Guest Post: Listen to the Children by Tammy Bird

Happy Friday!

Please welcome Tammy Bird. One lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Sandman. Details on how to enter are below.

Listen to the Children

“Mommy. Mommy. Mommy.” My son’s squeaky little boy voice echoed in the hallway as he searched for me. 

“In here, little bit.” I stuck my head out of his room where I was gathering pieces of his softball uniform to add to the wash. 

He stopped directly in front of me and wrapped his arms around my leg. I felt the hiccups of his cry before I saw the streaks on his cheeks.  

“Hey, buddy.” I pulled his arms lose and squatted in front of him. “Why the tears?” 

“What. What’s a fag?” He asked between gulps of air. “Brian said you’re a fag and he can’t come in my house anymore.” 

The year was 1986. I was 23, and my son was 4. I had been out as a lesbian for less than a year.  

As I write these words, I can still hear his voice, see his face, feel his confusion, as he struggled between his love for me and his love for his best friend. It was a defining moment for me, the moment I decided to be honest about who I am–always. I would not hide or lie, regardless of the cost. 

“Oh, buddy.” I tussled his hair. “I’m so sorry Brian’s folks feel that way. A fag is an ugly way some people define a gay man. A better term for mommy is lesbian.” 

“Why lesbian?” He wiped a tear with the back of his hand. His hiccups stopped. 

“That’s a word for a girl who loves another girl instead of a boy.” 

“That’s all?” 

“That’s all.” 

“Then Mark is a fag?” 

Mark was a family friend who made sure there was a positive male figure in my son’s life in those early days of questioning and struggles. “Well, remember that’s an ugly term, but yes. Mark is someone Brian’s folks would call a fag.” 

His tears were completely dried up. He smiled and wrapped his little arms around my neck, his lips puckered against my cheek.  

Just like that, his world was right again. He trotted out the way he came. I followed.  

I stood at the door that day and watched as my son gave his four-year old rendition of the conversation we just had. I watched as Brian shrugged and motioned toward their bikes. I watched as two little boys processed the ugliness of adults and decided it was inconsequential to their world. I watched as two little boys rode off into their future, a future that is today. 

Now my son is a man with children of his own. He and his siblings and their children and their children’s friends stand up every day as fierce and loyal allies of all people who identify on the lgbtq+ spectrum.  

When I write, I always keep this story in my mind as a reminder of the importance of our words to the world. I write characters who are living in spaces with people who are not always kind. Some of them are gay; some are questioning; some are bisexual or genderqueer; some are trans; some fall elsewhere on the spectrum entirely.  

All of them have a story that we need to better understand. All of them deserve to be heard. I write gritty stories with a purpose. They are not for everyone. But my dream is that they will get into the hands of those who need to hear. 

Sandman, published by Flashpoint Publishing in December 2018, is a psychological thriller that plops a badass lesbian protagonist into the middle of a small beach town where one or more long-time residents are not who they appear to be. The goal is not to highlight that she is a lesbian, but to show that labels can be quite deceptive. Of course, she is a lesbian, so there’s  that… 🙂 

 

SANDMAN

by Tammy Bird

Katia Billings, EMT with the Emergency Medical Services of Buxton Beach, NC, is one of the first to respond after a hurricane rips through the small island community. As she helps search for survivors, she and her fellow responders discover a secret that will haunt Katia the rest of her life.

Lurking beneath the sand dunes is an evil that no one suspected.

A sandy grave not connected to the storm leads investigators to uncover the tomb of a serial killer, literally beneath their feet, hidden for years from the residents of the tight community.

For Katia, it’s personal because she knows one of the killer’s victims. She enlists help from K-9 search expert Paige, and Katia’s on-and-off lover, Zahra, in her determination to find the killer, dubbed Sandman, and stop him from killing again.

What small-town secrets will they unearth in their pursuit of the truth? Will the three women survive the physical, emotional, and psychological attack being waged against their small slice of sand? Or will they become the next victims of Sandman?

 

Giveaway

Win an ebook copy of Sandman. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me the name of the author of Sandman. Hint: It’s Tammy Bird. One winner will be selected on June 21st.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Tammy Bird is a suspense/thriller author living in Wendell, North Carolina with her wife and two cats. By day, she pours her heart into helping students fulfill their educational dreams. By night she creates characters and stories that she hopes will both teach and entertain. “Storytelling with a purpose,” she calls it. 


Tammy’s work is rarely defined as sweet or cozy, and she likes it that way. She is not here for sweet or cozy. She is here for the beautiful swirl of psychologically hard and gritty and fantastically real. She has short stories published in academic and fiction anthologies, and her first novel, Sandman, was published in 2018.  

 

CONNECT WITH TAMMY BIRD

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: June 11th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbm@iheartlesfic.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

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

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

GOING UP

by A.E. Radley
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A ruthless executive. A destitute woman. Both on the way up.

Selina Hale is on her way to the top. She’s been working towards a boardroom position on the thirteenth floor for her entire career. And no one is going to get in her way. Not her clueless boss, her soon to be ex-wife, and most certainly not the homeless person who has moved into the car park at work.

Kate Morgan fell through the cracks in a broken support system and found herself destitute. Determined and strong-willed, she’s not about to accept help from a mean business woman who can’t even remember the names of her own nephews.

As their lives continue to intertwine, they have no choice but to work together and follow each other on their journey up.

 

MEET ME AT PRIDE

by Abby Crofton

Molly and Hannah get along great and seem like the perfect match. Except that they’ve never met in person. After months of flirting online, they agree to finally meet at the Washington, D.C. Pride Festival. With Molly nervously excited and Hannah deciding to play it cool, they prepare themselves for a day of fun, and maybe, romance.

 

 

THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY

by Jennifer Hebbard

Kane and Eden had the perfect family and the perfect life, until one afternoon changed everything. Can they pick up the pieces of their shattered lives? Can they learn to forgive each other, and themselves? Watch as both women learn to love and live again in a novel of loss and redemption.

Trigger warning: death of a child

 

 

A WINDOW TO LOVE

by Annette Mori

Two life events, two paths colliding, two souls destined to meet.Mandie Carter lives an uninspired life. No passion, no romance, and just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, life throws her a curve ball. Desperate to shake things up, she stumbles on an ad for skydiving in the newspaper. Could diving out of a plane be what it takes to jumpstart her life?Gail Forrester is barely hanging on. Buried under mountains of debt, only her much in demand architectural designs keep her afloat. Working around the clock to satisfy her hungry clients, she can’t seem to catch up. That is, until she is brought to a painful halt by a bus. Now, they must find a way forward together through what life and destiny has in store for them. Only then can they hope to step into that window to love.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

CAUGHT
Cherished Voices: Book 4

by Tessa Vidal
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Veronica’s nemesis is back in Hollywood.

Clarissa once got away with a million-dollar gemstone by charming the pants off a baby bodyguard.

But Veronica is now a highly trained FBI agent. More than a match for the red-haired beauty.

Even if the beauty in question is now a famous movie star.

 

THE CAM THOMAS BOXSET

by Claire Highton-Stevenson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Boxset collection of the Cam Thomas Series.

Containing three full-length novels following Cam and Michelle.

 

 

MEDICAL ROMANCE

 

PERFECT MATCH
Book 1

by Mildred Gail Digby

After a tragedy derailed her life, Dr. Megan Maier crawls back to the land of her birth to take a job in a private Jewish hospital. There, she meets Syler Terada, a pediatric surgeon with a brash attitude and a lack of respect for authority who incidentally rocks a tuxedo. She captivates Megan with one glance. Conservative culture and rules against fraternization can’t stop Megan. However the secrets she’s running from can.

Triggers: transphobia, mention of child abuse

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

INTO THE FIRE

by Cynthia Dane & Hildred Billings
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Mitch applies to a job listed on the deep web, she knows what her new employer will want. Reclusive heiress Vanessa wants a girlfriend. A girlfriend she can keep as a pet do with as she pleases. 

What Mitch doesn’t count on is finding solace and healing in Vanessa’s brand of kinky love.  

Soon, they’re inseparable. And, soon, the ghosts haunting Vanessa’s house come to destroy everything they’ve built in such a short time. 

Will they escape the fire alive? 

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

SUNSET FALLEN
The Dusk Queen Series: Book 2

by JJ Arias
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Love never quits, even in the face of impossible odds…

Vampire Queen Lucia has suffered many blows over her centuries long reign, but when a maniacal terrorist organization kidnaps Erin, a human woman and love of her life, she risks losing her heart and her power. Rescuing Erin will require Lucia to hunt down a threat she can’t see, and identify an enemy she doesn’t understand.

Meanwhile, after being taken prisoner and held captive by an unhinged cult leader hellbent on utterly destroying Lucia and everything she holds dear, Erin has to survive on her own in enemy territory. Will help come soon enough? Can Erin fight for her life while Lucia and her allies move heaven and earth to rescue her?

In this heart-pounding paranormal romance thriller, love grits her teeth and says not today.

 

FANTASY ROMANCE

 

THE UNFOLDING

by M.R. Gross
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can one truly turn from evil? Is love strong enough to change one’s heart? Or, is that wickedness part of one’s very soul? Brie has been running for years. Running from her past, and her sister, who is trying to kill her. At long last she believes she has found peace and solitude, until a freak accident brings a mysterious women in her life. She didn’t mean to fall in love, she didn’t even think she was capable.

Rated M for mature. Includes: swearing, violence and an almost rape scene, more woman on woman and woman on man kicking ass than man on woman.

 

URBAN FANTASY

 

THE LOVE WE LOST 

Starlight: Book 1

by Yuna Celeste
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Meg Momozono moved to Kamogawa, Japan, to attend a university of the arts, her only real worries had been whether she’d get on okay, if she could speak the language without embarrassing mistakes, and if she could cook a basic meal without poisoning herself.

But when she has a chance run-in with a hulking, demonic-looking entity, her life takes a drastic turn. Receiving the help of a mysterious girl dressed in an outfit which Meg can’t help but associate with the magical girl shows she watched as a child, she must make the toughest decision of her life: to become a magical girl herself and reveal a world she never knew existed…

Or choose the safe option and go back to her life as a university student.

 

SPACE OPERA

 

TALES FROM ARDULUM

by J.S. Fields

One year after saving the Neek homeworld and redefining the people’s religion, the crew of the Scarlet Lucidity returns to the Charted Systems for a much-needed break. For Nicholas and Yorden, the Systems will always be home, but for Emn and Atalant, too many memories compound with Emn’s strange new illness to provide much relaxation.

TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization. Other stories include Yorden’s acquisition of the Mercy’s Pledge (and his grudge against the galaxy), Atalant’s exile from her homeworld, Ekimet and Savath’s romance, and many others.

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION

 

THE SOVEREIGN OF PSIERE
Mystery of the Makers: Book 1

by K. Aten

Psiere is a world of intrigue where old ideology meets new. The Makers built massive pyramids on each continent and filled them with encrypted texts and advanced technology. The two suns, Archeos and Illeos shine down on a mostly undiscovered planet with a psionic race of people living on land, and violent sea people below the water. The Queen seeks to make the world a better place for all Psierians but her daughter, Royal Sovereign Connate Olivienne Dracore, seeks only to solve the Divine Mystery.

