Today, let’s look back on May and look forward to June.
Favourite May reads
I read 13 book in May. My favourite few of the month are below. Just click on the images to be taken to the book’s Amazon page.
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens was a gay high seas fantasy. It was super fun and cute and I quite enjoyed it! I wish there had been more of a resolution to Athlen’s storyline regarding his family, but overall this was a fun fantasy featuring an adorable m/m romance.
I had such a fun time reading This Is Not a Horror Movie by Sara Dobie Bauer! This was fun and sweet and kinda creepy, and I loved Emory’s dry humour, even though it was often at himself. I loved Emory and Connor’s sort-of-friends to lovers relationship and the build up to it, and the secondary characters, namely Emory’s sister and parents, nicely rounded out this new adult novel. And even though I don’t read or watch horror, the pop culture references were easy enough to grasp.
Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora was a dytopian young adult novel with an m/m subplot and found family themes. Nate, our hero, is immediately relatable, and the relationships between him and his friends–including the leader of his gang and love interest, Reed–was the heart and soul of this novel. Not to mention that the world-building is extensive and so well done.
Cinnamon Roll by Anna Zabo was great. I don’t read a lot of kink, but I do love how Anna Zabo manages to write it in a way that is both tender and sexy. Tom and Max super lovely.
Books I’m looking forward to reading in June
I just discovered Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa recently. It’s a gay young adult contemporary, and while I don’t have the best luck with those, I have high hopes for this one.
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova has been on my bookshelf for about a year. Literally. I think it arrived in my Fairyloot box in April 2020. It’s a young adult fantasy to which I also own the sequel, so I figure I should actually read them, right?
Smash & Grab by Maz Maddox was recently recommended to me by Brigham Vaughn. I know this book came out almost a year ago, but I’m about to discover it now and I’m excited!
The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon has been on my radar for months. It’s said to be full of queer goodness. Check out the tagline: To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.
Handsome Death by Sara Dobie Bauer is another book that’s been on my TBR for a year. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Sara, so I’m looking forward to finally getting to this gay vampire romance.
On the writing front
My upcoming release, Keeping Kellan, is up for pre-order!
Coming June 9…
Brant Harkrader is done living by other peoples’ rules. He may not know exactly what he wants out of life, but he’s perfectly happy letting that question figure itself out while starting a new job as a tour guide.
Too bad the one thing he does want—his sister’s BFF—only sees him as a little brother.
Or so he thinks…
Kellan Shelby-Briggs has never shied away from going after what he wants. And what he wants is the important contract that will put his brand new company on the map—and Brant.
Too bad Kellan’s career keeps yanking him away just as things heat up between them.
Now that Brant is back in town—up close and personal in Kell’s living space—can they finally get the timing right to go after the love that has eluded them both for too long?
In other news, I’m about 55K into writing book five in the Stick Side series. I hope to wrap up the first time by the end of June for a September or October release date. This book features Stanton and Xappa, who we met in book four, Risking the Shot. Surprisingly, this one has been one of my easiest books to write and I can’t wait for you all to read it.