New Stories by Asta Idonea! Check them out!

One of my author friends, Asta Adonea, has two new stories out as part of NineStar Press‘ holiday story series. Don’t be shy. Give them some love! All the info is below!


Of Printers and Presents

Asta Idonea

NineStar Press

20 November 2017


Heat Rating: 1

A Secret Santa drawing offers more than a simple gift exchange for two office workers.

Colleagues Ford and Vaughan have long admired each other from afar, but Vaughan’s shyness and Ford’s emotional hang-ups have meant that neither has made a move. That all changes when they draw each other’s name in the office Secret Santa.


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Old Acquaintance

Asta Idonea

NineStar Press

11 December 2017


Heat Rating: 1

Will there be fireworks when two former acquaintances reconnect on New Year’s Eve?

Damon is getting over a bad breakup. Ioan is painfully shy. Neither expects to enjoy the New Year’s Eve party to which their mutual friend, Katie, has dragged them. However, their unexpected reunion may make them change their minds by the time midnight strikes.


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About the Author

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.









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Cover Reveal!! Zercy – The Nira Chronicles Book 2 by Kora Knight

OMG! Here’s the cover to Zercy, a new story by Kora Knight. This is book two of her Nira Chronicles series and I’ve been dying for the new release coming soon! Info below!!!


After the wicked, suspenseful ending of her first book, Kríe Captivity (The Nira Chronicles #1), Kora Knight returns with her thrilling new science fiction/erotica/fantasy, Zercy (The Nira Chronicles #2)

Finally learn all you’ve been dying to know about Zercy, the powerful and mysterious King of the Kríe.

Sexy alpha, Alec Hamlin, captain of Astrum Industries’ science and exploration team, and his crew continue on their sexy, smoldering interplanetary adventure. It will leave you swooning, uncomfortably hot, and begging for more.

Warning: Contains explicitly scorching gay sex with exotic and shamelessly kinky males of otherworldly descent.

Releasing this Christmas!

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Salvaging Claus Day by J. Alan Veerkamp #scifi #shortstory #mmromance #christmas

It’s finally here!

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, but I needed a chance to gather up some exciting news! My short story, Salvaging Claus Day, for the Stocking Stuffers Advent Calendar Anthology from Dreamspinner Press is now available for individual purchase! Who doesn’t wonder what a little M/M sci-fi mixed with the holidays would be like? You like a little space fairing in your tale? You like a little sexy in your Claus Day? Get a copy and enjoy my first ebook through Dreamspinner.

Salvaging Claus Day is available for purchase through Dreamspinner’s website. Only $1.99!


For three years, Filo has reveled in silence and solitude as the sole occupant of a space station, where he maintains the communication satellite.

Everything changes with the appearance of Luz Espina’s lifepod. Filo shares many interests with the flirtatious Luz, though Filo’s isolation has strained his communication skills. Still, Luz pushes all his buttons… and reminds him of the last man he was attracted to—an attraction that ended in disaster because the man was straight. When Luz learns Filo has never celebrated a holiday, he vows to cobble together a Claus Day celebration for them to share. But is it merely a friendly gesture… or something more?


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COMING SOON!!! Salvaging Claus Day – a holiday short story

Can you believe it!? I have a new holiday short story coming out, Salvaging Claus Day through Dreamspinner Press! It’s my first release in a while after the closing of my previous publisher and starts off the beginning of a new era as it were.


As part of the Stocking Stuffer Advent Calendar, I decided to take an unusual route and make my holiday story a piece of sci-fi, a genre often neglected at this time of year. So I thought I’d give it some love.

It’s all about Filo, the quiet, solitary technician on a distant communication station. Add in Luz, a brash, talkative rescue who upturns Filo’s serenity as the holiday season approaches and you have the potential for all kinds of things.

Release Date is Dec 1! Stay tuned for more info!

WIP Progress update!

Hi Everyone!


It’s been a while and I’ve been a little quiet and absent but as the holiday season approaches, stuff is starting to happen! My newest projects are coming around and I will actually have something new to share within the next few weeks!

• My Christmas short with Dreamspinner Press is coming! Stay tuned for more info! Teasers are on the way!

• My Sci-fi series starring the crew of the Santa Claus will be re-released by NineStar Press over the first half of of 2018. I have tentative release dates in February, April, and June and will offer up more details as we get closer.

• Innocence & Carnality is almost ready for submission. One way or another this will get into reader hands if I have to self-pub. It’s been far too long in coming to let it fall by the wayside.

• I have two other WIPs that I’m brainstorming and smoothing out details so I can treat them better. I want them to be the best story I can write. I’ll talk about them more as they start to come into the light.

For the first time in a while I’ll feel like an author again with an actual backlist for readers to look at!

Shade’s Champion by Cheryl Headford #mmromance #lgbtbooks #excerpt

My fellow author friend, Cheryl Headford has a new ebook, Shade’s Champion! Check out all the info below and treat yourself to an excerpt to get a taste! Links below!


Author Name: Cheryl Headford

Book Length 214 Pages

Book Name: Shade’s Champion

Release Date: 15th September 2017

Publisher: Extacy Books: Devine Destinies

Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched off the street as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatised and desperate to die.

Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with mental health issues that make him a slave to his dangerously uncontrollable emotions.

When Shade comes to the secure children’s home, Eastbrook; because no one else wants him, the manager appoints Dory as his champion, an appointment Dory takes very seriously indeed.

