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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Heartifact! A very special thanks to Skylar for hosting me today! It’s great to be here!

 

My newest novella, Heartifact, is an enchanting romance that combines the contemporary adventure of an undersea archaeological dig with ancient Greek myth. The story centers on a risky salvage operation of a trireme, and quite possibly one of Alexander the Great’s warships.

 

Harper Kidd, (no coincidence that he bears a pirate’s last name), is a respected marine archaeologist, and is plagued by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover as he embarks on the excavation. His best friend, Stick, is a marine scientist with expertise in undersea robotics, and she possesses a wicked sense of humor.

 

As it turns out, the trireme they salvage sits over the ruins of an ancient Greek civilization. In the great hall of those ruins, Harper finds a statue of the ancient Greek god—the very god who stars in his dreams. Harper is caught between ancient myth and reality as he falls in love with the mysterious man, and struggles to keep a level head to oversee the archeological dig.

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you this novella means a lot to me. I advocate for abused youth and 100% of the net proceeds from this book go to benefit those youth in three countries.

 

Heartifact debuts in French and English on November 24th, and in Italian in January 2017, and comes to you from Men Over the Rainbow and our lovely Bénédicte Girault. I hope you enjoy Heartifact as much as I enjoyed writing it. Go read the book! And don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and TWO signed books from me!

 

About Heartifact

 

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

 

Harper’s spirits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

 

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

 

Net proceeds from Heartifact benefit the The Trevor Project in the US,

le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy

 

Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow

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About Aisling Mancy

 

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

 

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

Find Ash on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, Google+,

Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon.

 

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What am I working on? Glad you asked! While I’m editing River and Morgan’s story, I’m also writing a NA story about college roommates. One of them is a basketball player. It is a long story why I selected this sport, and in retrospect I might have selected another, but I sure could use some help with the basketball scenes. Anybody out there knowledgeable about basketball, especially college ball? I’d love to ask you some questions. Feel free to PM me.

The other project that I’m working on is a vampire story for a charity anthology next year. Thank goodness the weather is windy and Halloween-like. It is putting me in the right mood. The short story will be a fun to do because while most other authors want doom and gloom vampire stories, mine will be a lighthearted, second chance at love tale.

The final news is I’m having a sale at Dreamspinner during Thanksgiving. More details will be forthcoming, but I asked DSP to do this as a thank you to all my readers. I truly am blessed and grateful .

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FLIGHT: FLASH FICTION

I had a fantastic time participating in the flash fiction anthology. Here are all the details from the press.

 

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A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

 

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

 

 

Buy Links Etc:

 

Publisher  http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/flight-qsfs-third-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L0R0JR

Apple: Coming soon

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-flightqueerscifisthirdannualflashfictioncontest-2091592-341.html

Barnes & Noble: Coming soon

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/flight-49

Smashwords: Coming soon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31686600-flight

Goodreads Series Page: https://www.goodreads.com/series/187509-qsf-flash-fiction

 From the Press:

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

I was honored to be a part of a great variety of authors. If you like flash fiction, then check it out!

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What’s Up? A Quick Contest

Hey all!

 

To celebrate the release of Lovers, Losers, and You in audio, I’m having a fast contest today on my blog. The winner will get a complimentary audio of the book.

 

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Here is my question: Aside from the Sunshine and Happiness series, what other novel of mine took place in Florida? This book is not part of the Sunshine and Happiness series.  The first person to answer correctly wins the audio. Good luck!

Heads Up!

Hey all,

 

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I’m excited and grateful to share some news. The Guy from Glamour has been translated into French! It has a release date of October 4! Here is the link:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/le-mec-de-glamour-by-skylar-m-cates-7603-b

Here is a story about why this translation means so much to me–

My stepfather was French. We even had a giant poster of Paris in our study with his childhood street highlighted. He spoke of French culture and history to me all the time, and I was blessed to visit Paris once. I get choked-up imagining his reaction to my book being in French. He’s been gone about ten years now, but I miss him quite a lot. I’d like to believe he would be proud of me.

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My other exciting news is Lovers, Losers and You will be out in audio soon! I will post the link as soon as it is available (late September).

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Close to You will also have an audio. I’m not sure of the date yet.

Thank you, Dreamspinner! Listening to these talented narrators read my words = goose bumps! I only get to hear a snippet, but it makes my heart ache with joy.

That’s my happy news. Thanks for being here. Writing can get hard and lonely, but a kind word from a reader really makes it worthwhile.❤