We’re now three months into the year, and I have yet to run out of fantastic-sounding books that I’m looking forward to and want to shout about, so that’s a good sign ;-) So here I am, back to shout about some more books releasing in March and April that you should check out!
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees // Mar 12
The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.
To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.
The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?
That is a gorgeous cover, and it sounds like an eerie and magical book!
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker // Apr 16
From international sensation Ashok K. Banker, pioneer of the fantasy genre in India, comes the first book in a ground-breaking, epic fantasy series inspired by the ancient Indian classic, The Mahabharata
In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without an emperor. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule, but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: For any successor must sit upon the legendary Burning Throne and pass The Test of Fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible—one that incinerates the unworthy.
Adri and Shvate pass The Test and are declared heirs to the empire… but there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives: a girl from an outlying kingdom. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart—leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos….
Welcome to the Burnt Empire Saga
Another gorgeous cover! The whole thing about the princes and demonlord sounds great, plus, it’s not in the blurb, but I’ve seen some reviews mentions that one of the MCs is blind, and the other has albinism.
Smut Peddler Presents: Sex Machine by Various Authors // Apr 23
The latest in the Smut Peddler series of erotic anthologies, Sex Machine features a dozen full-color, sexy stories about robots, cyborgs, androids, and artificial intelligences! Featuring work by Fiona Staples (Saga), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), and Meredith McClaren (Hinges), Sex Machine promises to be our wildest collection yet, reminding all fans of quality filth why Smut Peddler is the last word in top-self sexy comics.
You guys, I’ve already read this one, and it is so much fun. Such a great variety of stories, relationships, and art styles, and lots of sexy AI and robots!
Letters for Lucardo Vol. 2: Fortunate Beasts by Otava Heikkila // Apr 23
When the vampire Lucardo fell in love with Edmund Fiedler, a 61-year-old mortal scrivener, their passion became legendary before Lucardo’s practical father intervened. The royal Court of Night has gone back to its peaceful reign, Ed has exiled himself, and Lucardo . . . well, Lucardo is hopelessly enraged. Determined to seize control of his life again, Lucardo mounts a search for his missing lover, sparking a new flame that — this time — threatens to consume them both.
I’ve also read this one already, and it’s a great sequel in what is a great, trope-defying comic about a vampire and an older man in love.
Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen // Apr 30
It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.
Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.
Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.
Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.
But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.
I’ve read and loved most of this author’s other books, so I’m sure this one will be great too! I love mermen!
Kickstarter: Strange Waters by Various Authors // Ends Apr 14
STRANGE WATERS is a queer fantasy comic anthology surrounding the theme of water. Water is a polarizing element that unites us all in one way other another. In STRANGE WATERS, you will find stories about daring feats of maritime exploration, overcoming despair, finding love in unexpected places, merfolk, pirates, and much more. The stories featured in STRANGE WATERS are all created by queer creators who identify at varying points of the queer spectrum, creating a book that’s as diverse as the ocean itself.
I’ve recently discovered my love for comic anthologies, and this one sounds amazing!