Friday Feels Fun: December 3rd Edition

We made it to another Friday and it’s time to celebrate.

Below, you’ll find books, life advice, a song suggestion, and the pet of the week. We truly hope these tidbits help everyone slide into weekend mode.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to see an adorable dog with a creative way of napping. 

Here are the top 3 most clicked books of the week on I Heart Lesfic:

 

#3 

FALLING FOR MY BULLY

by Alexa Woods

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A powerful CEO. Her new employee, who once was her high-school bully. Fireworks soon ignite – but the question remains: Do people ever really change?

June’s life is a dream come true. A confident, successful CEO of her own company, she’s so different from the bullied, scared girl she was in high school, sometimes she can’t believe those days were real.

That’s until one day, she finds none other than Arabella, a.k.a. The Queen of Mean, working for her. Why in the world did her old tormentor take a position at June’s company of all places?

And how come she’s so…different…too?

Fallen from grace, formerly rich Arabella is reduced to a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, and she wants June’s forgiveness – and soon, her love. June fights her suspicions and her growing attraction to the woman who once threatened to destroy her – until she can’t.

Just as June gives in to her feelings, her company comes under attack, and there’s only one suspect: Arabella.

As she struggles to find the truth, June can’t help but wonder. Did Arabella really change? Or did she just pretend so she could make good on her old threat to destroy June?

Falling for My Bully is a steamy boss-employee enemies-to-lovers FF romance novel, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers.

 

#2

OPPOSED DESIRES

Rehoboth Pact: Book 2

by Katherine McIntyre

Closet Romantic falling for the Hookup Queen? Never gonna happen… until one memorable vacation changes it all.

When it comes to women, Aubrey Moore believes in no-strings-attached hookups and keeping things simple. On her beach trip, her plan is clear—hit the bars and find single hotties. What she doesn’t bargain on is the phone call from her sister. Distraught, Aubrey would like to have a breakdown in private, but the one woman who’s never fallen for her slick lines takes her by surprise and blurs her simple rules.

The last thing owner of the Renegades bar, Selina Beckett, expects to see on vacation is Aubrey Moore in the middle of a personal crisis. Every time they meet, they clash—whether Aubrey was picking up women at Selina’s bar or flirting to try and get her attention. Selina’s not interested in flings, cheaters, or womanizers, so she’s made a point to avoid Aubrey at all costs. But this raw, real side of Aubrey convinces her to bend those rules, just a little.

The more Selina gets to know Aubrey beyond the bravado, the more she begins to fall. But each day closer to the end of their vacation marks a return to reality—one where this entanglement between them won’t survive.

 

#1

A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT

by Aurora Rey & Jaime Clevenger

Cuffing season has come for lesbians.

Jess Archer, digital journalist for the internet’s hottest lesbian media platform, has been assigned to research cuffing, from an up close and personal perspective. She’s not sure it’s really her thing, but the assignment gives her the chance to write something more substantial than her usual fluff pieces. All she needs now is a willing lesbian.

For Cody Dawson, signing up for Jess’s project is a no-brainer. She gets to date an interesting woman, enjoy her company, and not disrupt the tidy life she’s built for her son. Everything’s perfect until she starts falling for Jess. When she realizes she’s heart-deep in the feelings she’s agreed not to have, their convenient arrangement becomes anything but.

 

FREE BOOK

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

by Miranda MacLeod

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens when the price of saving your job is betraying the woman you love? London Holiday is a modern-day homage to the classic film Roman Holiday, with a lesbian twist and the happily ever after ending you always wanted from best selling author Miranda MacLeod.

Deal ends on December 7th.

 

 

Reader Lorna recommends “Hands of Love” by Miley Cyrus.

 

TB Markinson lives by these three words, especially when things get tough: Just keep going. 

 

Meet Leo

Somedays you flip your bed over and crawl under it to nap. Leo didn’t give Jamey Moody, author and reader, an explanation, but he looks cozy.

That’s all for this week.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

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Being kind can help the giver as well as the receiver! by Victoria Janssen

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

Today, the wonderful Victoria Janssen is here to share a story. Also, Victoria is giving away 1 ecopy of Finding Refuge. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Victoria.

 

Being kind can help the giver as well as the receiver!

This is a global pandemic story, and it revolves around my day job.

