Guest Post: Written on the body by Tagan Shepard

Happy Friday!

The wonderful Tagan Shepard is back. She appeared on I Heart Lesfic last year and you can find her post My Left Arm here.

Please welcome Tagan.

WRITTEN ON THE BODY

Back again. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my first post on I Heart Lesfic and since my debut novel was released. Now it’s time for my second novel, Bird on a Wire, and I’m happy to be back.

Last time I was here, I talked about my sleeve tattoo. I mentioned the tattoo on my forearm and said it was a story for another time. Well, this is that time.

The story of my forearm piece starts on July 20th, 2008. That was the day my mother died. That’s a very bland announcement and I assure you it’s only bland thanks to the passage of a decade. At the time I was devastated. Altered on a molecular level. I still am, but I’ve learned to live with the alterations. Bend around the holes left by the passing of a woman who was larger than life for me.

My parents divorced and remarried when I was eight. I have four incredible parents, but I was closest to my mom. Even after I met and married my wife, my mom was one of the most important women in my life. All of that changed on a sweltering summer day. I became diminished in her absence.

Sorting through her effects after her death, going through the mundane chores of administering her estate, I found lots of little notes. Appointments written in calendars. A box full of old cards. A drawer full of handwritten letters. I looked at the loops and swirls of her handwriting and missed her with an ache in my very bones. It occurred to me that I would never see that handwriting again. No more birthday cards. No more letters. As a writer, I took that loss seriously. Words are oxygen to those of us who live by the pen and those words come to life through handwriting. It’s as individual as a fingerprint. I didn’t want to lose hers. Not hers and not those of the other people I love. I decided to keep their handwriting in a way I could never lose.

I cherry-picked words from the letters I found, copying them onto tracing paper and piecing them together. Then I gave my wife a sentence and asked her to write it out a dozen times. I did the same with my dad. I took them, a sentence each written in the hand of the people I love most, and had a man ink them into my skin. Onto my forearm where I can see them every day. Written on the body. Indelible.

Sometimes the death of a person we love makes us contemplate our own lives in a way we never have before. Dig for a deeper meaning we hadn’t searched for until that moment. My mother’s death brought into focus the things I wanted from my own life. The things I wanted to achieve. The things I wanted to leave behind.

A life worth living. The gift of a mother, used in a way to make a better world.

A heart worth loving. The gift only a beloved partner can offer.

A story worth telling. The gift of a father’s passion for knowledge translated into my own words.

Becoming a writer made my life worth living. The love I share with my wife made my heart worth loving. For me, for this moment, Bird on a Wire is my story worth telling. I share it with you now for myself and for my mother, that she is never forgotten.

 

BIRD ON A WIRE

After putting in her time playing bars, festivals and opening acts for bigger names, Robin Wren “Birdie” Scott has finally become a bona fide rock star with her latest album. Multiple Grammy nominations, legions of adoring fans and a hit single topping the charts, her career is exactly where she wants it to be. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use some work.

She’s always felt pulled in two. She’s famous, but she craves solitude. She was born a country girl, but she’s drawn to the vitality of city life. She adores her mother, but she can’t forgive her for the hurtful things she said when Birdie came out. She loves her wife, Della, but her marriage is not what it once was. All of her friendships have somehow turned into business relationships. Even the rush of performing has lost its luster.

When her sold-out tour is interrupted by the unexpected death of her mother, dropping everything and driving off into the mountains back to the small hometown she hasn’t visited in nearly two decades almost feels like a relief. Sorting out the conflicting emotions that come with losing her mother would be hard enough on its own. Add to that the reappearance of her childhood best friend and first love, Sara, and this trip home could be life changing in more ways than one.

Bella / Amazon

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Tagan Shepard has always spent quiet moments weaving stories in her head. It didn’t occur to her until recently to take the time to write them down. Now that she’s started, she can’t seem to stop. When not writing, she makes her living in a hospital laboratory.

She is a cardio junkie, history buff, and unrepentant nerd, happily wasting countless hours of her life on video games and science fiction/fantasy of every stripe. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her very patient wife and two rather surly cats.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

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New Lesfic Goodies: May 22nd Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases, giveaways, and news.

 

BOOK SALE ALERT

 

Check out the Spring into a Good Book Sale on I Heart Lesfic!

The sale ends on May 25th.

Act fast!

Time is running out.

Click here to see all the fab books at rock-bottom prices.

 

 

NEW BOOKS

 

RENEE MACKENZIE’S FAVORITE COLLECTION

Lesfic Collection

Renee Mackenzie’s favorites collection showcases 3 of her novels, Nesting, 23 Miles and Anywhere, Everywhere.

 

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
by Kiera Marks

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Stuck in the friend zone, Madison’s used to Lacey keeping her at arm’s length, but as the summer draws to a close, Madison struggles with the kiss her best friend’s determined to forget. Of course, Lacey dragging her into a lingerie shop and holding her hand doesn’t help. If anything, Lacey’s unusual behavior ever since that night at the lake house confuses things even more.

Madison promised to keep their kiss to herself. She promised to never bring it up again.

But the funny thing about trying to hold back the truth is that it always has a way of coming out.

Of course, having a romantic outburst for your best friend right before she goes off to college probably isn’t the best idea.

Especially not when that friend’s moving halfway across the state to pursue their dream.

The Distance Between Us is a new adult lesbian romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

 

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
by Becky Harmon

Romance

Attorney Jemini Rivers never planned to return to her childhood home in Riverview, the town that bears her family name. Being called back to deal with the house and property left to her after the death of her grandmother brings all the feelings of hurt and betrayal she had spent years pushing aside. She stopped caring about the people and the town long before she even became an adult.

Deputy Steph Williams grew up in Riverview and has given her heart and soul to the people and the town. She wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else. She also gave up on the hope that Jemini would return many, many years ago…or did she?

 

THE SWEET SPOT
by Jessica Pots

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

After travelling across state, Temperance finds herself in a new town and with a little girl to feed by her side, she needs a job. When she wanders into a small, locally-owned bakery to inquire about an opening advertised in the window, she meets Gwen.

Gwen is a thirty-something divorcee who decided to give up her lucrative career and start her own business. But little do people know, her business is failing and she has no clue how to revive it, until Temperance comes along.

Temperance tries her best to hide the real reason she’s put down roots in a place far different than where she’d ever choose to live and far away from home, where she left everything she loves behind for the little girl who holds her heart. Sooner rather than later, Temperance knows that with decisions come consequences, ones she may not be willing or ready to accept.

Two women. One tiny bakery. One precocious little girl. Will cupcakes keep them together?

WARNING: This novel contains strong language and strong sexual content. Intended for 18+ years and above.

 

COLETTE
by R.D. DeLisle

Romance

In this sequel to Miranda, we follow Colette to Paris, France, leaving behind the comforts of her closest friends and the secluded world she created for herself. She and her estranged sister, Claire, have inherited an apartment that Colette promises to help refurbish. She has the option to buy it herself and stay in Paris, or sell it and split the money with her sister.

A series of unforeseen events help Colette make that decision as she is confronted by ghosts of the past (including a history of abuse at the hands of her sister’s husband), distractions of the present (embodied in the very alluring Lissa), and possibilities for the future. Follow her as she determines which direction to take, what she’s really made of in her quest to find her authentic self, and where she belongs in the world.

 

TIMING IS EVERYTHING
The Gulfport Mystery Series:
Book 1
by Alison R. Solomon

Mystery

A hit-and-run. A terrified suspect. A woman caught between her friend and her lover.

Wynn Larimer (who readers met in Along Came the Rain) is putting out the trash late one night when a car smashes into her, injuring her so badly that her entire livelihood is put in jeopardy. Gabriella Luna (Gordy) is about to achieve permanent resident status in the USA when she’s accused of a felony crime. The timing couldn’t be worse—she’s terrified of being deported. The woman caught in the middle is Kat Ayalon (who readers met in Devoted.) Wynn is Kat’s best friend and Gordy is Kat’s new love interest. But when the worlds of Wynn and Gordy collide, Kat doesn’t know how she can support both women, if helping one means selling out the other.

 

DAMAGED
by Kim Pritekel

Mystery / Romance

Family. A group of people you are related to by blood or love.

Nora Schaeffer has come home to her family after twenty years working around the world as a photographer for National Geographic. She’s welcomed into the open arms of her father and siblings.

Family. A group of people who support you, lift you up when you fall.

Shannon, the youngest of the four Schaeffer siblings, has vanished, leaving her five-year-old daughter, Bella, terrified and alone. To help find Shannon, Nora has no choice but to turn to the dark-haired specter who has haunted her for twenty years. Along the way, she finds her own long-dead heart and uncovers chilling family secrets beyond imagination.

Family. A group of people who will stick together to hide the rotten soul at its core at any cost.

Who will live? Who will die? Who will be the most damaged? And who will learn to love again?

 

DEATH MAGIC
The Veil Chronicles: Book 2
by May Dawney

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Urban Paranormal Fantasy

It only takes one to upset the balance of magic.

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

* * *

What do you do when a mage tells you to jump? When you’re a painfully shy teenager, you ask how high. That’s how Claire Mitchell ends up a pawn in a war that is far beyond her understanding. She’s stuck in London while she shares her body with the spirit of the long-deceased medium Madame Petrovna Stravinsky. The only support she has in her new life is Alena Senna, her attendant, whose job it is to keep Claire’s body and mind in one piece during the course of her servitude.

 

RUYANA AND THE WOLF
by A.E. Holloway

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Fairy tale / Short Story

Today there is to be a grand celebration of the Wolf Hunters. Men come from far and wide to prove their bravery by hunting down the wolves that terrorize the forest in wintertime, but there is one wolf that only a fool would try to capture.

 

 

RAVEN, FIRE AND ICE
Touch of Truth Series: Book 1
by Nita Round

Speculative Fiction

Lucinda Ravensburgh sees the truth in everything she touches. When Captain Magda Stoner of the airship Verity, asks for her help in a very strange and messy crime, Lucinda cannot refuse. From that moment on, Lucinda’s life is changed forever. She discovers, no matter what the obstacle, nor the troubles they encounter, finding the truth is paramount.

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

ABOVE THE LAW
by Carsen Taite
narrated by L. W. Salinas

DEA agent Dale Nelson paid the ultimate price for her service when her wife was killed by drug dealers. Now she’s assigned to a task force investigating the suspects, and she doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful but infuriating reporter, Lindsey Ryan.

Despite her initial resistance, Dale discovers Lindsey is as talented and capable as she is attractive. Will she get a second shot at love, or will the peril of her job rob her of the chance at happiness again?

Investigative reporter Lindsey Ryan will do whatever it takes to get the truth. As a favor, she agrees to anchor what is supposed to be a puff piece on the DEA. However, despite the reluctance of the striking Agent Nelson to share any information, Lindsey learns power and politics are at play, and exposing the truth could not only be dangerous, but could also jeopardize her chance at love.

A Lone Star romance.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

FORE PLAY
by Julie Cannon
narrated by Charley Ongel

What would you do if being with the woman of your dreams meant sabotaging your career?

That’s the exact situation high-profile executive Leigh Marshall finds herself in when she falls hard for her golf pro, who also happens to be an ex-con. Her board of directors haven’t gotten the memo regarding workplace equality and who she sleeps with is still more important than her stellar qualifications.

Peyton Broader has no interest in anything other than keeping her head down, reporting to her parole officer, and getting her life back. Oh yeah, and making up for nine years of celibacy. The last thing she needs is to lose her job or get sucked into other people’s drama, no matter how hot and tempting the woman is. So why can’t she stay away from Leigh?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK


AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

Do you love audiobooks?

Do you love free?

If you answered yes to both, keep reading.

TB Markinson just released the audio version of her best-selling romance The Chosen One.

To celebrate she’s giving away a limited number of copies to US and UK Audible listeners. Email TB at tbm@tbmarkinson.com to enter the contest. In the subject line, please write The Chosen One Audiobook Giveaway. And tell TB if you’re a US or UK listener.

That’s all you have to do to.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 


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Spring into a good book sale

May 21 to May 25

Are you looking for your next great read? I Heart Lesfic wants to help. More than 45 authors have joined forces to deeply discount more than 80 books so you don’t have to break the bank to get your reading fix.

Below you’ll find all the goodies on offer.

Before I get to all the wonderful authors and their books, I should get the basics out of the way.

First, this sale runs May 21st to May 25th.

Second, before you click any buy buttons, please ensure the sale price matches.

Third, to purchase a book, simply click on one of the Amazon buy buttons. The US one will take you to the US store. The other Amazon stores button is a universal link and will take you to your Amazon store.

Now for the books!

 

ROMANCE

 

SECOND CHANCES

by MJ Duncan

FREE $3.99

Charlie Bennett is a rising star in the world of sports journalism, but her personal life is a mess. Still hung up on her college sweetheart, a one-night-stand gone wrong convinces her that she needs to make a change. An offer for a one-year guest lecturer position from a small private university provides her the opportunity she needs to escape, and she jumps at it. All Charlie expected to find when she left Manhattan for rural New Hampshire was a little peace. Instead, she finds Mackayla Thomas. Eight years have passed since Charlie foolishly walked away from Mackayla, and Mackayla is determined to never let anyone hurt her that way again. For Charlie, their serendipitous meeting is a sign that happily ever after might finally be within her reach. First, however, she needs to find a way to convince Mackayla to let the past go, and to give her a second chance.

