Guest Post: Another new direction by Charlotte Mills

Happy Friday!

Charlotte Mills is here today to talk about Payback, her latest novel.

Another new direction

So, as a newly published writer I should start at the beginning and introduce myself. My career to date has had fingers in several pies including carpentry, conservation and furniture making. This no doubt sounds a million miles away from writing lesbian fiction, but after yet another career change in 2014 I wanted to see where a seed of an idea would take me. The answer was self-publishing, four books later I was lucky enough to be picked up by Ylva Publishing with my fifth offering Payback.

My choice in reading genres generally stretches between crime fiction, thrillers and Lesfic and anything that slips in-between. A high-quality thriller can keep me on the edge of my seat as well as any first rate romance. With that in mind, I thought it was time to amalgamate the two genres into my writing, starting with Payback.

With this new direction I particularly enjoy exploring how everyday people, and by that I mean untrained individuals cope with very challenging and dangerous situations. I find it fascinating how they go about utilising their current abilities or possibly developing a new skillset to deal with a fresh situation. Payback largely centres on revenge from the point of view of two different characters for very different reasons. With one taking advantage of what’s put in front of them, while the other has some lengthy ground to cover before they can get near to their foe, not to mention dealing with the aftermath, and was it really what they wanted in the end?

While writing Payback I became intrigued with the idea that people really do get away with murder. Often with years spanning between committing the act and getting caught. The public only hear about it after the fact when the culprits are arrested, but what about their lives in-between perpetrating the act and getting captured.

This links in well with my second thriller Body of Work (due for release later this year with Ylva) which focuses on a character that is so desperate for closure, after the loss of a loved one many years ago that she is prepared to risk everything to achieve it.

One of the many things I enjoy about writing in the thriller genre is the investigation process, the detailed legwork I have to go through. It’s amazing what you can find out on the internet or via a conversation with the right person. I’ve learnt about air-gapped computers and hacking (in theory only of course) which is pretty good for a Luddite like myself. I also know how to make a bump key and I can create padlock keys out of baked bean tins (please do not ask me to demonstrate, it may take me some time). These are just a few of the skills I have acquired for the Payback sequel, currently titled Fair Game. I’ve always been a kinaesthetic learner as you can probably tell from my career choices. It’s only when I’ve got that kind of detailed information that I can then begin to picture the events in my mind and write about them.

If my browsing history was ever actually investigated I would probably be questioned for some time. My partner often jokes that if that does happen she already has plans to deny all knowledge.

 

PAYBACK

A thrilling lesbian mystery about trying to right a past wrong…despite the consequences.

Detective Constable Kate Wolfe is sent to a Cheshire backwater after falling foul of a disciplinary hearing in London. But before she even has a chance to settle in, Kate finds herself in a situation there’s no coming back from. She’s reported as a troublemaker to her new boss, Detective Chief Inspector Helen Taylor, a no-nonsense veteran who once had an esteemed, high-profile career.

The pair investigate a spate of arson attacks, a dead body found in a burnt out building, and a missing architect while fighting their growing attraction for each other. The discovery of a dumped vehicle in a quarry lake sparks a series of events that will change their lives forever.


 

GIVEAWAY

 Win a copy of Payback.

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state Charlotte Mills’s name. Hint: it’s Charlotte Mills. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

The winner will be selected on April 26th.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Charlotte Mills was born and bred in the south of England, after studying Fine Art at Loughborough University she has made the Midlands her home for the last twenty years where she lives with her partner. When she is not writing she enjoys watching films and day dreaming about living in the middle of nowhere without any neighbours’ in earshot.

 

CONNECT WITH CHARLOTTE MILLS

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 16th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

Here are this week’s new ebook and audio releases, sales, and announcements.

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

LOVE, FROM A TO Z

by Robin Alexander

It started with a hair-pulling incident in third grade and soon Alicia Seguin and Zoe Rivers were sworn enemies. Unable to escape one another in the small town of Pitre, Louisiana, they traded insults and dirty looks well into adulthood. It took a flood and a determined grandmother armed with a bullhorn to turn the tide of their rivalry. Twenty years later, Alicia and Zoe relive the time they went from adversaries to lovers when Alicia’s niece seeks advice on dealing with her own adversarial relationship.

In this novella, Robin Alexander has woven a tale about how love can sneak up on us in disguise with her typical humor.

 

FORGET IT

by Claire Highton-Stevenson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Brooke Chambers is forced to leave the Army and the job that she loves. Moving back into civilian life, she never imagined it would mean looking after her teenage sister and searching for a new career.But, with the sudden loss of their dad, Brooke finds herself stepping up, and in the process, looking for a new job; any job.Getting the chance to let off some steam, she heads to Art, a lesbian bar, and meets Catherine. It’s lust at first sight as both women feel that instant connection, despite the obvious age gap.With Brooke’s new job being the same place where Catherine works, she assumes it was meant to be. Catherine, however, has other ideas and puts a halt to any prospective love affair, much to Brooke’s confusion and heartbreak.When she tells Brooke to forget it, she didn’t quite mean it so literally and wishes she hadn’t said it, but Brooke is injured on the job and loses her memory…and forgets Catherine….Will they get a second chance to work things out?

 

DANCE WITH ME

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Ella and Ema were the best of friends, and more, until that fateful night fourteen years ago. Escaping with her heart in shreds, Ella vows that she will never be happy again.

When a bad break up and her sister’s wedding lead Ella back to Oakview for the first time in over a decade, the last thing on her mind is Ema. But when her sister demands that Ella learn to dance before the festivities, the stars align and she unknowingly walks into Ema’s dance studio.

The old sparks haven’t died, and before she knows it, the only thing Ella wants is to be swept back up into Ema’s arms. There’s only one problem: Cristof, Ema’s strangely accented dance partner.

As tensions rise and the wedding grows closer, Ella’s trust issues begin to surface. Just who is she supposed to believe? Her beautiful best friend? Or the man who wants to snatch her away?

Dance with Me is a standalone FF romance novel set in the Oakview universe, with a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!

 

PAS DE DEUX

by MJ Duncan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Though she’s still struggling to put her personal life back together a year after leaving Los Angeles, Mallory Collingswood’s career is perfectly on track as she takes to the role of Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra like it’s her birthright. She’s determined to focus on her music and enjoy her second year back home when she’s approached about a collaboration with the Royal Ballet. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that only a fool would turn down…or accept, depending on the outcome. Taking on the role will mean working harder than she ever has in her life, and performing in a way she never has alongside the Royal Ballet’s brightest star. Individually, they are opposites in almost every way, but together they form a perfect pair, and for the first time in ages Mallory wonders what it would be like to love, and be loved, again.

 

APRIL STARS
A Year in Paradise: Book 4

by Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Welcome to Paradise Valley, where the locals thrive on the rural landscape, the quirky Oregonian living, and the history of the lesbian commune that founded it.

Mixing small town attitudes with lesbian dating? Sounds like another day in Paradise.

Hollywood B-list actress Fleur Rosé desperately needs a break from her hectic schedule. When she sees her chance to make a break for it, she drives as far as Paradise Valley, with the media (and her manager) hot on her heels.

Cue Jalen Stonehill, stage right. One of the county’s busiest plumbers happens to be in the right place, right time when she crosses Fleur’s path and is sucked into her glitzy world of tabloid fodder and social media wannabes. All Jalen wanted was a hot dog for lunch…

Instead, she gets a famous girlfriend!

Paradise Valley is about to get its first real whiff of fame when Hollywood shows up on their doorstep, ready to explain away Fleur’s presence in their very gay town. Good thing her manager has a story at the ready. All they need is Jalen’s cooperation.

 

ADDICTED TO YOU

by Erin O’Reilly

Elin Prescot’s dream to be a top fashion designer is finally within her reach—then Marissa Banks enters her life. Snared by her first taste of passion, Elin is consumed by desire for more. Now, instead of pursuing her dreams, she chases the addiction that is Marissa. Her life spirals out of control until she meets Doctor Aimee Sullivan, who understands all too well what Elin is going through.Can Elin let Aimee into her heart? Or will her addiction keep her enthralled with Marissa?This story explores first love, intense passion, manipulation of emotions, and the gentleness of real love and true romance.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

RECIPE FOR LOVE

by Aurora Rey

A recipe for love:
One cup of homespun country farmer
Two dollops of hotshot city chef
A sprinkle of funky little restaurant
Increase the heat until romance sizzles.

Hannah Little doesn’t have much use for fancy chefs or fancy restaurants, but that’s exactly what Three Willows Farm needs to survive. When a local restaurant wants to feature her produce, she’s thrilled. But the contract means working with an egotistical, and (let’s face it) drop-dead-gorgeous head chef from New York City.

Chef Drew Davis can’t wait to run her own kitchen. If taking a job at some trendy farm-to-table restaurant in the middle of nowheresville will get her there faster, she’s on board. She has no intention of staying though, and that means the feisty farmer who keeps trying to tell her how to do her job can’t be anything more than a pleasant distraction.

 

LOVE TO THE RESCUE
A Rivers Community Romance: Book 5

by Radclyffe

The last time Brody Clark left the Rivers, she walked away from her life—her foolish dreams, her few friends, and the secrets she’d kept from everyone. For ten years she’d told herself there was nothing in her past she cared about—not the family who’d given her a home or the one girl she never stopped thinking about. But now she’s back as part of the new medevac flight crew, for at least as long as it takes to finally bury her ghosts.

Val Valentine, DVM, planned on a big city boutique vet practice with high profile clients, easy hours, and lucrative profits. All until the man who was more father to her than her own asks for her help, and she ends up back in the backwater where all she has are bad memories.

Brody figures cutting her ties to the past would be a hell of a lot easier if she could only avoid the woman she’s never been able to forget. Since Val never even knew she was alive back in high school, that shouldn’t be too hard now. When their lives collide, both women discover what might have been is closer than they think.

 

PRETENDING IN PARADISE

by M. Ullrich

When travelwisdom.com assigns PR specialist Caroline Beckett and travel blogger Emma Morgan to cover a hot new couples retreat, they’re forced to fake a relationship to secure a reservation. Ten days in paradise would be a dream assignment, if only they’d stop arguing long enough to enjoy it.

Reputations are Caroline’s business. Too bad she was forced out of her previous job when an ex smeared hers all over the office grapevine. She’s never getting involved with a coworker again, especially not one as careless and unprofessional as Emma.

Emma knows that life is too short to play by the rules. But when she goes too far and a defamation lawsuit puts her job in jeopardy, she has to make nice with Caroline, the image police, and deliver the best story of her career.

Only pretending to be in love sure feels a whole lot like falling in love. When their story goes public, ambition and privacy collide, and their chance at making a fake relationship real might just be collateral damage.

 

LOVE’S PORTRAIT

by Anna Larner

Newly appointed art curator Molly Goode is committed to diversifying her museum’s collection. When Georgina Wright, the museum’s aloof benefactor, asks for Molly’s help in identifying the provenance of a 19th century portrait of social activist Josephine Brancaster, Molly welcomes the opportunity, even if it means spending time with the standoffish financier. But passions soon flare as the women uncover the heartbreaking story of doomed lesbian love behind the watercolor painted by Josephine’s lover, Edith Hewitt.

As their love blossoms, Molly is determined to display Edith’s portrait of Josephine and to tell their story in the museum, but she needs the influential Georgina to help convince the board. When an unforeseen twist in the painting’s provenance forces Georgina to confront her own painful past, will history repeat itself, or can Molly and Georgina’s love prevail?

