New Lesfic Goodies: April 17th Edition

Check out all the new books, audiobooks, giveaways, and news.

 

NEW BOOKS

 

BY ANY OTHER NAME
by Natasha West

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romantic Comedy

The Whittakers and the Goodwins have been at each throats forever, tearing the small town of Bishop’s Crook right down the middle with their endless fights. But when Lane Whittaker and Casey Goodwin, the eldest daughters of the feuding families, meet for the first time, hate is the last thing on either of their minds. Because Lane and Casey find themselves madly attracted to one another. And even though they know all hell is about to break loose, they’re prepared to risk everything for a love that can’t be stopped; not by small town gossip, not by eccentric relatives, and certainly not by their last names.

An hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of ‘The Plus One’ and ‘Waiting for the Punchline’.

 

A CALL AWAY
by KC Richardson

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Sydney Carter is shocked to discover her maternal grandmother, a woman she had never met, just recently passed away and left Syd her farmhouse in Iowa. She has questions about her grandparents that she hopes to find the answers to while preparing the farm to sell.

Abigail Price, a neighbor of Syd’s grandmother, has lived on her grandmother’s farm in Iowa for most of her life, leaving only to promote her latest novel. In helping Syd find the answers she’s looking for, they develop a mutual attraction and deeper feelings for each other.

Syd has to return to her life in Chicago, but will Abby stay in Iowa, or will she give the big city, and love, a chance?

 

 

BLEND
by Georgia Beers

Release date: April 2018
Romance

When the widowed owner of the wine bar Vineyard decides she wants to take some time off and travel abroad, she leaves her business in the very capable hands of the two women she trusts most: Vineyard’s general manager, Lindsay, and her daughter, Piper.

For Lindsay Kent, Vineyard is her dream job. She’s thrilled when her boss leaves her in charge (well, half-charge),delete and tells her to feel free to make changes. Lindsay has tons of ideas that she’s been dying to put into action, and this is her big chance to increase the success of the business and prove she’s more than ready to run things solo. But getting the boss’s daughter on board is harder than expected. The uptight and annoyingly attractive Piper is blocking her every move.

For Piper Bradshaw, Vineyard is not her job. She already has one. She’s VP at a large tech company, and she’s damn good at it. Who cares if people say she’s a workaholic and an icy bitch? She didn’t get to the top by being prone to whims and experiments. She’s not happy when her mother suddenly decides to gallivant all over the country and furious that the family business has been left in the hands of the happy-go-lucky, born-a-generation-too-late hippie who manages it. Good thing Lindsay can’t make any changes unless they both agree, because Piper doesn’t intend to.

Lindsay and Piper are like night and day. Working together won’t be easy, but not falling in love might prove the hardest job of all.

 

LOOKING FOR MS RIGHT
by Jade Winters

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romance

Four friends, one quest. To find Ms Right…

Kemi’s standing on the precipice of her twenties, gazing at the horror of the big 3-0! Terrified that she will never meet ‘The One’, best friend Chloe has a plan that just might turn Kemi’s life around.

Chloe’s got her own problems, low on luck, she’s unceremoniously dumped by her partner of two years. Not broken, not jaded, she’s determined to get back into the dating game – no matter the cost. And there’s always a cost…
 

Laura, the incurable romantic is stuck in a loveless relationship with husband Mick. But her ailing marriage is about to be buried for good by an unexpected discovery. But this is a revelation that will drive her into the arms of the one she least expects.

Maddie has the 7 year itch and wants to get scratching. Wanting more from her stale relationship, she’s about to get just what she wishes when her girlfriend takes a surprising gamble – challenging her to leave and search for this illusive ‘Dream woman’. It’s an offer she can’t refuse.
Will the four friends really find ‘The One’?

 

 

PRIDE AND PORTERS
by Charlotte Greene

Release date: April 2018
Romance

For Erin and Jen Bennet, growing up in craft-beer-obsessed Colorado made opening Bennet Sisters Brewing their only dream. Their beer is popular, but like any small business, their brewery is never far from closing forever.

When Boston brewer Charlie Betters and his friend Darcy Fitzwilliam ask for their help, the Bennet sisters are happy for the attractive distractions. Life, after all, is more than making beer. Still, while Charlie and Jen seem to be made for each other, Darcy’s pretentiousness and her cruel remarks make a bad first impression.

Despite this, and almost against her will, Erin finds herself attracted to Darcy, but events out of their control result in a misunderstanding that might ruin the chances for love for both couples.

 

 

AT HER SERVICE
by Heidi Lowe

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romance

Twenty-two year old Erica Frost has a problem: she’s been accepted into one of the best drama schools in the world, but she’s just learned that her parents are broke! Luckily, all her tuition was put in a trust. Her living expenses, however, are another thing entirely.

With only two months to go before the course starts, she needs to earn money, and lots of it, fast. So when she sees an ad seeking an escort for a group of bored, rich housewives, it’s an offer she simply can’t refuse.

The job is the easy part. Keeping her emotions out of it might be a little trickier.

 

THE BOSS OF HER
by Julie Cannon, Aurora Rey, M. Ullrich

Release date: April 2018
Romance Novellas

Going to work never felt so good. Three office romance novellas from talented writers Julie Cannon, Aurora Rey, and M. Ullrich. In For Your Eyes Only by Julie Cannon: Dress for success takes on a very different meaning. CFO Riley Stephenson finds herself in a particularly difficult position when the stripper she’s fallen for shows up at her office―as her new employee.

In Lead Counsel by Aurora Rey: Attorney Elisa Gonzalez is happy working behind the scenes while still having time for a life. All that changes when her firm takes on a major case and Parker Jones, powerhouse litigator and her law school crush, is named lead counsel. In Opportunity of a Lifetime by M. Ullrich: Luca Garner is eager and hardworking, but her new boss is a total nightmare―snarky and uncooperative, not to mention an ice queen. VP Stephanie Austin doesn’t mean to be unkind, but the last thing she wants is an assistant getting under her skin, especially one who is as attractive as she is kind.

 

HIDING HEARTS
Appletree Swamp Romantic Escapade: Book 1
by R. E. Bradshaw

Release date: April 2018
Historical Romance

On March 21, 1865, the mayor of Goldsborough, (now spelled Goldsboro,) North Carolina, surrendered the town to General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops. It was the end of the Union Army’s march through the Confederacy, the deathblow that sealed the fate of the Southern insurrection.

Charlotte Bratcher, Lottie to friends and family, an eighteen-year-old farm girl from Wayne County, had no particular allegiance to the Southern cause. She is known as the best horse rider in the county. She and Big John, her horse, cause quite a stir, as a group of horse thieves have them both in their sights.

The Bratcher family, like most North Carolinians of the time, had no slaves and scraped a living from the land as best they could. The men in her family, conscripted into a war they did not believe in, soon lost the zeal young men have for living a war hero’s tale. These Tar Heels were forced to fight in a rich man’s war. By 1865, all Lottie and those like her wanted was an end to the bloodshed.

