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Scratch & Dent Sale!

We’re having a Scratch & Dent #Sale while supplies last! We have copies of the following books that have gotten a bit shopworn or have minor printing errors and all of them are half off at $8 each! Free delivery in the Twin Cities metro area or a couple of $ for shipping!
You can either order via our website cart and get a refund on the difference or contact us for payment options. Let us know that you want a sale price book in the comment.

Books on sale:

Silver Moon

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Murder on the Titania

Wireless

February Newsletter

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – February, 2021
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News

  1. Very excited and pleased to say that The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! Which means that you can vote for it for the Locus Awards, if you are so inclined, as we hope you are! Cinrak was also on recommended reading lists for the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, the Ursa Major Awards and, as of this weekend, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards so if you can vote on any of these, we hope that it makes your list too.
  2. Speaking of A.J., be sure and read their thoughtful new essay, “The Waters of This Place,” at Strange Horizons.
  3. This weekend, February 4th-7th, please join us at Capricon 41. Capricon is going online for the first time and Catherine Lundoff is on multiple programming items and will be reading from her forthcoming novel, Blood Moon. The schedule looks amazing and DreamHaven Books will have a virtual “booth” so you can buy our books there too!
  4. Next month we’ll have some announcements about forthcoming books. Be sure to check back then for all the exciting news!

Queen of Swords Press Upcoming Events:

Coming up this month…

And on the way in March…

  • Deep Valley Book Festival – March 6th-7th, online from Mankato, MN. Catherine will be one of the featured authors at this event for Minnesota writers and publishers.
  • Book Promotion on a Budget – Sunday, March 7th, 1:00-3:00 PST, online class at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. Catherine will help you to set up a promotional plan for your books and figuring out how to get the most from your available resources.
  • Rainbow Space Magic – March 12th-14th, online LGBTQ+ science fiction convention – Catherine will be back on programming and possibly vending with Queen of Swords Press.

Queen of Swords Press is supported by Catherine Lundoff’s Patreon (Read a serialized novel in progress! Get entered to win free books!) and our Ko-fi account, if you’d like to send a little more love our way. Many thanks to our awesome patrons!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, Unfinished Business, Murder on the Titania, Wireless, Silver Moon, Out of This World, Medusa’s Touch and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) are all available in print as well as ebook. Knife’s Edge and Desire are ebook only. Check our website for available formats and remember that your library or cool local indie bookstore can order our titles in, if they don’t already have them.

If you have enjoyed any of our titles and haven’t already done so, please post a review on the site where you purchased it, Goodreads, your social media, etc.! They are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who’ve reviewed our titles so far!

More about the Press:
See our website for more info and calls for submission.
Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, if you aren’t already. Thanks for signing up!

CINRAK makes more recommended reading lists! And upcoming events!

Very excited and pleased to say that The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! Which means that you can vote for it for the Locus Awards, if you are so inclined, as we hope you are! I mentioned that Cinrak was also on recommended reading lists for the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, the Ursa Major Awards and, as of this weekend, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards so if you can vote on any of these, we hope that it makes your list too.

Speaking of A.J., be sure and read their thoughtful new essay, The Waters of This Place,” at Strange Horizons.

Coming up this weekend, February 4-7, please join us at Capricon 41. Capricon is going online for the first time and Catherine Lundoff is on multiple programming items and will be reading from her forthcoming novel, Blood Moon. The schedule looks amazing and DreamHaven Books will have a virtual “booth” so you can buy our books there too!

And Catherine Lundoff will be teaching her online class “In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes” at the Rambo Academy on Sunday, February 14th from 1-3:00PM PST.

Back to celebrating!

 

CINRAK makes the list(s)!

Some very cool news about The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater!

Enthusiastic congratulations to A.J.!

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – January, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for signing up for Queen of Swords Press news.

News

  • Blood Moon, the long-awaited sequel to Catherine Lundoff’s Silver Moon, will be out on March 15th, 2021, featuring more adventures with Becca, Erin and the Wolf’s Point Pack! Preorders are now open for the ebook edition. Stay tuned for the link to preorder your physical copy!
  • Happy 4th Small Press Birthday to us! The winner of the prize drawing for a book and a surprise gift is Brianna! Congratulations!
  • If you’re nominating for the Nebula, Hugo or other awards, we have a roll-up post for everyone involved with Queen of Swords Press right here.

