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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New Lesfic Goodies: February 12th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I Heart Lesfic has a treat for you. Miranda MacLeod, Emma Radley, Amanda Radley, Clare Lydon, Harper Bliss, and I have teamed up for a Valentine’s Day sale. Click on this page to find 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

 

CHECKING THE RIGHT BOX
San Franciso: Book 1

by Nicole Pyland
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Emma Colton left her life behind when she moved from Chicago to San Francisco. She has a new job at the Health Department, a tiny apartment, and has dealt with being unlucky in love for most of her adult life. She’s hoping a new city and a fresh outlook will help her find the woman she’s been waiting for.

Keira Worthy has had a rough few years. She lost her best friend and business partner almost immediately after starting their dream event planning company. She’s barely hanging on financially and takes a job for the Health Department in hopes of landing more customers if it goes well. When she meets her liaison, Emma, under not the best circumstances – sparks fly. And not the good kind of sparks.

When they bump into one another at a lesbian singles night, they have to decide if they want to take the chance on something that could possibly be forever.

 

SECOND CHANCES

by Layce Gardner & Saxon Bennett
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kathleen Patterson’s life came to an abrupt halt five years ago when her wife was killed in a plane crash. Since her wife’s death, she hasn’t left the house and lives the life of a recluse. Her groceries are delivered, she cuts her own hair, and all her shopping is done online. The only person she talks to is her mother.

Janet Miller has had more than her fair share of bad relationships. Unable to put her heart in the line of fire anymore, she moves in with her aging mother and swears off love. Sad and lonely, she eats dinner in front of the TV, and buries herself in her work.

Both women have given up on love. There is nothing that can change their minds.

Until…One day a robot appears on Kathleen’s doorstep. Robbie the robot has been programmed to be a home health aide for the reclusive Kathleen. Janet is the technician who is called to Kathleen’s house each time Robbie blows a circuit. What neither woman knows is that Robbie has a secret mission—to give them both a second chance at love.

 

LOVE BETRAYED

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Betrayal comes in many forms.

Tattoo artist, Robyn Anderson, is left reeling when a break-in at her studio sees valuable artwork stolen just days before her much-anticipated gallery exhibition. Her studio’s trashed and her nerves are in tatters.

Following a brutal hold-up, security guard, Casey Nankervis is suffering from PTSD. Relegated to basic duties, she’s also battling intense boredom. However, when assigned to security detail at a tattoo studio, desire replaces her monotony.

Although sparks ignite between the two women, Robyn is left confused and guilt-ridden. Nina, her girlfriend of four months, does not deserve disloyalty. Casey is also conflicted: something doesn’t add up about Nina, but is she just jealous?

Betrayal is taken to a whole new level in this page-turner from Ellie Spark.

 

LADY PILOT

by Nicolette Dane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Captain Elaine Cole is an accomplished and popular commercial airline pilot. She’s spent her entire career bouncing from one airport to the next, and one lover to the next as well. Being a pilot has made it hard for Lanie to settle down and find love, and now that she’s in her forties it’s really starting to wear on her.

When Carrie Haden is assigned as a flight attendant on her route, Lanie feels herself falling for the beautiful younger woman. But Carrie is different than the flight attendants Lanie has been with in the past. There’s something else there—a brighter spark, a deeper affection—and Lanie can’t help but feel that this is her opportunity to finally find the love she seeks.

Building trust and committing to a relationship is difficult for a pilot like Lanie. Could Carrie be the one who finally inspires Lanie to change her ways?

 

NEVER JUST FRIENDS

by Lily Craig
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Falling for your best friend is hard.

Georgiana—Georgie to everyone outside her family—figured out long ago that being in love with your straight best friend sucks. Turns out it’s even worse when that friend, Madelyn, tells you she’s not so straight after all. After it becomes clear to Georgie that she needs to get over Madelyn, Georgie moves cities and starts a new job.

To grad student Madelyn, though, the sudden rift between the friends prompts painful introspection. A year later, she realizes her feelings for Georgie are romantic after all. Madelyn plans to use their annual winter cabin getaway to confess her love.

But Canadian winters are unpredictable. When Madelyn and Georgie are snowed into their cabin in the woods, the two are forced into difficult conversations that confront deeply felt emotions about the past, present, and future. Can the friends find common ground after all they’ve been through?

An intimate, snowed-in friends-to-lovers romance, Never Just Friends is a standalone story.

 

A CARD FOR VALENTINE’S

by Emily Engberts

A brand new teacher at the local primary school, a woman taking care of her mum’s book store, two hearts who believe that love and relationships aren’t for them.

Kara moves to her favourite island following the job offer of a lifetime, become a teacher at the only primary school the island has. It’s like a dream come true, live on the island, go on long walks with her dog Tys and teach, all in one neat package.

But when she spots the beautiful woman at the local book store, things might get a bit more complicated.

Taking care of her mum’s store for a few months is exactly what Lin needs. A couple of months away from her old life and to become a face in the crowd at one of the island’s stores. Speaking fluently in three languages may not be her best skill, but keeping track of inventory and doing stock is definitely right up her street.

Her first week at the store has almost come to an uneventful ending, until a stunning woman walks into the store and smiles her way.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and when Kara comes in for crafting supplies to make cards with her class, Lin makes a bold offer. How hard can it be to spend an afternoon making cards with a group of kids when she has no experience with teaching or making cards? There’s no way Kara will find out, right?

 

EASTSIDE / WESTSIDE / LOVE

by Eliza Andrews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

From the outside, Kasey James had the perfect life. She had a rich husband, two perfect kids, and a big house in Eastside with a pool in the backyard. None of her friends understand why she left her husband and went back to a stressful job teaching high school. She knows they’ll understand even less when she tells them she’s started dating a woman from Westside.

*If* she tells them, that is. After all, Kasey has her kids to think of, not to mention the upcoming school board election. What if her neighbors withdraw their support when they find out she’s seeing a woman?

Drea Robbins has a good life, too. She owns her own home and operates her own business, making enough money doing what she loves that she can support her mom, sister, and niece. She wishes she had a “special someone” in her life, but in the grand scheme of things, being single isn’t that big of a deal.

Kasey James, a white woman living in Eastside, is the absolute last person Drea expects to fall for. Kasey’s recently divorced from a man, she’s got two kids, she lives in the middle of rich suburbia — to say her lifestyle is different from Drea’s would be the understatement of the year. But it’s like Drea’s mom says — we can’t control whom we fall for, and whether Drea likes it or not, she’s falling for Kasey. Hard.

Opposites attract… right?

But when a real estate development controversy puts Drea and Kasey on opposite sides of a battle line, will their new love prove strong enough to survive? Or is it just unrealistic for two women with so many differences to find a common ground they can hold against all the world’s pressures?

Eastside / Westside / Love is a story about race, class, gentrification, and inequality. But more than that, it’s a story about hope, and about finding out that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart.

 

TIME FOR TERRI
Smoky Mountain Romance: Book 1

by Roslyn Bane

Terri Greene is a professional photographer who travels the world but calls the small town of Bryson City, NC home. She has made a nice life for herself and kept her painful past deeply buried. She has a reputation for being friendly but aloof. She hammered her heart shut years ago and has long since given up hope for a loving relationship.

Sheila McDevitt, a new arrival to town, has opened a veterinary practice and is determined to succeed in this close-knit community. Viewed as an outsider, she struggles to grow her practice. Unfinished business from her past causes difficulties with her current plans.

When these two women’s lives intersect the changes are unforeseeable. As trust grows and inner demons are tamed, can they see past their own busy professional lives and find success in the part of life that matters most?

 

CUPID’S BOW

by Karen F. Williams

Snow falls hard outside the bar of a Boston hotel. Kay Westscott, a New York novelist and English teacher, is in town attending a writers’ workshop. Math professor Ann Ward is trying and failing to muster enthusiasm for a round of lesbian speed dating. When Kay spots Ann at the bar, she’s instantly attracted, and while it seems a romance writer might easily engage a single professor looking for love, Kay’s humorous flirtations do more to irritate than impress. Ann finds Kay’s pickup lines way out of line, and Kay tries to redeem herself by helping Ann rehearse for speed dating, all the while wishing it was more than just practice.

The chemistry is undeniable, but Kay and Ann part ways, only to realize they have a lesson in love coming—if they can just find each other again.

 

FEBRUARY KISSES
A Year in Paradise: Book 2

by Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

In Paradise Valley, Heaven’s Cafe is the epicenter of all social interactions. Too bad Heaven is too busy to actually talk to cute girls. And too bad one of her best customers, Salama, is too shy to approach her.

Salama wants to be more like the loud and confident Heaven. Heaven wants someone who will bring her back down to Earth.

When are they finally going to lock eyes from across the cafe?  

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

SHUT UP AND KISS ME

by Julie Cannon

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.

 

LISTEN

by Kris Bryant

Former child music prodigy Lily Croft spends most days in her home office crunching numbers and analyzing data as an actuary. Once she filled concert halls across the world, until the pressure got to be too much and forced her retreat. When her boss hands her a temporary assignment, Lily has to leave the safety of working from home to work with people at an office. She keeps her head down and stays focused, but one night on her way to the train station, she hears music wafting from The Leading Note and the life and feelings she suppressed for over a decade bubble up to the surface.

Lily is inexplicably drawn to Hope D’Marco, Leading Note’s gorgeous and brilliant founder. But falling for Hope and re-exploring her passion for music force Lily to face her past. Will she go back into hiding, or have the courage to confront the consequences of her past and present colliding?

 

PERFECT PARTNERS

by Maggie Cummings

Sara Wright knows better than to fall for a cop.

For Sara, an elite police dog trainer for the federal government, attractive women in uniform are an occupational hazard. But she gave her heart to a coworker once before and the battle scars from that failed relationship are still fresh. She dodges every chance at romance with the officers she trains, focusing her energy on turning out the finest handler-canine teams in the country. But when annoyingly perky, unfairly sexy Isabel Marquez arrives at Homeland Security’s Northeast Regional Training facility brimming with excitement and a surprising desire to succeed, Sara’s good intentions start to falter. She can’t help being drawn to Isabel’s enthusiasm, and, okay, her long dark hair and brilliant smile don’t hurt either. Keeping their contact limited to friendship is harder than she thought. When it comes to enforcing her own rules of the heart, Sara might need to break a few for a chance at forever.

 

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?

 

WITHOUT PRETENSE

by TJ Thomas

The last thing world class violinist Ava Wellington wants is some nosy writer publishing her biography. Unfortunately, her manager is insistent this is the best way to capitalize on her fame. Ava is terrified someone might discover the secret she’s kept for nearly twenty years, one that could not only destroy her career, but ruin the lives of those she loves most.

Journalist Bianca Vega has only just recovered from the loss of her wife and isn’t prepared to see Ava again, not after the deep connection she felt almost two years ago. When Bianca is hired to write Ava’s biography, they’re thrust together on a whirlwind music tour and neither can ignore the desire that’s simmered between them since that first chance meeting. Will Ava be able to trust Bianca with her darkest secret or will hiding her past destroy their chance at forever?

 

BIKER ROMANCE

 

OUTLAW GIRLS

by Miss Merikan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Mona. Mafia princess. Rebellious Italian beauty. Runaway bride.
Rain. Motorcycle club president’s daughter. Androgynous biker goddess. 
 

When Mona runs away from her own wedding, set on making her own path in the world, she might just find out getting tied down isn’t all that bad if it’s with a badass biker chick of her dreams. 

 Warning:

Adult content. Contains violence, distressing scenes, offensive language, and morally ambiguous protagonists.

 

EROTICA

 

BLESSED BENEDICTION

by Radclyffe

A daring femme proves to her friends that getting down on her knees doesn’t mean she isn’t in control. And her horny lover couldn’t be more happy about the demonstration. An erotic exhibition of just how to do it.

Previously published in Tasting Him, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press, 2008); republished in Radical Encounters (Bold Strokes Books, 2009).

 

EROTIC ROMANCE / SUSPENSE

 

THREE TO TANGO

by Raven J. Spencer
Available in Kindle Unlimited

New from Raven J. Spencer – Murder, intrigue and sensual romance:

Detective Colby Jackson has the perfect life: A career she is passionate about, and a wife who loves her and understands her better than anyone. Colby’s perception is shattered when Adrianne makes a confession. She has met and fallen in love with another woman, Macy, insisting that she still loves Colby and wants to be with her.

Colby’s reaction is shock. Confusion and curiosity follow. Can you be in love with two people at the same time? How would this work in their busy everyday lives?

The three women will have to learn to navigate a world they didn’t even know existed, and that comes with many surprises.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

DRAWING DOWN THE MIST

by Sheri Lewis Wohl

Maria Romanova watched as her family was slaughtered while she was spared…sort of. Today she is Sasha Rudin and very few know her true identity. She has one mission: to find and put an end to the alliance of monsters that turned her into a vampire. A chance encounter with Dee Arkin, a far too curious novelist, leads to complications Sasha could never have imagined. Danger, peril, and most surprising of all, love. Together they fight the forces of darkness that want to rule the world, and pray they succeed before those very forces destroy their chances of a future together.

 

SPENCER’S COVE

by Missouri Vaun

Successful mystery author Foster Owen hasn’t finished a manuscript in three years and her writer’s block shows no signs of retreating. When the bills start piling up, an unexpected offer to ghost write a memoir for an heiress on the West Coast seems like too good an opportunity to ignore.

Painfully shy Abigail Spencer has just returned from studying abroad. The sprawling estate she inherited from her parents includes a crumbling mansion rumored to be haunted and a historic lighthouse nestled along the remote northern Pacific coast.

When the executor of the Spencer estate hires Foster to write the history of the family, Foster and Abby are drawn together as they peel back layers of history and uncover a story of lives adrift, secrets long hidden, and ancient ties to witchcraft. Can truths from the past help love blossom in the present?


