New Lesfic Goodies: March 26th 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

 

YOU’RE MY KIND

by Clare Lydon
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Would you give your first love a second chance?

Justine Thomas and Maddie Kind met at university and were the couple most likely. Everybody said so. That is, until Maddie left without saying goodbye.

Ten years later the pair are reunited at a friend’s funeral, and now Justine can’t shake Maddie from her life. But why is she back? Why did she disappear? And more importantly, is she interested in the whole cake, or just one last slice of Justine?

Strap in for a novel that deals with life’s big topics: love, death & cake. Clare Lydon is the queen of British romantic comedy, and this stellar lesbian romance is guaranteed to give you all the feels.

 

SCANDALOUS

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lacey is the last person to be impressed by wealth and fame. Serious and stoic, she values hard work above all else. When she’s hired as the home care worker to an injured celebrity, she couldn’t care less about Zana’s carefully constructed image. She only sees a rich, spoiled brat. Once Lacey and Zana learn to respect each other, they actually get along – and maybe more than that. Can Zana win over the one person who sees the real her?

 

FLOWER POWER

by Nicolette Dane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Taryn Donaghy’s job as an equities trader at a financial services firm is leading her down a dark road. The long hours and the high pressure are taking a toll on her mental health. Taryn knows she needs a change, but she doesn’t know what that change looks like or how to find it.

A chance meeting with Alex Maris, a florist who delivers a flower feature to the office every week, opens Taryn’s eyes and shows her a different path. Alex lives and works on a co-op farm with others like her, a sort of hippie collective of people doing their own thing. It’s hard for Taryn not to be intrigued by Alex. She’s beautiful and kind, and she’s living the blissful and fulfilled life that Taryn is after.

If Taryn doesn’t figure her path out soon she might just break down. Will Alex and her farm show Taryn how to find herself and find the love that’s eluded her for so long?

 

LAST MINUTE MERMAID

by Tallulah Burns
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Kasey Martin takes a last minute gig to help out a friend whose catering company is in danger of going under, the last thing she expects is that her job is to be a live centerpiece for a lavish seafood buffet…dressed as a mermaid. It was not the type of thing she expected when she became an actress! She also doesn’t expect to meet the centerpiece of the other buffet table, a gorgeous siren whose name (honest to god) is Lorelei. While Kasey finds the whole experience awful and embarrassing, Lorelei finds it hilarious, and she finds Kasey wonderful. Lorelei is the most amazing woman Kasey has ever met, but she has been hurt too many times and is afraid to take a chance by falling for her. As they work together to help their friend (who soon has bigger and more dangerous problems than a failing catering company) they find themselves irresistably drawn to each other. Kasey wonders what beautiful, confident Lorelei could see in her, but despite herself begins to hope. Is it possible that a beautiful sea siren could fall in love with a last minute mermaid?

 

LOVE UNSCRIPTED

by Emma Collins
Available in Kindle Unlimited

As Riley Hill’s thirtieth birthday approaches, she’s finally ready to make some changes in her life.

She might be a world famous actress, but she’s far from where she wants to be.

Screenwriting has always been her dream, not acting.

There was also the small matter of coming out.

When Laura Foley is approached at a coffee shop by an attractive young woman who wants to turn her book into a movie, she’s both flattered and stunned.

This was the first time anyone had ever complimented her work in person and not via an online review.

Laura’s even more shocked when she finds out who that woman really is, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

 

SCREEN KISS

by Ann Roberts

Addy Tornado wishes her love life was as dramatic as her name. A true romantic, Addy lives for the movies and yearns for a mate who is as beautiful, sexy, witty, and as smart as the heroines on the screen. Of course that someone would also have to put up with her OCD about color coordination…

Mazie Midnight has one dream—to finish her Master’s program in music performance. She reinvents herself and moves to the west coast to attend Cammon University, hoping a new name and a new start will be what she needs to face the one barrier keeping her from a degree: terrible stage fright.

Mazie takes a job at the Bijou Theater, Addy’s favorite place in the whole world, and the two clash immediately over Mazie’s re-arrangement of the colorful candies. Mazie meets none of Addy’s expectations in a mate, and Addy sees Mazie as nothing more than an adversary…until Mazie opens her mouth to sing.

Believing the world should hear Mazie, Addy vows to help her overcome her stage fright. But can she see Mazie as someone to love? Will they ever share anything as perfect as a screen kiss?

 

AUGUST

by AJ Marchant
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Coming back to the city after six years away, August wonders how long she’ll be staying for, counting the days and thinking about her next move…
…Until unexpected experiences, newfound friendships and a broken family bond leads August to reconsider.

Coincidences. Connections. Choices. Changes. Flukes and fleeting moments. The unnoticed lessons we teach each other. What we learn about ourselves. The choices we make, for better or for worse. The relationships that change they way we see the world, the way we see ourselves. These are the things that create, build, fill a life; what makes it beautiful.

 

COMING OF AGE ROMANCE

 

DORM LIFE, DORM LOVE

by Morgan Routh
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Anneliese “Peaches” Mitchem thought she was straight. But after Jolene “Jo” becomes her new RA for the dorms, Peaches can’t help but become completely infatuated with her. Peaches enlists the help of her BFF and roommate Veronica to try and win Jo’s heart.

This romance is filled with new love, sun, sand on the beach and cute lesbians. An LGBT version of the movie Some Kind Of Wonderful with the fun energy of You Drive Me Crazy.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

by Kate Sweeney

Cara Pembroke lives comfortably. She goes to the best restaurants, lives in a plush apartment in Chicago and has just about all the best things in life. The only thing she’s missing is that special someone. While on assignment as a reporter, Cara meets a woman who makes her question what a good life is.

Morgan Gavin, who lives a simple life on Lake Kabetogama, has her own idea of the best things in life, and they aren’t the same as Cara’s. Nevertheless, Morgan and Cara have chemistry that’s about to force them to re-examine just what the best things in life actually are.

And where in the hell is Lake Kabetogama? You’re about to find out in Kate Sweeney’s latest romantic comedy.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

MENAGE A TROIS

by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

One needs healing…

Heartbroken redhead Rebecca Pruitt is escaping her toxic past when she bumps into the last thing she needs – but everything she wants.

Business power couple Caitlyn Adams and Jane Wong fancy Becca from the moment they see her in an airline lounge. Jane’s tenacious flirtations and Caitlyn’s beauty queen charms are almost enough to draw Becca into their private plane for the night.’

Another desires recognition…

Instead, she steps into their office a few days later and seals her fate. Becca not only becomes the shared executive assistant at Adams & Wong, the new venture capitalist firm in town, but also their shared girlfriend.

None of them are strangers to aspects of this arrangement. Caitlyn and Jane are pros at entertaining a third in their relationship, but have yet to find their match made in Heaven. Becca still isn’t over the successful woman she dumped to save her own life.

And another simply wants to be a family…

Too bad Becca is hiding a secret from the new girlfriends who give her everything she’s ever wanted. So is Jane, who yearns to come clean. And Caitlyn? What she keeps from Becca could ruin everything they’ve built in such short time.

In this house of three, nothing is conventional, but everything has the potential to unite them… or break them.

 

EROTICA

 

WILD RIDES AND OTHER LESBIAN EROTIC ADVENTURES

by Sacchi Green

Sex, adventure, and wild rides—some literal, some journeys of the mind and heart. There’s something for everyone here. How about a mechanical bull at a country-and-western bar in 1980s Amsterdam? An army jeep in Vietnam in the 1960s? A Chinese pirate ship far out in the Pacific in the 1930s? A hot air balloon soaring above post-Civil War Wyoming? These rides transport you through time as well as space.

In more contemporary settings, you can find pent-up passion behind prison walls, a reunion of rivals in a steamy sauna, and a couple both wounded and bonded by modern warfare. There’s plenty of lust and banter, as well as mighty draft horses at a county fair, and a visit with honeymooners in Paris with a fetish for gargoyles. Add a ghost story on a Montana ranch, a lovely vampire in the Old West, the occasional dragon, a noir tale of sex, life, and afterlife in New York City, and you’ll find a variety of characters and settings with a seamless merging of sex, romance, and narrative.

Join Lambda winner Sacchi Green for a ride through the second collection of her own work.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

A NIGHT CLAIMED

by Domina Alexandra

Bonnie Collins had plans. And being a werewolf wasn’t one of them. Attacked by a rogue who was out to claim her, and facing what she now has no choice of becoming, Bonnie can’t let go of her human life as a Paramedic.

The last thing Bonnie needs is more challenges. However, Rikki, the Alpha of Mill City will be just that. Finding her to be possessive and ruling, Bonnie begins challenging the Alpha’s every breath.

Finding out her attack was no accident only makes her more angry at the situation. A group of rogues are out to get her. With no clue why, Bonnie has no choice but to seek help from the alluring Alpha and her pack, accepting the new world she was forced into.

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

ALL THINGS MORTAL

by Laurel Johanson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

“A thousand years ago the goddess of death almost destroyed our universe. Three dead planets and a handful of dead gods stand as a testament to that. Now they say she wanders among us, powerless but waiting for another chance.”

Daiga has heard many versions of her story told over the years, many of them untrue. Once the feared goddess of death, she was imprisoned in a mortal’s body and stripped of her powers by her sister, Odisa, the goddess of life.

But Daiga has never really been as vengeful as they say, and reclaiming her old life was never really an option. Until she meets Lane.

Lane is one of the wives of the Lord—the current ruler of those still alive in the galaxy of Fira Moder. Both queen and warrior, Daiga knows she is dangerous. And Lane has her mind set on one thing: restoring Daiga’s powers and killing the Lord, in that order.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE FALL GIRL
The Miracle Girl Series: Book 2

by TB Markinson
narrated by TJ Richards

In the news business, owning the headlines comes with a deadly cost.

JJ Cavendish thought she’d escaped her dark past. After publishing her tell-all memoir, she’s ready to settle down with Claire and devote her attention to running a scrappy online news venture. But when her new business partner exploits JJ’s notoriety to keep the company afloat, avoiding the limelight becomes impossible.

As JJ keeps hungry movie producers at bay, she fields an intriguing offer from an old enemy that could help her expose a cyber bully, stop a string of suicides, and get her company the scoop it needs. To bring the story to light, JJ and her team must brave the darkest corners of the web and hope her own name doesn’t make the headlines in the process.

The Fall Girl is the second installment in The Miracle Girl, a captivating series of lesbian romantic suspense novels. If you like pulse-pounding plots and exploring the darker side of social media, then you’ll love T.B. Markinson’s gripping story.

 

BETWEEN THE LINES
Cops and Docs: Book 3

by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden

Psychiatrist Dr. Tonya Preston lives a life of cool detachment, often sacrificing her personal needs to appease her opinionated father. She often finds it easier to deal with patients than confront her family or her own issues. When her path dramatically crosses that of irrepressible rookie Police Officer Haley Jordan, she’s thrown out of her comfort zone.

Things have come easy for Haley, who has a drama-free life filled with love and friends that Tonya finds as alluring as the irreverent woman behind the badge. An attraction simmers between them, drawing them to each other. But will it be enough when work, family, and a confronting police case starts to tear at their fledgling relationship?

 

WRONGLY ACCUSED

by Erin Wade
narrated by Victoria Mei

When esteemed surgeon Dawn Fairchild is wrongly accused of vehicular manslaughter, her world is turned upside down. Sentenced to two years in a federal women’s prison, Dawn encounters a side of life she didn’t know existed. Caged with drug addicts, killers, and rapists, she is surprised when her knight in shining armor is a scrawny, scrappy redhead serving time for drug addiction and prostitution. A woman she couldn’t bring herself to shake hands with for fear of touching her.

