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magic u bundle cover revised 300Woo! The rush of folks to fill up their new e-readers and Kindles has pushed the limited time Magic University bundle into the top 50 in Amazon’s bisexual romance bestseller list! I’m very psyched about this, as you might imagine!

Reminder to fans who have already read the series, if you just want the bonus novella, Christmas Magic, you can do any a good turn for me or the world and I’ll email it to you free. Details in my earlier post: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/2613 (tl;dr — write a review, donate to a good cause, get free ebook!)

For those who are new to the series and trying to figure out what “bisexual romance” means exactly, it’s a bit of an odd category that includes some menage and multi-partner romances, some “switched from one orientation to another” romances, and some flat out porn that may not really be “romance” to some readers but which gets thrown into the list at the Kindle store anyway. What makes the Magic University series bisexual is our hero, Kyle, whose quest for true love brings him through many trials and experiences, including everything from traditional sweet (heterosexual) romance to a kind of four-way poly quad he forms with his best friend and their lovers, to his attraction/obsession with his nemesis/rival.

Kyle’s true magic is love and the ways he is able to open his heart again and again despite being hurt in the past (and present). With no restrictions on the gender of those whom he loves, that lands him in the bisexual category–and bestseller list–on Amazon.

Me, I call it new adult erotic fantasy romance and that is already enough adjectives, no?

Please tell your friends about it now while it’s such a great deal, $9.99 for all six books in the series (five full books plus the new novella)!

Buy it now from: • All Romance eBooksAmazonSmashwordsB&NKoboiTunes/iBooksRiverdale Avenue Books (publisher website)
and other favorite retailers.

The digital box set is only available until February 1st!

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And now it’s live! This limited-time digital box set includes all the Magic University books (four novels plus an anthology of 17 short stories) plus a special bonus Christmas-themed novella “Christmas Magic” that takes place after the final book!

The digital box set is only $9.99 (a $35 value), a great gift for anyone who loves erotic romance, magic, and fantasy (yourself included…) whether you have a brand new e-reader to fill or not.

Buy it now from:
All Romance eBooks
Amazon
Smashwords
B&N
Kobo
iTunes/iBooks
Riverdale Avenue Books (publisher website)
and other favorite retailers.

The digital box set is only available until February 1st!

Bisexual new adult college-themed erotic fantasy/paranormal romance — what’s not to love?

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Spellbinding_cover_RGB_iconsizeFirst time in paperback! I’m so excited to bring you the brand new cover design for SPELLBINDING, the anthology of stories set in my Magic University universe, some written by me, many written by other authors and fanfic writers whom I invited to come play in my sandbox. The stories are very erotic and very magical, covering a wide range of characters and sexualities!

And it was your votes that determined who will be on the cover of not only this book but the fourth and final novel in the series, as well! You voted for Master Brandish to appear on the cover of The Poet and the Prophecy, which will wrap up the series in September, and the second place vote, for Damiana Pendragon, we decided to put on the anthology!

Art and giveaway under the cut!

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Incubus-Angel-200x300Today I guestblogged over at the site of Jana Richards as part of my blog tour for The Incubus and the Angel.

My topic is “Consent it Sexy.”

“I think consent is sexy. One of the things that turns me on the most, both in a lover in my real life and in the books I like to read and write, is communication between partners. Consent is about negotiating likes, wants, needs, and boundaries between lovers. Finding out how the key fits into the lock, the magic fit between the two main characters, is the key to any romance novel and I love to see how people get there,” I wrote.

Of course the lack of consent in some romance novels is one of the reasons some criticize the genre and fear it is harmful to women. I point out in the blog post that fantasies about being ravished or “overwhelmed by unstoppable male desire” are valid fantasies to have. Readers do understand the difference between fantasy and reality.

In The Incubus and the Angel I make that force of “unstoppable male desire” an actual magical force that has real consequences in the world, though! And therein lies the central idea of “the incubus” that brings erotic dreams in the night.

Read the whole essay here: http://janarichards.blogspot.com/2015/04/consent-is-sexy-by-cecilia-tan.html

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You know how Amazon pages always give you a strip of suggestions that says “Customers Who Bought {this thing} also bought:” ?

Here’s the strip that is appearing on the newly launched page for The Incubus and the Angel! It’s very good that it lists the other two books in the Magic University series, but its the other books that have me so curious! The other books are a few by Terry Pratchett, and the latest from Max Gladstone! Max and I cross paths a lot in science fiction circles: we competed in the same Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition and this very book of his listed on Amazon is in my to-be-read pile right now!

And Marie Brennan’s “A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” looks like it needs to be added to my TBR pile, too. I guess my readers have good taste!

It’s nice to be in good company.

