can think of now.  There are definitely more!

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#IndiePride: K.B. Davenport – Magic in Autumn Springs

 KB Davenport. From the author of Game the Show and Home for Halloween by KB Davenport. #IndiePride.

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON KB DAVENPORT’S MAGIC IN AUTUMN SPRINGS

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Magic in Autumn Springs by KB Davenport.  From the author of Game the Show and Home for Halloween. Cozy fall vibes, small town community, witches and spells, spooky hayrides, moonlit magic, talking familiars, found family, tortured villain, bookish mc, mm romance.

Blurb:
A picturesque small town. A budding romance. A mysterious grimoire.

Welcome to Autumn Springs, a woodsy southern hamlet full of charming folks and scenic beauty. Meet Damian Baxter, a self-professed homebody who works diligently as a librarian at Autumn Springs College. He spends his evenings in his cozy Victorian home on Starry Night Way reading and curling up with his cat, Marble.

After he unlocks his grandmother’s grimoire, Damian begins a magical journey he never could have imagined. With his trusty feline friend by his side, he trains for an incoming threat from a reclusive neighbor and the most powerful dark witch in town, Elias Robicheaux.

Will Damian be able to protect his uprooted life while managing his busy job and a new romance with Bartley O’Dowd, a handsome Irish transplant with a secret of his own?

Come along for a moonlit hayride and discover the mystery and magic in Autumn Springs.

Magic in Autumn Springs by KB Davenport. From the author of Game the Show and Home for Halloween.

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Author Interview: KB Davenport

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  1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

    I love all the formats. I have a few collectible hardbacks that I adore. I like audiobooks when I’m exercising or doing housework. I have lots of paperbacks and ebooks, too.

  2. Pick a genre, any genre!

    Fantasy! Cozy, witchy mysteries, paranormal comedies, fantasy romance. So many good sub-genres.

  3. What is the first book you remember reading?

    My mom read to me a lot when I was little. Owl at Home was a regular favorite.

  4. What book shaped your childhood most?

    I was obsessed with The Phantom Tollbooth. Still am.

  5. When did you first start writing?

    I started writing songs when I was around twelve or thirteen. In high school, I wrote so much poetry and some short stories.

  6. What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

    Storytelling and expression. With poetry, it’s such a raw, distilled experience. It feels so cathartic sometimes. With fiction, I’ve always been interested in creating worlds and have had ideas that I’ve wanted to share. I also have a background in filmmaking and theory, so I love writing with lots of visual emphasis. I’d say I still write for the same reasons.

  7. What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

    I’m definitely proud of my debut book Magic in Autumn Springs. It’s very personal for me as it’s a tribute to family and the places I grew up.

  8. Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

    I have a lot of older stories and beginnings of books, but MIAS was my first full-length published work.

  9. How many books/collections have you published so far?

    I have one book as well as two Kindle Vella series I’ve published so far.

  10. What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

    Currently, mostly fantasy, poetry, humor, and a little mystery, but I dabbled in satire, suspense, and drama with my Vella series Game the Show. I love the idea of writing historical fiction, too. And speculative fiction. And thrillers. I’d love to do it all!

  11. Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

    It depends on the project. For poetry, it’s usually from a subconscious space unless something in the world inspires me. With fiction, most of my stories are set in the real world with fantasy elements, so I research quite a bit. I was also in school for an eternity, so I’m used to researching.

  12. To plan, or not to plan your plot?

    I plan most of it, but I’m also open to seeing where the story takes me.

  13. What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

    Right now, I’m all self-published. I’m not opposed to traditional publishing in the future, but I felt like self-publishing was the right choice for me at the moment.

  14. If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

    I would love to live inside the world of Howl’s Moving Castle, either the book or the film.

  15. Do you currently have a WIP?

    Yes! I’m working on a few: a sequel to MIAS, a book of poetry, a collection of short stories about Autumn Springs, a new drama/contemporary fiction project that I’m considering writing as either a novella or a play (or maybe a hybrid of both). I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time.

  16. Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

    Marble! The queen of the night! She’s my MC’s familiar and best friend in MIAS. She’s a black cat with a brown sugary swirl on her back (hence the name). She’s a great teacher with a lot of wisdom and a little bit of sass. Spiritually, she’s a less selfish Salem Saberhagen. I want to write a spin-off series for her at some point as well.

  17. What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

    My drama/contemporary fiction/play thing I’m working on. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written, but at the same time it feels like it’s inspired by everything I’ve done. I’m really excited about it, but I think this will be a looooong project, so I’m probably hyping it too soon.

  18. Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

    MIAS features a romance between MC Damian and his new boyfriend Bartley that is very close to my heart. It’s inspired by my relationship with my partner.

