Rec: The Gardener’s Mother Dances

Title: The Gardener’s Grandmother Dances
Author: graspthesanity
Format: short story 
Published/Free: Free
Length: 884 words
Status: Finished 
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: https://graspthesanity.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/the-gardeners-grandmother-dances/

Summary: A short piece of fiction focusing on three different events tied together, losing track of time. 

Review: It was fun to write and I used third person, which I haven’t used in years, as I tend to stick with first. 

Desired tags: gay, lgbt, questioning, historical fiction, short story. 

Rec: The Gallian Rose

Title: The Gallian Rose
Author: moonlighten
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 151,372 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: offscreen death, mentions of past abuse, mentions of past parental death
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18882250/chapters/44818843
Summary: For ten years, Alasdair Ramsey has been a guard in Deva, a large but sleepy town in a quiet backwater of the Empire. In that time, he hasn’t witnessed many unnatural deaths, but one day he finds a dead man in an alleyway with a very distinctive rose resting on his chest.

That rose changes the entire course of his life.

(Murder mystery and slow burn m/m set in a fantasy world which is loosely based on a mixture of the Roman Empire and 19th century England.)
Review: The author’s summary covers this story quite nicely. I particularly enjoyed the care this author put into their many side characters—each character comes fully formed, with interesting relationships to each other and the MCs. This is the first of a trilogy, and I’m eager to see what the MCs are up to for their return in book 3.
Desired tags:#slash #bodyguards #crime #detectives/police #friendship #magic users #demisexual should be a tag #just saying #by: moonlighten #free #status: complete #rating: teen

Rec: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)

Title: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)
Author: Aldrea Alien
Format: Kindle
Published/Free: Published. $2.99 (until the 15th of April)
Length: 598
Status: Complete book of on-going series
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide attempt. Violence. Homophobia.
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0834FL7QG
Summary:

How can he win with the odds stacked against him?

Prince Hamish has no interest in fulfilling his duty of marrying. Not to a woman, at least. That doesn’t stop his mother, Queen Fiona, from presenting him with every eligible noblewoman that enters their castle. He’s certain it’ll be no different with the representative of the Udynea Empire.

So when they do arrive, Hamish is relieved the imperial prince, Darshan, is not the woman everyone expected. Until the man kisses him and Hamish is confronted by the very emotions he has been forced to conceal or be punished for. Emotions he is eager to explore.

But the kiss proves to be a little too public and leads his mother to take drastic measures to ensure Hamish adheres to her family vision. The contest of arms will force Hamish to make a choice: give up his happiness for convention’s sake or send the kingdom spiralling into civil war for the right to love his own way.

Review: Entertaining read. Really liked Darshan and Hamish. Excited for what happens next!

Rec: Fallen Hero: Rebirth

Title: Fallen Hero: Rebirth
Author: Malin Rydén
Format: Online text-based Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game
Published/Free: Published
Length: 380,000
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Possible mentions of past abuse, suicide, alcoholism
Link: https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-contributed/fallen-hero-rebirth/
Summary: Become the greatest telepathic villain Los Diablos has ever known! Once you were famous; soon you will be infamous. That is, unless your old friends in the Rangers stop you first. Juggle different identities and preserve your secrets as you build new alliances and try to forget the friendships you’ve left behind.

Review: In terms of interactive fiction, Fallen Hero: Rebirth may be the best one out there. The intricate and seamless writing introduces a world where superheroes are more than simple ‘do-gooders’ and where everything may not be as it seems. The characters you can romance are fully fleshed out and are truly living and breathing in the city that you may very well destroy…

Rec: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]

Title: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]
Author:
Croik (illus: Del)

Format:
Web serial

Published/Free:
Free

Length:
80+ chapters

Status:
Ongoing

Rating:
Mature

Warnings:
Graphic violence/death,

Link:
https://m.tapas.io/series/BangBangBOOMNewYork

Summary:
In the alleyways of 1920s New York, young immigrant and small time gangster Jakub Danowicz meets Cheshire Bloom, an eccentric teen in possession of explosive magical powers. You might not call it love at first sight, but something like it.


Review:
I stumbled across this web novel and consumed the whole thing + the (also ongoing) webcomic in three days. It’s really freaking good. The creators pair strong characterizations with a multi-faceted plot that more than makes up for the excruciating slow burn this romance kicks off with (and boy, is it ever a slow burn). Check it out, and be prepared to lose your weekend.

Rec: Rébellion

Title: Rébellion

Author: Anwise Lanvière

Format: Novel

Published/Free: Free

Length: 3 chapters/?

