Code push imminent!

Apr. 30th, 2017 08:48 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! Many of the changes we are making to the site are under-the-hood improvements, but these are the ones you are more likely to notice:

  • New account setting option for RP accounts, for future feature development.
  • Many more sites upgraded to use HTTPS links instead of relying on our SSL proxy.
  • Moved the Manage Icons page to /manage/icons and modernized the underlying code.
  • Increased the size limit for icon descriptions from 120 to 300 characters.
  • Various requested fixes for the image upload/management pages.
  • Improved processing of emailed entries for changes to entry security.
  • Improved processing of emailed comments for removal of quoted text.
  • Reading page with date filter now has previous / next day links.
  • Banned users hidden by default on the Manage Circle page.
  • Most importer failure messages will now include the name of the journal being imported, for the benefit of users running multiple imports.
  • People who read the RSS/Atom feed of your journal will see correct entry links and embedded content.
  • Whitelist embeds from:,,
  • New <user> tag sites:,,,
  • New "other site" fields on user profiles: Imzy, Instagram

Once the code push starts, you may notice that the site is slow to respond, but it should remain available to use unless something goes badly wrong.

I'll update this post when the code push is finished. Stay tuned!

Update: All done! Let us know if anything seems more wrong than usual!

CBC: New Options for Therapy Animals

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:33 pm
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You might be interested in this, depending on your mental health needs.

News report courtesy of CBC News Sudbury...
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In the interest of Being Excellent and considerate of those who plan to watch this episode, all references to the content of this episode are stashed under the cut and will remain so hidden for at least a month. Someponies like to watch MLP:FIM in herds and it can be a while before they get all their ponies together. 8^) As spoilers are also likely to be in any comments: don't read if you haven't yet seen the episode unless you like being spoiled. When you're ready, drop in a comment and say what you thought of this episode!

After a month, I hope Episode Discuss posts will be so far off the top page that it'll probably take the tag to find them, so about a month after posting the cut will be removed. 8^) Sometimes I go back and drop in little extras into the posts, like comics and links to the music.

Broadcast... what, already? Treehouse Canada has really put the cat into the hen house this time, broadcasting next Saturday's Discovery Family episode of MLP:FIM today. So, well, you can watch the episode on the DailyMotion link now, and then again next Saturday. At least that's my plan.

Written by G.M. Berrow, the author of so many of the MLP chapter books.

For those of you following Twitter, you can follow writers Nick Confalone (Hearthbreakers), Mike and Will Fox (The Gift of the Maud Pie), Joanna and Kristine (Gauntlet of Fire), Dave Polsky (Rarity Takes Manehattan) and Jennifer Skelly (Buckball Season). Other twits in the early morning chorus may include the likes of Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director of MLP:FIM), Andrea Libman , the voice of Dragon Lord Ember Ali Milner, Big Jim (storyboard work, voice of Troubleshoes and Director of MLP:FIM), Mike Vogel and Josh Haber. The hashtag to watch should be #MLPseason6.

Review for episode 5, Fluttershy Leans In, below the cut. )

Catch the show and throw in your two bits in the comments! Copy/paste your reviews into the comments, spread the wealth!

Watch Fluttershy Leans In on DailyMotion over here and another DailyMotion option here or on YouTube right here. Hopefully Treehouse didn't cut anything out.

Download links for Fluttershy Leans In: (I'll fill in the blanks later)
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They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of Fluttershy Leans In over here on the MLP wiki of transcripts.

Clear, free, logoless screengrabs from the entire episode get uploaded to the episode wiki within days of broadcast on the MLP Wikia Gallery pages, here.

The links to official channels and purchasing DVD's and episodes are now in the community sticky.

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Poll RPG: Enchanting

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Blackwood watched as the master enchanter glanced from him to Licorice and back again, their feline ears splayed, startled. They ran a hand through thick auburn curls and wrapped one lock around a finger. "Ah, well, yes, I love my work, but -- you don't really want to hear about it, do you?"

"Of course we do!" Licorice motioned encouragingly with one hand. "C'mon, tell!"

"Please, Smoke." Blackwood felt self-conscious calling them by only their given name, but he liked the intimacy of it.

