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by Harper Bliss
With a year remaining on Dominique’s first presidential term, the Laroche camp is gearing up for her re-election campaign. Dominique herself, however, doesn’t seem so keen on going through it all again.
Aurore and Solange’s relationship has been on and off so many times, nobody can keep count. The prospect of being on opposing sides of an election campaign is proving too difficult to overcome. Unless one of them can find it in her heart to make a sacrifice.
Claire is showing signs of a midlife crisis. Rather than test her marriage to Margot, her behaviour puts in danger Barbier & Cyr, and her friendship with Juliette and Steph.
Partnerships will be questioned, loyalties will shift and priorities will be reassessed as favourite characters, and old foes, return for a new season of Parisian drama and intrigue.
by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited
What if just when you’re trying to find yourself, you find someone else instead?
Avery Alden is thirty four, a virgin, and an heiress. If inheriting a run-down inn outside of Oakview can be considered a legacy. She’s shy, grieving for her mother, and terrified of her future.
But when Charlotte Barett, an English professor visiting from London, knocks on her door late one night, Avery thinks her luck might be about to change. Charlotte is attractive, confident, and, more importantly, interested. Or she might be. Maybe. Perhaps.
The mysterious Charlotte is walled off and definitely hiding something about her past. But Avery thinks she’s the one who might finally get through to the cold professor. And Charlotte seems more than willing to help renovate the inn in return for a bed to sleep in.
As feelings grow and sparks fly, Charlotte’s walls begin to crack. But when they finally come tumbling down, Avery isn’t sure she can deal with what lies behind them.
The future is a scary place when you’re facing it alone. But what if you don’t need to be alone at all?
Away from Home is the sixth novel in the Oakview series, and features a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read independently and in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!
by Cheyenne Blue
A captivating opposites-attract lesbian romance about a city woman discovering her country heart.
Australian country girl Nina Pellegrini runs a program for city kids to experience a taste of rural life at Banksia Farm. But when a child is hurt and a lawsuit threatens, Nina is determined to find the best legal assistance to help her save the farm.
Enter high-flying lawyer Leigh Willoughby, whose city world is far from the farm’s chaotic mix of kids and animals. She certainly doesn’t have time for small cases that don’t pay or farm visits that wreck her cool—and her clothes.
Still, the warm-hearted Nina and her challenging, twelve-year-old daughter, Phoebe, are awfully hard to say no to. What on earth has she gotten herself into?
TWO FOR ONE
Party of Two Sequel
by Tey Holden
Available in Kindle Unlimited
With Blair nowhere to be found and her mother in the hospital, Alex’s world has fallen apart. When Blair finally returns, things are not the same, and Alex makes a decision that uproots her life and takes her to another city. Away from home, chaos erupts, and characters are tested. The road home seems far but promising. Old friends show up and add pieces to the puzzle. Will the family endure the turnings of Alex’s life? Will Addy recover? Will Blair and Alex stay together? Is this how it ends, or will there be a new beginning?
by Sydney Canyon
When a headstrong, country music superstar starts getting threatening letters while on tour, her manager has no other choice but to hire someone to investigate the threats, and keep her safe.
Haley Nielsen is as stubborn as it gets. She does things her way, and her way only. The last thing she needs or wants is a babysitter following her every move and controlling everything she does.
Shane Crowley isn’t your typical private investigator, or bodyguard, for that matter. She’s a former U.S. Deputy Marshal with a lot of experience, and an all or nothing attitude.
Tempers flare and the energy burns red hot between the two women as they spend weeks together cooped up on Haley’s tour bus, traveling the country. Will they stop resisting each other long enough to see eye to eye? Or will the letter writer make good on his threats?
by Charley Clarke
A lesbian romance about music, accepting the past, and embracing second chances to write a new future.
When golden girl pop star Bridget Callahan’s broken engagement comes out, she heads back to her hometown for the first time in five years to write songs for her next album. And maybe while she’s there, she’ll finally be able to face the woman she left behind who she never let go.
