A new music video by Queen, Time Waits for No One, has previewed on YouTube this week. This is an early version of the song that eventually became the 1986 hit, Time.
Taylor Swift has released a new music video, You Need to Calm Down, which has an LGBTQ theme and LGBTQ guest celebrities in it.
New E-Book Releases
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh – Mythology and gay romance combine in this unusual fantasy. Tobias lives an unchanging life in the forest until a handsome new arrival takes over Greenhollow Hall.
Once Upon a Time (Calluvia’s Royalty Book 3) by Alessandra Hazard – Science-fiction romance that is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Prince Jamil is known as the Ice Prince, a proper man who always does his duty, but when he meets criminal Rohan at the Royal Stables, his life is set to be turned upside down.
Always Mine (Love in Eden 1) by Sloane Kennedy – Two teenage boys fell in love but one of them nearly destroyed the other’s family and ended up in prison. Now, years later, they are about to meet again.
Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse by Tao Wong – The seventh book in this popular series sees John travelling beyond earth and taking on the Galactic Society.
Single (Single Dads 1) by RJ Scott – When Ash is abandoned by his lover, he goes ahead with the planned surrogacy and becomes father to baby, Mia. She intends to devote all his love to her, a decision that proves difficult when a caring doctor moves in next door.
Author, Kaje Harper, has an interesting and thought-provoking article about attitudes to sex in novels: Sex Positivity and M/M here.
Most Popular New Releases
The Fifth Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G. L. Carriger – A science-fiction murder mystery m/m romance about an alien and a detective who set out to help a 5-gendered species.
Killer Bond (Ward Security 5) by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott – Daniel Hendricks just wanted a relaxing vacation but a case of mistaken identity puts him on the run and falling for the man who tried to kill him.
Prisoner of Shadows (Lords of the Underworld 2) by Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes – The second book in this series, which can be read as a standalone, features the mythical figure of Prometheus and a vampire.
Shift (Flesh & Bone 3) by Joel Abernathy – Two werewolves meet as children and become involved in each other’s lives. Warning for strong horror elements.
Firm Hand by Nora Phoenix -A daddy kink D/s novel about Cornell who finds that the man he wants to dominate him is his son’s best friend.
Popular New M/M Releases
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses 1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – The much-loved Shadowhunters characters of Alec Lightwood and warlock Magnus Bane are back in this new series.
Nox by Adrienne Wilder – Nox, a man with amnesia and the ability to hunt creatures Luca hadn’t realised existed, lands naked in Luca’s home, intent on protecting him.
Pendulum (Kingdom of Night 1) by Joel Abernathy – Remus unwittingly finds himself in a werewolf pack being fought over by two brothers, facing vampires and hunters as well as the decision of who he wants.
Earth Fathers are Weird by Lyn Gala – Max starts off trying to fight aliens only to be saved and dumped at a spaceport. To get back to earth, he takes on the job of nanny to an alien, which turns out an entirely different job than the one he is expecting.
Lightbearer by L.C. Davis – A mortal man, trying to protect his sister, ends up pregnant with a demon’s baby.
Popular New Books in Ongoing Series
Pixie (Ballsy Boys 5) by K.M. Neuhold
Angel (Fallen Angels 3) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
Andre Aciman has announced that he has begun work on a sequel to his best-selling gay novel, “Call Me By Your Name“, which was made into a film in 2017. It will be called “Find Me” and is due to be released in October.
Cassandra Clare’s new book, “The Red Scrolls of Magic“, first in the new series, ‘The Eldest Curses‘, will be released in hardback on 9 April. It follows the adventures of popular gay couple, warlock Magnus Bane and shadowhunter Alec Lightwood, whose romance began in the ‘The Mortal Instruments‘ series.
No Quick Fix: Torus Intercession 1 by Mary Calmes – Emery hires a retired SEAL, Brann, as a nanny for his children while planning his wedding, but finds himself increasingly interested in Brann.
Blindsided (Fake Boyfriend 4) by Eden Finley – Miller and Talon used to be friends and take part in wild threesomes together at college and three years later they are reunited playing pro ball. Talon wants them to go back to how they were but Miller is afraid of getting his heart broken.