The connate makes her living as a historical adventurist and wants the answer to two important questions. Who were the Makers and where did they go? Because she is the heir, Olivienne travels with a security force and resents it every moment. Every one of her captains has either quit or been injured trying to keep up with the risk-taking woman. That’s where Commander Castellan Tosh comes in. Capable, confident, and oh-so-dashing, she is forced to switch career corps to take charge of Olivienne’s team. Sparks fly from the moment they meet and things only get hotter as they chase down the clues to the greatest mystery of all time.

 

LEGAL THRILLER / ROMANCE

 

CONSCIOUS BIAS
A Monica Spade Novel

by Alexi Venice

A legal thriller with a dangerous romance– When fledgling lawyer Monica Spade becomes involved in a murder trial, she uncovers racial and ethnic bias against the victim as well as ugly truths about the men at her law firm. Risking her life and career, Monica pursues justice and the love of a woman.

 

THRILLER 

 

AMBER ALERT

by Barbara Winkes
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The most shocking case of her career:

When her niece Rosie is taken from the playground, Major Crimes detective Ann McCoy investigates alongside of Special Agent Cal Davis. Chrissie and Rachel, Rosie’s parents, are desperate for answers, but they aren’t the only family targeted. Ann and Cal uncover a criminal network driven by a hateful agenda. Can they hold them accountable—and bring Rosie home?

* While this book deals with the abduction of a lesbian couple’s daughter, the investigator is a straight woman (one of the women’s sister).

 

MYSTERY / ROMANCE

 

UNABIDING HALLS

by C. E. Case

Shelby is a part-time assistant women’s soccer coach at Winston College, a small liberal arts school in North Carolina. Directionless at 25, she is unprepared for the upheaval in her life when one of her players is murdered.

Earlene is a rookie patrol cop working on her criminal justice degree. When a murder occurs at the soccer field, Earlene is asked to be a bridge between the police and the Winston community.

The students are rocked by the loss of a classmate, but mistrusting of police and outsiders. Earlene and Shelby must navigate campus politics, student secrets, and threats to their own lives.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

WOUNDED SOULS
L.A. Metro Series: Book 3

by RJ Nolan
narrated by Angela Dawe

Dr. Ashlee Logan’s world changed forever on a snowy December night in Boston. She has spent the last two years on the road, trying to escape the memory of that fateful night. With only her Great Dane, Drake, as her companion, she has worked her way across country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, working as an ER physician along the way.

While serving her country, former Navy doctor Dale Parker had her life shattered in a single moment on a hot, windswept desert roadside. Now, three years later, although her physical wounds have healed, Dale is forever changed by the experience. Struggling with her self-image, she has dedicated her second chance at life to helping other wounded veterans.

LA Metropolitan Hospital brings the two women together. Drawn together as kindred spirits, neither wants to face the stirring of emotions the other woman invokes.

Together can Dale and Logan move past the horrific events of their pasts, or are they forever destined to be . . . Wounded Souls?

 

A BITTERSWEET
GARDEN

by Caren J. Werlinger
narrated by Alana Kerr Collins

Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams.

Briana Devlin has arranged her life the way she likes it: a good dog, good mates, and work with horses. There’s no room in her life for a relationship. Especially with an annoyingly clumsy – and attractive – American who is only going to be around for a few months.

The weeks fly by, and Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, seeking her help in solving the mystery surrounding her death. Briana watches as Nora becomes more wrapped up in the past, seeming to fade away before her eyes.

Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue that could cost them not only their chance of a future together, but their very lives.

 

THE ROAD TO CANADA
Girls of Summer: Book 4

by Kate Christie
narrated by Britney Gil

The first three books of the Girls of Summer series introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two young athletes with bright soccer futures. Now, in The Road to Canada, a staffing change on the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) shortly before the 2015 World Cup has altered the playing field for both women.

For Jamie, a new coach means a renewed shot at making the World Cup roster for the top-ranked squad in the world. For Emma, the shift in priorities means that for the first time in her adult life, she isn’t sure she’ll be on the field – or even on the team – for a major championship.

Who will make the final cut for a chance to stand on top of the winner’s podium in Vancouver? To find out, join Jamie and Emma for the latest installment in the ongoing story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in The Road to Canada, book four of the bestselling series.



 

LESFIC NEWS


The June selection for Lesfic Book Club is The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter. They’ll be chatting on SATURDAY June 22nd at 8PM EST this month because it would be downright inhospitable to ask Lee to get up at 4am in Australia for the usual meeting time, so if you’re planning to attend, please note the change!

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Click this link to enter. 

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

LWW-15: Let’s Talk About Lesbian Sex Scenes?

Clare and TB say there are two words to avoid when writing lesbian sex scenes. Listen to episode 15 of LWW to find out what they are.

Click here to listen.

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. Or email lesbianswhowrite@gmail.com. Also, if you have a suggested topic for an episode, please let Clare and TB know! They’d love to hear from you!

 


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New Lesfic Goodies: June 4th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

EXIT STRATEGY

by Nicolette Dane
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Mae Huxley runs a budding tech start-up in Detroit, with the mission of getting more girls into computer programming. But she’s hit a snag. In the midst of a new project that promises to spread her teachings worldwide, Mae and her business are running out of money.

Through a bit of serendipity, Mae is connected with one of her idols—wealthy technology goddess Audrey Addison. Audrey worked for the biggest tech giant out there, and now she owns her own angel investment firm. But she’s a serious and severe woman, a keen business mind, and she’s known to be an ice queen despite her fiery red hair.

As they grow the company together, Mae sees through Audrey’s stern reputation and discovers the real woman underneath. Can Mae melt Audrey’s heart and succeed both in business and in love?

 

SITUATION ROOM
By Design: Book 12

by JA Armstrong
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The Reid Family has taken up residence in a new White House. Candace, Jameson, and their family are learning that life as The First Family is an adventure for which there is no adequate preparation.

While Jameson struggles to come to grips with her infertility and seeks to define her role as First Lady, Candace grapples with the reality of becoming the most powerful woman on earth. Upheaval abroad, the needs of a little boy, searching for time to be together, and trying to create any semblance of normalcy in the bubble of a presidency will challenge the entire family.

Jameson decides to align herself with a group in West Virginia with direct ties to Candace’s long-term nemesis, The Family Resource Network. Candace enlists the help of her allies at the FBI, Alex Toles and Claire Brackett to investigate possible leaks within her administration. She faces the possibility of Russian aggression in the Baltics and challenges to her international policy at home. Meanwhile, Cooper confronts a new life in Washington DC where his parents’ lives are often scheduled to the hour, and his freedom is limited.

Life for Candace, Jameson, and their family will never be the same again. A lot more than foreign threats require time in the Situation Room. Even in the most challenging times, one thing remains constant—the love and devotion Candace and Jameson have for each other and their family asylum of lovable lunatics.

 

IT WAS YOU

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Ella’s brother needs help. His crush is smart, witty, cultured – everything he isn’t. After miraculously getting her number, he asks Ella to text her as “him.” The two have so much in common, and he’s sure Ella will be able to get Judi to agree to a date. But as Ella chats with Judi, she realizes their connection could be so much deeper than her brother intended. Can Ella win Judi’s heart for herself? Or will Judi end up with the wrong sibling?

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT EVE

by Jourdyn Kelly
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Eve Sumptor is back. This time she is facing her toughest opponent yet. Herself. Eve Sumptor and Lainey Stanton had difficult choices to make. One chose fear, the other gave in to guilt. As the consequences of those decisions begin to come to light, both women must find a new direction. Will their paths once again come together? Or have they missed their chance?

This book contains scenes that may be a trigger to some people. Includes flashbacks of rape and violence.

 

A GIRL LIKE ME

by J. Nichole
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Lo made her feel like nobody had ever made her feel.

That smile made Skylar feel like she was wrapped in a warm hug, like she was secure.

She was inspired, motivated to move out of her comfort zone.

With just one look from Lo, Skylar felt like the sexiest woman alive.

Lo was proving to be the love Skylar hadn’t realized she deserved.

But there was only one thing Skylar didn’t expect —  Lo, was a girl like her.

 

RANDOM ACTS

by Jennifer Hebbard

“Everyone Deserves a Second Chance” When Parker loses her wife in a random act of violence she thought her life was over as well. Then she meets Dylan and her whole world changes. Will Parker take a second chance on love? Or will her fear of loss prevent her from ever really living again.

 

 

RIDING ON HIGH

by Natalie Debrabandere
Available in Kindle Unlimited

British Rescue Leader Lucy Mitchell once travelled the world to save people… After a terrible accident put an end to her career, Lucy found new purpose in running the Starlight Ranch, an equine therapy centre located in the French Pyrenees. There, she helps First Responders and Army vets deal with the PTSD and depression that once almost destroyed her. Fifty-year-old Hollywood heavyweight Iris Sinclair is at the top of her own career, having just won two Academy Awards. The tiny village of Oleyrac would not normally be on her list of places to visit, but a dangerous stalker soon makes it her only option for refuge. As a chance encounter brings them together, both women discover that the true love they believed was out of reach might be possible after all… But will a dark, evil, and unavoidable force destroy their future?

 

BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL
WeHo: Book 14

by Sherryl D. Hancock
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sinclair Christensen’s life is a mess. While working as an undercover cop she met River and the two struck up a relationship, but River knows nothing about Sinclair’s real work or her failing marriage.

Parker Gaines’ marriage is on the outs, and to make matters worse an injury meant she was reassigned from her K9 unit, to become media liaison to actress Talon Valois. Slowly Talon begins to chip away at Parker’s tough exterior and they realise how much they enjoy spending time together. But Talon is fearful of breaking up Parker’s family and risks ruining everything as she tries to navigate the situation.

The two women’s lives collide in the most unexpected way but they could finally get the push they need to free themselves from the void Between Heaven and Hell.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

YOU MATTER

by Jazzy Mitchell

A disgruntled former client attempts to kill Reggie Esposito, a senior law partner at Hawk, Esposito & Associates—a leading Boston law firm, after she loses his lawsuit. Chrissy Kramer, her paralegal, prevents him from shooting Reggie, but she is hurt in the process. While Chrissy and her son, Ben, stay with Reggie to recuperate, their connection deepens, and they embark on a romantic relationship.

 

LOVE ME TRUE
Rose Lake Series: Book 3

by Chloe Peterson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kate Morrison has spent the last twenty-seven years playing it safe, but those days are long gone. She quit her crappy call center job and purchased a bakery with her best friend.

Everything is going perfectly, until Kate’s sister moves back home with a gorgeous blonde on her arm. Allison is everything Kate has always wanted—warm, smart, and brave. Kate does her best to fight her feelings, but her connection to the beautiful woman is undeniable.

Will Allison come to see Kate as more than her girlfriend’s little sister, and can a relationship formed in the shadows survive in the light?

 

NEW INK ON LIFE
Thorn & Thistle: Book 1

by Jennie Davids

Quiet does not equal weak…

Leaving a dependable job to apprentice as a tattoo artist was a drastic step after surviving breast cancer, but Cassie Whiteaker is nearly five years cancer-free. Nearly. She’s not ready to go out on her own until she clears that all-important hurdle. Also off-limits are relationships and sex—something Cassie is sure she’ll never want again.

Struggling tattoo shop owner MJ Flores doesn’t give a damn what people think, but losing Thorn & Thistle would mean losing everything. When her former mentor’s protégé arrives at her door, MJ hires her out of obligation…at first. Cross-stitching goody-goodies are not her type, but Cassie’s business background might just get the shop back on solid footing. They strike a bargain: Cassie will enact new marketing plans and MJ will teach her to find her inner bitch.

