What We Permit We Promote by Annette Mori

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.

Today, the wonderful Annette Mori is here to share a story. Also, Annette is giving away 1 ecopy of Sculpting her Heart. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Annette.

What We Permit We Promote

It would be so easy to focus on the political climate—a topic I often write about because some let the cruelty genie out of the bottle. Lately, not only is cruelty not challenged, but it is worn as a badge of honor. When those holding political office role-model bullying and cry about cancel culture when called out on their destructive behavior, millions of people follow suit. Being locked inside our homes has not helped. Many have always hidden behind their computers to perpetuate cruel rhetoric, but not it is spilling out in the open in alarming frequency. I could write a year’s worth of blogs on this, but one last thing I’d like to say before moving on. What we permit, we promote. Let’s all try to put the cruelty genie back in the bottle and uncork the kindness genie.

Now onto the other kindness topic I’d like to discuss today. Lately I’ve been wondering whatever happened to the lessons I learned from my mother about kindness? Things like if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? My mother was a wonderful gracious woman, who like every other human being wasn’t perfect. She perfected the art of the “little white lie.” I suppose this was a product of her upbringing, and in her mind being honest might mean being unkind.

I have a passion for writing about characters with various disabilities, which is why the appalling lack of accountability to those who make fun of persons with disabilities has affected me so much. My latest book, Sculpting her Heart, features a young woman on the neurodiverse spectrum. Zari has autism, and her brutal honesty is so opposite of what my mother taught. However, bluntness is not the same as being unkind. Zari has had to learn some hard lessons about honesty. I’d like to share a passage to give everyone a little taste of her struggles.

“Do you think it’s unkind to be blunt? Jillian says that sometimes a person has to lie because being honest would hurt too much. Do you think she’s right?”

“That’s a tough one. There is the rule that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. I suppose I adhere to that rule most of the time.”

“I don’t always know when I’m hurting someone with my honesty. I have learned some rules about being too blunt. Jillian says I should never tell a woman she doesn’t look good in an outfit, or that I don’t like her new haircut. Women are also particularly sensitive about weight. It’s mostly about being out of proportion, except for their breasts. But even if you comment on how large their breasts are, and you like them, you still have to be careful about how you say it and to whom you say it. Giving compliments is a subtlety I’m still working on.”

“Aren’t we all?”

Of all the character’s I’ve written, I believe Zari is one of my favorite because she is the epitome of kind and loving, she just shows that kindness in her own unique way. If we are to broaden our definition of kindness, intent and action are important to consider. Not only should we pay attention to our words, but we must also consider our actions.

Fighting for more kindness in this world is a noble cause—one that I hope many will take up. Rather than sitting on our asses, shaking our heads, muttering at the TV, let’s all stand up and fight. Action speaks louder than words. Never forget what we permit we promote. It will take everyone to put that cruelty genie back in his bottle.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

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?

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SCULPTING HER HEART GIVEAWAY

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Annette is an award-winning author, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife and their five furry kids. With twenty published novels, three Lesfic Bard Awards, and one Goldie Award for her fourth novel, Locked Inside, she finally feels like a real author. Annette is as much a reader as a writer and always looking for the next lesfic novel to cue up. She came up with the One Fan at a Time tagline because it rolled off the tongue much better than One Reader at a Time. After pondering who she was at her core, it was all about connecting to each reader on a personal level. She would be the first to admit she doesn’t do well with the masses. If someone picks up her book and it touches them she believes she has achieved what she wants with her writing by reaching each reader. It is who she is at her core.

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Supernaturally Kind by K.L. Noone

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.

Today, the wonderful K.L. Noone is here to share a story. Also, K.L. is giving away 1 ecopy of Honey Witch. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, K.L.

Supernaturally Kind

I began writing fiction again, more seriously, because of fandom and community and an act of kindness. I’d been a writer since I was about five years old, when I wrote a story about a unicorn and the Tooth Fairy—but I’d slowly stopped, or mostly, throughout high school and college, in part for reasons of time, in part because I was writing more academic analysis and scholarly papers, and my brain had less room for the joy of creative fiction.

But I loved fandom, and fan works, as an outlet. I read—no, devoured—commentaries and head-canons and fanfic, because it all came from this place of shared love for this show, these characters, this world and this story that drew us together and made us feel. (All right, I’ll admit it: Supernatural. This would’ve been around season four, if you’re wondering.)

I did a lot of lurking. I was (and am!) very shy and socially anxious, and while I might hesitantly comment on someone’s story or post, it had never occurred to me that I could write something that other people would want to read.

I had ideas, though. In my head. Shining. Little golden threads of dialogue, plot, characters interacting. All right there and present, and glorious—at least to me.

But I didn’t feel like my versions’d be worth it, when there were so many wondrous and much-treasured creators and creations out there already. After all, who was I?

But, one day, one of the Big Name Fans in the fandom (someone with a following, and, more importantly, someone who was generally nice: no drama, frequent and happy replies to comments, organizing of fan events and fests that welcomed new contributors) wrote about a plot bunny she’d had, or really just an idea: “I don’t have time to write it, but I’d love it if someone wrote this, so I could read it…”

I had that idea. I’d had that exact idea.

I knew how I’d do it. I knew the dialogue, the shape of it, the taste of it.

So I wrote it. White-hot, wildly fast, in a couple of hours. Maybe a thousand words.

And I put it in a comment on her post (this was in the days of LiveJournal and comment fic, mind you), and I gave a very nervous babbling disclaimer at the beginning: “You said you might like this, I had that idea too, I’ve never really written before, but I love all your stories, thank you for them, and I hope this is at least okay and at least sort of what you wanted!!!”

And she read it. And commented.

Almost immediately. With marvelous, generous, thoughtful comments: notes about lines she’d liked, compliments about my character voices, keysmash enthusiasm about how thrilled she was about what I did with this idea. She told me she’d love to read more of my fic for these characters.

She didn’t have to do any of that, and certainly not for me. She was a busy, well-known, Big Name Person in the fandom. She was running fests and organizing people. No one would’ve faulted her for not replying, or for a quick “Oh thank you!” reply, in response to this random bashful (and babbling!) unknown commenter.

But she looked at this little spontaneous story, by someone she had no reason to know, and she was kind.

More than kind: encouraging. Welcoming. Detailed in comments. Genuinely excited.

She made me think I could maybe write stories other people would want to read, and maybe I had something to give to the community I loved, with my words.

I wrote more. And she did read those stories, as she promised. So did other people, in part because of her enthusiasm and support.

So I wrote a lot. And I still write a lot. I’ve wandered through other fandoms since then, I like to think my writing’s gotten better or at least smoother (I do still love my long sentences, though) and I’ve become a published and occasionally bestselling author of original romance…

…because that community and that encouragement made me think that maybe I could, that maybe I was a writer, that maybe I could submit this original novel to a publisher, and maybe it could be true.

And that all happened because someone well-known, someone who did not need to do this, chose to be kind to a shy and awkward brand-new writer and fellow fan. Because that person took the time to say generous things, to welcome me in, to look at something I’d made and get excited about it.

Might I have shared my writing anyway, later on? Possibly. Probably, eventually; I like to think I would’ve. The stories were in my head, and getting noisier. It might’ve taken much longer, or not much longer, or something in between.

But the point is: I did it, I shared my words and myself, then. That was what happened, and that will always be what happened: part of the tale.

