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This is the time of Advent. I am learning it is all about faith, peace, joy, and Love. Let’s hold to these spiritual qualities, as we travel through the next couple of months. A new dawn looms on the horizon for all of us. Enjoy the many services at our profile link. Namaste! 🎉🌙🌅🎶🎹🎀🎉 #authorsofinstagram #amwriting #authorssupportingauthors #artistsoninstagram #amreading #author #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookish #booksofinstagram #bookshelf #booksbooksbooks #booklover #bookworm #bookblogger #beautifulbooks #bibliophile #booknerd #mindfulness #mentalhealth #motivationalquotes #spiritualbooks #selfpromotesunday #spiritualjourney #indiereads #indiebookstore #unityindiversity #unitychurch (at Unity Church of Medford)

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Jamie & Danielle Q&A part 2:

Can you share which months have been difficult to choose books (and what the alternative choices would have been if you didn’t go with the one you did)?
Every month! Seriously. June was probably the hardest. We almost chose Cemetery Boys, but it ended up getting pushed back. I (Jamie) was also very interested in Addie LaRue, but knew a lot of other boxes would already be doing special editions. We want to always choose the book we find to be the best in our opinions, and have a wide variety of genres, and the balance can sometimes be hard. Speaking of difficult, next March there are SO MANY books we are loving! Drop your most anticipated early March (or late Feb) 2021 releases in the comments! Maybe it’ll help us decide!

Who are some of your OTPs/fandoms?
Jamie: I am and will always be a Pynch stan. I am still looking for a wlw couple that I feel that strongly about, but it would probably also have to be magical realism AND they’d have to be obsessed with each other, and I just haven’t found a book that fits that bill (any suggestions?). I have the feeling that the couple from The Dark Tide MIGHT be one of my future favorites! Girls are just so gorgeous together, regardless!! Fandoms I follow otherwise: The Locked Tomb, The Last Sun, Heartstopper, Green Creek. I used to be a big HxH fan and Nana fan (the mangas), but the authors sort of gave up on publishing their series so my interest has waned. I actually really love anime, but lately it’s been harder and harder to find something I am passionate about. The last big loves I can think of were Yuri on Ice and Space Brothers.

Danielle: if we’re talking about books my otp is also Pynch. That is how Jamie and I met after all. But I also adore Kelly from Green Creek and although not a romantic pairing, his relationship with his brother Carter just makes me cry with how intense and beautiful it is. My favorite fandoms to interact with outside of TRC are usually in manga/anime. My two favs are My Hero Academia and Haikyuu. I also love Yuri on Ice, Given, and Noragami. I’m constantly looking for new anime to watch so send suggestions!!!

Thank you @ [IG] rainbowreads26 for the photo of our tSoU socks from our very first box!

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Jamie & Danielle Q&A part 1:

What are some fandoms and items you can’t wait to include in a box?

Jamie: I definitely want to do ceramic book pots, blankets, and book sleeves, but we need to triple the amount of subscribers before we will be able to do them! I’d like to do more Ronan and Adam items and Gideon items. Some fandoms we haven’t done yet that I would definitely like to do: The City We Became, Conventionally Yours, The Infinite Noise, I Hear The Sunspot, Girl Serpent Thorn, Her Royal Highness, Gentleman Jack, Pretty Little Liars, and Killing Eve all come to mind, but they have to fit the theme!

Danielle: I’m always looking for ways to sneak manga and smaller fandoms into our boxes. I’d love, love to include Given and I Hear the Sunspot. I recently finished the podcast The Bright Sessions and would love to include an item based on that. One of my favorite fandoms is being included in the January box. Can’t really say more than that! My favorite items and fandoms to include are ones where we get to discuss with the author some. Those are always the funnest in my opinion. As far as what items I’d like to include, I’m not really sure. I generally don’t know what I want to include until I know the fandom I’m looking for and what the theme of the box is. I do a lot of scrolling through vendors and favoriting for later use. Recently I’ve been looking at bentos and pop up laundry hampers…So I guess those for now lol.

Maybe some more hints about 2021 stuff / special boxes?

We have a much-requested Ace box coming early next year! The Foxhole Court is going to be the magnet fandom in an early 2021 box, too. We have been considering some special edition boxes as well (maybe mini-boxes?), but we can’t really spill the beans on those until we have anything locked down! Remember, we’re still a new company! We haven’t even been actively in business half a year yet, so we need to build up the revenue to pay staff to help with more products! ;)

Thank you to IG - awildbooknerdappeared for this gorgeous photo of the The Last Sun keychain from our July box! (there’s a hidden message in the runes!)