 

RESCUED

by Adan Ramie

FREE $3.99

Stanley the Yorkie had a hard life, and the first time Chuck laid eyes on him, she knew she would do anything to save him — even if the odds weren’t in his favor and Chuck’s ex, the one holding most of the cards when it comes to the shelter, is against it. When Chuck meets Stella, the beautiful professional who brought Stanley to them to be saved, the two hatch a plan to save him. But can they save Stanley and get together, or will Chuck’s ex keep them apart?

 

DISHED

by Adan Ramie

FREE $3.99

Adonia wants to be a professional chef to exclusive clients and she’s willing to do anything to get ahead in the tough industry, relationships be damned. When a crazy pop-rock star hires her company to cater the rest of her flagging tour, she joins a crew where each budding chef competes against each other for a spot on her cut-throat boss’s exclusive first line. Losing means being blacklisted from the industry, but winning could cost her something a lot more important – her self-respect.

 

TAPAS AND TANGELOS

by C. K. Martin

FREE $2.99

Hayley Jones has made peace with the fact she’ll always be alone. If people discover who she really is it will lead to nothing but heartbreak and betrayal. But when Kate Lanthorn arrives in the sleepy Spanish town Hayley calls home, every rule she’s made to protect her heart gets broken. It feels like love, but will Kate leave her if she ever discovers the truth?


 

THE ITALIAN APARTMENT

by Raven J. Spencer

FREE $0.99

Hope agrees to join her friend Melinda who wants to start a business in the South of Italy. The problem is, Hope has had a crush on Melinda since they first met, and living in close quarters in another country will not help her get over it. Will she have to resort to the fantasy, or could Melinda return her feelings one day?

 

PINK BEAN SERIES (Books 1-3)

by Harper Bliss

$0.99 $9.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Sydney is full of coffeeshops, but none as exciting, and full of drama, as the Pink Bean. Grab an espresso (or a flat white) and settle down for nearly 700 pages of heartwarming, dramatic and steamy lesbian romance. This box set includes the first 3 books in the Pink Bean series.


 

WALTZING ON THE DANUBE

by Miranda MacLeod

$0.99 $6.99

Opposites attract when analytical, reserved Eleanor and impulsive, outgoing Jeannie discover they’re the only two singles on what was supposed to be a lesbian singles cruise along the Danube.


 

DAMAGE CONTROL

by Jae

$0.99 $9.99

When actress Grace Durand is photographed in a compromising situation with a woman, she fears for her career. She hires PR agent Lauren Pearce to do damage control, not knowing that she’s a lesbian. As they run the gauntlet of the paparazzi together, Lauren realizes how different Grace is from her TV persona. Getting involved would ruin their careers, but the attraction between them is growing.


 

A WOMAN LOST SERIES (Books 0-2)

by T. B. Markinson

$0.99 $8.99

Can “love at first sight” survive both family and the secrets of a dark past? 3 books. 600+ pages of smart, sexy lesbian romance. If you like quirky characters, smart fiction, and a dash of humor, then you’ll love T.B. Markinson’s sexy series.

 

THE MUSE

by Suzie Carr

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Jane Knoll is a shy, never-been-kissed woman who meets Eva, a gorgeous executive at her company. Too shy to get to know her in real life, Jane joins Twitter to talk to Eva, creating an alter-ego that draws Eva in. Sparks begin to fly. But, is she brave enough to reveal her true identity and risk ruining all she’s gained by it?


 

ALMOST-MARRIED MONI

by Cheyenne Blue

$0.99

Three years ago, Sue Brent proposed to Moni Kratzmann in the corridor of the Royal Flying Doctor Base. Now, with marriage equality finally the law in Australia, their wedding is on. As friends and family gather at Jayboro Outstation in outback Queensland, Moni and Sue strive to keep their wedding plans—and their lives—on track. Between well-meaning families, ex-girlfriends, and a community that wants to party, their wedding is set to be bigger than Moni’s home state of Texas. But is that what they want?
It’s a simple outback wedding. What could possibly go wrong?

 

HURT

by Lila Bruce

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Jamie is crazy in love with Nicole and ready to move their relationship forward. Jamie decides it’s finally time to sell her home and move in together—something that Nicole has been talking about doing for months. Knowing that Nicole believes her to be commitment-shy, Jamie thinks it might be fun to surprise her with the move. However, things take on an ironic twist when an old friend Jamie hasn’t seen in years comes by to look at the house, setting into motion a series of events that leaves more than just Nicole and Jamie’s relationship in jeopardy.


 

ALL FOR LOVE

by Jea Hawkins

$0.99 $3.99

Jaz and Dani have been married for ten years. The magic is gone. Or is it?

Jaz comes up with a plan to show Dani her love every day, but it’s not easy to recapture the passion they had when they were dating. It takes unexpected life changes to rekindle the romance – changes that bring new challenges and realizations.

Together they go on a journey of self-discovery and learn once again what it means to be in love.


 

LOVE BY DESIGN

by S. W. Andersen

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Life has a funny way of revealing harsh truths. Cassie Carl believes she has it all. On the cusp of achieving her professional goals and soon to marry the man of her dreams. It seems she’s found the life every woman dreams of. What else could a girl want? Peyton Kingston is a beautiful, talented interior designer on the rise, whose sole focus is building her business. She loves what she does and has little time or patience for relationships. What else could a girl need? When Cassie’s wealthy fiancé brings Peyton in to do a renovation on their home, sparks fly, leaving both Cassie and Peyton to question everything they thought they already had.

What happens when the thin veil of perfection becomes riddled with holes?

 

ROMANCING THE GIRL

by Camryn Eyde

$0.99 $2.99

Aimee Turner is a country girl, living and working on her family’s sheep station in rural Australia. Life is easy and full of hard, dusty work, but when her brother Joseph decides to become a contestant in a reality TV dating show, Romancing the Farmer, everything goes to hell. Justine Cason, the ringleader of the circus Aimee instantly detests is an irritating, arrogant presence that she is forced to chaperone around the massive property. Can they put aside their differences to protect each other?

 

SHE SINGS OF OLD, UNHAPPY, FAR-OFF THINGS

by Caren J. Werlinger

$0.99 $6.99

Margaret Braithwaite, a fifty-ish professor, lives in the shadow of her famous husband, Gavin, who is terminally ill. When he hires Wyck Fitzsimmons to restore his gardens, Margaret slowly realizes her heart can feel love again. Gavin, though, is determined not to let death stop him from holding onto his wife. Love can take root in the most barren hearts, if Margaret and Wyck can let it grow.

 

IN THIS SMALL SPOT

by Caren J. Werlinger

$0.99 $6.99

In a world connected to computers and machines, Dr. Michele Stewart finds herself drowning in a life that no longer holds meaning. When she enters a monastery, her family and friends are sure that she has become a nun to run away from her life, but she feels more alive than she has in years. Soon the outside world intrudes, forcing her to confront demons she thought she had left behind.

 

OPEN SPACES

by Barbara Winkes

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A chance encounter and instant attraction: For one night, it doesn’t matter that Lauren and Summer lead different lives, with different obligations and dreams. The morning after and the following weeks leave them with many questions.

Could there be a chance for something beyond the obvious connection and chemistry, and how much compromise is involved? Lauren and Summer must find the answers together, as they navigate this new relationship.

 

WHERE ARE YOU

by Sally Bryan

$0.99 $5.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

After her best friend disappears, Erin is forced into a life-changing downward spiral. Ten years later, a strange twist of fate brings the memory of Gianna back to her conscious. Erin must now decide if she should seek out her first love in order to rekindle the greatest romance she ever had.

 

SAFE HAVEN

by Tallulah Burns

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Looking for a new beginning, Jasmine Delacourt purchases a house in upstate New York. The house, like her heart, is in need of repair. Enter Shaughnessy Callahan, a beautiful and bold woman who is unattached and determined to stay that way. Caught up out of nowhere in a frightening secret that threatens them both, Jasmine and Shaughnessy try to ignore their growing attraction for each other as they investigate the mystery that surrounds them. Avoiding danger, finding clues and solving a murder is hardly the perfect setting for two women intent on avoiding romance to find it with each other…or maybe it is.

 

CELIA MOON, SEVENTH WONDER

by Tallulah Burns

$0.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A fierce and creative individual, Celia Moon is used to raising eyebrows, and has always fought a rebellious battle against fulfilling the expectations of others. Now Celia has returned to her home town of Serendipity, as wild and independent as she ever was, fighting hard to be herself in a place that still wants her to be like everybody else. Leaving behind a past she wants to forget, beautiful Del Carrington comes to Serendipity driven by heartbreak and a painful secret. As time passes, she discovers that Celia has done the same. Can their hearts learn to trust one other enough to take a chance on love, and share the secrets that keep them apart? If they can, it will be a wonder.

 

BETTER THAN A DREAM

by Monica McCallan

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Sometimes, having what you dream about can make life better, but it doesn’t always make it easier. After a disastrous proposal and breakup, Gemma Wilson is finally working on accepting her true self, knowing that there is no time like the present to get her life in order.

Harper Kennedy is everything a twenty-something New Yorker aspires to be, but she has her own baggage that’s holding her back in ways that not even she can acknowledge.

After a fling that would seemingly end there, the two are thrown back together, convoluting an already tricky situation for both of them and turning their worlds’ upside down.

 

SECOND CHANCES

by ME Tudor

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

When Pam Matterson went to Kentucky to save Dorothy Durham from her abusive husband, she knew she would eventually have to face Dorothy’s daughter, Casey. Casey Durham is moving back to Nashville to start her residency. The last person she wants to see again is Pam Matterson.

 

UPON A WISHING FLOWER: Brooke & Hannah Book 1

by Amy DeMeritt

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

On the outside, Brooke Dunning is a staunch professional, and very successful in her career as an advertising agent. Mixing business with pleasure is not something she’d ever allow. But when she’s assigned a client outside of her territory, Brooke meets a gorgeous and charming woman who immediately threatens her ability to maintain her composure.

The encounter presents Brooke with the possibility of true and lasting love, but allowing a romantic relationship with a client could cost Brooke her job.
A single morning of taking pictures for her new client will change everything. Brooke will learn about an unpunished crime that will force her to relive her painful past as a crime scene photographer.

 

AFTER SUMMER ENDS

by Katie Mettner

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

This is the story of Summer and how she taught me to love her. It’s about her quiet, and sometimes fearful, way of teaching me to embrace the moment, and to live recklessly. It’s about how both of us learned to forgive, to hope, to pray, and to love, even after summer ends.

 

FINDING SUSAN

by Katie Mettner

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Olga and Renay find themselves falling in love; one woman comfortable with her sexuality, the other uncomfortable in her own skin. A bottle of wine and a sweet, languid kiss told Olga the time had come to decide if Renay was worth fighting for, and if true love could conquer all.

 

HOW STILL MY LOVE

by Diane Marina

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Beth Anders is just fine with her single life. Why mess with the heart when it isn’t broken? Being alone means never dealing with hurtful ex-girlfriends, or parents who have shunned her for being gay. Being alone has its perks – she’s just fine on her own. Or so she thinks until the young, vivacious and sexy Toni Vincent enters her life.

 

A MASK OF MYSELF

by Violette Grey

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A story of self-discovery. Ellen Simmons is a young socialite with a booming home party makeup business and an indulgent father. Frankie Wallace has a new favorite customer, a woman so beautiful and sexy she lights up a room with her presence. The two women embark on a journey to help Ellen remove the mask and find the real woman who lives beneath it.

 

AT LAST

by Lynn Galli

$0.99 $5.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Willa Lacey never thought acquiring five million in venture capital for her software startup would be easier than suppressing romantic feelings for a friend. Having never dealt with either situation, Willa finds herself torn between what she knows and what could be.

 

MENDING DEFECTS

by Lynn Galli

$0.99 $5.99

Small town life for Glory Eiben has always been her ideal. With her rare congenital heart defect, keeping family and friends close by preserves her easygoing attitude. When Lena Coleridge moves in next door, life becomes anything but easy. Lena is a reluctant transplant and even more reluctant friend. Their growing friendship adds many layers to Glory’s ideal.

 

OUT

by Claire Highton-Stevenson

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Camryn Thomas finds her life turned upside down. A betrayal she never envisaged happening brings a new beginning that will change her life forever.
She lives by one rule – do not fall in love.

Things go great and life is finally falling into place until she meets the one person who could be worth breaking her rule for.

But, what if that person isn’t OUT and this relationship could ruin her career?
Is it worth the risk?

NEXT

by Claire Highton-Stevenson

$1.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Camryn Thomas and Michelle Hamilton have finally got their lives heading in the right direction.

Together.

But even when you’re happy, life will throw up some curve balls.

How will they deal with the idea of Michelle coming out?

And what will happen when they discover not everybody is happy about their relationship?

Get ready to find out what happens ‘Next!’

 

THE PROMISE

by Claire Highton-Stevenson

$1.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Ali and Susan Jenkins, have it all. Their life together is mapped out on a one-way path to happiness, that is until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Ali refuses to accept it – her world is shattered.

Susan’s last act of love is to make her wife promise that one day she will open her heart again and let somebody else love her.

But will Ali keep her promise?

 

AFTER THE GLITTER FADES

by Diane Marina

$1.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Siena Armetta. Film star, Hollywood icon, tabloid darling. To her fans and the media, she appears to be living a dream life. But things aren’t always as they seem. The price she pays to maintain her fame is to deny who she is. Siena’s number one rule in life – self-preservation at all costs. Admitting the truth could be a career killer.