 

MYSTERY / ROMANCE

 

SECRET THINGS

by C.M. Blackwood
Available in Kindle Unlimited

This is a mystery double-pack containing two full-length novels.

1) WHO KILLED EDIE MONTGOMERY?

In the year 1933, an alcoholic, cynical 32-year-old named Mary Meade inherits a manor. Her great-uncle just passed away, so his house, and all his money, goes to her. When she arrives at the house, though, she finds much more than she bargained for: including strange servants, a murder mystery, and – oh, did we forget to mention? – GHOSTS.

Despite her cold demeanor, Mary is romantically drawn to a spirit named Jessica Price, who was killed in 1879 by a madman named John Drum. Mary and Jessica fall in love, but of course, the story is much more complicated than that.

Shortly after the death of Mary’s great-uncle, a young woman named Edie Montgomery was found gutted and beheaded on his property. Now her spirit is trapped inside the manor.

John Drum killed Jessica Price. But who killed Edie Montgomery?

2) WHO MURDERED DR. DAMIEN?

Katie Throckmorton is a twenty-eight-year-old alcoholic pill-popping writer from Boston. At the hind-end of a quarter-life crisis, things get even worse when her half-sister falls down a staircase and kills herself. Katie is blamed for her death, and she ends up at Greystone Asylum.

Soon after Katie arrives at Greystone, however, people start getting murdered. By a mysterious figure in a black hood. Strange to say, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The warden is performing shady experiments; the doctors are sleeping with the patients; and the doctors are sleeping with each other. Katie herself is attracted to a female psychiatrist named Cora Halstead, and they begin a torrid affair that seems like it can’t possibly have a happy ending.

What true secrets is this old hospital hiding? How many people will be killed by the black hooded figure? More importantly – who’s hiding under the hood?


 

INTRIGUE & THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

UNEXPECTED LIGHTNING
Lightning Series: Book 3

by Cass Sellars

For Sydney Hyatt and Parker Duncan, finding each other and falling in love wasn’t easy. All they want now is to build a life together, and things are just starting to head in that direction. But when they host a party for Parker’s work colleagues, they unintentionally invite a dangerous stranger into their home. Obsessive letters of admiration escalate into promises of harm and threats of danger. Who is intent on harming them, and why? Sydney dedicates her every moment to finding answers, neglecting threats now aimed directly at her. When an unexpected twist places Syd at risk, Parker watches helplessly as she puts her life on the line once again. Will Sydney be able to stop the threat before it’s too late?


 

NONFICTION / SEXUALITY

 

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.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

PIONEERING
Vetted Series: Book 3

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Amy Deuchler

One family’s saga had only just begun….

In the epic sequel to Cavalcade we find out what happens to the Herriots once they arrive in Oregon and take up their claim. Erin and Molly have arrived in Oregon with their family. Granted 640 acres of land for married couples under the Organic Laws of Oregon, they have to build their home, farm, and eke out a living from the raw land. Wolves, bears, and wildcats are the least of their worries in this new land. Hard work and trust in each other to do their very best are the keys to conquering the wilderness as they pioneer their lives on the high plains of Oregon! Come along as they and their family live a life that few attempted in this wilderness near the Blue Mountains of Oregon.


 

SALE ALERT

 

SURRENDER YOUR HEART
Surrender Series: Book 1

by Raven J. Spencer

$0.99 $2.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A lesbian billionaire romance with a suspense twist:

Penny can’t believe what happened to her: One day she’s studying sociology and paying her tuition with her job at a local café, the next she wakes up in a luxurious house which is the property of a rich and enigmatic woman. Carter Forbes is ready to lay the world at her feet, but what will she expect in return? As she uncovers Carter’s reasons to create this unusual situation, Penny can’t deny the attraction between them. Can she reconcile her desire with her beliefs about herself, or is this passionate affair doomed from the start?

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: February 5 Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A MARINE AWAKENING

by Jax Meyer
Available in Kindle Unlimited

In 1998, introverted Cameron Warren is focused on being a model Marine and surviving the social isolation of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Meanwhile, gregarious military kid Sharon Rodriguez knows is confident in her ability to enjoy the casual flings she’s accustomed to, while pursuing the 20 year career she desires. When Sharon convinces Cam to attend a party with her, neither realizes their lives are about to become more complicated than they planned for. How hard will they need to fight for a love that must remain in the shadows? A Marine Awakening, a Dal Segno prequel, is a contemporary new adult lesbian romance with a happy ending that shows that no person or policy can stop two Marines fighting for each other.

 

SAVING THE WORLD

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Eva Williams wants to save the world. So when she returns from sabbatical in Guatemala to find that the Oakview Nature Reserve is under threat she steels herself for a fight to the death to save it.

Grace Seymour is a woman in a man’s world. Anxious to take her father’s place as CEO of Seymour Construction all she needs to do is seal the Oakview Reserve project and she’ll achieve everything she’s ever wanted.

But as tensions on campus begin to rise, Eva and Grace find that their long-held ambitions are paling in comparison to the sparks that are flying between them. Sleeping with the enemy is on neither’s agenda, but some things are just inevitable…

Opposites might attract, but can they really build a relationship? And as time ticks down to the destruction of the nature reserve, who is willing to sacrifice their ambitions for love?

Saving the World 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!

 

MORE THAN A FEELING

by Melissa Tereze
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Riley Allen wasn’t the woman, or the bar owner, people assumed her to be. Success with her business may have been keeping her busy, but deep down, Riley craved more. In the past, everything she’d ever known had left her, leading Riley to believe she was destined to be alone and fearing she would never be good enough for another woman again.

New Yorker, Nicole Taylor, had moved her life to follow her career. With the promise to herself that work was her number one priority, her only love, she had no plans to change that when it came to looking for or wanting more.

But life changed when she stepped inside her local bar…

 

WHEN IT RAYNES

by C.D. Cain
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Rayne Amber Storm finds her serenity on the waters of her Louisiana bayou. The moss-covered cypress trees are a canopy of protection for the thoughts that are her own. Slowly, a gentle, insistent ripple of difference stirs within her. A ripple that leads her away from her mother’s Southern Baptist values to thoughts that betray the very core of what she believes is right and wrong. When she leaves the bayou for medical school the ripple expands until she is knocked unsteady by a powerful wave in the charismatic Samantha LeJeune. But when tragedy strikes back home, the pull of cross currents traps Rayne in what seems an insurmountable struggle between her heart, which now knows the true meaning of happiness, and doing what she has been taught all her life. Is she strong enough to keep navigating through unfamiliar but thrilling waters or will she give in and paddle down the path of least resistance?

When it Raynes was originally released in General Contemporary Lesbian Fiction for which it received a 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and was a 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. For as proud as CD Cain was of the story, she always felt she left something missing from the original publication.

So, she went back to the keyboard and revised the powerful love story of Rayne and Sam to publish as a Lesbian Romance with Fleur-De-Lis Books.

 

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO HEARTS
Olivia & Rowan: Book 2

by Helen West
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Olivia and Rowan attempt to navigate the difficulties of a long distance relationship. Olivia has to worry about her ex potentially threatening what she’s built with Rowan and the small emotional progress she made in New York. Rowan is so busy with her new movie that she barely has time to focus on Olivia and Lea. She battles her desire to jump on a plane to South Africa but knows that she can’t. With a relationship so young, can they truly endure the ten-thousand-mile distance?

 

SHIPPED

by Amanda Kayhart
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Adulting is rough.

No one understands that more than Leah Ives–a fresh college grad who spent the last several years studying, working hard, and counting pennies. So what did all that hustle earn her? A dismal day job, debt up to her eyeballs, and a Bachelor’s degree in fetching coffee.

Leah needs a getaway.

And luckily, she’s taking one.

After years of planning, Leah finally saves enough for her dream cruise in the Bahamas. Her bags are packed, and she’s ready to board that ship and sail off on a trip of a lifetime. Except all that organizing doesn’t prepare Leah for Mallory Miller, her bitter ex-girlfriend who threatens to capsize her entire Caribbean vacation.

 

DEUCE

by Jen Silver

When Jay Reid was in her twenties, she had it all. A professional tennis career, Charlotte, the love of her life and a new baby. It ended far too soon when Charlotte’s research vessel, RV Caspian, was lost at sea, leaving Jay to raise their child alone. But Charlotte was, in fact, the sole survivor of the RV Caspian. Rescued by a local fisherman, with no memory of her life before, she lives on the Faroe Islands as Katrin Nielsen. Seeing a beached seal one day triggers her memory and slowly her other identity comes back to her. She returns to England to try to reclaim her life with Jay and their child.Twenty-three years is a long time. Is the love they once shared strong enough to be rekindled or have too many years passed eroding all hope of a happy ever after?

 

BOBBI & SOUL

by J.B. Marsden

Bobbi Webster wants nothing more than to be the best family practice doctor for her home town in rural Oregon. To accomplish that, she’s enrolled in a two-year fellowship in rural medicine at Valley View Medical Center in Colorado. Sparks fly when Bobbi meets the Reverend Erin O’Rouke, a petite, feisty priest who meddles in the treatment of Bobbi’s patients. To make matters worse, Bobbi wants nothing to do with any religion, much less the woman she dubs, The Elf.

Erin serves as vicar at a small church where a few parishioners have stipulated that she must be celibate, reflecting their “love the sinner, hate the sin” tactic. After she clashes with Erin, Bobbi recognizes how a recent breakup of an abusive relationship has falsely colored her perception of Erin’s world and work. Likewise, when Erin understands how Bobbi’s emotional wounds make her vulnerable, her natural empathy moves her closer to Bobbi.

They find themselves drawn to each other, but how can Bobbi and Erin overcome so many obstacles to find love?

 

TRICK OR TREAT: Who’s My Sweet

by B. L. Wilson

When wealthy, bossy, arrogant Delisa Winston discovers Nicky Gates, the man she just married as part of a business arrangement, is a woman pretending to be a man, she loses it, starting their marriage with a bang.

Nicholas/Nicolette Gates, a business person with varied tastes in women, mistakenly thinks that since Delisa is a lesbian, she’ll appreciate the revelation that she is gay as well.

Both parties think that they will continue on as before their marriage, dating who they want and enjoying the rewards of their merger. However, Nicky’s disclosure to Delisa has opened a whole new can of worms…and feelings.

Now it’s a question of what to do with the information Nicolette revealed to Delisa. Can the two women keep it a secret until they figure out what to do? Will they manage to stay married and keep their secret? If the secret gets out, what will happen to Nicolette and her company’s merger with Delisa? What will happen to Delisa’s companies and is she culpable? Do the women have a future together?

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

FALLING FOR LOVE

by Addison M. Conley

More than a romance, this is a story of how two women find love in one tiny tourist town in West Virginia during the fight for equality and same-sex marriage. Good for any time of the year, this heartwarming read is also about family, friends, and forgiveness. But sometimes, forgiving yourself can be the hardest.

Jordan Simón seems to have it all…except a life. On the verge of her fortieth birthday, she doesn’t know which will devour her first—the regret and emptiness of living a lie about her sexuality or a painful secret she has kept for years. As she struggles internally, she meets Emmy Russo, an out and proud lesbian.

Emmy is visiting her Aunt before moving to Washington DC. After losing her wife six years ago, no one has piqued her interest until she meets Jordan. Yet being in a closeted relationship is the last thing she wants.

Love will lead you home if you open your heart and fight. But how will Jordan, and those around her, find the strength to face fears and fight for what is right?

This book is a reedited edition of the previously published book Falling for Love: A Winter Romance.

 

NEW ADULT ROMANCE

 

PAPER DOLLS
Book 8

by Blythe Stone & Emma Chamberlain
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The morning after the wedding leaves the girls with a lot of stress and confusion. When they go back home after Big Sur it will finally be time for them to participate in the big court trial that has been hanging over their heads like the sharp angled blade on a guillotine. Lies in the courtroom bring about even more complications for the girls and for Liz and Mr. Bradford is finally allowed to publicly defend himself, which he does not hold back from.

This New Adult Lesbian Romance series takes a struggling young couple from a picturesque empty beach to the sterile walls of a serious courtroom. Romance and sex travel hand-in-hand with deep conversations on an unhealthy co-dependency and the even more troubling issue of an all-out fight for mental stability, and relationship stability, after a strong case of abuse.

 

ROMANCE / EROTICA

 

TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE FEMME

by M. N. Tinker
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sam Cross is a young butch, excited for her first night at the gay bar. From her curly auburn hair immaculately coiffed to fall perfectly over her pale face, to her trusty leather jacket and ring of keys, she feels like she’s prepared to take on anything. However, she got more than she bargained for with Kalisha Otieno, a gorgeous femme who seems to draw everyone’s eyes to her, Sam’s included.

However, Kalisha is more than just a dominant Black femme with a love of A-line dresses – she is a vampire. And Sam looks good enough to eat. Of course, Kalisha loves playing with her food, and Sam is no exception – she’s bringing out the handcuffs tonight. But, the butch seems like more than just a one night stand…

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Explicit sex scenes with enthusiastic consent (I want to be clear on that in case any readers are sex repulsed), wax play (enthusiastic consent on that, too)

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE / ROMANCE / DRAMA 

 

INN THE DOG HOUSE

by K’Anne Meinel

Life has gone to the dogs for Charlie Abella. Years of showing champion Border Collies has left her feeling burned out. Moving on with her life, she heads to college and then takes on the world of business. She is blessed to find a job working in sales for the pet industry where her knowledge and skills will help her move quickly up the corporate ladder and away from the small town of Searsport, Maine where she grew up. When she loses a beloved relative, Charlie returns to Searsport for the funeral, believing now, she can finally cut all ties to her hometown.

Charlie’s only regret about moving away was leaving behind her favorite aunt. Aunt Kitty had been her champion and her anchor when she felt her own family didn’t understand her. Kitty saw herself in her young niece and understood Charlie as no one else could, so it was only natural she would choose to make her favorite niece her heir. Sadly, she knows only too well that Charlie’s family will disapprove no matter how Charlie decides to use the money she inherits.

