Are you looking for clean, flinch-free fantasy books to read? Fantastic tales without excessive gore, language, and sex? Being a reader and a writer, I’m always looking for remarkable books that are not only “clean,” but tell good tales with great worlds, characters, and ideas. The following is a list of reading material that does not exceed a PG-13 rating. While you will find mostly fantasy books and stories, there’s also some sci-fi, historical fiction, and a thriller or two as I come across suitable candidates. Enjoy!
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THE LIBRARY of FLINCH-FREE FANTASY READS
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I like to help promote flinch-free books and authors. As you may have noticed, I lean strongly toward the fantasy genre. I am also interested in sci-fi and perhaps a little historical fiction (particularly if it’s set in the medieval period). I’ve got some caveats, though. What I promote on my site is representative of me and my brand, and it receives my endorsement, so those promotions need to measure up to the yardstick I’ve laid out below:
- The work is suitable for ages 15-115.
- The language is a PG-13 rating or gentler. (I relish reading books in which the authors have risen to the challenge of clean, creative cursing!) Swearing and racially offensive terms should be practically non-existent. No use of the “F-Word” or any other equally crude terms.
- Sex scenes: Hinted at, but the details are left to the reader’s imagination. No play-by-play descriptions, and go carefully on the innuendo.
- Violence: The story does not glorify war, killing, kidnapping, torture, or abusive treatment of people. Or animals. Or imaginary creatures. A lot of readers are put off by violence, particularly if it is applied merely for shock value. “I especially like books that demonstrate mutual respect for all races, genders, and religious beliefs. Tolerance and mutual respect are the keystones to a strong and safe society.” (Leeland Artra, author of the Golden Threads trilogy)
- Magic and physics follow some rules. That is, they must make sense within the realm of the story and not be added because they sound cool.
- The characters grow and develop, just like real people. Fantasy or not, they need to be believable and relatable. This also means that the story will display some level of complexity and depth.
- The story has been edited. I know from experience that not everyone can afford a professional editor; just make sure that it’s not dreadfully obvious. Make good use of those beta readers and develop a varied group. And you really do need an editor …
(Thanks to Leeland Artra for letting me borrow from his own list of “rules.”)
Finding authors that write for the same target audience is exciting. Sharing their work—your work—is good for both of us, and for readers whose tastes run in a similar vein. If you are such an author and interested in cross-promoting and/or sharing on Facebook or Twitter, please feel free to contact me: