Winter 2018-2019 Releases I’m Anticipating

Here are some books I’m excited about that are coming out December 2018-February 2019.

December Releases

  • Another Chance With You by Jacquelin Thomas (Dec 1): This whoops, we’re still married second chance romance between two rival attorneys looks fun.
  • Reindeer Games: A Holiday Romance Anthology (Dec 1): An entire collection of snowed in holiday romances, with stories by some stellar authors, including Andie J. Christopher, Adriana Anders, and Tracey Livesay!
  • A Los Angeles Rendezvous by Pamela Yaye (Dec 1): Yes I want a Christmas seduce the boss after a makeover category romance.
  • His Until Midnight by Reese Ryan (Dec 1): This has a plus size heroine, a charity auction, and a friends to lovers arc, by a writer whose work I adore. Yes please.
  • Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 ed by Sacchi Green (Dec 2): This collection is reliably stellar every year. This year, it includes one of my stories!
  • Summerfield’s Angel by Kim Fielding (Dec 2): I enjoy this author’s holiday romances and am looking forward to this new offering, a historical meet cute m/m romance.
  • Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday (Dec 4): This Christmas romance centers a married couple celebrating their first Christmas, which may be derailed by a surprise pregnancy.
  • Criminal Intentions: Where There’s Smoke by Cole McCade (Dec 10): I love this series; the characters are completely riveting.
  • Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 ed by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Dec 11): This collection has stories by some of my favorite authors, including Alyssa Cole, Mica Kennedy, Tamsen Parker and Suleikha Snyder!
  • Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine (Dec 11): This YA centers a gay teen trying to survive high school who plans everything in his bullet journal and then suddenly has to deal with a teleportation problem.
  • Evergreen by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae (Dec 11): This re-release is second in a series I’ve been looking forward to reading, and its a holiday romance, by one of my favorite romance writing teams.
  • Dance All Night by Alexis Daria (Dec 11): So excited for a new book in this series, and it’s a holiday romance with a Scrooge theme!
  • Showers, Flowers, and Fangs by Aidan Wayne (Dec 11): This is a YA romance between a half human, half fae trans teen boy and the vampire boy who moves in down the street.
  • The Prince and Her Dreamer by Kayla Bashe (Dec 12): This f/enby nutcracker retelling looks like a lot of fun!
  • At the CEO’s Pleasure by Yahrah St John (Dec 17): This is a second chance boss/employee romance, and I am interested to see what one of my favorite tropes does when combined with a trope I often avoid. Gorgeous cover, too.
  • Kink Aware by Morticia Knight (Dec 18): I’m interested in trying this m/genderqueer BDSM romance by a new-to-me author, especially as it begins by them going to a Shibari class together. It’s rare to find BDSM romances with trans and/or non-binary characters, so I’m looking forward to checking this one out.
  • Possibilities by Nicole Field (Dec 19): I absolutely adore this D/s fantasy romance between a genderfluid jester and a trans man king.
  • Pas De Duex: A Christmas Story by Lynn Turner (Dec 20): So excited to be getting a holiday story that revisits these characters!
  • Sarai Saves the Music by Sarai González and Monica Brown  (Dec 26): This middle grade book centers a Latinx girl determined to save the band program at her school when cuts are announced. She organizes a benefit concert and the promotion gets the attention of her favorite singer!
  • Revelry by Nicole Field (Dec 26): The second book in this polyamorous paranormal romance series looks like a lot of fun.
  • Her Christmas Cookie by Katrina Jackon (Dec TBD): Really looking forward to this polyamorous road trip Christmas romance revisiting the MCs of From Scratch!

