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Check out the Schoolbooks and Sorcery Kickstarter

Take high school. It’s weird, confusing, complicated, and frustrating. It’s a time of growth and change, when teens start discovering what they’re made of and who they want to be. Now throw in magic. What happens? That’s the premise of this new YA anthology. Schoolbooks & Sorcery, edited by Michael Jones, is what happens when you take all the normal ups and downs of high school, inject a healthy dose of magic, shake, stir, and serve.

Schoolbooks & Sorcery is also a queer-friendly YA anthology, embracing the full spectrum of sexuality and gender identification, while offering a wide selection of satisfying, entertaining, fascinating, powerful stories in which the mundane and the magical overlap and interact.

With an all-star lineup of authors including Seanan McGuire, E. C. Meyers, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman,  Schoolbooks and Sorcery  takes place in the overlapping area between urban fantasy, high school, and LGBTQ issues and themes, sending the message that it’s not just okay to be gay, it’s okay to be gay and to have the same crazy, wicked, scary, seductive, exciting, magical, strange, funny, romantic, dark adventures as everyone else.

Sponsors can get various nifty swag as well as the book itself, and even copies of Michael’s previous anthology,  Scheherazade’s Facade.

Take a look at this amazing project!

 

Benefit for LGBTQs in Chechnya

We’re joining Dale Cameron Lowry and Olivia Helling‘s #CHECHENRAINBOW project this month and donating all proceeds from  sales of Ultimate Wired Hard in May to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ people escape persecution. Have a look at the list of participants for opportunities to help people in urgent need by snapping up lots of great queer-themed books!

Ultimate Wired Hard
Spanning two decades and five volumes, this massive omnibus edition features forty-four hot and creative short stories from an incredible range of writers! The complete text of the ground-breaking gay male SF erotica anthology series, now in one convenient ebook.

New Book: Ultimate Wired Hard bundle!

Book coverEbook $5.99 (but only for a limited time!)
216,000 words

Formats: :
ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF ULTIMATE WIRED HARD IN MAY WILL GO TO RAINBOW RAILROAD TO HELP LGBT CHECHENS AND OTHER LGBT REFUGEES. CHECK OUT CHECHEN RAINBOW PROJECT FOR LOTS OF OTHER BENEFITS FROM QUEER AND QUEER-FRIENDLY PUBLISHERS.

 

In 1994, Circlet published Wired Hard: Stories for a Gay Universe, a ground-breaking anthology of M/M SF erotica. Over the decades that followed, we published four more hot and innovative collections in the series. And now, for the very first time, all five volumes are available in one massive omnibus ebook! Forty-three short stories by writers such as David Laurents,  M. Christian, Shanna Germain, Zachary Jernigan, Gary Bowen, and Eric Del Carlo, as well as a preface and bonus story by editor Cecilia Tan.

Rather than the usual excerpt, we thought we’d share with you Cecilia’s preface about the role of queer erotica then and now. (and you can still find a fiction excerpt here)

I took my first queer political action in the 1980s, marching in a parade/protest march on the Brown University campus in 1986. At the time the country was gripped by AIDS panic, if your commanding officer searched your duffel and found a copy of Drummer you were kicked out of the military, and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was receiving funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rest in peace, Robert. Rest in peace, NEA.

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New book! The Ontological Engine stand-alone by Vinnie Tesla

Ebook $2.99
ISBN 978-1-61390-177-9
12,450 words

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Vinnie Tesla’s  novella of mad science, libidinousness, and…ducks?? is now available as its own e-book!  Previously appearing in Up for Grabs and The Erotofluidic Age, The Ontological Engine has been singled out for praise by reviewers who called it “bizarre and hilarious,” “magnificent,” and “excellent.”

Daedalus Tesla just wants to be left to his scientific research. The problem is, his Ontological Engine can only be powered by human beings in a state of extreme sexual excitement. And once you have one or two of those strapped down in your laboratory, people do start to talk.

To make matters worse, the ontological forces he is studying are strange and unpredictable. And the line between experimenter and experiment may blur quite unexpectedly…

Read on for a hot and humorous excerpt:

…Two days later, Victor notified me that Miss Pertwee would be visiting for a further tour of the grounds.

“Alone?” I asked, surprised at his resource.

“I assured the vicar that my patron, the esteemed and wealthy Daedalus Tesla, would be in attendance at all times.”

With diligence, we completed several new, more robust Erotometers before the appointed time. We were upstairs in time to receive our guest, who, removed from her father’s baleful penumbra, proved herself to be a reasonably charming young lady, bright and warm of manner, albeit with a sprinkling of freckles about her nose that bespoke an unseemly degree of exposure to sunlight.

After a short time, I excused myself, citing pressing work, and admonished the youths to be on their very best behavior.

