Hidden Gems and Other Bookish Treasures

gemsI thought we’d do something a bit different on the blog this year. Last year, we had authors talking about the books they wrote and why one in particular was their favorite. Every author has a fav and I’ve always found their reasons fascinating.

This year, I’m flipping that upside down. We’re scouring the interwebs looking for hidden gems. Books that have made ‘must read’ lists but, for one reason or another, never got much attention. I’ll be contacting the authors and inviting them to the blog so you can learn about them too. I already have a full lineup on the way with some great books and fantastic authors. If you know of such a book, let me know. I may profile it here on the blog.

One of the other new themes on the blog this year will be LGBT science fiction and fantasy. I have been a huge fan of both genres since I was a kid and thought it was about time we brought the genre more exposure. Watch for the posts, and again, if you have a nominee you’d like us to take a look at, let me know.


  1. Just found your blog and your writing. I admire both. My book suggestion: “Incursion” by Aleksandr Voinov. It’s from a few years back (’11). Crisply written MM Sci-Fi. I loved it.

  2. Aren’t the hidden gems what we’re all seeking? It’s easy to get caught up in the popular, touted and “pushed” reads out there. But discovering a special unknown and sharing that with others is really the best feeling.

    Good M/M sci-fi/fantasy is a little obscure, but there is some really good stuff out there. I just finished a sci-fi by Reesa Herberth called In Discretion that totally worked for me. It had a nice build to tension and a shadowy horror effect that kept me on edge. The romance was there, but it didn’t overwhelm the rest of the story. Just enhanced it.

    I like your angle on hidden gems Brandon. I hope we all discover some goodies in 2014.