Reagan has been left on her own to raise two children. Possessing few business skills, she is forced to take on a series of dead-end jobs that barely allow her to make ends meet. Reagan has only her faith and her children to provide solace and support. When Reagan encounters a woman dog walker on the street, she takes some comfort in feeling ‘at least she is better off than a woman with too many dogs to handle.’

Inexplicably, fate constantly causes the two women to bump into each other, and when Reagan feels herself becoming attracted to the woman, she is confused. Unlike Charlie, Reagan is not a lesbian, and she is frightened by her feelings for this woman. Will Reagan eventually act on her attraction, or will she continue to resist it?

The dogs know what is right for this couple. Now, if only the humans would listen!

FANTASY ROMANCE

A QUEEN RISES
Children of the Fae: Book 1

by Lola Andrews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A TERRIBLE BETRAYAL. A TOUCH OF FAIRY MAGIC. A HEART BEATING FOR REVENGE.  

 

The faeries whisper in Marcela’s ears, and as she grows closer to the crown and further from her abusive mother, she discovers power beyond anything she’d ever dreamed of. And power, Marcela soon learns, will always corrupt. 

 

FANTASY / EROTICA

 

THE GENERAL’S CHOICE
The Sangrian Tiger Tales: Book 2

by Stardawn Cabot
Available in Kindle Unlimited

In this second book of the series, Silver and Keridwen’s journey continues as they travel back to Earth on a quest given to them by the gods themselves. Their mission, however, is far from easy if not impossible for not only do they have to locate Keridwen’s nephew and the man that stole him from Sangria, but the original purple diamond as well. With Silver’s consistently and discipline, her relationship with Keridwen continues to develop even as Keridwen struggle with her physical shifts from the grown-up General and back down to the little tiger, or her outer child, challenges them both. Keridwen is still learning how to control her shifts, and although she is becoming more confident in her ability to control her size, she finds that she needs to make a choice, a choice that will not only determine Keridwen’s and Silver’s future, but if they even have one together or not. Will the General’s choice change everything? Or will Silver and Keridwen finally find peace, happiness, and that balance that they both crave?

Publisher’s Note: The General’s Choice is an erotic romance novel that includes a sexual relationship between two women. It also includes spankings, some age play elements, and some mild-violence in the form of a battle scene. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

EPIC FANTASY

 

DUCHESS RAMPANT
The Seven Realms of Ar’rothi: Book 3

by Alison Naomi Holt

Aurelia “Bree” Makena, the Duchess of Danforth, waits on a beach near Port Emnal in front of her three thousand troops. As the waves lap against the hooves of her battle mare, Lioth, Bree watches the enemy ships deploying more warriors against her than she’d ever thought possible. Victory may prove an insurmountable task.

Soon enough, however, she discovers that wrestling victory from defeat in this battle is just the beginning. Because the landing force is only a diversion for the real attack—one that if successful, will defeat her Anacafrian king more surely than an arrow driven through his heart.

You are invited to enter Ar’rothi, a world as vividly realized as Narnia or Middle Earth, a world where animal spirits guide humans towards enlightenment, and in which an orphaned girl and a warrior duchess must join forces against an evil that threatens everything they have learned to love.


 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

WHEN DUSK COMES
Dusk Queen Series: Book 1

by JJ Arias
Available in Kindle Unlimited

An enthralling tale of girl meets vampire queen…

Chasing a bounty from New York to New Orleans, Erin Lewis is on the hunt for an allusive fugitive whose recovery will provide financial breathing room. When she arrives at a French Quarter hotel, Erin finds the captivating hotelier Lucía Guerra instead. The passionate affair that ignites between them catapults Erin into an extravagant world she never imagined. But all is never what it seems.

What will happen when Erin learns that Lucía is not just a wealthy business woman, but a vampire queen on the verge of losing her reign over the society she built over centuries? How long can Lucia keep Erin in the dark about vampires, werewolves, and witches, while she struggles to stop the terrorist group threatening her power.

When Dusk Comes is the first book in the paranormal romance Dusk Queen series. If you like strong female characters, insatiable attraction, and a romance for the ages, then you will love this sensual fantasy thriller.


 

RUNNING FROM FOREVER
Blood Resonance: Book 1

by K. Aten

Sarah Colby has always run from commitment. But after more than a year on the road following her musical dreams, even she yearns for a little stability. Her sister Annie is only too happy to welcome her back home. When she meets Annie’s boss, Nobel Keller, she’s immediately drawn to the woman’s youthful good looks and dangerous charisma. The first night together leaves Sarah aching for more, but the second shows her the true price of passion.


 

MYSTERY / THRILLER 

 

DEADLY DECEIT

by Sarah Markel
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Christina Hess is a 9th grade Chemistry teacher at Dallas High School. Jolene Preston is a patrol officer in the neighboring city of Marilynn, Oregon.

Christina and Jolene’s wedding day is made even more special by the fact that their brothers will be joining them in a double wedding ceremony! Christian, Christina’s older brother and Jolene’s partner on the force, ties the knot with Jolene’s twin brother, Joseph. Seems like a pretty fantastic life, right? Wrong.

Someone is blowing up female police officers.

Jolene and Christian are loaned out to the Dallas Police Department, to help with local patrol. This leads to tension between Jolene and her wife, who is terrified that Jolene will be targeted. As time goes on, and the investigation into the identity of the bomber stalls, Christina’s fears finally begin to ease.

Then it happens. While on duty, Jolene and Christian are seriously injured. Will the bomber claim yet another victim? Or, will the attempt on Jolene’s life provide the crucial clues needed to finally solve the case?


 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

by Chris Zett
narrated by Abby Craden

After nearly a decade as a professional drummer, Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life behind to continue her residency in emergency medicine. She’s determined not to let anything stop her – not even falling in love with her aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.

Emily has only ever focused on her career as a senior attending in the emergency department, and she isn’t happy about having to babysit a resident with a 10-year gap in her resume, no matter how intriguing she is.

But every time they work together, it’s not just their patients’ heartbeat that gets a little irregular. Soon, the once-clear lines between work and personal life begin to blur.

When Diana’s unorthodox secret past is revealed, putting her job in jeopardy, Emily has to choose between her career and her relationship.


 

FOOD TRUCK BABY

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
narrated by Victoria Robinson

Nancy is single, pregnant, and has a dead-end job when she meets Tai, a local food-truck owner. Tai is suave and compassionate and can offer her the chance of a lifetime. Will their personalities clash, or will sparks fly?


 

TRAPPED

by Sally Bryan
narrated by Ginny Ellis

When Jessica loses her place on the volleyball team to the beautiful Katelyn, the same girl who recently stole her boyfriend, Jessica decides to retreat into her shell in an effort to maintain her sanity. Only, fate seems to insist on bringing the two fierce rivals closer together.

Things come to a head when, against Jessica’s will, they are forced to share a cabin during the team ski trip to Italy. Just when things are about to blow up, disaster strikes in the form of an avalanche, trapping the girls in an isolated region in the mountains.

In order to survive, they must put aside their grudges and learn to work together to overcome the many obstacles nature has thrown at them. Can Jessica and Katelyn work through their differences and maybe, just maybe fall in love?



 

SALE ALERT!

 

KILLER INSTINCT

by Barbara Winkes

$0.99 $3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Joanna’s career ends after she kills a murderer and fails to cover her tracks. After serving a prison sentence, she struggles to pick up the pieces. The only person from her old life still keeping in touch is Vanessa, the Internal Affairs Inspector who was the lead investigator in Joanna’s case. Guilt and open questions define their tentative friendship.
When there’s a new development in one of Joanna’s old cases, she can’t stay away, even at the cost of losing everything…including Rue, the woman she’s been falling for…
Enough is enough…


 

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New Lesfic Goodies: January 29th Edition

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

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ROMANCE

 

MEMORY

by Bridget Essex
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Piper once believed she’d found her happily ever after in Estella.

Until Estella left.

Piper and Estella met when they were kids. Estella was rich and spoiled, Piper was poor and curious, and—in each other—the two girls found an unexpected friendship. Year after year went by as they grew up together, growing closer and closer as time passed, until Piper realized that she loved Estella more than anything in the universe.

The day Piper told Estella she loved her was the day Estella walked out the door, never to return again…

Or so Piper thought.

Years have passed, and they’re both grown women living opposite lives on opposite sides of the country. All they have between them are the memories of a young love that was so beautiful and profound that it changed their lives forever…

But a chance encounter pulls the two women together once more.

Does true love exist? Or are some scars too deep to ever heal?

 

WHERE THERE’S A WILL

by Virginia Hale

Jobless and approaching forty, Dr. Elizabeth Hordern returns to Jembala Lakes to meet the co-inheritor of Australia’s most infamous murder house, The Blaxland Homestead. With a mountain of debt behind her, Beth is hoping beyond hope that the live-in tour guide, twenty-seven-year-old Dylan, is open to a discussion of selling.

The Blaxland Homestead is Dylan O’Connor’s entire life. She’s a Grade A tour guide and the five-star Yelp reviews are there to prove it (she’ll even take the review titled “Eccentric Docent or Mad Scientist?’’). When Beth arrives to take a tour, not admitting who she is should be Dylan’s first clue that her co-inheritor has ulterior motives. She claims to want a position at the homestead and Dylan can certainly work with that. Besides, it might be nice to have a friend in the valley who doesn’t know every crushing detail of her past.

As their friendship blossoms, Beth’s unspoken desire to sell remains the single wedge keeping them apart. Will asking for what she needs cost Beth a chance at a life with Dylan? Perhaps the richest inheritance of all may be a second chance.

 

DRIVEN
Oaktown Girls: Book 1

by Suzanne Falter
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Who says you can’t find the love of your life while you’re getting your tire fixed?

Even IF your boss is actively trying to close her garage?

Driven is the oldest woman-owned garage in Oakland – and the pride of the lesbian community.

At least, it is until the uber-competitive former race car driver Mindy Rose shows up and opens her own garage, complete with chair massages and a sushi bar.

Mindy’s out to destroy Driven, a fact that galls her good-hearted, and very ethical Irish assistant Kate.

This is just reinforced when Kate has an emergency blow out, and is forced to go into Driven for a repair. Instantly, she finds herself drawn to the tall, tantalizing co-owner Lizzy.

That’s when things get … well … complicated. Especially because Kate is an undocumented worker who seriously needs her job.

Soon Kate finds herself hatching a secret scheme to save Driven, while falling hard for Lizzy. Yet, Lizzy has no idea she’s part of the Mindy’s nasty operation. Or even that Mindy is out to get her.

Can sweet Kate and passionate Lizzy finally find the love they’ve been looking for forever?

Or will Mindy find out and bring them and Driven down – and get Kate deported in the process?

And when is Kate going to tell Lizzy who she actually is?

It’s just the beginning of the wild ride that is the Oaktown Girls series.

 

HOME AGAIN

by Christine L’Amour
Available in Kindle Unlimited

After the death of a dear friend, Stephanie Esperanza wants nothing more than to live a quiet life in a small town far away from the big city. After a divorce, Erika McCall moves back to the town where she was born, and now spends her time running the family restaurant. She shouldn’t be looking for a new love so soon, but she meets shy Stephanie and sparks fly. But with the disapproval of Erika’s family and Stephanie’s anxiety, Erika fears losing another love. With too much hesitation and not enough conversation, will the relationship survive? Now Erika must decide whether love is worth getting her heart broken again? Stephanie must consider if it’s worth staying in an empty home with her family and friends so far away, even for love?

Please Note: This book contains adult language & steamy adult activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only.

 

FIRST KISS

by Luna Lopez
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kara and Yasmeen have been best friends since high school.

Now in their early twenties, they’re as radically different to one another in personality as they always have been.

Both have overcome the loss of their respective mothers, in albeit different circumstances which helped cement the bond between them.

Kara is a working class, out and proud lesbian, while Yasmeen is a spoiled, yet dutiful middle class Muslim on the verge of an arranged marriage.

Finally realising Kara is the one for her, Yasmeen is hell bent on living the life she wants, even if that means going against her fathers wishes.

Kara doesn’t need a declaration of love and is happy to remain hidden in the shadows, but Yasmeen will do whatever it takes to be with the one she loves.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

ANOTHER MOTHER

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Average suburban mom Sarah is suddenly rocketed into the glitzy world of film when her daughter Emma becomes an actress. The strangest part is seeing gorgeous, glamorous Katie Days pretend to be Emma’s mother. Sarah is a normal person and Katie is a celebrity, yet they find common ground in the little girl. Could Emma’s fake mom become her other mother?


 

WESTERN ROMANCE

 

THE HEART OF THE RODEO

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Blake Young is one of the best bull riders that Melville has seen in years. When she ends up falling off a bull during one of the biggest competitions of her career, she is placed in the hands of an in-home doctor, Dr. Jane Steibold and one of her worst fears, not being able to take care of herself. Blake and Jane clash at first, but as Blake gets used to the restrictions of her new lifestyle, she begins to realize that having Jane in her life might be just what she needed all along.

 

FANTASY

 

THORN

by Anna Burke

On a cold day deep in the heart of winter, Rowan’s father returns from an ill-fated hunting trip bearing a single, white rose. The rose is followed by the Huntress, a figure out of legend. Tall, cruel, and achingly beautiful, she brings Rowan back with her to a mountain fastness populated solely by the creatures of the hunt. Rowan, who once scorned the villagers for their superstitions, now finds herself at the heart of a curse with roots as deep as the mountains, ruled by an old magic that is as insidious as the touch of the winter rose. Torn between her family loyalties, her guilty relief at escaping her betrothal to the charming but arrogant Avery Lockland, and her complicated feelings for the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves. There is only one problem—if she can find a way to lift the curse, she will have to return to the life she left behind. And the only thing more unbearable than endless winter is facing a lifetime of springs without the Huntress.

