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Midwinter Bears

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Tahl promised Enfys ice bears for Midwinter, but ey neglected to tell him that ey and eir kin were the ice bears.

wordcount: 4,800
Written for the Rainbow Advent Calendar 2018

23 pages, ebook

First published December 22, 2018

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Blaine D. Arden

27 books140 followers
Blaine D. Arden is an EPIC Award-winning author of Romantic Speculative Fiction and Suspense who sings her way through life in platform boots.

For most of her sheltered youth, Blaine read, daydreamed, and made up stories. As she grew up, she slowly transitioned from telling them to her favourite doll and acting them out with her Barbies, to putting pen to paper. Her motto is Our difference is our strength, and her stories are often set in worlds where gender fluidity and sexual diversity are accepted as is.

When not writing or reading, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday.

Non-Binary / Asexual
she/her | ey/em/eir | Mx.

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Author 76 books2,536 followers
February 28, 2020
A sweet, short story about an ice-bear shifter who is non-binary, awaiting the arrival of the man whom ey is romantically involved with, but to whom ey has not confided some important parts of eir identity and family. Very short, but a fun look at a non-binary character of a different sort.
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601 reviews10 followers
July 9, 2023
I could go between 4 and 5 stars with this, because comparing with other books and my enjoyment, it's a four, but I really think that what the book was trying to do, this book deserves the five stars!!!

The world here could be worthy of six-hundred-pages books with its seven-book-series, instead it's done so well in twenty pages!!! The writer does not feel the pressure to feed you things or to tell you about it, instead treats you like you already know it, giving you enough to build something and for you to get the story that matters - these people here!!!

Their relationship and the different cultures are excellently portrayed there, they're both made different depending where they're from!! And then their chemistry is really good, the trust and the love between them, this feeling of safety that they found with each other is so beautiful!!!

Finally, the fantasy of it!!! I LOVE the shapeshifting of it, but also the idea of mates, and being different between human form and bear form, and finally this feeling of community and family, and very much this fantasy version of a polycule!!! So beautiful!!!

There's truly a special talent to write a well-rounded short story and this writer did it!!! This story has everything and it's so worth it!!!
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55 reviews
March 31, 2023
Non-binary ice bears. Shape shifters. A man who uses a robot to get around. A real 26 page, page turner. I can’t believe this is on goodreads to even rate it hahaha
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1,503 reviews251 followers
April 3, 2023
I'm not sure how they managed to put so much stuff in a 26 page novella but it was good. It was weird but it was good. There is a ice bear shifter who switches genders in their different forms and is non-binary as a human, there is a Black blind disabled trans masc love interest, and both The main character and the love interest are over 50 I believe. It was cute. Basically the shifter's boyfriend is coming to live with them but they don't know that they're a shifter yet and they're super scared to tell him. And that's the whole thing. Very cute and very short read. I wish I had gotten it in time for trans rights read-a-thon but obviously we read trans all year long so no one's mad about it.
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193 reviews1 follower
April 3, 2023

I had to keep going back to reread different parts of the story. I kept getting confused from time to time. It was a good, heartfelt story overall. It was not at all what I expected.
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350 reviews11 followers
April 4, 2023
Strange little tail

Quick read with an interesting if simple tale. I’d love to delve into this further but it was entertaining enough to pass a half hour.
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April 14, 2023
Loved the concept; shape shifts, non binary MC, robot transportation, feel like it would make a really good chapter book but too much cramed into 26 pages for me, was a lot to process at once.
121 reviews
April 18, 2023
icebears transgender interesting

Book was drab. Had deep story line just wasn’t a catch for me. Best of luck Blaine glad story has a happy ending.
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52 reviews4 followers
April 29, 2023
Very short, and kind of confusing at times - like information was missing. I felt like there needed to be more world building for us to understand what was really going on.
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