Bad Librarian by Cara Malone

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Cara Malone is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, Cara is giving away 1 ecopy of Good Vibes. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Cara.

Bad Librarian

Some of you may know that before I was a full-time author, I was a college librarian. I loved that job, but the one thing I didn’t expect when I took it was that a large part of my duties would be classroom visits to teach students how to research and use the library’s resources.

Now, typical writer-introvert that I am, I was not confident teaching these lessons at first. I could explain the databases one-on-one until I was blue in the face, but the idea of thirty sets of eyes all staring blankly at me while I stood at the front of the room… yikes! But it was part of my job, so I was determined to do it well.

I spent a few weeks shadowing the other librarians and getting familiar with the lessons, and I fumbled my way through my first few classroom visits. But then I started to get comfortable – I knew what I was talking about and the instructors were always welcoming when I came into their classrooms.

Sometimes, they were a little too welcoming.

One day, I looked at the library lecture schedule, gathered my materials, and confidently walked to the classroom. I knocked and the instructor seemed surprised to see me there so soon – I guess I was a few minutes early, but he set aside his materials and gave me the floor. I spent the next 30 minutes teaching a roomful of students about the nursing databases we had available, and they looked confused so I slowed down and explained more – it happens sometimes, but I was getting a little bit frustrated because they all seemed lost and yet no one was asking any questions.

It was not until the very end of my presentation, when I invited them to come down to the library for individual help since no one seemed to want to engage in the lesson, that a girl in the back of the room politely raised her hand and informed me that this was a business management class and none of the students in the room were in nursing school.

Oops!

I turned to the instructor, wondering why he’d let me commandeer his class. He just shrugged and said, “You sounded like you were supposed to be here.”

Apparently, sometimes you can have too much confidence!

GIVEAWAY

GOOD VIBES

by Cara Malone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

An eccentric adult shop owner. An agoraphobic game collector. A romantic comedy about finding love and self-acceptance in the strangest places.

Opposites attract when Theo offers to help Libby with her shop, but will they be brave enough to play the game of love?

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    1 Ecopy of Good Vibes

Good Vibes Giveaway

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Cara. I write lesbian fiction with drama, depth and plenty of heat, including the bestselling Lakeside Hospital medical romance series and Rainbow Award honorable mention The Rules of Love. My books are for you if you’re a fan of contemporary romance, if you love strong women who aren’t afraid to also be vulnerable, and if you like a little heat with your love stories.

I also really love to talk to my readers, so don’t be shy! You can most often find me on Twitter.

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The Streak by Les Mood

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Les Mood is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, you can download a free book by Les on Amazon. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the freebie.

Take it away, Les.

THE STREAK

There was alcohol involved. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. A number years ago I was attending a conference that was being held at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. I had stayed at that hotel the previous year and it was way too snooty for my tastes. I had been told about a small boutique hotel a few blocks away and decided to try it out. This establishment, which will remain nameless (because I can’t remember the name) had once been apartments so the rooms were not the typical hotel layout. My suite consisted of a sitting room, sleeping room plus the bathroom which was across from the door. The hotel boasted an antique cage elevator than ran up the center of the building in which the passengers were visible from three sides, reminiscent of the elevator in “Last Tango in Paris.”

Following the workshops on the second day of the conference I went to dinner with a group of friends; a dinner that involved drinks beforehand, wine with the meal, and more drinks after dinner. By the time a cab took me back to my hotel, much later, the world was spinning just a bit. As I went in I noticed there was no one at the front desk, only a handwritten sign saying that the manager was ill, but in an emergency could be reached at room 2XX – I was too far gone to make note of the number.

Riding up to the fourth floor I realized that the elevator was not only picturesque, it was noisy, and I was hoping it didn’t wake the other guests. I got to my room, stripped, and fell into bed.

Sometime later my bladder woke me up, reminding me of just how much I’d had to drink. I made my way down the hall and stepped through the door on my right. As the door shut behind me I realized three things: 1) The bathroom had been on the left. 2) The click I heard was me being locked out in the hallway. 3) I was naked.

I looked around for something to cover myself with, no luck. There was a small table with flowers in a vase at the end of the hall, but did it have a tablecloth? Oh hell no. Not even a doily. I was not going to ride exposed on the clackety elevator, so I tiptoed down four flights of stairs to the front desk, acutely aware of the peepholes on all the doors I passed. From the front desk I had to tiptoe back up to the manager’s room on the second floor. I knocked with what I hoped was enough sound to wake him, but not enough to get the attention of everyone else on the floor. Eventually he came to the door, looking sick as advertised. I will say this for the man, after one glance confirmed my nakedness, he kept his eyes above my shoulders. Hey, it was San Francisco – he’d probably seen worse.

He was not going to walk up to the fourth floor. We rode the noisy elevator, me plastered to the back wall pretending I was invisible. I left the light on in the bathroom the rest of the night. As I checked out the following morning, the way the desk clerk was trying to hide his smirk told me that the story of my midnight streak had been passed around the staff.

Epilogue: I am certain there was no connection, but a few months later the hotel closed and the building was torn down. Nope, no connection at all.

 

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  (Ends April 5th)

THE TASTE OF CYN

by Les Mood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lou did not want to go to the New Year’s Eve party, but her sister Sheila bullied her into it. She was determined not to enjoy herself. Then she met Cyn. They talked. They flirted. They danced. They kissed – or at least Cyn kissed her. Lou couldn’t understand why the woman kept apologizing for the kisses.

Cyn got a little drunk New Year’s Eve and somehow ended up kissing her co-worker’s sister. Several times. She apologized for the kisses and hoped Lou wouldn’t hold them against her. She was relieved when Sheila told her Lou wanted to see her again. Their first real date turned epic when they were caught in a Nebraska ice storm and ended up spending the night at Cyn’s apartment. There were unicorns involved. And more kissing.

Even though Lou had never dated a woman before, her mother thought it was a wonderful idea. Even though Cyn had always dated women, her mother thought it was a terrible idea. Then Cyn’s boss ordered them not to date.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

I learned to read at age four, and have devoured book ever since. After spending nineteen frigid winters in Nebraska, I moved to Arkansas a few years ago. It was here that I read my first lesbian romance novel and was immediately hooked. There is something magical in stories about two women falling in love. In 2019 I graduated from reader to author.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 31st Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. 

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbm@iheartlesfic.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

PLAYING CATCH-UP

by Zoey Lennox

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Twenty-three-year-old Alexis Lenz’s life is a mess: she hates her job, has lost touch with most of her friends, and her love life is non-existent.

When she meets LGBTQ youth counsellor Ramie Ramirez at a dinner party, sparks fly. But Ramie is still putting herself back together after an acrimonious split from her long-term girlfriend and is only looking for something casual. If living with the repercussions of her ex’s lies has taught her one thing, it’s to keep her heart locked up tight.

As the two women begin to date, Alexis finds herself in a predicament. She’s never dated a woman before and is afraid Ramie will dump her sorry arse once she finds out.

What’s a girl to do? A little white lie can’t hurt, can it? It’s not like they’re going to do something stupid like fall in love…

 

GOODE NEWS
A Goode Girl Series: Book 2

by J.J. Arias

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Rivals find the line between love and hate is even thinner than they knew in this addictive and steamy lesbian romance. 

After years of hard work as a news anchor, Valentina is at the top of her game. But when the promise of her own show fails to materialize, she learns that her new, and highly unwanted, co-anchor Madison is to blame. Resentful that the too young and unproven Madison has stolen what’s hers, Valentina sets her sights on a national morning show in New York. In the meantime, she does her best to avoid Madison. A difficult task when they have to feign friendliness on-air.

Free-spirited Madison has no idea why the uptight Valentina is so impossible to please. She’s always won people over with her charm, but every attempt at befriending the ice queen only makes her more hostile. When she learns about a job in New York, she decides it’s time to leave tiny Tallahassee behind.

Both their plans get derailed after a hurricane threatens the Northern Florida coast. When the two women are forced to work together without time for snarky comments and oneupmanship, they see each other in a completely different light.

 

UNADULTERATED SOMETHING

by MJ Duncan

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Emma Beauchamp and Campbell Jordan’s rivalry on the ice was legendary. Retirement should have closed that chapter of their lives, but when Campbell joins the faculty at Stonebridge—the prestigious Berkshires boarding school where Emma now teaches—it takes on a brand new life. There’s plenty of distrust and lingering animosity, but as circumstances force them to find a way to not only coexist, but work together, Emma and Campbell find that being on the same team isn’t as awful as they’d feared. Will their years spent battling it out for team and country be too much to overcome? Or will they finally acknowledge the truth behind the electric connection they share?