 

FANTASY / EROTICA

 

THE GENERAL’S GUARDIAN

by Stardawn Cabot
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Silvia Amanda Whelan, or Silver, to her friends and family, is good at her job as a top-sales associate in her family’s gem-broker business but has found little joy in the day-to-day of her world. That changes one hung-over morning, however when she is mysteriously transported to another world entirely. Sangria is like Earth, but very different – because on this world, magic is real. Silver encounters this magic in the form of a young girl named Keridwen, who she quickly learns is more then she appears to be. Although Keridwen is currently cursed to be in the form of a ten-year-old child, she is really a thirty-four-year-old military commander. Through the magic, Silver becomes Keridwen’s guardian; responsible not only for her health and safety but also her actions, many of which land the Little General in a heap of trouble – and often over Silver’s knee. Despite Keridwen’s size, and other shortcomings, Silver is determined to help her. Through their adventures, together, Silver finds herself falling in love with both the Little and the grown-up General and with the help of her new guardian, Keridwen manages to regain some control of her curse and to stay tall for longer and longer periods of time. The question is, however, is will the growth spurts last, and will that be enough to ensure that Silver and Keridwen can find happiness in the strange world of Sangria, or does fate have other plans for them entirely?

Publisher’s Note: The General’s Guardian is an erotic romance novel that includes a sexual relationship between two women. It also includes spankings, some age play elements, and some mild violence. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

THRILLER

 

IMPRESSIONS
Carpenter/Harding Series: Book 8

by Barbara Winkes
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can you trust your first impressions?

Detective Ellie Harding has everything she wanted: After getting promoted and marrying the love of her life, she is working on a high profile case. None of it could prepare her for a life-changing surprise.

Jordan and Derek are investigating a double homicide that confronts them with the ugly realities of human trafficking. Did the two men fall victim to turf wars or vigilante justice?

The search for closure comes with unexpected revelations…and dangers.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

FRENCH SUMMER

by Lise Gold
narrated by Tessa Stavers

Newly divorced and bought out of her company, Nathalie rents a holiday home in the South of France. After years of hard work and a failed marriage in Chicago, she’s looking for some peace and quiet, a place to clear her mind and figure out her future. Lena loves women, her dog, and landscaping, but that’s about as complicated as it gets. When she meets her new tenant for the summer, it proves hard to stay professional as a caretaker, especially when that tenant turns out to be everything she ever wanted and more. As time passes and boundaries blur, the moment of goodbye becomes inevitable. Nathalie isn’t looking for a new love, especially not in the form of a woman, and Lena has no desire to get her heart crushed again. Is it possible to find home in a place you’ve never been? And is it worth the risk, giving up everything for someone you’ve only just met? They say home is where the heart is….

 

FALLING FOR FAITH

by Erica Lee
narrated by Elizabeth Wilson

Joey McGolden didn’t believe in anything. She didn’t believe in love, she didn’t believe in other people, and she certainly didn’t believe in God. Most of her life had been spent being rejected by those closest to her all because of her sexuality, so Joey was convinced she could never believe again. That was until a fateful mishap of her college track team led her right to Faith Hopkins.

Faith was everything Joey was not – positive, outgoing, and worst of all, a Christian. As the two grow closer, Joey begins to realize that maybe she could believe again.

But will she ever be able to fully let go of the past so she can accept both God and Faith into her heart or are the demons from her past too much to overcome?

 

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

by Carsen Taite
narrated by Paige McKinney

Senator Meredith Mitchell has been groomed from young adulthood for a future run for president, and as scion of a political dynasty, every public and private move she makes is carefully calculated. But Meredith’s focus on the right causes, the right people, and the right timing evaporates when she meets Stevie Palmer, a dashing public defender with a hard knock past.

A firebrand like Stevie is the last person she should be associating with, especially when Meredith’s political future turns into right now, and her party urges her to enter the presidential race. Attorney Stevie Palmer refuses to be limited by the low expectations of others or by taking the politically safe route.

Cautious, media-perfect presidential candidate Meredith Mitchell is the last woman she expected to fall for, but Stevie has never hesitated to pursue her passions. When her client reveals a Mitchell family scandal that could derail Meredith’s career, everything Meredith and Stevie value hangs in the balance, including Meredith’s shot at the presidency and their chance at love.

 

IN DEVELOPMENT

by Rachel Spangler
narrated by Ann Etter

From a young age, Cobie Galloway made a career of playing the girl-next-door on the silver screen. Only, she’s not a teenager anymore. Ready to challenge herself artistically and earn the part she’s always dreamed of, she’s forced to face the realization that in order to win the roles afforded to edgier actresses, she might first have to audition by playing someone edgier in her day-to-day life.

Pop star Lila Wilder built a multimedia empire by always having her finger on the pulse of what’s hot. However, as she struggles to produce her next smash hit record, she’s finding it hard to keep her name in the public eye, and a string of tumultuous relationships with Hollywood boy toys no longer captivates anyone’s attention.

Both women tentatively agree to a headline-grabbing fauxmance, with two simple rules: Always stick to the script, and never forget that on the stage of public perception, nothing is real. Can two women find love in a world of carefully crafted illusions, or will a successful charade mean the potential for something more gets left on the cutting-room floor?

 

THE MUSIC & THE MIRROR

by Lola Keeley
narrated by Abigail Rakocy

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol Victoria almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.

Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage, and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure builds as she knows she must pour everything she has into opening night and prove to her rivals and herself that Victoria’s faith in her is not misplaced.

In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.


 

 

HEARTS OF EMERALD BAY

by D. G. Barnes
narrated by Melissa Sternenberg

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

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

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

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

Hearts of Emerald Bay is D. G. Barnes’ first novel. He delves into the love life of two women who desperately need to find each other. If you like spicy stories where the girl fights to get the girl, you’ll love Hearts of Emerald Bay.


 

SALE ALERT!

 

CHANGE OF HEART

by Saxon Bennett & Layce Gardner

$0.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

This is book three of the True Heart series.

Dr. Susan Everett is living her dream. She has the perfect girlfriend, the perfect job, and lives in a perfect town. She is surrounded by wonderful friends and couldn’t be happier…until Carrie St. Clair, her ex-fiancée, comes back to town. Susan’s picture perfect life takes a wrong turn as Carrie tries to win her back.

Tess Donnelly has never believed in happily ever after – until she meets Susan. Tess opens her heart, her arms, and her home for the woman she loves. Then Carrie St. Clair threatens to destroy everything she loves.

Can Susan and Tess survive the storm that is Carrie? Will Susan have a change of heart? Or will Susan and Tess find out that only true love can keep them together?

Change of Heart is an emotionally-charged novel that explores love, loss, and the power of friendship.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: January 22 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.

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TB

ROMANCE

 

I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME

by Tracey Richardson

Claire Melbourne is a steely newspaper editor who’s just lost the biggest scoop of her career, thanks to her naïve intern’s mistake. Firing the young Ellie Kirkland for the offense was a no-brainer.

But when fate brings the two women together again, Claire finds herself questioning everything she thought she was—especially her cynical, take-no-prisoners approach to life. When she’s not breaking stories or breaking in reporters, Claire’s one outlet is to lose herself in Motown music and in the seat of a cheerful antique Mustang. But lose herself to the much younger, far-too-nice Ellie? There’s no breaking news there. Nope. That’s a story that needs to be spiked before it ever sees print.

Ellie Kirkland is at loose ends—and not for the first time. Resistant to following the path her parents insist on, she’s been trying out careers like she’s trying on outfits at Banana Republic. Now that her dream of being a journalist is over, Ellie must begin again. And the woman who crushed that very dream is the very woman who just might hold the key to Ellie’s future.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

CHARM CITY

by Monica McCallan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Taylor Tate has one last chance to turn things around. As the owner of Charm City Events, she needs her upcoming week of Valentine’s Day events to go off without a hitch. She’s painstakingly planned every detail down to the last red heart decoration, but what Taylor doesn’t plan on is the less than enthusiastic bar manager she’s paired with stumbling into her life at the worst possible time, making things more difficult every step of the way.

Carson Smith is getting by fine. She loves her job as the bar manager at Second Chances, a dive bar staple of the Baltimore landscape, and she doesn’t need anything or anyone disrupting the delicate balance she’s finally created. Especially for a stupid Valentine’s gimmick to take advantage of desperate singles. When the owner of the bar forces her to work with an event planning company to drum up business, she has no choice but to begrudgingly agree. It’s either play along or see the bar close, and she can’t let that happen.

It’s only a week, but time passes differently when there’s love in the air and too much on the line, and both women soon find their lives, and hearts, intertwined as they work together to make the week a success.

Can opposites attract? Find out in this HEA Valentine’s Day novella.

 

AFTER THE DARK

by Samantha Hicks

Can a love that starts out in terror be real or last?

Meredith Ashcroft is on her way to a client meeting in the Yorkshire dales when she disappears. Five months later, Art gallery manager Stephanie Edwards also goes missing. Both are held and tortured by the same sadistic man. Realizing their fate is doomed, and likely to die where they are, they take comfort from each other. Sharing their lives and dreams to help ease their terrifying existence.

After their rescue, the bond that connected them grows to a friendship that most deem unhealthy. Thrown together by chance and united in trying to overcome their shared ordeal, they find themselves falling in love. But is it true love or just an attachment to each other born out of fear for their lives?

 

MAY TO DECEMBER ROMANCE

 

THE SHOWER

by Kay Bigelow

Alex Aoki, a talented and aspiring artist, has had an opportunity to paint full time for the last five years thanks to the very generous patronage of Lucia DelAlessio. In exchange for accompanying Lucia to events around the world and occasionally sharing Lucia’s bed, Alex is able to focus on her art without worrying about day-to-day hassles and expenses.

Lauren O’Brien has left the rat race of a large Manhattan law firm to live a more peaceful life in rural New York. She meets the vivacious painter Alex at the small town’s library, and it is clear that the attraction between the two extends beyond a love of books. Lauren dismisses Alex’s interest as a schoolgirl crush because of their substantial age difference, but discovers that Alex is both persuasive and persistent.

Lauren soon learns of a bigger issue that Alex has been hiding—the rich, jet-setting patroness whose financial support comes with sexual privileges.

While Lauren tackles her ideas of relationships and monogamy, Alex must face hard questions about what is really worth sacrificing for her painting. As they each search their souls for what is most important, they must sort out their feelings about age, passion, propriety, honesty, art, truth, and above all, love.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

THE PIKE: NEW BEGINNINGS

by Erik Schubach

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 standalone book.)

 

URBAN FANTASY

 

THE BOOK WITCH

by Annette Mori

What if someone had the power to bring characters from a book to life…should they be allowed to glimpse reality? Imara is that person, a book witch who is convinced of her superiority, especially over book magicians. Even if one of those magicians is her former best friend Elle, owner of The Enchanted Page bookstore.

Jaiden is hesitant about love after growing up with her free-spirited mother, but somehow finds herself drawn to two different women. One she can’t decide whether to kiss or smack, and the other who might not be real.

Imara is drawn to Jaiden, but she needs Elle’s help to see if she can turn interest into something more. Only problem—Elle isn’t speaking to her.

Elle’s nemesis sets a trap for Jaiden and Imara, forcing them to work with the characters from a book to get out alive. What could go wrong? Will love forge the magic that helps them all triumph?

Join award-winning author, Annette Mori, and the gang from Asset Management, The Organization, and the colorful women in The Book Addict to bring you this delightful, magical romance.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

AT THE WATER’S EDGE

by Harper Bliss
narrated by Anne James

Sometimes you need to go back to where you came from.

When Ella returns to her hometown to recover from a trauma, she makes a connection with Kay, the lovely owner of a lake resort.

Ella thought she didn’t have time for love, but this extraordinary woman may just prove her wrong.


 

LOVE AT COOPER’S CREEK

by Missouri Vaun
narrated by Brittni Pope

Successful but suffocated by the demands of her corporate career, Shaw Daily walks out on it all. She returns to her grandparents’ rural property in Cooper’s Creek, North Carolina, with a plan to hide out and reboot her life to be simple and stress-free. But escapism eludes her when her attentions are captured by small-town beauty Kate Elkins.

Kate has spent almost her entire life in Cooper’s Creek. For Kate, the bonds of small-town life are a source of strength and comfort. When her aging mother weakens, Kate takes a leave from teaching to care for her. Romance is the last thing on her mind when she bumps into her unrequited teen crush Shaw Dailey just back from California. Long-buried feelings resurface for Kate, but all Shaw sees is a beautiful woman saddled with the responsibilities from which she is finally free.

 

DARKNESS REMAINS

by KC Luck
narrated by Violet Dixon

If the lights go out forever, can love survive?

When a group of women from different walks of life are brought together by fate during the end of the world as they know it, each must find a way to survive against the odds, as well as learn to rely on each other.

Laura Kennedy finds herself without a home when part of the city of Astoria, Oregon, burns after a solar storm causes a worldwide blackout. Left with few options, she resigns to living with her brother’s family and trying to get by while food and resources quickly diminish. As she begins to despair about the fate of the world, a handsome, young stranger rides into her life, and suddenly, she finds herself attracted to a woman in a way she never expected.

Sam Quinn is a veterinarian student. When the power goes out everywhere and believing everything happens for a reason, she decides to ride Northwest on her horse to explore the rapidly changing landscape in hopes of finding a place where she belongs. Instead, she encounters nothing but fear and unrest, or at least until she has an accident and wakes up to meet a woman named Laura. Sam can’t stop thinking about her, but Laura nothing to do with Sam.

Taylor Barnes is an Army veteran, who is happy to simply work on a farm she shares with her close friends outside of town. However, when the city of Astoria struggles to maintain order after the world goes dark, she suddenly she finds herself thrust into a leadership role she never wanted. The only reason she agrees is so she can keep the world safe for Jackie, the woman she loves.

