New Lesfic Goodies: April 21st 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. 

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A ROLL IN THE HAY

by Lola Keeley

In a world of expectations, this quirky, enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance is about making your own path.

The whole “big city, successful career, loyal, hot girlfriend” experiment has been a miserable failure for veterinarian Tess Robinson, so she’s moved back home to a small town in the Scottish countryside. She doesn’t count on a run-in with the stuck-up, maddening, local landowner Lady Susannah Karlson, who tries to boss Tess around as if she owns the whole town…which she sort of does.

Closeted, wealthy, ice queen Lady Karlson is having the worst yearꟷbecoming widowed, being embroiled in a public feud over her vast estate, and now finding herself at odds with the sharp-tongued new vet who has just blown in from London. The annoying woman is so unsuitable to tend her horses, so impertinent, and so frustratingly cute.

As their clashes build and they’re thrust together against a back-drop of eccentric village busybodies, class warfare, and deadly dangers, the circling women start to wonder if there might be something more to the rising tensions between them. It can’t all be hate, can it?

 

MODEL BEHAVIOR

by Claire Highton-Stevenson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Handle with care

Fleeing a toxic relationship, Olivia Copeland packs her bags and heads back to LA with her 5-year-old daughter, Gracie, intent on a new start.

When Olivia keeps bumping into the same woman, she begins to think maybe the potential for happiness is a real possibility.

Happy-Go-Lucky Hilary Palmer is everything Ava wasn’t.

But the past seems intent on putting obstacles in her way, and Olivia must make some tough decisions before she can finally move forward, and be truly happy.

 

BELIEVE IN YOU

by Chloe Peterson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When her manager informs her that she’s snagged the lead role in a movie she doesn’t remember auditioning for, actress Jessica’s hermit existence is disrupted.

A car accident involving a co-star years ago left her with physical wounds, but the blame placed on her afterward emotionally scarred her. With her bank account depleting, Jessica takes the role expecting the worst.

Then she meets her new agent. Brianna is a gorgeous, feisty, compassionate woman who not only believes in Jessica but stirs up desires and emotions she hasn’t felt in years. The next eight months of filming will take these two women on a thrilling ride…

 

THE STARTLING INACCURACY OF THE FIRST IMPRESSION

by A.E. Radley

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Woodlands Avenue is a peaceful and tranquil street, picturesque with Victorian-era homes and lined with trees. Verity Forsyth lives at 27A, and is enjoying her early retirement, active social calendar and occasional babysitting duties.

Katie Ross is starting over, leaving her old home and her controlling ex behind and moving into a new apartment. When Katie and her beloved motorbike move into 27B, she finds herself immediately in conflict with her upstairs neighbour, Verity.

Two such forceful personalities under one roof is a recipe for disaster.

When disaster strikes, will they be able to put aside their differences and call a truce?

 

EVERY SLOW SONG

by Erica Lee

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Skylar Davis and Kennedy Moore thought they found their happily ever after when they met in their mid-twenties. Unfortunately, five years into their marriage, happily ever after didn’t seem so happy anymore. Reaching the end of her rope, Kennedy asked for a divorce and the two separated.

After six months of being separated, Skylar still hasn’t told her family about the impending divorce. When the time comes for the annual family beach vacation, what choice does she have but to ask Kennedy to come along and pretend they are still together? Telling the truth isn’t an option since it will only make her already-strained relationship with her family even harder.

Two weeks pretending to be madly in love. How hard could it be? It turns out the hard part might not be faking it. The hard part is not getting their hearts broken all over again when the two weeks comes to an end.

 

NOCERE

by Max Ellendale

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Introverted Rosie is held near and dear in the hearts of all her friends in their Mermaid Pod. However, she has a difficult time accepting their love and support until she meets Samirah. The bold and brazen anesthesiologist’s direct attention turns Rosie’s quiet world upside-down. Their lives start to change as they begin opening up, sharing their experiences, and leaning into each other. Haunted by pasts laden with harm, Rosie and Sam ache to find light in a world they’ve grown to fear.

 

AND THEN THERE WAS HER

by Tagan Shepard

For Madison Jones, there has always been her life in Denver. There has always been her girlfriend, Kacey. There has always been her best friend, her studio and her pottery. She has everything in her life exactly in place. But after the loss of her brother, Madison feels unsure about her own future. When Kacey is offered a new job in Oregon, Madison jumps at the opportunity to follow her.

While Kacey works to open a new restaurant at Minerva Hills Winery, Madison sets up her art studio on the property. But constantly in Madison’s path is the owner and winemaker, CS Freeburn. CS is as serious as they come and seems unlikely to warm to either Kacey or Madison.

Though their initial interactions are awkward—if not downright nerve-wracking—the more they cross paths and the more Madison gets to know CS, the more Madison craves those little moments with the standoffish winemaker.

How could she have known that those encounters would begin to threaten the carefully structured life that Madison has built?