Smoke's ears canted further, their enby earrings chiming with the motion. "It's a great job; I hardly know where to start. There's this quality about channeling magic: it's both fussy and exacting, and very rewarding when you get it right. Like playing a delicate instrument, one that you have to tune after every song because it's so precise. But then you get it right and play and the notes are more than pitch-perfect: they're rich and full, and the song fills the room and it's amazing." They ducked their head and covered their face with one hand. "Ugh, that sounds ridiculous."

"Not at all," Licorice said. "It's just like the way you described enchantsight."

"What's enchantsight like?" Blackwood asked, fascinated and hoping to set them more at ease. Although their flustered demeanor was endearing, at odds with the brisk professional image he'd had of them from earlier in the day.

"Like seeing a different kind of light, colorful and tangible to the touch, that overlays the ordinary world. When you're crafting an enchantment, it's like sculpting with light. You pull it out of the Wall and position it just so."

"The Wall?" Blackwood asked.

"Sorry, enchanter jargon. The Wall is where magic comes from; it's a kind of barrier around the physical world that constrains material action. You manipulate the Wall to change the way things interact in the physical world; that's what makes magic. And it's the way you pull on it, the way you sculpt it, that gives enchanted items their power. If you sculpt it wrong, it makes a blobby mess and you just have to smooth it back into the Wall. But if you do it right, it's magic." Smoke laughed, self-consciously. "I guess that's obvious. But it feels like magic, too. You can feel it click into place, like puzzle pieces fitted together. You develop an instinct for it; you just know that this time, it'll do what you meant for it to do. I can't feel it the same way on enchantments once they're complete. I'm much more attuned with them while I'm casting. So examining an enchantment to see if it's working isn't the same connection. But there's still a beauty to it. The Wall itself is hard to see at all, just a faint haze, like an aura, around everything."

"Wow," Licorice said. "Now I'm sorry I slept through it."

Smoke ducked their head again. "I'm sure if you asked my apprentices, they'd have a different take on it." They smiled wryly. "It's not for everyone."

"How did you get an apprenticeship in the field?" Blackwood asked.

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Thornwall Keep (CN large town; Skylands Magical Plutocratic Council; 4,898 pop.)


Corruption +4; Crime +5; Economy +9; Law +4; Lore +3; Society -3 (more info)

Qualities magically attuned, mining town (Corruption +1, Crime +2, Economy +15, Law +5, Society -2) prosperous, rustic (Crime -4, Economy -3, Lore +2, Society +2, spellcasting -2)

Danger +4; Disadvantages extremely isolated (desert oasis; magical flight inhibited for 150 miles - Corruption +1, Economy -3, Society -5, Danger -2), limited natural resource (game, farming, water, wood - Crime +4, Economy -4 [+1 to Crime and -1 to Economy for each limited resource], Corruption +2, Danger +1)


Racial Breakdown Auranathi 4%, Chimera <1%, Clockwork <1%, Dagdarra 0%, Dragonkin <1%, Dwarves 11%, Faerie 1%, Goblins 8%, Gryphons 4%, Humans 14%, Jessai’id 4%, Kitsune 1%, Maldorin <1%, Netharen <1%, Orthoc 8%, Pegasai 3%, Tahvic 6%, Taireen <1%, Terrmorah 4%, Thaylene 9%, Trolls 6%, Whimsies 3%, Wolfen (Arven - <1%, Breiden - 1%, Mayrene - 11%, Ramessin - 0%), and Zeryn 1%. (amounts of <1%, in total, add up to 1%)

NOTABLE NPCs (alphabetical by first name; excluding those the PCs have not met or heard of)

  • Alyisse Wade, Headmistress of the Salaxis School of Arcane Mastery (f. red (mayrene) wolfen 13th arcanist)

  • Ayne Pais, High Archivist of the Salaxis School of Arcane Mastery (f. human 11th arcanist)

  • Comisse Stonehill, Lady High Councillor (overseer of arcane matters) (f. human 9th arcanist)

  • Montag Satchin Feldspar, Lord High Councillor (overseer of the mines and senior partner in ownership of Cathar Dwarven Mining) (m. dwarf)