Jackie Scott, once a powerful CEO, had the world at her fingertips but is now adrift in a new reality without any of the modern conveniences she once relied on. Living on her sister’s farm near the small town of Astoria, the only stability she can rely on is Taylor, the one person who she is slowly learning to trust and, if she is willing to listen to her heart, maybe even love. The end of the world is only the beginning.


 

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: ONLY YOU

by Tosh Baker
narrated by Hilarie Mukavitz

If you enjoy a good romance, you will enjoy this lighthearted and humorous display of true love. Both women in their early forties, cross paths in a fortunate turn of events. You will fall in love with Madison and Katherine, as they overcome the harsh elements of controversy, in a lesbian relationship.



 

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New Lesfic Goodies: January 15th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

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

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Happy reading and listening,

TB

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

A PERFECT BALANCE
Romancing the Page: Book 2

by Laura Ambrose
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Emma does not want, or need, a relationship and everything that comes with one. Besides, she has her job as a science fiction editor keeping her busy. Every few weeks, she meets the mysterious S and has no-strings-attached dalliances. It’s perfect. At least until one of the newest marketing assistant walks into the board room—Sage, the anonymous girl she meets in hotel rooms.

With the marketing campaign for the biggest debut of the year heating up, there are far too many late nights or trips away that could upset Emma and Sage’s balance. Is it worth it?

The main characters have a lightly kinky relationship. There is one short instance of sexual harassment, a few brief mentions of one character previously having suicidal thoughts (not in the present storyline). 

 

JANUARY EMBERS
A Year in Paradise: Book 1

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.

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 ten 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?

 

STRINGS ATTACHED

by Holly Stratimore

Success. Riches. Music. Passion. It’s a life most can only dream of, but stardom comes at a cost.

Rock star Nikki Razer has worked hard to achieve her dreams and she finally has everything she ever wanted—except true love. She’s ready to find someone who can love the woman she really is, not just her rock star persona. When the band comes home for a break, she sets her sights on beautiful music teacher Drew McNally. But Drew is happy running her father’s music store and she definitely doesn’t want to date a celebrity—no matter how attractive she is. Her mother’s obsession with fame destroyed her family and Drew’s not going to let it happen again.

Nikki thought she would do whatever it took to win Drew over, but she can’t abandon her band and give up on her dreams. When it’s time to face the music, will the price be too much to pay?

 

ROYAL COURT

by Jenny Frame

Captain Quincy is a steady and reliable Royal Marines officer, decorated for gallantry after a mission that nearly killed her and the men under her command. At a crossroads in her career, Quincy reluctantly accepts when her old comrade, Queen Georgina, asks her to join the Royal Protection Command as the Queen Consort’s new protection officer.

Holly Weaver, Royal Dresser and self-confessed man-eater, starts to question her sexuality when she has a girl-crush on famous actor, Story St. John and, then, polo player and friend of George’s, Captain Quincy.

The good-looking captain’s emotionless personality is the opposite of Holly’s exuberant lust for life. When a threat to the Queen Consort emerges, Quincy and Holly clash over the best way to protect her. As the fiery passion they can’t deny begins to melt Quincy’s heart, Holly must decide how much of her own she is willing to risk.

 

ORDINARY IS PERFECT

by D. Jackson Leigh

Army veteran Catherine Daye long ago accepted her passable looks, mediocre talent, and average intelligence. In fact, she bought a rundown farm on seventy acres to retreat from the world and live out her simple, ordinary life. Atlanta marketing superstar Autumn Swan’s world is anything but simple. Constantly plugged in to what’s trending on social media, it’s her job to keep her clients ahead of the competition. When her favorite cousin dies suddenly, she finds herself the owner of a modest country home, guardian to a sullen, tomboyish ten-year-old, and neighbor to an intriguing woman who isn’t as ordinary as she appears.

 

MUSIC CITY DREAMERS

by Robyn Nyx

Louie Francis is ready for another life and she’s going to make it happen. When she sets out to make her dreams of being a songwriter in Nashville come true, she has no idea what’s in store, but she’s determined to be the person she’s always wanted to be.

Like a zillion other people, Heather King had dreams of being the next Country superstar. But it isn’t long before she figures out her real talent is in discovering the next big thing, and her dream of creating her own label is within reach. If only she can play the game just a little longer…

When they meet at the Bluebird Café, sparks fly. But Heather knows what being an out lesbian in Nashville would do to her career. Louie isn’t willing to be anything other than exactly who she is. Thrust together to work with Country royalty, they must figure out how to be Music City dreamers without losing themselves and, ultimately, each other.

 

EMILY’S ART AND SOUL

by Joy Argento

High school teacher Emily Sanders’s bucket list didn’t include getting divorced and starting a new job in a new city. Those challenges pale, however, when her mother dies and Emily finds herself caring for her sister who has Down syndrome.

When Emily meets Andi Marino she thinks she’s found a new best friend, just the right kind of fun and caring person to keep her from spending every weekend alone. So when Emily discovers she’s a lesbian and wants to explore her feelings for women, Andi seems like the perfect social guide. Except Emily doesn’t know that Andi has been attracted to her from the start and is fast falling in love with her. Caught up in exploring her sexuality, will Emily see the only woman she needs is right in front of her?

 

ROMANCE

 

COFFEE FOR TWO

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jazz Colton wants nothing more than a boring life. Escaping from a tumultuous past in California, she moves to Oakview seeking tranquility. She’s done with love, done with excitement, all she needs is a little calm and quiet, and her independence.

Lucy Ford has finally achieved her dream of becoming a police officer. Now that she has what she wants, she needs to deal with what she doesn’t want. And with a house full of stray cats, the one thing that Lucy doesn’t want is yet someone else to look after.

But when Jazz’s past begins to catch up with her, Lucy can’t stop herself from stepping in to help Jazz clean up the mess. And as much as Jazz doesn’t want to get attached, she just can’t stop the feelings that the beautiful cop elicits…

 

HONEY & LOVE

by Jessica Pots
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A New Year’s Eve Story

Honey

She’s been the girl of my dreams since I was seven years old.

Beautiful. Successful. A powerhouse. My rock.

She’s the woman I plan to marry.

If only I could get the chance to ask her…

Love

She’s been the girl of my dreams since I was seven years old.

Smart as a whip. Sassy. Incredible. Loyal.

She’s the woman I plan to marry.

If only I could get the chance to ask her…

When everything possible stands in their way, how does a couple one of the most important nights of their lives manage to seal their fate forever?

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

 

STAR BOUND

by Magnolia Robbins
Available in Kindle Unlimited

World renowned sci-fi television star Reese Simmons looks like she has it all – fame, wealth, a slew of beautiful women who follow her every move. Except Reese’s life is crumbling around her. She hates her job and is constantly accused of being a “reckless party animal.” Reese’s agent decides the one surefire way to get her image back on track. She has to date the worst person in the entire universe, her co-star Justine Turner.

Her solution: she needs a fake girlfriend. And fast.

Enter Lucy, the BFF. Game store manager, board game geek, the world’s most AMAZING cosplayer, and Reese’s best friend practically since birth. When Lucy finds out Reese’s predicament, there seems like only one solution: pose as fake girlfriends. And Lucy is more than willing to play the part. She’d do anything for Reese – even if it means entirely too romantic tales about their relationship, hearing she’s “incredibly beautiful”, and expert kisses in public.

The problem: Reese and Lucy have been in love with each other all their lives—and they’re both completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, roleplaying games, and countless ‘fake’ kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real girlfriend when faking is so much fun?

 

CONTEMPORARY FICTION 

 

SUGAR RUN

by Mesha Maren

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past—and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we’ve traveled from the mistakes we’ve made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.

 

EROTICA 

 

ESCAPE TO PLEASURE

Have you ever fantasized about dipping into sensual waters? Tasting exotic fruit? Watching forbidden pleasures? Ever dreamed about the erotic games lesbians  play when they’re far away from home?

When life becomes mundane, the best way to shake things up is by getting away from it all. On vacation, anything is possible and fantasies really can come true. Edgy, wild, and wanton encounters promise satisfaction for those ready to play while away.  Join these award-winning authors as they explore the sensual side of erotic lesbian travel.

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

 

THE ARRIVAL OF LADY SUTHMEER

by Connie Valientis
Available in Kindle Unlimited

All Lavina wants is to quietly marry a man who will allow her to continue her current affair with the beautiful Lady Georgia Suthmeer. But with Lady Suthmeer herself objecting to any marriage, and with Lady Suthmeer’s husband pursuing Lavina for himself, it’s easier said than done. Can Lavina balance the men and women in her life, or will she end up losing her reputation–or worse, her lover?

CW: Mentions of pregnancy, slight violence, and infidelity.

 

INTRIGUE & THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

THE ASHFORD PLACE

by Jean Copeland

Isabelle Ashford inherited her late aunt’s country home with a simple plan: a quick flip for a healthy profit, then off to buy her dream house by the water. But the house seems to have its own ideas. Startling discoveries reveal well-kept family secrets, drawing Belle into the mysteriously tragic life and death of her father’s young cousin.

A flirtatious friendship with Deputy Sheriff Ally Yates blossoms into romance as they search for answers, hoping the clues they uncover will lead to the identity of a child predator and possibly, a murderer. Now with her plan for a short, uncomplicated stay in Danville foiled by the growing mystery and her undeniable feelings for Ally, Belle must decide whether to stick with her original plan for a clean getaway back to the Connecticut shore or to follow her heart’s lead.

 

CRIME THRILLER

 

SAVING ROSE

by Kate Genet
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Driven, professional sailor Claire Wilde is home on a flying visit to see friends and family. She’s especially looking forward to catching up with best friend Zoe, and meeting Zoe’s daughter, Rose.

But Christchurch is a city on shaky ground, and when it is hit by a big earthquake, secrets are suddenly exposed that Claire and Zoe had never even guessed at. In seconds, everything is changed.

Drawn into a terrible game of cat and mouse with a paedophile and killer she never suspected, Claire finds herself chasing a man who won’t stop until he gets what he wants — three-year-old Rose. Tested even to her considerable limits, Claire is about to discover exactly how far she is willing to go to protect another woman’s child.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

HERO LEAST LIKELY

by Jessica Michelinie
Available in Kindle Unlimited

From zero to hero, ordinary to extraordinary. Marie Carter never wanted to be a superhero, but with powers like hers she doesn’t have much choice… 

After gaining superhuman abilities from an MRI machine malfunction, Marie Carter struggles to balance her everyday woes of first dates and backlogged rent payments with the responsibilities that come with being NYC’s vigilante protector. Throw in a corrupt politician trying to turn New York City into her own personal playground, and she has no idea just how in over her head she is… 


 

ROMANCE / SPECULATIVE FICTION

 

TREASON
Exodus: Book 5

by Gun Brooke

The last thing Commander Neenja KahSandra wants is to be babysitting Zoem Malderyn, an orphan who can barely remember her past, and who has just regained consciousness after being used as a template for an army of changer clones. Despite herself, she comes to care for Zoem, whose courage and vulnerability is difficult to resist.

But as Zoem starts to remember more, a deadly countdown to destruction occurs inside her. She needs to discover why the malevolent changers programed her, and how to stop herself from carrying out their plan. Can the famous sisters, Caya and Briar Lindemay, help save Zoem and the Gemoconians, or will Zoem end up sacrificing herself—before she kills them all?


 

PARANOMRAL ROMANCE

 

THE SEA PRIESTESS

by Dallas Jessica Owen
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Broken, dropped by her record label and near death, Eve is in a dark place. Once she had money, fame and a legion of adoring fans. Now she has nothing. Her only lifeline is a brother she has not seen or spoken to in years.

Taken by her brother from America to the cliffs of Cornwall in England to recover, Eve finds things are not quite what they seem. She is taken from a world few ever experience only to find another world she is totally unprepared for. A world in which a young woman named Helena is unlike any woman she has met before. A world where everything she knows is turned upside down and where magic exists. It is a world that gives her a stark choice, to die with the past, bitter and alone, or live with an uncertain future.

And with the sea calling, Eve does not have much time to make that choice.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

HUNGRY HEARTS

by Layce Gardner & Saxon Bennett
narrated by Layce Gardner

Claudia Montgomery is the best-selling author of the Nosy Parker mystery series. Her life was everything she had dreamed it would be, but it all came crashing to a halt when her parents died. As a result, she has an acute case of writer’s block. After several months, she goes to a Bed & Breakfast on the coast to relax and regenerate.

Kate is a a successful archaeologist. She loved traveling the world and studying matriarchal societies. However, her work and life were upended when her sister was arrested and sent to prison. Kate had to give up her job, go home to raise her sister’s 10-year-old twin girls, and help her aging mother run the family Bed & Breakfast.

They say that love happens when you’re least expecting it. Can Claudia and Kate satisfy their hungry hearts in each others’ arms?


 

DISCOVERING DELILAH

by Melissa Foster
narrated by Andi Arndt

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.


 

CAVALCADE
Vetted Series Book 2

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Amy Deuchler

Molly didn’t know what kind of life to expect when she fell in love with Erin Herriot – her schoolmate, her best friend, and a woman. She had been grateful for Erin’s friendship when the bank swindled her after selling her parents’ farm and she was invited to live on Erin’s parents’ farm.

After making the difficult decision to live life as ‘man and wife,’ Molly gladly accepted the challenges before them. Together, they made the decision to sell Erin’s farm and embark on the journey of a lifetime…on the Oregon Trail. Erin couldn’t give Molly children; however, she could love her forever.

But leaving the area where they had both grown up and where everyone knew the women was the only way they could be together without questions about the true nature of their relationship.

Come along on their adventure as two women cross the country, adopt a family, and begin a life that neither had imagined possible growing up in the mid-1800s.



