Dec 202013

Guest post: Suzanne van Rooyen + Giveaway

To celebrate the release of her latest book, The Other Me, today I have a guest post from author Suzanne van Rooyen. She is sharing her Top Ten LGBT Reads.

1. Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite – a beautifully written horror novel where sexual orientation is pretty much irrelevant for these hedonistic vampires.
2. Coda by Emma Trevayne – I had never read a YA dystopian novel featuring a male bisexual protagonist before. This book blew me away and was one of my best reads of 2013.
2. Blood and Gold by Anne Rice – more vampires. I love the almost asexual nature of these predatory creatures.
3. The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells – a surprising read where bisexuality was treated as completely normal – really enjoyed the casual take on sexuality in this fantasy novel.
4. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – how refreshing to read a story set in a futuristic Brazil where sexuality is fluid.
5. Drawing Blood by Poppy Z Brite – I just love Brite’s writing and this story was a mesmerizing as it was disturbing.
6. Savages by Don Winslow – although not specifically LGBT, this book explores a poly-amorous relationship between a woman and two men – really different and an interesting dynamic.
7. Proxy by Alex London – I loved that this book featured a gay main character and that there was no romantic subplot in the novel. A fresh dystopian read.

and for the last three I’m cheating, these are the top three LGBT reads on my to-be-read pile, books I’ve been dying to read and which I’m sure I’ll love!

8. Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
9. A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield
10. Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

About Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne is an author and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance and music to middle-schoolers or playing in the snow with her shiba inu. She is rep’d by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Guest post: Suzanne van Rooyen + GiveawayThe Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen
Published by Harmony Ink Press on Dec 19, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she's an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn't find out she's a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

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  4 Responses to “Guest post: Suzanne van Rooyen + Giveaway”

  1. I definitely want to read Proxy and Coda. And I had no idea Suzanne had another book coming out! Great list

  2. Favorite YA read would be the Harry Potter series. I joined the craze just before the second book was released and stayed on the crazy-train for the duration. I even volunteered on a HP fanfic site as an admin and beta reader.

  3. id prefer YA than LGBT

  4. I like the Hunger Games series.

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