New Lesfic Goodies: July 30th 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: tbm@iheartlesfic.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbm@iheartlesfic.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A TASTE OF LOVE
The Village Romance Series: Book 2

by Clare Lydon
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can The City Girl Win The Village Sweetheart?

Single since forever, Natalie Hill has all but given up on love. She’s convinced herself and everyone else she wants a quiet life. But if a tall, dark and gorgeous stranger turned up on her doorstep, her plans might change…

Enter Ellie Knap, who’s jump-starting her life in the Cotswolds after bailing on her relationship and her career. Her plan? To open an ice cream shop and melt into the village.

When the two meet it’s far from love at first sight, but then slowly, they become friends. Then one night, on a moonlit bridge, everything changes… But can Ellie pack up her old life in time to embrace the new? And can Natalie hold on tight when her quiet life suddenly gets deafeningly loud?

 

EXPOSED

by Raven J. Spencer
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sunny has exposed the secrets of many celebrities and public figures for Profile magazine. Now on the verge of a burnout, writing a piece on billionaire heiress Kate Doyle is the last thing she wants, but her boss leaves her no choice.

Uncovering Kate’s secrets forces Sunny to take a look at her own vulnerabilities. Attraction makes everything more complicated, when Sunny promised herself she’d never go down that road again…

 

BLIND FAITH
Duckton-by-Dale Romance: Book 2

by Emma Nichols
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Faith Divine pulls up outside the Duckton-by-Dale café on a dazzling red Ducati motorbike she takes Drew Pettigrew’s breath away. Faith is cool, sexy and desirable, and there isn’t one villager who disagrees. Completely smitten, Drew has no choice but to come out. The fact that Drew is a lesbian doesn’t come as a surprise to those who know her. Except, that is, for her mother, Esther.

As Esther plots for Drew to meet the right guy, the villagers have other ideas. Relentless in her pursuit of what she thinks is right for Drew, Esther’s actions threaten to break friendships that have spanned decades, devastate her relationship with Drew, and divide the village.

How difficult can it be to come out to your mother?

Hilarious, light-hearted, fun yet poignant, Blind Faith is the sequel to the bestselling lesbian romance, Summer Fate.

It is recommended that Summer Fate be read before Blind Faith.

 

ACCEPTABLE LOSSES

by Kat Smith
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Mega developer, Jessica Lindstrom has spent half her life trying to forget her childhood and the disappearance of her mother. When her father dies, she is forced to return to her childhood home on Amelia Island, Florida. Jessica is determined to bury her past once and for all beneath the largest project of her career. However, her progress is hindered at every turn by a secret her father took to the grave.

Kate Callahan, owner of the local marina and an environmental advocate is holding onto a secret of her own. Seeing Jessica again after sixteen years brings painful memories to the surface. With her quiet life on the island in jeopardy, Kate gears up for the fight of her life, but soon finds that she alone holds the key to Jessica’s future.

 

RISING FROM ASH
Forged by Fire: Book 1

by Jax Meyer
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Phoenix Murray has had enough of her life. So when her aunt offers her a job as a cook at the South Pole, she jumps at it. Astrophysicist Ashley Bennett can’t wait for her year at the South Pole. Avoiding the complications of dating in a society that doesn’t understand asexuality is a bonus.

When Phoenix and Ash meet, they can’t help but push each other’s buttons. But living at the bottom of the world means there’s nowhere to run, and as they find common ground, their differences aren’t nearly the hindrance they thought.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

SECOND WIND

by Ceillie Simkiss
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Childhood sweethearts Pamela Thornton and Martha Appleby haven’t seen each other in fifty years when they each board the same airplane, only to find they’ve been booked for the same seat.

If they can get past the ghosts of their past and decide what path they want to chart for their futures, this chance meeting could give their long lost relationship its second wind.

Please note: Mention of spousal death in past, grieving, and discussion of epilepsy in secondary character.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

UNLEASHED: CASE OF THE HOUND ABOUT TOWN

by Erik Schubach

Finnegan Temperance McLeary-May, dog walker extraordinaire 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.

It seems that Finnegan has taken her knack for getting into misadventures international as she flies to Ireland to work on the adoption process of Luce, an eleven year old orphan who’s quirks and eccentricities remind everyone of a young Fin.

Fin’s wife, Detective Jane McLeary-May, and the police commander of Belfast head out in search of Finnegan and Luce when disturbances that can only be her are reported at the station while Jane is there.

A tale that will tug on your heartstrings ensues as the chase is on to save a Irish Wolfhound winds up being tied to Luce’s tragic past. Fin finds herself and her border collie, Sir Calvin Cornelius Fluffytoes, Luce, and her best friend Bri on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

SPORTS ROMANCE

 

UNDEFEATED

by Lark Maren
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Never in my life had I imagined I’d be anything other than a drifter, a cocktail waitress at the scummiest strip club in Atlantic City, living out of my car, living every day just trying to make enough money to see another one. Then Harley Handley came along. She was the undefeated MMA featherweight champion of the world, and for some reason, she wanted more than just a one night stand.

Could our love survive the public spotlight?

Undefeated is a full length high steam lovers to enemies to lovers MMA romance.