Why did I, at that particular moment, at that poised turning-point in my own author’s narrative, decide that maybe I could—maybe I should—write the next story in my head, and then the next? Why did I think I might have something to give, to give back, to create and share with others?

Because she was kind.

 

GIVEAWAY

HONEY WITCH

by  K.L. Noone

Esme has loved Ursula silently for years, despite knowing a common earth-witch can’t hope to marry a princess.

But when Ursula comes to her with a question about love, Esme can’t resist introducing her princess to the sweetest magic of desire… and some even sweeter uses for enchanted honey.

 

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HONEY WITCH GIVEAWAY

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PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Honey Witch giveaway begins on March 31, 2021 and ends on April 15, 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

K.L. Noone teaches college students about superheroes and Shakespeare by day, and writes romance – frequently paranormal or with fantasy elements, almost always LGBTQ+, and always with happy endings – when not grading papers or researching medieval outlaw life. She also appreciates cats, craft beer, and the sound of ocean waves.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 30th 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

 

THE DATE

by TB Markinson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What happens when a prickly cat lady runs into the new dog owner next door?

Brittny Parker, an American graduate student, is moving to London with her lovable Boston Terrier, Cooper, in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Could life get any better? How about adding a super sexy woman next door? The problem is her snooty neighbor is not a dog person. In fact, she despises Cooper from the moment he knocks her over and sends her groceries spilling all over the ground.

Prin Jones is a native-born Londoner whose most successful relationship is with Francesca, her Persian cat. With a bakery to run and an unpleasant ex-girlfriend to dodge, the last thing Prin needs in her life is an obnoxious American and her poorly trained dog. But it becomes almost impossible not to run into Brit at every turn.

When Francesca and Cooper decide to become balcony friends, and Prin’s twin sister takes on the role of enthusiastic matchmaker, Brit and Prin decide to give each other a second chance. All they need is one date to see if there might be something more between them.

It should be easy, right? But somehow everything keeps going hilariously and disastrously wrong.

Can two women from different worlds meet in the middle to become more than neighbors?

 

MINDING HER BUSINESS

A One in a Billion: Book 5

by Lea Ellen

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A failed marriage, an irresistible boss and a roller coaster love life welcomes her to a dream job in fashion.

I’d been searching for a job for what felt like a lifetime. All I wanted was some little assistant job, somewhere in the realm of fashion. I just wanted to get my foot in the door and start my career.

When I received an email back from Kings & Queens, I couldn’t believe my luck. Finally, someone was giving me a chance!

The only problem was my boss. Not only was she a chaotic mess, but she was hauntingly attractive, with deep brown hair and ocean blue eyes and porcelain pale skin.

 

CONFINED DESIRES

Rehoboth Pact: Book 1

by Katherine McIntyre

Sky’s crush on her best friend has always been unrequited… until they’re stuck in quarantine together and sparks fly.

Sky’s high school bestie is moving back to the area and staying with her for a few weeks. Easy, right? Not when she’d held a torch for the woman since high school. The moment Mia walks through Sky’s door, those unrequited feelings return full-force. So, when a spreading virus keeps them confined in Sky’s apartment even longer, Sky is screwed.

Mia returns home after a bad breakup, but Sky is the only one who offers a safe place to land. However, the seven years they spent apart has her looking at her best friend through a different lens, attraction sparking with every inside joke, shared dinner, and cuddle on the couch.

That flare of desire fast turns physical. They can’t get enough of each other. Yet, whenever Mia tries for the “where is this going” talk, Sky dodges. Sky lost her sister in high school, and ever since, she’s become ace at keeping dates at a distance. Yet if she doesn’t manage to push past her own fears, she might lose her one shot at happiness with the woman she’s waited a lifetime for.

 

TUSKED

Once Upon a Fangirl: Book 2

by Caitlin Ryan

Available in Kindle Unlimited

One movie star. One small town girl. One Hollywood romance.

Small town girl, Dana Frost, just wants a quiet life of netball and looking after elephants at the local sanctuary. Love is nothing but pain.

Movie star, Tully Daubenspeck has been in the limelight since she was ten. She’s been her on screen persona Paige Parker for so long she’s forgotten who she is.

Can a trip to an elephant sanctuary in small-town Australia remind her who she is and what’s important?

 

CLOSENESS

by Y. L. Wigman

For Duscha Penhaligon, New South Wales is a long way from friends and family. A talented town planner, she is still grieving her partner when, out of the blue, she inherits her estranged father’s house, and is drawn back to her hometown of Canberra. It’s a chance to reconnect with all that was once familiar, to heal her heart and make a fresh start.

Working to build a business with her partner, Honor Boyce’s world is profoundly shaken by Duscha’s return. Seeming an ordinary gardener, Honor harbors an extraordinary passion—a secret obsession locked in the past.

For a life to be lived fully, it cannot be lived only in safety. Who has the courage to risk it all, knowing things will never be the same again?

 

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

by Les Mood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Zelda first saw Val when the two undressed for each other across Michigan Avenue in the windows of their respective hotel rooms. The next day Zelda learned the woman she stripped for was the graduate student she was slated to mentor. They spent two days networking at a marketing conference, and two nights in bed together. When they returned home to Omaha they were both convinced their affair was over; after all, Zelda was twelve years older than Val. She was too old – or was Val too young?

Then Val was given a temporary job reporting to Zelda. For five uncomfortable weeks they worked together, trying not to rekindle their affair. But the rules would change on New Year’s Eve.

 

DO IT FOR THE PRESTIGE

The Lady Lotharios: Book 1

by Kaya LaSalle

Available in Kindle Unlimited

One fateful night in the club leads to more than Claire ever could have imagined…

Claire Evans is going places. She’s moving up the ranks as a PR strategist for the rich and famous, and she’s more than happy to put her personal life on the back burner while she focuses on her career. Go figure that the one time she does something impulsive and sleeps with a gorgeous stranger, said stranger walks into her office the next day–as her newest client.

Arianna King is a rockstar with a reputation. The rumors are out of control, and she needs help taking back control of the narrative about who she is and how she lives her life. But she wasn’t banking on a PR strategist like Claire…

Two careers hang in the balance, but the tension between the two women is undeniable. As time goes on, the lines between professional and personal begin to blur…but will they be able to turn their fling into something more? Or are they destined for heartbreak?

 

OTHER WOMEN

by Andrea Johnson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kirsten Hansen is a femme, twenty-something writer living in San Francisco with her partner, Soraya, a therapist who barely escaped war-torn Afghanistan. Soraya announces she would like to have a baby just as Kirsten realizes she may not want to stay in their relationship. Punctuated by arguments in razor-sharp dialogue, flashbacks to Kirsten’s first love in Iowa, and Kirsten’s own internal narrative of temptation, betrayal, guilt, and often humor, the plot unfolds as Kirsten goes about haphazardly dismantling her relationship with Soraya while not-so-secretly plunging into an on-line search for love.

 

OBJECTING TO HER

by JJ Arias

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When law school rivals are forced together, fierce competitors go from enemies to something even more intense in this steamy slow burn.

Ari Vidal is starting her dream job as a prosecutor in Miami. After three years of competing with Sloane Medina in law school, she’s ready to shine on her own. When Sloane unexpectedly starts working at the same office, Ari’s plans are shattered, and she discovers old rivalries die hard.

Sloane expected to be working at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, but she’s trapped in Miami instead. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Ari, who insists on constantly competing with her, is back in her orbit.

