Reader’s Guide: World AIDS Day 2023

Young Adult

Another Dimension of Us by Mike Albo

60880792In 1986, Tommy Gaye is in love with his best friend, budding teen poet Renaldo Calabasas. But at the height of the AIDS crisis and amidst the homophobia running rampant across America, Tommy can never share his feelings. Then, one terrible night, Renaldo is struck by lightning. And he emerges from the storm a very different boy.

In 2044, Heron High student Pris Devrees jolts awake after having a strange nightmare about a boy named Tommy and a house in the neighborhood the locals affectionally call “The Murder House.” When she ventures to the house to better understand her vivid dreams, she happens upon an old self-help book that she soon realizes is a guide to trans-dimensional travel.

As bodies and minds merge across the astral plane, Pris, Tommy, and their friends race to save Renaldo from a dangerous demon, while uncovering potent realities about love, sexuality, and friendship.

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November 2023 Deal Announcements

Adult Fiction

Author of BEAST and TURDUCKEN Lindz McLeod‘s debut A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, pitched as Jane Austen meets Bridgerton, a sapphic romance between Charlotte Lucas and Mary Bennet that begins four years after the end of Pride and Prejudice, to Stephanie Doig at Carina Adores, for publication in spring 2025, by Laura Zats at Headwater Literary Management (world English).

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Cyber Monday Book Shopping Guide

If you, like me, can’t resist a good bargain on books, here’s a handy guide to where you can find some great discounts today!


Cyber Monday Deals on books include:

Barnes & Noble

15% off your order with code CYBER15

50% off select books, including:

Bella Books

19% off all orders over $19 with code thanks23 (excluding November releases and preorders):

Books in the US storefront’s Gift Guide are 20% off and come with free shipping! Some queer books included in the sale are:

Chirp Books

Select audiobooks and bundles are on sale for under $5, including:

Entire site is 30% off!

Fave Five: New Queer Holiday Romances (2023 Edition)

For the 2022 edition, click here.

Finding My Elf by David Valdes (m/m YA)

It’s a Fabulous Life by Kelly Farmer (f/f)

Mistletoe & Mishigas by M.A. Wardell (m/m)

The Christmas Swap by Talia Samuels (f/f)

Secret Heir for Christmas by LaQuette (m/m)

YA eBooks on Sale for Under $4

All links are affiliate. A small percentage of each purchase goes back into the site.

The Star Host by F.T. Lukens

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden

The Camino Club by Kevin Craig

Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack

All Out ed. by Saundra Mitchell

If This Gets Out by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Jack of Hearts (and other parts) by L.C. Rosen

And They Lived… by Steven Salvatore

Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Want to win one? Leave a comment below about which title you’d like to enter for a chance to win one on Kindle! (Valid only where the sales are.)

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Sins on Their Bones by Laura R. Samotin

Today on the site, I’m delighted to reveal the cover of Sins on Their Bones by Laura R. Samotin, a dark historical fantasy releasing from Random House Canada on May 7, 2024! Here’s the story:

Set in a Jewish folklore-inspired reimagining of 19th century Eastern Europe, this queer dark fantasy debut pits two estranged husbands and a daring spymaster on opposite sides of a civil war. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, C.S. Pacat, Ava Reid, and Katherine Arden.

Dimitri Alexeyev used to be the Tzar of Novo-Svitsevo. Now, he is merely a broken man, languishing in exile after losing a devastating civil war instigated by his estranged husband, Alexey Balakin. In hiding with what remains of his court, Dimitri and his spymaster, Vasily Sokolov, engineer a dangerous ruse. Vasily will sneak into Alexey’s court under a false identity to gather information, paving the way for the usurper’s downfall, while Dimitri finds a way to kill him for good.

But stopping Alexey is not so easy as plotting to kill an ordinary man. Through a perversion of the Ludayzim religion that he terms the Holy Science, Alexey has died and resurrected himself in an immortal, indestructible body—and now claims he is guided by the voice of God Himself. Able to summon forth creatures from the realm of demons, he seeks to build an army, turning Novo-Svitsevo into the greatest empire that history has ever seen.

Dimitri is determined not to let Alexey corrupt his country, but saving Novo-Svitsevo and its people will mean forfeiting the soul of the husband he can’t bring himself to forsake—or the spymaster he’s come to love.

And here’s the gorgeous cover, designed by Talia Abramson!

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LAURA R. SAMOTIN and her spouse live with two enormously large felines. When she’s not pursuing her academic research on military tactics, power politics, and leadership, she relishes her role as a full-time cat servant.

Fave Five: Queer MG/YA Set at Magic School

Gallowgate by K.R. Alexander (MG)

It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts (YA)

Scholars and Sorcery series by Eleanor Beresford (YA)

A Hundred Vicious Turns by Lee Paige O’Brien (YA)

My Name is Magic by Xan van Rooyen (YA)

Bonus: These are all prose novels, but for a YA graphic novel set at a magical culinary school, check out Basil and Oregano by Melissa Capriglione

Double Bonus: The anthology The Grimoire of Grave Fates ed. by Hanna Alkaf and Margaret Owens is set at a magic school and has plenty of queer content


Exclusive Cover Reveal: Marley’s Pride by Joëlle Retener and DeAnn Wiley

Today on the site, we’re revealing the cover of Marley’s Pride by Joëlle Retener and DeAnn Wiley, a picture book about a queer Black family finding community at Pride releasing April 2, 2024 from Barefoot Books! Here’s the story:

Marley is a little nonbinary kid with big anxieties. Crowds? Pass. Loud noises? No, thanks. When their Zaza is up for an award at Pride, they want to go to the parade for the first time with their beloved grandparent. But can Marley overcome their fears? Highlighting the joyful experiences of a queer family of color finding community at Pride, this story features endmatter about the history of Pride, a glossary of LGBTQ+ terms, and a list of resources.

And here’s the joyful cover, illustrated by DeAnn Wiley and designed by Lindsey Leigh!

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Fave Five: Trans Historical Fiction

The Companion by EE Ottoman

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes

Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

Bonus: These are all Adult, but in YA, check out The Spirit Bares its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White

Double Bonus: Coming in 2024, The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo

Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time!