As the one hundred thousand plus Yankees spread over Wayne County like ants, Lottie and her family out in Bratcher Patch are just trying to survive. In addition to blue-coated warriors, desperate deserters, bummers, thieves, and the home patrol to deal with, Lottie is also coming to terms with a long held infatuation with Patrice Cole. Not knowing how to name her feelings for the dark-haired Miss Cole, Lottie does what she knows how to do, run. Charlotte Bratcher runs, but it’s straight into the arms of the woman she has dreamed about for years.

If you purchase the e-book from R. E. Bradshaw’s site, you’ll save $1. Click here.

 

BERLIN HUNGERS
by Justine Saracen

Release date: April 2018
Historical Romance

In the years after World War II, the alliance that saved Europe is breaking down as the Soviet Union and the West compete for control of Germany. When Russia blockades Berlin, everyone, it seems, is hungry: Russian soldiers for German women, the Soviet leaders for territory, the Berliners themselves for food. But the hardest hunger of all is between a Royal Air Force woman and the wife of a Luftwaffe pilot who helped set fire to half of London.

 

HUNGER FOR YOU
by Jenny Frame

Release date: April 2018
Paranormal Romance

Being Principe of an ancient vampire dynasty comes with difficult choices. For Byron Debrek that means putting the good of her clan and innocent mortals over her own desires. When she falls for the first woman to set her blood on fire in centuries, Byron must harden her heart and walk away.

For Amelia Honey, a suit designer at a Savile Row tailor, the six months spent with her first love were the most wonderful time of her life. Byron made her feel like a princess and awakened her darkest sexual desires. But then she disappeared, leaving her nothing but a first-class plane ticket and a broken heart.

When a dangerous enemy befriends Amelia, Byron is compelled to act. Will she be able to regain Amelia’s trust and protect her? Or will pain and anger drive Amelia into the hands of Byron’s enemies, and into the middle of a vampire war?

 

CHARMS & CLOUDS
Weather Witch: Book 2
by Emilia Spring

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Cozy Paranormal Mystery

The last thing Natalie Ethridge expected to do was to be hit by lightning – on purpose. Inheriting a cottage in Pine Lake was supposed to be the escape from her stressful life as a social worker. Instead, she’s taking witch lessons from her crazy, lightning-wielding grandmother, juggling guardianship of a sassy pre-teen, and taking over a pet shop, all while trying to get used to her super-loud, super-new family. Too bad she can’t clone herself.

Maybe there’s a spell for that?

When the head of the local Witch Council is found dead, and Natalie’s Grandma Marguerite is named the prime suspect, Natalie’s new-found family is in jeopardy. At the risk of losing everything she had just gained, Natalie takes it on herself to clear Marguerite’s name and find the real killer — if the real killer doesn’t find her first.

 

MERCY
Michelle Larkin

Release date: April 2018
Paranormal Romance / Intrigue & Thiller

FBI Special Agent Mercy Parker has never shied away from a difficult case. But finding and stopping the man who plans on single-handedly annihilating the human race—armed only with her 9mm, integrity, and sense of humor—is definitely not in her job description. Perhaps it’s time to ask for some help.

Psychic ex-profiler Piper Vasey keeps everyone at arm’s length, but Mercy’s wit and selfless dedication to the greater good slowly break down Piper’s defenses. As their attraction for one another grows, they’re joined by an unlikely team of extraordinary people. Together, they embark on a race against time to recover a journal, a dog, and a kidnapped girl with unique psychic abilities.

There’s a slim chance they’ll succeed in saving the human race, but will it be enough to restore the balance between unseen forces of light and darkness that have plagued humankind for centuries?

 

ROCKS AND STARS
by Sam Ledel

Release date: April 2018
Coming of Age Romance

For Kyle Lindsay, life is simple. She comes from the ideal suburban family—two hardworking parents, a geeky younger brother, and a supportive best friend. But everything changes when Kyle starts having those kind of thoughts about her soccer teammate.

Things don’t get any easier when college starts and she heads off to play for a Division I squad. Figuring out how to pass her classes is one thing. Figuring out herself and the other girls on her team, a whole other ball game.

Kyle’s struggle to own who she is and what she really wants may end up landing her on the bench and without the woman of her dreams.

 

HAMMERSMITH
Michelle Grubb

Release date: April 2018
Crime & Mystery

Officer Belinda Riley knew the signs of a suicide bomber, but this time she was blind to the obvious. This time she didn’t want to believe what was right in front of her eyes.

Hammersmith was previously published in Girls With Guns: Three Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2016).

 

THE DEEP END
by Ellie Hart

Release date: April 2018
Crime & Mystery

Local veterinarian Dr. Giselle Cutler’s world revolves around her profession and Marta, the woman she loves. She’s confident both will always be there to support her, until her cell phone rings in the middle of the night and her once-stable world begins to spin out of control. Her sister Tiffani is missing, and all fingers point to fifteen-year-old Leif, Giselle’s nephew. Life as she knows it is fading fast, and with it, the security that family provides. As the true nature of each relationship is revealed, Giselle begins to doubt her ability to keep―and deserve―a lasting partnership. But Marta’s not giving up, and her support is the lifeline that keeps Giselle from toppling over the edge as they confront the dangers and dark secrets behind Tiffani’s disappearance.

 

 

LIVING TWO LIVES
by Erin Wade

Release date: April 2018
Action and Adventure

In the literary world, she was flamboyant, sexy-as-hell Darcy Lake wildly successful lesbian author. In the real world she was…well, she was something else entirely.

Jules Divine had nursed a crush on lesbian author Darcy Lake from the first moment she saw the author’s photo. Beautiful, charismatic and elusive, Lake was coveted by millions, but known by few. Was she what she appeared to be or a well-crafted promoter’s ultimate success.

Jules weaves her way through the maze of the ruthless literary world to uncover murders and liars. Her life would never be the same after spending a weekend with Darcy Lake.

 

WILD MAGIC
The Veil Chronicles: Book 1
by May Dawney

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Urban Paranormal Fantasy

It only takes one to upset the balance of magic.

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

Ania Zaleska lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland’s second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She’s dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania’s wild magic under control.

Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

 

THE TEMPEST
by JM Dragon

Release date: April 2018
Science Fiction

Doctor Alana Cameron has dedicated her life to working on the family legacy a transportation device which will change the world for everyone called Tempest. Tragedy has dogged the project over the years taking her parent’s lives and leaving her with the only option to keep it alive. Military intervention.

Super soldier Major Denise Trantor who loyally defends Earth in any way possible finds herself drawn into the Tempest program. Because of her military training emotional bonding is not in her remit although she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Alana.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

FIRST LOVE
by C. J. Harte
narrated by Melissa Sternenberg

Jordan Thompson was brought up to believe and trust what her parents taught her: their strong but conservative values. As the daughter of the president of the United States, she especially feels the burden of living up to her parents’ standards.

