Comic Con Kindness by Riley Rose

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 Riley Rose is here to share a story. Also, Riley is giving away 1 ecopy of LAIA RIOS: SEX RAIDER – The Lust Idol. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Riley.

Comic Con Kindness

Besides writing humorous geeky erotica, I attend a lot of comic conventions where I perform comedy shows and moderate celebrity panels. Attending these events are a ton of fun and the highlight of my year.

A few years ago, I was at a convention moderating a Wynonna Earp cast panel. If you haven’t checked out the show, I highly recommend giving it a watch: it recently wrapped up its fourth and final season. It’s also great for you lesfic fans because of the awesome WayHaught relationship.

Melanie Scrofano, who played Wynonna Earp in the show, was sitting next to me on the panel. She was a pure delight: kind, friendly, empathetic, and devoted to her fans. Many times, celebrities don’t acknowledge the job of the moderator. Most people think moderating is easy and anyone can do it. But from performing that function many times, I know it’s a skill you develop. And good moderators can absolutely be the difference between a mediocre and great panel.

Melanie is not like most celebrities. The first thing she said after the panel was that she thought I had done a great job. That was very gratifying to hear. Moderating is a skill I’ve worked hard to develop. I asked if she might pass that on to the con organizers, telling her how appreciative I would be if she did. Celebrities are super-busy at cons, and it would have been very understandable if she forgot. But later that day she sent a tweet tagging the convention, telling them how awesome she thought I was and recommending they keep using me. She didn’t have to do that. But she took time out to show kindness. And that was pretty freakin’ cool.

Before I get to the next brief act of kindness, a quick shout-out to the entire Wynonna Earp cast, who were all the most down-to-earth and fan appreciative actors I have ever seen.

That same panel delivered another dose of geeky kindness. A fan attending the event sent out a few tweets afterward including what she most loved about it. One of those tweets was about how much she enjoyed the panel because of the energetic and friendly way I moderated. Again, most attendees don’t really care about the moderator. And that’s understandable. They come for the actors they love. My job is to help them have a great experience with those actors. So the fact this attendee took the time to mention me really made my day, heck, my whole con.

I guess the moral is that kind words can have a huge positive impact on people: whether they be your family, friends, or total strangers. So say something nice to someone today 🙂 Thanks so much for reading! I Heart Lesfic readers are the best!

 

GIVEAWAY

 

LAIA RIOS: SEX RAIDER

The Lust Idol

by Riley Rose

Laia Rios is the most amazing adventurer and relic hunter on the planet. She travels the globe finding the most hidden artifacts and treasures. And having sex with the sexiest women of every nationality.

When she gets word of a new clue to the legendary Lust Idol of the Amazons, she can’t pass up the opportunity to find it. And all she’ll have to do is pass through a temple filled with the most elaborate sex traps ever.

Will Laia be able to withstand the increasingly mind-blowing challenges of sensual pleasure? Will she be able to retrieve the Lust Idol? And will she find some super-sexy Amazons?

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

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LAIA RIOS: SEX RAIDER Giveaway

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PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: LAIA RIOS: SEX RAIDER giveaway begins on October 7 2021 and ends on October 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

Riley Rose loves writing fun and adventurous erotic fiction set in the action and fantasy genres, focusing on stories with heart, humor, and characters who keep losing their clothes! Riley is working on a shared universe of erotica, the Decadent Fantasy Universe, where characters from different series and stories will crossover with each other. Blending action, humor, and sexy shenanigans, Riley brings a unique blend of sweet and sexy stories featuring fun-loving characters, whose adventures you’ll hopefully want to follow for a long time.

 

CONNECT WITH RILEY ROSE

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

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August Book of the Month Winners

 

August 2021 Winners

 

ROMANCE 

 

THE HEADMISTRESS

by Milena McKay

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A chance encounter. An unforgettable night.

And back home, trouble is brewing on the remote island of Three Dragons, where nothing feels like it used to. Alone and lonely, Sam Threadneedle wishes upon a star, hoping for change. But when said change comes, it’s with a roar and not a whimper.

Torn between loyalty and lust, Sam is forced to re-evaluate everything.

Can she and the Home of Dragons withstand the storm that is Magdalene Nox, or will any and all crumble?