 

LILY’S FIRE

by Lise Gold

$1.99 $4.99

Lily, a heartbroken editor from London, has just learned the hard way that love is unpredictable. After finding her fiancee entangled with another woman, she travels to Bali to recover from her failed relationship. River is a womanizing artist with a troubled past and serious commitment issues. She traded a successful career in L.A. for a quiet, anonymous life in Bali where she works as a tour guide on weekends. After the two meet on an excursion led by River, Lily is shocked to find herself curiously drawn to her new friend…

 

BEYOND THE SKYLINE

by Lise Gold

$1.99 $5.49

Sophie Scott is a privileged but hard working London girl who’s had just about enough of her mother’s obsessive attempts to set her up with an eligible bachelor. She has no interest in dating and has never been in love. When she meets her new colleague Mel on a business trip to Hong Kong, her whole world is turned upside down by the beautiful and independent woman who couldn’t be more different from her. It’s hard to hide in a city that never dims its lights. But love is never easy when everything you know changes…

 

SWITCHBACK

by S. W. Andersen

$1.99 $5.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Sierra Cody is a rising star in women’s professional downhill mountain bike racing. She has all the tools to become a world champion, but her trademark no-holds-barred, reckless style of riding has earned her as many cheers as it has jeers. Dr. Kara Davies, a highly regarded and accomplished physician, is well on her way to achieving her dreams in chiropractic research. Preferring the comfort and safety of her lab over personal relationships, Kara’s one-track mind allows no deviation.

But life is full of twists and turns. When an accident lands Sierra in Kara’s on-site medical center sparks fly. Will love be enough? Or will life’s little switchbacks send them both careening off course?

 

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

 

SUN CATCHER: Book 1

by Giselle Fox

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Playing it safe may be the greatest risk of all …

Cate craves excitement and a trip to Panama to visit a wild and crazy friend from her college days is the perfect solution. She meets Lexi, her friend’s beautiful but mysterious neighbor, and the very embodiment of passion and adventure. The more time they spend together, the harder Cate falls.Then she discovers Lexi’s secret. Will love prove stronger than heartache, or has Cate found her dream only to lose it?

 

SUN CATCHER: Book 2

by Giselle Fox

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Love can find you … even when you’re hiding

Taylor is on the run. With her mother and her baby boy, she hides out in a small town where she hopes they’ll all be safe. One of her new neighbors, a woman named Jericho, soon enchants Taylor with her kindness and charm.Taylor begins to feel an attraction, but Jericho has secrets of her own.

 

MAGNETIC REVERIE

by Nico J. Genes

$0.99 $3.99

One Woman’s Struggle Between her Dreams and the Reality of Love After Newly Discovering her Sexuality.

Lana lives a perfect life in Washington DC with her husband, Greg. Right in the middle of a peaceful and simple life, she awakens from a dream that ironically reveals a new reality to her that questions the very essence of who she is. Enter Claire, a beautiful young woman who Lana is supposedly in a relationship with.

Meandering between Slovenia and Washington DC, sleeping and waking hours, this love story makes Lana evolve and grow.

 

REVERIE GIRL

by Nico J. Genes

$0.99 $3.99

The Sensual Journey of a Young Woman Falling Madly in Love with The Girl of her Dreams.

Claire is a young woman who only accepted her sexuality following an enlightening trip to India. Soon after, she falls head over heels in love with a gorgeous girl, Lana, a woman she meets only by pure chance during a captivating encounter between flights within Vienna’s Airport terminal. This love seemed far from being reciprocated and rather hopeless. Or was it?

Lana meets Claire whilst going from Slovenia on route to the US making plans for her perfect married life. This encounter reveals the essence of who she is within. She discovers a new side to herself. She becomes torn between two worlds and must decide. Whatever her decision, there will be consequences.

 

SHATTERED PARADISE: Salvaggio’s Light Book 1

by C. L. Cattano

$0.99 $3.99

This serial invites you into the life of Rafaella Salvaggio. Lately, everything has been spiraling out of control and the past is catching up with her. In her struggle to win back the woman she just can’t live without, her mettle will be tested. She will be up against her own inner demons as well as a fundamentalist group whose mission it is to separate her from her ex-partner and their daughter.

 

SERENDIPITY

by Rene Nienaber

$0.99 $7.99

When, Angelica Lee, a mysterious and beautiful artist takes up residence in the heart of the serene little town of Clarens, the lives of a certain few women are changed irrevocably. Local bookstore owner Bryn Wilson peels through the layers around Angelica’s heart only to expose a dark secret that leaves Bryn standing at a crossroads. Serendipity is a story about the unexpected. It’s about love, loss, forgiveness and the delicate balance in between where harmony lives.

 

3:33

by Charlie Conwell

$1.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Amylia Bennett moves from woman to woman without a care in the world. Her talent in literary circles has given her a thriving fan base. Disturbing calls set the unflappable Amylia into a tail spin. Skye Walker is brought in for protection. A chilling discovery takes them both on a rollercoaster ride they will never forget. Will they succumb to their feelings and take a chance on love or will the caller have the last laugh?

 

DEATH WAS TOO EASY

by Erin Wade

$1.99 $9.95

The court orders brilliant defense attorney Mandy Kincaid to handle the death penalty appeal of Lisa Mercer, a woman accused of killing her three small children.

Mandy uncovers evidence that proves the woman is innocent. Mandy’s biggest problem is that Lisa insists that she did murder her children.

Femme fatale Jordon Kiser is the owner of the top private investigation firm in town. Mandy hires her to uncover the truth about the deaths of the children.
As Jordon works closely with Mandy, the beautiful detective awakens feelings that surprise and terrifies the defense attorney.

 

THE DESTINY FACTOR

by D. J. Jouett

$1.99 $8.95 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

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. The biggest obstacle was murder.

 

SUSPENSE

 

DEVOTED

by Alison R. Solomon

$0.99 $5.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Ashley Glynn knows there’s more to her sister’s untimely death than meets the eye. But when Ashley meets Cleo during her investigation, she is forced to confront the deep conflict within her own life between her long-held religious beliefs and her sexuality.

 

ROMANTIC THRILLER

 

CHASE ME

by Natasha West

FREE $3.99

When con artist Gracie Bloom meets doctor Beth Carmichael, their chemistry conjures more than just romance, sparking events that force them to go on the run together from a ruthless killer.

 

THRILLER

 

DIRTY LITTLE WAR

by C. K. Martin

FREE $3.99

Evie Baedeker knows her place in the world. Born into a life of organised crime in the gritty East End of London, she has endured nothing but hardship and disappointment. Then one night, in a sleazy bar, fate sends a dangerous opportunity her way. The chance to bring the rich and beautiful Carmen Trogan to her knees – both figuratively and literally – is too good to pass up.

 

FALLOUT

by Michelle Marra

FREE $4.99

Sometimes you cannot outrun your past…

Special Agent in Charge Nina Giorandano is responsible for a failed anti-terrorist mission that claims the lives of 250 innocent people. This tragedy sends Nina’s world into a whirlwind that puts her in the path of revenge seekers and sends her on a wild and tumultuous journey, which leads to a path of deceit, pain and violence. Nina fails to recognize the enemy who is disguised in high heels, this oversight may prove to be her undoing plunging her ever deeper into the depths of the Fallout.

 

JUSTICE SCORNED

by Michelle Marra

FREE $4.99

In the aftermath of Nina Giordano’s murder; FBI Director Megan Kelly blackmails the love of her life, Alex. Alex teams up with her attorney Amy in search of the evidence to tie Meg to their murders. Amy develops feelings for Alex, but Alex’s eye is somewhere else. Her neighbor, Stephanie Justice’ similarities to her deceased fiancée draws her closer. However, Stephanie has her own agenda that involves Meg. Her clandestine agenda will have to be fast tracked if her identity is to remain a secret. Can love and justice find a way before it’s too late?

 

FATAL LURE

by Michelle Marra

FREE $4.99

Four years later; Nina and Alex are tucked safely away on the other side of the world seemingly enjoying life and acting as if there isn’t a crazed psychopath hunting them. That is until the death of a loved one brings Nina and Alex out of hiding and into a whirlwind of kidnapping, betrayal and murder. Will Nina and Alex be able to survive Meg’s wrath again or will they fall victim to her fatal lure?

 

BUT BY DEGREES

by Kit Eyre

$0.99 $4.99

Nine hours in February 2010. That was all it took for Danni Morris’s life to erupt. She answered the phone in her office only to be warned there was a bomb in the building. Eighteen months later, she’s still trying to piece together the reasons why, at the same time as ignoring the heart that was shattered that day.

 

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.

 

MYSTERY

 

RELIC: The Morelville Mysteries Book 1

by Anne Hagan

FREE

Cases collide for two star-crossed ladies of law enforcement! Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi and semi-rural Ohio county Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane are each working critical cases that seem to be related. Can they get along together long enough to solve them both and will their undeniable feelings for each other be allowed to grow or will the two ladies fight each other every step of the way?

 

BUSY BEES: The Morelville Mysteries Book 2

by Anne Hagan

$0.99 $2.99

Special Agent Dana Rossi is down but not out after being shot and seriously injured. Will romance blossom or sparks fly when she shacks up in Morelville with the beautiful butch Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and her extended family while she recovers? Will murder get in the way of love? Can Mel solve two major crimes and keep her former job on the road loving girlfriend happy in a tiny town?

 

DANA’S DILEMMA: The Morelville Mysteries Book 3

by Anne Hagan

$0.99 $2.99

Elections and Old Loves Combine with Deadly Results in a Romantic Mystery Featuring Sheriff Mel Crane and Special Agent Dana Rossi! What happens when Mel runs for Sheriff, an Amish girl runs away from home and Dana runs – er, limps – for cover? Can anything else possibly go wrong for these two ladies of law enforcement? Sure it can and it will! Can the two sometimes lovers work it all out?

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL ROMANCE

 

THE WOMAN WHO MADE ME FEEL STRANGE

by Anna Ferrara

$1.99 $7.99

How do you find out what’s really going on when you can’t trust anything anybody says? This book is a psychological mystery full of clues hidden in plain sight. Can you figure out what’s really happening to the lesbian protagonist before the end?

 

ROMANTIC ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

THIS IS DEVIN JONES

by Kristen Conrad

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

It’s Hollywood’s Biggest Night. Beautiful lesbian Beverly Hills Police Detective Devin Jones is on a bad blind date with a loud mouth PR woman to the Hollywood Screen Awards, all the while she’s trying to avoid her gorgeous actress ex who’s there with her new fiancee. But when Devin comes back from the bathroom halfway through the show, the theater is eerily empty, all the celebrities have been taken hostage and the doors to the theater are rigged with explosives. Now Devin Jones has to get those hostages out. Or die trying.

 

WHEN LOVE & FATE COLLIDES

by Charlie Conwell

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Detective Riley Thomas and Doctor Taylor Matthews keep running into each other literally! When Love and Fate Collides there are sure to be fireworks and despite injuries, mishaps and misunderstandings sit back and see if Riley and Taylor take advantage of Fate’s intervention putting them together on collision courses and find their path of love.

 

I LOVE WHO

by Charlie Conwell

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Riley and Taylor are planning their wedding when Riley’s little sister comes to town. Rachel has given birth and raising her little girl D’Arcy. In their first meeting both Rachel and Layla discover a love that they would never have imagined. Buckle in for a rollercoaster of love, suspense intrigue and kidnapping. Will love stand to the test only time will tell.

 

THE SHARPS UNLEASED

by Amy DeMeritt

$1.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Robin Sharp is a police officer for her local precinct in a small town in the mountains, where a bill was recently passed to open up a huge portion of the mountain to commercial logging. As the town is overrun with out of towners, they bring a mess of problems for the police force. While trying to help keep the peace between the locals and the loggers, Robin is assigned a case to find a few missing big-rigs, which turns into a rapidly escalating threat of a major homegrown terrorism plot. Not knowing who else they can trust, Robin and her wife, Grace, must go into dangerous territory to gain more intel and scramble to prevent multiple catastrophes.

 

MEDICAL ROMANCE

 

A CUT ABOVE

by Cara Malone

FREE $4.99

Ivy Chan has always known her destiny. She would be the best neurosurgeon in the state, or maybe the country. She’s in the home stretch now, the final year of medical school, and her surgical residency is within reach. All Ivy needs to do is stay the course… which would be a hell of a lot easier if she hadn’t had the misfortune of falling in love with her study partner.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

ESCAPE TO PIRATE ISLAND

by Niamh Murphy

$0.99 $4.99

The year is 1720 and two young women are about to find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have imagined possible. Cat Meadows is a smuggler who’s built her reputation on the backs of unsuspecting souls. Lily Exquemelin has been left nothing by her father but his troubles and his treasure map. Forced to make a desperate escape, they each find themselves on a Trans-Atlantic adventure that will pit them against pirates, mutineers, lost treasure, and each other! Can they learn to trust one another and escape the clutches of their would-be captors or will their past’s finally catch up to them?

 

ALICE & JEAN

by Lily Hammond

$0.99 $4.99

It’s 1946 and Alice Holden has fallen for the woman delivering her milk every morning – Jean has a way about her that lights up Alice’s world. The two women discover that each is what the other has always longed for. Now they need to find a way to be together.

 

WESTERN ROMANCE

 

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE & JUSTICE

by S. W. Andersen

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Sarah Sawyer has spent the last ten years reliving a nightmare. Stripped of her innocence at the tender age of thirteen, she’s grown into a woman with nothing to lose and one thing on her mind. Justice. With her horse, her guns and a plan, she takes to the trails of the old west in search of those who wronged her family.