 

POLYAMOROUS ROMANCE

 

BREAKING NEW GROUNDS
The Dancing Wolf: Book 7

by Amy DeMeritt
Available in Kindle Unlimited

With Madison and Sam graduating college, the family sits poised to support them as they pursue their own careers and hope to become pregnant.Circumstances will allow them to share their blessings and uplift their families and friends in their own ambitions. A tragic meeting of chance will bring a painful loss from the past to their present, bringing the situation full circle with a bittersweet ending. New friends and colleagues bring new drama and promises for a better future.While struggling to balance work and family, Kayla feels a tug in her spirit to do more for her tribe, which will be echoed by her elders, challenging her to get more involved in the indigenous community.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE 

 

DANGEROUS CURVES

by Larkin Rose

NASCAR photographer Lacy McGowen never thought she’d capture the moment of death. Unable to watch another race after a fatal crash, she flees Pittsburgh to shoot weddings and capture the images of LA’s young, fashionable, and oh-so-spoiled. She’s desperate to get back to the racetrack but has no idea how to overcome the images that haunt her.

Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Kip Sellars has a death wish. At least that’s what Lacy thinks when her best friend convinces her that cleaning up the young rookie’s image will be a breeze. Kip’s rude, arrogant, and unprofessional, not to mention scruffy, which shouldn’t be nearly as sexy as it is.

What Lacey doesn’t know is that Kip’s penchant for trouble masks a secret she can never tell and a deal with the devil she never should have made. When love waits at the finish line, dangerous curves are a risk worth taking.

 

EROTICA / INTRIUGE & THRILLER

 

MODEL BEHAVIOR

by MJ Williamz

Fashion photographer Ronnie Mannis loves women. She loves to photograph them, and she especially loves to sleep with them. But when she meets model Lana Ferguson, she knows she’s found the one for her. Lana has never been happier, and this time it could even be love.

Ronnie is finally ready to settle down, but her ex, Whitney LaRoche, isn’t going to accept that she’s moved on. When Whitney’s jealousy ends in an attack that leaves Lana disfigured, Lana’s world comes crashing down. Her career is over, and life as she knows it changes forever. Certain that Ronnie, surrounded by the world’s most desirable women, couldn’t possibly want her now, Lana pushes her away.

Despite her guilt over the price Lana has paid for her past mistakes, Ronnie vows to convince Lana she’s just as beautiful as ever in all the ways that matter most.

 

PARANORMAL FANTASY

 

THE HOUSE

by Eden Darry

Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t.

But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie and Fin are forced to run. They think they’ve found the perfect place to start over. The house is everything Fin dreamed of, but as they settle in, Sadie discovers their home may not be what it seems, and daughter Lucy’s imaginary friend might not be imaginary at all. Or even a friend. With Lance Sherry hunting them, the house could be the least of their problems. He’s coming to finish what he started. And he won’t stop until he finds Sadie.

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION / ROMANCE

 

UNINVITED

by Jane C. Esther

Aerin McLeary’s post-divorce Finger Lakes vacation is suddenly interrupted when an ominous vibration shocks her entire body, leaving her with the strange new ability to read minds along with an extreme sensitivity to sound. Fearing the consequences if her condition becomes public, Aerin has no choice but to turn to her childhood best friend and first love for help.

College professor Olivia Ando is not happy to see Aerin again after their disastrous breakup, but she can’t resist a great research challenge. When they discover that Aerin’s body is the host for an alien being, they race against time to find the truth and stop an impending explosion.

Will Aerin and Olivia be able to save the world or will Aerin become an unwitting instrument in the alien agenda before she can tell Olivia how she truly feels?

 

FICTION

 

I NEED YOU
I See You: Book 3

by Lily Haycraft
Available in Kindle Unlimited

It has been a few years since Dani proposed, Chloe is now working in a hopsital as an intern doing long hour shifts, not often having time to spend with her family. Can Dani handle the pressure of never getting to see or spend time with Chloe? Can she handle Harmony’s heartbreak of never getting to see her mum. Then the accident happens and their worlds are turned upside down, and Dani needs Chloe more than ever. Will Chloe cut her hours? Will the wedding ever happen? Or will it be the end of Chloe and Danielle?

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Portland Police Bureau Series: Book 1

by Jae
narrated by Abby Craden

Workaholic Detective Aiden Carlisle isn’t looking for love – and certainly not at the law-enforcement seminar she reluctantly agreed to attend. But the first lecturer is not at all what she expected.

Psychologist Dawn Kinsley has just found her place in life. After a failed relationship with a police officer, she has sworn never to get involved with another cop again, but she feels a connection to Aiden from the very first moment.

Can Aiden keep herself from crossing the line when a brutal crime threatens to keep them apart before they’ve even gotten together?

 

BEING HERS

by Anna Stone
narrated by Lexy Rebe

Melanie has spent her entire life working her way up in the world. By day, she studies at law school, and by night, she serves drinks at an exclusive club to afford her tuition. But the hardworking Melanie will never admit her true desire: to escape from her fast-paced, high-pressure life, if only for a moment.

When Melanie meets Vanessa, a glamorous executive and a regular at the club, she is drawn to the enigmatic black-haired woman. Vanessa is relentless in pursuing what she wants – and what she wants is Melanie. Soon, Melanie finds herself caught up in Vanessa’s sensual games of submission.

Melanie insists that her affair with Vanessa remain purely physical. But as her limits are tested, so is the line between lust and love. When ghosts from the past reappear, both women must face their deepest fears. Can Melanie surrender her everything to Vanessa, or will old wounds prove too great?

 

DRAWING THE LINE
Cops and Docs: Book 4

by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden

Pediatric resident Dr. Dani Russell is focused on her career, and there’s no room for anything else since her last relationship crashed and burned. She’s seen as standoffish and cold to everyone except her patients and her best friend, Rick. That’s just fine with her.

Detective Rebecca Wells, newly appointed to Atlanta’s Juvenile Missing Person Unit, is a woman in a state of flux and on a mission to fix her unsatisfying personal life. That means reaching out to her ex, Dani, to make amends. But after sizing up the once warm, friendly woman she loved, Rebecca can’t believe how unrecognizable she now is or how hurt she is.

Is it too late for them? Has too much time passed to make things right?

 

ON THE ROCKS

by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
narrated by Tessa Stavers

She’s the richest woman in a city built on billions of dollars, and she’s got the trophy girlfriend to prove it.

Business and pleasure have a tendency to mix in the high-stakes world Adrienne Thomas breathes. As the co-owner of one of America’s biggest corporations, the young billionaire doesn’t have time to date…especially when her recent bisexual awakening leaves her more confused than her confidence likes to admit.

That’s why it was so easy to start dating her business partner’s smart and gorgeous executive assistant. Amber Mayview made her intentions clear from the moment she first seduced Adrienne: This was all about sex and money, a relationship of mutual needs and satisfactions.

Now, months later, one of the most over the top same-sex couples has reached an impasse. Amber is no longer satisfied with the sugar baby lifestyle. The longer she stays with Adrienne, the more she falls in love with more than just her money.

But for two women who should never be together to make it through this rocky patch, they’re going to have to admit more than their love. They’re going to survive ex-lovers, a media play that refuses to release them, and enough sex to burn down their city in sinful flames.

Good thing it’s worth it. For love, of course.

 

SALE ALERT

 

SECRETS

by Barbara Winkes

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

There is nowhere to run:

Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist. A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

Win a copy of Karen Klyne’s Parallel Lives.

Three lucky winners will receive the e-book. Another winner will receive Parallel Lives and Crossing Over (e-book of both).

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state what you would do if you discovered a parallel world. Not sure what that is, just tell me Karen Klyne’s name. Hint: it’s Karen Klyne. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

The winners will be selected on April 23rd.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.

 

PODCAST NEWS

Harper and Her Mrs are back! Click here for episode 29.


 

Episode 8 of Lesbians Who Write is now live. Click here to listen.


 

 

LESFIC NEWS


Have you heard about the lesfic event in the UK on May 4th? 

May 4th 10am- 4pm @Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Ave, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ

Check out the Facebook group for more details.

 

CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

I Heart Lesfic is coordinating a sale to run May 27 to May 31. Five days.

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

 

FREEBIES

Have you checked out the freebies page on I Heart Lesfic?

Many authors, like Jae, give away a freebie when you sign up for their newsletter. Click on the image to sign up for Jae’s newsletter.


 

For all the offerings, click this page.

Happy reading and listening!

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 9th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

Here are this week’s new ebook and audio releases, sales, giveaway, and announcements.

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A BLOOMING SPRING LOVE

by Emily Engberts

The first flowers each spring bring big changes along with them.

Two women, thinking that they are too different, find that those differences don’t have to be bad…

Dani moves to an island with her young daughter, Rose, ready for a new start in her life. Her heart is still tender, but when she catches a glimpse of her daughter’s teacher, things start to change.

Kim loves her job as a primary school teacher but with siblings with big careers, she feels like she’s always behind them, never the same. That is, until she meets her new pupil’s mother who makes her rethink everything she ever believed in.

 

SWEET SONGS

by Ellie Green
Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens when a musician can’t keep playing? Riley knows the only way to save her hand is to stop playing guitar. But how can she do that when it’s the only thing in her life that makes her happy? A chance meeting with April, a physical therapist, gives her hope.

 

A LONG RIDE HOME

by Jenna Layne
Available in Kindle Unlimited

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend back in Seattle, Hannah Evanston embarks on the journey of a lifetime. With only her bicycle for company, her goal is to pedal 1,300 miles down the east coast and discover herself along the way.

A pit stop in the small southern California town of Wellington Cliff may hold the answers Hannah seeks. Bumping into the beautiful, charismatic Shannon Caruso outside a convenience store is just the tip of the iceberg for Hannah. When Shannon, a fellow cyclist from Chicago, invites Hannah to camp with her, Hannah begins to realize that her interest in Shannon may be developing into something more than friendly admiration.

But Shannon is riding away from her own scars too, scars that may be impossible for Hannah’s fledgling feelings to overcome. Can Hannah allow herself to follow her heart and win Shannon’s in the process? Or will their choices take them down different roads?

 

ME & MRS. JONES
Songbook: Book 2

by B.L. Wilson

Wealthy married Black woman, Vernella Burton-Jones, has been suffering verbal and sometimes physical abuse at the hands of her wife Frances for years. The clincher occurs when Vernella discovers that Frances is cheating on her and embezzling from the company Vernella’s father built up from the ground. Vernella feels helpless to stop this cycle of bullying and abuse, until she meets Clementine.

Clementine Rogers is a young, white female driver and sometime street fighter applying for what seems to be an ideal job. However, when she witnesses her potential employer’s wife abusing her and intervenes, she wants to do more to protect Vernella, but isn’t sure her attractive new boss will appreciate her interference.

Can Vernella take steps to prevent more abuse and keep Frances from robbing her blind? Will she accept Clementine’s help in protecting her? Can two women with completely dissimilar backgrounds allow their attraction for each other overcome many obstacles? Find out in Me and Mrs. Jones, a love story.

 

DYALESSIA GAMES: Alex & Christie 2.0

by Scott Kujawa
Available in Kindle Unlimited

With the help of best friend and her, Alexandria’s desire to be in a committed relationship by the end of the year came true. A few months into the new year, Christie and her continued to grow closer. When Olivia returns to Rochester for the weekend, her actions strain the relationship between Alex and Christie when Alexandria learns not everyone is happy about her being in a committed relationship. 

Having settled in Rochester after she moved upstate from New York City, Christie is happy being an intern at Dyalessia Games and being in a committed relationship with Alexandria. Christie’s feelings change for a time when she finds Alexandria doing something Christie doesn’t approve of, although this mistake isn’t Alex’s fault.

Will the two work through this misunderstanding? Or will they go their separate ways although they love each other? Found inside book four of Dyalessia Games are the answers to these questions, and the answers about how Alex and Christie strengthen their relationship.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

LOVESTRUCK

by Allie Keane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Colleen travels home to spread her mother’s ashes, she finds solace in her old best friend, Molly. Their weekend-long reunion brings back countless great memories from their youth. But it also revives a past crush that Colleen thought she buried away.

