I’m not reading anything this week, and with anything I mean I’m not reading any book at the moment. What I have been looking at is a blog I found on twitter called Gay Flash Fiction.
It feels like I should’ve been on the blog before, and maybe I have, but I don’t remember it. It’s filled with flash fiction and poetry which is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex friendly (or so their slogan says) and the one I read most recently was Pathetic Losers by Lucian Carter.
I won’t say much about Pathetic Losers, it’s flash fiction so talking about the plot will pretty much be to say too much. It’ a bit violent though so prepare for a few specks of blood. I don’t know anything about Lucian Carter but you can check him out on twitter if you want.
Swing by the site if you like flash fiction, it’s been up and running since 2011 so lots of stories to read.
Friday again and I picked up The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer, #1) by Kasia Bacon this week. It showed up everywhere in my feed on Goodreads and it turned out to be free on Amazon (it isn’t anymore, I’m afraid, but you can stand to fork out a little money for a good story).
I haven’t read anything by Ms Bacon before and I don’t normally pick books with elves. Don’t ask me why. I gladly read stories about almost every possible and impossible creature anyone can think up, but I tend to stay away from elves. I should probably add that even though there are elves it’s not heavy on ‘elf-content’ (LOL). There are humans and non-humans, conflicts and prejudice, wrongdoings and revenge. It really has a little of everything, nothing feels hurried or left out yet it’s ‘only’ fifty pages long – just how I want my stories.
This is a lovely tale about bloody coughs and creatures I know nothing about – furias might be a new favourite (are they the goddesses of revenge I think they are??) – and I would love to read the next in the series…when it comes.
Check it out!
Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.
Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?
Warning: Contains mentions of off page sexual assault
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Why didn’t I read this little story when it first came? I really enjoyed The Raven’s Luck by Laylah Hunter. I mostly picked it because it was short and because I have a thing for assassins – I mean what sane girl hasn’t? LOL – but once I started reading I lost myself in the story.
Sam and Rio are both assassins, they start out as rivals trying to impress each other with their skills and witty comments, but then comes a job they need to cooperate on. Sparks fly, both actual and metaphorical, and when the story neared the end I wished it had been longer. I would’ve loved to read more about the world Sam and Rio are in and I’m sure there are more politicians who need to die.
A great little read and lucky for us all it was written as part the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event and is, therefore, free. If you like a little Sci-Fi and a dead guy or two then give it a go.
I’d like him to be an assassin of some sort. Bonus points if we get to see him get his hands dirty. Extra bonus points for moral ambiguity. I don’t know or care what race (human, elf, fey, etc.) Some sort of storyline outside the romance would be good, and at least some world-building would be nice. I enjoy battles and fighting. There should probably be some sort of fantasy element present, but I leave that completely at your discretion. Setting (historical, fantasy, contemporary) is also up to the author. I just want to see someone tell this guy’s story, whatever it may be