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Happy Birthday to Us!

And we’re having a party at Bingley’s Tea Salon in Minneapolis on Saturday , 1/19, from 2-4PM with books and tea and munchies. There will also be a prize drawing for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up here at the website or at the tea (current subscribers are automatically entered), and prizes will include free books, a Queen of Swords Press mug, some tea from Bingley’s, a literary candle from Frostbeard Studios and other fun stuff. The drawing will happen on 1/20 so we can announce it when we send the newsletter out. Hope to see some of you there!

New video posted

Have you checked out the Queen of Swords Press YouTube channel yet? We just posted a new video! The latest one features the book release party for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) at DreamHaven Books, with readings and Q&A by Catherine Lundoff and Michael Merriam. Our videographer got stuck in traffic so it starts a few minutes into the event, FYI.

Be sure to also check out Alex Acks’s video recording of a reading from Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures and our playlist, which includes a talk by Catherine about starting a small press and a reading by Catherine from Out of This World at Wordbrew 6.

Holiday sales and upcoming birthday party

We will once again be participating in the Smashwords Holiday Sale from 12/25-1/1/18 so be sure and check out page for deals on many of our books. Desire by Emily L. Byrne will also be on additional markdowns from 12/26-12/30 for the I Heart Lesfic Mega Sale.

And we turn 2 years old in January! There’ll be an online celebration as well as a local one. Bingley’s Tea Studio in Minneapolis will be hosting our local gathering on 1/19/19 from 2-4PM. Check out the event link for more info and hope to see some of you there!

Our first Publishers Weekly review and a few more items of note

Publishers Weekly says that Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is: “This anthology is a delightful cross-section of pirate tales, representing a diverse array of sexualities and nationalities, and shining a spotlight on tales that don’t fit common preconceived notions of pirate lore. It will appeal to fans of daring speculative fiction.” Along with other nice things!

Desire by Emily L. Byrne made Erotica for the Big Brain’s Best of 2018 list!

Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks got a nice shoutout on The Illustrated Page (which also praised Alex’s Angry Robot series).

Award nominations:

  • Murder on the Titania is a nominee for the Colorado Book Awards, the Bisexual Book Awards and the IPPY Awards.
  • Medusa’s Touch is nominee for the Rainbow Awards, the Goldie Awards and the IPPY Awards.
  • Several stories from Scourge of the Seas and “The Flying Turk” from Murder on the Titania are all on the SFWA Recommended Reading List for Nebula, Hugo and other award consideration. Here’s hoping!

Several Queen of Swords Press titles will be on sale for the annual Smashwords end of year sale (12/25-/12/31). Stay tuned!

Holiday events! And book release!

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) will be out on 12/1 – check out the Scourge page for details, formats and new reviews!

December events, we have them! Or more specifically, we’ll be selling books at the following:

Queen of Swords Press has a YouTube Channel!

Check out videos of Alex Acks reading from Murder on the Titania and Other Stories, Catherine Lundoff reading from Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories at Wordbrew 6 in Minneapolis and Catherine’s talk at DreamHaven Books about starting a small press. Please like and subscribe if you enjoy them!

Queen of Swords Press YouTube.

Alex also has bonus content on their blog! Check out “Sniff, Sniff Adventure!,” a companion story to Alex’s “The Curious Case of Miss Clementine Nimowitz and Her Exceedingly Tiny Dog” from Murder on the Titania.

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is up for preorder and more!

Scourge of the Seas of time (and Space), our forthcoming fantastical pirate stories anthology, is up for preorder. Right now, it’s just preorder for the ebook editions, but print is coming soon! Scourge will be releasing on 12/1/18 and we’ll be having a release party at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis on 12/5. Scourge will be available at our other December events as well – stay tuned!

We’re looking at adding a YouTube channel soon so you can watch short videos of our authors readings and other related content. More on this soon (and sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing).

Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks is a Bisexual Book Awards nominee! It’s also an IPPY (independent publisher’s award) nominee, along with Medusa’s Touch by Emily L. Byrne (different categories). Medusa’s Touch is also a Goldie Awards nominee. Here’s hoping for good award news this year!

Twin Cities Book Festival and More!

We’ll have a Queen of Swords Press table at the Twin Cities Book Festival this coming Saturday, October 13th, from 10-5.  Author Michael Merriam will once again be our guest so we’ll be selling some of his books as well.

We have a new outlet for some of our titles. Check out the L Spot in Minneapolis for copies of Medusa’s Touch and Silver Moon, plus other titles by local lesbian, bi and queer authors, crafts, art and collectibles. Located in the Z Amore vintage shop.

Quatrefoil Library in Minneapolis also has most of our titles (Murder on the Titania will be added soon).

If you’re going to Geek Girl Con, look for our books at the fabulous Blind Eye Books table (buy their books too!).

Later on this month, look for Catherine Lundoff at WordBrew 6 at Kieran’s Pub and on December 5th, stop by DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis from 6:30-8 for the release party for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)! Catherine Lundoff and Michael Merriam will be reading. On December 8th, Queen of Swords Press will be sharing a table with former Minnesota Book Artist of the Year, Jana Pullman, at the Minnesota Women’s Art Festival. We’ll have Catherine’s titles and Jana’ handmade boxes and journals for sale. Also on the 8th, look for some of our other titles at the Holiday Geek Emporium at Michael Merriam’s table (and buy his books too!).

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New print edition of MEDUSA’S TOUCH is out, plus upcoming events

The new print edition of Medusa’s Touch is out today. We’ll update with links when it makes it out through the various distribution channels; it should be on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound by next week.

We’ll also have copies (of all our print titles) at Pride in the Park in St. Cloud, MN on 9/15 at the Queen of Swords Press booth. If you’re in St. Cloud on 9/14, be sure and come to hear Catherine Lundoff and Rachel Gold read and speak at the Great River Regional Library at 4PM.

Catherine will also be reading at Once Upon a Crime Bookstore in Minneapolis on 9/28 at 7PM as part of “Karin Kallmaker and Friends,” a multi-author reading. This will be a fun-filled evening of lesbian and queer mystery fiction so be sure and stop by if you can.

Finally, we have a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for so you don’t miss any of our news! Sign up here on the website and thanks for your support!

Announcing the Table of Contents for “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

The Table of Contents for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) edited by Catherine Lundoff is here! This lively collection of pirate tales will be released in December of 2018 and it’s going to be amazing. Cover art and more info about each story coming soon!

Ginn Hale – “Treasured Island”
Joyce Chng – “Saints and Bodhisattvas”
Geonn Cannon – “Rib of Man”
Elliott Dunstan – “Andromache’s War
Soumya Mukherjee – “The Dead Pirate’s Cave”
A.J. Fitzwater – “Search for the Heart of Ocean”
Ashley Deng – “The Seafarer”
Michael Merriam – “Tenari”
Ed Grabianowski – “The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl”
Megan Arkenberg – “Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea”
Peter Golubock – “After the Deluge”
Caroline Sciriha – “A Crooked Road Home”
Su Haddrell – “A Smuggler’s Pact”
Mharie West – “The Serpent’s Tail”
Matisse Mozer – “Rosa, the Dimension Pirate”