It Can Start – Astrya Fairchild

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby.

Today’s story is It Can Start by Astrya Fairchild.

Make sure to come back on Monday to see the next installment in the series, by Aurelia Osborne!


Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Éric Desmarais’s story “Night of the Sisters”. 

Today’s story is Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Astrya Fairchild!


Night of the Sisters by Éric Desmarais

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was a French short called Du coeur au ventre by Mel Lévesque.

Today, we are happy to share Éric Desmarais’s story “Night of the Sisters”. 

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Salem Leonard Goosby!


Du coeur au ventre – Mel Lévesque

(This installment is in French! Please stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment tomorrow.)

Notre calendrier de l’avent d’histoires se poursuit avec une histoire francophone!

Suivez notre caldendrier de l’avent d’histoires ici!

Notre dernière histoire venait d’Amy M. Young, “Let it Snow!”

Aujourd’hui, nous vous partageons l’histoire de Mel Lévesque, “Du coeur au ventre”. 

Soyez des nôtres demain pour lire Éric Desmarais (anglais)! 


Let it snow! by Amy M. Young

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

We opened yesterday with Jen Frankel’s short story A Christmas in Arabia. 

Today, we are happy to share Amy M. Young’s story “Let it Snow!”

Make sure to come back on Friday, December 1st, to see the next installment in the series, by Mel Levesque!


Jen Frankel – Renaissance Holiday Blog tour

We begin our countdown to the winter solstice today!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

We open today with Jen Frankel’s short story A Christmas in Arabia. 

Make sure to come back on Monday, November 27th to see the next installment in the series, by Amy Young!

 


Renaissance Holiday Blog roll!

We are a month from the winter solstice, and around it comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Make sure to check out their blog on the date they post their piece!

Jen Frankel – November 24th

Amy Young – November 27th

Mel Lévesque – December 1st

Éric Desmarais – December 5th 

Salem Leonard Goosby – December 6th 

Astrya Starstorm – December 8th 

Aurelia Osborne – December 11th

Talia Johnson – December 13th 

JF Garrard – December 15th 

Una Verdandi – December 18th

Jen Desmarais – December 19th

Nathan Caro Fréchette – December 21st

Jennifer Carole Lewis – December 22nd

Jamieson Wolf – December 24th

‘Nathan Burgoine – December 25 

 

Please note that individual blogs may not reflect the opinions of Renaissance Press.


Holiday blog tour – calling all authors!

Calling all authors!!

Let me preface this cool (really I swear it is very cool) post by apologizing for posting about the winter holidays before Halloween is properly done and over, but this is something cool!

Would you like to be part of a sort of month-long holiday celebratory “blog tour”, to feature both your blog and your writing on our site and a lot of other authors’ blogs?

Here’s how this would work:

We all write a piece of holiday / winter themed fiction, poetry, or graphic short. On each day leading up to New Year’s, someone different posts their story on their blog. That way, we get to have tons of stories to read, and lots of new blogs to discover!

To participate:

– You let us know your intent to participate, and we assign you a date.
– You write one piece of fiction / poetry / graphic short, about /related to / set during the winter holiday of your choice, and make sure it’s ready before the date you’re assigned.
– During the month, you let your followers know when your date is coming, and let them know about all the other cool stories being shared around!

Dos and Don’ts:

DO:
– finish your story in time or give warning if you don’t think you can make it;
– think about positive inclusion in your stories;
– feel free to explore multiple religious and non-religious avenues;
– look into winter/holiday myths and legends and make them your own.

DO NOT:
– write stories which discriminate against or put down marginalized identities;
– write stories which promote r*pe culture.

Please manifest your interest by writing to info (at) renaissancebookpress (dot) com.

We’re looking forward to reading you!


Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD at Trent University and teaches in Trent’s Department of English Literature. Derek researches representations of disability in Canadian speculative fiction. Derek is a 7 time Prix Aurora Award winner for his digital humanities project Speculating Canada ( speculatingcanada.ca ) and the Speculating Canada radio show on Trent Radio. Derek also runs two other digital humanities projects: Dis(Abled) Embodiment ([email protected]wordpress.com ) and Through the Twisted Woods ( www.[email protected]wordpress.com ), which he runs with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto.

Derek is currently editing Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins with Kelsi Morris, which is being published through Exile.

Derek has published in academic fora like  Mosaic, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Quill and Quire, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings and in fiction anthologies The Playground of Lost Toys and Accessing the Future.

Derek is Queer, Disabled, and he lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where he likes to blend academia, art, and activism.


Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi’s brain is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. It’s too easy to get lost in all those long, dark corridors and shadowy crevices; better to have a picnic on the lawn, take a few photos, and move on before dusk. The ghosts and demons that appear after dark make terrible playmates but wonderful muses.

