New Lesfic Goodies: May 21st Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

MACON’S HEART
San Franciso: Book 2

by Nicole Pyland
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Macon Greene is a reluctant, world-renowned violinist. She’d never had a problem playing for a crowd as long as she wasn’t giving a solo. Her friends never seemed to notice her reluctance. In fact, her friends seemed to only really notice one thing about Macon – she always had a different woman around her. Sometimes, she’d flirt. Sometimes, they would. Rarely would it go anywhere. Unfortunately for Macon, she had a bit of a reputation.

Joanna Mason had a new profession and a new group of friends. Things were looking up in her life, with the exception of love. She’d never been able to find the right guy for her. Of course, she was spending a lot of time with a group of lesbians these days through her friendship with Emma Colton. That might have something to do with it. While Emma had found her soulmate in Keira Worthy, Joanna was starting to wonder if she’d ever find the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

As Joanna and Macon’s friendship becomes the most important relationship for both women, Macon wonders if she’ll ever have the courage to tell Joanna how she feels or if she’ll just have to find a way to get over it. Joanna hadn’t ever thought of being with a woman until she started spending all her free time with the beautiful and remarkably talented Macon. Suddenly, both women have a lot to think about.

 

THE LONG JOURNEY HOME

by Kat Smith
Available in Kindle Unlimited

After a grizzly attack kills her partner, and leaves her with horrendous physical and emotional scars, Morgan Walker struggles to find purpose in life. Her eclectic group of friends, a Producer, a Pop Star, and a Professional Dancer keep her from falling off the deep end. It is only when a new face, Jenna Graham, joins the group that Morgan’s world begins to right itself, and she learns there can be life and love after loss.

 

LEARN TO LOVE
Oakview Lesbian Romance: Book 5

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Just because you don’t believe in love doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

Lex Daniels is a self-proclaimed screw up. Twenty eight and deep in debt, she has plenty of demons and more than a little baggage. Her life is a collection of one night stands and running away, right up until she meets Abigail Keyes.

Widowed, intelligent, and beautiful, Abigail isn’t exactly Lex’s normal type. Suburban life makes Lex feel sick, and Abigail’s neat ranch house and steady career as a professor mean that the older woman embodies everything Lex has been trying to run from.

But when Lex’s demons come knocking on her door, Abigail is the one that steps up. And Lex finds that she’s changing more than she thought possible. Maybe more than she feels comfortable with. Running away is Lex’s default setting, but she might be willing to stick around for Abigail.

If you don’t believe in love, perhaps you just need the right teacher. But when Lex’s demons start haunting Abigail too, running away could be the only option…

Learn to Love is the fifth novel in the Oakview series, and features a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read independently and in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!

 

REINVENTING LINDSEY

by Maggie Brown

Studying the past hasn’t prepared Daisy Parker—anthropologist-turned-matchmaker—for her latest client. Finding Lindsey Jamieson-Ford a life partner isn’t exactly a simple exercise. Not only hasn’t Lindsey dated for years, the prickly reclusive scientist relates better with her robots than with people.

Lindsey has no idea what matchmaking involves when she hires Daisy. She’s never met anyone quite like the bubbly matchmaker and doesn’t know how she’s going to survive the infuriating woman. Now her life has lurched onto a roller coaster that just won’t damn well stop.

Guiding Lindsey through the courtship process is a challenge. Before the reticent scientist can move forward, Daisy has to teach her to leave the past behind. But another problem soon enters into the mix…How can Daisy stay detached when her body seems to be answering Lindsey’s mating call?

 

STAY

by Michelle Arnold
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Grace Walker doesn’t do relationships. She spent her childhood in and out of foster homes, she and her siblings looking after each other when their drug-addicted mother couldn’t. With such a dysfunctional family, Grace just doesn’t think she’s relationship material. She’d rather play the field and otherwise keep to herself.

But then she runs into someone from her childhood: Eva Carrington, an orphaned heiress who did a brief stint in a children’s home alongside Grace. The two felt a strong connection as children, and now that they’re adults, it’s even stronger. But Grace sticks to her guns: she doesn’t do relationships, and she’s certain kind, intelligent Eva deserves better than her anyway. But then someone else from the past hurts Eva badly to get revenge on Grace for some perceived slight, and Eva ends up pregnant. When she makes the difficult decision to have the baby, Grace promises to be there for mother and child no matter what. But with this makeshift family on her hands, can Grace keep pretending she doesn’t love Eva?

 

SMILE NUMBER SEVEN

by Melissa Price

Age is just a number—right?

That’s not her first thought when four-time Oscar winning actress Katarina Verralta meets the younger Julia Dearling. Caught in a monsoon, the movie star exits the dark desolate interstate in search of someplace to eat and stay for the night.

Julia Dearling, owner of the Starlight Diner, is stranded in her desert parking lot with a bygone battery and the memory of her newly dead relationship. When Katarina pulls in, neither of them guess that their life is about to turn upside-down and inside-out.

In a town as big as a noodle, Desert Bluff has no motels. So Julia serves dinner to Katarina at the diner and then offers up her sculpting studio as a place for Katarina to stay.

Drawn together in the night, their intoxicating romance begins. But when age is front and center and fame is at stake, the closeted movie star must face her reckoning.

Smile Number Seven promises that second chance every true love deserves.

 

PAINTED OVER

by Sofi Keren

Is the unexpected reunion of estranged friends just another still life capturing a moment in time? Or could it be the beginning brushstrokes of a romantic masterpiece?

Back in the day, Paige and Ria were the best of friends. As they grew, they grew closer, always there for each other, even as Paige concentrated on literature and art while Ria cut a swath through every soccer field—and most of the cheerleaders. But something shocking happened during their senior year of college that ended their friendship. Big time.

In the years that follow, Paige becomes a successful artist and Ria a star soccer player. A chance meeting with Ria after all this time has Paige wondering if it’s finally time to forgive and forget. As the two become cautiously reacquainted, the possibility of a true reconciliation is complicated by the arrival of glamorous gallery owner, Cara, who definitely wants Paige’s work…and maybe something more. Then there’s the return of Ria’s gorgeous ex, Elena, who has a mind-blowing surprise for Paige.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

YOU MATTER

by Jazzy Mitchell

Chrissy Kramer became pregnant during her senior year of high school and was abandoned by her parents, her boyfriend, and her friends. She eventually works as a paralegal for a powerful senior law partner at a Boston law firm. When a disgruntled former client attempts to kill Reggie after she loses his lawsuit, Chrissy gets hurt. While Chrissy and her son, Ben, stay with Reggie to recuperate, their connection deepens and they embark on a romantic relationship.

 

LOVE YOU ALWAYS
Rose Lake Series: Book 2

by Chloe Peterson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Nothing about Brooke Anderson’s life has been easy. Getting abandoned at her grandmother’s house by her alcoholic mother as a child, then teaching herself fashion design while working low wage jobs, forced her to grow up fast.

An out of the blue reconnection with her wealthy uncle led to the birth of Bliss Designs, but only three years in, and Brooke’s uncle is already having doubts—enough to send in hotshot business consultant Amy to make drastic changes.

