Jane Eyre? Jane Austen? No, it’s the girls from The Second Mango, Regency-style!

The f/f backstory in The Second Mango, done up as a Regency romance AU by Becca Schauer. So, here we have a grand estate, in which the sickly daughter of the house is falling in love with the cook who’s helping her figure out which foods she can eat safely.

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Aviva is the cook, and that’s Shulamit there on the left, watching her.

(And everyone is still Jewish. There was a historical Jewish presence in London!)

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The baby princess with two moms

Happy Mother’s Day this weekend from the two-mom family in A Harvest of Ripe Figs, a fantasy novel that shows that happily ever after doesn’t mean the end of the adventures, and that there are different ways to be a mother.

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Picture by puhshsquared.

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Zayde Wizard

Isaac – official palace wizard, Ashkenazi dreamboat, and surrogate father to the queen – singing Yiddish lullabies to her baby, Princess Naomi. Characters from A Harvest of Ripe Figs drawn by misselaney.
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The adventures of Princess Naomi and her Zayde Dragon

Princess Naomi is very lucky. She has two moms who love her very much, one of whom is queen of the whole kingdom! She’s also got a dragon who looks after her.

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Princess Naomi, her mothers, and the dragon are all characters from the Mangoverse novel series, published by Prizm Books. Their story begins in The Second Mango, with Queen Shulamit figuring out how to be a queen at age twenty, and looking for family, love, and her own strength. It continues in Climbing the Date Palm, as she and her partner wonder how two girls are ever going to come up with a royal heir–but maybe magic can help? And in A Harvest of Ripe Figs, Queen Shulamit shows that even with the baby princess strapped to her chest she’s able to solve mysteries and protect her subjects from crime.

This artwork is the work of Yeaka; scenarios and dialogue by Shira Glassman. “Zayde” is grandpa in Yiddish.

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Tzuriel ben Kofi, dealer of musical wares (and friendly teddy bear)

Tzuriel, the traveling musical instrument salesman from A Harvest of Ripe Figs. His shop is full of goodies from all over the world, including some he built himself. He can play everything in the shop, at least rudimentarily, but his favorite is the dulcimer.

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He seems nice, almost too nice… and violin star Esther’s not sure if she can trust herself around him, especially given that she already has a boyfriend.

Art by Becca Schauer.

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Royalties from A Harvest of Ripe Figs to be donated to trans charities until July

In honor of Micah and all the real kids like him, ALL royalties for this novel until March JULY 31 will be donated to Casa Ruby and Trans Life Line, so signal boosting is appreciated.

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Micah, the AFAB trans street kid, jamming with the queen’s bodyguard Rivka in an alleyway at midnight on Shabbat in a scene from  A Harvest of Ripe Figs. Illustration by Becca Schauer; book also available from Amazon.

Note for people looking for non-tragic trans representation: his subplot has a happy ending.

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Climbing the Date Palm advances to the finals!

Very proud that Climbing the Date Palm has made it to the finals of this year’s Bisexual Book Awards for both romance and fantasy! It’s a fairy tale about labor rights; it’s a story about family-of-choice and food and justice. Oh, and a dragon. Definitely a dragon.

Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can’t find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.

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