I Heart Lesfic Newsletter: April 13th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Please click on this link for how to submit books (ebook and audio) for the newsletter. IHL will not include books unless they receive an email from either the author or publisher.

Happy reading and listening,

TB & Miranda

ROMANCE

 

AT YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL

by Harper Bliss

Some nights are unforgettable…

Ten years ago, Quinn Hathaway and Maya Mercer shared a night of forbidden passion they vowed to keep secret forever.

When Quinn and Maya meet again, old sparks fly, but none of the reasons to hide their passion have changed. Quinn is still much younger and Maya has never told her son that she’s attracted to women.

Can Maya overcome her fear of what her family might think of her? And how will Quinn’s parents, who used to be Maya’s next-door neighbors, react to their daughter’s unconventional love affair?

Best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss brings you a second-chance age-gap story about not being afraid of living life on your own terms.

 

YOU AGAIN

by Aurora Rey

Sometimes, a second chance comes when you least expect it.

Kate Cormier thought she’d love Sutton Guidry forever. But when one bad decision ended things, she moved on, building a life for herself and her daughter. These days, she hardly thinks about all those dreams. Until Sutton shows up, acting like she never left and looking more gorgeous than ever.

Sutton has spent a decade avoiding her hometown, memories of first love, and the girl who broke her heart. She’s built a career, but the life that goes with it leaves her uninspired. When her father needs surgery, she decides coming home to help him recover is a chance to face those ghosts once and for all. But with so many pieces of her life still there—including Kate—it’s hard not to imagine trying again. Can she find a way to put them together without falling apart all over again?

 

SCULPTING HER HEART

by Annette Mori

Zari Woods has achieved almost everything she set out to accomplish, despite overwhelming challenges. Except for one crucial goal—a girlfriend. On the surface, it appears as if she has everything, fame, money, a supportive best friend, and loving parents; but, to a person on the neurodiverse spectrum, a loving woman is an elusive and magical creature. When Frankie moves into her neighborhood, Zari starts a quest to climb that final mountain. Frankie is beautiful, kind, patient, and seems to genuinely enjoy spending time with Zari despite her quirks. Unfortunately, Frankie already has a girlfriend. Sort of. It’s complicated.

Frankie can’t believe she agreed to an open relationship with her girlfriend, Sam. That was the last thing she wanted. Her morals do not align with Sam’s. At all. Her growing attraction to Zari challenges Frankie’s perspective on her current relationship and her last-gasp effort to repair the ever-increasing divide. Will Frankie make the hard decision to let go of something clearly not working for a chance at real love and choose to bring Zari her heart’s desire?

 

THE SECRET POET

by Georgia Beers

Morgan Thompson likes her life just fine. She has a tight-knit family, two opinionated cats, and her job as office manager for her brother Perry’s medical practice. Perry’s an eligible bachelor, but his divorce left him gun-shy, so Morgan has fun tweaking his responses to potential dates online, using her affinity for words to make him sound impressive. When new pharmaceutical rep Zoe Blake walks into his office, though, he’s smitten, and he needs Morgan more than ever.

Zoe is beautiful and a little mysterious and doesn’t seem terribly interested in Perry. Morgan decides she’ll need to get to know Zoe before she plays matchmaker. But soon, she’s talking books and movies and writing to her as Perry, and the more she knows, the more she wants to know, until she begins to wonder: Is she wooing Zoe for her brother? Or for herself?

 

FEELING HER

by Grace Parkes

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Abbie hasn’t been happy with her boyfriend for a long time. She spends her days working hard and attempting to look after herself.

After going for a frequent massage at Ren’s clinic, Abbie starts to feel something that takes her by surprise.

Abbie’s urges and desire start to overtake her mind as she battles with what she really wants.

Will Abbie fulfil her desires? Or is it just a silly fantasy?

 

A DOG NAMED BELLA

by Bel Blackwood

Avialable in Kindle Unlimited

One ice queen who likes solitude.
One firebrand crashing into her life.
One snowstorm trapping them together.

Ambitious journalist Amy Kelly has her big break at her fingertips. She’s lined up an interview with Morgan Leithe—THE Morgan Leithe, the self-made billionaire who mysteriously vanished from the public eye three years ago. Amy only has to travel to the tiny New Zealand town Morgan’s hiding in, nab that interview, and have it published before her big performance review. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am—that promotion is basically in the bag.

