November 28th, 2017

Giving Tuesday

#GT HeartSo apparently, it’s #GivingTuesday today.  I can’t say I’ve heard of this charity campaign before, but it seems like a reasonable idea right after US Thanksgiving.  So, here’s one LGBTQ author’s pitch for charitable giving:

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November 3rd, 2017

Audiobook Ver2: Cathedral

SkyACXCoverBrand, spankin’ new audiobook version of Cathedral of the Sky, narrated by Greg Tremblay, now up and open for business! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0773T1WYF/

October 17th, 2017

Status Update – GRL, etc

GRL Retreat 2017I’ll be a Featured Author at the Gay Romance Literature (GRL) Retreat in Denver from Oct 18-22.  Stop by and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood!

In other news, I’m retiring the charity project I set up a few months ago, and restoring the price of my books back to $2.99 (except for Sunset and Zenith, which remain free, and Cathedral of the Sky, which is now $0.99 because of its shorter length).

I am also enrolling all of the books other than Sunset and Zenith into Amazon KDP Select, to see whether that platform has improved with age since our last encounter. Therefore, electronic copies of my books will only be available at Amazon sites for the rest of the year, although print editions continue to have wider distribution.

No word as yet on when (or if) I will have a final release date for my stalled WIP’s Ascension and Lancet. Still trying to find that spark that drives me. Will let you know if I manage to get a lock on it.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

August 7th, 2017

Ascension (IP4) delay

Ascension eBook Cover J 300ppiI’m kicking the release date for Ascension (Interscission Project 4) back to December, at the earliest, because I don’t have the energy to write it.  I have the book completely planned out, but I just can’t seem to get the words on paper.  So I’m going to take a break for a bit and focus on other projects.  With luck, hopefully, I will recapture my inspiration and finish the series.  Sorry for the delay.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

July 2nd, 2017

PA Omnibus 2nd Ed

coverOkay, so I swore up and down to myself that I was done with Pact Arcanum, that I would finally stop trying to polish away the flaws of my first book. But, after it was done, I continued to poke away in different directions, writing extra scenes, additional story fragments, but never enough to release another whole book.

Then came the Interscission Project, and I set the Pact Arcanum Saga aside. Now that I am halfway through the fourth and final book of the Interscission Project, I decided I needed to take a break and recharge with an alternate project. Consider it an author’s holiday.

I looked back through the additional stories I had crafted, I realized that some were worth sharing, if I had a larger work into which I could incorporate them. Still not enough for a complete book, but they could be supporting players.

So I incorporated them into the Omnibus, and republished it as a revised and expanded second edition. The ebook should hit Amazon in a day or so, and it’s a monster (427,354 words – about 1200 pages). I figure I added about 10,000 words, which isn’t much given the size of the text, but hey, why not?

I might also release it as a four-volume paperback set, but I want to see how the new illustrations reproduce on paper first. I figure it will make a good conversation piece at the occasional convention I go to, though the real importance is to see whether Audible will allow me to rerecord alternate versions of my existing audiobooks, using a voice actor that is better known in my genre. That would certainly expand my audience, and hopefully my name recognition.

Anyway, I spent the whole weekend on it, from beginning to end, and now, it’s done. Perhaps a futile exercise, but it may have actually put me in a better frame of mind to return to my existing projects.

Cheers,
Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 21st, 2017

LGBT Fundraising Page

I have a serious proposition for you:

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May 16th, 2017

Concept Art Contest

Insurrection ebook cover 11 mediumI write space opera and space fantasy, with LGBT characters (mostly G and B, if I was being honest).  I would like to make an offer to those of you who are Artists and Graphic designers, whether or not you’ve read my books:  I desire to commission some cool concept art for my Interscission Project series, similar in theme to that created by Jayant Mall at JLabs for my Pact Arcanum series (More examples: https://www.zazzle.com/pactarcanum/poster?cg=196626862215700533.  I have created a list of important story moments from the first three books, and I will attach the relevant text to act as an image prompt.

I would like to commission you as Artists to consider creating fantastic images that embody these moments and bring them to life. Preliminary work can be forwarded to me at pact.arcanum@gmail.com, or posted as comments to the story prompts, and I will make suggestions to bring it closer into my vision of the story. If revisions are satisfactory to both parties and you wish to sell the image, I will buy the image from you with credit given to you as the artist, and your copyright transferred to me by written agreement.

All images purchased by me through this contest will then be posted online and polled for a week to see which one is the ‘bestest’. The artist with the best final image will be invited to help design an original major character, whether based on themself or not, in the final book of the series, Ascension.

I was hoping artists would enjoy having a personal involvement in the book by becoming the basis for a major character in either physical appearance or personality traits. I’ve commissioned artwork before, and it ends up being a purely monetary transaction. I guess I thought this would increase engagement.

What do you think?  Are you interested?

The first image prompts are listed on goodreads, here:  https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/339185

 

Good luck!

Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 6th, 2017

Chechen Rainbow Auction

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Help support efforts to evacuate LGBT Chechens, who otherwise face incarceration, torture, and possible execution in their home country:

https://readersandwritersforlgbtchechens.wordpress.com/

Online Auction May 5-13:

https://readersandwritersforlgbtchechens.wordpress.com/online-auction/

February 3rd, 2017

WROTE Interview

I was recently interviewed for the WROTE (Written on the Edge) podcast, which focuses on queer storytelling in all media: http://www.wrotepodcast.com/arshad-ahsanuddin/

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They also penned a review of my book Zenith, the first book of The Interscission Project:  http://www.wrotepodcast.com/book-review-zenith-the-interscission-project-book-1-by-arshad-ahsanuddin/

Check them out, if you have a chance!

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

December 7th, 2016

2016 Rainbow Awards

Yee-haw!  Insurrection wins Best Gay Sci-Fi/Futuristic book in the 2016 Rainbow Awards, hosted by Elisa Rolle to benefit numerous LGBT charities!

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