QRI Is Growing Fast

QRI-badgeHey all…

We’re just about at the one month mark for the Queeromanceink.com site. 🙂 We’re also within spitting distance of 800 books on the site, and have almost 200 authors on the site now.

Our short to mid-term plans:

  • Update to Version 4 of the plugin that runs the directory
  • Work with the developer to get our search and book page filters up and running
  • Bring in publishers and bloggers to work with us on site content
  • Outreach to cons for advertising
  • Building a reader base for the site

If you’re an author, you still have time to take advantage of our launch sale – 15 months for the price of 12. It runs through March 31st.

If you’re a reader, oome check out the site and join our newsletter subscriber list!

Big things still to come…

🙂

–Scott & Mark

BOOK BLAST: The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon

The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story

Author Name: Kasia Bacon
Book Name: The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story
Series: The Order, Book can be read as a standalone
Page/Word Count: 38 pages, 6K words
Categories: Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi, Gay Romance
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Publisher: Kasia Bacon
Cover Artist: Marek Frankowski

Buy Links:
Buy The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon on Amazon Buy The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon on Barnes & Noble Buy The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon on KOBO Add The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon on Goodreads QRI-Icon-61

Blurb:
Buy The Mutt: An Order Series Short Story by Kasia Bacon on AmazonI, Ervyn Morryés of the Black Mountain clan, know all about control.

As the only fair-haired Dark Elf in the Highlands, I had to learn to control my fists and my temper in the face of derision.

To become the best archer amongst my peers, I had to learn to control my breathing and my movements.

​But the day the half-breed called Lochan Féyes arrived at the training camp, my discipline faltered. Because—sweet gods—when I am around that aloof, blue-eyed assassin, my need is uncontrollable.

Excerpt:
I WANTED him from the start. From the very first time I laid eyes on him. Everyone kept talking about him in the days prior to his arrival to the camp, curious about this half-breed born to an influential Elven clan, but brought up by humans. A hybrid. A mutt.

Lochan Féyes.

I was curious as well. Maternal half-breeds such as him were a rarity. They retained all physical qualities of a pureblood and enjoyed, at least in theory, equal social status. Not that discrimination didn’t occur. The real losers in the biracial game were the paternal ones. Considered downright human and non-citizen, they constituted the lowest caste in society.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he exceeded my expectations. Later I discovered he had a knack for doing just that.

If I hadn’t known human blood flowed in his veins, I wouldn’t have been able to spot it. The tips of his ears were perhaps less pointy, and his eyes—not as distinctly angular as those of an average Elf.

Even back then, at seventeen, he proved every bit a killer. He made that obvious during the first training session. He was deadly. Calm. Steady. Cold. Disinterested. So self-assured that he seemed arrogant. I wanted to bring him down a peg. Teach him a lesson. Break him. Taste him. Make him beg me to kiss him.

I wanted his attention, but he refused to give it to me.

So I had to find a way to claim it.

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3✨s – How do I rate a short story that only offers the tiniest nibble? The story, characters and premise have me intrigued, definitely willing to read more.

I want more character depth and development. While I love a first person POV I need a more balanced tale. Is the intense attraction truly mutual? What does the future hold? Will Morryes be the cream of the crop sharpshooter?

This was just a tease, an engrossing prequel that felt like a prologue. My last question….when does the next installment-The Highlander and The Elven Vice-release??

Author Bio:
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.

Where to find Kasia Bacon:

Kasia Bacon Amazon Author Page Kasia Bacon on Goodreads Kasia Bacon Newsletter Kasia Bacon on Pinterest Kasia Bacon on Twitter Kasia Bacon Website

Flirtatious Fiction Friday

Flirtatious Fiction Friday

Flirtatious Fiction Friday

Welcome to F3: FLIRTATIOUS FICTION FRIDAY at our FB discussion group – a chance for our queer romance writers chance to pop in and tell us about their latest success. Have a new book or short story coming out? Let us know. Just sell something? Let us know so we can cheer you on. As long as it’s queer romance, we want to hear about it.

This is our once a week promo day.

HOW IT WORKS:

I’ll pin this topic to the top of our FB discussion page for the day.

–Please post your announcement as a separate post so we can comment on yours specifically
–Check out the other posts and congratulate and share them too!

And congratulations!!!

JGB RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth

Author Name: J. Scott Coatsworth
Book Name: Skythane
Page/Word Count: 244 pages, 85K words
Categories: Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi, Gay Romance
Release Date: Febraury 17, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Buy Links:

Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on Amazon Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on Barnes & Noble Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on Dreamspinner Press Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on KOBO Add Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on Goodreads

Guest Post:
Okay, so I promised in an earlier guest post on the Skythane blog tour to talk about how all writers are secretly gluttons for punishment.