  • Satilde, madam and owner of Evershade Bathhouse (m-trans. red (mayrene) wolfen)

  • Selig, Master skulk and information broker for Thornwall’s High Council (m. kitsune rogue)

  • Shaelus Cormoranni, local healer and seer who lives outside the boundaries of “Down Below” (prejudiced against orthoc) (m. human 7th witch) – yellow boa constrictor familiar, Eleib

  • Stehven Corde, Lord High Councillor (overseer of defense) (m. orthoc)

  • Tamour Seychall, Saya, “Morning” General of Thornwall’s Defenses (f. auranathi 6th/2nd fighter/knight) - wife of Ular Seychall

  • Teigh Stand, Lord High Councillor (overseer of trade) (m. red (mayrene) wolfen)

  • Ular Seychall, Sir, “Evening” General of Thornwall’s Defenses (m. auranathi 6th/2nd fighter/knight) - husband of Tamour Seychall


Base Value 3,000 gp; Purchase Limit 17,000 gp; Spellcasting 5th

Minor Items 3d4; Medium Items 2d4; Major Items 1d4


Thornwall Keep, a powerful and wealthy city-state, floats above the rocky desert, Indramael: the Coldwaste Expanse. A nexus of commerce in the elemental crystal trade, it is ruled by a high council of six: representing the varied interests of the settlement. The streets and buildings of Down Below are close-knit and claustrophobic. Six blocks thick and arranged in a circle between stone fortifications on the outside and a massive wall of thorns on the inside, Down Below is home to miners, traders, craftspeople, metal smiths, elementalists, and travelers. Six suspension bridges reach from the city streets to the floating, walled keep, some hundred-twenty feet above. Beneath it is a crumbling, steep hole: the Elemental Devastation. In its depths rests a shadow-strewn lake, Shadowreach, and its solitary island, Stonehall’s Rest. Over a hundred years ago, the powerful Stonehall Keep was raised into the air by two powerful spellcasters: an arcanist and the High Druid, Arahn Kell.

Stonehall and its mines were under siege by a coalition of brigands united under the banner of a disgraced and desperate raider captain: the pegasi, Talanya Crane. Jealous of those able to forge more lucrative trade deals, she gathered the destitute and criminal of Indramael in a two-year attempt to take the mines for themselves. In the end, the wall of thorns was raised and the keep, itself, lifted beyond reach. Dismayed and overcome, the brigands scattered and their leader was captured, tried, and executed. But the magics that transformed solid, powerful Stonehall into floating, imperious Thornwall had ravaged the desert. A region for over a hundred-fifty miles in every direction is now called "Arahn's Lasting Reach": a cursed zone that stymies and corrupts all aerial magic brought into it. With skyships unable to make an easy or safe approach, only land routes now connect Thornwall Keep with the outside world.

The Down Below area of the desert, mining town, Thornwall Keep.

Summary of the Game Session:

The Seekers arrived at the edge of Evershade Oasis outside (and to the north of) the Oasis Inn and Stables. There, they met Palmeraye Sohnne and some of his caravan members for dinner as they rest after the long day of getting their shipments logged and stored before sales can begin. The caravan crew are more than a bit rattled by the recent goings-on in Thornwall and are sharing rumors they have heard about during their time, here, so far:

  • Rumors abound that there is a “bat-winged horror” seeping up through the aqueduct-fed sewers into people’s homes to drain them of their life’s essence.

  • Some say that “Old One-Eye”, an otherwise nameless five-horned, five-jawed, five-eyed desert beast who haunts the Indramael oasis seeking the blood of the cruel and wicked, has been drawn to Thornwall Keep in this time of misery and trial. The monster’s title comes from the fact that of its five eyes, the four to the sides are red while the top-most is blue. It is one of the Seven Stalkers of the Sands.

  • Some say that dark elementals are climbing up from the mines to seek revenge upon miners for having dug too deep and striking the body of a buried, “Grand Elemental”.

  • A few note that, this being the tenth anniversary of Lord Salaxis’ death, Lord Salaxis’ ghost is reaching out from beyond to punish Thornwall Keep for having forgotten his role in saving it.