You will laugh, cry, and cheer for these two unlikely friends as they navigate the horrors of a prison ran by a no-nonsense warden with her own plans for Dr. Dawn Fairchild.

 

THE PIKE: NEW BEGINNINGS

by Erik Schubach
narrated by Allyson Voller

Eve, along with her sister Zoey, has an uncanny knack for helping people who frequent the Pike bakery at Pike Place Market in Seattle to find love. Her meddling is a thing of legends when it comes to matchmaking. But for Eve, it is a spectator sport as she has never really pursued a romantic relationship of her own.

Love was for other people, and she basked in the results of watching people find their happily-ever-afters. Imagine her surprise when serendipity came knocking and she found herself falling head over heels.

Her family has been dying of curiosity for months to find out who has Eve sneaking off to talk to in the middle of movies, or has her turning down events because she “has a date.” Her secret has them all frantically trying to discover who has stolen the red-headed dynamo’s heart.

Eve promises everyone that her certain someone will be attending their annual family Thanksgiving celebration…but first, she has to pick up a family friend from London at the airport.

(The Pike series is set in the same world as Music of the Soul and London Harmony, and can be read as a stand-alone book.)

 

SALE ALERT

 

BEING HERS

by Anna Stone

$0.99 $4.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

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 hard-working 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?


 

PODCAST NEWS

Have you listened to the latest Lesbians Who Write podcast episode? Clare and TB tackle the burning question: How do you stay on track for physical health? Click here for episode 4. 

 


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Guest Post: Why everyone should see the Captain Marvel movie by Catherine Lane

Happy Friday!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Ylva author Catherine Lane.

 

CATHERINE LANE DISCUSSES WHY EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THE CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE

I just came home from seeing Captain Marvel. My family likes a nearby theater where the seats recline, and Tuesday is $5 movie night.  No brainer, right? The problem is I normally don’t like superhero movies. Both my son and my wife look at me with complete disbelief whenever I say this, but superhero characters are just too perfect. I like films where the protagonists have complex inner journeys and real human flaws. I mean, I wish my greatest weakness was that I was allergic to kryptonite.

But, I felt I had to see Captain Marvel in the theaters. Mostly because of the whole Rotten Tomatoes controversy where trolls, months before it even came out, were trying to kill the film. Reviewers torpedoed it from every angle—”a complete disaster”, “feminist propaganda,” “Brie Larson should smile more.” And it worked. The day of its opening, Captain Marvel’s score on Rotten Tomatoes was a dismal 33%. The NY Times newspaper believes that “a bigger trigger factor for the film’s haters appeared to be Ms. Larson’s outspokenness about the lack of diversity in movies and news media coverage of films.” UGH!

VOTING WITH OUR WALLETS 

My wife and I couldn’t let that thinking win, so there we were with our son, late, on a school night. Happily, we weren’t the only ones; the theater was packed. The film had the biggest opening weekend box office EVER for a female-led film and took in a record breaking 455 million dollars worldwide. So, I settled into a movie, that I was sure I wasn’t going to like, with a smile. Things were changing. Rotten Tomatoes had altered their rules so the site had a better chance to reflect the thoughts of real fans. And people world-wide clearly had embraced woman’s power.

Somewhere around the end of the first act, however, the unbelievable happened. I fell in love with a superhero film.  First, I’ve always adored origin stories. This one is especially well done since at the beginning of the film, Carol Danvers has amnesia, and we get to figure out her past as she does. Talk about connecting with your main character! Second, there is no easy romance in the plot. That may seem an odd sentiment for a romance writer, but the movie is about Carol Danvers’ journey and not how she relates to her man. Nearly every scene passes the Bechdel test.

A GREAT MESSAGE

And, finally, the third act transforms a superhero movie into a feminist fable so good and strong that all young people should see it. The ultimate lesson is that no one, but mostly women, should believe the rhetoric that we are too weak and emotional to accomplish our goals. We can’t wait until someone tells us we are good enough. We already are; and when we embrace it, we are, quite literally, filled with power. The message isn’t subtle, but it’s so beautifully incorporated that by the end, Carol Danvers is speaking to each person in the audience. And when (spoiler alert) she flies into the stratosphere, she took me right along with her. That’s a damn good movie.

A LESFIC MANTRA

You may be asking yourself about now (or maybe earlier), how does a review of Captain Marvel connect with lesfic? I’m not sure that it does, but I do think stories are a wonderful way to create empathy and open the world up for people who may be underrepresented. In my latest lesfic romance, Romancing the Kicker, there’s a similar message about how only you can write your own story. Parker and Carly are, of course, no Captain Marvel, but they are, I hope, heroes in their own lives. Even if energy doesn’t shoot out of their fists, they brim with power. And part of their strength is to recognize that spirit in each other and find their happy ever after.

It’s a good message and I’m proud of it, although now I realize my big mistake. I should have added a flerkin (the cool alien cat from Captain Marvel). I will to my next book, and then I’ll have an international best seller!

 

ROMANCING THE KICKER

by Catherine Lane

Parker Sherbourne has a talent for sports and seduction—and the body to prove it. When the High Rollers, the professional football team from Las Vegas, chase after her to be their point-after specialist, she jumps at the chance. Sure, the position is only a publicity stunt, but she has always been able to turn any situation to her advantage. Carly Bartlett joins the Rollers as the newest athletic trainer and the only other female on the payroll. This dream job could bring the financial security her family desperately needs. The head trainer has only one warning: don’t get involved with a player. Not a problem. She doesn’t go for guys. When Parker reaches out to Carly for treatment, sparks fly. Will Carly fall for Parker’s charms and put her own desires ahead of her family’s? Has Parker finally found the woman who’ll make her slow down and stop playing the angles?With the macho world of football against them, can they beat the odds in this lesbian sports romance?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Catherine Lane started to write fiction on a dare from her wife. Now, with several novels and short stories to her name, she finally admits her wife was right. They live happily in Southern California with their teenage son and a mischievous dog they rescued from the pound.  

Catherine spends most of her time writing, working and hanging out with her family.  But when she finds herself at loose ends, she enjoys experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, paddling on long stretches of flat water in her kayak, and oh, trying unsuccessfully to outwit her pooch. 

 

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE LANE

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 19th 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

 

SOUTHERN ROOTS
The Compass Series: Book 2

by Lise Gold
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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…

 

MAJOR SURGERY

by Lola Keeley

An enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance about sexy, smart doctors cutting to the heart of what matters.

Skilled surgeon Veronica Mallick runs her London hospital department like she runs her surgeries: with hawkish efficiency. Then her perfect world is turned upside down by the arrival of a new Head of Trauma.

Cassie Taylor is a brash, no-nonsense army surgeon, fresh from the front lines, and trying to find her way in civilian life. She’s all action and sharp edges, not too interested in rules. She’s even less interested in bureaucracy, or playing nice with her uptight, paper-pushing colleague, Veronica.

While they’re circling each other warily at St. Sophia’s hospital, Cassie becomes entangled in some shady financial dealings.

Their shared search for the truth draws them closer together, sparking heated moments as they try to see justice done. But in exposing a scandal, can they also find some common ground? How will they both deal with being attracted to a woman they don’t even like?

 

SILVER LOVE

by Josette Murray

Jill, Dory, Robby, and Charlene are a fantastic foursome that embodies the varying experiences that come with being Lesbians of a Certain Age. They are vibrant and vulnerable, wise and foolish, introspective and outgoing. The close-knit friends fight aging at every turn—or just ignore it altogether. These four will never go quietly into the night, redefining life after fifty. They are the new mature woman.

But along with twenty-first-century attitudes come twenty-first-century problems. Public office candidate and retired judge Charlene is confronted by a wannabe blackmailer, Jill’s passions threaten to swamp her common sense, Dory’s best-selling book could turn out to be a national disaster, and Robby must confront the hard reality of learning that her wife may not be the woman she thought she was. Steadfast in their faith in themselves and each other, and bolstered by the rich history of their friendship, the four women struggle with twists and turns as they try to navigate a landscape generated by the actions of others as well as their own choices, proving that experience does not always pave a smooth road.

In a world where everything increasingly seems relative, these women remind us that some things don’t change—like the bedrock of relationships. Silver Love is all about love; love among friends, love between lovers, and the unexpected role of love with acquaintances who may not always be what they seem. If you can keep up, join the ride and follow these ageless heroines as they pursue their adventures in the modern world.

 

RESCUE MY HEART

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Danny Cooper thinks she’s as happy as she has the right to be. After all, as owner of Oakview’s failing animal shelter, she doesn’t exactly have a lot to offer a potential partner. And it’s been a long time since she’s hungered after a woman, that is until her new neighbor moves in.

Lena Travers is confident, rich, and beautiful, all the things that Danny thinks she isn’t. She’s also very, very mysterious. And Lena’s very first move is to threaten to report Danny’s beloved shelter for excessive noise. Despite that first impression though, Danny can’t help but have feelings for the girl next door.

But as the stakes begin to rise, Danny’s fear of taking risks gets the better of her. She’s not good enough for Lena, of that she’s sure. And with the fate of the shelter weighing on her mind, Danny makes a decision she might come to regret.

Sometimes you have to fight for what you want. But you can’t fight if you’re not willing to take risks. Besides, Danny isn’t sure that Lena is what she wants anyway. Or is she? And when the lives of her precious dogs are on the line, Danny makes what might be an unforgivable mistake.

Rescue My Heart 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!

 

COMMITTED
Oaktown Girls: Book 2

by Suzanne Falter
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Is it wise to propose marriage to your undocumented girlfriend if she just moved in … and she’s already thinking of moving out?

That’s the question on auto mechanic Lizzy’s mind as she wrestles with what to do in Book Two of the Oaktown Girls series.

Commitment is definitely in the air for this tightly knit circle of Oakland lesbians. Tenika can’t stand the idea of marrying anyone – but her partner Delilah, a tattoo artist, has her heart set on it.

But then, when Delilah develops a strange, disabling tremor, Tenika’s forced to rethink everything she once held as true.

Meanwhile Frankie, a newcomer who happens to be an undercover cop, can’t find a date to save her life. That is until she happens to meet the ravishing charmer Tasha at Tenika and Lizzy’s garage.

Will Frankie’s PTSD undermine her ability to open up and find her love? And will it be Tasha, or the sweet, open-hearted Sally who seems to know a little too much about her?

And why won’t either of them tell Frankie what they do for a living?

Find out who falls in love for good in this warm-hearted page turner you can’t put down.

 

MARCH MADNESS
A Year in Paradise: Book 3

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.

Joan Sheffield and Lorri Abrams have been partners for years, but their mission to have a baby has placed a damper on their love. After the most recent miscarriage, the couple has begun questioning the direction of their relationship.

Yet Joan isn’t ready to give up. Her dreams of having the family she always wanted won’t end because of some heartbreak and bad luck. Yet as she regroups and prepares to try again, she comes up against an obstacle she least expected.

Lorri. The partner who refuses to explain why she feels sick to her stomach every time the subject comes up.

Joan doesn’t know the whole story about Lorri’s upbringing. Lorri would rather drown herself in college basketball tournaments than talk about her issues. It will take the advice of some trusted locals and one bad night to potentially save these two weary souls.

Will the madness finally end?

 

LOVE STORIES
Books 1-6

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Love Stories 1-6 include six of Ellie Spark’s best-selling Love Stories. Each story is a long novella length (approx 35-45K words) and while some characters appear in more than one story, they can be read in any order. The total collection provides over 225,000 words to devour!