January Releases

  • A Whole Latte Sass by Marguerite Labbe (Jan 1): This geeky m/m contemporary romance with a coffee shop setting looks fun!
  • Winning Charlotte Back by Kathy Douglass (Jan 1): The guy who left her at the altar moves in next door! I love second chance romances, and the cover is adorable!
  • Exile by Lisa M. Bradley (Jan 1 New release date June 4): This post-apocalyptic Texas-set story centering a polyamorous Latina street medic looks awesome! I’ve been following this author on social media for years, and am excited to read her debut novel.
  • Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (Jan 8): I love this series and am so excited for Likotsi’s story, and another f/f romance from Alyssa Cole. Plus look at that gorgeous cover!
  • The Girl King by Mimi Yu (Jan 8) I love books about sibling relationships. This one is high fantasy and about a rift between sisters and a fight to rule.
  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (Jan 8): This YA anthology includes work by some of my fave authors.
  • Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden (Jan 8): This historical YA set in the US during Reconstruction centers a young Black woman who is offered a chance to class climb.
  • Thick: and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (Jan 8): This book of essays on race and beauty looks wonderful!
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (Jan 15): Modern Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Pakistan. Need I say more?
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Jan 15): Middle grade space opera with the underpinnings of Korean mythology, centering fox spirits, by an author whose stories I’ve enjoyed. Yes please. And take a look at that gorgeous cover!
  • Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Jan 15): This YA is about the complexities of friendship and crushes, after a kidney transplant which seems to drive them apart instead of making them closer, like the dancer heroine thought it would. Queer boy musician MC. This sounds right up my alley.
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (Jan 15): This middle grade book centers a dark-skinned Black girl grappling with colorism in her family and her own internalized racism.
  • The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh (Jan 22): Teen girl takes on doing sex ed for the other students in her school to fill in the gaps of the abstinence only sex ed they get officially. I need to read this.
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe (Jan 22): This YA about a snarky Haitian-Canadian boy moving to Texas has a Harriet the Spy feel.
  • Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday (Jan 29): I liked Gia a lot in book 2, so I’m hopeful about this wedding-set rom com.
  • The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (Jan 29): This YA centers a Muslim lesbian teen who is discovered kissing her girlfriend and sent back to Bangladesh by her family for an arranged marriage. I’ve heard such good things, and look at that stunning cover!
  • Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell (Jan 29): This YA centers twin teen girls who have been social media celebrities since they were babies, due to their mother’s mommy blog going viral.
  • The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation by Jodie Patterson (Jan 29): This memoir by a Black community activist about the way her local community came to embrace and support her transgender child looks really good.
  • Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig (Jan 29): This heist YA centers an heiress and  team of kickboxing drag queen cat burglars.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kenner (Jan 29): A YA fantasy Beauty and the Beast retelling. Need I say more?

February Releases


  • Some Girls Bind by Rory James (Feb 1): This YA centers a character exploring whether she might be genderqueer, and I’ve heard good things from enby readers!
  • What Makes You Beautiful by Bridget Liang (Feb 5): This ownvoices YA centers the exploration of a biracial Asian American teenager who explores multiple identities before coming out as a transgender girl. I am so excited for this book!
  • A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams (Feb 5): This SFF anthology looks amazing, and has a stellar set of contributors.
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Feb 5): Historical YA novel centering a girl with OCD set during the 1969 race riots in Kuala Lumpur. I’ve heard such good things about this one.
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang (Feb 5): I love Wang’s ownvoices writing about mental illness and am looking forward to this one!
  • A Sprinkle of Spirits by Ana Mariano (Feb 5): Excited for book 2 in this middle grade series about a Latina witch from a family of brujas who do magic through baking.
  • The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons (Feb 5): How can I resist this Valkyries/Odin retelling about clever criminal teenagers who go to a secret hustler school?
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Feb 5): I’ve been excited to read Thomas’ second book since it was first announced. Her first book was wonderful.
  • Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan (Feb 12): This YA centers two girls who start a feminist club at their progressive high school. I love Watson’s work and am so excited for this book!
  • Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau (Feb 12): A YA graphic novel romance about queer teen boys and baking. Need I say more?
  • Living on the Borderlines by Melissa Michal (Feb 12): This is an #ownvoices book of short stories centering Seneca women and girls, grappling with intergenerational memory and trauma.
  • Erotic Teasers ed by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Feb 12): This erotica anthology includes work by some really stellar writers, including Ella Dawson, Rebecca Croteau and Tiffany Reisz
  • Crashing into Her by Mia Sosa (Feb 19): I have been waiting for book 3 in this rom com series by one of my favorite romance authors! So excited for Eva’s book.
  • Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (Feb 19): Five teen friends pull a heist to get enough money to pay for college. One of the POV characters is aroace.
  • A Faire Encounter by A.M. Valenza (Feb 20): This f/f romance had me a Ren Faire, fat girl in a dragon onesie, and ace spectrum rep.
  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (Feb 26): This YA rom com centers two teens who are grappling with expectations and imploding families.
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Feb 26): Feminist fantasy YA about arranged marriage, family pressure, and secrets.
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury (Feb 26): Space Opera YA Anastasia retelling. Yes please I need this.
  • An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole (Feb 26): This is the third book in Cole’s series about Black spies during the civil war and it looks wonderful!
  • The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (Feb 26): This middle grade book centers a girl getting her first period. She has a genderfluid best friend!

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