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Beyond Black Belt

by Emery C. Walters

Wren is a hardworking archaeologist on his first vacation in years. While he’s tempted to look for ancient artifacts, this is Maui and he needs to focus on taking it easy. So it’s off to the beach to relax.There Wren dives into trouble, literally. Luckily, the backward roll and breathing techniques he learned studying Ninjutsu saves his life, because the shore break called Satan’s Washing Machine grinds him up and spits him out, temporarily blinded and badly battered.A karate dojo owner named Steven takes him to a doctor, a pharmacy, and then back to the beach, only to find Wren’s car and all his belongings have been stolen. So Steven invites him home instead.Will their mutual love of martial arts lead to other a deeper relationship? Or will their shared desire for humbleness and respect for others keep them from falling in love?

The 7-10 Split: A Romantic Comedy (Peach Blossom #1)

by Karmen Lee

For fans of Ashley Herring Blake&’s Delilah Green Doesn&’t Care and Chencia C. Higgins' D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding comes an utterly charming and queerly irresistible romantic comedy…where all&’s fair in love and bowling.This is how love rolls…For teacher Ava Williams, some subjects are not up for debate. Like history—specifically, the one she has with Grace Jones, bowling pro and local celeb. Who is now, for no identifiable reason, teaching at the same small-town Georgia high school as Ava. Once upon a time, they were thick as thieves, best friends, rivals who pushed each other, and total bowling nerds. Then they shared a kiss, sweet and confusing…and after that, they split and nothing was ever the same.Ava is pretty sure she has every reason to hate Grace. Especially when the school&’s soggy potato of a principal announces—finally—that the students can have the bowling team Ava has been pushing for, for years…only to hand it to Grace.Now they&’re expected to be partners and lead their new bowling team to victory in six months. And with that, their rivalry is back. Fierce, ultracompetitive…and with an undeniable attraction that pushes, pulls and crashes together. It&’s history. It&’s chemistry. And it&’s just a matter of time before it explodes…one way or the other.

The Absinthe Underground

by Jamie Pacton

Moulin Rouge meets Holly Black in a thrilling sapphic friends-to-lovers romantasy!This lavish and decedent LGBTQ+ fantasy romance will leave fans of Divine Rivals and Emily Wilde's Encyclopedia of Faeries utterly enchanted!&“A romantic and thrilling story of ambition, magic, and peril.&”—Publishers Weekly, Starred ReviewAfter running away from home, Sybil Clarion is eager to embrace all the freedom the Belle Époque city of Severon has to offer. Instead, she&’s traded high-society soirées for empty pockets. At least she has Esme, the girl who offered Sybil a home, and if either of them dared, something more. While Esme would rather spend the night tinkering with her clocks and snuggling her cats, Sybil craves excitement and needs money. She plans to get both by stealing the rare posters that crop up around town. But when she&’s caught selling a poster by none other than its subject, Maeve, the glamorous girl invites Sybil and Esme to The Absinthe Underground, the exclusive club she co-owns, and reveals herself to be a Green Faerie, trapped in this world. Maeve wants to hire thieves for a daring heist in Fae and is willing to pay enough that Sybil and Esme never have to worry about money again. It&’s too good of an offer to pass up, even if Maeve&’s tragic story doesn&’t quite add up, and the secrets could jeopardize everything the girls have so carefully built.Jamie Pacton, author of The Vermilion Emporium, dazzles in this whimsical and daring romantic fantasy. Fans of Fae lore, slow-burn sapphic pining, and decadently magical worlds will find The Absinthe Underground as ensorcelling as a fairy delight.