Sohnne is concerned for the safety of his caravan and crew; he says that he is considering leaving Thornwall as soon as he can sell his wares and make a few, strategic purchases to take back with him to the Verras lands outside the Coldwaste Expanse. If things prove to be as dangerous as the rumors say, he says he may leave in a few days.

Just after the final rays of sunlight fade from the sky in the west, a rumble from deep underground shakes the the whole town: an earthquake. Barely a quarter of an hour later, a siege of shadows erupts into the streets. The shadow people emerge from several mines: those owned by “Cathar Dwarven Mining”, “Crystal Ventures Mining”, “Holy Stone Mineral Ventures”, and “Radavix & Tern - Orthoc Mining Company”. The Seekers witness shadow people flitting about Holy Stone Mineral Ventures beyond its fences and quickly get involved, trying to save lives and limit damage. Many of the townspeople are, at first, unaware of the attack’s scope as the shadows blend-in with the darkness. Eventually, the band defeats the closest of the undead creatures and take refuge, with Sohnne and his crew, inside the Oasis Inn. From there, they watch as the attack spreads and shadows swarm, outwards, to lay siege to the base of each of the six suspension bridges that lead up to Thornwall Keep, itself. The defenders of the keep hang lanterns over the railings in an attempt to keep the shadows at bay while priests, druids, and arcanists aide the town’s defenders.

The Seekers hear a bell tolling which locals tell them is an almost never-heard ringing which means they should evacuate up to the floating keep, itself. They decide to do so but need some of their equipment from their own Inn: the Bed and Barn. Arii, cloaked for about ten minutes by a spell making her invisible to the undead, offers to run back to their Inn and fetch their weapons and items so they can evacuate and, while doing so, defend the others who took refuge with them in the Oasis Inn. She manages this but also returns with several more people whom she managed to, safely, get out of the Bed and Barn to follow her to the Oasis.

The group, guarded by Grymaldi flying above, start making their way through the dark streets towards the nearest bridge. Klaus invokes Sombralin (the derros of darkness, shadow, and twilight) to defend them and delivers stirring speeches to keep everyone’s spirits up. They move slowly, but gradually make their way several blocks to their destination. Upon getting close to the nearest bridge, the Seekers see druids calling down daylight upon the area to keep the shadows at bay. The Seekers and their charges manage to get through the blockade and up onto the bridge for protection. Ayne Pais unleashes her most potent spell, chain lightning, to disperse the heaviest cluster of shadows.

The defenses hold all night towards the end of which a shadow being, astride a giant shadow wolf and calling itself “Lecht”, demands that “the violator be released to the shadows within seven days or our next assault will be a wave to drown all of Thornwall in a sea of shadow”.

The siege ends, the shadow people retreat back into the mines, and the sun slowly rises...


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While You See a Chance Alexa Milne
Gay - Contemporary Romance
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Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
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As children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart - but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.

Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wanting to solve a family mystery, Sion returns to his childhood home to start again. When Helen announces she wants a divorce, Phil also returns home, to a new teaching job, and to renovate the ruin of a house he and Sion once dreamed of living in.

Neither man knows the other is back. Neither man knows how the other feels. With so much unsaid, and so many years apart, can Sion and Phil finally face the truth and take a chance on finding happiness together?
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Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton
Gay - Fantasy Romance
File Size: 3226 KB
Print Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
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"Bring me the contents of the security box from the bank, and make sure you're not followed." Miles Carter carries out his grandfather's instructions, and finds himself caught up in a dangerous tangle of family mysteries - and the unexpected return of Allan Warwick, his childhood friend. Add to that a parallel world and a plot to overthrow its government, both of which seem to involve his grandfather and Allan. Miles' life will be changed irrevocably, but only if he and Allan can stay together and survive the coup.
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A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle Julie Bozza
Gay - Contemporary General Fiction
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Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
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Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont's "The Knight of the Burning Pestle", in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale's life. They're not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale's dilemma.
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Break of Another Day Jay Lewis Taylor
Gay - Anthology / Collection / Historical
File Size: 2363 KB
Print Length: 53 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
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The Great War is over. Jack Townsend, no longer a hospital orderly, is back at work in his photographer’s shop in Lewisham. But there is no peace yet; his blackmailer is still in business, and Celia Vavasour seems determined to manage his life. All his life; even his love-life ...

