Posts in LGBTQ+
"Hunter," by Dez Schwartz

DREAMPUNK / LGBTQ+ PARANORMAL

This week found me traversing a bold new world, filled with vampires and all number of other paranormal creatures. Hunter by Dez Schwartz is a wonderfully fun and unique story, jam-packed with world-building and intrigue. She weaved some marvelously creative characters into a killer plot that kept on giving.

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"1, 4, 3," by Alicia Sophia

LGBTQIA+ Literary Fiction

H’okay, my lovelies, this week’s read was a rough one. I’ve said it a dozen times before, and will say it a dozen+ more times… I’m a romance writer/reader at heart, so anything outside that genre often throws my HEA-centric heart for a loop. 😂 Alicia Sophia’s 1, 4, 3 is touted as LGBTQIA+ literary fiction and, ho boy, is it ever. Published by RhetAskew Publishing and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, this lit fic dives deep and dark and doesn’t pull any punches. To put it simply, it’s heartbreakingly superb.

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"Echoes," by L. A. Ashton

★ ★

Paranormal Gay (M/M) Romance

After reading and reviewing L. A. Ashton’s Valhalla, released from NineStar Press back in December 2018, I practically tripped over my own two readerly feet to get my hands on this author’s full-length novel, Echoes. I preordered it and it sat taunting me in my Kindle until I bit the proverbial bullet and just made time to read. Did I have it to spare on this particular weekend? Nope. Do I care one iota that I lost sleep to read it? Heck to the no.

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"Imminent Dawn," by R. R. Campbell

Science Fiction

I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to reading epic tales with intense, mind-twisting plots. (Not to say romance novels can’t have intricate and intriguing plots—because they can and quite often do—but they don’t compare to the amount of brain-power and focus it takes to make sense of a science fiction or fantasy.) That all being said, Imminent Dawn by R. R. Campbell was definitely one of those long, twisty, challenging reads… and, I adored it.

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"The Immortal Coil," by J. Armand

★ ★

Urban / Dark Fantasy & Science Fiction

Okay, folks, this week’s review might go a bit off the rails because… hot frickety-frick-frack this is good stuff. I’d seen J. Armand’s book babies floating around the Twitterverse for a while thanks to his involvement in #writeLGBTQ, and I was positively champing at the bit to get my hands on them. So when we connected and scheduled him for a review on my blog several months ago? I was doing a butt-wiggle dance all up in my #amwriting nest. And let me tell ya, my lovely ladies, gents, and NBs… The Immortal Coil did not disappoint.

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"Masks," by Amara Lynn

Urban Fantasy / Gay (M/M) Romance

Okay, my lovelies, this week’s review is of the super variety. Superhero and supervillain, to be exact! Masks by Amara Lynn falls into the old faithful antihero trope, but with a lovely little twist.

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"Frost," by Isabelle Adler

★ ★

Post-Apocalyptic Gay (M/M) Romance

I’m going to start off this week’s review with a holy shmoly! I went into Frost by Isabelle Adler—and published by NineStar Press—completely blind, which isn’t something I make a habit of, but something I’m learning can be very, very fun.

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"Portrait of a Stranger," by Rose Brookins & Mina Petkova

★ ★

LGBTQ+ Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Holy flippin’ hamburgers, y’all. My read this week grabbed me by the readerly hair and didn’t let go, even long after I finished reading. (I try to stay ahead on my reviews, so I read this bad boy over a month ago, and I can attest… these characters burrowed into my heart and won’t be going anywhere any time soon!) Portrait of a Stranger by Rose Brookins & Mina Petkova is a gorgeous LGBTQ+ (m/m) romance that straddles the lines between YA and NA with a grace and maturity not out of steps with its characters ages, but written so bloody phenomenal you won’t feel like you’re in the heads of overly young boys.

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