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A Calculated Risk

By Cari Hunter

First Responders

Detective Jo Shaw has it all worked out. She’s good at her job, she has loads of mates, and she likes being single. She doesn’t need complications, but an emergency call to the stabbing of a young woman brings plenty of those. Jo has to risk her career to save the woman’s life, and a bad night gets worse when the trauma surgeon turns out to be Isla Munro, Jo’s only real love, who walked out on her fifteen years ago and never came back.

With the victim’s children missing and the husband the prime suspect, Jo’s investigation is stonewalled by a community living in fear. As one dead end leads to another, she and Isla are forced to put their differences aside and work together. But the case is far more dangerous than Jo realizes, and her determination to sort the truth from the lies may put her own life on the line.

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An Epiphany in Flannel

By Meghan O'Brien

An Opposites Attract Butch/Femme Romance Novella

Small-town waitress Maisie Davis resolves the mystery of her sexuality after an unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger seated in the corner booth of Moe’s Fine Diner. Aiden Crane opens Maisie’s mind and body to exciting new possibilities—but can she find the courage to follow her heart?

An Epiphany in Flannel was originally published in Opposites Attract: Butch/Femme Romance Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2021).

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An Independent Woman

By Kit Meredith

Disability
Friends & Community

A romance for everyone who has made difficult decisions on the road to their chosen family.

Rebecca Miller’s life is exactly how she wants it. She loves her polyamorous chosen family and her rewarding job as a carer for adults with learning disabilities. Then the Jennings sisters arrive and test her boundaries, turning her carefully balanced life upside down.

Alex Jennings’s move to the middle of nowhere is temporary. Her sister Phoebe has been placed in a care home instead of living independently like she’d prefer, but Alex is determined she’ll be allowed to live life on her own terms.

Alex and Rebecca should be on the same page but keep clashing over what is best for Phoebe. Their attraction won’t stop smoldering, despite their reluctance to act on it and incompatible poly relationship styles. They can barely trust each other enough to do the right thing as far as Phoebe is concerned, so figuring out a way forward together is out of the question.

 

Praise from Publishers Weekly: "Meredith debuts with a polyamorous sapphic romance as sensitive as it is spicy...Meredith’s characters feel whole and real, with lives that are enhanced by their romance rather than railroaded by it, and their thoughtful exploration of the balance between independence and healthy relationships is nourishing but never preachy."

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Cherish

By Kris Bryant

Financial gap/Class disparity
Actors/Artists
Small Town Romances

Josie Lockner scores big when she’s awarded a summer artist-in-residence in the small beach town of Goda, Massachusetts. The Wellingtons are the perfect host family and Revere Estates the best backdrop. She’s more than ready to capture the beauty of nature with her pencils and brushes. Falling for the Wellingtons’ quiet neighbor, Olivia Monteclair isn’t in the picture, but just because it won’t last forever doesn’t mean she can’t have some fun. 

Olivia’s peaceful days are interrupted when Josie, with her infectious grin and sunny disposition, crowds her space. Was Olivia ever that young or that hungry about life? She isn’t in the market, not after her devastating heartbreak, but there’s something about Josie that brings out a lightness she’s missing from her life. 

Both cherish the time spent together, but when the summer ends and their temporary romance melts into the real deal, reality gets complicated.

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Cold Case Heat

By Mary P. Burns

Amateur Sleuths
Big City
Friends to Lovers Romance

Forty years ago, Sydney Hansen’s best friend was murdered. His killer left her a menacing note. Now the man Syd suspected was behind the killing has died—and she receives another threat, attached to a photo of her thirteen-year-old great-niece. Terrified but angry, she turns to the NYPD and Detective Gale Sterling to reopen the case.

Gale has been handling cold cases for over a decade, burying herself in her work and caring for her elderly father, a former detective himself. But this case isn’t like the others. Maybe it’s Sydney Hansen—she finds her beauty captivating. Or maybe it’s the bullet she takes for Syd one night when their date turns into an impromptu stakeout.

Syd and Gayle just want to protect the innocent and bring a killer to justice, but as their feelings for each other grow the once cold case turns dangerously hot.

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Follow Her Lead

By Aurora Rey

An Opposites Attract Butch/Femme Romance Novella

Venture capitalist Jude Benoit is named Majesty of Artemis, New Orleans’s premier lesbian Mardi Gras parade and ball, and enlists the expertise of private dance instructor Gabriella Viard to save her from making a fool of herself. Jude can follow the steps, but what happens when Gabby challenges her to lead with her heart?

Follow Her Lead was originally published in Opposites Attract: Butch/Femme Romance Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2021).

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Just as You Are

By Angie Williams

An Opposites Attract Butch/Femme Romance Novella

Dylan Fleming is a confident and capable woman in every way except the stereotypical ways her ex-girlfriend thought she should be. When her insecurities get the better of her and she fumbles on a date with beautiful auto mechanic Carrie Grice, Dylan has to let go of the past. Can she accept that she is loved just as she is?

