QSFer A.J. Demas has a new queer fantasy book out (gay, non-binary): Saffron Alley.
A month ago, eunuch sword-dancer and spy Varazda collided with ex-soldier Damiskos at a seaside villa during a dizzying week of intrigue, assassinations, and a fake love affair that—maybe—turned real. Now Varazda is back home in Boukos, at the center of a family and community he dearly loves, and Damiskos is coming to visit.
Things aren’t going according to plan.
Varazda’s family members suspect Damiskos’ motives. Varazda grapples with his own desires. Add in a horrible goose, a potentially lethal sculpture, and yet another assassination plot, and any man other than Dami would be boarding a ship straight back to Pheme.
It’s going to take all of Damiskos’ patience, and all of Varazda’s strength, to make this new relationship work. After all that, solving one more murder shouldn’t be too hard.
Saffron Alley is the second book in the Sword Dance trilogy, the continuation of Dami and Varazda’s story from Sword Dance. It crosses over with One Night in Boukos, but you don’t have to have read that book to enjoy this one.
A.J. Demas writes about love and imaginary politics in a fictional ancient Mediterranean world. She has been making up stories since she was a little girl but only recently discovered the romance genre. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and cute daughter.
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