I'm Val Kovalin, reviewer and writer of m/m gay romance fiction. Unlike 99.9% of all authors, I wasn't born writing, but started in 2007, first with reviews and blogging, and then with fiction. As a reader, I like to laugh, and I like strong plots and complicated characters, so I hope to be able to offer you the same in my own fiction. I want to thank Sandra at Loose Id for being the first editor to publish me.

I'm the M/M Gay Romance columnist for Wildfire, the free weekly newsletter published by All Romance Ebooks and sent to several thousand subscribers (, and I'm a contributor at Reviews by Jessewave (

I live in the western United States with my husband and several backyard box turtles, and I love to hear from readers! You can reach me at my Obsidian Bookshelf blog (

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Ink Illusions [Masquerade]
As a gay man, Aaron never dreamed he'd end up in Houston, Texas, helping a female friend raise her child. Then he learns that the child's father has just been released from prison. Will Travis threaten Aaron's new family? To find out, Aaron conceals his identity and meets Travis during the chaotic splendor of Mardi Gras, when no one is what he seems. Travis is ruthless when it comes to locating his child. Otherwise, he's not the criminal Aaron expected. Aloof and intuitive, Travis works as a ta... more info>>
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Call And Answer
Small-town Louisiana in 1959 is a dangerous place to have a gay affair. But Henri can't help his instant attraction to Gabriel, a handsome black musician who accepts his advances with amused tolerance. Henri hopes for a summer of hot, uncomplicated sex before he leaves for college. He doesn't realize that Gabriel is a powerful shapeshifter who also lives as an alligator in the bayou. When Henri first sees Gabriel transform into an alligator, he mistakes him for the Devil. Then he learns that Ga... more info>>
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Trinity Trespass
A war rages throughout the Southwest between angels and demons. Demons Parnell and Navarro are sent to the no-man's land of New Mexico to capture a renegade angel-demon hybrid named Chavez, and the three of them enter a triangle of powerful but uneasy sexual attraction. Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/m), violence.
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Wicked Cool
Junk removal specialist Stu Van der Meer has been burned before in love affairs with corporate professionals who underestimate him as a blue-collar guy who's good with his hands. When he meets property manager Brian Hawthorne, Stu knows he shouldn't get involved with him, especially since he senses that Brian might be in serious trouble. Stu, however, can't ignore their immediate sexual chemistry. He also can't deny his curiosity about Brian's secret past, specialized knowledge, and unusual acc... more info>>
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