Only when clients request to see Cassie—having learned of the beautiful, compassionate tattoos she creates for survivors and their families—does MJ realize all Cassie has endured. And as Cassie’s fears fade, she finds it harder to keep her admiration for her bad-girl boss from reawakening all she’d feared was lost.

 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

 

THE MATCHMAKER

by Natasha West
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Cleo Hicks is an expert matchmaker, the woman who can find love for just about anyone. Except herself. As amazing as Cleo is at arranging love for others, somehow, she never gets the girl. Enter Scarlett Smith. Her love life is one disaster after another, and Cleo’s help is exactly what she needs. Someone to guide her in the direction of her perfect match. The only problem is, the more time Scarlett spends with her matchmaker, the more she finds that the only direction her heart is taking her is right towards Cleo.

However, despite Cleo’s attraction to her gorgeous client, she makes it clear she can never cross the line with Scarlett. But why IS the chronically single Cleo so damn unavailable? Scarlett’s about to find out the crazy truth about her intriguing matchmaker…

 

UNLEASHED: CASE OF THE POODLE DOODLE
Unleashed: Book 6

by Erik Schubach

Finnegan Temperance McLeary-May, dog walker extraordinaire has had an eventful time in Manhattan since she first moved to New York City. Her unique profession and quirky, bubbly personality endear her to everyone who meets her.

Finnegan’s penchant for stumbling into misadventures is hard at work embroiling her in a case involving purloined art, graffiti, and an adorable but goofy, one year old poodle.

Fin and Jane have to juggle the monumental task of preparing their apartment for a future child while jumping through the hoops of the adoption process with three viable candidates for their love. All while dealing with a victim and his attacker whose roles are questioned by our intrepid dog walker.

Fin finds herself and her border collie, Sir Calvin Cornelius Fluffytoes at odds with her NYPD detective wife, when she befriends the most unlikely of people on her quest for answers.

 

STEAMY ROMANCE

 

POLYNESIAN PLEASURE

by Victoria Rush
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When lonely divorcée Jade decides to take a chartered sailing cruise of the South Pacific, she gets more than she bargained for. While hiking on a remote Polynesian island, she sees a beautiful native girl bathing in a waterfall and gets bitten by a poisonous snake.

The girl brings Jade back to her tribal village and nurses her back to health. After spending some time exploring the island together, they soon fall in love. But when the chief arranges for Teuila to be married to one of the tribesmen, the girls run away and begin building a new life on a secluded side of the island.

Just as they begin enjoying the quiet solitude of their private lagoon, an interclan rivalry breaks out and Teuila is forced to make an impossible decision between saving her family or her new lover.

Join Jade and Teuila in this steamy adventure to see if they can find a way to reconcile their clash of cultures and live happily ever after.

 

ROMANCE / ADVENTURE

 

GOLD STAR CHANCE
Five Points: Book 1

by CJ Murphy

High in the Appalachian Mountains, Sheriff Chance Fitzsimmons, frequently puts her specialized rescue training to use. The retired smoke jumper, turned law enforcement officer, is dedicated to the protection of all those who live in or visit Tucker County, West Virginia. With her K9 partner, Zeus, she maintains the peace even as it eludes her off-duty life. On her chest, she wears a badge that symbolizes her guiding principles. There are five points, each representing an inherent code of ethics. Honor, duty, courage, integrity, and empathy, represent her way of life in and out of uniform. The day her father stepped in front of a bullet, the consequences of defending those gold-plated edicts, were imprinted on her soul. Years later as a forest fire raged over her body, they were seared into her skin.Dr. Jax St. Claire, drove away from California wine country with two horses in tow and a broken spirit. After a failed marriage, Jax is determined to start again as she takes over her retired uncle’s veterinary practice in a small West Virginia county. Untamed wilderness, sliced open by deep canyons and wide rivers, draws outdoor enthusiasts all year long to Tucker County, West Virginia. At the conclusion of an intense rescue operation, the former lovers come face to face, thirty years later after they parted. Long dormant feelings rage to life like a hot spot in dry tinder. Three decades ago, Jax went off to college and took Chance’s heart with her. Now that she’s back, the formidable Sheriff is determined to grab her ‘gold star chance’. Forces beyond their control may cost them everything before the mistakes from the past can be rectified.

 

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE

 

THE SUCCUBUS MOON
Books 1-3

by Cailee Francis
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Rose is a modern-day succubus, kidnapped by vampires while trying to track down her missing mother, Ella. That life-changing experience sets her on a path to trouble, danger, heroics and helping others, while the Succubus Moon approaches.

This collection contains three novella-length books: Darkling Rose, Seeking Witches and Rising Moon.

 

UNRESTRICTED MAGIC
Witch Twin Chronicles: Book 1

by Idella Breen

Blairatrix and Belledonna Rose are twins and yet in every way possible they are polar opposites. One controls the light while the other suffers in the dark yet they couldn’t be closer as sisters. Now, college students and finally away from their mother’s evil clutches, they are officially free from the chains of their childhood horrors. As with these sorts of things, one can only run for so long before their past demons catch up for good.

Ambient Black is a shadow aggressor, law enforcement for the occultist world, and somehow her path crosses that of Blairatrix and Belledonna, twins with a past filled with secrets that may hold the answers that Ambient needs to solve the case of a string of murders. The only problem is that Ambient has some secrets of her own that she would rather stay buried. Too bad the dead rarely ever stay that way and have a tendency to speak rather loudly.

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

SAVE HER HEART
Sequel to Rescue Her Heart

by KC Luck
Available in Kindle Unlimited

After six months of exile, Salishan Bransen wonders what the future holds for her until a sexy blonde walks into her life. Before she knows it, Sal is mixed up in a Space Ranger mission to rescue a hostage. Only nothing goes right and once again, Sal is on the run.

Working as a trainer at the Space Ranger academy, Captain Nat Reynolds is living a simple life with her love, Catherine Porter. When a mysterious distress call from Sal comes through, Nat must decide if she will risk everything and take on a new adventure to save her.

Note: This is a full-length novel, which can be read as a stand-alone book, however, it is closely tied to the previous story “Rescue Her Heart.” These books have a soft sci-fi theme but are significantly more focused on strong female characters in loving lesbian relationships.

 

MYSTERY / ROMANCE

 

AMONG THE SHADOWS OF GHOSTS
Shadows Series: Book 2

by Kat Smith
Available in Kindle Unlimited

As Devan and Alex begin to put their lives back together, a surprising twist in the Russia Investigation throws Lieutenant Colonel Mara Morrissey’s world into turmoil when a ghost from nearly thirty years ago comes back to haunt her. Meanwhile, ICC Operations Director Payton Cardina finds that an old colleague with a grudge intends to ruin her career and will stop at nothing to succeed.

 

POLITICAL ROMANCE

 

THEATRE OF SHADOWS

by Sally Xerri-Brooks
Available in Kindle Unlimited

The explosive follow-up to Her Shadow.

Just one year on from a violent attack that nearly killed her, MP Sara Lorenzo finds herself leader of the opposition. With the United Kingdom in the shadow of division, her promise is to bring people together. Within weeks of taking up the challenge, a major terrorist attack hits central London and she is forced to act, for the benefit of the nation and is thrust into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the impact of her previous trauma is taking its toll on her relationship with her girlfriend, Cameron. Press attention places them both under the microscope, leaving Sara with big decisions to make, and a question mark over their future as a couple. What she doesn’t know is that there are forces at play which may take that decision out of her hands, and not only damage the country, but tear them apart forever.

 

THRILLER / MYSTERY 

 

HARD FALL

by Pascal Scott

Five days after the Loma Prieta earthquake strikes San Francisco, Emily Bryson, a young, everything-to-live-for lesbian SFSU student/part-time exotic dancer, is dead, her body washed up on a beach south of the Golden Gate Bridge. The medical examiner rules it a suicide, and the police close the missing person case filed by Emily’s lover, K. M. “Stone” McStone.

Through a series of fortunate circumstances, Stone is introduced to Zoe Martinelli, office manager of Coppola Investigations, amateur sleuth, and student psychic. Stone and Zoe team up to find out what really happened to Emily.

Was it suicide, as everyone assumes? Or murder? Or something else?

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

NEXT OF KIN
Portland Police Bureau Series: Book 2

by Jae
narrated by Abby Craden

Sex crimes Detective Aiden Carlisle is slowly getting used to being in a committed relationship with Dawn Kinsley – a relationship that isn’t always easy since Dawn is not only a psychologist but also a former victim in one of Aiden’s cases. Aiden’s private and professional lives collide when Dawn’s newest patient gets in trouble with the law. Will she be able to stay objective enough to solve the case without pushing Dawn away?

The same case also throws Deputy District Attorney Kade Matheson’s well-ordered life into chaos. In the last few years, Kade has taken case files and law books, not lovers, to bed. She has been focused on her career, but now the case forces her to finally face her attraction to women. She suddenly finds herself with two secret admirers, but which one is more dangerous – the threat to her life or to her heart?


 

ORDINARY IS PERFECT

by D. Jackson Leigh
narrated by Hollis Elizabeth

Army veteran Catherine Daye long ago accepted her passable looks, mediocre talent, and average intelligence. In fact, she bought a rundown farm on 70 acres to retreat from the world and live out her simple, ordinary life. Atlanta marketing superstar Autumn Swan’s world is anything but simple. Constantly plugged in to what’s trending on social media, it’s her job to keep her clients ahead of the competition. When her favorite cousin dies suddenly, she finds herself the owner of a modest country home, guardian to a sullen, tomboyish 10-year-old, and neighbor to an intriguing woman who isn’t as ordinary as she appears.


 

NERD LOVE

by Magnolia Robbins
narrated by Alicia Foreman

World renowned sci-fi television star Reese Simmons looks like she has it all – fame, wealth, and a slew of beautiful women who follow her every move. Except Reese’s life is crumbling around her. She hates her job and is constantly accused of being a “reckless party animal.” Reese’s agent decides the one surefire way to get her image back on track. She has to date the worst person in the entire universe, her co-star Justine Turner.

Her solution: she needs a fake girlfriend. And fast.

Enter Lucy, the BFF. Game store manager, board game geek, the world’s most amazing cosplayer, and Reese’s best friend practically since birth. When Lucy finds out Reese’s predicament, there seems like only one solution: pose as fake girlfriends. And Lucy is more than willing to play the part. She’d do anything for Reese – even if it means entirely too romantic tales about their relationship, hearing she’s “incredibly beautiful”, and expert kisses in public.

The problem: Reese and Lucy have been in love with each other all their lives – and they’re both completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, roleplaying games, and countless “fake” kisses and begs the question: Who wants a real girlfriend when faking is so much fun?



 

SALE ALERT

 

WALTZING ON THE DANUBE

by Miranda MacLeod

$2.99 $6.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Opposites attract when analytical, reserved Eleanor and impulsive, outgoing Jeannie discover they’re the only two singles on what was supposed to be a lesbian singles cruise along the Danube.

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

LWW-14: Should You Be Doing Audiobooks?

TB & Clare kick off this episode by chatting about their latest village romance books: TB is on the final lap, while Clare has just completed draft one. Round of applause for both! TB and Clare have also been on writing retreats where they penned all the words (both), ate all the ice cream (TB), and drank all the wine (Clare). Clare also reveals she’s opened up a shop on her website so you can buy directly from her: find it here.

Then it’s down to the topic of the day: audiobooks and should you be doing them? The short answer is yes. But the dynamic duo back up that single word with a whole bunch of stats that show how audiobooks are the future. Although being a historian, TB mistrusts the future. She’s going to work on that.

