Lesfic Announcements: November 13th Edition

Dear Lesfic fan,

I’m on holiday this week, but I don’t want to leave you hanging, so there’s a fab opportunity to preorder an anthology at a great price and other deals on offer. 

The November 20th edition of the newsletter will return to its usual format.

Cheers,

TB

PREORDER ALERT

Preorder WINTER HEARTS for $0.99

13 Festive F/F Fiction Tales from 13 Authors 

Eliza Andrews / Lila Bruce / Giselle Fox / Anne Hagan / Jea Hawkins / Cara Malone /

TB Markinson / Susan X Meagher / A.E. Radley / Adan Ramie /

Emma Sterner-Radley / Em Stevens /  Natasha West

Over 860 pages of seasonal cheer for women who love women

All profits from this festive box set will be donated to The Trevor Project and to Stonewall

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS / Other Stores

 

SALE ALERT

 

THE HIDDEN ONE
by T. B. Markinson

FREE (Today Only) $4.99

Mock election. Real world danger. Ainsley’s relationship and reputation may not survive the campaign trail. If you like romance that defies the odds, a satirical take on current events, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love T.B. Markinson’s compelling tale. 

 

HOLME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
by Miranda MacLeod

$2.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

An American musician with a broken heart meets a local farmer with a hidden past on a holiday house swap in Yorkshire. A charming romantic comedy that will fill your heart with holiday cheer!

 

 

NEW TO KINDLE UNLIMITED

 

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
by Clare Lydon

This Christmas, Tori Hammond is on a mission to find love. Her ideal present under the tree would be a shiny new girlfriend, so she gives herself one month to find one. Love Christmas? Love romantic comedies? Then you need to read All I Want For Christmas and prepare to be swept off your festive feet! This book, along with the other five in the All I Want series are now free to read in Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

 

GIVEAWAYS

 

A.E. Radley is giving away a free signed paperback every single day in November. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is visit her blog every day and enter your details into a short form. Check out www.aeradley.com

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Guest Post: Hot Women, Cybertentacles and Everything by Emily L. Byrne

Happy Friday!

Please welcome Emily L. Byrne.

Hot Women, Cybertentacles and Everything

I still get asked why I write (and now publish) erotica. It’s generally not an innocuous question. The questioner’s tone is often dismissive and contemptuous. And since I write and publish in other genres and subgenres, obviously those books and stories must be “better” work, more worthy of attention than any writing about sex and love or lust can possibly be. Why not move on and attempt to write the great American novel instead of all that sexy stuff?

Why indeed? I didn’t start writing fiction at all until I was in my early thirties. But I started writing erotic fiction about hot women almost immediately after that. My initial impulse was competitive: I wanted to write stories that were better than what I was reading. Once I got past that, I wanted to play with ideas, settings, plots and characters in different ways than I was doing with my other writing. And, as a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan, I wanted to take things outside the realm of ordinary life: outer space, vampires, fairy tale settings, as well as more mundane crushes and desires. The glorious thing about writing erotica is that there is so much to play with as a writer.

And of course, there’s the closely related question, one that gets asked less often: why write about sex between women? Writing spicy tales about hot guys or het alpha males pays better and has a bigger audience, certainly. But apart from the financial aspect, this has always struck me as a silly question. Women are fascinating, complicated and hot. Who wouldn’t want to write and read about them? Add science fiction or fantasy or some Gothic horror to the mix, and you’ve got my full attention!

But aside from my personal enthusiasms, one of the things that I like about writing erotica is that sex scenes can be used to express such a wide range of character emotions and development. They can tell an entire story, if you do them right: love, lust, distrust, trust and a nuanced and lively bundle of other emotions and experiences, all told in ways that pull a reader in and get her juices flowing. Why wouldn’t I want to tackle that kind of writing challenge?

So there we have the building blocks for Medusa’s Touch, my first novel written as Emily L. Byrne. While my erotic short fiction collections Knife’s Edge and Desire include some science fictional or fantastical tales, Medusa is my first novel length science fiction romance. It’s got elements of cyberpunk and space opera, women who fly spaceships with the speed of their thoughts, relayed through implants wired into their skulls, nanobots, Virtual Realty, exotic intoxicating substances and all kinds of tech. The story is set in the far future, in a universe where faster than light travel has been achieved and large corporations run the show. Medusa pilot TiCara X273 has been lusting after cabaret singer turned corporate rep Sherin Khan for so long that she can’t remember how it started. Sherin’s boss wants to hire TiCara for a job and from there on out, it’s all about desire and longing and distrust and adventure and the possibility of recovering enough from the damage of your past to actually fall in love.

Also tentacles, because they’re half the fun of writing a science fictional romance with sex scenes.

MEDUSA’S TOUCH

Medusa Pilot Captain TiCara X273, ex-street kid and former bondslave, thought she wanted nothing more than to be captain of her own starship. Or, at least, that was all that she thought she wanted until Sherin Khan came back into her life. A bar singer turned corporate rep, Sherin is now working for Ser Trin Vahn, one of TiCara’s best clients and head of Vahn Corp.

Once they are thrown together on TiCara’s ship, TiCara and Sherin can no longer deny their simmering attraction to each other. A simple mission to transport the ailing Vahn to the legendary asteroid, Electra 12, for medical treatments turns dark and dangerous as betrayal leads to betrayal. TiCara’s greatest enemy is pursuing them, there’s a traitor on her crew and Sherin has a secret that can tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

“Emily L. Byrne’s Medusa’s Touch draws the reader deeply into her deftly created universe of starships and danger and conflict, with a fascinating main character who is entirely relatable even while she pilots her ship by means of hi-tech tentacle implants. Whether she feels the exultation of being at one with her ship amidst “the splendor of the starfields,” or the ecstasy of sex with the beautiful, mysterious woman she can’t entirely trust, we feel it all with her, and gladly follow her through inner turmoil and blood-stirring battle.” – Sacchi Green, Editor of Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Emily L. Byrne’s stories have appeared in such venues as Forbidden Fruit, Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms and Blood in the Rain 3. She is the author of Medusa’s Touch, Knife’s Edge: Kinky Lesbian Erotica and Desire: Sensual Lesbian Erotica. 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: November 6th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases.

 

NEW BOOKS

 

A CONFLICTED WOMAN
A Woman Lost
Book 4
by T.B. Markinson

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Just when she least expects it, Lizzie’s harmonious life starts to unravel.

With the twins turning one and the start of a new semester, Lizzie should be in the mood to celebrate, but the last person she wants to see makes a sudden reappearance in her life.

To complicate matters more, Lizzie’s wife, who is usually the rock in the Petrie household, is navigating her own crisis.

While Lizzie wants to stay strong and provide the support her wife needs, there’s a reason everyone calls her clueless.

Is Lizzie strong enough to survive her own issues while also being there for her wife, or will this be Lizzie’s breaking point?

 

THE MOMENTS
by Nicole Pyland

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Bailey Sayers has a decision to make. That decision will impact her entire life. If she says something, she risks embarrassment and her heart. If she doesn’t say something, she may never know if Jenna Cabot feels the same way about her.

In Path I, Bailey risks it all and asks Jenna out on a date on their high school graduation day.

In Path II, Bailey does not ask Jenna out on a date on their high school graduation day.

What follows in both paths is Bailey and Jenna’s story. It’s the most important moments that make up their lives together and apart. It’s the story of how they were always drawn together and always would be. It’s the ups and the downs, the perfect moments and the difficult ones. It’s the tears and the laughter. And it’s the drive to make forever possible with the love of your life no matter the circumstances.

 

WELCOME TO RUBY’S
by KC Luck

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Allie Dawson and her group of friends consider Ruby’s their second home. The bar is where they all go to commiserate over drinks about crappy jobs, wrecked relationships, and life in general. Everyone is family and everyone comes to Ruby’s.

Even though her job sucks, Allie’s life appears to be taking an especially good turn when a gorgeous dark-haired stranger comes walking into Ruby’s and sweeps her off her feet. As much as she wants to deny how she feels, the chemistry between them is an eleven on a scale of one to ten.

Struggling through a nasty divorce, Vivian Wade is not looking for any more complications in her already crazy life, but when she goes north to Portland to check on business, she sees a blonde woman who takes her breath away. Although a relationship is the last thing she wants, she cannot deny what her body is telling her.

When their worlds collide, all starts perfectly, until Allie learns Ruby’s has been sold to an investor. A woman from Los Angeles, named Vivian, who plans to change everything.

 

TORN
Looking for Ms Right Series
Book 2
by Jade Winters

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Looking for Ms Right – where happiness is only a click away.

The four friends are back! And this time they’re camping!

During a weekend away in the Lake District, the lives of these four friends are turned upside down, catapulting them into a series of much needed life choices.

Will Laura be able to overcome the constraints of her marriage to be with the woman she loves?

Can Kemi put her feelings aside for the sake of her friendship with Chloe?

Follow the friends as they navigate the path to love, a road that is filled with secrets and lies.

 

SEPARATE LIKE STARS
by Diana Kane

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

On paper, Jordan Cohen has it all. With numerous bestsellers under her belt, a number of blockbuster movie adaptations to her credit, and a high profile relationship with one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars, what more could she possibly ask for?