Little does Sarah know, the woman, Jo, who graces her dreams has a past of her own and has spent the last year wishing for the return of the mysterious gunslinger who stole her heart. When Sarah’s path takes a disastrous turn, the pair reunite. Now the gunslinger has to decide if she will open herself up to love or let her thirst for vengeance lead her down a path of no return. Choosing between love and justice was never part of her plan.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

A MAGICK DANCE

by Jea Hawkins

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

With a gift for dance and perfect technique, Waverly had the opportunity to become a world-class ballerina. But her empathy is a curse she cannot bear. Only one thing brings her peace: music.

When Lark, an up-and-coming violinist, comes into her life, Waverly isn’t sure she’s ready to share so much of herself with another person. Her secrets run deeper and darker than even her friends realize. Even though Lark’s music and magick offer refuge, loving someone else is too much for Waverly.

Will Waverly open herself to Lark or run away from love?

 

THE FAERIE QUEEN

by Lucy True

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Nine years after committing a heinous crime against the Fae, Chiara thought her trespass had been forgotten. She thought wrong. Now an evil queen wants more than Chiara’s life – she demands her love as well – and she’s given Chiara a near-impossible task: find the gate to the mortal realm or be trapped in the Otherworld forever.

Chiara is prepared to face nasty fae, a dangerous world, and overwhelming odds to gain her freedom. What she isn’t prepared for is Shea, a cocky faerie huntress who dogs her every step. The stakes are high, the temptations deadly, and failure looms at every corner. Chiara can’t let her guard down. She needs to be focused and determined.

She needs to not fall in love.

 

A PETAL AND A THORN

by Sally Bryan

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

After a solitary life and string of failures with women, world-famous author and eccentric, Erica, decides she can no longer handle life’s disappointments.

However, after a failed suicide attempt, events take a strange turn when she receives a strange, perplexing visitor with unknown motivations.

This beautiful, intelligent and worldly lady caller couldn’t possibly be the fictional character who Erica had always placed on a pedestal, who was created out of her own image of perfection – Could she?

Erica’s life quickly transforms when she falls in love – But what happens next when she receives a second mystery caller?

 

CURSED HEARTS

by C. L. Cattano

$1.99 $4.99

Cursed Hearts is a love story transcending time and gender. On All Hallows Eve lovers were separated by a gift from a bored demon. The gift has become a curse. The two souls, connected by the power of love, have been searching for each other through time. Now the souls have finally met again, and they must fight for a life together. Will love prevail? They have one night to figure out the riddle and get it right to break the curse.

 

PARANORMAL

 

DEMONS SHEMONS

by KB Draper

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

During a summer vacay with the grandparents, Addison Jo Mattox (a.k.a. AJ, if you want to keep your front teeth), drunkenly stumbles into a sacred Native American Indian ritual and accidentally takes home an ancient hunter spirit. Fast forward, several years, AJ, the hunter spirit, whom she lovingly named Norm, and Danny, Norm’s rightful heir, wander the country fighting demons that escape from Hell to enjoy this world’s lavish all-you-can-eat soul buffet.

A national park in Mississippi is the next stop on their traveling shit show because someone or something (spoiler alert: it’s totally a demon) is killing residents of a nearby small town. But demons aren’t the only thing AJ and Danny have to contend with this go around. Throw in a self-righteous, holier-than-thou reverend, his dick-for-brains son, a not-so-sure-what-side-of-the-law-she’s-on sheriff and a super-sexy, do-jiggly-things-to-your-naughty-bits park ranger and well, AJ just might find herself in a battle that she’s not prepared for … love.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

A MASQUERADE IN TIME

by Cailee Francis

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

When I first arrived at the mansion, I couldn’t remember anything. My name, how I’d got there or who the people were around me. I was told my name was Celina. I was given a suite to stay in and encouraged to prepare for the mysterious Prince Eldran’s masquerade party. I found everything I needed, other than the answers I sought. Sorcha found me alone as I sought solace in an empty room. She too had missing memories, and in her I found a person to talk to. A friend and more, but did we have a chance?

 

A CASCADE OF MOMENTS

by Cailee Francis

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

When Prince Eldran gave Sorcha and I permission to reside at his mansion, we built a life there. Years passed, and our love blossomed. We were happy there until word reached us that King Auberon and Queen Carisse were returning and a failed treaty brought about threats of war from a long-standing enemy.

I assumed we might have to fight, but I could only hope there was a chance for us to stay together and make it through – safe and sound.

 

OF WATCHER & WOLVES

by Tiffany Foxe

$0.99 $9.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Her new love interest is her prime suspect. Can she resist the tempting Sophie and crack the case?

 

FANTASY

 

DRAGON ESSENCE

by Niamh Murphy

FREE $0.99

When Andra, a Captain in the formidable Dragon Guard, sees her lover killed in a vicious wizard duel, a grizzled half-mage offers a chance to bring her back from the dead. But the offer is not without a price. Torn between her honour and her heart, Andra has until first light to obtain the life essence of a dragon she has sworn to protect or lose the woman she loves forever.

 

GRETEL

by Niamh Murphy

FREE

Tormented by a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, Hans and his sister Gretel, run for their lives. Desperation leads them into the comforting arms of a beautiful woman who asks for nothing in return for her kindness. While Gretel finds herself drawn to the seductress, Hans grows suspicious of her motives. Torn between a brother she adores and a woman she can’t help but admire, Gretel is forced to make a choice. Will sibling bonds override the lure of a newfound love?

 

DRAMATIC ROMANCE

 

VALERIE

by Kit Eyre

$0.99 $4.99

Max Jarvis avoids romantic entanglements. However, a chance meeting with a prospective politician in the middle of the night changes things – even if she doesn’t want to admit it. Valerie Smythe is gorgeous and confident, yet intent on remaining in the closet until after the election. At the same time, her strained relationship with her daughter is baffling. What secrets are mother and daughter hiding, and does Max even want to be involved anyway?

 

DRAMA

 

STANDING HER GROUND

by M. E. Tudor

$0.99 $3.49 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Jodi Nelson is happily raising her son, Bryan, as a single mother. Suddenly Jodi’s estranged parents show up and demand to see Bryan. When Jodi refuses, her parents try to get custody of Bryan. Jodi goes to the ACLU for help, and her case goes to the former family judge, Jean Carlisle who is determined to keep mother and son together.

 

YEAR OF THE MONSOON

by Caren J. Werlinger

$0.99 $5.99

Leisa Yeats has a good life – family, job, relationship. But suddenly, she finds that her whole life was built on lies and secrets. Secrets about her adoption, secrets about her partner. Everything is turned upside down and in her desperation she reaches out to the wrong people. Finding her world shaken off its foundation, Leisa must figure out whom to hold to as the winds of change blow.

 

 

EROTICA

 

BLUE WOMAN STORIES: VOLUME 1

by Cheyenne Blue

FREE $0.99

A long-time couple weave a fantasy of seducing a straight woman, old friends become lovers in the French countryside, and a cop sent to investigate a suspected dope grower finds more than she expects in a tropical garden. Cheyenne Blue’s lesbian erotica has been a staple of many anthologies since 2000. Blue Woman Stories Volume 1 collects together for the first time five of her best-loved stories.

 

RETURN TO ME

by Fiona Zedde

FREE $1.99

Rémi and Claudia have been together for over two years. During that time, their families have grown to accept what the twenty-nine year old reformed player and her fifty year old lover mean to each other. Theirs is not just another kinky May-December affair. But a ghost from Rémi’s past rises up to threaten what the two women have found together.

 

THE MAGICAL FEMME

by Fiona Zedde

$0.99

I don’t do femmes. Ever.

I mean, what can two girly-girls in high heels do for each other anyway?

But one night at a crowded bar with one particular femme just might change my mind. Wanna watch?

 

FEAR LESS

by JD Glass

$0.99

How do you write a sex scene when you’re really, really, in love? Like this…

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

BORDERLINE: A Penny & Carter Novel

by Raven J. Spencer

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

For Penny and Carter, it’s always been about passion…and politics. Struggling with recent developments, Carter decides to take a break from her involvement in the latter. Penny, like her employees, is worried about her wife’s new, somewhat fatalistic attitude, and she tries her best to both do her job, and show Carter that they can still impact a change for the better. Meanwhile, a mysterious competitor makes life even more complicated for Penny and Carter—but it would be a mistake to underestimate either of them…

 

Erotica Suspense

 

CLEAN SLATE

by Rene Nienaber

$0.99 $7.99

Take one art curator with a deep, dark secret. Add one journalist, a very suspicious Detective, and a decade of decaying family relations. The result – an explosion of pent-up emotions. Despite Gabriella Amatore’s intentions to abstain from all forms of pleasure, she finds herself in the arms of Jordan, a newspaper journalist and family friend. Jordan comes with some baggage too – a nosy ex that happens to be a highly successful Detective.

Will Gabriella’s well-kept secret destroy the lives of an entire family and ruin her chances at finding true happiness?

 

NIGHTSHADE

by Fiona Zedde

$0.99 $2.99

With an endless appetite for variety, assassin Wynne courts danger and pleasure from all corners of the globe. But she must wrestle with her own demons as she trades kisses and blows with some of the deadliest women in the business. She’s been lucky in all her years in the game but will a young woman bent on revenge become her Achilles heel?

 

 

POLYAMOROUS ROMANCE

 

BUILDING THE FAMILY: The Dancing Wolf Series Book 1

by Amy DeMeritt

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A dangerously seductive and addictive lesbian romance with a fresh twist.

Can one wild weekend really be more than just a fun time?

Can it lead to a loving and lasting relationship?

When Kayla starts college in love with one girl she’s never been able to have a relationship with, and nursing her broken heart after being dumped by her girlfriend, she lands in the lap of a beautiful girl – a girl who could either fill the void in her heart, or open her heart for a life she only briefly dreamt of as a possibility.

Some say its only possible to be in love with one person at a time, but Kayla learns the “one love” rule doesn’t apply to her.

 

YA ROMANCE

 

SUDDENLY

by M. E. Tudor

$0.99 $1.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Popular cheerleader, Jamie Edwards’ world is turned upside down when she develops a crush on bad girl, P. J. Thomas. Jamie doesn’t know what to think when seeing P. J. working at McDonald’s suddenly makes her heart start fluttering.

 

LITERARY FICTION

 

THE ART OF PEELING AN ORANGE

by Victoria Avilan

$1.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

When Carly Rosen is jilted on the eve of her wedding, she embarks on a startling journey of self-discovery. This gender-bending risqué retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in sizzling West Hollywood, echoes the ancient story of the lovers in the Underworld.

 

A SMALL COUNTRY ABOUT TO VANISH

by Victoria Avilan

$1.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

This sweeping novel follows childhood sweethearts Rona and Shelli as they come of age and face impossible choices. Passion and heartbreak come alive in this lyrical exploration of love, friendship, and family in Israel. A Small Country about to Vanish is Rona and Shelli’s love-hate relationship with an ancient piano, each other and their difficult homeland – a country physically too small and politically too volatile to maintain its own existence.


Okay, I know I just threw a lot of names, prices, and links at you. Take a deep breath, and scroll back up to see which of the above titles you need to add to your library. I don’t want you to miss out. The sale runs from May 21st to May 25th. Second, before you click any buy buttons, please ensure the sale price matches.

Happy reading!

TB

 

 

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Interview with R. G. Emanuelle author of The Potion

Happy Friday!

R.G. Emanuelle from Dirt Road Books is here.

Please welcome R.G.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

I’m happy to be here. Thanks for inviting me.

Tell us about your childhood. Where did you grow up and has your childhood influenced your writing?

My parents emigrated here from Italy, so I’m a first-generation American. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where there has been a large contingent of Italians for decades. As the child of immigrants, my childhood was different from most other kids’. I had to become mature and responsible at a very young age because I had to help my non-English-speaking parents navigate a foreign world, and there was always a sense of “otherness.”

Yes, this influenced my writing quite a bit. Many of my characters are “others” and struggle with identity self-acceptance in their respective worlds. I also tend to include characters of Italian heritage occasionally because I don’t see this community represented much in lesfic. 

Books and reading weren’t a big part of your family life. When did you fall in love with stories and at what age did you know you wanted to write?

I probably fell in love with words in the womb. I was reading ever since I can remember, and I collected whatever books I could from whatever sources were available to me. I think I got the first inkling that I wanted to write at 8 or 9, and it was firmly implanted in my head by 10. 

What drew you to the publishing industry and what roles have you filled?

Well, like so many writers, I would have loved to write for a living. But my parents, pragmatic and always in survival mode, drilled it into me that I had to get a “steady” job. I thought about different things growing up, but nothing appealed to me as much as words did. So, in college, I figured that if I can’t write for a living, I’d do the next best thing and go into the publishing business. I still remember my first boss telling me during my interview, “You know this is not a writing job, right?” I said, “Yes, I know. But as long as I get to work with the written word, I’m good.” Or something like that. Mind you, that job was at a place that published scientific journals, so everything was gibberish to me, anyway.

Once in the industry, I moved into different areas. I started out in production, which is all about the mechanics of putting together a book or magazine. Then I started editing, and then I was moved into typesetting. I eventually ended up back in editing. 

Tell us about the genesis of Dirt Road Books. Did you always want to own a publishing house? How did you, along with the Dirt Road crew, decide to chase this dream?