They both share their experiences of finding narrators and creating audiobooks, how to distribute them, what they cost, and whether or not they make you any money as an author. Both agree it’s early days in the audiobook space, but the options for authors are opening up at a quick pace. The bottom line is, if you’re serious about this as a career, you can’t afford to ignore audio.

Click HERE to listen. 

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. Or email lesbianswhowrite@gmail.com. Also, if you have a suggested topic for an episode, please let Clare and TB know! They’d love to hear from you!

 

LESFIC NEWS

 


The June selection for Lesfic Book Club is The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter. They’ll be chatting on SATURDAY June 22nd at 8PM EST this month because it would be downright inhospitable to ask Lee to get up at 4am in Australia for the usual meeting time, so if you’re planning to attend, please note the change!

 

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Mega Lesfic Sale

Have you heard about the mega lesfic sale? Over 100 authors have joined forces to discount more than 200 books. There are over 40 subgenres of lesbian fiction, ranging from romance to sci-fi to fantasy to mystery and so much more.

The sale runs May 27th through May 31st.

The sale is so massive there are two pages packed with goodies.

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You don’t want to miss out on this sale!

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New Lesfic Goodies: May 21st Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

MACON’S HEART
San Franciso: Book 2

by Nicole Pyland
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Macon Greene is a reluctant, world-renowned violinist. She’d never had a problem playing for a crowd as long as she wasn’t giving a solo. Her friends never seemed to notice her reluctance. In fact, her friends seemed to only really notice one thing about Macon – she always had a different woman around her. Sometimes, she’d flirt. Sometimes, they would. Rarely would it go anywhere. Unfortunately for Macon, she had a bit of a reputation.

Joanna Mason had a new profession and a new group of friends. Things were looking up in her life, with the exception of love. She’d never been able to find the right guy for her. Of course, she was spending a lot of time with a group of lesbians these days through her friendship with Emma Colton. That might have something to do with it. While Emma had found her soulmate in Keira Worthy, Joanna was starting to wonder if she’d ever find the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

As Joanna and Macon’s friendship becomes the most important relationship for both women, Macon wonders if she’ll ever have the courage to tell Joanna how she feels or if she’ll just have to find a way to get over it. Joanna hadn’t ever thought of being with a woman until she started spending all her free time with the beautiful and remarkably talented Macon. Suddenly, both women have a lot to think about.

 

THE LONG JOURNEY HOME

by Kat Smith
Available in Kindle Unlimited

After a grizzly attack kills her partner, and leaves her with horrendous physical and emotional scars, Morgan Walker struggles to find purpose in life. Her eclectic group of friends, a Producer, a Pop Star, and a Professional Dancer keep her from falling off the deep end. It is only when a new face, Jenna Graham, joins the group that Morgan’s world begins to right itself, and she learns there can be life and love after loss.

 

LEARN TO LOVE
Oakview Lesbian Romance: Book 5

by Sienna Waters
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Just because you don’t believe in love doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

Lex Daniels is a self-proclaimed screw up. Twenty eight and deep in debt, she has plenty of demons and more than a little baggage. Her life is a collection of one night stands and running away, right up until she meets Abigail Keyes.

Widowed, intelligent, and beautiful, Abigail isn’t exactly Lex’s normal type. Suburban life makes Lex feel sick, and Abigail’s neat ranch house and steady career as a professor mean that the older woman embodies everything Lex has been trying to run from.

But when Lex’s demons come knocking on her door, Abigail is the one that steps up. And Lex finds that she’s changing more than she thought possible. Maybe more than she feels comfortable with. Running away is Lex’s default setting, but she might be willing to stick around for Abigail.

If you don’t believe in love, perhaps you just need the right teacher. But when Lex’s demons start haunting Abigail too, running away could be the only option…

Learn to Love is the fifth novel in the Oakview series, and features a HEA ending. Oakview books can be read independently and in any order, just be prepared to see some familiar faces around town!

 

REINVENTING LINDSEY

by Maggie Brown

Studying the past hasn’t prepared Daisy Parker—anthropologist-turned-matchmaker—for her latest client. Finding Lindsey Jamieson-Ford a life partner isn’t exactly a simple exercise. Not only hasn’t Lindsey dated for years, the prickly reclusive scientist relates better with her robots than with people.

Lindsey has no idea what matchmaking involves when she hires Daisy. She’s never met anyone quite like the bubbly matchmaker and doesn’t know how she’s going to survive the infuriating woman. Now her life has lurched onto a roller coaster that just won’t damn well stop.

Guiding Lindsey through the courtship process is a challenge. Before the reticent scientist can move forward, Daisy has to teach her to leave the past behind. But another problem soon enters into the mix…How can Daisy stay detached when her body seems to be answering Lindsey’s mating call?

 

STAY

by Michelle Arnold
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Grace Walker doesn’t do relationships. She spent her childhood in and out of foster homes, she and her siblings looking after each other when their drug-addicted mother couldn’t. With such a dysfunctional family, Grace just doesn’t think she’s relationship material. She’d rather play the field and otherwise keep to herself.

But then she runs into someone from her childhood: Eva Carrington, an orphaned heiress who did a brief stint in a children’s home alongside Grace. The two felt a strong connection as children, and now that they’re adults, it’s even stronger. But Grace sticks to her guns: she doesn’t do relationships, and she’s certain kind, intelligent Eva deserves better than her anyway. But then someone else from the past hurts Eva badly to get revenge on Grace for some perceived slight, and Eva ends up pregnant. When she makes the difficult decision to have the baby, Grace promises to be there for mother and child no matter what. But with this makeshift family on her hands, can Grace keep pretending she doesn’t love Eva?

 

SMILE NUMBER SEVEN

by Melissa Price

Age is just a number—right?

That’s not her first thought when four-time Oscar winning actress Katarina Verralta meets the younger Julia Dearling. Caught in a monsoon, the movie star exits the dark desolate interstate in search of someplace to eat and stay for the night.

Julia Dearling, owner of the Starlight Diner, is stranded in her desert parking lot with a bygone battery and the memory of her newly dead relationship. When Katarina pulls in, neither of them guess that their life is about to turn upside-down and inside-out.

In a town as big as a noodle, Desert Bluff has no motels. So Julia serves dinner to Katarina at the diner and then offers up her sculpting studio as a place for Katarina to stay.

Drawn together in the night, their intoxicating romance begins. But when age is front and center and fame is at stake, the closeted movie star must face her reckoning.

Smile Number Seven promises that second chance every true love deserves.

 

PAINTED OVER

by Sofi Keren

Is the unexpected reunion of estranged friends just another still life capturing a moment in time? Or could it be the beginning brushstrokes of a romantic masterpiece?

Back in the day, Paige and Ria were the best of friends. As they grew, they grew closer, always there for each other, even as Paige concentrated on literature and art while Ria cut a swath through every soccer field—and most of the cheerleaders. But something shocking happened during their senior year of college that ended their friendship. Big time.

In the years that follow, Paige becomes a successful artist and Ria a star soccer player. A chance meeting with Ria after all this time has Paige wondering if it’s finally time to forgive and forget. As the two become cautiously reacquainted, the possibility of a true reconciliation is complicated by the arrival of glamorous gallery owner, Cara, who definitely wants Paige’s work…and maybe something more. Then there’s the return of Ria’s gorgeous ex, Elena, who has a mind-blowing surprise for Paige.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

YOU MATTER

by Jazzy Mitchell

Chrissy Kramer became pregnant during her senior year of high school and was abandoned by her parents, her boyfriend, and her friends. She eventually works as a paralegal for a powerful senior law partner at a Boston law firm. When a disgruntled former client attempts to kill Reggie after she loses his lawsuit, Chrissy gets hurt. While Chrissy and her son, Ben, stay with Reggie to recuperate, their connection deepens and they embark on a romantic relationship.

 

LOVE YOU ALWAYS
Rose Lake Series: Book 2

by Chloe Peterson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Nothing about Brooke Anderson’s life has been easy. Getting abandoned at her grandmother’s house by her alcoholic mother as a child, then teaching herself fashion design while working low wage jobs, forced her to grow up fast.

An out of the blue reconnection with her wealthy uncle led to the birth of Bliss Designs, but only three years in, and Brooke’s uncle is already having doubts—enough to send in hotshot business consultant Amy to make drastic changes.

Will Brooke find a way to see past the threat Amy presents to her business and open her mind to the possibility of romantic happiness?

Don’t miss the second book in this heart-warming new series. Every book in this series can be read as a stand-alone without having read the other installments.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

 

FIT FOR LOVE

by Les Mood
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Amy and Alex meet when they both join a fitness center in Omaha to get in shape and make new friends. Alex moved to Omaha to get away from her fundamentalist family. Amy was recently dumped by her fiance. The two bond over horror movies and the beautiful exhibitionist Celeste. Alex struggles to overcome her fundamentalist upbringing.

 

 

ANTHOLOGY

 

BITE SIZED

by Geonn Cannon

A new short stories F/F anthology from Geonn Cannon!

The author of Riley Parra and Underdogs brings you over 15 short stories in this collection.

 

 

 

FICTION

 

CASH AND THE SORORITY GIRL
Cash Braddock: Book 3

by Ashley Bartlett

Cash Braddock is doing…okay. She sort of has a girlfriend, her business sucks less, and the cops are only picking her up for interrogations every other weekend. Mediocrity has underrated appeal. It’s fine.

The universities are back in session, which means drugs are in high demand. Cash is becoming more reluctant to sell, while Detective Laurel Kallen is on the trail of someone who’s been drugging and assaulting women at college parties. Cash’s and Laurel’s goals should be aligned, but neither is convinced of the ethics of her job anymore.

When Laurel’s younger sister is assaulted, okay stops being okay. If Cash wants to help the Kallen sisters, she must decide her own moral bounds.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

THE PET BOUTIQUE

by Suzie Carr
narrated by Stephanie Murphy

From the moment Lexie Tanner meets Taylor Henshaw in the dilapidated space that will one day become her aunt’s pet boutique, she knows she’s got her work cut out for her. Taylor self-identifies as a complicated woman, and there’s nothing Lexie enjoys more than a good fixer upper. But Taylor’s complications run deep, and way into her past.

Surrounded by an eccentric and spirited group of family and friends, including a spunky and lovable dog named Cashmere, the two women navigate a series of obstacles that have them questioning their choices. As their journey unfolds, neither women is prepared for what happens when they start to break down the old and discover the new.

 

FALLING

by Kris Bryant
narrated by Brittni Pope

Shaylie Beck just wanted to go home.

She managed to snag the last seat on a late flight from New York to Denver. No one thought anything would go wrong. Nobody expected the unimaginable to happen. When the plane crashes, Shaylie fights for her life and is one of only eleven survivors.

Piper Cole wants answers.

Why did her fiance’s plane crash? She lost everything that night, and the investigation is taking too long. To help cope with losing the woman she loved, Piper attends a support group for survivors.

The friendship Piper and Shaylie develop help each to heal, but as their feelings turn to love, Shaylie’s torn. She can follow her heart to the woman she loves, or she can come clean about what really happened right before the plane crashed, and risk losing Piper forever.

 

ESCAPE AND FREEDOM

by Claire Highton-Stevenson
narrated by Sarah Sampino

Two women escaping their own demons. One stuck in the past, the other a very real present.