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

THE DO-OVER

by Georgia Beers

Fifteen years is a long time. Long enough to forget the past, forge ahead, and create a terrific life. Bella Hunt has done exactly that, complete with a successful career, a gaggle of close friends, and a home she loves. Life is good.

Or it was, until her teenage nightmare and the bane of her high school existence shows up for Bella’s class on conflict resolution. Easton Evans, in all her pretty, blond, my-parents-are-surgeons glory, throws Bella into an existential tailspin as her unpleasant memories from her past come screeching back. Easton doesn’t even recognize Bella, and what’s worse, Easton is…different somehow. Softer, kinder. And still unfairly attractive. None of it computes in Bella’s head. She’s hated Easton for fifteen years, done her best to scrub the past away. But now here it is. The past. Sitting in her classroom and waiting for Bella to teach her how to resolve a conflict of the heart.

 

WOOING THE FARMER

by Jenny Frame

Penelope Huntingdon-Stewart, highly successful clean-eating food vlogger and owner of the website Penny’s Kitchen, is looking for a new direction for her brand. At least that’s what she tells herself when she retreats to Axedale to record a new web series and write a cookbook. That sounds so much better than damage control after her only live, on-screen interview ends in an oh-so-public epileptic seizure.

Farmer Sam McQuade is immediately attracted to Penelope, but the ultra femme and high maintenance city girl seems way out of her league. When Penelope struggles to get her health on track, Quade insists on being her knight in shining armor, much to Penelope’s displeasure. Quade is annoyingly good-looking, not to mention kindhearted, and falling for her would be so easy. If only it didn’t force Penelope to face the secrets she’s hidden from everyone. Can love alone bring a complex city girl and a simple rural farmer together?

 

LOVE ON LAVENDER LANE

by Karis Walsh

For corporate consultant Paige Leighton, the ends always justify the means. She does whatever it takes to make her clients’ businesses profitable. She has no room for sentimentality in business or in her personal life and loves nothing better than pushing others out of their comfort zones.

Kassidy Drake has spent a lifetime creating her comfort zone, and she has no intention of leaving. Her home is as orderly and as beautiful as the rows of lavender surrounding it, but she needs to make Lavender Lane Farm solvent or she might lose everything. She agrees to listen to Paige’s advice as long as Paige doesn’t expect much more from her than changing the font on her business cards.

Accompanied by the buzz of honeybees and the scent of lavender, Paige and Kassidy must find a way to compromise if they want to save Lavender Lane Farm—and find a way to make room for love along the way.

 

AN UNHEARD SONG
Romancing the Page: Book 3

by Laura Ambrose
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Annalie’s dreams came true when her first book became the bestselling debut fantasy of the decade. Awards and accolades were overwhelming and incredible, just like when she used to play professional violin before a manipulative ex silenced her. After her second book tanked with poor sales and worse reviews, her dreams crumbled. She lost her words just like she lost her music. She hasn’t left her flat in Edinburgh in months.

Cam is devastated when she doesn’t get the fellowship she needs for her PhD in music history. She suspects it’s because she turned down sleeping with the famous violinist on the board, Melanie. Hard up for cash, Cam takes a part-time job as an author assistant to Annalie Chevalier. Cam didn’t expect to find her so gorgeous.

As they both struggle for courage to rebuild their dreams, they can’t deny their attraction. When Cam realises Melanie is Annalie’s ex, they plot a little light revenge. But will the risks silence the fragile song growing between Annalie and Cam?

An Unheard Song is the third installment of the Romancing the Page series (A Hidden Hope, A Perfect Balance), which features well-rounded, complicated women in the world of writing and publishing. A Laura Ambrose romance is sweet, sexy, and more than a little geeky.

 

COMRADE COWGIRL

by Yolanda Wallace

For cattle rancher Laramie Bowman, family always comes first. After her brother is injured in a rodeo accident, she accepts a lucrative position in remote Godoroye, Russia, to help pay his medical bills. When she meets the woman assigned to be her interpreter, however, her heart might end up getting lost in translation.

Anastasia Petrova would prefer to remain on the front lines of the seemingly futile fight for gay rights in her conservative homeland, but dwindling finances force her to leave Moscow to take a full-time job working as a translator for a pair of American trainers on a start-up cattle ranch. If she comes out to her new coworkers, she could lose the job she so desperately needs. But when she meets gorgeous cowgirl Laramie, how can she possibly deny her feelings?

 

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE

 

DARK ALLEYS

by Lola Andrews

Supernatural meets Rizzoli & Isles in this fast-paced urban fantasy filled with lesbian romance and werewolves!

Two hunters. One werewolf. A complicated past.

Tired and broken-hearted, Lana walked away from her life as a hunter years ago. She also walked away from the woman she loved, Emma. Now, a policewoman in an anonymous town, she lives a comfortable if lonely life, until she realizes that the answer to her last case points her back towards the supernatural.

With a loose werewolf running around town, Lana has enough on her plate. That is, until Emma shows up to interrupt her life and hunt her prey, bringing with her old feelings and a whole lot of baggage.

Can Emma and Lana find their way back to each other? Can they defeat the werewolf running through town?

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

SPINNING TALES

by Brey Willows

Maggie McShay wants a little magic in her life. Something more than the drab existence of going to work and coming home to a cat that barely tolerates her.

When she spontaneously replies to a want ad asking for someone to take care of a fairy tale cottage, it turns out magic wasn’t as far away as she thought. Maggie discovers she wasn’t who she thought she was either. Recalcitrant fairy tale shepherd and ladies’ woman Kody Wilk shows Maggie a world she knew nothing about…a world they need to save before the villains of the world’s fairy tales take over New York City.

It’s up to Maggie, her grumpy, shape-shifting cat, a dwarf hell-bent on finding romance, and Kody to set the fairy tale world to rights. The big bad wolf has nothing on Maggie McShay.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

FROSTBITTEN
The Ice Rose Series: Book 3

by Destiny Hawkins
Available in Kindle Unlimited

I thought that I saw her. I know I did…

But she was dead, and she died a long time ago.

After being attacked by anti-supernatural soldiers, Alexa and I were taken in by a pack of Alaskan werewolves with plans on fighting back, and although grateful that we were given a home and shelter, it was hard to face a werewolf named Loren who resembled a woman that Alexa once loved. She was also the most unpleasant pack member of them all.

That’s why when I spotted a woman in a white dress with long brown locks and glistening sun colored eyes, I knew that it wasn’t Loren, but who could it be if Esha was dead?

Was I just seeing things from Alexa’s memories?

Or did the love of her life never actually die at all?

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION

 

INHERITORS OF CHAOS
A Godfall Novel: Book 4

by Barbara Ann Wright

Naos has come to Calamity, and chaos has come with her. Cordelia had enough problems without teaming up with former enemies in order to defeat a mad goddess. And she doesn’t yet know that the Storm Lord has been resurrected in a new body. On the plains, the prophet Lydia is convinced that Fajir is the one chosen to stop a massive firestorm in the future, if only Fajir wasn’t so set on killing everyone around her.

With their murderous leader dead, hostilities have ceased among the drushka, but the long-living aliens are slow to adapt. The last thing they want is a drushkan king with powers none of them dreamed of before.

 

CRIME & MYSTERY

 

DOUBLE VISION

by Ellie Hart

When her cell phone rings, Giselle Cutler answers it—and finds herself speaking to a dead woman.

As Giselle and her partner Marta Perry get ready for the birth of their baby, the last thing they expect is to be drawn into another mystery. But there’s been a horrible mix-up with identification of a body found in the bay, and Marta’s supervisor Chrissy Burton is very much alive and desperate for their help.

Intrigue turns deadly as they uncover illegal organ transplants, black market sales, and ties to international terrorism. The killer is willing to do anything to keep the public from knowing how the transplant system really works, even if it means killing Giselle and Marta.

 

THRILLER

 

LAKE MOON

by Emma Chamberlain & Blythe Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

An unresolved murder case drove Jessica away from her remote and heavily wooded small town. When her mother suddenly passes away Jessica is forced to return to the confusing place where one of her best friends went missing when they were both only teens. Between a complicated old flame and an attractive female sheriff, Jessica finds herself drowning in both the memories and the danger of her past, unable to leave or move on. Can a new romance save her life? Will her old tendencies cause her to slip back into a hot yet abusive relationship? How can she leave when she has nothing left to lose? Find out the answers to all of these questions in Lake Moon!

From the best-selling lesbian romance duo who brought you the Paper Dolls Book Series and the holiday hit A Kind of Miracle… Lake Moon explores the complexity of closeted teenage love, coming to terms with a troubling past, and finding a romance in a dark place and time when light hardly shines.

 

PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT

 

NOT TODAY

by Arizona Tape

$2.99 (Price will increase to $4.99 on March 22)

Casual leaves no broken hearts… Usually.

No strings attached, that’s the way Nix likes her life. Determined not to fall for anyone she sleeps with, casual is just her thing. Better than having her heart ripped to pieces again.

Harper is looking for a fresh start and a new city means just that. New friends, new school, and maybe a chance at love?

The thin line between friendship and more blurs when Nix and Harper dance around each other in an LGBT club with everything to lose and love to gain. But is it ever that simple?

Not Today is a lesbian friends-with-benefits to lovers romance and can be read as a stand-alone. It’s the collection of the previous serial parts (Not Monday, Not Tuesday, …) but is completed in this book.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

BACKWARDS TO OREGON

by Jae
narrated by Hayden Bishop

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man.

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.

But now, they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with 2,000 miles ahead of them.

 

SEQUESTERED

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
narrated by Victoria Robinson

When Special Agent Keir Ortega busts Tartino and his gang for drug trafficking and selling weapons to the American black market, she thinks she can rest her mind of the case. However, after finding out that New York’s Ronnie Giorgio might be an extension of this criminal activity, Keir is assigned to search the streets of New York to find the new ringleader in this crime.

She is led to the theater district, where she meets Gina, a woman who always seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This woman might be the key to busting the drug chain that is thriving along the New York Harbor, but who is she? And can she be trusted?

As Keir learns more about the woman, she starts to feel something she hasn’t felt before. Gina is captivating, entrancing, and Keir’s weakness. Will Keir be able to solve the case before her heart gives in to this vixen’s subtle charm, or will Gina be her destruction?

 

CONTRACT FOR LOVE

by Alison Grey
narrated by Emily Beresford

Single mom Sherry lives in a trailer park with her six-year-old son, Jake, trying to make ends meet as a waitress.

Madison’s life couldn’t be more different. She’s been raised by her rich grandmother, and her only goals are partying and bedding women.

When her grandmother threatens to disinherit her if she doesn’t clean up her act, Madison has to find a way to convince her she’s changed.

After a chance encounter with Sherry, Madison comes up with a crazy idea that will rock both of their worlds: She wants to hire Sherry to play her fake girlfriend.


 

THE DESTINY FACTOR

by Erin Wade & D.J. Jouett
narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

Renny James thought she was falling in love with her boss. Then she met his wife. Renny was totally unprepared for the beauty and charisma of Vivian Rockmore. The electricity between the two women was undeniable, but too many obstacles stood between them. We are each the master of our own destiny, aren’t we? That was the mantra of Renny James as she fought her way out of poverty and rose to the ranks of the rich and glamorous.

Clean sheets were Renny’s criteria for success. A brilliant student, she knew a college education would get her out of the horrible poverty in which she lived. Nothing would stop her from achieving her goals. Determined to distance herself from the filth and hopelessness that marked her youth, Renny worked hard and wasted no time on things like family or friends.