Will Brooke find a way to see past the threat Amy presents to her business and open her mind to the possibility of romantic happiness?

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

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

FIT FOR LOVE

by Les Mood
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Amy and Alex meet when they both join a fitness center in Omaha to get in shape and make new friends. Alex moved to Omaha to get away from her fundamentalist family. Amy was recently dumped by her fiance. The two bond over horror movies and the beautiful exhibitionist Celeste. Alex struggles to overcome her fundamentalist upbringing.

 

 

ANTHOLOGY

 

BITE SIZED

by Geonn Cannon

A new short stories F/F anthology from Geonn Cannon!

The author of Riley Parra and Underdogs brings you over 15 short stories in this collection.

 

 

 

FICTION

 

CASH AND THE SORORITY GIRL
Cash Braddock: Book 3

by Ashley Bartlett

Cash Braddock is doing…okay. She sort of has a girlfriend, her business sucks less, and the cops are only picking her up for interrogations every other weekend. Mediocrity has underrated appeal. It’s fine.

The universities are back in session, which means drugs are in high demand. Cash is becoming more reluctant to sell, while Detective Laurel Kallen is on the trail of someone who’s been drugging and assaulting women at college parties. Cash’s and Laurel’s goals should be aligned, but neither is convinced of the ethics of her job anymore.

When Laurel’s younger sister is assaulted, okay stops being okay. If Cash wants to help the Kallen sisters, she must decide her own moral bounds.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE PET BOUTIQUE

by Suzie Carr
narrated by Stephanie Murphy

From the moment Lexie Tanner meets Taylor Henshaw in the dilapidated space that will one day become her aunt’s pet boutique, she knows she’s got her work cut out for her. Taylor self-identifies as a complicated woman, and there’s nothing Lexie enjoys more than a good fixer upper. But Taylor’s complications run deep, and way into her past.

Surrounded by an eccentric and spirited group of family and friends, including a spunky and lovable dog named Cashmere, the two women navigate a series of obstacles that have them questioning their choices. As their journey unfolds, neither women is prepared for what happens when they start to break down the old and discover the new.

 

FALLING

by Kris Bryant
narrated by Brittni Pope

Shaylie Beck just wanted to go home.

She managed to snag the last seat on a late flight from New York to Denver. No one thought anything would go wrong. Nobody expected the unimaginable to happen. When the plane crashes, Shaylie fights for her life and is one of only eleven survivors.

Piper Cole wants answers.

Why did her fiance’s plane crash? She lost everything that night, and the investigation is taking too long. To help cope with losing the woman she loved, Piper attends a support group for survivors.

The friendship Piper and Shaylie develop help each to heal, but as their feelings turn to love, Shaylie’s torn. She can follow her heart to the woman she loves, or she can come clean about what really happened right before the plane crashed, and risk losing Piper forever.

 

ESCAPE AND FREEDOM

by Claire Highton-Stevenson
narrated by Sarah Sampino

Two women escaping their own demons. One stuck in the past, the other a very real present.

Lucy Owens’ life was irrevocably changed in a matter of seconds. Life as she knew it was over in the blink of an eye. Moving away from all that she knew, Lucy now lives a solitary life in her cabin on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Filled with guilt and pain, she keeps herself to herself, and for years she manages to avoid immersing back into society.

Nicole Granger has three small children to worry about. Always looking over her shoulder, they arrive at the lake with very little to call their own. Haunted by years of physical abuse, she longs to belong again, to bring normality to her girls’ lives for the first time.

Both women are pulled towards one another in an attraction that could bring both of them their freedom.

 

FALLING THROUGH SHOOTING STARS

by Nancy Ann Healy
narrated by Jill Smith

Julia Riley thinks she’s happy. The executive director of Boston’s Fledger Foundation, she and her wife, Carrie, are raising three children, one from Julia’s first marriage…but being content is not the same as being happy.

Katie Brennan is the popular host of a network television morning show. She has two children and a husband who plays major-league baseball. Rumors of her husband’s infidelity are troubling, but she knows how often the media reports innuendo and half-truths instead of facts.

When the two women collaborate on a fundraising program for a new diversity center, they immediately strike up a friendship, one that only grows stronger when Katie discovers her husband has indeed been unfaithful.

As Katie’s marriage fails, she realizes she is intensely attracted to her friend. Surprised by her own feelings, Katie distances herself from Julia, straining their relationship.

For her part, Julia needs time to heal the wounds of her marriage. She’s not sure Katie will accept a romantic relationship, however. A doubt that gives her pause.

Before either woman can move on, they need to find and accept themselves. Love might feel like falling through shooting stars, but sometimes it takes time for the stars to fall.

 

BELOVED WIFE
A Detective Amy Sadler Mystery: Book 2

by Michelle Arnold
narrated by Lisa L. Wiley

Homicide detective Amy Sadler and her new wife, forensic pathologist Lira Ward, are enjoying marital bliss when they are hit with a gruesome new case: Someone is killing couples and families, with most of their rage directed at the wives.

While trying to solve the case, Amy begins receiving threats from someone within the police department who doesn’t seem happy about her marriage to Lira.

Amy finds herself desperately trying to uncover who is out to destroy her marriage – because she doesn’t want to find out how far they’re willing to go.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

A giveaway for US and UK Audible listeners. The prize is a free audiobook of A FAMILY WOMAN.

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

That’s all you have to do.

The deadline to enter is May 28th.

Best of luck to everyone who enters.

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

LWW-13: Lesbian Fiction Genres: Love Them or Loathe Them? 

Clare & TB are full of beans this week. TB has had no disasters (amazeballs!), and Clare is belatedly celebrating the Spurs’ historic progression to the Champions League final. Although, she still hasn’t won Hamilton tickets. It’s TB’s birthday (cue balloons!), and Clare chats about going on a writing retreat in a caravan and also hails the wonder that is Eurovision. TB is nonplussed.

The topic of the week is lesbian fiction genres: love them or loathe them? TB is on the fence once more. She needs to get down. She might hurt herself. She loves genres because they let readers find her. She loathes them because she doesn’t want to be put in a box. Clare pushes her in and shuts the lid.

Clare & TB run down the key genres in lesbian fiction but stress if you want to make a living, romance is the way to go. Luckily, they both love romance! They discuss how to choose a genre for your book, give their thoughts on not being too precious, and reveal how to get Amazon to give you extra categories. They’re KDP magicians!

Plus, listen for the Sarah Waters stories, and then let Clare and TB know yours!

Click here to listen. 

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. Or email lesbianswhowrite@gmail.com. Also, if you have a suggested topic for an episode, please let Clare and TB know! They’d love to hear from you!

Join them next week when they’re going to be discussing audiobooks.

 

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Lesfic Goodies: May 7th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

NOT THE MARRYING KIND
Fair Oaks: Book 2

by Jae

Small-town florist Ashley loves creating wedding bouquets. Her own love life is far from blossoming since she’s stuck in the closet.

Sasha isn’t faring much better. Her bakery keeps her too busy for romance anyway.

When the town’s first lesbian wedding forces them to work together, Sasha is soon tempting more than just Ash’s sweet tooth.