Due to having some staff who work in China, my workplace had a lot of direct contact with the early stages of the pandemic, but it didn’t start to affect us more directly until March of 2020. After about a week of debating and preparing for a possible week or two of working from home, all of the staff at my employer were sent home abruptly on a Friday, in the middle of the day. It was the beginning of a lockdown that lasted for months, and a stint of working from home that, for those in my office, lasted eighteen months. As I write, we are still only coming into the office a few days a week, and though we’re all vaccinated, indoor masking is required, because there’s still risk to our unvaccinated children and immune-compromised family.

During lockdown, most of the human contact I had (some weeks, all the human contact I had!), was with my co-workers via video conferencing. My smaller operations group regularly met twice a week. We soon became close as we shared our fears for our friends and families and our fears and uncertainties about the pandemic. We shared every small victory we could eke out.

I’d liked and enjoyed my colleagues before the lockdown, but during it, they were a lifeline. We all pitched in to send food delivery gift certificates for our birthdays. One of us led short exercise routines weekly (none of us were getting enough exercise). When my neighborhood was full of roaring helicopters for days and nights on end, during the George Floyd protests, my colleagues talked about what was happening, so we could express our grief and rage and hope within the safe space of our small group, so none of us felt so alone. Late in the year, when another of my colleagues got special permission to enter our building, to set up a piece of equipment we needed for remote work, she very kindly retrieved an item I’d left behind that last day, dropping it off at my house on her way home. She sadly reported that most of our office plants, many of them in a single large office with a wide windowsill, had died from lack of water, but a few had miraculously survived. None of those plants were mine, but I thought about that a lot.

Midway through the summer, I discovered that a local grocery store also sold houseplants. My mother had always filled our house with potted sansevieria and flowering narcissus; to me, plants help to make a house a home. The local hardware store, also within walking distance, stocked potting soil and pots. I started with a Dracaena, which turned out to be two plants inside a single pot. Eventually, I separated them into two pots. Buying and propagating plants is a soothing activity that I can do while alone. Seeing the plants grow and prosper (for the most part! I did lose a little cactus!) made me feel more in control of my life. I couldn’t stop a global pandemic, but I could definitely clip a brown leaf off that grocery-store pothos and give it a roomier pot with new soil. I shared pictures in our online chat, or occasionally via text.

After many months, and many changes of plan, our part-time return to the office was scheduled for the fall. By this point, I had a lot of houseplants because I’d been experiencing a lot of anxiety. I knew I didn’t need them all. But I realized: I could share. Returning to the office, while frightening, could be made a little less stressful if we all had plants to sit calmly on our desks, breathing out oxygen and being green. I broached the idea at a staff meeting and got an enthusiastic response. So for the rest of the summer, I carefully selected and propagated and repotted as necessary, so each member of my team would have at least one foliage plant for their desk or windowsill. I even ended up having extras when my aloe plant began to send off pups. So that was how I tried to return some of the kindness my colleagues had shown to me.

Everyone loves their plants, and I love seeing green leaves poking above cubicle walls. They’re like a symbol of our office returning to life.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

FINDING REFUGE

A Place of Refuge: Book 1

by Victoria Janssen

They lost the revolution. But then, they found sanctuary—and hope.

After the fascist Federated Colonies crushes their interstellar revolt, freedom fighters Talia and Miki have only each other.

Telepathic warrior Talia Avi lost her home planet, her people, and their psychic communion when the FC invaded, but thanks to Miki Boudreaux, she can glimpse a life beyond defeat. Genius engineer Miki lost Talia once to FC captivity and never plans to lose her again.

Miki will risk her life and her freedom to reunite Talia with the escaped remnants of her people, on a mysterious planet far outside of FC control. But the difficult part will be what comes after…when you’ve always been a guerilla at the sharp end of death, how do you learn to make a life?

Can two freedom fighters find refuge at last?

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FINDING REFUGE Giveaway

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Victoria Janssen [she, her] lives in Philadelphia and writes comforting fiction in a sunny room overrun with houseplants.

 

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Twitter / Website/ Goodreads

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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October Book of the Month Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the Book of the Month Awards for October.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

 

October 2021 Winners

 

ROMANCE 

 

THE AM SHOW

by TB Markinson & Miranda MacLeod

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Would you give up your lifelong dream for a shot at everlasting love?

Amanda Morgan is a morning show host with a fierce reputation, but a bitter divorce has left her feeling all washed up. Being mistaken for a grandmother at her own son’s wedding has her teetering on the edge—until a stranger at the reception rocks her world.