Raised by a mother whose only thought was about where she would find her next boyfriend, Renny learned to fend for herself. She knew education and hard work were her tickets to a better life. Brad and Vivian Rockmore introduced her to the world of beautiful people, cruise ships, and private jets. At 28, Renny had realized all her goals. She had no idea her ambition would land her in jail for murdering the only person she had ever loved.

Erin Wade takes the listener on a fast-paced ride in her first lesbian murder mystery/romance with a twist. If you like a good suspense-filled novel, you will love The Destiny Factor.


 

 AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

 

TB Markinson is running a giveaway for US and UK Audible listeners. The prize is a free audiobook of The Fall Girl, book 2 in The Miracle Girl series.

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

That’s all you have to do.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

PODCAST NEWS


I’m thrilled to announce the first episode of Lesbians Who Write is live. Woot!

Here’s what the first episode is about:

Clare and TB introduce themselves to the podcast world in their inaugural episode. Huzzah! They chat about when they came up with the idea of Lesbians Who Write (beer was involved) and why they started writing lesbian fiction in the first place. Clare lobs TB the thorny question of what exactly lesbian fiction is and who can write it. They discover how history influenced both of their writing careers, leaving TB a historian, slightly heartbroken. They move on to what’s their favorite part of writing and how the power of deadlines impacts their careers. Click here to listen to the first episode. 

Now for a special treat. Episodes 2 & 3 are also available. Woot, woot!

Click here for episode 2 and here for episode 3.

The next episode will be released on Monday, March 25th.

 


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March 12th Newsletter: Free Book

Dear lesfic reader,

Happy Tuesday!

I’m at the London Book Fair with Harper Bliss, Clare Lydon, A. E. Radley, and Emma Sterner-Radley. That means today’s edition of the newsletter doesn’t include any new releases.

Instead, you can download a free copy of my novel The Miracle Girl from Amazon. Last day to snag your free copy is March 15th.

The regular edition of the I Heart Lesfic newsletter will return on March 19th.

Happy reading,

TB

FREE BOOK

 

THE MIRACLE GIRL

by T.B. Markinson

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS / Amazon DE / Amazon FR / Amazon ES / Amazon IT / Amazon NL / Amazon JP / Amazon BR / Amazon MX / Amazon IN

 

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 5th 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

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

by Miranda MacLeod
Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens when the price of saving your job is betraying the woman you love?

Jordan is an American journalist living in London. Now that her struggling newspaper has been 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 in 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 small European 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 the time of their lives exploring London together, both Jordan and Abby suspect they may have found their perfect match, but if the secrets they’re hiding are exposed, how can their relationship survive?

 

SECOND CHANCES

by A.E. Radley
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Bad childhood memories start to resurface when Hannah Hall’s daughter Rosie begins school. To make matters more complicated, Hannah has been steadfastly ignoring the obvious truth that Rosie is intellectually gifted and wise beyond her years.

In the crumbling old school she meets Rosie’s new teacher Alice Spencer who has moved from the city to teach in the small coastal town of Fairlight.

Alice immediately sees Rosie’s potential and embarks on developing an educational curriculum to suit Rosie’s needs, to Hannah’s dismay.

Teacher and mother clash over what’s best for young Rosie.

Will they be able to compromise? Will Hannah finally open up to someone about her own damaged upbringing?

And will they be able to ignore the sparks that fly whenever they are in the same room?

 

THE PET BOUTIQUE

by Suzie Carr
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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.

 

AT LAST

by JM Dragon

Old Loves. Unrequited Loves. New passions.

A perfume company in trouble, leaving the town of Grady in peril.

It’s up to the reclusive Gene Desrosiers to save her family’s perfume company and the people she cares for, even if the most important one is not aware of it.

Will an ultimate sacrifice win the day, or will Grady end up a ghost town of unfulfilled lives and love?

This love story will warm your heart.

 

LAUREL COVE

by Sarah Turtle

Willa Barton has established herself as a successful author and screenwriter, residing in New York City, a stark contrast from her childhood upbringing in the small island community of Laurel Cove, Maine. Twenty years have passed since Willa’s best friend, Brynn, kissed her, which resulted in Willa accidentally causing permanent injury to Brynn. After being shamed out of town for destroying the future of Laurel Cove’s star athlete, Willa kept her distance; that is, until she receives a call that her father has passed away.

Willa’s plan is simple—she is only going back long enough to tie up loose ends for her father’s estate, sell his house, and attend his funeral. What she doesn’t account for are the past grudges that still exist, a love that was never completely lost, and prospects of friendship. Can Willa right past wrongs to fulfill a promise from the grave so her father can be laid to rest?

 

REALITY LESBIAN 3

by Q. Kelly

The producers of “Will You Marry Me?” need a new lead ASAP, and Bree Vaughn fits the bill. Never mind that she applied to be a contestant and may not truly be ready for love.

The moment that Bree sets eyes on Izzy Fontana, she thinks Izzy may be the one. Except…oops! Bree dismisses her as a prospective love match seconds afterward because Izzy is Deaf and communicates through sign language. Bree’s son, Austin, wears cochlear implants, and Bree is afraid he might backslide with a Deaf stepmother. Sayonara, so long, Izzy!

Of course, it wouldn’t be PC to kick Izzy off the first night, so Bree keeps her around along with contestants such as a poly couple, a Muslim Republican, a sixty-two-year-old dildo purveyor and a cowgirl with subpar lassoing skills. Bit by bit, enough of the contestants begin to make their mark on Bree, and the emotions, drama and tears become the real thing.

Will Bree propose, and to whom? Find out in “Reality Lesbian 3”!

 

SPORTS ROMANCE

 

THE ROAD TO CANADA
Girls of Summer: Book 4

by Kate Christie

The first three books of the Girls of Summer series introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two young athletes with bright soccer futures. Now, in The Road to Canada, a staffing change on the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) shortly before the 2015 World Cup has altered the playing field for both women.

For Jamie, a new coach means a renewed shot at making the World Cup roster for the top-ranked squad in the world. For Emma, the shift in priorities means that for the first time in her adult life, she isn’t sure she’ll be on the field—or even on the team—for a major championship.

Who will make the final cut for a chance to stand on top of the winner’s podium in Vancouver? To find out, join Jamie and Emma for the latest installment in the ongoing story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in The Road to Canada, book four of the bestselling series.

 

ROMANCE /

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

THE CURSED HEART

by Bonnie Wormsley

Katherine Tanner is the captain of the pirate ship The Widow, which prowls the seas by night preying upon innocent ships. With her faithful tiger companion Saida by her side, Katie boards a ship one night with her crew to find something unexpected – a young blonde woman held captive in a filthy cell. She frees the young woman and brings her aboard The Widow.

Katie soon realizes she has a strange attraction to the young woman, whose name is Hannah. When the ship makes port the next day, Katie thinks Hannah will leave. She is secretly relieved when Hannah decides to join her crew and allows the young woman to stay with her in her quarters.

As the mutual attraction between them continues to grow, will Katie and Hannah be able to overcome their pasts and learn to trust and love one another?

 

EPIC FANTASY

 

DARK THERMOPYLAE
Thermopylae: Book 4

by Belinda Harrison
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Nine winters have passed in Trachis since Ava’s dramatic birth at the hands of Ares and his Keres. The child has grown with the love of her parents and grandparents with no outward signs – or knowledge of – the lineage she has inherited from her Mumma Skylar.

But the time is coming for Ares to return. The mortals may not feel Ava’s power growing, but he does, and the God of War will do whatever he must to set his Chosen One on the path he intends.

And when he is done, nothing will ever be the same in Trachis again.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

A BITTERSWEET GARDEN 

by Caren J. Werlinger

Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams.

Briana Devlin has arranged her life the way she likes it: a good dog, good mates, and work with horses. There’s no room in her life for a relationship. Especially with an annoyingly clumsy—and attractive—American who is only going to be around for a few months.

The weeks fly by, and Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, seeking her help in solving the mystery surrounding her death. Briana watches as Nora becomes more wrapped up in the past, seeming to fade away before her eyes.

Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue that could cost them not only their chance of a future together, but their very lives.

 

ROMANCE / APOCALYPSE

 

DARKNESS UNITED
The Darkness Trilogy: Book 3

by KC Luck
Available in Kindle Unlimited

If the lights go out forever, can love survive?

Twice now, Taylor, Jackie, Lexi, and Anna have faced the darkness brought on by a catastrophic solar storm. With the help of Sam, Laura, and a group of faithful friends, they have rebuilt their lives in a world without power. But when new threats arise, each must find a way to survive against the odds as well as continue to rely on each other.

If you like a story with romance and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KC Luck’s page-turning new book. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion to The Darkness Trilogy.

 

SPY THRILLER

 

LEVITATE

by Geonn Cannon

To Cassiane Jurick, there is nothing in the world as important as The Mission. As a covert agent for Greek intelligence, she disappears into whatever role she’s given. Her latest mission ends in failure and nearly costs Cassiane her life, but she is rescued and nursed back to health by her handler, Timothea Riddock. Adrift between assignments and still recuperating from her injuries, Cassiane begins a physical relationship with Timothea.

Their relationship is put on hold by the arrival of another agent, Constance Grimaldi, who brings them a new mission: a Soviet chemist has arrived in Berlin with a new strain of anthrax which they believe he plans to sell to one of their enemies. As Cassiane disappears into her latest identity, Timothea finds herself drawn to Constance.

From a ghost station in the shadow of the Berlin Wall to hidden strongholds hidden deep inside dark German forests, the three agents must learn to trust one another because this mission’s failure would mean certain death.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

JANUARY EMBERS

by Hildred Billings
narrated by Kay Mack

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.

City girl Mikaiya “Mik” Marcott returns to her hometown to help her ailing grandmother. But who does she see first when she’s barely reached the city limits? Ariana Mura, the girl whose heart she broke 10 years ago.

Only Ari isn’t a “girl” anymore. She’s a grown woman who doesn’t take crud from anyone. The lanky Ariana with a flower crown in her long hair is now the big and tough Ari, Paradise Valley’s strongest EMT and all-around “native gal” the other townsfolk are prepared to defend.

Locking eyes with her serves a grim reminder to Mik that coming home isn’t always a small-town parade. It reminds them both of the worst night of their lives.

In a small town like Paradise Valley, these two former lovebirds will never avoid one another. Do they make peace with their tumultuous past? Or do they acknowledge the embers of love that still simmer in their heartbroken shells?

Who will stoke the fires first?

 

SALE ALERT

 

THE LOVE PILL

by Arizona Tape

$0.99 $4.99 

What if you had a pill that could change attraction into love?

Female spy, Cara, has no qualms using the love pill to get information from her targets. But this time, it’s different. This time, she actually likes the one she has to go after. Problem? Her target is a woman and Cara doesn’t swing that way. Or does she?

The Love Pill is a lesbian romance filled with self-discovery, acceptance of changing sexuality, and a lot of sweet moments. This book will make you hunger for that human connection and restore your faith in love.

 

DREAMING OF THE STARS

by Freia Ricola

$0.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Some stars last forever.

“The Red Planet produces many things. High-speed, high-luxury starliners. Plastics, alloys, and gases essential to the construction of those starliners. Beautiful, dusty red Martian Roses. My favourite pudding, the strawberry-based Olympus Bun. And many other things. But the one thing Mars has rarely been known for producing is stellar level idols.

What are idols, you ask? According to my best friend Anise, entire books could and have been written on the subject of idols. To me, though, they’re people who make me smile and laugh, and who brighten my day simply by being. An idol’s job is to be a source of inspiration, a guiding light in times of darkness.