 

CLAIMING CAMILLE

by Louise McBain

Camille Robbins is determined to stay on the partnership track at the prestigious San Francisco law firm of Walker and Jenkins—and that’s meant putting love on the back burner for the past seven years.

But now Camille is back in her hometown of Washington, DC to care for her ailing father, and back at the DC branch of the law firm where she worked years ago. Returning to the office means returning to face her former boss and lover, the incomparable Mia Shannon.

To complicate matters, Camille begins a wild journey with the daughter of the firm’s biggest client—the fiery redhead Hannah Richards—even though she knows that Hannah is strictly off-limits.

With Mia determined to throw a wrench in the works, will the hurt feelings of a spurned lover ruin any chance they might have? Or will Hannah see beyond the chaos and lies to finally claim Camille’s heart…

 

RED BUSH AND LEMON

by Alysia D. Evans

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lucy works happily in the library; but beneath her exterior are traumatic incidents which have affected the decisions she has made. Marrying Wes was one of them. A holiday in Botswana with her friends is just what she needs to ponder her life. Meeting Jaz completely disrupts her life. A lesbian romance with an adventurous twist.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

MADDIE MEETS KARA
Book 1

by D. R. Coghlan

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Who is her enemy? Who is her friend? And what really happened that night?

After her wealthy, privileged upbringing Maddie finds University strange and scary, but she’s desperate to escape her overbearing family. She shudders at the co-ed showers and the grotty dorm room, but worst of all is that girl with dreadlocks. Every time Maddie sees her, her stomach flips and things end badly.

After Maddie’s drink is spiked, she wakes with no memory of the night before. Why is she wearing different clothes? And who’s black shirt is that on her floor? She’s desperate to find out what happened and who did it.

Disowned by her conservative family, Kara could write the book on how to chat up a girl. To her sex is a game, a game she enjoys and usually wins … until she meets Maddie. For the longest time she carries the answers to Maddie’s questions, waiting … waiting …

D. R. Coghlan writes angsty, but fun and spicy lesfic romance. Maddie Meets Kara can be read as a standalone and is the first book in her sassy new Maddie and Kara series. Grab your copy of this fresh new page turner now to see how these star-crossed lovers deal with their sh*t.


LETTERS TO ARIEL

by Natalie Brunwick

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Falling for her best friend is one thing, but when that friend also happens to be her boss? There are only so many lines Shannon’s willing to cross and taking on an office romance isn’t one of them.

But what happens if Libby crosses that line for her?

Shannon’s about to find out.

This title was previously published under Kiera Marks and has been significantly altered to be more in line with how I write now.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

ONE MORE NIGHT

by Marian Snowe

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Hazel Greco’s chocolate shop is finding its feet and she’s on the road to success. While traveling for business, she meets Audrey Vaughn, a gorgeous and charismatic TV personality. Audrey sweeps her off her feet for a night of passion and romance, no strings attached. The two women part, assuming they’ll never cross paths again.

They’re proven wrong when Audrey’s TV show wants to feature Hazel in an episode. The chemistry between them picks up right where it left off, and it becomes clear that Audrey wants Hazel for a starring role in the bedroom too. One more night of fun is more than Hazel ever expected to get, so why not dive right in? After all, chances are slim that fate will throw them together yet again.

When Audrey shows up at her door a year later, Hazel isn’t sure whether fate is working for her or against her. Audrey still is still captivating, but things have changed. Hazel has a girlfriend now… One who is acting strangely possessive.

No matter how good they could be together, Audrey and Hazel just can’t make it work. They say lightning never strikes twice, but what if the third time really is the charm?

 

RIDE THE WAVE

by Natasha West

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Natalie Silver is painfully single. But that doesn’t mean she’s up for being sent on a lesbian singles cruise by her pushy sister. Damn non-refundable tickets. Still, at least she’s got an excuse to get away from work for a week. Away from pressure and long hours, not to mention her annoyingly perfect boss, Eden Tyler. But there’s one problem. Eden is on the same cruise. Because her life isn’t quite as perfect as Natalie thinks. She’s struggling with finding love too. She can’t believe it when she finds herself sharing a singles cruise with her most intimidating employee, the smart and stoic Natalie. But between the various dramas of the lesbian singletons aboard the boat, Natalie and Eden are about to find out that they’re more alike than they could have dreamed.

 

WEDDINGS AND OTHER THINGS I HATE

by Elizabeth McGivern

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jane McMahon has finally got it all figured out. Happy in her relationship, crushing it at work and no longer trying to sabotage her own happiness; things couldn’t be better. With her sister’s wedding around the corner, she is determined to be the best maid-of-honour in history.

Helen Childers is on track to start her new course as a nurse and is finally coming to terms with the loss of mother but with Jane mentioning her hopes of their own wedding in the future, it puts their whole relationship in jeopardy.

With an expected death, a hen-party and a wedding in the mix, Jane’s bubble of perfection is well and truly burst. Can the couple get over their differences and face the future together or will this be the final act of their love story?

Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, family drama and unexpected love. A must read for fans of zany romance with small town charm.

Weddings and Other Things I Hate is the third book in a series of comedic contemporary F/F romance novellas. If you like eccentric characters, fast-paced and razor-sharp wit, then you’ll love the third book in Elizabeth McGivern’s ‘Things I Hate’ series.

 

ROMANTIC ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

A STEPPING STONE
Jems & Jamz: Book 7

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

Before Ziggy Johnson was a member of Jems and Jamz, she struggled through several ups and downs in the heart of Chicago. Learn about what experiences brought to to where she is today and how her musical dreams came to fruition.

 

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

MALEVOLENT MALICE
Book 27

by K’Anne Meinel

Alice’s accident puts an immense strain on the family dynamic that no one could have anticipated. Its far-reaching impact will alter their family in more ways than one.

 

 

FANTASY

 

SELLSWORDS & SPELLWEAVERS: BONE TRADERS
Book 1

by Rachel Ford

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A missing giant. A sinister conspiracy. A decision that will change the fate of a jarldom.

The bone trade is big business. Black market buyers will offer many silvers for fresh giant bone, to carve into charms or use in dark enchantments.

When cloaked men kidnap the giant Njal Frostborn, everyone knows why. He’s destined to be murdered and sold in that terrible trade.

His best friend, apprentice wizard Idun Wintermoon, is determined to save him from that terrible fate. But to do so, she must defy the head of her order, and face powers far beyond her ability. To survive, she’s going to need an ally. Luckily for her, Lissette Forlatt – a down-on-her-luck sellsword – is on the case. Together, they’ll brave worse than the elements and rogue mages in their quest to save Njal. What they discover might shake the jarldom to its core.

If they live long enough to tell the story.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

ENTICED BY LOVE

by Lynn Lawler

Imagine your life as a medium whom many don’t understand. Along comes a beautiful woman who has her eye on you and says, “Why don’t you tell me about Love?”

However, a past love hinders you from moving forward. Soon, secrets come forth revealing shocking truths. What do you do?

 

A TOUCH OF MURDER
The Mika and Leah Cross Saga: Book 4

by Donna Raider

Set your Kindle on fire with 366 Pages of the hottest love story you’ll ever read. Immortal lovers Mika and Leah Cross continue to struggle against an ancient evil dispensing its own form of justice against those it considers evil. They grow increasingly concerned as their children’s safety becomes an issue. Determined to protect their offspring the angel and the witch wrestle with their decision to leave New York and move to a safer place. You will hold your breath during the love scenes and gasp during the death scenes. This Lesbian thriller has it all: smoking hot passion, Action, Adventure and Suspense. There is no place to hide from Karma.

 

SCI-FI / SUPERHERO

 

EVER THE HERO
Book 1

by Darby Harn

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Superheroes are big business. Imagine not being able to afford them.

Kit Baldwin just wants to make rent. The only work she can find in the ruins of her devastated city is scavenging for alien technology. When she finds a powerful alien weapon, her discovery pays off more than she could have hoped: it draws the attention of the most powerful of the superhuman Empowered, Valene.

Valene hears everything, everywhere. She suffers for it, and as they begin a precipitous romance, Kit believes she can use the weapon she’s scavenged to mitigate Valene’s pain. If she can’t, Valene will retreat to the soundlessness of space. Without Valene’s compassion, the stricken city is left to the mercy of Valene’s ruthless father, who denies the assistance the city needs unless it can pay for it.