But Amy didn’t plan for the bone-chilling blizzard sweeping through the sleepy little town, and she definitely didn’t plan to have to wait out a snowstorm with a woman whose piercing blue eyes seem to see right through her…

Betrayed by those closest to her, brilliant philanthropist Morgan Leithe has made a new life for herself far away from the glitz and glamour. She’ll keep everyone at arm’s length to make sure that no-one can hurt her again. She’s sworn off romance. All that she needs in life is a good book, her dogs by her side, and solitude. Life in her cosy mountain cottage is peaceful and quiet, just the way she wants it.

But now a tenacious younger woman with sparkling eyes is awakening something in her that she’s tried her hardest to bury.

Four days. That’s how long she’ll have to wait before the snowstorm lifts and the stranger with the heart-stopping smile can leave for good.

Four days of just the two of them, a crackling fire, and the wild New Zealand scenery around them.

She can keep this professional, right?

 

HIDEAWAY

The Women of Vino and Veritas

by Rachel Lacey

Available in Kindle Unlimited

One woman’s hiding place is another woman’s home.

After becoming an inadvertent viral sensation—and losing her job and her girlfriend as a result—Phoebe Shaw retreats to Vermont. Renovating her late grandmother’s cabin into a vacation rental seems like the perfect way to lie low for a while. But the last person she expects to encounter on the property is the woman whose kiss was her teenage sexual awakening . . . and whom she’s never quite forgotten.

Taylor Donovan has been hiking on the trails behind the Shaw family’s cabin her whole life. As children, Taylor and Phoebe were best friends before sharing a secret summer romance when they were sixteen, which left Taylor brokenhearted when Phoebe fled at the end of the summer. Now the property has become Taylor’s home away from home, and she wants nothing more than to convince the Shaws to sell it to her. But Phoebe’s return puts a crimp in those plans–and brings back old feelings she thought she’d overcome.

Of all the things Phoebe regrets, leaving Taylor is at the top of the list, but Taylor is determined to protect her heart. Yet the pull between them is stronger than ever. This time around, will love stay hidden . . . or finally see the light of day?

 

FLIPCUP

The Women of Vino and Veritas

by Kim Hartfield

Available in Kindle Unlimited

After being rejected one too many times, Chelsea makes a bold vow: No more men. Her friends doubt a boy-crazy party girl can handle not dating for a year, but that only makes Chelsea more determined.

Tara has made a vow, too. After growing up in foster care and suppressing herself to please others, she’s going to live her truth. When she sees a beautiful woman, she’ll make her attraction known.

Chelsea appreciates Tara’s flirtatious compliments, not to mention her androgynous beauty. There’s a loophole in Chelsea’s vow, and it’s more tempting every day. Could swearing off men lead Chelsea to the perfect woman?

 

COURAGE

by Jesse J. Thoma

Natasha Parsons is a ride-along mental health clinician attached to the local police department. She charges into danger without a gun or badge to de-escalate crises. She’s quick on her feet and confident in her opinions. If only she could convince her by-the-book, humorless partner that she’s an asset, not the enemy.

Being a cop is in Tommy Finch’s blood. She comes from a long line of cops and grew up learning how to protect and serve with honor and integrity. Getting saddled with a shrink who’s reckless and brash isn’t something Tommy signed up for. How can she do her job when she’s responsible for the safety of an unarmed civilian?

No matter how often they clash on the job, an undeniable attraction simmers just beneath the surface. Can they find the courage to change so love has room to grow?

 

GIVE IN

The Intern: Book 4

by Scarlett Grace

Available in Kindle Unlimited

She came to the city to find herself, now she might leave with a broken heart.

After losing two jobs in the span of a month, Chloe is depressed. Her former boss and the woman she fell in love with—cold, seductive ice-queen Yves—acts like ending Chloe’s internship prematurely was in her best interest. Chloe strongly disagrees.

With her dreams and heart broken, Chloe wonders if the time has come to leave the city and look for a new start.

Will Chloe give up on herself and love, or will she find a way to keep on going?

Book contains BDSM content.

 

ALWAYS BELIEVE

Aimée

Lieutenant-Colonel Greyson Walsden returns to her hometown of Gloucester after a fulfilling career as an Army doctor. She takes a position as a general practitioner while pursuing ordination as an Anglican priest. Overworked and naturally reserved, she doesn’t have time or patience for socializing, let alone for falling in love.