Can be read as a standalone since it has different main characters.

 

HUMMINGBIRD COVE

by Giselle Fox
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A bestselling author lives in paradise behind a secret identity until a sexy developer comes to take her land…

Hummingbird Cove seemed like the perfect place to write and raise a family, until Keira’s partner ran off and took the son she loves. Now Keira’s battling heartache, seclusion, and a bad case of writer’s block, and even her best friend and agent thinks it’s time to move on. When a gorgeous newcomer comes to buy the only other house on the cove, Keira wonders whether fate is trying to jumpstart her life again.

To Daisy, the cove seems like the perfect oasis for a development, and she’s ready to employ all her powers of persuasion. Owning the cove could make her family millions, and Keira Maitland is the only thing standing in her way. But when Keira gives her a taste of heaven on Earth, Daisy must decide what’s more important, love or money.

 

LOVE PURSUED

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Twenty-nine-year-old Margie Roberts is a successful financial advisor and part-time matchmaker. Her own romantic relations, however, are not a priority; she’s building a career and has an excellent chance at promotion — if only she could stop her manager from undermining and sabotaging her at every opportunity.

Recent high school graduate, Stacey Green is determined to follow her dream to teach yoga and open her own studio. Her father, an avid believer that a college education is essential, has other ideas for her future.

When the two women meet, there is an instant and completely unexpected spark — one Margie knows cannot be pursued. They’re at different stages of life, the age gap is too big, and if something goes wrong, she wouldn’t want to be responsible for breaking Stacey’s heart.

For Stacey, age doesn’t matter. She listens to her heart, not her head, and believes Margie should do the same. How can she convince Margie that age is only a number?

 

MERMAID

by Max Ellendale
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Ex-Detective Veronica Baird lost almost everything she’d worked for in life to a spray of fateful bullets. A desperate move from Portland back to Seattle at the beckon of a friend, promises a safe place to live, a job, and support. When Veronica reunites with her best friends after circumstances urged them apart, Jordan and Alice rally around her in hope of nursing her back to life. The only ray of light in Veronica’s existence belongs to that of her nine-year-old daughter.

Uprooted, devastated, and battling the abyss of despair, Veronica stumbles into meeting pediatrician, Scarlett, at the worst time ever. Or so it seemed. Veronica, and her pod of colorful friends, float together in darkness and light, though not all entanglements are meant to lead her to the surface.

 

COACH M
Coach Z Series: Book 2

by Q. Kelly

Andi Zappa never expected to coach the Richmond College Ravens again, but she’s back five years after she left. She takes over as the women’s basketball coach midseason and must contend with obstacles, old and new. The biggest may be Melissa MacKenzie, the player she fell in love with five years ago. Melissa is now an assistant coach for the Ravens and navigates treacherous waters as she tries to keep her relationship with Andi professional.

Deals with alcohol issues.

 

WHEN SHE THAWS

by Lily Craig
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sadie Powell is going on an adventure. After her beloved mother has a health scare, Sadie decides it’s finally time to see the world. So, Sadie crosses the Atlantic to work as an au pair for a year. Austria’s supposed to be nice: chocolate, beer, and scenic mountain ranges beckon. She’ll figure out teaching and living with an Austrian family along the way.

Inga Weber trusts only herself. Ever since her husband of twenty years left her for an Instagram model, Inga’s opted to homeschool her three children. Better keep them close so they can’t get hurt. Except it turns out it’s hard to keep an au pair on staff when Inga’s expectations tower higher than the Alps. Exercises, punctuality, and rigor grind down even the best candidates.

When Sadie arrives at Inga’s doorstep, her fate seems clear. She’ll be sacked like the rest of them, inadequate in the face of precise demands. Except something about Sadie’s warm smile and caring green eyes makes Inga falter. Though the two diverge in their approaches to life, maybe this time, it’s different.

Maybe this time, Inga’s met someone who can melt her frozen heart.

 

FREE SPIRIT

by Erica Lawson

Priory McAllister has fought off boardroom sharks, handled high-pressure jobs, and thought she’d seen it all. Ready to live the suburban life she found her dream home and can’t wait to move in.Unknown to Priory, the house is inhabited by two ghosts, Rhee and a mischievous Dylan who call Priory’s new house their home and have since 1935. They have no intention of leaving after all, she couldn’t be harder to get rid of than the others who tried to encroach on their home.Jacey Ryder, Priory’s long-suffering secretary has agreed to help her boss move…the things you do for your crush! Now, she gets to play referee between her boss and a bossy ghost, as each side try to lay claim to the house. What can she do when an unstoppable force, (her boss) meets an immovable object, (the ghost) besides hope for a peaceful solution? They are like two peas in a pod—two angry, stubborn peas in a pod.

 

KNIGHT & DAI 

by Kay Bigelow

Dai Fremont, a former surgeon and now a recluse, agoraphobe, and all-around curmudgeon, has been ordered to hire another in-home nurse she knows she doesn’t need. Though her body is slowly healing from the catastrophic accident that robbed her of her beloved profession—and the life she knew—the emotional wounds run deep, and the last thing she wants is another nosey, unqualified paraprofessional with a hero complex.

Marti Knight, fresh off a twenty-two-year stint in the Navy as a corpsman, finds herself in idyllic southern California trying to land an assignment with a home-care placement agency. While her butch good looks served her well romantically in her world travels, they seem to be a liability in conservative Orange County, and no potential client will hire her. Marti is desperate for a job and a place to finally settle down, even as she wrestles with a threatening past that she’s been running from for over two decades.

Neither Marti nor Dai is happy about being thrown together in a last-chance, must-work situation, but despite their resistance soon find themselves drawn to one another. Defensive and guarded, they struggle to trust each other with their deepest secrets and pain, both of which could have devastating consequences for the two of them.

They say opposites attract, but they can also destroy. Join these headstrong women as they navigate the minefield of contradictions that make up their tenuous and unlikely relationship in Kay Bigelow’s new romance, Knight & Dai.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

CRAVE
Cherished Choices: Book 3

by Tessa Vidal
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can Two Damaged Hearts Find The Love They Crave?

Two woman with deep scars are at a turning point in their lives. Will they finally experience the love they’ve denied themselves for so long?

Crave is a steamy lesbian office romance between an older, sophisticated woman with a past, and the sweet yet strong woman who works for her. 

There is some gun violence in the novel.

 

SAVING SAM

by Lynnette Beers

As an experienced San Diego lifeguard, Sam Cleveland has been trained to save others. While she risks her life to rescue swimmers from the rough surf, Sam’s world comes crashing down when she learns that her brother has been in a serious accident. She then must leave San Diego and the young woman she’s recently started dating to return to her hometown in Mississippi—a place that holds a horrid memory from her childhood.

Always protective when Sam was a child, Robert clings to life while investigators search for the person responsible for his accident.

On the hunt for the man who intentionally harmed Robert is Lieutenant Annie Wright—the woman who captured Sam’s heart years ago. As painful childhood memories resurface, so do old feelings of love. Will Sam choose to move forward with the chance at new romance in San Diego, or will she return to the comfort of familiar love with Annie in Mississippi?

