A Little Help from My Friends by Jean Copeland

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Jean Copeland is here to share a story. Also, Jean is giving away 1 ecopy of Poison Pen. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Jean.

A Little Help from My Friends

I love the idea of writing for Project Kindness, and the timing of it is sheer perfection. It felt good to sit back and reflect on such positive memories and experiences. But then how was I supposed to narrow it down to one to write about? I mean how could I forget the guy from over 25 years ago who pulled over on the interstate to change a flat for me, refused the money I offered him, then drove off into the night? Obviously, I haven’t forgotten him or his selfless act. But I wanted to share some recent experiences with friends that occurred during this last, very difficult year.

For most people, most of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 were at times awful and life-altering as we floundered mask-deep in a deadly pandemic that often felt endless. After hunkering down and following CDC protocol as best I could, I finally received my one-dose Covid-19 vaccine in early March. I sighed with relief thinking I’d dodged the dreaded disease. Not quite. Eleven days after receiving the shot, I tested positive after a friend told me she’d just received positive results.

Thankfully, I did not get sick. Apparently, my vaccine had been in me long enough to give my 51-year-old, asthmatic body a fighting chance. But I still had to self-quarantine. Living alone that meant if I needed anything, I’d have to rely on someone else. When my friend, MJ, called to make sure I was still feeling okay, she asked if I needed anything. Orange juice, I thought. I’m out of orange juice, and I have an obsessive need to start each day with a cup. And then I thought, how do I ask my friend who’s a senior citizen with a compromised immune system that the biggest struggle I was facing was getting through tomorrow without orange juice? She’d assured me she was going to the store anyway because she’d already been vaccinated.

Later that afternoon, she rolled up in front of my door with the OJ, a big slice of store-bought rainbow cake (because she likes to remind me I’m gay), and a container filled with leftovers of some delicious pasta dish she’d cooked. All I asked for was the juice, but the other two items were sweet gestures from the heart that made me smile and reminded me of what I’d been missing while she and I were socially distancing from each other.

This past year was personally life-changing for another reason. I experienced the greatest loss in my lifetime when my father passed last July, a week before my birthday. Needless to say, I couldn’t care less about celebrating. But another friend, Connie, said she didn’t want me to spend my actual birthday alone so we arranged an afternoon of Scrabble and swimming at our friend Scott’s house. Very low-key. A few laughs and a little human interaction were all I needed that day.

But she handed me a birthday card. Inside was a string-tie bracelet with a silver emblem of a tree, and a note that said she’d signed up to have a tree planted in my father’s name. It was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received at a time when I needed it the most. And my dad would absolutely love that a tree is growing somewhere out in the world in his honor. I do, too.

I could go on and on about all my friends whose hearts are oozing with kindness, but I’d definitely go over the word count. Instead I’ll close by saying that I hope I’m doing an okay job paying forward all the kindness I’ve been lucky enough to experience along the way.

 

GIVEAWAY

POISON PEN

by Jean Copeland

Kendra Blake is having her best year ever. At forty-five, she’s finally fulfilled her lifelong dream of writing a lesfic novel and is excitedly awaiting its publication. Alison Chatterley, a British au pair, aspires to stay in America and become a journalist. While neither woman has finding romance on their radar, when their paths cross, their chemistry and connection are instant, and they’re swept into a passionate relationship. But is it too much too soon?

Before long, the bloom falls off their rose when a nasty book review, Alison’s secrets, and baggage from Kendra’s past derail their promising future. Despite a career change taking Alison’s life in a new direction, she is determined to prove what they had is worth fighting for. But convincing a skeptic like Kendra will be harder than she thinks.

  • 1 winner

POISON PEN Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Poison Pen giveaway begins on July 22 2021 and ends on August 15 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic


MEET THE
AUTHOR

Jean Copeland is an author and English/language arts teacher at an alternative high school in Connecticut. For her first novel, The Revelation of Beatrice Darby, she won the Alice B. Readers Lavender Certificate and the 2016 GCLS Goldie Award for debut author, and was a Goldie finalist in the historical fiction category. In addition to her novels, Jean has published numerous works of short fiction and essays online and in print anthologies. When not exploring the world of lesbian fiction, she enjoys watching her students discover their talents in creative writing and poetry, traveling, relaxing by the shore, and good wine and conversation with friends. Organ donation and shelter animal adoption are causes dear to her heart.