Some of us are more open than others about it – have you seen all the BDSM books on the market these days? *grin*

But all of us writers have a streak of it inside. How else do you explain the fact that we do this job, come rain or shine, often late at night after kids have gone to bed, or between our two or three other jobs, or when we can squeeze in time on our smart phones in line at the post office?

Or the fact that we do it in spite appallingly low returns? For every Stephen King, there are ten thousand, a hundred thousand starving writers who struggle to sell a handful of stories a year.

We do it because we are masochists. And we do it because we can’t not do it.

Inside my head, there are a hundred stories ready to come out to take their turn on the page. It’s like a gumball machine up there, and for every quarter someone sticks in my ear, another one comes out.

I hope to make a living at this thing we call writing someday. I hope to touch people in a way that only I can, to leave a mark on their souls with stories that I write.

Will it happen? Only the fates can tell.

In the meantime, I look forward to the next crack of the whip.

——————

My new novel, Skythane, is just out – and it combines my love of sci fi and secret reveals and MM romance. I hope you enjoy it!

Blurb:
Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on AmazonJameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.

Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.

Excerpt:
Rain hit the plas and ran downward in little rivulets, separating and rejoining like branches of time as the storm whipped itself into a frenzy over Oberon City.

Xander Kinnson lay on his bed, head thrown back, watching the tempest with a laziness that belied his inner turmoil and pain. Alix had left him and gone missing. A year had passed, and still he had a hard time accepting that simple fact.

His dark wings with their jet-black feathers were stretched out lazily to each side of his supine form, their tips extending past the edge of the bed. His chest heaved slowly up and down, and he breathed easily, as if he were utterly relaxed.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. Below the surface, under the deception of skin and sinew, his heart beat at a thunderous pace, and his mind raced for answers to Alix’s fate that slipped beyond his grasp.

The handsome trick he’d brought home rested his warm hands on Xander’s thighs, his hot mouth engaged elsewhere. Xander smelled the deep, masculine musk of him, slipping a hand absently through the man’s dark, tousled hair as the rain increased to a thundering downpour against the plas. The drops glistened, each an individual universe of shimmering light before running quickly out of sight.

A flash of lightning illuminated the room, thunder indicating how close it had been. As the heavy rain pounded against the arco’s walls, Xander rode the wave of pleasure higher and higher. Despite himself, he rose quickly toward climax, drawn up on the tide as the trick worked his cock. Unable to stop himself, he thrust his hips almost angrily upward into the man’s willing throat. Closer, closer….

He reached the crest, a pleasure so intense it burned through him like phosphorous, a white-hot fire.

Lightning flared again across the wet, black sky, followed by thunder so close it shook the bed. The storm had reached a fever pitch outside, and he arched his back in the air one more time, his wings rustling beneath him. As if in concert with the storm, Xander came, the release of his orgasm radiating from his hips along his spinal cord and down through his toes and the tips of his wings.

The rush of elation washed away his cares for a few brief moments. Xander shuddered, shivered, and shuddered again, and it was over.

For a while, he drifted in an oblivion that was blessed in its emptiness. The rain fell in a steady beat against the window, and he forgot to wallow in his pain. His mind floated free, with no responsibilities, nothing to worry about for those brief moments between sex and real life. This was what he needed. This lack of thought, this pleasurable oblivion where he could just be.

When he opened his eyes at last, the nameless trick was staring down at him, expectant.

“You’re still here.”

“I can do more, if you’d like,” the man said with a grin. Like Alix, he had no wings—a lander man.

Xander glared at him, annoyed. He was handsome enough, tall, dark-haired, with blue eyes and a light complexion. Strangely, he reminded Xander of Alix. The hair and eyes were wrong, but there was something about him, and that annoyed the hell out of Xander, for reasons he didn’t care to examine too closely. “Get out,” he said with a dismissive wave.

The man frowned. “I thought—”

“Oh right, your pay.” Xander took the man’s arm and slitted him a hundred crits from the wrist reader embedded in his own. Then he waved the trick away. “We’re square. Now get the fuck out of my flat.”

The man gathered his own clothes, but Xander didn’t give him time to put them on. Instead he hustled the trick out of the irising door, palming it closed on his hurt and angry expression.

I really have become a bastard, he thought, staring at his dim reflection in the shiny black door. It had been a long year.

