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Jul. 22nd, 2012

The Scarlet Letter - Issue Two

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The Scarlet Letter - Issue Two - Out now!

This issue we introduce Podcasts, with me being the first victim.
Digi-Me interviews Tyler Curtis from The Curtis Reincarnation (With Graphics)
Scarlet eCards is up and running
We have guest blogs from Rae Gee, Michele L. Montgomery, GL Roberts, and Yours Truly
Two Competitions to win Free Books
.... and more!


Jul. 1st, 2012

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter is a new GLBT online magazine run by myself and Michele L. Montgomery.  We plan to offer readers a variety of articles, interviews, reviews, new book releases, links to author pages, etc.  Issue one is currently in the process of being put together and we’re looking for contributions from authors.

Do you have a new release you’d like to promote?  Would you like to take part in an author interview?  Have any articles/blog posts you’d like to share?  Short free fiction?  If so, send me an email at zathynpriest@yahoo.com.au with an expression of interest.  Authors who contribute to The Scarlet Letter will then have their homepage/blog added to the Blogroll.

Please be aware that although we do accept book reviews, negative reviews will not be featured on the magazine as it’s not geared toward emulating a review site.  We only publish recommendations on The Scarlet Letter.

If you have something else you think readers would be interested to see included in the magazine, suggestions are also welcomed.


Jun. 14th, 2012

About Scarlet Tie Books…


When I decided to move into graphic (illustrated) fiction I faced a major stumbling block.  There were no publishers of GLBT contemporary fiction who published graphic novels.  This meant I either had to relinquish the digital rights to my books and not publish graphic eBooks, or I had to self-publish to retain those digital rights.  For authors/artists of illustrated GLBT fiction there is a major problem in finding a publisher willing to take graphic submissions.  As far as I know, there is only one and their focus is on science fiction.

This was the basis for my decision to register the business name ‘Scarlet Tie Books’ so I could purchase ISBN numbers under that name. I had a few books near the end of their contract with Torquere Press and, when I re-released them, I wanted a specific label on the books.  Especially on the print versions.  This was also the case for providing ISBN numbers for any new work I wanted to publish. Therefore, Scarlet Tie Books was originally a private label intended for my use.

To clear up any confusion the owner of Scarlet Tie Books is listed under another name.  My real name.  To have listed the owner as Zathyn Priest would be fraudulent as it is a writing pseudonym. To be perfectly honest, I would much rather my real name wasn’t public knowledge, however I am not prepared to make a fraudulent claim on the website.

Only after I registered the business for my personal use did I consider offering an avenue of publication for other writer/artists who haven’t been able to find representation for GLBT graphic fiction anywhere else.  I was then asked by a few other writer friends if I would consider their submissions for the Scarlet Tie Books label.  I thought about this for a while and decided, yes, I will open the doors to other writers.  There was/is a gap in the market and I felt I could help close it.

Scarlet Tie is completely funded by me.  Those helping me with it are doing so on a voluntary basis. Any author who may wish to be published under the label will never be asked to part with money.  This venture will remain a small press as my aim is not to amass a large author list but to provide a positive experience for authors and for readers. I do not have misguided dreams of becoming a publishing mogul.  That is not my purpose with Scarlet Tie Books and never will be.

I have been a writer in the m/m fiction genre since 2008. Prior to that time I worked as a manuscript appraiser for two years before deciding to concentrate solely on my own writing. I believe my reputation speaks for itself both as an author and as an individual. I have always strived to show respect to other writers, to my readers, and to people in general. I work hard, I’m a perfectionist, and I love what I do.

Scarlet Tie Books is open for submissions to any author who may be interested. I am not advertising the website anywhere, I am not pushing for submissions, and I have decided to not actively recruit authors.  There will be a forum and chat room open for people to join, and I will talk about that side of Scarlet Tie in the near future, but it is a community place for those who enjoy GLBT fiction to socialise and not a place to advertise publishing.

The bottom line is this:

* Scarlet Tie Books was born to provide me with a label to publish my graphic fiction.  It was then opened up to few author friends as an avenue to publish their fiction.  It is now open to any writer who may want to submit a manuscript for consideration.

* It is fully funded by me.

* It is intended to remain a small press.

* Any author published with the Scarlet Tie Books label will retain the right to remove their book/s from the catalogue at any time and go elsewhere if they so wish.

* I am not actively advertising for submissions to Scarlet Tie Books.  The website is there for information purposes should people wish to take a look.

* I am offering the Scarlet Tie Books label to authors who may want to join us and not pressuring those who don’t.