Meanwhile in Sussex, David Lewry, former army officer, is still holding off from a closer relationship with Alan Kershaw, once in the Navy and now the village’s GP. Lew knows how much Alan wants him, but this last step is one he cannot take - not yet, unless something changes ...
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Harbinger Island Dorian Dawes
LGBT - Anthology / Collection / Fantasy
File Size: 3397 KB
Print Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
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Every community has a dark side, a sordid past that's kept to hushed whispers and out of the ears of prying tourists - and Harbinger Island has the darkest shades of them all. Professor Bartleby Prouse is obsessed with the secrets and occult conspiracies surrounding the island's myriad of unsolved murders and mysteries. He'll have to use every bit of magic and cunning at his disposal if he is to protect his students after they unwittingly draw the attention of one of the island's most insidious cults.

A collection of character-driven stories which combine dark fantasy and horror elements within a modern setting. The diverse cast of LGBT+ individuals come from various backgrounds, and the stories examine the prejudices they experience in their day-to-day lives along with the supernatural horrors they face.
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Ardent Heloise West
Gay - Historical Romance
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Print Length: 229 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
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In the village of Torrenta, master painter Morello has created a color that mimics the most expensive pigment of all, the crimson red. Master Zeno, from strife-ridden Medici Florence, tells him the color gives him a competitive advantage – but Morello must be careful. Fraud is ever-present in the dye and pigment markets.

As they work together in Torrenta, Morello falls hard for Zeno’s assistant, Benedetto Tagliaferro, a young man of uncommon beauty and intelligence. Benedetto is still fixed on his old lover, the master painter Leo Guisculo, and cannot return Morello’s affections.

But when Leo dies in a terrible accident, it’s to Morello that Zeno and Benedetto turn for help. And Morello soon finds that in Florence, every surface hides layers of intrigue.
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A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen's novels Julie Bozza
LGBT - Anthology / Collection / Historical
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (October 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312750
ISBN-13: 978-1908312754
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Thirteen stories from eleven authors, exploring the world of Jane Austen and celebrating her influence on ours. Being cousins-by-marriage doesn't deter William Elliot from pursuing Richard Musgrove in Lyme; nor does it prevent Elinor Dashwood falling in love with Ada Ferrars. Surprises are in store for Emma Woodhouse while visiting Harriet Smith; for William Price mentoring a seaman on board the Thrush; and for Adam Otelian befriending his children's governess, Miss Hay. Margaret Dashwood seeks an alternative to the happy marriages chosen by her sisters; and Susan Price ponders just such a possibility with Mrs Lynd. One Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued by constant reports of convictions for 'unnatural' crimes; while another must work out how to secure the Pemberley inheritance for her family. Meanwhile, a modern-day Darcy meets the enigmatic Lint on the edge of Pemberley Cliff; while another struggles to live up to wearing Colin Firth's breeches on a celebrity dance show. Cooper is confronted by his lost love at a book club meeting in Melbourne while reading Persuasion; and Ashley finds more than he'd bargained for at the Jane Austen museum in Bath. A Pemberley-sized anthology...

Today's to-do List

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:39 am
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  • Breakfast

  • Shop for cleansers

  • Make bed

  • Write-up synopsis of most recent Skylands for players

  • Search garage/yard/estate sale listings to find couches for basement

  • Arrange for a big truck to get garden stuff to my house (topsoil and mulch)

  • Printer set-up

  • HDMI set-up

  • Consider "A-to-Z: The Playroom" as a story

  • Kill weeds (after it stops raining)