Maybe for Olivia Bradley, the only woman to ever break her heart, to exit her life as quickly as she’d re-entered it.

When an ongoing case of writer’s block triggers a series of unforeseeable events, Jordan is forced to face the tragedies of her past and reevaluate the life she has been contentedly coasting through. As she reaches a crossroads, she must decide if she’ll be able to forgive her former best friend, and just how much is she willing to sacrifice in the name of happiness.

 

TICKET TO LOVE
by Donna Jay

Age Gap Romance

Sometimes, the end is just the beginning…

When Tara’s mother catches her in a compromising position, she’s given an ultimatum – A therapist to help her get over her issues or a one-way ticket to New Zealand.

From the moment Tara walks through her door, Kathryn’s orderly life is knocked off-kilter. The sassy Australian, ten years her junior, is as charming as she is off-limits.

When lines are crossed, fireworks explode, and not all of them good. Emotions run high, loyalties are tested, bonds are made, and bonds are broken.

Just when Tara thinks life has settled into a comfortable routine, a door to her past looms ahead. Taking a giant leap of faith, with Kathryn by her side, she steps through.

 

SPEAK LOW
Scottish Charm
Book 2
by Lynn Galli

Romance

Taking a job in Scotland shouldn’t be any different than Zoey’s other jobs. Three months to dive into the intricacies of a university, find its shiny component, flaunt it to the world, and move onto another university. Her niche occupation has served her roving lifestyle well. Just because this job is in another country shouldn’t affect her in any way. She doesn’t count on liking it so much, on reconnecting with a friend from grad school, or on meeting someone like Celia, who puts up with all her quirks. Celia is sensible about love and knows that taking a risk on someone unaccustomed to permanence is probably a bad bet. Will the cynical wanderer and the reluctant romantic set aside their ingrained hesitancy to take a chance on love?

 

RILEY’S RECKONING
by Claire Britain

Romance / Suspense

Twenty-eight-year-old Riley Carrington has always been a daredevil, and though her girlfriend and boss, Joanna Armstrong, has done the best she can to tame her with the help of a paddle applied to her bare bottom as often as necessary, Riley’s reckless behavior has persisted.

Though she spends far more of her time than she would like with her nose in the corner and her backside on fire, being made to surrender her naked, quivering body completely to Joanna’s intimate, practiced dominance never fails to leave Riley blushing and sore yet deeply satisfied.

But when a stalker sets his sites on Riley and she takes it upon herself to bring him to justice, no matter the risk, will her disregard for her safety end up tearing her romance with Joanna apart?

Publisher’s Note: Riley’s Reckoning is a stand-alone sequel to Reining in Riley. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

JADE’S EROTIC ADVENTURES
Books 6-10
by Victoria Rush

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Erotic Romance

Enjoy the bestselling women’s erotica series — now 60% off!

Book 6: The Girl Next Door

Book 7: Girls’ Camp

Book 8: Wet Dream

Book 9: The Habit

Book 10: Sex Machine

 

MOONLIGHT BECOMES HER
by Freia Ricola

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Paranormal Romance

Three Centuries. Two Outcasts. One Love.

After two years spent on the beat, twenty year old PC Sally Holden transfers to Bath Police Force’s CID—the Criminal Investigations Department. But when she arrives, all she finds is hostility, corruption, and a general sense that she is very much not welcome.

Her first assignment soon comes in: investigating a low priority assault case no one else can be bothered with at a local Catholic Girls School, St. Hallowfell’s. The victim has unusual puncture wounds and remembers virtually nothing about her attacker, just a vague sense of serenity, almost like being back in the womb… or in a trance.

Transferring into the school as a grounds person in order to keep an eye on things, Sally must discover what really happened and who is responsible for the attacks. But during the course of her investigation, she will also have to come to terms with the realisation that the world isn’t quite as clear-cut as she thought it was…

 

RESILIENCE
Chronicles of Alsea
Book 7
by Fletcher DeLancey

Science Fiction

As the first Alsean to serve aboard a Protectorate warship, Rahel Sayana thought her empathic sense would be an advantage. She never imagined it could be a weakness.

Captain Ekatya Serrado has her hands full with a new empathic officer, an attempted murder, and a missing cargo ship. Finding the lost ship only adds to her problems: its crew lies dead amid signs of alien predators. When those signs appear on her own ship, she must find a solution or face a similar fate.

The clock is ticking, but Ekatya has a resource she never had before. Rahel’s weakness is also her strength, and she will stand between danger and those who need her—no matter the risk.

 

COAST GUARD RESCUE ONE
by Natalie Debrabandere

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Adventure

Army Capt. Jordan Armstrong surrendered a piece of her soul to the burning sands of Afghanistan. Now back home, only two things keep her going: her demanding job as a Search and Rescue pilot and sailing her 45-foot yacht around the coast of McKinley Point, Western Australia – alone. Plenty of women have tried to reach behind her walls, but Jordan remains aloof. When American expat Sara Matthews shows up in her life and takes an instant dislike to her, it sets her heart on fire. For the first time in what feels like forever, Jordan truly wants to be seen and understood. She desperately wants Sara to discover the real person behind the mask. And so, it begins…

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

NIGHT VOICE
by CF Frizzell
narrated by AJ Ferraro

For lesbians in Provincetown, seductive Sable is more than just a bedroom voice on late-night radio. Through her talk show, Nightlight, she is a fun, anonymous friend and confidante, until one mysterious caller attracts her attention. Behind Sable’s “mask,” Murphy Callahan allows herself to enjoy the no-strings radio relationship—she’s mourned the death of her partner for three years—and ignores the growing attachment as their very public conversations push permissible limits.

But when local tradeswoman Riley Burke enters her life, Murphy faces a difficult choice: continue the safe, “night voice” fantasy or risk the reality of falling in love. If only she could have both…

 

LOVE LIKE THIS
by Melissa Brayden
narrated by Melissa Sternenberg

Sometimes the most imperfect match is the most perfect surprise.

Hadley Cooper believes in happily-ever-afters with her whole heart. Described by her friends as a wide-eyed, eternal optimist, she looks for the bright side in most any situation. However, when her job as the assistant manager of Silhouette, a posh boutique on Rodeo Drive, is on the line, she realizes it’s time to pull her head out of the clouds and find a way to turn business around, and that just might mean partnering with the most stubborn up-and-coming fashion designer she’s ever encountered.

Spencer Adair has a passion for fashion, but hates the fact that it rhymes. She’s serious about her designs, fiercely protective of her work, and is waiting patiently for her big break. What she didn’t plan on, however, was the unsolicited opinions of that overly friendly blond boutique manager. Or the way her heart beats faster every time she’s around.


 

FIXER UPPER
by Cara Malone
narrated by Emily Beresford

Some things can be fixed with a little duct tape… but a broken heart ain’t one of ‘em.

Avery Blake has spent years getting by all on her own in a big house on the countryside. As a contractor, there’s not much room for emotion in her male-dominated profession, and she’s perfectly content to keep people out of her private life, too.

After watching her elderly neighbor, Nora, be torn away from her long-time lover by heartless relatives, Avery has seen what it’s like to love and to lose, and she’d rather skip the whole thing and focus on work (and the occasional meaningless fling) instead.

Some relationships can be fixed with a little breathing room… and some are too far gone.

Hannah Grayson has nothing but room to breathe when she finds out her Great-Aunt Nora has passed and left her a house in rural Indiana. Fleeing a dysfunctional and controlling relationship in New York, she moves into the house because she’s got nowhere else to go.

Disasters start piling up almost as soon as the plane touches down – the house is in disrepair, Nora’s grandchildren are trying to evict her, and the gorgeous but chilly woman across the street seems to have a problem with Hannah’s presence.

When a pipe bursts on her first night in the house, Hannah has no choice but to run across the street and beg for help from Avery.

The rest, as they say, is history…



 

LESBIAN BOOK BINGO


 

GIVEAWAYS

 

TB Markinson is giving away a limited number of copies of A Clueless Woman (Prequel to the A Woman Lost series) to US and UK Audible listeners.

Email her at tbm@tbmarkinson.com to enter the contest. In the subject line, please write A Clueless Woman Audiobook Giveaway. Be sure to tell her if you’re a US or UK listener.

That’s all you have to do.

The deadline to enter is November 8th.

 


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Guest Post: The Culinary Wordsmith: How Cooking and Writing are Similar by Lucy J. Madison

Happy Friday!

Please welcome Lucy J. Madison, author of A Recipe of Love.

The Culinary Wordsmith: How Cooking and Writing are Similar

I’m often asked in interviews what else I would do with my life if I wasn’t a writer. After spending fifteen years in higher education marketing and public relations, I definitely wouldn’t go back to that career! Over the years, I have toyed with the idea of attending culinary school–the Italian Culinary Institute, to be specific. So, if I wasn’t a writer, I’d probably be a chef!

Truthfully, the two pursuits are more similar than you think. To me, writing a good story is all about variety. No one wants to read the same thing over and over again. It’s the same with food. I know we all have our go-to food favorites, but who wants to eat the same exact meal morning, noon, and night? Ask your pet. They’ll tell you the same thing in their own inimitable way.

