Today marks the halfway point in our Kickstarter campaign! We are well on our way to our second stretch goal. Feeling spooky yet? 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
Don’t forget, the Longsummer Nights Kickstarter is still live! If you want to help us smash that second stretch goal and triple our writer pay, be sure to back before October 31st, 2021. Every contribution counts!
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while i adore red white and royal blue, the fact that one last stop didn’t get NEARLY as much love and attention despite the quality of the book being just as good very much proves the point that sapphic romance is disregarded and only is represented when it is sexualized for the male gaze. thanks for coming to my ted talk and please read one last stop by casey mcquiston because it is fucking fantastic.
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You're going to love this book :
Ashley Kingston is a genderfluid university student with a major crush on attractive and charming Nolan. He seems just too perfect to be true. What happens when Ash meets Nolan while dressed as both a man, and a woman? And even more confusing, what happens when Nolan seems enamoured of both versions of Ash? A twisty-turny romance filled with fun and shenanigans.
And it's even #OwnVoices!
Here's a link to the book page:
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The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo may be one of the most controversial characters I have ever come across. But if I’m honest, I have never loved and appreciated a character so much for being herself and accepting her imperfections. All of us are humans and no one is perfect.
The book does keep all of us in the dark until the very end and there was one question that definitely kept going through my head the entire time while I was reading the book : Why did Evelyn choose Monique?
Evelyn was definitely the star of the book (as one would expect), and this self-made bisexual woman, who speaks openly about sex, it’s power dynamics and female desires, breaks all stereotypes and proves that marriage is not the end of a woman’s career and definitely not of a Hollywood star.
This ruthlessly ambitious woman unfurls her life story, which is both : glamorous and scandalous. A Latina woman who is not ashamed to use her body and make certain life choices to achieve her dreams and make her own path in a male dominated, racist industry.
“The world doesn’t give things. You take things.“
The book establishes Evelyn’s bisexuality and explores the misconceptions around bisexuals not only in the 50s but in the present day world too. She speaks multiple times of how she is not homosexual and Reid has explored the problems of not being either a heterosexual or a homosexual at a time when no other labels were widely accepted. This sensitive LGBTQIA+ book explores everything from closeting, marriage and intimacy to discussing how sexuality is a very fluid concept that cannot be labeled and put into boxes.
But we can’t have everything no matter how bold and confident we are. And hence comes the story of one of the most successful stars of yesteryear Hollywood who cannot openly love whom she wishes to and yearns to.
Even though the dynamics between Celia and Evelyn are what captures everyone’s attention, the relationship that Harry and Evelyn shared struck a deep chord with me. The pure friendship they shared and how they were willing to go to any lengths for each other was so important to me. And the fact that a book acknowledged that, intimacy is not about sex.
But despite her faults I feel Evelyn inspires us all just the way she inspired Monique and urged her to take charge of her own life. You cannot let others make your life choices for you. Do what you must but make your own decisions.
( This is definitely another tearjerker so, “Napkins anyone?” )
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Status update I’m so excited about the new ari and dante book and look at how happy Benjamin Alire Sáenz is it’s adorable
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you don't understand, i NEED young royals season 2 RIGHT NOW!!!
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LGBTQIA+ Historical Romance Novels Released Jan - May 2021
A list of possible novels you might have missed...
