Fly high, my friend

Now that it has been officially announced, my friend, John (J.A.) Pitts, passed away yesterday.

I am heartbroken.

Some of you may have known him for his Urban Fantasy series, some from conventions and workshops, but I first met him through a mutual friend. John has been a light in my life and so many others’ lives as well. He was kind, compassionate, and always lifted others up.

I’d written many things here (spent hours actually), all the ways in which John’s friendship helped me and changed my life for the better, but I’ve deleted it all. Because that is mine. John made a difference. He helped me when I was lost on more than one occasion. He taught me what being assertive meant, a lesson I’m forever grateful for. But that’s all I can share. The rest is too precious to me.

John, you were someone I trusted. And you know how hard that is for me. Thank you for being in my life. I will miss you, friend.

 

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Review of We Know the Truth, Do You?

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Book blurb:

What’s in Area 51? Is the government hiding aliens? Elvis? Maybe the set of the Apollo moon landing? Do you know? We do. Join this multi-genre group as they explore the hidden recesses of Area 51 which up until now have only been whispered conspiracies. Don’t bother with the raid. Stay home, read these awesome stories and learn all you need to know. The truth is just a page-flip away.

Review:

We Know the Truth, Do You? is a fun and witty anthology that benefits US veterans with each copy sold. This collection turns the standard ‘aliens in Area 51’ conspiracy on its head. Sure, there are aliens! But each author weaves a different tale of the secrets hidden within. With themes of dark twists, magical plots, psychic communications, raids, and sweet romantic encounters, this anthology holds something for everyone. I quite enjoyed the variety and imagination of these authors!

Purchase links 🙂

 

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Worldcon 2019 Schedule

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I hope to see lots of wonderful folks and adventure around Ireland! 🙂

Fandom and the LGBTQI+ community

Format: Panel
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 – 17:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

There’s overlap between the LGBTQI+ community and fandom, and fandom spaces have been touted as a place for those who felt rejected from ‘normal’ society to come and get their weird on. But is that always the case? Our panel of queer fans will discuss their relationship to fandom, how it’s sometimes let them be more themselves than they can in other places… and sometimes not.

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Todd Allis, Janet O’Sullivan, Philippa Ryder

Censorship in SFF and Comics

Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

Our genre has long been subject to censorship and control (D&D, monster movies). This has led to suppression or trends towards “vanilla” (safe) content. How do we protect creative expression? How much should we hold to account companies that profit from characters dedicated to justice, inclusion, and diversity while pandering to consumers who are against all of that?

Roz Kaveney, Prof Dave Lewis (M), Sienna Saint-Cyr, Mikko Rauhala

Kaffeeklatsch: Sienna Saint-Cyr

Format: Kaffeeklatsch
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 17:00 – 17:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Sienna Saint-Cyr (SinCyr Publishing L.L.C.)

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Fun Around Town – The Mystery Box Show Celebrates Pride!

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If you’re looking for something to do on June 8th, you’ve found it! The Mystery Box Show is celebrating Pride month with 5 stories of LGBTQ+ adventure and triumph from Woody Shticks, Paymon Salahshoor, Tara Zaugg, Kate Trower, and Noah Grabeel!

A bit about the show…

From vanilla to kinky, queer to straight, and everything in between, a night at The Mystery Box Show brings you tales of one-night stands, explorations into fetish, awkward first times, dark fantasies come true, and much much more. Storytellers have included bestselling authors, nationally touring comedians, adult film industry veterans, theatre professionals, sex toy experts, members from the kink community, students and people from all walks of life. Nothing here is too raw, too sweet, too strange, or too deep; it’s all about the sex, and all about the story.

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7 PM – 10 PM
The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211

Get your tickets now!

Please visit The Mystery Box Show’s website for more details.

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Norwescon 2019 Schedule

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Friday

FOSTA-SESTA
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 9
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Cat Rambo

Writing Class: Writing Etiquette and Professionalism with Sienna Saint-Cyr
1:00pm – 2:30pm @ Cascade 13
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M) – Sign up required.

