Two people look at each other over a microphone, with a dark background: one masculine presenting with dark wavy hair, wearing dark clothes and a pin that reads THEY/THEM, one feminine presenting and fat, wearing a bright yellow dress with red flowers. Her hair is blonde in two buns.

Welcome to the world of Moonie’s, the queer karaoke dive bar of my heart! Full of messy people, cheap drinks, and nostalgic pop music.

Here’s the summary for Sing Anyway:

After a lifetime of failed relationships, non-binary history professor Sam Bell is committed to a new (non)romantic strategy: Thirst Only. It’s the actual drinking where things get too complicated, where Sam inevitably gets hurt.

Sam is good at being thirsty, though, especially when it’s karaoke night at The Moonlight Café, otherwise known as Moonie’s to its largely queer regulars. Moonie’s is fun. Comfortable. Safe. Except for tonight, when one by one, all of Sam’s friends abandon them. Disappointed, they prepare to leave—until their #1 karaoke crush catches their eye…

For Lily Fischer, karaoke at Moonie’s is the only time she can step outside of her quiet shell. When there’s a mic in her hand, she’s no longer merely a receptionist harboring big dreams. At Moonie’s, Lily can pretend to be someone else: someone bold, who takes what she wants. And tonight, what Lily wants is the way Sam looks at her across the room as she sings her signature opening song, like they see her exactly as she wants to be seen. Like Moonie’s Lily is real.

As the night progresses, both Sam’s and Lily’s personal fears are tested, and the real world outside of Moonie’s looms. But maybe sometimes, the real world should be a little more like karaoke. It’s not always about knowing all the right words or having the perfect voice. Maybe all Sam and Lily need is a little courage to pick up the mic, and sing anyway.

Sing Anyway is the first in a series of queer karaoke novellas (a subgenre I am deciding henceforth is a Thing!). All are low in plot and high in feels, with guaranteed happy-for-now endings. They focus on the power of queer community, music, and manifesting the truth that we are all deserving of love.

Cover by Em Roberts!

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