I think everyone in the publishing industry has a tiny hint of a dream of either starting a publishing house or a literary agency. In most cases, that dream never turns into reality because it’s a monumental task (either road). But that spark was always there, dormant for a while. Then I met Andi Marquette and Jove Belle. They first starting talking about starting a publishing house, and then I became part of the conversation. And then, like the Big Bang Theory (the actual theory, not the show), all the pieces fell together. We had a gathering of all the right people at the right time, and we started our journey as a collective.

We had many, many meetings and conversations about what our vision was, what we wanted this company to be, and where we wanted to take it. It wasn’t a totally smooth ride—whenever you have multiple people with individual opinions doing something, there will be a few bumps. But, ultimately, our trust in each other and our common goal got us through those initial hurdles, and here we are.

How long ago did Dirt Road books come into being and how is the operation going? Do you have plans to expand?

It probably took us about a year to put everything into place. January 2018 marked our one-year anniversary, so we are well into our second year of business. We are doing very well and things are running quite smoothly. We work well together, which goes a very long way to making a company successful. Again, it doesn’t mean we never disagree, but we work things out. Yes, we are currently expanding the operations to include outside authors. We are now accepting submissions, so please check our submission guidelines if you’re interesting in having us publish your work. (www.dirtroadbooks.com/submissions) 

What genre(s) do you feel most comfortable writing and is there one that you want to try, but haven’t found the right story to tell?

I love writing paranormal/spec fic, and so I do that a lot. But I’ve also written romance, historical, erotica, and general fiction. I also write nonfiction, which I love as well. I’m the kind of person who likes to try a little of everything, so I test the waters in other genres when I have the opportunity. I’m actually dying to try a steampunk story, but I don’t quite have a story in mind yet.  I would like to try and write a mystery someday, but I think that will be further into the future.

Please tell us about your latest release and what influenced you to pen this story.

My latest release is called The Potion, and it takes place in a fictitious neighborhood in Victorian-era Boston. One main character, Vera Kennedy, is a self-taught scientist, trained at the elbow of her late husband, Professor James Kennedy. She is working on a secret formula that she feels will change things for women and offer them freedom from their social constraints. She’s obsessed with this potion and thinks of nothing else. You could call her a mad scientist—she wouldn’t, but you can.

The other main character is Vera’s love interest, Georgette Harris. Like Vera, Georgette is a widow, and her husband has left behind enormous debts that are burying her alive. A medicinals company (what we today would call a pharmaceutical company) wants to buy some of her husband’s work, but there’s missing information in what she gave them. Desperate for money, and certain that her husband once worked with Professor Kennedy, she goes to Vera and pleads with her to help her find the missing data.

At first, Vera is annoyed by the interruption of her work when she is so close to perfecting her formula. But as Georgette continues to pester her, Vera finds herself attracted to her, much to her frustration. Georgette is attracted to her as well, but neither trusts the other. They are thrown together when they’re presented with a multi-layered mystery: What was this project their husbands were working on? Who are the other people involved? What connection did this project have to their husbands’ deaths? And what exactly is making those strange noises on the upper floor of Georgette’s house? Most of all, will Vera and Georgette get past their distrust of one another to make their relationship work? 

What was one of the best moments of your life?

I had the good fortune of working at a travel magazine (albeit briefly), and I had the opportunity to go on a press junket to France. While there, the tour guide took us to the Formule 1 racing school in St. Tropez, and I got to ride in the back of a two-person Formule 1 race car and go around the track. I didn’t get to drive it, but believe me, it was better than any ride at Six Flags.

By the way, I had to wear an orange jumpsuit to take that ride, so I know for sure that if I ever end up in jail, I am so not going to look good in those uniforms.

In addition to creating stories, you enjoy whipping up new dishes. What’s one of the best meals you’ve prepared and who was it for?

Okay, now you’ve stumped me. I’ve cooked so much over the years, it’s hard to say what the best meals were. But I can tell you about the meal I am most proud to have contributed to. It was a group effort while I was in culinary school, and it was for what I guess you can call a “final exam.” My group had to come up with a theme, and then prepare a multicourse meal, from appetizer to dessert, incorporating all the meal-planning criteria that were required, and make it all vegan, for approximately 100 people. I suggested we do Peruvian, and together we created a menu that was truly spectacular and on par with any 5-star gourmet meal. The night of our dinner went (almost) smoothly and the food was amazing. Even meat lovers were impressed. I was very proud of us.

What three things can’t you live without? (Coffee, hot shower, ect) And, what are three things you hate? (Spinach, cleaning the toilet, ect)

Can’t do without: 1. Definitely coffee. 2. Right now, dark chocolate with sea salt. 3. My computer.

But I like the hot shower thing. That would go on my list for sure.

Hate: 1. Ironing. 2. Radishes (probably the only vegetable on earth I hate). 3. People getting away with shit (that’s the Libra in me).

What’s one of your quirks that influences your writing?

I tend to obsess over the right word or phrase. So, I can get stuck on the same sentence or paragraph for a long time until I finally tell myself, “Just write the damn sentence and fix it later.” I have many bouts of anxiety over finding the right words, and it delays me. I have to stop that.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

Thank you! I enjoyed answering your questions. I’m very excited about The Potion, and I hope everyone enjoys it. Cheers!

 

THE POTION
by R.G. Emanuelle

Release date: April 2018
Gothic Romance

Vera Kennedy, widow of Professor James Kennedy, wants to be a scientist, but in Victorian Boston, that isn’t an option for women. Nevertheless, after assisting her husband in the laboratory with his experiments, she has learned everything she could through his unintended tutelage. After his death, she continues his work until she veers off onto a different path with her own experiments, which threaten to consume her to the exclusion of all else.

Georgette Harris, widow of Professor Roland Harris, has been left destitute in the wake of her husband’s death. He had amassed mountains of debt and left Georgette to pay it, in any way she could, and now she occupies a dilapidated and mostly empty mansion with what little food her remaining housekeeper can scrounge. So when a medicinals company wants to purchase a formula that Roland had proposed to them, Georgette searches for it without success, and then discovers evidence that her husband had worked with James Kennedy. Armed with this information, she seeks the help of Vera in uncovering the missing formula.

But Vera is not one to give up secrets easily, though she is inexplicably drawn to Georgette. Despite her reservations, she considers Georgette’s request, and they soon discover that both their husbands were involved in an experiment layered in deception and danger. Together, they sort through mysterious clues and talk to unscrupulous men in order to discover what that outcome was supposed to be and in the process, they may discover something far stronger between them.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

R.G. Emanuelle is a writer and editor living in New York City. She is the author of novels, novellas, and short stories, as well as co-editor of several anthologies, including the Lambda Literary finalist All You Can Eat. She is a co-founder and co-owner of Dirt Road Books, and blogs regularly at Women & Words.

 

CONNECT WITH R. G. EMANUELLE

Facebook / Twitter: @RGEmanuelle / Website / Dirt Road Books

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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Interview with Nita Round author of Raven, Fire and Ice

Nita Round is here to chat about life, jobs, gaming, and her latest release, Raven, Fire and Ice

Please welcome Nita.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

It’s my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me.

Where do you live and does it play any part in your writing?

I live on the outskirts of the county town of Stafford, on the edge of Cannock Chase. We’ve only recently moved here from Heath Hayes, which is also close to Cannock Chase. Most of our possessions are still in boxes because the house needed so much restoration work, but we are getting there.

When it comes to writing, I like to use real things, and real places as much as possible. For example, after I graduated and left London, I moved to Stafford for a while, and that’s where I based “Fresh Start.” It’s still possible to go and visit the pub where one of the characters worked, the café, and Lichfield Cathedral.

The towers of Cannock Chase make an appearance in the upcoming book “A Touch of Truth: Raven, Fire and Ice.” Although the towers, in reality, are far different to the ones in the book.

How many different jobs have you held? What was your favorite (not including writing)? Your least favorite?

Oh lord, I have had more than a few jobs. Some in London, some Stafford, some elsewhere. I’ve probably missed a few, but here are the ones I recall.

Sandwich maker, cleaner, assistant in a shop, furniture removals, bar person, waiter (and yes I can serve with spoon and fork), sommelier, DJ, journalist (computer magazines), technical help assistant, envelope stuffer, database designer, systems manager, data analysist, book reviewer, restaurant manager, hotelier and technical writer. I also ran a lonely hearts site online which found some fame in the national papers.  Is that enough?

I loved being a DJ even though speaking in front of people scares the hell out of me. I liked being in technical help too. Then I could take lots of things apart and fix them. I admit though, that I hated all of the office jobs I had after I left London.

You studied psychology at university. Do you get out your school texts when developing characters? Seriously, though, how often do you dip into your psychology tool box to craft your characters?

I still own and use every text I have ever bought, not just the psychology. I don’t specifically dip into the psychology texts for my characters, although I think my past knowledge must influence everything I write now. Perhaps it doesn’t help that my specialities were not clinically or socially based. So for me, it was all experimental psychology, artificial intelligence, and a lashing of criminology thrown in to feed my darker side.

I started a second degree later on, but enjoyed the undergraduate courses so much I started any course that interested me. So to psychology add palaeontology, geology, genetics, microbiology, physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and others. Turns out I had a natural bent for astrophysics.

What do you like to do in your spare time for fun? And can you tell us what it means to be an avid LARPer?

Spare time? What on this blessed earth is that?! I worked in a hotel, so 18 hours a day, six days a week and a half day of 8 hours on Sunday didn’t leave much room for hobbies.

That said, I always found time for games. Any games. Computer games, board games, and role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, the Call of Cthulhu, and so forth. When I had the time I wrote adventure scenarios, created new worlds, and loads of fictional characters. I’ll bring all of them out to play one day.  So that includes making hand-built scenery, painting miniatures, and so on.

LARP – Live action role play. A kind of let’s pretend for adults. We dress up and wield weapons and cast spells with almost total abandon. I have to admit I have not played much in recent years. The local group closed down and when most of my buddies moved away the adventures fizzled away. We used to run adventures on Cannock Chase too and ignored the odd looks from walkers and joggers alike.

I recommend LARPing to everyone, especially if you can go to a full weekend event. Awesome fun.

As you can see, I love gaming, but I enjoy other pastimes as well. I walk, on Cannock Chase mostly, but we go to all kinds of lovely places across the UK as well. Walking is such an important part of my life. As is the garden, and I love growing our own fruit and vegetables. It’s so rewarding to think my damson gin contains damsons from my own garden, and the very berry vodka is made from my berries or those I  have foraged on a walk.

Tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?

A Touch of Truth book one, “Raven, Fire and Ice,” is speculative fiction that can be best described as a kind of post-apocalyptic steampunk. There are airships, a very Victorian psychometrist (someone who reads objects), a dashing captain and a leather-clad Amazonian bodyguard. They meet in a tower in Mid-Angle, where they come together to solve a crime with a paranormal twist.

Book two of the series, “Raven, Sand and Sun” is already written, and continues the adventure begun in book one. I plan several stories in this world, with these characters.

The inspiration for the story came from several places. It started with a single line, “Blood, blood everywhere,” and so I assumed that I would start a crime thriller. But then along came a character called Lucinda Ravensburgh and she would have none of it. She is a very demanding woman and rapped my knuckles whenever I thought of anyone else. From then on, the story became hers, not mine. I suppose then ideas bubbled up from the murk of my mind and filled in the details. Like the towers of Mid-Angle, it all starts with something ordinary and then ends up as anything but.

How would you describe your writing process?

A sequential Panster.

Pantser because I write on the fly, or by the seat of the pants. No outlines, no plans, no details. Nothing. I start with the first sentence, or a character, or nothing more than the working title. I don’t even know where the story is going to go. Every chapter is as much a surprise to me as it is to the reader, although the reader gets a polished version, not the very rough draft I produce. But as I begin, I have no idea who is who, what is going to happen, or how it ends.

A sequential writer because I can’t go on to the next scene until I have finished the one I am on. Some people can write random scenes and then put them in the order they want. I couldn’t do that, even the thought of such a process fills me with dread. I’ll stick with my A, B, C approach.

Do you have a crush on any of your characters?

That would be telling. They get so jealous when I look at anyone but them…

I love all my characters, even the secondary ones. But I love to write about strong women, especially when they’re put in places they should not be, like in “Knight’s Sacrifice,” I sent the two main characters to Hell and one jumped into the Pit. An interesting place, but not for the faint hearted.

If pushed I would admit that I rather like Captain Stoner of the airship Verity, Please don’t tell Lucinda Ravensburgh I said that, she’ll get jealous and if I misbehave, she won’t let me write book three in the series.

If you were planning a romantic evening, what would it include?

Any evening spent alone with my wife is romantic. We’ve been together almost 24 years now, and married for 12 so we find it is the simple things that matter most. Sitting outside, holding hands, and watching the stars, for instance.

If I wanted to make a romantic evening then it would be a meal at home. We would have olives and sparkling wine in a candlelit garden. Dinner, also candlelit, would be paella, because this is her favourite, and we don’t have it often. A nice bottle of red wine, and most likely with paella  it would be a Faustino I gran reserve. Then if we can manage a dessert it would be apple and rhubarb crumble with custard. All homemade. Then coffee and a cuddle.

Or on a pleasant night, a picnic out in the garden, with pillows and cushions to lie on as we nibble away at little plates of savouries. Don’t forget the candles and music.

Simple.

Before we finish, I have to ask about Rosie. How much does she love the hills and forests of Cannock Chase? Do these rambles aid your writing? 

