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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Artwork Needed for Gay SciFi Project

Please visit the tweet below and tag suggested artists (maybe yourself) to create commissioned artwork for online posts about my novel Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure 🏳️‍🌈. Character gifs or jpgs.

Sons of Taldra features gay characters in major roles, so I don’t want anyone who would object to drawing a same-gender couple. On the other hand, the book contains no sex scenes, and the pictures should be strictly SFW (Safe For Work).

I’d like to commission at least one work, but might order more, from a few different artists. The characters should look human, but the realism might vary. They should not look like puppets, talking cats, etc., but it’s fine if they look cartoonish.

The artist(s) will, of course, receive acknowledgment wherever I post the picture(s).

The main setting for Sons of Taldra is Valchondria, which is simply Earth in an alternate reality. Technology had advanced more quickly there, but stagnated when the Valchondrians abandoned space travel and banned contact with anyone outside their atmosphere. A cyberpunk look, or something similar, would be ideal if we see it, but we’re focusing on the people. (This book is a stand-alone spinoff from my earlier book Degranon.)

>>Possible images (mostly close-up or waist-up):

1. Argen or Telius alone. Or both of them, back-to-back, waist up, Telius in a black T-shirt and Argen in a bright green one. They’re identical twins, 19, with black hair, but Argen has a buzz cut, while Telius has shoulder-length hair. Native American. Flat nose bridges and high cheekbones.

2. Central to the book. Telius and his fiancΓ© Jase-Dawn. (Remember that Telius is Argen’s long-haired twin.) Jase-Dawn is black, twenty, with dark brown eyes. He’s slender but well-toned. They could be cuddling, holding hands, leaning against each other, embracing, or just looking at each other, as long as the viewer is likely to see them as a couple. This excerpt at Queeromance (near the bottom of that page) can provide inspiration.

3. General Sydra, one of the Maintainers, the group that serves as the military, police, and judges of Valchondria. Gray military uniform with black arms. No headband, earrings, or hat. African American, late thirties, just over six feet tall. A look of confidence and strength in her dark brown eyes. Short hair.

4. Taldra, the mother of the twins. Native American. A year ago, she became Leader of Valchondria’s one-world government, after working two decades as one of Valchondria’s leading (but most controversial) scientists. She’s short, a little over five feet. Long black hair, usually pulled to the left side and discretely fastened behind her head. She likes colorful dresses or other outfits—maybe a 1970s look. Light brown eyes. Hoop earrings in right ear. Stunningly beautiful.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Special announcement about Texas book for the new year!

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

HALLELUJAH - A Circus/Queer Film [Gay Love, Hate & Religion.]

A film by Matthew Richardson, @circusspinner. I've watched more of his films on YouTube, and they feature amazing dancers exploring themes that affect the queer community. This one also features a powerful cover of Leonard Cohen's classic. Click through the video to watch it on YouTube and read Matthew's comments.

Please also visit Reactions to Homophobia, here at this blog.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Gay SciFi Special Opportunity

Readers can save 30% off the eBook Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure at Smashwords until Jan. 8, 2020, using the coupon code DQ23C. That novel features a diverse cast in an alternate reality, protecting the human home world from alien shapeshifters.

#QueerSciFi #LGBTQbooks #WeWantDiverseBooks #SciFiTrailer

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Now That We're Grown: Gay Romance: Teaser 3

Gavin Hernandez was my best friend. I never meant to make him the target of cyberbullying or for him to start avoiding me. We’re reuniting in Dallas, and I hope he’ll be my boyfriend.

Find this gay romance at BN.Com.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Featured Site: Queer In Color

The Queer In Color site includes a variety of books, broken down by genres and sub-genres. Those works share a common thread: queer characters of color. The blog there features interviews and seeks to bring more attention to those characters and/or authors of color. There and in the About Us section, we also learn about the dedicated team and their reasons for creating Queer In Color.

I found the entire site both easy to navigate and a good resource for authors and readers. The webmasters generously included my diversity-themed scifi novels Degranon and Sons of Taldra on the page Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction, putting my work in the good company of many talented writers.

Readers can sign up at Queer In Color for an email newsletter to read about new releases, free books, and more. The Twitter account Queer In Color also includes updates.

Friday, September 20, 2019

More AllAuthor Magic Tool Images

More images made with the AllAuthor Magic Tool.

New Book Promotion Tool from AllAuthor: #MagicTool #AllAuthor #MagicToolForAuthor

I agreed to beta-test the AllAuthor Magic Tool for Author and created some great imagery to promote my books. It was just a matter of clicking on the book covers then clicking on the template I wanted to use.

Some follow below and in the next blog post.