“Werecats” Special Edition Paperback & Author Interview with Andrew J. Peters

The Popular Werecat Series Now Available as a Special Edition Paperback!


Previously available as e-novelettes, paranormal fans can now pick up the first three installments of Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat series in one book! Included are: The Rearing (Book 1), The Glaring (Book 2) and The Fugitive (Book 3).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

“Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets a handsome drifter named Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.”

Praise for the Werecat series:

“Steamy enough to satisfy romance-genre die-hards. An innovative take on the shape-shifter genre; this first offering in a gay fantasy series should garner a large following.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to live and love as a big cat, this is the book for you.” — Wilde Oats Journal

“If you love action packed stories, more than a spot of violence, and a thread of a love story too, then you should definitely try this book.” —Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite indie retailer, or dip your paws in the series with one of the e-books.

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Author Interview


What’s been happening since you last stopped by to talk about Book 1 in the Werecat series?

It’s been an exciting time. 2013 was a break-out year for me after a long haul working on a number of stories and shopping them around. The Rearing came out in May of that year, and my first novel-length book The Seventh Pleiade débuted in November. I can’t say that I skyrocketed to celebrity, but I had a lot of fun with book release events and hopping around the blogosphere.

I continued the Werecat series with two more installments, and I’m currently working on the fourth and final book. Just this past year, I finished two other projects. Banished Sons of Poseidon is the follow-up young adult adventure to The Seventh Pleiade and will be coming out in October 2015 through Bold Strokes Books. In early 2016, I have another book Poseidon and Cleito coming out in a similar mythological vein, published by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy. That book imagines the early days of the Atlantis legend.

What sort of people read your books?

I guess the common denominator is readers who like LGBTQIA fiction. Though my upcoming book Poseidon and Cleito features two hetero characters so it will be interesting to see how people respond to that. I get a lot of M/M romance readers shelving Werecat at Goodreads, and it’s been great meeting people of all ages through my young adult series. People pick up the books because they like fantasy and sometimes because they have a particular interest in Greek mythology, which is a big inspiration of mine.

Jacks, the main character in Werecat, is a self-described “Euro-American mutt” who discovers his Native ancestry, which was hidden from him. How did you go about realizing Jacks and the spiritual traditions that are behind Werecat’s mythology?

The Euro-American mutt part was easy since that’s close to home. But I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in portraying the Native aspects of his character. Jacks was raised outside of that culture so he is in a sense discovering it himself as the story progresses.

While I was working as a social worker for LGBTQIA youth, I had the privilege of having colleagues from Native communities. We collaborated to educate schools and service providers about LGBTQIA concerns and Native concerns specifically. I learned a lot from working with a great organization called the Northeast Two-Spirit Society.

Werecat took a lot of research because the premise is that shifter magic was borne from indigenous practices related to people possessing dual souls, in this case man and cat of course. That was fascinating for me to study. It took me from Amerindian spirituality to African and Indian and Asian traditions.

I mention in my Acknowledgements in The Trilogy that I don’t purport to be an authority on indigenous cultures, and my intention was to honor those traditions, not to sensationalize or exploit them. It is a fantasy world that I created, and I wanted to take a nuanced approach to the werecat/werewolf trope. I thought about werecats being “good” and “bad” guys, and being both at the same time really.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been in a pretty productive phase so I’m happy to say that I have more books coming out in 2016 and beyond. I just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish the first book in what I’m calling an alternative history series. The book is titled The City of Seven Gods, and it’s an adventure-romance set in a fantasy world that takes a lot of inspiration from Near Eastern civilizations of the ancient world.

Otherwise, I expect to have a follow up to Poseidon and Cleito coming out, and I’ll be working on a contemporary romance, believe it or not.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Amherst, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as an advocate and a social worker for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has written for The Good Men Project, GayYA, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga and Layers of Thought among other media. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com or find him on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewjpeterswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayjayp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndrewJPeters

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#Ukrainian Female #Soldiers Fighting, Avenging, Defending: Crowdfunding for #Documentary

Photo by Jen Osborne with permission.