As Valene’s condition worsens, Kit becomes more desperate and unleashes the full power of the alien weapon. In an instant, she is transformed into a being of cosmic power. She can acquire the knowledge and energy of anything – or anyone – she touches.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

ALL I SEE IS YOU

by Lily Hammond

Available in Kindle Unlimited

In 1932, Eliza Sparrow walks straight off the boat from England to New Zealand into a nightmare. Unable to speak or write, and with the death of her mother during the voyage, Eliza is alone, without any means, without any hope. Unless she meets someone willing to help her.

Maxine and Ruth have opened their home to destitute women, sheltering those they can from the worst of the Depression. When they find Eliza, they are determined to aid and protect her.

Never though, did they think they’d have to protect Eliza from their dear friend Clemency. Like them, Clemency loves other women, but unlike the happily ‘married’ Maxine and Ruth, Clemency is lonely, unable to find a lover she really connects with. When she meets Eliza, no one thinks it could be serious and Clemency would simply be taking advantage of the speechless Eliza, her attraction never possibly other than a passing desire.

No one took into account however, that the heart has its own language, and it’s one that Eliza can speak perfectly well.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK

by Aurora Rey
narrated by Keira Grace

Julia Pierce can think of nothing more humiliating than her wife of eight years leaving her for her personal trainer. Oh, wait. She can. Without a career or a place to go when that exact thing happens, she’s forced to move home and take a job at her family’s winery.

Taylor Winslow has been in love with Julia since tenth grade. Not the desperate, pining sort, but the kind that never really went away. When Julia reappears, Taylor has a chance to finally win her heart. The only problem? Julia’s hell-bent on making up for lost time by dating every eligible lesbian in town.

Signing on as Julia’s wingman may land Taylor in the friend zone for good, but it’s a gamble she’s willing to take. With Taylor in her corner, will Julia find love, and herself, where she least expects it?

 

CHASING SHADOWS

by Lila Bruce
narrated by Caroline McLaughlin

Avery Smith, who returned to her hometown of Bethel Springs after time spent away in the big city, is finally beginning to absorb the culture shock and settle into her job at the local Sheriff’s Department. The pay’s not great, there’s a decided lack of decent coffee and available women in town, but those are sacrifices she’s willing to make to in order to be closer to her aging and increasingly eccentric grandmother. When the discovery of a dead body in the county coincides with the arrival of attractive but irritating TV personality Cameron Reinhart, Avery has to put aside her feelings of skepticism and disbelief when Cam claims to have seen Avery’s murder victim – after she was murdered.

 

PROJECT LAUGHTER

Welcome to Project Laughter. At least once a week, hopefully more, I’ll post a guest blog from a lesfic author sharing an embarrassing moment in their lives to help us laugh.

Check out Email Fail by Leslye Marks for a laugh. Leslye is giving away signed copies of A Time of Perfect Change and Changes Still to Come.

Anna Ferrara provides chuckles with her Before My Gaydar Properly Developed guest post. Anna is giving away 1 ecopy of Eritis Mea.

Authors if you’d like to get involved in the project, see this page for more details.


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Before My Gaydar Properly Developed by Anna Ferrara

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Anna Ferrara is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, Anna is giving away 1 ecopy of Eritis Mea. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Anna.

Before My Gaydar Properly Developed

My funny-but-also-not-exactly-funny-funny moment happened back when I was in college, before my gaydar had properly developed, way before I learned how to out myself to other gay women in public…

It was the morning of scriptwriting class and I was in the throes of a crush on some girl I had only just hung out with the night before so my mind was swirling on and on around everything she had said and done when around me, and how pretty she was, and how clever, and how perfect, and oh how wonderful, rainbows and butterflies… when all of a sudden…

… I was forced out of my daze because the professor—who was about ten years older than me and really ‘academic-looking’, if you can imagine what that means—was staring right into my eyes with the most unusual expression on her face, all while effortlessly delivering her lecture for the rest of the class.

Back in awareness of reality, I realised I had been looking in the professor’s general direction the whole time my mind had been filled with lovey-dovey thoughts—and had likely been gazing directly into her eyes with a rather smitten, lovestruck expression for a really, really long time.

Thus, it seemed now, from her expression, she had somehow inferred I might be madly in love with HER.

I was startled, of course, and was just about dying from the embarrassment, bewilderment and awkwardness of that strange, strange moment, when just as suddenly, without warning…

… that professor looked my way again, while still going on and on about scriptwriting techniques, and gave me another look which, somehow, within a mere split second, managed to plant the idea in my mind that… she, proper and academic as she might look, might be attracted to women too.

Needless to say, I was dumbstruck for the rest of that class and forgot all about my crush for the rest of the day too.

That very professor would later offer me a ride home a few times after school, and I would go on to ask her for a ride to school a few other times…

Though nothing romantic ended up happening between us, nor did we ever talk outright about our sexualities during those strange, awkwardly slow car rides, I did get an ‘A’ for scriptwriting without really trying (likely because I began hanging on to her every word from that day on), and her hair did get shorter as the months went by, while she simultaneously began wearing shirts more often than blouses.

A couple of years later, while on a date with the Dean of that school (which is another story better suited to Project Strange-Things-We-Say-Yes-To-Because-We’re-In-The-Closet), I found out that my dear scriptwriting professor had gone around “declaring herself a hardcore lesbian” (the Dean’s words, not mine).

I had to pretend so hard to look surprised.

GIVEAWAY

ERITIS MEA

by Anna Ferrara

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What would you do if you were raised Christian and also head over heels in love with someone of the same sex? In this horror story laden with multiple endings, supernatural events and many surprises, the fate of our protagonists will depend on the choices you make on their behalf.

How will you behave when life pushes you beyond the boundaries of what you and your religion know to be possible, or true? Would you put your trust in faith or love when that happens? Would you be able to survive?

  • 1 winner
  • Prize:
    1 Ecopy of Eritis Mea

Eritis Mea Giveaway

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Anna Ferrara discovered the beauty of writing when in the throes of unrequited heartache while growing up as a closeted lesbian  in a conservative country. She has since put her experiences to good  use by writing five novels about the hardships, and wonders, of  female-female attraction.

CONNECT WITH ANNA FERRARA

Twitter / Website

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Email Fail by Leslye Marks

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Leslye Marks is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, Leslye is giving away signed copies of A Time of Perfect Change and Changes Still to Come. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Leslye.

Email Fail by Leslye Marks

For close to 25 years, I’ve been fortunate to work for a fantastic company. I love the owners, and we’ve always had a great working relationship. We share a common vision of making sure to always take care of our customers, but feel that it’s ok to have fun in the process. Because of the particular environment that we work in, we have to make sure to maintain a professional atmosphere, so most of our teasing and practical jokes remain mostly behind-the-scenes occurrences.

I’m sure this will seem like a foreign concept to a lot of really young readers, but the internet was just becoming popular in our area when I started working at the company. In fact, for the first couple of years, we were actually on dial-up. (Don’t worry, I won’t break into woeful tales of walking barefoot to school in the snow, uphill both ways, etc.). We were trying to figure out how best to make this new technology work in our office, and email became our preferred mode of communication in most cases. When one of my bosses, in particular, would come up to ask me a question, he’d always stick his head in and jokingly ask if he was interrupting my porn viewing time. Can you even imagine the staggeringly slow video you’d have to endure if you were watching anything on dial-up? But, my answer would always be that I was, but I didn’t mind pausing it since he was the one who paid my salary. This became a running joke around the office, and we all got a laugh out of it.

One day as I was working away, I heard the familiar announcement of “You’ve Got Mail.” I clicked on the email, which was from my boss, and he was asking me to write a check to a local church charity and was letting me know that the pastor would be by later that afternoon to pick it up. Being the good employee that I am, I answered back and told him that I’d be happy to get the check ready, but I hoped that he didn’t stop by during my porn viewing time.

It seemed like I’d just clicked “send” when I heard him coming up the hallway, laughing hysterically. He stuck his head in the door and asked if I noticed what I’d done on my reply. When I said that I hadn’t, he told me to check it out. I felt sure I’d most likely earned myself a one-way ticket to hell when I realized what I’d done. Rather than just clicking “reply,” I chose “reply all,” so my response went back to my boss, the pastor, and all of the members of the board of this particular church charity. I felt a sudden flush of embarrassment wash over me, and I typed up a quick email apologizing to everyone and explaining that it was just a bad joke on my part.

