A Lesbian Romance
Author: Cara Malone
Publisher: Lisbon Press
Maxine Saddler has never been in love. She knows exactly what it looks like – she's spent years studying the phenomenon in other people, but her Asperger syndrome makes it far too anxiety-provoking to attempt such a thing in her own life. Instead, she focuses exclusively on academics. She's 23 years old, starting grad school, and perfectly content to ignore the world beyond her textbooks. That is, until she meets Ruby Satterwhite, who makes Max want to give love one more shot. Ruby is the consummate social butterfly – sorority president, extracurricular list a mile long, and stunning to boot. In short, she's way out of Max's league, and on top of it all, she kind of hates Max for how she blurts out whatever's on her mind, no matter how blunt. But when they're thrown grudgingly together for a group project in their first class, the heavens open up and the sparks begin to fly. There's only one problem – Ruby's still pining for her perfect ex-girlfriend. It's time to turn on the charm like never before, but can Max master the rules of love?
Author: Clare Ashton
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion. Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She's the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she's the only gay in the village and it's a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep. If she doesn't think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy's high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy's heart; folk are not happy. Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone's happy ever after. Couldn't it?
Author: Nancy Garden
Publisher: Open Road Media
Category: Young Adult Fiction
A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly). When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that falling in love could be so wonderful, but as Liza and Annie’s newfound sexuality sparks conflict in both their families and at their schools, they discover it will take more than love for their relationship to succeed. One of the first books to positively portray a lesbian relationship, Annie on My Mind is a groundbreaking classic of the genre. The subject of a First Amendment lawsuit over banned books and one of School Library Journal’s “One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century,” Nancy Garden’s iconic novel is an important story for anyone discovering who they’re meant to be.
Author: Clare Ashton
Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren't so simple after a night like theirs. Pia Benitez-Smith has her head in the clouds of ideals and romance. She's a photojournalist out to prove herself with her compassionate eye and although not exactly accident prone, most days trouble seems to find her. On one such day, she literally falls into the arms of the beautiful Cate. Elegant, intriguing and classy, Cate is Pia's polar opposite. When the two dispute the importance of love versus money, Cate is adamant that her perfect night will always be an expensive one. Working class Pia can't resist the challenge and with the assistance of a beguiling summer night in London, she begins to enchant her new friend. An irresistible couple, a charismatic city, a priceless supporting cast - That Certain Something is a sparkling romcom from Goldie award winner Clare Ashton.
Author: Clare Lydon
Publisher: Custard Books
Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with? Alice Di Santo has it all – everyone says so. Perfect boyfriend, great job, settled home life. But when she meets Rachel Cramer, all that changes. Because Rachel is everything Alice has never considered – and now cannot stop thinking about. This charming tale of coming out in your 30s sees Alice risk everything to go after what she wants, soon discovering she’s deserving of love - and especially this love, which takes her breath away. The fourth book in the London Romance Series features favourite characters from the previous three novels, and proves that falling in love is never scripted. Clare Lydon has written a bold, bright tale of modern romance at its glittering finest. Read it today!
Author: Sandy Hall
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint, Swoon Reads, presents its first published novel about a romance between two college students, told from 14 different viewpoints.
Author: Victoria Avilan
Nominated for Lambda, Golden Crown and Rainbow Awards 2015.Can one memory haunt and influence your entire life? Excerpt from chapter 28: "Shelli had been shy at first, then demanding, directing. Rona had become freshly fascinated with her own hands, at how well they played that newness, that softness, that warmth. Her hands knew the correct fingering and positioning without instructions. That act of love came naturally. She was playing the violin, the cello, the entire orchestra, in legato, legatissimo and molto vibrato. At last, down on her knees, she'd put her mouth on that versatile new instrument. Until the gasp came. The gasp hadn't been hers, hadn't been Shelli's. Suddenly her boy-lover towered over them." This book almost reads itself, so sure-footed is the pacing, the ease of being drawn in despite some unease about what is written; I admire the way the author does not intrude on her characters (and thus her readers) with the pointed finger of too much message forcibly delivered. A reader's ease and ability to identify with each main character is to have witnessed Avilan's magic literary show. As a reader, one leans into this character or that one, or all of them, as readily as one turns the pages. One of the hallmarks of a well-designed and well-written story, for me, is whether the characters stay with me long after the book is done. Do they ever! Read this book at your own peril and your own pleasure because it will make you feel. And you will remember the people from A Small Country About to Vanish." By Historical Romance author T. T. Thomas.
Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith
Author: Eve Tushnet
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place). In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching. Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the “zoo animals,” she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is the fruit of Tushnet’s searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.
