Who wants fairy tales to have more two-mom families?

Officially announcing that Prizm Books has accepted book three in the Mangoverse series! It’s called A Harvest of Ripe Figs, and I’ll tell you all about it below the picture.


Right now, my favorite phrase has got to be “lesbian babywearing detective mom.” Unless it’s lesbian babywearing detective mom queen.

That’s Queen Shulamit with her partner Aviva, the bisexual chef who was the first person to correctly diagnose her gluten intolerance, holding their daughter, Crown Princess Naomi.

Shulamit loves to solve mysteries in her capital city. With her baby strapped to her chest, she uncovers clues and questions witnesses.

Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach’s Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn’t expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery. But Queen Shulamit—lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the eight month old crown princess—loves to play detective. With the help of her legendary bodyguard Rivka and her dragon, and with the support of her partner Aviva the Chef, Shulamit turns her mind toward the solution—which she quickly begins to suspect involves the use of illegal magic that could threaten the safety of her citizens.

A Harvest of Ripe Figs is populated by mostly characters of color and contains a trans teenager, a fat woman whose narrative has nothing to do with weight loss and who is treated as beautiful, two biracial characters, a positively portrayed bisexual woman, tons of examples of women helping and rescuing each other, and lots and loooots of musicians. I am a violinist writing about musicians; this comes from the heart.

And yes, there are plenty of places for Rivka and her dragon to chew the scenery.

Also, a BONUS, if you buy the print version (not included with the eBook, but they’ll be available separately as their own little mini-eBooks), you get two in-universe short stories, one starring Rivka and containing aro-ace representation, and a comic one centering around Aviva. More info about these coming soon ^_^

(Book one is The Second Mango; book two is Climbing the Date Palm, which is currently being edited and scheduled for release on July 2. Available on paperback and eBook.)



Drawing by Cillaid.

About Shira

Queer Jewish feminist author
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5 Responses to Who wants fairy tales to have more two-mom families?

  1. jaelscribble says:

    Hey, congrats! Although, assuming the third was of the same quality of the first (and the second) was there any doubt?

    The music bit intrigues me the most here! I personally love when people write fiction that’s close to That Thing They Do. (Heh, but the mysteries are sort of that too?).

    • Shira says:

      Shulamit’s personality is based on mine, so ‘was there any doubt’ has an obvious answer. I flail about EVERYTHING. But thank you for the compliment and the congratulations!

      I don’t understand what you mean by ‘the mysteries are sort of that, too’ — in any case, violin and performing/performers may be a part of my everyday reality but crime solving certainly is not! I just have a lifetime of reading mystery novels and watching true crime shows to base it on, so it’s not like it bears any resemblance to real police procedure. Thank goodness it’s fantasy, right? 😛

  2. jaelscribble says:

    Haha, yes, I was indeed just referring to the fact that you like vintage mysteries! Although…THAT would be interesting…?

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