Meanwhile, Molly is grappling with her own feelings of attraction—feelings she never expected and can’t ignore. She doesn’t have time for love, though, with a 7-year-old daughter under her sole care and a mounting pile of debt.

Once they share a kiss, however, Colleen and Molly can no longer just be friends. They decide to give a long-distance relationship a shot. But busy lives, bad cell phone reception, and hundreds of miles between them prove to make it difficult. Will they be forced to give up each other, or will they find a way to make their love last?

LOVESTRUCK is a standalone friends-to-lovers romance with an HEA.

 

LOVE LIKE THIS
Rose Lake Series: Book 1

by Chloe Peterson

Sometimes love comes in unexpected packages…

Alice Wilson has spent the last fifteen years devoted to turning Rose Lake Books into a thriving, inclusive business. Now, at forty years old, she’s succeeded, but it’s come at the expense of her personal life.

Needing an extra set of hands to help her booming business cope with a rise in customers, Alice puts out an ad for a sales assistant. When a beautiful, twenty-five-year-old woman asks for the job, Alice’s carefully arranged life is knocked off kilter.

Can Alice find a way to see past Jade’s age? And will Jade be able to tear down the walls Alice has built around herself?

Don’t miss the first book in this heart-warming new series. Every book in this series can be read as a stand-alone without having read the other installments.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

PAINT ME

by Victoria Rush
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When lonely divorcée Jade sees an ad for a bodypainting workshop at the local supermarket, her interest is piqued. She books an appointment and is excited when she’s paired with a pretty redhead at their first session. As Jade begins painting her naked body and the two exchange playful banter, she finds herself growing increasingly attracted to the girl. By the end of the workshop, both women are at a fever pitch of excitement…

 

FANTASY

 

SUNKISSED FEATHERS AND SEVERED TIES
Broken Chronicles: Book 1

by Kellie Doherty

Misti Eildelmann is a Vagari—a race whose innate crafting ability is connected to the creatures of the world. She’s also a Moon Knight. Misti is fighting a banished one when he slips a pendant around her neck that saps her strength. The pendant is dangerous. Deadly even. It harnesses crafting in a way not seen before, so she sets off to find help. Old and new friends join her on this quest, including her longtime crush Dylori Clyofis and a villager named Arias Silverstone. The journey is risky—filled with frightening suncreatures, evil worshippers, and twisted betrayal. Misti is thankful to have friends on this path into the scorching light, but something much bigger is waiting for them in the sunshine. Her pendant is just a piece of puzzle.

 

FANTASY / SCI-FI / ROMANCE

 

CROSSING OVER
An Opening in Time: Book 2

by Karen Klyne
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When the day comes, Kaitlin is excited about taking Tannus and Carray back to Cheshire to show them all the wonders of the world she comes from. And she just knows there’s going to be a cure for the hereditary disease threatening to take Tannus from her. But once they’re back, things aren’t as straight forward as she thought they’d be. Her mum and dad hate each other. Her brother has a crush on Carray. And then there’s the persistent ex-policewoman who can’t let go of the things she’s seen happen in the field…

Learning to live in this new world is harder than Tannus imagined it would be. Although she wants to be as excited as Kaitlin is, she can’t help but be confounded by all the things she learns: poverty, war, and inequality abound in this strange world. And as they prepare for the birth of their child, Tannus can only hope she’ll be around to see her grow up.

Meanwhile, back in Caysher, Berran is struggling to become the chief her community needs. Without her sister at her side, and missing Kaitlin’s exuberant presence, she’s not sure who she is anymore. When disaster strikes and illness hits the community, she’s forced to take drastic measures.

Will love get them through? Or will crossing over cost more than they’d ever imagined?

 

PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT

 

YOU, ME, U.S.

by Brigitte Bautista

$0.99 (Price will increase to $2.99 on April 15th)

Best friends Jo and Liza are as opposite as night and day. Sex worker Jo swears by the worry-free, one-day-at-a-time dance through life. Salesclerk Liza has big plans for her family’s future, and there is nothing bigger than a one-way trip to the U.S. But an almost-kiss, a sex dare, and news of Liza’s engagement to her American boyfriend unveil feelings Jo and Liza never thought they had. Deciding between staying together and drifting apart puts Liza’s best-laid plans and Jo’s laidback life in jeopardy.

When love clashes with lifelong ambitions and family expectations, someone has to give in.

Question is: who?


 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

MORE THAN WORDS
Pink Bean Series: Book 9

by Harper Bliss
narrated by Angela Dawe

Building walls around your heart is much easier than breaking them down. 

Katherine Jones has said goodbye to her old job as a luxury lesbian escort and embarked on a new adventure with her best friend Rocco: opening a third branch of the Pink Bean coffee shop.

Rocco’s aunt, Hera Walker, is tasked with renovating the building of the new Pink Bean. It’s Hera’s first job after recovering from the sudden death of her long-term partner and she finds it hard to reconnect with her former life. Her first new client being an ex-call girl isn’t exactly helping.

Can Hera find the open-mindedness to see Katherine for who she truly is? And will Katherine, who has never suffered fools gladly, be able to break down the wall Hera has built around her?


 

EMILY MONROE IS NOT THE CHOSEN ONE
Book 2

by Erik Schubach
narrated by Hollie Jackson

Emily Monroe may be a lot of things, but one thing is for sure, she is not the Chosen One. Now that the truth about Emily and the Chosen One has been revealed to them, they are reeling, and things will never again be the same for Emily at Big Burger. The Chosen One rebels, learning the truth about her family, and the mayor strips her of the mantle of the champion of Big City. While the new hero of the city, Mega Girl, makes dangerous decisions, the Chosen One must learn to be a normal person and get a new job and a normal life.


 

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS

by Jane Retzig
narrated by Jan Cramer

Summer 2018. Britain is basking in a rare heatwave. And Hazel and Dorothy Wilding are working together to clear their family farm high on the North Yorkshire moors.

The sisters have been estranged for 42 years. And they’re not happy to be forced together now.

Dorothy has always been a dutiful daughter. She’s a regular chapel-goer. She never married. And she’s stayed on the farm all her life, working in the family B & B.
Hazel, is lesbian. She lives in London, where she runs her own business in partnership with her gay best friend Vinny.

The two women seem irretrievably locked in bitterness. Though they loved each other once.

But then two long-lost figures suddenly re-emerge from the past. And the sisters are forced to look back on a much earlier heatwave summer from 1967. The summer when everything went wrong between them. The summer that broke their hearts.


 

GIVEAWAY

 

Win a copy of Clare Lydon’s latest, You’re My Kind

One lucky winner will receive the e-book. 

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state which novel by Clare Lydon is your all-time fave. Haven’t read a book by Clare? You can still enter. Just tell me Clare Lydon’s name. Hint: it’s Clare Lydon. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

One winner will be selected on April 16th.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.  

 

PODCAST NEWS

 


Have you checked out episode 7 yet? Clare & TB discuss what they think of literary events & awards. Click on the link to listen: Episode 7.

 

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Guest Post: Why Lesfic, and why it took me 40 years to write my first book by D.G. Barnes

Happy Friday!

Today’s guest post is by D. G. Barnes.

Why Lesfic, and why it took me 40 years to write my first book

In the fall of 2018, I told my family and friends that I had written and self-published my first book, they were surprised and happy for me of course. When I told them that it was a lesbian romance, they were shocked. Not because of the genre, but because I had chosen to write in that genre. As far as they were concerned, I was a diehard science fiction fan, and this is true. I am. I’ve been watching Star Trek since the late 60s. I even went to Las Vegas in August of 2016 for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary Convention. I am also a fan of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Space 1999. Really anything to do with space was all I needed to fuel my imagination when I was young.

So, what does this have to do with lesfic? Well, nothing really. But it did influence my desire to write when I was young. Let’s go back in time to 1978 and my eighth grade English class. Creative writing was part of the curriculum that year and my teacher, Mrs. Weeks, would hand out writing prompts in the form of cards with a picture and short paragraph on them. From that, we were to compose a short story which we would hand in to have graded. I always found a way to make my story a sci-fi, and Mrs. Weeks was pleased with my work and encouraged me to keep writing on my own. Even years after I graduated, if I happen to cross paths with Mrs. Weeks, she would ask me if I was working on my novel.

I heeded her words, for a while anyway. The following year, in the 9th grade, I had a different English teacher, but the curriculum was the same. I remember one story I wrote that the teacher really liked. When she handed it back, I saw that there was far more red ink than blue. She had written on it, A++, I will even excuse the grammar and spelling errors.

Through the rest of high school, I continued to write at home on my own, and I wish now that I had hung on to all those stories. I am sure they would seem rather juvenile. Of that, I have no doubt. After graduation, I went to college for a couple of years and joined the military afterword. I got married, had a family and life just got in the way. Every now and then the thought of writing pulled at me, but I never seemed able to find the time. I know, I know, that sounds like a cop-out.

Fast forward to 2016. I retired from the military after 32 years, my only child was an adult, and my divorce was twenty years old. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and not really knowing what to do with it. That was when the writing bug made its presence known once again. I started reading what others had written on different sites and forums, then I took to writing some of my own. I did a bunch of research with how to sites and books, including Stephen King’s On Writing. Once I had revised my stories with the new-found knowledge, I posted them, under a pen name of course. I did this for a year and received some nice comments.

About that same time, I discovered Audible and fell in love with audiobooks. First, I started listening to some favorites from my youth. Lots of Star Trek, naturally, but I also listened to authors such as Clive Cussler, James A. Michener, and Arthur C. Clarke just to name a few. It was when I was browsing for something new to listen to that I stumbled across The Valkyrie Chronicles by Erik Schubach which were my first introduction to stories with lesbians as the main characters. In this series, the romance is a sub-plot.

After I finished The Valkyrie Chronicles, I knew I wanted to read more, but something that focused more on the romance. Which was out of the ordinary for me as I had never read a single romance novel up to this point. That was when I discovered Meghan O’Brien. If you haven’t read her works, they’re quite erotic. Great stories, but not what I wanted. Unlikely Match by Fiona Riley was my next find. I would read this a second time down the road as I didn’t realize it was book two in a series, coming after Miss Match and before Strike a Match, but I digress.

It was after Fiona’s book that I picked up Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden. This is the book that caused me to fall in love with the contemporary lesbian romance genre and Melissa’s writing. I listened to every audiobook Melissa had. I couldn’t get enough. It was because of her writing that I wanted to try my own hand Lesfic. Buying her audiobooks also introduced me to many other great authors such as Georgia Beers, Jae, Gerri Hill, Heather Blackmore, and others.

In November of 2017, I sat down and began my first draft of Hearts of Emerald Bay. It was a wonderful, and at times, frustrating experience. I learned a lot about the craft over the year and was lucky enough to get a few pointers and words of encouragement from Melissa Brayden via Facebook. That was super awesome!

Hearts of Emerald Bay was self-published in October of 2018. I was nervous at first, not knowing how my story would be received by the Lesfic community. Other than Erik Schubach, I don’t know of any male authors in this genre. Happily, I have received several positive reviews and comments about my story, and no one seems to care about my gender.

My current WIP is Jenny’s story, a secondary character from Hearts of Emerald Bay. If all goes well, it should be available by the end of 2019.

 

HEARTS OF EMERALD BAY

When love comes knocking, a door gets slammed in its face.

