Good morning, everyone!
Since this week on the blog is chock full of promo posts for various books and authors, I decided to fill the last two days with some other fun posts!
For today, I’m taking inspiration from CW and Varian the Toadshifter from over at The Quiet Pond to recommend some diverse anthologies!
I second all CW and Varian’s YA anthology recommendations, so I’m going to try and give you a few others so you have a nice mixture! (I hope y’all are interested in Adult anthologies, because of these will be that.)
In any case! The following recommendations include characters and authors who are marginalized in various ways–from race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and more.
ROGUE NIGHTS by Talia Hibbert, Annabeth Albert, Shae Connor, Hudson Lin, Ainsley Booth, Rebecca Crowley, Robin Covington
Seven tales of romance, hope, and passion. Even after the roughest night, dawn promises new beginnings.
Resisting Desire by Talia Hibbert
Activist, womanist and journalist Nina Chapman is in love with her brother’s best friend. Oops. When her attempt to seduce calm, reliable James Foster backfires, Nina’s mortified—but as much as she’d like to avoid him, she can’t. No; she literally can’t. Because Nina’s latest article has made her public enemy number one, and now the man who broke her heart just might be her only protection…
Dropped Stitches by Annabeth Albert
When activist knitter Bea goes to vote, the last person she expects to run into is her high school crush. The two women forge an unlikely election day connection, but can they see a future beyond the victory party?
Parking Lot Cowboy by Rebecca Crowley
Margot Dunn has spent months making up an elaborate fantasy about the tall, silent cowboy who serves as her fellow volunteer escort at a family planning clinic in Topeka. Then one morning he speaks, and the complicated reality of ranch-hand Tyler Olsen is better than any story she could make up.
Dare to Dream by Hudson Lin
After the 2016 election, Derek Lam kicked his political activism into high gear—it’s what anyone with half a conscious would do. Which is why he doesn’t understand how Diego Ortega, a classmate from law school and a Dreamer, could be so politically disengaged. For Diego, pursuing law had never been about social justice. His priority has always been providing for and protecting his undocumented mother and his kid sister. Getting political did nothing but draw attention his family didn’t need. Working on a class assignment together, Diego and Derek’s mutual attraction bubbles just under the surface. But any potential relationship will have to survive the sparks that fly from their clashing political views.
The Coffee Shop Around the Corner by Shae Connor
Political discourse is Madeline Maloney’s jam. Social media manager for a progressive mayoral candidate, she finds her interest piqued by an email exchange with a local businessman—but also by the cute guy at the coffee shop where she buys her morning cup. Palmer Harrison spends his mornings smiling at the beautiful woman who orders a caramel latte every day and his off hours emailing with a mystery woman who works for a mayoral campaign. Their parallel relationships intersect on Election Day…
Love Your Face by Ainsley Booth
Fifteen years ago, Fred left the Midwest behind and moved to New York City. Return visits have been rocky, and this Thanksgiving promises more family drama Fred really doesn’t want to deal with it. Her best friend’s surprise appearance smooths over a difficult holiday, but raises new, complicated personal feelings when the very straight Ami confesses she’s not very straight after all.
Sacred Son by Robin Covington
Adam Woodson has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of Native Americans in court and in the legislature, a career that has kept him too busy to regret the man who got away. Judah Nighthorse is rebuilding his life after prison, fighting to regain custody of his son from a non-Native foster family so he swallows his pride and asks the man he left behind for help. When fighting the good fight together sparks desire they can’t resist, they must decide if their future holds a second chance or a final goodbye.
START HERE by Brigitte Bautista, Motzie Dapul, Agay Llanera, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Danice Sison, Yeyet Soriano, Barbie Barbieto, Katt Briones, Ronald S. Lim
There’s a first time for everything. Gatecrashing a KPop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl you’ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.
Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters – unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether you’re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, there’s a story in here for you.
So, go on.
Turn the page.
(Edited by Ronald S. Lim and Brigitte Bautista. Featuring short stories by Agay Llanera, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Danice Sison, Yeyet Soriano, Barbie Barbieto, Katt Briones, Bobbi Moran, Motzie Dapul, and Brigitte Bautista. This anthology contains M/M, F/F, F/NB romance stories with happy endings. Some stories have a high heat level.)
TRICKED by Chace Verity, Leigh Landry, Hannah Joseph, M.Z. Medina, Kate Sheeran Swed
An adult anthology of 5 stories featuring trickster themes, each loaded to the brim with conspiracies, scoundrels, and plot twists galore.
A jilted silent film star plans a revenge heist with the unscrupulous childhood friend he always found rather handsome. A bank tycoon’s son plans to run off with Daddy’s money—and maybe his florist. To discourage a fae’s pursuit of her sister, a young woman writes awful fake love messages she delivers in person. To win a contest, a Frog Town Tavern waitress convinces her coworker to take her frogging. And in the far reaches of space, a Supreme Galactic Emperor takes on an ambitious building project under dubious circumstances.