Drew Hamilton is putting her rodeo career on hold to purse a medical degree. One day she hopes to return to Wyoming to practice family medicine and ranch. She’s worked hard to pay for school and doesn’t have time for romance, especially with curious straight females. When Jordan hires her as a tutor, Drew finds she is learning more about life than she planned. Jordan is learning more than academics. She’s learning about love. But with their very different backgrounds and families, they may not survive the stresses of a first love.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

TANGLE
by Em Stevens
narrated by Madeline Grace

Kensi Carlton thought she was happy. She had a career, a long term girlfriend, and the hair she’s been growing out since she was a young girl. But a betrayal sends her reeling into an existential crisis and, needing fast and ferocious change, she decides to cut it all out.

Tess Upton is good at her job. It isn’t just that she’s an expert stylist. She’s also a dedicated listener, experienced at hearing her client’s desires and gently guiding them toward the needed shifts in their lives. She’s not comfortable, however, with talking about her own needs– and she’s deathly afraid of change.

When Kensi asks Tess to cut off all her hair, it isn’t just a hair cut. It’s a fresh start for both of them. But when their pasts keep tangling with the present, can they still hope for a future together?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

 

 

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

Ends on April 19th

 

FREE TO LOVE Ends on April 19th

 

THE PROMISE Ends on April 21st

 

TINTED CHAPSTICK Ends on April 24th

 

ALI SPOONER’S COLLECTION Ends on April 25th

 

TRUSTING HEARTS Ends on April 25th

 

WILDSKY Ends on April 27th

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS Ends on May 2nd

 

 


 

THE LESBIAN AND BI WOMEN
FICTION QUESTIONNAIRE

A message from A. E. Radley

Last year I conducted a survey of readers of lesbian and bi-women fiction. I did this to take a snapshot of our readership and try to see what we as authors and publishers were doing right, and where we could improve.

Over 250 people responded and a lot of very interesting information was gathered. This has been freely available to all authors and publishers on my website. (http://aeradley.com/lesbian-and-bi-women-fiction-questionnaire-results-2017/)

I have spoken to many authors who found the information useful and have made changes as a direct result of the survey results.

This year, I’m running the survey again. I’m hoping, if possible, to get an even higher number of people responding. Obviously, the more people who fill out the survey, the more accurate the overall results are.

The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete and all data is anonymous. Questions range from pricing to purchasing and marketing to editing.

Survey link: https://goo.gl/forms/BKM0fva327cTemg83


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Guest Post: IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST by May Dawney

Happy Monday!

May Dawney is here.

She’s giving away one signed copy of Survival Instincts. More details are below.

Please welcome May Dawney.

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST

When I started writing, a well-known author in the genre told me that contemporary romance sells best in lesfic. That the two terms are practically equated. She was right, of course, and I understand why. There is something beautiful about falling in love with a new person in every book.

When I heard the advice, I panicked just a wee bit. I didn’t want to write romance! Gay ladies, sure! Gay ladies being gay ladies together, sure! But romance? I hardly even read romance; I grew up on hard sci-fi where the only mention of romance was a hint on the final page of the book.

How the heck was I going to write “A Romance”?

Well, it turns out I didn’t. Survival Instincts is a story about trust and human connection, about overcoming fear and pain with the help of another person. I think, but you’d have to ask the readers if they agree, I wrote a story about self-love more than a romance, and I think that’s why main character Lynn resonates with so many people.

For those who haven’t read it, “Survival instinct” is a two week peek into the life of Lynn, a woman who is used to living alone in the urban wilderness established after a long-forgotten war. She only cares about four things: getting enough food, enough water, enough safe rest, and enough warmth to stay alive. Most days, she misses out on at least one of the four. Lynn is extremely underequipped to deal with the intricacies of social interaction, let alone romantic love, so when she meets other people—when she meets and falls for Dani—her life is turned up-side down. What follows is a battle with herself and the world around her to let go of the patterns that have kept her alive all these years and trust that this great leap of faith won’t kill her.

I describe Survival Instincts as a “trust story.” In dystopia, if you’re going to take a risk on love with anyone, you have to trust them with your life—literally. Even in today’s world trust, and the bravery to trust, are becoming harder to come by. I think trust is underrated. Everyone talks about love, but love is chemistry. The hard part comes after the dopamine floods your brain: will you or won’t you allow yourself to be in love. Do you trust this person enough to expose yourself? And, especially in Lynn’s case, can you be selfless enough to accept responsibility over the life of another?

Lynn’s world is a harsh one, but in many ways, so is ours. Even if you don’t like post-apocalyptic sci-fi as a genre, it’s easy to connect with the need for the comfort another person can provide when you’re struggling to make it through the days alone.

It’s my hope as an author that once you finish Survival Instincts, you’ll think about all the decisions you’ve been too afraid to make and you’ll choose the option that is the most terrifying. I believe the odds are good that that’s the option that will make you happiest…even if it’s a leap of faith.

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
by May Dawney

Release date: March 21, 2018
Dystopian

Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

When I was a child, my father read Asimov and Zelazny to me. As a teenager, I gravitated toward the likes of China Mieville, Charles Stross, and Tad Williams because they wrote jaw-dropping, gear-turning science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult novels.

I create worlds that surpass the reality of our own; places where miracles are rooted in the logic of the supernatural or divine. My characters experience what remains of a person when circumstances strip away all they thought they were. Through them, I allow my readers to explore what it means to be human when humanity is no longer a given.

I write the stories I wish my father would’ve been able to read to me: riveting tales with a kick-ass heroine who happens to be gay. To the amazing and developing body of lesbian fiction, I want to add the weird, the gritty, and the uncomfortable. My love stories are messy, chaotic, glorious experiences that add flavor to the plot but which are not the plot itself—just like it is in life. To the mainstream body of work within the genres I write, I want to add stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse—either global or personal.

 

CONNECT WITH MAY DAWNEY

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GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a signed copy of

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS

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Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Guest Post: Into the Wild by Magnolia Robbins

Happy Friday!

Magnolia Robbins is here.

She’s giving away 3 e-copies of Wildsky to 3 lucky winners.

Please welcome Magnolia Robbins.

Into the Wild

I’ve always loved the outdoors. As a kid, I lived in the suburbs of a small town on the outskirts of a small city. Even still, you’d find me most weeknights pretending I was an adventurer with my friends out in the woods that lined our property. We’d fish for minnows, make forts out of sticks and leaves and climb any number of trees.

On the weekends I’d go forty miles outside of town to stay at my grandpa’s farm. He had me doing everything from milking cows and gathering chicken eggs, to bailing hay, fishing for bluegill, and helping to manage a multi-acre garden.

Every month my dad and I would go camping at a new place. He taught us how to track animal footprints, build a tent and a fire, and climb up mountains and through forests. You name it. I never needed girl scouts with the amount of knowledge I’d learned from my family growing up.

Even still, nothing would prepare me for my first trip to the Canadian wilderness. The first trip I ever made, three months of a summer during my high school, was the inspiration for my latest novel Wildsky.