  • Fold laundry

  • Hire lawn mower

  • Hire gardener
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To the Left of Your North Star Michelle Peart
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (October 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312696
ISBN-13: 978-1908312693
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The self-assured Edward has accompanied his father, famous explorer Herb Kemp, to Abaytor. Herb is on a mission to save Earth’s bee population, but Edward couldn’t care less and just wants the comforts of home. Burn, an off-kilter Abaytorian with a desire for change, is charged with escorting Edward down the Copper River to Herb’s spaceship. As they travel through perilous lands on a makeshift raft, they are in a constant battle with the river, themselves and each other. Edward’s problems with his father are laid bare as they are hunted, starved, almost drowned, and confronted by difficult choices. But, among the striking landscapes and colourful people of Abaytor, Edward slowly learns about trust, self-acceptance and love.
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Submerge Eleanor Musgrove
Gay - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312637
ISBN-13: 978-1908312631
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Jamie Hill walks into his local LGBT+ nightclub, Submerge, intending to make friends and have a good time. When he meets comedian Addie Crewe and her girlfriend Gina Wilson, his night is already looking up – but it’s the man Gina introduces him to who really catches his eye. Miles Bradford seems to be everything Jamie could want in a man: smart, funny, kind. Jamie can’t take his eyes off him. But though Submerge might sparkle on the surface, Jamie knows that the club, just like himself, hides darker secrets in its depths … and even Miles might not be as clean-cut as he appears.
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Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales Sacchi Green
Lesbian - Anthology / Collection / Fantasy
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (May 9, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627782281
ISBN-13: 978-1627782289
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In this sexy, erotic anthology of twisted fairy tales, the damsels are the ones doing the rescuing! Full of ancient, adapted tales that were changed to include female/female pairings and also some brand new stories of feminine heroics and sexual dominance, this collection of stories will leave readers under a spell of lesbian love!
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"So how did you end up working in Courthall?" Smoke asked. "Did you persuade your old master to give you a glowing reference for your superior napping ability?"

Licorice giggled. "You'd think so! But not so much. I knew a few people who worked around here and they found me an in. What about you, big guy?" She glanced expectantly to Blackwood.

Blackwood blinked at the descriptor; he wasn't large for a draka, only a few inches taller than Smoke. But then again, Licorice was short for a human. "Same, I suppose. My mother used to work with Master Corydalis, before he was master of ceremonies. She wrote to request a post for me. I started as a page and became one of the long-distance messengers after I proved my speed."

"Do you like it?" Licorice asked.

"I love it." Blackwood said, unabashed. He swallowed a strip of meat with brisk efficiency and continued, "I have been to cities all across the nation, from Crescent Bay to Glovesbrook to Candleton. If I'm to wait for a reply, then I spend a few days at leisure in some exotic locale at no expense to myself. And it gives me an excuse to spend all the time I want flying in dragon form."

"You need an excuse?"

He smiled wryly. "I need a budget for it! I need to eat a great deal more to feed the dragon than the man. If you don't have a job that requires the strength or flightspeed, it doesn't make much sense."

Licorice picked at her food more delicately now, savoring it instead of wolfing it down. "Huh. I never thought about that. It is kind of convenient to be smaller."

"And here I always thought more height would be useful." Smoke motioned with one hand above their head. "For reaching the top shelf. Only moreso."

"Different forms have different advantages," Blackwood said. "It's a privilege to be able to switch."

"Yeah," Licorice said, wistfully. "It is."

"You're not a shifter, are you?" Smoke asked.

The human widened her black eyes as if alarmed by the question, then shook her head. "Hah! No. Imagine me as a cat!" She curled the fingers of one hand and pawed the air. "Mew! Mew!"

Blackwood grinned at her antics. Smoke was a little puzzled by Licorice's initial expression. Human-feline and human-canine shifters were uncommon but not rare. There were prejudices against them in some other nations, but not in Lightshel. Not for the typical forms of shifters, anyway.

"What of you, master enchanter?" Blackwood asked them. "Do you enjoy your vocation?"

"Yes!" Licorice rested her chin in her hand and gazed with interest at Smoke. "What's it like when you didn't sleep through all your lessons?"

Poll #18291 Vocation
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

What about Smoke?

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Talk about how much Smoke loves their work and why.
5 (38.5%)

Talk about what why it's a satisfying job because it's so useful, if not highly-paid.
1 (7.7%)

Get all adorably flustered that they're interested in you.
7 (53.8%)

Answer briefly; get the conversation back to them. Ask Licorice if she's from some other country that doesn't like shifters.
0 (0.0%)

Answer briefly; get the conversation back to them & business.
0 (0.0%)

Answer briefly; get to know them better instead.
0 (0.0%)

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