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Today is launch day for The Incubus and the Angel, book 3 in the Magic University series, and as part of the celebration, Riverdale Avenue Books is giving away copies of all three Magic U books available to this point! The giveaways are on Goodreads:
The Siren and the Sword: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/133178
The Tower and the Tears: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/133179
The Incubus and the Angel: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/133212

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Widgets below the cut!

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Incubus-Angel-200x300It’s launch day for the new edition of THE INCUBUS AND THE ANGEL: Book Three in the Magic University Series! I’m so pleased once again to have brand new cover art from the fantastic Fox Estacado Arts.

The ebook, audiobook, and paperback editions should all be live now from all your favorite online retailers, and your favorite local booksellers should be able to order copies if they don’t have it in stock!
Print ISBN: 978-1-62601-121-2 • Paperback $16.99
Digital ISBN: 978-1-62601-122-9 • Ebook $6.99

AmazonSmashwordsB&NAllRomance ebooksiTunes • Indiebound (forthcoming once bookstores start carrying the book)

Under the cut, an excerpt from the book and a large size version of the cover:

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Okay, folks, with the release of The Incubus and the Angel (Book 3) forthcoming on April 8, it’s time to figure out who should go on the cover of book 4 in the Magic University Series: The Poet and the Prophecy.

A couple of things to consider:

This far the covers have shown:
Kyle: the main character of the whole series
Frost: Kyle’s main antagonist
Alex: Kyle’s best friend

Should we consider repeating Kyle, who is the main character of the whole series of course, to finish the set?

All the characters shown so far are male. I realize that masculinity and male sexual power are central themes of this series so I’m not against having all male characters appear, but the question of diversity is worth asking. Is it time for a female character?

Another thought is that we will also be doing the a new cover for the anthology of MU short stories, Spellbinding, so whoever doesn’t end up on this book could end up on that one. :-)

I’ve restricted the choices to people who have reasonably significant roles to play in the book. (Caitlyn Speyer, for example, already graduated so she can’t be on this book. And some of the new characters here are fun, like Persy and Vish and Indra, but they don’t get much screen time…)

Comments welcome and please vote in the poll! (Click to go to poll if embedded on doesn’t show up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5RF9FFY)

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I’m super excited to share this new gorgeous cover with you all! The incredible skill and talent of Fox Estacado Arts just blows me away. So here we have book three of the new editions of the Magic University series: The Incubus and the Angel.

The subject of the cover this time is Kyle’s best friend Alex. This is the book that is the most about friendship, ultimately, as not only is Alex’s support crucial to Kyle, but the “friends with benefits” relationship Kyle strikes up to aid Lindy with her magical difficulties blossoms into something special, too.

You can preorder the ebook right now at Amazon (Kindle format) or at Smashwords (epub format), and on April 8 audio and paperback editions will also go live!

This post is also where you can sign up to help me spread the word about the book! If you join my Thunderclap campaign (by linking your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr here: http://thndr.it/1E5FO36) I will thank you with either an erotic story via email or a Magic U sticker (your choice). You can also sign up below to review the book on Amazon or Goodreads, or to host me for a blog tour April 8-16th?

Details, and the cover art of course, below the cut!

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(Since a bunch of you are diving into the Magic U. books, here's a non-spoilery fanfic I wrote about Kyle (our hero, you've seen him on the blue book cover), traipsing around the country alone one summer. I posted it to A03 (here) or you can read it below the cut.)

Title: Lakeside Encounter
Fandom: Magic University
Pairing: Kyle/original male character
Rating: NC-17
Summary: I would have called this "What I Did Last Summer" except people would get confused what fandom it was... After his second year at Veritas, the magical university hidden inside Harvard, Kyle goes out to explore the world a bit. He's not sure what he expected to find. (P.S. When Kyle says he's not into guys, he's lying.)

Author's Note: I know, I know, since I'm actually the author of the Magic University canon, this story could be taken as canon. But I still think of it as fanfic (i.e. outside the canon) because the events in this story are not referenced in the books. I'm fairly sure Kyle had quite a few summer adventures I still don't know about...! FYI, yes, Harvard has Houses just like Hogwarts.

LAKESIDE ENCOUNTER

Kyle hadn't expected to meet magical people here.

When he'd decided to go backpacking around for the summer, he'd decided to leave behind all the talk of prophecies for a while and go somewhere the Tower was far from visible. He'd always wanted to go to New Orleans, but there was a sizable magical community there, and the whole point was to get away.

So he went west, and somewhere not quite to Chicago got sidetracked, and he ended up at campground adjacent to a state park on Lake Michigan. By now he had a solo pop-up tent he could carry easily in his pack, and although he'd forsaken Esoteric Arts as a field of study, he knew enough to be able to keep warm all night long no matter how chilly the night air was, so long as he was somewhere private enough to touch himself. Hence the tent.