Dakota Washington is a young reporter who is flabbergasted to meet her career idol—and biggest celebrity crush—at a friend’s out-of-town wedding. Their night together goes beyond her wildest fantasies. And she’s had a lot of them.

They were never meant to see each other again, until fate steps in, landing Dakota a job at Amanda’s network in New York City. Thanks to a draconian employment contract, the network could fire them on the spot for getting romantically involved. They agree to keep their distance and never breathe a word about their past.

Easy, right?

Except every time they’re alone for more than five minutes, they end up having sex. Soon, it’s obvious this is more than a fling, leaving them with an unthinkable choice: give up the careers they’ve poured their souls into or lose the love of a lifetime. Which one will be easier to walk away from?

If you enjoy scorching celebrity age-gap romance with a touch of heart, don’t miss the latest collaboration of Miranda MacLeod and TB Markinson.

 

EROTICA

 

WRATH, WAR, AND THE WOE TRUMPETS

Wrath Trilogy: Book 2

by TJ Dallas

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A lesbian erotic novel featuring the Seven Deadly Sins. This sequel follows on from Prewrath and Rapture.

The fate of Caledonia hangs by a thread.

When a chance encounter reveals that the archangels are close to finding the key Persephone stole from them, Astar must convince Emilia to return to Caledonia. If Michael gets hold of the key and manages to break the final seal, he would command the sounding of seven trumpets, instigating the next stage of the apocalypse. With the help of Pride and Envy, three Deadly Sins now join the four Horsewomen in the second battle between good and evil.

Come and see.

Content Warning: 18+, mature content, sexually explicit wlw sex. One scene involves breast milk.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

WARM PEARLS AND PAPER CRANES

by E V Bancroft

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A family torn apart by secrets. Love is the only way forward.

Maud Heaston has been in love with Beatrice Williams since they first met in 1939. They’ve been through hell and back; family, careers, and secrets have threatened to tear them apart, but their love has endured it all. Until now. Old age and illness have forced them into separate nursing homes and the family Maud trusted to take care of them are only out for themselves.

Hannah Jones is trying to put her past behind her and find her place in the world. Midway through a doctorate and living with Suki, the woman she’d like to be more than just friends with, the last thing she needs is Gammy, her interfering great aunt, back in her life. Though Gammy took Hannah in when her mother died, her overbearing nature and constant criticisms forced them apart. Now they barely speak.

Maud needs Hannah’s help to be reunited with the love of her life. Hannah needs Suki to take a chance on love. Can a reconciliation between Maud and Hannah free them both to be with the women they love or will the past destroy their future?

Content Warning: Death of a family member.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

TURBULENT WAVES

by Ali Vali

Kai Merlin is heir to her mother’s throne in Atlantis, and she takes her duties seriously, but lately her mind has been on her fiancée Vivien Palmer. After a chance encounter when they were children, meeting again and falling in love proved to be fate, but melding their worlds as they plan their wedding isn’t going to be easy.

Vivien has spent her life searching for the secrets she’d always known were hidden beneath the waves, but nothing prepared her for what Kai and her people had successfully kept hidden for eons. She finally has a sense of belonging, but unseen enemies will stop at nothing to conquer and destroy their world—including everything and everyone she holds dear.

Below turbulent waves, Kai and Vivien must fight for what is right as life and love hang in the balance.

 

MYSTERY

 

THE TELL TALE

by Clare Ashton

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A small town, enduring love, a web of secrets.

The Tell Tale has been watching and waiting, because there’s something queer about the village of Foel.

Beth Griffiths has returned home to raise her daughter in the Welsh hills. They arrive to the open arms of the community, but not all is what it seems and Beth isn’t home for the reason she pretends either.

Vicious notes start appearing that reveal harsh truths about the village inhabitants, stirring up ancient past and old loves. Not even local dignitary, the elegant and aloof Lady Melling, is safe from the accusations.

But when Beth receives her notes, they aren’t what she expected. Is she being toyed with like the other villagers, or is she being guided to a long-sought truth?

 

YOUNG ADULT

 

THE CONVINCING HOUR

by Ann Roberts

Juvenile delinquents are vanishing from Lakeview, Michigan.

Brilliant fifteen-year-old Story Black has heard that the smartest kids go from jail to a special school—and then on to college. The mastermind behind it all is Lakeview’s newest citizen, Charlotte Barnaby, a former high school principal and winner of the largest lottery jackpot in history. Char brings her powerful billions back to her dying hometown, determined to save it and the worthiest children—regardless of what it costs.