Rosie is a full ruby King Charles Cavalier spaniel and she is a bundle of joy. She responds to Rosie, Ya bugger, and Pudding, as long as she gets a treat or a cuddle, and for her either is good. We got her when she was a year old because no one wanted her. How anyone could want to get rid of such a wee thing I’ll never know. She does have lots of health issues, so that might be a part of it, but when she is racing around chasing birds and squirrels you’d never think so.

I usually start my writing day as I am having breakfast, and Rosie helps by sleeping across my feet and keeping my toes warm. But mid-late morning, she starts grumbling. This is the time I must get my coat, get a pocket full of treats, and drive her to the Chase for her walk.

Rosie is such a big part of our life. Because of this I wrote a short story, called, “Tigger and Me” which features in “Love is in the Air,” a recently released anthology of Regal Crest authors.

We both love walking; it is where I get my best ideas for the day’s work. If I can’t decide what I want to happen next, I walk, and by the time I get home again I have an answer. So yes, the rambles help me to write, they clear my mind and sometimes it’s all I need.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

One more thing. I’m going to ELLcon in August and I’ve even agreed to be on a couple of panels. Hope to see you there!

 

RAVEN, FIRE AND ICE
Touch of Truth Series: Book 1
by Nita Round

Speculative Fiction

Lucinda Ravensburgh sees the truth in everything she touches. When Captain Magda Stoner of the airship Verity, asks for her help in a very strange and messy crime, Lucinda cannot refuse. From that moment on, Lucinda’s life is changed forever. She discovers, no matter what the obstacle, nor the troubles they encounter, finding the truth is paramount.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Nita was born in Wolverhampton and was taught silver service almost as soon as she could walk. Most of her life has been spent in the family business which has included bar, night club, restaurant and hotels. At various times she has escaped to London to study and work as a free lance journalist, then as a systems manager. She wrote her first book at age 22 whilst commuting from Stafford to London and then shelved all 600,000 words of it.

Now, Nita lives in a leafy suburb of Stafford with her wife, Elizabeth and their King Charles Cavalier, Rosie. She writes kind of full time, but when she isn’t, she loves being outdoors in the garden, walking the dog on the heathland and forests of Cannock Chase, or visiting places of interest and national heritage. Any other free time is spent reading, cooking, and drinking wine. She likes making flavoured alcohol and her damson gin has been blamed for many a headache. No one has learned to say no though.

 

CONNECT WITH NITA ROUND

Facebook / Twitter: @EncarnitaRound / Pinterest / Website

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New lesfic goodies: May 15th edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases, giveaways, and news.

NEW BOOKS

LOVE’S KNOCKING
by Jade Winters

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Romance

Nikki is on a high, she is about to be promoted to her dream job.

Jo is her nemesis, brought in by Nikki’s manager to restructure the struggling company.

As dramatic life events change the course of both women’s future, they are thrown together unexpectedly. The tension between them is palpable but will they both overcome it to build a future together?

 

BREAKTHROUGH
by Kris Byrant

Release date: May 2018
Romance

Kennedy Wells is desperate to get back her dream job writing for Mainstream, Waters Publishing’s celebrity magazine. She’s worked too hard over the years to have it snatched away because of one tiny indiscretion that ended with a giant lawsuit. After five months of writing mind-numbing articles about current events, her boss agrees to let her get back to reporting on the rich and famous after one last story.

A born and bred city girl, Kennedy is sent to cover fishing in Alaska, which has her feeling just like a fish out of water. When Brynn Coleman, director of Alaska’s Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, comes to her rescue time after time, Kennedy can’t help but lower her guard and open herself up to Brynn’s standoffish charm. Falling for the sexy ranger is one thing, but is the possibility of love worth giving up a career she’s always dreamed of?

 

FORE PLAY
by Julie Cannon

Release date: May 2018
Romance

What would you do if being with the woman of your dreams meant sabotaging your career?

That’s the exact situation high-profile executive Leigh Marshall finds herself in when she falls hard for her golf pro, who also happens to be an ex-con. Her board of directors hasn’t gotten the memo regarding workplace equality and who she sleeps with is still more important than her stellar qualifications.

Peyton Broader has no interest in anything other than keeping her head down, reporting to her parole officer, and getting her life back. Oh yeah, and making up for nine years of celibacy. The last thing she needs is to lose her job or get sucked into other people’s drama, no matter how hot and tempting the woman is. So why can’t she stay away from Leigh?

THE PRINCESS DECEPTION
by Nell Stark

Release date: May 2018
Romance

When Sebastian, the Crown Prince of Belgium, overdoses on heroin shortly before he is set to launch Belgium’s campaign to host the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, his family manages to hush up the scandal. While the royals are debating how to proceed, Sebastian’s twin sister, Viola, decides to impersonate him to keep Belgium’s bid hopes alive.

Missy Duke is a freelance reporter covering Belgium’s World Cup bid. A former women’s soccer player whose career was sidelined by injury, she is now trying to break into the male-dominated sportscasting world. While in Belgium, she meets the imposter Sebastian and soon realizes that he is actually Viola. Sensing a big story in the making, Duke feigns ignorance and plays along with the charade.

Real sparks develop between the two women, but will the double deception doom this fairy-tale romance?

LOVE CAME CALLING
by C. A. Popovich

Release date: May 2018
Romance

When Kelly Newton decided at the last minute to join her friends for a two week getaway, all she expected was time away from the stress of her job, a hot tub, and hiking trails by the water. She didn’t count on her powerful attraction to Josie Harlow, the charismatic and totally unavailable owner of the lesbian resort in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Josie Harlow knows from past experience that happily ever after is a fairytale. When she meets Kelly, her desire is instantaneous, but a beautiful distraction is the last thing she needs as she works to make the resort a success, withstand the pressure to sell her land and hunt down the hooligans damaging her property. When her grandmother is no longer able to care for herself, Josie has to figure out how to support her Elder and deal with her growing feelings for Kelly too.

Can a romantic looking for a long term, committed relationship and a jaded cynic too busy for love conquer life’s struggles and find their way to what matters most?

WHERE WE BELONG
by Fox Brison

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Romance

Brianna McAteer is living a life of averageness when the chance discovery of a long-lost letter flips her entire world on its head. Reeling from a succession of disappointments, lies, and startling home truths, she detours from the easy route she usually favours and goes in search of the answers to questions that up until now she never knew she had.

After landing a job as a project manager with the charity Heavenly Homes, Brianna re-locates to Ireland to complete the ‘Free to Dream’ development. Here she meets the brainchild behind the initiative, Elisha Callery. The two women form an instant connection, and as well working together to realise Elisha’s vision, Elisha, never one to shy away from a challenge, offers to help Brianna unravel the mystery surrounding her lineage.

Whilst navigating these two mammoth undertakings their friendship is pushed to its limits and at times beyond, but with one another’s support Brianna and Elisha manage to overcome every obstacle placed in their path. As the attraction between them grows they both begin to cross-examine their relationship and start to realise that sometimes what you need most in life isn’t necessarily the thing you’ve been searching for.

However, a shocking turn of events threatens to ruin everything they have built together.

Brianna’s journey becomes one of self-discovery, and she learns something infinitely more important than where she comes from…

She finds out where she belongs.

 

SWAP MEET
by Rachel Maldonado

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Romance / Short Story

A butch named Leigh and a femme named Tara meet at a swap meet. The attraction toward one another is mutual, however, they inadvertently make a bet while rubbing an old clock because one says it’s harder to be butch while the other one thinks it’s more difficult to be femme, then they switch bodies! Just imagine the crazy things you’d have to go through to be in someone else’s body! Will the sparks still be flying? This is one short story you will not want to miss out on! A cute, sweet, fun short story!

 

PARIS, ADRIFT
The Juliana Series: Book 3
by Vanda

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Historical Romance

She wanted a safe harbor for their love. But rough waters could destroy any hope of starting over…

Paris-bound, 1955. Alice “Al” Huffman can’t wait to reach the City of Light. As soon as their ship arrives, Juliana’s singing career will get the spotlight it deserves and the two women will finally bring their relationship out of the shadows. Or so Al thinks.

Before the SS United States hits land, a stranger approaches Al with a Broadway contract for Juliana. But the offer comes with a threat that can’t be ignored. And unless Al can find a way out, Juliana’s comeback could come crashing down before it even begins…

As she hides the awful truth from Juliana, Al searches for an answer before another obstacle destroys their last chance for happiness…

Paris, Adrift, 1955 is Book 3 in a breathtaking LGBT historical romance series. If you like pulse-pounding suspense, characters who tug at your heartstrings, and true-to-life portrayals of 1950s Paris, then you’ll love award-winning writer Vanda’s stunning series of novels.

 

THE TALEBEARER
by Sheri Lewis Wohl

Release date: May 2018
Paranormal Romance

For the last 19 years and 363 days, Elizabeth Boone walked into the federal courthouse without a problem. On day 364, a bullet sends her to the hospital and changes her life forever.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Liz quits her job and moves to a small house on the edge of a beautiful park in Spokane, but life doesn’t get back to normal. Visions haunt her, pushing her to the point of despair. Reaching out for help she meets a fellow survivor, Willow Blue, and together they discover Liz’s visions show her the faces of the lost and the killer who took their lives. As one by one the murdered are found, a stranger works to stop Liz before the serial killer is brought to justice.

Will the love they discover in each other be enough to keep Liz safe? Or will she be the next to die?

 

CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS
by Elinor Zimmerman

Release date: May 2018
Erotica

Phoenix Gomez wants nothing more than to be a full-time aerial dancer, and after years of hard work, her dream is coming true. That’s until her Oakland rent spikes and her roommate moves across the country with his boyfriend. Desperate for a way to make a living, she accepts a position with a woman looking for a live-in submissive. Phoenix has always kept her love of kinky submission strictly behind the bedroom door and inside the bounds of romantic relationships, until she meets Kris Andersen.

Why would Kris–a dapper butch, seasoned dominant, and tech hotshot–be interested in such an arrangement? Because in her rigidly ordered life, she has no time to fall in love. When Phoenix challenges the rules Kris thought she wanted, their connection grows only to be put to the test when Phoenix’s career threatens to take her away from the Bay.

 

FEAR LESS
by JD Glass

Release date: April 2018
Erotica / Short Story

How do you write a sex scene when you’re really, really, in love? Like this…

Originally published by Bella.

 

 

DARK EUPHORIA
by Ronica Black

Release date: May 2018
Romance / Intrigue & Thriller

Lonely, fatigued, intense. Detective Maria Diaz is too overworked to pay attention to anything beyond putting one foot in front of the other. When a high profile case drops in her lap, she forges ahead only to discover this case, and her main suspect, isn’t like any other.

Walking, talking sex. Avery Ashland has movie star looks and easy grace. She’s used to having anyone she wants, but thanks to the brutal murder of her nemesis, a wrench is thrown into her fun. And the sexy detective assigned to the case is all business and no pleasure. The more Avery advances, the further Maria pulls away.

Maria does her best to work the case, but that requires getting up close and personal with Avery and her exclusive resort, Euphoria, where almost anything goes. Can Maria survive both danger and desire?

 

OUTSIDE THE LAW
by Carsen Taite

Release date: May 2018
Romance / Intrigue & Thriller

When law school sweethearts Tanner Cohen and Sydney Braswell witness their perfect plans for career and family fall apart, they vow never to look back. Now, years later, they’re both assigned to the same federal task force—Tanner as an FBI agent and Sydney as a special prosecutor—and they must work together if they want justice to be served. The obstacles that forced them apart still exist, but their strong connection cannot be denied. Will they embrace their second chance to be soul mates, or will their dedication to duty deny them happiness forever?

In this final installment of the Lone Star Law Series, the federal task force encounters their biggest challenges yet as they confront enemies on both sides of the law.

 

WHITE WINGS WEEPING
by Lesley Davis

Release date: May 2018
Paranormal Mystery

What happens when nightmares come true?

Kieran Lee is plagued by disturbing demon-filled dreams that are bleeding out into reality. Driven to the brink of madness by a deadly compulsion she cannot control, Kieran finds herself an unwilling patient in a psych unit. She knows that no amount of medication or therapy is going to help her in this fight for her very soul.

Dr. Merlo Blue is no stranger to the human mind and quickly realizes Kieran is no ordinary patient. Instead, the assistance of a demon-hunting private investigator and select members from the Deviant Data Unit is required. They alone can determine if Kieran’s dreams are angst-filled nightmares or a dire warning sent from the underworld itself, foretelling death and destruction on a massive scale.

The world is full of discord and hatred, but how much of it is just human nature when an evil with sinister intent is invading people’s hearts?

 

SHADOW OF MAGICK
by Lucy True

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Paranormal Fantasy

Cadence Gray is the destined guardian of the town of Ravenna.

There’s only one problem: she doesn’t want the job.

Unfortunately, it’s hers whether she wants it or not, because an age-old spell binds her to the town, as it did with each generation of Gray Witch before her. Not only that, but an ancient family enemy threatens everything she holds dear. Yet it seems like he is the only person with the power to give her what she wants: a normal life.

Now trapped among the freaks of Ravenna, obligated to them by centuries of magickal tradition, Cady must decide if she is with them or against them. It doesn’t help that all the bridges she burned seem to lead her right back to Quinn Hovey, a woman whose love for Cady has remained steadfast through the years.

Is it possible that everything Cady ever wanted is in Ravenna, after all?