All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound 2) by Hailey Turner – Second part of the story about Special Agent Patrick Collins who is soulbound to wereworlf, Jonothon.
At a Stranger’s Mercy (Badge & Bullets 1) by Brittany Cournoyer – After witnessing a homicide Bradley is protected by detective, Max Donohue. (Slow-burn romance will develop over the series.)
Popular New Releases
HALO (Fallen Angel 1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine – A famous rock band faces disaster when its lead singer leaves but could new singer, Halo, cause even more problems for band member, Viper?
A History of Trouble: A Beacon Hill Sorcerer Anthology by SJ Himes – This is a short anthology of stories based on the Beacon Hill fantasy series.
Diamond in the Rough (Four Kings Security 4) by Charlie Cochet – Ward ‘King’ Kingston is hired to protect genius, Leo, which proves to be every kind of a challenge.
Puppet/Master (The Vale Chronicles 1) by Joel Abernathy – In a complex fantasy world filled with fae, shifters, vampires and others, a powerful chimera is captured by four warriors. Gay harem romance with dark themes.
IRL: In Real Life (After Oscar 1) by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox – When Connor texts a picture to the wrong man, he ends up spending time sending sexy texts to the head of a company he is in New York to do business with. Hot romance with d/s themes.
Popular New Releases
Silk & Steel (Book 1) by Ariana Nash and Pippa DaCosta – Dark m/m fantasy novel about an elven assassin taken prisoner and the prince who should be his enemy.
Fired Up (Fever Falls 1) by Riley Hart – A firefighter gets a second chance with the man he fell for as a teenager.
Deke (Fake Boyfriend 3) by Eden Finley – NHL player, Deke, outs himself to a cute man he meets, only to later discover that the man is a journalist who could destroy his career.
Four Ever by Sloane Kennedy – Long-term lovers, Zak and Killian, are having trouble with their relationship, which becomes more complicated when Zak invites 2 homeless young men to stay with them.
Love at Long Last (Trillium Creek 1) by Silvia Violet – Mpreg shifter novel about a forty-year-old pack leader finding love with a younger man.
Here is a look at some of the most highly anticipated science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal m/m books due to be released in 2019.
Night Kiss (BL Entertainment 1) by E.T. Malinowski – When vampire and K-pop idol, Jung Ki-tae, forms a reluctant bond with university student, Cheong Jin-woo, they must deal with their feelings and fight a murderer together.
Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court 1) by M.A. Grant – Phineas Smith is the only human at a magical school, gifted with the ability to tap into unlimited magick, which others want to use for their own purposes. As he works with his enemy, Roark Lyne, how will their relationship change and what further dangers will emerge?
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – Gods fight men and the wrong person sits on the throne in this fantasy novel by the best-selling author.
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses 1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – High Warlock, Magnus Bane, and his boyfriend, Shadowhunter, Alec Lightwood, take a vacation together that proves anything but relaxing when they encounter a demon-worshipping cult. As the danger grows secrets come out, threatening their relationship.
The Red-Stained Wings (The Lotus Kingdoms 2) by Elizabeth Bear – In the second book in this epic fantasy series Gage and the Dead Man must find the answer to the riddle of the Stone in the Skull to help the Lotus Kingdoms.
Heartsong (Green Creek 3) by T. J. Klune – The new novel in this popular series will feature a new romance within the Green Creek werewolf pack.
Here is a list of some of the wonderful films released in 2018, some amusing, some thought-provoking, and all entertaining.
This film is based on the wonderful novel, “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It’s a moving, entertaining coming of age film about gay teenager, Simon (Nick Robinson), as he tries to uncover the identity of the classmate he’s fallen for online. It also stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.
“The Happy Prince”
This film – written, directed by and starring Rupert Everett in the central role – is about Oscar Wilde as, facing the end of his life, he looks back on his relationship with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Colin Morgan) and the indecency trial that ruined him. It also stars Emily Watson and Colin Firth.
This Netflix original film is about teenager Alex (Daniel Doheny), who thinks he loves girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) until he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale). The path to love is definitely not smooth as Alex struggles to understand who and what he wants in this poignant film.