Bar owner Alex Marlow has spent the past five years mending her broken heart by pretending she doesn’t have one. But Bridget’s return disrupts her ordered life and brings all those chaotic, buried feelings back to the surface. Can they forgive each other and themselves for mistakes made when they were younger?
by Melissa Tereze
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Businesswoman, Sam Phillips, was quite content focusing on her single life. At thirty-seven, she didn’t have the time to explore. She was never supposed to be alone, not in this world. One devastating day would crush everything she had ever known, but deep down, she knew there was more to life than business.
Alexis Foster wasn’t looking for love. With work commitments only growing by the day, a life of ‘arrangements’ as a high-class escort appeared to be the way forward. After all, at twenty-five, Alexis had all the time in the world to settle down.
A simple decision would change their lives, but with a past ever-present for one of them, and a past lurking for the other, one of them must decide if she can give her all.
Is it too good to be true? Or can the heart be given away more than once?
Farrellton Foster Family: Book 2
by Renee Dahlia
NEVE LEE, mechanic and ex-porn star, has saved up enough to grow her garage business in the direction of her dreams—restoring old cars. She used the job as Maiden Heaven to save up enough money to start her own mechanic’s shop, and now she’s branched out to buy an ancient Mini to restore. Crashing the car into someone’s garden wall might just end her dream until she can pay for the damage. She doesn’t expect the owner of the wall to be a fan of hers, and when Jessica proposes to invest in her restoration business, Neve can’t resist. The money gets her closer to her goals, and Jessica… Well, she’s hot and doesn’t judge her for her past. A foster kid who was shuttled through many homes before she ended up with Mrs Farrellton, Neve has put the issues with her birth parents behind her. Or so she thinks. A letter will change everything she believed about herself…
JESSICA BEAUMONT is a self-made tech billionaire who lives alone in a mansion on the leafy north shore of Sydney. She is introverted and single, and very particular about how her life is set up. With wealthy white parents who think her queerness is ‘just a phase’, she’s focused on her tech business. She tells herself she’s happy, but in reality, she’s hiding a guilty secret and feels like she’d be a liability to a partner. When Neve crashes, literally, into her house, Jessica wants to give something back to the porn star who helped her survive a tough time in her life. Her enthusiastic investment in Neve’s business is an excuse to be closer to Maiden Heaven. But will Jessica’s money and her guilt both prove to be the liability that Jessica always worried about. Can she learn to forgive herself, and will Neve forgive her when Jessica’s fan fetish screws up everything between them?
Please be aware that this book contains descriptions of death during an accident and subsequent injury to one of the main characters, drug addiction, foster kid meeting a biological parent.
ACTION & ADVENTURE
by Karen Badger
Makaya Kapule and Spencer Bennet are from vastly different backgrounds…Makaya from Hawaii and Spencer from Vermont. They met and fell in love as members of the National Fencing Team. On hiatus from their grueling training schedule, Makaya and Spencer fly to Hawaii to attend her sister’s traditional Hawai’ian wedding, at which, Spencer meets Makaya’s family for the first time. While there, Makaya’s brother takes them water skiing, and an over-confident Spencer finds herself in danger when she fails to anticipate the raging fury of ocean whitecaps. She wakes up some time later to find herself alone on a deserted beach and with her world about to be turned upside down.
KAT & MOUSE
Crosscannon Roller Derby: Book 1
by Jacquelyn Heat
Roller derby referee Kat Brooks is completely smitten with hot-tempered skater Dot Mauser. Problem is, the penalty-heavy Dot thinks Kat has something against her. The truth comes to light when the two bond over art and photography. But with playoffs coming up, tensions on the track—and deeper insecurities—threaten to derail everything.