Romance author Dana Lawson writes happy-ever-after endings for her characters, but when it comes to her own love story, she has writer’s block. Determined to get a break from life and heal her broken heart, she escapes to Emerald Bay. Her evening out at the local bar where she meets a gorgeous redhead ignites a fire she’s afraid to feed and desperate to fuel. Will she write her love story or tear up the chapters and throw them in the fire?

Set along the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, the story uses local flavors and rural settings to rev up the love scenes. The novel weaves together the lives of Dana Lawson, Mac Mackenzie, and Ellie, Mac’s niece.

Hearts of Emerald Bay is a fast-paced love story that will keep you reading late into the night. It will appeal to adult readers who love reading romance novels with juicy scenes not suitable for younger audiences.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

D.G. Barnes discovered the joy of story telling during his creative writing classes in high school. Now that the 32-year veteran of the RCAF has retired, he has set his focus to putting his stories on paper.

D.G. Barnes calls Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley home, where he lives with his dog, Lucy. When not writing he loves to binge watch Netflix and play video games. He enjoys a cold beer on a hot day and hates Brussels sprouts.

 

CONNECT WITH D. G. BARNES

Facebook / Twitter / Website / Amazon Author Page

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 2nd Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

Here are this week’s new ebook and audio releases, sales, and announcements.

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

CHOICES

by Lyn Gardner

Robin Novak has made many choices in her life. She chose her career. She chose her friends, and she also chose to come out in college. Since that time, many women have walked in and out of Robin’s life, but two had left indelible impressions. The first was a crush, and the second…almost destroyed her.

Mentally bruised and battered from an abusive relationship, in one short year, Robin has gone from being a successful author to someone struggling to breathe almost as much as she’s struggling to write. With her confidence shattered, and her self-loathing at an all-time high, when an unexpected inheritance comes her way, Robin doesn’t think twice. At the age of forty-four, Robin Novak packs up her life and her cats and moves to a place where she hopes to start fresh. But a change of location isn’t the only thing Robin is looking for. After her last relationship, she knows this move will also drastically reduce the possibility of ever having another woman in her life.

Choices made create the paths on which we travel. Down some, friendships are born, and down others love is found, and during those journeys, lives change, truths are discovered, secrets are revealed, and high school crushes…can sometimes walk back into your life.

 

HERS TO KEEP
Irresistibly Bound: Book 3

by Anna Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lindsey had big plans for her post-art school life—a successful art career, excitement, adventure, meeting the man of her dreams. She never expected she’d end up joining a sugar baby website to pay off her crippling debt. And she definitely didn’t expect that her first client would be a charming, vivacious woman named Camilla.

The older woman has an unusual proposal for Lindsey—move into her mansion for three months as her girlfriend and submissive, and all of Lindsey’s financial woes will disappear. It’s the perfect solution to Lindsey’s problems, and she can’t say no to three months of pleasure and luxury beyond her wildest dreams. Camilla has made it clear that she’s comfortable with the arrangement. A difficult life has left the solitary woman hesitant to let anyone get too close. And Lindsey isn’t attracted to women, anyway. It’s all just a charade.

Until it isn’t. When Lindsey can no longer deny her feelings toward her Mistress, she runs the risk of losing everything. It was all supposed to be pretend. One big lie.

What happens when the lie becomes the truth?

 

WATCH HER BURN

by Em Stevens
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Meg’s picture-perfect life is upended when her husband of twenty five years asks for a divorce. She’s scared of losing everything, especially her best friend Jamie… who happens to be her husband’s twin. Jamie is forced to balance on a knife’s edge of loyalties while Meg seeks to redefine herself. As they navigate murky waters, things heat up. But will this taboo romance burn out too quickly? Or can they withstand the flames?

 

KEEP TAHOE BLUE
Tahoe Blue Series: Book 1

by Nicole Pyland
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kellan Cobb had to get out of San Francisco. She’d just watched her ex-girlfriend meet the woman of her dreams. Her broken heart needed a break from it all, and Lake Tahoe was calling her name.

Reese Lee has a secret. Only her twin sister knows the one thing Reese hasn’t even told the closest people around her. When she meets Kellan at a fun weekend game of beach football, she knows there’s something interesting about the tourist. She’s never had a problem wining, dining, and sometimes bedding the tourists that strolled into the lake town. But with Kellan, she might just see the possibility of more.

Kellan is determined to address the loneliness in her heart. Reese is determined to keep her secret for fear it would change the way people see her. As the two women try to navigate their attraction, they each have to give up something their holding onto that could prevent them from finding what they’ve both been looking for all along.

 

SUMMERSIDE

by Blythe Stone & Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

You can’t choose who you fall for…

Jade Nero is out. For the first time in her life, she’s free to live her wildest dreams — loving women, and loving them openly. When Jade and her friends travel to the small tourist town of Summerside, Jade knows this is the perfect opportunity to get out, enjoy the pretty weather and maybe a fling or two with the bikini-clad girls on the beach. That all changes when Jade meets Lenn, a punk, sun-bleached blonde bike shop repair girl that isn’t ready to fall in love with a tourist like Jade.

Will their love survive the long summer nights? Will Lenn learn to open her heart? Jade really hopes so, because she starting to fall in love…

 

MOVING VIOLATIONS

by McGee Matthews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When interim police chief Molly Gorman pulls Amy over, more than the antics on the motorcycle catch her eye. She discovers Amy Gilbert spends her days repairing cars in her family garage and is intrigued. The only holdup? Amy occupies her nights playing softball and drinking with her wild best friend, who offers incredibly bad advice about love. After several run-ins with a certain drunken mechanic, Molly wonders if Amy is really worth the trouble. When Amy disappears, she has to put her mixed emotions aside to work the case.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

NIGHTS OF LILY ANN: Finding Kathleen

by L.L. Shelton
Available in Kindle Unlimited

One phone call can make all the difference …

Working for G’s Nightly Escorts by night to support her family, Lily Ann Bailey makes women’s dreams come true. Desires, pleasures, secrets. When she is assigned client number 299, Lily Ann has no idea the woman waiting for her needs a friend more than an escort.

Kathleen Harris is grieving the loss of her wife. She has secluded herself from family, friends, and the world for two years. All until a newspaper ad for an escort service makes her question her life.

Suddenly, Kathleen’s eyes are reopened to the beautiful possibilities all around her. Including Bonnie Gibson, a sexy butch who she suddenly must work side-by-side with. But is Lily Ann’s influence enough to keep Kathleen from unraveling from her reawakening emotions?

Only Lily Ann has deeply rooted troubles of her own. Determined to keep her family together after their parents are killed on an icy road two years before, she will do anything to keep them safe. Anything.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

UNLEASHED: Case of the Yorkshire Pudding
Unleashed: Book 5

by Erik Schubach

Finnegan May has had an eventful time in Manhattan since she first moved to New York City. Her unique profession and quirky, bubbly personality endear her to everyone who meets her.

While Finnegan and her detective bride, Jane, are on their honeymoon in upstate New York, Fin finds a lost dog. The little Yorkshire Terrier becomes a mystery as everything seems to snowball around the women, causing Finnegan to think she just might really be a magnet for trouble like her family keeps implying.

After a string of break ins, all the evidence keeps pointing toward the little dog, Killer. And that’s when the mystery deepens.

Finnegan Temperance May, dog walker extraordinaire, must figure things out before she and Killer are put into danger.

 

COMING OF AGE ROMANCE

 

DORM LIFE, SPRING BREAK
Dorm Life Series: Book 2

by Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Whether she likes it or not, Jolene Camen heads to her family’s empty cabin for spring break without a boyfriend, friends, or any idea what is going to happen. Maybe it’s the perfect opportunity to start figuring out all of these strange, queer feelings for the gorgeous girls walking around camp.

Jo’s journey is an introvertive, first time gay experience very reminiscent of the movie Blue is the Warmest Color with a rustic twist.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

MIRANDA IN MILAN

by Katharine Duckett

With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling.

After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts.

With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself.

 

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE

 

CHAOS SONGS
Blood Canticles: Book 5

by Naomi Clark

Chaos magic makes anything possible. Even the unthinkable.

Lola and Tristesse have defeated one enemy, but Gehenna isn’t finished with them yet. A way home seems impossible. And while Lola struggles with the magical bond she forged with the mysterious patrons, the Shrouded Guard are still hunting them down.

Forced into strange alliances with rebel demons and an underground cult, Lola and Tristesse must decide what they’re willing to do—and to sacrifice.

 

PARANORMAL EROTIC ROMANCE

 

VIENNA BLOOD
The Taste of Her Blood: Book 2

by K. C. Bloom
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Centuries ago, Ilena and Alina, two sensuous vampiric lovers enter the city of Vienna to sate their lust in the bedchambers of beautiful maidens.

When Gretchen, one such fortunate young woman, is murdered after a night of passion, they feel it is their duty to avenge her.

They discover a trail of treachery, greed, blood and lust.

Enjoy this erotic story about undying, lustful women feasting on the blood of the rich, powerful and especially the beautiful of this ancient city and about the revenge they take on those who would stand in their way.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

SELKIE’S FREEDOM

by Cailee Francis

Nerisa is a selkie who had long dreamed of exploring the world beyond her people’s territory and finding her other half, should she exist. With a leap of faith fueled by wanderlust, she found an uninhabited shack by the sea, a job as a carer and the beginnings of a new life.

The thief struck when she was at work and stole her pelt. It was more than a piece of clothing or her means to shapeshift; it was a part of her soul and her only way of returning to live among her kind as she had before.

Desperate, Nerisa searches for help and finds it with Nina, the daughter of a witch and fortune teller. Nina is still recovering from a break-up, and she becomes captivated by the beautiful woman from the sea, and feels she must help her.

 

THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

WHERE SECRETS LIE
MacGregor FBI Series: Book 3

by R.E. Gauthier
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lies Hurt the Heart and Secrets Scar the Soul

When FBI Senior Special Agent Kelsey MacGregor delves into her past she does so at her own peril. Nothing is as it seems when Kelsey returns from a long-awaited vacation in the love nest, she built with Miranda. Firstly, the mastermind behind the killings in D. C. is unmasked to be not Robert Smith, but a man thought to be dead.

Kelsey and her best-friend and FBI partner, Nikki Hyland, embark on a journey to find the evidence to put a killer away for good. There are pitfalls along the way and they enlist the help of Cassidy Torres and a return character from In Plain Sight.

Kelsey will learn things about family history and the secrets that lie there. Through her investigation, she learns to unlock the gift of Second Sight. With her gift, she sees the vision that will help to capture a killer.

The killer has other plans and Kelsey will race to save the ones she loves while she continues to learn the truth about family secrets.
When Kelsey thinks she can finally breathe and keep her promise, more danger lurks around the corner. There are warnings, there are answers, but there are also the lies that have festered for many years.

Find out if Kelsey can find the truth, learn the secrets, and survive the lies.

 

CRIME FICTION

 

THICK AS THIEVES

by Cara Malone and Anna Cove
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Madison is a lone wolf thief. Cass is fallen swindler royalty. When they meet inside a bank vault, they’re both going after the same rare book. Working together is the only way to get the prize, but can they trust each other with the most precious treasure of all – their hearts?

 

MYSTERY ROMANCE

 

FLIGHT

by K’Anne Meinel

A tragic explosion results in the death of over 200 airplane passengers. Was the explosion caused by pilot error, or was it a conspiracy?

Pilot Cathalene (Lena) Penn, accused by the airline of being a smuggler, died in the tragedy, and her wife, Jessica is desperate to clear Lena’s good name.

When Jessica travels to Belgium, her wife’s home away from home, she discovers diamonds, a second family, and a mystery…

Sometimes, choosing between what is safe and what is right isn’t easy, and running away is always an option…Flight!

