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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.
Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at email@example.com.
Happy reading and listening,
by Robin Alexander
It started with a hair-pulling incident in third grade and soon Alicia Seguin and Zoe Rivers were sworn enemies. Unable to escape one another in the small town of Pitre, Louisiana, they traded insults and dirty looks well into adulthood. It took a flood and a determined grandmother armed with a bullhorn to turn the tide of their rivalry. Twenty years later, Alicia and Zoe relive the time they went from adversaries to lovers when Alicia’s niece seeks advice on dealing with her own adversarial relationship.
In this novella, Robin Alexander has woven a tale about how love can sneak up on us in disguise with her typical humor.
by Claire Highton-Stevenson
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Brooke Chambers is forced to leave the Army and the job that she loves. Moving back into civilian life, she never imagined it would mean looking after her teenage sister and searching for a new career.But, with the sudden loss of their dad, Brooke finds herself stepping up, and in the process, looking for a new job; any job.Getting the chance to let off some steam, she heads to Art, a lesbian bar, and meets Catherine. It’s lust at first sight as both women feel that instant connection, despite the obvious age gap.With Brooke’s new job being the same place where Catherine works, she assumes it was meant to be. Catherine, however, has other ideas and puts a halt to any prospective love affair, much to Brooke’s confusion and heartbreak.When she tells Brooke to forget it, she didn’t quite mean it so literally and wishes she hadn’t said it, but Brooke is injured on the job and loses her memory…and forgets Catherine….Will they get a second chance to work things out?
by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Ella and Ema were the best of friends, and more, until that fateful night fourteen years ago. Escaping with her heart in shreds, Ella vows that she will never be happy again.
When a bad break up and her sister’s wedding lead Ella back to Oakview for the first time in over a decade, the last thing on her mind is Ema. But when her sister demands that Ella learn to dance before the festivities, the stars align and she unknowingly walks into Ema’s dance studio.
The old sparks haven’t died, and before she knows it, the only thing Ella wants is to be swept back up into Ema’s arms. There’s only one problem: Cristof, Ema’s strangely accented dance partner.
As tensions rise and the wedding grows closer, Ella’s trust issues begin to surface. Just who is she supposed to believe? Her beautiful best friend? Or the man who wants to snatch her away?
Dance with Me is a standalone FF romance novel set in the Oakview universe, with a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!
by MJ Duncan
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Though she’s still struggling to put her personal life back together a year after leaving Los Angeles, Mallory Collingswood’s career is perfectly on track as she takes to the role of Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra like it’s her birthright. She’s determined to focus on her music and enjoy her second year back home when she’s approached about a collaboration with the Royal Ballet. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that only a fool would turn down…or accept, depending on the outcome. Taking on the role will mean working harder than she ever has in her life, and performing in a way she never has alongside the Royal Ballet’s brightest star. Individually, they are opposites in almost every way, but together they form a perfect pair, and for the first time in ages Mallory wonders what it would be like to love, and be loved, again.
by Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Welcome to Paradise Valley, where the locals thrive on the rural landscape, the quirky Oregonian living, and the history of the lesbian commune that founded it.
Mixing small town attitudes with lesbian dating? Sounds like another day in Paradise.
Hollywood B-list actress Fleur Rosé desperately needs a break from her hectic schedule. When she sees her chance to make a break for it, she drives as far as Paradise Valley, with the media (and her manager) hot on her heels.
Cue Jalen Stonehill, stage right. One of the county’s busiest plumbers happens to be in the right place, right time when she crosses Fleur’s path and is sucked into her glitzy world of tabloid fodder and social media wannabes. All Jalen wanted was a hot dog for lunch…
Instead, she gets a famous girlfriend!