* And lastly – This is the first and final time I will discuss the matter on my Blogs under my writing pseudonym.  Any questions or inquiries can be emailed to me via the contact details on the Scarlet Tie Books website.  My goal with Scarlet Tie is to assist writers who may not be able to find representation elsewhere.  For ex: Graphic fiction.  This assistance is not being forced upon anyone and is there as another publication option.

I’m going to leave the explanation there and, as I said, won’t mention it on my Blogs again.

Jun. 10th, 2012


LIQUID GLASS by Zathyn Priest
Re-Release: Scarlet Tie Books
Paranormal Gay Fiction Novel
Winner of Affaire de Coeur magazine’s best GLBT novel for 2011
Available Soon in Print

Lillyport House was one of Britain’s most haunted residences. Originally home to Viscount Eldon Davenport, one of history’s most controversial poets, the house was sold by Davenport’s parents after he was found dead of a gunshot to the head, the pistol that killed him in his hand.

Reclusive painter Cameron McKenzie is the latest owner of Lillyport, and he doesn’t believe in ghosts, at least not until he accidentally raises Eldon from the dead.

Enter parapsychologist Malcolm and psychic Trudy, each with their own agendas. Malcolm wishes to sever the link between Cameron and Eldon, while Trudy is attempting to keep them together. Will she be able to unravel Lillyport’s secrets or does the answer to Eldon’s survival depend on Cameron, a painting, and a guilt-ridden 19th century stable boy?

Also Available from Smashwords

May. 31st, 2012


If you'd like the chance to win a copy of my new novella, The Statue, wander over to Friskbiskit, leave a comment, and you'll go into the draw! Good Luck!


May. 30th, 2012

Guest Blog

I'm a guest over on Friskbiskit today talking about my new novella, The Statue. Wander on over and say hi! :^)

May. 24th, 2012

New Release - The Statue

by Zathyn Priest
Gay Lit Novella
$2.99 USD
Available Soon in Print for $7.95

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my novella, The Statue.  I’ve even more thrilled it’s first review received 5+ from To2Bottom Reviews.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything new to offer readers and it feels good to finally have a new book out.

The Statue is a graphic (illustrated) novella and is bundled together with the text only version.  It will be available in print in the latter half of June.


May. 6th, 2012

New Release - The Statue

It’s been a long time – two years to be exact – since I’ve had a new release.  The Statue is novella length Gay Lit and project I started a while ago and then shelved when I took a break from writing.  It’s a story that had been in my mind for many years and now I can announce the release date for May 24th.

I’ll take this opportunity to clearly point out The Statue is not erotic fiction in the same way The Slayer’s Apprentice is not erotic fiction.  I don’t want anyone buying the book only to be disappointed when they realise this.  However, those of you who read my books probably already know erotic content is not a high priority for me. 

Thank you to everyone who’s patiently waited for me to release something new and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support throughout the two year dry spell.

The Statue – Novella – $3.99
Available in both plain text version and graphic version.
Genre: Contemporary Gay Lit
Release Date: May 24th 2012


Freelance journalist, Tristan Church, wants to expose Galloway Mental Hospital’s dirty secrets. Teaming up with broody photographer, Mark, promises other perks.  A ten year relationship with high school sweetheart, Eli, no longer offers Tristan the excitement he craves.  Mark made his intentions clear and Tristan is close to giving in to his advances.

One morning at ‘The Gallows’ leaves Tristan reeling.  He wasn’t prepared for the hell he witnessed and certainly wasn’t prepared to meet Zane.  Disarmed by Zane’s angelic manner, Tristan can’t believe anyone would stand him up.  He soon realises the tardy boyfriend only exists in Zane’s mind and the beautiful young man is not a visitor to The Gallows but a patient.

Eli walks out and Tristan’s life falls apart.  A decision to meet with Mark almost ends in tragedy and Tristan finds solace in Zane’s company.  Before long Zane’s delusions begin terrorising him again.  While Tristan fights to save his own sanity and get Eli back, he knows someone must fight for Zane’s right to love a man no one else can see.  A man who scares away violent hallucinations, takes away Zane’s fear, keeps him safe, and is trapped inside a stone statue.

Apr. 22nd, 2012

EMRYS AMARA - Free Graphic Serial Fiction

EMRYS AMARA by Zathyn Priest

Available now on my Blog, 'Broken Pencil'

Apr. 8th, 2012

Easter Blog Hop

For a chance to win a copy of the re-released graphic (illustrated) version of Left of Centre, jump on over to my Blog for the Easter Blog Hop. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter the draw. Good Luck and Happy Easter!


For heaps more giveaways on the Blog Hop, check out this link http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/

Have a happy, safe Easter!

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