Thrown together, the women find themselves back at each other’s throats. But, despite their best efforts to remain enemies, their relationship changes when they start to see beyond each other’s icy exteriors.

Passions burn hot enough to melt glaciers in this addictive clash between two strong women who have more in common than they realize. The only question is . . . can they get out of their own way?

 

MRS MIDDLETON

by Melissa Tereze

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Their love could heal their hearts…but destroy the relationships they both hold dear.

Emma Bradley is trembling. And not because of the climate difference between England and Africa, where she’s just ended an 18-month stint teaching sports to kids. She’s about to see Vanessa again.

Golden hair, luminous blue eyes, a smile to light up a room. The woman Emma loves. The woman she spilled her heart out to, then ran away to another continent to avoid a humiliating scene—because Vanessa is her best friend’s mum. If Emma is lucky, maybe Vanessa chalked it up to too much wine. Or better yet, forgot all about it.

Vanessa Middleton is fighting a serious case of uncertainty. Emma’s confession is crystal clear in her memory, and now that Vanessa is divorced from her cheating husband, the strongest barrier between them is gone. But there are others no less challenging.

Because if Vanessa couldn’t keep her husband’s attention, what could bright, beautiful, much younger Emma possibly see in her? Worse, if the two of them act on their attraction, their affair could jeopardise the relationship they both hold dear: Vanessa’s daughter—Emma’s closest friend.

 

LEAD ME HOME

by Shannon O’Brien

A confidant to all who need her, Rose Pruitt is a familiar face at Jones University thanks to her years of dedicated service at the Campus Center. Only a few days into the new school year, Rose finds herself cleaning up all kinds of messes, including one that involves a newcomer to campus—Professor Allison Chandler. Although their first encounter is all business, the two women soon discover an easy rapport and attraction that neither can deny.

Hurdles abound as the two women face challenges both separately and together. Can they get beyond the obstacles and potential disaster they face? Only time will tell in this timeless romance by author Shannon O’Brien.

 

TRAILS OF THE HEART

City General: Medic 1 Series: Book 5

by Ruby Scott

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Brilliant but socially awkward, trauma specialist Rachel Adams is all about making a difference. Returning to the US after working with Doctors Beyond Borders in Haiti, she faces the challenge of settling into ‘normal’ life as part of the City General ER team. But all she has is her work.

Andy (Andrea) Jones, a no nonsense Medevac pilot has always played the field since her Air Force days, having never met the right woman. Charming, charismatic and caring, women rarely say no to her, that is, until she meets Rachel.

Attractive women make Rachel flustered. Confident, attractive medevac pilots who flirt with her, send her into a tailspin.

There are a hundred reasons to say no; one is older, the other young; one is outgoing, the other quiet; one loves nature, the other loves their couch. But will a hundred reasons to say no blind them to the thousand reasons to say yes?

A slow burn, age gap, lesbian medical romance.

 

MATZO MATCH

Hot for the Holidays: Book 1

by Roz Alexander

Samantha is still healing from heartbreak, but her best friend has decided she’s taken long enough. With Passover just around the corner, will a surprise blind date, three celebrations in eight days, and approximately 100 glasses of wine be enough to finally move on? After one taste of the hard-bodied, immaculately dressed Jordan, it just might be time. Too bad Jordan has her own baggage to work through. Matzo Match is a steamy lesbian love story and the first entry in the “Hot for the Holidays” series.

 

FALL OUT

The Intern: Book 3

by Scarlett Grace

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The intern’s obsession with her boss spirals dangerously out of control…

Chloe has spent the night with her hot boss Yves twice, indulging in her secret, wild desires. Yet Yves insists that they are done.

The ice queen is back, and no matter what Chloe does, she can’t melt her boss’s heart.

Chloe, she can’t stop but give it her all one last time. Will Chloe convince Yves that they are meant to be? Or will Chloe’s efforts backfire and lead to her losing everything?  

 

BREAKING OUT

by Lise MacTague

KJ Stennes has only one thing on her mind: winning the league championship. She certainly doesn’t have time for her defense partner to get pregnant, of all things. But breaking in a new partner—even one who shows as much promise as Adrienne—just isn’t part of her plan.

Adrienne Pierce hopes moving to a new town with her son, Lawrence, will bring some stability to their lives. That the town has a women’s recreational hockey team is definitely a bonus. Despite a rocky start with KJ, the team’s star player, Adrienne can’t deny the attraction building between them. But how can she get involved with someone when she hasn’t yet found the stability her family needs?

And soon KJ’s budding attraction to Adrienne reminds her that there’s more to life than hockey… Maybe it’s time for KJ to get a new plan after all.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

PAID TO PLEASE HER

by Athina Duarte

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Catherine Boughton’s exacting personality and strict sexual preferences make a perfect match difficult. Her non-binary biology flusters people. She’s been told she’s demanding. All the money she has amassed can’t buy happiness, but thanks to news laws regulating sex work, it can lend her a plaything.

Bettina Thompson has wanted to enter the specially engaged assistant program since her older sister graduated from it. She has this one opportunity to make enough money to clear her debts and get experience, and she is grabbing it. She didn’t expect to be eager for the position, but the fantasies are stronger than her common sense.

Their arrangement is supposed to be simple. Their relationship is business.

They have a contract and it ends in a year.

Even if Catherine starts to like this business transaction a little too much. Even if Bettina is infatuated from day one. Even if they are impossibly perfect for each other.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

BASTET’S DAUGHTERS: CLEO AND PETRA

Book 6

by Scott Kujawa

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Having been reunited, it’s time for Cleo & Petra to return to New York City.

Along the way, they’ll encounter how the Event changed New York State, meet others who help them, and share news about the Matron, the orphanage, and the girls who lived there. With magic flowing across the country, the dangers they face are ones they haven’t experienced while completing the tasks Bastet and Anubis commanded.

With Serissa and Wren as their companions, the four complete the journey which started when Petra was taken from the orphanage, leading the twins to learn more about themselves, meet their partners, and experience their adventures.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

AWAKENED DAWN

Blood and Darkness: Book 1

by Aria Storm

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Mavis was my name, and you could say I have had a bit of a tough go. Following a tremendous personal loss, I was entombed by my own daughter rather than allow me to expose our secret to the world.

I woke up in a mausoleum and two centuries have passed. All I want to do is drink a bit of blood and maybe find a beautiful modern maiden to entertain what’s left of my soul. However, sinister forces are ever at play in my world. Even a queen who is two-centuries usurped cannot rest. Vampyrs are dying and the royals including my only surviving child are all in danger, as are the communities around us.

Set in modern New Orleans, this is the tale of the Lower Queen, Mavis Aubrey the mysterious vampyr who once led most of Britannia. Come follow Mavis as she struggles to learn how to function in the post-modern world and the vast array of new challenges rising to greet her.

Slow building poly lesbian romance.

 

MYSTERY

 

LAWLESS

by Jenna Rae

Kate Hollister has worked hard to build the life she always wanted. As an analyst in a federal law enforcement agency, she’s become an expert in researching crime and criminal behavior. From the safety of her cubicle, it all seems predictable and manageable. But after her latest heartbreak, Kate looks for a way to escape the confines of her sedate, comfortable life and jumps at a chance to work in the field.