When Una is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting in watercolour, embroidering something, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) To pay the bills, she works as a professional editor, helping other fiction authors mold their demons into a marketable form or tidying up legalese and financial babble for her corporate clients.

Una lives in cozy apartment in Toronto with a very vocal tabby cat and at most one potted plant. She would like to have more greenery, but the only thing she can successfully grow is her to-be-read pile, and in any case, her beloved fur baby eats every living thing within reach when she’s not looking. She has concluded that she should just get more cats and be done with it.

Her website will let you peek inside both her brain and her book, or you can follow her on facebook and twitter.

 

Una’s works

Black Wolf – Forthcoming!


‘Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short stories published, including This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology).

His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. His second and third novels, Triad Blood and Triad Soul, are available now from Bold Strokes Books. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” was included in the collection On the Run, by Wilde City Press, and available as a solo e-novella through Lethe Press.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six-year old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

‘Nathan’s works:

Blurbed – Forthcoming!

 


Éric Desmarais

Éric graduated in 2006 with a BA in Communications and no idea what to do with his life. He decided to narrow his job search to anywhere that would hire him. He luckily found a great position
in the federal government as a desktop publisher, which is a cross between a layout artist and a webmaster.

Once he’d finished writing his first novel he was hooked and has now written a half dozen. He is one half of JenEric Designs, a website dedicated to all things geeky, where you’ll find his stories, articles, and adventures in coffee roasting, along with his wife’s travel blog and game design articles.

He’s been working as a freelance Layout Artist since 2015 and has worked with fantastic clients including;  AN Design Communications, Five Rivers Publishing, The Ed Greenwood Group, CAATS, S. M. Carrière, and Renaissance Press.

You can find his services and prices on his website at: http://www.jeneric-designs.ca/layout-services/

Éric started with Renaissance as an author. You can read about his books here!

Éric’s projects:

Typesetter / interior designer:

Parasomnia

A Study in Aether


Caro Fréchette

Caro is one of the founders of Renaissance. They have studied creative writing, art and design, graphic novels, and graphic design. They are the main designer for Renaissance’s books and games, Renaissance’s main project manager, and Renaissance’s accountant and event manager.

Caro is also known as the author Caroline Fréchette, and has written 6 books in the Renaissance collection (which you can find on their author profile here).

Caro’s projects:

Editor:

The Admirer

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

A Study in Aether

Life in the ‘Cosm

Parasomnia

Lust and Lemonade 

Game graphic designer (cards, box, booklet)

Extrahumans

A Match Made in Austen

Blush

Illustrator

Extrahumans (cards)

Lust and Lemonade  (cover)

The Admirer (cover)

 

A Study in Aether (cover)

Life in the ‘Cosm (cover)

To Pluck a Crow (cover)

Life After Redby (cover)

Cover design

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Making a Living

Unblocked

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

A Study in Aether

Life in the ‘Cosm

Journey of a Thousand Steps

 

Daughters of Britain

To Pluck a Crow

Parasomnia

Lust and Lemonade 

Life After Redby

Typesetting / interior

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Making a Living

Unblocked

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Life in the ‘Cosm

Journey of a Thousand Steps

Daughters of Britain

To Pluck a Crow

Lust and Lemonade 

Life After Redby


L. P. Vallée

Louis-Philippe Vallée is an editor, a writer, and a lost soul forever searching for cool genre fiction. He can found wandering the street and back alleys of Montreal, wearing a hoodie and headphones, nodding his head. His life and bio are a work in progress.

Louis-Phillipe’s projects:

Editor for:

Blood Relations

Brothers in Arms

Kindred Spirits

Blood Matters

Unblocked

Making a Living

The Admirer

Thrills on Ice

Journey of a Thousand Steps

The King in Darkness

Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Life in the ‘Cosm

A Study in Aether

Daughters of Britain


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is Madam President of Dynamic Canvas Inc., an Ottawa-based consulting business that provides information and web development services. She specializes in WordPress websites with integrated online shops, and is a professional editor. Dynamic Canvas is now looking to the author and publishing community, seeking opportunities to create websites that are pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. Cait is also accepting new clients who need an editor to help them prepare manuscripts for publication or submissions. You can reach her on Twitter @DcanDiva or through the contact information on the Dcan website.

 

 

Cait’s projects:

Cait generously offers her expertise as our webmaster, e-store diva, and general provider of laughs and good times. She started with Renaissance as the author of Life in the ‘Cosm.

 

 

 


Marjolaine Lafrenière

Marjolaine started Renaissance along with Caro and Marie-Claude. She studied literature, art history, translation, and creative writing. She has been writing for over a decade.

Marjolaine’s projects:

Marjolaine is a member of the executive committee and the acquisitions committee.

Game designer and editor for A Match Made in Austen.

Editor for:

Blood Relations

Brothers in Arms

Journey of a Thousand Steps

To Pluck a Crow

Marjolaine also writes under the pen name Aurelia Osborne.