Paradise Valley is about to get its first real whiff of fame when Hollywood shows up on their doorstep, ready to explain away Fleur’s presence in their very gay town. Good thing her manager has a story at the ready. All they need is Jalen’s cooperation.
by Erin O’Reilly
Elin Prescot’s dream to be a top fashion designer is finally within her reach—then Marissa Banks enters her life. Snared by her first taste of passion, Elin is consumed by desire for more. Now, instead of pursuing her dreams, she chases the addiction that is Marissa. Her life spirals out of control until she meets Doctor Aimee Sullivan, who understands all too well what Elin is going through.Can Elin let Aimee into her heart? Or will her addiction keep her enthralled with Marissa?This story explores first love, intense passion, manipulation of emotions, and the gentleness of real love and true romance.
by Aurora Rey
A recipe for love:
One cup of homespun country farmer
Two dollops of hotshot city chef
A sprinkle of funky little restaurant
Increase the heat until romance sizzles.
Hannah Little doesn’t have much use for fancy chefs or fancy restaurants, but that’s exactly what Three Willows Farm needs to survive. When a local restaurant wants to feature her produce, she’s thrilled. But the contract means working with an egotistical, and (let’s face it) drop-dead-gorgeous head chef from New York City.
Chef Drew Davis can’t wait to run her own kitchen. If taking a job at some trendy farm-to-table restaurant in the middle of nowheresville will get her there faster, she’s on board. She has no intention of staying though, and that means the feisty farmer who keeps trying to tell her how to do her job can’t be anything more than a pleasant distraction.
The last time Brody Clark left the Rivers, she walked away from her life—her foolish dreams, her few friends, and the secrets she’d kept from everyone. For ten years she’d told herself there was nothing in her past she cared about—not the family who’d given her a home or the one girl she never stopped thinking about. But now she’s back as part of the new medevac flight crew, for at least as long as it takes to finally bury her ghosts.
Val Valentine, DVM, planned on a big city boutique vet practice with high profile clients, easy hours, and lucrative profits. All until the man who was more father to her than her own asks for her help, and she ends up back in the backwater where all she has are bad memories.
Brody figures cutting her ties to the past would be a hell of a lot easier if she could only avoid the woman she’s never been able to forget. Since Val never even knew she was alive back in high school, that shouldn’t be too hard now. When their lives collide, both women discover what might have been is closer than they think.
by M. Ullrich
When travelwisdom.com assigns PR specialist Caroline Beckett and travel blogger Emma Morgan to cover a hot new couples retreat, they’re forced to fake a relationship to secure a reservation. Ten days in paradise would be a dream assignment, if only they’d stop arguing long enough to enjoy it.
Reputations are Caroline’s business. Too bad she was forced out of her previous job when an ex smeared hers all over the office grapevine. She’s never getting involved with a coworker again, especially not one as careless and unprofessional as Emma.
Emma knows that life is too short to play by the rules. But when she goes too far and a defamation lawsuit puts her job in jeopardy, she has to make nice with Caroline, the image police, and deliver the best story of her career.
Only pretending to be in love sure feels a whole lot like falling in love. When their story goes public, ambition and privacy collide, and their chance at making a fake relationship real might just be collateral damage.
by Anna Larner
Newly appointed art curator Molly Goode is committed to diversifying her museum’s collection. When Georgina Wright, the museum’s aloof benefactor, asks for Molly’s help in identifying the provenance of a 19th century portrait of social activist Josephine Brancaster, Molly welcomes the opportunity, even if it means spending time with the standoffish financier. But passions soon flare as the women uncover the heartbreaking story of doomed lesbian love behind the watercolor painted by Josephine’s lover, Edith Hewitt.
