Reading list getting stale as we head into spring? Freshen it up with these nine LGBT novels, anthologies and web serials to make the winter blues melt away.
by Jim Arnold
Young gay men George and Connor get more than they bargained for when they’re caught up in a Palm Springs real-estate scam that casts a dark and deceptive shadow on the otherwise serene desert scene in this neo-noir mystery novel.
The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings
by Sarah Galvin
Galvin, who was previously author of the Wedding Crasher column in “The Stranger” newspaper, expands her audience with this series of essays derived from real interviews with same-sex couples that mimic the course of a wedding, from the point of popping the question and planning the big day to the romance and relief of the honeymoon.
by Margaret Fieland
In this adventure-packed sci-fi romance, Colonel Rob Walker risks his already-teetering familial relationships to negotiate a treaty between the Terran Federation and the Aleyni as new and unexpected relationships emerge.
by Sarah Beth James
Jack, whose mother died when he was young and whose father doesn’t care much for him, clings to childhood sweetheart Stephen until infidelity drives a wedge in their relationship, ultimately pushing the vulnerable and unstable young man into drugs, drinking and a church that wants to help him “pray the gay away.”
by Milton Stern
While technically not a book in the tangible sense, the online serial novel “Working Boys,” released in piecemeal by author Milton Stern, is a murder mystery of the erotic kind – a game of Clue among escorts, if you will – that features all the hallmarks of a classic homo whodunit, like kidnappings, meth addicts and dead bodies that drop like your Calvins. Chapters one through 18 are currently available; a new chapter is published every month.
by Tom Mendicino
In the sequel to Mendicino’s adult novella “KC, At Bat,” lovelorn protagonists Kevin “KC” Conroy and Charlie Beresford cross paths as young adults both struggling to find their place in the world. Five years older and wiser, the once-familiar-but-confused friends try to reignite an old flame fueled by a more mature, if not skeptical, perspective.
by Annabeth Albert
All three of Albert’s “Portland Heat” novellas – “Served Hot,” “Baked Fresh,” and “Delivered Fast” – are published together for the first time in this collection of novellas that offer tasty takes on gay dating, sex and romance in Oregon, all set in the city’s cafes, restaurants and bakeries to further whet your appetite.
The Grave Soul
by Ellen Hart
Hart’s “Jane Lawless Mysteries” continue – this is volume 23, in fact – with Guthrie Hewitt, who plans to propose to local girl Kira Adler. But when a Thanksgiving trip home with Kira makes him uneasy – a result of her murderous nightmares – Hewitt enlists Lawless to crack the case.
Crooked Letter i
edited by Connie Griffin
Sixteen first-person narratives – coming out stories from a cross-section of LGBT southerners – comprise this revealing and remarkable collection of essays that provide a glimpse of what life is like for our brothers and sisters who grow up in the Bible Belt: how they cope with prejudice and injustice and subsequently find the courage to overcome it.