Some thoughts on turning 4, from the publisher:

  • Wow! I can’t believe we made it! Thanks for buying our books or plugging our books or reviewing our books and/or supporting our Patreon, hosting us and all the other things so many of you fine folks do!
  • In 4 years, we’ve put out 10 books that we’re really proud of, including works by terrific authors like Alex Acks and A.J. Fitzwater and the authors in Scourge of the Sea of Time (and Space).
  • We’ve gotten to work with some great artists and other professionals, done projects with other small presses and participated in a whole LOT of events. These have included a couple of Worldcons, 6 book festivals around the world, a ton of podcasts and blog posts and online events a bunch of conventions, several steampunk festivals and multiple bookstore events, plus things I’m probably forgetting about. Thank you and we hope you stay tuned for more!

Upcoming Events:

Queen of Swords Press Recent Events:

We are in your YouTubes, talking about things!

  • Check out A.J. Fitzwater and our webmaster, Andi Buchanan, talking about New Zealand Speculative Fiction at CONZealand.
  • Alex Acks does a reading at MileHiCon.
  • Catherine Lundoff talked about queer fantasy and queer horror at MultiverseCon and moderates a rockstar panel on LGBTQ Protagonists in SF/F at Confluence SFF.

Queen of Swords Press is supported by Catherine Lundoff’s Patreon (Read a serialized novel in progress! Get entered to win free books!) and our Ko-fi account, if you’d like to send a little more love our way. Many thanks to our awesome patrons!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, Unfinished Business, Murder on the Titania, Wireless, Silver Moon, Out of This World, Medusa’s Touch and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) are all available in print as well as ebook. Knife’s Edge and Desire are ebook only. Check our website for available formats and remember that your library or cool local indie bookstore can order our titles in, if they don’t already have them.

If you have enjoyed any of our titles and haven’t already done so, please post a review on the site where you purchased it, Goodreads, your social media, etc.! They are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who’ve reviewed our titles so far!

More about the Press:
See our website for more info and calls for submission.
Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, if you aren’t already. Thanks for signing up!

End of Year Sales and News

Looking for sales? We got ’em!

  • All of our books are on sale now through the end of the year at Smashwords.
  • All of Emily L. Byrne’s titles and Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff are on sale through the end of the year on Amazon and right here on the website for the My Lesfic Season of Books Holiday Supersale. 

 

News!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on 3 reviewers’ Favorite Books of 2020 lists! Paul Weimar, Maria Haskins and Nathan Burgoine have all named it as one of their favorite books of the year. 😀

Free shipping to the Twin Cities metro area through 12/20!

If you live in the Twin Cities metro area within 10 miles of Bancroft Elementary in South Minneapolis, we will happily deliver either handmade boxes and journals from Jana Pullman’s Etsy or books from Queen of Swords Press (or both!) through 12/20. Porch pick up with contactless pay through PayPal or Venmo is definitely an option too! Get your last minute shopping in now, buy local and save on shipping! Books by Catherine Lundoff can be signed.

Award Eligibility Post

Here’s an award eligibility post for all Queen of Swords Press authors, artists, web master and all!

Authors:
  • No Man’s Land (Paper Road Press, 2020). Historical fantasy. Novella.
  • “Cetaceous Secrets of the Jewelled Nadir” and “Flight of the Hydro Chorus,” both in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper. (short stories). The 3 other nonreprint stories in the collection: “Young Cinrak”, “Perfidy at the Felidae Isles and “The Hirsute Pursuit” are also eligible; the other 2 stories are reprints. And you should read the whole collection because it’s awesome.
  • How to Build a Unicorn” in Fireside Magazine (June, 2020) . Short story.
  • “Cascade” in The Future Fire (Summer, 2020). Short story.
  • Tāne Mahuta” in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #79 (June, 2020). Short story.
Catherine Lundoff – this was my year for mystery and historicals, but hey, just in case:
  • “The Adventure of the Missing Fiancé.” The Book of Extraordinary Sherlock Holmes Stories edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Mango Books, 2020. (Mystery).
  • “Cardinal’s Gambit,” LHMP Podcast, 2020 edited by Heather Rose Jones and narrated by Cherae Clark. (Historical F/F)
  • “The Rani’s Dream,” Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives edited by John Linwood Grant. Belanger Books, 2020.(Mystery, with supernatural elements)
  • “Inheritance,” March, 2020. Haunting Shadows: The Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Anthology edited by Matt McElroy.  Onyx Path Publishing. (Media tie-in/Horror)
  • “Class Photo” – Letter to Yesterday Podcast, June, 2020. (Autobiographical essay – included so I can use in my end of year post).
Fellow travelers:
Ashley Deng (story in Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) –