Please note: There is some violence.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

OUTLAW
The Robyn Hood Adventures: Book 1

by Niamh Murphy
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Pride. Ambition. Blood.

With a single shot, a legend is born.

Robyn Fitzwarren, daughter to the Baron of Loxley, only wants to support her mother while her father is off on Crusade.

But when she enters an archery tournament in disguise, she incurs the wrath of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s arrogant nephew, Theo. Now, not only is her own life threatened but the lives of her family as well.

Will she flee from danger?

Or fulfill her destiny, stand up to injustice, and become the fabled outlaw of legend: Robyn Hood?

 

THE FLOOD BETWEEN US / THE HEART OF THE RODEO

by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The Flood Between Us

When a flood hits Grant’s Landing, Jack is one of the first to respond by bringing her construction company to the town to rebuild houses. The town is suffering from lack of supplies, lack of business, and lack of housing, so members of the town are required to call in further assistance. Jill, a member of Hope’s Integrity, decides to drive supplies to the small town, meeting the bruiting Jack who both challenges and excites her. The two women grow into each other’s worlds despite the great differences that they have, but when conflicts from their pasts come to light, will they be able to stick together, or will the floods of differences that they have sweep them apart?

The Heart of the Rodeo

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.

 

CRIME THRILLER

 

SILLY BILLY

by Samantha Hicks
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Billy Harris grew up abused by his father. He is determined to stop any other child being hurt like he was. Detective Sargent Cassie Blake works in missing persons. Her job is to find the lost souls who don’t want to be found or have been taken against their will. One day she is assigned a new case – Sophie Winters, an eleven-year-old who has been abducted. Cassie must work with Sophie’s mother to find her. With time running out, will Cassie find Sophie before tragedy strikes?

 

HUMOR

 

GOOD AT IT

by Denise Warner
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Carrie’s unconventional upbringing with her wacky, Madonna-loving, criminal mastermind of a mother makes for an anxiety-ridden childhood amidst the MTV era of the 1980’s, but with her best friends; hulky, Latino Bobby, and the shy, artsy Michelle by her side, she just may end up with a good life when her mother leaves her with a pot of gold…if she can steal it.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

SAYYIDA

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Jenna Knight

Sayyida, variously known as a pirate queen, Queen of the Western Seas, or Queen of Tétouan, was a REAL and HISTORICAL figure, but not much is known of her. Sayyida married young, just 16, at the insistence of her father. Her first husband was 30 years older and a friend of her father’s. Al-Mandri sensed his bride’s intelligence and taught her about his business affairs and diplomacy. Together, the couple rebuilt Tétouan, which had been destroyed by the Reconquista, and when her husband died in 1515, she became the Governor or Queen of Tétouan in her own right. Later, Sayyida was pursued by the King of Fes, Ahmed al-Wattsi, and accepted his marriage proposal, but on her terms: He had to travel to her kingdom to marry her, not the other way around.

Sayyida’s love of the high seas and her appetite for battle and conquest often clash with her duties as wife, mother, and queen. As hardworking as she is, Sayyida feels an emptiness in her life. Will Aya, her new slave, silence this longing? Join us as this fictional version of a real woman takes you into her world and captures your heart….

 

EASTSIDE / WESTSIDE / LOVE

by Eliza Andrews
narrated by Tashi Sade Thomas

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.

 

LOVE WAITS

by Gerri Hill
narrated by Abby Craden

High school sweethearts…and nobody knew.

Ashleigh Pence had been the all-American high school girl: cheerleader, prom queen…and in love with another girl. Gina Granbury hasn’t thought about Calloway High in 20 years, but the arrival of the invitation to the class reunion brings back memories of Ashleigh and the betrayal that drove them apart.

With no real choice, Ashleigh has to go the event, hoping that it’s not the one reunion that Gina decides to attend after all these years. Gina had expected to dismiss the possibility as easily as she has during all the years since, but the curiosity is suddenly strong. Her long-broken heart has never mended, but that’s no reason to go back in time…is it?

 

BUT SHE IS MY STUDENT

by Kiki Archer
narrated by Jessica Jeffries

Miss Katherine Spicer started her first day at Coldfield Comprehensive School confident, enthusiastic, and very well-qualified. That was until she met the eyes of the student hidden in the corner of her classroom. Kat’s final weekend of freedom was about to turn her life upside-down and threaten everything she had been working for; how was she to know those mesmerizing green eyes would reappear here?

Great lesbian chick-lit.

A cross between Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller and Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill.

But She Is My Student follows the journey of Miss Katherine Spicer in her first year of teaching at Coldfield Comprehensive School. She is a gorgeous, intelligent young woman hailed as a fantastic teacher whose two best friends have to keep her spirit alive when she is faced with an impossible situation. How was she to know the woman she kissed would turn up in her A-Level history class?

The novel deals with the many issues of sexuality in a gripping, yet funny manner, pulling the listener back into a world of teenage nostalgia and school day memories.

 

CONFESSIONS FROM A COFFEE SHOP
Confessions Series: Book 1

by TB Markinson
narrated by Lori Prince

Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori and Kat’s relationship?

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

LWW-22: Lesbian TV and Movie Characters Who Have Inspired Our Writing

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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