The worst part of it all was when the pastor stopped by later that afternoon to pick up the check, which I’d conveniently left upfront so that I wouldn’t have to face him. He had a loud, booming voice that carried throughout the office, and I heard him ask the secretary if he could see me. I still owe her a kidney because she fibbed and said that I was in a meeting. He asked if he could leave me a note. He was always known to be a very serious, no-nonsense kind of guy, so, of course, I was expecting a bible verse or two, maybe a special invitation to a prayer service, something like that. His note just said, “Thank you for the best laugh that I’ve had in years! Porn isn’t often a laughing matter within the church, but, thanks to you, it will be when it’s between the charity board and me. Be blessed!”.

To this day, I STILL have that note taped to the side of my computer screen, and I STILL check and recheck every single email that I send, to make damn sure that I steer clear of the “reply all” option!

GIVEAWAY

A TIME OF PERFECT CHANGE
Taylor & Kaitlyn: Book 1

by Leslye Marks

Available in Kindle Unlimited

How could any teacher look forward to a mandatory meeting during their Summer Break?

Kaitlyn Collins has enough stress in her life without being forced to go to an Educator’s Conference during her Summer Break, but she doesn’t have a lot of choice in the matter. She’s been struggling to figure out where her life is going, so she thinks maybe a weekend away may not be such a bad thing. A chance encounter and a warped sense of humor will shake her life up in ways she never saw coming.

Taylor Ables thinks attending an Educator’s Conference is a giant waste of time and money. She’s happy with her life even though she’s sworn off love after having her heart broken a few years ago. Will this year’s meeting force her to step outside of her comfort zone and learn that sometimes it’s worth taking a chance for the possibility of love?

Just how far will a person go to change their life?

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Leslye Marks Giveaway

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Leslye Marks is a first time author, longtime socially awkward dork, and lover of life.

She lives near Atlanta, Ga with her wife, a menagerie of pets, and the last of their three kids who hasn’t left the nest yet.

If you’d like to check out her debut works, they are both available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

She’s currently working on the third installment in the series. She’d love it if you had time to check them out.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 24th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. 

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbm@iheartlesfic.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A WOMAN COMPLETE
A Woman Lost: Book 7

by TB Markinson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lizzie is starting to figure out life, right when fate decides to destroy every facet of her world.

After the birth of her son and adopting a daughter, Lizzie learns her latest book deal is toast. But that’s not all. External forces are out to ruin Lizzie’s career and reputation, threatening her ability to support and protect her wife and four children. But who is behind the attacks? And why?

Simultaneously, a mom-bully has set her sights on Lizzie and a crackpot social media group is spreading malicious rumors about her.

As Lizzie’s world crumbles around her, she can’t burden her wife, since Sarah is struggling to recover from a caesarean. Lizzie turns to a new friend, but will they be able to stop the destruction before Lizzie loses everything she’s worked so hard to get?

 

THREE’S A CROWD

by Cynthia Dane & Hildred Billings

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Maya, a mild-mannered grocery store manager in Los Angeles, gets more than she bargained for when not one, but TWO women ask her out back to back. Yet what begins as merely playing the field soon turns into the craziest winter of her life!

Jocie the sports agent is charismatic and adores every inch of Maya’s body. Loren the liberal arts professor shows Maya pieces of herself she didn’t know existed. Except Maya has no idea that these two crazy cool women have history. Together.

And now she’s part of that history! (This is a menage romance.)

 

TEMPTING HER

by Chloe Peterson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When her boss asks her to pretend to be her fiance to secure a client, personal assistant Carly is caught between a rock and a hard place.

If she goes through with the agreement, she’ll have the bargaining power to get something she’s wanted for a long time. But that means traveling to Singapore and spending twenty-four hours a day with a woman she’s starting to find difficult to resist.

Carly goes on the trip with the best of intentions but quickly realizes that the connection between her and Robin is far more complicated than she ever thought. Heated glances and stolen kisses are just the tip of the iceberg…

 

BLOOM

The Kaleidoscope Album: Book 4

by Bryce Oakley

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Everything is going perfectly for drummer Meghan Koo when The Shrikes land the amazing opportunity to have a live show and album special produced. Everything except when the record label taps Collins to produce — given that she did an incredible job on The Shrikes’ Kaleidoscope album. When the opportunity arises for Collins to take over as Director, she’s told that Meg is the key to getting The Shrikes to back her new role. Now, Collins finds that she has to get Meg on her side, and they’re both a bit surprised by what they find once they stop arguing and start getting to know one another. Will the two women be able to call a truce in order for the show to go on? Or will the fireworks between them set the entire concert on fire?

 

FALLING

by Jade Winters

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can love find its way through life’s most troubled moments?

When Amelia is given the chance of a lifetime to work at Styles, a successful fashion design house in London, she is immediately smitten with her boss, Vogue. Though there’s an obvious attraction between the two women, Amelia questions whether it’s real or all in her head. A fantasy that can never become a reality. After all, Vogue is rich, talented and beautiful, and can have any woman she wants.

Unknown to Amelia, Vogue is hiding behind a façade. Bereft after her best friend betrays her, Vogue is torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, as the threat of losing her business looms over her.

Both women have to decide whether to put their hearts on the line and risk opening themselves up to the unknown. If they don’t, they risk losing so much more.

 

CHROME PAINTED HEART
The Hopeful Hearts: Book 1

by B.W. Hope

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Life for Spencer Clark was going as planned until the sudden death of her father leaves her crippled with the heartache of knowing she wasn’t there when he needed her most. Courtney Hanson is doing her best to live a quiet and isolated life as she pours her guilt and grief into her art.  Everything changes the day Spencer discovers a painting that deeply resonates within her.  But is it the abstraction of the painting or the mystery of the artist that makes her heart flutter?  Follow Spencer as her search for the answer leads her down a path of self-discovery as she learns to let go of grief and find love again.

 

FAMILY TIES

by J.B. Marsden

KJ Roskam finally reaches her goal of a top position in a rural health system. It doesn’t hurt that Valley View Medical Center, in Colorado, is far away from her family in conservative Illinois farm country. In her first meeting, she finds an expert staff and a savvy board of directors, but she also faces the problem that plagues all rural health systems—garnering enough money to serve people without insurance or means to pay for medical care.

Beth Stephens, paramedic and director of Emergency Medical Services for the small rural hospital, meets KJ on a hike in the Rockies. They go their own ways, but somehow keep running into each other. Hannah, Beth’s ex who moved out of state a year ago, surprises her with a new girlfriend, dispelling Beth’s idea that they could continue a long-distance romance.

During a financial crisis at the medical center, Beth and KJ become closer and acknowledge their mutual attraction. Unable to deny their romantic chemistry, KJ needs to confront and heal the homophobic abuse her family heaped upon her long ago before she can give herself to being out and proud in Colorado. Beth, nursing her broken heart, is wary of trusting another woman who may not be able to share all of herself.

Set against the lush backdrop of rural Colorado, KJ and Beth ride the rough trails of their histories seeking a lasting bond, hoping to heal their wounded hearts.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

by Les Mood

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Before she met and married David, Maddy had mainly been with women. She liked men and women with an equal passion. When her husband passed away twenty-four years later she did not want to be with any other men. Women were another matter, especially after she got hooked on reading lesbian romance novels. It was just a coincidence that her friend Elaine’s sister was moving to Omaha and needed help finding someplace to live. Her gay sister. From the moment Maddy first saw the tall, sexy woman she knew exactly what she wanted.

After her long-term relationship fell apart, Jo decided to leave Minneapolis. She applied for a job in Omaha, where she could stay with her sister until she found a house of her own. It was just a coincidence that her sister’s friend Maddy was available to help her hunt for a permanent home. The moment she saw the woman, with her long, red hair and her luscious curves, Jo knew she wanted her.

Elaine was jealous of the attention her sister was paying to her. Maddy’s daughter Flo did not approve of her mother becoming involved with a woman. With their families trying to keep them apart, Maddy didn’t know if she and Jo could keep it together. It was too bad they were falling in love.

 

YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT

 

SHELTERED BY LOVE

by M.E. Tudor

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Suzanne Jericho found out her supposed girlfriend was using her, she let her temper get the best of her. The result being two hundred hours of community service at the local Humane Society Shelter. The shelter is run by Lillie Stein, who moved back to her hometown with her daughter, Chrissy, leaving behind the chaotic and uptight life that entailed being part of a United States’ senator’s family.