I was a teenager then, going through a bout of severe depression that I couldn’t shake. My dad had just remarried and I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t the least bit happy about it when it happened. I barely knew this woman, who was adamant about wanting to be my step-mom. Then suddenly I was scooped up at the end of a school year and told I’d be spending the summer in the middle of nowhere in British Columbia. With a family of nearly fifty people I’d never met, in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

The argument I had with my dad about it still fresh in my mind. But I’m glad I lost the fight, because that summer changed my life.

The Canadian Rockies as you fly to Grand Prairie

Traveling to Canada from the East Coast is an all-day affair. I’d never been out of the country before and it was only the second time I’d flown alone. I traveled to three different airports, flew on my first propeller plane, and ended up in a tiny town called Grand Prairie, in Alberta. From there, it was a three hour drive to the small town I’d spend the next few months in.

Chetwynd, British Columbia, is a city nestled between mountains and rolling hills of forests, in a small valley. It houses just a few thousand people. When I first visited, there was one stoplight in the center of town. Now, nearly two decades later, there is a grand total of two. Outside of a small grocery and a few mom-and-pop convenience stores, there’s not a lot there. I remember arriving and thinking, what the hell did I get myself into?

It only took a couple days before I realized it was the best decision I’ve ever made. The first night I slept in a tent, after not having been in one since I was a kid. There’s hardly any light pollution in northern Canada and once it got completely dark out, I could see the Northern Lights for the first time in my life. I didn’t sleep that night.

When I met my relatives over the next few days, I was in awe. I’d always thought I was such an “adventure girl” growing up, getting to do all these things. My cousins and aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews were an entirely different story. They’d built nearly everything they had themselves. They knew how to fish and hunt and trap and track. Some of them had faced bears and coyotes and other animals and lived to tell the tale. Everything they ate was things they’d grown or caught.

The totem poles that are famous in Chetwynd (and me, being..well.. me).

It was about a week into my trip when I first met the next door neighbor who would become my inspiration for the character Shiloh in Wildsky. Sam was a young woman, just a few years older than me, who worked as a carpenter in town. The first time I met her, she was repairing the roof on her log cabin. A cabin she’d built nearly all by herself over the course of a few months. I was fascinated by everything about her. She taught me so much in three months. Things I would have never learned without her. I still believe to this day that my friendship with her was a big reason I was able to get over the depression that had plagued me.

Unlike Shiloh and Grace, my characters in Wildsky, no relationship bloomed from my friendship with Sam. I still am grateful for meeting her and that she’s a part of my life. Every summer, we still meet up to go fly-fishing and camping together. I still make that three hour journey to that tiny town in Canada and it is almost always one of the best parts of my year.

My new novel Wildsky was my attempt to bring the adventure of being in the middle of the wildlands in Canada and a life-changing friendship-to-romance together. Much of the setting and many of the events that happened in the book were based on true things. I’m really excited to share the story with you.

WILDSKY
by Magnolia Robbins

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 5, 2018
Romance

Grace Allen had always been a big fish growing up in a very small pond. Of course, just about any place was bigger than her tiny town of Chetwynd, nestled in the wildlands of northern Canada. So when she left to attend college in the states six years ago, she thought she’d never look back. That was until a terrifying breakdown brought her overly ambitious life crumbling down around her.

Shiloh Pierce had always embraced her small town in Canada, with no intention of ever leaving. A quiet cabin and living off the land was all she really needed. Except six years ago her best friend and the love of her life moved thousands of miles away, leaving a gaping hole that she was unable to fill and throwing her entire world off of its axis.

When a damaged and broken Grace finds herself back in Canada over a half decade later, she too finds herself face-to-face with a friendship and a love story that had never quite finished. As Grace begins to reacquaint herself with Chetwynd, she too begins to rebuild her tarnished relationship with Shiloh. Together, the two begin to discover what they’ve really been missing in their lives, and that maybe they can help each other overcome their complicated pasts after all.


MEET THE AUTHOR

Magnolia Robbins is a thirty-something who lives with her partner-in-crime on the west coast of the US. Maggie enjoys writing about all sorts of fun and interesting women. When she’s not off on adventures in crazy worlds she makes up in her mind, there is almost always a cup of coffee or a book in her hands. Sometimes both.  

 

CONNECT WITH MAGNOLIA ROBBINS

Twitter / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

WILDSKY

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

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Guest Post: The San Francisco Mystery Series by Alexi Venice

Happy Monday!

Today I’m thrilled to host lesfic mystery author Alexi Venice.

She’s giving away 4 copies of Tinted Chapstick, the latest in the San Francisco mystery series. More details are below.

Here’s, Alexi.

I want to thank the talented author and editor of I Heart Lesfic, T.B. Markinson, for hosting such a great website and newsletter to spread the word about lesbian fiction and events. Thanks for inviting me to do a guest post, T.B.!

Today’s post highlights The San Francisco Mystery Series: Bourbon Chase, Amanda’s Dragonfly, Stabscotch and Tinted Chapstick (new release). You can read them in any order. Jump in wherever. These aren’t the dry murder mysteries that your parents read. These are hot and steamy mysteries with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

I love writing a lesbian murder mystery series because the conflict is clear—catch the killer. The stakes are high—lives are at risk. And, the emotions can run even higher among the core group of characters who drive this series: Dr. Jen Dawson—an emergency room physician; District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne—a tough prosecutor; and Detective Tommy Vietti—a romantic Italian who solves homicides quicker than anyone else in the SFPD.

These mysteries are full of romance, so when I write a love scene, I want it to be vivid, sensuous and intensely erotic. A heart-pounding experience that gets the reader’s blood flowing. As such, my choice of terminology for a love scene is crucial. Is the sex delicate and slow or desperate and rushed?

For example, men have dozens of names for their you-know-what. You see these slang terms used in books all the time.

However, after reading tons of lesbian fiction, I found two words used so much that I felt they drained creativity from the sex scenes. I thought, “We can do better, ladies. And, why shouldn’t we?!”

After playing around a bit, my creative team and I invented, and assembled, some fun words for that oh-so-special-place. Contemporary gems that I can’t list here. (Don’t get me wrong, I still use salt and pepper, but I like other spices, too.) I have the privilege of creating an intimate experience that’s the climax of two women celebrating their love and bodies. I want each encounter to be unique and special, so I’m as intentional about word choice as I am about mood, place, touch and pace.

Nestled among the murder mysteries, Tinted Chapstick is an introspective romance from Dr. Jen’s perspective. She’s presented with some tempting, but gut-wrenching, choices. As she explores her chemistry with three potential lovers, she learns as much about herself as she does about them. She can’t help it if she likes pretty women, can she? But she also likes to glam up once in a while herself. Hmm. Would it be appropriate to label her? Is she even capable of being labeled? After sampling a few bites, the time comes for Jen to decide on dessert.

I love Jen’s perspective because I get to write about her being a mother (drawing from my own experience), a caring physician (using twists on stories from my career), an athlete (which I work at every day), and her struggle with her identity and new journey as a lesbian (which endears her to me).

