Love is love, right? It’s one of the mottos of Queer Romance Month, and it’s a concept that I—and all the other authors featured this month—recognize as a basic tenet of our work. But I want to add three more words to the motto: everywhere, everywhen, everyhow.
Love is love everywhere. The most popular category of romance stories is contemporary, and the bulk of those stories take place in the United States, with a smaller contingent in other English-speaking countries. Makes sense, since that’s where most of the authors live. But whether they be contemporaries or stories in another genre, I love books that take place elsewhere. LGBTQ people fall in love in Chile, in China, in Chad, in the Czech Republic. For sure people in those countries may face obstacles very different—and often much more formidable—than people in the U.S. In a way, that makes acknowledging them, telling their tales, especially important. And even if a setting is imaginary or hypothetical, like an AU or a spaceship, wouldn’t queer love happen there too?
Love is love everywhen. Not just the 21st century, and not just a few of the periods beloved of historical writers and readers. I’ve recently written gay romances that took place in 15th century Bosnia and late-19th century Oregon, respectively, because men fell in love with one another then, too.
Love is love everyhow. Oh, we all love the usual romance heroes: the hunky cop or fireman, the cowboy, the pirate, the porn star. But what about the others? The people with disabilities. The nerds inching their way out of the closet. The blue collar workers. The middle-aged. Religious minorities, ethnic minorities, the overlooked and the everyday. If we’re going to celebrate love in all its wonderful rainbow hues, we need to include these colors too.
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Kim’s Queer Romance Recommendations
Although there’s still much room for growth, I think queer romance authors have made some lovely strides in recognizing the everywhere, the everywhen, and the everyhow. Here are a few of my favorite books that do just that:
- Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer
- The Lion & The Crow by Eli Easton
- Hidden Away by J.W. Kilhey
- The Gives Light series by Rose Christo
- The Lonely War by Alan Chin
- The Auspicious Troubles of Chance by Charlie Cochet
- Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper
About Kim Fielding
Kim Fielding is very pleased every time someone calls her eclectic. She has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space. She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full time. She also dreams of having two perfectly behaved children, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others.
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About Bone Dry
Ery Phillips’s muse is MIA. He’s pretty sure his job as a graphic designer is to blame, because let’s face it, what kind of muse wants to draw grocery store logos and catheterized penises?
When Ery’s friends Dylan and Chris head off on a European vacation, Ery jumps at the chance to stay on their farm, hoping a stint in the country will encourage his muse to reappear. To be sure, the farm has attracted a few oddities—Dylan is a werewolf and the place was recently haunted—but Ery isn’t canceling his plans just because his friends warn him that there’s something strange going on in their pond. What he doesn’t expect is Karl, a beautiful naked man who appears at the water’s edge.
With Karl as his inspiration, Ery creates amazing paintings and begins to achieve the success he had previously only dreamed of. But Karl comes with certain challenges, causing Ery to question his own goals. Creating the life of his dreams with an unusual beloved may be more challenge than Ery can handle.