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Review: “Alien Quest” by Mark Zurbo

Alien Quest

Title: Alien Quest Series: Book 1 of the Alien Danger Series Author: Mark Zurbo Genre: sci-fi LGBTQ+ Category: m/m, cis Publisher: MLR Press Pages: 396 pages Blurb Gay Chicago waiter falls in love with a sexy, mysterious alien who asks for his help to save Earth from a mad scientist. Chicago waiter Mike Carlson stumbles into intergalactic intrigue and romance as he becomes involved with Joe, an alien cop, who lands on Earth in pursuit of a dangerous mad scientist bent on taking over our corner of the universe. As Mike joins Joe on a wild adventure beyond anything he … Read more

Asta’s Annotation: MM Fiction and the Female Gaze

Asta's Annotations

We hear a lot about the male gaze in the arts, but what about the female gaze, especially when it comes to MM fiction?

It is no secret that women make up a high percentage of gay romance writers and readers. I, myself, number among them. The question I thought I’d raise today is what influence this prevalence of women has upon the genre. Does it even affect it at all?

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Announcement: Infernal Machine, by Elizabeth A. Schecter

Infernal Machine

Forbidden Fiction author Elizabeth A. Schechter has a new fantasy book out: Student-Artificer Elijah Saloman discovers what he thinks could be a lost masterwork of the greatest Artificer ever born. He is determined to make it work, even though he has no idea what it is or what it is supposed to do. But when everything that can go wrong does, Elijah finds himself caught in an interesting predicament—trapped within the machine, and at the mercy of the whimsical plaything of a long-dead Artificer with a taste for the exotic. Excerpt Gently, I eased my tool into the opening, easing … Read more

Announcement: A Demon Inside, by Rick R. Reed

A Demon Inside

DSP Publications’ Rick R. Reed has a reissued paranormal book out: Hunter Beaumont doesn’t understand his grandmother’s deathbed wish: “Destroy Beaumont House.” He’s never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother’s wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House. But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And with whom—or what—he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he … Read more

Announcement: Where There’s Smoke, by Cari Z.

Where There's Smoke

QSFer Cari Z. has a new superhero/villain MM book out: Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob. But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over … Read more

Interview: Zev de Valera, Author of the Ring of Amentotep Series


Today we’ve got another exclusive interview for you, with QSFer Zev de Valera, author of the Ring of Amentotep Series. Enjoy! QSF: So you’re writing an MM series – how would you describe it, in a nutshell? A Brazil nut? I love Brazil nuts. OK. I’ll be serious. It began as a short story for a ‘gay superhero’ open call, but was picked up as a stand-alone short. The series idea came when my editor said: stop with the cliff-hangers unless you intend this to be a series. So, I fleshed out the idea of this regular guy who comes … Read more

Announcement: Dark Waters, by Chris Quinton

QSFer Chris Quinton has a paranormal book that’s just out in paperback: Flein is a wanderer by instinct and need, roaming the known world as the fancy takes him. In the Highland village of Glenfinnan, women have been raped and brutally murdered. The killer is a waterhorse, a monstrous shapeshifter by all accounts. But when Flein meets Donnchadh, first in its equine form, then its man-shape, he knows the waterhorse is innocent. Flein is drawn to the shapeshifter, but he finds it difficult to acknowledge it’s more than a monster. Donnchadh, though wary, shares the same attraction. They join forces … Read more

Announcement: Shirewode, by J. Tullos Hennig

QSFer and DSP author J. Tullos Hennig has a new book out in the Wode Series: The King of the Shire Wode. That is what they will call you… Home razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob is left for dead. Taken by the old druid master into the deeps, Rob survives to emerge as driven leader of a band of tight-knit outcasts, claiming the forest as their own and wielding the Horned Lord’s vengeance with silent, deadly arrows. Gamelyn has fled England, only to return after finding new identity and purpose–but no absolution–on Crusade. When … Read more