Not everything is as it seems, and as she slowly unravels the mysteries behind the centuries-old walls, Sam realizes that home is much more than oak and stone.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

BIG LONDON DREAMS

London Romance Series: Book 8

by Clare Lydon

They were each other’s first love. But that was a lifetime ago…

Eunice Starling didn’t mean to fall for Joan Hart, but she did. How could she resist those stunning eyes, that dynamite smile? Months later, she didn’t want to leave Joan and marry a suitable man, but she did. Over the years, Eunice tried to forget, but she never forgave herself.

Now, 60 years later, Eunice comes face to face with Joan. They might be older, but Joan’s eyes are still the same. But after so long apart, is that enough? Are the pair destined to finally live out their big London dreams?

For the latest instalment in the London Romance series, best-selling author Clare Lydon travels back in time to uncover the story of Eunice and Joan, and the love that was ripped from their grasp. Told from 1958 London to the present day, get ready to have your heart broken, then pieced back together again. This is a story of burning passion, shattered dreams, and ultimately, enduring, endless love.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

WORTH THE WAIT

The Hollywood Series: Book 5

by Jae

Actress Jill and her girlfriend, stuntwoman Crash, explore new territory in this erotic lesbian short story that is part of Jae’s award-winning Hollywood series but can be read as a standalone.

When struggling actress Jill lands her dream TV role, she rushes home to celebrate with her girlfriend, stuntwoman Crash.

A steamy shower leads to sheet-rumpling passion as they try out a new sex toy.

Will their intimate celebration turn out to be worth the wait?

“Worth the Wait” won the Good Sex Awards 2021 in the Best Use of Sex Toys category.

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

PLEASURE OF THE FIRST MARK

Faerie Marked: Book 1

by Scarlett Knight

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Piper is a Pixie who lives her days passing as a human, but she is desperate to get away from her stressful dead-end office job and her conservative boss from hell. As she takes an extended lunch period to hang out at the local Faerie-friendly bookstore, she distracts herself from work by daydreaming about the bookstore’s manager, a reserved but sexy Dryad named Tory. But when she and Tory actually have a conversation for the first time, Piper realizes her dreams of getting to know her might be possible. Tory, however, still doesn’t know Piper’s true identity as a Fae. Could a Dryad actually fall for a Pixie? As her lunch period runs out, Piper realizes she has two choices: run back to the job she hates and play it safe, or take a chance on love.

 

HORROR

 

DEAD LEZ WALKING

by G Benson

One hospital. One zombie virus. One desperate group. One way out.

A new virus has appeared, and all Taren can do is groan. Being a nurse in Accident and Emergency has its downsides, and dealing with the flood of people freaking out over symptoms they don’t really have is definitely one of them.

Joy, an exhausted surgeon, is just trying to find somewhere to relax after a horrendous night on call—and somewhere she can avoid Taren, since Joy blew her off after an incredible date weeks ago. When she wakes up after an accidental nap, her pager has gone dead, and the doors outside are barricaded. This can’t be about the virus, can it?

Yes, it can. The dead are rising, and they are hungry. Joy and Taren are trapped with a group of others as they try to fight for their lives and get out. The rest of the group think it would be great if Joy and Taren would stop making moon eyes at each other when they are oh, you know, just trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.

 

ANTHOLOGY

 

MILESTONES

by Serena J. Bishop

Available in Kindle Unlimited

This romantic short story bundle contains three humorous and heart-felt relationship tales that occur after the events of the novel Dreams, and before the events of the novel Miracles.

Rocky Start: Aurora and Leela go through a series of awkward, inconvenient, and sometimes painful incidents during their first date.

Fancy Pasta: Leela wants Aurora. Aurora wants Leela. An intimate dinner at Leela’s home leads both to get what they want…even if they never get to eat the pasta.

Meet the Makers: After almost a year together, Leela and Aurora have an argument because Leela seemingly does not want to meet Aurora’s parents. After their friends intervene, the couple shares their fears, expectations, and thoughts about what kind of future they might have together.

 

AUDIOBOOK

 

MUST LOVE SILENCE

by Lucy Bexley

narrated by Abby Craden

What happens when a misanthrope meets the one person she doesn’t want to be without?

Reese Walker doesn’t like people. What she likes is silence and being left alone. The thing she loves most about recording audiobooks is that she doesn’t have to leave her Chicago apartment to do it. And she hasn’t for nearly a year. But with an unavoidable bill going to collections that puts her sister’s treatment at risk, she has no choice but to take a job that pushes her out of her comfort zone.