Andi C. Buchanan (our webmaster): 2020 short fiction publications –

Cover artist (for Cinrak):

Our November Newsletter!

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – November, 2020
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News

Book bundle! We’ll be participating in the first ever Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box, organized by the lovely people at Atthis Arts in Detroit, running from 11/8-11/20. You can order the box from the Atthis Arts website. It will cost you $50 (plus tax and shipping) and will include:

  • Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus, Apex Book Company, Lexington, Kentucky
  • The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus by Alanna McFall, Atthis Arts, Detroit, Michigan
  • Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, Queen of Swords Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Digital Downloads: Included e-books downloads of the four books above.
  • One Mystery Book: Don’t worry, it’ll be a good title, something we hope you’ll love.
  • Coupons and Swag: A little extra holiday love from the team, with our sincere thanks for supporting Midwest Indie Fiction.

Support some small presses, get some great reads!

 

  • Queen of Swords is a vendor at WomenVenture’s Women Mean Business this year. The Marketplace will be up through 11/21 and the spotlight event and auction will be happening on  11/13 from 4-6PM. We also have items in the fundraising auction. WomenVenture is a local nonprofit that helps women launch and grow businesses in Minnesota, and Catherine took their business launch classes before starting Queen of Swords.  The event on the 13th is free and online, so please consider joining us!

 

Queen of Swords Press Upcoming Events:

And finally:
Please stay tuned for a cover reveal, coming to our newsletter subscribers and Patreon supporters first, of Blood Moon by Catherine Lundoff! The long-awaited sequel to Silver Moon will be out in March, with more about Becca, Erin and the Wolf’s Point Pack.

Queen of Swords Press Recent Events:
We are in your YouTubes, talking about things!

  • Check out A.J. Fitzwater and our webmaster, Andi Buchanan, talking about New Zealand Speculative Fiction at CONZealand.
  • Alex Acks does a reading at MileHiCon.
  • Catherine Lundoff talked about queer fantasy and queer horror at MultiverseCon and moderates a rockstar panel on LGBTQ Protagonists in SF/F at Confluence SFF.

Queen of Swords Press is supported by Catherine Lundoff’s Patreon (Read a serialized novel in progress! Get entered to win free books!) and our Ko-fi account, if you’d like to send a little more love our way. Many thanks to our awesome patrons!

Check our website for available book formats and remember that your library or cool local indie bookstore can order our titles in if you ask. If you have enjoyed any of our titles, please post a review on the site where you purchased it, Goodreads, your social media, etc.! They are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who’ve reviewed our titles so far!

More about the Press:
See our website for more info and calls for submission.
Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for signing up!

November events and news – Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box and More!

 

  • VerbWellington – November 5-8th. Wellington, New Zealand. A.J. Fitzwater and A.C. Buchanan (who is also the Queen of Swords Press webmaster) are appearing at this fab writer’s festival in New Zealand.
  • Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box – November 5th-20th. 4 small presses, 5 books + surprises = the perfect holiday gift for the sf/f fan in your life! Queen of Swords Press, Atthis Arts, Apex Book Publishing and Aurelia Leo are collaborating on a gift box full of amazing reads featuring titles by Alex Acks, Maurice Broaddus, Alanna McFall, Zelda Knight and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald and more! Follow link to order from Atthis Arts.
  • WomenVenture Women Mean Business – November 13th, 4-6PM CST. Online. Annual fundraiser and reception for WomenVenture, a local nonprofit that supports women starting and owning their own businesses in Minnesota. Queen of Swords Press will be in the Marketplace from 11/7-11/21; Nov. 13th is the actual event.
  • In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes – November 22, 11:30-1:30 CST. Teaching at the Rambo Academy.

All kinds of fun! Please join us!