But other than that, and the occasional application of his knack for saying the right thing to bring opportunities his way, he didn't do magic. He did write in his journal, scraps of poems and sights and thoughts, philosophies and words and sometimes rhymes that caught his ear. He hitchhiked from place to place and began to realize just how large the country was, and just how small the magical population.

But there he was, sitting on a sand dune and watching the sun set over the lake with his journal on his lap, when he felt the flare of magic nearby. Below him, closer to the waterline, was a group of people gathering around a campfire. Someone had just lit it with magic, he was sure of it. Read more... )
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MU1_new_cover_100x150My publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books, says The Siren and the Sword (book one of the Magic University series) is on sale today for only 99 cents! It’s at the sale price on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble!

So if you’ve been meaning to start this series, here’s your chance to get started for under a buck. The sale is supposed to run for 24 hours and then it’ll go back to regular price of $6.99.

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Tower-and-Tears_Amazon_200I. AM. EXCITE.

Riverdale Avenue Books is re-releasing my new adult paranormal series, Magic University, in brand new editions, with new completely new cover art. The books are coming out in ebook, paperback, and audiobook and book two in the series will go live the week of January 20th!

If you’d like to help me spread the word about the new book, please please join my Thunderclap by linking your twitter, facebook, or tumblr to the announcement which will go off once and only once on January 20th! Join up here: http://thndr.it/1Iqehwe

Pre-orders for the ebook can be made on Amazon right here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RW7SERU

For my fandom followers, this is the series that is my answer to Harry Potter. It’s a university where sex magic is the most powerful subject and that means our hero Kyle can’t exactly ignore his sexuality (or his bisexuality) when he’s trying to save the world.

This cover depicts Timothy Frost, Kyle’s nemesis.

And now, the fantastic and amazing art! Click on the thumbnail to see it full size (or just look under the cut):

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**Deadline is passed! Thank you all for playing! I’ll plan to make this offer again in a few months!**

The fanfic roots of my Magic University series are pretty clear, I think: who in Harry Potter fandom didn’t wonder what college would be like for wizards and witches? Although I have all original characters and an original magical system, the MU books are by a fan (me), for fans (*waves to LJ flist*), and happen to be liked by lots of other readers, too.

One of the most exciting and important developments during my time in HP fandom has been the creation and growth of the OTW: Organization for Transformative Works. If you’re not familiar with the OTW, you should be. The OTW, plain and simple, fights for the rights of fans to create fanworks. They are a bastion against the mishandling and misconduct that corporations and literary estates are prone to as they overreach on what copyright entitles them to. (Did you see that the Doyle estate finally was forced to accept that Holmes and Watson are in the public domain?)

And fanworks are in the news a lot these days (you might have noticed that 50 SHADES OF GREY, which began life as a fanfic, turned the publishing industry completely inside out last year, while AFTER, a One Direction fic from Wattpad, sold to a NYC publisher for six figures…). I believe that as corporations realize there is money to be made and material to be exploited, the right of fans to create transformative works is one that will need to be defended even more zealously than it was when they were just calling us “pirates” and “molesters” for doing it.

The OTW also operates The Archive of Our Own, a fanworks and fanfic archive. Anyone who has ever had a fanwork TOS’d or DMCA’d off a site like YouTube or Livejournal knows the value in having an online repository that is owned by us, not by some tech company.

I’ve been a paying member of the OTW for years. This year I decided to go a step further, and with the blessing of the OTW’s membership and development folks, I cooked up the following plan.

**Deadline is passed! Thank you all for playing! I’ll plan to make this offer again in a few months!**

Join the OTW or renew your membership for $10 or more before 12 noon eastern time tomorrow and I will give you a free ebook copy of THE SIREN AND THE SWORD, the first of the books in the Magic University series. AND, the first five people who respond with a donation of $25 or more will get either a signed copy of the book in paperback OR a free audiobook download from Audible.com! Your choice!

To participate, go to the OTW website (http://transformativeworks.org/support-otw), go through the Paypal button there to process your donation via credit card or from a Paypal account. Then forward your Paypal receipt, which you should get in email, to me at ctan.writer @ gmail dot com. That’s it! I’ll reply with your reward!

Please feel free to spread this offer around to anyone you know who might enjoy a magical new adult erotic romance, or who might enjoy supporting the rights of fans to create fanworks, or ideally both. :-)

Remember! Deadline is tomorrow, Friday November 21st at 12 noon! (Eastern US time!)
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I guest blogged this time at the online home of Catherine Lundoff, award-winning author of fantasy and alternative sexuality books like A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories and Silver Moon, and editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories and co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic.

The topic I decided to tackle: equality of gender representation.

