It’s that time of year again! The sixth annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off starts today and I’m so excited about this year’s batch of books. Once again, I’ve started a list of the entries which have LGBTQIA+ characters. Last year’s list was a lot of fun and I still have many of the books on my tablet, waiting for me to read them.
You can find this list on Goodreads to learn more about the books but I’m also linking them all here. I’ll keep this list updated to track the books’ progress throughout the contest and add more entries as I learn about them.
- Spit and Song by Travis M. Riddle
- The Reluctant Witch by Kristen S. Walker
- Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore
- Hell Hound by M. J. Sylvester
- Squire Derel by Rachel Ford
- To Target the Heart by Aldrea Alien
- Heartscale by Lola Ford
- By Sea and Sky by Antoine Bandele: My review
- X Crown of the Sundered Empire by J. C. Kang: My review, Judge’s review
- The Jealousy of Jalice by Jesse Nolan Bailey
- X The Dragon’s Teeth by J. A. Clement: Judge’s review
- The Phoenix Embryo by Jeanne Marcella
- X Wynter’s Edge by Lucas Pederson: Judge’s review
- The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson
- Political Nightmare by Rainbow Maccabre
- Shields in Shadow by Andy Peloquin
- Feast of the Mother by Miranda Honfleur
- Of Honey and Wildfires by Sarah Chorn
- Dragon Mage by Tamari Etherton
- The Swordsman’s Lament by G. M. White
- Last of the Exalted by Derek Prior
- Dames and Demons by G. Campbell
- + The Hidden King by E. G. Radcliff: Judge’s review
- The Girl Drank Poison by Keith Blenman
- Fade by E. G. Bateman: Judge’s review
There are some familiar authors from last year’s list but also lots of new names! Right now, there are 25 books, one more than last year. (I don’t have stats on the first four years of the contest.) But there could be more that I don’t know about yet.
As of July 6, three have been eliminated and one has advanced to semi-finalist. (Key: X eliminated, + semi-finalist.)
Here is my attempt to make a book rainbow using some of the covers:
You can also find more LGBTQIA+ fantasy with the following promos:
And don’t forget to check out the month-long reading challenge, #PrideFantasyBookChallenge! Read my blog post for more info.