 

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A CLUELESS WOMAN

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by TB Markinson

Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people.

When Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications.

The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.

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BOUND

By Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings

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Natalie Chen is thrilled when she lands a once-in-a-lifetime internship. But things get a little complicated when she falls for her mysterious new boss… A steamy romance that explores sexuality and gender expression.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: January 8th 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

 

YEAR OF THE KISS

by Giselle Fox
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A perfect year begins with a perfect kiss…

It’s New Year’s Eve and single artist Sasha is ready to celebrate, but 2018 isn’t quite done with her yet. A last-minute shock at her day job sends her reeling, and it looks like the new year will get off to a rocky start. With some help from her kilt-wearing brother in law, Rob, she makes three little wishes for a happier New Year.

PhD student Naomi isn’t doing much better, the holiday season brought her a scandalous surprise. And without a special lady to celebrate with, she winds up with her parent’s at their friend’s New Year’s bash. Unaware that her night is about to get complicated, she confides in someone that controls her fate.

When Naomi’s and Sasha’s worlds suddenly collide, New Year’s Eve takes a magical turn. But just when they both thought they’d found someone special, their two paths are unwillingly torn apart. Will Sasha have to search all of Boston to find her? Will Naomi ever see Sasha again?

Year of the Kiss is a steamy New Year’s eve novella to help you welcome in 2019.

 

HUMBUG’S HOLIDAY HOMECOMING
Homecomings Book 1

by JA Armstrong
Available in Kindle Unlimited

It’s Christmastime, and Dr. Mick Mulligan has just arrived back at her childhood home after a five-year absence. She’s determined to help her mother, Leona, care for the house she grew up in and resolved to adjust to life back in Connecticut. After the childhood loss of her father, Mick proclaimed herself a “humbug.” Mick is happier in an operating room than gathering around a Christmas tree. Holidays conjure painful memories for the doctor. The problem is, Leona Mulligan thinks she’s Mrs. Claus.

Ruby Pope has lived next door to Leona Mulligan for five years. Ruby’s become Leona’s family, and Leona has been dubbed “Grandma Lee,” by Ruby’s six-year-old son, Logan. Logan and Ruby are about to challenge everything Mick had convinced herself to be true.

Loss has played a significant role in both Mick and Ruby’s lives. Both spend their days tending to sick people in the hospital; Mick as a vascular surgeon and Ruby as an ICU nurse. Neither could save the person they loved most. Mick has made it her mission to make a difference for families like hers. One day she might save the life of a little girl’s father at Christmas. Ruby has learned that life and death are inevitable parts of the other. She views life through Logan’s eyes with a sense of possibility and wonderment. Can Ruby and Logan help Mick rediscover the wonder of Christmas? What will Mick do when she’s forced to live in her mother’s version of the North Pole?

Humbug’s Holiday Homecoming is a story about finding the strength to love despite the inevitability of loss. It’s a journey of discovery, of letting go, and of learning to hold on again. What could be more magical than falling in love?

 

LOVE ON THE MOVE

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Recovering from a recent break-up, pilot, Kim Miller, has left San Francisco for the bright lights of New York. Putting distance between herself and her ex, Kim, who prioritizes honesty above all else, is wary of new relationships and the potential for further heartbreak.

Angela Brady has learned to be evasive about her unusual occupation. Dealing with dead people all day doesn’t make for great first date conversation. Her evasiveness extends at times to lying. Convincing herself that her lies protect those she loves is easy, but can she convince the one person who really matters?

When these two women in their thirties meet there are immediate sparks. But, is there any future for their relationship or is it doomed from the start?

 

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?

 

HER SURRENDER
Irresistibly Bound Book 2

by Anna Stone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Everything is falling apart for April. Her latest relationship has self-destructed, and she’s been unexpectedly promoted to director of the library she works at, only to find that the building has been sold to a ruthless corporation that plans to tear it down and replace it with luxury apartments.

While brooding at a bar, April attracts the attention of Vicki Blake. Vicki is confident, captivating, and has looks to die for. Although April can see right through the woman’s seductive smile, she decides to go home with Vicki to forget about her problems. When Vicki gives April a glimpse of her dark desires, it leaves April wanting more.

However, April soon discovers that the woman she shared an unforgettable night with is the vice president of the company that wants to demolish her library. Vicki intends to see the project through. April is determined to stop it.

Locked in a fierce battle of wills, April and Vicki are helpless to keep the tension between them from heating up. Every time they collide, neither can resist temptation. Will their volatile love-hate relationship cause everything both of them have worked for to go up in flames?

Her Surrender is the second book in the Irresistibly Bound series, following the bestselling Being Hers. Each book in the series can be read alone.

 

BEING MARGARET
British Royals Book 4

by Q. Kelly

The future for Britain’s Princess Margaret represents a marked change from her past. For example, Margaret will not be heir to the throne much longer due to the impending birth of her nephew, and her memory, while sometimes still resembling Swiss cheese, is better than ever. However, there is one memory in particular she wants to erase. It haunts her, sometimes crowding out her other thoughts and rendering her breathless.

Tessa Donovan, a detective in New York City, is the one person Margaret thinks can help, but Tessa doesn’t want to get involved. Margaret refuses to take no for an answer. She travels to Manhattan, seeks out Tessa and ushers in a future that neither of them could have envisioned.

Can Margaret get a happy ending like her sisters did?

 

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Twelve years ago, Poppy and Leah vowed to get married if they were both single at thirty. After losing touch, the unlikely pair reconnects just in time to meet the deadline. A lot has happened in the meantime… like both of them coming out of the closet. Now the popular girl marrying the science geek is an actual possibility. The contract was only a joke, though – wasn’t it?

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

TIMES LIKE THESE

by Ana McKenzie
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Best-selling author Lily Hammond writing contemporary romance as Ana McKenzie!

Merren Hardy is delighted when her thirst for new experiences turns into a holiday job for an attractive older woman. She’s more than happy to be muse, model, assistant, and lover – especially lover – for brilliant and successful Bianca Graves. After all, Merren’s smart with a big-picture view of the world and a practical streak wide enough to deal with Bianca’s difficulties. She’s a problem-solver. Except there’s one problem Merren’s never had to solve before – what happens when you fall in love with a woman who can’t see you properly?

Bianca’s an artist losing her sight, desperate to find a way to continue painting and keep her career and sense of identity. She needs more than a muse, more than a young woman to model for her. She needs someone to reach out and touch her when everything’s going dark – and help her find the way back to her life. Which surely means Merren’s too young, too different, worlds apart in experience. Bianca knows a summer fling at such a difficult time is one thing – but it can’t go any further.

As it turns out, however – there’s more than one way to be blind.

 

SWEAT EQUITY
A LadyLuck Startups Romance Book 1

by Monica McCallan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Avery Simmons’ life is in a rut. As the co-founder and creator of a lesbian dating app meant to help people find love, or at least a fun fling, the irony isn’t lost on her. Her girlfriend broke up with her, she can’t fit into her favorite jeans, and to top it off, she’s getting a new roommate who will be privy to her depressing pity party.

Personal trainer Charlie Grant wants nothing more than a clean slate and a fresh start from her old life in New York City. One of her oldest friends offers an extra room in her San Francisco duplex, but Charlie quickly finds out that it comes at an unforeseen cost. A sullen, misanthropic storm cloud of a woman already lives there, and Charlie has to wonder if cheap rent is worth her sanity.

Avery wants to hide from her feelings, and Charlie wants to run from hers. Can they both survive living together? But more than that, can they finally help one another break down their walls along the way?

This is the first book in the LadyLuck Startups Romance series but also acts as a standalone novel.

 

SHOW ME HOW

by Harley Slate
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Emily’s mom taught her love was just another con game. Now Emily has a plan to nab a billionaire of her own.

Jessica’s a cynical club owner. Hookups are no-risk thrills because insta-love isn’t a thing in Vegas.

Or at least it isn’t before Emily and Jessica collide…

This 162-page lesbian romance novel includes brief on-screen violence, extended steamy encounters, and a splash of champagne. No cheating, no cliffhangers. Complete with the happily ever after you deserve.

 

CHOICES

by Tessa Vidal

Small-town sweethearts Caro and Shell were torn apart eleven years ago.

Movie star Caro has reinvented herself as Hollywood royalty. Every inch a polished princess, she keeps her humble past a deep, dark secret.

Down-to-earth Shell refuses to hide who she is or where she came from. Her practical approach makes her the most in-demand dog behaviorist in Los Angeles.

When a fluffy dog brings them back together, the old sparks blaze again– even though they’re now complete opposites. Is it really possible for an A-list movie star to share more than a few nights with a regular girl from their old hometown? Or have they missed their chance forever?

 

EROTICA

 

WEBCAM CHAT
Jade’s Erotic Adventures Book 13

by Victoria Rush
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When recent divorcée Jade searches online for a distraction one night, she uncovers a lesbian chat room where naked women have private conversations using webcams. Eventually she meets a young college girl who confides that she’s attracted to her straight roommate.

They strike up a conversation, and before long the two women are sharing an intimate exchange. But just as things begin to get interesting, their conversation is interrupted when her roommate returns earlier than expected to their dorm.

The next night, they pick up where they left off, but this time her roommate catches them at the height of their passion. Instead of leaving the two women to their own devices, she decides to join in the fun. For the rest of the evening, the three women share an intense and increasingly steamy online encounter…

 

COZY MYSTERY

 

FOR BUTTER OR WORSE
A Jamie Bravo Mystery

by Layce Gardner & Saxon Bennett
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jamie Bravo is new to the Private Detective business. Armed with ten thousand business cards, a fedora and trench coat, the world’s ugliest dog, a parrot who impersonates movie stars, and a gay roommate, Jamie is ready for anything. That is, until she has to go undercover at the state fair’s butter sculpting competition.

The world-renowned butter sculpter, Lehane Noster, is missing. Did somebody kill him? Where’s the body? Is it hard to sculpt butter? Should Jamie sleep with London Wells (again)? And who is the mystery red-haired woman her ex wants her to follow?

Find the answer to these questions (and more) in For Butter or Worse, the third book in the Jamie Bravo cozy mystery series.

 

SCI-FI / MILITARY / ACTION

 

CONTACT 2020

by Natalie Debrabandere
Available in Kindle Unlimited

July 2020 – Planet Earth. Freelance news photographer Sky McKenna is in New York, investigating dark rumours about the murder of US kids by the military. Urban legends? Insane lies? Children are dying, and no one knows. Meanwhile, President Trump is on track for re-election. A series of lethal asteroids recently narrowly missed the earth, and a new planet is visible in the sky. Religious zealots and end-times aficionados are whipping an already stressed-out population into even worse frenzy. As fear and violent riots increase, a state of emergency is declared across the land. These are dangerous times indeed, and yet Sky has no idea of the magnitude of the personal challenge that she is about to face. By summer’s end, she will have been transformed forever… The fate of all Humankind will be in her hands.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SUN

by Lucy J. Madison
narrated by Tegan Ashton Cohan

Alex McKenzie is settled into a comfortable life in her beloved hometown of Stockbridge, MA. Everything Alex thought she knew about life and about herself changes the moment Cate Conrad blows into town. Alex falls head over heels in love with the free-spirited artist and sailor but Cate’s complicated past makes it impossible for her to commit. Devastated, Alex tries to heal her heart by hiking the famed Appalachian Trail while Cate takes to the water. Can Alex and Cate find their way back to each other?


 

FIREFLIES

by Lise Gold
narrated by Stevie Zimmerman

Senior purser Mia Donoghue is always on the go, leaving her little time for herself. She doesn’t mind being busy; it provides distraction from painful memories and her daily struggle to stay sober.

Captain Ava Alfarsi has just been promoted, carrying more responsibility than she’s ever had before. As a single, young, and attractive captain, Ava has no problem meeting women, but her control issues and fear of people finding out she’s far from perfect stand in the way of connecting with others on a deeper level.

When the two become aware of each other’s deepest secrets, they find comfort in the knowledge they’re not alone. The attraction is undeniable as they embark on a healing journey together.

Can Ava learn to let go, and can Mia somehow make peace with her past?

Both searching for strength to fight their demons, they never expected to find strength in each other. But is passion enough to keep the fire burning?


 

UNLEASHED: Case of the Great Danish

by Erik Schubach
narrated by Claire Buchignani

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

Finnegan can’t seem to help herself from getting embroiled in trouble. It just seems to follow her around. On a simple visit to a bakery to get her jerk cop a danish, she lands herself in the middle of dognapping and death.

It is up to Detective Jane McLeary to find Finnegan as she flees through a blizzard in the middle of New York City with a huge Great Dane before her relentless pursuer catches her.


 

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TWICE IN A LIFETIME

by Clare Lydon

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Once bitten, twice shy?

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown – because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn’t trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn’t forgotten the past.

Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime?


 

WHERE SHADOWS LINGER
Intertwined Soul Series
Eva & Zoe Book 2

by Mary D. Brooks

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Eva Muller and Zoe Lambros flee to Australia seeking refuge from World War II ravaged Greece. They struggle in an intolerant society whilst dealing with their haunted war-time memories and hiding their forbidden love.

With the horrors of the war behind them, Eva and Zoe forge a new life together. The war is over but the shadows from their past emerge to shatter their peace and endanger their lives.

They are about to find out the hard way that moving thousands of miles away does not protect them from those that wish them harm.


 

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New Lesfic Goodies: December 18th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases.

NEW BOOKS

LIFE IN BITS
by Harper Bliss &
T.B. Markinson

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Holiday Romance

Can a Christmas romance mend a life that’s broken to pieces?

Eileen Makenna is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who has traveled the world for over two decades, chasing the next big story. She returns home for the holidays shattered by a life-altering event and facing the terrifying prospect she’ll never be able to work again.