Story plans to be next. Getting arrested is easy but getting out of Lakeview may be impossible. Standing between her and her new life is her mother Patty, a meth user with a genius I.Q. and a mysterious past of her own. Char launches an elaborate scheme to convince Patty to let Story go, but Patty is an immovable force, unwilling to put Story’s happiness before her own.

If Story wants the future she sees, she must confront her mother and be willing to lose everything—even their relationship.

 

ANTHOLOGY

 

THE LONE STAR COLLECTION

Volume II

by Various Authors

Saddle up for a wild ride! The Lone Star Collection II has something for everyone!

If you enjoy romance, Kris Bryant and Dena Blake have penned hot contemporary stories in Heat and Horseplay, while Pins and Needles, by Julie Cannon, is a historical adventure. Annette Mori also contributes to the romance fare with a beautiful, enduring love story in Rainstorm. If you want sizzling erotica check out 50 by 50, from Renee MacKenzie.

What would a collection be without fantasy, paranormal and swashbuckling adventures? Lured to the Rocks, a unique work of fantasy by Barbara Ann Wright. In The Devil’s Backbone, Lacey L. Schmidt spins a thriller about overcoming evil and personal loss. MJ Williamz explores dark passion in Take Me All the Way. Del Robertson offers Return to Me a classic pirate story, and Yvette Murray tosses in the Ghostly Galleons.

 

AUDIOBOOK

 

NEVER MINE

by Bryce Oakley

narrated by AJ Ferraro

What if their fake relationship wasn’t ever just pretend?

Sage Carson has a messy reputation. Sure, she’s a soccer star with World Cup trophies and Olympic medals, but she’s almost as well known for her rebellious behavior off the pitch. She’s left enough gorgeous women with broken hearts in her dust to fill a roster. That was, until she got injured. Now, her frustratingly slow recovery means she’d better secure this new squeaky-clean endorsement deal in order to get back on top.

Sweet, sunshiny Willa Bellamy has a crisis on her hands. She’s used to it – as an events coordinator for the Denver Zoo, it’s her job to handle crises. But when she receives an invite to her ex’s wedding, she’s not so sure it’ll be as easy to handle as an escaped emu during a Girl Scout sleepover. Even worse, when the bachelorette party invite mentions that couples are welcome, she realizes she’s the sole single person invited.

Fifteen years ago, Willa and Sage roamed the same halls of Edgelake High School. When their paths cross again, they decide to team up to solve both their problems – a stable, albeit fake, relationship to snag the endorsement deal and a hot soccer star to make the couples getaway sting a little less…. But when the lines between real and fake start to blur, will they be able to keep the growing heat between them just a game, or will they start playing to win?

 

Angie won the $15 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

VOTE FOR NOVEMBER’S

BOOK OF THE MONTH

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

Voting is open until the end of December.

Results will be announced in January.

Best of luck authors!

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Friday Feels Fun: November 19th Edition

We made it to another Friday and it’s time to celebrate.

Below, you’ll find books, life advice, a song suggestion, and the pet of the week. We truly hope these tidbits help everyone slide into weekend mode.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to see an adorable cat. 

Here are the top 3 most clicked books of the week on I Heart Lesfic:

#3 

CHECKING IT TWICE

by Lucy Bexley

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sacha Brighton is dreading her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding, but she’s headed to their family cabin in Northern Michigan all the same. Though she is running several hours late and her phone battery died somewhere on the interstate. Nothing surprising there. Sacha had braced herself for a lot of diva wedding antics from Alexis. What she wasn’t prepared for was to find her sister hired an androgynous wedding planner that Sacha can’t get off her mind.

Hal (Hallie) Halliday (she knows) lives by her checklists. All she wants is for this wedding she’s been organizing for months to go perfectly. She went to school with the Brighton sisters but has had a major glow up since her ponytail jock days and she finally feels at home in her own skin. She knew Sacha would be at the wedding. But she was still shocked to find her massive crush from high school resurrected the second she saw her. Could Hal really have a chance with Sacha?

Or will Sacha be just one more disaster Hal will have to take care of to keep this wedding on track?

Checking It Twice is a low-angst lesbian Christmas romance novella filled with ice skating, failed gingerbread cookies, and people trying their best.

