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#IndiePride - Spotlight LGBT+ Indie Books in June

I'm going to be doing book spotlights on my blog and Twitter for LGBT+ books and authors in the indie/self-published community in June and figured I'd link it here in case anyone wants to check out some great books or pick up a few to review themselves ^-^

For the books being spotlighted, check out this link on my blog or this goodreads list :)

You can also check out more links from indie authors in this Twitter thread, or see some of my reviews/recs I've already put together on my blog
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

A Mage's Guide to Human Familiars by AJ Sherwood

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: AJ Sherwood

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: paperback, Kindle

Genres: fantasy, m/m/m

Notes about book/series: This is m/m/m polyamory. There's a lot of light-hearted humour, but one of the characters (Nico) is a bit of a caricature because of it. I enjoyed the book, but keep it for when you're not in the mood for multi-layered characters.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

All Roads Lead to This by Kay Claire

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: Kay Claire

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: Kindle

Genres: romance, m/m

Notes about book/series: This is major m/m, where one of the guys is trans. There's also a non-binary minor character.

This book mentions Covid safety measures, which I liked, but heads up in case you want to avoid the topic entirely.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

Deception by Naomi Aoki

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: Naomi Aoki

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: Kindle

Genres: romance, m/m/f

Notes about book/series: Be gay, do crime! That's not what I usually go for, but it was well done, except for some grammar mistakes.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

Lunar New Love by Ophelia Silk

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: Ophelia Silk

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: Kindle, Kindle Unlimited

Genres: romance, nb/nb

Notes about book/series: The story takes place in France, in Orléans and Paris to be specific, so of course I had to read it. It has a beautiful writing style.

Minh is agender (they/them) and Cass is genderfluid (either Cassandra, she/her, or Apollo, he/him). It's still very rare to encounter nb/nb stories.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

Sword Dance by AJ Demas

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: AJ Demas

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: paperback, Kindle

Genres: historical, m/nb

Notes about book/series: This is historical fantasy, as in there's no magic, but the story takes place in a fictional world based on Ancient Greece. The political intrigue reminded me of Nightrunner by Lynn Flewelling.

The spy is a genderfluid eunuch (he used to be a slave, but is now free) and there is major m/nb.

I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. Note for later: AJ Demas also publishes fantasy as Alice Degan.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

Worm in a Jar by B. Pigeon

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: B. Pigeon

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: paperback, Kindle

Genres: novella, fantasy, f/nb

Notes about book/series: This story has a casual, everyday vibe to it. It reminded me of the lovely Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans.

Malee is sapphic. Worm is non-binary, with they/them pronouns. For more LGBT Quick Reads, check out my rec list.
Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec

Renegades by EM Lindsey

Disclaimer: I'm not the author.

Author: EM Lindsey

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Available in: paperback, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Audible

Genres: romance, m/m

Notes about book/series: This is Book 1 of Breaking the Rules, a spin-off of the Irons and Works series, which I haven't read. There's a big found family in the background, which is obviously from the main series, but I didn't feel confused at any time. The only thing is that I would have liked more focus on the teens, but maybe I'll find this in the sequels.

Kane suffers from PTSD related to past domestic abuse. Soren has a fractured spine and uses a cane, a walker or a wheelchair, depending on his condition. Based on the other characters, it seems that EM Lindsey is definitely an author to follow for m/m and disability intersectionality. In the same vein, I also recommend Nicky James' books: Love Me Whole (dissociative identity disorder) and The One That Got Away (paranoia, but this time somebody is actually out to get him).