When Eileen meets Naomi Weaver, a small-town girl who dedicates her free time to helping those in need, Eileen is entranced by Naomi’s zest for life. Can Eileen overcome her inner demons and troubled family relationships to let Naomi in?

Best-selling lesbian romance authors Harper Bliss & T.B. Markinson have teamed up to bring this touching age-gap love story to life. Grab your copy of the holiday romance that’s the talk of the season.

 

A MATCH MADE AT CHRISTMAS
by Ellen Jane

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Holiday Romance

Lee has been secretly in love with her best friend’s older sister, Jo, for eight years when a fortune-teller proclaims Jo is ready to return Lee’s feelings.

At first, Lee doesn’t believe her, but when she finds a mysterious book of matches that bring good luck when they’re lit, it seems Christmas miracles could be real. But just as fate favours her, her luck fails. The magic goes awry, and every time she strikes a match, disaster occurs.

The fortune-teller warns Lee that something is interfering with her destiny, and she needs to look inward to find the solution. Can Lee figure out what is ruining her luck before she hurts someone, or should she give up on her Christmas dreams altogether?

A Christmas short story of approximately 16k words (~40 pages). Full of mutual pining, cosy romance, and Christmas cheer.

 

THE A TO Z OF GIRLFRIENDS
by Natasha West

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romantic Comedy

Izzy Mortimer is getting married. But as that trip down the aisle draws near, she finds herself wondering if she’s got what it takes to make a marriage work… Izzy goes on a side-splitting trip down memory lane, visited by the ghost of girlfriends past as she tries to understand how she got to where she is and where she’s going next. From first love to the woman she’s choosing to spend her life with, it’s a winding, chaotic trip filled with hilarious blunders and comical bad decisions.

An entertaining romantic comedy novel from the author of ‘The Plus One’ and ‘By Any Other Name’, ‘The A to Z of Girlfriends’ is the story of every mistake that takes you to where you need to be.

 

BLISSFULLY BLINDSIDED
by Robin Alexander

Romantic Comedy

Blaze Sonnier has had a bad year. In the spring she made national news while dressed as the Easter Bunny in a brawl where she was trying to defend herself, and earned the moniker Bitch Slap Bunny. In the fall the mother who abandoned Blaze for an acting career showed up on her doorstep, not only injured from an accident but broke and in need of a place to stay. While on a bike ride to purge her stress Blaze encounters one small (in physical stature only) silver lining with a flat tire.

The job Caleigh Breaux took after graduating college required her to live as a nomad into her late thirties. Weary of traveling, hotels and being unable to have a real relationship, she made a career change. Though she hoped the change would lead her to meet the woman of her dreams she’s stunned when it happens the night she rolls into the town of Falcon, Louisiana.

In her latest romantic comedy, Robin Alexander has woven another tale with her trademark humor about small-town life, family, forgiveness, and falling in love.

 

ASK ME AGAIN
E.J. Noyes

Romance

What do you do when the source of all your problems is the one thing you don’t know how to fix?

With Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell nothing more than an unpleasant memory, US Army surgeon Sabine Fleischer is ready to move on with her life—if she can just figure out how to move past her PTSD. Fresh from her first deployment since surviving a vehicle attack in Afghanistan, Sabine is finding the things she’s tried so hard to push aside aren’t as easy to ignore as she’d hoped.

Sabine’s girlfriend and ex-commanding officer Rebecca Keane is happily settled into her new job running a trauma department in a civilian hospital. Life with Sabine is everything Rebecca ever wanted. But when Sabine’s PTSD reappears worse than before, she’s left struggling with her own guilt.

There’s no doubt that both Sabine and Rebecca want the same thing. But how do you help the most important person in your life when they don’t want to need your help?

Ask Me Again is the must-read sequel to the best-selling Ask, Tell.

 

AS ALL OUR FIRES BURN
by Hildred Billings

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

A stand-alone novel, and the third installment in the Elemental series of romances set in Japan.

On the one-year anniversary of her son’s death, Sayuri finds herself on a subway station platform, and she doesn’t know how she got there.

Neither does Miwa, the station employee who has one eye on the lost and weary woman the moment their paths cross.

All it takes is one precarious step, and both Sayuri and Miwa are enveloped in a whirlwind relationship that brings them closer to the edge than ever before. For schoolteacher Sayuri, that means letting go of the life that is no longer hers to claim. For train enthusiast Miwa, it’s realizing that there is more to human existence than isolation and struggling to get by.

Every time they think about one another, a spark is ignited.

Every time they speak, kindling is thrown into the flame.

And every time they touch, the fire grows hotter.

Imagine what a single kiss contains.

AS ALL OUR FIRES BURN is a standalone romance. It contains themes of losing a child (before the start of the story,) and depression.

 

MADELEINE
by Emma Nichols

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Madeleine isn’t like other grieving war widows.

Claudette isn’t like other young French women.

As their lives collide, Madeleine and Claude will discover a depth of connection and desire they never knew could exist. Can their love flourish in post-WW2 France or will their past derail their future?

If you like your novels with strong leading ladies, smouldering chemistry and an epic love story that twists and turns, then you’ll love Emma Nichol’s latest lesbian romance.

 

PIECES OF ME
by L.M Croft

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Alex Rivera is finally free. After spending ten years with a man she didn’t love, could leaving town give her everything she’s ever wanted? A woman. The chance to be happy…

Blake Jenkins is very much the hot neighbor in her hometown, but the scars of her marriage have been too much to overcome. Forever pulling away from what she truly wants, life changes in the blink of an eye. Just when Blake believes she has it all, she discovers everything isn’t quite as it seems.

Pasts. Old flames.

Can she battle one final time for the life she’s always dreamed about, or will love ultimately defeat her?

 

IT’S COMPLICATED
by Evelyn Dar

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Bailey Torres is hopelessly in love with Caitlyn Hunter. And who could blame her? Caitlyn is smart, generous and the kind of beautiful that makes Bailey’s stomach do backflips, then front flips, then somersaults. Needless to say, Caitlyn’s perfect in every way…well, she would be if she wasn’t Bailey’s high school English teacher.

On graduation night, fueled by liquid courage, Bailey does the unthinkable and confesses her love to her former teacher. She’s all in and hopes Caitlyn will be too. Who cares if there’s an obstacle…or two…or ten in their path? True love conquers all, doesn’t it?

 

THE DOMINATRIX
Jade’s Erotic Adventures
Book 12
by Victoria Rush

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Erotica

When recent divorcée Jade searches online for something to change up her boring sex life, she finds an ad for a dominatrix. Intrigued, she clicks on the link and begins to learn all about the exciting world of bondage and domination.

She books an appointment with the sexy redhead and when she gets to her pleasure palace, she’s shocked to see the wide assortment of whips and bondage equipment. After signing a waiver and establishing her safe word, Jade is tied up into a strange harness hanging from the ceiling.

For the next two hours, she’s teased and punished by the pretty domme until she’s begging for sexual release. By the time her session is over, Jade experiences the most erotic encounter of her life.

 

HEAVEN IS TO YOUR LEFT
Juliana Series
Book 4
by Vanda

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Historical Romance

How far would you go to save the person you loved?

It’s 1956. In Heaven is to Your Left (Book 4 of the Juliana Series) Alice (Al) and Juliana arrive home from a successful run at Le Lido in Paris, only to be greeted by Dan Schuyler who has threatened to reveal to the world the nature of their “immoral” relationship. Under this threat Schuyler has gotten Juliana to sign a contract with him to be in a Broadway play. Now, the control and manipulation begins. Al seeks a way to free Juliana from this man’s clutches. She turns to Max, accomplished businessman, owner of two night clubs, to help her. There must be something he can do; he has friends who are gangsters. Still, Max does nothing. Or does he? Al knows she has to act. She knows gangsters too.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

SOUL OF THE PACK
Wolfgang County Novella
by Jenny Frame
narrated by AJ Ferraro

Wolf expert Maddox “Ripp” Rippington knows nothing about her past and has only ever felt at home among her wolves at Willow Creek Wolf Sanctuary. When the Sanctuary is shut down, she’s lost. The only clue to her past is a birth certificate with the name Ansel Wolfgang on it, but she has never been brave enough to track her father down. Until now.

Kindergarten teacher Kyra Wolfgang is more than attracted to the mysterious human who arrives in Wolfgang County, a human as dominant and confident as any wolf she has ever met. For the first time in her life, Kyra knows the passion she has always longed for. But with the Wolfgang Alpha and Second distrustful of Ripp’s sudden appearance and her claim of a connection to the pack, does Kyra and Ripp’s love stand a chance?

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS
by Lise Gold
narrated by Addison Barnes

Hannah Hudson decides to take a break from her busy restaurant and her life in London after her girlfriend, who she thought she’d spend her life with, suddenly walks out on her. She travels to a small boutique hotel in Kirkenes, Norway, hoping to spend a peaceful and relaxing Christmas by herself.

Kristine Miller loves adventure. A bank manager living in a small town in Louisiana, she’ll take every opportunity she can get to explore the world. Kristine travels to Norway hoping to see the famous northern lights but when she meets Hannah, a fellow guest at her hotel, she realizes soon enough that the northern lights might not be the most fascinating thing there.

Both women expected Christmas in Norway to be special but neither of them expected it to bring magic into their lives…

 

AS THE CROW FLIES
by Karen F. Williams
narrated by Brittni Pope

Samantha Weller, a forensic scientist turned paranormal novelist, owes her life and writing career to a crow that saved her from certain death. When she buys an old bookend that looks like her avian muse, her world begins to resemble the plots of her novels.

Determined to find the mate to her bookend, Samantha and her antiquarian sidekick, Liz, go on a search leading them to the beautiful and wealthy Gwen Laraway. Samantha is instantly smitten, but the age difference has Gwen second-guessing Samantha’s interest.

Meanwhile, Liz is crushing on Gwen’s niece, Isabel. As clueless as she is sensuous, Isabel hasn’t had a date since her high school prom ten years ago, and she’s petrified to act on her sudden attraction to Liz.

Romance seems to be blooming all around, but problems arise when a restless ghost emerges from the ether to roam the dark corners of this haunting tale that explores the quantum mechanics of immortality.


 


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Guest Post: Family Ties by Jeannie Levig

Bold Strokes Books author Jeannie Levig is here to discuss her latest release.

Thank you, TB, for hosting me again on I Heart Lesfic. It’s such a pleasure to be here.

Family Ties

This time of year, as we head into the holidays, the topic of family comes up for many of us. For some it brings smiles and memories of past holiday seasons and traditions or even the warm, tingly feelings that can bubble up from remembering a particular event, scene, or family member that touched us deeply and made a difference in our lives, regardless of the season. For others, tensions and long-held grievances can resurface for another go-around. For many of us in the LGBT community, we have two families—our family of birth and origin and our chosen family that we’ve created from our hearts and that we embrace in love at least as much, and sometimes more, than we do our birth families.

My new book, A Wish Upon A Star, a December release from Bold Strokes Books, is the story of the creation of one such family. It’s a contemporary romance in which Leslie Raymond returns to the childhood home she once shared with her parents in an attempt to heal the heartbreak of losing the family she’d created and thought no one could ever take from her. In her early fifties, she determines that family life isn’t for her, and vows never to get involved with a woman with a child again. Then she meets’ the little girl next door, seven-year-old Siena and her enticing mother, Erica.

Erica Cooper, the single mom of a child with autism, gave up on relationships when Siena’s father walked away from them both shortly after Siena’s diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She’s content putting all of her emotional focus on the needs of her daughter and keeps her distance from any thoughts of romantic commitments.

But when the two of them meet, the draw to one another is strong and complicated more by Siena’s quick attachment to Leslie and the little dog Leslie picked up along the way as well as both women’s concern for Siena’s well-being. The friendship that evolves into love between the four of them is a force that can’t be denied. Can Leslie’s and Erica’s rational decisions to avoid such entanglements stand up to the power that the call to family holds?

For the call to family is a powerful one, whether it be to our birth families, even if they present challenges, or our chosen families that form sometimes without our realization until it’s done. I believe the people we end up in family with don’t end up in our lives by accident or at random. I think these people are in our lives in that capacity to tie us to them so we can work things out with them, even if they themselves are the things we need to work out.

So during this holiday season, whatever family you plan to be with, be with them in love and gratitude for their roles in your life. We can agree with them, or not. We can be close to them or as far away as we want. They can be part of our birth family or those with whom we choose to form family ties. But they are family.

A Wish upon a Star is now available everywhere

 

A WISH UPON A STAR

Romance

Leslie Raymond spent the past two years wishing her life had taken a different turn. It’s time for a fresh start, a move across the country, and a new set of rules to help heal her heart—no straight women, no women with kids, and no commitment. But when she meets her new neighbors, the beautiful Erica and her special needs daughter, Siena, she struggles against the pull she immediately experiences.

Erica Cooper has learned to rely only on herself. She knows most people don’t stick around when the going gets tough. And when caring for child with autism, the going can get tough fast. She is content with the quiet and emotionally safe life she’s constructed, but when they are befriended by their kind, playful, and—damn it—really hot new neighbor, the walls protecting her heart threaten to crumble.

So much for good intentions and firm resolutions–neither stand a chance when the stars align for love.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jeannie Levig is an award-winning author of lesbian fiction and a proud and happy member of the Bold Strokes Books family. Her debut novel, Threads of the Heart, and her romantic intrigue, Into Thin Air, both won Goldie Awards from the Golden Crown Literary Society, and her contemporary romance, Embracing the Dawn, won a Rainbow Award and was a Goldie finalist.

Raised by an English teacher, Jeannie has always been surrounded by literature and novels and learned to love reading at an early age. She tried her hand at writing fiction for the first time under the loving encouragement of her eighth grade English teacher and graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is deeply committed to her spiritual path and community, her family and friends,  and to writing the best stories possible to share with her readers.

She loves writing, reading, movies and lives in Central California.