Kate goes undercover as Kate Sooner in Lawless, a remote mountain town in northern California. In a run-down trailer park on the outskirts of town, Kate works to infiltrate a small-time drug ring purportedly run by her new neighbor, Stoney Randall. Though she doubts the value of pursuing such a minor criminal, Kate befriends Stoney’s girlfriend Sierra Finn and her best friend Maggie Herndon.

Kate soon finds that Lawless more than lives up to its name. Everywhere she turns she finds drugs, stolen goods, creepy criminals, mysterious animal disappearances, and the overwhelming odor of marijuana. Turns out the crime behind the data she manipulated so easily in the office is a lot more complicated—now that she’s right smack in the middle of it.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

YOU AGAIN

by Aurora Rey

narrated by Keira Grace

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?

 

THE DEVIL INCARNATE

Cain Casey: Book 7

by Ali Vali

narrated by Paige McKinney

For Cain Casey, nothing is more important than family, and having hers close – Emma, Hayden, Hannah, and the new baby – is as near as she’ll get to true happiness. But enemies who lurk in the shadows threaten more than just her business, forcing her to question whether the biggest threat comes from having it all.

As Cain continues to search for lingering adversaries like agent-turned-drug dealer Anthony Curtis, the FBI is hot on her tail and will stop at nothing to lock her away. Add the Russian mob into the mix, and it might be too much to handle. It will take a transformation into the devil incarnate for Cain to keep those she loves safe and to hold on to her rightful place as the head of the family.

A Cain Casey romantic intrigue.

 

RED NOVA

The Nova Series: Book 5

by Prudence MacLeod

narrated by Kristin Bentley

Deep in the Gap where time and space don’t follow the rules, Deann of Nova stumbles on a group of people who claim to be her descendants. Now she has to keep them alive, escape the time ship that imprisons them all, and prevent the total annihilation of Sector Nine and the Borelian Clans.

A mighty task, even for the matriarch of Red Nova.

 

SACRED GROUNDS

Endless: Book 2

by Maria Siopis

narrated by Rachel Errington

Rachael O’Connor is trapped in the mortal realm again, and no matter how hard she tries, she never accomplishes her goal of crossing to the divine end. However, this time is different. Rachael doesn’t proclaim her innocence in front of the judge as she has done in the past. Instead, she embraces the journey to another era, no matter how painful it is.

In this journey, Rachael battles dark forces that will produce heartache and pain, yet she is willing to sacrifice everything to be with Elizabeth. Is she going to find out the true meaning? Or, will she be forced to assume another life when she faces the judge? One person holds the answers, but Rachael has to listen. Will she?

 

THE COTTAGE

by Gerri Hill

narrated by Abby Craden

Jill and Carrie – both married with teenage children – meet one day during Jill’s lunch break at a local park. Soon a friendship is forged. A friendship that deepens with each visit.

Jill’s husband still lives and breathes the coach’s life, a life that leaves him little time to spare for Jill. Left on her own more and more, Jill finds herself searching for the indefinable something that has been missing all her life.

Married to a successful businessman, Carrie Howell retired early from a career in real estate to spend more time with her teenage boys and to pursue her lone passion – painting. She, too, has felt for some time that something is missing from her world.

The Cottage is the story of two women pulled by a force stronger than their marriages, stronger than themselves. The story of Jill and Carrie. Two women. One love.

 

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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.

C.S. Joseph and Kathleen Greyson shared A Helping Hand. Also, they’re giving away 1 ecopy of The Hidden Room.

 

SAPPHIC READING

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A Helping Hand by CS Joseph and Kathleen Greyson

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.

Today, the wonderful C.S. Joseph and Kathleen Greyson are here to share story. Also, they’re giving away 1 ecopy of The Hidden Room. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, C.S. and Kathleen.

A HELPING HAND

One winter’s night, starving after a workout, we drove to Chipotle. Huddled near the door, there was a homeless man attempting to stay warm. People passed him as though he wasn’t there. “Are you hungry, Sir?” I asked. He was a bit shocked that someone was speaking to him. He nodded. “What would you like to eat?”

He looked towards the front doors of the restaurant. “I wouldn’t mind a bag of chips, I don’t even need the salsa.” He seemed uneasy with the attention he was getting.

“Would you rather have a burrito? What’s your favorite meat?” I asked. He looked surprised, but gave me his order. We went inside and ordered the food with chips and a drink as well. On our way out, we handed him his dinner. He was very gracious and offered to work for the food we had handed him. We declined. When you see someone who is down on their luck, giving them a good warm meal is the least one can do.

 

GIVEAWAY

THE HIDDEN ROOM

by C.S. Joseph & Kathleen Greyson

Clara Bogard reluctantly married architect Arthur Dumas in the early 20th century, after her father passed away. As a gift to his new bride, Arthur designed and built a Victorian mansion for their new home. Seeming philanthropic to others, Arthur had a black evilness in him. As Clara dealt with the escalating violence in her marriage, she finds comfort and affection in the arms of her friend Emma. A century later, in a last-ditch effort to save her failing marriage, novelist Reese Iverson agrees to move her family to a dilapidated Victorian home. During the renovations, a hidden room with over a dozen handwritten journals is discovered. As Reese reads the journals, she becomes immersed with Clara’s struggles with life and love. It soon becomes evident that Clara overcame and endured sinister horrors. After falling in love with her best friend Julia, Reese finds romantic parallels between herself and Clara. As she learns more of the woman’s fate, she uncovers the strength in herself to take control of her own life and hopes it isn’t too late for her happy ever after.

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MEET THE AUTHORS

C.S. Joseph is an Arizona native. She splits her time between her career in Supply Chain Management and raising her two boys. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and finding new adventures to embark upon with her loved ones and friends.

Kathleen Greyson was raised in Northwestern Ohio but has lived in New York, California, and currently Arizona. As an architect, she has been designing and building buildings which fuels her creative and adventurous side. She enjoys writing, cooking and spending time with her daughter, friends, and family.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: March 23rd 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

 

WHAT A TANGLED WEB

A Tangle Valley Romance: Book 3

by Melissa Brayden

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.

 

MOSAIC

by Susan X Meagher

When you’re a single lesbian who’d prefer to be partnered, it pays to keep your eyes peeled—even at work.

Kelsey Maliar blew into Summer Hayes’ shop on a frosty cold morning, and within a few minutes things had warmed up significantly. By the end of the week they were having a great first date, followed by another, and still another.

Everything seemed perfect, something neither of them had a lot of experience with. But they were both ready to put in the work this time, having learned that the end result was well worth the effort.

Nearly every couple reaches a few forks in the road when they’re starting out, but things sailed along very smoothly—until they didn’t.

What do you do when a woman who’s remarkably close to perfect struggles with an issue that wouldn’t bother the vast majority of people—but is a hot-button for you? Is it a positive grown experience to work through an emotional challenge together? Or is self-protection the wise choice?

They’ve both tried to understand the path to love, but the manual’s really hard to comprehend. If they can stick to their resolve, they should be able to hurdle this roadblock. But can they?

 

SING FOR MY BABY

by Jenn Matthews

A beautiful opposites-attract, lesbian romance fused with music, fear, hope, and honesty.

Primary school teacher and singer Rosie Tanner has stopped waiting for someone to have a baby with. She’s diving in and going it alone…although her pregnancy plans are a secret for now.

Amber Kingsley’s only goal is to stay sober and safe, so any complications like relationships are definitely out. That is, until she accidentally joins a community choir—despite having no musical talent or interest—after laying eyes on beautiful star soloist Rosie.