After a disastrous blow to her career, Arden Abbott needs a comeback. Step one: a successful book launch, including an audiobook. She doesn’t trust anyone else to oversee every aspect of the project. Arden knows she’s ready to resume the life she had before her dreams fell apart, all she has to do is prove it to everyone around her.

When Reese and Arden meet, sparks fly and then, they combust. Will Reese crack under the constant pressure from Arden? Can she possibly read a sex scene with the woman who wrote it interrupting to correct her pronunciation of words she is saying 100% correctly? Or can they step outside their comfort zones long enough to meet in the middle?

 

Kelsey won the $15 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

VOTE FOR SEPTEMBER’S

BOOK OF THE MONTH

It’s time to vote for your favorite September 2021 books.

Voting is open until the end of October.

Results will be announced in November.

Best of luck authors!

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Friday Feels: October 1 Edition

Before we get to today’s Friday Feels, just a note about the Book of the Month Awards. The winners for the August Book of the Month Awards will be announced on Monday, October 4. You can vote for your favorite September books here.

And now for today’s post. It’s the end of the week and that means it’s time for another fun edition of Friday Feels.

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to see an adorable dog.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 most clicked books of the week on I Heart Lesfic:

# 3

SMOKE AND SUGAR

Small Town Sparks: Book 2

by Bel Blackwood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

You can never plan for love. You definitely can’t plan for llamas.

Practical, down-to-earth Kaia Kingsley loves life in the rural wilds of New Zealand. Even if country life comes with its own challenges: keeping the bank from repossessing her farm, keeping her jam-making business afloat, and… finding a llama in her strawberry patch?

When she drags it back home, she doesn’t expect its owner to be a gorgeous older woman. Tessa is icy, but Kaia can see the lonely woman under the surface… and she wants to see more.

But when Kingsley Jams gets the chance to enter in a famous food competition, Kaia needs to focus. If she doesn’t win, her jam business will go under, taking her farm with it.

But the only person who can help her win is the biggest distraction of them all.

Her jams are made to make a person crave more. But now, Kaia is the one wrestling with sweet temptation.

# 2

SIMPLY THE BEST

by Karin Kallmaker

Simply the Worst…Alice Cabot’s only great love is science, but a lapse in judgment has exiled the New York journalist to the glitzy Gallerias and vapid bubble-babble of Beverly Hills. The assignment to do a flattering feature series on Simply the Best and the superficial nonsense it sells threatens to crush what little is left of her spirit.

Simply the Best…Pepper Addington can’t believe she’s moved up from grunt intern to personal assistant for Helene Jolie, the celebrity socialite founder of SimplytheBest.com. Succeeding at the job she worked so hard to get is her only priority. Keep a cynical know-it-all reporter in check? She promises Helene that she can.

Simply Irresistible…Expecting nothing but games from the beach-blond surfer girl that Helene Jolie has assigned to keep an eye on her, Alice is fully prepared to resist any and all of California’s charms. Or so she thinks.

 

# 1

TEA LEAVES & TOURNIQUETS

by Sienna Waters

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can a cup of tea predict true love?

When Jaye Callaghan’s dubiously clairvoyant best friend predicts that her soulmate is on the horizon, Jaye isn’t exactly persuaded. But when she walks into Lanport clinic and meets Charlie, she starts to think that maybe her luck is changing.

Charlie Riley is a machine. Or she was. A top rated ER doctor with a mind like a trap, she shouldn’t be doctoring in a small ocean-front resort town. She’s mysterious, cold, and very, very sexy.

This is supposed to be a match made in heaven, but there’s a problem. Charlie doesn’t believe in soulmates. Or clairvoyants. Or love.

It’s up to Jaye to persuade the ice-queen doctor that not only is love real, but that her soulmate is standing right in front of her. But as the stakes rise and the attraction between the two women grows hotter Jaye’s faith in romance is shattered. Can Charlie help her put it back together?

Believing in true love is hard, but maybe, just sometimes, it’s enough to have someone else believe for you.

 

FREE BOOK

THIS DEAL HAS ENDED

AFTER THE GLITTER FADES

by Diane Marina

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Siena Armetta. Film star, Hollywood icon, tabloid darling. The price she pays to maintain her fame is to deny who she is.

Enter Julia Westbrooke.

This free book offer is for a limited time, so before completing the purchase, please ensure the price is $0.00.

