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Welcome to Book Beat!

Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.

Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel

Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian Jarboe

Author: Julian Jarboe
Released: February 26, 2020 by Lethe Press
Genre: Horror, LGBTQIA, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy

In this debut collection of body-horror fairy tales and mid-apocalyptic Catholic cyberpunk, memory and myth, loss and age, these are the tools of storyteller Jarboe, a talent in the field of queer fabulism. Bodily autonomy and transformation, the importance of negative emotions, unhealthy relationships, and bad situations amidst the staggering and urgent question of how build and nurture meaning, love, and safety in a larger world/society that might not be “fixable.”

Source: @molsbymoonlight on Twitter

A Lambda Literary Award winner and “body-horror fairy tales and mid-apocalyptic Catholic cyberpunk, memory and myth.”

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From the Dark We Came

From the Dark We Came by J. Emery

Author: J. Emery
Released: March 16, 2020 by NineStar Press
Genre: LGBTQIA, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Belar has made lying into an art form. His neighbors know him as a mild mannered music teacher, but to his fellow monster hunters he’s a senior agent with one of the best track records in the organization. Werewolves, malignant spirits, and other oddities—you name it, he can track it. And kill it if necessary.

But when a vampire shows up in Belar’s parlor, his two worlds crash into each other. The vampire is named Cassian, and if he had any sense of decency he would be dead since Belar has already tried to kill him. Twice. Luckily, Cassian isn’t interested in holding a grudge. He wants to hire the hunter. Someone in vampire society wants Cassian dead and they’ve been using Belar to do their dirty work. Finding the culprit will save them both.

Their search for answers takes them through a nighttime world of ancient vampires, demon tailors, and monsters of pure shadow. But Belar hasn’t been the only one lying, and allies and enemies are harder to tell apart in the dark.

From the Dark We Came is a 50,000 word paranormal novel with a demisexual main character.

Content warnings: sex and sexual situations, fantasy typical violence and injury, minor character death, beheading, blood, blood drinking, and blood magic.

Source: @mixeduppainter on Twitter

Described as “what if Castlevania were queer.”

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I Kissed a Girl

I Kissed a Girl by Alexander Jennet

Author: Alexander Jennet
Released: August 3, 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA, Romance

Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest “creature feature” turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime?

Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to need major help along the way.

Noa Birnbaum may be a brilliant makeup artist and special effects whiz-kid, but cracking into the union is more difficult than she imagined. Keeping everyone happy is a full-time job, and she’s already run ragged. And yet when the beautiful star she’s been secretly crushing on admits to fears of her own, Noa vows to do everything in her power to help Lilah shine like never before.

Long hours? Exhausting work? No problem. Together they can take the world by storm…but can the connection forged over long hours in the makeup chair ever hope to survive the glare of the spotlight?

Source: @Sourcebookscasa on Instagram

Upcoming title with an opposites attract sapphic romance between a horror actress and a special effects makeup artist!

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The Spanish Love Deception

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Author: Elena Armas
Released: February 21, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romance

A wedding. A trip to Spain. The most infuriating man. And three days of pretending. Or in other words, a plan that will never work.

Catalina Martín, finally, not single. Her family is happy to announce that she will bring her American boyfriend to her sister’s wedding. Everyone is invited to come and witness the most magical event of the year.

That would certainly be tomorrow’s headline in the local newspaper of the small Spanish town I came from. Or the epitaph on my tombstone, seeing the turn my life had taken in the span of a phone call.

Four weeks wasn’t a lot of time to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic–from NYC and all the way to Spain–for a wedding. Let alone, someone eager to play along my charade. But that didn’t mean I was desperate enough to bring the 6’4 blue eyed pain in my ass standing before me.

Aaron Blackford. The man whose main occupation was making my blood boil had just offered himself to be my date. Right after inserting his nose in my business, calling me delusional, and calling himself my best option. See? Outrageous. Aggravating. Blood boiling. And much to my total despair, also right. Which left me with a surly and extra large dilemma in my hands. Was it worth the suffering to bring my colleague and bane of my existence as my fake boyfriend to my sister’s wedding? Or was I better off coming clean and facing the consequences of my panic induced lie?

Like my abuela would say, que dios nos pille confesados.

The Spanish Love Deception is an enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating romantic comedy. Perfect for those looking for a steamy slow-burn romance with the sweetest Happily Ever After.

Source: @Snarkywench on Instagram

So much catnip: fake dating, enemies to lovers!

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