 

MYSTERY

 

CATCH ME WHEN I’M FALLING

by Cheryl A. Head

Someone is murdering the homeless in Detroit’s Cass Corridor—by immolation. These horrific crimes wouldn’t require an investigation by Charlie Mack and her crack team investigators, except one of the burned bodies is identified as her mother’s friend. There’s a lot wrong with this case: the police won’t admit a serial killer is on the loose, drug trafficking intersects with the deaths, and a rogue cop is involved. The timing also couldn’t be worse—Charlie and Mandy are finally moving in together. This case becomes the most difficult of Charlie’s career when she transforms herself into a street person, and mixes with the corridor’s gangs, do-gooders, and the down-and-out to uncover evidence the police can’t continue to ignore.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

FORGET-ME-NOT

by Kris Bryant
narrated by Brittni Pope

When Grace Danner finds out her great-aunt has passed away leaving her a flower shop in Ireland, she is anxious to get it off her hands as quickly as possible. Her career with the most prestigious advertising firm in Dallas has her busy six days a week, and she doesn’t have time to step away from her life to handle her aunt’s estate. She plans a quick trip to sign papers and save family heirlooms, hoping to return home before the end of the week.

She meets real estate agent Kerry Mulligan who was consigned to the property quite by accident. Their relationship starts off rocky, and as much as Grace wants to get to know the red-haired Irish beauty in the short time she is there, Kerry is nothing but business. Can Grace break through Kerry’s icy disposition and open her up to a quick affair? Even if Grace manages to seduce Kerry, can she return unscathed to the life she left in Dallas?

 

THE BODYGUARD

by Bridget Essex
narrated by Marina Barrett

Guarding her heart was never part of the contract.

Annie Bellfield is walking her dog early one morning when, from out of nowhere, a gorgeous stranger approaches her and starts to walk with her. The captivating woman’s name is Nova, and Annie finds her intensely attractive. Until Nova pushes her into a black van with no windows.

Nova swears it isn’t a kidnapping – that she’s in charge of keeping Annie safe from someone or something she can’t tell Annie about. Nova is frustrating, obtuse, and cocky, but as Annie and Nova go on the run from this untold danger, Annie finds herself falling head over heels for her bodyguard.

Mysteries, family secrets, werewolves, and passionate romance combine…what could possibly go wrong?

 

PODCAST NEWS

Have you checked out episode 6 yet? Clare & TB riff on many topics, including the major one: what are the biggest challenges and the greatest joys of being a full-time writer? Click on the link to listen: LWW-6: What are the biggest challenges and the greatest joys of being a full-time writer?

 

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Guest Post: Old Woman? Who You Talking To, Son? by Josette Murray

Happy Friday!

Today’s guest blogger is Josette Murray.

Old Woman? Who You Talking To, Son?

I’m going to follow on Jean Copeland’s wonderful blog post about her friendships, being a little more particular.

One of my favorite cartoons was of an older woman battling an overly persistent Boy Scout, finally hitting him with her cane and telling him in no uncertain terms to get the hell off of her so she could cross the street by herself.

That’s me! Although I have to admit, there are times I gracefully accept. Why not? Everybody needs help sometimes. And I only use the cane I borrowed a little. Especially not to beat Boy Scouts.

But I have to admit to having been somewhat foolish in an infrequent fit of road rage, thinking that my age would buy me tolerance, or maybe even respect. At a long red light, I leapt from my car to confront the young man ahead of me who had callously dumped a fast food bag of trash out of his car window, back down the road. I sprinted up to his car, shaking my finger and saying “Shame on you! Shame on you for dumping your trash on the road!” First he feigned innocence, then said something that almost made me look around for someone behind me.

“Look, old woman,” he sneered, “You’re coming up here is a complete waste of my time.”

After “old woman” registered in my heightened, then somewhat confused, sensibilities, “my time” roared up too. Not only was he dissing me for being of a Certain Age, he was dismissing me from his precious life because of that. To him, I was simply not real, or at least, of no consequence.

Well. Do I need to tell you how very much that calmed my outrage?

An explosion of recrimination followed, until he said “You should just get back in your car. How do you know I won’t shoot you?”

Well, again. That had already occurred to me (too late, of course), so I’d been assessing him minutely the entire time. His braggadocio masked a tiny, but detectable, bit of embarrassment and penitence that barely peeked through. I looked him square in the eye. “You wouldn’t shoot me. I can just look at you and know that. Which is why I just don’t understand why you’d litter! Why would you DO that?” I asked him, twice.

Upon which he rolled his eyes and slid up his window, looking studiously forward.  I stomped back to my car, feeling somewhat better about protecting the parameters of civilized behavior. And glad to be alive.

I didn’t say I was the smartest cookie, did I?

There’s a lot of me in Dory, one of the four heroines in my new book, Silver Love. One thing that joins them and impels the story is their bond and mutual history (although the latter has its surprises).  The other thing is that they simply refuse to “act their age”. Without acting juvenile or ignoring their accumulated wisdom, or the physical realities of growing older, they remain as young as their mind and attitude make them feel. (But most of them wouldn’t do what I did. Not recommended for anyone, actually. Really.) I know a lot of women like them. My oldest friend is in her mid-seventies, and she’s more active than I am.

But when it comes to publishing, elder heroines are in short supply. Now, don’t get me wrong: femme-y me loves examining the cover with the young, dark-haired butch in the leather vest, forelock dangling seductively over her forehead, toned biceps rippling as she stands oh-so-close to her girlfriend. Or even the ones with the shapely black-stockinged, high-heeled leg outlined before a smoking gun and river of blood.

But where are the stories about the grit and smarts of the elders, those who make hay with the fact that they are invisible (great for a PI); those who now can do all or many of the things they wanted to do all their lives? It’s the denouement of their story. They have earned the right to be delightfully eccentric; they can manage derring-do (ah, the serendipity of a cane, faced with a fleeing felon); they live, they love with passion―yes, all kinds of passion. They’re long-distance hikers and swimmers, gardeners. They’re your aunts and neighbors. They’re party girls, still, just dancing differently. They all have an amazing store of stories.

Enrich yourself, ask ‘em. Just ask ‘em, and then make them your heroines. Why, I’ll bet the book’ll just about write itself. Have fun!

 

SILVER LOVE

by Josette Murray

Jill, Dory, Robby, and Charlene are a fantastic foursome that embodies the varying experiences that come with being Lesbians of a Certain Age. They are vibrant and vulnerable, wise and foolish, introspective and outgoing. The close-knit friends fight aging at every turn—or just ignore it altogether. These four will never go quietly into the night, redefining life after fifty. They are the new mature woman.

But along with twenty-first-century attitudes come twenty-first-century problems. Public office candidate and retired judge Charlene is confronted by a wannabe blackmailer, Jill’s passions threaten to swamp her common sense, Dory’s best-selling book could turn out to be a national disaster, and Robby must confront the hard reality of learning that her wife may not be the woman she thought she was. Steadfast in their faith in themselves and each other, and bolstered by the rich history of their friendship, the four women struggle with twists and turns as they try to navigate a landscape generated by the actions of others as well as their own choices, proving that experience does not always pave a smooth road.

In a world where everything increasingly seems relative, these women remind us that some things don’t change—like the bedrock of relationships. Silver Love is all about love; love among friends, love between lovers, and the unexpected role of love with acquaintances who may not always be what they seem. If you can keep up, join the ride and follow these ageless heroines as they pursue their adventures in the modern world.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Josette Murray is a late bloomer in most things, like coming out (31), motherhood (45), and author (68). But when she finds her passions, she pursues them with gusto.

And so do her mature heroines of Silver Love, facing down betrayal, addiction and criminal intent— all with overdeveloped taste buds. She shares the taste bud experience with them, to both her delight and rue. She lives in Decatur, GA (Atlanta area) with her two rescues and exercise coaches, Reece and Piper.

 

 

CONNECT WITH JOSETTE MURARRY

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 26th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

Here are this week’s new ebook and audio releases, sales, and announcements.

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

YOU’RE MY KIND

by Clare Lydon
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Would you give your first love a second chance?

Justine Thomas and Maddie Kind met at university and were the couple most likely. Everybody said so. That is, until Maddie left without saying goodbye.

Ten years later the pair are reunited at a friend’s funeral, and now Justine can’t shake Maddie from her life. But why is she back? Why did she disappear? And more importantly, is she interested in the whole cake, or just one last slice of Justine?

Strap in for a novel that deals with life’s big topics: love, death & cake. Clare Lydon is the queen of British romantic comedy, and this stellar lesbian romance is guaranteed to give you all the feels.

 

SCANDALOUS

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lacey is the last person to be impressed by wealth and fame. Serious and stoic, she values hard work above all else. When she’s hired as the home care worker to an injured celebrity, she couldn’t care less about Zana’s carefully constructed image. She only sees a rich, spoiled brat. Once Lacey and Zana learn to respect each other, they actually get along – and maybe more than that. Can Zana win over the one person who sees the real her?

 

FLOWER POWER

by Nicolette Dane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Taryn Donaghy’s job as an equities trader at a financial services firm is leading her down a dark road. The long hours and the high pressure are taking a toll on her mental health. Taryn knows she needs a change, but she doesn’t know what that change looks like or how to find it.

A chance meeting with Alex Maris, a florist who delivers a flower feature to the office every week, opens Taryn’s eyes and shows her a different path. Alex lives and works on a co-op farm with others like her, a sort of hippie collective of people doing their own thing. It’s hard for Taryn not to be intrigued by Alex. She’s beautiful and kind, and she’s living the blissful and fulfilled life that Taryn is after.

If Taryn doesn’t figure her path out soon she might just break down. Will Alex and her farm show Taryn how to find herself and find the love that’s eluded her for so long?

 

LAST MINUTE MERMAID

by Tallulah Burns
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Kasey Martin takes a last minute gig to help out a friend whose catering company is in danger of going under, the last thing she expects is that her job is to be a live centerpiece for a lavish seafood buffet…dressed as a mermaid. It was not the type of thing she expected when she became an actress! She also doesn’t expect to meet the centerpiece of the other buffet table, a gorgeous siren whose name (honest to god) is Lorelei. While Kasey finds the whole experience awful and embarrassing, Lorelei finds it hilarious, and she finds Kasey wonderful. Lorelei is the most amazing woman Kasey has ever met, but she has been hurt too many times and is afraid to take a chance by falling for her. As they work together to help their friend (who soon has bigger and more dangerous problems than a failing catering company) they find themselves irresistably drawn to each other. Kasey wonders what beautiful, confident Lorelei could see in her, but despite herself begins to hope. Is it possible that a beautiful sea siren could fall in love with a last minute mermaid?

 

LOVE UNSCRIPTED

by Emma Collins
Available in Kindle Unlimited

As Riley Hill’s thirtieth birthday approaches, she’s finally ready to make some changes in her life.

She might be a world famous actress, but she’s far from where she wants to be.

Screenwriting has always been her dream, not acting.

There was also the small matter of coming out.

When Laura Foley is approached at a coffee shop by an attractive young woman who wants to turn her book into a movie, she’s both flattered and stunned.

This was the first time anyone had ever complimented her work in person and not via an online review.

Laura’s even more shocked when she finds out who that woman really is, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

 

SCREEN KISS

by Ann Roberts

Addy Tornado wishes her love life was as dramatic as her name. A true romantic, Addy lives for the movies and yearns for a mate who is as beautiful, sexy, witty, and as smart as the heroines on the screen. Of course that someone would also have to put up with her OCD about color coordination…

Mazie Midnight has one dream—to finish her Master’s program in music performance. She reinvents herself and moves to the west coast to attend Cammon University, hoping a new name and a new start will be what she needs to face the one barrier keeping her from a degree: terrible stage fright.