Affirmations for Queer People: 100+ Positive Messages to Affirm, Empower, and Inspire

by Jess Vosseteig

Celebrate your resilience and bravery in the face of discrimination and empower yourself and your community with these 100+ affirmations for queer people that celebrate being LGBTQIA+.Queer people are essential members of society—trailblazing for positive change and building up a stronger and more vibrant community every day. It&’s time to affirm these truths and so many more with Affirmations for Queer People. In this book, discover more than 100 affirmations to empower yourself, emphasize your self-worth, care for your mental health and emotional well-being, and so much more. You can use these affirmations and the accompanying texts to reflect on your own life and your future. You&’ll find amazing, inclusive artwork throughout that speaks to the beauty, bravery, and diversity of this incredible community. With Affirmations for Queer People, celebrate being a queer person, affirm your talent and worth, and bring your dreams to fruition.

Aidan's Journey

by CJane Elliott

Sequel to Serpentine WallsThe star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside. Aidan wasn't always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.NOTE: This book contains references to mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation but not actual suicide, and emotional abuse from an unequal power dynamic.


by Dianne Hartsock

Alex is twenty and confused. He always is. The world presses on him with its horrors and pain, with scintillating auras that bewilder his eyes and drive the migraines deeper. He hears the cries of the children, sees the brutal images of tortured victims. He feels out of control and his mind slips ...Severely abused as a child, he is left with horrible scars on his body and even worse scars within his mind. Even though it puts him in danger, he’s compelled to help those who call to him. He’s driven, motivated by his visions to rescue them and hopefully uncover the killer. When he can, he helps the police; yet some detectives suspect he’s involved. Often, Alex finds himself alone and afraid in a world he doesn’t always understand.

All That Jazz

by Lynn Townsend

Finn Riordan's life is upended when he discovers his boyfriend having sex with Hector Lange, the legendary local playboy. Five years later, Hector appears in Finn's life once again, this time to cheat Finn out of the painting he’s bidding on at an art auction.Hector Lange has no complaints about his life. He has a good career, plenty of friends, and while he doesn't believe in true love, he never lacks for companionship. Everyone loves the easygoing and gregarious Hector. Which is why it’s so startling when he finds himself assaulted by a furious and beautiful man.When Hector realizes he inadvertently outbid Finn for a painting intended for Finn's brother, a recovering veteran, he wants to make amends. Hector's latest ex had backed out of a vacation they planned to take together, so Hector invites Finn instead as something of an apology. A win for all involved, right?The trip will do more than merely reconcile the two, opening both Finn's and Hector's eyes in unexpected ways. But will those newfound discoveries and feelings follow them home?

All the World Beside: A Novel

by Garrard Conley

From the New York Times bestselling author of Boy Erased, an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the love story between two men in Puritan New England.Cana, Massachusetts: a utopian vision of 18th-century Puritan New England. To the outside world, Reverend Nathaniel Whitfield and his family stand as godly pillars of their small-town community, drawing Christians from across the New World into their fold. One such Christian, physician Arthur Lyman, discovers in the minister&’s words a love so captivating it transcends language.As the bond between these two men grows more and more passionate, their families must contend with a tangled web of secrets, lies, and judgments which threaten to destroy them in this world and the next. And when the religious ecstasies of the Great Awakening begin to take hold, igniting a new era of zealotry, Nathaniel and Arthur search for a path out of an impossible situation, imagining a future for themselves which has no name. Their wives and children must do the same, looking beyond the known world for a new kind of wilderness, both physical and spiritual.Set during the turbulent historical upheavals which shaped America&’s destiny and following in the tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne&’s The Scarlet Letter, All the World Beside reveals the very human lives just beneath the surface of dogmatic belief. Bestselling author Garrard Conley has created a page-turning, vividly imagined historical tale that is both a love story and a crucible.

Amante a metà: Lei ama il suo fratellastro...un po troppo

by S. A. West

Quando Max scopre che la sorellastra Mel ha invitato a casa le sue amiche cheerleader per la festa di compleanno, spera di trascorrere una serata molto divertente. Tuttavia, quando un malinteso viene usato contro di lui, scopre fino a che punto la sorellastra è disposta a spingersi per esprimere il suo amore per lui. Questo breve racconto erotico è la storia di amore proibito, lussuria e profondo desiderio carnale.

