Signed Tiana Warner Bookplates Now Available

Do you want a signed copy of a Tiana Warner novel? Bookplates are stickers with an authentic author signature that you can affix to the inside of your book! It’s a great way to get a signed copy when meeting the author in person isn’t possible.

Mermaid and valkyrie themed bookplates with a hand-written signature are available now. Click the button below to place your order.

Announcing Eternally Hers, an f/f paranormal romance collection

I’m pleased to announce Eternally Hers, a sapphic romance collection by Tiana Warner, Ariel Marie, Yolanda Olson, Renee Hewett, K.L. Bone, and Isabeau Moon, launching on August 23, 2022.

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I can’t wait to share my new shapeshifter story with you! Box sets are a great way for readers to try new authors and for authors to reach new audiences. This is a limited-time digital release, so make sure you get in your preorder now!

Under a full moon, all creatures will succumb to their fate.
Eternally Hers – launching in August 2022

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Author Livestream Chats with Entangled Teen

Come say hello during a live author chat with Entangled Publishing! The next one is:

Sapphic September Entangled Author Chat

  • Date: Friday, September 24th, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. GMT
  • Where: Entangled Publishing on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook
  • Participating authors: Tiana Warner, Charlotte Anne Hamilton, Diana Pinguicha, Shae Connor, Marisa Urgo

My last livestream recording was an Entangled Teen chat with A. K. Wilder and Alyson Noël on July 23, 2021. You can watch the recording on Facebook and YouTube.

The Helheim Princess is now available for preorder! Reserve your copy

The Helheim Princess: Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to release the cover image for The Helheim Princess, the first book in my new YA LGBTQ+ Fantasy trilogy! It launches on January 4th, 2022 with Entangled Teen.

This story was a delight to write and combines a lot of fun elements: Norse mythology, valkyries and winged horses, a female-female romance, and that blessed age-old enemies-to-lovers trope.

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Ice Massacre is Awarded Best Graphic Novel 2020

Ice Massacre: The Graphic Novel has received two Sequential Magazine awards! The team has been awarded “Best Graphic Novel” and Tiana Warner has been awarded “Favourite Writer”.

Download this issue of Sequential Magazine to read an interview with Tiana Warner and April Pierce

Thank you for all of your support! You can read the comic on Tapas, get bonus content and read advance pages on Patreon, and buy Volume 1 on Amazon.

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Publishing Deal: New Valkyrie trilogy

Huge announcement! I’ve just signed a three-book contract with Entangled Publishing for my upcoming YA Fantasy trilogy. This story is based in Norse mythology and features a f/f romance between two enemy valkyries.

This is such a dream come true. I can’t wait to get these books into your hands.

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Ice Massacre Store Launch & New Promo Art

For the last few months, April Pierce and I have been releasing the Ice Massacre comic on various platforms as we create it, one page per week. It’s been exciting to see our audience growing on sites like Webtoons and Tapas. Today we’re pleased to introduce a new promo image and awesome merchandise!

Meela and Lysi – “Into Water”

More promo images are on the way! We’ll be sharing those on Patreon and social media, so be sure to follow us so you don’t miss anything. To access more bonus illustrations, videos, and behind-the-scenes content, please consider supporting the comic on Patreon. Your support will help us keep creating! Plus, our $5 Patrons can read pages more quickly than public channels.

Awesome New Merchandise

Visit our new online store, launching today, to browse all of our promo images and to order prints, mugs, shirts, notebooks, pillows, and other fun merch.

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Print Edition Update

We’re getting closer to launching the first print and Kindle issue of the graphic novel, which will comprise about 65 pages. Looking forward to sharing this with you!

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How Books Can Save The World

Reading fiction is one of the most important things you can do, and science can prove it. Here’s why a good fantasy or sci-fi has the power to make the world a better place.

I truly believe that the problems facing our world stem from a lack of compassion — prejudice, inequality, the treatment of animals and the environment, even nasty comments on social media. If everyone had more concern over others’ suffering, the world would be a better place.

Good news: science shows that reading books makes us more compassionate. Stories make us see the world through someone else’s eyes, to feel what they feel, to understand their dreams, fears, and struggles. Stories teach us empathy. Here’s some science:

  1. Fiction makes us more receptive to different thoughts and beliefs. A 2013 study showed that reading literary fiction (i.e. fiction that focuses on the character’s thoughts and feelings) made participants more likely to understand that someone else’s beliefs can be different from our own.
  2. Fiction makes us less prejudiced. A 2014 study showed that kids who read Harry Potter are more likely to recognize and reject prejudice in real life. It makes sense: look at the way Voldemort and his supporters consider pureblood wizards to be above others. Today, stories are shifting toward more diverse characters, which means we have the best opportunity ever to understand someone of a different age, race, gender, and body.
  3. Fiction makes us understand another person’s suffering. A 2011 study showed that people who read about an experience activate the same neurons as if they’re actually living it. It’s an enlightening experience to go on an epic adventure, even if it is inside your head. When we feel a character’s struggle in a story, it makes us more likely to be empathetic in real life.
  4. Fiction makes us better at social interactions. In 2018, psychologists analyzed a bunch of experiments on this topic and found that after reading just one story, people show better social cognition, i.e. the ability to understand and interact with people.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of scientific articles and studies to support the above points. I also think fiction makes us understand that change is inevitable and good, because in nearly all story arcs, the character undergoes a big change and comes out better for it. We learn a lot about others and ourselves by reading a story. There’s no arguing it: fiction makes us better people.

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Can’t you also learn empathy from movies and TV?

Movies and TV don’t get into characters’ heads as much as books do. In a film, we’re watching someone—same as in real life. In a book, we get inside the characters’ heads, understanding their motivations, feelings, and secrets. Books empower us to experience the story rather than to simply watch it happen to someone else.

What about nonfiction?

Nonfiction is great for learning things and bettering yourself. I love a good biography or self-help book. But nonfiction is less effective at making people more compassionate, and the above studies provide evidence. Besides, good fiction has real themes. The story might involve fantasy elements, but it’s really about human struggles we can all relate to.

In defense of speculative fiction

A lot of people, including agents, publishers, and film/TV awards, shun fantasy/sci-fi in favor of realistic or literary stories. But how many people have been motivated to be a better person because of a superhero they identify with? How many people have been inspired to become scientists because of a sci-fi? What about the lessons we learn from a war between fantasy races? Fantasy and sci-fi are ideal for teaching empathy because the fictional setting means the reader won’t get defensive about whatever social issues are being addressed. The power of speculative fiction is real and should not be underestimated.

Your challenge: introduce someone to reading

Are there people in your life who don’t read fiction? See if you can get them to read your favorite book. Personally, I’ve found Harry Potter to be the best gateway. Lend them your copy, or better yet, get them the audiobook to listen to on their commute. You’ll help save the world, and plus, you get to watch them experience your favorite book for the first time – and seriously, there’s nothing better.

What do you think? Do you agree that reading fiction can make the world a better place?