He tapped the cirq in his temple with his left hand, and called out to his PA. “Ravi, any messages for me?”

Buy Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth on Amazon

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4✨s – Whenever I’m asked to review a book in the science fiction genre, I hesitate because I’m not a huge fan of the genre itself and I always feel like that makes me ill-qualified to review the work. But a good book is a good book and that’s what we have in Skythane.

The world building alone is a totally wow and if this isn’t the foundation for a series, I’d be hugely disappointed. Set 800 or so years in the future, Landers, or earth people, have populated one half of the split planet Oberon and overrun the winged population known as Skythane. So, what happened to the other half? That information is something to be discovered within the pages of the book.

Strange things are happening in Oberon and there’s a sudden shortage of pith, which is used across the galaxy. Enter Jameson, a manly man from a conservative planet who is sent to uncover the cause of the shortage and finds himself guided by Xander, who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word conservative. This made for some great tension as they are first tasked with working together and then find themselves fighting for their lives.

Enter Quince, who has all the answers, but isn’t willing to share necessary details until they become important. This could have been frustrating if not for the way it made the book flow. There was not overload of information in any one spot and things were revealed as became necessary.

Unraveling the past and uncovering the secrets that will save them and Oberon will take Jameson and Xander out of their comfort zone and put the weight of this new, futuristic world square on their shoulders. Right where it belonged.

The build-up and world building make it so that it gets better the further you delve into it. It’s not a book to skim lest you miss some important nugget that will either provide insight or be another twist to the saga. You’ll not only walk away satisfied, you’ll definitely be asking ‘when’s the next book coming out?’

Author Bio:
J. Scott Coatsworth - authorScott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before. He is currently working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.

Where to find J. Scott Coatsworth:

J. Scott Coatsworth Amazon Author Page J. Scott Coatsworth on Facebook J. Scott Coatsworth on Goodreads J. Scott Coatsworth on Twitter J. Scott Coatsworth Website

Defining the boundaries of “Romance”

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I posted on Love Bytes Reviews about questions that came up as Scott was designing this site…

“One of the things I’ve been doing this past month is helping get the Queeromance Ink book-link site up and running. And in the process, I stumbled across an old question. When is a book really “Romance” and when isn’t it? And while Queeromance Ink has inclusiveness and wide access as a primary goal, it still arose in some discussions of how the site would function, and in reader questions.

Defining romance came up in two ways. One was in deciding which books actually belong on a site labeled “Queer Romance?” We want readers to find all the stories they’ll love, but without being lost in unrelated books. That means deciding what type of books to include, or not, at some level, to avoid being swamped and to keep the site on focus. When will it be helpful to the readers to say “that book is outside the purview of this site?” Lack of LGBTQIAP content is an easy answer, but what about lack of enough romance content?

The other was in the discussion of custom fields, to help readers with searches. Scott’s beta testers said they wanted to be able to search for “HEA- Happy Ever After” or “HFN – Happy For Now” or “Bittersweet” or “Cliffhanger” endings. (Hidden behind a spoiler tag, for those who don’t want to know.) Which raised the question – if a book is bittersweet, is it really a romance? Does it belong on the site?

Read more of this discussion at Love Bytes Reviews

It’s Been a Busy Week!

Custom Fields

Hey all…

QRI is growing, and fast! We now have 141 authors, and we just topped 700 books about an hour ago. 🙂

In development news, this week saw the launch of custom fields, including Heat Level, Romantic Content, Tropes, Character Ages, and more – laying the groundwork for search filtering. When filtering arrives on the site, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of fields to either include or exclude books to narrow in on the books you want.

We also cleaned up and organized the author-entered “tags” section.

We’ll be moving on to promoting the site to readers shortly now that we have a decent collection of searchable books.

Onward and upward.

🙂

–Scott & Mark

Anthology Calls

Opportunity Calling

Sapphire Books “Long Distance Love” Anthology

Sapphire Books Publishing“Sapphire Books is dedicated to quality outcomes that respectfully reflect the lives of the lesbian community. We publish and promote lesbian literature that embraces and reflects those diverse experiences. We value diversity of stories, experiences, and celebrate those diversities through lesbian literature.”

This call for submission is for their New Anthology is entitled “A Heart Well Traveled – Tales of Long Distance Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes”

We are seeking stories that feature a “Long Distance Love Relationship” at its nucleus, or as a key part of the story. The focus of the story is the journey the characters take and how their lives evolve as a result of it. The only limitation is the main character(s) must be lesbian or progress to identifying as lesbian. Make it gut retching, emotionally riveting, sexy or as hot as your imagination will allow. A happy ending is always nice but isn’t a requirement of this Anthology.

