Rainbow Reading: March 20

Bite-sized reviews of the LGBTQ books I’ve read in the past week. All titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

Between March 13th and 19th, I read:

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ARC Review: Brush Strokes

Brush StrokesI received an ARC of Brush Strokes via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brush Strokes by E.S. Karlquist is a New Adult contemporary fiction book centered around Todd Navarro. Todd is halfway through college and is unsure of what he wants to do in the future, other than knowing he wants it to be somehow art related. But his dad doesn’t think art can be a real job, and the fact that the gallery Todd works at is struggling financially isn’t helping matters.

When his best friend Mela drags him out to a party to take his mind off things, he meets Daniel and develops a crush – until he learns Daniel might be involved in deciding the art gallery’s future.

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ARC Review: Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating SimulatorI received a copy of Dream Daddy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is a graphic novel based on the characters from the Dream Daddy visual novel video game. It brings together a large collection of artists and illustrators to explore new stories and provide more backstory. In other words, this is based on the game but is not  simply the game in graphic novel form.

I haven’t played the game personally, although I’ve heard a lot about it from people who have; I had a vague idea of who most of the characters were, but I didn’t really know any specifics. I think greater familiarity with the characters would have increased my enjoyment of this comic, although it works fine as a standalone; I wasn’t left scratching my head about character relationships or how so-and-so knew each other.

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ARC Review: She/He/They/Me

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary ResistersI received a copy of She/He/They/Me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle is a fascinating addition to the gender studies oeuvre. It explores how gender is viewed across times and cultures; how gendered expectations are passed down; how gender intersects with race, sexual orientation, medical care, and the workforce; and more.

And, most interesting of all, it does all that in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. There are some brief preliminary paths to explore cultures that recognize more or fewer genders than the “big two” and cultures where gender is not assigned at birth, but the main adventure starts with your birth into the typical US culture.

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TBR Acrostic: March Madness

My TBR is currently sitting at 137 titles, and that’s only counting books that I can access right now. Meaning: books that have been published and that I either already own or can get from my library system.

I’ve essentially given up on getting that list to actually shrink, so I’ve decided to have some fun with it! I saw a tag about making acrostics with your TBR – picking a word or phrase and finding titles on your list that start with each of those letters – and decided it would be fun to make a monthly TBR acrostic. Goodness knows I have enough titles on there to spell pretty much anything I can think of!

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Cover Reveal: Royal Rescue

I’m very excited to share the cover of my upcoming ace-focused fantasy novel, Royal Rescue! Royal Rescue is coming April 8, 2019, from NineStar Press, and has a beautiful cover designed by Natasha Snow.

Royal Rescue features an aro-ace MC, a world with 0% heteronormativity, and dragons 🐲

At age 18, when they become marriageable, all royal children in the Thousand Kingdoms must either go questing to rescue another royal or be hidden away to await rescue themselves. Some go the traditional route of princes rescuing princesses, but not all princes want to be rescuers… and some would rather rescue other princes.

Then there’s Prince Gerald, who has no interest in getting married at all. When he refuses to choose a role as either rescuer or rescuee, his royal parents choose for him and have him magicked away to a distant tower to await a spouse.

Gerald, however, is having none of it. He recruits his guardian dragon and a would-be rescuer and soon the trio is dashing to all corners of the united kingdoms in a quest to overturn the entire system.

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