For Angela Arlingham, life as she knows it is over. God played a cruel trick on her by robbing her of her daughter, Sybil, and Angela refuses to believe in Him any longer. When she meets Greyson Walsden, she’s impressed by the handsome doctor, but struggling with her loss makes falling in love with a priest all but impossible.

As circumstances throw them together again and again, the choice to follow their hearts may be the most difficult one of all.

 

EROTICA

 

PREWRATH AND RAPTURE

The Wrath Trilogy: Book 1

TJ Dallas

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Four years ago, Harry’s first act of Humility sent her hurtling to the deepest recesses of the dream world. When Death gives her the chance to save her family, her second act will prove infinitely worse. When Persephone arrives at the Cardinal, it’s time for Harry to keep her end of the deal. But it isn’t Pride, or even Humility, that Persephone wants; it’s Wrath. Emilia must join ranks with four forces of evil that long predate the Seven Deadly Sins; Death, Pestilence, War, and Famine. Emilia’s ruthless volcano has lain dormant for centuries, but a hidden agenda and a betrayal could tip her over the edge, causing an eruption felt throughout the very fabric of time and space.

 

RAVISHED BY MY ROBOT CAR

The Mara and KATT Sex Chronicles: Book 3

by Riley Rose

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sexy and kick-ass Navajo special agent Mara Keoni is off to Paris to stop the world’s most famous thief, Carla Santiago, from stealing one of the most iconic landmarks in France. Her loyal AI car partner KATT is along for the ride and of course will do everything she can to help Mara on her mission. And do everything she can to make Mara into a submissive sex toy.

To make things even more challenging, Mara will have to get past Carla’s sexy henchwomen, all expert criminals who seem to want a piece of Mara’s hot, naked ass.

Will Mara be able to take down the felonious females without succumbing to her desire to be dominated by all of them? Will Carla tempt her into more sexy shenanigans? And will Mara and KATT take their relationship to the next level?

Find out how much sexy fun Mara and KATT get up to in Book 3 of this action erotica series!

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

THE IMPERATIVE OF DESIRE

Passing Rites: Book 1

by Elena Graf

Available in Kindle Unlimited

In the waning years of Queen Victoria’s reign, a brilliant daughter is born to an aristocratic, military family in Prussia. A quirk of inheritance law allows Margarethe von Stahle to inherit her family’s titles. Her elders collaborate to educate her to take on her future duties, which include administering her family estates and supporting an order of nuns.

Margarethe’s curiosity and precocity delight and perplex her teachers as they try to mold her. Her father trains her with his military cadets. A retired opera singer teaches her how to sing. Her grandaunt, headmistress of the convent school, educates her in philosophy and classics. At an early age, Margarethe heads to Oxford to follow in her father’s footsteps. Gifted with both musical and intellectual talents, she must choose between singing and service. Raised to take her duty and noblesse oblige seriously, she decides to study medicine and becomes one of the few female surgeons in 1920s Germany.

Because she needs heirs to her titles, Margarethe reluctantly marries, but that doesn’t prevent her from finding solace in the arms of women. She trains under the best surgeons in Germany and England and rises to prominence as London’s infamous “Lady Doctor.” Finally, duty requires her to return to her homeland and take the reins of the family fortunes.

The Imperative of Desire, the first volume in The Passing Rites Series, is a coming-of-age story that takes a young woman from La Belle Époque, through a world war, a revolution that outlawed the German nobility, the roaring twenties, to the decadent demimonde of Weimar Berlin.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

EARTH 832

The New Angels: Book 2

by L. Fergus

Five women. Four stories of courage, perseverance, resilience, and determination.

Karen and Zhi are pilots in the elite 154th Strike Fighter Squadron. On a mission to protect the Empire, they’re shot down over the Persian Mountains. Deep behind enemy lines, they discover a new threat to the Empire, SCUD missiles. Out of their element, the two pilots must find a way to destroy this threat before it can launch against the Empire.

Anna was trained by the Soviet Cardinal School to be an assassin. In the process, they took her humanity. Now, she has a new master, one that is putting her skills to the test. She must rise to the challenge and prove she is worthy.

Nicole is one of the greatest snipers in the world. On a humanitarian mission in Kashmir, her platoon is attacked, and she is captured. When she awakes, she finds herself sexually assaulted, and her world shattered. A new identity surfaces, the demon. As she is determined to overcome the trauma, she must learn to control the demon and forge a new identity.