I originally thought that Amanda, the other female lead in this series, was going to be easier to write about because she’s a lawyer (like me) and she struggles with addictive and manipulative tendencies (with which I can too easily identify). Amanda comes off as a ruthless trial attorney who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. But, when it comes to matters of the heart, she’s powerless over her feelings for Jen. She may have a long list of old girlfriends—and a weakness for powerful women—but there’s something about Jen that makes Amanda want to settle down.

We can’t leave out Detective Tommy. He’s an important part of Jen and Amanda’s lives. The third book in the series, Stabscotch, is from Tommy’s point of view. (Don’t write it off so quickly, ladies.) In it, we learn what he really thinks about Jen and Amanda. Just when they’ve figured out their triangular vibe, a third woman enters the fray—the secretive and mysterious Roxy McNeil—creating romantic tensions between Amanda and Jen. Stabscotch is full of naughty seduction and drama that you won’t want to miss.

I hope you enjoy reading Tinted Chapstick, and the other books in The San Francisco Mystery Series, as much as I did writing them.

 

TINTED CHAPSTICK
San Francisco Mystery Series:
Book 4
by Alexi Venice

Release date: March 15, 2018
Romantic Suspense

A suspenseful romance nestled in The San Francisco Mystery Series.

Temporarily living with Detective Tommy Vietti, Dr. Jen Dawson is frustrated with her love life. She’s interested in someone at the CrossFit box, but wonders why she keeps thinking about her ex-lover, District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne, while cultivating a relationship with the CrossFit goddess.

As Jen works through her conflicted feelings, she also must manage the expectations of her irritated boss-Dr. Melissa Cohen-and the daily drama served up by angry patients, wild animals and confidential information made public at the Cohen Clinic.

Even worse, Jen is asked by Amanda’s campaign manager to defend Amanda after her HEA-hellish ending to an affair-with Roxy. Jen will be damned before she’ll turn into the abused political wife, standing by “her woman” after Amanda fooled around on her. Yet, with just a short TV interview, Jen could clear up a mischaracterization of Amanda….

And, why won’t Roxy MacNeil, the Scottish MI-6 agent, leave San Francisco? Why must she continue working at the Hall of Justice, so close to Amanda?

To make matters worse, Tommy expresses his true feelings to Jen late one night, upsetting the emotional equilibrium in their co-parenting relationship.

Jen has been patient with Tommy, Amanda and Roxy’s dangerous jobs-and the way they bleed into her clinic and home life-but when all hell breaks loose, she’s forced to make some tough choices.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Writer * Dog Lover * Shameless Blogger * Biker * Water Enthusiast

Venice delights in offering readers the chance to escape the absurdities of reality for the sanity of fiction. Her San Francisco Mystery Series features a unique and tender triangle among Jen, Amanda and Tommy, who are as committed to each other as they are to solving murders.

Venice is a writer and attorney. Her exciting, 29-year legal career informs much of her writing, especially the medical murder mysteries.

Venice personally researches many of the scenes in her books, including flying a jet, shooting fancy handguns named “Dragonfly,” wake-boarding in the Caribbean, walking in the Dyke March in San Francisco, testing her strength at Cross Fit, and getting the crap beat out of her boxing.

Venice, who used to live near San Francisco, now spends most of her time in Wisconsin. During the summer, she can be found water skiing with her girlfriends in the “Hot Mama Water Ski Club.”

If you need a laugh or a reality check, hit up Venice’s blog at www.alexiveniceblog.com.

 

CONNECT WITH ALEXI VENICE

Facebook / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

TINTED CHAPSTICK

Four winners will receive an e-copy of the novel.

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Interview with Claire Highton-Stevenson author of The Promise

Claire Highton-Stevenson is here. Woot!

She’s giving away a signed copy The Promise to one lucky winner. More details are below.

Please welcome Claire Highton-Stevenson.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

You are very welcome, this is all quite exciting for me… I have only ever been interviewed for a job before! haha

Where were you born and how did you end up in West Sussex?

Well, I was born in London…I should say that’s South London, because it’s the best bit haha but I haven’t lived there for almost twenty years now. Firstly, moving to Kent and then when the commute became ridiculous and I met the woman I would later marry, West Sussex became home. We love it here, we live right between London, Brighton and Gatwick, So its perfect for all kinds of exploits.

Tell us about working for the National Blood Service. What is it and what role did you fill?

So, the NBS is part of the NHS and deals specifically with the collection and delivery of blood here in the UK. My job as a driver was to either collect blood from donor sessions and bringing it back for testing. Then it would be allocated to hospitals around the south-east (sometimes further afield) and we would deliver it. On many an occasion though, it could be an emergency delivery with blues and twos. Never a dull moment really and a job I really enjoyed.

Are any of the characters you’ve created anything like you?

I guess for many authors we all leave an imprint of ourselves within our characters. I don’t deliberately set out to, but I know when my friends have read my books they will often comment that something reminded them of me…

How did you break your leg and how did the unfortunate incident impact your writing career?

Oh gosh, breaking my leg had a huge impact really. Firstly, id never been in hospital for anything more than a sprain before so it was a big deal to have to go through an operation. Though, I was impressed I had managed to get to 40 before needing one! But, I was doing a good deed, helping a friend deliver leaflets for her business and I simply slipped on some ice. The leg that didn’t slip, broke. I had a compound fracture to the fibula and my ankle dislocated. So, now its all held together with pins and plates.

I was off work for nearly 6 months and it gave me time to really start writing a lot. And it has given me the basic first drafts of a lot of stories to work on and maybe publish sometime in the future. It also meant that driving for long periods became painful and I had to make a decision. My wife was hugely supportive and has backed me the entire way with my writing.

I hear you’re an award-winning photographer. Tell us about the award and did anything interesting happen the night of the ceremony.

Haha Yes!! I like to tell people that. To be fair, it was just a local competition, but it was the first one I had entered and I won! So, I am quite proud of it. They had this huge awards ceremony…(about 50 people turned up! Haha) and I had to go and collect my award, but I was still in a cast, so my cousin had lent me a mobility scooter…so there I was on my little scooter collecting my award.

This was the same scooter that my friends insisted would be fantastic to use so I could go with them on a walk, until the battery died and they had to push me back to the car!!

What aspects of LA do you like and why have you set most of your books there?

So, originally, I set OUT in LA simply because of the Hollywood aspect of Michelle’s career and then, it just seemed like a whole universe of characters developed in my head, so I went with it.

I have a lot of friends in LA that I met via the Rizzoli & Isles show. We spent three weeks there in 2016 and had such a fantastic time. Its very eclectic, whatever you’re into, you can find it there. All my ideas about what it would be like went out of the window instantly. And its SUNNY!!! And has a beach!! I just love it…

Tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write it.

The Promise is about a couple, Ali and Susan Jenkins and they are very much in love and planning their future together. That is until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The story takes us through their journey together and then onto Ali’s journey as she strives to try and move forward. But before she dies, Susan gets Ali to make her a promise, that one day she will open her heart again and let someone else in.

In 1999, my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. He was 49 when he died and my mum never got over it. So, I kind of wanted to write a story of what if? How many other people out there lose a loved one like that? And could they move on and find love again?