Reading: Sienna Saint-Cyr
5:00pm – 5:30pm @ Cascade 3
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M)

Getting Paid
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Cascade 7 & 8
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Cheryce Clayton, KJ Kabza

Saturday

Autograph Session 2
11:00am – 12:00pm @ Grand 2
Nancy Pearl, Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel Koboldt, Neil Clarke, Tran Nguyen, Yanni Kuznia, Kurt Cagle, Rhiannon Held, Kat/K.R. Richardson, Cat Rambo, Jack Skillingstead, Patrick Swenson, Kay Kenyon, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Peter Orullian, Lisa Mantchev, Louisa Morgan, Brenda Cooper, Laura Anne Gilman, Sandra M. Odell, John (J.A.) Pitts

Interview and Q&A with Neil Clarke
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Evergreen 3 & 4
Neil Clarke, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson

The New Norwescon Writers Workshop Q&A
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 11
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke

#MeToo and Geekdom
6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
K Tempest Bradford (M), Sienna Saint-Cyr, Brenna Clarke Gray

Sunday

Taking Feedback From Editors
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 11
Rhiannon Held (M), Patrick Hurley, Chimedum Ohaegbu, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Laura Anne Gilman

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Cover Reveal for IMPERVIOUS – Confessions of a Semi-retired Deviant

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Others have turned to Janet W. Hardy’s The Ethical SlutThe New Topping Book and The New Bottoming Book – for advice on the most challenging questions of sex, polyamory, kink, and self-identity.

But Janet had to make it up as she went. How did she do it? Well, as you might expect from the co-author of Sex Disasters… and How to Survive Them, it hasn’t all been roses (or thorns for that matter).

Here, in IMPERVIOUS: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant, Janet takes you through the five twisty stages of her own kinky life – mirroring those of any good scene – negotiation, warmup, engagement, climax, and aftercare.

Delicious (and surprising) details await you inside. Bon Appétit!

Some presale links are already live! Check out the Books to Read link for presale locations! Release day is April 20, 2019! 

PRAISE for IMPERVIOUS!

Insightful. Smart. Transparent. Informative. Hardy is a legend and she exposes her kink life bare so that your kink life may be better…

~ Race Bannon, Author, Activist and Organizer

Impervious is a clean, transparent reflection of a life of deviant sexuality that will inspire anyone to grasp their fantasies and give them respect—and maybe act them out.

~ Susie Bright

An odyssey beyond sex into the realms of the ecstatic where sex, enlightenment and death dance frighteningly close… A must read.

~ Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra and Ecstasy Is Necessary

Best sex memoir I’ve ever read. Soon to be an erotic classic and hopefully a major motion picture. Move over Shades of Grey! Janet Hardy is the real thing!

~ Annie Sprinkle, PhD., author of The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm: for every body

Before you start reading this book, put away your pearls and white gloves and make sure the children are out of the room. You are about to submerge yourself in the hottest, most educational journey about kink [or BDSM or sadomasochism – your choice – JH]. Janet beautifully and intelligently shares how she came to spend her life immersed in sexual play that will make even the most experienced reader blush.

~ Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity and Lush: A Memoir

Written by Janet W. Hardy
Foreword by Jillian Keenan
Edited by Sienna Saint-Cyr
Copy edits by Anna Sky
Cover by Lee Moyer
Photo credit Pat Kight

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 Audiobook

The Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 audiobook narrated by Rose Caraway is out now on Audible! Check out my story Baby Doll. 🙂

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In Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has gathered the hottest sexy stories starring outspoken women who daringly pursue love and lust.

You’ll hear about a single mom who goes back to college and gets some very hands-on education from her hot professor; an Amish woman tenderly revealing her most intimate desires; and a woman who crafts the man of her dreams. From outsiders who lustily claim their place without apology to women taking the boldest of risks with their hearts and their bodies, these sizzling stories are sure to make your heart pound.

Featuring stories by popular authors including Alyssa Cole, Megan Hart, Tamara Lush, Tamsen Parker, Sofia Quintero, Suleikha Snyder, and Alessandra Torre, along with a variety newcomers to the genre, these tales will turn you on and stay with you long after you’ve finished.

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