Author: Georgia Beers
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
Life gets complicated when love turns out to be nothing like you expected - and the woman you want is too close to touch. Gretchen Kaiser is a workaholic corporate honcho with issues – she’s got daddy issues, she’s got female-executive-in-a-man’s-world issues, and she’s got one night stand issues. What she doesn’t have are love issues. She isn’t looking for it, she doesn’t feel she needs it, and she doesn’t expect to find it…certainly not right under her nose. Kylie O’Brien is the kind of girl who believes in true love and is willing to wait until it shows up at her door. Her best friend Mick would sweep her off her feet given the chance, but Mick doesn’t make Kylie feel the way true love should. And now Kylie has to worry about her new boss – Gretchen Kaiser’s icy reserve makes life as her administrative assistant a challenge. It doesn’t matter one damn bit that Gretchen is extremely attractive with a voice as rich and smooth as melted chocolate. It absolutely doesn’t…
Author: Wally Lamb
Publisher: Harper Collins
We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True. After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh—wife, mother, outsider artist—has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets—dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives. We Are Water is a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist, Anna; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest. It is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art. With humor and compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.
An Action! Series Book 36
Author: G. A. Hauser
Publisher: The G A Hauser Collection LLC
In book 36 of the Action! Series, we find the men from LA ready to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday at the posh mansion in Paradise. Mark Antonious Richfield returns to the nighttime cable drama, Forever Young, to reunite with the stars for their final season. Alexander Richfield and Stan Charles Richfield, attend their film premiere, Lover Boy, with disastrous results. LAPD SWAT lieutenant Billy Sharpe is back on the front lines and Steven Jay Miller and his new husband, Tadzio Andresen, dive into work at Mark’s father’s company, Richfield-Miller International. Top Model turned CEO, Mark Antonious Richfield hosts all of your favorite characters from the series in grand style as the extended families and friends socialize and new bonds are formed. Nothing to Lose...as we chase happiness and hold onto true love and past lovers, we rely most on the people closest to us, to keep us sane.
Author: Ellyn Oaksmith
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
What if someone nominated you for prom queen because they hated you? Because it's 1993 and you're the openly gay. Fran Worthy is tired of being scared and despised. Instead of declining the nomination, Fran shocks her community and herself by promising to get the world's hottest band, Nirvana, to play at prom. But first she and her friends have to find them. They drive 800 miles to a California concert to find Fran's hero, Kurt Cobain, a rock star who went to the same high school. Along for the ride is Fran's crush Allison. Is she gay? Fran's dying to know. Maybe if she can figure all this out, Fran will confront what's been going on for years at school. It's a good thing Fran has great friends and lots of courage. She's going to need both. A page turning romance about the heartbreak and joy of being young, different and desperately in love. #1 Kindle Bestselling author Laura Spinella says, "Written with warmth and humor, expect to be moved by this heartfelt novel."
Author: Sarai Walker
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
SOON TO BE AN AMC ORIGINAL SERIES starring Joy Nash, Juliana Margulies and Rowena King, written and executive produced by Marti Noxon. A Best Book of the Year Entertainment Weekly • Bustle • Amazon • Women’s National Book Association • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • Kobo • LitReactor “Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away.” — Jennifer Weiner The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed. Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive. “A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.
Author: Chad Harbach
Publisher: Little, Brown
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.
Author: Van Barrett
Publisher: Van Barrett
Ten years ago, Rustin and Clay were more than teammates: they were best friends chasing their big breaks into pro hockey. But their paths split when the friendship grew too complicated ... and 'male bonding' went too far. Now a seasoned veteran in the NHL, Rustin Kellar would rather not remember the mortifying night he made a pass at his straight minor league captain. But a career-threatening concussion has left the defenseman crippled with pain – and an unlikely ghost from his past might be his only shot at recovery. Can Rustin ever forgive Clay? Ex-hockey player turned horse-whisperer, Clay Grayson spent a decade soul-searching under the scorching Texas sun. When Clay witnesses Rustin's head smack the ice, he knows the injury is serious. But if this cowboy is good for one thing these days, it's helping old race horses find their legs again. Can Clay help Rustin recover, and finally make things right? Or is he ten years too late? Second Chance pairs ice hockey and cowboys -- a surprisingly delicious combo! This 71,000 word first time gay romance novel has an HEA and light MMF scenes. No cliffhanger nor cheaters. Narrated in alternating third-person, past tense.
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Andrew’s life is a cliché: he’s a gay man trapped in a loveless marriage, thanks to his religious, overbearing mother. Then a new couple moves in down the street, and Andrew finds himself falling for Nathan in a big way. Nathan is straight, married, and just about to be a father, but after one fateful night out together at a club, Nathan has to face the fact that his feelings for Andrew go way beyond that of a friend and neighbor. When Andrew’s wife asks for a divorce, both men’s lives are thrown into disarray. Arguments about their responsibilities to their wives and children, doubting themselves and each other, and some harrowing lies pull them apart... but they never leave each other’s thoughts.