Exodus 20:3

#1 Best Seller in Transgender Romance

Indie Ink Award Winner '22

Best Latine Representation
Best LGBTQ+ Representation
Most Optimistic Book

Religious eroticism and queer emancipation meet in a claustrophobic monster-romance about divinity, sexuality, and freedom…When Diego López is guilted by his mother into taking a lowkey construction job in New Mexico, he doesn't expect to be the only helping hand at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. But the church is abandoned, decrepit, and off the beaten path, and the only other person for miles is its handsome caretaker, Ariel Azevedo.Together, Diego and Ariel refurbish the old church, sharing stories of their heritage, experiences, and desires. But as the long days turn into longer nights, Diego begins to see past Ariel's human mirage and finds himself falling into lust—and maybe something else—with one of God's first creations.

Content Warnings: explicit sexual content, off-page transphobia, mention of dug use, off-page police brutality

Cover Illustration & Design: M.E. Morgan

"It’s the kind of sensual, punk, queer-celebrating, poverty-alleviating, social-justice Catholicism I feel blessed to catch glimpses of now and again. And as with the other two books in this column, it challenges us to look with clear eyes at the world and love it anyway, even as we try to fix what’s broken."Olivia Waite for The New York Times

"There is such sincerity in this story; from the start it grasps you by the hand and refuses to let go, leading you on a journey that feels both reverent and defiant. Reading EXODUS 20:3 feels like a religious experience, leaving you in awe by the end, wishing for more but also entirely satisfied."Harley Laroux author of Her Soul to Take

"Freydís masterfully combines the divine and mundane... Reading [Exodus 20:3] feels like being anointed in something holy."Aveda Vice author of

"As a devotee of Southwest Gothic who is acutely aware of the role of the church in our everyday lives growing up queer in New Mexico, I proudly hail this short story as one of the most authentic and immersive examples of the genre and the experience of finding faith in places others would not dare to look. This tale means so much to me. I felt seen and heard and understood, but above all, I felt welcome."R.M. Virtues author of
Sing Me to Sleep

eBook Cover Artist: Jaycee DeLorenzo

Paperback Illustrator: Léa Charbonnier