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Status Update – GRL, etc

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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.


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Concept Art Contest

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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:  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, 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:


Good luck!

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Chechen Rainbow Auction

Saturday, May 6th, 2017


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

Online Auction May 5-13:

WROTE Interview

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

I was recently interviewed for the WROTE (Written on the Edge) podcast, which focuses on queer storytelling in all media:

They also penned a review of my book Zenith, the first book of The Interscission Project:

Check them out, if you have a chance!



Arshad Ahsanuddin

LGBTQ Charity Giveaway

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

LGBT giveaway poster

We’ve all seen the stories on the news about the so-called ‘righteous’ folks who have been richly rewarded for public vilification of the gay community, flaunting their hatred and bigotry, not caring that they add nothing to the experience of anyone around them but reinforcement of the same hatred and bigotry.  Well, hopefully there is a silent but sympathetic majority who is willing to stand up for those who suffer disproportionately around them.

A community of over two hundred LGBTQ authors, bloggers, and publishers has banded together to stoke the fires of conscience among the truly righteous (, and we are betting that you are one of those who will rise to the occasion.  During this giveaway event, everyone who donates to an LGBTQ charity or shares the links to an LGBTQ charity on social media, and signs their name in the comments to the blog post below, will be entered to win one of a wide range of donated ebooks, including my own.

To keep things simple, entries will be managed by Rafflecopter.  Each participant can enter only once, by leaving a comment on the Diversereader blog (not this one), naming the charity they’ve donated to, or whose donation links they’ve shared (due to pay-for-play legal restrictions, we cannot demand proof of any donations made).  Once the entries are closed, Rafflecopter will randomly pick winners from the entrants, and we’ll match them up with donors on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you win a ebook from me, you are welcome to take your pick from any one of my six published fiction books.  The giveaway will launch on Diversereader at 9AM EST on April 18th and run until 11.59PM EST on May 1st.  Please leave your comments at to enter!



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New Novel on the Horizon

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Just a head’s up: I have completed the first draft of a new science fiction/gay romance novel, unrelated to the Pact Arcanum Saga, entitled Zenith.

Working Book Cover5a (more…)

Story Cartel Promotion

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

So, I write scifi gay paranormal romance (non-explicit).  Kind of a niche audience, but I’m always looking to connect with new readers.


Have you heard about the Pact Arcanum Saga, but not yet gotten around to checking out the first book, Sunset? Or never heard of it at all?

Find out more about the series here:

Well, for the next three weeks, if you download a free reviewer copy from Story Cartel, you can read and review the first book, and then be entered into a drawing for a Kindle e-reader.

Details here:


Check it out! Win/win, all around.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

Goodreads 500!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I reached 500 ratings on today (  So awesome!


It’s hard to believe it’s just shy of the three year anniversary of the publication of my first book (Feb 2011).  A hearty thank you to everyone who took the time to let me know what you thought of the books, and for sticking with me.  I appreciate your support, and I couldn’t have come this far without you!


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Only A Glow

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Today, I have Nichelle Rae in the studio, to talk about her book “Only A Glow.”

Let’s dive right in!

Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.

“Only A Glow” starts the journey of Azrel, Rabryn, and Ortheldo across their land in hopes to save it from another age of the evil Shadow God’s rule. Azrel’s journey however, isn’t just across the land she lives in, but it’s a journey of healing and self-discovery that she needs to take. It’s a journey of accepting who she is and to do something great with it.

The end of the book isn’t just about whether she wins or loses the battle to save her world (though that’s still a huge part), but also to see if she can overcome her own self-hatred and become everything she was born to be, or if she will fail and destroy herself, and the world with her. It’s also interesting to see how she overcomes some obstacles and how she often fails at overcoming others.

Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

It’s a strange thing really. I didn’t pick the Fantasy genre; it sort of picked me. I think what I love the most about the fantasy genre is that anything can happen. With other genres you often have to stick to the rules of reality. But with fantasy, things happen that don’t happen in real life.

Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?