Kimmy is the Empress of the Empire of the United States. She thought she’d been a good mother to her daughter, Chelsea. But when Kimmy’s partner, Kita, is kidnapped, she’s forced to bring Chelsea on the rescue mission. Kimmy learns Kita has done more to prepare Chelsea for life than she has. This realization leads Kimmy to a difficult choice, govern her empire or prove she can be the mother Chelsea needs.

Trigger Warning: One story deals with the aftermath of being raped.

 

BEYOND EVIL

Two Different Worlds: Book 5

by Donna Raider

This lesbian action/adventure thriller continues the saga of Mika and Leah Cross. Angel Mika and Witch Leah move their family to a small Texas town where things appear to be peaceful. They are welcomed with friendly handshakes and warm smiles but what is hiding behind those smiles? Mika begins the task of building a church but soon encounters rabid religious persecution. As town citizens begin to disappear Leah realizes that something Beyond Evil is engulfing their community. The discovery made by their oldest daughter shines a spotlight on the eternal lovers and causes people to ask Leah, “How old are you?” A question she would rather not answer. You’ll gasp, laugh and cry as the witch and angel try to defend their love and family against an evil determined to destroy them all.

 

SCIENCE FANTASY

 

FIRST RUNES

Knight Protector: Book 5

by Rachel Ford

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The war is over. The chaos is just beginning.

The North won, but peace is a distant dream. Youngling dragons plague the countryside. On the border to No Man’s Land, Knight Protector Ana Derel negotiates a tenuous peace between the slave warriors turned refugees, for whom only a death sentence waits at home, and the local populace, which wants no part in feeding or aiding their former foes. Far to the North, Knight Protector Brynja Evansdatter struggles with the ambitions and mistrust of the elven mages she freed from captivity. They’ve sworn off the Southern king who shackled them, but they’re not ready to swear fealty to the Northern queen.

And at the heart of all the chaos, with the power to command the races of dragons and destroy whole armies of men, are the most powerful weapons ever devised by men or elves: first runes.

Whoever controls them, controls the fate of the known world. Derel and Evensdatter fought side-by-side in the war. Now, they will need more than blades to bring peace.

The final installment in the science fantasy epic.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

THE PRINCESS AND THE ODIUM

The Odium Trilogy: Book 3

by Sam Ledel

The kingdom of Venostes is in upheaval.

Her sister’s cure in hand, Jastyn races home to find her family in chains. The Dark Fae has grown more powerful, and malevolent forces reign. When Jastyn is forced to work alongside the Diarmaids, things become even more complicated.

Aurelia is dragged back to Venostes to confront not only her brother’s killer, but her own parents’ dark past. As evil takes hold of her kingdom, Aurelia fights to destroy the Dark Fae and his masters once and for all.

Together, Jastyn and Aurelia face unimaginable dangers. Can they take back Venostes? Even more, can two people as different as they­—a princess and an Odium—be together? Are they destined for one another, as Aurelia hopes? Or, as Jastyn fears, are they simply impossible?

 

A FAE TALE

by Genevieve McCluer

When Dovana was a child in Lithuania, Roze saved her life. Roze is a Laume, a type of Lithuanian fae. The two became fast friends, staying in touch by leaving a letter and a present for the other every year.

Now, Dovana is in college in Toronto, and while those letters still mean the world to her, she wants to see Roze again. She investigates everything she can think of to learn more about the fae and stumbles upon a hidden society of fiends.

Meanwhile, Roze has been focusing on her duties of saving children in danger, while trying to prevent the fate that she knows Dovana is destined for, but nothing she does seems to change it. When she has to come to Toronto to save Dovana from her own investigation, she finds that she can’t avoid destiny…or love any longer.

 

THRILLER 

 

THE DARK STAR

by Michelle Marra

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Mira Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist whose personal pain inspires her writing and lifestyle.  Mira’s dark, haunting, and mysterious persona is the backbone of her fame and the essence of her allure. Mira’s world has only ever consisted of anguish and torture, and her feelings have only ever been present in her music and through her songs. Her life is seemingly unrelenting and unchanged, and she prefers to live her life in the shadows. But there are two things that Mira didn’t take into account, a curiosity that is awakened with her best friend Chelsea and the inability to outrun her past.

