This week I received two review copies from Blind Eye Books, which publishes science fiction and fantasy featuring gay and lesbian characters. Lately I've accepted none of the review copies I've been offered in an attempt to get caught up on the reading pile, but I remembered hearing about one of these books, read some excerpts and couldn't resist.
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
This was the book I remembered hearing about thanks to Orannia. Back when we were both reading Havemercy, she asked me if I had read it and mentioned hearing good things about it. I read the blurb and a portion of the excerpt on the website and decided it did indeed sound good. The Archer's Heart was a finalist in the science fiction/fantasy/horror category for the Lambda Literary Award in 2008. I'm really looking forward to reading it, but it is rather long so it will be waiting until after the holidays are over.
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
I read part of the excerpt for this one as well and was curious about it. This is actually the book I'm reading now since I picked 5 short-ish books I was considering reading and got my husband to pick one. He thought this one had the most interesting cover of the group and picked that one. I'm about 50 pages in now and like it quite a bit so far. Wicked Gentlemen was a finalist in the science fiction/fantasy/horror category for the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 and it won the Spectrum Award for Best Novel in 2008.