LGBT Fiction – The Mysterious Dorian Gray

The Mysterious Dorian GrayThe Mysterious Dorian Gray
By Keisha E. Pearson
Publisher: XX Publishing
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-0692846308
Pages: 316
Genre: LGBT Fiction

Born October 31, 1980, biracial, former N.Y. Yankee, Dorian James Gray lives in a Staten Island apartment overlooking the Upper Bay and drives a silver Jaguar.  The co-founder of Gray-Shepherd Works and director of Shades of Gray foundation enjoys reading listening to music and playing his saxophone. He practices martial arts to stay in shaped, but this perfect gentleman can’t find the perfect woman.

The Mysterious Dorian Gray Author Keisha E. PearsonAbout the Author:
Prairie View A&M graduate shared her passion for words with high school and college students before publishing her first novel after a five-year stint at San Jacinto College as a developmental writing teacher. She recently finished an education graduate program to further enhance her teaching acumen while publishing her second novel, REWIND. She continues creating wonderful literary works in addition to strengthening students’ writing skills.

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Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery – Nor The Battle To The Strong

Nor The Battle To The StrongNor The Battle To The Strong
By Mary D. Brooks
Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 978-0994476586
ASIN: B01N25XZ7P
Pages: 360
Genre:     Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Will Justice For One Have Life Threatening Repercussions For Many? Eva and Zoe return in the sixth novel of the award winning historical lesbian romance series imbued with urban fantasy and mystery.

On the night of November 9, 1938 in Berlin, Germany a teenager’s life was forever changed. Sent to the village of Aiden at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, body and mind were shattered in the brutal Aiden Research Facility. Eighteen years later, Eva Lambros is no longer a teenager but a wealthy heiress. She is poised and confident with the family she has always wanted but there is one last obstacle she must overcome. Together with her partner, the formidable Zoe Lambros, they travel to Aiden to open a memorial to the hundreds of souls that lost their lives. Aiden left Eva with debilitating mental constraints that have taken years to overcome but is she ready to confront and overcome her greatest fear?

Zoe not only has to contend with Eva’s state of mind, but she is also pulled into a mystery that involves a woman’s search for justice amidst shocking revelations that reaches into the upper echelons of Aiden society.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…

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Nor The Battle To The Strong Author - Mary D. BrooksAbout the Author:
A geek with too many imaginary friends who speak different languages (knew those language classes would come in handy). Historical romance and urban fantasy storyteller and addicted to stories and song about strength and courage. I play well with others (for an introvert) but then retreat to talk and write about my imaginary friends.  Passionate about lots of things that inspire the mind (art/design, psychology, science and tech) that sets my muse on fire (she’s a busy lady!).

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YA Coming of Age – My Ladybird Story

My Ladybird StoryMy Ladybird Story
By Magus Tor
Publisher: Beyond His Words
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-1517309633
ASIN: B00TPB2AYY
Genre: YA, Coming of Age

John Bird has never fit in. He can’t be the all American boy his dad wants him to be, he’s bullied at school and he can’t bear to look at himself in the mirror. While most boys his age are playing sports and kissing girls, John can only find comfort in the secret he keeps hidden away in a box in his room…

When feisty Aureus crashes into his life, John starts the long process of realizing that it’s what is inside us that counts and that true friends love us, no matter what our secrets are.

It’s time John learns to embrace the school taunt, “Ladybird” and grow into the person he is meant to be.

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*****5 stars***** “My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor was a fascinating read for me. While I cannot speak from experience, the story of how John slowly makes the transition from hating his body, to understanding the source of the hate, and then moving towards the solution (i.e. the transformation into a woman) was very realistic and very emotional, too. The writing was well done, and you could not help but feel for John. His fears and emotions were very well described, and I liked that the reactions of the people around him also seemed to be very realistic, i.e. not just “Oh yeah, it’s all fine.” I enjoyed reading this book very much. It had a nice flow, and shows that you don’t need action and violence to make a story stand out.” By Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

“… An inspiring, empowering chronicle of self-discovery and fearless pride sure to entertain and inform both cisgender and transgender readers.” Kirkus Reviews

“I admire the confidence of Tor in approaching the subject so unwaveringly. If you’re looking for a basic story of young love, friendship, and identity focusing on the subject of what it is to be transgender, this is a story of hope at its core. The intention of the material and its positive outlook for LGBT issues should be applauded.” 3. 5 stars on Self-Publishing Review

“… Magus Tor honors those who are mistreated and bullied for the beautiful souls they truly are. The writing was so clear it made it easy to understand the fascinating and love-filled plot from beginning to end. My Ladybird Story is absolutely unforgettable. I didn’t want to lay it down. The message within its pages reaches far beyond just the transgender and lesbian communities. It truly is a message filled with light and love that can touch the heart and soul of anyone has ever experienced feeling as though he or she was an outcast. I highly recommend reading Magus Tor’s My Ladybird Story.” – 5/5 Originally reviewed by Liz Cooper of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.