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and animal rescues bring Chrissy and Jericho closer together as their relationship builds slowly from friendship to something more. But, will Jericho’s ex ruin everything for these two young women in her effort to hurt everyone she feels has let her down?

 

EROTICA

 

THE WOMAN IN THE GUEST HOUSE
Lesbian Bedroom Collection: Book 1

by L.L. Shelton

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The Woman in the Guest House is an erotic tale of a weekend of passion. You will find many words between the sheets.

With her parents away on a business trip, Eve Spartan is looking forward to a quiet weekend of self-indulgence. However, her fate has different plans for the voluptuous desires of the young woman. A glimpse into the guest house window promises tantalizing hours of seduction.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

METHODICAL MALICE
Book 26

by K’Anne Meinel

Moving on after a long-term marriage ends is killer and finding and decorating a new home is not something Alice enjoys. She’s becoming annoyed with the inconveniences caused by those who are surveilling her and her new life. She is methodically putting her life back together, but when she finally begins to get her things in order, life throws her a curve ball no one could have seen coming.

 

A BRIEF DEBACLE
The Simmons Series: Book 1

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

Edna and Gertie Simmons live a leisurely life, and as they have aged into their seventies, their thirst for adventure has slowly diminished. However, when Edna finds that her briefcase, containing some of her most sentimental pieces of jewelry, has vanished, she contracts Gertie to go on an unforgettable journey to locate it.

 

 

NEVER TOO LATE FOR HEROES

by A.L. Brooks

This cracking adventure with a side of romance is for lovers of tough, jaded, lesbian cops, superheroes and villains, and feisty retirees who don’t take retirement lying down.

Agent Geena Fox is counting down the days to her retirement. On one bittersweet day six years ago, her team of superheroes defeated Jewel, the world’s most evil villainꟷbut Geena’s secret lover died in the process. Now her boss has assigned her a rookie partner, Leigh Walker, and that’s the last thing Geena needs. She sends the woman off on a wild goose chase searching for a long-lost missing person to get her out of her sight. However, what Leigh finds will turn Agent Fox’s world upside down.

Meanwhile, over in a retirement home in Missouri, four old women sharing the surname Power are arousing suspicion with their strange behavior. Their nosy nurse is convinced they are not what they seem. Geena and Leigh meet with the mysterious Powers, and realize the women might hold the key to stopping Jewel, once and for all.

 

FANTASY

 

FAE
State Changers: Book 2

by Chris Fenwick

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Even a ferocious shapeshifter, with magical Fae powers, can struggle to hold onto loved ones, especially with a murderous traitor in their midst.

Casidhe fought tooth and nail for her place in the world. Now, she has a new family and has found the love of her life. With their birthday around the corner, she’s excited to finally meet her twin brother, Cian. Life is good, right? Wrong!

Evil forces strike hard, killing her friends, and stretching the pack’s bonds to the limit. As they frantically search to find the ringleader, the pack discovers signs of a traitor among them.

All the while, Saoirse, the ancient and venerable White Wolf, leader of all State Changers, and Casidhe’s great grandmother, insists she train from a mysterious book and learn the ways of the Fae in secret.

Will Casidhe’s new powers be enough to hold on to those she has worked so hard to find? Or will her worst nightmares come true, as she helplessly watches those she holds most dear, killed one-by-one?

Lesbian fantasy thriller, FAE delivers a one-two punch of adventure and romance with break-neck speed.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

BASTET’S DAUGHTERS: CLEO AND PETRA
Book 3

by Scott Kujawa

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Cleo and Petra, twin siblings, live in an orphanage in New York City. Their world changes during The Event when Petra is abducted from her bedroom inside the orphanage. Having her twin taken from her causes Cleo to agree to complete the tasks Bastet insists Cleo needs to finish for the Egyptian goddess if Cleo wants to learn who captured her sister before Cleo and Petra are together again.

Having returned to Earth from Bastet’s realm in the Lower World, Cleo sets off for her next task. Upon finding a farm, she meets Serissa. The last time the two saw each other, Cleo left the elf in London. Together, they complete what Bastet wanted from Cleo.

 

ROMANTIC THRILLER / SUSPENSE

 

DEAD ON ARRIVAL
Sapphic Sphere Collection: Book 3

by TT Banks

A Lesbian Love Triangle with a Side Order of Dead Ex-Girlfriends! 

Love can be hard…

Hard to see.

Hard to find.

Hard to keep.

When Casanova & EMT, Nat Webb, finds an ex or two DEAD ON ARRIVAL… she must take a hard look at her life…

 

THE REAL SYDNEY MALONE

by Kat Evans

Pascale Harris has it all, but her picture-perfect life is interrupted when two federal agents show up on her doorstep asking questions about her stint at the Sydney Malone Agency.

Now she must revisit her past in order to save her one obsession.

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

SHE LOVES ME

by Michelle Arnold

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Two friends go on vacation, and a hilarious misunderstanding reveals the true feelings of one…An earnest young woman goes to college with the intentions of befriending a lesbian and converting her to her religion – but the conversion doesn’t go quite as she expects…And in a darker tale, a woman finds herself quite literally in love with the ghost of her troubled friend.Enjoy these stories and others, all with a common thread: they feature friends who realize they are in love, with all the sweetness – and sometimes hilarity – that follows this revelation. Includes three lighthearted shorts featuring Detective Amy Sadler, her wife Lira, and their children!

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

UNDONE

The Kaleidoscope Album: Book 1

by Bryce Oakley
narrated by Lori Prince

When Billie Rush’s label taps her to write Vero De Luca’s breakout solo song, both women think that working together sounds like a match made in hell. Though they can hardly stand each other, sparks start to fly when they’re writing the new single, “Undone.”

Will they go up in flames or find a way to work together through the blaze?

 

EROTICA
Volume 1

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Desarae Holland

Various erotic stories from different perspectives for the Lesbian listener. Some short and sweet, some in depth and romantic, all definitely erotic.

 

 

STEPPING STONE

by Karin Kallmaker
narrated by Abby Craden

Motion picture producer Selena Ryan has the impossible: Fame and fortune and her integrity. Her reputation for playing fair in an industry rife with games has earned her respect from other producers, writers, and actors.

She’s learned the lesson that plenty of people would like to use her to get what they want – a starring role or some other way into the movies. Burned badly by actress Jennifer Lamont, who used her and left her with a devastating aftermath, she’s wary of everyone related to the industry.

When Gail Welles literally lands in Selena’s lap, she suspects another ploy. Jennifer’s sudden arrival back in her life is equally ill-timed and suspect. On the verge of producing her biggest film to date, Selena wants everyone to leave her alone, even if that means living without love.

 

LOST IN THE STARLIGHT

by Kiki Archer
narrated by Ella Lynch

A-list singing superstar, Honey Diamond, has it all – the albums, the talent shows, the upcoming Hollywood film.

But it’s her gentle light, endearingly shining through all the glitz and glam, that warms the hearts of so many.

A shy girl, who’s only ever known fame, born into a world that’s not true to life.

Will Honey ever experience the love she so knowingly sings about? Will the vindictive online gossip sites ever leave her alone?

Lost in the Starlight is the latest heartfelt romance from best-selling, award-winning author, Kiki Archer, peppered with her trademark laugh-out-loud humor and warming observations about falling in love.

 

THE RAINBOW CEDAR

by Gerri Hill
narrated by Abby Craden

The Rainbow Cedar is the journey of one woman struggling with the loss of love and commitment from one, and the possibility of finding it all again with someone new.

As interior designer Jay Burns watches her long-term relationship slowly unravel, she runs into – literally – landscape designer Drew Montgomery. As their paths cross, both professionally and personally, a friendship develops, one they each try to maintain despite the obvious attraction between them. But still, Jay is not willing to throw away an eight-year relationship, even when it becomes painfully obvious the end is near.

 

A SHOT AT LOVE
The Village Romance Series: Book 1

by TB Markinson
narrated by Gabrielle Baker

Can the sassy American win the shy Brit?

Josie Adams had a brilliant speech writing career in American politics – until a scandal destroyed everything. Unsure what to do with the rest of her life, she moves home with her mother in the Cotswolds.