As their love blossoms, Molly is determined to display Edith’s portrait of Josephine and to tell their story in the museum, but she needs the influential Georgina to help convince the board. When an unforeseen twist in the painting’s provenance forces Georgina to confront her own painful past, will history repeat itself, or can Molly and Georgina’s love prevail?
by Amy DeMeritt
Available in Kindle Unlimited
With Madison and Sam graduating college, the family sits poised to support them as they pursue their own careers and hope to become pregnant.Circumstances will allow them to share their blessings and uplift their families and friends in their own ambitions. A tragic meeting of chance will bring a painful loss from the past to their present, bringing the situation full circle with a bittersweet ending. New friends and colleagues bring new drama and promises for a better future.While struggling to balance work and family, Kayla feels a tug in her spirit to do more for her tribe, which will be echoed by her elders, challenging her to get more involved in the indigenous community.
by Larkin Rose
NASCAR photographer Lacy McGowen never thought she’d capture the moment of death. Unable to watch another race after a fatal crash, she flees Pittsburgh to shoot weddings and capture the images of LA’s young, fashionable, and oh-so-spoiled. She’s desperate to get back to the racetrack but has no idea how to overcome the images that haunt her.
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Kip Sellars has a death wish. At least that’s what Lacy thinks when her best friend convinces her that cleaning up the young rookie’s image will be a breeze. Kip’s rude, arrogant, and unprofessional, not to mention scruffy, which shouldn’t be nearly as sexy as it is.
What Lacey doesn’t know is that Kip’s penchant for trouble masks a secret she can never tell and a deal with the devil she never should have made. When love waits at the finish line, dangerous curves are a risk worth taking.
EROTICA / INTRIUGE & THRILLER
by MJ Williamz
Fashion photographer Ronnie Mannis loves women. She loves to photograph them, and she especially loves to sleep with them. But when she meets model Lana Ferguson, she knows she’s found the one for her. Lana has never been happier, and this time it could even be love.
Ronnie is finally ready to settle down, but her ex, Whitney LaRoche, isn’t going to accept that she’s moved on. When Whitney’s jealousy ends in an attack that leaves Lana disfigured, Lana’s world comes crashing down. Her career is over, and life as she knows it changes forever. Certain that Ronnie, surrounded by the world’s most desirable women, couldn’t possibly want her now, Lana pushes her away.
Despite her guilt over the price Lana has paid for her past mistakes, Ronnie vows to convince Lana she’s just as beautiful as ever in all the ways that matter most.
by Eden Darry
Sadie, Fin, and their two children were a perfectly ordinary family. Even if Fin felt taken for granted sometimes. Even if their introverted son, Liam, had terrible nightmares and knew things he shouldn’t.
But everything changes the night Sadie is viciously assaulted by former client Lance Sherry. Sherry knows where they live, and when the police fail to catch him, Sadie and Fin are forced to run. They think they’ve found the perfect place to start over. The house is everything Fin dreamed of, but as they settle in, Sadie discovers their home may not be what it seems, and daughter Lucy’s imaginary friend might not be imaginary at all. Or even a friend. With Lance Sherry hunting them, the house could be the least of their problems. He’s coming to finish what he started. And he won’t stop until he finds Sadie.
SPECULATIVE FICTION / ROMANCE
by Jane C. Esther
Aerin McLeary’s post-divorce Finger Lakes vacation is suddenly interrupted when an ominous vibration shocks her entire body, leaving her with the strange new ability to read minds along with an extreme sensitivity to sound. Fearing the consequences if her condition becomes public, Aerin has no choice but to turn to her childhood best friend and first love for help.
College professor Olivia Ando is not happy to see Aerin again after their disastrous breakup, but she can’t resist a great research challenge. When they discover that Aerin’s body is the host for an alien being, they race against time to find the truth and stop an impending explosion.
Will Aerin and Olivia be able to save the world or will Aerin become an unwitting instrument in the alien agenda before she can tell Olivia how she truly feels?
by Lily Haycraft
Available in Kindle Unlimited
It has been a few years since Dani proposed, Chloe is now working in a hopsital as an intern doing long hour shifts, not often having time to spend with her family. Can Dani handle the pressure of never getting to see or spend time with Chloe? Can she handle Harmony’s heartbreak of never getting to see her mum. Then the accident happens and their worlds are turned upside down, and Dani needs Chloe more than ever. Will Chloe cut her hours? Will the wedding ever happen? Or will it be the end of Chloe and Danielle?
narrated by Abby Craden
Workaholic Detective Aiden Carlisle isn’t looking for love – and certainly not at the law-enforcement seminar she reluctantly agreed to attend. But the first lecturer is not at all what she expected.