A colorful sentence stands out. It makes a reader connect more fully to the story. Crisp phrasing, or unique compositions promote a more enjoyable reading experience. My job as a writer is to keep the reader interested, engaged, and excited to turn the page. My job in the kitchen, when you come to my place for one of our laid-back dinner parties, is to prepare food so good, you ask for seconds, or even thirds.

Good meals are remembered well. So are good books.

When I write a novel, I sift through many different ingredients like tone, character, setting, tense, and narration to build the perfect amalgamation of words that when edited, typeset, and accompanied by a great cover, form a literary meal.

I’m doing much of the same when I create a new recipe. I’m trying different spices and ingredients to see how they fit together. If they don’t, the meal won’t taste right. It won’t satisfy, it won’t be remembered. But, if I get the recipe just right, mixing the perfect blend of seasonings, technique, and ingredients, the result can be magical.

One of the reasons why I wrote my third novel, A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance (Labrador Publishing 2018), was to tell a story that centered on food, and on cooking it. Growing up in a predominantly Italian household, food–the growing, making, and eating of it–was hugely important in my life. No seminal moment passed without a celebration that included food and wine, decadent desserts, and espresso. Every holiday of my life has been spent sitting around a huge table listening to the older members tell stories I’ve probably heard a thousand times but wait for each and every time.

So, the next time you relish eating a good meal, or reading an exceptional book, remember the cooks in the kitchen, and the writers at their desks, all slaving away to concoct a recipe for you to love.

 

A RECIPE FOR LOVE
by Lucy J. Madison

Romance

Piermont, New York. Danika Russo is 55, newly retired from a 30-year career as a mail carrier, and stuck in a rut. After putting her own needs on hold to care for her terminally ill partner and her unloving father, Danika is holed up the childhood home she inherited, a claustrophobic time warp from the 1970s complete with brown Formica and linoleum, and not sure what to do next.

Her best friend Natalie suggests making a list of things she has always wanted to do. Stepping outside her comfort zone, self-deprecating Danika opts for taking an Italian cooking class, not knowing that she will both impress the appreciative chef with her tasting skills and meet a mysterious younger woman there, Finn Gerard, who will capture her heart and teach her the recipe for love. But Finn is withholding a grim secret and, despite her initial passion, appears unable to commit to Danika fully. Will Danika allow herself to let go and fall in love for the first time in her life, even if there are no guarantees? Even if she must learn to let go?

This complex lesbian romance touches on themes of rediscovery and transformation, showing that while love can be the answer, real healing always starts from within.


 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Lucy J. Madison is an author, screenwriter, and home-cook who may still attend culinary school, so she can own a supper club in Provincetown one day. She’s at work on her fifth novel when she’s not in the kitchen. A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and at Bella Books.

 

CONNECT WITH LUCY J. MADISON

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: October 30th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases.

NEW BOOKS

 

LONDON, ACTUALLY
London Romance Series
Book 5
by Clare Lydon

Romance

Rules Are Made To Be Broken…

Two years after her marriage implodes, event-planner Cleo Nightingale is ready to get back in the dating game. However, she has one key rule: no younger women. How hard can it be?

Fresh out of uni, Becca Cramer is single and ready to embrace her new career. She’s not looking for a relationship, but then fate steps in and introduces her to Cleo.

Mix in two weddings & a festival, a jilted brother and a pregnant best friend, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hilarious page-turner featuring the unlikely love-match of the year!

Book five in the London Romance series features favourite characters from previous novels, and is another uplifting, sparky romantic comedy from best-selling author Clare Lydon.

This is a standalone novel.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
The Window Shopping Collection
Book 4
by A.L. Brooks

Romance

Corporate lawyer Sarah Connolly keeps her love life simple—no strings, no complications, and definitely no falling in love. It works for her, even if it’s getting a little, well, boring.

Demure teacher Bethany Keane has been out of the dating pool for ages but is ready to dip her toe back in. She would love to be swept off her feet by some beautiful, romantic soul.

A chance encounter outside a sex shop in London draws the unlikely pair together and the attraction is immediate and powerful. But how can two people so different even connect, let alone fall in love? Can Ms. Wrong ever be right?

A fun, sexy, lesbian romance about finding yourself and discovering not what we want, but what we need.

 

LOVE FOR HIRE
by Ellie Spark

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Grieving the loss of her mother and the desertion of her long-term girlfriend, Pip Walker merely exists; a financial analyst by day, an emotional eater by night. When the calories begin to stack on, Pip realizes she needs to get out of her rut, regain her fitness and find her mojo.

Recently betrayed and reluctant to date, personal trainer Morgan Evans prioritizes self-preservation over allowing herself to love again. Distracted by the return of her emotionally abusive and manipulative brother, Morgan is surprised to find her growing attraction to a new client impossible to ignore.

When the two broken-hearted women meet, will they be able to leave their pasts behind, put their trust in one another, and grab hold of the second chance at love they’ve been offered?

INTO THE EMERALD
Coffee and Emeralds Series
Book 1
by Rae McDaniel

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Jo Flynn has never been in love. She is still looking for that connection. Sparks and tingles. Humor and tenderness. Desire.

On a business trip to Raleigh, North Carolina a need for more coffee sends her to a cafe where a chance encounter with a beautiful woman with emerald green eyes changes her perspective of what she’s been looking for and her own beliefs about herself.

Sarah Evans was not ready to date again. Her last girlfriend took her by surprise and kicked her out of their apartment, moving in the new girl the same weekend.

When she took the only available seat remaining at the coffee shop that day, she didn’t plan on meeting someone like Jo. An intoxicating and sexy woman with a smile that cripples her. She was only there for coffee.

Overwhelmed with unfamiliar feelings, Jo neglects to tell Sarah that she has a boyfriend, perpetuating an emotional evening that ends with the two of them falling asleep together in Jo’s hotel room.

Time and distance keep them apart until after weeks of waiting, they share an incredible night together. An emotional connection tied up with intense physical attraction.

Jo takes a new job, moves across the country and throws herself into a love affair with all the excitement, humor and confusion a new relationship can bring.

Sarah overcomes her fear of being hurt again and seeks to claim Jo as her one and only.

Will they take a leap to make it forever?

SEX MACHINE
Jade’s Erotic Adventures
Book 10
by Victoria Rush

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Erotic Romance

When lonely divorcée Jade hears about a sex robot brothel in town, her interest is piqued. She books a session with a pretty redheaded model, and when she gets to the facility she’s floored by how lifelike the robot is.

With realistic skin, anatomically correct body parts, and natural human expressions, she’s quickly smitten with the fully animated robot. As they strike up a conversation, Jade begins to realize that the artificial intelligence of the robot allows it to learn and respond to her unique wants and desires.

She decides to take the robot home with her for a two-day trial, and when they finally make love, she finds the robot is more humanlike than she ever imagined. When the time comes to return her, Jade is torn about saying goodbye to the perfect companion with whom she’s grown unusually close…

LAVENDER INN
The Flowers
Book 2
by Olivia Lark

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Historical Romance

As Lavender Inn shakes under the hurricane’s onslaught, other storms whirl within.

Clara Winslow’s struggling seaside inn needs a successful society wedding, but a big storm will take it out of her hands.

Wedding guest Tillie Walker is stylish and kind, but she is harboring secrets, secrets that could get in the way of the growing fascination between her and glorious, windswept Clara.

Can a catastrophe be the salvation of two women near ruin?

Lavender Inn is a standalone romance set in 1890, with the kind of tender happily-ever-after readers enjoyed in Daisy Crown (The Flowers, Book 1).

THE TRIPLE L
by Red Hope

Western Romance

In 1878, Landen Morrison is a wandering cowgirl with an ugly past that keeps finding her, even when she rides into Texas. She goes to the town of Paris, looking for work, alcohol, and sex but she accidentally lets her guard slip around Raleigh Baylor, the only female Ranger in Paris, Texas.

Despite her attempts, Raleigh watches Landen leave Paris but is later shocked to learn Landen has suddenly joined the infamous Sam Bass Gang. Several train robberies later, a war ensues between the rangers and the Bass Gang, one that includes a personal battle of justice and betrayal between the two opposing women. As the conflict comes to a bloody end, the truth of Landen’s lies is revealed. Can Raleigh’s love conquer Landen’s dark past, or has she lost her forever?

CHANGED WOLF
Whiteheart Clan
Book 3
by Chloe Peterson

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Paranormal Romance

When everything crumbles, love finds a way to put the pieces back together…

Zoe Dagiel has spent her entire life fighting to counter her father’s thirst for blood. A life without love and comfort has been the result. When she walks into a deadly trap that robs her of everything she holds dear, she starts to wonder if her years of sacrifice were worth it.

Giselle Russel spends her days seeking thrill after thrill, more often than not, in the arms of beautiful women. When a night time rescue leads to a run in with the nemesis of her clan, Giselle finds it hard to stay away. Zoe is the perfect combination of soft and hard, but Giselle is determined to keep her heart closed off.