Journalist Harriet Powell ditched London after getting sacked and divorced within six months of each other. She hopes to find peace in the village, but after meeting Josie, Harry’s world will never be the same.

While the two don’t see eye to eye on the professional front, it’s hard to deny their connection, even if Josie’s mum is determined to set Josie up with anyone who isn’t Harry.

Can the two conquer their personal and professional struggles to let the other in?

 

THE LONG SHOT

by A.L. Brooks
narrated by Melissa Moran

Talented golfer Morgan Spencer has never won a major but it’s so close she can taste it – no thanks to her sexist father, a golfing legend who won’t even give her the time of day.

Television producer Adrienne Wyatt has thrown herself into her career after her lover left her a year ago. She has a brilliant new plan: a documentary featuring Morgan’s rise and rise, capitalizing on the young woman’s star appeal.

The main problem is that the reserved golfer treats Adrienne’s plan like an invasion of privacy. The other issue is her growing feelings for the irritatingly attractive woman – an unprofessional lapse that would get her ridiculed by her peers if anyone found out.

When things come to a chaotic head, as fierce desires, risked careers, age differences, and dreams all come into play, what will win?

 

MOST ARDENTLY

by Susan Mesler-Evans
narrated by Chandra Skyye

Elisa Benitez is proud of who she is, from her bitingly sarcastic remarks, to her love of both pretty boys and pretty girls. If someone doesn’t like her, that’s their problem, and Elisa couldn’t care less. Particularly if that person is Darcy Fitzgerald, a snobby, socially awkward heiress with an attitude problem and more money than she knows what to do with.

From the moment they meet, Elisa and Darcy are at each other’s throats-which is a bit unfortunate, since Darcy’s best friend is dating Elisa’s sister. It quickly becomes clear that fate intends to throw the two of them together, whether they like it or not. As hers and Darcy’s lives become more and more entwined, Elisa’s once-dull world quickly spirals into chaos in this story of pride, prejudice, and finding love with the people you least expect.

 

FORBIDDEN

by Emma Nichols
narrated by Jessica Jeffries

What is there to celebrate when you turn 32? You’re still desperately single and thousands of miles away from home.

As Ashley contemplates her life as a lesbian stuck in the middle of the Syrian oil fields surrounded by more men than there is sand, a blast from the past brings with it the opportunity to rekindle old flames.

But what of the local chef Iman? As she awakens to her sexuality, in a country where such love is forbidden, will her heart’s yearning be satisfied or forever denied?

 

GIVEAWAYS

 

LESFIC EVENTS

 

PROJECT LAUGHTER

Welcome to Project Laughter. At least once a week, hopefully more, I’ll post a guest blog from a lesfic author sharing an embarrassing moment in their lives to help us laugh.

Check out A Hot Mess by Suzie Carr for a laugh. Suzie is giving away 1 ecopy of Uprooting.

KJ provides chuckles with her Ultimate Dork Mode guest post. KJ is giving away 1 ecopy of Kick Back.

Authors if you’d like to get involved in the project, see this page for more details.


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Ultimate Dork Mode by KJ

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful KJ is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, KJ is giving away 1 ecopy of Kick Back. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, KJ.

Ultimate Dork Mode

When TB sent the call-out for embarrassing moments for Project Laughter, I found myself in a dilemma. Would I choose the time I got my blouse snagged on a sliding window catch as I walked into an entire campus staff meeting and twisted so violently to un-snag myself that all the blouse buttons flew off and I flashed every single one of my colleagues? Or would I choose the time when we had EpiPen training, where we had to pretend to jab the thigh of our training buddy and even rub the fake injection site, but my buddy was the really lovely nurse on staff who was gorgeous but rubbing her thigh was rather awkward although kinda nice, then she saw me blush so I told her it was because the central heating was too high? Then the thought of thighs sent off a lightbulb! I will regale you with the story of the night I met my wife.

The setting was the giant ballroom of a hotel on the Gold Coast in Queensland in Australia. It was a Saturday night. The Annual Lesbian Night Out (It was the year 2000, folks. Not a lot of originality in event naming or frequency of said event). I had decided to attend after a friend had finally worn down my introvert walls with pleading, begging, and bribing. So there I was, one of possibly eight-hundred lesbians; a seething mass of excitement, pheromones, plaid, and safety. There was a band, a DJ, people-watching, and I was having a lovely time moving slightly awkwardly near a wall as my friend yo-yoed between me and the bar. However, the fun of the night was just starting to develop that chemically-tarnished edge that bring on headaches or bad decisions, when my hand was clutched by another’s. I did emit a slightly high-pitched yelp which was swallowed by the latest NSync song blaring from the overly large speakers. It was my friend, who then peered into my face in a slightly inebriated manner, and shouted, “You have to meet this woman!” I was given absolutely no say in the matter, as my hand was gripped and we zig-zagged, slalomed and ricocheted our way across the cavernous space. I hurled apologies over my shoulder at the many crushed toes we left in our wake. Finally, my friend brought us to an abrupt halt at the second bar provided for the night—the organisers knew their clientele—and she thrust a bottle of Stolichnya Lemon Vodka mixer into my hand, which was unexpected as I hadn’t asked for it, but clearly looked like I required it. I turned to find my friend looking at me expectedly, so I produced a shrug in response. “What?” I said.

My friend swept her hand sideways like a game show product model, nearly collecting a couple of women in the opening moments of getting to know each other. “This is Jo!” she announced, thrilled with herself.

I looked past my friend’s arm and into the bluest eyes ever. Jo was taller than me—not hard as I’m only five foot four. She had curly hair, and cheekbones, and a swimmer’s body—all shoulders and that V-shape which is amazing, and a soft blue shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up her forearms. And the nicest, shyest, friendliest smile I’d ever seen. Nope. Not smitten at all. (That’s a lie.) So, of course, I was suave and full of game and completely at ease. (Also a lie.) I did what I always do. I went into KJ Ultimate Dork mode. I stuck out my hand and said the following piece of elegance;

“Um, I’m KJ. A teacher. Sorry. I’m a teacher. I teach. Well, yes, ha ha. Because that’s what teachers do, don’t they? They teach. Right.” To her credit. Jo hadn’t released my hand. She simply smiled, leaned closer and said, “Hi, I’m Jo. It’s lovely to meet you.” Which sounded much better than what I’d attempted. And then…and then, she was standing close and smelled so good and I wanted to keep talking to her, and the world about us did that weird movie stretchy time thing where suddenly you’re in a bubble with that one person. And we were talking, folks. Talking. Near each other’s faces because DJ and NSync and it was amazing, and intoxicating, and really lovely so of course I panicked and babble suddenly became my only method of communication. Leaning forward, I looked earnestly into Jo’s beautiful face and spoke so clearly yet rapidly the following brilliance;

“So I’ve been doing track cycling lately. It’s terrific being on that velodrome. Great workout. Really good for my baseball position. I play for Queensland. I’m a catcher, so I like to keep in shape.” My rambling was loud because now DJ and Bon Jovi, and just then in that perfectly timed moment when the song stops and the DJ hasn’t quite cued the next song and the crowd is frozen in anticipation, I yelled, “Yeah, so I’m in really great shape. Feel my thigh!” Silence. Looks of interest from around me, then I noticed that Jo’s eyebrows had shot up into her hairline, and her face projected a wonderful example of the All-My-Christmases-At-Once expression.

“Really?” she queried.

While Jon Bon Jovi was suggesting that we were all living on a prayer, I blinked. “Oh my God! I mean…well, no, not actually feel my thigh. Well, you can, if you want to, because you’re gorgeous, but not like ‘feel-my-thigh-wild-rampaging-monkey-sex-feel-my-thigh’, you know, just regular…I should stop talking now.” And my face was the colour of the ambulance lights that really needed to arrive and rescue me from myself. Luckily, Jo thought I was adorable, dated me for months, we moved in together, and in 2018, she became my wife. And yes, she did feel my thigh that night.

(Anyone who’s read ‘Home’—my novella—will recognise that scene. The novella is actually a version of how my wife and I met. You’ll guess who I am if you read it.)

