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Summer Rereads

Lauren Bell a m leibowitz Althea Blue Christopher Michael Carter S. A. Snow summer reading

July flew right past us, and August is just around the corner! While Supposed Crimes may not have any new releases coming out next month, that doesn’t mean you have to find yourself in a reading rut! Here are four books from different genres that you perhaps missed the first time around, or could inspire a reread while you await the next Supposed Crimes release.

If you’re in the mood for a modern-day mlm romance that features complex and three-dimensional characters with some wonderful bisexual representation, try An Act of Devotion by A. M. Leibowitz:

Adam Lansing has always relied on his charm to get by. Sure, he’s starting over—new school, new graduate assistant position—but he knows he won’t have any trouble working his magic on anyone he chooses.
Antonio "AJ" Mancuso is deep inside his own head. He's cool, calm, and confident. But despite all the friends around him, he often feels like he straddles two worlds. Is there anyone who could love him for everything that defines him—past and present?
From the first time they meet, Adam is determined to get gorgeous AJ to notice him. But just as the heat is cranking up between them, Adam spots AJ with another man. Adam strikes back through a fling with an ex. But when he discovers the truth behind AJ's behavior, he realizes that his magic won't clean up for him this time.

If you’re more into a period-piece mixed with fantasy featuring a wlw story arc, try Beast at the Door by Althea Blue:

In this steampunk fairy tale, Patience is no proper young lady. Faced with the prospect of marriage, she runs away from home, from wealth, and a looming life of lies. She finds a garden guarded by a fantastic beast.
The beast also guards a young girl like herself, alone in the world. Ada is wise and beautiful. Their burgeoning friendship is threatened by outside forces. Only a clockwork menagerie of monsters can save them from an unfriendly world.

If you’d prefer a more futuristic approach to sci-fi/fantasy, try Across Worlds: Collision by S. A. Snow, featuring genderfluid and a bi/pansexual romance:

Jane Butler, a CIA operative, is assigned the task of infiltrating the Xanthians and determining if they’re a threat to humanity. Going undercover as a Xanthian mate, she boards the transport ship and meets Usnavi—her new mate. After spending six days traveling through space, Jane is ecstatic to explore the Xanthian station and soon sets out to complete her mission. The only problem? Usnavi—and the feelings she is quickly developing. Fumbling their way through varying sexual expectations, cooking catastrophes, and cultural differences, they soon discover life together is never boring.
As Jane and Usnavi careen into a relationship neither of them expected, Jane uncovers dark secrets about the Xanthians and realizes she may no longer be safe. When it becomes clear she’s on her own, Jane is forced to trust and rely on Usnavi. Simultaneously struggling with her mission, her feelings for Usnavi, and homesickness, Jane faces questions she never imagined she would have to answer.

Looking for something new than your everyday novel? How about Christopher Michael Carter’s first book of poetry, Gun Control for Polar Bears:

What is the coal that fuels us?
The match that sparks our anger
We’re a large locomotive with millions of cars
That love to derail
The heat, the passion
Fuels such a train
Be it hate, anger, both
It pushes, it chugs
A destination reached
But we’ve lost more than a few cars

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