 

Author KE Morrison suggests Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac.

 

Lorraine W, a reader, has some extremely wise words:

Accept that your honest best is all you can do. Don’t dwell, move on.

 

 

Meet Arya, protector of

the realm and zucchini

aficionado!

The adorable Arya protects Ashlee G, reader.

That’s all for this week.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

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One Act of Kindness by Alysia D Evans

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 Alysia D. Evans is here to share a story. Also, Alysia is giving away 1 ecopy of Red Bush and Lemon. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Alysia.

One Act of Kindness 

One act of kindness always stands out in my mind, even though it was thirty-five years ago. The previous night, me and a university friend had been out to the pub, getting very drunk on strong scrumpy cider.

The following morning, my head pounding with a hangover, my friend dropped me off in Bath Spa, a town in South West England, constructed by the Romans. She went off to work, telling me to telephone her later that day and she’d come and collect me.

I vaguely remember staggering around an antique market and the Roman bath-house. Eventually, lunchtime arrived and I decided I was ready to go back to my friend’s house and chill.

Now in those days nobody I knew owned a mobile phone; they were large, bulky objects used in cars by people with money. Most people used coin operated telephones, housed in bright red telephone boxes. So, with my hangover continuing to vibrate around my head, I stood in a telephone box and rummaged through my pockets for a coin, ten pence would have been sufficient to make my call – money went a lot further in those days. But my pockets were empty, all I had in my purse was a couple of pound notes – these were the days before pound coins.

Stepping out of the phone box I stood outside, like an untidy drunken beggar, stopping passers-by, asking if they could change my pound note for coins.

Most people ignored me, until a lady stopped, she didn’t have a pound’s worth of change but she could give me thirty pence. I gave her my pound note and took the three ten pence pieces. But she insisted on giving my note back, telling me to keep the coins. I tried to give her twenty pence and keep one coin. She wouldn’t have that either and wandered off. The lady’s kindness and generosity surprised me, embedding the moment in my mind. Returning inside the telephone box I went to make my call.

Next problem was, I didn’t have my friends telephone number…

 

GIVEAWAY

 

RED BUSH AND LEMON

by Alysia D. Evans

Available in Kindle Unlimited

What do you do when life has got on top of you? When you need to find yourself? The answer, Lucy decided, was to disappear into another world. Expand her knowledge, learn how to live life from a new cultural point of view. That’s what she expected from her exciting holiday to Botswana. But when she met Jaz, her tour guide, Lucy was about to learn a whole lot more about herself. And considering what was happening back at home, her holiday became a life-changing event.

  • 1 winner

RED BUSH AND LEMON Giveaway

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Rules

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: RED BUSH AND LEMON giveaway begins on October 1 2021 and ends on October 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

Alysia D. Evans lives in a village in the British countryside. When the weather permits, she is inspired to be creative by the view from her window. She lives with her wonderful partner and small, brown, sleepy dog. When Alysia’s not obsessed with putting pen to paper, she enjoys watching sports and TV dramas.

 

CONNECT WITH ALYSIA D. EVANS

Website

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

 

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Friday Feels: September 24 Edition

Welcome to the first edition of Friday Feels. Our goal is to help authors and readers connect over books, advice, music, and pet photos to help everyone get into weekend mode.

Click here if you’d like to learn why TB came up with the idea for Friday Feels.

Please scroll all the way to the end to see an adorable kitty!

Without further ado, here are the top 3 most clicked books of the week on I Heart Lesfic:

# 3 

UNBREAKABLE LOVE

by Chloe Peterson

Sophia Cordell fought hard to distance herself from her biological family and their life in the mafia. But when her best friend Harry’s life is threatened, she strikes a deal with her birth family: she must marry Harry’s adult daughter for protection and will owe them a future favor.

Billy Nielsen lost her mother to criminal activity. She vowed never to associate with anyone connected to that world. When she discovers Sophia’s ties to the mafia, her lingering teenage crush on the older woman dulls.

The two women settle into a fake marriage and all the uncomfortable situations it brings. As they adapt to playing the happy couple in public, their friendship blossoms. Soon, they discover a growing mutual attraction.

But Sophia’s family has a dangerous request as payback for protecting Billy and her father. One that might spell the end of her relationship with Billy, who just might be her forever…

 

# 2
LOVE AND LOTUS BLOSSOMS

by Anne Shade

Janesse Crawford is living the dream. Married to a man who loves her in the beautiful home he built for her with his own hands, she has raised two wonderful children and has a successful career doing what she loves.