Antes de que él se convirtiese en música

by B. Levin

Gunter es un músico exigente y reservado que se encuentra al borde del colapso, ante una grave crisis psicológica motivada por dificultades en su carrera. En estas condiciones, conoce a Niko, un joven atractivo y misterioso, impregnado de secretismo en muchos aspectos, especialmente en su forma de ganarse la vida, cuyas intenciones a menudo no son lo suficientemente claras. Comienza una implicación que lo sumerge en una trama en la que la pasión, la obsesión, la lucha por la expresión creativa, la desconfianza y la traición se manifiestan en paralelo al avance de un enemigo interno silencioso, una mezcla que amenaza su integridad mental y que puede llevarlo a transgredir límites peligrosos. Una obra en la que el romance psicológico, el erotismo y el suspense se entrelazan en distintos matices.

AntoloGaia: Queering the Seventies, A Radical Trans Memoir (Other Voices of Italy)

by Porpora Marcasciano

In this stirring memoir by a member of the first generation of LGBTQ+ activists in Italy, Porpora Marcasciano tells her story and shares the struggles and accomplishments of her fellow activists who achieved so much in the 1970s yet suffered devastating losses during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. AntoloGaia offers an insider’s look at the beginnings of the gay liberation movement in Italy and reveals how it was intimately intertwined with other forms of left-wing activism. At the same time, it powerfully conveys the queer joy of a young person from a small village first encountering the vibrant sexual minority communities of Naples, Bologna, and Rome. As Marcasciano starts to embrace her trans identity, she meets the famous anthropologist Pino Simonelli, who introduces her to Naples’s unique femminielli subculture and gives her the name Porporino, which she later shortens to Porpora. In keeping with this story of gender, sexual, and political discovery, AntoloGaia is the first piece of Italian life-writing to use gender-neutral and mixed-gender language.

April May June July: A Novel

by Alison B. Hart

A triumphant family story and sharply observed exploration of privilege, identity, and love in all its forms, following four estranged siblings whose lives collide in the lead-up to a family wedding, when new clues surface about their long-missing father&“Truly a great American novel that does the very best of what fiction can do: sink us into other people&’s lives, show us new worlds, make our hearts pound and our breath catch. Superb.&” —Julia PhillipsApril, May, June, and July Barber don&’t have much in common anymore. An upcoming family wedding will place the four siblings in the same room for the first time in years. But shortly before, when April spots their father, who went missing while serving overseas a decade ago, their reunion becomes entirely more complicated.While the siblings&’ search for the truth about their father forces them back into each other&’s lives, it also intensifies their private dramas. April loves her husband, but seeks excitement outside their marriage. May had big dreams for the future, but she&’s still stuck living at home. June is eager to marry her girlfriend, so why does she need a drink at every wedding-related event? And then there&’s baby brother July, whose unrequited love for his straight roommate has him more confused than ever.Confronting the past together, April, May, June, and July will find not only answers about their father, but new romance, hope, and understanding as they learn to embrace the beauty of their shared history.

Ariel Crashes a Train

by Olivia A. Cole

&“A gorgeously kind, wonderfully gentle, and unfailingly compassionate depiction of OCD...bursting with light.&”— Ashley Woodfolk, critically acclaimed author of NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOUExploring the harsh reality of OCD and violent intrusive thoughts in stunning, lyrical writing, this novel-in-verse conjures a haunting yet hopeful portrait of a girl on the edge. From the author of Dear Medusa, which New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed called &“a fierce and brightly burning feminist roar.&”Ariel is afraid of her own mind. She already feels like she is too big, too queer, too rough to live up to her parents' exacting expectations, or to fit into what the world expects of a &“good girl.&” And as violent fantasies she can&’t control take over every aspect of her life, she is convinced something much deeper is wrong with her. Ever since her older sister escaped to college, Ariel isn't sure if her careful rituals and practiced distance will be enough to keep those around her safe anymore. Then a summer job at a carnival brings new friends into Ariel&’s fractured world , and she finds herself questioning her desire to keep everyone out—of her head and her heart. But if they knew what she was really thinking, they would run in the other direction—right? Instead, with help and support, Ariel discovers a future where she can be at home in her mind and body, and for the first time learns there&’s a name for what she struggles with—Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—and that she&’s not broken, and not alone.