When Zoe’s actions lead to her banishment from the Darksong, the wolf shifter seeks sanctuary with the Whiteheart clan. But not everyone is on board with harboring a wanted woman. Things only get more complicated when Zoe’s father shows everyone why the very mention of his name, stirs fear in people’s hearts…

RISING MOON
The Succubus Moon
Book 3
by Cailee Francis

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romantic Urban Fantasy

Life in Bellasford is seldom peaceful for succubus, Rose. A fun night out to celebrate her girlfriend’s birthday takes a sinister turn as a mutual friend is found near-dead, drained of her life energy: the hallmarks of a succubus feeding.

With the Succubus Moon drawing near, suspicion falls on Rose and her long-missing mother, Ella. Investigation leads to more victims drained of energy and no clear suspect in sight.

Racing against time, Rose, Lisa and their friends Alexis and Jamie seek to unravel the mystery before more innocents are attacked or something worse happens. They know the energy is being taken for a reason and could place a great deal of power at their adversary’s fingertips.

Rising Moon is a F/F romantic urban fantasy novella of around 22,000 words, which contains strong steamy content and language.

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

A CLUELESS WOMAN
Prequel to the A Woman Lost Series
by T.B. Markinson
narrated by Stephanie Murphy

Lizzie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love.

When Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path, their attraction is instant, but not without complications.

The harder Lizzie tries to keep Sarah from finding out the truth, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.

 

IF I LOVED YOU LESS
by Tamsen Parker
narrated by Jill Smith

Matchmaking? Check. Surfing? Check. Falling in love? As if.

Sunny, striking, and satisfied with her life in paradise, Theodosia Sullivan sees no need for marriage. She does, however, relish serving as matchmaker for everyone who crosses her path. As the manager of her family’s surf shop in Hanalei Bay, that includes locals and tourists alike.

One person she won’t be playing Cupid for is the equally happy bachelorette down the street. Baker Kini ʻŌpūnui has been the owner of Queen’s Sweet Shop since her parents passed away and her younger brother married Theo’s older sister and moved to Oahu. Kini’s ready smile, haupia shortbread, and lilikoi malasadas are staples of Hanalei’s main street.

However, Theo’s matchmaking machinations and social scheming soon become less charming—even hazardous—to everyone involved. And when she fails to heed Kini’s warnings about her meddling, she may be more successful than she ever intended. Theo has to face the prospect of Kini ending up with someone else, just as she realizes she’s loved Kini all along.

 

THE WOLF DIARIES
by Bridget Essex
narrated by TJ Richards

Who said anything about love?

Jadin Fields is a werewolf with a big heart. She loves her work as a dog trainer at a pet store, and she loves spending time with her kid sister. She has such a big heart, in fact, that when a complete (and gorgeous) stranger approaches her out of the blue at a pizza shop and begs her to act like her girlfriend–just for a minute…Jadin actually says yes.

Tess Loranger has long, honey blonde hair, a bewitching smile and is the most attractive woman Jadin has ever set eyes on. She was also just dumped by her fiancee, and is trying, desperately, to show her that Tess can rebound just as fast as she can.

But this is just a one-time thing, right? Just a few minutes in a pizza parlor. Just one, amazing kiss, right in front of Tess’s ex-fiancee…

But then there’s the party. And the wedding. And then Jadin realizes she just might be falling for the woman she’s not supposed to be in love with…

What could possibly go wrong?


 

SALE ALERT

WITCHCRAFT & WINDS
Weather Witch Book 1
by Emilia Spring

Only 99 cents!

Burnt-out social worker Natalie Ethridge thinks she’s caught a lucky break–a free cottage from her Great-Aunt. With nothing to lose, Natalie heads for the hills, or, in this case, the mountains. Turns out the cottage comes with a big family secret—Natalie is from a long line of witches. She quickly discovers that living in a new town isn’t easy, especially when lightning strikes whenever she loses her temper!

When an orphaned eleven-year-old stands accused of murder, Natalie’s social worker instincts compel her to solve the case and clear the child, even if it means digging into painful secrets the town considers long buried. Secrets that paint a target on her back.

Between her crazy family, magic lessons, investigating a murder, and the sexy witch detective hell-bent on keeping her in line, Natalie’s not sure which one will be the death of her first–her newfound abilities or the killer.

 

GIVEAWAYS

 

TB Markinson is giving away a limited number of copies of A Clueless Woman (Prequel to the A Woman Lost series) to US and UK Audible listeners.

Email her at tbm@tbmarkinson.com to enter the contest. In the subject line, please write A Clueless Woman Audiobook Giveaway. Be sure to tell her if you’re a US or UK listener.

That’s all you have to do.

The deadline to enter is November 8th.

 

Massive giveaway
K’Anne Meinel is giving away a HUNDRED books, ten a day, for ten days after her birthday on the 10th when her one-hundredth book is released: Vetted Again.

 

You can enter EVERY day between now and the 10th.

 

You can EARN points by sharing it as well as participating every day.

Click on this link to enter. 

 

 

PODCASTS


LESBIAN BOOK CLUB WITH CLARE LYDON

Listen to episode 46 of the Lesbian Book Club with Clare Lydon as she interviews US author Elle Spencer, whose book “Casting Lacey” was the runaway success at the beginning of the year, staying at No.1 in the US for a month. Elle writes angst-filled romance with snark and humour, and I loved Casting Lacey, as did most of the world. She talks about her debut success, her first year as a full-time writer and how she’s excited to take her writing to the next level.Click here to listen. 

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Rae D Magdon for the Love and Money podcast, part of The Lesbian Talk Show. I had a fab time, and Rae is such a sweetheart. You can listen to the podcast episode here.

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Guest Post: Why I love lesbian medical romance by Chris Zett

 

Please welcome Ylva author Chris Zett, who recently released Irregular Heartbeat.

Why I love lesbian medical romance by Chris Zett

I discovered lesbian or woman-loving-woman fiction by chance as I read a fantasy book set on a world inhabited only by women. I’ll always be grateful to Jane Fletcher to introduce me to a new experience I didn’t even know I craved. At the end of this novel were a lot of little teasers that hints at a multitude of different subgenres, all with women loving women. And they led me to medical romance or more specifically lesbian medical romance. Something I’d never read before.

What is medical romance? It is defined on Wikipedia as a subgenre of romance, depicting a relationship between “tall, husky and chiseled” male doctors and female doctors or nurses. I’d like to broaden that definition for the lesfic world. For me, a medical romance contains at least one protagonist in a medical profession (doctor, nurse, paramedic, etc.) and either a setting or a story arc with medical themes. I believe the setting and the story are as important as the characters for the medical vibe of a novel. If, for example, the protagonist is a doctor on vacation who meets a paramedic while snorkeling, and their jobs are only mentioned in passing and nothing medical related happens, I wouldn’t call it a medical romance. But if a catastrophe occurs and some rescuing takes place where their respective medical professions come into play, that would totally work for me.

Why do I read medical romance? When I return home after work, I usually switch off my doctor brain and like to forget all about medicine until my next shift. I don’t even like medical drama on TV that much (except for ER, that show was one of the things that brought my wife and me together).  

Reading romance is a wonderful form of escapism. So, why do I return to the medical world during my free time? One explanation is, in a romance novel you can trust the book to have a happy ending. That is not always true in the real world. Plus, I love the versatility of the sub-genre. In the medical romance world, almost anything can happen. The protagonists are varied as are the story arcs. They can be family doctors, surgeons, army nurses, and former rock stars. To prove this point during a facebook discussion, I did a mock-up Lesbian Book Bingo card with all the squares filled in with lesbian medical romance. (If you haven’t heard of the Lesbian Book Bingo, the fabulous invention of Jae, head over to her website https://jae-fiction.com/lesbian-book-bingo/ and have a look. But come back here to finish the guest post for a chance to win a book.)

Why do I write medical romance? Most of my stories start in my head with one or two characters and their backstories. I try to give them complete personalities with flaws balancing out the positive traits. Then I throw them together in what-if situations and see what unfolds. The medical setting is perfect for that, hospitals are a fertile ground where personal drama between the staff blooms. If you spent enough time in this environment, you witness people falling in love or in lust, fight over positions or partners and anything is possible. Even I contributed once to the staff’s entertainment. I met my future wife during an adrenaline filled emergency that led to a beautiful friendship and almost a year of not-quite-being-together, during which several colleagues bet on the time it took us to figure out our mutual attraction. So, maybe the answer to why I write medical romance is simple: I’m living it.

Irregular Heartbeat is my addition to the genre. For a chance to win either a signed paperback or an ebook (winner’s choice), visit the giveaway on my website 

IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

Contemporary Medical Romance

When drummer Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life to return to ER medicine, she won’t let anything stop her—not even falling for aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.

Emily isn’t happy having to babysit an intriguing resident with a ten-year gap in her résumé.

But every time they work together, it’s not just their patients’ heartbeat that gets a little irregular. Soon, the once-clear lines between work and personal life begin to blur.

What happens to their careers when Diana’s secret comes out?

A lesbian romance that asks how much we’d risk for love.