Idols can sing, dance, act, even work as producers for other idols, performing minor—and sometimes not-so-minor—miracles behind the scenes so their friends and rivals can be their best, too. And now I’m about to become an idol myself. Little ‘ol me, an eighteen year old girl with no real direction in my life. Frankly, the very idea is terrifying.

And very, very exciting.

My name’s Isla Ainsworth, and this is the story of how I became an idol.”

 

STARLET SUNRISE

by Freia Ricola

$0.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Living. Learning. Loving.

“My name’s Anise Kendall, and I’m an idol, actress, and lover of cute girls. Just a short month ago, I was still living on dusty old Mars with my best friend, Isla. Now? We’re both students at the prestigious Dreamstar Academy for Idols on planet Aida, the centre of all forms of entertainment among the stars.

We’ve settled into our new lives here, Isla’s managed to get herself onto some crazy camp for rookie idols that promises to give her a new sense of appreciation for the role lungs play in the human body, and I’m getting ready for an important audition to become a new model for a clothing brand. Exciting stuff!

Between these activities, though, we’re also meeting new friends and rivals. Isla bumped into the academy’s top idol just yesterday, the loner known as Cassiopeia Luna, knocking her on her butt and starting a chain of events that could have ramifications for the whole of the idol world. And we met a lovely couple of girls recently, one a bubbly and fun lass called Millie, the other a gothic model known as Evangeline le Fay.

There’s an almost endless variety to the types of idol out there, and I’ve made it my job to learn about them all. Because becoming an idol is easy. But becoming a successful idol? Ah, that’s the hard part, and the more unique you are, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

Now I just have to hope Isla and our other new friends figure this out. Fading into obscurity is a fate worse than death for an idol…”

 

NEW HORIZONS

by Freia Ricola

$0.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

New Trials. New Rivals. New Horizons.

“Hey-yo! Is this thing on? It’s your friendly neighbourhood Pop Idol, Millie Bright here. How’s it going? Things are a bit up and down for me and Eva right now, aye. I have plenty of fun idol work on the go, no problems there. Got mesself a nice little gig at an idol bar and café, working for a lovely lady called Amy. Aye, lots of fun, that one is! I’m also mascot girl for Dinky Doughnuts for the next year, and I love me some doughnuts, yep.

Only problem is… Eva’s been a bit weird lately. Sneaking little chats with Anise while I’m not around, that kind of thing. Maybe she’s just worried about her shyness, and wants help? Silly girl, she could always ask me, I’m the world champion at not being shy!

Or maybe there’s something else going on? I dunno.

We also have the big tennis tournament coming up at Dreamstar Academy soon. Promises to be quite the event, I hear. Our own Isla is taking part, the lovely tennis idol that she is, but word is that she’s partnering with someone unexpected! I wonder who it could be…?

Oh, looks like my time’s up. This is Millie Bright, signing off! Hope everyone has a lovely and rainbow-filled day.”

 

NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF RWA PRESENTS

 

Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference

Register now for the conference. April 26-27 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. 

Master Class with Damon Suede, Luncheon Speaker Penny Reid, and Keynote by Sonali Dev. 

Workshops in Business, Craft, and Writer’s Life that are applicable across genres. We’re also expecting a great turnout for our Friday book fair with all of our main speakers signing.

Also, I’ll (TB Markinson) be there along with Miranda MacLeod and we’ll be signing books.  

More info and registration are here: https://www.necrwa.org/conference/conference-registration/

 


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Guest Post: Happily Ever After by Laney Webber

Happy Friday!

Bold Strokes Books author Laney Webber is here today. Take it away, Laney!

Happily Ever After  

One of the reasons I read and write romance is that I’m a fan of happily ever after in any format. When I read or write, I know my couple’s story will end with a happily ever after, but I don’t know quite how they will get there. When I’m reading, I enjoy the discovery of the couple’s relationship journey through initial meeting then falling in love. When I’m writing, it’s a thrill to create a couple’s journey to their happily ever after. But I often wonder what happens after I close the book cover or I type “The End.”

I’ve developed a habit in the last few years of asking people I know who have been in a long-term relationship how they met. If you’re ever having a bad day or feeling grumpy, try this. Every single time I ask this question something magical happens. The expression on the person’s face changes as they start thinking back to that first meeting. They smile as they recount the story. Sometimes they blush. Every single story is different and wonderful and every person I’ve asked loved telling their story. As they talk their love story touches me and I feel hopeful and happy too. This is the magic of a love story, a romance.

I like to think that this is what happened after I closed the book or typed “The End.” That couple that met and overcame obstacles and feel in love are just regular people that you talk to each day or see at the grocery store, or the gym, or the library. But they have an untold love story inside of them.

 

A CHAPTER ON LOVE

Laney Webber

Jannika Peterson arrived in Grangeton, New Hampshire, with a broken heart and a new job managing the local bookstore. She has a gift for pairing readers with the perfect books, but her matchmaking skills don’t extend to her love life. Love doesn’t stand a chance against her well-protected heart.

Eighteen years ago, Lee Thompson was Jannika’s summer camp counselor, and Lee has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the unusual name. Still healing from her wife’s sudden death, Lee hopes her new job in a new town will help her to begin a new chapter.

When Jannika and Lee reunite, their instant connection feels like a gift, but neither is ready for a second chance at love. Unable to deny their attraction, will they finally get on the same page when it comes to love?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Laney Webber lives in Vermont with her wife, rescue dog Gracie and rescue cat Rudy Valentino. She likes camping, visiting libraries, and driving up the coast of Maine. Her story “Bat Girl” is included in the anthology, Girls Next Door (Bold Strokes Books, 2017) and her debut novel, A Chapter on Love (Bold Strokes Books, 2019) is available wherever books are sold. Laney is currently working on her next love story, The Real Thing, available December 2019.

 

CONNECT WITH LANEY WEBBER

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Amazon Author Page

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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Guest Post by Alex B Porter

Today’s guest is Alex B Porter to discuss her first non-fiction work.

Please welcome Alex.

How understanding the clitoral organ can improve your sex life

This year I wrote my first non-fiction book. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie: I started 2017, then life took over and everything stopped. The book was finished late 2018 and published February 2019. It’s called The Cunnilinguist: How To Give And Receive Great Oral Sex and was inspired by a fan of my fiction series, Branding Her. Starting life as a bit of a giggle, the manuscript grew into short book of cunnilingus tips and then it took on a life of its own. I’m honored to have been joined by gender and sexuality educator Susan Harper PhD on editing and Foreword duties, from whom I learned a lot and who really turned this book into something special.

Research differences between fiction and non-fiction

One of the biggest differences between writing fiction and non-fiction is the planning and research phase; fiction is very much about plot and character, whilst non-fiction is focused on fact and logic. I can’t use my imagination to fill knowledge gaps in non-fiction the way I can with fiction and so, when the book really started becoming something more serious than a list of sex tips, I dug into a lot of research.

I’m not particularly academic in the traditional sense and science was never a strong point, but my biggest personal takeaways from writing this book came from the social sciences – gender and sexuality, alongside psychology and female anatomy. Today I’m going to share with you a few findings and images from the anatomy section; the secret of the clitoral organ and pudendal nerve. These are two anatomical areas I had never read much about until I took a deeper dive into the subject. 

The Clitoral Organ

I’m a thirty-something lesbian in a long-term relationship who has had plenty of fun and diverse relationships in the past, so I’m pretty familiar with female anatomy and pleasure points in their natural form. What I’m not familiar with are the unfleshly versions: Diagrams. And what I’ve never taken time to study are the facts as to why these pleasure points exist and how they can be used, or better understood, to enhance pleasure.

I mean, I’ve always known the clit runs deep and there’s much more to it than that little nub, but until recently I wasn’t fully aware of its extent or shape. That’s hardly a surprise considering it has been either omitted or under-represented in most literature until the late 20th Century. I personally cannot remember the clit ever being mentioned in high school education, never mind it’s extent and purpose.

Figure 1 shows the clitoral organ. At the top-right there is a simple vulva diagram – that should help you familiarize with what you are looking at (And yep, it’s called a vulva, not a vagina. Vulva=external parts, vagina=internal).

The little bit of the clitoris that forms part of the vulva is marked as “Head of Clitoris” and yes, this tiny nub is all you see above the surface. The head of the clitoris contains approximately 8,000 nerves and is around 50 times more sensitive than a penis. As far as we know, the sole purpose of the clitoris is to provide pleasure.

The clitoral organ travels down the inner labia (lips), around the urethra and the front-most area of the vagina. Essentially this organ is the endpoint of a large nerve called the pudendal nerve. A nerve that we all have, regardless of gender.

The Pudendal Nerve 

The clitoris is connected to a network of nerves and hooks up to the spinal cord, central nervous system and brain via the Pudendal Nerve (Figure 2). The pudendal nerve comes off the lower spine, travels down the rectum and branches into the rectum, perineum and labia, finishing up as the dorsal nerve of the clitoris.

Now you have an idea of where these nerves run and are aware that the clitoris itself is a substantial organ, you can start to see why certain pleasure—and pain—points exist. It also hopefully provides some insight to that elusive G-spot, the ‘OMG, I need to pee’ feeling and why some people enjoy a little anal tinkering.

Seeing as you are unlikely to see your partner from this particular angle, here is another diagram (Figure 3) that is hopefully more familiar.

The pudendal nerve is paired, it comes off the spinal cord as left-right branches. As you can see, there are major branches into the anal and perineal areas, however the main nerve(s) travel down the labia, becomes the dorsal nerve of the clitoris and eventually the pair (almost) reconnect in that super-sensitive area we commonly refer to as “the clit”. 

Sensitivity and bringing it all together

Nerve sensitivity in the genital and pelvic region can differ from person to person and from moment to moment. The distribution of nerves within the region also varies – these images are basic; there are thousands of nerve branches and their depth and position also varies person-to-person. These differences are some of the reasons why we have differing likes and dislikes. It also explains why some of us are more sensitive in areas than others. And remember, what can cause pleasure can also cause pain: Childbirth and genital surgery can cause nerve damage and make certain areas sensitive in a not-so-pleasurable manner, particularly around the perineum area. Be considerate. 

In a nutshell: taking the time to have a basic understanding of female anatomy will help make you not only a more effective lover, but a more considerate one.

 

THE CUNNILINGUIST

by Alex B Porter

The Cunnilinguist is a refreshingly modern guide to oral sex with a sense of humor. Written by a woman with experience at both ends of the tongue, this guide will build your confidence in giving —or receiving— oral sex.

You’ll learn tested tips, tricks and techniques that any giver or receiver can try. The Cunnilinguist: How To Give And Receive Great Oral Sex has insights and tips for readers from beginner to advanced, single to married, and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Lesbian fiction author Alex B Porter writes lesbian stories and steamy lesbian romance series. At 32 years old, Alex hails from Shoreditch, London via Belfast but has spent significant time in the United States. She currently resides in East London with her lifetime partner, a talented artist, and their only “child”, Neko the cat. Alex was unhappy in her hectic, big-city career, and recently ditched the corporate world to pursue her dream of writing and curating ‘romantica’ (romantic erotica) for lesbian, bi and women. She feels lesbian sex and sexuality is misrepresented and wishes to empower women to explore their sexuality. When she isn’t spinning her sexy stories to the beat of a large Merlot, Alex enjoys travel, music, the arts, and experimentation.