#2

LAST CHANCE

Taste of Port Andrea

by Lily Seabrooke

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jennifer has an assignment she can’t refuse: write a smear article on her ex-girlfriend’s restaurant and drive her from the city forever.

If she accepts? The senior position that food writer Jennifer Allen has dreamed of all her life, pushing so hard for it that her relationship with her girlfriend is near breaking. But if she refuses? Merciless head content writer Genevieve Durant will end her career.

Athena Walker left Port Andrea six years back ago on the back of a scandal that cost her dream. With a lifetime ban from the city’s restauranteurs’ association and a heart-crushing breakup, she gave up her lifelong dream of running a restaurant in Port Andrea—until now.

Returning to Port Andrea to run a culinary gauntlet through November is Athena’s one last chance at getting into the restauranteurs’ association and fulfill her dream. But when the woman who caused her scandal six years back, hard-edged Genevieve Durant, pledges to crush her again, and the writer covering her restaurant is the woman who broke her heart six years back, Jennifer Allen, Athena finds herself in the continuation of a story she thought long over.

 

#1

BEACH HOUSE

A Short Story

by KC Luck

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The last time Abby Lewis was at the beach house, she was thirteen, and everything was grand and full of potential. As her fiftieth birthday rapidly approaches, and gray mixes in with the brown of her hair, that was not the case. Maybe even the opposite. Still, being back here is already helping lift her spirits. Especially when a beachcomber wanders into her life. Yet, this isn’t a stranger, but her special summer friend from all those years ago. Someone she lost touch with but never forgot.

Originally published in 2020 as part of the Summer Loving anthology.

 

FREE BOOK

 

A GIRLFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS

by Barbara Winkes

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Cindy is in love with Alison, who needs to present a girlfriend for her friends’ Christmas getaway. What could go wrong?

The deal ends on November 22.

 

 

Author Kelly Farmer suggests “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure. 

 

The fantabulous Jae has wonderful advice for authors: When it comes to writing craft, get as much advice from editors and fellow writers as you can, but when it comes to the writing process, find out what works for YOU and ignore what everyone else is doing.

 

Meet Paddy

The beautiful Paddy belongs to author Lyn Denison.

That’s all for this week.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

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Don’t Get Leukemia, It Gives You Barbie Dolls by Jo Havens

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

Today, the wonderful Jo Havens is here to share a story. Also, Jo is giving away 1 ecopy of The Blood We Spill. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Jo.

Don’t Get Leukemia, It Gives You Barbie Dolls – or, Kindness is All Around Us

People are bursting to be kind. They just don’t often know when they should, or how. A few years ago, stuff happened that may as well have hung a sign around our necks: In Need of Kindness. It taught me a lot about human nature.

My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was five. For one of the many stages of her treatment I was told her appetite would ‘increase exponentially’ — she would be ‘ravenously hungry’ the nurses told me. I smiled and nodded. My daughter was two-foot-nothing, skinny as a rake and tapped out after half a piece of toast. I’d believe it when I saw it.

Initially she craved SpaghettiOs. Easy. I tipped them into a bowl at first, with little toast soldiers on the side. After two days and, I kid you not, twelve full-sized cans later, I let her eat them straight from the tin. (And that has a set of side-effects to rival the worst chemo, let me tell you!)

By the second week, her taste buds drew her to sushi. Specifically, salmon sashimi. Plates and plates of the stuff. We’d visit the local sushi train after bloods, after chemo, the moment they opened in the morning, back in for morning tea, a visit for lunch and some take-out for dinner, dessert, supper and the 3am munchies. After sitting dull-eyed at the sushi counter again, picking at some edamame and almost crying at the amount of raw fish disappearing into my daughter, the chef would wordlessly pass plates of sashimi over the counter to me, then, with a side-eye at the boss, top them up again straight from his knife. I never learnt his name, but that gentleman probably fed my kid an entire school of salmon over a five week feeding frenzy (and kept who knows how much off my credit card.)

After six months of different treatment protocols, we found ourselves back on the Ravenously Hungry chemo schtick and I stocked up on SpaghettiOs. I braced myself to face the sushi train again but this time my daughter skipped the dodgy pasta and the uncooked fish and went straight to… lamb chops! What can I say? The kid has expensive taste. Clearly, I taught her well. And I regretted this dearly one morning at 3am as my beautiful baby, bald as a button, lay on her stomach in front of the open refrigerator in her PJs, one hand wrapped around my ankle, the other pounding the floor with her fist crying, “If you really loved me, mum, you’d just give me some lamb chops!”