It seems her heart has some crazy ideas. So should Amber actually listen to it?

 

LOVE FORGED

by Nicole Pyland

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Tate Antonio has been without her father for nearly thirteen years. He left one day and never came back. Tate had given up on hearing from her father ever again when a strange letter arrives in the mailbox of her apartment that she shares with her best friend since birth, Flynn McEntire. Born just two weeks apart, the two girls grew into women with a plan. They would attend the same university and later, medical school. They would be in the other’s wedding party when they married the men of their dreams.

The problem with that plan? Tate has no idea that Flynn’s dream has changed, and Flynn wonders if Tate will ever realize she’s in love with her. The other problem? Tate’s father has left her a letter and a lot of confusing information to sort through. That sorting takes Tate and Flynn on a summer journey that will have implications for the rest of their lives.

Will Tate find her father? Will she find the love she was always meant to have? Will she find herself in the process? Can she find it all?

 

SOUL ON FIRE

Cast Iron Farm Series: Book 3

by Ali Spooner

A perfect summer ends with danger on the Appalachian Trail for Whit, Mitch and Brad. Once safely home, the relationship between Eli and Whit continues to strengthen as the boys return home and they grow as a couple. Eli falls deeper in love with Whit and North Carolina as the trees come alive with autumn color. The first Christmas at Cast Iron Farm is celebrated with Eli’s family as a new chapter in all of their lives begins. Join the family for the third book in the Cast Iron Farm Series.

 

NEXT EXIT HOME

by Dena Blake

After a tumultuous childhood, Harper Sims left her hometown and never looked back. She’s a partner in a successful veterinary practice and loves everything about her job and the big city life she leads with her teenage daughter.

Addison Foster had big dreams, but life hasn’t turned out the way she’d planned. Working as a veterinary assistant in a rural clinic gives her the chance to raise her daughter surrounded by the people she loves, but it’s not easy to be honest about who she really is and what she really wants in a small town.

When Harper’s father becomes ill, she whirls into town to run the clinic, and sparks fly between her and Addison in more ways than one. Their attraction is undeniable, but Addison isn’t ready to admit her desires, and Harper isn’t sure if she’s willing to stay.

Home may be where the heart is, but is the journey back worth the pain?

 

LOVE’S TRUTH

by C.A. Popovich

Lynette McCarthy was twelve years old when her parents pledged sole loyalty to a charismatic cult leader. At twenty-four, she escaped, armed with the hope that there was a better and kinder world outside. Healing from the trauma of the past and making a life for herself in a new world is a long and challenging process. When she meets a sexy conservation officer, her vow to never be vulnerable again is put to the ultimate test.

Growing up in a military family, Barb Donnelly has pride and a sense of duty. She loves her job as a conservation officer in the upper peninsula of Michigan but needs some time away. In the Wisconsin Dells, she meets the mysteriously reserved Lynette, who captures her attention like no other.

Just when Lynette believes she’s beginning to trust her heart again, her past catches up with her and her secret threatens to destroy her chance at happiness.

 

LOVE’S FALLING STAR

B.D. Grayson

Lochlan Paige is one of the biggest stars in Nashville. With her gorgeous stage presence and pitch-perfect voice, she’s earned her countless awards and sold out shows. But being famous hasn’t changed the fact that her favorite place to write music is in the quiet confines of libraries. Everything changes the moment she meets college student Vanessa and her fast-paced, very closeted world of country music is turned upside down.

Vanessa Wallace, a serious pre-med student, aspires to becoming a pediatric oncologist. During a late-night session at the campus library, an annoying hum coming from a secluded section leads to an encounter with Lochlan Paige. Little does Vanessa know she is about to take off on a whirlwind adventure that may end in love…or loss.

 

GOVERNING HER HEART

A One in a Billion: Book 4

by Lea Ellen

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Forced to live a double life, she’s given up on love until her cover is blown and the whole world finds out.

Seeking political reform to make a real impact on her constituents’ lives, ice-queen Debbie Bruce is a strong woman who doesn’t take any prisoners.

As a well-known politician and closeted lesbian, she’s been forced to give up on her love life to further her career and focus on her re-election campaign.

But living a secret life absent of affection, leads her to look for other ways to fulfill her intimate desires.

 

HOT FOR TEACHER

by Emersyn Grey

Riley Stephens is taken on an unexpected outing that will change her life forever. What will she do when she meets a beautiful blonde who reappears in the least likely of places?

Lakin Hart loves the power her job gives her, and she’s not looking for a change. But what will happen when her path crosses that of a lonely professor?

Will Riley and Lakin be willing to explore worlds outside their comfort zones in search of what they’ve both been missing most?

Trigger warning: Light domination (consensual).

 

WRITE FOR HER

by Kim Hartfield

Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Roselle returns to her hometown, her only plan is to care for her ailing mother – but the beautiful owner of the local coffee shop shifts her priorities. Jacqui is unique and fascinating enough to be the main character of Roselle’s next book. Now Roselle’s dreaming up the story of an author falling for a baker. But her life isn’t actually a romance novel… is it?

 

AS ONE DOOR CLOSES…

by Susie Ray

Available in Kindle Unlimited

As One Door Closes is a collection of two short romance stories.

The first sees Jane adjusting to her life without her family, but then another door opens bringing her more pleasure than she ever dreamed possible – even Covid-19 cannot dull it.

When Jane meets Sally, they just click and a new world of possibilities opens up before them, and there is more to come…

Someone Believed in Me has Jenny making bold new steps to restart her life after, prison and a failed marriage. Thank heavens her new boss is sympathetic and caring, or she might never have met Natalie, who worms her way into her heart, helping to put right all the wrongs she has been dealt.

 

A JADE’S DIAMOND

by Char Dafoe

After five long years as a slave to the hard, cold streets, Nayvee LaCroix was done selling their soul. Desperately at the end of their rope, Nayvee knew something had to change before they made the grave decision to end it all, permanently. The night Nayvee had given up hope they met a fellow lonely soul who also had been yearning for more in life.

Trystan Diamond, successful entrepreneur with more money than anyone could dream of, was instantly attracted to Nayvee and their chivalrous charm and boy-ish good looks before gaining any knowledge of what Nayvee really was. Switching on their charm, Nayvee scored the biggest payload of their life that could help get them off the streets, but what Nayvee wasn’t expecting was for the charming and handsome millionaire to fall in love with them. Living life by the rules of the ruthless streets, Nayvee’s defenses were always up, creating a hardened wall for anyone to break past their offense, including Trystan.

Little by little, Nayvee’s less than desirable lifestyle mixed and mingled with Trystan’s refined, sophisticated life, slowly chipping away at that wall, letting an astronomical and blinding bright light of love to penetrate Nayvee’s heart. Just when Nayvee and Trystan slowly find their footing on the shaky ground of their budding romantic relationship, in stepped Rian, a ghost from Nayvee’s past, and partner on the streets, stirring up old emotions in Nayvee and new ones in Trystan.

Rough meets refined in this tale about kindred spirits who don’t conform to the norm and fall head first in love with each other in this modern day Pretty Woman meets Cinderella story.