There’s one brief scene of violence in the novel.

 

STEAMBOAT REUNION
Barb and Janet: Book 3

by Anne Hagan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can you go home again?

Barb knows she loves Janet, but she’s not sure she’s ready to take the next step and commit for life, not again, not so soon. No one is saying it, but she knows they’re all thinking she should just move on.

Janet is in love with being in love and Barb is the object of her affection and devotion. She won’t stop until they’re married. Oh, she’ll be patient, or so she tells everyone who will listen. She’ll wait. How long will she have to, though, she wonders?

Just when the two of them start to work things out, Janet is injured on the job and an old high school crush of Barb’s comes back into the picture, a crush who wants things to be the way they were, twenty years before. Both things send Barb into a tailspin of regret and old memories.

This is the third and final ‘Barb and Janet’ story. It isn’t necessary to read Broken Women or Healing Embrace first, but the author recommends it.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE / FANTASY

 

THE PRINCESS AND THE EVIL QUEEN

by Lola Andrews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Meet Snow White and the Evil Queen as you never have before in this lesbian erotic romance retelling of the classic fairytale.

Once upon a time, there was a princess, and an Evil Queen.

Fated by powers of old to be enemies, Princess Snow White and the Evil Queen wage war, until the Evil Queen poses an unusual truce: Snow will spend a Moon’s cycle by her side, during which time she will decide whether she wants to stay with the queen, or return to her husband, the prince.

Can Snow White and the Evil Queen overcome their terrible past and find love? Or will destiny tear them apart?

 

SPORTS ROMANCE

 

MAKING THE TEAM

by Lark Maren
Available in Kindle Unlimited

She’s the hottest professional softball player in the country.

All my teammates want to be her or be with her. They think the fact that she retired and took a job coaching our college team is the greatest thing that ever happened to the Marchant State Hawks.

They don’t know the real Penelope Flynn.

I’ve spent the last eight years of my life trying to erase the pain she caused me back in high school when she broke my heart and left me crying in the dugout. If she thinks she’s going to ruin my senior year of college, she has another thing coming.

All I need is to make it through the playoffs, keep my grades at a passable level, and hopefully sign a professional contract of my own, but whenever she’s near me, I just can’t think straight.

Maybe it’s because I simply hate her so much…

or maybe, it’s time to finish what we started.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE ROMANCE

 

AVALANCHE OF LOVE

by M.E. Tudor
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Back Lands magazine for outdoor enthusiasts has featured Robin Hawke and her outfitting business several times. When her friend, Josie Whittle, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, asks Robin to take a group of writers and photographers out for a week Robin is happy to do it until she finds out that one of the writers going on the trip has never even been camping, let alone gone on a multi-day hike.

After getting fired from a business magazine, her life in ruins, and forced to go home to Colorado where her father has her under his thumb, Marianne Jones is lucky to be writing for anyone. Her new boss at Back Lands magazine, Josie, insists Marianne go out on a weeklong hike with some other writers and photographers from the magazine. The only hiking Marianne does is at the mall and she’s never been camping, so she is not happy about this trip.

Marianne makes Robin mad before the hike even starts, and Robin assumes Marianne is just another snooty socialite forced to work by her parents. Both women try to ignore the sparks flying between them on the trails in vain.

These two women with nothing in common, except broken hearts, are thrown together by fate. Can they find common ground, or will tragedy take away the chance for them to find out what they could have had?

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

 

MEANT TO BE ME

by Wendy Hudson

A compelling, slow-burning, romantic suspense that will keep you guessing right to the end.

Trying to find “The One” is never easy and engineer Darcy Harris is finding it tougher than most. It doesn’t help she’s also dealing with a shadowy stalker trying to make trouble for her. But Darcy’s determined not to let anyone ruin her life.

Her loyal best friend and boss, Anja Olsen, is stuck in a strange conundrum, forced to question who she has become and who she wants to be.

Meanwhile, stranger Eilidh Grey’s first instinct is to run fearlessly toward chaos and love. But this time she’s on a collision course with fate.

A chance meeting on a snowy bridge in Inverness, Scotland, binds all three women together, creating an unexpected, tangled, love triangle. What happens when it all unravels?

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

DANCING IN THE DARKNESS
The Alpha God: Book 1

by Lexa Luther

Charlie and her team of mercenaries head to the planet named Kander, which is home the Kalmar – a race of Alphas & Omegas. The planet’s ruler, Kal, hires Charlie and her team to retrieve a kidnapped Omega. Soon, Charlie learns intimate details about Kal’s rare nature as a “female” Alpha. As Charlie embarks on the journey to rescue the Omega, she must face the true motives behind the kidnapping.

Book contains g!p material as well as intimate scenes suitable for mature readers.

 

SCI-FI SPACE OPERA

 

SAFE PASSAGE
Black Flag: Book 1

by Rachel Ford
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kay Ellis is playing a dangerous game, and she knows it. She’s made herself Enemy Number One of the Conglomerate. She’s relying on privateers for her safety. It’s a fool’s game. But the worst part is, her fool’s heart is starting to warm to the enigmatic privateer, Captain Magdalene Landon; and that’s a risk for which she hadn’t planned.

 

FICTION

 

CLIO RISING

by Paula Martinac

In 1983, Livvie Bliss leaves western North Carolina for New York City, armed with a degree in English and a small cushion of cash from a favorite aunt. Her goal is to launch a career in publishing, but more important, to live openly as a lesbian. A rough start makes Livvie think she should give up and head home, but then a new friend helps her land a job at a literary agency run by the formidable Bea Winston.

Bea hopes Livvie’s Southern charm and “boyish” good looks will help her bond with one of the agency’s most illustrious clients—the cranky Modernist writer Clio Hartt, a closeted octogenarian lesbian of the Paris Lost Generation who has rarely left her Greenwich Village apartment in four decades. When Livvie becomes Clio’s gofer and companion, the plan looks like it’s working: The two connect around their shared Carolina heritage, and their rapport gives Clio support and inspiration to think about publishing again.

But something isn’t quite right with Clio’s writing. And as Livvie learns more about Clio’s relationship with playwright Flora Haynes, uncomfortable parallels emerge between Livvie’s own circle of friends and the drama-filled world of expatriate artists in the 1920s. In Clio’s final days, the writer shares a secret that could upend Livvie’s life—and the literary establishment.

 

EMENDARE

by R. E. Bradshaw

“Her name is Jane Doe? Really? You aren’t joking?”

“Yes. Her father’s name was John Doe. Her mother’s last name was Smith. Jane Smith Doe, that’s her. Her dad said he guaranteed her anonymity for life. Thought it was funny.”

Forty years away from Doe’s Ferry, it didn’t take long for word to get around that Jane Doe had come home. Most people remained unconcerned with her arrival—memories of young Jane having been long forgotten or never known. But like any tiny place with tiny minds, the whispers at her sudden reappearance revived old rumors and fanned long cold embers into a blaze.

“So, you haven’t set foot in Doe’s Ferry since 1979, what finally brought you back?”

“Do I have to answer that question?”