Are you attending Ellcon this year and please tell readers who haven’t heard about it yet, what it is?

Yes! Oh I can’t wait, though I am a little nervous because I am intrinsically shy, which I hide well behind being fantastically funny! 😉 So, EllCon is the European Lesbian Literature Convention… Its going to be like a huge Lesfic festival of women talking about books… Glastonbury will have nothing on ELLCon! If you don’t have your ticket yet… get one! Don’t miss out on meeting so many fabulous authors, panels and dare I say… coffee!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Lied to my wife… for a good cause!! Haha, it was her birthday recently and she’s had a rough time of things with one thing and another and so, I thought maybe a surprise party would be fun…and that meant a lot of fibbing in order to get her out of the house for the day while our friends came around and set everything up. It was a great night.

What type of movies/stories do you hate and why? And what’s your all-time favorite book?

I don’t watch anything with animals in it. Dumbo, ET, Bambi… none of it… At school in the UK, when it rains at playtime, they make you watch a video in the hall… it was always The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or, Watership Down!! I was traumatized… I used to cry my eyes out. And don’t get me started about Lassie!!!

But, my most favorite book is The Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. I just loved how they always got one over the farmers.

Would you consider yourself an honest person?

Haha yes, unless I am organising a surprise! My honesty can get me into trouble at times because I really struggle to lie. Honesty is a really huge thing to me. I think, if someone can lie to you about silly stupid things then they can do it with the big things. Its one thing telling fibs to do something nice for someone, but outright lying for the sake of it… that’s not a trait I like in a friend.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

Thank you for having me, its been fun! And wasn’t half as scary as I thought it might be! Haha

 

THE PROMISE
by Claire Highton-Stevenson

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 8, 2018
Romance

Ali and Susan Jenkins have it all. Their life together is mapped out on a one-way path to happiness, that is until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ali refuses to accept it – her world is shattered.

Susan’s last act of love is to make her wife promise that one day she will open her heart again and let somebody else love her.

But will Ali keep her promise?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Claire Highton-Stevenson is the author of OUT: A Cam Thomas Story, Next: A Cam Thomas Story and, The Promise. She is currently working on her next stand alone and will also be finishing the third installment to the Cam Thomas Serial.

She can be found this summer at Brighton Pride and ELLCon before celebrating her 45th birthday with cocktails, hopefully on a beach somewhere!

 

CONNECT WITH CLAIRE HIGHTON-STEVENSON

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a signed copy of:

THE PROMISE

 

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

Have a fab weekend!

 

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Guest Post: Yes, you do by Mercedes Lewis

Regal Crest author Mercedes Lewis is here to chat about poetry. 

She’s giving away 3 copies of Glimpses of a Fractured Soul to 3 lucky winners. More details are below.

Please welcome Mercedes Lewis.

Yes, you do.

Poetry … and the room goes silent! Not in anticipation, but in dread perhaps of what might come next.To lighten to mood, and make it less scary for them, I joke, and tell them, “Not really, it is a book of very, VERY short stories, with a beginning, a middle, and an end,  … but it is called poetry”.

When I tell most people I write poetry, and their immediate response is, “I don’t read poetry”, or “I don’t like poetry”, I am saddened. Not because they won’t give my work a chance, well, that too, but more so, because of how bland their lives must be!

Do they not listen to music? ALL music is poetry. Yes, even instrumental music, with its flow, and its movement. Have they never taken a walk in nature, and listened to the silence? Or, the birds chirping, the wind blowing, the water flowing, the bees humming and flitting from one flower to the next? Or, even the flowers and trees themselves rustling and moaning to the breeze or stillness?

Have they never sat in silence and darkness, and listened to the mechanics of their own body? Have they not heard the sounds of the city, its cars, the horns, the lights changing, the sirens, the buzz and hum of thousands of people, living their lives?

Greater sadness, have they never conversed with another person? The ebb and flow of conversation, the emotion, the timbre?

And, the greatest sadness, have they never heard the unfettered, uninhibited joy in the laughter of a child?

Even those without the gift of sight and/or sound know and appreciate poetry. Just look to Beethoven, Helen Keller, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few.

Poetry ‘meets you where you are’. What do I mean by that? If you are queer, the poetry is queer, if you are lesbian, so is the poetry, if you are a survivor, find it in the poetry. The simplest, and some of the most complex poetry can be read and understood immediately. But when reread, and pondered, can mean or address so much more. Take for instance, my poem For All of Us. It is simple, it rhymes(don’t even get me started about that, lol), and it makes you laugh(hopefully). But, a closer look reveals that it deals with myriad complex issues such as: relationships, how we approach aging, the changes in our bodies and minds, forgetfulness, and things we ALL go through as we age. These same thoughts could have been conveyed in a thesis, or, in a haiku. These same thoughts could be expressed in an almost incomprehensible medical journal, or, a convoluted legal or government document. Me? I try to help you find the simplicity and humor of it all.

Voltaire is quoted as saying, “Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls”

So, yes, when someone tells me they don’t read, or like poetry, it makes me a little sad, and I want to respond, “Yes, you do.”

 

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

We are three parts; body, spirit, and soul. Emotion, which echoes all of our parts, is a multifaceted, multicoloured palette of feelings, a kaleidoscope of colors from the palest of white, to the deepest, darkest of black, and everything in between, all formed by three primary colors.

We use words to express ourselves. Poetry does so in a succinct, no-holds-barred fashion, using words as color to paint our joy, our pain, our BEING. Sometimes, we get glimpses of colors not usually shared.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Mercedes Lewis is retired military, and now writes for Regal Crest Enterprises. Mercedes has work in three anthologies, and one standalone book of poetry. She hopes to write novels, and  is considering returning to school to improve her craft. Mercedes encourages everyone to check out the diverse anthology Our Happy Hours, a concept prompted by the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, and curated by Renee Bess and Lee Lynch. Proceeds from the anthology benefit the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia and Ali Forney Center in New York City, both of which assist homeless LGBTQ youth.

 

 

CONNECT WITH MERCEDES LEWIS

Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Guest Post: Knowing Elizabeth and Knowing Katharine by Q. Kelly

I’m thrilled to welcome Q. Kelly to I Heart Lesfic.

She’s giving away 3 copies of Knowing Katharine to 3 lucky winners. More details are below.

Please welcome Q. Kelly.

Knowing Elizabeth and Knowing Katharine

Love them, hate them or don’t care about them, odds are you know who the queen of England and her family members are. To name a sprinkling, there’s Philip, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry (and soon, Meghan).

The British royals have always been good people to speculate and gossip about. But what do we really know about them? It depends. For example, we know quite a bit about Charles’s views and to some degree, William’s and Harry’s. But what about Elizabeth herself? The queen is perhaps the most famous woman in the world, yet we know precious little about her as a person. She’s not supposed to reveal her political leanings or to express strong preferences for many things, lest she offend someone.