 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Chris Zett lives in Berlin, Germany, with her wife. TV inspired her to study medicine, but she found out soon enough that real life in a hospital consists more of working long hours than performing heroic rescues. The part about finding a workplace romance turned out to be true, though.

She uses any opportunity to escape the routine by reading, writing, or traveling. Her favorite destinations include penguin colonies in Patagonia and stone circles in Scotland.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: October 23rd Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases.

NEW BOOKS

 

ONLY EVER YOU
by Natasha West

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romantic Comedy

No one expects to be widowed at thirty-eight. But that’s exactly what happens to Jessie Downes after her wife dies in a tragic accident. Jessie is left devastated and angry and after she lashes out in grief, she finds herself in court-ordered group therapy. For self-contained Jessie, it’s a fresh nightmare. She’d rather be picking litter on the side of a highway than forced to attend a group where people talk about their problems.

But little by little she finds herself drawn into the workings of the group and its assortment of eccentric members. Specifically, Annie Perkins, a sweet yet closeted woman who is trying to work through her pathological fear of making decisions.

Jessie and Annie are surprised to find a connection. But is it more than friendship? And if it is, does Jessie have the strength to allow someone in after losing the only woman she ever expected to love? Or should she just commit to being alone?

Only Ever You is a romantic comedy heaped with dark humour, from the author of The Plus One and By Any Other Name.

 

PORTRAIT OF A WEDDING
by EL Bossert

Contemporary Romance / Short Read

Planning for Mic and Ruby’s wedding is proceeding smoothly until the only professional photographer in their hometown of Summit refuses to take pictures at the ceremony because he does not believe two women should be married. As their friends and family rally around them with support, Mic and Ruby must decide whether to file a complaint against the photographer with the state Human Rights Commission. Will the law be on their side? Will prejudice be a dark cloud over their wedding? Does love always win? Portrait of a Wedding explores the bravery, determination, and love story behind the headlines.

 

A HIDDEN HOPE
Romancing the Page
Book 1
by Laura Ambrose

Romance / Short Read

Natalie and El used to be writing critique partners, sharing their work chapter by chapter. But after a huge falling out, three years have passed in bitter silence.

When they both appear at a science fiction convention in London, Natalie, a struggling writer, wants nothing to do with El, the hot debut novelist who sold her book at auction under a male pseudonym. But over the weekend, ignoring each other–and their attraction–proves impossible. Are they willing to let hope fly?

 

IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT
by Chris Zett

Contemporary Medical Romance

When drummer Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life to return to ER medicine, she won’t let anything stop her—not even falling for aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.

Emily isn’t happy having to babysit an intriguing resident with a ten-year gap in her résumé.

But every time they work together, it’s not just their patients’ heartbeat that gets a little irregular. Soon, the once-clear lines between work and personal life begin to blur.

What happens to their careers when Diana’s secret comes out?

A lesbian romance that asks how much we’d risk for love.

SURRENDER TRILOGY
by Raven J. Spencer

Erotic Romance

The Surrender Trilogy: Lesbian billionaire romance with a suspense twist

Surrender Your Heart:

Penny can’t believe what happened to her: One day she’s studying sociology and paying her tuition with her job at a local café, the next she wakes up in a luxurious house which is the property of a rich and enigmatic woman. Carter Forbes is ready to lay the world at her feet, but what will she expect in return? As she uncovers Carter’s reasons to create this unusual situation, Penny can’t deny the attraction between them. Can she reconcile her desire with her beliefs about herself, or is this passionate affair doomed from the start?

Surrender To Me

Penny is finally ready to say yes all the way, but married life doesn’t start off as expected. While the attraction between her and Carter is deepening, Penny still struggles to adjust to her new life full of luxury and new responsibilities. Carter continues to keep secrets for a cause, and shares only reluctantly with her wife. Can they overcome those differences, and who’s going to surrender this time?

Surrender Forever

Her team confronts Carter with disturbing information. Is Penny stealing from her, betraying her by working with Carter’s enemies? Nick seems to think so, but Carter doesn’t want to believe her wife could turn against her. She makes inquiries of her own, but what if Penny finds out the woman she loves questioned her integrity? They will have to rebuild the trust between them which takes more than the undeniable heat between them—but once you surrender, it’s forever. Their love will lead them.

 

THE HABIT
Jade’s Erotic Adventures
Book 9
by Victoria Rush

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Erotic Romance

When Jade is working quietly at the library one day, she notices a strange figure in a black and white cloak pass by her desk. She looks up and sees a pretty nun heading into the stacks to select a book. Jade follows her movement and when the nun sits in an upholstered reading chair in the corner of the library, she finds another chair not far away to watch her more closely.

She begins to get more and more aroused watching the stunning nun and starts to touch herself quietly. The nun notices what Jade is doing and begins to rub her legs together under her long gown. Before long, the two women enjoy an intense private climax together from across the aisle…

 

SILHOUETTE
by Robin Hale

Romance / Superhero

Dr. Molly Fawn’s life is surprisingly normal, considering that she spends her days running support for a man who can fly and lift city buses with one hand. But when Molly interrupts the Silhouette — the city’s most notorious thief — in a middle of a job, everything gets a bit more exciting.

Suddenly, Molly sees the thief everywhere, and those leather clad curves and wicked smiles are all she can think about.

The Silhouette seems determined to lure the mild-mannered Dr. Fawn out of her shell like taking a gem from a vault, but will Molly have the courage to let the beautiful thief have a shot at stealing her heart?

 

JUSTICE CALLS
An Ari Adams Mystery
Book 7
by Ann Roberts

Amateur Sleuth Thriller

The greatest hold on the present is the past.

For twenty-five years the memory of her brother’s murder has followed Ari Adams like a shadowy companion. Now Ari has found new evidence, a picture of Richie’s killer and a new hope for justice. But what seemed to be a simple botched robbery proves to be far more sinister.

To uncover the truth Ari must confront her own grief and misery—and face her father, Detective Jack Adams, who also blames himself for Richie’s death.

The seventh installment of Ann Roberts’ award-winning series finds detective Ari Adams on the search of her life, where guilt and resentment can only be extinguished by justice.

 

PRINCESS OF DORSA
The Chronicles of Dorsa
Book 1
by Eliza Andrews

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Fantasy

The fate of an empire lies in the hands of one untested princess.

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she were a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor.

Everything changes when an unknown would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire — but who? Was the assassin aligned with the power-hungry Western lords, who have always rebelled against the Emperor? Was he hired by the barbarians in the East, who are fighting against the Empire’s subjugation? Or was he a member of the mysterious Cult of Culo?

Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir. There hasn’t been a female heir to the throne in living memory, but as palace intrigue becomes increasingly dangerous, the reckless, rebellious, and stubborn princess suddenly has to face the responsibility of learning to lead.

Will she rise to the occasion? Or will the Empire fall at the hands of one of its many enemies?

Epic fantasy with a f/f romance subplot.

 

THE GIRL ON THE STOVE
by M. Wiklund

Fantasy Romance / Short Read

Princess Galina’s father has set her a difficult task: persuade a peasant named Elena to reveal the secrets behind her magical powers. Difficult, and maybe impossible, given that Elena is stubborn to a fault and has no respect for authority—especially the kind that wears a crown. And the more time passes, the less Galina cares about doing her duty and more about simply Elena herself.

 

CHOSEN FOR THERMOPYLAE
Thermopylae Bound Series
Book 2
by Belinda Harrison

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Fantasy Romance

Having decided to remain in Trachis, and leave behind the nomadic life she has always known, Skylar has begun a new life. She and Alexis have settled into a comfortable rhythm, until Alexis makes a request Skylar is not certain she can honour – she wants a child. Skylar has never been able to deny her princess anything, but neither is she willing to allow the simplest solution to give Alexis what she wants.

But Alexis is not the only one who wants a child for them – there are gods who want to see them overcome the challenges they face, and they’re willing to push the limits of Alexis and Skylar’s love and lust for one another in order to see it done.

With Ares leading the immortals and strengthening the plans he has for Skylar, we learn what she is to him, and why he needs her to face her fears and share ALL of her past with Alexis before he reveals himself to her.

Warning: more sex and less violence in book 2 than in book 1.

 

BIRTHING ORION
by Dax Murray

Poetry / Science Fiction

The relationship between two celestial goddesses is tempestuous at best. Seya is the embodiment of a galactic creation and Tia of cosmic destruction. But when one of Seya’s favorite stars goes missing, she blames Tia. What was once a symbiotic and loving cycle of life and death becomes a game of broken hearts and promises betrayed.

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

LIKE JAZZ
by Heather Blackmore
narrated by Lori Prince

Cassidy “Cazz” Warner, a smart, sporty, reticent newcomer to the senior class at Claiborne High, unwittingly attracts the attention of its most popular girl: Sarah Perkins, a bright, athletic, charismatic beauty. Just as the two begin to understand how extraordinary their friendship is, another cross-country move wrests Cazz away.

Ten years later, Cazz unexpectedly runs into Sarah during a fraud investigation at Sarah’s charitable foundation. The women are inexorably drawn to each other, but Cazz’s investigation into the foundation’s finances limits her ability to be entirely honest with Sarah.