 

GIVEAWAY

 

KICK BACK

by KJ

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sophia Lindstrom plays football for South Melbourne. She’s tall, focused, intense, and has some major trust issues, which she’s currently ignoring. Sophia just wants her life to stay exactly the same, which means playing AFL, running the boutique fine foods and wine store with her brother, and volunteering at the homeless shelter. The same.Cameron Weathers is smart, sassy, also has some major trust issues, and knows she is a great reporter if only she was given the chance to shine. Her sexist editor assigns her the job of shadowing some of the players from this season’s women’s Australian Rules Football League so she can write fluffy stories for the lifestyle page. Not exactly hard-hitting journalism. When Cam and Sophia meet, there’s instant chemistry, which is immediately put on hold when their everyday lives are shattered by misogyny, media manipulation, and tragedy. Cam, Sophia, and the other players discover that football games are not the only contests they need to win. Now they’re fighting for the entire league, their professional status, and even their lives. Sophia and Cam attempt to expose the sinister activities, come to terms with their mutual attraction, and eventually discover that kicking back at those who seek to destroy can open the door to love.

  • 1 winner
  • Prize:
    1 ecopy of Kick Back

Kick Back Giveaway

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MEET THE AUTHOR

KJ lives in Melbourne, Australia with her wife, their son, three cats and a dog.

She started writing interesting observations of life, literary articles, poetry, creative non-fiction, and personal essays, and eventually they were all sort of smooshed together in a giant author-y blender and out popped a book. Then another. The blender is currently in use for KJ’s next novel.

 

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A Hot Mess by Suzie Carr

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Suzie Carr is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, Suzie is giving away 1 ecopy of Uprooting. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Suzie.

A HOT MESS

When I look back on my life so far, it wouldn’t be a stretch for me to describe myself as a bumbling fool. I’d say this was especially true in my days as a hairdresser. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t send people out of the salon doors with their hair on fire, uneven, or orange. Though, there was that one client…

Oh, I still cringe when I think back on the day that I shocked the hell out of a client in the waxing room. Keep in mind, I was a hairdresser, trained to cut, color, and style hair. I was really good at that. But waxing? Eek!

Well, my boss at the time, short on the help, thought I might be good at other salon type things, too. Next thing I knew, he nudged me into the small waxing room to assist a client who wanted to tame her bushy eyebrows.

Filled with panic, I pretended to be a cool cucumber under the bright fluorescent lights and her trusting smile.

Trust.

Yikes.

Trust is such a major part of the salon experience, right? I could barely swallow the fear choking off my air supply, let alone be expected to spread a layer of hot wax into a perfectly precise arch onto the client’s delicate eyebrow.

So there I stood above her, inhaling outrageously large amounts of air, breaking out into a sweat, and trying to steady my trembling hand. She closed her eyes, placing herself in a complete state of trust, believing she was in the best of hands at her favorite little corner beauty shop.

As she inhaled and exhaled a relaxed breath, I dipped the waxing stick into the hot wax and thought I might pass out. I tried without much success to remember all I learned in beauty school three years prior about waxing eyebrows. Instead, about to embark on my first waxing client, the room turned blurry and much too warm.

I closed in on that client’s eyebrow, attempting to lay that wax just right on her bushy eyebrow. At first, I was pretty darned proud of myself because the wax lay in a perfect arch.

Phew.

One hurdle overcome.

Next, feeling slightly more confident I might actually pull this wax job off, I placed a strip over the hot wax and pressed it lightly, massaging it until I thought a good enough span of time had elapsed for the wax to have taken to the unwanted hair.

I asked the client if she was ready for the rapid pull. She grasped the edge of the table and smiled. “Ready as ever!”

I braced for the moment of impact, grabbing hold of the top of that wax strip and pulling it taut. It was do or die. So I did. I yanked the wax strip off fast, like really fast so as not to torture the client with a slow agonizing pull.

I quickly glanced at the wax strip to see the bushy unwanted eyebrow on the strip.

Yes! I had accomplished the task at hand!

Smiling and taking in a full breath finally, I traveled my gaze to her smiling face and gasped when I saw her naked brow.

Naked!

Naked!

Naked.

My God, I’d never seen skin so naked before in my life.

I managed to pull the whole eyebrow off her brow! Every. Single. Last. Piece. Of. Hair.

She grabbed my hand. “What’s wrong?”

I couldn’t feel my fingers, toes, lips. I opened my mouth to confess to her about my mistake, but no words formed. Instead, tears sprang. Then I made some weird guttural noise that sounded like a cross between a tortured cry and a gurgle.

She sprang up and reached for the hand mirror on the table.

“Wow,” she said in a whisper.

“Oh my God. I’m so sorry,” I managed to say before breaking out into convulsive sobs.

She put the mirror down and immediately pulled me into her arms, patting my back. “There, there. It’s okay. I’ve always hated those bushy things anyway. You’ve done me a favor. Yank of the other one and buy me an eyebrow pencil. Then, we’ll call it even.”

Yeah, that truly happened.

Needless to say that to this day, I’m scared to death of wax. I am the proud owner of a dammed good set of tweezers instead.

I’ll stick to plucking, thank you very much!

GIVEAWAY

UPROOTING

by Suzie Carr

Available in Kindle Unlimited

On a fateful spring afternoon, two strangers meet at a musical event and a spark of an idea brings them both the opportunity to right some wrongs. Meet Harper Ray, an undiscovered musician who’s willing to dig weeds, clean houses, and give guitar lessons to stay afloat. A childhood tragedy has kept her blocked and has limited her ability to see and live her potential. Ivy Homestead is a green witch and life coach. Her life purpose has always been to help people live their best lives. But after hurting her best friend over a year ago, Ivy has struggled with feelings of inadequacy. What they both discover will test their strength and have them questioning what they’re willing to risk to find their way back home within themselves and each other.

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Uprooting Giveaway

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Suzie Carr has authored over 14 Sapphic novels and several books on writing, marketing, and productivity.

She is a podcaster on Curves Welcome where she shares insights on self-love and life-hack topics. Suzie is passionate about promoting bisexual visibility within the LGBTQ community and enjoys writing about the beauty of women in love with other women.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 17th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbm@iheartlesfic.com.

Stay safe everyone. 

TB

ROMANCE

 

BEFORE YOU SAY I DO

by Clare Lydon

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens if you fall for your bridesmaid?

Abby Porter has a high-flying job and the perfect fiancé in Marcus Montgomery.

But Abby’s world turns on its head when he hires a professional bridesmaid to help her in the run-up to the wedding. When Abby meets Jordan, she can hardly breathe.

Marcus is oblivious.

The wedding is weeks away.

Now, the only question is: will Abby make it to the altar?

 

TANGLED VOWS
Mistress: Book 1

by Anna Stone

Available in Kindle Unlimited

One year. Five million dollars. A proposal she can’t refuse.

Escort Ruby Scott is used to waking up in the bed of a wealthy woman. What she isn’t expecting is to wake up with a ring on her finger and married to Yvonne Maxwell, one of the executives behind the Mistress Media empire, a woman as alluring as she is cold.

For ten years, Yvonne has been sitting on an inheritance she can’t touch until she’s married. An encounter with an escort in a red dress presents the perfect solution—a marriage of convenience. In exchange for a year playing the role of her wife, Yvonne offers Ruby a life of glamour, decadence, and more money than Ruby ever dreamed of.

Yvonne is adamant that they keep their arrangement strictly business. But as Ruby’s submissive side awakens, Yvonne can’t resist the temptation to make Ruby hers, and Ruby is intoxicated by the commanding woman and the release Yvonne grants her.

As Ruby falls deeper into Yvonne’s seductive world of luxury and power games, both women struggle to keep their hearts from getting caught up in the passion between them. When their inner demons emerge and their fake marriage plot is threatened, Ruby and Yvonne find they have far more to lose than just the inheritance.

 

HER FINAL WISH
Her Three Wishes: Book 1

by Chanel Ivy

Available in Kindle Unlimited

From Forever Morris Publishing’s best selling author, Chanel Ivy, comes “Her Final Wish.” The first book in the Her Three Wishes Series, a crossover from the Her Carnal Games Series. Her final Wish is a romantic tale of identity, lust, love, and greed, with lots of heart, heat, angst, emotion, and a tear-inducing happily ever after… hopefully.

 

ESCAPE TO SUBURBIA
Suburbia: Book 4 Prequel

by Melody Calder

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Victoria and Rachel, childhood best friends, are part of the FLDS, along with their friend Elena. Their love for each other is forbidden and they are desperate to escape the arranged marriages. A stranger comes into their lives, giving them the opportunity to escape but it comes with a price.

Trigger warning: Contains physical and sexual abuse, and references to child brides.

Please read the forward for information on religious references.

This book contains sexual content and is intended for mature audiences.