Please see the publisher’s note for the trigger warning.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

THE WAY THINGS ARE FOR ABBY HARPER

by Shiralyn Lee

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Abby Harper’s single life has plummeted to an all-time low, and could things get any worse when a one-night stand proves to be a huge failure? And if that wasn’t bad enough, a mad-dash drive with her sister Kate, to try to find their father, who says ‘I’m dying’ just before his phone gets cut off, and then he goes missing, turns out to be a journey from hell they didn’t need to make.

A live video stream she didn’t even know was happening reveals more than just her personality, and a drunken text message goes horribly wrong. With the pressure of trying to impress a woman she’s just met, she accidentally, at a dinner party she’s hosting, gets her parents, brother-in-law-to-be, and new love interest, high on weed. She also gains fame in the most unusual way, which includes a hotel, a flag pole, and apart from wearing a shower cap, being naked.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE

 

SCARLET

The Robyn Hood Adventures: Book 2

by Niamh Murphy

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Robyn Hood and her loyal friend Littlejohn want nothing more than to stay one step ahead of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s men. But when they offer their help to a Holy Sister in need, they soon discover not all is as it seems. Now they have both the Sheriff of Nottingham on their tail and the self-serving Bishop of Hereford too. Will they aid a fellow thief? Or save their own necks, keep the gold for themselves, and leave the fugitive, sword-wielding rogue for the gallows? Find out in this brand new Robyn Hood Adventure!

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

THE BLOOD WE SPILL

by Jo Havens

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What would make the most ruthless ice-queen assassin in the Kingdom hesitate?

Bound to the Kingdom for life, Cie serves a cruel King, her knives pledged to his word, her life at his mercy. She is also one of the Kingdom’s most privileged slaves – one of the Praetoria: five of the best, sworn to protect the Prince and, one day, to rule at his side. It’s not a bad life – luxurious parties in any of the eighteen worlds, beautiful women falling over themselves to land in her bed, her orders to be obeyed by over forty-eight billion citizens.

But when a routine job goes spectacularly wrong, Cie discovers there is a witness to her failure – a witness to a political assassination the King would never want revealed. It’s Cie’s intense misfortune that the witness is a beauty – a woman with sweet, warm skin that Cie longs to sink into, with deep, brown eyes that hold promises that Cie has only ever dreamt of, a woman whose embrace offers a gentleness and a kindness Cie craves above all else.

Jemma thought she’d been in love before, but when she falls for the King’s assassin, she falls hard. Cie burns her up – the assassin plays fast and loves harder, and Jemma’s head is whirling even as her body is thrilled. Jemma watches as a growing terrorist threat pushes the King to madness and Cie’s orders become more and more violent. The woman she thinks she loves is steeped in red. Is it even possible for a girl from the suburbs to love a person so drenched in blood?

 

BLOOD MOON

Wolves of Wolf’s Point: Book 2

by Catherine Lundoff

The Wolf’s Point werewolf pack, born from the magic that calls small groups of middle-aged women to embrace their inner and outer wolves, has been protecting the town for generations. Now Becca Thornton and the Pack have their hands (and paws) full of all the trouble they can handle. Plus a bit extra. Pack member Erin Adams just found a dead body in the trunk of her car and confessed to murder. But no one’s sure who the victim is and Erin can’t remember what happened. Did Erin fall off the wagon and murder a former foe? She doesn’t trust herself and Becca’s beginning to have her doubts.

If that wasn’t enough, Becca’s ex-husband sold their old house and their new neighbors are clearly up to something. Can the Pack get the mystery solved and Erin’s name cleared before the next full moon? Or do the town’s new residents have other plans?

 

THE NOBLE AND THE NIGHTINGALE

The Sisters of Sarras: Book 1

by Barbara Ann Wright

Adella del Amanecer is from a noble family whose pride comes from dedication to the kingdom of Sarras. She works long hours as a diplomat and barely has time for her sisters, let alone romance, a fact that makes her nights feel longer than her days, especially when she thinks about the lovely bard on the corner.

As an ex-spy for the Firellian Empire, Bridget Leir has fled from crises and corruption until settling in Sarras, where she can hide as a bard. When a chance meeting with a beautiful diplomat leads to romance, Bridget’s new life feels filled with promise, until Sarras investigates Firellian rumblings of war. If the truth comes out, the Sarrasians—and Adella—will never believe Bridget’s spying days are done, and worse—Adella will be accused of sleeping with the enemy. It’ll be the gallows for them both.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

DELIVERING GENERATIONS

Ladies of Diamond Lake: Book 3

by McGee Mathews

Available in Kindle Unlimited

The newest officer to join the Diamond Lake police force, Jackie Dupuis is a little eccentric. She finds deciphering people exhausting, which leaves her lonely in this small town. She isn’t quite ready to say that she made a mistake taking this job, but she’s close. If not for the success of her paranormal hobby in this extremely haunted place, she might have already left.

When Angie Stolmeijer arrived, she assumed she wouldn’t be in town for more than a few months. A budding musician and a cosmetologist, she works at the hair salon of Winnie, her Aunt Nancy’s partner. As her aunts try to help her find direction, they watch with knowing eyes as Angie develops an interest in a certain new cop. Even with their support, though, there are some journeys in life that you must walk alone.

Amy Gilbert and Molly Gorman enthusiastically prepare for their baby. Amy’s footloose lifestyle is challenged while attending to a stubborn, usually self-sufficient, and now pregnant partner. To her shock and pleasure, her parents embrace the upcoming grandbaby.

Molly has her eye on the future, yet her family history haunts her. Her parents are opposed to her having a child. Molly’s paternal grandfather was her hero, upholding the law. Small-town gossip has her wondering if it’s true that shady characters are sprinkled on her family tree. When a body is found, the rumors gain traction.

 

SCI-FI 

 

LUCKY 8

Lucky Breaks: Book 2

by Rae D. Magdon

Sasha Young, leader of the Lucky 7, has unfinished business. Her eighth clone is ready for activation, but this time, she won’t be passing on her memories. Caring for a newly autonomous being that shares her DNA is challenging enough, but the situation gets complicated when Ford Andrews, a prominent CEO, hires the Lucky 7 for one last job. His payment? Information about how Sasha’s parents really died.

Elena Nevares is in over her head. What began as a short trip to awaken Sasha’s clone has turned into one dangerous situation after another. All the while, her brothers and grandmother are waiting in Barbados, without her protection. With foes old and new trying to take down her crew, can she justify putting her family in danger for them, and for a future she isn’t sure she believes in?

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

 

RETROSPECT: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF MAC SCOTT

by A.J. Hutchinson-Forton

Available in Kindle Unlimited

McKenna Scott is missing. She’s presumed dead. Perished. Out of her misery… Suddenly, she’s not. She’s alive! Existing. Viable, just about…

Two years after she vanished, Mac Scott stumbles into a London hospital. Scars encrust her body. She cannot tolerate the slightest physical touch despite her body aching for human connection. She has no memory of what happened to her. As Mac tries to ease herself into a life that now feels alien, she is consumed with grief and anger at losing the self-assured, fun-loving woman she once was. So she looks for help.

Enticing therapist, Alisha Cole, helps her retrieve shards of horrific memories and it soon becomes clear… Mac may be home, but she is far from free.

Using her scars and memory fragments like a road map, she investigates her disappearance and journeys through the perilous twists and turns of her own mystery. Unexpected love and an insatiable need to be freed from the evil which torments her, drives Mac to rediscover herself and find newfound fortitude.

Where has she been? Why was she captured? She’s about to find out. And then she will make them pay. Escape is just the beginning; Mac is going to raise hell.