 

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Kindness: It’s Contagious by Eliza Lentzski

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Eliza Lentzski is here to share a story. Also, Eliza is giving away 1 ecopy of Grave Mistake. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Eliza.

Kindness: It’s Contagious

You’d think that being from the Midwest, that coming up with a single incident wherein someone showed kindness to me would be easy. The region where I spent the first 35 years of my life is known for being nice—in fact, we take pride in being Midwest Nice. But when I sat down to write this guest post for Project Kindness, I realized that this was a harder task than I’d originally assumed.

One reason why selecting a single moment was such a challenge, however, might be because niceness is practically woven into the fabric of Midwest life. You don’t register when someone holds the door for you, when people you don’t know say hi and make eye contact, or when a stranger pays for your coffee order. People go above and beyond to be accommodating; it’s just what we do.

So when my wife and I moved to Boston five years ago, you can imagine the anxiety we experienced: were people going to be nice to us? Would we make friends who loved cheese and beer and sports? Could I strike up a conversation with a stranger in the grocery store without being pepper-sprayed?

I definitely experienced a little culture shock when we first arrived to Boston. It wasn’t a rural vs. urban thing – I lived in Chicago for 6 years and Milwaukee for over 10 years – it was an East Coast thing. While the Midwest has garnered a reputation for being earnest (and maybe a little naïve) the East Coast is better known for short fuses, road rage, and overall impatience: “Hey, I’m walkin’ here, buddy!”

Our new Boston friends viewed us as charming weirdos when we brought mayonnaise-based “salads” to potlucks. We were the first to offer help when someone was moving. They marveled at my wife who volunteers for Meals on Wheels every Wednesday. And strangest yet, they didn’t know how to react when we bought them beer at the local brewery or secretly paid for their dinner, sneaking a credit card to our server when the group was otherwise occupied. The former action is something our Midwest friends literally fight about: who can grab the check before anyone else has become a competitive sport.

My wife and I decided that we would continue to be Midwest Nice, despite our new environment. We also promised that we weren’t going to pick up the Boston accent. Only time will tell if we’re able to avoid that from creeping in though.

And then something amazing happened. When I smiled, made eye contact, and asked how the cashier’s day was, they started to make conversation back. People bought us beers at the bar before we could even reach for our wallets. My wife loves to makes sports bets with friends, particularly on Packer games, and if she lost a bet, the winner—without fail—donated their winnings to local charities. We used to worry that we’d stand out on the East Coast with our earnest smiles and never quite feel at home, but it turns out that kindness is contagious.

Watch out, Boston. Midwest Nice is coming for you.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

GRAVE MISTAKE

Don’t Call Me Hero: Book 5

by Eliza Lentzski

Available in Kindle Unlimited

William Desjardin was dead: the victim of an interrupted home burglary, according to the police. Cassidy returns to Embarrass with Julia to support her with the funeral details, rehoming Julia’s mother, and settling the Desjardin estate. For Cassidy, being back in the small, northern Minnesotan town has brought back a number of good memories—most starring Julia herself. But it’s also triggered some memories she’d rather leave buried. And when an unexpected life insurance policy implicates Julia in her father’s death, the short visit turns into much more than a trip down memory lane.

  • 1 winner

GRAVE MISTAKE Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Grave Mistake giveaway begins on July 15 2021 and ends on July 31 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Eliza Lentzski is the author of lesbian fiction and romance, including the best-selling Winter Jacket and Don’t Call Me Hero series. Although a trained historian, Eliza is passionate about fiction. She lives in Boston with her wife and their cat, Charley.

 

CONNECT WITH ELIZA LENTZSKI

Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Website

 

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Help is Coming by L. J. Hachmeister

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful L. J. Hachmeister is here to share a story. Also, L. J. is giving away 1 ecopy of Laws of Attraction. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, L. J.

