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Pride Month Reading List of local authors part 2

Double Exposure (Pōneke Shadows Book 1) by Anne Barwell
MM urban fantasy

Vampires and werewolves live long lives. The Sleepless City saga might have ended but the story continues… Someone is hunting supernaturals. Vampire Simon Hawthorne and his human partner Ben Leyton’s plans for a peaceful holiday with family are hijacked by the New Zealand Supernatural Council. Tensions are on the rise in Wellington. Supernatural councillors are disappearing. Werewolves are suspicious of anyone human or vampire. If they don’t work together, their enemy has already won. And no one with a connection to the supernatural world is safe.

Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore
Sci-fi with a bi protagonist and all-queer cast

Orfeus the musician is searching for hope in the heart of danger…

In a lush solarpunk future, plants have stripped most of the poison from the air and bounty hunters keep resource hoarders in check. Orfeus only wants to be a travelling singer, famed and adored. She has her share of secrets, but she’s no energy criminal, so why does a bounty hunter want her dead? Not just any bounty hunter but the Wolf, most fearsome of all the Order of the Vengeful Wild. Orfeus will call in every favor she has to find out, seeking answers while clinging to her pride and fending off the hunters of the Wild. But she isn’t the only one at risk: every misstep endangers the enemies she turns into allies, and the allies she brings into danger. There are worse monsters than the Wolf hiding in this new green world.

Overdues and Occultism by Jamie Sands
MM urban fantasy, novella

A witch in the broom closet probably shouldn’t be so interested in a ghost hunter, right?

That Basil is a librarian comes as no surprise to his Mt Eden community.
That he’s a witch?

That might raise more than a few eyebrows.

When Sebastian, a paranormal investigator filming a web series starts snooping around Basil’s library, he stirs up more than just Basil’s heart. Between Basil’s own self-doubt, a ghost who steals books and Sebastian, an enthusiastic extrovert bent on uncovering secrets, Basil’s life is about to get a lot more complicated.

Caught (Smoke and Shadows 1) by Naomi Aoki
MM Yakuza dark romance

Available: Amazon, Kobo, Apple, B&N, coming to Google Play soon!
Love can be dark. It can be dangerous, deadly, and tainted.

Chocolate and roses? They weren’t the romantic sentiments expected of those who walked in this world of smoke and shadows. Takeshi Matsumoto didn’t need them… didn’t want them from the man he loved. But he didn’t expect the explosions or the attempts on his life, either. It wasn’t as though Yoshitake had gifted him with those life-threatening events, not when there were plenty of men already within the Shirokawa-gumi eager to get rid of him.

Men who wanted the power that came with being the Head of the Shirokawa-gumi.

Except he was the rightful heir… because he was Takeshi Matsumoto, Fifth Generation Head of the Shirokawa-gumi.

Securing his birthright wasn’t going to be easy, but Takeshi had been trained for this… planned for this… and he wouldn’t hesitate to kill for it.

But the problem was… Takeshi couldn’t trust anyone. Not even the man who shared his bed.

Caught (Smoke and Shadows 1) is a 56k approx. Dark MM Yakuza Romance that involves the twisted love of a yakuza heir and his older bodyguard.

Moonrite by Deonne Dane
MM high fantasy

The son of a Voce healer and a Dracan warrior, Falric Mislan has always questioned where he belongs.

While obligation, the easy companionship of his peers and the unswerving loyalty of his best friend has kept him grounded in his father’s culture, the alluring magic of his mother’s people inexorably calls to him.
Two rites stand between Falric and his fate. One, a simple, but unfamiliar ceremony that will awaken his Voce powers. The other, the Moon of Solitude. But when Falric uncovers a dangerous object, death and vengeance threaten his place and his future. Secrets abound and more than loyalties will be tested.

*Moon Rite is the first book in the Legend of the Ancients series. The books of Locurnia are LGBTQ inclusive and contain explicit material. This series is intended for adults 18 and over.

#Epicfantasy #Otherworld #Riteofpassage #Actionadventure #Magictalisman #Highheat #Romanticelements

Family Ties & Rainbow Bonds by Heather Sylvawood

Over last century the social mores against gays and lesbians forced many of them into secret relationships and exposed them to threats and phyiscal violence. Even as the century came to a close these risks still existed. Family Ties and Rainbow Bonds is set against the conflict of love on both sides of the fence.

Growing up with a strictly heterosexual father, Poppie, young Georgie struggles to find her true identity among her six brothers, including the extroverted pianist Claudios. Always a step behind in the family intrigues, Georgie doesn’t realise how the sons and daughters-in-law sort life so that they can benefit from their mother’s and father’s successful business venture in Christchurch. When Georgie falls for a teenage girl she meets at the family camping ground in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand, Georgie’s life begins to change. Then there’s the realisation that brother Claudios and his ‘flatmate’ walk to the same drum as Georgie does. Each has their own coming out story that they share as Georgie joins the Rainbow Family.
Georgie moves into the political activity that emerged in New Zealand in the early 1980s, at a time when enlightened New Zealanders are working towards the repeal of anti-homosexual law in New Zealand, a time when the good and bad of people on both sides of the debate are exposed. Family Ties and Rainbow Bonds explores the tensions of the time and how love can tie and release the truth of being who you really are.

The Other Side of the Mirror by Jamie Sands
Lesbian and non-binary urban fantasy mystery

The case: a grandmother who vanished from a locked room.
The best lead: a psychic who’s as mysterious as she is cute.

Detective Jack Duarte is the one called upon when weird cases hit Auckland. A fierce loner with a reputation for solving the unsolvable, she is the perfect choice for the latest odd mystery: the locked-room disappearance of a beloved grandmother, who has vanished without trace and, seemingly, without suspects or a motive.

This time around, though, Jack has also been assigned a partner. The fresh young detective Piper, who has transferred in with a difficult history, is determined to prove themself. Smart, perky, and inexperienced. They are exactly the kind of partner Jack manages to scare away. As they dig deeper into the mystery, though, Jack has to put her own reluctance in the back seat and help Piper navigate a whole different world — because the beloved grandmother has her own mysterious past, one that has already cost lives… and souls.

With the help of the enigmatic and beautiful psychic Emmaline, Jack and Piper must confront the strange world on the other side of the mirror. Some mysteries can only be solved with magic!