Lucy Owens’ life was irrevocably changed in a matter of seconds. Life as she knew it was over in the blink of an eye. Moving away from all that she knew, Lucy now lives a solitary life in her cabin on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Filled with guilt and pain, she keeps herself to herself, and for years she manages to avoid immersing back into society.

Nicole Granger has three small children to worry about. Always looking over her shoulder, they arrive at the lake with very little to call their own. Haunted by years of physical abuse, she longs to belong again, to bring normality to her girls’ lives for the first time.

Both women are pulled towards one another in an attraction that could bring both of them their freedom.

 

FALLING THROUGH SHOOTING STARS

by Nancy Ann Healy
narrated by Jill Smith

Julia Riley thinks she’s happy. The executive director of Boston’s Fledger Foundation, she and her wife, Carrie, are raising three children, one from Julia’s first marriage…but being content is not the same as being happy.

Katie Brennan is the popular host of a network television morning show. She has two children and a husband who plays major-league baseball. Rumors of her husband’s infidelity are troubling, but she knows how often the media reports innuendo and half-truths instead of facts.

When the two women collaborate on a fundraising program for a new diversity center, they immediately strike up a friendship, one that only grows stronger when Katie discovers her husband has indeed been unfaithful.

As Katie’s marriage fails, she realizes she is intensely attracted to her friend. Surprised by her own feelings, Katie distances herself from Julia, straining their relationship.

For her part, Julia needs time to heal the wounds of her marriage. She’s not sure Katie will accept a romantic relationship, however. A doubt that gives her pause.

Before either woman can move on, they need to find and accept themselves. Love might feel like falling through shooting stars, but sometimes it takes time for the stars to fall.

 

BELOVED WIFE
A Detective Amy Sadler Mystery: Book 2

by Michelle Arnold
narrated by Lisa L. Wiley

Homicide detective Amy Sadler and her new wife, forensic pathologist Lira Ward, are enjoying marital bliss when they are hit with a gruesome new case: Someone is killing couples and families, with most of their rage directed at the wives.

While trying to solve the case, Amy begins receiving threats from someone within the police department who doesn’t seem happy about her marriage to Lira.

Amy finds herself desperately trying to uncover who is out to destroy her marriage – because she doesn’t want to find out how far they’re willing to go.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

A giveaway for US and UK Audible listeners. The prize is a free audiobook of A FAMILY WOMAN.

Email TB at tbm@tbmarkinson.com to enter the contest. In the subject line, please write A Family Woman Audiobook Giveaway. Be sure to tell TB if you’re a US or UK listener.

That’s all you have to do.

The deadline to enter is May 28th.

Best of luck to everyone who enters.

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

LWW-13: Lesbian Fiction Genres: Love Them or Loathe Them? 

Clare & TB are full of beans this week. TB has had no disasters (amazeballs!), and Clare is belatedly celebrating the Spurs’ historic progression to the Champions League final. Although, she still hasn’t won Hamilton tickets. It’s TB’s birthday (cue balloons!), and Clare chats about going on a writing retreat in a caravan and also hails the wonder that is Eurovision. TB is nonplussed.

The topic of the week is lesbian fiction genres: love them or loathe them? TB is on the fence once more. She needs to get down. She might hurt herself. She loves genres because they let readers find her. She loathes them because she doesn’t want to be put in a box. Clare pushes her in and shuts the lid.

Clare & TB run down the key genres in lesbian fiction but stress if you want to make a living, romance is the way to go. Luckily, they both love romance! They discuss how to choose a genre for your book, give their thoughts on not being too precious, and reveal how to get Amazon to give you extra categories. They’re KDP magicians!

Plus, listen for the Sarah Waters stories, and then let Clare and TB know yours!

Click here to listen. 

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. Or email lesbianswhowrite@gmail.com. Also, if you have a suggested topic for an episode, please let Clare and TB know! They’d love to hear from you!

Join them next week when they’re going to be discussing audiobooks.

 

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Lesfic Goodies: May 7th Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

NOT THE MARRYING KIND
Fair Oaks: Book 2

by Jae

Small-town florist Ashley loves creating wedding bouquets. Her own love life is far from blossoming since she’s stuck in the closet.

Sasha isn’t faring much better. Her bakery keeps her too busy for romance anyway.

When the town’s first lesbian wedding forces them to work together, Sasha is soon tempting more than just Ash’s sweet tooth.

Can be read as a standalone since it has different main characters.

 

HUMMINGBIRD COVE

by Giselle Fox
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A bestselling author lives in paradise behind a secret identity until a sexy developer comes to take her land…

Hummingbird Cove seemed like the perfect place to write and raise a family, until Keira’s partner ran off and took the son she loves. Now Keira’s battling heartache, seclusion, and a bad case of writer’s block, and even her best friend and agent thinks it’s time to move on. When a gorgeous newcomer comes to buy the only other house on the cove, Keira wonders whether fate is trying to jumpstart her life again.

To Daisy, the cove seems like the perfect oasis for a development, and she’s ready to employ all her powers of persuasion. Owning the cove could make her family millions, and Keira Maitland is the only thing standing in her way. But when Keira gives her a taste of heaven on Earth, Daisy must decide what’s more important, love or money.

 

LOVE PURSUED

by Ellie Spark
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Twenty-nine-year-old Margie Roberts is a successful financial advisor and part-time matchmaker. Her own romantic relations, however, are not a priority; she’s building a career and has an excellent chance at promotion — if only she could stop her manager from undermining and sabotaging her at every opportunity.

Recent high school graduate, Stacey Green is determined to follow her dream to teach yoga and open her own studio. Her father, an avid believer that a college education is essential, has other ideas for her future.

When the two women meet, there is an instant and completely unexpected spark — one Margie knows cannot be pursued. They’re at different stages of life, the age gap is too big, and if something goes wrong, she wouldn’t want to be responsible for breaking Stacey’s heart.

For Stacey, age doesn’t matter. She listens to her heart, not her head, and believes Margie should do the same. How can she convince Margie that age is only a number?

 

MERMAID

by Max Ellendale
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Ex-Detective Veronica Baird lost almost everything she’d worked for in life to a spray of fateful bullets. A desperate move from Portland back to Seattle at the beckon of a friend, promises a safe place to live, a job, and support. When Veronica reunites with her best friends after circumstances urged them apart, Jordan and Alice rally around her in hope of nursing her back to life. The only ray of light in Veronica’s existence belongs to that of her nine-year-old daughter.

Uprooted, devastated, and battling the abyss of despair, Veronica stumbles into meeting pediatrician, Scarlett, at the worst time ever. Or so it seemed. Veronica, and her pod of colorful friends, float together in darkness and light, though not all entanglements are meant to lead her to the surface.

 

COACH M
Coach Z Series: Book 2

by Q. Kelly

Andi Zappa never expected to coach the Richmond College Ravens again, but she’s back five years after she left. She takes over as the women’s basketball coach midseason and must contend with obstacles, old and new. The biggest may be Melissa MacKenzie, the player she fell in love with five years ago. Melissa is now an assistant coach for the Ravens and navigates treacherous waters as she tries to keep her relationship with Andi professional.

Deals with alcohol issues.

 

WHEN SHE THAWS

by Lily Craig
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Sadie Powell is going on an adventure. After her beloved mother has a health scare, Sadie decides it’s finally time to see the world. So, Sadie crosses the Atlantic to work as an au pair for a year. Austria’s supposed to be nice: chocolate, beer, and scenic mountain ranges beckon. She’ll figure out teaching and living with an Austrian family along the way.

Inga Weber trusts only herself. Ever since her husband of twenty years left her for an Instagram model, Inga’s opted to homeschool her three children. Better keep them close so they can’t get hurt. Except it turns out it’s hard to keep an au pair on staff when Inga’s expectations tower higher than the Alps. Exercises, punctuality, and rigor grind down even the best candidates.

When Sadie arrives at Inga’s doorstep, her fate seems clear. She’ll be sacked like the rest of them, inadequate in the face of precise demands. Except something about Sadie’s warm smile and caring green eyes makes Inga falter. Though the two diverge in their approaches to life, maybe this time, it’s different.

Maybe this time, Inga’s met someone who can melt her frozen heart.

 

FREE SPIRIT

by Erica Lawson

Priory McAllister has fought off boardroom sharks, handled high-pressure jobs, and thought she’d seen it all. Ready to live the suburban life she found her dream home and can’t wait to move in.Unknown to Priory, the house is inhabited by two ghosts, Rhee and a mischievous Dylan who call Priory’s new house their home and have since 1935. They have no intention of leaving after all, she couldn’t be harder to get rid of than the others who tried to encroach on their home.Jacey Ryder, Priory’s long-suffering secretary has agreed to help her boss move…the things you do for your crush! Now, she gets to play referee between her boss and a bossy ghost, as each side try to lay claim to the house. What can she do when an unstoppable force, (her boss) meets an immovable object, (the ghost) besides hope for a peaceful solution? They are like two peas in a pod—two angry, stubborn peas in a pod.

 

KNIGHT & DAI 

by Kay Bigelow

Dai Fremont, a former surgeon and now a recluse, agoraphobe, and all-around curmudgeon, has been ordered to hire another in-home nurse she knows she doesn’t need. Though her body is slowly healing from the catastrophic accident that robbed her of her beloved profession—and the life she knew—the emotional wounds run deep, and the last thing she wants is another nosey, unqualified paraprofessional with a hero complex.

Marti Knight, fresh off a twenty-two-year stint in the Navy as a corpsman, finds herself in idyllic southern California trying to land an assignment with a home-care placement agency. While her butch good looks served her well romantically in her world travels, they seem to be a liability in conservative Orange County, and no potential client will hire her. Marti is desperate for a job and a place to finally settle down, even as she wrestles with a threatening past that she’s been running from for over two decades.

Neither Marti nor Dai is happy about being thrown together in a last-chance, must-work situation, but despite their resistance soon find themselves drawn to one another. Defensive and guarded, they struggle to trust each other with their deepest secrets and pain, both of which could have devastating consequences for the two of them.

They say opposites attract, but they can also destroy. Join these headstrong women as they navigate the minefield of contradictions that make up their tenuous and unlikely relationship in Kay Bigelow’s new romance, Knight & Dai.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

CRAVE
Cherished Choices: Book 3

by Tessa Vidal
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can Two Damaged Hearts Find The Love They Crave?

Two woman with deep scars are at a turning point in their lives. Will they finally experience the love they’ve denied themselves for so long?

Crave is a steamy lesbian office romance between an older, sophisticated woman with a past, and the sweet yet strong woman who works for her. 

There is some gun violence in the novel.

 

SAVING SAM

by Lynnette Beers

As an experienced San Diego lifeguard, Sam Cleveland has been trained to save others. While she risks her life to rescue swimmers from the rough surf, Sam’s world comes crashing down when she learns that her brother has been in a serious accident. She then must leave San Diego and the young woman she’s recently started dating to return to her hometown in Mississippi—a place that holds a horrid memory from her childhood.

Always protective when Sam was a child, Robert clings to life while investigators search for the person responsible for his accident.

On the hunt for the man who intentionally harmed Robert is Lieutenant Annie Wright—the woman who captured Sam’s heart years ago. As painful childhood memories resurface, so do old feelings of love. Will Sam choose to move forward with the chance at new romance in San Diego, or will she return to the comfort of familiar love with Annie in Mississippi?

There’s one brief scene of violence in the novel.

 

STEAMBOAT REUNION
Barb and Janet: Book 3

by Anne Hagan
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Can you go home again?

Barb knows she loves Janet, but she’s not sure she’s ready to take the next step and commit for life, not again, not so soon. No one is saying it, but she knows they’re all thinking she should just move on.