We do know that she loves horses and dogs. She loves saving money, and she may prioritize country over family (for example, forbidding her sister Margaret to marry a divorced man. Elizabeth is also allegedly reluctant to give up the crown like other European monarchs do because of the abdication scandal that threw her life into upheaval when she was a girl).

Only earlier this year did she give her first media interview. If you watch the Netflix show The Crown, you may even notice that while characters such as Philip are fleshed out well, the queen remains largely self-contained (I’m not sure if producers are hesitant to take artistic guesses while she is alive or if this is, more or less, how she was).

I’ve wondered sometimes if it’s possible for anyone to truly know the queen. Probably not. Heck, we don’t ever truly know most of the people in our lives, but with the queen, we have even less information to go on.

That’s kind of how I approached the novel Knowing Katharine. Here we have the heir to the British throne, who is 20 and in her junior year at Purcell College in Maine (a fictional college). For her as it is for many others, being a high-ranking royal makes for a lonely life. It’s compounded in her case because she’s struggling with her sexuality. She knows that being heir/queen and an out lesbian isn’t possible without throwing Britain into a tailspin.

For sure, the royal family is way behind when it comes to social norms. For example, a reigning king and queen might not be able to divorce. It’s not really been tested except for the Henry VIII “experiments,” and that led to a new religion and the killings of innocent women and men. It was a struggle for Charles, heir to the throne, and Diana to divorce, although divorce is more acceptable the lower down the line you go and has become tolerable only fairly recently. Queen Elizabeth’s uncle had to give up his throne because he wanted to marry a divorced woman, and the people who mattered in Britain wouldn’t have it.

Also, Prince Harry is soon to marry a biracial woman, Meghan Markle, and that’s gotten its share of criticism too. Can you imagine if he was the heir?

Being a royal could be glamorous and fun if you didn’t have disabilities, if you happened to be 100 percent straight and were lucky enough to find a socially acceptable person to fall head over heels in love with and build the perfect marriage and family with and so on and so on…

Back to Knowing Katharine. The novel is told from several points of view, largely those of Katharine’s love interests (or potential love interests) in addition to her mother, the queen consort Amalia. Each person has something different to contribute to the puzzle of, “Who is this young woman set to rule England one day?” but they’re all looking in from the outside. Just as we are with Elizabeth. It’s entirely possible that growing up with such a regimented lifestyle, many royals have a limited understanding of who they truly are.

One of the Amazon reviews on the book summarizes what I was hoping to convey:

I have mixed feelings about this book. Here’s why.

The main character, Katherine, the 21-year old crown princess and future queen of England, is desperately lonely even when surrounded by many, many people. The guards, servants, and suck-ups that are constantly present do not fill the emptiness of her life. And, she’s hiding a secret – she’s a lesbian.

Her parents, the king and queen, want her to be straight. Insist that she is straight. Demand that she is straight and marry an appropriate man with whom she will produce heirs to the throne. Duty over personal interests and happiness.

What this leaves is a well-told story that is both quirky and hauntingly sad (because of Katherine’s interpersonal struggles and mind-numbing isolation). As readers, we stand outside of Katherine’s life and gawk just as everyone else.

A thought provoking read that will leave your heart just a bit empty.

Being a royal isn’t all glamour and glitz, but the tide does seem to be changing. If there are any current or future kings or queens who are gay, they hopefully can come out and be themselves in relative peace.

Knowing Katharine is the first book in a three-book series (a fourth may come out sometime, no promises). In the second book, Loving Katharine, we do get to read from Katharine’s perspective some, and as she grows older and more confident, she comes to embrace her role and take true joy in it. I think that Elizabeth, too, loves being queen in her own way. She lives to serve her people. She willingly and happily makes the sacrifices she has to, even at the personal cost it requires. (The third book is titled Marrying Emma.)

Katharine, this young woman at Purcell College across the pond from Britain, has a big choice to make. Come out of the closet and be true to herself, or stay in the closet and find an unique path to happiness if such a thing is possible? Good thing she has at least one special woman in her life who puts Katharine first before Britain.

 

KNOWING KATHARINE

 

Tessa Donovan is a New York City cop tired of pounding the streets, tired of the long hours, tired of the wrecked relationship with the woman she used to love. So, when Cliff Sandings with the Royal Protection Command approaches her for a job opportunity, she jumps at the chance.

Her task: going deep undercover, including a new name, to protect Britain’s Katharine Anne Elizabeth Amalia, heir to the throne. Katharine is entering her junior year at Purcell College in Maine. She won’t let a near-successful assassination attempt deter her plans to live as normally as possible.

Tessa (undercover name Trisha) moves into a dorm room near Katharine’s, and the security officer quickly learns that protecting Katharine is tricky. Not necessarily because of physical threats but because lust gets in the way. Plus there is the fact that Katharine is poised to be the future queen of England, and an out lesbian relationship with her is all but impossible. There’s also another lesbian in the picture, the persistent Joyce Thomas, and Trisha can’t help but be drawn to her too.

Will Trisha succeed in getting to know the true Katharine, or will it be one of the other women in Katharine’s life? Does anyone truly get to know her?

And what about the woman who fantasizes about ending the lives of Katharine and her father, the king?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Fact One: I like corny jokes. If you have any good ones, send them my way!

Fact Two: My favorite color is purple, but my writing is gray. Life is not black and white. I often write about issues and characters where there is no “right” answer.

Fact Three: I’m weird. I like being weird.

Yeah, that’s me in a nutshell. If I was small enough to fit in a nutshell, anyway.

I’m a writer. I have a bunch of books out and lots more to come (I hope). Most recently, “Wicked Things,” an anthology in which I have a story, won a Goldie award. Also, “Third” was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist and was named a Goldie finalist. In late 2012, “Waiting” and “Third” won Rainbow Awards. Also, “The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories” won a 2011 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award. “Strange Bedfellows” also won two Rainbow Awards. “The Odd Couple” was a finalist for the GCLS debut author award. See this page for a list of all my books. I’m also an indie writer and loving it. This blog basically chronicles my indie experience and keeps y’all up to date on my projects. I throw in random stuff once in a while.

 

CONNECT WITH Q. KELLY

Facebook / Twitter / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

KNOWING KATHARINE

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 27th Edition

Check out the latest in books, audio, giveaways, and news.

NEW BOOKS

FROM MAY TO DECEMBER
5 Book Bundle

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 20, 2018
Romance

Age is just a number…

This 5 book bundle is for anyone who loves May-December romance and includes the following titles:

Chasing Love by Carol Wyatt

Second Chances by Emma Collins

Falling For New York by Anna Vaughn

When Universes Collide by Laura Phillips

Winter Nights by Laura Conway

 

THE BLIND DATE
by Jessica Pots

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 7, 2018
Romance

Have you ever been drawn to someone you hardly know?

Perhaps curious about their favorite color, their hopes and dreams, their darkest secrets, the unique scent of their skin and the way their lips would feel pressed against yours…

Margeaux, a museum curator, and Caia, an American artist living in Paris, are in the prime of their lives—young, beautiful and successful. They have everything going for themselves, except that in recent months their love lives have crashed and burned in the most spectacular ways.