*Warning – this book contains sequences of graphic violence and implications of sexual abuse.

 

GENERAL FICTION

 

ACCIDENTAL DESPERADOS

by Lee Lynch

In this second book of the Rainbow Gap Lesbian Family Saga, MJ Beaudry, an angry, brilliant, abused runaway, is dumped in Rainbow Gap, Florida, and almost immediately discovers an aptitude for crime. The lesbian cop who catches her expects good-hearted lovers Jaudon Vicker and Berry Garland to save the kid. Although Jaudon’s business has suffered a killing blow and she’s frantic to make it right, she was once a besieged gay kid herself and reaches out, only to find herself in cahoots with MJ.

Berry is left in the dark, her own big dream on hold, and fears losing her love as Jaudon is swallowed by work and guilt. Berry, salt-of-the-earth Gran, besotted-with-MJ Vonnie Lowe, Allison the social justice warrior, and scofflaws Shady and Tad all stand behind Jaudon, but are they enough?

Or will it take this next generation of lesbians—MJ and Vonnie—to lead the way?

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

WHAT A TANGLED WEB

A Tangle Valley Romance: Book 3

by Melissa Brayden

narrated by Melissa Sternenberg

As winemaker at Tangle Valley Vineyard, Madison LeGrange relies on science and logic to make the best vintage possible. It’s also how she manages her life. But with her career in its prime, her accountant thinks it’s time she diversifies her income. Not a problem because her favorite café, the Bacon and Biscuit, is up for sale. What she didn’t plan on was the time she’d spend with Clementine, who has her feeling anything but logical.

Clementine Monroe loves her job managing the Bacon and Biscuit Café. In fact, after escaping a difficult past, it’s all she has. When Clementine is offered the opportunity to step out from behind the counter and buy the place, her longtime dream is about to come true. That is until it’s snatched out from under her by the very same girl she crushed on in high school. Old habits are hard to break, but Clementine has no plans to forgive Madison anytime soon.

 

FROM THE ASHES

Manhattan Sloane Thriller Series: Book 2

by Stacy Lynn Miller

narrated by Lori Prince

After narrowly escaping fiery death in Out of the Flames, San Francisco police detective Manhattan Sloane and DEA Agent Finn Harper embark on something even more perilous: bringing to justice all those responsible for the murder of Sloane’s wife, and rekindling the love they had for each other as teens. Both have the potential to burn them badly – and scar Sloane’s grieving stepdaughter, Reagan.

Even as Sloane rediscovers that life without love is no life at all, she is learning that parenthood – especially single parenting – means making sacrifices. Can she have it all? Finn and Reagan and the badge she has worn with honor for almost nine years? Or will a cartel drug lord bent on revenge force her to not only betray her conscience – but also fail to save the ones she loves?

 

PUSHBACK

by Prudence MacLeod

narrated by Cassandra Arnold

Even when you’ve escaped the darkness, a piece of it goes with you. To face that darkness and defy it or fall under its spell, that’s the real battle. Terri Dawn didn’t know if she could defeat the darkness within her or if she even wanted to. She’d have an eternity to find out.

 

LAIA RIOS – SEX RAIDER: CAPTURED BY THE AMAZONS

Sex Raider Series: Book 2

by Riley Rose

narrated by Nikki Monroe

Sexy relic hunter Laia Rios has just made the greatest discovery of her life: The legendary Amazons are real! And they’re all super-hot lesbians with the most amazing bodies ever!

Especially the Queen of the Amazons, who demands lots of sexy shenanigans from Laia and orders her to go on a dangerous mission to prove her worth.

Will Laia pass all the Amazonian physical and sexual tests and become one of them? Will she be able to survive the sexual limits the Queen pushes her to? And how many spankings from strong, sensual Amazonian hands will she be able to take?

Find out if the Sex Raider is up for her greatest challenge yet in this action/adventure erotica!

 

VOTE FOR BOOK OF THE MONTH

 

 

PROJECT KINDNESS

At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.

K.L. Noone penned Supernaturally Kind.  K.L. is giving away 1 ecopy of Honey Witch.

Annette Mori shared: What We Permit We Promote. She’s also giving away 1 ecopy of Sculpting her Heart

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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2 Responses to I Heart Lesfic Newsletter: April 13th Edition

  1. Marina Bilharinho says:

    This newsletter is a must! Thank you

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