by K. L. Noone

Evander Roche doesn’t want to kill anyone. But he’s one of the Queen’s bowmen, and the kingdom’s been invaded. Now Van, and his loyal best friend Milo, and their fellow soldiers, are standing at the brink of war.Fortunately, the greatest magician in the world has shown up to help. Lorre will either win a war or prevent it -- after all, he always gets what he wants. And tonight he wants Van for company.The magician’s beautiful and powerful. The invitation’s an honor. But Milo’s only concerned about Van getting hurt -- and Van’s starting to realize just how much Milo cares.On the edge of a battlefield, tempted by magic, Van will discover what he really wants ... and the person he truly loves.

As Many Stars

by K. L. Noone

Blake Thornton -- or, as rumor likes to call him, the Earl of Thorns -- has a secret. Or two.London society knows Blake as an adventurer and traveler. His tales and memoirs have made him a celebrity. But when Blake thinks of home, he thinks of his best friend Ashley Linden, brilliant Oxford scholar of classical poetry -- and the man Blake’s been silently in love with for years.But Blake’s discovered feelings for someone else as well: Cameron Fraser, the handsome Scottish doctor he’s met on his travels, who knows him like no one ever has. Blake doesn’t expect to see Cam again, despite how much he’d like to.But when he returns home to find Ashley ill, Blake has a reason to send for Cam, and together, Blake, Ash, and Cam will discover a new adventure.

At Her Service (Out in Hollywood #2)

by Amy Spalding

Fans of Casey McQuiston, Alexis Hall, and Meryl Wilsner will fall for this sweetly sexy, gloriously relatable sapphic rom-com about self-improvement, chasing your dreams, and writing your own Hollywood love story – from the acclaimed author of For Her Consideration. Max Van Doren has a wish list, and a great career and a girlfriend are at the top. But despite being pretty good at her job as an assistant to one of Hollywood&’s fastest rising talent agents, she has no idea how to move up the ladder. And when it comes to her love life, she&’s stuck in perpetual lust for an adorably perfect bartender named Sadie. Her goals are clear—and Max has everything but the self-confidence to go for them. Even her mother seems to assume she&’ll be crawling home to her childhood bedroom at some point . . . When Max&’s roommate, Chelsey—an irritatingly gorgeous and self-assured influencer in plus-size and queer spaces—offers to sponsor her for a new self-actualization app, Max gives in. If she can&’t run her own life, maybe an algorithm guiding her choices will help? Suddenly Max is scoring big everywhere, and her dreams are achingly close to coming true. But when one of Chelsey&’s posts reveals Sadie&’s part in the app&’s campaign, Max is poised for heartbreak on all fronts. Tired of the sponcon life with its fake friends and endless selfies, Max realizes that to have true influence, she&’ll have to find the courage to make her own, totally authentic way in the world . . . Fresh, feel-good, and endlessly relatable, here is a glorious love story for the digital age and beyond.

At Your Command

by Forrest Greene

Serd is known as an honorable and conscientious man. He was, however, not suited to the family trade, and with his father’s blessing, leave his childhood home to join the Legion. Mastering combat skills, he enlisted in the elite Imperial Guard. After a cruel twist of fate, his life changes dramatically.Prince Calelaine is the bastard son of the heir to the throne. He leads a quiet and studious life, uninterested in either men or women, in his grandfather, the Emperor’s, palace. When a miscarriage of justice is brought to his attention, he intervenes and saves the life of a man he’s still to meet. Shortly after, the Emperor unexpectedly dies, and Calelaine’s life is threatened when three possible successors to the throne engage in a bloodthirsty battle.Serd rescues Calelaine from a massacre at the palace, and they are forced to flee the city. During a harrowing experience, Calelaine uncovers his inherent wizardry talents. In their attempts to escape their pursuers and reach safety, will Calelaine and Serd learn to combine their skills, wizardry and warfare, to survive? Will Serd’s care for Calelaine awaken feelings he’s never had before and let them act on mutual feelings of attraction and find love?

