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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Queer SciFi Double Feature

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures

At Barnes & Noble.Com, the eBook is half off during April 2020 with coupon code BNPTaldra.

Taldra Discussion in Two Gay Geeks Webcast.

Set in an alternate reality, the Taldra novels focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space. In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters and dark secrets threaten humanity. Both works appear in this specially priced eBook.

“Edge-of-your-seat action, scenes that detail the turmoil and terror of an alien attack and an inside look at love and acceptance for humanity’s differences.” —Tome Tender. Read this SciFi Book Review.

“A highly-imaginative sci-fi adventure. Simolke’s alternate universe hits all the right notes between the fantastic and the believable. There is a dizzying and impressive array of ideas that permeate this novel. Taldra is a great sci-fi read, especially for those who enjoy history and religion mixed in with technology. This is one story where all three blend seamlessly into one.” Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★ Read this SciFi Book Review.

Set in an alternate reality, the Taldra adventures focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Books 1 and 2 of Taldra both appear in this specially priced collection. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space.

In an alternate reality, Earth is the planet Valchondria. No illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, the Maintainers carefully monitor everyone’s speech, actions, and weight. The Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.

The Iroquois scientist Taldra thinks of her twin gay sons as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?

Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.

“A thought provoking and fun sci-fi read.” —Blogger Girls

In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters want to feed on humanity. Taldra again relies on her sons to help protect Valchondria. The Maintainers still hold dark secrets that might pose an even greater threat than the invaders. World events and Native American storytelling inspired this sequel to Degranon.

“The most intriguing aspect of the story is controlled by emotion as relatable characters grow and brave it all together, selflessly helping each other.” -Enas Reviews

Thursday, March 26, 2020

SciFi Thriller Featured at Expansive Resource for Authors and Book Lovers

Sons of Taldra is a featured book at Proof Positive, a blog that offers book suggestions and writer interviews, as well as tips about writing, blogging, social media, marketing, and much more. Visit often for new resources. Find even more at MelanieRockett.Com.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Authors Give Back

My gay-themed eBooks Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure and Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems are 60% off during the big Authors Give Back promotion at Smashwords, March 20 - April 20, 2020. Just use the provided coupon code.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Texas Short Stories Featured on App That Pays Users to Read Books

Read about The Acorn Stories at Booksta, an app that pays in coins after readers successfully answer questions about featured books. Also read about The Acorn Stories at Booksta's website.

A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews

“The ability to depict such a wide cross-section of humanity including details of each character’s breadth of knowledge and experience takes a talented insightful author and Duane Simolke is such a writer.” –E. Conley Betty’s Books

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Get writing feedback via Critique Circle

I love Critique Circle's web site. I work on my current stories or chapters for months, post them there, critique other authors in the sub's genre, and get helpful feedback. #WritingTips #WritingCommunity #WritingAdvice #WritersNetwork https://www.critiquecircle.com/

Monday, March 02, 2020

Texas Short Stories Featured at Reader & Writer Resource

Read about The Acorn Stories at Snickslist, a site that helps readers find low-priced or free eBooks.

“A lush tangle of small-town life.” –Kirkus Reviews. #SmallTownLife #TexasTales

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Read an eBook Week

Sites like Smashwords are celebrating Read an eBook Week by offering deep discounts on many ebooks, including the following gay read.

Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure.

“A major voice not only in American literature but also in the LGBTQ genre.”

We thought the aliens wouldn’t find us. We thought we could trust the Maintainers. We were wrong.

The Iroquois scientist Taldra became Leader of our world a year before the alien shapeshifters attacked. Her twin gay sons, Telius and Argen, will rally to her side.

Telius, a former time traveler, wants to marry his boyfriend, a former spy. Argen, a prodigy with a troubled past, modifies a handsome captain’s vessel for the battle.

Our world’s other protectors hold dark secrets that might pose an even greater threat than the invaders.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Spotlight on Gay SciFi Adventure

Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure is a featured book at BookWeek.

We thought the aliens wouldn’t find us. We thought we could trust the Maintainers. We were wrong.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Get to know this small fictional town

From a new book review of The Acorn Stories at Goodreads: “I found myself not wanting to put this book down because I quickly felt like I belonged in this town.” #Texas #ShortStories

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.