Our favorite MM authors a.k.a. castaways are asked, what books, songs and luxury item would they take to a desert island?

This is a new monthly series inspired by LezReviewBooks.com’s ‘Desert Island Books’, which in turn is based on BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs’.

The rules are fairly simple:

List up to ten books, a playlist and one luxury item that you couldn’t do without on a desert island.

Any type of book can be selected, but I ask that at least half are LGBT+ books. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any number of songs and any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

Let’s welcome our January castaway, Elle Keaton!



Ten books: is it cheating to say: all the books I haven’t had a chance to read that are languishing on my TBR?

😛 fine…

1. Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but I love his Ankmorpork books and Vimes, is my favorite character in them all. I’ve read these probably twenty times and every time I find some new wonderful way he used the English language. 

2. I’ve had Khartoum – the ultimate Imperial adventure (Michael Asher) on my shelf for a while now and I’m fascinated with the history of the middle east at this time so I’d add it for sure. This stems from my complete adoration of Elizabeth Peters and her Amelia Peabody series, which is brilliant.

3. Roan Parrish’s The Middle of Somewhere (this whole series is beautiful). Middle was my first Parrish book and her writing is sublime.

4. St. Nacho’s, #1 by Z. A. Maxfield. Again, I love this whole series but the first one has a special place in my heart, I think Maxfield did a great job with two wounded characters healing each other.

5. Red Dirt Heart (#1) by N R Walker — cannot say enough things about this series, or Nr for that matter.

6. A Matter of Time #1, Mary Calmes — this series and The Marshals are go-to for me. I love the characters, banter, and her world-building. This is a tie, I guess I’d bring EITHER first in series to a desert island.

7. John Truby’s Anatomy of a Story, because it’s genius and I need time with no interferences to read and process it. Again. A desert island would be perfect.

8. The Deep Blue Goodbye, by John. D. MacDonald. Old school mystery that I love, Travis McGee is the ultimate outsider, the first Jack Reacher IMO. Definitely has some iffy social issues in today’s world, you have read it knowing this was written 60 years ago–but I still think he was a master.

9. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin. Intense…incredible. The best last paragraph I’ve ever read.

10. In the Woods, by Tana French. Holy moly, this is a good book. I left it to #10 but probably it’s in my top five. I prefer French’s earlier books but all are incredibly detailed and consuming.


I listen to a lot of music ranging from Bach to Reggae, I love Irish ballads and reels, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, The Avett Brothers… so much music. I will admit. tho, that my playlist is often stuck somewhere between 1985 and 1995. I’m a huge fan of the early women of rock and roll, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joan Jett, The Breeders, Carrie Akre/Hammerbox, and Goodness. So, that’s probably what I would choose to take along.


The most comfortable mattress in existence, I do not do well sleeping on the ground! 

This was fun, thank you for asking me!!



Elle Keaton is a writer, avid reader, and amateur cat-wrangler. Her love of romance novels has led her to a life of creating her own happy ever afters. She is the author of the best selling series’ Shielded Hearts and Veiled Intentions. Keaton hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and cats.


A big thank you to Elle Keaton for joining us on this month’s Desert Island Castaways!

Check out our first Castaway, Natalina Reis and October, November, and December Castaways, V.L. Locey, J.P. Jackson, and A.E. Wasp.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out next month’s Castaway.

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