Our January edition of Release Radar features delightful sword-free fantasy, bloody revenge quests, cutthroat space races, tribal wars, and more. It may come a bit delayed given it’s already February (HOW?!) but hey, it’s never too late to shout out great books!
Release Radar – February 2022
Welcome to the Asylum’s latest feature: Release Radar, a new monthly feature where we highlight our most anticipated reads of the month. Whether by driving preorders or simply boosting visibility, we hope this feature becomes your go-to guide to all the shiny new releases and that you’ll discover new authors and new reads to cry over.
SPSFC: Team 7’s Top 3, The Semifinalists
Following yesterday’s announcement of our top 10 quarterfinalists, we are excited to bring you Team 7’s top 3 semifinalists advancing to round two of the Self-Published Science-Fiction Competition (SPSFC)!
SPSFC: Team 7’s Top 10
Although we’ve been delayed with our announcements due to 2021 kicking our ass with a barbed-wire-wrapped pole coated in snake venom, our team is proud to bring you Team 7’s top 10 quarterfinalists for the Self-Published Science-Fiction Competition.
Arina’s Top 10 Reads of 2021
Like last year, the Asylum ladies are sharing their top 10 reads of 2021 in a sequence of 3 posts. Today Arina closes the curtain on this spotlight. You’ll notice some of these books weren’t actual 2021 releases, as the only rule we had for our top reads was that we had to have read them in 2021, regardless of their release date. Because it’s never too late to discover a favorite or a genre-behemoth you are just now learning to love.
Pride Nights at Queen’s: Matt Doyle — Ailuros: Writing in an Experimental Format
Today we welcome Matt Doyle to the blog, speaking on out-of-the-box, mixed media writing formats. If you love peeking behind the curtain of a writer’s mind as much as we do, then get comfortable and read the fascinating details about Ailuros, Matt’s upcoming book.
Pride Nights at Queen’s: Lyra Wolf — Loki in Fishnets
Alas, June comes to an end, another month flew by and we couldn’t have asked the gods for a better post to wrap up an awesome month. If that title didn’t get you then all hope eludes you.
Closing the curtain on Pride Month (though, stay tuned—this isn’t it for Pride Nights!), author Lyra Wolf dives into Loki’s queerness, which she explored in her fantasy series The Nine Worlds Rising.
Pride Nights at Queen’s: Bjørn Larssen — We Exist
As we near the end of the month, we look back in gratitude to the authors who’ve made Pride Nights at Queen’s possible. Looking back is as much a part of Pride as looking forward, but in our struggle to build a better future, we make the mistake of shunning the hurtful past, disdaining those who pave the way for our liberation. Often, in our ignorance and fear, we forget them. Today, we remember them.
Pride Nights at Queen’s welcomes Bjørn Larssen, with a fantastic guest post about his experiences of both the past, present, and future of queer.
Pride Nights at Queen’s: Krystle Matar — Out
There’s only one universal truth about Pride: it’s not the same for everyone. It can be joyful, terrifying, messy, none, both, all of the above. Most of all, whatever Pride is to you, it’s yours. And whatever yours is, it’s got a place in the community. Day 5 of Pride Nights at Queen’s is proud to celebrate that, proud to celebrate the people who make our community something immense, something ours. Read what guest Krystle Matar has to share, and don’t forget to check out her awesome new release, Legacy of the Brightwash!
Pride Nights at Queen’s: C.M. Caplan — Spectrums
Pride was never about labels nor an obligation to define oneself. In the age of the internet, where everything and everyone is connected and boundaries are more often than not violently trespassed, it is sometimes easy to let ourselves forget that. I hope today’s Pride Nights at Queen’s post, written by author C.M. Caplan, helps you realize the vastness of the queer experience, and somehow inspires you, whether you relate to it or not, to uphold the tenets of Pride: multitude, acceptance —especially— of the unfamiliar, respect.