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Introducing the Circlet Concierge!

Our reader survey has been getting us lots of fascinating and useful data about what you guys enjoy. (And lots of sweet compliments–we can’t get enough of those either!)

One thing that caught our eye is that among the suggestions in the “books you’d like to see” field are several that we have actually already published. On consideration, this makes sense–our catalog is large and kind of messy; and we take pride in publishing books that are hard to categorize.

So we thought we’d try to close that gap. Leave a comment here–anonymously, pseudonymously, or regularnonymously as you prefer–with something you’d like to see: a theme, a kink, a tone, a setting–whatever. We’ll consult our editors and let you know if we have a book that matches what you’re looking for.  And if we don’t, we promise to bring up every suggestion at our editorial retreat in April. If we do a book based on your idea, we’ll send you a free copy.

Heart’s Master Giveaway

We’re giving away three print copies of Elizabeth Schechter’s new fantasy gay BDSM erotic romance novel Heart’s Master over on Goodreads! Entering to win is totally free.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Heart's Master by Elizabeth Schechter

Heart's Master

by Elizabeth Schechter

Giveaway ends January 10, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Arisia Meet the Authors Tea Party 4-6PM 1/14/17

Come hang out with us at the Arisia science fiction convention in Boston next weekend!

On Saturday the 14th, from 4-6 PM, at Suite 406-407 of the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, come get your tea on with the authors, editors, and fans of Circlet Press. In addition to tea, we will have many books for you to browse, buy, and/or get signed; and of course ample supplies of sparkling repartee.

As the date nears, we’ll be updating the Facebook event page with the confirmed lineup of astoundingly sexy authors.

New book! Heart’s Master by Elizabeth Schechter

ebook $5.99
ISBN 9781613901717
paperback $14.95
ISBN 9781613901724
99.400 words; 272 pages

Formats: :

Buy the paperback!

A new gay BDSM romance fantasy from award-winning author Elizabeth Schechter.

In one tragic night Steven loses everything: his lover, his dreams, and his sight, but he gains the compassionate, caring dominant he has always longed for. He starts to rebuild with Nick, a fellow survivor of the tragedy, and together they discover new heights of love and ecstasy, and the real magic they can create together. Nick must teach Steven not only how to have a healthy and consensual BDSM relationship, but how to navigate the ways of magic. You see, Nick is secretly a mage, and the longer they’re together, the more obvious it becomes that Steven is one, too.

But as Steven begins to wield his new–and terrifyingly strong–powers, he draws the attention of evil beyond our world. The ancient enemies of the faerie courts have banded together under a cruel, calculating leader, and Steven is the only one standing in his way. Only Steven can defeat this threat… And he doesn’t have the first clue where to start.

Heart's Master
by Elizabeth Schechter

In one tragic night Steven loses everything: his lover, his dreams, and his sight, but he gains the compassionate, caring dominant he has always longed for. Nick must teach Steven not only how to have a healthy and consensual BDSM relationship, but how to navigate the ways of magic. But as Steven begins to wield his new--and terrifyingly strong--powers, he draws the attention of evil beyond our world.
Also available in paperback!

Gift certificates are back!

Give the gift of smut this holiday with our two ebook gift certificates. For $2.99, you get a code good for any one Circlet e-book, most of which usually sell for $6-7. Or, for $9.99, you get any four Circlet e-books.  At these prices, you may need to get yourself a little treat as well.

You can email your friend the certificate, print it out and stuff it in their stocking, or, if you’re a secret admirer, drop us a line and we’ll mail them the certificate ourselves.

Single-book gift certificate
Single-book gift certificate
Special holiday gift certificate deal! Give a friend (or yourself) the gift of smut. This certificate entitles you to any one Circlet e-book.

Four-book gift certificate
Four-book gift certificate
Special holiday gift certificate deal! Give a friend (or yourself) the gift of smut. This certificate entitles you to any four Circlet e-books.

(if you’d rather give Circlet books in print, we just set up a list of our current offerings that you may find helpful)

If you’re introducing your friend to Circlet, you might want to include a recommendation for what books to get. Here are a few suggestions:

One Book

  • Our Gay Romance Bundle is almost 400,00 words  of steamy male/male goodness, and, with the gift certificate, is over 90% (!!) off the normal price.
  • Laura Antoniou’s BDSM classic The Marketplace remains one of our most popular books ever. And if you’re already a fan, the gigantic latest volume in the series, The Inheritor, is freshly out this year.
  • Fantastic Erotica celebrates the first decade of Circlet e-books. Nineteen stories by Circlet’s most popular writers!
  • Jingle Balls collects nine holiday-themed sexy stories in one fun little package.

Four Book Roll-Your-Own Bundles