Reader’s Choice: Which book should Marc read next? #LGBT #Spotlight #Poll

Hi guys 🙂

This month, we want to put the power into YOUR hands. Reader’s choice. Every day this week, you will be introduced to 5 books that were submitted to us for review and can vote for one of them. The book with the most votes will be the next read of the corresponding day’s reviewer. You will not only have power in deciding which 7 stories we will read next, but also discover 35 amazing books!

You have two weeks to vote, then the reviewer has to weeks to review 🙂

We will start off with 5 potential choices for me. You can find the book covers, blurbs, etc below and vote for the one you want me to review next. It will be my pleasure to read the winner of our poll and let you guys know my honest opinion about the book. In turn, I would find it very interesting if you told me which of these books seemed interesting to you and why in the comments section.

Hugs, Marc =)

The Songbird Thief (Oaktown Fey #2) by Skye Allen

(F/F, YA, Urban Fantasy)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press | Length: about 188 Pages

Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

Blurb: Fifteen-year-old Lee thinks her petty stealing problem is harmless. She distracts her potential targets by singing, but her songs make people act strangely. When Lee comes to San Francisco to escape her abusive stepfather, she discovers she’s half fey—and that’s not the only secret that’s been hidden from her. To add to Lee’s confusion, she’s in love with her friend Sonja, who has a rule: don’t get involved with the fey. Lee has to choose between exploring who she is and keeping her secret safe so she can stay in Sonja’s life. But pressures build from both inside and outside the Faerie Realm, and a singer like Lee can’t stay silent for long.

(Can be read as standalone)




Matchpoint (Players of LA #1) by Leigh Carman

(M/M, Contemporary, Sports)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press | Length: about 200 Pages

Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

Blurb: Two stubborn men.

One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.

It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.


Adrift (Staying Afloat #1) by Isabelle Adler

(M/M, SciFi)

Publisher: NineStar Press | Length: about 184 Pages

Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

Blurb: Some jobs are just too good to be true.

Captain Matt Spears learns this the hard way after a mysterious employer hires his ship to hunt down an ancient alien artifact but insists on providing his own pilot. Ryce Faine is handsome and smart, but Matt has rarely met anyone more obnoxious. With tensions running high, it isn’t until they are attacked by the hostile Alraki that Matt grudgingly begins to respect Ryce’s superior skills, respect that transforms into a tentative attraction.

Little did he know that their biggest challenge would be reaching their destination, an abandoned alien base located on a distant moon amid a dense asteroid field. But when Matt learns that Ryce isn’t completely who he says he is and the artifact is more than he bargained for, he is faced with a difficult choice. One that might change the balance of forces in the known galaxy.

Matt doesn’t take well to moral dilemmas; he prefers the easy way out. But that might not be possible anymore, when his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible moment. When faced with a notorious pirate carrying a personal grudge, the fragile connection Matt has formed with Ryce might be the only thing that he can count on to save them both.

Need Your Love by Dean Frech

(M/M, Historical)

Publisher: JMS Books | Length: about 200 Pages

Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

Blurb: In June 1966, ACLU attorney Eron Lassiter attends his uncle’s wedding and makes an unsettling discovery. Though Eron had bowed to family pressure and planned a potential marriage, his long-ignored attraction to other men roars to life when Garrett Emerson, the bride’s nephew, captures his attention.

After serving in the Korean War and going to college later than his peers, upwardly mobile Garrett now works as a loan officer at a local bank. For his girlfriend — fiancĂ©e in her mind — Garrett can’t climb fast enough. But none of that matters to Eron, and maybe that’s why Garrett’s so drawn to him.

Together, can Eron and Garrett find happiness amidst the pervasive culture of propriety, honor, and expectation of the 1960s?



Submerged (Home #1) by Susan Reeves

(M/M, Contemporary)

Publisher: Susan Reeves | Length: 177 Pages

Buy Links: Amazon | Add to Goodreads

Blurb: Sometimes, to make it back to shore, you need to take the hand that’s offered.

Jared Simpson had his feet swept out from under him, and eventually found himself living on the streets. When Gavin Wells and his daughter come into Jared’s life, he’s fighting to keep going, struggling to keep swimming towards something that will let him stand tall and steady again.

Gavin Wells is fighting his own battles: in-laws, bureaucracy, and the guilt that overwhelms him every time he closes his eyes to sleep. He now has a new challenge to face: his sexuality. He’s attracted to someone for the first time in months, and not only is that person a man, but he’s homeless, with the potential to derail Gavin’s already complicated life.

But fate has brought these two men together. If they can hold tight to each other, they can weather the storm, and find their way home to become a family.


Skye Allen |-> Website

Skye Allen wrote Pretty Peg and The Songbird Thief, both YA LGBTQ+ urban fantasy novels. She also writes short fiction, poetry and songs. When she’s not working or writing she occasionally plays music around the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her wife, a cat, and a flock of chickens. Visit her page on Reverb Nation for the music side of things.

She writes using a pen name to avoid being mistaken for the new-age author Skye Alexander, with whom she shares a name.

Leigh Carman |-> Goodreads Author Page

Leigh Carman was born and raised in New England with all of its fall foliage and winter snow. She escaped to the South, where she currently lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.

She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate—everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count), and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.

Leigh also writes M/F dark romance under the name Heather C. Leigh. She also loves exploring the underbelly of fame and the crushing weight of those under the microscope 24/7.

Isabelle Adler |-> Website

Isabelle Adler writes gay romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination and caffeine.

Dean Frech |-> Website

With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and originally published 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year. Both novels were re-released in May 2015.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his two cats. He’s involved in his church and enjoys watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean’s hobbies include reading and patio gardening.

Dean is currently working a standalone title, Sartin, a merman romance, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.

Susan Reeves |-> Website

Susan Reeves is a lifelong avid reader who has had a fairly interesting life so far and has some stories of her own that she wanted to share. She lives in the most beautiful place in the world, in her opinion, and you’ll find glimpses throughout her stories as she loves to share it with her readers.
Susan also loves to potter around the kitchen, walk along the healing sands of her local beaches, and have coffee therapy with friends.
An advocate for equality, living simply and all things green, Susan spends any spare time spreading light and love in hope that it touches those who might need a little.

15 thoughts on “Reader’s Choice: Which book should Marc read next? #LGBT #Spotlight #Poll

    • Sports romances are great. I just finished listening to ‘Winter Ball’ and ‘Summer Lessons’ and thought they were hot and fun. What are your favorite sports romances?

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      • I love the Scoring Chances series by Avon Gale, Homerun series by Sloan Johnson, Eastshore Tigers series by Alison Hendricks, Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews.

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    • As a big scifi fan, ‘Adrift’ certainly looks very interesting to me. The last scifi book I reviewed was ‘Skythane’ by J. Scott Catsworth and I can highly recommend that book. Will post reviews for ‘Zenith’ by Arshad Ahsanuddin and ‘Fear of Frogs’ by Angel Martinez soon 🙂 What are your favorite science fiction stories with LGBTQ+ characters?


      • Some of my favs have been: Chaos Station series by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen, Dark Space series by Lisa Henry, Brimstone series & Sub Zero by Angel Martinez, In Heaven and Earth by Amy Rae Durreson, Worlds series by Cari Z. and Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara.


    • Me, too. But any well written book can totally draw me under its spell. Exciting not to know which of these books I get to read next 🙂


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