Trigger Warnings: Explicit scenes of violence and sex. Rape. Homophobia. PTSD flash backs.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE ONE TO HOLD YOUR HAND

by Erica Lee

narrated by Ana Sofia

Reese James’ life was never easy. Trying to stay upbeat and positive while her twin sister battled cancer took its toll on her. The one thing getting her through was her relationship with her lifelong best friend Bette Mitchell. Unfortunately, constantly blurring the lines between friendship and something more was destined to blow up at some point, and that’s exactly what happened when Reese hit her rock bottom.

After losing her father, Bette Mitchell didn’t know how she would ever feel okay again. The thing she did know was there was one person who understood exactly how it felt to lose someone close to her. The problem was she and Reese had barely spoken after Bette broke her heart three years earlier.

But now Reese is back in town for the funeral and willing to do anything to help Bette smile again. Well, almost anything. She can’t let go of what happened the night everything fell apart between them.

A look back on Reese and Bette’s relationship through the years shows what brought them to the point they are at today. Is their history enough to lead them into a future together, or is there too much heartbreak between them to move forward?

 

THINKING ABOUT HER

by Ophelia Alexander

narrated by Alexandra Ryan

Clare is 17, a popular straight-A student, and has her daily life completely determined by her controlling mother. Outwardly, it appears she has everything figured out, but silently, she feels lost in someone else’s life. Her only escape is behind the lens of her camera.

Hilda is forced to move back to the US, and is looking to escape a painful past relationship and start over. Her alternative look and rough exterior don’t do her any favors as she struggles to be accepted by her peers and restart her athletic career.

When the two girls meet for the first time, something clicks. New and conflicting emotions stir within Clare that force her to question who she is and what she wants out of life. Hilda, being suddenly thrust into the spotlight of Clare’s popularity, fears that to fit in, she’ll need to hide her feelings of affection, which has never been her strong suit.

Will the two be able to navigate the uncharted waters of their passion, or will they drown in a sea of their own expectations?

Trigger Warning: Verbal and physical abuse.

 

HEIR TO THE THRONE

Children of the Wild: Book 7

by Prudence MacLeod

narrated by Bobbi Wilson

A woman is taken, tortured, and suddenly Rhonda’s thrust into a position of command that she doesn’t want. What if she screws it up? What if it all goes wrong and blows up in her face getting everyone killed? She’s utterly terrified, and the man she depends on most just sits there waiting for orders. Will she succeed on her own or fail and bring ruin to all?

 

AN ISLAND BETWEEN US

by K’Anne Meinel

narrated by Violette Helvetica

The war is over, and the boys are coming home. It’s time for women everywhere to leave the factories and return to their rightful places…in the kitchen.

Women did their duty and filled many traditionally male jobs while their men were fighting for their country. But now, the men are back and ready to take over. But what if your man didn’t return? And what if you found you enjoyed the freedom your job gave you?

Neither Marion Whiting nor Barbara Jenkins loved their jobs in the mill; however, they did the best job they could for their government, and after being widowed by the war, those jobs had become a necessity. The two women fell in love and moved in together to save on expenses, but they soon discovered life very different from when they were married to men. After giving up their individual homes in order to buy a place together, they discovered that no bank would give them a loan without a responsible male’s signature. Since Marion and Barbara no longer had men to “take care” of them, they decided to take care of themselves, and each other.

Dreams are meant to be pursued, so Marion and Barbara bought an island using the last of their combined money. They wanted to create a vacation getaway, where they could raise their shared family, but they had no idea what it would take to make their dreams on this island a reality.

Will they have to give up their dreams to save their relationship? Will their freedom be thwarted by outside influences? Come along as two women in post-war Maine embark on their dream.

“What could possibly go wrong?” you ask….

 

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Miranda MacLeod shared The Last Time I Saw My Dad. Also, one lucky winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Accidental Honeymoon.

 

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The Last Time I Saw My Dad by Miranda MacLeod

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.

Today, the wonderful Miranda MacLeod is here to share a story. Also, one lucky winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Accidental Honeymoon. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Miranda.

THE LAST TIME I SAW MY DAD

I’ve been struggling for several days to come up with a topic to write about, not because I can’t think of examples of kindness, but because I can think of all sorts of things but none of them lend themselves to a good story. But yesterday I remembered something that had happened exactly a year ago to the day, and it seemed appropriate to share it now.

Last year, right as the WHO had officially declared a pandemic, and all the schools were saying maybe we won’t have classes “for a week or two,” and all the businesses were telling employees to take some work to do at home “just in case,” I got word that my dad was in the ER after a fall.

I called the hospital, and they said they couldn’t tell me anything over the phone and I just needed to come in person with some ID and then they’d be happy to update me. They stuck to this even when I told them I lived 3,000 miles away. This is not the part of my story that involves kindness, but it is the part where I may have lost my temper and done a lot of screaming. Anyway, eventually I got someone to understand the situation and was finally told that no, my dad hadn’t fallen, he’d had a stroke.

One good thing when everyone has been told not to go anywhere was I was able to get on a nearly empty cross-country flight a few hours later. I got to LA, met up with my brother, and went straight to the hospital. My dad’s condition was clearly very serious, though we were able to communicate with him and he knew we were there. There was no doctor available on the weekend, but we were told Monday morning we would get to see the doctor first thing and get the full scoop.

Monday morning, we arrived at the hospital. A big white tent had materialized, with a sign directing people with Covid symptoms to please go there first, and a table had been set up outside the main door where a security guard informed us that as of a few minutes ago, the hospital was not allowing any visitors. We still hadn’t talked to a doctor, and now we were starting to panic, or at least I was. The security guard, whom I will call kind person number one, gave me the direct number of the hospital’s social worker.

And this is where the moment of kindness I wanted to tell you about comes in, because when I spoke to the social worker and he found out we were standing right outside on the sidewalk, he decided to call security and tell them to let us inside so we could meet with him in person. After we got the answers we needed, he let us stay another three hours with my dad even though we technically weren’t supposed to be there.

The reason I remember this so clearly is that it ended up being the last time I saw my dad. We thought he was going to have a long road of recovery ahead of him at a rehab facility, but he actually passed away just a few days later. The fact that social worker bent the rules even though the whole world was turning upside down meant I had a chance to say good bye to my dad in person and give him a hug before I flew home. I had no idea at the time how many families would have to say good bye to loved ones over video screens and phones in the coming year. But I know how lucky I am that I didn’t have to.

GIVEAWAY

ACCIDENTAL HONEYMOON

by Miranda MacLeod

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Would you marry a woman you hate for a life-changing inheritance?

Monica’s business has been hit hard by a global recession, her ex-girlfriend is selling the house out from under her, and the hot handy ma’am, Ray, who was hired to fix up the place, turns out to be the most annoying woman on the planet. Could things get any worse?

All Ray wants is to finish her job and say adios to the world’s most high-maintenance client. But after being mistaken for Monica’s girlfriend, how can Ray walk away when going along with the charade would grant an old lady her dying wish? It’s not like Ray intended to be so charming that Monica’s grandmother would rewrite her will.

Now the unlikely couple stands to inherit a vineyard in rural New England and a heap of cash large enough to change both their lives. The only hitch? They have to get hitched. And since Monica is a professional wedding blogger, they’ll have to make it the wedding of the century while convincing two million followers they’re madly in love.

