It’s that time of the week again! NineStar Press has five new releases to satisfy readers looking for queer titles. The books include In the Name of Magic, Teacher’s Pet (Volume II), Sugar Cookies and Mistletoe, Life Underwater, and Spare Parts.
With the holiday season coming up, you can expect more holiday themed books from NineStar Press. As for this week’s releases, there are a couple of stories that fit the bill.
In the Name of Magic by Chris Bedell
In the Name of Magic is categorized as a Romance and falls under the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Currently available, it features an MM pairing.
Here’s the official description:
Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities.
Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such nonmagical person. In a bid to keep her safe, Maximillian turns to the queen’s estranged younger brother, a man thought to be dead until recently.
Prince Stefan is nineteen years old and has been in hiding from his family for years. He has no desire to resurface in the political world, but Maximillian must convince him that the country needs him before it is too late.
Teacher’s Pet (Volume II)
Teacher’s Pet (Volume II) is a collection of stories by a number of writers including Lee Welch, Elizabeth Coldwell, Elna Holst, Riza Curtis, Danielle Wayland, Karmen Lee, Morwen Navarre, Maryn Blackburn.
The stories are:
Eight Stories of Lessons Outside the Classroom
A Spell for Master Vervain by Lee Welch
Finding the Words by Elizabeth Coldwell
The Silent Treatment by Elna Holst
One Small Step by Riza Curtis
Shedding Doubt by Danielle Wayland
Academic Temptations by Karmen Lee
The Sidhe’s Apprentice by Morwen Navarre
Press “Copy” to Begin by Maryn Blackburn
Currently available, the collection covers FF and MM pairings with character orientations including gay, lesbian, and bisexual. The character identities are cisgender and genderqueer.
Sugar Cookies and Mistletoe by Kay Doherty
A holiday story, Sugar Cookes and Mistletoe features an MM Pairing. It is categorized as a Romance under the Paranormal genre.
Preston believed he would never find his mate. When he finally does, he’s in for a surprise. His mate, Dylan, is a rare omega wolf-shifter, but he’s still a child himself. Due to the unusual circumstances, the families agree to keep Preston and Dylan separated, only allowing monitored emails to be exchanged between them. Six years later, Dylan returns to the wolf-shifter town of Barton, and Preston. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for Dylan to meet the Callahan Pack, reunite with his mate, and figure out exactly what his omega status means for his future with Preston.
Currently available, the character identities are cisgender and intersex.
Life Underwater by Matthew J. Metzger
Life Underwater features an M/NB Pairing with character orientations being ace and androphile. The character identities are genderqueer and trans. Currently available, the story is a Romance under the Contemporary genre.
Ashraf never thought he could fall in love. So when he falls hard and fast for marine biologist Jamie Singer, it’s a shock to the system—in more ways than one.
Even if he can wrap his head around what love is and how relationships work, Ashraf’s not sure this is viable. He’s hydrophobic. And Jamie’s entire world revolves around the sea. What’s the point of trying if so much of Jamie’s life is inaccessible to Ashraf?
But Ashraf has vastly underestimated the pull of loving Jamie. For the first time, he wants to face the water, rather than flee from it. He has underestimated the power of love in making people brave, stupid, or a little bit of both.
Maybe it’s time to take a leap—and sink or swim.
Spare Parts by T.J. Land
Spare Parts has ace and pansexual character orientations. This story is a Literary/Genre Fiction one and falls under the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre.
Here’s the official description for Spare Parts:
Ugh, organics are revolting. Damp, inefficient, prone to leaking—everything Meteor despises. The last thing he and his accomplices Gloss and Spike want to do is set foot on a planet infested with billions of the horrible things. To add insult to injury, to escape detection while on Earth, they’ve no choice but to disguise themselves as the aforementioned moist bipeds. The indignity is almost more than his circuits can bear.
But there’s no alternative. For centuries, Meteor, Gloss, and Spike were nothing more than three of thousands of robots programmed to serve the whims of a hyper-advanced intergalactic species. If they want to avoid being recaptured by their old owners, they need to find a weapon hidden millennia ago in Earth’s soil. Meteor’s ambitions, however, don’t stop at merely escaping capture. He’s got big plans for the species that built him to be a slave. Big, violent plans. And it’ll all work out perfectly provided he can keep reminding the other two of what they’re on Earth to do.
What they’re not there to do is have fun. But flighty, excitable Spike quickly forgets that.
What they’re not there to do is learn about kissing. But cold, analytical Gloss finds his attention drawn that way regardless.
What they’re not there to do is become human. But Meteor has spent several hundred years bored out of his mind and humans…well, damp as they are, they’re not boring. Which is a problem, because Meteor can’t afford distractions—not with their owners searching the galaxy for them and getting closer every day.
Currently available, the character identity in Spare Parts is genderqueer/nonbinary.
Feel free to share your thoughts about this week’s new releases from NineStar Press. Have you read any of them? Let us know.
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