Mazie takes a job at the Bijou Theater, Addy’s favorite place in the whole world, and the two clash immediately over Mazie’s re-arrangement of the colorful candies. Mazie meets none of Addy’s expectations in a mate, and Addy sees Mazie as nothing more than an adversary…until Mazie opens her mouth to sing.

Believing the world should hear Mazie, Addy vows to help her overcome her stage fright. But can she see Mazie as someone to love? Will they ever share anything as perfect as a screen kiss?

 

AUGUST

by AJ Marchant
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Coming back to the city after six years away, August wonders how long she’ll be staying for, counting the days and thinking about her next move…
…Until unexpected experiences, newfound friendships and a broken family bond leads August to reconsider.

Coincidences. Connections. Choices. Changes. Flukes and fleeting moments. The unnoticed lessons we teach each other. What we learn about ourselves. The choices we make, for better or for worse. The relationships that change they way we see the world, the way we see ourselves. These are the things that create, build, fill a life; what makes it beautiful.

 

COMING OF AGE ROMANCE

 

DORM LIFE, DORM LOVE

by Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Anneliese “Peaches” Mitchem thought she was straight. But after Jolene “Jo” becomes her new RA for the dorms, Peaches can’t help but become completely infatuated with her. Peaches enlists the help of her BFF and roommate Veronica to try and win Jo’s heart.

This romance is filled with new love, sun, sand on the beach and cute lesbians. An LGBT version of the movie Some Kind Of Wonderful with the fun energy of You Drive Me Crazy.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

by Kate Sweeney

Cara Pembroke lives comfortably. She goes to the best restaurants, lives in a plush apartment in Chicago and has just about all the best things in life. The only thing she’s missing is that special someone. While on assignment as a reporter, Cara meets a woman who makes her question what a good life is.

Morgan Gavin, who lives a simple life on Lake Kabetogama, has her own idea of the best things in life, and they aren’t the same as Cara’s. Nevertheless, Morgan and Cara have chemistry that’s about to force them to re-examine just what the best things in life actually are.

And where in the hell is Lake Kabetogama? You’re about to find out in Kate Sweeney’s latest romantic comedy.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

MENAGE A TROIS

by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

One needs healing…

Heartbroken redhead Rebecca Pruitt is escaping her toxic past when she bumps into the last thing she needs – but everything she wants.

Business power couple Caitlyn Adams and Jane Wong fancy Becca from the moment they see her in an airline lounge. Jane’s tenacious flirtations and Caitlyn’s beauty queen charms are almost enough to draw Becca into their private plane for the night.’

Another desires recognition…

Instead, she steps into their office a few days later and seals her fate. Becca not only becomes the shared executive assistant at Adams & Wong, the new venture capitalist firm in town, but also their shared girlfriend.

None of them are strangers to aspects of this arrangement. Caitlyn and Jane are pros at entertaining a third in their relationship, but have yet to find their match made in Heaven. Becca still isn’t over the successful woman she dumped to save her own life.

And another simply wants to be a family…

Too bad Becca is hiding a secret from the new girlfriends who give her everything she’s ever wanted. So is Jane, who yearns to come clean. And Caitlyn? What she keeps from Becca could ruin everything they’ve built in such short time.

In this house of three, nothing is conventional, but everything has the potential to unite them… or break them.

 

EROTICA

 

WILD RIDES AND OTHER LESBIAN EROTIC ADVENTURES

by Sacchi Green

Sex, adventure, and wild rides—some literal, some journeys of the mind and heart. There’s something for everyone here. How about a mechanical bull at a country-and-western bar in 1980s Amsterdam? An army jeep in Vietnam in the 1960s? A Chinese pirate ship far out in the Pacific in the 1930s? A hot air balloon soaring above post-Civil War Wyoming? These rides transport you through time as well as space.

In more contemporary settings, you can find pent-up passion behind prison walls, a reunion of rivals in a steamy sauna, and a couple both wounded and bonded by modern warfare. There’s plenty of lust and banter, as well as mighty draft horses at a county fair, and a visit with honeymooners in Paris with a fetish for gargoyles. Add a ghost story on a Montana ranch, a lovely vampire in the Old West, the occasional dragon, a noir tale of sex, life, and afterlife in New York City, and you’ll find a variety of characters and settings with a seamless merging of sex, romance, and narrative.

Join Lambda winner Sacchi Green for a ride through the second collection of her own work.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

A NIGHT CLAIMED

by Domina Alexandra

Bonnie Collins had plans. And being a werewolf wasn’t one of them. Attacked by a rogue who was out to claim her, and facing what she now has no choice of becoming, Bonnie can’t let go of her human life as a Paramedic.

The last thing Bonnie needs is more challenges. However, Rikki, the Alpha of Mill City will be just that. Finding her to be possessive and ruling, Bonnie begins challenging the Alpha’s every breath.

Finding out her attack was no accident only makes her more angry at the situation. A group of rogues are out to get her. With no clue why, Bonnie has no choice but to seek help from the alluring Alpha and her pack, accepting the new world she was forced into.

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

ALL THINGS MORTAL

by Laurel Johanson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

“A thousand years ago the goddess of death almost destroyed our universe. Three dead planets and a handful of dead gods stand as a testament to that. Now they say she wanders among us, powerless but waiting for another chance.”

Daiga has heard many versions of her story told over the years, many of them untrue. Once the feared goddess of death, she was imprisoned in a mortal’s body and stripped of her powers by her sister, Odisa, the goddess of life.

But Daiga has never really been as vengeful as they say, and reclaiming her old life was never really an option. Until she meets Lane.

Lane is one of the wives of the Lord—the current ruler of those still alive in the galaxy of Fira Moder. Both queen and warrior, Daiga knows she is dangerous. And Lane has her mind set on one thing: restoring Daiga’s powers and killing the Lord, in that order.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE FALL GIRL
The Miracle Girl Series: Book 2

by TB Markinson
narrated by TJ Richards

In the news business, owning the headlines comes with a deadly cost.

JJ Cavendish thought she’d escaped her dark past. After publishing her tell-all memoir, she’s ready to settle down with Claire and devote her attention to running a scrappy online news venture. But when her new business partner exploits JJ’s notoriety to keep the company afloat, avoiding the limelight becomes impossible.

As JJ keeps hungry movie producers at bay, she fields an intriguing offer from an old enemy that could help her expose a cyber bully, stop a string of suicides, and get her company the scoop it needs. To bring the story to light, JJ and her team must brave the darkest corners of the web and hope her own name doesn’t make the headlines in the process.

The Fall Girl is the second installment in The Miracle Girl, a captivating series of lesbian romantic suspense novels. If you like pulse-pounding plots and exploring the darker side of social media, then you’ll love T.B. Markinson’s gripping story.

 

BETWEEN THE LINES
Cops and Docs: Book 3

by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden

Psychiatrist Dr. Tonya Preston lives a life of cool detachment, often sacrificing her personal needs to appease her opinionated father. She often finds it easier to deal with patients than confront her family or her own issues. When her path dramatically crosses that of irrepressible rookie Police Officer Haley Jordan, she’s thrown out of her comfort zone.

Things have come easy for Haley, who has a drama-free life filled with love and friends that Tonya finds as alluring as the irreverent woman behind the badge. An attraction simmers between them, drawing them to each other. But will it be enough when work, family, and a confronting police case starts to tear at their fledgling relationship?

 

WRONGLY ACCUSED

by Erin Wade
narrated by Victoria Mei

When esteemed surgeon Dawn Fairchild is wrongly accused of vehicular manslaughter, her world is turned upside down. Sentenced to two years in a federal women’s prison, Dawn encounters a side of life she didn’t know existed. Caged with drug addicts, killers, and rapists, she is surprised when her knight in shining armor is a scrawny, scrappy redhead serving time for drug addiction and prostitution. A woman she couldn’t bring herself to shake hands with for fear of touching her.

You will laugh, cry, and cheer for these two unlikely friends as they navigate the horrors of a prison ran by a no-nonsense warden with her own plans for Dr. Dawn Fairchild.

 

THE PIKE: NEW BEGINNINGS

by Erik Schubach
narrated by Allyson Voller

Eve, along with her sister Zoey, has an uncanny knack for helping people who frequent the Pike bakery at Pike Place Market in Seattle to find love. Her meddling is a thing of legends when it comes to matchmaking. But for Eve, it is a spectator sport as she has never really pursued a romantic relationship of her own.

Love was for other people, and she basked in the results of watching people find their happily-ever-afters. Imagine her surprise when serendipity came knocking and she found herself falling head over heels.

Her family has been dying of curiosity for months to find out who has Eve sneaking off to talk to in the middle of movies, or has her turning down events because she “has a date.” Her secret has them all frantically trying to discover who has stolen the red-headed dynamo’s heart.

Eve promises everyone that her certain someone will be attending their annual family Thanksgiving celebration…but first, she has to pick up a family friend from London at the airport.

(The Pike series is set in the same world as Music of the Soul and London Harmony, and can be read as a stand-alone book.)

 

SALE ALERT

 

BEING HERS

by Anna Stone

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Melanie has spent her entire life working her way up in the world. By day, she studies at law school, and by night, she serves drinks at an exclusive club to afford her tuition. But the hard-working Melanie will never admit her true desire: to escape from her fast-paced, high-pressure life, if only for a moment.

When Melanie meets Vanessa, a glamorous executive and a regular at the club, she is drawn to the enigmatic black-haired woman. Vanessa is relentless in pursuing what she wants—and what she wants is Melanie. Soon, Melanie finds herself caught up in Vanessa’s sensual games of submission.

Melanie insists that her affair with Vanessa remain purely physical. But as her limits are tested, so is the line between lust and love. When ghosts from the past reappear, both women must face their deepest fears. Can Melanie surrender her everything to Vanessa, or will old wounds prove too great?


 

PODCAST NEWS

Have you listened to the latest Lesbians Who Write podcast episode? Clare and TB tackle the burning question: How do you stay on track for physical health? Click here for episode 4. 

 


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Guest Post: Why everyone should see the Captain Marvel movie by Catherine Lane

Happy Friday!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Ylva author Catherine Lane.

 

CATHERINE LANE DISCUSSES WHY EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THE CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE

I just came home from seeing Captain Marvel. My family likes a nearby theater where the seats recline, and Tuesday is $5 movie night.  No brainer, right? The problem is I normally don’t like superhero movies. Both my son and my wife look at me with complete disbelief whenever I say this, but superhero characters are just too perfect. I like films where the protagonists have complex inner journeys and real human flaws. I mean, I wish my greatest weakness was that I was allergic to kryptonite.

But, I felt I had to see Captain Marvel in the theaters. Mostly because of the whole Rotten Tomatoes controversy where trolls, months before it even came out, were trying to kill the film. Reviewers torpedoed it from every angle—”a complete disaster”, “feminist propaganda,” “Brie Larson should smile more.” And it worked. The day of its opening, Captain Marvel’s score on Rotten Tomatoes was a dismal 33%. The NY Times newspaper believes that “a bigger trigger factor for the film’s haters appeared to be Ms. Larson’s outspokenness about the lack of diversity in movies and news media coverage of films.” UGH!

VOTING WITH OUR WALLETS 

My wife and I couldn’t let that thinking win, so there we were with our son, late, on a school night. Happily, we weren’t the only ones; the theater was packed. The film had the biggest opening weekend box office EVER for a female-led film and took in a record breaking 455 million dollars worldwide. So, I settled into a movie, that I was sure I wasn’t going to like, with a smile. Things were changing. Rotten Tomatoes had altered their rules so the site had a better chance to reflect the thoughts of real fans. And people world-wide clearly had embraced woman’s power.