This is based on the book of the same name by Garrard Conley, which tells of his real-life experiences. In the film gay teenager, Jared (Lucas Hedges), is forced to endure conversion therapy. Stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. (Released in November 2018 in the US, UK viewers can watch it in February 2019.)
While this film about the life of pop legend, Freddy Mercury, and the band, Queen, has had some negative reviews for taking a superficial approach to its subject, it still provides an interesting glimpse into the world of this iconic figure. It stars Rami Malek and Mike Myers.
“We the Animals”
Based on an autobiographical novel by Justin Torres, this complex, stylistic film is about 3 Hispanic boys growing up in a difficult home environment in New York and how Jonah (Evan Rosado) grows into his sexual identity. Also stars Sheila Vand and Raul Castillo.
Standalone Books or New Series
A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound 1) by Hailey Turner – Patrick Collins, special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, owes a soul debt to the gods and when they demand payment he has no choice but to try to solve a series of demonic killings with handsome werewolf, Jonothon de Vere.
Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle 1) by C. L. Polk – Miles tries to escape his fate as a witch by going to war but, when he returns, his secret can’t stay hidden. He also meets Tristan who has secrets of his own.
The Diminished (Book 1) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson – In a society where most people are born as twins, singleborn Bo is destined for luxury, romance and to lead the empire, while Vi, whose twin has died, faces a life of struggle as a servant. They might have more in common than they realise.
Evolved by N. R. Walker – Lloyd struggles in his interactions with humans, so he buys an android to be his companion. Shaun is everything Lloyd could want but Shaun’s ability to learn and evolve proves a danger to them both.
Fractured Truth (Consequences of a Sin 1) by Ashe Winters – Vampire Avery hates humans but when he’s saved by Ryker, a human with unusual abilities, they end up working together and Avery might find a reason to change his opinions.
Ravensong (Green Creek 2) by T. J. Klune – The Sequel to “Wolfsong” brings a new romance to the Green Greek werewolf pack.
Agent Bayne (PsyCop 9) by Jordan Castillo Price – PsyCop Rick Bayne has left his old job and starts work at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program with Jacob.
Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin 10) by Jordan L. Hawk – Whyborne and his husband, Griffin, travel to Balefire Manor in England where evil lurks and devastating emotional revelations are about to be uncovered.
A Wish upon the Stars (Tales from Verania 4) by T J Klune – Sam returns to a changed world and must work with the Resistance to have a chance to overcome the evil that has taken hold.
The Necromancer’s Reckoning (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 3) by S. J. Himes – The High Council of Sorcery puts necromancer, Angel, on trial, putting him and his family in danger.
“Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology (Volume 2)” by various popular authors including Lucy Lennox, Aimee Nicole Walker and A. E. Wasp – 17 authors have contributed m/m stories to this 720 page anthology, with all the proceeds going to LGBT charities.
“Confessions: The Princess, the Prick and the Priest (Confessions 4)” by Ella Frank – The final novel in this series gives the 3 men who are involved with each other their happy ever after.
“A Vampire’s Heart (Ellowyn Found 1)” by Kayleigh Sky – A vampire prince and cop must work together to investigate the murder of a vampire. This is the first book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone.
“The Devil (Cards of Love)” by Ashley Jade – Dark, sexy novel about 3 dangerous men that is part of a series.
“His Saint (Forever Wilde 5)” by Lucy Lennox – When Augie takes self-defence classes to protect himself after an attack, he doesn’t expect to be taught by someone as as caring and sexy as Saint. Final book in series.
Festive New Releases
“All I Want for Christmas… is my Sister’s Boyfriend” by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank – Miles would love to get a boyfriend for Christmas and he even runs into the perfect man… only to have him show up again dating Miles’ sister.
“Mr Frosty Pants” by Leta Blake – 2 former friends, who both secretly want more than that, struggle to reconnect over the Christmas holidays.
“Snowball’s Chance (Ice and Snow Christmas 3)” by Jocelynn Drake – Adam thinks work colleague Jason is dull and Jason thinks Adam is full of himself. Not even Christmas could bring them together… could it?
For more festive reading ideas, try out my recommendations for my favourites here.