Psychologist Dawn Kinsley has just found her place in life. After a failed relationship with a police officer, she has sworn never to get involved with another cop again, but she feels a connection to Aiden from the very first moment.
Can Aiden keep herself from crossing the line when a brutal crime threatens to keep them apart before they’ve even gotten together?
by Anna Stone
narrated by Lexy Rebe
Melanie has spent her entire life working her way up in the world. By day, she studies at law school, and by night, she serves drinks at an exclusive club to afford her tuition. But the hardworking Melanie will never admit her true desire: to escape from her fast-paced, high-pressure life, if only for a moment.
When Melanie meets Vanessa, a glamorous executive and a regular at the club, she is drawn to the enigmatic black-haired woman. Vanessa is relentless in pursuing what she wants – and what she wants is Melanie. Soon, Melanie finds herself caught up in Vanessa’s sensual games of submission.
Melanie insists that her affair with Vanessa remain purely physical. But as her limits are tested, so is the line between lust and love. When ghosts from the past reappear, both women must face their deepest fears. Can Melanie surrender her everything to Vanessa, or will old wounds prove too great?
by KD Williamson
narrated by Abby Craden
Pediatric resident Dr. Dani Russell is focused on her career, and there’s no room for anything else since her last relationship crashed and burned. She’s seen as standoffish and cold to everyone except her patients and her best friend, Rick. That’s just fine with her.
Detective Rebecca Wells, newly appointed to Atlanta’s Juvenile Missing Person Unit, is a woman in a state of flux and on a mission to fix her unsatisfying personal life. That means reaching out to her ex, Dani, to make amends. But after sizing up the once warm, friendly woman she loved, Rebecca can’t believe how unrecognizable she now is or how hurt she is.
Is it too late for them? Has too much time passed to make things right?
by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings
narrated by Tessa Stavers
She’s the richest woman in a city built on billions of dollars, and she’s got the trophy girlfriend to prove it.
Business and pleasure have a tendency to mix in the high-stakes world Adrienne Thomas breathes. As the co-owner of one of America’s biggest corporations, the young billionaire doesn’t have time to date…especially when her recent bisexual awakening leaves her more confused than her confidence likes to admit.
That’s why it was so easy to start dating her business partner’s smart and gorgeous executive assistant. Amber Mayview made her intentions clear from the moment she first seduced Adrienne: This was all about sex and money, a relationship of mutual needs and satisfactions.
Now, months later, one of the most over the top same-sex couples has reached an impasse. Amber is no longer satisfied with the sugar baby lifestyle. The longer she stays with Adrienne, the more she falls in love with more than just her money.
But for two women who should never be together to make it through this rocky patch, they’re going to have to admit more than their love. They’re going to survive ex-lovers, a media play that refuses to release them, and enough sex to burn down their city in sinful flames.
Good thing it’s worth it. For love, of course.
by Barbara Winkes
$3.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)
There is nowhere to run:
Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist. A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly.
Three lucky winners will receive the e-book. Another winner will receive Parallel Lives and Crossing Over (e-book of both).
To enter, simply leave a comment below and state what you would do if you discovered a parallel world. Not sure what that is, just tell me Karen Klyne’s name. Hint: it’s Karen Klyne. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.
The winners will be selected on April 23rd.
Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.
Harper and Her Mrs are back! Click here for episode 29.
Episode 8 of Lesbians Who Write is now live. Click here to listen.
Have you heard about the lesfic event in the UK on May 4th?
May 4th 10am- 4pm @Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Ave, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ
Check out the Facebook group for more details.
CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS
I Heart Lesfic is coordinating a sale to run May 27 to May 31. Five days.
I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.
To find out how to join, click here.
Have you checked out the freebies page on I Heart Lesfic?
For all the offerings, click this page.
Happy reading and listening!
Want to receive a weekly update about new releases delivered to your inbox. Sign up here.