Announcing the Cover of the Second Issue of Latchkey Tales – Children of Water

I’m really excited to show you the cover of our second edition of Latchkey Tales. Once again, I have had the immense pleasure of working with Luke Spooner, who has outdone himself once again with this cover. The theme for the second issue is Children of Water, and submissions are currently open. It will be out at the beginning of August, so if you’d like to get your hands on it, run don’t walk to Patreon and subscribe. Subscribers get them before anyone else, and significantly cheaper. I’m working on a couple of special rewards for subscribers too that will be backdated to anyone who has supported us, so get in quick! There are still 21 of the early adopter rewards available, which means you get this amazing journal for just $1 every two months. SO GO GO NOW AND SUBSCRIBE!

And without any further ado, let me show you the beautiful art Luke has created for our second edition:

 Latchkey - August version 1

Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression – OUT NOW!

Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression is now available on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Paperback here. 
Kindle here. 
And it’s on Goodreads here. 

This is the blurb from Amazon:

Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression was created as a collaboration between M. Kate Allen, Jax Goss of Solarwyrm Press, and Kristen Duvall of Fey Publishing. We wanted to create something that would speak powerfully for the many thousands of men, women and children worldwide who live enslaved and oppressed, while simultaneously raising funds for those who fight trafficking and slavery. In this book are stories of oppression and liberation, of empowerment and the stripping away of power, of enslavement and escape. Many are hard to read, many will break your hearts or make them soar, all are united in the idea that the use and abuse by some humans of other humans must stop. Every person who worked on this project did it for free, so that absolutely all the profits made from the book can go to notforsalecampaign.org, and the excellent work they do. By buying it, you are helping that work continue. May we someday live in a world where such work is not needed.

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I’m incredibly proud to be part of this initiative, and the important work it supports at Not For Sale. It’s not news to anyone that I am powerfully opposed to all forms of oppression and othering, and I think that this sort of slavery and trafficking is something we as a species need to stamp out. Every person who worked on this book, from the writers, to the editor, to the publisher, to the cover designer, did it for free, so that every single cent we make from the sale of the book can go to this very important cause. The stories are difficult to read in many cases, touching, and haunting and profoundly moving. Some are heart-breaking, some are empowering, all are worth the read.

So buy it. Because it’s good. Because the stories are incredible and should be read. And buy it to support the Not For Sale Campaign.

Let’s prove the power of story, of narrative, of our voices, can make a difference in the world.

Announcing Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression.

We’ve been working furiously to meet our targets on this anthology, which is why we haven’t been talking about it in public as much, but I have just finished the last major edit of the book, and, as soon as a few minor bits of information get back to me, will be sending it to Kristen Duval at Fey Publishing so that she can start the process on that side of things.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, Heartbeats: Voices of Oppression was created as a collaboration between M. Kate Allen, Jax Goss of Solarwyrm Press, and Kristen Duval of Fey Publishing. We wanted to create something that would speak powerfully for the many thousands of men, women and children worldwide who live enslaved and oppressed, while simultaneously raising funds for those who fight trafficking and slavery.

Every person who worked on this project, including all the writers, the editor, our amazing cover artist, Luke Spooner, and the publisher, is doing it for free, so that absolutely all the profits made from the book can go to notforsalecampaign.org, and the excellent work they do.

The stories in the book are stories of oppression and liberation, of empowerment and the stripping away of power, of enslavement and escape. Many are hard to read, many will break your hearts or make them soar, all are united in the idea that the use and abuse of humans must stop.

The book should be available at the end of May, if all continues to go more or less to schedule. But in the meantime, I am very honoured and excited to be able to share the amazing cover that Luke created for us. Just look at this:

Heartbeats front cover

 

Rest assured we’ll be keeping you posted about the progress on this project, and as soon as the book becomes available for purchase, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, look at that cover a bit more. Because man, it is amazingly powerful.

I’m so proud to be associated with this project. And would like to publicly thank everyone who has jumped on board to help make it happen, giving freely of their time and talent for this really important cause. Our people are amazing. ❤

 

Latchkey Tales 1.1: Elementals: Fire and Ice

I am thrilled to announce the very first edition of Latchkey Tales – Elementals: Fire and Ice!

For those who don’t know, Latchkey Tales is an experimental project playing with the idea of a subscription model for a fiction and poetry journal. I am very lucky in that I have access to some incredibly talented artists, writers and poets who have been willing to explore this rather experimental form of crowdfunding with me, and now all we need is readers!

You can subscribe to Latchkey Tales at our Patreon page. If you’re among the first 25 subscribers to the electronic journal, you’ll be able to snap up our early adopter discount, meaning that you will get not only this edition but all subsequent editions of the journal for one single small change measly dollar per issue.

The first edition will be released on the 1 June, which is less than two weeks away, so you need to get in soon! You have to have subscribed to the journal BY THEN in order to receive it.

The cover was designed and illustrated by Jeremy Jayme, and it is beautiful. Let me show you!

latchkey cover (corrected)
The Table of Contents: 

Stories
Strays by Tom Trumpinski
After Flames by Chloe Clark
The House Off Wedgemere Road by John Grey
Exile on Portage and Main by Dean MacPherson
The Urn by Holly Day

Poems
Bursts by M. Kate Allen
Dragon Tamed by Jax Goss
Songs in the Air (The Ice Queen Lights My Fire) by Ian Loughran

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Once again, get in early and net yourself this and future editions for a discounted price by being one of our first 25 subscribers to the eJournal.