Janet is in love with being in love and Barb is the object of her affection and devotion. She won’t stop until they’re married. Oh, she’ll be patient, or so she tells everyone who will listen. She’ll wait. How long will she have to, though, she wonders?

Just when the two of them start to work things out, Janet is injured on the job and an old high school crush of Barb’s comes back into the picture, a crush who wants things to be the way they were, twenty years before. Both things send Barb into a tailspin of regret and old memories.

This is the third and final ‘Barb and Janet’ story. It isn’t necessary to read Broken Women or Healing Embrace first, but the author recommends it.

 

EROTIC ROMANCE / FANTASY

 

THE PRINCESS AND THE EVIL QUEEN

by Lola Andrews
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Meet Snow White and the Evil Queen as you never have before in this lesbian erotic romance retelling of the classic fairytale.

Once upon a time, there was a princess, and an Evil Queen.

Fated by powers of old to be enemies, Princess Snow White and the Evil Queen wage war, until the Evil Queen poses an unusual truce: Snow will spend a Moon’s cycle by her side, during which time she will decide whether she wants to stay with the queen, or return to her husband, the prince.

Can Snow White and the Evil Queen overcome their terrible past and find love? Or will destiny tear them apart?

 

SPORTS ROMANCE

 

MAKING THE TEAM

by Lark Maren
Available in Kindle Unlimited

She’s the hottest professional softball player in the country.

All my teammates want to be her or be with her. They think the fact that she retired and took a job coaching our college team is the greatest thing that ever happened to the Marchant State Hawks.

They don’t know the real Penelope Flynn.

I’ve spent the last eight years of my life trying to erase the pain she caused me back in high school when she broke my heart and left me crying in the dugout. If she thinks she’s going to ruin my senior year of college, she has another thing coming.

All I need is to make it through the playoffs, keep my grades at a passable level, and hopefully sign a professional contract of my own, but whenever she’s near me, I just can’t think straight.

Maybe it’s because I simply hate her so much…

or maybe, it’s time to finish what we started.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE ROMANCE

 

AVALANCHE OF LOVE

by M.E. Tudor
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Back Lands magazine for outdoor enthusiasts has featured Robin Hawke and her outfitting business several times. When her friend, Josie Whittle, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, asks Robin to take a group of writers and photographers out for a week Robin is happy to do it until she finds out that one of the writers going on the trip has never even been camping, let alone gone on a multi-day hike.

After getting fired from a business magazine, her life in ruins, and forced to go home to Colorado where her father has her under his thumb, Marianne Jones is lucky to be writing for anyone. Her new boss at Back Lands magazine, Josie, insists Marianne go out on a weeklong hike with some other writers and photographers from the magazine. The only hiking Marianne does is at the mall and she’s never been camping, so she is not happy about this trip.

Marianne makes Robin mad before the hike even starts, and Robin assumes Marianne is just another snooty socialite forced to work by her parents. Both women try to ignore the sparks flying between them on the trails in vain.

These two women with nothing in common, except broken hearts, are thrown together by fate. Can they find common ground, or will tragedy take away the chance for them to find out what they could have had?

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

 

MEANT TO BE ME

by Wendy Hudson

A compelling, slow-burning, romantic suspense that will keep you guessing right to the end.

Trying to find “The One” is never easy and engineer Darcy Harris is finding it tougher than most. It doesn’t help she’s also dealing with a shadowy stalker trying to make trouble for her. But Darcy’s determined not to let anyone ruin her life.

Her loyal best friend and boss, Anja Olsen, is stuck in a strange conundrum, forced to question who she has become and who she wants to be.

Meanwhile, stranger Eilidh Grey’s first instinct is to run fearlessly toward chaos and love. But this time she’s on a collision course with fate.

A chance meeting on a snowy bridge in Inverness, Scotland, binds all three women together, creating an unexpected, tangled, love triangle. What happens when it all unravels?

 

SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

DANCING IN THE DARKNESS
The Alpha God: Book 1

by Lexa Luther

Charlie and her team of mercenaries head to the planet named Kander, which is home the Kalmar – a race of Alphas & Omegas. The planet’s ruler, Kal, hires Charlie and her team to retrieve a kidnapped Omega. Soon, Charlie learns intimate details about Kal’s rare nature as a “female” Alpha. As Charlie embarks on the journey to rescue the Omega, she must face the true motives behind the kidnapping.

Book contains g!p material as well as intimate scenes suitable for mature readers.

 

SCI-FI SPACE OPERA

 

SAFE PASSAGE
Black Flag: Book 1

by Rachel Ford
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Kay Ellis is playing a dangerous game, and she knows it. She’s made herself Enemy Number One of the Conglomerate. She’s relying on privateers for her safety. It’s a fool’s game. But the worst part is, her fool’s heart is starting to warm to the enigmatic privateer, Captain Magdalene Landon; and that’s a risk for which she hadn’t planned.

 

FICTION

 

CLIO RISING

by Paula Martinac

In 1983, Livvie Bliss leaves western North Carolina for New York City, armed with a degree in English and a small cushion of cash from a favorite aunt. Her goal is to launch a career in publishing, but more important, to live openly as a lesbian. A rough start makes Livvie think she should give up and head home, but then a new friend helps her land a job at a literary agency run by the formidable Bea Winston.

Bea hopes Livvie’s Southern charm and “boyish” good looks will help her bond with one of the agency’s most illustrious clients—the cranky Modernist writer Clio Hartt, a closeted octogenarian lesbian of the Paris Lost Generation who has rarely left her Greenwich Village apartment in four decades. When Livvie becomes Clio’s gofer and companion, the plan looks like it’s working: The two connect around their shared Carolina heritage, and their rapport gives Clio support and inspiration to think about publishing again.

But something isn’t quite right with Clio’s writing. And as Livvie learns more about Clio’s relationship with playwright Flora Haynes, uncomfortable parallels emerge between Livvie’s own circle of friends and the drama-filled world of expatriate artists in the 1920s. In Clio’s final days, the writer shares a secret that could upend Livvie’s life—and the literary establishment.

 

EMENDARE

by R. E. Bradshaw

“Her name is Jane Doe? Really? You aren’t joking?”

“Yes. Her father’s name was John Doe. Her mother’s last name was Smith. Jane Smith Doe, that’s her. Her dad said he guaranteed her anonymity for life. Thought it was funny.”

Forty years away from Doe’s Ferry, it didn’t take long for word to get around that Jane Doe had come home. Most people remained unconcerned with her arrival—memories of young Jane having been long forgotten or never known. But like any tiny place with tiny minds, the whispers at her sudden reappearance revived old rumors and fanned long cold embers into a blaze.

“So, you haven’t set foot in Doe’s Ferry since 1979, what finally brought you back?”

“Do I have to answer that question?”

“You didn’t come home when your father died in 2000. With your history, you can see why this sudden appearance would concern me.”

“My history? Which part? The part where we were cradle to grave friends, all of us, or the part where one of us died, three of us lied, and one of us went to prison.”

“I’m assuming that means this isn’t a nostalgic trip home.”

“No point in pretending…”

There were those who wished Jane had stayed gone. Most folks were willing to let the past die with the ones that lived it—but not Jane, and not the person who sent the package that summoned her home. Wrongs needed righting. The time had come for the truth of what happened at Doe’s Ferry to come to light. Jane Doe has come home to amend the record, to make it right: Emendare.

 

SALE ALERT

 

SATIVA STRAIN
The San Franciso Mystery Series: Book 5

by Alexi Venice

$0.99 $9.99 

A legal thriller/crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne, Dr. Jen Dawson and Detective Tommy Vietti.

In Sativa Strain, Amanda carries with her the quiet confidence of a yogi, the unrelenting burden of a prosecutor, and the demons that torture the corners of her soul.

Newly re-elected as San Francisco’s DA, Amanda faces her biggest internal and external foes yet when she and Detective Tommy Vietti investigate a high-profile murder implicating Kara Montiago, the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company and candidate for President of the United States.

Sleep evades Amanda as she obsesses over the specter of a respected colleague’s involvement in the toxic murder scheme. Navigating the shoals of SFPD corruption, Tommy and Amanda learn that Kara Montiago is a philandering, Sativa-smoking dominatrix who preys on male subordinates at her company.

Amanda is especially vulnerable during her outpatient drug rehab therapy, fighting urges that tempt her day and night. Battling her desire to control everything around her, Amanda rekindles her relationship with Dr. Jen Dawson, the love of her life, testing the boundaries of Jen’s patience.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

LONDON, ACTUALLY
London Romance Series: Book 5

by Clare Lydon
narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis

Rules are made to be broken….

Two years after her marriage implodes, event planner Cleo Nightingale is ready to get back in the dating game. However, she has one key rule: No younger women. How hard can it be?

Fresh out of uni, Becca Cramer is single and ready to embrace her new career. She’s not looking for a relationship, but then fate steps in and introduces her to Cleo.

Mix in two weddings and a festival, a jilted brother, and a pregnant best friend, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hilarious pause register featuring the unlikely love-match of the year!

Book 5 in the London Romance series features favorite characters from previous novels, and is another uplifting, sparky romantic comedy from best-selling author Clare Lydon.

This is a stand-alone novel.

 

L.A. METRO
L.A. Metro Series: Book 1

by RJ Nolan
narrated by Angela Dawe

Dr. Kimberly Donovan’s life is in shambles. After her medical ethics are questioned, first her family, then her closeted lover, the Chief of the ER, betray her. Determined to make a fresh start, she flees to California and LA Metropolitan Hospital.

Dr. Jess McKenna, LA Metro’s Chief of the ER, gives new meaning to the phrase emotionally guarded, but she has her reasons.

When Kim and Jess meet, the attraction is immediate. Emotions Jess has tried to repress for years surface. But her interest in Kim also stirs dark memories. They settle for friendship, determined not to repeat past mistakes, but secretly they both wish things could be different.

Will the demons from Jess’s past destroy their future before it can even get started? Or will LA Metro be a place to not only heal the sick, but to mend wounded hearts?

 

GHOSTLY LOVE

by K’Anne Meinel
narrated by Aimee Aguilera

What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? What if that best friend is a ghost?

Stacey is your normal teenager, living with the the “normal” teenage angst moments. She just happens to have a friend who is a ghost. This takes her on a journey; while it would have been normal for most people, it is guided by her friend Renata who just happens to be dead. As the years go by and Stacey experiences life, she finds that love eludes her until she realizes it has been there all along. What do you do when the love of your life turns out to be a ghost?


 

SUVI

by Prudence MacLeod
narrated by Aimee Aguilera

Enslaved as a child, her DNA altered until she was barely half human, Jeannie Sorenson still managed to engineer her escape back to the ship that brought her to that deadly planet.

Could the humans accept her now that she was half alien?

Could she learn to interact with them and still retain her freedom?

And why the hell did they keep asking her for answers when they didn’t want to hear them?



 

GIVEAWAY

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state which novel by Miranda MacLeod is your all-time fave. Haven’t read a book by Miranda? You can still enter. Just tell me Miranda MacLeod’s name. Hint: it’s Miranda MacLeod. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

The winner will be selected on May 14th.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

Episode 32: Harper is easily bamboozled 

In this episode, Harper talks about her 4th-week wobble, and we announce the release date of French Kissing: Season Five. We do our best to live up to our ‘Explicit’ label and Harper recommends this meditation.