Help is Coming

Being there for patients when they are vulnerable is part of being a good nurse. We will hold your hand when you’re scared, coach you through tough procedures or difficult medical situations – we will do whatever it takes to protect you and keep you safe, even at our own expense.

But sometimes we need help, too.

I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition in 2018. It was as surprising as a grand piano dropping out of the sky. Prior to that grand piano crashing down on me, I was a healthy, active person. I worked as a nurse, author, small business owner, taught Filipino stick-fighting, practiced Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and was the drummer in a band. But after coming down with gastroparesis, I felt reduced to just two things: pain and nausea.

If I can’t be a good nurse, I’m nothing.

This thought circulated through my head as I lay on the bathroom floor in a fetal position, hoping this latest “flare” would pass in less than the usual ten-day odyssey.

By the fall of 2018, seventeen months after the onset of symptoms, and many—many—frustrating and misdiagnosis’ later, I was facing a radical surgery to help stop the vomiting. At this point, all logic was out the window. I didn’t care what anybody did, even if it entailed howling at the moon, as long as there was something done to try to stop the suffering.

And behind that urgency and desperation, a darker side had been brewing. Seventeen months of hell whittled me down to an incredibly depressed and hopeless person. If this surgery didn’t work, I was done.

But kindness—and perhaps something else—intervened.

My mom was out in her front garden, weeding the flowers to get her mind off what was going on with me, when two strangers approached her. She said they had the kindest faces she’d ever seen.

“Do not worry,” one of them said with a gentle smile. “Everything will be okay. Help is coming.”

My mother, utterly stunned, muttered, “thank you,” and talked with them awhile longer. She said nothing else stood out in the conversation other than their aura of kindness and serenity.

That conversation prompted her to call an old friend, one who had retired from formal practice, but was still active in the medical community. One whom, very serendipitously, used to be a director in the gastroenterology department at the Mayo Clinic.

That friend called me right away. Within ten minutes he had convinced me to try a simple and painless procedure to diagnosis something that had already been “thrown out” as a possibility. That thrown-out diagnosis turned out to be right – and it saved my life. The surgery, only days away, would have worsened my symptoms, and it would have inevitably driven me over the edge.

The random – and somewhat supernatural – kindness of strangers. The kindness of old friends reaching out to a family member in need. These seemingly small things meant so much.

Now, I’ve returned in full to nursing, writing, martial arts, and I’ve found peace and acceptance with my medical condition. I’m back to holding patients’ hands and comforting them, but with a new understanding of suffering, and what it means to hit rock-bottom. But I also know that when things are at their most unbearable, even the smallest act of kindness – words of comfort from a stranger, an inquisitive phone call, an offer to help – can shine light in the darkest of places, and help us see a new path back to ourselves.

Laws of Attraction is a queer and spicy space adventure, but it also includes my experiences feeling down, desperate for relief, and in both physical and mental pain. But don’t worry – there’s help around every corner, and sometimes from the person you’d least likely suspect. And did I mention it’s really spicy? Hope you give it a shot and happy reading!

GIVEAWAY

 

LAWS OF ATTRACTION

by L. J. Hachmeister

Available in Kindle Unlimited

An uptight nurse. An outlaw telepath. When war erupts, will their accidental psychic bond tear them apart – or unleash true desires?

Nikkia “Niks” Rison thinks she has it all: A great career as a nurse, a steady boyfriend, and a life traveling the stars. That is until a medical experiment goes wrong and she’s tethered to the mind of Rex, a gorgeous – and dangerous – telepath who uses her unusual talents to unleash her clients’ desires. Caught in the middle of the intergalactic war against the telepaths, Niks faces her greatest fears as Rex is captured by the military and sentenced to a fate worse than death. Will Niks abandon everything she knows to save the one she loves?

“50 Shades of Grey” meets “Sense 8” in this sweeping, futuristic tale.

Trigger warning: Contains a slow burn lesbian romance, with some scenes of consensual M/F, M/M/F, and kink. Happy ending for the lesbian couple and supportive exes.

