Tenderness Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Tenderness by Xan West

Hello, friends! Today we get to share the cover for Xan West’s upcoming short story, Tenderness. It is a prequel to Their Troublesome Crush, which I absolutely loved.

For those of you who don’t know them, Xan West is the nom de plume of Corey Alexander, an autistic queer fat Jewish genderqueer writer with multiple disabilities who spends a lot of time on Twitter.

Xan’s erotica has been published widely, including in the Best S/M Erotica series, the Best Gay Erotica series, and the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Xan’s story “Trying Submission,” won the 2019 National Leather Association John Preston Short Fiction Award. Their collection of queer kink erotica, Show Yourself to Me, will be rereleased soon.

After over 15 years of writing and publishing queer kink erotica short stories, Xan has begun to also write longer form queer kink romance. Their recent work still centers kinky, trans and non-binary, fat, disabled, queer trauma survivors. It leans more towards centering Jewish characters, ace and aro spec characters, autistic characters, and polyamorous networks. Xan has three queer kink romances currently available: Nine of Swords, Reversed, Their Troublesome Crush, and Eight Kinky Nights.

When Judith gets dumped by her girlfriend, she feels like her world has imploded. It will take the love and care of her queer chosen family, and the support of her best friend Shiloh in particular, to help her cope with the havoc that this break up has wreaked on her life. This chosen family love story illuminates the ways we can find hope amidst devastating change, if we are supported by folks who understand and care for us as we really are.

This chosen family love story is 6,000 words and contains Jewish, bisexual, fat, autistic, non-binary, and chronic pain representation. It is a prequel to Their Troublesome Crush and includes many of the same characters. It was previously published in the anthology Queerly Loving, Volume 2. This will be a stand-alone version of my story only. This story takes place in the Kink & Showtunes universe, prior to the events of Their Troublesome Crush, and involves many of the same characters. Goodreads

Judith, the main character, is an autistic Jewish bisexual midsize fat femme with chronic pain (migraines). Shiloh, a central character, is a Jewish pansexual demiromantic supersize fat non-binary person. You can read the content warnings on the author’s website!


But let’s get to what you really came here for – the cover for Tenderness!

Tenderness Cover

This beauty was designed by Clarissa C.S. Ryan, who can be found at her website or on Twitter! Isn’t it stunning? I’m so excited to read this story, and hopefully, you are too!

If so, you’re in luck because you can preorder it right now! It’s out March 24 so don’t wait too long!

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