“First Born Sons” by Vincent Traughber Meis

It’s late 2019; the California fires are spreading, the pandemic is in full swing, and America is deeply divided regarding everything from the BLM movement and the existence of a divisive virus. A blind homosexual black man tries to make a name for himself, only to fall victim to police brutality on a daily basis, and a gay married couple struggles to understand their teenage son’s plight. A divorced woman tries to shield her kids from her ex-husband’s obsession with QAnon and conspiracy theories, and a married woman of twenty-five years drops a bombshell—she is transitioning from female to male. As the fires rage on and the pandemic threatens to break the American spirit, these individuals, all tightly connected, must find a way to weather the storm while grappling with heartbreak, grief, and self-loathing. … More “First Born Sons” by Vincent Traughber Meis

“Ghostly Howls” by Stephanie Hansen

“Ghostly Howls” is a fascinating paranormal murder mystery fantasy by Stephanie Hansen. In the fictional town of Ethel, a port city with secrets, lies two women who, besides being best friends, also share another commonality amongst themselves but separate from the rest of the town. Orla has the gift that pairs as a curse of possessing people’s souls with a single touch. Molly is half banshee with the ability of knowing when someone has or will die, through an auditory ringing in her ears. Both girls have had their abilities for as long as they can remember and have learned to adapt as needed. … More “Ghostly Howls” by Stephanie Hansen

“To Pay Paul” by Michael Scott Curnes

“To Pay Paul” is a nuanced and complex snippet in time of Seamus Quinlan’s life. Set primarily on the Quinlan farm, the story runs readers through the gauntlet of emotions as Seamus loses his last living relative. In the process of burying his father, he makes new friends, becomes closer to those he already knows, and discovers himself and his voice in the process. … More “To Pay Paul” by Michael Scott Curnes

“In the Closet: A Triad” by Geri Gale

“In the Closet: A Triad” introduces readers to S. S.’s story is told in three parts (a triad). Part one discusses her relationship with her grandfather and his love for the piano player, Thelonious Monk. Part two discusses her relationship with her grandmother and her love for the poet, Emily Dickinson. Part three discusses her relationship with her mother and her love for the photographer, Diana Arbus. … More “In the Closet: A Triad” by Geri Gale

“Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love” by Felice Cohen

“Half In” introduces readers to another side of author, Felice Cohen. Already known for her book, “What Papa Told Me” about her grandfather surviving the Holocaust, this is a more intimate side of Felice and the story of her romantic life. Many people struggle to figure out who they are and who they want to be with-whether straight, gay, bi, etc. Felice is no different. What makes her different is the internal struggle that she dealt with in who she is and who she wanted to be with. … More “Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love” by Felice Cohen

“Like Sapphire Blue” by Marisa Billions

In “Like Sapphire Blue,” readers get to feel like they’re sitting in a cinema watching the path of the main character, Emma Landry, play out before their eyes. At first sight, we spot a ritzy dining room with an elegant meal laid out on a stunning table. We see the crown moldings decorating the wealthy dining area, and two women sitting in complete silence. It’s an awkward stillness; it is a scene showing the irreparable damage existing between a married couple, once madly in love, now trying to just get through a meal. … More “Like Sapphire Blue” by Marisa Billions

“Still on Fire: Field Notes from a Queer Mystic” by Jan Phillips

“Still on Fire: Field Notes from a Queer Mystic,” Jan Phillips, is a powerful and moving account of how one woman came to terms with her sexuality. The Catholic church rejected her at age 18 because she was a lesbian, and this set her on a course to define and accept who she was. … More “Still on Fire: Field Notes from a Queer Mystic” by Jan Phillips

“Tortillera: Poems” by Caridad Moro-Gronlier

This compelling collection of poems focuses on what it’s like to be a Cuban lesbian. When it comes to the word “tortillera,” it means lesbian, but as the poet explains in her works, this word is a loaded gun…a verbal assault. However, it doesn’t mean that the poet takes it to heart. She wears the label proudly, in fact, like a badge of honor. … More “Tortillera: Poems” by Caridad Moro-Gronlier

“Resignation” by David Colin

“Resignation” by David Colin is a dark psychological drama about a slow descent by a human being—from hope and optimism to despair and disillusionment. It follows an idealistic college grad ready to launch himself into a career in human services. But he discovers there is much more to the job than he bargained for. He wrestles against politics, society, and the way things in life just are when it comes to morals and beliefs. But he finds solace in a mysterious mentor who offers the dreamer a respite of sorts. … More “Resignation” by David Colin