Status: WIP

Rating: Mature

Warnings: Written in French! Dubious consent, mention of violence, mention of child abuse

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/166116351-rébellion

Summary: Comme tous ceux de son peuple depuis que le grand empire de Fréane a conquis la péninsule d’Uria, Sao est un esclave.
Son indiscipline l’a conduit à être vendu de maître en maître jusqu’à se retrouver au service du mystérieux Friedhelm Archenias.
Si cette nouvelle situation lui permet de retrouver un peu de confort et de se rapprocher de Rébellion, une organisation secrète d’esclaves qui fomente une révolte, il n’en reste pas moins sur ses gardes. Il se méfie du caractère imprévisible de son maître, qui lui accorde de nombreux privilèges mais n’hésite pas à lui rappeler sa condition à la moindre occasion.
Sao et les rebelles parviendront-ils à obtenir la liberté ?
Et qui est cet étrange monsieur Archenias ?

Review: Since I’m the author, my opinion cannot be neutral 😉 If you can read French and you’re looking for a slave/master story with a plot that goes beyond sexual tension and is more centred around politics. Also, steampunk atmosphere, if that’s your thing.

Desired tags: slash, bisexual, abuse, action/adventure, dubcon, dystopia, historical, love/hate, poc main character, rich guy/poor guy, servants, sex workers, slavery, steampunk/cyberpunk, war

Rec: Cover me over dead before I ever hear your cry

Title: Cover me over dead before I ever hear your cry

Author: Anonymous

Format: Novel

Published/Free: Free

Length: 11232

Status: WIP

Rating: Mature/Explicit

Warnings: non-con, violence, slavery

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/17413931?show_comments=true&view_full_work=true#comments

Summary: Hector survives a duel and lives to see his city burn. Achilles dodges an arrow and lives to break down Hector’s door.

Review: I am really not good at reviewing so I will just say that despite the story being at its begining you can see that the writing is the highest quality. It begins with the fall of Troy and centers around Hector(who survived his duel with Achilles) and tragedy of the citizen of the fallen city. It is heavier on feelings and psychology of characters than action but you get the latter too.

One criticism that I may have is that for a person who is not well versed in Greek myths it may be hard to catch up sometimes and there are too many of the characters introduced and never heard from  again.

Highly recommended. 

My Heart Will Be Waiting

Title: My Heart Will Be Waiting
Author: JesBelle
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 3,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18345128
Summary:  A knight, a witch, a little magic.
Review:  A work of great beauty and sensitivity, but I could be a little biased. ; )
Desired Tags: bisexual, fairytale/mythological, fantasy, knights, magic users, romance

Rec: Fourth Point of Contact (Legends of Lobe den Herren Book 1)

Title: Fourth Point of Contact (Legends of Lobe den Herren Book 1)
Author: AJ Sherwood
Format: Kindle; Paperback
Published/Free: $3.99; $13.99
Length: 335
Status: Ongoing series
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Death
Link: https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Point-Contact-Legends-Herren-ebook/dp/B07JJZR6H9/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=3866HGLRLJ0XZ&keywords=fourth+point+of+contact+aj+sherwood&qid=1560636918&s=gateway&sprefix=the+fourth+point+%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
Summary:

“Renjimantoro.”

Ren’s head snapped up, as Brahms only used his full name when being completely serious.

Those dark blue eyes met his levelly, penetratingly, as if he could see every thought going through Ren’s head. And he likely could. The man was exceptionally good at seeing through people. “Come with me.”

Oh hell. He really had no defenses against that plea. Brahms rarely asked anything of him, and every time he had, it turned out to be for Ren’s own good. “You realize that if I go, your reputation is never going to recover. People assume I’ve seduced you over to my side as it is.”

Brahms just stared at him.

“Right, you don’t care. Of course you don’t, silly me, why am I worrying about it?” Relief filled him, making him a little giddy with it, and he had the strangest urge to giggle. Which wasn’t manly, he stamped that out immediately, but still a grin took over his face. “Alright, alright, I’ll go home with you.”

Not once in the past five years has Castle Warden Sho Renjimantoro regretted following his best friend to Aart. How can he regret it when he finds open acceptance regarding his sexuality from everyone around him (even if they don’t understand it), and he gets to be with the man most important to him?

No, finding someone in this country is a fantasy best forgotten.

General Arman Brahms, finally home from deployment, has waited over two years to show Ren he’s wrong, that fantasies can come true. Unfortunately, his plans get put on hold to help Ren solve the crisis unfolding in the castle.

Someone is doing their level best to make sure the engagement of Prince Charles and Princess Alexandria of Scovia falls through—by fair means or foul. In addition, they’re trying to make Ren deemed incompetent and dismissed from his position. While hunting for the perpetrator, Ren and Arman do everything in their power to protect those they’re sworn to before the irredeemable occurs.

And along the way, prove that even an ordinary life can become extraordinary.

Review: A nice entertaining read. Really liked Arman and Ren. Excited to see what happens next!

Sesame But Different

Title: Sesame But Different
Author: Chia
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Currently on episode 11, ongoing with new episodes every Sunday.
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Linkhttps://sesamebutdifferent.tumblr.com/
Summary: Slice of life lesbian webcomic featuring Chia and Poppy – two girls named after seeds who also happen to be dating each other. They are same-same (or sesame), but different. 

Review: This is my own comic, so I’d rather not provide my own (generally self-deprecating) feelings about my work, but would love to hear feedback on how I can improve.