  19. Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

    Most of the time! Usually something instrumental or with few lyrics so I don’t get distracted. Joe Hisaishi is one of my go-tos. He composes Hayao Miyazaki’s films and has the right amount of energy and whimsy to inspire a lot of my writing. His song “A Road to Somewhere” is one of my favorites.

  20. Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

    I don’t yet! I have a few art styles in mind. For my Kindle Vella series Home for Halloween, a cozy paranormal comedy/mystery, I hope to commission artist Lex Hunter (@AlexisAHunter) in the future when I can. Their art style is so cute and spooky and I love it.

  21. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

    If you’re going the self-publishing route, you have to be (or at least pretend to be) a bit of an extrovert. When I published and joined social media, I had to put myself and my book out there in a way that I hadn’t anticipated and wasn’t totally uncomfortable with at first. It was really hard and still is sometimes, but I’ve met some great new writing friends, become a part of groups and projects I wouldn’t have without reaching out to others, and even seen some benefits in my personal life. Get ready to learn a lot of marketing skills, too, if you haven’t already!

  22. Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

    Not really. I entered several poems in contests as a teenager, but nothing in recent years.

  23. Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

    Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Shakespeare, Kate Chopin, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Agatha Christie.

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#IndiePride: J. E. Glass – Undergrounder

Jae E Glass. Undergrounder by J.E. Glass. #IndiePride

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON Jae E Glass’ Undergrounder

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Undergrounder by J.E. Glass surrounded by arrows: all female case, healthy relationships, mutual pining, friends to lovers, that sweet hurt/comfort, fangs, claws and set oh my, scream into your pillow angst, soft, nerdy butch, bed-sharing trope, beauty and the beauty to the max, hidden worlds.
Undergrounder by J.E. Glass

Blurb:
Drowned by men. Saved by a monster.

The last place Alexandra Bailey expects her routine life of domestic journalism to lead is being sucked into icy floodwaters below New York City with a knife in her ribs. Headlines like this happen to other people, but it’s real, and she knows she’s dead. Which makes the circumstances of her survival as impossible as the woman who drags her from the water.

Saved but hardly safe, Alex wakes in the Underground, a world of misfits and monsters thriving below the streets. It’s a journalism goldmine. One Alex can’t resist digging into after learning her beastly savior is Leanna Farrow, adopted daughter of an infamous and “presumed dead” scientist. But Alex’s curiosity, coupled with her rapidly developing feelings for Leanna, put both women in danger when Alex’s inquiries pique the interest of a powerful family with bloody connections to the Underground.

If Alex wants to unravel the secrets of the world below she’ll have to walk the razor’s edge, but some mysteries are better left buried.

'An instant favorite and damn near perfect.' 
'I could not put it down. Once I started it was an addiction.' 
'A lovely and fresh addition to one of my favorite genres.' 
Available at Amazon. Pride Sale 99c. 
Undergrounder by J.E. Glass.

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#IndiePride: E.E. Snead – The Empress of Fay

E.E. Snead. The Empress of Fay: Mask of Shadows by E.E. Snead; The Empress of Fay: Bloodlines of Elements by E.E. Snead. #IndiePride

THIS #INDIEPRIDE SPOTLIGHT POST FOCUSES ON E.E. SNEAD’S THE EMPRESS OF FAY SERIES

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The Empress of Fay: Mask of Shadows by EE Snead; an asexual MC, a bi fay society, found family, academy mystery, friends to lovers, elemental abilities, amazon & kobo.

Blurb for The Empress of Fay: Mask of Shadows:
Ruby Rivers, a fire elemental fairy, gets accepted to the most prominent fighting academy in all the land while holding a deep secret that she must not share. Her plans of wanting to live a normal fay life go erratic when two students go missing and Ruby’s true identity is in peril. Ruby and her friends take it upon themselves to go through whatever means to find the missing students all while learning the terrifying and life-threatening secrets of which the academy and the world holds. Not everyone is what he or she seems to be at this school. The past haunts even the bravest of heroes.

WARNING: This book contains explicit content. Depictions of realization of sexual assault (non-descriptive), murder, and death are present.

Blurb for Bloodlines of Elements:
Ruby Rivers has assimilated into her role as the Empress of Fay with best friend Sapphire Phire by her side. However, the horror of what happened at Starry Sprites still haunts their minds and while they’re trying their best to rule over the three empires, a coup of rogue fays are plotting to overthrow them. The siege of betrayal runs thicker than blood.

WARNING: This book contains depictions of murder, death, abuse, and PTSD.

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E.E. Snead

Bio: E. E. Snead was born in Philadelphia but considers herself a nomad of the lands of Pennsylvania due to her having to move every few years or so. She studied Creative Writing at Bucks County Community College and then English with Film Studies at Indiana University of PA. Her debut was when she started writing interactive fiction for various storytelling apps that generate millions of reads.

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