Self-harm takes place in some scenes, though due to the nature of the action it may not be apparent that it is self-harm until the character reveals so in a later conversation.
by Robin Hale
Laurel Pearson is ready for adventure. The sort of adventure that means finding your people and discovering yourself and — well, it turns out that her adventure mostly looks like a studio apartment in a new city, a job at a quirky little bookshop, and humiliating herself in front of the most gorgeous woman she’s ever seen.
But Laurel can’t shake the feeling that there’s more going on. The bookshop sells silver amulets and dried herbs alongside their truly impressive poetry section, and that gorgeous woman crackles with secrets. And the bookclub? It might be a coven.
There’s something coming. Something changing. And Laurel would swear that Rhea Barnes — the gruff, hot gardener with the intriguing scars — is the key to understanding all of it.
Can Laurel convince Rhea to take a chance on her and find out what’s pulling them together?
MYSTERY / ROMANCE
ONE LITTLE SECRET
Don’t Call Me Hero: Book 4
by Eliza Lentzski
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Most stories have a beginning, middle, and end. But when you work in the Cold Case division, you come to the realization that not every story has a tidy conclusion and not every story starts at the beginning. One little question. Cold Case Detective Cassidy Miller is beginning to feel more comfortable in her new career path. She has a close-knit group of friends and a drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend. Living together has been easier than either of them could have ever expected. But will one little question ruin everything she and Julia have built? One little secret. A young woman is found in an abandoned car with a bullet in her gut. Cassidy and the rest of the Cold Case division must team up with Homicide to bring the girl’s killer to justice. But nothing is ever that easy.
FROM BEHIND THE SHADOWS
Shadow Series: Book 3
by Kat Smith
Available in Kindle Unlimited
ICC Director Payton Cardina was one of the creators of Olympic Games, otherwise known as Stuxnet, to bring down Iran’s enriched uranium facility in 2005. The ICC has now uncovered a plot by a terrorist group to reverse engineer and repurpose it to bring down major automated systems around the globe.Well aware of the potential catastrophic consequences if they don’t stop the attacks, Payton and her ace analyst, Alex Sheridan must identify the terrorists before they strike. Once located, will Lieutenant Colonel Mara Morrissey’s team be able to take them out before it’s too late.
by Cara Malone
Available in Kindle Unlimited
A rookie forensic investigator, a seasoned patrol officer, and a crime scene that just might be the death of them both.
Kelsey Granger is meticulous and careful, determined to turn her OCD into an advantage in her new job at the coroner’s office. There’s just one problem – her boss doesn’t think she’s ready. When Kelsey arrives at her first death scene to find the responding officer contaminating the evidence, she starts to wonder if her boss was right.
Zara Hayes hates death scenes. She’s been on patrol five long years but her chief won’t promote her until she can overcome her fear. So here she is, just feet away from a dead body while a pretty young investigator reads her the riot act because she thinks Zara screwed up her scene.
With a killer on the loose, there’s no time to argue so Zara and Kelsey team up to solve the case. As they get closer to the truth – and to each other – they must confront the mind games we play… in life, in love, and even in death.
by LL Shelton
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Sometimes. . . new beginnings only start after everything has Shattered.
Drugged and hungry, Sadie Jones remains captive at the hands of her husband. Growing weaker by the day, only one thing keeps her alive—her thoughts of Max. Are they enough or is the sand in the hourglass running out?
For months, Maxine Shields has desperately searched for Sadie, but all roads lead to the same dead-end. With hope slipping away, Max finds the clue that changes everything. With the help of her friends, can they find a way to bring Sadie home—to her?
The Pulse Pack is back, but can their friendship stay strong when all else crumbles? Is their future forever shattered, or is this a new beginning?