 

CONNECT WITH ALEX B PORTER

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: February 26th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

 

CLAIRE AND THE LADY BILLIONAIRE
Book 9

by Giselle Fox
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The truth lies within the foundations…

After a magical night at the beach house, Claire and Camille start making plans for the future. With their holiday in Oregon drawing to an end, the uncertainty of a new school year looms ahead. An impulsive decision from Camille pushes the lovers to deviate off course, and a proposal for Claire to step up leads to a challenge for Camille to step back.

The Lady Billionaire story continues with another heart-stopping installment, and a first-time look into the hearts and minds of the rest of the cast.

 

A WOMAN UNDONE
A Woman Lost: Book 6

by TB Markinson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Despite Lizzie’s attempts to hide from her family, circumstances pull her even deeper into the complicated Petrie web.

After a disastrous family Christmas, Lizzie’s friends and family seek her counsel, dragging Lizzie back into their orbit. With a brother facing prison time, a family feud, the possibility of raising her niece, and the desire to have another child, Lizzie’s one step from constructing a moat to block out the world.

Will Lizzie crack or dig deep to prevent the collapse of the family?

 

HOOKED ON YOU

by Jenn Matthews

A quirky lesbian romance about love never being quite where you expect.

Anna’s life’s in a bit of a rut. As a teacher with two great kids and a boyfriend, she seems to have it all. Except…she’s bored as hell. Perhaps a new hobby’s in order? Something…crafty? Divorced mother and veteran Ollie has been through the wars, emotionally and physically. To relax, she runs a quirky crochet class in her London craft shop. She can’t help but notice the attractive, feisty new student. A shame Anna’s straight as an arrow.

But somewhere between the chain stitches, doubles and trebles, Ollie and Anna form a powerful connection they never expected.

 

THE ASSISTANT

by Jessica Pots
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Wynter

I placed an ad for an assistant…didn’t think anyone would apply.

But, I only had four requirements—punctual, organized, non-smoker, night owl.

After countless failed attempts I think I’ve finally filled it permanently with the quirky soul who now sits at the desk across from mine.

Problem is, she fits in to my world more than she really should.

Now, I realize I haven’t just found the perfect woman for the job. I think I’ve found the perfect woman for me…

Brooklyn

In this great big star-studded metropolis, I now work for a woman whose aim is to stay as invisible as I already am.

I respect her. I admire her. But, I know nothing about her.

And day by day, I seek to find out more.

This job, well, it’s peculiar.

But I love it.

They say never fall in love with the boss, right?

Oops…

 

SHE GOT HOPS

by Joi Miner
Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens when you mix lesbians, love, and basketball?

All ballers ain’t lesbian, and all lesbians can’t play ball. But Jordin Martinez was the best of both worlds.

Jordin “Hops” Martinez was a lover of women, ball, and family. Not coming from the best life, she knew the only way to get out was basketball, and it was her first love. With her brother, Joose and his best friend Sauce, they worked hard to make sure they got out of Alabama, and the whack lives they’d lived. But the lil’ hustle they had on the side may end up ruining their lives… and their chance at a future. She had so much goin’ on that there was no time for love, until… her.

Jordan “Joose” Martinez has always been the man of the house, looking out for his mama and sister. With his Pops never being an example, he did the best he could and provided. When his dreams of playing ball became a memory, he drove Hops to be their family’s savior. But when she showed a passion for more than basketball, he realized that his attempts to protect her may have caused her more harm than good.

Saul “Sauce” Solomon wanted two things in life: money and hoes. He’d been in love with Hops since he first met her and her Twin brother Joose in the fifth grade, but she never gave him any play. All he wanted was a chance, but when he found out that she was lesbian, all his hopes came crashing down. A man scorned is a dangerous thing. Will he be able to put his feelings to the side and remain loyal to the crew… or will his determination to persuade Hops that her being gay is “just a phase”?

Briana Miles never thought she’d fall in love. And definitely not with a girl. But when she met Hops, all of that changed. Hops was dope, but so was her brother Joose, and she loved the attention she was getting from their homie Sauce, too. When she was brought into their circle, the come-up was instantaneous But with fast money, danger is usually right around the corner. And Bria might have to choose between the woman she’s falling for and herself.

For Hops, coming out may have been the worst decision she made in her life. But denying who she really was, was killing her. Falling hard and fast, like we lesbians tend to do, she found herself in a love with a woman that could cost her everything.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

GUARDING HER HEART

by Marian Snowe
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Ash Harker is skilled at her job as a professional bodyguard. She’s former military, but she also has a secret romantic streak a mile wide. She’s just always known that true love is for other people—people with fewer scars than she has.

Serena Davenport has clawed her way to the top of the business world, and with a successful company to run, she has no time for love. But when Serena finds herself the target of a stalker and needs someone to keep her safe, the bodyguard who shows up at her door looks startlingly familiar…

One terrible date a few weeks ago was something both Ash and Serena swore to put behind them. But now, unexpectedly, they’re forced back into each other’s lives. The date may have been a disaster, but the scorching hot attraction between them is undeniable.

With a murderous criminal on their trail, they can’t afford any distractions—and what’s more distracting than love?

 

WINNER: A Las Vegas Romance

by Harley Slate
Available in Kindle Unlimited

She won’t be fooled by a beautiful woman’s bag of tricks. Not this time.

Forced to put her FBI training on hold, Lana Jones finds herself working eye in the sky for the least glittering casino in Vegas. Running down slot machine scammers is hardly the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow.

Melody Lysander is a cut above the usual crop of shady drifters who wander into Lana’s third-rate clip joint. But the seductive redhead doesn’t seem to comprehend the first law of Vegas: The house always wins.

In a million-dollar game of cat and mouse, who is the cat? And who is the mouse?

A high-steam enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance novel with a twist.. No cheating, no cliffhangers. Complete with the happily ever after you deserve.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

TAMING THE TRAMP

by Amy DeMeritt
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jack Hart is a self-proclaimed butch-lesbian with short hair, many ear piercings, and even more tattoos. And she’s very hot. To look at her, you wouldn’t know she is a self-made millionaire creating computer software for the biggest corporations in the world. That is, if you go based off of mainstream opinions on appearance, which Jack has no patience for.

Jack lives by the rules of not judging others and not living her life controlled by the judgments of others. Jack doesn’t live by many rules, in fact she prefers to live by the ideology of doing what she wants, when she wants, with all due respect to those around her, of course.

However, Jack is very firm on a couple of rules, and every woman she brings home to her decked out luxury sex den all know the rules. Jack Hart does not date or do relationships – she only has sexual encounters. And if she or her playmate develop feelings, the arrangement ends.

But after over ten years of living by her own rules, Jack starts to wonder if she’s really getting what she wants from her promiscuous lifestyle anymore.

 

EPIC FANTASY

 

THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

by Samantha Shannon

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

 

URBAN FASTASY 

 

THE FIREBRAND SYNDICATE
Burgundy Hart: Book 3

by Lucy True
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Wanted Dead or Alive: Burgundy Jane Hart, the female warlock with an amazing sense of style and inappropriate sense of humor.

At least, that’s what Burgundy would write on her wanted posters if they existed. Too bad she’s been hiding like a fugitive ever since the Finders occupied Rock Grove. Moving from safe house to safe house might keep her alive but it’s definitely no way to live.

Unfortunately, getting her fellow warlocks to work together is like herding cats, even if it involves taking out their nemeses – the Witches Council. But once Burgundy finds out the leaders of the Firebrand Syndicate are on her side, there’s only one thing to do.

It’s time for Burgundy to take a stand once and for all. Otherwise, she might lose the best thing she ever had.

Back off, witches. There’s a new warlock in town when Burgundy comes home to Rock Grove.

 

URBAN FAIRYTALES

 

SHADOW OF THE HOOK
Urban Fairytales: Book 10

by Erik Schubach

I taught you to fight and to fly, what more can there be?

Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.

Everything we know about Pan, the Hook, and the Lost Boys gets all turned around. After a daring rescue, our heroines learn that time is up and the Elders have started their march.

With new allies, they need to find a way back home to join their fellow Avatars as they prepare for the most important confrontation in the history of mankind.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

FANG U

by Mia Archer
Available in Kindle Unlimited

What’s a witch to do when she falls for the vampire she’s supposed to kill?

Lisa wasn’t your typical college girl. She was a witch on a mission. A witch with no magic sent to find the vampire who killed her best friend and make the undead bitch pay.

The only problem? She’s hunting a vampire whose fanged face haunts her dreams. She can’t get her out of her mind. And when she meets Ivy she falls. Hard.

That was not part of the plan.

Ivy wasn’t your typical college girl. No, she was a vampire running a secret sorority of the undead where that undeath was a life sentence to an endless boring party.

Only Ivy had problems. Like newly turned pledges who refused to follow orders. Like a dead witch killed by one of those pledges. Like the threat of witches descending on her sorority and destroying everything she’s built over long decades in retaliation for one stupid pledge’s mistake.

The last thing she needed complicating things was a mysterious freshman girl coming along and capturing her mind like no human had in decades. A girl who was hiding a dangerous secret that could be the end of everything she’s built…

Fang U is a 70k lesbian vampire romance with a little bit of humor, a little bit of horror, a touch of magic, and a whole lot of fun!

 

THRILLER ROMANCE 

 

PAYBACK

by Charlotte Mills

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.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE 

 

THE PLAN

by Kim Pritekel

As the dark days of the Dust Bowl came to an end, the midsection of the United States tried to rebuild and revitalize. In the small, dusty farming town of, Brooke View, Colorado, teenager, Eleanor Landry and her mother were dealing with her father, a self-appointment fire and brimstone preacher to his congregation of two. A plan to survive.

As the dark era of the robber baron comes to an end, giants of industry and innovation emerged with fabulous fortunes manifested in the mansions that dotted the landscape across the country. Lysette Landon, the teen daughter of the wealthiest family in Brooke View, was everything a good, proper girl of privilege should be. Only problem was, she wasn’t dreaming of finding a young man to raise a family with. A plan to be free.

One look, one touch, all plans are off.

Secrets deeper and darker than the grave would bring Eleanor and Lysette together, their families connected by a web of lies and broken promises. A plan to escape.

Be careful because, life has other plans…

 

BITTER SWEET REVENGE

by Donna Jay

Palmerston North, New Zealand

It’s summer 1985, the school year is almost over, and Katie is deeply in the closet. The last thing she wants is to become a target for bullies.

When a group of popular girls invite her to hang out, she finally has a chance to be part of the in-crowd. Her excitement quickly turns to fear, and she barely escapes their trap. It’s the last time she’ll ever be so naive.

Haunted by that day, Katie shuts herself away, dreaming of payback. When fantastical thoughts turn to reality, vengeance is bitter sweet.

Convinced she’s not a good person, Katie resigns herself to a life alone. But fate has other plans.

When she crosses paths with an outgoing redhead, she’s forced to re-examine the walls she’s built around her heart.

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

PRETEND GIRLFRIEND

by Lily Craig
narrated by Emily Beresford & Gabra Zackman

Fake love, real sparks.

When Celeste Lamontagne receives a wedding invitation from her ex, she’s furious. The only thing worse than being cheated on? Seeing your ex and the girl she cheated with get married. Less than a year later. And as part of a two-week long Mediterranean cruise. But they say the best revenge is a life well lived, right? Not for Celeste, it isn’t. It’s arranging an elaborate fake relationship with someone to make your ex jealous.

