#IndiePride: Dylan Madeley – Prince Ewald the Brave & The Fate of Lenn

Dylan Madeley, Prince Ewald: The Brave & The Fate of Lenn.  #IndiePride

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Blurb for Prince Ewald the Brave:
“No, father. You have gotten your way for too long. This ends here.”

Meet the Kenderleys, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the world.

The youngest, Prince Bonifaz, takes his lessons and trusts no one. The middle child, Princess Isabel, sneaks away to a secret regency of her own making. Their mother, Queen Dulcibella, watches out for her children just as readily as she watches over them. Their father, King Jonnecht, is a capricious tyrant who hopes to control his family as strictly as he does the largest empire, and his violent rage threatens all under his rule.

Then there’s Prince Ewald, eldest and heir to the throne. No one is more aware of what threat his father poses to everyone. No one has better legal standing to do anything about it. How can he save everyone he loves while upholding his mother’s kind values? He must learn the lessons required to be the best regent, choose allies wisely and earn their trust, and enact a thoughtful and detailed plan.

And even if he succeeds in all that, can one who draws the line and conducts a plan with honour defeat one whose rage, selfishness, and deceit know no bounds?

Can Prince Ewald stop his own father?

A 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite

Blurb for The Fate of Lenn:
“Like a book already written, turn a page forward or back, read a line or a page, yet all the words in that book exist at once, unchanging; is this how you see it? Like fate? Do we fall no matter what I do?”

Future generations will mythologize Duke Lenn Wancyek, but he is a person like any other. He feels hope, worry, loss, pain, and the weight of a kingdom on his shoulders. When his responsibilities place him in a catastrophic situation from which he may not escape, his values will resonate through his actions more thoroughly than any speech he could ever make.

You will meet everyone who looks to him and you will see their struggles which run concurrent with his: a friend and adviser who wishes to steer him right; three musicians who think they have landed the greatest job in the kingdom; a gardener who does so much yet asks so little; a woman who works to free her people. The list goes on, but time grows short.

You will meet the man who becomes the legend. You will know the fate of Lenn. 

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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

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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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#IndiePride: Duane Simolke – Sons of Taldra

Sons of Taldra by Duane Simolke. A science fiction adventure. #IndiePride.

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The Journey to Sons of Taldra by Duane Simolke

Sons of Taldra represents and reflects my growth as a writer and a gay man. I took an unplanned journey through my books. Though they weren’t published in the order in which I first began writing them, their release reflects my progression.

The Acorn Stories included gay characters and showed the prejudice they faced in a small town. They struggled against the bigotry and tried to find their voice. New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio was obviously about someone else’s book, but I looked at Sherwood Anderson’s unapologetic exploration of gender issues, including hints at an acceptance of gay or gender-nonconforming individuals.

Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems includes my long essay “Reactions to Homophobia.” I wrote “Reactions” to help me explore the internal and external bigotry I had feared for so much of my life. It suggested ways to react to anti-gay statements, but also provided a template for people who wanted to stop letting those words limit or imprison them. Many of the poems reflected those same ideas, while some got more into gay love. I later released a short eBook with just some of the poems, simply titled Selected Poems.

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure took me twenty years to finish, overlapping with college and other writing projects. The version that eventually saw print included the radical notion of people seeing same-gender love as an ideal. I later revised Degranon with the same-gender characters in much larger roles. (“Same gendered” is the term they use within the world of that novel.)

I collaborated on The Acorn Gathering and on The Return of Innocence. In both books, the queer characters simply exist, but they get less page time than the other characters. It’s no longer a big deal or a struggle.

Sons of Taldra uses characters and settings from Degranon, but it’s a completely separate novel that doesn’t require reading anything else first. Between all the action, that novel focuses on relationships: M/M, F/F, and M/F. Two of the male characters plan to marry. Of course, they need to defeat the alien shapeshifters first. Women hold most of the leadership positions, without anyone commenting on that fact. No one seems surprised or offended if two men kiss; it’s just two men kissing.

Sons of Taldra is easily my favorite of my books, and the one that I prefer people to read first. After that novel, I tried going back to writing short stories. I abandoned most of those, finding that I missed my space gays and longer narratives. Now I’m writing a new novel with one of the male couples from Sons of Taldra.

I think reading and writing queer literature helps many people explore what it means to be different and helps them find a commonality in that queerness. It helped me. We could hide queer content, suppress it, or apologize for it. Then again, we could polish it, put it out there, and tell others about it, because someone else wants or needs to find it.

Sons of Taldra by Duane Simolke. A science fiction adventure.

Blurb:
Alien shapeshifters have found the human world. Leader and her sons must stop the invasion. Maintainer Admiral Nil blames Leader for a series of tragedies and might pose an even greater threat than the changelings that want to feed on humanity.

One of Leader’s twin sons, Telius, simply wants to marry the man he loves. The other, Argen, struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. The young men rally to Leader’s side as she faces humanity’s greatest threats.

Bio: Duane Simolke was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and now lives in Lubbock, Texas.

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