Au risque d'un baiser (Un mystère signé Cole McGinnis #1)

by Rhys Ford

Alors que Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ancien flic et détective privé, se remet doucement de la fusillade qui lui a arraché son amant, une enquête soi-disant de routine lui est assignée. Enquêter sur le prétendu suicide du fils d&’un grand homme d&’affaires Coréen se révèle rapidement loin d&’être trivial, surtout lorsque cela le pousse sur la route de Kim Jae-Min, le cousin si séduisant du défunt. Le cousin de Jae-Min avait un vilain petit secret, de ceux que Cole connaît sur le bout des doigts et que Jae-Min refoule encore devant sa famille. L&’enquête conduit Cole d&’un quartier privé raffiné au Dirty Kiss, un misérable club où l&’homme riche satisfait discrètement des besoins dont sa famille conservatrice préfère ne pas entendre parler. L&’affaire dépose Cole McGinnis tout droit entre les bras de Jae-Min. Les jours passant, la mort de son cousin ressemble de moins en moins à un suicide et les feux des projecteurs se tournent peu à peu vers Jae-Min. La violence a déjà arraché à Cole un amant. Et pour lui, il est hors de question que cela se reproduise.

The Baker and the Bard: A Cozy Fantasy Adventure

by Fern Haught

Author-artist Fern Haught weaves an enchanting, gentle fantasy tale of friendship, determination, and respecting nature in their debut graphic novel, The Baker and the Bard. Perfect for fans of The Tea Dragon Society, Legends & Lattes, and Animal Crossing.Juniper and Hadley have a good thing going in Larkspur, spending their respective days apprenticing at a little bakery and performing at the local inn. But when a stranger makes an unusual order at the bakery, the two friends (and Hadley’s pet snake, Fern) set out on a journey to forage the magical mushrooms needed to make the requested galette pastries.Along the way, Juniper and Hadley stumble across a mystery too compelling to ignore: Something has been coming out of the woods at night and eating the local farmers' crops, leaving only a trail of glowy goo behind. Intent on finally going on an adventure that could fuel their bardic craft, Hadley tows Juniper into the woods to investigate.What started as a simple errand to pick mushrooms soon turns into a thrilling quest to save some furry new friends—and their caretaker, a softspoken little fey named Thistle—who are in danger of losing their home.

The Barman and the Barrister

by Pelaam

When Hayden comes to visit his shy, hardworking cousin Jason, all Jason has in mind is a few days off to enjoy his cousin’s company. To welcome Hayden, Jason decides to take him to Warm Glow and sample their signature liqueur, Shimmer. He’d heard the rumors that Shimmer can be anything and everything in your drink, but Jason isn’t convinced.However, when he meets high-flying barrister Daniel at a casino in Skycity, Jason finds himself acting out of character. Outgoing and flirtatious, he captures Daniel’s attention, and more besides. But there’s a darker side to this new Jason.Will Jason’s lies ruin his chances of happiness with Daniel, or can the truth save him?