Visit Jeannie at her website, JeannieLevig.com, or send her an e-mail to Jeannie@JeannieLevig.com. She’d love to hear from you.

 

CONNECT WITH JEANNIE LEVIG

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: December 11th Edition

Here are the latest book releases.

NEW BOOKS

 

NAUGHTY LIST
by KC Luck

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Holiday Romance / Short Story

Christmas is coming … Holly is having trouble getting into the holiday spirit. When the only romance in her life consists of Hallmark movie marathons, she’s pretty sure things could not get more discouraging. When a knock sounds at the door, Holly suddenly finds herself face-to-face with a stranger. A hot, handsome butch named Nic. When the chemistry sparks between them, Holly is faced with a tantalizing new dilemma – will she be naughty or nice?

Need a little something to warm you up for a spell on a cold winter’s night? This steamy short story is exactly what you need.

 

A KIND OF MIRACLE
by Emma Chamberlain &
Blythe Stone

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Holiday Romance

When a young doctor meets a mysterious woman on the night of her own wedding, she can’t seem to avoid the fact that she’s attracted to her.

A Christmas romance for gay women, A Kind of Miracle… follows in the footsteps of much needed lesbian romcom’s like Saving Face and Imagine Me & You.

 

MISTLETOE KISSES
by Charlie Conwell

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Holiday Romance

Hannah left her home, family and friends in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland at the age 25. She not only wanted to find herself but wanted to be true to herself.

She builds a life for herself in New York and has everything that she could ever want. The only thing missing from her life is a lover.

She makes a trip home for the first time in twenty years to celebrate Christmas.

What kind of welcome will she get?

Meeting Allison, her younger sister’s best friend the sparks fly between them but Hannah is hesitating because of the age gap between them.

Can she allow herself to follow her heart and fall for the younger woman?

Could she find her once in a lifetime love?

 

BREAKING CHARACTER
by Lee Winter

Romance

Life has become a farcical mess for icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thornton. America’s most-hated villain stars in a top-rated TV medical drama that she hates. Now, she’s been romantically linked to her perky, new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. As a closeted actress, that’s the last thing Elizabeth needs. If she could just get her dream movie role, life would be so much better. The only problem is that the eccentric French film-maker offering it insists on meeting her “girlfriend”, Summer, first.

Summer Hayes is devastated when her co-star shuns her for accidentally sparking rumors they’re lovers. Now the so-called British Bitch has the audacity to ask Summer to pretend to be her girlfriend to get her a role? Elizabeth doesn’t even like Summer! Oh, how she’d love to tell her no. And Summer definitely would if it wasn’t for the fact she’s maybe a tiny bit in love with the impossible woman.

A lesbian celebrity romance about gaining love, losing masks, and trying to stick to the script.

 

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN BRIDES
A Modern Lesbian Fairy Tale
Book 3
by Emily Sharp

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Romance

Jenna Snow has given up on the idea of love after her one and only relationship ended in heartbreak. With the threat of foreclosure on her family’s ranch looming, she has tried unsuccessfully to save it. Hope returns when her best friend suggests Jenna audition for a new reality show, Broken Brides. The chance of winning the top cash prize is too much to resist and Jenna agrees to do it, even if it means telling a little lie….

Princess Isabella Charming, CEO of the namesake company, does not believe in love. She has seen the lengths women will go to in order to get close to her and her money, and has closed off her heart because of it. Hosting her own reality series to show the world a new form of AI technology, Isabella promises the winner a large cash prize and a chance to win her heart, but her love is something that no one can ever win no matter how hard they try. But when her eyes fall on Jenna, she begins to consider that love just might be worth a second chance.

As the show progresses, Jenna worries that her lie about her sexuality has gone too far, and the feelings in her heart towards Isabella become a little too real. As for Isabella, she must consider whether or not the innocent woman she desires is truly different from all the rest.

For these two to have the happily ever after they deserve, Isabella must once again trust her heart and Jenna will have to realize what the greatest prize really is.

Snow White and the Seven Brides is a stand-alone novel about Coming Out in Emily Sharp’s newest book of her Modern Lesbian Fairy Tale series.

 

TAKING CHANCES
by Erin McKenzie

Romance

Children’s librarian Valerie Cruz has worked hard to make a comfortable life for herself since aging out of the foster care system. She loves her job but avoids intimate connections—life has taught her that she can only count on herself. When she gets the opportunity to become a foster parent, Val decides to take the leap. If she can help kids, she’ll do it, even if it means reentering the system.

Foster care case worker Paige Wellington is passionate about her work, and she’s been a foster parent herself. When she meets the beautiful Valerie Cruz, she is drawn to her in a way she can’t explain, even though Valerie seems to want nothing to do with her. But when they clash over what is in the best interest of the children in Valerie’s care, the children may be the ones who teach them that it’s worth taking chances for love.

 

SECOND IN COMMAND
A Fairview Station Novel
Book 2
by VK Powell

Romance

Lieutenant Jazz Perry finds a young girl wandering the downtown streets alone late at night. As the child becomes attached to her, Jazz is reminded of her own experiences in foster care and takes a personal interest even when she knows she should maintain professional distance.

Social worker Emory Blake is good at her job helping children in challenging situations. She believes in the system and knows it works if you let it. When Jazz starts interfering in the case and bypassing the rules, Emory is torn between her responsibilities and an unwelcome attraction she can’t deny.

When on the job responsibilities collide with desires of the heart, becoming personally involved is the only choice.

 

SEASCAPE
by Karis Walsh

Romance

Marine biologist Tess Hansen has left her high-tech lab at Evergreen College and returned to Washington’s northern coast to take care of her aging parents. Although her new job studying orcas in the Pacific excites her, she finds life in the small town where she grew up to be stifling and boring. Until she meets Brittany James.

Chemist Britt James has made the move from a hectic city to the rural coast as well, but she embraces the isolation. She’s looking for a way to reconnect with the environment and make amends for the damage her chemical company has done, and Tess’s center for orca research is a top contender for her endowment.

Change has become an unwelcome part of Tess’s life and a desperate hope for Britt. Can these two women find a place of refuge with each other?

 

FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS
by Dena Blake

Romance

Dex Putnam has been in love with her best friend Grace Standish since the fifth grade. Grace is smart, beautiful, and most unfortunately, straight. Life would’ve been perfect if Grace had only loved her back, but when Grace gets married, Dex knows it’s time to move on. Then Dex meets Emma Lawson, and her life takes a whole new direction. Only trouble is, she never expected to have to choose between her best friend and her new love.

Emma Lawson is successful and happy except when it comes to love. She’s been alone for a year and has no intention of giving love another chance, until falling for Dex changes everything. When Grace comes between them, Emma refuses to be second best. Can Emma show Dex what true love really looks like?

 

BREAKING DOWN HER WALLS
by Erin Zak

Romance

Leaving is what Julia Finch does best.

When a meeting with her birth parents goes horribly wrong, Julia escapes on a hastily planned road trip and winds up breaking down in a Colorado town so small the cows outnumber the people. Completely out of her element, she takes a temporary job as a ranch hand at Bennett Ranch. She only has to survive long enough to get her car fixed, and then she’s out of there for good.

Her bad luck continues when she meets the ranch owner, Elena Bennett. Elena is unhappy, abrasive, and annoyingly breathtaking. But the longer Julia stays, the more the ranch starts to feel like home, and her feelings for Elena become impossible to ignore. She’s spent years building her defenses high and running from her past. Could a love worth staying for be the key to breaking down her walls?

 

A WISH UPON A STAR
by Jeannie Levig

Romance

Leslie Raymond spent the past two years wishing her life had taken a different turn. It’s time for a fresh start, a move across the country, and a new set of rules to help heal her heart—no straight women, no women with kids, and no commitment. But when she meets her new neighbors, the beautiful Erica and her special needs daughter, Siena, she struggles against the pull she immediately experiences.

Erica Cooper has learned to rely only on herself. She knows most people don’t stick around when the going gets tough. And when caring for child with autism, the going can get tough fast. She is content with the quiet and emotionally safe life she’s constructed, but when they are befriended by their kind, playful, and—damn it—really hot new neighbor, the walls protecting her heart threaten to crumble.

So much for good intentions and firm resolutions–neither stand a chance when the stars align for love.

 

JOINT VENTURE
Addy and Karen Series
Book 4
by Tey Holden

Romance

When the stables burn, Addy ends up with a gun in her hand to defend Karen and Alex. She takes the shot that, in the most unusual way, ends the ordeal with Karen’s family. Then when Alejandro begins to race, old fears return. Later, when the local vet enters the scene, she becomes enamored with an old family friend.

Alex loves JP’s hilarious eccentricities, but he drives Karen over the edge. Disaster and prejudice come to town, and Addy and Karen face them off. Still, in the midst of it all, there is a child to raise, a school to change, and a town to fix. The future and the story belong to Alex.

 

BLOOD ECHO
by L. E. Royal

Paranormal Romance

When her abusive father finally goes too far, shy eighteen-year-old Rayne Kennedy finds that her savior is far from an angel. Lost and alone she is completely enraptured by the beautiful but murderous, Scarlett. Taken on an adventure by the vampire’s well-intentioned sister, Rayne is drawn into Vires, a dark and dangerous vampire world, where humans are little more than natural resources to be exploited.

In a society that has been turned upside down while learning to live inside its constraints, Scarlett Pearce may not be much more than a slave to a power-hungry Government and the violent bloodlust that consumes her may be all her own. Before she loses herself in a world unlike anything she has ever known, Rayne needs to find Scarlett and the answers to those questions.

 

UNEXPECTED PARTNERS
by Michelle Larkin

Romance / Intrigue & Thriller

After she’s abducted and barely escapes with her life, Dr. Chloe Maddox joins the Boston Police Department as a behavioral profiler. Her sole objective is to solve her own case. The only thing standing in her way is she has no memory of what happened. When she locks eyes with the man who murdered her lover and left her for dead, the past comes flooding back.

Detective Dana Blake is still mourning the death of her wife. When she discovers Chloe’s abductor is the same serial killer who took her wife’s life, she insists on protecting her. Both women are caught off guard by their developing attraction as they build their case, on the run from a clever sociopath. Danger lurks behind every corner, and a killer is intent on recapturing his prey. Except this time, he has his eye on Dana, too.

 

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
by Carsen Taite

Romance / Intrigue & Thriller

Senator Meredith Mitchell has been groomed from young adulthood for a future run for president, and as scion of a political dynasty, every public and private move she makes is carefully calculated. But Meredith’s focus on the right causes, the right people, and the right timing evaporates when she meets Stevie Palmer, a dashing public defender with a hard knock past. A firebrand like Stevie is the last person she should be associating with, especially when Meredith’s political future turns into right now, and her party urges her to enter the presidential race.

Attorney Stevie Palmer refuses to be limited by the low expectations of others or by taking the politically safe route. Cautious, media-perfect presidential candidate Meredith Mitchell is the last woman she expected to fall for, but Stevie has never hesitated to pursue her passions. When her client reveals a Mitchell family scandal that could derail Meredith’s career, everything Meredith and Stevie value hangs in the balance, including Meredith’s shot at the presidency and their chance at love.

 

INVALID EVIDENCE
by Stevie Mikayne

Crime & Mystery

Just when she is most needed at home, private investigator Jil Kidd is sent to the island of St. Eméline to investigate the death of an orca trainer at a sea aquarium. Once there, she discovers that the death might not have been the fault of the killer whale who’s getting the blame. As the investigation heats up, she discovers a toxic work environment, corporate fraud, and a whole whack of motive for murder. Not to mention her very attractive employer, who doesn’t bother to hide her interest in Jil.

Back at home, Jil’s partner, Jessica, copes with major life changes in the form of an unexpected death and an illness that forces the end of her career as a high school principal. Can Jil and Jess find a way to come back together and endure the waves of this tsunami?

 

ANSWERING THE CALL
by Ali Vali

Crime & Mystery

As New Orleans recovers from Hurricane Katrina, Detective Sept Savoie recovers from a gunshot wound with the help of her new love Keegan Blanchard. As the city returns to normal, so does the crime rate. Sept’s first case back on the job is a strangely ritualistic killing, which quickly escalates into serial murder. As the bodies start to pile up, the last thing Sept needs is the city’s newest celebrity crime writer, Nicole Voles, poking into the case looking for information for a new bestseller, especially when Nicole appears just as interested in Keegan as she is in murder. Time is running out and innocent lives are on the line. But with all her focus on finding a killer, the secretive and seductive Nicole Voles may just steal what matters to Sept most.

 

MARKED MALICE
Book 24
by K’Anne Meinel

Mystery

Would you know how to bring someone back to life? Well, Alice is not just a killer…she once brought her wife back to life. And now, her wife has an opportunity to repay her. But can Alice keep fact and fiction straight while trying to avoid sharing the gruesome details of her recent adventures with her teenage children? What happens when one of the children learns some of what Alice has been through? And what happens when Alice and Kathy realize their children aren’t the only ones aware of Alice’s deeds during her time away? Join Kathy and Alice as they answer two vitally important questions: ‘Who believes they have damning evidence that gives them the power to control Alice Weaver?’ and ‘Can these two women salvage their marriage…do they even want to?’

 

DRAGON WHISPER
The Dark Age Trilogy
Book 1
by Niamh Murphy

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Fantasy

A LOOMING WAR. A DEVASTATING BLIGHT. A GOD HUNGRY FOR SOULS.

To save herself, she will first have to save the world.

In the dying forests of the Weald Wood, Breanna, a young outcast, is simply trying to earn a Hunter’s axe.

When she witnesses the sacred Forest Drake kill her father and destroy her village home, she knows her life is forever altered. But Breanna holds a secret that could be the key to stopping the Ancient Dragon God’s rampage.

The fate of every being in the land now depends on one young woman who can hear the Dragon’s Whisper.

Will she find her courage, or see her world destroyed?

 

LESBIAN BOOK BINGO


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