From the mansions of Tinseltown to the outer limits of the galaxy, these diverse stories have one message in common: in their world, it’s either trick—or be tricked.
BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA OF THE YEAR, VOLUME 4 by Calliope Bloom, Rebecca Chase, Alyssa Cole, Eliza David, Jocelyn Dex, Patricia Elzie, Megan Hart, Regina Kammer, Mica Kennedy, Louise Lagris, Tamara Lush, Madeline Moore, Tamsen Parker, Sofia Quintero, Rosie Beth Randall, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Suleikha Snyder, Alessandra Torre, Jo Henny Wolf R.M. Wood
In Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has gathered the hottest sexy stories starring outspoken women who daringly pursue love and lust. You’ll read about a single mom who goes back to college and gets some very hands-on education from her hot professor, an Amish woman tenderly revealing her most intimate desires, and a woman who crafts the man of her dreams. From outsiders who lustily claim their place without apology to women taking the boldest of risks with their hearts and their bodies, these sizzling stories are sure to make your heart pound. Featuring stories by popular authors including Alyssa Cole, Megan Hart, Tamara Lush, Tamsen Parker, Sofia Quintero, Suleikha Snyder and Alessandra Torre, along with a variety newcomers to the genre, these tales will turn you on and stay with you long after you’ve finished.
TEACHER’S PET by Kashmira Majumdar, S.A. James, Asta Idonea, Hudson Lin, Aila Alvina Boyd, Valentine Wheeler, Damian Serbu, Jack Harbon, Arden Powerl, Nicki J. Markus
Lessons Outside the Classroom
By Virtue Fall by Kashmira Majumdar – The rules have changed…and so have the consequences for breaking them.
Striking Gold by S.A. James – Sometimes when we think we have no choice, life brings something brighter.
Full Marks by Asta Idonea – When Jacob seeks out his favourite lecturer at a university reunion, will he get full marks?
Lessons for a Lifetime by Hudson Lin – A second language, a first chance at love.
Welcome to Ms Skinner’s Freshman Composition by Aila Alvina Boyd – After auditioning for a play, professor and student find themselves cast opposite each other as romantic leads.
Piece of Cake by Valentine Wheeler – All Richard wanted was a nice, quiet retirement. His kids aren’t going to let that happen.
Professor Ghost by Damian Serbu – An otherworldly mentor might be his way out.
Bare by Jack Harbon – When a passion for art turns into something more.
The Botanist’s Apprentice by Arden Powell – Don’t get too close to the flowers.
INTO THE MYSTIC, VOLUME 1 by J.C. Long, Brooklyn Ray, Kara Race-Moore, Samantha Kate, Nicole Field, Caitlin Ricci, L.J. Hamlin, Kayla Bashe, Charli Coty, Tay La Roi, J.P. Jackson
Eleven lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories…
Reborn by Brooklyn Ray – Dark magic, mystical bloodlines, a living forest, and two women fighting to reclaim a love they lost.
Zero Hour by J.C. Long – She can’t outrun the full moon.
Dove in the Window by Kara Race-Moore – As if the Great Depression wasn’t bad enough, Cissy’s first love is back from the dead.
Bottom of the River by Samantha Kate – The demon isn’t always the monster.
If You Want to Walk by Nicole Field – Follow Chess into the Underneath and meet the strange creatures she finds there.
A Tended Garden by J.P. Jackson – Immortality or humanity—which one will win out in the end?
Romancing the Healer by Caitlin Ricci – In a deadly snowstorm a werewolf needs all the help she can get, and the werebear coming to her aid is more than she appears to be.
Midnight Kisses by L.J. Hamlin – A local witch, a new-to-town werewolf, and a mystery to be solved.
Like a Bell through the Night by Kayla Bashe – Guarding a faerie princess? All in a day’s work for a werewolf bodyguard. Avoiding falling in love with said princess? The hardest mission of Jaffa’s life.
The Imp in the Rock by Charli Coty – The cure for a bad breakup might be magic.
Smile Like You Mean It by Tay LaRoi – Ingrid meets a terrifying Japanese legend, but the stories are all wrong.
REINDEER GAMES: A HOLIDAY ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Adriana Anders, Ainsley Booth, Andie J. Christopher, Eve Dangerfield, HelenKay Dimon, Tracey Livesay, Tamara Lush, Kelly Maher, Charlotte Stein
A holiday anthology from bestselling and award-winning authors about the games people play when people get snowed in…
These are the games people play when they’re snowed in, caught in a storm, and stuck with the ones they can’t resist.