The Homecoming Prince (The Castaway Prince Installment 3) by Isabelle Adler - m/m fantasy kingdom
Winter Duet (Echoes Rising Book 2) by Anne Barwell - WWII Germany
The First Snow of Winter (Winterbourne Book 3) AND The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish (Winterbourne Book 4) by Joanna Chambers - Regency England
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles - m/m Regency England
Saving Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen - contemporary, but part of the Crofton universe, which begins in Tudor/Stuart London
Her Lady's Melody (Great War Book 2) by Renee Dahlia - sapphic post WWI Amsterdam
Saffron Alley (Sword Dance Trilogy Book 2) by A.J. Demas - m/ non-binary Mediterranean fantasy
The Bureau by Kim Fielding - m/m Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs (NHS non-human sentients) series begins in 1950′s LA
Sow the Wind by ML Gray - 1715 m/f/m pirates in Nassau
The Soldier and the Spy (Society of Beasts Book 2) by Annabelle Greene -- m/m Regency
Campion Square series by Adella J. Harris - m/m Regency trilogy
The Orc Prince Trilogy by Lionel Hart - m/m orc and elf fantasy series
Blind Tiger (The Pride Book 1) by Jordan L Hawk m/m 1920′s Chicago
Manchester Lake (Darkly Enchanted Book 3) by Joshua Ian - m/m England 1910 shifters
Sea Change (Octopian Shifters Book 2) by Anna Kensing - mm/, bisexual, 19th century British Columbia and Washington state
Bump in the Night by Laura Kinsey - bisexual/lesbian sapphic Victorian short
Eight Acts (Taking Stock novella) by A.E. Lester - 1960′s London
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo - YA, lesbian 1950′s Chinatown- San Francisco, East Asian author
Negative Exposure (Clearwater Series Book 9) by Jackson Marsh - m/m Victorian London
Dig Two Graves Series by K.A. Merikan - m/m 19th century cowboys in Colorado
Spread Your Wings by Edie Montreaux - 90′s Sarajevo - Bosnian war
The Renegade and the Runaway: Box Set by Erin O’Quinn - series begins in 18th century Scotland, then goes to US
The Companion by EE Ottoman - m/f/f/ trans post WWII
We Cry the Sea (Moth and Moon Book 3) by Glenn Quigley - m/m and f/f 1780′s England
Hidden Things (Swords of Charlemagne Book 1) by Elizabeth Schechter - poly m/f and m/m 18th century Germany
The Cabots by Cat Sebastian - m/m 1950′s and 1960′s series
Masquerade by Anne Shade - lesbian 1920′s Harlem by black author; technically it’s historical drama, but this one was too good to not include
Jobs Like This (Jack & Ollie Book 2) by Hollis Shiloh - m/m 1950′s detectives
Where There's a Kilt, There's a Way (Kilty Pleasures Book 2) by Ella Stainton - 1930′s Sweden
Agnes of Haywood Hall (Ghosts and Tea Book 2) by Haden Thorne - queer romance in a haunted abbey
Sidebars Book 1 by Tinnean - novellas from Spy vs. Spook/Mann of My Dreams universe, with different POV - mid 20th century US
The Hellion's Waltz (Feminine Pursuits Book 3) by Olivia Waite - sapphic Regency coming June 2021!
Malice (Malice Duology Book One) of by Heather Walter - sapphic retelling of Sleeping Beauty
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Want to see something pretty? How about this lovely cover for my fluffy (& I hope funny!) 18th-century m/m rom-com retelling of The Prince(ss) & the Pea - coming from JMS Books Oct 9! 🧩📖🏳️🌈🏰
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“Thinking back on Equestria Girls, that series was pretty gay. Not that I’m complaining. I mean, come on! They had a confirmed Bi character (Sunset Shimmer), some good SciSet, SunPie and FlutterDash moments, Curly Winds x Wizkid, Lyrabon, and I don't EVEN get me STARTED on what was going on with Applejack and Rarity! Face it, EQG was a gay mess (and not in a bad way!). 😛”
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This is a little fan art of Cat Sebastian's Two Rogues Make a Right. There was a lot about this book that got me in the feels, and even though I kept wanting to shake the characters and scream, "You can't treat TUBERCULOSIS with peppermint oil," people actually did try to, so points to the author for period accuracy. Also, I just couldn't believe that Will and Martin could start a pig farm without at least some piglets ending up as pets, so I snuck one in.
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Queer Fiction: book recommendations
lists in celebration of PRIDE month
Find Me by André Aciman
No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award–winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.
In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.
Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran this past spring, a lot has changed. He’s getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, his varsity soccer practices, and his internship at his favorite tea shop, Darius is feeling pretty okay. Like he finally knows what it means to be Darius Kellner.
Then, of course, everything changes. Darius’s grandmothers are in town for a long visit while his dad is gone on business, and Darius isn’t sure whether they even like him. The internship isn’t what Darius thought it would be, and now he doesn’t know about turning tea into his career. He was sure he liked Landon, but when he starts hanging out with Chip–soccer teammate and best friend of Trent Bolger, epic bully–well, he’s just not so sure about Landon anymore, either.
Darius thought he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted, but maybe he was wrong. Maybe he deserves better.
Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi
When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment--and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favorite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.
Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
An electrifying novel of an unconventional family in Trinidad mended by their individual, and collective, quests for love
After Betty Ramdin's husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.
Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan's own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.