Somewhere around the end of the first act, however, the unbelievable happened. I fell in love with a superhero film.  First, I’ve always adored origin stories. This one is especially well done since at the beginning of the film, Carol Danvers has amnesia, and we get to figure out her past as she does. Talk about connecting with your main character! Second, there is no easy romance in the plot. That may seem an odd sentiment for a romance writer, but the movie is about Carol Danvers’ journey and not how she relates to her man. Nearly every scene passes the Bechdel test.

A GREAT MESSAGE

And, finally, the third act transforms a superhero movie into a feminist fable so good and strong that all young people should see it. The ultimate lesson is that no one, but mostly women, should believe the rhetoric that we are too weak and emotional to accomplish our goals. We can’t wait until someone tells us we are good enough. We already are; and when we embrace it, we are, quite literally, filled with power. The message isn’t subtle, but it’s so beautifully incorporated that by the end, Carol Danvers is speaking to each person in the audience. And when (spoiler alert) she flies into the stratosphere, she took me right along with her. That’s a damn good movie.

A LESFIC MANTRA

You may be asking yourself about now (or maybe earlier), how does a review of Captain Marvel connect with lesfic? I’m not sure that it does, but I do think stories are a wonderful way to create empathy and open the world up for people who may be underrepresented. In my latest lesfic romance, Romancing the Kicker, there’s a similar message about how only you can write your own story. Parker and Carly are, of course, no Captain Marvel, but they are, I hope, heroes in their own lives. Even if energy doesn’t shoot out of their fists, they brim with power. And part of their strength is to recognize that spirit in each other and find their happy ever after.

It’s a good message and I’m proud of it, although now I realize my big mistake. I should have added a flerkin (the cool alien cat from Captain Marvel). I will to my next book, and then I’ll have an international best seller!

 

ROMANCING THE KICKER

by Catherine Lane

Parker Sherbourne has a talent for sports and seduction—and the body to prove it. When the High Rollers, the professional football team from Las Vegas, chase after her to be their point-after specialist, she jumps at the chance. Sure, the position is only a publicity stunt, but she has always been able to turn any situation to her advantage. Carly Bartlett joins the Rollers as the newest athletic trainer and the only other female on the payroll. This dream job could bring the financial security her family desperately needs. The head trainer has only one warning: don’t get involved with a player. Not a problem. She doesn’t go for guys. When Parker reaches out to Carly for treatment, sparks fly. Will Carly fall for Parker’s charms and put her own desires ahead of her family’s? Has Parker finally found the woman who’ll make her slow down and stop playing the angles?With the macho world of football against them, can they beat the odds in this lesbian sports romance?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Catherine Lane started to write fiction on a dare from her wife. Now, with several novels and short stories to her name, she finally admits her wife was right. They live happily in Southern California with their teenage son and a mischievous dog they rescued from the pound.  

Catherine spends most of her time writing, working and hanging out with her family.  But when she finds herself at loose ends, she enjoys experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, paddling on long stretches of flat water in her kayak, and oh, trying unsuccessfully to outwit her pooch. 

 

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE LANE

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Ylva Author Page / YouTube / Amazon Author Page

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 19th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

Here are this week’s new ebook and audio releases, sales, and announcements.

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

SOUTHERN ROOTS
The Compass Series: Book 2

by Lise Gold
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Hannah Hudson has had a rough start to the year. Returning home to London from her magical holiday in Norway, still on a high after meeting the wonderful Kristine, her newfound happiness is dealt a crushing blow when she discovers that her ex has been stealing from her and she is going to lose her business. A letter from an American lawyer throws her an unexpected lifeline, informing her that she’s inherited a house and a restaurant in Presley, Louisiana, from her biological mother who gave her up for adoption at birth.

Meanwhile back in Covington, nothing ever changes in Kristine Miller’s life. She’s grown tired of her job at the local bank, and she’s reluctant to go back to dating, unable to get Hannah, who has gone silent on her, out of her mind.

When Hannah suddenly shows up in Kristine’s life again there is no denying that destiny has a plan for them, but Hannah’s life is in London and Kristine’s is deeply attached to the beautiful South.

As Hannah searches for the story behind her Southern roots, can they overcome the challenge of distance to give themselves another shot at love? Second chances are rare, and you can’t question fate when it keeps drawing you back together…

 

MAJOR SURGERY

by Lola Keeley

An enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance about sexy, smart doctors cutting to the heart of what matters.

Skilled surgeon Veronica Mallick runs her London hospital department like she runs her surgeries: with hawkish efficiency. Then her perfect world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new Head of Trauma.

Cassie Taylor is a brash, no-nonsense army surgeon, fresh from the front lines, and trying to find her way in civilian life. She’s all action and sharp edges, not too interested in rules. She’s even less interested in bureaucracy, or playing nice with her uptight, paper-pushing colleague, Veronica.

While they’re circling each other warily at St. Sophia’s hospital, Cassie becomes entangled in some shady financial dealings.

Their shared search for the truth draws them closer together, sparking heated moments as they try to see justice done. But in exposing a scandal, can they also find some common ground? How will they both deal with being attracted to a woman they don’t even like?

 

SILVER LOVE

by Josette Murray

Jill, Dory, Robby, and Charlene are a fantastic foursome that embodies the varying experiences that come with being Lesbians of a Certain Age. They are vibrant and vulnerable, wise and foolish, introspective and outgoing. The close-knit friends fight aging at every turn—or just ignore it altogether. These four will never go quietly into the night, redefining life after fifty. They are the new mature woman.

But along with twenty-first-century attitudes come twenty-first-century problems. Public office candidate and retired judge Charlene is confronted by a wannabe blackmailer, Jill’s passions threaten to swamp her common sense, Dory’s best-selling book could turn out to be a national disaster, and Robby must confront the hard reality of learning that her wife may not be the woman she thought she was. Steadfast in their faith in themselves and each other, and bolstered by the rich history of their friendship, the four women struggle with twists and turns as they try to navigate a landscape generated by the actions of others as well as their own choices, proving that experience does not always pave a smooth road.

In a world where everything increasingly seems relative, these women remind us that some things don’t change—like the bedrock of relationships. Silver Love is all about love; love among friends, love between lovers, and the unexpected role of love with acquaintances who may not always be what they seem. If you can keep up, join the ride and follow these ageless heroines as they pursue their adventures in the modern world.

 

RESCUE MY HEART

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Danny Cooper thinks she’s as happy as she has the right to be. After all, as owner of Oakview’s failing animal shelter, she doesn’t exactly have a lot to offer a potential partner. And it’s been a long time since she’s hungered after a woman, that is until her new neighbor moves in.

Lena Travers is confident, rich, and beautiful, all the things that Danny thinks she isn’t. She’s also very, very mysterious. And Lena’s very first move is to threaten to report Danny’s beloved shelter for excessive noise. Despite that first impression though, Danny can’t help but have feelings for the girl next door.

But as the stakes begin to rise, Danny’s fear of taking risks gets the better of her. She’s not good enough for Lena, of that she’s sure. And with the fate of the shelter weighing on her mind, Danny makes a decision she might come to regret.

Sometimes you have to fight for what you want. But you can’t fight if you’re not willing to take risks. Besides, Danny isn’t sure that Lena is what she wants anyway. Or is she? And when the lives of her precious dogs are on the line, Danny makes what might be an unforgivable mistake.

Rescue My Heart is a standalone FF romance novel set in the Oakview universe, with a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!

 

COMMITTED
Oaktown Girls: Book 2

by Suzanne Falter
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Is it wise to propose marriage to your undocumented girlfriend if she just moved in … and she’s already thinking of moving out?

That’s the question on auto mechanic Lizzy’s mind as she wrestles with what to do in Book Two of the Oaktown Girls series.

Commitment is definitely in the air for this tightly knit circle of Oakland lesbians. Tenika can’t stand the idea of marrying anyone – but her partner Delilah, a tattoo artist, has her heart set on it.

But then, when Delilah develops a strange, disabling tremor, Tenika’s forced to rethink everything she once held as true.

Meanwhile Frankie, a newcomer who happens to be an undercover cop, can’t find a date to save her life. That is until she happens to meet the ravishing charmer Tasha at Tenika and Lizzy’s garage.

Will Frankie’s PTSD undermine her ability to open up and find her love? And will it be Tasha, or the sweet, open-hearted Sally who seems to know a little too much about her?

And why won’t either of them tell Frankie what they do for a living?

Find out who falls in love for good in this warm-hearted page turner you can’t put down.

 

MARCH MADNESS
A Year in Paradise: Book 3

by Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Welcome to Paradise Valley, where the locals thrive on the rural landscape, the quirky Oregonian living, and the history of the lesbian commune that founded it.

Mixing small town attitudes with lesbian dating? Sounds like another day in Paradise.

Joan Sheffield and Lorri Abrams have been partners for years, but their mission to have a baby has placed a damper on their love. After the most recent miscarriage, the couple has begun questioning the direction of their relationship.

Yet Joan isn’t ready to give up. Her dreams of having the family she always wanted won’t end because of some heartbreak and bad luck. Yet as she regroups and prepares to try again, she comes up against an obstacle she least expected.

Lorri. The partner who refuses to explain why she feels sick to her stomach every time the subject comes up.

Joan doesn’t know the whole story about Lorri’s upbringing. Lorri would rather drown herself in college basketball tournaments than talk about her issues. It will take the advice of some trusted locals and one bad night to potentially save these two weary souls.

Will the madness finally end?

 

LOVE STORIES
Books 1-6

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Love Stories 1-6 include six of Ellie Spark’s best-selling Love Stories. Each story is a long novella length (approx 35-45K words) and while some characters appear in more than one story, they can be read in any order. The total collection provides over 225,000 words to devour!

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

THE DO-OVER

by Georgia Beers

Fifteen years is a long time. Long enough to forget the past, forge ahead, and create a terrific life. Bella Hunt has done exactly that, complete with a successful career, a gaggle of close friends, and a home she loves. Life is good.

Or it was, until her teenage nightmare and the bane of her high school existence shows up for Bella’s class on conflict resolution. Easton Evans, in all her pretty, blond, my-parents-are-surgeons glory, throws Bella into an existential tailspin as her unpleasant memories from her past come screeching back. Easton doesn’t even recognize Bella, and what’s worse, Easton is…different somehow. Softer, kinder. And still unfairly attractive. None of it computes in Bella’s head. She’s hated Easton for fifteen years, done her best to scrub the past away. But now here it is. The past. Sitting in her classroom and waiting for Bella to teach her how to resolve a conflict of the heart.

 

WOOING THE FARMER

by Jenny Frame

Penelope Huntingdon-Stewart, highly successful clean-eating food vlogger and owner of the website Penny’s Kitchen, is looking for a new direction for her brand. At least that’s what she tells herself when she retreats to Axedale to record a new web series and write a cookbook. That sounds so much better than damage control after her only live, on-screen interview ends in an oh-so-public epileptic seizure.

Farmer Sam McQuade is immediately attracted to Penelope, but the ultra femme and high maintenance city girl seems way out of her league. When Penelope struggles to get her health on track, Quade insists on being her knight in shining armor, much to Penelope’s displeasure. Quade is annoyingly good-looking, not to mention kindhearted, and falling for her would be so easy. If only it didn’t force Penelope to face the secrets she’s hidden from everyone. Can love alone bring a complex city girl and a simple rural farmer together?

 

LOVE ON LAVENDER LANE

by Karis Walsh

For corporate consultant Paige Leighton, the ends always justify the means. She does whatever it takes to make her clients’ businesses profitable. She has no room for sentimentality in business or in her personal life and loves nothing better than pushing others out of their comfort zones.

Kassidy Drake has spent a lifetime creating her comfort zone, and she has no intention of leaving. Her home is as orderly and as beautiful as the rows of lavender surrounding it, but she needs to make Lavender Lane Farm solvent or she might lose everything. She agrees to listen to Paige’s advice as long as Paige doesn’t expect much more from her than changing the font on her business cards.

