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August events on the horizon

Here’s what we’ve got coming up! Please join us at all of these, if you can!

  • PrideFest 2020 – August 15-16th. Pueblo, Colorado. Virtual Pride festival. Queen of Swords Press is a vendor.
  • Madam Askew’s Temporal Entourage Book Club – August 16th, 4:30-5:30 MST. Online. Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks is the book club pick and Alex will be visiting to talk about Captain Marta Ramos, Simms and the rest of the crew. Join us for the fun!
  • Book Promo on a Budget – August 23rd, 9:30-11:30 PMT, 11:30-1:30 CST. Online class that Catherine Lundoff is teaching at the Rambo Academy.
  • And A.J. Fitzwater has an excellent author interview up at Fear No Lit.
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Book sales and events!

Are you at CONZealand this week? Look for us in the Dealer’s Room and use this coupon, CONZL20 at checkout right here on our website to get 15% all your ebook purchases! You don’t even have to be at the con, since we know a lot of people couldn’t make it to begin with. Runs through 8/3.

If you are at the con, please look for A.J. Fitzwater, Alex Acks and Catherine Lundoff on programming, check out our pals at Paper Road Press and Pegasus Pulp and keep an eye out for our web designer, author Andi Buchanan. We hear that Andi may have some good news to announce soon and they’re on a bunch of great panels.

Last 4 days for the Smashwords sale! Get some great deals on our titles here too!

We’re also a vendor at online Outwrite in Washington D.C. this weekend so please look for us there too!

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(Distanced) Fun in the Sun for July!

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale! This will be happening all month – get some fun reads from us on sale and help support an indie bookselling platform.

We are open for submissions for novel and Mini series queries! Guidelines are here.

Columbia Heights Pride – July 18th, 1-4PM. We’ll be a virtual vendor at a delightful new local Pride!

CONZealand – July 29th-August 2nd. Online. A.J. Fitzwater, Alex Acks and Catherine Lundoff will all be on programming! Stay tuned for details!

And finally, here’s a fun video of publisher Catherine Lundoff talking about Queen of Swords Press and changing hats at the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club.

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New interviews and more excitement!

A.J.’s been busy! Check out a new interview on Quilted Bananas Radio (6/7 show) on Wellington Access Radio and another new interview on the Standing Room Only Podcast. If you live in New Zealand, keep an eye on the Sunday livestyle magazine on 7/19 for a profile of A.J. And there’s more ahead! Stay tuned!

You can watch a video of Catherine Lundoff’s recent talk at DreamHaven Books on 6/17 on our YouTube channel. DreamHaven is still recovering from the COVID-19 shutdown, followed by burglary, vandalism and attempted arson two weeks ago during the riots that tore Minneapolis apart after George Floyd’s murder so we’re encouraging people to buy our books and any others that strike your fancy from them. They also have a fundraiser that hasn’t met its goal yet.

Look for us at Twin Cities Virtual Pride next weekend! We’ll have a “booth” all weekend (and a sale! Use coupon TCPride2020 at checkout) and a virtual hangout on 6/28 from 5-7PM CST.

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Good news and upcoming events

Just found out today that The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is under consideration for the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List! The website isn’t updated for this month yet, but I’m sure it will be soon.

The Return of Running a Small Press: It’s Adventure! will be happening at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 17th from 6:30-8PM. This is will be an in person (wear a mask and distance, if you come, please) as well as being broadcast on Facebook Live.

Rainbow Space Magic Con – look for Catherine Lundoff on programming at this new online LGBTQ+ convention on June 20-21st.

Twin Cities Pride Virtual Marketplace – June 27-28th. Look for our “table!”

And, of course, our Pride StoryBundle continues through 7/1.

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The Pride Month StoryBundle is here!

The 2020 Pride Month Bundle – Curated by Catherine Lundoff 

Runs 6/3-7/1/20

Celebrating Pride Month with a StoryBundle has become an annual tradition, one in which we present a different and wonderful collection of LGBTQ+ books and authors each June.