  • 1 winner

LAWS OF ATTRACTION Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Laws of Attraction giveaway begins on July 9 2021 and ends on July 31 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic


MEET THE
AUTHOR

Amazon bestselling author L.J. Hachmeister writes and fights — although she tries not to do them at the same time. L. J. is a world champion stick-fighter, a black belt in Doce Pares Eskrima and Taekwondo, and is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, but maintains that no opponent is as daunting as the last 30% of a manuscript.

L. J. is a cross-genre author under the umbrella of science fiction/fantasy. Her Cuban roots and LGBTQA+ ties greatly impact her writing, as well as her career as a registered nurse. However, her love for rescuing puppies and working with other animal charity organizations drives her passion to succeed as an author so she can continue to give to animals in need. L. J. is an avid sponsor for “Lifeline Puppy Rescue.”

 

CONNECT WITH L. J. HACHMEISTER

Twitter / Website

 

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May Book of the Month Winners

 

May 2021 Winners

 

ROMANCE 

 

SOLANUM

Four Point Universe: Book 12

by Max Ellendale

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Caroline Donovan and Nora Brody are assigned to the same unit of the FBI, they become fast friends. As they navigate through their careers, the connection they share changes and grows along with them. Their unique challenges, and favorite kinks, entangle them in ways neither expected.

This book has light BDSM themes similar to “Nocere” in this universe. No violence, gore, or any pain-based practices. Consent, respect, and pleasure focus only.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Love In The Limelight: Book 2

by Raven J. Spencer

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Shelby Grace Nash, known as the drummer in Emmy Whittaker’s band, is stepping out of her friend’s shadow to produce an album of her own. While making her dream come true, Shelby Grace has to examine the reasons why her engagement to race car driver Ethan fell apart. Is it because he didn’t respect her wishes, or was she never really in love with him? Her feelings for Emmy’s sister Julia, and the attention of a homophobic fan only complicate her life more. Shelby Grace has to figure out who’s truly on her side, and if she’s willing to choose love.

 

PARANORMAL  ROMANCE

 

SCARLET LUPE

Blood and Darkness: Book 2

by Aria Storm

Available in Kindle Unlimited

After awakening in this modern world. I have struggled to find my bearings. My name is Mavis, and I was once the Queen of Irish vampyrs. Now I live in the shadows of both worlds.

My daughter Alexia has begun to heal the devastation wrought by a malicious immortal monstrosity. I am working towards modernizing and attempting to begin University studies soon.

Aurelia brings a message to us. She invites Olaf, Anne, and me to a secret Lycanthrope retreat. A bloody storm is brewing, and many sinister plots will come to fruition at the very worst possible moment. The Lycans might truly turn against vampyrs. War is on the horizon, and even my considerable prowess might not be enough to stave off the threats hunting the Lycans in the darkness.

How can I protect my friends, and can I manage to cut through a few layers of AUrelia’s inner armor? More importantly, can I possibly keep Olaf from getting himself killed while we are off with thousands of shifters for a holiday trip?

Slow building poly lesbian romance.

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

 

RADIO SILENCE

Fox County Forensics: Book 2

by Cara Malone

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A patrol officer is pulled out of her comfort zone and into danger when she follows her heart—and a spunky, cute dispatcher—into a fast-paced, twisty homicide investigation.

Mel Pine is a newly solo cop patrolling the sinister streets on third shift and looking for a distraction from troubles at home. The job keeps her busy, and a friendly dispatcher keeps her company on the radio each night.

Court Wilson can’t wait to get out of the dispatcher’s office and into a patrol car, but with an overprotective dad who happens to also be the chief of police, that’s not likely to happen any time soon.

When a 911 call comes in about a vehicle on fire—and a body within—Court dispatches Mel to the scene.

Eager to observe some real policework… and meet the woman behind the radio… Court follows along and soon finds herself tangled in a killer’s web. Can the lone wolf come to the overeager rookie’s rescue, or will one of them go radio silent—forever?

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

HER LADY’S MELODY

Great War: Book 2

Renee Dahlia

Two women, both widowed on the same day, find new love after loss.