6.0/10 “Tor’s YA novel is a sensitive but preachy story about a boy named John Bird — called Ladybird by his classmates — struggling with his sexuality and gender. While John is well developed and the author ably expresses his protagonist’s feelings and thoughts, the reaction to John’s transition is unrealistic and will take readers out of the story. The prose and story are workmanlike, but the pacing sometimes slows and some minor characters are underdeveloped.” – Review by The BookLife Prize in Fiction

My Ladybird Story Author Magus TorAbout the Author:
Magus Tor is a dreamer who enjoys dreaming varied dreams of being a doctor, a lawyer, a police officer and a teacher but never in the wildest dream to become a writer. Since starting to write in 2007, Magus continues to explore creating worlds in his imaginative mind. Although he wishes to specialize in writing fantasy but his mind twisted his will and he ended up writing more Science Fiction than Fantasy. So far, his only fantasy novella is D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown.

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LGBT Romance – Awakenings

AwakeningsAwakenings
Intertwined Souls Series Book 4
By Mary D. Brooks
Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing
Published: June 2015 (second edition)
ASIN: B00X4S5122
Pages: 286
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal, LGBT

An emotional homecoming to Larissa tests their strength, courage and faith. Having gone back to Greece to reclaim Zoe’s inheritance after the Greek Civil War had ended, they are confronted by their own haunted memories, family and friends and shocking secrets.

Eva not only has to deal with her wartime memories in a town that despised her, but she also has to contend with a figure from her past. The festive wedding of a wartime hero brings to light Eva’s strength in facing her fears.

Zoe contends with own harrowing memories and relives a day that shattered her soul but out of the darkness there is light.

They get help from two formidable women–Zoe’s Aunt, Dr. Stella Nikas-Lambros, an exuberant, zany character in her own right, and Theresa Mitsos, the quiet, gentle soul with extraordinary psychic powers.

In Germany they discover secrets that have spanned generations and shocking revelations about Eva’s heritage. Their lives are once again altered in ways neither of them expected.

It’s more than a lesbian romance, it’s a story of secrets, passion and an intertwined destiny.

In The Blood Of The Greeks AuthorAbout the Author:
Mary D. Brooks lives in Australia and has been writing for forty years including short fiction stories for various Australian magazines and some non-fiction articles. Mary published her first novel “In the Blood of the Greeks” in 2001 and that soon became evident that there was more to the characters and their story that needed to be told so the Intertwined Souls Series was born. Mary works as a web and graphic designer in addition to being the chief editor and owner of the AUSXIP News and Multimedia Network of sites. When she’s not writing, reading, creating art or designing new sites, Mary travels when the travel bug hits and is always on the lookout for new adventures. You can find Mary’s sites at www.ausxip.com and her official author site at www.nextchapter.net

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Historical Lesbian Romance – In The Blood Of The Greeks

In The Blood Of The GreeksIn the Blood of the Greeks
Intertwined Souls Series, Book 1
By Mary D. Brooks
Publisher: AUSXIP Publishing
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 978-0994294500
ASIN: B00VA3W1OY
Pages: 418
Genre: Historical Romance, Lesbian Fiction

Historical Lesbian Romance in War Ravaged Greece

Secrets. Passion. Destiny.

In the Blood of the Greeks is set against the backdrop of World War II. The novel begins in a most troublesome period of human history, where subjugated by the might of Nazi Germany, two women meet under extraordinary circumstances. This is the story of Eva Muller, the daughter of a German Major, in command of the occupying force in Larissa, Greece in 1942. Through the intervention of the village priest she meets Zoe Lambros, a young Greek woman with vengeance in her heart and a faith in God that has been shattered by the death of her family.

Eva and Zoe must work together and overcome their hatred for each other while facing down their own demons. Hatred turns to friendship as they find common ground while helping Jews escape from the Nazis.

In The Blood Of The Greeks AuthorAbout the Author:
Mary D. Brooks lives in Australia and has been writing for forty years including short fiction stories for various Australian & US magazines and some non-fiction articles. Mary published her first novel “In the Blood of the Greeks” in 2001 and that soon became evident that there was more to the characters and their story that needed to be told so the Intertwined Souls Series was born. Mary works as a web designer in addition to being the chief editor and owner of the AUSXIP Network of sites. When she’s not writing, reading, creating art or designing new sites, Mary travels when the travel bug hits and is always on the lookout for new adventures. You can find Mary’s sites at www.ausxip.com and her official author site at www.nextchapter.net

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