As friendship turns into something else, something new and exciting, they struggle to find their feet, but every step leads to more complication.

When a spiteful act separates them, it seems their love is doomed before it ever had a chance, but when Dory falls ill, it’s up to Shade to pick up the standard and become his champion, although it might already be too late.

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and menagerie of three cats, a dog and a dragon. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close.

Immersed, as always, in the world of fantasy, she maintains a burning desire to share the stories and these days it’s in the form of books which all contain her spark and unique view on life, the universe and everything.


Dorien….” Richard was looking at him in such a strange way it made his stomach feel tight. It was never good when they called him by his full name.

What have I done?”

Oh, nothing, nothing. Penny trusts you, Dory, and I’m not saying I don’t but… Shade’s got a lot of problems, serious ones. He’s very confused right now and it would be easy for there to be… misunderstandings.”

It’s okay, Rich, I know the score. I promise I won’t make a move on him. I’m not that bad. I can control myself, you know.”

I know that, Dory but…. Dammit, I’m not supposed to tell you this but I really think you should know. Shade tried to kill himself, and he still wants to.”

Oh.” Dorien put a hand over his mouth and suddenly felt breathless. “Do you think he might… might… try?”

Yes, I do. We’re taking every precaution we possibly can, but we really do need someone to watch him all the time. There should always be a member of staff very close by, but no one can watch him every minute.”

I can. I will. Penny said there was no responsibility, but I can do it. I can take responsibility, Rich. I didn’t think I could, but I can. I can’t go through all my life being taken care of and protected. I have to face reality sometime, and I guess this is it. I’ll be Shade’s champion, and I’ll take care of him, I promise. I won’t let him hurt himself, and I won’t let anyone else hurt him either.”

Rich looked stunned, and Dorien didn’t blame him. He was quite stunned himself. He hadn’t meant to say those things, they’d just come out.

No one is expecting you to take responsibility, Dory. Just keep an eye on him, okay?” “Okay.”

Off you go then. Max is waiting for you.”

Dorien raced through the house toward the boys’ bedrooms, his heart thumping. No matter what Rich said, he knew this was a huge responsibility. He had someone’s life in his hands. Jesus. Suddenly, he froze and panicked. Backing against the wall, he closed his eyes and gasped for breath. He couldn’t do this. There was no way he could do this. He was Dorien, the screw up, the freak, the nutjob. He couldn’t be trusted with his own life let alone someone else’s.

Waves of panic washed over him, and he desperately worked through the exercises his psychiatrist had given him for controlling his emotions in cases like this when they threatened to get completely out of control.

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#scifi Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Anthology – Renewal – Available now!

I’m so excited to have been chosen again to be included in the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Anthology, Renewal by Mischief Corner Books. Over 100 flash fiction stories from different authors are included and by “flash fiction” I mean every story is 300 words or less. Oh My God, are you serious!? That’s less than one page to tell you story using the common “Renewal” theme. It was difficult and rewarding to condense an idea down into such a tight format. The range of ideas is incredible and there are so many brilliant pieces.

Don’t miss your chance to read the magic! Links and info are below!

Renewal - ARenewal

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Author: Various – see Authors section below

Cover Artist: Gus Li

Length: 196 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

Release Date: 9/13/17

Pairing: Various – covers many pairings and identities

Price: 4.99, 16.99 paperback (b/w illus); 28.99 (color illus – avail 9/16)

Series: SF Flash Fiction Anthologies – Book Three

Genre: Sci Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mainstream


Blurb: (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.


Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich

The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

“Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” —In a Bind, by S R Jones

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” —I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer

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A.M. Soto

Abby Bartle

Aidee Ladnier

Alexis Woods

Andi Deacon

Andrea Felber Seligman

Andrea Speed

Andrea Stanet

Anne McPherson

Bey Deckard

Brigitte Winter

Carey Ford Compton

Carol Holland March

Carrie Pack

Catherine Lundoff

CB Lee

Christine Wright

Colton Aalto

Daniel Mitton

Dustin Blottenberger

Dustin Karpovich

E R Zhang

E.J. Russell

E.W. Murks

Ell Schulman

Ellery Jude

Eloreen Moon

Elsa M León

Emily Horner

Eric Alan Westfall

F.T. Lukens

Fenrir Cerebellion

Foster Bridget Cassidy

Ginger Streusel

Hannah Henry

Irene Preston

J. Alan Veerkamp

J. P. Egry

J. Summerset

J.S. Fields

Jaap Boekestein

Jackie Keswick

Jana Denardo

Jeff Baker

Jenn Burke

Joe Baumann

John Moralee

Jon Keys

Jude Dunn

K.C. Faelan

Kelly Haworth

Kiterie Aine

Kristen Lee

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L. Brian Carroll

L.M. Brown

L.V. Lloyd

Laurie Treacy

Leigh M. Lorien

Lex Chase

Lia Harding

Lin Kelly

Lloyd A. Meeker

Lyda Morehouse

M.D. Grimm

Martha J. Allard

Mary E. Lowd

Matt Doyle

Matthew Bright

Mia Koutras

Michelle Browne

Milo Owen

Mindy Leana Shuman

Naomi Tajedler

Natsuya Uesugi

Nephy Hart

Nicole Dennis

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Patricia Scott

Paul Stevens

PW Covington

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R.L. Merrill

Rebecca Cohen

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Reni Kieffer

Richard Amos

RL Mosswood

Robyn Walker

Rory Ni Coileain

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Sarah Einstein

Shilo Quetchenbach

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