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.

Covers by Em Roberts!

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.

Sing Anyway, Moonlighters #1:

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.

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Sam & Lily’s playlist on Spotify.

Two young men look at each other over a microphone: one with dark curly hair and a skeptical look, wearing jeans and a black and white striped sweater; the other wears a lavender-colored sweatshirt, holding the back of their neck with one hand and looking hopeful.

Our Favorite Songs, Moonlighters #2:

Restless and disillusioned with his life, Aiden McCarstle is ready for a night out at The Moonlight Café with his best friend Penelope: one night to not think about how much he hates grad school, to watch queer people make fools of themselves singing karaoke. A simple, reliable escape.

But when it’s not Penelope who walks through the door at Moonie’s, but the high school nemesis Aiden hasn’t seen in five years—well, things get a little more complicated.

For Kai Andrews, moving back home after his mother’s death has been harder and lonelier than he anticipated. And running into McCarstle again hadn’t been in his plans, either. But he deserves a night out, away from responsibilities and grief. Sure, it appears McCarstle still hates his guts, for reasons Kai has never quite understood. But maybe, with a decent dose of pop music and Moonie’s magic, Kai can finally, finally make Aiden smile. Just this once. Just for tonight.

As a surprising, intimate night at Moonie’s brings Aiden and Kai closer together, a winter storm moves in. And what was meant to be a simple night out turns into over 24 hours of being snowed in together. Through confessions, memories, and favorite poems, Aiden and Kai have to figure out if this unexpected second chance at connection was merely a temporary interlude—or if they can each come out better on the other side of the storm.

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Aiden & Kai’s playlist on Spotify.

Coming soon, in Spring 2022…

Wherever is Your Heart, the third and final installment of the Moonie’s novellas, wherein the butch bartender gets her happily ever after.

Thank you so much for your support of this personal little novella series. It’s meant the world to me.

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