With much reluctance and at the encouragement of a friend, the two women agree to meet on a blind date over lunch.

Beforehand, the cynic in each of them anticipates skipping lunch altogether and going straight for coffee in the hopes of bolting after. But, when the two women meet face to face something strange happens.

Is one afternoon in Paris enough time to fall in love with the woman of your dreams?

WARNING: This novel contains strong language and strong sexual content. Intended for 18+ years and above.

 

UP ON THE ROOF
by A.L. Brooks

Release date: March 21, 2018
Romance

When a storm wreaks havoc on bookish Lena’s well-ordered world, her laid-back new neighbor, Megan, offers her a room. The trouble is they’ve been clashing since the day they met. How can they now live under the same roof? Making it worse is the inexplicable pull between them that seems hard to resist. A quirky romance, laced with classic British humor, about the power of opposites attracting.

 

FREE TO LOVE
by Annette Mori and Ali Spooner

Release date: March 25, 2018
Historical Romance

Two stories intertwined.

The Chandler’s Daughter
By Ali Spooner

Captain Hillary Blythe loves sailing the Atlantic Coast on her journeys to deliver goods. Appalled by the growth of slave trade, vowing to find a way to help her thoughts turn to piracy frequently. Will helping those enslaved jeopardize her life, and the life she hopes to have with the Chandler’s Daughter?

Forbidden Love
By Annette Mori

When Captain Blythe brings a small group of rescued slaves to a mission on Antiqua, life for Elizabeth Allen changes forever. Elizabeth feels an instant connection to Kia, one of the young women. A devout Christian, Elizabeth struggles to align her feeling for Kia and her devotion to the church. Will Elizabeth allow the forbidden love she feels for Kia, or will faith over-rule her heart?

 

IF I SHOULD STAY
Set Me Free: Book 2
by Tamara Lynn

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 9, 2018
Romance

Book Two of The Set Me Free Series continues the love story between Julia and Lauren.

Now that their business arrangement has ended, will Lauren be able to sucessfully navigate the complications of being in a normal relationship?

Will Julia discover the truth? That Lauren is a woman for hire?

Their situation becomes increasingly complicated as Giancarlo and Olivia continue to interfere with their lives.

 

RECLAIMING YANCY
by JB Marsden

Release date: March 22, 2018
Romance

Her bossy best friend Roxie criticizes her risky behavior, and warns that she’d better shape up before something serious happens. Her socialite mother loves when she dresses properly, but laments that the clothes hang off her strong yet unhealthily lean body. Colorado rancher Yancy Delaney is a woman grieving past losses, escaping her past by running from any commitment—except to her beloved horses and her work at Valley View, the rural medical organization her family founded.

Enter Dr. Genevieve Lambert, the hot new medical director of Valley View’s rural clinics, where Yancy is Board Director. They immediately feel the sparks of attraction, but Gen wants no part of Yancy’s seduction game or her reputation for casual one-nighters. And Yancy’s missteps and risk-taking may finally be catching up with her, resulting in an injury to herself and a path of broken hearts left in her dust.

Gen and Yancy embark on a journey of romance fraught with rocky rides. Can they overcome their tough trails and find true love?

 

 

AFTER THE GLITTER FADES
by Diane Marina

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 20, 2018
Romance

Siena Armetta. Film star, Hollywood icon, tabloid darling. To her fans and the media, she appears to be living a dream life. But things aren’t always as they seem. The price she pays to maintain her fame is to deny who she is. Siena’s number one rule in life – self-preservation at all costs. Admitting the truth could be a career killer.

Enter Julia Westbrooke…

Julia is soaring to new heights as a nationwide entertainment news anchor. Since coming out, she has been presented with countless opportunities – most recently, entry into a new circle of friends who are among the Hollywood elite – a circle in which Siena Armetta plays a starring role.

Unwillingly thrown together, Siena and Julia fight their growing attraction. Will Siena risk it all for Hollywood’s most prominent media personality? Will Julia ignore everything she’s worked for and step quietly back into the closet?

After the Glitter Fades is an irresistibly emotional roller coaster ride.

 

 

 

THE CAPHENON
Chronicles of Alsea: Book 1
by Fletcher DeLancey

Release date: March 19, 2018
Fantasy

The second edition of The Caphenon includes a gorgeous new cover and completely reworked text, with new scenes, new dialogue, and new visuals, all tying together an immersive narrative that flows more rapidly and smoothly than before.

A split-second decision to save a civilization. Another decision to give it away.

Captain Ekatya Serrado has spent her career fighting the Voloth, who view less advanced civilizations as fuel for their empire. The choice between saving her ship or a world under attack is easy. The choices that come after are harder.

Lancer Andira Tal, the leader of Alsea, believes her people are alone in the universe until a gigantic spaceship crashes near her capital city. Now she is thrust into a struggle between two powerful forces, and her planet is the prize.

With a civilization and the galactic balance of power at risk, friendships and alliances may not hold against betrayal. Honor is easy when the stakes are low.

 

OF WATCHERS & WOLVES:
THE AWAKENING
by Tiffany Foxe

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 17, 2018
Fantasy / Romance

Her new love interest is her prime suspect. Can she resist the tempting Sophie and crack the case?

Emiline Zadok is a Portland detective that comes across an unusual murder case. As Emiline searches for answers she soon finds herself steeped in the middle of an ongoing conflict between vampires and werewolves where vampires are not of this world and werewolves are descendants of the biblical Cain. Her search for justice forces her to question her own morality as she learns a dark secret from her past and finds that her new love interest is also her prime suspect.

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
by May Dawney

Release date: March 21, 2018
Dystopian

Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

 

LOST POND
A MEGAN & MACKENSIE ADVENTURE
by Maureen Gervais

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 6, 2018
Action & Adventure

Megan flees alone through the woods, desperately trying to elude the creature stalking her. Plagued by nightmares and the foreshadowing of her own demise, she seeks shelter in caves and under trees. For three days she had survived on little food and melted snow, driven by unbeatable stubborn streak and the love of her life back home. Relying on little more than a primitive will to survive, she runs deeper into the wilderness. Now cold, lost and exhausted, she frantically races towards and end she could never have imagined.


NEW AUDIOBOOKS

THE LOCKET
by Gerri Hill
narrated by Genvieve Bevier

Danielle Stevens is Hollywood’s “next big thing” in a long line of next big things. When she goes to Dallas to prepare for a role – shadowing Detective Harper Jeremiah – she’s not only running from her fame…she’s also running from a stalker.

Harper Jeremiah wouldn’t recognize a Hollywood actress even if she bumped into one on the street. The last thing she wants to do is to get pulled from her current case to have an actress follow her around. But the perceived babysitting gig quickly turns into a protection detail as the threats against Dani escalate. The two women form a bond as secrets are shared, trust builds, and the stalker turns into a hunter.

As the stalker’s pursuit becomes relentless, Harper becomes even more determined than ever to protect Dani at any cost. But could that unwavering conviction get them both killed?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK


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