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

QUARANTINE: LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID

by Les Mood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Tanya’s coworker exposes her to the covid virus she is quarantined for two weeks in her one-room apartment in Omaha. From her only window she can see in the window of the apartment next door, where Randi is also quarantined. Although the two women had never met, they engage in a steamy love affair from their windows. Theirs is a story of loneliness and loss, as well as one of hope and love.

This is a novel of approximately 22,000 words.

 

YA ROMANCE

 

QUEERLEADERS

by M.B. Guel

“Mack snuck a look over her shoulder at the cheerleaders just as Veronica took her place at the top of the pyramid. Time seemed to slow as Veronica swung her long, blond ponytail over her shoulder, pompoms high in the air…”

Mackenzie is used to being different from other kids—and to being bullied for not fitting into the rigid social expectations of her Catholic high school. Luckily, Mack’s best friend Lila has her back so school isn’t the total hell it could be. But it’s pretty damn close.

Until something very mysterious happens—Mack becomes a cheerleader magnet. Even she has a hard time believing it. And Lila is not too happy about her friend’s sudden popularity with the cool kids.

Is Mack being set up for an epic fail? Or is she finally headed for acceptance–and maybe even romance…

M.B. Guel is the winner of Bella’s “fan fiction to published author” contest. Queerleaders is her debut novel.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

NATURAL EXPOSURE
Bijou Basin: Book 1

by Koriana Brackson

It’s business as usual for Kenzie in her boudoir studio. Every day, fascinating people of all genders stroll through and Kenzie has the privilege of making them shine.

Kenzie’s been a part of it all, but never has a client captivated her so completely, until she steps through the door.

Ripley never recuperated from the relationship that irrevocably changed her. Desperate to forget the past, she moves to the progressive town of Bijou Basin, pursuing a fresh start.

Sparks fly for both women, but Ripley discovers there’s more to Kenzie than meets the eye. Can Ripley accept Kenzie as she is and does she want to date someone so complicated? Can Kenzie prove she’s worth it?

 

CRIMSON ROSE
Book 2

by Scott Kujawa

Available in Kindle Unlimited

After her first visit to Crimson Rose, May continued her journey with Catherine. Being invited to the masquerade, May wasn’t sure what to expect. However, she was eager to experience the recent adventure Catherine offered her. May’s relationship with Catherine continued to deepen, which helped May learn more about the reasons she visited Crimson Rose the first time. May’s trust in their relationship strengthened the longer she spent time with Catherine.

Catherine enjoyed working with May. Catherine knew May was new to the unique pleasures found at Crimson Rose, which meant she needed to take her time showing May different experiences. With May visiting Crimson Rose a week ago, Catherine invited her to a masquerade. May’s other lessons would continue, giving them fresh ways to understand their needs and desires.

Together, May and Catherine followed the roles they agreed upon when they understood what they wanted from each other.

Approximately 18,000 words.

 

THIRLLER

 

GILLETTE PARK

by Gerri Hill

Gillette Park, a sleepy town nestled in the Rocky Mountains, harbors a secret.

Twenty-three years ago, a young girl went missing. Two days later her body was found lodged beneath the footbridge over Boulder Creek. The murder shook the town but they soon found it was only the beginning. A serial killer hides among them—a serial killer who strikes twice, sometimes three times a year.

Mason Cooper couldn’t wait to leave Gillette Park. At eighteen, she headed off to college and the bright lights of Los Angeles, thinking she’d never return home to the broken family and forgotten friendships she’d left behind. But being a cop in LA lost its charm and—after a breakup—Mason heads back to her hometown. The serial killer still haunts Gillette Park and she becomes consumed with catching him.

Dr. Grace Jennings has what some call a gift. She “sees” things. She “hears” things. Running from that gift was useless so she’s learned to embrace it instead. Now the FBI has solicited her help in catching the serial killer.

Not everyone in this mountain town has embraced the idea of bringing in a psychic, including Mason’s uncle and boss, Sheriff Cooper. Mason is tasked with being the go-between and she soon finds herself with a front row seat as Dr. Jennings discovers the dark—and well hidden—secrets of Gillette Park.

As Mason and Grace’s friendship grows, so does their attraction. But safety lies only with each other, as they battle the evil that lives in Gillette Park.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING

by Cara Malone

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A closeted secretary in 1960s Chicago. A fearless activist in San Francisco. A love so powerful it can change the world.

Betty wants what everyone wants – happiness, security, and a quiet, good life. She’s determined to make that happen on her own, despite her mother’s fears that she’ll turn into a spinster if she doesn’t settle down and find a husband soon.

Joan wants an important life – one where she gets to love who she wants to love, do what she enjoys, and will leave the world a better place when she’s gone. But what she is – a lesbian in San Francisco at the beginning of the LGBT+ civil rights movement – is criminal.

When Betty comes to California for vacation, it’s love at first sight across a crowded bar in the Tenderloin district. She’s mesmerized by Joan and drawn to the homophile movement, but does she have the courage to come out for love and join the fight for equality?

What began as a glance across a room turns into a hopeful, playful and heartwarming courtship across three time zones and four decades in The Beginning of Everything, a standalone historical romance by Cara Malone.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

A LESSON IN LOVE
Village Romance: Book 3

by Harper Bliss
narrated by Gabrielle Baker

Can the posh student win the uptight professor?