Accompanied by the buzz of honeybees and the scent of lavender, Paige and Kassidy must find a way to compromise if they want to save Lavender Lane Farm—and find a way to make room for love along the way.

 

AN UNHEARD SONG
Romancing the Page: Book 3

by Laura Ambrose
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Annalie’s dreams came true when her first book became the bestselling debut fantasy of the decade. Awards and accolades were overwhelming and incredible, just like when she used to play professional violin before a manipulative ex silenced her. After her second book tanked with poor sales and worse reviews, her dreams crumbled. She lost her words just like she lost her music. She hasn’t left her flat in Edinburgh in months.

Cam is devastated when she doesn’t get the fellowship she needs for her PhD in music history. She suspects it’s because she turned down sleeping with the famous violinist on the board, Melanie. Hard up for cash, Cam takes a part-time job as an author assistant to Annalie Chevalier. Cam didn’t expect to find her so gorgeous.

As they both struggle for courage to rebuild their dreams, they can’t deny their attraction. When Cam realises Melanie is Annalie’s ex, they plot a little light revenge. But will the risks silence the fragile song growing between Annalie and Cam?

An Unheard Song is the third installment of the Romancing the Page series (A Hidden Hope, A Perfect Balance), which features well-rounded, complicated women in the world of writing and publishing. A Laura Ambrose romance is sweet, sexy, and more than a little geeky.

 

COMRADE COWGIRL

by Yolanda Wallace

For cattle rancher Laramie Bowman, family always comes first. After her brother is injured in a rodeo accident, she accepts a lucrative position in remote Godoroye, Russia, to help pay his medical bills. When she meets the woman assigned to be her interpreter, however, her heart might end up getting lost in translation.

Anastasia Petrova would prefer to remain on the front lines of the seemingly futile fight for gay rights in her conservative homeland, but dwindling finances force her to leave Moscow to take a full-time job working as a translator for a pair of American trainers on a start-up cattle ranch. If she comes out to her new coworkers, she could lose the job she so desperately needs. But when she meets gorgeous cowgirl Laramie, how can she possibly deny her feelings?

 

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE

 

DARK ALLEYS

by Lola Andrews

Supernatural meets Rizzoli & Isles in this fast-paced urban fantasy filled with lesbian romance and werewolves!

Two hunters. One werewolf. A complicated past.

Tired and broken-hearted, Lana walked away from her life as a hunter years ago. She also walked away from the woman she loved, Emma. Now, a policewoman in an anonymous town, she lives a comfortable if lonely life, until she realizes that the answer to her last case points her back towards the supernatural.

With a loose werewolf running around town, Lana has enough on her plate. That is, until Emma shows up to interrupt her life and hunt her prey, bringing with her old feelings and a whole lot of baggage.

Can Emma and Lana find their way back to each other? Can they defeat the werewolf running through town?

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

SPINNING TALES

by Brey Willows

Maggie McShay wants a little magic in her life. Something more than the drab existence of going to work and coming home to a cat that barely tolerates her.

When she spontaneously replies to a want ad asking for someone to take care of a fairy tale cottage, it turns out magic wasn’t as far away as she thought. Maggie discovers she wasn’t who she thought she was either. Recalcitrant fairy tale shepherd and ladies’ woman Kody Wilk shows Maggie a world she knew nothing about…a world they need to save before the villains of the world’s fairy tales take over New York City.

It’s up to Maggie, her grumpy, shape-shifting cat, a dwarf hell-bent on finding romance, and Kody to set the fairy tale world to rights. The big bad wolf has nothing on Maggie McShay.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

FROSTBITTEN
The Ice Rose Series: Book 3

by Destiny Hawkins
Available in Kindle Unlimited

I thought that I saw her. I know I did…

But she was dead, and she died a long time ago.

After being attacked by anti-supernatural soldiers, Alexa and I were taken in by a pack of Alaskan werewolves with plans on fighting back, and although grateful that we were given a home and shelter, it was hard to face a werewolf named Loren who resembled a woman that Alexa once loved. She was also the most unpleasant pack member of them all.

That’s why when I spotted a woman in a white dress with long brown locks and glistening sun colored eyes, I knew that it wasn’t Loren, but who could it be if Esha was dead?

Was I just seeing things from Alexa’s memories?

Or did the love of her life never actually die at all?

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION

 

INHERITORS OF CHAOS
A Godfall Novel: Book 4

by Barbara Ann Wright

Naos has come to Calamity, and chaos has come with her. Cordelia had enough problems without teaming up with former enemies in order to defeat a mad goddess. And she doesn’t yet know that the Storm Lord has been resurrected in a new body. On the plains, the prophet Lydia is convinced that Fajir is the one chosen to stop a massive firestorm in the future, if only Fajir wasn’t so set on killing everyone around her.

With their murderous leader dead, hostilities have ceased among the drushka, but the long-living aliens are slow to adapt. The last thing they want is a drushkan king with powers none of them dreamed of before.

 

CRIME & MYSTERY

 

DOUBLE VISION

by Ellie Hart

When her cell phone rings, Giselle Cutler answers it—and finds herself speaking to a dead woman.

As Giselle and her partner Marta Perry get ready for the birth of their baby, the last thing they expect is to be drawn into another mystery. But there’s been a horrible mix-up with identification of a body found in the bay, and Marta’s supervisor Chrissy Burton is very much alive and desperate for their help.

Intrigue turns deadly as they uncover illegal organ transplants, black market sales, and ties to international terrorism. The killer is willing to do anything to keep the public from knowing how the transplant system really works, even if it means killing Giselle and Marta.

 

THRILLER

 

LAKE MOON

by Emma Chamberlain & Blythe Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

An unresolved murder case drove Jessica away from her remote and heavily wooded small town. When her mother suddenly passes away Jessica is forced to return to the confusing place where one of her best friends went missing when they were both only teens. Between a complicated old flame and an attractive female sheriff, Jessica finds herself drowning in both the memories and the danger of her past, unable to leave or move on. Can a new romance save her life? Will her old tendencies cause her to slip back into a hot yet abusive relationship? How can she leave when she has nothing left to lose? Find out the answers to all of these questions in Lake Moon!

From the best-selling lesbian romance duo who brought you the Paper Dolls Book Series and the holiday hit A Kind of Miracle… Lake Moon explores the complexity of closeted teenage love, coming to terms with a troubling past, and finding a romance in a dark place and time when light hardly shines.

 

PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT

 

NOT TODAY

by Arizona Tape

$2.99 (Price will increase to $4.99 on March 22)

Casual leaves no broken hearts… Usually.

No strings attached, that’s the way Nix likes her life. Determined not to fall for anyone she sleeps with, casual is just her thing. Better than having her heart ripped to pieces again.

Harper is looking for a fresh start and a new city means just that. New friends, new school, and maybe a chance at love?

The thin line between friendship and more blurs when Nix and Harper dance around each other in an LGBT club with everything to lose and love to gain. But is it ever that simple?

Not Today is a lesbian friends-with-benefits to lovers romance and can be read as a stand-alone. It’s the collection of the previous serial parts (Not Monday, Not Tuesday, …) but is completed in this book.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

BACKWARDS TO OREGON

by Jae
narrated by Hayden Bishop

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man.

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.

But now, they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with 2,000 miles ahead of them.

 

SEQUESTERED

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
narrated by Victoria Robinson

When Special Agent Keir Ortega busts Tartino and his gang for drug trafficking and selling weapons to the American black market, she thinks she can rest her mind of the case. However, after finding out that New York’s Ronnie Giorgio might be an extension of this criminal activity, Keir is assigned to search the streets of New York to find the new ringleader in this crime.

She is led to the theater district, where she meets Gina, a woman who always seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This woman might be the key to busting the drug chain that is thriving along the New York Harbor, but who is she? And can she be trusted?

As Keir learns more about the woman, she starts to feel something she hasn’t felt before. Gina is captivating, entrancing, and Keir’s weakness. Will Keir be able to solve the case before her heart gives in to this vixen’s subtle charm, or will Gina be her destruction?

 

CONTRACT FOR LOVE

by Alison Grey
narrated by Emily Beresford

Single mom Sherry lives in a trailer park with her six-year-old son, Jake, trying to make ends meet as a waitress.

Madison’s life couldn’t be more different. She’s been raised by her rich grandmother, and her only goals are partying and bedding women.

When her grandmother threatens to disinherit her if she doesn’t clean up her act, Madison has to find a way to convince her she’s changed.

After a chance encounter with Sherry, Madison comes up with a crazy idea that will rock both of their worlds: She wants to hire Sherry to play her fake girlfriend.


 

THE DESTINY FACTOR

by Erin Wade & D.J. Jouett
narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

Renny James thought she was falling in love with her boss. Then she met his wife. Renny was totally unprepared for the beauty and charisma of Vivian Rockmore. The electricity between the two women was undeniable, but too many obstacles stood between them. We are each the master of our own destiny, aren’t we? That was the mantra of Renny James as she fought her way out of poverty and rose to the ranks of the rich and glamorous.

Clean sheets were Renny’s criteria for success. A brilliant student, she knew a college education would get her out of the horrible poverty in which she lived. Nothing would stop her from achieving her goals. Determined to distance herself from the filth and hopelessness that marked her youth, Renny worked hard and wasted no time on things like family or friends.

Raised by a mother whose only thought was about where she would find her next boyfriend, Renny learned to fend for herself. She knew education and hard work were her tickets to a better life. Brad and Vivian Rockmore introduced her to the world of beautiful people, cruise ships, and private jets. At 28, Renny had realized all her goals. She had no idea her ambition would land her in jail for murdering the only person she had ever loved.

Erin Wade takes the listener on a fast-paced ride in her first lesbian murder mystery/romance with a twist. If you like a good suspense-filled novel, you will love The Destiny Factor.


 

 AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

 

TB Markinson is running a giveaway for US and UK Audible listeners. The prize is a free audiobook of The Fall Girl, book 2 in The Miracle Girl series.

Email TB at tbm@tbmarkinson.com to enter the contest. In the subject line, please write The Fall Girl Audiobook Giveaway. Be sure to tell TB if you’re a US or UK listener.

That’s all you have to do.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

PODCAST NEWS


I’m thrilled to announce the first episode of Lesbians Who Write is live. Woot!

Here’s what the first episode is about:

Clare and TB introduce themselves to the podcast world in their inaugural episode. Huzzah! They chat about when they came up with the idea of Lesbians Who Write (beer was involved) and why they started writing lesbian fiction in the first place. Clare lobs TB the thorny question of what exactly lesbian fiction is and who can write it. They discover how history influenced both of their writing careers, leaving TB a historian, slightly heartbroken. They move on to what’s their favorite part of writing and how the power of deadlines impacts their careers. Click here to listen to the first episode. 

Now for a special treat. Episodes 2 & 3 are also available. Woot, woot!

Click here for episode 2 and here for episode 3.

The next episode will be released on Monday, March 25th.

 


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March 12th Newsletter: Free Book

Dear lesfic reader,

Happy Tuesday!

I’m at the London Book Fair with Harper Bliss, Clare Lydon, A. E. Radley, and Emma Sterner-Radley. That means today’s edition of the newsletter doesn’t include any new releases.

Instead, you can download a free copy of my novel The Miracle Girl from Amazon. Last day to snag your free copy is March 15th.

The regular edition of the I Heart Lesfic newsletter will return on March 19th.

Happy reading,

TB

FREE BOOK

 

THE MIRACLE GIRL

by T.B. Markinson

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS / Amazon DE / Amazon FR / Amazon ES / Amazon IT / Amazon NL / Amazon JP / Amazon BR / Amazon MX / Amazon IN

 

 

 

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