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This was okay. I didn’t like the fact that she was bought for a million dollars for one night with this guy. I think I know what’s going to happen in the rest of the series but since this was only average I don’t know if I’ll continue with the series.

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This is the time of Advent. I am learning it is all about faith, peace, joy, and Love. Let’s hold to these spiritual qualities, as we travel through the next couple of months. A new dawn looms on the horizon for all of us. Enjoy the many services at our profile link. Namaste! 🎉🌙🌅🎶🎹🎀🎉 #authorsofinstagram #amwriting #authorssupportingauthors #artistsoninstagram #amreading #author #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookish #booksofinstagram #bookshelf #booksbooksbooks #booklover #bookworm #bookblogger #beautifulbooks #bibliophile #booknerd #mindfulness #mentalhealth #motivationalquotes #spiritualbooks #selfpromotesunday #spiritualjourney #indiereads #indiebookstore #unityindiversity #unitychurch (at Unity Church of Medford)

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Today, we’re introducing Kate, aka @ace-artemis-fanartist, who does the art on the back of our spoiler card each month!

- Short bio
Hi, I’m Kate she/her asexual, I work for a small jewelry store as a bench jeweler. In my free time I love hiking, cooking, annoying my cat; Tillie (Matilda), reading and drawing book characters that I love. I am a self-taught illustrator, my social media name is Ace Artemis.

- Favorite books/queer books
All of my favorites are queer fantasy: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), Prisoner (Megan Derr), Dance in the Dark (Megan Derr), Witchmark (CL Polk), The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley), The Champion of the Scarlet Wolf (Ginn Hale).

- Favorite fandoms/OTPs
I have a weakness for small book fandoms and therefore I have many unknown ships.

Fandoms: The Raven Cycle, Carry On, Parasol Protectorate, The Tarot Sequence, Magnus Chase, PJO/HOO, Whyborne & Griffin, Nightrunner, Witchmark, The Diviners, In Other Lands, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Discworld, Young Avengers

OTPs: Werewolf Husbands (Parasol Protectorate), Pynch (The Raven Cycle), Solangelo (PJO), Fierrochase (MCGA), Prim/Tash (Custard Protocol ), Mori/Thaniel (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street), Whyborne/Griffin & Maggie/Persephone (Widdershins), Billy/Teddy (Young Avengers)

- How did you get involved with Rainbow Crate?
I saw Jamie and Danielle’s call for artists on Twitter at the beginning of quarantine back in March, and after doing research about them and what they were looking for, I reached out to RC believing that since I am strictly a book fanartist who has read and drawn for a ton of queer books we could be a fun team. I’ve been having a blast working with them since.

- What was your favorite book of 2020?
This was a tie between Wild Sky by Zaya Feli and The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley. Both beautifully rewritten mlm fantasies by two authors that have quickly become an auto buy for me. They did not disappoint.

- What’s your favorite art you made for the box?          
That one is tough, because each of the illustrations I’ve made for RC have been very special to me, and I’ve tried to convey the tone/spirit of the stories in each one. Probably October’s “The Magic Fish”, I enjoyed putting elements of the graphic novel into my own style and loved how it turned out.

- If you could spend the day with one fictional character, who would you choose?
Biffy from the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. He seems like a lot of fun to be around and a very solid friend to have. I’d love to talk to him about his experience as a werewolf and his love for Victorian fashion and his boyfriend/mate, Professor Lyall.

- What was the first queer novel each of you read, and what was your reaction to it?
While I did read a few queer webcomics when I was 18 I didn’t know about any queer books until I was 20. My first ones were The Bastard Prince and The Missing Butterfly both by Megan Derr. They were paperbacks my friend lent to me for a road trip and I DEVOURED them, I loved the idea of fantasy worlds that were queer accepting and being queer was not the main plot point. I bought all of the author’s books that summer, and Derr is still one of my favorite queer fantasy writers to this day.

- Do you design months in advance, or month of? What’s your timeline from concept to complete design?
I read and illustrate about two or three months before you cuties get the boxes. I don’t believe I do my best under pressure so I make sure to give myself plenty of time to work on the spoiler cards as early as I can. I make notes and bookmarks while I read, and choose 2-3 ideas for the spoiler card to run across Jamie and Danielle. After choosing one I start planning and drawing. I like to have a singular focus in each piece. For example, August’s “The Dark Tide” is all about conveying the mood with a bit of longing. November’s “Here the Whole Time” is about the warmth through color palette. While December’s “The Good Girls” presents a chillier feel yet at the same time, showing an undercurrent of solidarity.