Helen Swift is almost 50 and tired of her day job as a professor at Oxford University. She prefers to write cozy mysteries under a well-hidden pen name in her Cotswolds cottage. She’s also far too busy to even consider romance.

Posh girl, Victoria “Rory” Carlisle, is over the moon when she snags Helen as her DPhil supervisor, and not only because of Professor Swift’s academic prowess. Rory takes an instant shine to Helen, who is far from charmed by her advances.

Can Rory make a dent in the wall that Helen has built around herself? And does Helen even have the time for such an inappropriate dalliance?

 

SHAKEN TO THE CORE

by Jae
narrated by Samantha Cook

Kate Winthrop, daughter of a shipping magnate, is expected to marry a respectable man. But her true passion lies with photography—and with women. Much to the dismay of her parents, she becomes friends with their maid Giuliana. Then an earthquake hits San Francisco. Will the disaster shatter their tentative feelings? Or will they be able to save each other’s lives and hearts?

 

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH

by Georgia Beers
narrated by Lori Prince

Charlie Stetko had a life to envy. A penthouse in Manhattan, a beautiful girlfriend, and a circle of perfect friends. Or so she thought. When her girlfriend sends her packing, Charlie ends up unemployed. Without a place to live or money of her own, she’s forced to do the one thing she vowed she never would: Go back to Shaker Falls, Vermont. Back to her parents, back to the bakery where she worked as a teen, back to the small town life – and the people – she left behind.

Emma Grier thought Charlie was the love of her life until that uppity Manhattan entrepreneur swept Charlie off her feet and made her a trophy wife. Charlie left everything Shaker Falls behind, including Emma’s shattered heart. But Emma picked herself back up and now owns a popular restaurant in Shaker Falls. As for her love life? She doesn’t need one. Something else she doesn’t need? Charlie waltzing into her restaurant to sell her the bakery’s pie.

What happens when Charlie and Emma realize their differing paths have led them right back to each other?

 

FACE THE MUSIC

by Ali Vali
narrated by Paige McKinney

Music producer Mason Liner has one passion: the acts she can bring to the top of the charts. When the biggest record label in Nashville hands her a new client, country music royalty, Sophie Roddy, Mason’s reluctant to take on a problem diva whose excessive lifestyle almost ruined her career, but can’t turn down the challenge.

Victoria Roddy has lived in Sophie Roddy’s shadow for as long as she can remember. Being her mother’s assistant is more than a job description…it’s her life. Now arrogant and aggravating Mason thinks she can turn Sophie’s career around, but Victoria doesn’t believe Mason’s ridiculous demands and exhaustive schedule are what her mother needs right now.

Mason and Victoria have to work together, so it’s really too bad they can’t stand each other, and even worse that they can’t seem to deny their attraction.

 

INKED WITH A KISS
Thorn & Thistle: Book 2

by Jennie Davids
narrated by Virginia Rose & Carly Robins

Sometimes everything you shouldn’t want is exactly what you need.

Tattoo artist Jamie Winston is used to caring for others. Between her assistant manager position at a tattoo parlor, single-parenting her 12-year-old daughter, and supporting her alcoholic parents, Jamie rarely prioritizes her own needs – unless Sierra Clark is in her chair. The bubbly younger woman somehow manages to make Jamie feel like the carefree teenager she never got to be, making anything seem possible.

For Sierra, time with Jamie is a much-needed escape. She takes her work as a social worker seriously, but with budget cuts threatening her job, there’s a lot riding on the fundraiser she’s planning with Jamie. The fact that it means working closely with the sexy older tattooist is a bonus – a deliciously tempting bonus. Sierra isn’t one for relationships, but she’s never felt such a strong desire to mix business with pleasure.

Sizzling chemistry quickly erodes Jamie’s fears of being too old for Sierra, but navigating a romance with someone who’s at such a different stage in life is no easy task. They’ve each come to rely on themselves more than anyone else, but having a future together will mean letting their guards down and accepting each other as a safe place to fall.

 

LESFIC BOOK EVENTS

 

LESFIC BOOKCLUBS

 

LESFIC BOOK AWARDS

2019 Award Winalists and Winners Announced

 

LESFIC AUTHOR NEWS

IHL is organizing a mega sale scheduled May. 18th through May. 22nd. To get your book(s) involved in the sale, click on the image for the details. Deadline to join is May 5th.

 

PROJECT LAUGHTER

Welcome to Project Laughter. At least once a week, hopefully more, I’ll post a guest blog from a lesfic author sharing an embarrassing moment in their lives to help us laugh.

Aurora Rey provides chuckles with her The First Time I Went Commando guest post. Aurora is giving away 1 ecopy of The Last Place You Look to one lucky winner.

Check out Cindy Rizzo’s guest post: That’s Your Sister for a smile. Cindy is giving away 1 ecopy of Exception to the Rule and Love is Enough.

Authors if you’d like to get involved in the project, see this page for more details.


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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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