No problem, aside from the simple fact that they can’t stand each other. There’s a good chance the whole thing could end in disaster, but is it possible these enemies might find true love along the way?

Best-selling lesbian fiction author Miranda MacLeod has written a slow burn fake-relationship romance that will warm you through and through. 

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ACCIDENTAL HONEYMOON GIVEAWAY

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PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: Accidental Honeymoon giveaway begins on March 18 2021 and ends on April 15 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Originally from southern California, Miranda now lives in New England and writes heartfelt romances and romantic comedies featuring witty and charmingly flawed women that you’ll want to marry. Or just grab a coffee with, if that’s more your thing.

Before becoming a writer, she spent way too many years in graduate school, worked in professional theater and film, and held temp jobs in just about every office building in downtown Boston.

 

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Website / Facebook / BookBub / Goodreads

 

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I Heart Lesfic Mega Sale

Dear Lesfic Reader,

The I Heart Lesfic Mega Sale is underway. Woot!

Click on this link for the main page.

More than 100 authors have joined forces to deeply discount more than 200 books. There are 25 different subgenres, ranging from romance to fantasy to thrillers and so much more.

The final day of the sale is this Friday, March 19th.

Happy reading!

Miranda & TB

 

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.

A. Zukowski shared The Kindess of Strangers. A is giving away 1 ecopy of Turn Again to Life.

 

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The Kindness of Strangers by A. Zukowski

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.

Today, the wonderful A. Zukowski is here to share a story. Also, A is giving away 1 ecopy of Turn Again to Life. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, A.

The Kindness of Strangers

I went to university in Manchester, a northern city in the UK. I had crushes on mostly men, but also some of my female classmates. One of whom–let’s call her Emma–was beautiful with the most gorgeous sparkly amber eyes. I kept quiet about how I felt about her, but we were spending a lot of time together as friends. The conversation about our sexuality never came up.

We frequented the cheap student haunts, but also the bars of the gentrified ‘Gay Village’ on Canal Street. If you have ever seen the original UK series ‘Queer as Folk’, you have seen our playground.

That day, Emma and I went out to the Village and visited a couple of bars: Manto, Velvet. The bathrooms in Velvet had screens showing shopping channels. Why would anyone want that while they peed? We danced a bit and talked or shouted over the music. Something was happening between us. I could not tear my eyes away from her flushed face and brilliant smile. I thought they were for me.

The techno music was not exactly my choice, but the body heat, the buzz, the insistent drum beats echoed the rhythm of our movements. I drew her close and asked if she preferred the cooler air of the streets. Once outside, we sat on the canal bank and chatted. The night was bright as the waxing gibbous shone on like a white lamp. I was not drunk. She might have been a little. I always thought of her plump lips, alongside the big brown eyes, as Emma’s defining features. I couldn’t resist those lips, so I leaned in and kissed her.

Emma drew back and shook her head with regret.

“I’m bi, but I’ve started seeing this guy recently. Sorry, A.”

She stood and retreated, while I sat still, watching her walk away. I retrieved my car—a lime green Triumph that was older than me (twenty-one) at that point. Tears obscured my vision as I drove along the dirty city streets. It wasn’t far from the city when I stopped at a set of traffic lights.

The car would not start. I thought it must be a sign of stupidity, my youth, my misreading of emotional cues. A small red car pulled up by me and four women poured out. Four butch lesbians demanded to know why I had stopped by the lights and why I was bawling my eyes out.

The rest of the night was a haze. My car’s cam-belt had packed up. I did not tell them about Emma, but they treated me as if they already knew. They bundled me in their tiny car, protecting me. The driver shouted over Sleater-Kinney or something similar. “Hold on, I’m going to run these lights. I don’t like changing gears.”

Bless her. They drove me home. Thank you, kind strangers.

GIVEAWAY

TURN AGAIN TO LIFE

A novella by A. Zukowski

I stared at the photographs, mesmerised by the mystery of the two women. Their bodies and skin have been frozen in time, turned porcelain white and uncovered on the north face of Mont Blanc. They were once lost to the eternal silence of the snowy peaks, waiting to tell their stories. Who were these two unknown mountaineers to each other, and why were they summiting unaided, alone at the pinnacle of wilderness? My search unfolds as a love affair in early twentieth-century England comes to life.

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TURN AGAIN TO LIFE

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Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Turn Again to Life begins on March 10 2021 and ends on March 31 2021.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is I Heart Lesfic. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Giveaway. Sponsor may be reached by email at tbm@iheartlesfic.com during the Promotion Period.

ELIGIBILITY: Open internationally. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form and entering a valid email address.  

WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 7 days of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted on the Sponsor's website. By entering the Giveaway, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address with the author/publisher to distribute the prize(s).

SPONSOR: I Heart Lesfic

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

A. Zukowski is a London-based writer who grew up in the gay village of Manchester, UK.

She was trained in screenwriting at the University of the Arts, London; National Film & Television School and Script Factory, UK, followed by a series of misadventures as a film journalist, writer and producer of short films. Her stories are based on personal and emotional experiences and feature strong LGBTQ-identified characters.

CONNECT WITH A. ZUKOWSKI

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I Heart Lesfic Newsletter: March 9th Edition

Dear Lesfic Reader,

Today’s newsletter doesn’t include any new releases.

Miranda and I are prepping for the I Heart Lesfic mega sale starting on March 15th. These sales take a lot of work, and it’s always a mad dash to get things done.

But we wanted to have something for you today, all the while making our lives a little bit easier. So, there are a couple of surprises.

First up, we have a giveaway you can enter. One lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a signed copy of The Love Project. Click on the image below to enter.

 

Also, we’ve already slashed our prices on the four books that will be involved in the mega sale. On more than one occasion, I’ve almost forgotten to discount my own books because I’m so worried about getting over 200 books properly formatted.

Now that Miranda has joined the IHL team, she’s in the same boat: pulling her hair out to get everything just right so we can make all the readers and authors happy.

Now for the discounted books.

ACCIDENTAL HONEYMOON

by Miranda MacLeod

$2.99 $6.99 (Also in Kindle Unlimited)

Would you marry a woman you hate for a life-changing inheritance?

This slow burn, enemies to lovers, fake relationship romance is as thoroughly intoxicating as the wine from their New England vineyard.

 

HEART OF ICE

by TB Markinson & Miranda MacLeod

$2.99 $6.99 (Also in Kindle Unlimited)

What happens when the one person who makes your heart sing is also the one person who could destroy everything you’ve worked for?

A scorching ice queen, age gap romance about love striking twice.

 

RESERVATIONS OF THE HEART

by TB Markinson

$2.99 $5.99 (Also in Kindle Unlimited)

Can two wounded souls find solace together?​

When divorced doctor and single mother, Stella, meets the younger Aurora, who just needs a date for a wedding, sparks fly. Can two wounded women who believe love is the last thing they want overcome their fears to find healing?

 

KISMET

by TB Markinson

$2.99 $4.99 (Also in Kindle Unlimited)

What do you do when love strikes at the worst possible moment?

When recently dumped Dagny meets Allison, a journalist on an assignment that could change her career, the timing couldn’t be worse. After spending Christmas Eve in London together, both wonder, is it kismet or a curse?

 

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.

Jenn Matthews shared NEIGHBOURLY KINDNESS. Also, Jenn is giving away 1 ecopy of Sing for My Baby.

 

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