Just as You Are was originally published in Opposites Attract: Butch/Femme Romance Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2021).

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Proximity

By Jordan Meadows

Dystopian
Virgins/First Love
Children / Families

The only thing keeping Joan’s dangerous powers under control is her cousin Sabrina's rare ability to counteract them. Luckily, they've got the support of their powerful Family, they're best friends, and they've managed to build a life around each other’s constant presence. But now they’re seventeen, and things are changing. They don’t want to study the same things in college, not to mention neither of them has been on a single date.

When Joan meets the lovely and witty Ellie, she talks Sabrina into trying a group date. That only makes Joan desperate for more time with Ellie. With more proximity comes more risk and the fear that Ellie will eventually notice that Joan and Sabrina are weirdly codependent. Important secrets will be put at risk, which may incur the Family's wrath. Someone could get hurt and not just emotionally. When things inevitably go wrong, Joan is sure Ellie won’t stick around, but learning to control her powers without Sabrina by her side is almost impossible

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Sweet Spot

By Kimberly Cooper Griffin

Friends & Community
An Oceana Series Romance
California

Sweet Spot—the place on the face of a wave where a surfer can catch the greatest speed.

Standing up on the wave is hard enough, but finding the sweet spot is almost impossible when you’re battling riptides. Shia Turning has been battling riptides her entire life and she knows she’s close to finding the sweet spot. Having spent most of her life in the foster system, she’s worked hard to make something of herself in the pro-surfing world. And living at Oceana has given her the community and support she needs to take her there. But when the mother she never expected to hear from again shows up, everything she’s worked for is threatened.

As the property manager for Oceana, her grandfather’s mobile home park, Rose Monroe is anxious to make him proud even at the expense of her own dreams. When Shia and Rose meet, their attraction threatens to distract them from their goals—something neither of them is willing to risk. What they don’t seem to know is that riptides often create the perfect waves. Will they be willing to take a chance of a lifetime to find the sweet spot that can take them to a happily ever after?

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The Haunting of Oak Springs

By Crin Claxton

Ghosts
Actors/Artists
Amateur Sleuths
Friends & Community
A Supernatural Detective Novel

Ghosts are rising at Oak Springs farm, and supernatural detective Tony Carson is facing her deepest mystery yet. Tony and her Trinidadian best friend, Jade, unravel clues searching for a woman who doesn’t want to be found.

Red and Chris are the last two lesbians living on what was once a women’s land farm, oblivious to the secrets buried around them. If the developers start digging before Tony finds the ghost’s accomplice, then Red and Chris are in trouble. When an old enemy returns to the village, will the rural community of Wooly Mill side with Oak Springs, or will homophobic history repeat itself?

And while Tony and Jade are rallying the women’s group, a devious plan is spinning around them. The supernatural detective needs to watch her step. The past has long fingernails, and they’re clawing at the ground beneath Tony’s feet.

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Transitory

By J.M. Redmann

Big City
MulticulturalĀ 
Transgender
Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 11

The cops blow it off, another Black transgender woman who surprised a customer with what was under the dress—bad luck she was pushed out of the car and then hit by another vehicle. But Micky Knight witnessed it, crossing the street at the right—or wrong—time, only yards away from what didn’t look at all like an accident to her. The woman was dressed more like a librarian than a sex worker. It’s not her case, she was just walking home from a local bar. No ID was found on the victim, and the only clue is an appointment card with cryptic initials, CJ at CC. Micky has a good idea what they mean—Cordelia James at CrescentCare, a local health clinic that sees many transgender clients. Cordelia, a doctor and her ex. Micky doesn’t want to get involved, but there will be no justice if she doesn’t. As she investigates, she uncovers a family in turmoil and ugly secrets—ones people will kill for.

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Unexpectedly Yours

By Toni Logan

Financial gap/Class disparity
International Setting
AnimalsĀ 
Celebrity

A private resort on a tropical island, a feisty old chief, and a kleptomaniac pet pig bring Suzanne and Allie together for unexpected love.

Heiress Suzanne Bennett was making the wrong kind of name for herself as her hard-and-fast lifestyle played out in the tabloids. But one fateful night upends everything, and she trades the glitz and glamour of LA for an unassuming life on her private Bahama Island. She changes her name, builds a small resort, and hopes her new identity will keep the paparazzi, and the lure of her old life, at bay.

Allie Aukai was born on the other side of the tracks and never had many opportunities or luxuries. When her father’s dying wish sends her to the Bahamas to fulfill an unconventional request, Allie’s life takes a surprising turn. The mystery Allie uncovers leads to misguided betrayal and reminds Suzanne and Allie of the unexpected power of love.

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