Arriving on the world stage, Canadian independent photographer Jen Osborne’s latest documenting efforts continue on the theme “Women in hardship”, which has “included stories about female drug addicts, the mentally ill, beauty competitions, drug trafficking, and, poverty”.

After several weeks spent in the Ukraine, Jen wants to return to cover more of this 21st century challenge of women who are avenging lost loved ones, fighting for a cause they believe in and defending their families. She is asking for your help to make this possible as it is both expensive and dangerous work as it is considered a war zone.

Why is Jen doing so? In her own words:

“My goal is to shed light upon the under-reported stories of female soldiers in East Ukraine. When I google images of ‘female soldiers in Ukraine’, the majority of content that appears is propaganda, depicting “sexy” female soldiers, looking ridiculous while they load guns, driving tanks and standing in front of smoky bomb attacks. Those images are not real. They are designed to recruit men into the military by making it look exciting, while also making a mockery of women’s roles in war. I want to show the truth in this situation.”

What amount is requested? 4000€.

What is the money for?

“This topic is complicated and requires a lot of time and therefore financial assistance for me to execute it safely. Time is required to build trust with my subjects, who are sometimes wary of photographers. My goal is to create enough material for an important feature story, and, for exhibition and even a book publication. Working in a war zone is expensive. I must finance a fixer, which is like a producer in the documentary business. I also require a driver who can navigate dangerous roads, first aid supplies, war zone health insurance (which is much more expensive than your average travel insurance), and regular expenses such as flights, petrol, lodging, food and hard disks for data back-up. Through proper financing of this work, I will be able to stay as safe as possible in difficult working conditions.”

Please visit the Indie-Go-Go crowdfunding page to read more about Jen’s request, the story behind the body of work, and perks offered for contributors. Good luck Jen!

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AlterNative Volume 11 Issue 3 Available Now! #Indigenous #Worldviews

What is AlterNative?

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. We aim to present indigenous worldviews and scholarly research from native indigenous perspectives from around the world. AlterNative is published quarterly in print and online. AlterNative publishes papers that substantively address and critically engage with indigenous issues from a scholarly indigenous viewpoint. All papers must address and engage with current international and national literature and academic and/or indigenous theory and make a significant contribution to the field of indigenous studies.

The latest issue of AlterNative is now available online and in print. Highlights in this issue are two articles which focus on indigenous bereavement practices. Also notable is an article from Canada which looks at the health-seeking behaviour of Aboriginal youth in distress, as well as two articles which deal with settler-colonial practices of land alienation in the 19th century.

Enjoy FREE ACCESS to the lead article “It’s like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle”: Aboriginal Australians, Sorry Business and social media by Bronwyn Carlson and Ryan Frazer, until the end of September 2015. Click here to access the article.


“It’s like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle”: Aboriginal Australians, Sorry
Business and social media

Bronwyn Carlson & Ryan Frazer

Te waiata a Hinetitama—hearing the heartsong: Whakamate i roto i a Te Arawa—
A Māori suicide research project

Tepora Emery, Candy Cookson- Cox & Ngāmaru Raerino

Examining the relationship between attachment styles and resilience levels among
Aboriginal adolescents in Canada

Johanna Sam, Hasu Ghosh & Chris G. Richardson

Kaupapa Māori theory and critical discourse analysis: Transformation and
social change

Anne- Marie Jackson

Resisting racism: Māori experiences of interpersonal racism in Aotearoa
New Zealand

Sylvia Pack, Keith Tuffin & Antonia Lyons

Economic dysfunction or land grab? Assaults on the 19th-century Māori economy
and their Native North American parallels

Hazel Petrie

Hungry times: Food as a source of conflict between Aboriginal people and British
colonists in New South Wales 1804–1846

