In 2017, I launched my queer reading list. This is a list of sci-fi and fantasy book recommendations with strong LGBTQ+ representation. You can filter by different representation types to find books that feature characters with specific identities or sexualities.
Each month in 2018, I will be giving away a book of the winner’s choice from the reading list. You can enter the giveaway through the year and at the end of each month, a winner will be chosen at random from that month’s entries and that person will get to choose a book from the list as their prize.
Suggest a new book for the reading list. You can fill out this form to make a recommendation (or this form if you’re an author and want to recommend your own books). The only criteria are that the book is sci-fi or fantasy, there is strong queer representation (i.e. not just a token character in the background), and that you enjoyed reading it.
Each new book recommended counts as a separate entry to the giveaway and you can recommend as many books as you like.
Please check before making a recommendation that the book isn’t already on the list, and please include as much detail as you can about the representation within the book (this makes it easier to correctly categorise them for the filters).
Please also make sure you include a way for me to contact you in the suggestion form – email address or Tumblr username. This contact information will only be used to inform the winner that they’ve won and communicate about their prize.
Until the end of October, I am offering a chance to get hold of a free copy of Omega Rising, the first book in my Codename Omega series. 100 copies of the ebook are available – but it’s first come, first served so sign up quickly.
Simply follow this link and enter your name and email address to be sent your free copy. You can also choose to sign up to my mailing list to receive publication news about future books.
Jenny Harding has no money, no qualifications and no career history. A job working security for a big tech firm seems too good to be true. Maybe it is.
She is tasked with hunting down a group of thieves who have been stealing sensitive technology. Caught up in a battle involving alien forces, Jenny has some important questions to answer:
Who are the thieves?
What’s their real purpose?
And is she on the right side?
I’ve talked about my diverse book giveaways in previous posts. October’s giveaway is A Rational Arrangement by L Rowyn. I’ve written a review of this book in an earlier post.
I picked this book because it ticks a lot of diversity boxes. One of the main characters is an autistic woman, the other two are bisexual men. One thing I especially liked about this story is the way it handles mental illness. Nik has the magical ability to heal mental illness, and the way the book handles the subject is very respectful, it also differentiates between the illnesses Nik treats and a condition like autism. At one point, Nik is asked if he plans to heal Wisteria of her autism and Nik’s response is that her condition is part of who she is and not a sickness to be cured with the line, “Personality is not a disease.”
Every month in 2016 I’m giving away a different science fiction or fantasy book that highlights some form of diversity (preferably more than one). September’s book is the charming Every Heart a Doorway which I have reviewed in a previous blog post.
I chose this book for its LGBTQ representation. The protagonist is asexual, and actually uses this word to describe herself which is astonishingly rare. Another major character in the book is trans. There is an incident of transphobic language from one of the other characters but this is clearly addressed by the narrative and the other characters as being unacceptable behaviour.
I’m continuing my series of giveaways on Tumblr with Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari. I chose this book because as well as having a racially diverse mix of characters, it has a protagonist who is demi-sexual – and who actually uses this term to describe himself. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. The other protagonist appears to be asexual but this isn’t explicitly stated in the text (mostly because she would have no context for the term).
If you want a chance to win this book, go over to Tumblr and reblog the giveaway post.
Over on Tumblr, I’m continuing my series of giveaways of books that showcase diversity. For July, I’m giving away The Defectives which I’ve reviewed in a previous post. This book has a disabled protagonist, multiple disabled and neurodivergent characters, as well as racially diverse characters.
In a previous post, I talked about the Diverse Book Giveaway that I’ve been running over on Tumblr. Every month through 2016 I am giving away a science ficiton or fantasy book I’ve enjoyed reading that showcases diversity in some form, ideally in multiple ways.
In previous months, I’ve given away Rivers of London, Adaptation, Shadows on the Moon, and other great books. June’s book is the fantastic On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis, which I’ve reviewed in an earlier blog post. I have also interviewed the book’s author.
I’m still looking for suggestions of other books to include in the giveaway series so please leave me a comment telling me about diverse SF&F books you’ve read that you think should be a part of this project.
Over on Tumblr, I’m running a series of giveaways through 2016. Every month, I’m picking a different book that showcases some form of diversity (or preferably multiple forms of diversity) and giving it away to a lucky winner.
Part fantasy adventure, part detective story, The Way Out Is Through follows Puck Schneider as he helps the mysterious Conner Henley figure out what happened to his murdered sister. Puck get caught in a world of werewolves, hunters and magic, and has to deal with the trauma of all he finds.
Diversity showcased: representation of PTSD, gay and lesbian characters, trans character, Hispanic characters.
If you have a Tumblr account, head over to the giveaway post for a chance to win this great book.
I have some great books lined up for future months, but I’m still taking suggestions for diverse books to include in this project.
I am Jessica Meats, author of science fiction novels and novellas including Child of the Hive, Traitor in the Tower, and Shadows of Tomorrow. Check out the books page for more information about my works of fiction.
I previously had a blog on another platform. For the past couple of years, that blog experienced performance issues, outages, and other technical problems. I kept wondering if I ought to start the blog afresh on another platform. Recently, this decision was made for me by the blog platform being shut down completely, taking my old blog and content with it.
I apologise if you were a follower of the old blog and got inconvenienced by the sudden change but here we are, on a brand new platform, ready to start over.
Welcome to my new blog! This site will be dedicated to talk about writing, in particular around science fiction, fantasy, and young adult. There will be talk about my own books, as well as news and updates from other authors in the speculative fiction genres. Stay tuned for book reviews, writing advice, updates on my books, author interviews and more.
Over the next two weeks, I will be posting something every day. I will be posting author interviews with some great writers including Danielle L Jensen and Corrine Duyvis. I have some reviews of books I love. There will also be some posts of a range of writing topics. So stay tuned because there will be new content every day.
As part of this launch celebration, I will be giving away a signed hardback of Child of the Hive. For a chance to win this book all you have to do is link to this blog from the social media platform of your choice and then tell me about it in the comments below. Each social media site you post a link on is a new entry. So if you put a link on twitter and one on tumblr, comment with the links to the tweet and post, and that will count as two entries. The winner will be randomly selected on Saturday 4th June.