The Heartbreak Bakery by AR Capetta

The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta

Syd (no pronouns, please) has always dealt with big, hard-to-talk-about things by baking. Being dumped is no different, except now Syd is baking at the Proud Muffin, a queer bakery and community space in Austin. And everyone who eats Syd’s breakup brownies . . . breaks up. Even Vin and Alec, who own the Proud Muffin. And their breakup might take the bakery down with it. Being dumped is one thing; causing ripples of queer heartbreak through the community is another. But the cute bike delivery person, Harley (he or they, check the pronoun pin, it’s probably on the messenger bag), believes… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Dysphoria
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Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo and Lilian Klepakowsky

Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Bo and Lilian Klepakowsky

In pursuit of the perfect body, Mindy buys the low-fat diet products and the glossy magazines which promise the secret to losing weight. One night, while perusing the aisles of the neighborhood convenience store for a midnight snack, she finds a new product. A chocolate bar called “Eat and Love Yourself”. On a whim, Mindy buys the curious candy, not knowing that with every piece of chocolate she eats, she will be brought back to a specific moment of her past — helping her to look at herself honestly, learn to love her body the way it is, and accepting love. Perhaps, she will even realize that her long lost high school best friend, Elliot, was more than just a friend…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Eating disorder (bulimia)
  • Disordered eating, including bingeing & purging
  • Depression
  • Emesis
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Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see her father fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.
But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured.

Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Blood depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire
  • Animal death
  • Animal cruelty
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Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Transmisia
  • Deadnaming, on-page
  • Misgendering
  • Dysphoria
  • Parental abuse
  • Abusive relationship
  • Attempted suicide
  • Self-injury
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Body horror
  • Graphic emesis
  • Forced detransition
  • Death of a parent recounted, off-page
  • Death of a friend, on-page
  • Murder & mass murder
  • Gun & knife violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Arson & building fire
  • Cults
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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. They can produce antifreeze in sub-zero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to explore neighbouring exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.

Ariadne is one such explorer. On a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds fifteen light-years from Earth, she and her fellow crewmates… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depressive episode
  • Dissociation
  • Body dysphoria
  • Attempted suicide, on-page
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Medical procedures discussed
  • Needles
  • Hurricanes & storms
  • Animal death, on-page

The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis

The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis

The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis

First Sister has no name and no voice. As a priestess of the Sisterhood, she travels the stars alongside the soldiers of Earth and Mars—the same ones who own the rights to her body and soul. When her former captain abandons her, First Sister’s hopes for freedom are dashed when she is forced to stay on her ship with no friends, no power, and a new captain—Saito Ren—whom she knows nothing about. She is commanded to spy on Captain Ren by the Sisterhood, but soon discovers that working for the war effort is so much harder to do when you’re falling in love.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misgendering
  • Racism
  • Sexual assault implied
  • Sex work of a minor
  • Child abuse
  • Threats of sexual violence
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Gender dysphoria & body dysmorphia
  • Blood depiction
  • Amputation
  • Nonconsensual surgery & implants, including body modifications
  • Medical experimentation
  • Graphic injury
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Loss of bodily autonomy
  • Blackmail

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes 

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes

April French doesn’t do relationships and she never asks for more. A long-standing regular at kink club Frankie’s, she’s kind of seen it all. As a trans woman, she’s used to being the scenic rest stop for others on their way to a happily-ever-after. She knows how desire works, and she keeps hers carefully boxed up to take out on weekends only. After all, you can’t be let down if you never ask.

Then Dennis Martin walks into Frankie’s, fresh from Seattle and looking a little lost. April just meant to be friendly, but one flirtatious drink turns into one hot night. When Dennis asks for her number, she gives it to him. When he asks for her trust, well…that’s a little harder. And when the desire she thought she had such a firm grip on comes alive with Dennis, April finds herself wanting passion, purpose and commitment.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism discussed
  • Transmisia
  • Misgendering
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Familial estrangement
  • Alcohol consumption

The One True Me and You by Remi England

The One True Me and You by Remi K. England 

Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend: try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels, wear more masculine-presenting cosplay, and kiss a girl for the first time.

It’s… a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols… and then, there’s Teagan… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia
  • Homomisia
  • Lesbomisia
  • Public outing
  • Sexism
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother from suicide recounted
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Bullying
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The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves

The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves

David Espinoza is tired of being messed with. When a video of him getting knocked down by a bully’s slap goes viral at the end of junior year, David vows to use the summer to bulk up— do what it takes to become a man—and wow everyone when school starts again the fall.

Soon David is spending all his time and money at Iron Life, a nearby gym that’s full of bodybuilders. Frustrated with his slow progress, his life eventually becomes all about his muscle gains. As it says on the Iron Life wall, What does not kill me makes me stronger... Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Body & muscle dysmorphia (theme)
  • Drug use and steroid abuse
  • Bullying
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Stray Fears by Gregory Ashe

Stray Fears by Gregory Ashe

Elien Martel is a survivor, but surviving, he’s beginning to discover, isn’t the same thing as living. In the house he shares with his much older boyfriend, Elien spends his days trying to stay as far away from living as possible. Living, he has learned, means that sooner or later you’ll get hurt.

When a member of Elien’s support group dies under strange circumstances, though, Elien finds himself in a web of bizarre coincidences. The responding officer turns out to be another member of Elien’s support group—a man named Mason, who has made no effort to hide his dislike of Elien. Then, just a few days later, Mason tries to kill Elien in front of dozens of witnesses… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Transmisia
  • Homomisia
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Body dysphoria
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Graphic suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Murder
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