“You didn’t come home when your father died in 2000. With your history, you can see why this sudden appearance would concern me.”

“My history? Which part? The part where we were cradle to grave friends, all of us, or the part where one of us died, three of us lied, and one of us went to prison.”

“I’m assuming that means this isn’t a nostalgic trip home.”

“No point in pretending…”

There were those who wished Jane had stayed gone. Most folks were willing to let the past die with the ones that lived it—but not Jane, and not the person who sent the package that summoned her home. Wrongs needed righting. The time had come for the truth of what happened at Doe’s Ferry to come to light. Jane Doe has come home to amend the record, to make it right: Emendare.

 

SALE ALERT

 

SATIVA STRAIN
The San Franciso Mystery Series: Book 5

by Alexi Venice

$0.99 $9.99 

A legal thriller/crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne, Dr. Jen Dawson and Detective Tommy Vietti.

In Sativa Strain, Amanda carries with her the quiet confidence of a yogi, the unrelenting burden of a prosecutor, and the demons that torture the corners of her soul.

Newly re-elected as San Francisco’s DA, Amanda faces her biggest internal and external foes yet when she and Detective Tommy Vietti investigate a high-profile murder implicating Kara Montiago, the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company and candidate for President of the United States.

Sleep evades Amanda as she obsesses over the specter of a respected colleague’s involvement in the toxic murder scheme. Navigating the shoals of SFPD corruption, Tommy and Amanda learn that Kara Montiago is a philandering, Sativa-smoking dominatrix who preys on male subordinates at her company.

Amanda is especially vulnerable during her outpatient drug rehab therapy, fighting urges that tempt her day and night. Battling her desire to control everything around her, Amanda rekindles her relationship with Dr. Jen Dawson, the love of her life, testing the boundaries of Jen’s patience.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

LONDON, ACTUALLY
London Romance Series: Book 5

by Clare Lydon
narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis

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 and a festival, a jilted brother, and a pregnant best friend, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hilarious pause register featuring the unlikely love-match of the year!

Book 5 in the London Romance series features favorite characters from previous novels, and is another uplifting, sparky romantic comedy from best-selling author Clare Lydon.

This is a stand-alone novel.

 

L.A. METRO
L.A. Metro Series: Book 1

by RJ Nolan
narrated by Angela Dawe

Dr. Kimberly Donovan’s life is in shambles. After her medical ethics are questioned, first her family, then her closeted lover, the Chief of the ER, betray her. Determined to make a fresh start, she flees to California and LA Metropolitan Hospital.

Dr. Jess McKenna, LA Metro’s Chief of the ER, gives new meaning to the phrase emotionally guarded, but she has her reasons.

When Kim and Jess meet, the attraction is immediate. Emotions Jess has tried to repress for years surface. But her interest in Kim also stirs dark memories. They settle for friendship, determined not to repeat past mistakes, but secretly they both wish things could be different.

Will the demons from Jess’s past destroy their future before it can even get started? Or will LA Metro be a place to not only heal the sick, but to mend wounded hearts?

 

GHOSTLY LOVE

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Aimee Aguilera

What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? What if that best friend is a ghost?

Stacey is your normal teenager, living with the the “normal” teenage angst moments. She just happens to have a friend who is a ghost. This takes her on a journey; while it would have been normal for most people, it is guided by her friend Renata who just happens to be dead. As the years go by and Stacey experiences life, she finds that love eludes her until she realizes it has been there all along. What do you do when the love of your life turns out to be a ghost?


 

SUVI

by Prudence MacLeod
narrated by Aimee Aguilera

Enslaved as a child, her DNA altered until she was barely half human, Jeannie Sorenson still managed to engineer her escape back to the ship that brought her to that deadly planet.

Could the humans accept her now that she was half alien?

Could she learn to interact with them and still retain her freedom?

And why the hell did they keep asking her for answers when they didn’t want to hear them?



 

GIVEAWAY

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

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

The winner will be selected on May 14th.

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

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

Episode 32: Harper is easily bamboozled 

In this episode, Harper talks about her 4th-week wobble, and we announce the release date of French Kissing: Season Five. We do our best to live up to our ‘Explicit’ label and Harper recommends this meditation.

While Caroline was away feeling very old on the golf course, Harper read Writing and Releasing Rapidly by Elana Johnson. Harper also finally realised that she really likes a posh girl.

Click here to listen.

Get in touch with Harper Bliss and Her Mrs with your questions, comments or suggested topics at harperblissandhermrs@gmail.com

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LWW-11: Top Ten Tips for Writers, Part Two 

In this episode, TB & Clare finish dispensing their top tips for writers.

First, they catch up with what’s going on in their lives. Clare discusses her upcoming trip to Jamaica and TB shares a Lesbians Who Write surprise with Clare, getting them one-step closer to world domination. Huzzah!

During the comment section, Clare and TB accept a challenge by a listener, and TB admits she’ll blush a lot discussing lesbian sex on the podcast.

TB also slips in another mention about her mint chocolate chip ice cream addiction. It’s possible she has a serious problem.

Then they launch into the final five tips for authors. They dive into the necessity of honing observational skills, which both of them admit they’re rubbish at, but they are trying to improve. Clearly, this is an example of do as they say, not do as they do. Also, they give advice about the importance of hiring a professional editor—an absolute must in their humble opinion. Next up is a misconception that all writers are like Ernest Hemingway, which means they drink a lot and write little. This romantic image is so wrong! TB and Clare discuss one thing that can be a difficult concept to live by: the need to be patient. To succeed in this career, it’s important to keep plugging away. Finally, they delve into one of the biggest aspects that holds back so many: fear of failure and fear of success. TB reveals she has a very niche fear. Clare says she’ll always be there for TB when this fear rears its ugly head. It’s a beautiful Lesbians Who Write moment.

Click here to listen.

Stop back next week for a discussion about word counts: should writers keep track? If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. They’d love to hear from you!

 

LESFIC NEWS

Announcing the first annual LESFIC BARD AWARD winners


Click here to find out who won what.

 

CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

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

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

The deadline for supplying the details is May 10th.

 

FREEBIES

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


 

For all the offerings, click this page.

Happy reading!

TB


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New Lesfic Goodies: April 23rd Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A WOMAN LOST 
Books 3-5

by T.B. Markinson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

3 books. 700+ pages of smart, sexy lesbian romance.

Lizzie doesn’t know much about families, let alone happy ones. Yet, she and her wife are about to welcome two new bundles of joy into their lives.

Encouraged by her wife, Lizzie makes an effort to grow close to her estranged family for the sake of her children, only to discover her dad’s shocking skeleton in the closet.

The repercussions ensnare all the Petries, new and old.

The harder Lizzie tries to keep the family together, the more trouble the clueless one gets into.

Is Lizzie strong enough to survive her own issues, support her wife and their twins, and navigate the pitfalls of her extended family troubles, or will having all the Petries in her life finally break Lizzie once and for all?

 

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Gloria’s daughter announces she’s getting married, Gloria couldn’t be happier. Things get more complicated when she realizes the groom’s mother was her best friend back in high school – the first woman who ever made her heart beat faster, as well as her first kiss. Gloria and Bethany reconnect during the engagement, and Gloria begins to wonder if she could have her own fairytale romance. Is it too late for Gloria to find love? Or could the mother of the bride be the star of her own story?

