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Who am I?

Megan is a long-time resident of queer fantasy romance and keeps herself busy reading and writing it. She has been doing so for nearly twenty years, and hopes to do it at least another twenty. She is asexual, biromantic, and married to a wonderful woman. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to cook, harass her wife and cats, or watch movies and play video games.

I wrote...

The High King's Golden Tongue

By Megan Derr,

Book cover of The High King's Golden Tongue

What is my book about?

Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.

High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He's overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it. What he doesn't need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.

The books I picked & why

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The Luminous Dead

By Caitlin Starling,

Book cover of The Luminous Dead

Why this book?

This book is a tension-rife delight, about a woman who descends deep into a dangerous network of caves in search of people who died there years ago—and her only guide is a woman miles away, unfriendly and not to be trusted. I loved the tension in this book, never knowing what would happen next, what might jump out of the shadows, the mystery of her hostile guide, and what happened long ago. The slow burn relationship between two tough women used to making it on their own and not relying on others. It's the kind of book you would love to see made into a movie just so more people could enjoy the story.

A Suitable Consort (For the King and His Husband)

By R. Cooper,

Book cover of A Suitable Consort (For the King and His Husband)

Why this book?

This book is a beautiful execution of slow burn, watching a character grow and come into his own and realize that he loves and is loved. The world-building is fantastic, and the story keeps you reading until you realize it's four in the morning and you've got a long day ahead of you. I loved the main character, his love interests, the history, and recent war that provide the setting and drive for much of what happens. It's a beautiful love story, a wonderful fantasy, a fantastic combination of both genres.

Into the Drowning Deep

By Mira Grant,

Book cover of Into the Drowning Deep

Why this book?

Another great book rife with tension and terror, about a team who go in search of what killed their friends and loved ones, a nightmare recorded on video but hard to believe, a terror buried in the depths of the Marianas Trench. I love this fascinating take on mermaids, how the book keeps you on tenterhooks the whole time, waiting to see what will happen, who is next, and what sort of monsters we haven't even seen yet.


By Archer Kay Leah,

Book cover of Four

Why this book?

This is one of the best books of redemption I've ever read, about a man who did some truly horrible, some would say unforgivable things, and has been working hard the past several years to make amends for his wrongs, a journey he continues even as he meets the man who just might be the love of his life. All this in a beautifully built fantasy world, and while it is book two in the series it stands on its own just fine. When it comes to tales of redemption and forgiveness, though, of facing a sordid past and working to overcome it, this book continues to set the bar for me.

Daughter of the Burning City

By Amanda Foody,

Book cover of Daughter of the Burning City

Why this book?

This book has it all: it has creepy moments, an excellent mystery, a beautiful and unique setting, a diverse and interesting cast, and of course queer rep. For a long time, finding asexual characters in anything was a rarity, and so finding this book meant a lot to me, as her love interest is asexual and that doesn't bother her in the slightest. Above all, though, I love the marvelous worldbuilding and the incredibly interesting premise of 'how do you murder someone who doesn't actually exist'. 

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