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!
ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF ULTIMATE WIRED HARD IN MAY WILL GO TO THE CHECHEN RAINBOW PROJECT TO HELP LGBT CHECHENS. CHECK OUT THE SITE 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey, we’re polling our readers to find out more about your tastes in erotic ebooks. The survey is quick and (we think) kind of fun. Take a look!
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.
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!
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.
(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:
- 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
- Four collections of vampire erotica: Blood Kiss, Cherished Blood, A Taste of Midnight, and Cinnamon Roses.
- The first four volumes of The Marketplace series: The Marketplace, The Slave, The Trainer, and The Academy.
- The best of Circlet: Best Erotic Fantasy, Best Fantastic Erotica, Erotic Fantastic, and Fantastic Erotica.
- Books by Cecilia Tan: Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, Edge Plays, Royal Treatment, and The Prince’s Boy, Vol. I.
This is the fifth and final day of our series of juicy excerpts from the five volumes of our giant Gay Romance Bundle.
Charming, edited by Jen Levine and Rian Darcy, is a collection of eight modern gay fairy tales. Our excerpt is the first third or so of Nightingale by Evey Brett:
The Emperor of Jazz always played as if death were on his heels, but it was I, Night, who became death’s accompanist.
During our gigs Emp’s fingers traveled up and down the piano keys, pulling out impossible chords and intricate riffs no other man alive could. I kept pace on my tenor saxophone, and together we had the musical world at our feet.
At night, our musical intimacy turned physical. Those fingers played my body the way they did the piano, tickling the insides of my thighs, stopping to stroke the length of my cock and teasing me until I begged him to let me come.