Lane Bishop is the perfect someone to do just that. Impulsive to the extreme, she loses her job right in front of Celeste. There goes Lane’s best shot at becoming a stylist in New York City. She can have another chance if she agrees to travel with Celeste, pretending to be her girlfriend so that Celeste’s ex sees her happy and thriving. The only catch? Celeste’s an heiress accustomed to getting everything she wants. She’s rigorous about details – some might say spoiled – which clashes with a free spirit like Lane.

The sparks between Celeste and Lane become harder and harder to ignore. Can they convince the wedding guests of their passion without the flames setting them both alight?

 

THE HIDDEN ONE
The Chosen One: Book 2

by TB Markinson
narrated by Lori Prince

Mock election. Real world danger. Ainsley’s relationship and reputation may not survive the campaign trail.

Still reeling from the targeted attack on her family, Ainsley is determined to keep a low profile during senior year. But a mandatory class project pulls her back into the political fray as the mock Democratic presidential candidate. With the entire campus watching, Ainsley knows it’s only a matter of time before her rival turns the spotlight on her and her secretive girlfriend.

Groomed from birth by her politically connected family, Ainsley knows she can handle the abuse. But shielding her girlfriend’s secrets is a matter of life or death. To protect the ones she loves, Ainsley will need to use every shrewd political move in the book.

The Hidden One is the captivating second book in a series of lesbian romantic suspense novels that shed light on modern American politics. If you like romance that defies the odds, a satirical take on current events, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love T.B. Markinson’s compelling tale.


 

SHUT UP AND KISS ME

by Julie Cannon
narrated by Kira Omans

Lowe Carter and Faith Williams could not be more different. Lowe comes from money, very old money. Faith scrapes by, living paycheck to paycheck, sending what little she has left to her mother and little sister. Lowe is just starting her obligatory two-week visit with her parents when she collides, literally and figuratively, with the beautiful Faith. What better way to spend two weeks of hell than in the company of a hot, sexy woman? The only problem is that employees like Faith are forbidden to fraternize with residents and their guests. Join Lowe and Faith as they sail on The Escape, the world’s largest private residence on the water.



 

CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

The Winter Hearts anthology was a rewarding project to be a part of in 2018. It raised a ton of money for charity. And Amanda Radley is organizing it again in 2019! Go here for details.

 


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New Lesfic Goodies: February 19th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

This is the last day of the Valentine’s sale.  Check out the deals on books by Miranda MacLeod, Emma Radley, Amanda Radley, Clare Lydon, Harper Bliss, and I. Again, here’s the page for the goodies on discount.

Below, you’ll find 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

 

THE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER

by Susan X Meagher

Sometimes you just have to get away.

Even the best job can slowly drain your battery. When Gillian Lindsay realizes it’s time for a recharge, she impetuously decides to visit Scotland.

Knowing nothing about the country, she schedules a tour of Edinburgh Castle for the day she arrives, just to get the lay of the land.

After spending the afternoon with Torie Gunn, her very able tour guide, Gillian proposes hiring her for a week-long trip across the country.

Torie’s astonished. Gillian has done no research, and has no plans, placidly asking Torie to come up with an itinerary. That seems like the ideal way to create an unsatisfied customer. But Gillian certainly seems like a very easygoing person, and earning a week’s pay merely talking sounds like a dream. Torie jumps in, hoping she can satisfy Gillian’s desires.

Over the course of their trip, other, more romantic desires spring to life. Will they be satisfied too?

 

FULL ENGLISH

by Rachel Spangler

After a publicly humiliating divorce, best-selling author Emma Volant runs away to hide in the seaside English village of Amberwick, where she doesn’t know another living soul. She wants nothing more than to surrender to her broken heart in private. However, when the locals discover their newest resident is world famous, they gather at the local pub and hatch a plan to draw Emma out of her self-imposed isolation, hoping her celebrity status will elevate the village’s reputation to something more than a holiday hotspot. It doesn’t take long for them to try to rope their favorite bartender, Brogan, into the act.

Born and raised in Amberwick, Brogan McKay has built a comfortable life by never overreaching. Part-time jobs and short-term flings have always been good enough for her, but when she meets her beautiful and wounded new neighbor, Brogan realizes Emma has the potential to wreck the carefully controlled expectations she uses to protect her heart.

Despite their obvious attraction and growing friendship, both Emma and Brogan are in firm agreement that neither of them is in a position to look for love, but how long can they fight their fears and desires as the events and people around them all conspire to create a full English love story?

 

TWO MOMS

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Samantha found the love of her life – and lost her. Widowed for ten years, she never plans to date again. When her teen daughter babysits a neighborhood boy, Samantha and Joy bond over being single mothers. Their friendship deepens, and their feelings for each other grow. Could the two moms end up starting a new family?

 

HAIL VICTORY

by Blythe Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A young college student has a crush on one of the baristas who works at the local cafe Hail Victory. Since she is shy and prone to quietly spying on her attractive coffee acquaintance, Wallace finds that it is impossible to grab the girl’s attention. But then fate steps in and Alexis all but lands in Wallace’s lap during a breakup with her ex.

Things become complicated fast and a close friend becomes the new onlooker.

A new lesbian romance that explores love versus lust. Guaranteed HEA.

 

BRACE FOR IMPACT

by Becky Harmon

Dex Alexander has made an easy transition from flying planes in the Army to being a civilian airline pilot. Life in the military kept her from forming any romantic relationships—at least that’s what she tells herself. Analyzing the real reasons would force her to dwell on feelings and emotions she’d rather not think about.

From the outside, it looks like Lucy Donovan leads an exciting life. Being a US Air Marshal takes her all over the world. But after fifteen years, the job has become a habit more than an adventure. She might finally be ready to settle down.

As the two women battle the challenges in their own lives, their connection to each other becomes evident. Can Dex convince Lucy they have a chance together before Lucy disappears again?

 

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

by Jackie Calhoun

Chelsea Danforth Browning left her marriage, her two grown daughters, and her best friend in Indiana to move to Wisconsin for a woman, June Paulson.

When she discovers June has been having an affair with another woman, Chelsea is devastated. Determined to make it on her own, she picks herself up and starts to rebuild her life. She attempts to reconnect with her daughters, edits books for a lesbian press, and finds a part-time job. Along the way, she makes friends and falls in love.

Will she manage to create a meaningful new life without losing those she loved and left? Does she get a second chance at happiness?

 

RISING ABOVE

by Genevieve Fortin

As an engineering geologist, Anais (Ana) Bloom is thrilled when she arrives in Sainte-Luce-Sur-Mer to study the effects of climate changes and rising sea levels on the shoreline of the Saint-Laurent River. Soon after she settles in at the quaint White Sheep Inn, she develops a friendship with the innkeeper and her canine companion. The innkeeper’s granddaughter, however, is a whole other story. Melodie is attractive, perhaps, but she’s also impulsive, has a bad attitude, and doesn’t share an ounce of her grandmother’s hospitality.

Melodie Beaulieu has never planned to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become an innkeeper. The only thing she’s wanted all her life is to live by the sea, in her hometown. When Ana Bloom comes to the White Sheep Inn and threatens her entire way of living, she simply won’t have it. She despises the scientist and her big theories and chooses to ignore her good looks and that damn red, unruly hair of hers.

Ana and Melodie would gladly keep staying out of each other’s way, but Mother Nature has other plans. Trapped inside the inn when a strong storm surge hits the beach community, they’re forced to come together to face the terrifying event and its aftermath. Can they rise above their conflicting beliefs and let their attraction take the lead?

 

ARTIST FREE ZONE

by Annette Mori
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Melissa just moved to a conservative part of Washington State. A move designed to set her and her longtime partner up for early retirement. But best laid plans go awry when her partner, Colette decides, out of the blue, their relationship isn’t working for her. This is strike three for Melissa. She’s out, after being dumped a third time and her 45th birthday just around the corner. The only thing left to do is sob all over her beloved kitties. She’s vowed to never get involved, ever again, with another artist. She’s in a new town surrounded by cowboys and republicans. Not a single lesbian in sight even if she were so inclined. Life sucks for her.

Colette is torn up about hurting Melissa. She hasn’t been entirely honest about her reasons for leaving and that tears her up even further. She keeps calling to make sure Melissa is okay. Life is exciting and wonderful for her because she’s met her soulmate and plans on moving to Alaska. But will Karma exact its revenge?

Will these three women be able to make it through the heartache of love lost and new love found? Find out in the tale by award-winning author, Annette Mori. A raw and honest portrayal of love lost and love found again.

 

STRONG HEARTS

by Ellie Green
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Is running away to a small town the answer to a big problem?

Seeking refuge from a scandal, Tilly returns to the small farm where she grew up. She expects to find an empty house. Instead, she finds a naked woman in the bathtub. A beautiful, naked woman.

Tilly can’t decide if she’s angry at Eva or attracted to her, but either way they can’t avoid each other in the small community. A quiet break in the country is turning out to be anything but for Tilly. But it might also be exactly what she needs.

As attraction turns to romance, she learns there is more to Eva than meets the eye. Eva is strong, and strength is what Tilly needs when she has to face the fight that is waiting for her in the city.

Will she be strong enough to overcome what stands between her and a chance at happiness?

 

DON’T ASK DON’T TELL
Forever Series: Book 5

by Jessa Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Darcy has been left for the other woman more times than she would like to think about. After nursing her heart from yet another heartbreak, she finds herself caught up in an unlikely attraction with a mysterious woman who is made even more memorable since she stole Darcy’s wallet.

After years of marching to someone else’s beat, how can you now find your own path in life? By having a Devil may care attitude and feasting on the all the delights of the flesh you were previously denied. What’s a little petty theft if it guarantees you will meet the person you stole from again. What do you call a one night stand that goes beyond one night? Love?….Maybe.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

CHAIN REACTIONS

by Lynn Ames

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.

 

LABOR OF LOVE
Lakeside Hospital Series: Book 4

by Cara Malone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Hot-shot obstetrician Mercedes Stone is killing it at work, but she has a dirty secret. She’s the daughter of a hoarder. She’s built her life around her research but when her mother’s condition reaches a crisis point, she must drop everything to come home.

Lily Thomas is a pediatrician quickly approaching 40 and all she’s ever wanted is a family. She’s given up on finding Ms. Right, but the day she meets Mercedes – who’s taking a temporary job at Lakeside Hospital – is the same day Lily learns she’s finally pregnant.

They fall for each other hard and fast – it has to be fast because Mercedes is going home in six months to wrap up a vital clinical trial and soon, Lily will have a newborn baby to love.

What’s the harm in a quick fling?

But as Mercedes digs out her mother’s house, she begins to realize there’s more for her at home than just junk. What she and Lily swore was just a fling is beginning to feel a lot more like… family.

Labor of Love is a standalone novel in the bestselling Lakeside Hospital series. The books in this series can be read in any order.

 

LOST IN PARADISE

by Rachel Lacey

When a Manhattan businesswoman and a reclusive French artist are stranded together on a deserted island, opposites attract…and sparks fly. But with love shimmering on the horizon, will they survive to claim their happy ending?

Nicole Morella boards a private Mediterranean cruise with one goal: to reclaim herself after her divorce. When she sits next to a beautiful blonde in the ship’s lounge, she’s knocked off balance by the immediate attraction between them, and it’s not just because Nicole hasn’t found her sea legs yet. Fiona stirs things in Nicole that haven’t been stirred in a long time, but a fiery kiss turns dangerous when the ship is hijacked. The women launch a daring escape, leaving them adrift in an empty lifeboat.