 

FORGET ME NOT

my Melissa Tereze
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jess Edwards’ life could be better. Six years ago, her world was turned upside down when she lost the love of her life to London. In the years that followed, she found herself preparing for the inevitability of losing her grandfather, too.

Word around town is that her first love is back, leading Jess to question the decisions she’s about to make, but nothing is as it seems. Jess may be known to have a heart of gold, but is she prepared to have it broken once again?

Amber Powell has returned home to Liverpool after receiving devastating news from her sister. Now within reach of her ex-girlfriend, she tries to remain invisible. Over the years, that had worked well for her, but with the potential of heartbreak just around the corner, will Amber realise that the only woman she ever needed… is standing right in front of her. A story of life, loss, and ultimately love.

 

PARTY OF TWO

by Tey Holden
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A chance encounter at a bar presents an awkward situation, and it’s love at first sight when Dr. Blair Reilley meets Alexandra Marcos Larsen. That they share the same dream was such an extraordinary coincidence that it was almost too hard to believe and much less comprehend. How life had intertwined their paths to come together was even harder to understand. However, the dream is far fetched when family-health issues, old boyfriends, bad decisions, tragedy, and identity issues need to be overcome.

 

WRITE YOUR OWN SCRIPT

by A.L. Brooks

A sizzling lesbian romance about finding out what’s important in life.

Beloved famous British actress Tamsyn Harris is in her early fifties and works hard to prove she’s still got “it”, despite her age. That means never revealing she’s a lesbian, for fear it would threaten her acclaimed career. After an on-set incident blows up, she disappears to a retreat to lay low for a while.

Maggie Cooper is a successful author with two pseudonyms and suffering from burn out. It’s hard enough trying to maintain both worlds, let alone keep them separate from real life. After checking herself into a retreat in Norfolk, the last thing she expects to find is the respected, beautiful actress she’s had a crush on her whole life.

As passion sweeps them up, they agree it can only be a holiday fling. But is that enough? Can they just return to their lives and leave each other behind?

 

SAVOR THE MOMENT

by Dana Piccoli

Natalia Chambers is a successful singer/songwriter whose star is on the rise. But Nat has a problem. She can’t seem to write any new music and the pressure is on to write a follow-up to her last record. The fact that her last girlfriend betrayed her and left her with a wounded heart certainly isn’t helping any.

When Nat comes home from her latest tour, she’s ready for some serious R&R. The last thing she expects is a stunning pastry chef named Maddy LaDuke to send her tumbling (literally) head over heels. As Nat spends more time with Maddy she discovers a side benefit—it seems that their romance may hold the key to that serious writer’s block problem.

Just when Nat thinks she’s ready for something big with Maddy, an old flame arrives and tries to burn it all down. Will Nat and Maddy be able to put their hearts on the line and find trust in each other?

Dana Piccoli takes readers on journey of sweet romance and second chances with her debut novel, Savor the Moment.

 

FOR THE TELLING
WeHo Book 13

by Sherryl Hancock
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Film maker and ex-Marine Legend Azaria isn’t one to take no for an answer. After being turned down for funding for her latest film, she vows to go it alone. Her story of her time in the Marines and the devastating effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is one that needs to be told. Riley Taylor is cast in the supporting role, and although initially being dubious about playing a gay woman, she soon rises to the challenge.

As the movie gets underway, Legend struggles with the pain of resurfacing memories. Riley does her best to help her through it, and in the process the two become close.

But will that be enough to stop Legend hitting rock bottom as the trauma of her past takes over her present?

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

FAIREST

by Cara Malone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Everyone says Luma has the world at her fingertips. Her trust fund can buy anything she wants, there’s a modeling agency courting her, and most people would kill for her life – especially her stepmother, Tabitha.

When Tabitha comes home mangled from a botched cosmetic procedure and finds out Luma’s been offered a prestigious gig, jealousy rears its aging, puffy head. Tabitha wants Luma dead and she’s got no choice but to flee. Alone and cut off from her resources, Luma’s last refuge is a remote cottage where she prays Tabitha won’t find her.

Charlie is the newest addition to her family’s lumberjack business in the forest, whittling away her emotions as she works through a broken heart. Beauty really is skin deep because no woman can look past the birthmark on her forehead. Charlie is ready to forget about love… until she finds Luma asleep in her bed. She’s in danger, vulnerable, and also the most beautiful woman Charlie has ever seen.

When the lumberjacks take Luma under their protection, she finds more than just safety. She finds Charlie and a new purpose in the forest – until Tabitha comes back to finish her kill.

 

SUMMER ISLE
Love By The Shore: Book 1

by Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Melody is a week away from leaving her tiny island town for a big, fancy, Ivy League school. So why did she impulsively kiss Jill?

Jill couldn’t believe it. The prettiest, smartest girl in school had a crush on her. Melody is a week away from leaving the island forever, but is there something more to that kiss?

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE / ROMANCE

 

AN ISLAND IN THE SUN
Silver Lake Lesbian Intrigue: Book 1

by Cassandra Barnes

Asia Reynolds, a documentary film maker looks for love in the middle of chaos. She lives in heaven, a picturesque town on the Mississippi river, sparkling countryside, soaring hawks and eagles and more action than she could wish for. Her forensic research skills are in demand to uncover the perpetrators of an international political tangle involving an assassination – and another, more local problem involving a murderous gay love triangle.

Then, she meets Jasmine – a young hippie artisan and her known world flips around.

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

 

SHADOWS OF FORTUNE
The Cavendish Trilogy: Book 2

by F.K. Sewell
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Stranded in Port Royal in the aftermath of the earthquake that took her family home, Vesta must deal with the loss of her parents and accept her brother Nicolas’s decision to set sail without her. Alone on land, she must adapt quickly and forge a new survival plan as events spiral beyond her control…

Trigger Warning: Some violence, threats – sword fights & injury detail.

 

EPIC FANTASY

 

FRUITS OF THE GODS

by William C. Tracy

Sisters Kisare and Belili uproot an ancient box in their owner’s orchard and find a miracle inside: a fifth godfruit in a society that knows only four. It is punishable by death for non-nobles to eat godfruit, so the sisters hide the discovery and plot to escape servitude for good. With the power represented in the box, they could live as nobles themselves.

But Kisare finds her new freedom more difficult than she imagined, and Belili has many secrets she strives to keep hidden. With the help of a people slowly losing their culture and technology to the powerful nobles, the sisters lead an infiltration of the highest levels of noble society.

While Kisare finds she cares for the captured leader of the people helping them, Belili comes to love her noble suitor’s guard—a fierce woman with a similar past to her own. In the end, the fifth godfruit may bring harmony to the world, but the sisters’ only hope of succeeding lies in deciphering ancient mythologies surrounding the gods’ original plan for their people.

Trigger warnings: rape and slavery.

 

COZY MYSTERY

 

A CURIOUS WOMAN

by Jess Lea

A funny, fabulous, cozy mystery filled with quirkiness and a sweet serve of lesbian romance.

