My thoughts about a few of the books I’ve read in…
If haven’t had a chance to check out this year’s Lambda Literary Award recipients, let me introduce you to one of the winning novels. Yolanda Wallace’s Tailor-Made won 1st place in the… Read more.
THE WORLD UNSEEN
Written by Shamim Sarif, this story explores the societal and cultural components of social control. It unfolds around the lives of two families that emigrated from India to… Read more.
IF YOU COULD BE MIND
This a coming-of-age story taps into forbidden love and trans culture in modern-day Iran. Sahar Ghazvini is seventeen and deeply in love with her… Read more.
THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE
Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican born “out poet and political activist” who made a big splash in the spoken-word community after relocating to the U.S. in 1998. I, however,… Read more.
Books are one great way to commemorate Black History Month. So, I began the month by reading a novel published nearly 45 years ago. Ann Allen Shockley’s Loving Her was… Read more.
AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS
Rivers Solomon’s debut science-fiction novel is laced with well-built characters and subplots that sustain an intensely painted dystopian world… Read more.
Smoketown is a science fiction novel by Tenea D. Johnson. A Kentucky native, Johnson named the story after Louisville’s Smoketown, a historically African American neighborhood that housed… Read more.
ONCE AND FUTURE LOVERS
If you aren’t familiar with Sheree L. Greer, let me introduce you to her debut short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. As the titles… Read more.
THE SUMMER WE GOT FREE
The next time you’re in the mood for a richly thoughtful and emotional story, be sure to read The Summer We Got Free. The story opens in 1976 in… Read more.
A fast-paced, contemporary romance featuring Kenya Davis, a successful thirty-six-year-old professional on a quest to find love… Read more.
RISE OF THE GORGON
Elle Pharell is a journalist with a skin thick enough to repel the verbal bullets that conservative pundits throw at her and… Read more.
HERE COMES THE SUN
So much can be said about Here Comes the Sun, a story that weaves beautifully written prose through the ugliness of colorism… Read more.
THE CHEROKEE ROSE: A NOVEL OF GARDENS & GHOSTS
A hard-hitting cultural lesson that will linger in my character repository and digital bookshelf for years to come… Read more.
WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND
This romantic escapade features Dee Armstrong, a smart, capable, and stable woman with just enough flaws and hang-ups to form… Read more.
THE MELODY OF YOU AND ME
Meet Chris Morrison, a young music lover who works at a bookstore and takes life in as it happens. When Josie… Read more.
THE SIZE OF THE WORLD
In The Size of the World, Theia is intent on traveling across her world until she reaches the Darkness… Read more.
THE BEAST AT THE DOOR
This is delightful novella for readers who seek dashes of lesbian and steampunk flavors... Read more.
THE ISLAND AND THE KITE BY AURORA ZAHNI
This is a les-fic novella for for readers who desire romance and mystery fused with quirky stories and quick tempos… Read more.
THE BUTTERFLY MOMENTS BY RENEE BESS
I loved the writing in The Butterfly Moments, the depth of some of the characters, and the story as a whole. I feel like Bess took her time with aspects… Read more.
FISTFUL OF LOVE BY RENÉE CRONIN
Renée Cronin has written a story that may be sad for some readers and painful for others. The main character, Jeya, and her girlfriend, Rayne, represent the nuances of intimate partner violence in… Read more.
GOSLYN COUNTY BY A.M. McKNIGHT
Although Goslyn County is a big little town, an unfolding investigation thrusts Olivia into big-city action. Olivia Winston and Maureen Jeffries are a crime-solving duo whose mutual attraction buds into… Read more.
A RETURN TO ARMS BY SHEREE L. GREER
I’ve always felt that a sign of a good read is one that elicits emotions in the reader. There were several times when I teetered between anger and delight as I… Read more.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS BY REBECCA SKLOOT
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a riveting story about an African American woman’s unsung contribution to medicine. While undergoing treatment for… Read more.