You have to laugh, or you’d cry – she’d already eaten an entire sheep that day – so I told my bestie coz it was good for a giggle. And for the next month supermarket gift cards turned up in my letterbox, anonymously, in different envelopes, in ziplock baggies, all certainly from different people. Word seemed to spread. I didn’t pay for groceries for months.

Eventually, the kiddo started craving plain old hot chips – fries. Finally, something cheap and easy. We’d be down the chippo for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and, after the first few days, the women behind the counter extracted our story from us and never charged a cent.

But one day, my lesson in human kindness hit me hard in my prejudices and I was humbled. My girl and I sat at a table waiting for our hot chips while a group of roadworkers waited for theirs. They were loud, brash men, laughing and making lewd jokes, guffawing, paying out on each other – just being lads. Nothing wrong, but I kept my head down. Show me the single woman who hasn’t learnt the hard way to do exactly this. I distracted my daughter. She was feeling low that day and she sat on my lap, resting her head in its pink stretchknit headscarf against my chin. I kissed her forehead through the fabric and drew circles on the palm of her hand with my finger.

The guys paid for their lunch and then, as a man, walked by our table and placed a candy bar in front of my daughter. I looked up from the pile of chocolate in front of us as the last bloke trooped by. “She’ll be right, love,” he said, gruffly, and they were gone before I could clear the lump from my throat and croak an unworthy ‘thank you’.

I had judged and I had judged harshly. People are kind. Just about all of them are, but our crazy world doesn’t often give us the opportunity to be kind. Our culture tells us that we’re all just looking out for ourselves and so we expect the worst instead seeing the best. My lesson was to acknowledge the kindness in others before they know its there in themselves. At the very least, smile first. It works a charm.

And the Barbie dolls? My daughter wasn’t going to grow up with that insidious agent of female oppression in her toy box. Before she was diagnosed, she didn’t know what a Barbie doll was. Three days after diagnosis, a stranger gave her her first one. It came with a hot pink mo-ped. Two months later, she had thirty-five of them, the horse and carriage and the campervan. Those bitches took over my living room, established nudist camps all over the house and a radical intentional community in my study. Our lives were changed irrevocably. Never, ever underestimate the power of human kindness.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

THE BLOOD WE SPILL

by Jo Havens

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What would make the most ruthless ice-queen assassin in the Kingdom hesitate?

Bound to the Kingdom for life, Cie serves a cruel King, her knives pledged to his word, her life at his mercy. She is also one of the Kingdom’s most privileged slaves – one of the Praetoria: five of the best, sworn to protect the Prince and, one day, to rule at his side. It’s not a bad life – luxurious parties in any of the eighteen worlds, beautiful women falling over themselves to land in her bed, her orders to be obeyed by over forty-eight billion citizens.

But when a routine job goes spectacularly wrong, Cie discovers there is a witness to her failure – a witness to a political assassination the King would never want revealed. It’s Cie’s intense misfortune that the witness is a beauty – a woman with sweet, warm skin that Cie longs to sink into, with deep, brown eyes that hold promises that Cie has only ever dreamt of, a woman whose embrace offers a gentleness and a kindness Cie craves above all else.

Jemma thought she’d been in love before, but when she falls for the King’s assassin, she falls hard. Cie burns her up – the assassin plays fast and loves harder, and Jemma’s head is whirling even as her body is thrilled. Jemma watches as a growing terrorist threat pushes the King to madness and Cie’s orders become more and more violent. The woman she thinks she loves is steeped in red. Is it even possible for a girl from the suburbs to love a person so drenched in blood?

  • 1 winner

THE BLOOD WE SPILL Giveaway

Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: THE BLOOD WE SPILL giveaway begins on November 19 2021 and ends on December 15 2021.

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

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

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

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

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

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

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

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jo lives in Australia with her daughter, and a cat named Howl. She loves to hear from readers. Her debut novel, The Blood We Spill, is a sumptuous sapphic romance with an ice queen assassin, the gorgeous girl-next-door and a journey to true love that asks both women to challenge their deepest hopes and fears, risk all and, finally, rest lovingly in each other’s arms. Get a free novella set in the same world by signing up to Jo’s newsletter on her webpage.

