A Big Hug to M/M Authors
When I discovered the m/m genre was even a thing, it felt like a whole new world had been opened up to me. Sure, I'd come across the odd gay character before, but I had no idea that there were whole genres and publishing companies dedicated to LGBT characters.
Being able to read stories about people with whom I could closely identify was incredibly liberating. I didn't feel quite so alone. I was no longer quite such a freak. There were characters experiencing the same issues I was and in a more profoundly personal way. It's one thing to read about a character dealing with the normal identity crisis that we all experience in our teens and twenties, and quite another to see a character specifically come to terms with being gay or trans.
There are so many incredible authors in the genre, and if I miss any here, I sincerely apologize, but I have to give a shout-out to some of my particular favorites. Josh Lanyon, whose Adrien English mysteries were my first experience in the m/m genre. TJ Klune and his incredible Bear, Otter, and the Kid series, which had me on the edge of my seat more than anything else I've ever read in my life. Alice Archer and the beautiful Everyday History. Adrienne Wilder's In the Absence of Light and Complimentary Colors, two of the easiest 5-star ratings I've ever given. Amelia Faulkner and the Inheritance series, because I just adore Quentin. Alexis Hall, who writes unique character voices that are so excellent as to make me envious. C.B. Lewis and Time Waits, which made the exception to my rule that I'm not a fan of time-travel stories. J.W. Kilhey and Hidden Away, which was so brutally painful yet full of hope. E.M. Lindsey's Verismo, which I couldn't put down. Jordan L. Hawk, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Cate Ashwood, Sloane Kennedy, E. Davies, Lynn Van Dorn, Lucy Lennox, Kora Knight, Aimee Nicole Walker, J.P. Barnaby, Barbara Elsborg, Kim Fielding, Sean Kerr, Taylor V. Donovan, Laura Susan Johnson, Mercy Celeste, Sloan Parker, J.E. Lorin, and so many others.
I just want to give each and every one of you a hat tip, a handshake, or a hug. Thank you for writing your stories. Thank you for giving us entertainment, inspiration, hope, and escape. Thank you for giving me the drive to write the things I want to write rather than simply what I think might be acceptable. Thank you for contributing to the section of fiction where writers and readers such as myself can find a home and find ourselves.
Cover Design: Designs By Dana
Keeping Inferno together, though, means keeping his biggest secret. His bigoted bandmates would drop him in an instant if they found out Zac was gay.
Then he meets Adrian Frost, and Zac can't resist the shy man. Adrian gives up everything to be with Zac, but Zac can't bring himself to do the same. He doesn't want to lose Adrian, but he can't give up Inferno, either. Not when he's so close to realizing his dream.
When one cruel decision rips Adrian from his life, Zac will have to decide if ambition is worth the price of the greatest happiness he's ever known.
(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)
WARNING: Contains scenes of self-harm that may be disturbing for some readers.
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While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.
Anarcho-capitalist, quietly ‘out’ trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of m/m romantic fiction.