But when Janesse’s past comes rushing back in the form of sexy and bold fashion stylist Maya Lawson, the lie she has been living for the past thirty years comes crashing in on her. She let Maya get away years before, but her second chance at true love will cost her the picture-perfect life she’s spent a lifetime building.

It’s not too late for Janesse to break through the mud of her life to blossom into the woman she’s always wished to be for the love she’s always dreamed of. But her path to self-acceptance will risk everything—and possibly everyone—she loves.

 

# 1:

ONE GOLDEN SUMMER

by Clare Lydon & TB Markinson

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Would you trade fame for love?

Saffron Oliver is the golden girl. Golden hair. Golden skin. Golden movie career.

Only one problem: she hates it.

She flees to her sister’s seaside town – where she meets the confident & charming Kirsty McBride.

Kirsty is everything Saffron wants to be. Perhaps also, everything she wants.

But Saffron can’t have it all. So now, she has to decide: does she crave Kirsty enough to blow up her golden life?

 

FREE BOOK

 

CARAMEL KISSES

by Les Mood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

A story of two enemies who become friends and then lovers, told with a little humor, a lot of romance, and a touch of steam. Emily loves her caramel lattes. Andrea loves her caramel flavored kisses.

The book will be free through September 28.

 

Author Judy Ramsook recommends listening to “Running Up that Hill.”

 

DJ, a reader, offers this sentiment to live by:

Never be so right that you back someone into a corner.

This gem is from DJ’s dad.

 

Meet Tsoki

Tsoki is the grandkitty of Gayle W, a reader. So cute!

That’s all for this week.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

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KINDNESS TO STRANGERS by Les Mood

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 Les Mood is here to share a story. Also, Caramel Kisses, by Les, is free on Amazon through September 28. More details below.

Take it away, Les.

KINDNESS TO STRANGERS

It was during the last pandemic. In the 1980’s AIDS was running unchecked through the country. With no cure in sight, a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence. Particularly hard hit was the gay male population of Southern California. One of those infected was my older brother.

Sam was a classical musician who, like most musicians, had a day job. He was a dispatcher for a delivery company in Santa Monica. Nights and weekends he was rehearsing to conduct a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in the fall of 1987. That was cancelled when, in August, he was admitted to the hospital where he would remain for the short time that remained of his life. He has a panel in the AIDS quilt which describes him as a gentle man.

The Sunset Hollywood Hospital had an entire floor for AIDS patients At that time. Thanks to his day job, Sam had insurance, so his stay was covered. Many of the patients did not, and the hospital would have to eat the cost. Despite that, they did not turn anyone away. As I recall there was one doctor and several nurses and other staff who worked that floor. I don’t remember any of their names, which is a shame as they were true heroes in every sense of the word. In those days medical professionals were as fearful of AIDS, and those who carried it, as everyone else. These wonderful people were able to put their fears aside and care for those who were without hope. In addition to the very real danger they could accidentally get infected, they lived with the knowledge that none of the men they were caring for would leave the hospital alive. The emotional weight of what they were doing must have been enormous. They did it anyway.

Shortly after Sam was hospitalized our parents left their home in Wichita to be with him, staying at the house he owned in the Echo Park neighborhood of Hollywood. Mom was eighty-one at the time and Dad was seventy-eight, both life-long Midwesterners. To my knowledge Wichita was the largest city they had ever lived in. Every morning for over a month they ate breakfast at the same Denny’s Restaurant (knowing what a creature of habit Dad was, I’m sure they sat at the same table every day). After breakfast they got in Sam’s car and drove past the Hollywood Walk of Fame to spend the day in the hospital. It was hard for them, hard on them, to see their son’s slow decline toward the end, but they were there for him.

Every room on the floor was occupied by a young man, boys really, who knew he was there to die. Upon admittance, each was given a teddy bear. For too many, holding that bear was the only form of comfort he had. Some had families too far away to visit regularly. Others had been rejected by those who should have been comforting them. Instead they were alone in their rooms with no one to bring any brightness into their last days.

Except for the elderly couple from Kansas.

Dad, who was always uncomfortable with strangers, looked into every room every day with as cheerful a greeting as he could muster. Mom, who never met a stranger, would stop and sit with each boy; to visit if he was up to it, or just to sit quietly for a while and let him know by her presence that he wasn’t forgotten.