I wrote about how for me it started with the world-building and things I did in my magical system to balance gender roles: “Many real-life sacred and magical systems create special roles for women (i.e. “Earth mother”) while fiction and literature as a whole tend to give male characters agency but not always female ones. While I made it that some things are easier [in my magic system] if one is biologically equipped in certain ways, it’s not a requirement–i.e. if your sex spell requires a phallus for ritual purposes, no one said it had to be a biological one.”

But what about the question of gender-balancing in the cast? My main character is male, after all…

MU1_new_cover_100x150I wrote: “Geena Davis founded a think tank in Hollywood to study representation of female characters and they found that in crowd scenes there would only be 17% women. Another study showed that in real-life groups of people if there were 17% women and you asked the men how many there were, they would say the group was 50/50. Whereas if you had 33% women, they would say there was a majority of women. They also found that 17% of cardiac surgeons and tenured professors were women. “Is it possible that 17 percent women has become so comfortable, and so normal, that that’s just sort of unconsciously expected?” Davis on NPR. (http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=197390707) When I heard that I panicked. I had been striving for racial and ethnic diversity among the characters, but I couldn’t remember what the gender balance was. Might I have unconsciously shorted the women’s ranks?”

Go on over to Catherine’s blog to see the results and please leave a comment there if you found the essay thought-provoking!

Gender Equality at Magic University

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MU1_new_cover_100x150It’s Halloween time, and Day of the Dead, and the time when magic is strongest, at least that’s what I wrote in the Magic University books! In honor of the brand new edition of The Siren and the Sword (book one) coming out, I thought I would treat you all to a sweet excerpt!

Kyle has arrived at Harvard to discover he’s magical and belongs in the hidden magical university on the campus. Thrust suddenly into a curriculum he’s never studied before, Kyle finds some subjects more challenging than others. But here’s his girlfriend Jess to help him study…

(Scene after the cut! I did say NSFW, right?)

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The Poet & The Prophecy full sizeBy the time you read this I will probably be on my way to Balticon for the weekend, but I just got the news that WOW! YES! not only are the first annual awards for bisexual writers and books happening NEXT week (Sunday June 2, 6:30 pm at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC) but I have two nominations! One of my books is a finalist, and I’m a finalist myself!

Details:

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MISTI-Con asked all the literary guests to answer 5 interview questions and they said instead of answering in email, we could video reply. So I did!

As part of MISTI-Con‘s slate of literary guests, Cecilia Tan will be speaking on panels, reading from her work, and autographing books at the con! In this video she talks about what she found so inspiring about the Harry Potter books and Harry Potter fandom, gets into her Hogwarts robe and tie, and discusses how the freedom to be a fan is important to her life as a professional fiction writer.

Among the many topics: the desire to create original fiction that is as addictive and delivers the same emotional “kick” as fan fiction, how Draco Malfoy took over her life, incredible and amazing things her fans have done for her, and what she’s looking forward to the most about MISTI-Con!

A Few Short Excerpts (in text, not video):

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So, Deb Atwood (aka Tryslora on LJ, DW, etc…), a terrific writer and one of my beta-readers on the Magic University books, wrote a crossover fanfic story in which Alex from MagicU meets up with Random from Roger Zelazny’s Amber books. Zelazny was one of my early and persistent influences on my writing, and I’ve re-read the Amber series more times than I can count. (And maybe it isn’t a coincidence my life-partner of 20 years is named corwin…)

Anyway! How awesome. Yes, I do allow fanfic in my universe. Especially when it’s this good. The one warning is if you haven’t read Book 4 of MagicU yet, this has spoilers in it. It’s a smart little fic, and not-smutty:

Of Chance and Kings (1601 words) by favicontryslora
Fandom: Magic University – Cecilia Tan, Chronicles of Amber – Roger Zelazny
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Random son of Paulette, Random, Alex Kimble
Summary:

Random and Alex, chance and luck, cards and beer and strange smokes. Nothing more than that.

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I just realized I tweeted this, and linked it on Facebook, but I never actually did a blog post saying Magic University: The Poet and the Prophecy is AVAILABLE! My last blog post was about how the ebook had been delayed! Well, delay over, and the propagation of the ebook is underway. It is currently live on the following sites:
The Poet & The Prophecy cover

  • Amazon Kindle
  • All Romance eBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nookstore
  • Ravenous Romance
  • Presumably the iBookstore, Android ebookstore, Google ebooks, Kobo, and Smashwords are still forthcoming.

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    The Poet & The Prophecy small This is the second “teaser” chapter I’ve posted. The first one, if you missed it, is here: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/?p=677

    Here’s another… in which Kyle finds himself standing outside the Boston Eagle, an infamous gay bar in town.

    (The book should be going live most places on Thursday or Friday!)

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