Note: Our Glass: Shattered can be read as a stand-alone. However, it relates closely to the previous book Our Glass: Falling Sand. This book contains content which may cause triggers to readers with sensitivities.
by Marolyn Krasner
After twenty-five years of extremist feminist activism, D is on probation for assaulting homophobes and she is becoming something she never wanted to be: respectable. D’s mom and girlfriend hope her life as leader of the feminist collective Pussy Power is over, but D feels like a failure. When she finds out her estranged father has jumped on the white power bandwagon and is sharing the personal details of marginalized people on his badly designed website, she reconnects with her toxic Pussy Power cofounder and triggers a chain of events that causes her new life to implode, which is very bad, but is also exactly what she wants.
There is mention of anorexia, rape, but no graphic descriptions.
by Tamsen Parker
Blaze Bellamy is the bad girl of the short track speed skating world. Looking like a roller derby bruiser when she’s not in her Team USA uniform, she’s an unlikely American heroine. She’s got a punk attitude to match her provocative dress and her dyed hair, and she’s determined to get onto the front pages of the papers regardless of how she has to do it.
Maisy Harper is the workhorse of the Canadian women’s figure skating team. Serious, modest, and above all, polite, Maisy would prefer to win her victory on the ice rather than in the press, and is exasperated by Blaze’s antics. When she’s not lusting after her anyway. After they both failed to make the medal podium at the last Snow and Ice Games, they drowned themselves in gin—and each other.
Despite their hookup being drunken, they both harbor fond memories of their night together and are keen for a repeat. But they’ve got different ways of going about getting what they want, and Blaze’s willingness to go to any lengths for the spotlight could ruin any chance she has with Maisy.
by Raven J. Spencer
$5.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)
A billionaire romance with a suspense twist: Penny is a sociology student who works at the Café Vienna to pay the bills. This is where she crosses paths with Carter Forbes, and sparks fly. Carter is used to getting what she wants…always. Penny soon falls for her, but she won’t be owned – by anyone.
narrated by Abigail Rakocy
Dr. Jordan Williams devotes her life to two things: saving patients in the operating room and pleasuring her latest conquest in the bedroom. Her idea of commitment is spending a few hours together in bed.
Single mom Emma Larson is Jordan’s polar opposite. Family and fidelity mean everything to her. After an ugly divorce from her wife, a plastic surgeon, she and her five-year-old daughter move in next door to Jordan. While she finds Jordan undeniably attractive, falling in love with another womanizing surgeon is the last things she needs.
When a bad fall leaves Jordan in need of assistance, Emma decides to help her while she recovers.
Could those six weeks turn out to be the beginning of a happily ever after, or will they both end up with a broken heart?
by Jax Meyer
narrated by Stephanie Murphy
On the verge of turning 40, former Marine Cameron “Cam” Warren didn’t expect to be walking onto a community college campus to spend a year playing music. Instead of enjoying her career, Cam is still mourning the tragic death of her partner and fellow Marine Sharon. Five years have now passed but she is no further forward in dealing with her grief. Cam knows she needs to change so she can heal. Will taking a sabbatical to play the drums allow her to live fully again, connecting her to emotions in ways her autism has always prevented?
Jazz pianist and teacher Laura Clark has had enough of city life on the east coast and yearns for the quiet beauty of Colorado. When a faculty position opens at a small community college in Ft. Collins, she jumps at the chance to start a new life. However, what she couldn’t predict was that one of her star students was about to walk back into her life, 20 years later.
When Cam is introduced to the new jazz ensemble director she is shocked to see her high school music teacher, a thousand miles away from the small town where Ms. Clark first introduced her to jazz. But Cam is no longer a kid, and as their chemistry grows stronger, Cam has to choose which path her life will take – will she choose love or will she choose fear?
Dal Segno is a lesbian romance that shows the power of revisiting the past to create a completely different result. Everything changes the second time around….
by Aurora Rey
narrated by Lori Prince
Attorney Elisa Gonzalez is happy working behind the scenes while still having time for a life. All that changes when her firm takes on a major case and Parker Jones, powerhouse litigator and her law school crush, is named lead counsel.
LWW 17: Are You an Out and Proud Lesbian Fiction Author?
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