Details:

  • 1500 to 5000 words
  • Theme “Long Distance Love Relationships”
  • Send submissions to sallyanne@sapphirepublishing.com
  • Deadline is February 28, 2017

Dreamspinner’s 2017 Advent Calendar: Stocking Stuffers

Dreamspinner Press“Dreamspinner Press seeks gay male romance stories in all genres. While works do not need to be graphic, they must contain a primary or strong secondary romance plotline and focus on the interaction between two or more male characters. The main characters of the story must end in a gay or gay polyamorous relationship. Other relationships (heterosexual, lesbian, mixed gender polyamory) are acceptable in secondary pairings or as part of the development of a main character.”

Winter holidays around the world feature celebrations solemn and convivial, feasts and parties, and quite often, gifts to loved ones. Whether these gifts are funny and flirty, erotic, or lovingly bestowed, the perfect gift may be the most endearing way into a man’s heart.

Details:

  • 5000 to 18000 words
  • Story must be set in end of the year Holidays
  • Must be standalone and have a romantic theme with a focus on HEA
  • Send submissions to submissions@dreamspinnerpress.com
  • Deadline is July 1, 2017
  • For Full Anthology details, download the PDF from Dreamspinner

If you are a publisher, or an author who knows about other specific submission calls, please email them to jessieg@jessiegbooks.com so I can add them to my weekly Author Opportunities post!

Flirtatious Fiction Friday!

Flirtatious Fiction Friday

Welcome to F3: FLIRTATIOUS FICTION FRIDAY at our FB discussion group – a chance for our queer romance writers chance to pop in and tell us about their latest success. Have a new book or short story coming out? Let us know. Just sell something? Let us know so we can cheer you on. As long as it’s queer romance, we want to hear about it.

This is our once a week promo day.

HOW IT WORKS:

I’ll pin this topic to the top of our FB discussion page for the day.

–Please post your announcement as a separate post so we can comment on yours specifically
–Check out the other posts and congratulate and share them too!

And congratulations!!!

Pride Publishing Submission Calls

Pride Publishing Submission Calls

MM Super Powers Anthology

Who needs a cape to be a superhero?

Sometimes the best and bravest superheroes are the ones we can’t see. Maybe they don’t want the fuss. Maybe they want to keep their powers secret to protect loved ones, or themselves. Maybe a geeky exterior hides a courageous heart.

We’re looking for the quiet heroes, the ones who can leap over a mountain, but do it when no one’s watching. The ones who can read minds, but would never tell.

Details:

  • 10 to 15k with erotic content.
  • Please note the subject Pride Superheroes Anthology.
  • Deadline is February 28th for summer release.
  • Please submit your manuscript to submissions@totallyentwinedgroup.com

Spaced Out

There’s a great big universe out there, and we’d love to read about the brave souls who venture into the stars, whether it’s in a rickety old piece of space junk, or a sleek cruiser.

We want to explore with them as they set foot on Mars, or steer toward a black hole. What we’re looking for is the human experience. How does it feel to be suspended in a starless void? To search for life where there is none? We’re not interested in aliens—just the LGBTQI humans who search for them.

Details:

  • Word count should be 10-100k.
  • Series and serials are also welcomed.
  • Please note the subject as Spaced Out (Pride).
  • No deadline was specified.
  • Please submit your manuscript to submissions@totallyentwinedgroup.com

Thriller/Crime

Take us on a roller-coaster ride where gunmen lurk in dark alleys and police tape marks the scene of a horrific crime.

Whether your LGBTQI protagonist is a dogged, world-weary detective or an innocent caught up in a whirlwind of terrifying events, as long as we’re caught up in the story. It doesn’t have to be romance, just grab us by the collar and keep us turning the pages.

Details:

  • Word count should be 10-100k.
  • Series and serials are also welcomed.
  • Please note the subject as Thriller/Crime (Pride).
  • No deadline was specified.
  • Please submit your manuscript to submissions@totallyentwinedgroup.com

Queeromance Ink is Growing!

Queeromance Ink

Hey all,

We’re so excited to see what’s happened on the QRI site in the five days since launch.

We’re already up to 59 authors, and our catalog just passed 200 books this morning.

There have been minimal issues (thanks to our developer and to the coding Gods). And we just launched our Twitter account at:

We have big plans for the site, but for now we’re thrilled just to see it working as planned and humming along. 🙂

–Scott & Mark