D. Hale Rambo

8 cozy fantasy books with a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ heart

For those looking to settle down to some cozy fantasy that features or is written by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, plus other diverse gender and sexual identities) folks, this is the listicle for you.

Let’s start with the indie sensation that is

8. Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Battle-weary Orc, Viv, retires to open a coffee shop. Amongst the croissants and coffee, there’s a gentle, slow-burn sapphic romance.

The prequel, Bookshops and Bonedust, is out now.


If coffee isn’t your thing, how about tea?

7. Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea by Rebecca Thorne 

Girlfriends Reyna and Kianthe want to open a bookshop that serves tea. But quitting your job feels impossible when you’re the Queen’s private guard and the world’s most powerful mage. What follows is a cozy tale of mishaps, mysteries, and a murderous Queen.

The sequel, A Pirate’s Life for Tea, is out now.


If you prefer something a little stronger in both the drink and content department, check out

6. That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming

The Mead Mishaps series follows, well, the mishaps of characters caused, directly or indirectly, by booze.

In Book One, Cinnamon, a spice farmer, tells of her rescue of and subsequent misadventures with Fallon, a demon who frequently burns his shirt off. Spicy!


Feeling peckish and in need of a bite? Don’t get hangry (hungry-angry)! Instead, get 

5. A Touch of Wrath by Arizona Tape

A Lust demon with a floundering restaurant and a Glutton demon with a complaint could be a recipe for disaster – or a match made in food heaven.

The Forked Tail series is a cozy, low-stakes paranormal romance filled with demons, delicious recipes, and compelling sapphic romance.


When you’re not sure what you need, you need  

4. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Sibling Dex, a Monk, is struggling to find their place in life. Along comes Mosscap, a robot with the task of finding the answer to “What do people need?” 

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy continues the quest of Monk and Robot.


If you need rest and romance, cozy up with 

3. The Fae’s Bride by R. L. Medina

A busy witch. An enamored Count. An enchanted villa filled with nosy sisters. 

Welcome to Zamerra, a gaslamp fantasy realm with Italian cottage core vibes.

Book three in the Silveri Sisters series, The Goblin’s Bride, is out on November 24, 2023.


If enemies to lovers romance is your sweet poison, get ready for

2. A Rival Most Vial by R. K. Ashwick

Mix together two potion shops. Add one proud half-elf, one charming newcomer, and a joint commission. Sprinkle in the tension and stir vigorously as this rivalry threatens to bubble over into something more!

This is book one in The Side Quest Row series.

When you’re ready for more adventure, you need

1. Tools of a Thief by D. Hale Rambo

A Gnome Thief who doesn’t want to steal anymore. A Brix Librarian who seeks the notice of distant deities. A protective Brix Speaker. A mysterious Ranger. When these four get together, is it already too late to make the changes they crave?

You’ll find out soon as book three of A Series of Decisions on Kairas, Routes of a Ranger, is out in April 2024.

Try out the series and read chapter one of Tools of a Thief for free.

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