Book Beat: Let’s Go, Lesbians!

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Welcome to Book Beat!

Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.

Among Thieves

Author: M.J. Kuhn
Released: September 7, 2021 by Gallery/Saga Press
Genre: LGBTQIA, Science Fiction/Fantasy

A thrilling fantasy debut—a high-stakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice, and perfect for fans of Six of Crows!

In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.

For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down…but even the most powerful men can be defeated.

Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own.

Source: Amazon recommendations! (You know that little string of similar suggested titles when you look at a book.)

I put this lesbian heist fantasy immediately on Tara’s radar!

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City of Shattered Light

Author: Claire Winn
Released: October 19, 2021 by North Star Editions
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult

As darkness closes in on the city of shattered light, an heiress and an outlaw must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other.

As heiress to a powerful tech empire, seventeen-year-old Asa Almeida strives to prove she’s more than her manipulative father’s shadow. But when he uploads her rebellious sister’s mind to an experimental brain, Asa will do anything to save her sister from reprogramming—including fleeing her predetermined future with her sister’s digitized mind in tow. With a bounty on her head and a rogue A.I. hunting her, Asa’s getaway ship crash-lands in the worst possible place: the neon-drenched outlaw paradise, Requiem.

Gun-slinging smuggler Riven Hawthorne is determined to claw her way up Requiem’s underworld hierarchy. A runaway rich girl is exactly the bounty Riven needs—until a nasty computer virus spreads in Asa’s wake, causing a citywide blackout and tech quarantine. To get the payout for Asa and save Requiem from the monster in its circuits, Riven must team up with her captive.

Riven breaks skulls the way Asa breaks circuits, but their opponent is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The A.I. exploits the girls’ darkest memories and deepest secrets, threatening to shatter the fragile alliance they’re both depending on. As one of Requiem’s 154-hour nights grows darker, the girls must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other before Riven’s city and Asa’s sister are snuffed out forever.

Source: Browsing new October releases on Goodreads

The cover is what admittedly got me to click through.

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Creepy Cross-Stitch

Author: Lindsay Swearingen
Released: September 28, 2021 by Page Street Publishing
Genre: Crafting

From projects like Wicker Man to Black Rabbit to Blood Moon Weeping Willow, Lindsay’s signature style lends a touch of macabre to cross-stitch projects that you’ll be eager to hang on a wall or give as a gift. The dark, witchy aesthetic is becoming more and more trendy in fashion and art, and cross-stitch is the perfect medium to try it out. Easier and more accessible than embroidery, cross-stitch is growing in popularity and is an easy craft to pick up and dive into. With moody subjects like nocturnal creatures, thistles, ghostberries and graveyards, these incredible designs will turn you into a cross-stitch master in no time!

This captivating collection is full of easy-to-follow patterns and all of Lindsay’s best tips and techniques for creating bewitching cross-stitch projects. So whether you’re a lifelong Halloween enthusiast or a fan of gothic art, adding a little subversive charm to your cross-stitch repertoire couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Source: Sarah!

Perfect if you like your craft projects to reflect the current season!

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Scheme of Sorcery

Author: Ennis Rook Bashe
Released: August 16, 2021 by NineStar Press
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Romance, LGBTQIA, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Palace squire Edwynne Dovecote has discovered her life is a lie. She wasn’t born into the nobility- she’s a daughter of the North, an inhospitable country where people worship a mysterious goddess. Even if it puts her at odds with her adopted family, she’s determined to explore her heritage, as long as no one finds out who she truly is.

But Sariva al-Beroth, an ambitious Northern girl who’s started working for the queen, is sick of rude outsiders gawking at her culture. She refuses to be in the same room as Edwynne, let alone share ancestral secrets.

Then the queen falls under a curse, and only Sariva and Edwynne can rescue her. To save their country, they’ll have to survive a ruined underground castle infested with ghosts, a fascist uprising prepared to sway public opinion with mind-control magic… and each other.

Source: Queer Scifi

Discovered this one after finding this awesome site dedicated to – as the name suggests – queer sci-fi! There’s also a mix of fantasy too.

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