When life (or at least publishing) hands you a book from a major publisher with Romantic Asexual in the motherfluffin’ cover copy, what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO? That was a trick question, because obviously YOU READ IT IMMEDIATELY and then GLOW when it turns out it’s also fabulous representation and a lovely, complex story.
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar bloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?
Heels Over Head(May 29th) Author: Elyse Springer Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance Rainbow details: Gay Why put it on your radar? Because it’s awesome to see a pro sports romance tackle a less common area, and as a bonus there’s a demisexual secondary character who’ll be helming the next book in the series!
27 Hours(October 3) Author: Tristina Wright Genre/Category: YA Sci-Fi Rainbow details: Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual Why put it on your radar? Bi rep! Pan rep! Ace rep! Disability rep! PoC rep! In genre YA!
Insight (March 13) Author: Santino Hassell Genre/Category: Paranormal Thriller Rainbow details: m/m Why put it on your radar? Santino Hassell, man. How is all his stuff not already on your radar? But also, psychics and empaths and murder, oh my!
Huntsmen (April 13) Author: Michelle Osgood Genre/Category: Paranormal Rainbow details: f/f Why put it on your radar? Uhhh lesbian werewolves? But note that this one’s a sequel, so hit up The Better to Kiss You With first!
Tash Hearts Tolstoy (June 6) Author: Kathryn Ormsbee Genre/Category: Contemporary YA Rainbow details: Heteroromantic asexual Why put it on your radar? Ever dreamed of seeing the words “romantic asexual” on freaking big-five back cover copy? Dream no more! Plus an adorable premise, adorable romance, Russian lit references, interesting family dynamics, and more!