 

CONNECT WITH JO HAVENS

Website / Instagram

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Miranda & TB

 

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Friday Feels Fun: November 12th Edition

We made it to another Friday and it’s time to celebrate.

Below, you’ll find books, life advice, a song suggestion, and the pet of the week. We truly hope these tidbits help everyone slide into weekend mode.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to see an adorable dog. 

Here are the top 3 most clicked books of the week on I Heart Lesfic:

#3

THE CLUB REVISITED

by A. L. BROOKS

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lesbian erotica sizzles in this return to The Club, where the clients watch and make love to each other in the UK’s sexiest women-only nightclub.

Welcome back to The Club. The rules are the same but the players have changed. Mandy still runs her unique nightclub. These days she’s ready to bring love and passion back into her own life, but finding it? Well, maybe the universe has a sense of humour. Lindsey has come out late in life and is looking for a confidence boost, and a club regular is only too happy to help her out. Caitlin would love to test her limits after being shamed by an ex for her desires. Jody thinks no one will want to be intimate with her again after a tragic accident left her body forever changed. Her best friend Kris has other ideas. Joanna and Suzanne have been together for years. They’re still in love but something’s missing. Maybe The Club can help add some zest to the bedroom? Laura has overcome most of her grief from losing her wife, but wonders if she still has it in her to be intimate with someone.

Whatever they need, they can find. Anonymity, sweetness, sexiness, and unexpected opportunities abound at The Club, as Mandy watches over them all.

This tantalising follow-up to the award-winning The Club can be read as a standalone book.

 

#2
ROMANCING THE DISH

The Hopeful Hearts: Book 2

by B.W. Hope

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sara “Coop” Cooper is doing her best to navigate the pitfalls of running her own restaurant as owner and head-chef. In an effort to get her life back on track after a nasty break-up, she has sworn off dating so she can put all of her time and energy into making her business a success… that is until she meets a local food blogger who can make or break her career.

Alix Pierson has spent the past four years recovering from a hit-and-run accident that forced her to give up her dreams. As she works on getting her life back to a new normal, one without distractions or the threat of a broken heart, she takes on a job to review a restaurant for the local newspaper, bringing her high school crush back into her now very complicated life.

Can Coop and Alix let go of their painful pasts to move forward towards a future together, or is there too much to overcome? Will they be able to overcome the obstacles set before them, some beyond their control? Will they realize that even though the path to love is hard work… it might be worth the risk?

 

#1

HAT TRICK

by Ali Spooner & K.L. Gallagher

Alexandra “Alex” Hawthorne is on the fast track to the top of one of the most formidable, white-collar, criminal defense law firms in New York. She can ill afford any distractions, especially those with dark-brown eyes, who can rock a power suit while coaching professional hockey players. Not now. Not when Alex is so close to making senior partner. Not after all she has sacrificed.

After a devastating end to her playing career, Janelle Leblanc channeled her passion into coaching and reached the pinnacle of success as the first female head coach in NHL history. Despite her accomplishments, she hears whispers that she was hired as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Janelle’s focus needs to remain on the ice if she is to prove them wrong, not on a certain curly haired attorney with the most arresting emerald-green eyes she has ever seen.

Once the spark is lit, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. Can Janelle break down Alex’s walls to give them a real chance? Or will Alex’s past heartache be too much for them to overcome?

 

FREE BOOK

 

HOMECOMING

by Angelic Rodgers

Available in Kindle Unlimited

After hitting the big time with her most recent novel, Lucy Anderson’s ready for her next challenge. On the heels of her successful book tour, Lucy’s old high school friend Chelle Morrison calls her with a proposal: Lucy should buy the beautiful historic Crafton House and turn it into a writer’s retreat. Little River, Arkansas is on the cusp of revitalization, and they hope the retreat will bring new life to the struggling town.

HOMECOMING is a stand-alone, low-angst, sweet-but-a-little-steamy, small-town romance with two leading ladies (yes, in love with each other). Length: a little over 70K words and a HFN ending.

Deal ends on November 16th.

 

Author Brenda Murphy suggests “Baby Outlaw” by Elle King.

 

Unpublished author Brandy Pollard has these wise words to share: 

A rejection is not a comment on your writing. It is a comment on the reader’s preferences. Keep searching until you find a publisher whose preferences align with yours.

 

Meet Allie

The adorable Allie belongs to lesfic author SW Andersen.

 

That’s all for this week.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB


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