I am a writer. I’m good with words. Yet I don’t have the words to describe what an honor it was to witness so much courage and kindness in the midst of tragedy. The hospital staff who put their fears behind them to care for those young men. The men themselves who were facing certain death. And those two people, whose genes I am proud to share, who did what they could to comfort strangers in a strange land.

 

FREE BOOK

 

CARAMEL KISSES

by Les Mood

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Emily was new to Omaha, having moved in from Cheyenne when she got a promotion. She made her first friend, Jack, while having coffee before work. When Jack asked her out for dinner and drinks Emily had no idea he would be taking her to a motel bar, where he tried to tempt her up to his room. She also had no idea he was married – until she went to the restroom where she was ambushed and humiliated by his sister-in-law who accused her of malicious sluttery. Months after her ill-fated date, she started attending a yoga class, hoping to make some real friends.

Andrea followed her cheating brother-in-law to a motel bar in Council Bluffs where he was joined by an attractive redhead.  When the woman went to the restroom, Andrea took the opportunity to tell the woman what she thought of someone who would sleep with another woman’s husband.

It had been a long time between girlfriends for Andrea and she joined a yoga class in hopes of meeting someone. She developed a crush on Sonja, the good-looking instructor, who appeared to be equally attracted to her. Then She joined the class and Andrea was forced to share the instructor’s attention.

After her own ill-fated date with a philanderer, Andrea realized she might have misjudged Emily. Emily realized she was more attracted to Andrea than she had been to the man who tried to seduce her. When these enemies became friends, things got steamy. But would Emily’s family accept that she was falling for a woman?

This novel, originally published in 2020, has been revised and re-edited.

Caramel Kisses is free on Amazon through September 28.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

I learned to read at age four, and have devoured books ever since. After spending nineteen frigid winters in Nebraska, I moved to Arkansas a few years ago where I live in the woods with five dogs, twelve cats (more or less), one donkey and a wife. It was here that I read my first lesbian romance novel and was immediately hooked. There is something magical in stories about two women falling in love. In 2019 I graduated from reader to author. I write romantic stories about women who are rediscovering their sexuality, exploring and indulging in relationships with other women.

 

CONNECT WITH LES MOOD

Blog

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

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Why IHL is Launching Friday Feels

FRIDAY FEELS LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 24

I’ve been working as a full-time writer since 2012. In the beginning, I didn’t put in as many hours as I should have because I’d just moved from the US to London. I spent many months wandering the city streets, chanting in my head, “I can’t believe I live here now.”

However, that way of living wasn’t sustainable, and I started putting in some serious hours to get my author career going. The part of being a full-time writer many don’t warn you about is the inability to turn off your writing brain once it’s fully unleashed. It’s always whirring with ideas for stories.

Couple that with being an indie writer, which puts the onus on the individual to write, publish, and market (although, marketing one’s own work is becoming the trend for traditionally published authors as well), it’s hard to take time off. There’s always something that needs to be ticked off the never-ending to-do list.

I will admit I added a bucketload of work when I started I Heart Lesfic and the Lesbians Who Write podcast, but I enjoy both ventures quite a bit and don’t regret either.

Recently, I went for a hike on a Friday afternoon, and I started to reminiscence about the time when I had a 9-5 job in an office. I didn’t miss the work (I hated all of my non-writing jobs and always felt something meaningful was missing from my life), but I missed the feeling of Friday. Knowing I wouldn’t have to work for two whole days. On this particular Friday, I knew I had to do a couple more hours of work after my hike and would have to put in several hours on Saturday and Sunday as well.

It’s not due solely to working more than I used to, but many of us are stuck in a Groundhog Day like scenario with COVID and extreme weather. Days are blurring, and everything seems like a grind.

I really miss that Friday feeling, so I decided to launch a new feature on I Heart Lesfic to recapture it.

I’ve broken it down into parts, the first two being about books, because for as long as I can remember, I’ve equated weekends with reading.

I also wanted a way to get readers involved in the project, so I added sections where anyone can recommend a song that has a weekend feel or offer sage advice, and I rounded it out with a pet-of-the-week section, because one of the things that always puts a smile on my face when stressed is an adorable animal.

If you want to find out how to get in on the Friday Feels fun, click here. I think we all could use more fun in our lives during these stressful days.

Friday Feels launches on September 24.


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