Greg Blyton

Book Reviews
Power lines: Phoenix and the making of the modern Southwest
James Rice

When rains became floods: A child soldier’s story
Marc Becker

Remaking Pacific pasts: History, memory, and identity in contemporary theatre from Oceania
Christopher Balme

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A Unique Experience By #Yu’pik Director: SHORE #Dance Performance, October 11-18th

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“SHORE is a multi-day performance installed in four equal parts:

Dance, Story, Volunteerism & Feast. “

“If you are seeking an amazing arts adventure and live in or near Seattle, Wash., it is not too late to attend and/or participate in “SHORE”.

“SHORE” examines the metaphorical convergence of environments—beginning where land meets water and vice-versa called ‘shore.’  “SHORE’s” performance incorporates the elements of volunteerism, story and dance and concludes with a “feast” – all of which result in a dynamic and powerful community participatory experience.

Choreographed and directed by Emily Johnson (Yup’ik), “SHORE” is an outstanding  achievement in innovative installation dance performance and community engagement.  Ms. Johnson’s work further advocates for the principles incorporated in traditional Native culture that emphasize the value placed on social equity within the broader community.

The last opportunity to experience “SHORE”  will be in Seattle the week of October 11th through 18th, 2015, when it completes its 2015 tour at various locations to be announced.

To become involved as an audience member or participant, choose any of these event dates:

  • STORY, October 11:  Local writers share their work relating to home, place and land in a curated reading at Hugo House.
  • VOLUNTEERISM, TBA:  Community members are invited to come together to address an issue of local concern through action.
  • PERFORMANCE, October 15-17:  The heart of the project is a multi-layered dance piece featuring community singers and movers together with dancers from Emily’s group, Catalyst Dance. Performances will be held at On the Boards.
  • FEAST, October 18:  SHORE ends in a community potluck. Participants are invited to bring dishes to share with the gathered community.

“SHORE” is one of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s Community Inspiration Projects. For more information about SHORE and Seattle locations, please go to the SHORE website.


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Nimrod Journal: Call For #Submissions, April 2016 Edition #LGBTQIA



Nimrod International Journal at The University of Tulsa invites you to submit to our 2016 spring issue. Nimrod is the University of Tulsa biannual literary journal, founded in 1956 and dedicated to the discovery of emerging voices in literature.

Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities

This year has seen a remarkable shift within the United States in relation to the gay rights movement. Nimrod International Journal has historically celebrated and championed writing by people from marginalized populations, whether those be nation, ethnicity, or age. This year, we’re thrilled to announce an issue devoted to writing from LGBTQIA community.

For our Spring/Summer 2016 issue, Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual, or anywhere under the umbrella term MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex). Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects.

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, including work from LGBTQIA writers of color, writers of varying socio-economic status, physically different writers, and neuroatyptical writers. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

What We Are Not Seeking (for this issue):

We are not looking for work by straight allies of the LGBTQIA movement. While allies are a vital part of the movement, in this issue we wish to focus exclusively on writing by persons of marginalized orientations and gender identities. If you are a straight ally with a piece of work related to the movement or about your own experiences with friends and family, we ask that you send your work as a general submission so that we can consider it for a future issue. In short, while we truly do want to see and consider work by allies and will accept it for future issues, we also want to clarify that this particular issue will focus on writing by LGBTQIA writers.

The Specifics:

  • Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We seek to celebrate the writers themselves and their work, rather than to limit submissions to works that specifically address issues of sexual orientation. In other words, send us whatever you like!
  • You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
  • Fiction should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides, one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only.
  • For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2016 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • For those submitting online: You may submit work online at: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.

Manuscripts accepted beginning August 10th, 2015.

Postmark Deadline: December 5th, 2015.

Publication Date: April 2016

Nimrod is published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their works appears.


Send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

Submit online at:




Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.
Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-3080

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