This year, I’m curating the Pride Month Bundle for StoryBundle and it is an amazing lineup. We have novels and novellas as well as an anthology and a single author collection, each one a unique and terrific read. As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth and you can designate a portion of the proceeds for our selected charity, Rainbow Railroad. Rainbow Railroad is a nonprofit that works with LGBTQ refugees, helping them to leave dangerous situations and safely resettle in new areas.

The 2020 Pride Bundle includes two works by creators from New Zealand, in honor of this year’s Worldcon. A.J. Fitzwater, author of the joy-filled collection The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, is a Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist this year, as is editor Andi C. Buchanan, whose ground-breaking special issue of Capricious SF MagazineCapricious: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue, is also included in the bundle.

Like your queer fiction to have elements of the Southern Gothic, perhaps a touch of horror and mystery, coupled with sumptuous writing and compelling characters? You’re sure to enjoy A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney and Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise. Looking for beautifully written stories set in historical settings with a fantastical edge? We’ve got you covered with Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett’s Armor of LightFloodtide by Heather Rose Jones and Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston. Want adventures set just beyond the worlds we know? Come along on some glorious adventures with Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling and the novellas The Counterfeit Viscount and The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus by Ginn Hale. And finally, for something a little different, join author R.R. Angell’s cadre of queer college students as they play an unusual game set in virtual reality with an AI who’s more than she seems in Best Game Ever.

Not only is this year’s bundle an intriguing mix of stories, it’s star-studded too! Our bundle’s authors and editor have won the Astounding Award, the Otherwise Award, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards and several Lambda and Spectrum Awards, as well as being finalists for awards like the Nebulas. So there we have this year’s Pride StoryBundle – lots of variety, lots of new voices, a fun mix of new and classic tales, adding up to 11 great reads for a great cause! Catherine Lundoff

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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Best Game Everby R. R. Angell
  • The Counterfeit Viscountby Ginn Hale
  • A Spectral Hueby Craig Laurance Gidney
  • Capricious SF: The Gender Diverse Pronoun Issue by Andi C. Buchanan


If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus seven more more books, for a total of eleven!

  • Grilled Cheese and Goblinsby Nicole Kimberling
  • The Armor of Lightby Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
  • Floodtideby Heather Rose Jones
  • The Hollow History of Professor Profectusby Ginn Hale
  • Will Do Magic For Small Changeby Andrea Hairston
  • The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapperby A.J. Fitzwater
  • Catfish Lullabyby A.C. Wise
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Featured Vendor!

We’re today’s featured vendor at Hamline University’s Women’s Resource Center FemFair 2020! Be sure and check out the other vendors too! Lots of nice art and books, all made by feminist vendors!

Also, if you’re attending Flights of Foundry, the new online sf con this weekend (5/16-5/17), we’re a featured vendor there too! If you’re registered, be sure and check the Dealer’s Room chat on the Discord to find a coupon for books! Buy $3 or more in books from our website this weekend (through 5/19), get 10% off!

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May Events and News

We’re very excited that A.J. Fitzwater and our webmaster, Andi Buchanan, are both amongst the finalists for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards! They’ll be given out at CONZealand so we’ll be on the edge of our seats until then! Be sure and try and check out this list – there are some great writers on it. 🙂

5/2 – Twitter chat with Alex Acks to celebrate the book birthdays of both Murder on the Titania and Wireless and Wireless‘s new status as an award finalist. Stop by the Queen of Swords Press Twitter (@qospress) between 3 and 4PM CST and comment and like to entered in the book drawing. #ramosandsimms

5/3 – midMay – 2020 FemFair Online. The delightful folks at the Hamline University Women’s Resource Center asked us back again, this time as virtual vendors. Details going up soon.

5/16-5/17 – Flights of Foundry – Online convention. We’ve applied for the virtual Dealer’s Room and Catherine has applied for programming.

And then we have some more online events that are awaiting details. Stay tuned!


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Big shoutout of congratulations today to author Alex Acks, whose Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures is now a MIPA Book Awards Finalist in the science fiction, fantasy and horror category! It is well-deserved! Worth noting that the first book of this set, Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards last year, so clearly we’re onto something! You can read them standalone, but we think it’s more fun to start with Murder.