I have mentioned both Ylva Publishing and Sapphire Books on The Nerdy Girl Express, but as a voracious reader I can’t help myself. I just love talking about books and because both of these noted lesbian book companies are part of ClexaCon again this year I wanted to share some of my favorite reads and other books you can find from them to fit any genre.
Ylva Publishing is one of the ClexaCon 2019 Sponsors and I couldn’t be happier. They do specifically note that they focus on lesbian relationships, but in their description of their authors they make sure to state, “Diversity among our authors is extremely important to us, and we are constantly working on making sure that you will find lesbian, bisexual, and queer authors of all skin colors, cultures, and nationalities.” While they do note that they are a lesbian focused publishing agency I have read two books from them, Chasing Stars and The Art of Us, and while the primary romance is between two women, arguments can be made that not all of the characters would identify with that term. In Chasing Stars specifically one of the leads has previously been married and has been attracted to men in the past. She could choose to identify as a lesbian now, how you identify is entirely up to you, but it is possible that she is not a lesbian. The Art of Us also has a character who after a break up with a woman begins dating a man, so again the argument could be made that the romances are between women within the LGBTQ+ community. I loved both of these books and Ylva Publishing has so many more in a variety of genres. There are more traditional romances, but also historical fiction pieces, action, and even detective books.
In 2018 Sapphire Books partnered with ClexaCon to create a convention focused anthology titled, Fandom to Fantasy. I reviewed the first volume of this collection and I was pleased to see that they were back as a Partner this year. There has been no announcement for a new collection, but I loved this book and the first year of ClexaCon I checked out one of their vampire series and I can promise it was very steamy. Sapphire also has a wide variety of genres available for readers including, sci-fi, western, and of course romance. They also have a blog that runs through the site that focuses on authors and a variety of other connected topics. There are even Young Adult features that might catch your eye including a period piece set in a boarding school, Love and Lechery at Albert Academy and the Finding Home series focused on a young firestarter. If you need a travel read for your way to Las Vegas you can’t go wrong with anything from either of these publishers.