The entire 7 book series took me 2 years to write from when I was 19 until I was 21 years old. Believe it or not, I actually wrote it freehand in 27 five-subject notebooks, filled to the brim.

Q. Did you seek the support of a writer’s group or class?

I did not. When I started writing this series I wasn’t considering a novelist as a career option. I just wrote because it was fun and I was bored. I would love to join local writing classes if there were any, but so far I haven’t found one. I’m dying to do writing workshops and the like because there is always room for improvement in a novelist’s career. I just haven’t found anything in my area.

Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?

Nothing really surprised me about the book writing process but I did have a few surprises happen along the way as I wrote. I’ll answer what kind of surprise in the next question because the craziest thing that happened while writing the series was also my favorite thing to happen.

Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?

There was one instance where I wanted my story to go somewhere, but even as I was writing out what I wanted to happen, there was the nagging feeling of having something else happen that I had absolutely no intention of making happen. I actually got mad at one of my characters once because it felt like he was prodding me to make this other thing happen that I didn’t want to happen. When I finally did give in to the nagging (after writing almost a whole chapter), I realized later in the book the reason for that nagging. What ended up happening had to happen for the sake of the plot later on down the line. What was weird about it was that I hadn’t even planned the end of the book yet. I didn’t know that this plot twist was going to happen down the line that absolutely depended on my giving into the nagging voice of my character. I wasn’t so mad at him after that.

Q. What tips would you offer to anyone writing fiction for the first time?

Have fun with it. Don’t make it a job. Don’t expect success right off the bat. I wouldn’t even recommend writing to try and become successful. Write because you enjoy writing and can’t ever imagine not writing.

Q. How did you come up with your title?

Each of my book titles is a description of the place Azrel is in her journey. Because Azrel wields white fire magic, the titles are centered on fire. The state of the fire in the title is a statement of where Azrel is in her journey (Book #1, Only a Glow. Book #2, The Blaze Ignites. Book #3, Steady Burn. Book #4, Doused. Book #5, Embers Under the Ash. Book #6, Commanding the Fire. Book #7, Fire of the World). Only a Glow refers to the fact that my main character Azrel is just beginning her journey, but she hasn’t made any significant personal or war triumphs yet, so she’s Only A Glow of the Fire of the World warrior she was born to be.

Q. What books have influenced you the most?

All of the authors I have read could be considered influential to me. They have shown me what I like and what I don’t like in stories. I see what works and what doesn’t and see what gets annoying and what gets exciting. If I like a book I read it translates into my own writing. If I don’t like a book I read, I know what I don’t want in my writing. I think all authors impact each other more than they really realize. Some of my favorite writers include, J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, Rick Riordan, Brandon Mull, R. A. Salvatore, Stephanie Meyer, Iris Johansen, and Mercedes Lackey.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on getting book #3 in The White Warrior series titled “Steady Burn” done for a tentative July 2013 release. After that I still have four more books on the way out in this series.

Q. What can we look forward to in your next book?

There is a lot of action and a lot of personal victories won for Azrel in “Steady Burn,” as well as some interesting secrets revealed. It’s my favorite book in the series! Azrel just kicks tail in this one!


Well, that’s all the time we have. Thanks for coming in!


Nichelle Rae was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her love for writing began when she was 14 years old and she wrote short stories about meeting her favorite music group at that age. She received so much praise and complements on her writing ability that it quickly became a passion of hers. Throughout the years she has gotten much praise from peers, professors, and professional author’s she’s had a chance to work with about her writing and her ability to put emotions into text.

The White Warrior Series is her debut fantasy series she’s publishing as an independent author which will consist of seven books total. Nichelle already has begun three more fantasy series that she hopes to publish in the future after The White Warrior Series.


Link To Book on Amazon






Twitter: @Nichelle_Writes


Goodreads: Nichelle Rae



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Sunset Hardback Giveaway

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

I will be giving away a promotional hardback edition of Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1) next month.  Entries accepted until 2/14/2013.

See for details!



Arshad Ahsanuddin