 

THE DREAM CATCHER
by Annette Mori

Release date: May 2018
Urban Fantasy / Romance

What if all your dreams—the good ones and the nightmares—came to life in the real world? Heaven is a Dream Weaver, and that is her reality. When she wakes up, she never knows what will greet her or her best friend and roommate, Syl. It could be a sexy stripper or a monster from another dimension.

When Syl suggests a Dream Catcher to help her control the dreams, Heaven is wary until she meets the alluring Maya. Heaven knows the government-run Dream Center hasn’t given up on harnessing her powerful abilities for their own nefarious purposes. She also knows that Maya could be her only hope. Maya introduces Heaven to her sister, Leah, and Heaven soon learns that Leah has her own agenda related to the Dream Center, and she’ll do anything to see it through.

Between the government, the powerful Dream Catching sisters, and her own nightmares, time is running out for Heaven. She wonders who she can trust. Are her growing feelings for Maya real, or just another dream? Can this lovely Dream Catcher protect her or is Heaven truly on her own?

 

THE SMELL OF RAIN
by Cameron MacElvee

Release date: May 2018
Fiction

Air Force Lieutenant and military interpreter Chrys Safis lost her leg fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria. Once back home in DC, her fiancée leaves, her military career ends, and her faith in humanity evaporates. With prescription drugs and alcohol her only relief from the pain, Chrys is on her way to becoming a statistic.

That is until the State Department calls and offers her an important assignment—to serve as a diplomatic liaison and interpreter for a Turkish national living in exile. Reyha Arslan, a wise and elegant woman with a tragic past, shows Chrys that there’s still beauty to embrace and reason to hope despite the world’s cruelty. With Reyha’s help, Chrys’s broken spirit starts to heal and she learns that the most significant love is often the shortest lived.


NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

AFTER THE GLITTER FADES
by Diane Marina
narrated by Daniela Acitelli

Siena Armetta. Film star, Hollywood icon, tabloid darling. To her fans and the media, she appears to be living a dream life. But things aren’t always as they seem. The price she pays to maintain her fame is to deny who she is. Siena’s number one rule in life – self-preservation at all costs. Admitting the truth could be a career killer.

Enter Julia Westbrooke…

Julia is soaring to new heights as a nationwide entertainment news anchor. Since coming out, she has been presented with countless opportunities – most recently, entry into a new circle of friends who are among the Hollywood elite, a circle in which Siena Armetta plays a starring role.

Unwillingly thrown together, Siena and Julia fight their growing attraction. Will Siena risk it all for Hollywood’s most prominent media personality? Will Julia ignore everything she’s worked for and step quietly back into the closet?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK 

 

JUST ONE KNIGHT
by Bridget Essex
narrated by TJ Richards

A warrior woman (sort of), a baker, and a love story that’s out of this world…

Cinda has been baking cakes since she was old enough to measure sugar, and she’d tell you that she has a good life. A relationship with one of the sexier royal knights of Arktos City is high on the list of what’s good, but when the lady knight breaks up with her for a fairly stupid reason, Cinda needs a night out on the town to forget her pain…

Talis has been working as a stablehand in the royal stables of Arktos since she arrived in the city three years ago. She wants to be a knight more than anything else in the world, but when she gets the bad news that because of her notorious family she might not ever even get the chance to become a squire – let alone a knight – she needs a night out on the town to forget her pain…

But when her best friend Lellie convinces her to wear a suit of stolen armor (and “borrow” a warrior mare), it sets into motion a night of fantastical adventures, mistaken identity, and a sweeping love story.

Can two women fall in love in just one night?

Just One Night is a funny, sexy, romantic novel that is set in the same world as A Knight to Remember, but it is a stand-alone audiobook. It is part of Bridget Essex’s Knight Legends Series about women knights, real-world high high jinks, and love stories that transcend space and time.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK


AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

 

Do you love audiobooks?

Do you love free?

If you answered yes to both, keep reading.

TB Markinson just released the audio version of her best-selling romance The Chosen One.

To celebrate she’s giving away a limited number of copies to US and UK Audible listeners.

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

That’s all you have to do to.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.


A novel by DIANE MARINA Ends on May 16th

 

BOOK 1 & 2 in THE TINDERBOX TALES Ends on May 18th

 

I BELONG WITH HER Ends on May 19th

 

THE MUSIC & THE MIRROR Ends on May 20th


LESBIAN BOOK BINGO

For reading suggestions hop over to Jae’s blog

You can subscribe to her newsletter at www.jae-fiction.com so you don’t miss this fun event.  


ELLCon is Europe’s first independent book conference dedicated to the promotion of lesbian fiction. Our goal is to create a space for readers of lesbian fiction to interact with like-minded authors and publishers.

We promote books of fiction that have lesbian characters in strong, leading, independent roles. Writers, would-be writers and readers from all across Europe and the globe are welcome to join us in this new, exciting, and diverse, conference.

ELLCon  is set to take place in Bristol over 23 and 24 Aug 2018 (1.5 days). We are expecting over 30 leading lesfic authors at the Con. The meet will consist of panel discussions, author readings, workshops and much more. We will also have vendor tables where you can buy books, and talk to publishers, authors with publishers and self-published authors.

More information

Visit the website at: http://ellconmeet.org
Find the programme: http://ellconmeet.org/programme
Buy tickets: http://ellconmeet.org/registration-and-payment
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Guest Post: The Ups and Downs of Writing by Samantha Hicks

Happy Monday!

I’m thrilled to welcome Affinity Rainbow Publications author Samantha Hicks who recently published her first novel, Trusting Hearts. Please welcome Samantha.

 

The Ups and Downs of Writing

 

At the time of writing this, my debut novel, Trusting Hearts, has been on sale for just over a month. It has been a few weeks of surreal moments and I thought I would share a few of these with you. I started writing the book many, many years ago and I never really thought it would get published. Of course, in the back of my mind I always wanted to try my hand at finding a publisher, and as most of you know, it is a really hard industry to get into. I was extremally proud and over-joyed Affinity Rainbow Publications decided to except my manuscript and guide me on the journey of publishing my book.

After months of hard work, it was finally time for it to go on pre-sale and then general release two weeks later. Watching the sales come in baffled me as I honestly thought no-one would want to read it, but boy was I wrong! The support from the lesfic community has been over-whelming and not once in my life have I ever felt so welcomed into a group of people. I couldn’t have asked for a better welcoming into the publishing world.

About a week into its release I had a request from a fan for a signed copy of the paperback. She had enjoyed the ebook so much she wanted the real book. This had me smiling for two days straight, and even thinking of it now brings a goofy grin to my face. All those years of practising my autograph when I was ten years old finally paid off. Granted, I was practising for when I became a pop star, but not being able to sing was a huge road block in those plans.

A few days after this amazing moment I was brought back to reality when I received my first negative review. I always feared this day and just knew it would leave me a sobbing mess on my lounge floor. As I began to read what was written I found myself smiling, then laughing at how absurd the review was. Trying to be objective, I knew the book was nothing like what had been described and suddenly all the fear and anxiety over how I was going to deal with the negativity went away. I felt lighter and free. I’ve been told I handled the whole thing with poise and a great attitude and I would have to agree. It’s hard for authors to try not to engage with the writers of bad reviews and defend our book babies. In the end I treated the experience the same as when someone bullied me in school. Everyone is allowed their opinion and just because they think a particular way doesn’t mean it’s true. There are books I’ve read and not enjoyed so I know there isn’t a one size fits all. That’s why it’s great having such a diverse and wide selection of books and authors out there so we can all find something we enjoy.

The next surreal moment was receiving my author copies from Affinity. Seeing the UPS van pull up outside my home sent a bazillion butterflies loose in my stomach and I could hardly open the box without shaking. Finley, my springer spaniel, was rather worried when I started jumping around the kitchen shouting “my book, my book!” I’m averse to any forms of exercise so seeing me move like that as kinda shocking for him. I think I pulled a muscle or two.

The list of my achievements keeps growing day by day and this is definitely one of the happiest times of my professional life. My advice for anyone out there who aspires to write a book and get it published is keep at it. Believe in yourself, learn everything you can from groups and videos, and never stop trying, no matter how many knock backs you get. If being an author is what you want then go for it. It truly is worth the effort and if it can happen to little old me, it can happen for you.

I am currently in the editing stages of my first draft on my new book and hopefully I’ll get it released soon. If you want to get in contact or keep up with what I’m up to, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

TRUSTING HEARTS
by Samantha Hicks

Release date: April 1, 2018
Romance

Carrie-Ann Stedman, an advertising executive, who has excelled in the world she occupies, is told by her boss she is to train a new hire, a woman who Carrie has very bad feelings toward.

Holly Fletcher, the newbie, once stole a very important client away from Carrie, a fact that Carrie has never forgiven.

Thrown together to make a presentation and trade show the best the company have ever seen, they must overcome their own obstacles and resentments to work together and build a working relationship that will make the company succeed.

Add in a high mix of attraction and sexual chemistry, they struggle to fight the urges that push them together and the obstacles that pull them apart. Carrie’s mistrust of Holly’s motives and Holly’s guilt over the accident that landed her younger sister in a facility for brain damaged adults, may have just left the bridge of doubt too insurmountable to find the happiness they both crave.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Coming from my small countryside village in England, the release of this book is my biggest achievement to date. I wrote my first draft over five years ago, never thinking it would go any further than my laptop. It was a dream come true when Affinity Rainbow Publications agreed to take the story to the next level.

Reading has always been one of my biggest passions and the inspiration for me to write my own story.  Aside of this I am an avid artist doing portrait, wildlife, and animal drawings (my extended families various homes are filled with them)!

The one and only man for me is my one year old Springer Spaniel, Finn. He is constantly by my side, bringing me his toys while I am writing and reminds me to get out in the fresh air a couple of times a day.

My future plans include continuing to write and draw and one day hope to be doing these living by the beach.

 

CONNECT WITH SAMANTA HICKS

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: samhicks_82

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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Interview with Lola Keeley author of The Music and The Mirror

Happy Friday!

I’m pleased to welcome Lola Keeley today.

She’s giving away one e-copy of The Music & The Mirror. More details are below.

Please welcome Lola.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

Thanks so much for inviting me along, it’s my pleasure.

Currently, you live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Does the city influence your writing? If yes, how so?

It creeps in to things, in ways I don’t even notice at first. I have a tendency to make everywhere’s weather grey and miserable for a start! It’s such a compact city too, with so much history packed into every corner, that’s pretty rich fuel for storytelling. It makes creating a scale for a fictional world seem more manageable, somehow.

Your love of the theater brought you to London. Did you enjoy living in the city?

London will always be one of the greatest loves of my life, honestly. It was my playground, my school, my home, and it gave me freedom I don’t think I’d have had anywhere else. Eventually it became a different place to me, and it got unbearable expensive for the quality of life, so that was a good sign to start again somewhere new.

Do you have a favorite musical, play, or ballet? Why do you love it?

My favourite musical is still Chess, even though it’s a bit of an imperfect show. I love the lyrics most of all, there’s a real love letter to the English language in all its tricky rhymes and rhythms. I was lucky enough to see Hamilton in London last month though, and I can confirm that it lives up to all the hype and then some. Absolute genius, I’m still in awe.

As for ballet, it’s probably Don Quixote. I let the dancers in my book play around with it, even if it’s not the final performance that makes their season.

What was it like being a train driver on the London Underground? Have you included any of your train experiences into your stories?

Not in any of my published work so far, but I am absolutely that person who yells at television or movies for getting the details wrong, or having the trains do something completely impossible. I almost got thrown out of Skyfall for that.

Your bio states in addition to being a writer, you’re a coder. What does that entail and do you enjoy it?

I’m finishing up my degree part-time at the moment, in Computer Science. Most of my coding work is in web design so far, but I’m branching out into creating apps and other cool things. The long-term goal is to merge that technical knowledge with the storytelling side of things, looking at new digital platforms and so on.

How and when did you decide to craft written stories?

It’s something I’ve wanted to do since high school, I had phenomenal English teachers. Along the way I lost confidence in my writing, but I’ve been rebuilding that over the past few years. My wife is an amazing novelist and journalist, so I’m around that world a lot. It was great encouragement to get words down on the page again.

Can you tell us about your new release?

It’s set in the world of a pretty hardcore New York ballet company, one that hires only the very best dancers. Our way in is with Anna, who’s a new member of the company, expecting very much to be in the background, but just glad to be there. Only she catches the attention of Victoria, the mercurial artistic director of the company, and that puts Anna on a crash course to the spotlight.

And maybe along the way, with all the demands and backstabbing company politics that get in the way, they might become more than just colleagues.

Are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a combination of both. When an idea first strikes I tend to just write and write until I run out of steam. Then I get into the plotting side of it, filling in the blanks and working out where that enthusiastic start is building to. Then I have a structure to get me through to the end.

What authors have influenced you the most and why?

 I’m a big fan of contemporary American writers. Paul Auster’s ability to make the location a character in its own right, to let characters make terrible and often baffling choices. Overall, one of my favourites and biggest influences is Ann Patchett. She writes interesting and wounded women beautifully, and gives them complex lives. Before all of those, the late Terry Pratchett gave me a love of the absurd.

Finally, what advice would you give to someone who wants to the plunge to write?