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Grendel (Beowulf)- What book has made you angry?

Jabberwocky (Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll)- What is your favorite fairy tale?

Fafnir (Volsunga Saga)- What is the closest thing to a collection you have?

Smaug (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)- Do you share your books and lend them out or keep them with you?

Bryagh (The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson)- What 5 books have influenced who you are? Please write a sentence or two explaining. 

Falkor (The Neverending Story by Michael Ende)- Have you ever considered a miracle to have happened to you?

Kazul (Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede)- What is your favorite dish to cook? 

Drogon (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)- What book had the best plot twist? No spoilers, though. 

Firedrake (Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke)- What is the best place you have traveled. 

Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell)- Do you have a skill or hobby you are proud of?

Saphira (Eragon by Christopher Paolini)- Do you have siblings?

Temeraire (His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik)- Which famous dead person would you invite over for dinner?

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30/11/20 ~ How has your November been?

Mine has been all over the place, there really has been a lot happening this month but I think I’m slowly getting it all under control. It’s little things like my favourite sandwich and my favourite author that keep my going some days 💕 (ft. My sailor moon sketches)

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Ok, so no disrespect to Agatha and friends but like…did they ever think about the lives of the citizens who didn’t go to their elite school. The cause Rhian was trying to accomplish? That everyone deserved an equal chance at glory?

I mean, even though by being in an elite school they’ll obviously be getting more privileges, but in this society, it’s like you either go into the most elite school in the woods or you’re stuck cleaning the shoes of some noble snuck up for the rest of your days…

It makes me think if sophie and rhian could have made the woods a better place…

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❝ Keep your knife where you can reach it. Never, ever owe anyone anything. Nothing is free. Always construct a lie from a truth. Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.❞

What the what?

Holy shit, this was phenomenal!

It was exactly what I wanted. Starting from the breathtaking cover (seriously look at that fucking cover! Hands down one of the best of 2020!), feminist YA fantasy storyline, LGBTQIA representation, badass pirates, adventure with a touch of action in the high seas and let’s not forget the well-considered controlled pacing romance between West and Fable that wasn’t rushed nor forced—It was damn near unputdownable!

Besides the epic adventure the author takes readers on, what I enjoyed the most was the authors writing. The author’s writing has improved drastically since ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ and dare I say, the ‘Fable’ series is her best work yet. She was able to captivate me far more with the main characters than imaginable and what led the Marigold crew to cross paths, well paced plot, remarkable supporting characters whose backstories I hope is further explored in the 'Namesake’ including Fable’s parents Saint and Isolde, the strong friendships and broken families ties. And that cliffhanger though! Take notes authors because that’s how you get readers amped for the sequel.

I seriously can’t remember the last time I raved so wholeheartedly for a young adult fantasy novel. I thought for a second I was in a rut but hell to the naw! ‘Fable’ resurrected me from the slump grave and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat eager to get my hands on the next installment, ‘Namesake’ because it’s going to blow everything else out the water.

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There is power and amazing energy here. It’s important to find effective ways to release negativity. That’s why Rev. Susan and I wrote “Reflections: A Journey to God.” You might want to check out the “Look Inside” feature @amazonbooks. Hope, positive power, and inspiration are waiting for you to enjoy! Or peruse the samples at our profile link. 🌅📚🌅 #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorssupportingauthors #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #bookworm #bookish #booklover #books #bookaddict #booknerd #beautifulbooks #bookshelf #booksofinstagram #inspiration #indieauthor #indiebookstore #indiereads #spiritualbooks #reading #recovery #writersofinstagram #selfpromote #selfpromotesunday #ocean #newthoughts (at Gary Eby Author)

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HEY, HEY, HEY! exciting Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal. You can get Fom Suicide Kit to Liberating Liberty my coming of age ebook on sale for only $1.99. The ebook has dropped tremendously from $9.99 to $4.99 and now the exciting deal of only $1.99. 

You can also get signed hard copies to purchase from my website at If you’re feeling adventurous and prefer to go in store you can get copies at Glad Day bookshop downtown Toronto. 

The exciting DEAL is on the ebook from November 27 (Black Friday) through November 30 (Cyber Monday). 

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