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Yoshiyuki Ly
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Don't ignore the:
Social realism + romance.
LGBT, minorities, and women as fully-realized characters.
Power plays that push mental and emotional limits.
Armor over vulnerabilities. Strip that armor to get to the soft, devoted core.

Venus and Lysander
Historical-fantasy-romance. Solstice Publishing picked this one up. It's available now. Book summary:

Living as a nobleman and a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor's adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val's ruthlessness
for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion's Empress.

Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val's chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis' true motive, Val and Lucrezia's tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.

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Finalist in the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - Lesbian romance
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention


The Scorpion's Empress
Erotic romance plus a bit of fantasy. Also under Solstice Publishing. It's available now. Book summary:

After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled Empress of the city's oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion's Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl's loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the Empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head, Videl's loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her Empress.

The Scorpion's Empress

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Goodreads // Solstice Publishing

[Five star review (click to open)]

Winner in the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - Lesbian romance
Finalist in the 2016 Independent Author Network Awards - LGBT
Winner in the 2016 New England Book Awards - LGBT
Honorable Mention in the 2016 Rainbow Awards - Lesbian erotic romance


Online Stories
Find most of my romance works here. The joy of sharing.

In-Depth Story Notes
Find my personal commentary for certain stories here.


Contact Me + Navigation
-Email me at yoshiyuki.ly17@gmail.com with questions, comments or book-related requests.
-Follow the tag links on the right hand side if you're looking for anything specific.
-Click the cuts below to read what's underneath.

Ideal publishing order

1. The Scorpion's Empress (erotic romance with some D/s) - June 1, 2016
2. Venus and Lysander (historical-fantasy-romance) - January 31, 2017

3. Black Waltz (urban fantasy romance with some BDSM) - in pre-publication now
4. Chauvinistic Coquette (contemporary romance with some fantasy) - complete - to be published in 2019
5. Anathema (historical-fantasy-romance with some D/s) - current work-in-progress

These are all set in different eras of my fictional Anathema universe: the world, Tellus, with Nyx Vevina as God of the Anathema religion; she is the morally ambiguous shadow to her more spirited twin sister, Venus, who is revered as the standard of beauty, femininty and acceptance. My main characters all challenge the status quo in these societies in ways that are relevant to the real world.

Yoshiyuki - a male Japanese name; a katana from Final Fantasy VII, a role-playing game for the PlayStation 1. Description: "if one ally is dead, the weapon's power is doubled. If two allies are dead, the weapon's power is tripled."
Ly - a Vietnamese surname. Pronounced like Lee. In high school, I was friends with a bunch of Vietnamese kids.

All together, Yoshiyuki Ly means, to me, using my past and my experiences as weapons to write with.

The first video game I owned myself was Yoshi's Story for the Nintendo 64.

My favorite book by my favorite author is Consider What Becomes of the Ashes by Pixelnyx.


Lightning Farron is my favorite protagonist in any media, ever.


Currently playing - Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan! // Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin! // Yakuza 5 trophy cleanup
Games/series I like -
Shin Megami Tensei, Nioh, NieR // Drakengard, Yakuza, Final Fantasy, Bayonetta, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, The Witcher, Okami, Chrono Trigger, Bloodborne, L.A. Noire, Catherine, Dragon Age, Onimusha, Assassin's Creed, Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect, The Legend of Dragoon, Heavy Rain // Beyond: Two Souls, Deus Ex, Life Is Strange, Tomb Raider, .//hack games

Vaguely looking forward to the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

My all-time favorite game is NieR: Automata. Second up is Bayonetta.

My favorite series is Shin Megami Tensei, followed by the Yakuza games.

I used to play Final Fantasy XI on Midgardsormr until the first server merge, usually as samurai, bard or white mage.

I used to play Final Fantasy XIV, as samurai, with astrologian and dark knight as my alts.

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