Already wary of Cazz for not keeping in touch after Claiborne, Sarah demands the truth. Will Cazz own up to her feelings for Sarah? Or is she too late? And will Cazz’s investigation bring a killer to justice, or will she sacrifice herself to protect Sarah from a man desperate to conceal his crimes?

 

THE CRUISE
by Lise Gold
narrated by C.C. Sinclair

When Cara is made redundant and unable to find another job in journalism, she takes on a seasonal position on a cruise ship with Billie, her best friend’s girlfriend. Billie isn’t her type at all, but as the two grow closer during their time at sea, Cara finds herself torn between loyalty toward her friend Dan and her growing feelings for the beautiful and flirtatious Billie, who might very well be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. What do you do when the only thing you want is the one thing you can’t have?
Keeping a distance is hard when opposites attract. And running away is pointless when desire can cross oceans….


 

AUTUMN’S LIGHT
by Aurora Rey
narrated by Hollis Elizabeth

Fifth-generation lobster-woman Mat Pero loves her traditional Portuguese family and living in the lesbian hub of Provincetown, even if they feel like two different worlds. Or two different lives. Since she has no plans for them to collide, it’s not a problem.

Graham Connor is a romantic at heart, but she hasn’t had a date in over a year. She vows to let loose and have a little fun, and the charming and confident Mat is more than happy to help.

But casual hookups aren’t supposed to include romantic dinners and meeting the family. Can Mat see beyond the heartbreak that led her to keep her worlds so separate, and will Graham be waiting if she does?

A Cape End romance

 

AUDIOBOOK NEWS

Have you heard about the new website Lesbian Audiobooks?

It offers uniquely specific access to the ever-growing collection of lesbian fiction audiobooks.

This site aims to provide a space where listeners can browse available audiobooks that are lesbian in content thus providing easier access, and better visibility for current and newly released audiobooks.

Click here to visit the site.

 

SALE ALERT

WITCHCRAFT & WINDS
Weather Witch Book 1
by Emilia Spring

Only 99 cents! 

Burnt-out social worker Natalie Ethridge thinks she’s caught a lucky break–a free cottage from her Great-Aunt. With nothing to lose, Natalie heads for the hills, or, in this case, the mountains. Turns out the cottage comes with a big family secret—Natalie is from a long line of witches. She quickly discovers that living in a new town isn’t easy, especially when lightning strikes whenever she loses her temper!

When an orphaned eleven-year-old stands accused of murder, Natalie’s social worker instincts compel her to solve the case and clear the child, even if it means digging into painful secrets the town considers long buried. Secrets that paint a target on her back.

Between her crazy family, magic lessons, investigating a murder, and the sexy witch detective hell-bent on keeping her in line, Natalie’s not sure which one will be the death of her first–her newfound abilities or the killer.

 

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Guest Post: Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Today I’m excited to welcome Rachel Gold, author of Being Emily.

Being Emily by Rachel Gold

At its heart, Being Emily is as much a love story as a coming out story. While it centers on Emily coming out as a transgender girl, her relationship with her girlfriend Claire is the bedrock of the novel. In revising and updating the story for this expanded edition, it became clear that I needed to add more scenes between Emily and her girlfriend Claire.

Both are sixteen and in high school in rural Minnesota. Claire is bisexual and Christian and quickly becomes Emily’s biggest ally in her coming out process. But Claire also has a lot to learn and figure out as the person she thought was her boyfriend becomes more visibly her girlfriend. Toward the middle of the novel, Claire begins to enjoy falling in love again with Emily, who she already knows well and is also getting to discover again.

For the new edition I wrote an epilogue set ten years after the original story that updates Emily and Claire’s relationship. And I got to include a photo of Emily on the back cover without the hat and scarf she’s wearing on the front (because she is in Minnesota, after all).

 

In this excerpt, Emily and Claire are kissing for the first time as two people who are both openly, visibly girls:

Excerpt:

Claire flicked on the TV and started flipping though the On Demand movies, though she didn’t care what they watched. Something shallow for background noise that they didn’t have to pay attention to.

Emily came out a few minutes later with a light touch of makeup around her eyes, solid foundation, a hint of blush and a lip shimmer. She’d fluffed her hair as much as she could, but it was still too short. Her pants and sweater were gender neutral enough to work either way and she’d taken off the button-down and tie.

Claire beckoned her to the couch. If she’d thought this through, she realized, she could have cued up “I Kissed a Girl” on the iPod speakers. When Emily sat, Claire leaned forward and gently traced the side of her face. She didn’t know what to say, or to expect, so she kissed her.

It wasn’t radically different from every other kiss they’d shared. They’d been kissing since Emily had come out to her, just not making out at length like they used to. Emily’s lips were warm, soft and familiar. But the presence of lip shimmer made the kiss sticky.

Claire pulled back. “This is silly.”

“What?”

She hopped up and got tissues and makeup wipes. “The other girl I kissed wasn’t wearing anything on her lips and my lip gloss on your shimmer is yucky.”

Emily wiped off her lips. “You might be trying too hard,” she said.

“All the time,” Claire replied as she wiped off her makeup.

“Movie?” Emily asked.

She’d turned to the screen and picked up the remote, but Claire saw the flash of sadness in the dark of her eyes. If girls together took turns, it was definitely Claire’s turn. She pushed off the couch and got in front of Emily, fingers on her jaw, tipping her face up. She put her lips on Emily’s, kissing with increasing pressure until Emily’s hands went to her waist and pulled her down to the couch.

This time no sticky lip gloss got in the way. For the first few minutes of making out, part of Claire’s mind stood apart from the experience, waiting to see if anything felt new in a bad way. Emily smelled sweeter than Claire was used to and her kisses felt more tentative, but that was easy to understand.

Claire’s favorite parts of the experience hadn’t changed. She still loved strong hands on her back, and it didn’t matter if those were a boy’s or a girl’s. She appreciated being kissed carefully and thoughtfully. And she loved the feeling of melting into another human being that she cared about. She let her whole mind dissolve into that.

So much so that an hour later, she almost didn’t hear the garage door going up. At least Emily had. She lunged off the couch and into the bathroom to get her makeup off. Claire scrambled back into her shirt and clicked on a movie, fast-forwarding it to the middle so her mom would think they’d been watching it.

The downside to that, she hadn’t realized, was that Mom now expected her and “Chris” to watch the second half of the movie together, with Mom at home. Upside: she’d hastily selected Transformers, so at least Mom didn’t try to join them. Emily had already seen it with Mikey, but she settled in next to Claire and took her hand, entwining their fingers.

Nodding at the screen, after Mom had gone into her room to change, Emily whispered, “Is this your first attempt at a trans joke?”

Claire blinked at the image of car turning into a robot. “It is now,” she said. “Maybe you can use this with Mikey when you tell him.”

“He’ll expect me to have super powers.”

“Don’t you?” Claire asked and leaned into Emily.

“If turning from a robot into a person counts, then yes.”

 

Being Emily: Anniversary Edition

By Rachel Gold

They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.

They say that it gets better, be who you are and it’ll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick. Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn’t make that kind of mistake.

Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.

A story for anyone who has ever felt that the inside and outside don’t match and no one else will understand…

In this new, expanded version you will find:

  • Updated language
  • Expanded and additional scenes
  • A new note from the author
  • A new introduction
  • Emily & Claire ten years later

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Raised on world mythology, fantasy novels, comic books and magic, Rachel Gold is the author of multiple award-winning queer & trans young adult novels. She has an MFA in Writing, spent seven years as a reporter for a regional LGBTQ newspaper and fifteen years in corporate marketing. She’s an all around geek and avid gamer who teaches at the Loft Literary Center an annual class/game for teens called, “I’m Gaming as I Write This.” Even though she’s been out since the age of 15, she still doesn’t know what to wear to queer events.

 

CONNECT WITH RACHEL GOLD

Facebook / Twitter / Website

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: October 16th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases.

NEW BOOKS

 

IN THE ARMS OF A WOMAN
A Short Story Collection
by Harper Bliss

Erotica

Best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss has collected all the short stories she has penned over the years. You can find all twenty-eight of them in this sizzling hot collection.

You will encounter women of all ages, from all over the world, and practicing a myriad of professions–ranging from police officers to rock band singers and from therapists to personal trainers.

Just one piece of advice: do not read in public!

 

BREAKING THE RULES
by Larkin Rose

Erotic Romance

Virginia Ward has one goal in life: to find the funds to save her granddaddy’s service station from closure. She has no time for heroes who, in her experience, lie, cheat, and break hearts. However, her disastrous dating column in the local newspaper proves there are many other pitfalls to finding happiness.

Firefighter Carmen Johnson shuns love and commitment, believing her chosen career will likely bring about her early death. Her family is cursed and she doesn’t want to leave a loved one behind to face life alone.

Gin’s determination to stay far away from the hero, and Carmen’s goal to make the hero hater a notch on her bedpost spurs a heated competition. They find themselves battling their willpower and their bodies, where the electric energy is far more hazardous than any inferno.

Can Gin and Carmen relinquish their long-held beliefs for a happy ending? Or will the family curse finally claim the next one in line?