DR LUCIANA STANMORE wondered if this stoic fragility would haunt her forever. The Great War officially ended on 11 November last year, but the wounded weren’t magically healed by the signing of the armistice. Eventually, the hospital at Remy Siding near Ypres emptied enough for Luciana to head home to England, but a letter from her Oma in Amsterdam took her there instead. She should be taking the time to heal and grieve for her lover Maggie who died in the war. When the neighbour’s son breaks his arm falling out of a tree, Luciana must confront her war trauma to help him. It would be a lot easier if the boy’s mother wasn’t so beautiful and empathetic towards her shocked state. A plot to kidnap the boy gives Luciana a reason to emerge from the shell she’s built around her heart, and a reason to spend more time with Therese.

THERESE DE SELETSKY is a widow with a secret, or two. In hiding from the Bolsheviks, she lives quietly in Amsterdam with her seven year-old son, Count Pavel de Seletsky. Her husband, Alexandre, the previous Count, was killed during the Russian Revolution, with Therese watching on as she hid in the cupboard with Pavel wrapped in her arms. With Russia in turmoil, she needs to keep her son safe, so when Pavel is almost kidnapped, Therese panics. Her neighbour, the elusive gorgeous Dr Stanmore, helps her figure out the threat to Pavel, and together they must travel to England to find the final piece of the puzzle. It’d be easy, except Luciana reminds Therese of all the feelings she’s buried deep since she was pulled out of music college in scandalous circumstances and quickly married to the Count.

Trigger Warning: PTSD/Shell Shock, War injuries, Gun Death, threats of child kidnapping, Spanish Flu/pandemic.

 

AUDIOBOOK

 

THE LOVE PROJECT

by TB Markinson & Miranda MacLeod

narrated by Lori Prince

Can a long shot bring love to a couple of lonely hearts?

Joni Fisher is facing economic ruin. The once successful advice column she runs with her mother is on the brink of cancellation, and it’ll take a miracle to turn things around. Joni’s last-ditch effort to save her job and preserve her mother’s legacy is The Love Project, a web series she’s developing to bring the Help Me Henrietta franchise alive for a new generation. All she needs is a willing victim…er, star.

Hope Alvarez dreams of falling in love, but she’s always suspected she’s different. Physical attraction is a foreign language to her. After her only prospect for a meaningful relationship falls through, Hope has to face the fact that she’s completely hopeless when it comes to love. Can her favorite advice columnist, Henrietta, save her from a lonely future?

As the series gets underway, fans swoon for the lovable yet unlucky Hope, and they’re not the only ones. Joni is smitten, too. But she’s been down that road before, vowing never again to fall for a straight woman who will keep her forever in the friend zone. Except, what if she’s been reading the situation all wrong? Helping Hope make sense of her identity might save Joni’s job, but will it also bring her love?

Best-selling lesbian fiction authors TB Markinson & Miranda MacLeod have written a touching slow-burn romance about love striking when least expected.

 

Tammy won the $15 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

VOTE FOR JUNE’S BOOK OF THE MONTH

It’s time to vote for your favorite June 2021 books.

Voting is open until the end of July.

Results will be announced in August.

Best of luck authors!

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You Deserve It by Luci Dreamer

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Luci Dreamer is here to share a story. Also, Luci is giving away 1 ecopy of The Burden of Happiness. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Luci.

You Deserve It

I hate having to rely on others. Growing up, having to count on people came at a price, so I figured out how to do almost everything on my own. I’m much more comfortable doing things for others and will only accept help if I can repay the favor in an immediate, concrete manner.

But recently, I found myself literally stranded at an airport. I was an hour and a half from my final destination and the company I’d rented a car from had closed hours before I landed. Oh, the downside of tiny airports…

There was nothing within walking distance, no taxis would take me as far as I needed to go, all the hotel rooms were booked so I couldn’t just wait until the morning to get my rental car. As someone who has backup plans for backup plans, I was at a complete loss. So, I did the last thing I wanted to do. I called someone for help.

Now, I’d met Mitch only once. He’s our realtor who recently sold us a property in northern Michigan. I was trying to get to it to receive our appliances that were scheduled to be delivered the next day. I called him, hoping he’d have some advice, or knew of a car service I could pay an arm and a leg for to get me to our newly purchased home. After he stopped laughing and teasing me for being so ‘Southern California’, he said he’d be down in an hour and a half, hour and fifteen if the traffic was light. It should be, it was already past ten o’clock at night. I tried to tell him it was too late and I’m sorry I called and bothered him, but he wouldn’t hear of it. “I’m coming to get you, okay?” I finally just said okay and thanked him again.