Not to sound like an ad campaign, but: just do it. Don’t necessarily sit down to write a whole book or a play. Write a scene, a chapter. Write it on post-its or the back of a receipt if you have to. Don’t wait around for some perfect feeling in a perfect environment, because those rarely exist. I write on trains, planes, waiting for someone at the bar, in meetings, while I’m making dinner, I even have a waterproof notebook in the shower so ideas don’t get away from me.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

Thank you for the thought-provoking questions, and for having me!

 

THE MUSIC & THE MIRROR
by Lola Keeley

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.

Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure builds as she knows she must pour everything she has into opening night and prove to her rivals and herself that Victoria’s faith in her is not misplaced.

In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Lola Keeley is a writer and coder. After moving to London to pursue her love of theatre, she later wound up living every five-year-old’s dream of being a train driver on the London Underground. She has since emerged, blinking into the sunlight, to find herself writing books. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her wife and three cats.

 

CONNECT WITH LOLA KEELEY

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

THE MUSIC & THE MIRROR

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

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Guest Post: I Belong with Her by Domina Alexandra

I’m pleased to welcome Domina Alexandra today.

She’s giving away 3 e-copies of I Belong with Her to 3 lucky winners. More details are below.

Please welcome Domina.

The Inspiration for I Belong with Her

I’ve been in EMS for nearly five years. I’ve heard it called many things. Referred to, as many things. What inspired my story, “I Belong With Her,” wasn’t inspired by a personal romance, as my friends continuously ask. Nor, from anything I saw.

One day, at the start of my shift, I was checking inventory in my ambulance. My brother called being his nosy self.

Now his next set of words was something I think many First Responder’s consider a tad bit offensive. We’ve been called, “taxi drivers for the medical world,” second to, “Ambulance driver.”

My brother asked, “What do you do? Pick them up and just take him to the hospital?”

That one little question inspired my book, ” I Belong With Her.”

I started making small video blogs about the things I’ve done. Things I’ve seen equipment we used. Procedures. I wanted to educate my friends. Then I thought, why not write a book that will give many people an wider idea of the things First Responders deal with on a regular basis.

My characters, Tajel and Arianna represent more than two women falling you love. They represent more than just being Paramedic’s. These two women, continuously fight to be great at what they love, while facing what many still consider as a “Man’s World.”

The stoic strength both characters portray is a representation of what I see personally every day in the field amongst my female co-workers. That they can be strong enough, physically and mentally.

Tajel is arrogant and charming. She carries those parts of herself in her everyday life, except when she is on the job. She is humble, ambitious, determined, and compassionate. Creating Tajel was not a hard task to do. She is a character I strive to be like every day, minus her blow ups when she’s punching someone.

As for Arianna, being new to a new station, she comes off up-tight and abrasive on more than one occasion. It’s not about proving she’s a hard ass, only giving her co-workers a clear understanding, that she’s not to be messed with in any way. She opens to them, with the help of Tajel’s charm. Writing Arianna’s character took a lot more thought process. She’s stubborn, blurts out the wrong things when uncomfortable and yet through all that, she is far to appealing for Tajel to detour. Arianna’s honesty, passion, support, and ambitions out way the abrasive moments she had in the beginning.

Together these women are a force. I always believe, “There’s nothing better than a great partner.” Someone you can have your own language with. No words need to be said, and both can get the job done. Arianna and Tajel fall in love, not because of the many dates, they missed. These two women fall in love through the love of their careers as Medic’s.

If you love romance, it’s in this book. If you love strong sex appeal, you will definitely find it here. But, if you also love raw paramedic action, thrill, with two strong leading women, then you won’t have an issue finding it, as you read, “I Belong With Her.”

 

I BELONG WITH HER
by Domina Alexandra

Release date: April 5, 2018
Romance

Tajel Pierce loves the thrill of being a paramedic. Every call she goes on gives her a rush. She makes no time for a personal life. No one can ruin her love for her career.

Then there is Arianna Castaldi, who just transferred to her new paramedic position in a whole new state. All she needs is a new start without any distractions.

Arianna and Tajel’s relationship doesn’t start off perfect. Embarrassed of the one night stand Arianna believes she had with Tajel, she wants to pretend they never met and make their relationship strictly business.

The only choice they have to keep from strangling each other is to go from denying their feelings to accepting them as they work through intense 911 calls.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Domina Alexandra is an author of stories with strong female protagonists, authentic emotions and thrilling action scenes that mirror her career as an EMT/Firefighter on the way to becoming a Paramedic. She grew up writing poetry as an outlet and, in 2006, joined a Live Theater program at Los Angeles Harbor College where she played many roles in a production of plays and musicals. During her four years of acting, she fell in love with writing monologues, screenplays and all things story. When she’s not saving lives as an EMT, she advocates for LGBT Youth with a vision of growing a stronger community of care, acceptance and compassion. A native of Southern California, she recently transplanted to Salem, Oregon. Her books include Her Endure and I Belong With Her.

 

CONNECT WITH DOMINA ALEXANDRA

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Goodreads

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

I BELONG WITH HER

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: May 8th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases, giveaways, and news.

 

NEW BOOKS

 

LAST NIGHT
by Jade Winters

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: May 2018
Romance / Short Story

Jess is a commitment-phobe with a string of lovers under her belt.

Hannah is a hot shot financial whiz kid who wants to tick a one-night stand off her bucket list.

When the two meet, neither expect anything more than a quick encounter, but the intensity of their connection exceeds anything either could have imagined.

This is a 10,000 word short story.

 

GATOR GIRLZ
Strong Southern Women: Book 2
by Ali Spooner

Release date: April 2018
Romance

In the sequel to Diamond Dreams Cam St. Angelo finished her freshman year on a high. Her softball career is on path and her lover, Tab Fortner, is planning on spending some time in the bayou with Cam’s family before starting their next year of college.

Everything seems to fall in place for Cam and Tab as the new school year and softball season take off. All too soon, unfortunate events at the home front, force Cam to leave collage and her softball dreams behind. As always, it’s family first.

 

IRRESISTIBLE
by Marian Snowe

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  April 2018
Romance

As a successful event planner, Mila Fanucci can organize every detail of a party down to the last silk napkin. Too bad she can’t sort out her own love life.

It’s been years since Mila set foot in Cloudy Harbor, her hometown. After her first love took off without a word, Mila followed suit and moved away. But now, years later, Mila’s sister wants to get married at their childhood home, and Mila is forced to face her own loneliness.

To her surprise, she finds that sleepy Cloudy Harbor has changed almost as much as she has—and that change is embodied by Rickie, the sexy, rebellious master chef at the new modern cuisine restaurant.

With her dashing good looks and her culinary wizardry, Rickie charms Mila in a way she never imagined possible. But when a missing piece from Mila’s past blows into town, she realizes that she isn’t sure of anything anymore, and her delicious romance with Rickie is put to the test. Is history bound to repeat itself?

 

UPON A SNOWFALL
Brooke and Hannah: Book 2
by Amy DeMeritt

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  May 2018
Romance

With their hearts set on marriage and children in the near future, Brooke and Hannah will have to first deal with the fallout from learning Brooke’s mother has terminal cancer. As if opening Pandora’s box, Brooke will deal with one painful blow after another, and discover a hidden secret from her past. Major opportunities and career changes will affect both of them, while they pursue starting a photography business together. An invitation out of town will gain them a couple of new friends and promising futures of love and support. While riding out the many ups and downs, will Brooke and Hannah finally learn whether or not Hannah’s friend is a murderer?

 

LOVING BLUE IN RED STATES
Savannah Georgia
by Anne Hagan

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  May 2018
Romance

Ghosts of the past help along a modern-day coming out…

Jo Lynn isn’t happy with her life in tiny Birdsville, Georgia, but she doesn’t feel like she has a lot of choices. She loves her job with Magnolia Springs State Park and she could advance in a career with the parks…if she had the nerve to buck the wishes of her mother and head out on her own.

A tour of Savannah with friendly, outgoing tour guide Calli, leads to an all new worldview for Jo Lynn and maybe even a little courage to change.

Savannah is the sixth short story in the Loving Blue in Red States series by Anne Hagan. It was preceded by, Sweetwater Texas, Birmingham Alabama, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Perryville Missouri and Salt Lake City Utah. Look for other short stories and novellas to come out in this series throughout 2018.

 

MISTAKEN IDENTITY
A Short Story
by Judy Folger

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  May 2018
Romance / Short Read

Reni’s Grandma has set her up on a blind date. Reni isn’t sure what she thinks about blind dates, but she won’t disappoint Grandma. What happens next is a case of Mistaken Identity!

 

THE POTION
by R.G. Emanuelle

Release date: April 2018
Gothic Romance

Vera Kennedy, widow of Professor James Kennedy, wants to be a scientist, but in Victorian Boston, that isn’t an option for women. Nevertheless, after assisting her husband in the laboratory with his experiments, she has learned everything she could through his unintended tutelage. After his death, she continues his work until she veers off onto a different path with her own experiments, which threaten to consume her to the exclusion of all else.

Georgette Harris, widow of Professor Roland Harris, has been left destitute in the wake of her husband’s death. He had amassed mountains of debt and left Georgette to pay it, in any way she could, and now she occupies a dilapidated and mostly empty mansion with what little food her remaining housekeeper can scrounge. So when a medicinals company wants to purchase a formula that Roland had proposed to them, Georgette searches for it without success, and then discovers evidence that her husband had worked with James Kennedy. Armed with this information, she seeks the help of Vera in uncovering the missing formula.

But Vera is not one to give up secrets easily, though she is inexplicably drawn to Georgette. Despite her reservations, she considers Georgette’s request, and they soon discover that both their husbands were involved in an experiment layered in deception and danger. Together, they sort through mysterious clues and talk to unscrupulous men in order to discover what that outcome was supposed to be and in the process, they may discover something far stronger between them.

 

RESCUE HER HEART
by KC Luck

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  May 2018
Sci-fi Romance

Two women. One galaxy.

As a decorated Space Ranger in the 8th Galaxy, Captain Natalie (Nat) Reynolds has an exciting, albeit lonely, life. Yet, when Nat answers a distress call from a craft in trouble on a nearby planet, it has the possibility of changing the trajectory of her life forever.

Catherine Porter is down on her luck in the worst way. Evicted, almost penniless, she worries all hope is lost until a charismatic stranger flies into her life. Inexplicably drawn to the one woman who can possibly save her, Catherine must face feelings she never considered.

Will their stars align and lead them to a happily ever after? Or will their differences tear their hearts apart?

If you like a story with romance and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KC Luck’s page-turning new book. Explore the world of “Rescue Her Heart” today!

Note: This is a full-length, stand-alone novel with a science fiction theme, but is significantly more focused on strong female characters in a loving lesbian relationship.

 

STRANGER THAN MURDER

Kate Ryan Mysteries: Book 12
by Kate Sweeney

Release date: April 2018
Mystery

In this twelfth installment, things are changing all around Kate Ryan. Finding out Maureen Costello is returning to Ireland certainly isn’t helping. And now Allison Carson, Maggie’s ex-girlfriend from Cedar Lake, is in the picture. There’s no love lost between her and Kate, but she needs Kate’s help with a missing friend. And Kate can’t blame the friend in the least. No one can blame Kate for not leaping at the chance. But with a gentle nudge from Aunt Hannah, which sends Kate sprawling, Kate reluctantly decides to offer her assistance.

What happens next will change Kate, Maggie, and Aunt Hannah’s lives forever. It’s definitely stranger than murder.

Join the girls in one more mysterious romp. Who knows what the future will bring!

 

THE CONFESSOR
by Sarah Markel

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date:  April 2018
Crime / Murder

A serial killer torments the small town of Falls City, Oregon. Dubbed The Confessor, due to a penchant for withdrawing confessions from their victims, the killer has eluded capture for fifteen years.

Detective Cordelia Weston and her partner, Gibson Price, learn of the killer’s existence, after a twelve year lull in activity. A search for similar crimes, in neighboring towns, reveals that their killer hasn’t been inactive at all.

Delving into the investigation, Cordy is dismayed to find that there is no physical evidence, at any of the crime scenes, to point her in the direction of the killer. When the FBI joins the investigation, Cordy is surprised to learn that the assigned Agent is an old friend of her wife.

With the help of the Agent’s psychological profile of The Confessor, Cordy’s investigation begins to take off. Unfortunately, the investigation begins to take a personal turn, and Cordy is conflicted about the leads she uncovers.

Torn between what the evidence is telling her, and her own feelings, Cordy is faced with a dilemma. Can she solve this case, knowing it would mean exposing the most painful events of a friend’s past?

Or, will the investigation take yet another turn, and lead the decorated Detective to a harrowing revelation about someone else she knows?

 

BOTH ENDS OF THE WHIP
by Brenda Murphy

Release date:  May 2018
BDSM

Vivian Abiola is a connection to a past Octavia would like to forget, and a love she never expected to see again. After Octavia’s past relationship with Vivian is exposed, Octavia and Bridget explore the limits of their desires with Vivian. When an arsonist threatens to destroy their vineyard, past loyalties and secrets endanger their lives, and the three women’s relationship. Their love may be the only thing that helps them survive the firestorm of doubt, intrigue, and jealousy.

This is a BDSM novel with power play and is intended for mature audiences.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE CHOSEN ONE
by T. B. Markinson
narrated by Lori Prince

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall.

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. It soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds.

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s quirky and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction.

Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK


KELLEN’S MOMENT Ends on May 9th

 

THE AMNESIA PROJECT Ends on May 13th

 

A novel by DIANE MARINA Ends on May 16th

 

BOOK 1 & 2 in THE TINDERBOX TALES Ends on May 18th

 


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