 

BROKEN VOWS
by MJ Williamz

Erotic Romance

Sister Mary Margaret has been a devout nun for twenty years and has never questioned her devotion to the calling. But when she develops a crush on one of her parishioners, Maryann Foster, the passion between them is irresistible and her vow of celibacy isn’t enough to keep them apart.

But can she love both Maryann and the Church? She prays for an answer, only to question whether God has truly given her a sign or if she is just afraid to leave the only real home she has ever known.

Mary Margaret must reconcile her divided heart or risk losing a love that just might be heaven sent.

 

LOVE LIKE THIS
A Seven Shores Romance
Book 4
by Melissa Brayden

Contemporary Romance

Sometimes the most imperfect match is the most perfect surprise.

Hadley Cooper believes in happily-ever-afters with her whole heart. Described by her friends as a wide-eyed, eternal optimist, she looks for the bright side in most any situation. However, when her job as the assistant manager of Silhouette, a posh boutique on Rodeo Drive, is on the line, she realizes it’s time to pull her head out of the clouds and find a way to turn business around, and that just might mean partnering with the most stubborn up-and-coming fashion designer she’s ever encountered.

Spencer Adair has a passion for fashion, but hates the fact that it rhymes. She’s serious about her designs, fiercely protective of her work, and is waiting patiently for her big break. What she didn’t plan on, however, was the unsolicited opinions of that overly-friendly blond boutique manager. Or the way her heart beats faster every time she’s around.

 

AUTUMN’S LIGHT
A Cape Cod Romance
Book 4
by Aurora Rey

Contemporary Romance

Fifth-generation lobster-woman Mat Pero loves her traditional Portuguese family and living in the lesbian hub of Provincetown, even if they feel like two different worlds. Or two different lives. Since she has no plans for them to collide, it’s not a problem.

Graham Connor is a romantic at heart, but she hasn’t had a date in over a year. She vows to let loose and have a little fun, and the charming and confident Mat is more than happy to help.

But casual hookups aren’t supposed to include romantic dinners and meeting the family. Can Mat see beyond the heartbreak that led her to keep her worlds so separate, and will Graham be waiting if she does?

 

SECRETS ON THE CLOCK
by Nicole Disney

Contemporary Romance

Jenna Thompson is a recently promoted supervisor for Child Protective Services, but she’s already having a hard time following the rules. She knows that if she dares act on her desire for her new trainee, she won’t keep her job long.

Danielle Corey’s family disowned her when she came out at seventeen, so she’s passionate about helping children who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by their families. Eager to prove herself as a new social worker, Danielle struggles with her unprofessional attraction for her new boss.

As the case they’re working on becomes more volatile, their opinions start to clash even as coworkers become suspicious of their obvious connection. Tensions rise and, with their careers and hearts in the balance, Jenna and Danielle have to decide if they’re willing to risk everything they’ve worked for to take a chance at forever.

 

BROAD AWAKENING
by Mickey Brent

Contemporary Romance

After kissing at the Belgian coast, Hélène and Sylvie find ruts in their road to eternal bliss. In this sequel to Underwater Vibes, Hélène struggles to avoid Sylvie, her sexy Greek swimming coach. Attempting to shun her deepest emotions to save her marriage, inner turmoil makes Hélène react in bizarre, self-destructive ways. An intimate dinner turns sour as Sylvie’s tempting ex lurks nearby. When Sylvie heads to the airport with a mysterious, gorgeous woman, and a psychic reveals unexpected news, Hélène must face up to her feelings or risk losing Sylvie forever.

 

THE BIG UNEASY
Around the World
Book 2
by A.E. Radley

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Rebecca has convinced Arabella to accompany her on a trip to New Orleans. Both women are struggling to figure out their new relationship as Rebecca gives Arabella the space she requests, and Arabella comes to terms with her unexpected feelings for the younger woman.

Meeting Rebecca’s friend, Jenn, gives them the chance to learn more about each other. While Jenn starts to fall for her own older woman from out of town.

The second book in the Around the World Series, following on from the smash hit success The Road Ahead.

 

A RECIPE FOR LOVE
by Lucy J. Madison

Romance

Piermont, New York. Danika Russo is 55, newly retired from a 30-year career as a mail carrier, and stuck in a rut. After putting her own needs on hold to care for her terminally ill partner and her unloving father, Danika is holed up the childhood home she inherited, a claustrophobic time warp from the 1970s complete with brown Formica and linoleum, and not sure what to do next.

Her best friend Natalie suggests making a list of things she has always wanted to do. Stepping outside her comfort zone, self-deprecating Danika opts for taking an Italian cooking class, not knowing that she will both impress the appreciative chef with her tasting skills and meet a mysterious younger woman there, Finn Gerard, who will capture her heart and teach her the recipe for love. But Finn is withholding a grim secret and, despite her initial passion, appears unable to commit to Danika fully. Will Danika allow herself to let go and fall in love for the first time in her life, even if there are no guarantees? Even if she must learn to let go?

This complex lesbian romance touches on themes of rediscovery and transformation, showing that while love can be the answer, real healing always starts from within.

 

FLOTILLA: PAYING THE TOLL
Book 4
by Erik Schubach

Romance

In this final book of the Flotilla series, the group tries to figure out just who it is that has stolen Paya Doshi’s heart as she plans a trip to America.

Meanwhile, a resident of the Flotilla Project, Emery Brown, attempts to put her life together after losing her job because of an affliction beyond her control. She has all but given up on her dream of being an architect, and now works as a toll attendant at the last toll gate in London.

A chance meeting with a stranded motorist on her way home immerses Emery in a whirlwind romance with someone she could only ever have dreamed of.

The Flotilla series is a spinoff of the bestselling London Harmony series.

 

THREE REASONS TO SAY YES
by Jaime Clevenger

Romance

When a little rest and relaxation turns into something more…

Julia Maguire can’t wait to spend two weeks in Hawaii with her best friends. She’s been dreaming about this trip for years and all she wants is to lay on a sandy beach with an icy cocktail in her hand. But those vacation goals change the moment she meets Reed Baxter.

Reed is a busy doctor with family demands. She’s in Hawaii to let go, not find love, and she’s not interested in any commitment. Adding a little heat to the vacation seems like a good idea as long as there aren’t expectations for anything more.

 

QUEEN OF HEARTS
by Sheryl Wright

Romance

Can love found on television become true love?

When the producers of the new TV reality show, Queen of Hearts, receive a last minute cancellation by one of the show’s contestants, they know their show is in jeopardy of never airing at all. Desperate for a solution, they set out to convince helicopter pilot Ally Parker to join her cousin Pam on the program. Ally reluctantly agrees, but only after being assured that she’ll be eliminated in the first round.

Erin Bogner isn’t looking for love either. Convinced by her employer to be a secret plant on the show, Erin’s job is to weed out the contestants only looking for money and help Pam find true love. Erin has no interest in anything beyond making her employer happy.

But things seem to change for everyone once the game begins. Ally finds herself meeting a contestant that stirs something deep inside. And Erin discovers it may be difficult to fulfill her mission of helping her employer at any cost.

What happens when the game they’re all playing becomes real? The world is tuning in to find out…

 

LOVE ALL
by Rachel Spangler

 

Romance

When a down-and-out tennis professional takes on the mother of a young phenom, can the two of them survive the match, or will “love all” prove that no one wins?

 

ISLE OF BROKEN YEARS
by Jane Fletcher

Fantasy Romance

Catalina de Valasco’s parents have her future fully planned. The most important step for a 17th century Spanish noblewoman being, of course, an advantageous marriage.

Unfortunately, a series of setbacks has left Catalina unwed. On a galleon bound for the Americas and her latest husband-to-be, Catalina again finds her marriage plans frustrated. Pirates capture the ship, and she is held for ransom. The danger intensifies as they sail into seas which, one day, will become known as “The Bermuda Triangle”.

Catalina enters a terrifying world that she could never have imagined or planned for. Yet of all the surprises awaiting her, the most unexpected one is love.

 

THE BODYGUARD
by Bridget Essex

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Paranormal Romance

Guarding her heart was never part of the contract…

Annie Bellfield is walking her dog early one morning when, from out of nowhere, a gorgeous stranger approaches her and starts to walk with her. The captivating woman’s name is Nova, and Annie finds her intensely attractive…

Until Nova pushes her into a black van with no windows.

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

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

 

THE UNLOCKED LEGACY
Burgundy Hart
Book 2
Lucy True

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Urban Fantasy

Unregistered warlock? Check. Date with the Witches Council? Check. Inevitable explosions? Check.

Hey, it’s not like Burgundy Jane Hart asked for this, no matter how dull life as Rock Grove’s librarian is. But ever since her father showed up and told her the truth – that she’s actually a warlock – she’s had plenty of time to think about her life choices.

Between movie nights and town meetings, not to mention an unexpected promotion, Burgundy thinks she might get the hang of this warlock thing, after all. Oh, and get the girl. (Which one? Turns out, that’s trickier than she expected.)

Except the Witches Council has other ideas and things take a dark turn even Burgundy couldn’t have foreseen. It’s live free or die when Rock Grove is placed under martial law, and only one person has the sass (or stupidity) to stand against the Finders.