Be Not Afraid of My Body: A Lyrical Memoir

by Darius Stewart

From an exhilarating new voice, a breathtaking memoir about gay desire, Blackness, and growing up. Darius Stewart spent his childhood in the Lonsdale projects of Knoxville, where he grew up navigating school, friendship, and his

Beautiful Monster

by Rick R. Reed

Hank Donner-Varian yearns for something beyond his perfect, but routine marriage. Forbidden fantasy beckons until a chance encounter with the enigmatic and devastatingly sexy Abbott Lowery turns curiosity into a dangerous obsession.Hank’s unaware of the sinister depths beneath Lowery's facade. When Hank's flirtation spirals into nightmare, he's thrust into a world of horror orchestrated by a man who once embodied his deepest desires.In a heart-pounding race against time, Beautiful Monster immerses readers in a gripping tale of passion, deception, and survival. Can Hank navigate the treacherous maze of obsession and deceit before it's too late? Or will the irresistible stranger prove to be Hank's downfall, plunging him into a nightmare from which escape is impossible?

Behind the Heart-Shaped Gate Box Set

by David Connor E. F. Mulder

A heart-shaped gate hangs at the entrance of an old southern home. Legend claims anyone who enters through it falls in love. The history of the house is less romantic. Some call it spooky. Others claim it’s deadly. Titus loves the heart-shaped gate. Ezra wants to destroy it. For Pennsylvania, it was a prison, until Ewan Parish, the man who designed it, showed him it could also mean freedom. Titus and Ezra, Pennsylvania and Ewan, their stories were just the beginning of what went on behind the heart-shaped gate.This box set contains the following three stories:My Other Half: What is lurking behind the heart-shaped gate? Is it love or something sinister? A house with a macabre past offers Ezra answers about his family, but will he have a future with Titus once they discover the truth?Penn’s Woodland: Years ago, Penn's lover was attacked in the woods, and most think Penn is to blame. Ever since, he's been a prisoner in his home and his mind. When world renowned architect Ewan Parish arrives to construct a secure, enclosed walkway through those woods, he's intrigued by the mysterious, reclusive Penn. Determined to free him, Ewan sets out to unravel the mystery that resulted in his imprisonment.No Strings: Sometimes pretend is better than real life. That’s why we daydream. That’s why we read. That’s why we play. In a child’s imagination, the good guy always wins, and true love is possible. If given the choice between his world and a fantasy one, which would a grieving man chose?

Behind You: A Novel

by Catherine Hernandez

As terror grips a city, a young girl faces danger closer to home and chilling memories that last a lifetime.Catherine Hernandez's most gripping and affecting novel yet, Behind You is inspired by a horrifying chapter in Canadian history and follows fictional characters terrorized by a fictional perpetrator.Alma is a Filipina woman who works as a film editor for a cheesy True Crime series featuring the most notorious killers of the 20th century called Infamous. On the surface she seems to live a good life with her wife Nira and teenage son, Mateo. But there is so much left unsaid.It's not until Infamous' last episode features the Scarborough Stalker that she remembers coming of age while the serial rapist and killer was attacking women and girls in Scarborough in the late 80s and early 90s.What unfolds are two storylines: In the past, young Alma watches an entire city become consumed with a manhunt for an elusive, terrifying suspect, while she herself is in jeopardy from closer corners. In the present, adult Alma must come to terms with her own ideas of consent to stop her son's dangerous behaviour towards his girlfriend.Weaving back and forth in time, Behind You, is a moving story of one girl’s resilience into adulthood and a chilling portrayal of the insidiousness if rape culture. It daringly turns the Whodunit genre on its head by asking the question "Who hasn't done it?" As in, who has not been complicit in sexual harm?

Beneath Brooklyn

by L. D. Kreiling

Devon is bumbling through his new path in life as a newly turned vampire. Living out of his van and playing music in dive bars to get by, he tries his best to curtail his sanguine cravings in the most ethical ways he can manage.One night at a show, he is met with a serendipitous run in with his old flame, Levi. Thinking maybe his life is going in the right direction for once, Devon quickly discovers there is a lot more to his ex than meets the eye. After a quick catch-up that turns violent, it becomes clear Devon isn't the only one who's changed, and the city is more than what lies on the surface.Thrust into a complicated situation riddled with politics, violence, lore, and a roommate with an odd shine to his eyes, Devon struggles to navigate vamp life while trying to hold on to the one person that matters to him the most.

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