While Caroline was away feeling very old on the golf course, Harper read Writing and Releasing Rapidly by Elana Johnson. Harper also finally realised that she really likes a posh girl.

Click here to listen.

Get in touch with Harper Bliss and Her Mrs with your questions, comments or suggested topics at harperblissandhermrs@gmail.com

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LWW-11: Top Ten Tips for Writers, Part Two 

In this episode, TB & Clare finish dispensing their top tips for writers.

First, they catch up with what’s going on in their lives. Clare discusses her upcoming trip to Jamaica and TB shares a Lesbians Who Write surprise with Clare, getting them one-step closer to world domination. Huzzah!

During the comment section, Clare and TB accept a challenge by a listener, and TB admits she’ll blush a lot discussing lesbian sex on the podcast.

TB also slips in another mention about her mint chocolate chip ice cream addiction. It’s possible she has a serious problem.

Then they launch into the final five tips for authors. They dive into the necessity of honing observational skills, which both of them admit they’re rubbish at, but they are trying to improve. Clearly, this is an example of do as they say, not do as they do. Also, they give advice about the importance of hiring a professional editor—an absolute must in their humble opinion. Next up is a misconception that all writers are like Ernest Hemingway, which means they drink a lot and write little. This romantic image is so wrong! TB and Clare discuss one thing that can be a difficult concept to live by: the need to be patient. To succeed in this career, it’s important to keep plugging away. Finally, they delve into one of the biggest aspects that holds back so many: fear of failure and fear of success. TB reveals she has a very niche fear. Clare says she’ll always be there for TB when this fear rears its ugly head. It’s a beautiful Lesbians Who Write moment.

Click here to listen.

Stop back next week for a discussion about word counts: should writers keep track? If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. They’d love to hear from you!

 

LESFIC NEWS

Announcing the first annual LESFIC BARD AWARD winners


Click here to find out who won what.

 

CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

I Heart Lesfic is coordinating a sale to run May 27 to May 31. Five days.

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

The deadline for supplying the details is May 10th.

 

FREEBIES

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Many authors, like Niamh Murphy, give away a freebie when you sign up for their newsletter. Click on the image to sign up for Niamh Murphy’s newsletter.


 

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Happy reading!

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 23rd Edition

Dear lesfic fan,

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

Authors: Want to see your new releases in the newsletter? Click here for details. Or if you’re having a sale, please email me and let me know: tbmarkinson@gmail.com. Include “Sale for IHL Newsletter” in the subject line.

Anyone with lesfic news, give me a shout at tbmarkinson@gmail.com.

Happy reading and listening,

TB

ROMANCE

 

A WOMAN LOST 
Books 3-5

by T.B. Markinson
Available in Kindle Unlimited

3 books. 700+ pages of smart, sexy lesbian romance.

Lizzie doesn’t know much about families, let alone happy ones. Yet, she and her wife are about to welcome two new bundles of joy into their lives.

Encouraged by her wife, Lizzie makes an effort to grow close to her estranged family for the sake of her children, only to discover her dad’s shocking skeleton in the closet.

The repercussions ensnare all the Petries, new and old.

The harder Lizzie tries to keep the family together, the more trouble the clueless one gets into.

Is Lizzie strong enough to survive her own issues, support her wife and their twins, and navigate the pitfalls of her extended family troubles, or will having all the Petries in her life finally break Lizzie once and for all?

 

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

by Kim Hartfield
Available in Kindle Unlimited

When Gloria’s daughter announces she’s getting married, Gloria couldn’t be happier. Things get more complicated when she realizes the groom’s mother was her best friend back in high school – the first woman who ever made her heart beat faster, as well as her first kiss. Gloria and Bethany reconnect during the engagement, and Gloria begins to wonder if she could have her own fairytale romance. Is it too late for Gloria to find love? Or could the mother of the bride be the star of her own story?

 

FORGET ME NOT

my Melissa Tereze
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Jess Edwards’ life could be better. Six years ago, her world was turned upside down when she lost the love of her life to London. In the years that followed, she found herself preparing for the inevitability of losing her grandfather, too.

Word around town is that her first love is back, leading Jess to question the decisions she’s about to make, but nothing is as it seems. Jess may be known to have a heart of gold, but is she prepared to have it broken once again?

Amber Powell has returned home to Liverpool after receiving devastating news from her sister. Now within reach of her ex-girlfriend, she tries to remain invisible. Over the years, that had worked well for her, but with the potential of heartbreak just around the corner, will Amber realise that the only woman she ever needed… is standing right in front of her. A story of life, loss, and ultimately love.

 

PARTY OF TWO

by Tey Holden
Available in Kindle Unlimited

A chance encounter at a bar presents an awkward situation, and it’s love at first sight when Dr. Blair Reilley meets Alexandra Marcos Larsen. That they share the same dream was such an extraordinary coincidence that it was almost too hard to believe and much less comprehend. How life had intertwined their paths to come together was even harder to understand. However, the dream is far fetched when family-health issues, old boyfriends, bad decisions, tragedy, and identity issues need to be overcome.

 

WRITE YOUR OWN SCRIPT

by A.L. Brooks

A sizzling lesbian romance about finding out what’s important in life.

Beloved famous British actress Tamsyn Harris is in her early fifties and works hard to prove she’s still got “it”, despite her age. That means never revealing she’s a lesbian, for fear it would threaten her acclaimed career. After an on-set incident blows up, she disappears to a retreat to lay low for a while.

Maggie Cooper is a successful author with two pseudonyms and suffering from burn out. It’s hard enough trying to maintain both worlds, let alone keep them separate from real life. After checking herself into a retreat in Norfolk, the last thing she expects to find is the respected, beautiful actress she’s had a crush on her whole life.

As passion sweeps them up, they agree it can only be a holiday fling. But is that enough? Can they just return to their lives and leave each other behind?

 

SAVOR THE MOMENT

by Dana Piccoli

Natalia Chambers is a successful singer/songwriter whose star is on the rise. But Nat has a problem. She can’t seem to write any new music and the pressure is on to write a follow-up to her last record. The fact that her last girlfriend betrayed her and left her with a wounded heart certainly isn’t helping any.

When Nat comes home from her latest tour, she’s ready for some serious R&R. The last thing she expects is a stunning pastry chef named Maddy LaDuke to send her tumbling (literally) head over heels. As Nat spends more time with Maddy she discovers a side benefit—it seems that their romance may hold the key to that serious writer’s block problem.

Just when Nat thinks she’s ready for something big with Maddy, an old flame arrives and tries to burn it all down. Will Nat and Maddy be able to put their hearts on the line and find trust in each other?

Dana Piccoli takes readers on journey of sweet romance and second chances with her debut novel, Savor the Moment.

 

FOR THE TELLING
WeHo Book 13

by Sherryl Hancock
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Film maker and ex-Marine Legend Azaria isn’t one to take no for an answer. After being turned down for funding for her latest film, she vows to go it alone. Her story of her time in the Marines and the devastating effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is one that needs to be told. Riley Taylor is cast in the supporting role, and although initially being dubious about playing a gay woman, she soon rises to the challenge.

As the movie gets underway, Legend struggles with the pain of resurfacing memories. Riley does her best to help her through it, and in the process the two become close.

But will that be enough to stop Legend hitting rock bottom as the trauma of her past takes over her present?

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

FAIREST

by Cara Malone
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Everyone says Luma has the world at her fingertips. Her trust fund can buy anything she wants, there’s a modeling agency courting her, and most people would kill for her life – especially her stepmother, Tabitha.

When Tabitha comes home mangled from a botched cosmetic procedure and finds out Luma’s been offered a prestigious gig, jealousy rears its aging, puffy head. Tabitha wants Luma dead and she’s got no choice but to flee. Alone and cut off from her resources, Luma’s last refuge is a remote cottage where she prays Tabitha won’t find her.

Charlie is the newest addition to her family’s lumberjack business in the forest, whittling away her emotions as she works through a broken heart. Beauty really is skin deep because no woman can look past the birthmark on her forehead. Charlie is ready to forget about love… until she finds Luma asleep in her bed. She’s in danger, vulnerable, and also the most beautiful woman Charlie has ever seen.

When the lumberjacks take Luma under their protection, she finds more than just safety. She finds Charlie and a new purpose in the forest – until Tabitha comes back to finish her kill.

 

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE / ROMANCE

 

AN ISLAND IN THE SUN
Silver Lake Lesbian Intrigue: Book 1

by Cassandra Barnes

Asia Reynolds, a documentary film maker looks for love in the middle of chaos. She lives in heaven, a picturesque town on the Mississippi river, sparkling countryside, soaring hawks and eagles and more action than she could wish for. Her forensic research skills are in demand to uncover the perpetrators of an international political tangle involving an assassination – and another, more local problem involving a murderous gay love triangle.

Then, she meets Jasmine – a young hippie artisan and her known world flips around.

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

 

SHADOWS OF FORTUNE
The Cavendish Trilogy: Book 2

by F.K. Sewell
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Stranded in Port Royal in the aftermath of the earthquake that took her family home, Vesta must deal with the loss of her parents and accept her brother Nicolas’s decision to set sail without her. Alone on land, she must adapt quickly and forge a new survival plan as events spiral beyond her control…

Trigger Warning: Some violence, threats – sword fights & injury detail.

 

EPIC FANTASY

 

FRUITS OF THE GODS

by William C. Tracy

Sisters Kisare and Belili uproot an ancient box in their owner’s orchard and find a miracle inside: a fifth godfruit in a society that knows only four. It is punishable by death for non-nobles to eat godfruit, so the sisters hide the discovery and plot to escape servitude for good. With the power represented in the box, they could live as nobles themselves.

But Kisare finds her new freedom more difficult than she imagined, and Belili has many secrets she strives to keep hidden. With the help of a people slowly losing their culture and technology to the powerful nobles, the sisters lead an infiltration of the highest levels of noble society.

While Kisare finds she cares for the captured leader of the people helping them, Belili comes to love her noble suitor’s guard—a fierce woman with a similar past to her own. In the end, the fifth godfruit may bring harmony to the world, but the sisters’ only hope of succeeding lies in deciphering ancient mythologies surrounding the gods’ original plan for their people.

Trigger warnings: rape and slavery.

 

COZY MYSTERY

 

A CURIOUS WOMAN

by Jess Lea

A funny, fabulous, cozy mystery filled with quirkiness and a sweet serve of lesbian romance.

Bess Campbell has escaped to the windswept Australian coastal town of Port Bannir, determined to begin her life again. She is loving her fresh start, thanks to her fun job running a hip gallery, her territorial chickens, and a lot of self-help books to find her new, better self.

Port Bannir local Margaret Gale runs an austere maritime museum, and rules her staff with an iron fist. She has no time for that crazy modern gallery or upbeat, earnest Bess sweeping around town on her hipster bicycle.

After a heated dispute over an antique collectible dildo, there’s little hope Margaret and Bess will ever see eye to eye.

But when Port Bannir is rocked by a senseless murder, both women find themselves implicated. Can they work together to expose the truth––or will the truth prove far too dangerous?

 

ROMANCE MYSTERY

 

GALLOWS HUMOR

by Carolyn Elizabeth

Corey Curtis is coasting. At thirty-three, she’s in the best shape of her life and has a satisfying position at Jackson City Memorial Hospital. With a good paycheck, great friends, and occasional relationships with smart, beautiful women, she couldn’t be happier. She thinks.

Dr. Thayer Reynolds, whiling away some time before the start of her Emergency Department fellowship at JCMH and intrigued by the stories she’s heard, crashes the morgue to get a look at Corey—the woman her young colleagues are whispering about.

