Gosh, this is so cute <3
Ok, some things I like! This is ignoring the entire contemporary-real-world selection available because my “meh, real world” issues mean I haven’t explored those.
Incursion, by Aleks Voinov: spacefaring sci fi with a disabled soldier protagonist — Aleks is really good with determined, wounded-warrior characters. mmf. (If that is a character type that appeals to you, also check out his Memory of Scorpions series, which is a military/political fantasy with a POC lead.)
Santuario, by GB Gordon: colony sci fi/police procedural that does a lot with cultural differences and pride and internalized homophobia and struggling against corrupt systems. A “holy shit I can’t believe this was your first novel” book.
The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux: Perfect for this time of year, a fast-paced haunted-house (well, haunted-tavern) mystery with fun, lively characters.
Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane: Roman historical that deals with classical slavery in a really solid way, neither glossing it over nor making it misery porn. Also, *amazing* supporting cast of lady gladiators.
Fragile Bond by Rhi Etzweiler: you know you want original fiction with mating pheromone tropes. First-contact sci fi with cool aliens and a situation where guns are not the answer.
SOMETHING by Alex Beecroft, who has a fantastic command of language; try The Blessed Isle, Age of Sail romance as told through the journals of the gentlemen involved.
Similarly, something by Alexis Hall, who seems like one to watch; I loved Iron and Velvet, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink urban fantasy with a wry noir-ish lady protagonist (and some great digs at the teenage vampire-boyfriend fantasy). I’m also really looking forward to Prosperity, which looks to be the beginning of a really cool steampunk universe populated by queers and POC.
Gosh. I want to keep going! But I kind of need to catch a bus to work. And also this is probably plenty to start with. Hope you find something here you like! XD
STASHING THIS LIST FOR LATER
ps i don’t wanna out you cypher if you’re separating out your fanfic lately but goddamn find a way to slyly rec your fic regardless it is so choice