I'm looking for diversity-rich speculative fiction stories, but open to all stories compelling enough. I like stories that I can identify with, because growing up there were so very few of them, especially stories with characters that are bilingual or bicultural, characters with disabilities (visible or non-visible), and characters across the LGBTQIAP+ rainbow. My favorite stories contain unlikely casts, personalities that stand out, worlds struggling against change, climate issues, high-stakes adventures, witty banter, strong friendships, and romance that will make me blush and giggle in public.
All stories must have romance front and center or play a big part in the plot/subplots.
FANTASY: high-concept epicness like Sarah J. Maas does, amazing worldbuilding like Tamora Pierce does, badass princesses like She-Ra, dragons because hell yes, cultures other than medieval-ish, and flawed magic systems.
SCI-FI: fun Star Trek-like adventures, mind-bending alien stuff like The Starbound Trilogy, a Dark Matter-like cast, Lost in Space fam dynamics, climate change and renewable energy, solarpunk.
PARANORMAL: uncommon and awesome shifters Charlie Cochet does, Latinx witches, every day magic, magical academies, something like The Worst Witch but YA/NA, diverse culture gods and creatures, re-telling’s with a modern spin and diversity.
CONTEMPORARY: travel rom-coms, big family cast (related or not), quirky small towns (think Gilmore Girls or Schitt's Creek), Caribbean and archipelago settings, basically Hallmark movies but diverse.
There are some genres which I do not work with, because I am not well read in them: horror, thriller, mystery, time-travel, magical realism, religious, and women's fiction manuscripts.