An hour and twenty minutes later, he rolled up to the airport departure/arrival area—there was only one area for both. I’m not sure if it was exhaustion or relief or disbelief—probably a combination of all three—but I started to cry. This man had just driven over an hour to pick me up in the middle of the night. How would I repay him? How could I convey to him how hard this was for me to ask for his help without sounding ungrateful?

But I found that his help hadn’t begun with driving down to pick me up. When he dropped me off, I found that he’d brought all of the boxes that had been shipped to the new house into the garage. And there were well over a dozen.

When I turned to him and told him, teary-eyed again, how I don’t think I could repay him for his kindness, he said, “You don’t pay back kindness, you just accept it because you deserve it.”

 

GIVEAWAY

 

THE BURDEN OF HAPPINESS

by Luci Dreamer

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sarah Leeds is haunted by horrible events in her past she can’t move on from. When a visit back to her hometown doesn’t bring the closure she’s yearned for, she wonders if she’ll ever be made whole again. But a chance meeting with a kind woman dealing with her own past makes Sarah want to find a way to reclaim her life.

  • 1 winner

THE BURDEN OF HAPPINESS Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Burden of Happiness giveaway begins on June 25 2021 and ends on July 31 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Luci seeks solace in deserts, loves to build stuff and sneaks off into her writing shed every chance she gets. She’s perpetually entertained by her son and is lovingly put up with by her wife.

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Kindness During Bleak Times by Tracey Richardson

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

Today, the wonderful Tracey Richardson is here to share a story. Also, Tracey is giving away 1 ecopy of Thursday Afternoons. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Tracey.

Kindness During Bleak Times

Kindness has been the most positive thing to come out of the world pandemic. Or maybe in bleak times we just notice acts of kindness more.

During the early Covid lockdown (April, 2020), without warning I came down with an abscessed tooth. The pain was excruciating, and so was my anxiety because dental offices were mostly closed and help was extremely limited. A phone call to my doctor resulted in antibiotics right away, but as for fixing the problem (i.e., root canal), the situation was a sticky one. My dentist allowed me in but only to diagnose the problem with an X-ray and exam. Under lockdown rules he wasn’t allowed to do anything else.

My anxiety heightened as the days and weeks went by. I messaged a friendly acquaintance of mine because both she and her husband are dentists. Through that contact, I was able to get in to see my friend’s husband for a root canal. He had completely rebuilt their dental practice with all the safest measures available, like sealing off rooms, installing air scrubbers and so forth. So off I went for my two-hour root canal.

While I was there, I asked him if he could also finish crowning a different tooth, which I had been in the middle of completing with my regular dentist when Covid hit. I had the permanent crown in my possession, I just needed someone to install it. Happily, he agreed to do this in a separate half-hour appointment.

When I finished up, I asked what I owed him. He said “nothing. Nobody should profit because of Covid.” So even though he and his assistant spent a half hour of their time installing my crown, he refused to take any money for it.

I felt like I got my life back because for weeks, between the abscessed tooth and the other tooth that needed a crown installed, I was in a real state of anxiety wondering when my dentist’s office would be able to fully open again. Kindness was very much shown to me throughout that ordeal, for which I’m so grateful!

 

GIVEAWAY

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS

by Tracey Richardson

Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present.

The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure valve from her cutthroat job and the mistakes in her personal life she’s trying to rectify.

But soon the pair discover that their outside worlds are on a collision course with the carefully constructed world they’ve created on Thursday afternoons. What will happen when they discover the truth about each other? Will their weekly assignations come to a screeching halt, or will they turn into something much, much more…

  • 1 winner

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS Giveaway

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Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Thursday Afternoons giveaway begins on June 16 2021 and ends on July 15 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Tracey Richardson is a retired newspaper journalist who’s written 13 lesbian romance novels for Bella Books, two of which were Lambda Literary finalists.

She lives with her wife and dogs in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada.

 

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