 

FIRE & WATER

by Amanda Kayhart

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Divorce burns.

No one knows this better than Diane Hollenbeck, who has the settlement papers and scars to prove it. Determined to salvage her life from the ashes, Diane starts fresh, beginning with a long sabbatical in New England. A retreat to her friends’ lake house seems idyllic–to ignite her writing career, rediscover herself, and rekindle her confidence along the placid shores of Lake Champlain.

Until Diane encounters her new neighbor–a sexy recluse with a strong and stormy personality.

Now navigating the small island town and finding her much-needed solace is impossible. Conflict swells. And sparks erupt. But as Diane draws closer to this fiery acquaintance, as discovers there’s more behind her neighbor’s stinging flames–a shared loss and longing that fuses them together.

 

LOVE’S JOURNEY

The Somerville Series: Book 4

by Carrie L. Carr

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Although Amanda Cauble has forgiven her father, she still must come to terms with the actions of her mother, Elizabeth, who is in hiding after Amanda nearly died from the poisoning meant for her lover.

Lexington Walters is fighting her own battles, as her father returns from the rodeo circuit with a secret that nearly destroys Lex. His revelation is almost more than she can bear, and she acts out in anger and mistrust.

When Elizabeth Cauble returns, she’s hell-bent on taking Amanda away from Lex, no matter the cost. Her one-track mind will set in motion a wave of destruction that could cost Lex her lover…and her life.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

TO THE MOON AND BACK

by Melissa Brayden

Lauren Prescott had dreamed of being an actress since she was cast as Wendy in her middle school production of Peter Pan. Yes, her nightgown snagged and brought the set tumbling down, but she was hooked. After years of unsuccessful auditions, performing just wasn’t in the cards. Instead, Lauren established herself as a successful stage manager at the esteemed McAllister Theater. Unfortunately, the resident director has cast celebrity Carly Daniel: headstrong, entitled, and always late. So why is their chemistry turning her the hell on?

After partying her way through her twenties and ruining a successful film career, Carly Daniel has to take whatever she can get. If schlepping it onstage will raise her star again, she’ll listen to her pesky agent. Added bonus: the uptight stage manager is a sexy distraction.

When Carly’s costar is sidelined, Lauren must decide whether renewing a long-forgotten dream will jeopardize what she has percolating with Carly. Is the limelight big enough for two?

 

PERFECT TIMING

by Dena Blake

Lynn Monroe is finally living life on her terms. The niece she raised as her own has finished medical school and started an internship, and she’s healing from a painful divorce that was long overdue. But when she runs into a ghost from her past, the stable life she’s worked so hard to build begins to crumble.

Dr. Maggie Randall is focused, driven, and in love with her best friend’s aunt. When she unexpectedly bumps into Lynn it’s like no time has passed. She’s sure it’s a sign they’re meant to be. But all Maggie ever wanted in life is to raise children, and Lynn’s not ready to start a second family.

The choice between love and family has never been so difficult, and different visions of the future may end their romance before it’s begun.

 

THROUGH LOVE’S EYES

by C.A. Popovich

In an instant, Brittany Yardin’s view in the mirror changed forever. A tragic accident as a preteen left permanent physical scars, but teasing by the mean girl clique left deeper emotional ones. Years later, Brittany has made a life for herself on a tiny remote island, and the last person she expects to run into is high school mean girl and secret crush, Amy Jansons.

Amy, aka Erika James, longs to be more than just a pretty face. As a top fashion model her beauty is the benchmark most women long to attain. She travels the world and wears the latest designer clothes, but as her fortieth birthday approaches, so does the end of her career, and she’s determined to keep her place at the top.

When Amy needs help during a shoot, Brittany puts the past aside and friendship blooms. But so does the attraction neither of them can deny, and life on a remote island is no place for a serious model trying to save her career.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

FEMME TALES

by Anne Shade

Beast: Former hip-hop artist Ebony “The Beast” Trent has wrapped her persona around herself like a protective wall of bitterness. Belinda Jansen is confident, intelligent, sexy, and—to Ebony’s fascination—not the least bit intimidated by Ebony’s beastly demeanor. Can Beauty truly tame The Beast?

Awaken: Local celebrity chef Chayse Carmichael has achieved a level of success she’d only imagined while learning to cook. But when free-spirited Georgia peach Serena Frasier walks into her restaurant, Chayse realizes that success doesn’t always bring happiness if you don’t have someone special to share it with. Does love at first sight truly exist?

Stiletto: Music mogul Cass Phillips barely has a moment to sleep, let alone build a relationship. But an unexpected encounter with shoe designer Faith Shaw leads her to believe that maybe fairy tales do come true. Can true love really conquer all?

Six women find themselves in their own real-life fairy tales when true love finds them in the most unexpected ways.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE / ROMANCE

 

STEALING A THIEF’S HEART

by C.L. Cattano

Crime and love… two reasons to meet online.

Two women have very different reasons for being online.

After pulling the biggest heist in her career, the last thing on Benny’s mind is romance.

Evelina will do whatever it takes to finally meet face to face with Darby… her soulmate.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

MY DATE WITH A WENDIGO

by Genevieve McCluer

Elizabeth Rosseau and Abigail Lester were best friends. At twenty-one, they confess their feelings for each other before leaving for winter break. It should have been a love story, only Abigail never came back.

Six years later, Elizabeth contacts her one last time, and to her surprise, Abigail answers. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Abigail is hesitant to see her in person. She was in an accident that left her a monster, a wendigo. Now she’s in a support group for other inhuman cannibals and is mostly convinced that she could avoid eating Elizabeth, but Abigail doesn’t trust herself, and even more, she’s terrified that if Elizabeth finds out the truth, she’ll never want to see her again.

They want nothing more than to be together, but they belong to different worlds, different lives, and different food groups.

 

INTRIGUE & THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

ON THE RUN

by Charlotte Greene

When Gwen picks up a pretty hitchhiker on the side of a lonely Texas highway, she has little reason to suspect that her entire life is about to change.

Annie has just broken out of prison, and she needs more than a ride—she needs Gwen’s help to recover the money she stole.

With other more dangerous criminals trying to stop them and the police on their tail, Gwen and Annie will have to decide what’s more important: the money or each other.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

WHERE ARE YOU

by Sally Bryan
narrated by Justine Eyre

Her first love disappeared…

Ten years later, a strange twist of fate forces a life-changing decision.

Surrounded by strangers at her Cambridge initiation, the chronically shy Erin suffers a panic attack in the middle of the atrium. Out of her depth, she decides to flee, University is not for her. And that’s when she blunders into a foreign student from Italy.

Gianna is confident, sassy and eccentric, everything Erin’s not, and for some reason, she’s taking the timid girl under her wing. But she has a secret, and it’s one she can’t even tell her new best friend.

 

WARMING TREND

by Karin Kallmaker
narrated by Abby Craden

Anidyr Bycall is frozen in her past, regretting words never spoken to the woman she loves and the one impulsive act that cost her all her dreams. Running from the courts of public and academic opinion in Fairbanks, she has landed in Key West. The nights are hot but she is colder than the glaciers she once explored.

Tending bar by night, she spends her days immersed in the research of her only remaining passion in life: the ice fields of Alaska. But trends may be improving when news from home hints that those she harmed may have moved on, and she can at least recover the papers and books she left behind. The respect and affection she once saw in Eve Cambra’s eyes is gone beyond recall.

When a few innocent questions raise Ani’s doubts about what really happened three years ago, she realizes she may have a chance to clear her name and reclaim her career. But there’s no data to suggest that Eve has thawed and that the fire they once shared can be rekindled.

 

PEPPERMINT KISS

by Marian Snowe
narrated by Leanne Woodward

Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?

Poinsettia Collins hates Christmas. Tia’s lived with that awful name for her whole life, so it was just her luck that her college girlfriend would cheat on her on Christmas Eve. Twenty years later, when Tia unexpectedly inherits a distant relative’s Christmas tree farm, she thinks fate couldn’t be laughing any harder….

Then the woman who broke her heart shows up on the farm’s doorstep with a half-frozen kitten and nowhere to go for the holidays.

Meg Bartlett’s world fell apart when her girlfriend wrongfully accused her of being unfaithful. When she comes home for Christmas after a long time away, Tia is the last person she expects to see, but maybe now she’ll get the chance to set the record straight. That is, if Tia will finally believe her. And if Tia does…how can she possibly ever win Meg back.

 

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