Bess Campbell has escaped to the windswept Australian coastal town of Port Bannir, determined to begin her life again. She is loving her fresh start, thanks to her fun job running a hip gallery, her territorial chickens, and a lot of self-help books to find her new, better self.

Port Bannir local Margaret Gale runs an austere maritime museum, and rules her staff with an iron fist. She has no time for that crazy modern gallery or upbeat, earnest Bess sweeping around town on her hipster bicycle.

After a heated dispute over an antique collectible dildo, there’s little hope Margaret and Bess will ever see eye to eye.

But when Port Bannir is rocked by a senseless murder, both women find themselves implicated. Can they work together to expose the truth––or will the truth prove far too dangerous?

 

ROMANCE MYSTERY

 

GALLOWS HUMOR

by Carolyn Elizabeth

Corey Curtis is coasting. At thirty-three, she’s in the best shape of her life and has a satisfying position at Jackson City Memorial Hospital. With a good paycheck, great friends, and occasional relationships with smart, beautiful women, she couldn’t be happier. She thinks.

Dr. Thayer Reynolds, whiling away some time before the start of her Emergency Department fellowship at JCMH and intrigued by the stories she’s heard, crashes the morgue to get a look at Corey—the woman her young colleagues are whispering about.

Totally spinning from her first interactions with Thayer, Corey throws herself into the post mortem exam of a construction worker who fell to his death, which isn’t at all suspicious—until it is. With no support from her boss or the police, Corey investigates the death on her own. Making bad decisions with good intentions, she recklessly endangers her own life and Thayer’s. Even worse—she potentially dooms any chance of a real relationship with Thayer before it even gets started.

 

SUPERHERO SCIENCE FICTION

 

A LOVER’S MERCY
The Superheroine Collection: Book 5

by Fionna Zedde

A gripping, sexy, lesbian superhero novel that will leave your heart pounding at its powerful conclusion. This sequel to The Power of Mercy can also be read as a standalone story.

Mai Redstone prowls Atlanta as its hero, Mercy, trying to save people from themselves and each other. With her newly discovered, stronger powers, she acts as if she’s invincible. To those who know her though, she’s as delicate as a cobra lily.

Xóchitl is the complete opposite. Violence comes naturally to her. Hard-hearted and thick-skinned, the softest thing about her is her love for Mai. As part of an elite law-enforcement team in the secret Meta community, Xóchitl hunts and punishes anyone who dares to break their rules.

But when Mai is in danger from her own powerful family, Xóchitl’s soft underbelly is exposed. How can she protect Mai when she can’t even tell allies from enemies? For the first time in her life, Xóchitl feels as threatened as the vulnerable humans Mai protects.

Xóchitl is used to being the strongest one in the room, but when she suddenly isn’t, will she allow herself to surrender to her lover’s mercy?

 

EARTH DAY SPECIAL

 

FOR THE LOVE OF HER
A Collection of Intimate Fairy Tales About Mother Earth

by Amy DeMeritt

$0.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A collection of beautiful fairy tales with ordinary woman having extraordinary and intimate experiences with Mother Earth. They experience love, bliss, and companionship, while gaining respect and reverence for our Earth Mother.

This collection of short stories was written to honor and celebrate the beauty and bounty of Earth with the hopes that they will inspire respect and action to help protect this planet we call home.

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

by Miranda MacLeod
narrated by Stephanie Murphy

Jordan is an American journalist living in London, but when her newspaper is sold to an infamous tabloid king, she has one week to produce a tell-all story of the century or she’s out of a job, and out of the country. Then a runaway princess nearly falls into her lap. It seems like the answer to her prayers, but how can she write an exposé on a woman she’s falling in love with?

Abby was a typical California girl, until a twist of fate turned her into Princess Abigail, the heir to the throne of her father’s kingdom. When presented with an opportunity to escape her royal duties for a night out on the town while on an official state visit to London, she seizes the chance. But when she’s rescued by the woman of her dreams, she begins to doubt that she can ever return to royal life again.

As they have a madcap adventure exploring London together, both Jordan and Abby suspect they may have found their perfect match, but if the secrets they are hiding are exposed, will their relationship survive?

London Holiday is a modern-day fairytale inspired by the classic film Roman Holiday.

 

SOUTHERN ROOTS
The Compass Series: Book 2

by Lise Gold
narrated by Addison Barnes

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

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

When Hannah suddenly shows up in Kristine’s life again there is no denying that destiny has a plan for them, but Hannah’s life is in London and Kristine’s is deeply attached to the beautiful South. As Hannah searches for the story behind her Southern roots, can they overcome the challenge of distance to give themselves another shot at love? Second chances are rare, and you can’t question fate when it keeps drawing you back together….

 

CHAIN REACTIONS

by Lynn Ames
narrated by Emily Beresford

Some of Diana Lindstrom’s fondest memories involve childhood experiments conducted under the watchful supervision of her Great-Aunt Nora, a celebrated physicist long ago shunned by the family for mysterious reasons.

Now in her adult years and a sought-after scientist herself, Diana learns that Nora is dying. She hires private-duty nurse Brooke Sheldon to care for Nora. Over the days and weeks spent in Nora’s company, Diana and Brooke are privy to Nora’s long-held secrets, along with her deep-seated regrets.

Trapped in a failing body, but with a keen mind, Nora Lindstrom watches as the spark of attraction between her great-niece and her caregiver grows into a flame.

Determined to help the two younger women find the kind of deep love they so richly deserve, Nora makes a fateful decision that brings the past and the present directly onto a collision course. After all this time, it’s still about chain reactions.


 

GIVEAWAY

 

Win a copy of A Clueless Woman.

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

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

The winner will be selected on April 30th.

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

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

Episode 30: Harper Knows How to Roll a Condom Off a Banana

In this week’s episode, Harper talks about her writing progress and process. Other topics include meditation, being a golf widow, Game of Thrones and the hotness of French actresses.

Click here to listen.

Get in touch with Harper Bliss and Her Mrs with your questions, comments or suggested topics at harperblissandhermrs@gmail.com

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LWW-9: Knowing what we know now, how would we launch our first books?

In this episode, TB talks about her wreck of a week: getting caught in a rainstorm and her author email being shut down briefly. Clare shares about her epic week, including Tottenham winning and seeing Michelle Obama speak.

TB turns the table on Clare and asks knowing what Clare knows now, how would she launch a book? Clare outlines several things she’d do differently. The big takeaway is to be nice to authors and readers. TB shares why she started her website I Heart Lesfic. The short story, she got the stiff arm from other lesbian fiction websites when she first started out and she felt lonely. Now, TB wants to help other authors feel like they have support in the community. They both discuss certain services they use to make launching books easier.

Clare brings up the most important part of being an indie author in the twenty-first century, and TB couldn’t agree more.

Click here to listen.

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. They’d love to hear from you!

 

LESFIC NEWS

 

NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF RWA PRESENTS

T.G.I.For Literacy Author Signing 

When: April 26, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM.

Where: Burlington, MA

Over fifty authors * FREE to the public * FREE raffle basket drawing.