Totally spinning from her first interactions with Thayer, Corey throws herself into the post mortem exam of a construction worker who fell to his death, which isn’t at all suspicious—until it is. With no support from her boss or the police, Corey investigates the death on her own. Making bad decisions with good intentions, she recklessly endangers her own life and Thayer’s. Even worse—she potentially dooms any chance of a real relationship with Thayer before it even gets started.

 

SUPERHERO SCIENCE FICTION

 

A LOVER’S MERCY
The Superheroine Collection: Book 5

by Fionna Zedde

A gripping, sexy, lesbian superhero novel that will leave your heart pounding at its powerful conclusion. This sequel to The Power of Mercy can also be read as a standalone story.

Mai Redstone prowls Atlanta as its hero, Mercy, trying to save people from themselves and each other. With her newly discovered, stronger powers, she acts as if she’s invincible. To those who know her though, she’s as delicate as a cobra lily.

Xóchitl is the complete opposite. Violence comes naturally to her. Hard-hearted and thick-skinned, the softest thing about her is her love for Mai. As part of an elite law-enforcement team in the secret Meta community, Xóchitl hunts and punishes anyone who dares to break their rules.

But when Mai is in danger from her own powerful family, Xóchitl’s soft underbelly is exposed. How can she protect Mai when she can’t even tell allies from enemies? For the first time in her life, Xóchitl feels as threatened as the vulnerable humans Mai protects.

Xóchitl is used to being the strongest one in the room, but when she suddenly isn’t, will she allow herself to surrender to her lover’s mercy?

 

EARTH DAY SPECIAL

 

FOR THE LOVE OF HER
A Collection of Intimate Fairy Tales About Mother Earth

by Amy DeMeritt

$0.99 (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

A collection of beautiful fairy tales with ordinary woman having extraordinary and intimate experiences with Mother Earth. They experience love, bliss, and companionship, while gaining respect and reverence for our Earth Mother.

This collection of short stories was written to honor and celebrate the beauty and bounty of Earth with the hopes that they will inspire respect and action to help protect this planet we call home.

 

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

LONDON HOLIDAY

by Miranda MacLeod
narrated by Stephanie Murphy

Jordan is an American journalist living in London, but when her newspaper is sold to an infamous tabloid king, she has one week to produce a tell-all story of the century or she’s out of a job, and out of the country. Then a runaway princess nearly falls into her lap. It seems like the answer to her prayers, but how can she write an exposé on a woman she’s falling in love with?

Abby was a typical California girl, until a twist of fate turned her into Princess Abigail, the heir to the throne of her father’s kingdom. When presented with an opportunity to escape her royal duties for a night out on the town while on an official state visit to London, she seizes the chance. But when she’s rescued by the woman of her dreams, she begins to doubt that she can ever return to royal life again.

As they have a madcap adventure exploring London together, both Jordan and Abby suspect they may have found their perfect match, but if the secrets they are hiding are exposed, will their relationship survive?

London Holiday is a modern-day fairytale inspired by the classic film Roman Holiday.

 

SOUTHERN ROOTS
The Compass Series: Book 2

by Lise Gold
narrated by Addison Barnes

Hannah Hudson has had a rough start to the year. Returning home to London from her magical holiday in Norway, still on a high after meeting the wonderful Kristine, her newfound happiness is dealt a crushing blow when she discovers that her ex has been stealing from her and she is going to lose her business. A letter from an American lawyer throws her an unexpected lifeline, informing her that she’s inherited a house and a restaurant in Presley, Louisiana, from her biological mother who gave her up for adoption at birth.

Meanwhile back in Covington, nothing ever changes in Kristine Miller’s life. She’s grown tired of her job at the local bank, and she’s reluctant to go back to dating, unable to get Hannah, who has gone silent on her, out of her mind.

When Hannah suddenly shows up in Kristine’s life again there is no denying that destiny has a plan for them, but Hannah’s life is in London and Kristine’s is deeply attached to the beautiful South. As Hannah searches for the story behind her Southern roots, can they overcome the challenge of distance to give themselves another shot at love? Second chances are rare, and you can’t question fate when it keeps drawing you back together….

 

CHAIN REACTIONS

by Lynn Ames
narrated by Emily Beresford

Some of Diana Lindstrom’s fondest memories involve childhood experiments conducted under the watchful supervision of her Great-Aunt Nora, a celebrated physicist long ago shunned by the family for mysterious reasons.

Now in her adult years and a sought-after scientist herself, Diana learns that Nora is dying. She hires private-duty nurse Brooke Sheldon to care for Nora. Over the days and weeks spent in Nora’s company, Diana and Brooke are privy to Nora’s long-held secrets, along with her deep-seated regrets.

Trapped in a failing body, but with a keen mind, Nora Lindstrom watches as the spark of attraction between her great-niece and her caregiver grows into a flame.

Determined to help the two younger women find the kind of deep love they so richly deserve, Nora makes a fateful decision that brings the past and the present directly onto a collision course. After all this time, it’s still about chain reactions.


 

GIVEAWAY

 

Win a copy of A Clueless Woman.

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state which novel by TB Markinson is your all-time fave. Haven’t read a book by TB? You can still enter. Just tell me TB Markinson’s name. Hint: it’s TB Markinson. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

The winner will be selected on April 30th.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.

 

PODCAST NEWS

 

Episode 30: Harper Knows How to Roll a Condom Off a Banana

In this week’s episode, Harper talks about her writing progress and process. Other topics include meditation, being a golf widow, Game of Thrones and the hotness of French actresses.

Click here to listen.

Get in touch with Harper Bliss and Her Mrs with your questions, comments or suggested topics at harperblissandhermrs@gmail.com

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LWW-9: Knowing what we know now, how would we launch our first books?

In this episode, TB talks about her wreck of a week: getting caught in a rainstorm and her author email being shut down briefly. Clare shares about her epic week, including Tottenham winning and seeing Michelle Obama speak.

TB turns the table on Clare and asks knowing what Clare knows now, how would she launch a book? Clare outlines several things she’d do differently. The big takeaway is to be nice to authors and readers. TB shares why she started her website I Heart Lesfic. The short story, she got the stiff arm from other lesbian fiction websites when she first started out and she felt lonely. Now, TB wants to help other authors feel like they have support in the community. They both discuss certain services they use to make launching books easier.

Clare brings up the most important part of being an indie author in the twenty-first century, and TB couldn’t agree more.

Click here to listen.

If you’d like to leave a comment on the episode, head on over to www.lesbianswhowrite.com. They’d love to hear from you!

 

LESFIC NEWS

 

NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF RWA PRESENTS

T.G.I.For Literacy Author Signing 

When: April 26, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM.

Where: Burlington, MA

Over fifty authors * FREE to the public * FREE raffle basket drawing.

I’ll (TB Markinson) be there along with Miranda MacLeod, Laney Webber, Jane C. Esther, and Tamsen Parker.

Click here for details.

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SOUTHCOAST LESFIC HANG-OUT

 

Have you heard about the lesfic event in the UK on May 4th?

May 4th 10am- 4pm

Crawley Horticultural Society Hall

Ifield Ave, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ

Check out the Facebook group for more details.

 

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CALLING ALL LESFIC AUTHORS

I Heart Lesfic is coordinating a sale to run May 27 to May 31. Five days.

I’m looking to recruit tons of authors.

To find out how to join, click here.

 

 

FREEBIES

Have you checked out the freebies page on I Heart Lesfic?

Many authors, like Cheyenne Blue, give away freebies when you sign up for their newsletter. Click on the image to sign up for Cheyenne Blue’s newsletter.


 

For all the offerings, click this page.

Happy reading!

TB


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Guest Post: Another new direction by Charlotte Mills

Happy Friday!

Charlotte Mills is here today to talk about Payback, her latest novel.

Another new direction

So, as a newly published writer I should start at the beginning and introduce myself. My career to date has had fingers in several pies including carpentry, conservation and furniture making. This no doubt sounds a million miles away from writing lesbian fiction, but after yet another career change in 2014 I wanted to see where a seed of an idea would take me. The answer was self-publishing, four books later I was lucky enough to be picked up by Ylva Publishing with my fifth offering Payback.

My choice in reading genres generally stretches between crime fiction, thrillers and Lesfic and anything that slips in-between. A high-quality thriller can keep me on the edge of my seat as well as any first rate romance. With that in mind, I thought it was time to amalgamate the two genres into my writing, starting with Payback.

With this new direction I particularly enjoy exploring how everyday people, and by that I mean untrained individuals cope with very challenging and dangerous situations. I find it fascinating how they go about utilising their current abilities or possibly developing a new skillset to deal with a fresh situation. Payback largely centres on revenge from the point of view of two different characters for very different reasons. With one taking advantage of what’s put in front of them, while the other has some lengthy ground to cover before they can get near to their foe, not to mention dealing with the aftermath, and was it really what they wanted in the end?

While writing Payback I became intrigued with the idea that people really do get away with murder. Often with years spanning between committing the act and getting caught. The public only hear about it after the fact when the culprits are arrested, but what about their lives in-between perpetrating the act and getting captured.

This links in well with my second thriller Body of Work (due for release later this year with Ylva) which focuses on a character that is so desperate for closure, after the loss of a loved one many years ago that she is prepared to risk everything to achieve it.

One of the many things I enjoy about writing in the thriller genre is the investigation process, the detailed legwork I have to go through. It’s amazing what you can find out on the internet or via a conversation with the right person. I’ve learnt about air-gapped computers and hacking (in theory only of course) which is pretty good for a Luddite like myself. I also know how to make a bump key and I can create padlock keys out of baked bean tins (please do not ask me to demonstrate, it may take me some time). These are just a few of the skills I have acquired for the Payback sequel, currently titled Fair Game. I’ve always been a kinaesthetic learner as you can probably tell from my career choices. It’s only when I’ve got that kind of detailed information that I can then begin to picture the events in my mind and write about them.

If my browsing history was ever actually investigated I would probably be questioned for some time. My partner often jokes that if that does happen she already has plans to deny all knowledge.

 

PAYBACK

A thrilling lesbian mystery about trying to right a past wrong…despite the consequences.

Detective Constable Kate Wolfe is sent to a Cheshire backwater after falling foul of a disciplinary hearing in London. But before she even has a chance to settle in, Kate finds herself in a situation there’s no coming back from. She’s reported as a troublemaker to her new boss, Detective Chief Inspector Helen Taylor, a no-nonsense veteran who once had an esteemed, high-profile career.

The pair investigate a spate of arson attacks, a dead body found in a burnt out building, and a missing architect while fighting their growing attraction for each other. The discovery of a dumped vehicle in a quarry lake sparks a series of events that will change their lives forever.


 

GIVEAWAY

 Win a copy of Payback.

One lucky winner will receive the e-book.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and state Charlotte Mills’s name. Hint: it’s Charlotte Mills. Honestly, I’m not trying to trick anyone or make this difficult.

The winner will be selected on April 26th.

Please note, the author will contact you via email to arrange delivery of the e-book.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

 

Charlotte Mills was born and bred in the south of England, after studying Fine Art at Loughborough University she has made the Midlands her home for the last twenty years where she lives with her partner. When she is not writing she enjoys watching films and day dreaming about living in the middle of nowhere without any neighbours’ in earshot.

 

CONNECT WITH CHARLOTTE MILLS

Twitter / Goodreads / Website / Amazon Author Page

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 

 

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