Fiona Boone has been adrift most of her life, but never in such a literal sense. She’s a survivor, though, so when they land on a deserted island, Fiona’s ready to do whatever it takes to stay alive until they’re rescued. In the meantime, she can’t get enough of the feisty woman she’s stranded with, despite her usual fiercely independent nature. Although they’re lost, Fiona finds something unexpected in the comfort of Nicole’s touch. But when an injury puts her life in jeopardy, they begin to worry help won’t arrive in time. If she survives their ordeal, Fiona might just face her biggest challenge yet: falling in love.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

JUST MARRIED

by Natasha West
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When uptight British bookshop owner Emily Bartlett goes to Las Vegas to get over a humiliating breakup, she’s expecting to make a few mistakes. But when she meets Ruby Knight, a pessimistic American C-list TV actress with designs on a movie career, she makes a whopper. The pair get so incredibly drunk together that they end up getting accidently married.

In the cold light of day, both women are shocked to find themselves wedded to a virtual stranger. But maybe it’s not such a big mistake? Could Ruby’s marriage to Emily help boost her profile and get her the biggest role of her life, earning Emily a big payday in the process? Only if they can make it seem like they’re really in love. And only if they can navigate the treacherous LA movie scene without tripping themselves up and giving the game away. Or worse, getting carried away with their fake relationship…

But what if they do let themselves feel something? Could they fall in love? Or are they Just Married?

 

FANTASY YOUNG ADULT

 

ROBBERGIRL

by S. T. Gibson

It’s Deathless meets Fingersmith in this coming-of-age fable!

In a Sweden wracked by war and haunted by folk stories so dark they can only be spoken of in whispers, Helvig has been raised by her brigand father to steal whatever treasure catches her eye. When her men ambush a strange girl on the road with hair pale as death and a crow perched on her shoulder, Helvig cannot resist bringing home a truly unique prize: a genuine witch.

Drawn irresistibly into the other woman’s web, Helvig soon learns of Gerda’s reason for walking the icy border roads alone: to find the Queen who lives at the top of the world and kill her. Anyone else would be smart enough not to believe a children’s story, but Helvig is plagued by enchantments of her own, and struggles to guard the sins of her past while growing closer to the other woman.

As Christmastide gives way to the thin-veiled days when ghosts are at their most vengeful, the two women will find themselves on a journey through forest and Samiland to a final confrontation that will either redeem them or destroy them entirely. 

 

MYSTERY / ROMANCE

 

SHAKESPEARE UNDER COVER

by Erin Wade

When a serial killer targeted members of the university’s athletic staff, Regan was swept into murder, intrigue, and danger where nothing was as it seemed. Still dealing with the horrific murder of the last man she dated, Regan is overwhelmed by the constant attention from one of her female students. Was Brandy courting her or stalking her?

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

A SOLDIER FIRST
Contact Series: Book 2

by Natalie Debrabandere
Available in Kindle Unlimited

New York – London – Paris – Los Angeles… ALL GONE. Of the eight billion people who lived on Earth in 2020, only two-and-a-half now remain. Commander Sky Y Shar has gone AWOL on her own military to lead the human Resistance, but they are seriously under-resourced and losing fast. She struggles with recurring nightmares and violent flashbacks. Defence Counsellor Bri Arktar used to want her dead, but now she is the only one who can help. Between the powerful counsellor and the tough but vulnerable commander, mutual respect and admiration soon turn to something more. But can Sky stay true to her ultimate goal? Can she lay to rest old wounds? And will she survive long enough to win Earth back?

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL

by Kate Mascarenhas

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.


 

HISTORICAL FICTION

 

ACTS OF CONTRITION
Passing Rites: Book 4

by Elena Graf

World War II has finally come to an end and Berlin is in ruins. Nearly everything Margarethe von Stahle has sworn to protect has been lost. After being brutally abused by occupying Russian soldiers, Margarethe must rely on the kindness of her friends to survive. Fortunately, the American Army has brought her former protégé, Dr. Sarah Weber, back to Berlin. Slowly, Margarethe heals and begins to rebuild her life, but as she confronts painful events that occurred during the war, she must learn to forgive and be forgiven.

Acts of Contrition is the fourth novel in the Passing Rites Series, which follows the aristocratic Stahle family through the 20th century. Set in Berlin during the aftermath of World War II, this book shows how survivors struggled with their guilt over the war and the evil perpetrated by the Nazi regime. It tells the inspiring story of how, despite sexual violence, crushing losses and grief, someone can be brought back from the brink by personal determination, friendship and love.

NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE.


 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

by Anna Stone
narrated by Rebecca Estrella

Emma Cole has left behind her family and an ex-fiance to move to Chicago and start over. When a mix-up lands her a job at a high-profile law firm, Emma is determined to meet this new challenge head-on. What she didn’t count on was working for a woman like Lillian White, and it doesn’t take long for Emma to realize that she might be in over her head in more ways than one.

As beautiful as she is ruthless, Lillian has worked hard to build a reputation for herself that commands respect from everyone she meets. She’s sacrificed everything for her career, and she doesn’t have room in her life for romance. But there’s something about her sweet yet feisty new assistant that Lillian can’t resist, and Emma finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of new desires that she never thought possible. Soon, the two women are embroiled in a scorching-hot forbidden affair that threatens to consume them both.

While both women grapple with their unexpected feelings toward each other, things at the office start to unravel. The future of Lillian’s firm is in turmoil, and something sinister lurks behind the scenes that forces both women to reexamine their lives and decide whether their relationship is worth fighting for.


 

CROSSING LINES
Cops and Docs Series: Book 2

by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden

Nora Whitmore has been through the ringer both professionally and personally. Now, her life is more than she ever thought it could be, especially with Kelli McCabe in it. The walls have come down, and she is open to new people and experiences.

Kelli McCabe watched all the broken pieces of her life come together. The situation with her family settled down, and she’s right where she wants to be back at work and in Nora’s arms.

For both of them, this quiet time is just the devastating calm before the massive storm hits and brings with it the violence of a vengeful enemy and the reality of drug abuse. The chaos surrounding them exposes old wounds and individual vulnerabilities that seem to multiply when they are together. Is it too much for them to withstand? Or is what they have strong enough to overcome it all?



 

FALLING FOR YOU

by Marian Snowe
narrated by Isabella Starr

Who expects to fall in love on reality TV?

Certainly not Charlie Vega, a burnt-out fashionista in desperate need of inspiration. Neither does Francesca Davies, a rock-climbing internet celebrity with a family who thinks a woman’s worth is measured by her husband. The two of them are competing on the hit reality series The Makeover Challenge for very different reasons, but when they get paired up as a team, the road to victory gets a lot more complicated.

With so little in common, it’s surprising that their chemistry is immediate, but it isn’t long before each woman finds herself intensely attracted to the other. With their complicated baggage, neither is exactly ready for love, but they’re certainly not averse to some steamy encounters…that are bound to get them into hot water.

Could they even make a real relationship work on a show that’s actually nothing like reality?



 

A PERFECT STORM
The Wrong Woman Quartet: Book 4

by Jane Retzig
narrated by Anne Browne

Six months have passed since the events of ‘A Betrayal’.

Tracey and Mik’s Big Society Wedding is just ten days away.

Dani is banned from attending… Kate is dreading the hen party… And Jaiden is terrified that Saskia will be whisked away by persistent millionaire suitor Davros Pentacosta.

Meanwhile, Jamila and the National Crime Agency are closing in on Tony and Maria.

And a shock departure, a grisly discovery, and a looming proposal, are about to stir up all the right conditions for a ‘Perfect Storm’.



 

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Guest Post: Why being bullied at school made me want to share the stories that aren’t often heard by Jenn Matthews

Happy Friday!

Before I get to Jenn’s guest post, I want to mention there’s a Valentine’s sale occurring on I Heart Lesfic. Check out this page for the goodies.

Now the guest post by Ylva author Jenn Matthews. I had the chance to meet Jenn in person last summer. She’s very sweet, funny, and charming.

I’m absolutely thrilled she’s published her debut novel Hooked on You, which is available now on Ylva and you can preorder on Amazon.

Please welcome the fantastic Jenn Matthews.  

Why being bullied at school made me want to share the stories that aren’t often heard 

Hi. I’m Jenn. I like being different. I’m not different in the way some people are—I don’t wear strange clothes or have hundreds of piercings. Kudos to these people who have found their style. I wear pretty boring clothes (although I do change my hair a lot, it is currently bright pink!), and do reasonably boring things. I walk my dog, crochet endlessly, and work full time as a healthcare assistant in mental health. I have a cat too, who is determined to trip up my forever clumsy wife, who also works in healthcare. 

I was semi-popular until I was 14 years old, and we moved from Derbyshire (a countryside town in the middle of the UK) to Weston-super-Mare (a seaside town in the south-west), and suddenly I wasn’t funny or cool anymore. I had a different accent, I said different things. I refused to wear the clothes that were, apparently, cool: high heels and short shirts. I liked playing, being silly and making life interesting. 

So, yeah, I got bullied. I had four friends. People called me a freak and ganged up on me before PE. They wouldn’t let me in the gym. I used to stare at people to try to get them to shut up, but, strangely enough, this didn’t work. No one was interested in my story, no one listened. 

College was okay, I became a bit more popular. Being weird was a bit more accepted. But still, I was not in the popular gangs, and I still felt like an outsider. I still felt like people weren’t listening to me. 

University. Suddenly, there were people weirder than me! There were popular students, but they were pretty boring and the attention and respect was mostly directed at the people that were a bit different. I ended up thriving. I took part in groups, headed the cheerleading squad for the alternative rugby team (don’t ask), and was in a production of the Vagina Monologues for charity. I made people laugh in lectures and seminars. I even had a nickname. I was being listened to and my story was being heard. 

Recently, I looked back on my experience and decided, you know what, it’s the interesting stories that are the least frequently told. People on the fringes of society don’t get to talk about their lives, at least not in popular media. Therefore, I want to do it: tell interesting stories about people a little different, or perhaps really different. People with disabilities, people with illnesses, people with learning difficulties. People of different races, backgrounds, religions, classes. Different genders, sexualities, preferences. People that don’t want to tell their stories for fear of abuse or ridicule. People who are afraid. 

I’ve already started. My first book—Hooked On You—is about a woman with a long-term injury from the army. She, and the woman she woos, are in their fifties. The story also contains a character on the Autistic Spectrum. My second book—The Words Shimmer—is about a woman diagnosed with dyslexia later in life. My third book contains a romance that begins on a mental health ward, and depicts a whole range of mental health conditions via use of secondary characters. My plan is to include a woman of colour in book four, and a character with hearing difficulties. 

I want to tell these stories. I know people that are different. They rarely get their stories told. Therefore, I’m going to, and if you want to, feel free to join me for the ride.

HOOKED ON YOU

A quirky lesbian romance about love never being quite where you expect.

Anna’s life’s in a bit of a rut. As a teacher with two great kids and a boyfriend, she seems to have it all. Except…she’s bored as hell. Perhaps a new hobby’s in order? Something…crafty? Divorced mother and veteran Ollie has been through the wars, emotionally and physically. To relax, she runs a quirky crochet class in her London craft shop. She can’t help but notice the attractive, feisty new student. A shame Anna’s straight as an arrow.

But somewhere between the chain stitches, doubles and trebles, Ollie and Anna form a powerful connection they never expected.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Jenn Matthews lives in England’s South West with her wife, dog, and cat. When not working full-time as a health-care assistant at a mental health rehab unit, she can be found avidly gardening, crocheting, writing, or visiting National Trust properties. 

Inspired by life’s lessons and experiences, Jenn is a passionate advocate of people on the fringe of society. She hopes to explore and represent other “invisible people” with her upcoming novels.

 

CONNECT WITH JENN MATTHEWS

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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