I’ll (TB Markinson) be there along with Miranda MacLeod, Laney Webber, Jane C. Esther, and Tamsen Parker.

Click here for details.

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SOUTHCOAST LESFIC HANG-OUT

 

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

May 4th 10am- 4pm

Crawley Horticultural Society Hall

Ifield Ave, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ

Check out the Facebook group for more details.

 

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CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

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

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

 

 

FREEBIES

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

Many authors, like Cheyenne Blue, give away freebies when you sign up for their newsletter. Click on the image to sign up for Cheyenne Blue’s newsletter.


 

For all the offerings, click this page.

Happy reading!

TB


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Guest Post: Another new direction by Charlotte Mills

Happy Friday!

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

Another new direction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PAYBACK

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

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

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


 

GIVEAWAY

 Win a copy of Payback.

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

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

The winner will be selected on April 26th.

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

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

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

 

CONNECT WITH CHARLOTTE MILLS

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 16th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

LOVE, FROM A TO Z

by Robin Alexander

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

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

 

FORGET IT

by Claire Highton-Stevenson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

DANCE WITH ME

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

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

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

 

PAS DE DEUX

by MJ Duncan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

APRIL STARS
A Year in Paradise: Book 4

by Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

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

Instead, she gets a famous girlfriend!

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

 

ADDICTED TO YOU

by Erin O’Reilly

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

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

RECIPE FOR LOVE

by Aurora Rey

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

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

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

 

LOVE TO THE RESCUE
A Rivers Community Romance: Book 5

by Radclyffe

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

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

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

 

PRETENDING IN PARADISE

by M. Ullrich

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

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

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

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

 

LOVE’S PORTRAIT

by Anna Larner

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

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

 

POLYAMOROUS ROMANCE

 

BREAKING NEW GROUNDS
The Dancing Wolf: Book 7

by Amy DeMeritt
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

EROTIC ROMANCE 

 

DANGEROUS CURVES

by Larkin Rose

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

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

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

 

EROTICA / INTRIUGE & THRILLER

 

MODEL BEHAVIOR

by MJ Williamz

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

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

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

 

PARANORMAL FANTASY

 

THE HOUSE

by Eden Darry

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

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

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION / ROMANCE

 

UNINVITED

by Jane C. Esther

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

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

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

 

FICTION

 

I NEED YOU
I See You: Book 3

by Lily Haycraft
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Portland Police Bureau Series: Book 1

by Jae
narrated by Abby Craden

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

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

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

 

BEING HERS

by Anna Stone
narrated by Lexy Rebe

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

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

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

 

DRAWING THE LINE
Cops and Docs: Book 4

by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden

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

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

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

 

ON THE ROCKS

by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
narrated by Tessa Stavers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SALE ALERT

 

SECRETS

by Barbara Winkes

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

There is nowhere to run:

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

 

GIVEAWAY

 

Win a copy of Karen Klyne’s Parallel Lives.

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

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

The winners will be selected on April 23rd.

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

 

PODCAST NEWS

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


 

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


 

 

LESFIC NEWS


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

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

Check out the Facebook group for more details.

 

CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

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

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

 

FREEBIES

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

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


 

For all the offerings, click this page.

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 9th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A BLOOMING SPRING LOVE

by Emily Engberts

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

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

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

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

 

SWEET SONGS

by Ellie Green
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

A LONG RIDE HOME

by Jenna Layne
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

 

ME & MRS. JONES
Songbook: Book 2

by B.L. Wilson

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

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

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

 

DYALESSIA GAMES: Alex & Christie 2.0

by Scott Kujawa
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

LOVESTRUCK

by Allie Keane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

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

 

LOVE LIKE THIS
Rose Lake Series: Book 1

by Chloe Peterson

Sometimes love comes in unexpected packages…

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

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

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

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

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

PAINT ME

by Victoria Rush
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

FANTASY

 

SUNKISSED FEATHERS AND SEVERED TIES
Broken Chronicles: Book 1

by Kellie Doherty

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

 

FANTASY / SCI-FI / ROMANCE

 

CROSSING OVER
An Opening in Time: Book 2

by Karen Klyne
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

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

 

PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT

 

YOU, ME, U.S.

by Brigitte Bautista

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

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

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

Question is: who?


 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

MORE THAN WORDS
Pink Bean Series: Book 9

by Harper Bliss
narrated by Angela Dawe

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

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

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

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


 

EMILY MONROE IS NOT THE CHOSEN ONE
Book 2

by Erik Schubach
narrated by Hollie Jackson

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


 

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS

by Jane Retzig
narrated by Jan Cramer

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

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

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

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

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


 

GIVEAWAY

 

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

One lucky winner will receive the e-book. 

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

One winner will be selected on April 16th.

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

 

PODCAST NEWS

 


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

Happy Friday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

HEARTS OF EMERALD BAY

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

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

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

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

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

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

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

 

CONNECT WITH D. G. BARNES

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 2nd Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

CHOICES

by Lyn Gardner

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

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

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

 

HERS TO KEEP
Irresistibly Bound: Book 3

by Anna Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

What happens when the lie becomes the truth?

 

WATCH HER BURN

by Em Stevens
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

KEEP TAHOE BLUE
Tahoe Blue Series: Book 1

by Nicole Pyland
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

 

SUMMERSIDE

by Blythe Stone & Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

You can’t choose who you fall for…

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

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

 

MOVING VIOLATIONS

by McGee Matthews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

NIGHTS OF LILY ANN: Finding Kathleen

by L.L. Shelton
Available in Kindle Unlimited

One phone call can make all the difference …

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

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

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

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

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

UNLEASHED: Case of the Yorkshire Pudding
Unleashed: Book 5

by Erik Schubach

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

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

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

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

 

COMING OF AGE ROMANCE

 

DORM LIFE, SPRING BREAK
Dorm Life Series: Book 2

by Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

MIRANDA IN MILAN

by Katharine Duckett

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

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

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

 

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE

 

CHAOS SONGS
Blood Canticles: Book 5

by Naomi Clark

Chaos magic makes anything possible. Even the unthinkable.

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

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

 

PARANORMAL EROTIC ROMANCE

 

VIENNA BLOOD
The Taste of Her Blood: Book 2

by K. C. Bloom
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

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

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

SELKIE’S FREEDOM

by Cailee Francis

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

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

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

 

THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

WHERE SECRETS LIE
MacGregor FBI Series: Book 3

by R.E. Gauthier
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lies Hurt the Heart and Secrets Scar the Soul

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

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

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

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

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

 

CRIME FICTION

 

THICK AS THIEVES

by Cara Malone and Anna Cove
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

 

MYSTERY ROMANCE

 

FLIGHT

by K’Anne Meinel

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

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

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

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

 

MYSTERY

 

CATCH ME WHEN I’M FALLING

by Cheryl A. Head

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

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

FORGET-ME-NOT

by Kris Bryant
narrated by Brittni Pope

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

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

 

THE BODYGUARD

by Bridget Essex
narrated by Marina Barrett

Guarding her heart was never part of the contract.

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

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

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

 

PODCAST NEWS

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

 

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