Decision’s made. It’s time for Burgundy to embrace her heritage as a warlock or risk losing everything she holds dear.

 

AGAINST ALL ODDS
by Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, M. Ullrich

Romance / Intrigue & Thriller

Police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens are complete strangers who experience an instant attraction during a moment of shared misery: trying on bridesmaids’ dresses. But their flirtation comes to an abrupt end when Bradley Richter enters Angelina’s Bridal Boutique determined to end every life in the store. He’s deranged, heartbroken, and sure of his sharpshooting skills, but he has miscalculated. Two survive.

Peyton is determined to capture the guy who killed eleven people, but for Tory the tragedy is a wake up call to open herself up to more than professional success. She and Peyton learn that love can be found in the most hopeless of places. They escaped death once, but will they survive when Bradley’s determined to make his kill rate one-hundred percent?

 

FLESH AND GOLD
Cantor Gold Crime Series
Book 4
by Ann Aptaker

Crime & Mystery / Historical

Havana, 1952, a city throbbing with pleasure and danger, where the Mob peddles glamor to the tourists and there’s plenty of sex for sale. In the swanky hotels and casinos, and the steamy, secretive Red Light district of the Colón, Cantor Gold, dapper art thief and smuggler, searches the streets and brothels for her kidnapped love, Sophie de la Luna y Sol. Cantor races against time while trying to out run the deadly schemes of American mobsters and the gunsights of murderous local gangs.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

JUST FOR SHOW
by Jae
narrated by Angela Dawe

Romance

When Claire, an overachieving psychologist with OCD tendencies, hires Lana, an impulsive, out-of-work actress for a fake relationship, she figures the worst she’ll have to endure are the messes Lana leaves around. It’s only for a few months anyway. And it’s not as if she’ll enjoy all those fake kisses and loving looks. Right?


 

NIGHT CAP
Open Tab
Book 3
by JA Armstrong

narrated by Jill Smith

Romance

It’s autumn in Whiskey Springs, Vermont, and more than the leaves have changed color. Life has never been better for Fallon Foster. Her relationship with the town’s newest citizen, Riley Main, is progressing as Fallon had hoped. Fallon finally believes she may get the family she’s dreamed of. Her business is thriving, and her friendship with her former lover, Andi Maguire, is back on track.

Meanwhile, Andi has been spending time with a local nurse named Billie Steele. The pair have become nearly inseparable, sharing dinners, cocktails, laughs, and long walks. After Andi’s short trip to visit her eldest son at college, she realizes that her feelings for the affable nurse have changed. Each will have to overcome fear and insecurity cultivated by past relationships if they hope to build something together.

The colorful cast of characters that gather at Murphy’s Law will have plenty of news to share and stories to tell. Babies on the way, proposals to plan, and confessions to make bring both laughter and tears for the familiar faces of Whiskey Springs.

Just when life seems to find its footing, the unthinkable will turn the town upside down. Even in small town New England, can you ever truly know anyone?

Night Cap is the third installment in the Open Tab series by best-selling author JA Armstrong.


 

FINDING YOU
The Vincetti Series
Book 2
by Emma Nichols
narrated by Nicole Blessing

Romance

On the back of a recent break up and her mum’s shocking news, Anna wasn’t looking for love, but it found her…

Lauren Vincenti comes from wealth. Her family has owned their famous vineyard in Corsica for generations and they have a personal reputation to protect. Married to Rachel, she lives and works in London as a lawyer. That is, until her father commits suicide and she is required to play her part in the family business.

Anna is an up and coming artist, following in her highly successful mother’s footsteps. Her chance meeting with the seductive Vincenti, and their spontaneous dinner together, changes her life forever. Is there such a thing as love at first sight? Can she ever trust again, and what happens when she does?



 

GIVEAWAYS

 

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My whole life I have loved women: Guest Post by Lise Weil

Please welcome Lise Weil, author of In Search of Pure Lust.

My whole life I have loved women

I began falling in love with women at age three (my kindergarten teacher, Miss Moffatt) and went on to have regular crushes on friends on teachers and on movie stars throughout my childhood and young adulthood.  After officially coming out in 1976 at the age of twenty-five, I threw myself headlong into a series of passionate relationships. In 1982 I founded the first of two feminist journals I would publish and edit over the next twenty-nine years.  During that time, I also participated in and hosted women’s circles of all kinds. I am still today gathering women for writing or dream groups and publishing a journal devoted to women’s words and artwork—so you could say that in one way or another my whole adult life has been devoted to women.

“My whole life I have loved women” are in fact the first words of my memoir. But as I wrote it, the story turned out to be a whole lot more complicated than that. Because none of those passionate relationships lasted very long. And when, some thirteen years after embarking on them, I took my first real look back, what I saw was a pattern of heady, rapturous beginnings, tortured middles and dramatic, excruciating endings. At around this time it began to occur to me that, although loving women had been the main theme of my life and I had come to believe it was the essence of feminism, when it came to my own life I didn’t have a clue how to do it.  Not, at least, with my lovers.

When I first started writing my memoir, some fifteen years ago, what I wanted to write about was lesbian desire. Lesbian desire had been the single most transformative force in my life and I wanted to try and convey the exhilaration of desiring and being desired by a woman, how it opened up realms of possibility beyond anything I’d imagined—and also, how from the very start it was inseparable from my desire for a different world, a world with women at the center of it.  The longer I wrote about desire, though, the clearer it became that when it came to loving women it had been a troublemaker, to put it mildly. In the communities I was part of desire was our guiding light. Lesbian eros was a precious resource and should never be blocked! When love and desire came together as they did for me over and over again in those years, I inhabited a state of bliss: “Pure Lust” I called it. But desire, as I had to admit in the process of writing my memoir, was not sustainable. It was “a wild card… wayward and unpredictable. It reared its head when I was feeling wary, estranged—abused, even. It flagged when I was fondest and most trusting. It trumped love, over and over again.”

I was living in Montague, Mass, when it came home to me that in my career of loving women something had gone dreadfully wrong. Yet another lover had left me with biting words and looking back all I could see was wreckage; of the five important relationships I had had during those years, nothing it seemed had been salvaged.  At the same time, as editor of a feminist journal, I was embroiled in political battles that seemed to mirror the turmoil of my personal life. I remember biking to a nearby pond with a prayer arrow a friend had given to me and launching that arrow into the water with my prayer “Help me—teach me—to love women.”  

Help did come, but not overnight. Out of sheer desperation I had already begun sitting zazen in Cambridge with a woman roshi. Now I began to step up my practice and, from hours and hours of sitting on that cushion, to learn a different way to relate to desire—at the very least, not to be jerked around by it.  For many years after I would experience myself as a duelling ground between spacious, temperate Zen mind and hotheaded lesbian desire—and Zen mind did not always win out. Over time, though, what I learned from that practice—several years of good therapy helped too—was to lead with the heart. This had a way of bringing desire to heel, and it turned out to be great medicine for my love relationships, which began to actually endure. I also became kinder and less reactive in political contexts. (Feminism had taught me many things but leading with the heart was not one of them!) But none of this is past tense. Though I feel far less clueless today in the matter of loving women, I would also have to say I’m a lifelong learner.     

 

IN SEARCH OF PURE LUST

 

When Lise Weil came out in 1976, she came out into a land that was all on fire. Lesbian desire was the pulsing center of an entire way of life, a culture, a movement. The air throbbed with possibility. At the center of In Search of Pure Lust is Weil’s immersion in this culture, this movement: the grand experiment of lesbian feminism of the ’70s and ’80s. She and the women around her lived in a state of heightened erotic intensity that was, she believed, the source of their most vital knowledge. Desire was their guiding light. But after fifteen years of torrid but ultimately failed relationships that tended to mirror the tumultuous political currents swirling around her, she had to admit that desire was also a conduit for childhood wounds. It reared its head when she was feeling wary, estranged― abused, even. It flagged when she was fondest and most trusting. And it tended to trump love, over and over again.

In the mid-’80s, when a friend asked Weil to accompany her on a Zen retreat, she was desperate enough to say yes. Her first day of sitting zazen was mostly hell―but smitten with the (female) roshi, she stuck with it, later returning for sesshin after sesshin. A period of difficult self-examination ensued and, over a period of years, she began to learn an altogether different approach to desire. Ultimately, what her search for pure lust uncovered is something that looks a lot like love.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Lise Weil is a Chicago-born writer, editor and translator. Her memoir, In Search of Pure Lust, was just published by She Writes Press. She was founder and editor of the US feminist review Trivia: A Journal of Ideas (in 1982) and of its online offshoot Trivia: Voices of Feminism (in 2003)Her collection of Mary Meigs’ writings on aging, Beyond Recall, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.  In 2014 she founded the online journal Dark Matter: Women Witnessing as a home for writing and artwork responding to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. She has lived in Montreal since 1990 and spends summers in a cabin in the woods north of the city where she hosts annual writing retreats for women centered around dreamwork.  

 

CONNECT WITH LISE WEIL

Facebook / Trivia: Voices of Feminism / She Writes Press / Dark Matter

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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