Expanding The Bookshelf ~ Outside the Margins with Jeff Adams

Join Prism Book Alliance® as Jeff Adams goes Outside the Margins today.

I’ve discussed on a few occasions my joy in finding wonderful books that wouldn’t normally cross my path. Usually this comes from book store browsing, a friend making a recommendation or possibly an author pitching something to Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast. It rarely comes from Amazon because it’s hard to search for what you don’t know you want and the “if you like this, you may also like” doesn’t really allow for the unexpected.

For the most part I read m/m romance. I love the genre. I write in the genre (at least most of the time). But, for me, not every book has to be in the genre. Of the forty books I read in 2016, seven of them were non-romance gay fiction (another six were non-fiction) so as you can see romance is my main thing and it’s easy for me to find books that I’d be interested in.

It’s the non-romance gay fiction that’s tricky. Of those seven, one I randomly found in the bookstore, two are because I follow the author and the other four showed up due to the podcast. Since I loved these seven books, they all got shouted out on the podcast in the hopes that other people might find them as well because non-romance gay fiction flies under a lot of people’s radar. They’re difficult to find unless you search just right on Amazon, or if you don’t live in a place with either a well stocked gay bookstore or a bookstore that curates a gay fiction section.

Author Michael Jensen, whose Man & Beast was one of those seven great non-romance gay fiction books I read last year, has created a new Facebook group designed to allow readers to recommend these books so others can find them.

This Gay Book I Loved has a fairly simple mission:

“This Gay Book is devoted to discovering, discussing and promoting books about gay, bisexual, and transgender men. We’re especially interested in genre books that defy conventional expectations. The science fiction story with gay characters; a detective story that features a bisexual psychic character; a historical novel that includes two gay lovers but is not focused primarily on their relationship.

“There are so many great books out there that it’s incredibly easy for new books and authors to get swamped, especially those that don’t quite fit the M/M romance genre that is currently so popular. This Gay Book is here to help find and celebrate those other books so that they don’t get overlooked, especially those genre books that feature gay/bi/trans characters but aren’t necessarily solely about the relationships, the romance part of the story, or having to have a happy ever after ending.”

I’m excited Michael created this group and I hope it thrives. I encourage you to join. Whether it’s to recommend a book you’ve read, add to your TBR list or both, the group should shed some light on some excellent books.

Of course, if you’re like me, once you know about the books there’s still the matter of finding time to read them. That’s a problem for a different post.

~Jeff Adams

About Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.

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