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An interview with Molly Knox Ostertag, with comments on LBGTQ+ representation and queer romance in YA fiction (including her new GN, The Girl from the Sea), and the comfort of, (continuing) struggles for, LBGTQ+ characters in modern animation -- comments on The Owl House (which Ostertag writes for), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and Steven Universe.
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The Song Of Achilles
-by Madeline Miller
A modern young adult novel narrating an ancient story, the story of the Greeks at Troy, one of the oldest legends of Western history.
‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller is a narration of the Trojan War and the former years of Patroclus, the companion of the Greek hero Achilles. The title fools us into believing the novel is about Achilles but even though he plays a central role in the story, we see the events playing out from the pov of Patroclus, a kind-hearted and peaceful soul who despises the war and the bloodshed, but can be a capable warrior in times of need.
Now you may say, “as someone who enjoys Greek mythology and knows the Iliad will I enjoy this book? Does it actually showcase the events of the war accurately or is it just a tragic romance?” I know I asked myself that but, the story actually sticks closely to the original myth with very few changes and quite accurately highlights the society of Ancient Greece, where honour and glory are more important than life, the sexism that existed, and the beliefs and attitudes of the characters.
If you already know the myth you may say, “Why should I read it when I already know how the story goes?” Well guess what, this book actually makes you realise how many different layers there are to a simple war story of heroes and gods and goddesses. It brings out the fact that, if done well, you could actually add a new meaning to that age-old tale that we’ve heard since we were kids, which Madeline Miller has successfully done.
The narration is done really well and keeps the reader hooked to the story from the beginning and I feel people from all generations can enjoy it. Each character has such a complex personality and there’s a darker side to each person who plays a part in the story. Also, it’s a romance amidst the war along with the “impending death of the character” trope ??? COUNT ME IN !!
But, if you’re still not convinced to read it: it’s a book with an LGBTQ+ romance where both of them are cute as hell together, so what are you waiting for?
( I can bet this book will have you crying by the end so keep your tissues ready guys.)
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz / The Handmaiden Park Chan-wook / The God of Vengeance Sholem Asch / Freier Fall Stephan Lacant / Maurice E.M Forster / Indecent Paula Vogel
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@carnationbooks call for F/F Historical Romances! We are open for submissions! - F/F Historical Romance ONLY. - Please read information on the submission page carefully. - We will open for more general submissions at a later date. http://carnationbooks.com/2021subs Questions? DM us!
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free books and such!
So, my novel A Prophecy for Two (fairy-tale fantasy! m/m romance! a Quest! True Love!) is one of the free books in this month’s Queeromance Ink free book pack, if you join the QRI email list!
You get four free LGBTQ romance books, including Prophecy! (Which was actually my first novel – Demon ended up being released first, because publishing, but I wrote Prophecy first. And it has some marvelous trope-y goodness, like friends-to-lovers, competence kink, **fake** character death and all the associated Emotions, and a bonus story that I still think is a ton of fun! There is also lovely fan art of Oliver someplace - I think I shared it a while ago, I’ll have to find it again. And the cover art is by the marvelous @misspaperjoker!)
So…come sign up and get it for free, and then come have all the feelings about Oliver and Tir with me! Or be entertained by my early-author writing style! Or all of the above!
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"I would have written myself into his skin if only I could, like a prisoner marking the walls of his cell, just to prove I was still alive and that I did not drift, untouching and untouched, through a universe of empty spaces and fading stars."
—Glitterland, Alexis Hall
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So my absence has been felt, I get that and I really dunno what to do anymore. But if you all are still interested in me there’s something you could always check out if you want. Posts like this never really yield anything but it can’t hurt to try.
I’ve written two books with a third coming out I think Steven Universe fans would like, a supernatural fantasy with LGBTQ leads called Trem.
They center around a Human called Gabby Morgan who discovered a haunted mansion when she was a kid and when she returned years later, she finds and falls in love with a mysterious ghost summoner, the titular character Trem. New worlds, conspiracies and a dark side to the seemingly wonderful world of the Manzazzu open themselves up to Gabby.
Trem and Trem: Exiles are available on Amazon.
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Sometimes you just need to hang out with characters who aren't even close to having their shit together.
Pre-order I Kissed A Girl and on August 3rd, these sapphic disasters can be yours!
(Preorder link in the replies so that tumblr doesn't send this post to the shadow zone.)
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We’re excited to announce Longsummer Nights, a shared-universe prose anthology of LGBTQ+ paranormal romance!
The Kickstarter launches October 1st - keep an eye on this space as we begin our countdown!
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