My New Story Is Out – Bridget

I have a new story out in the world. A sweet, healing short story. I hope you will enjoy reading about Bridget. This is the start of her journey. Maybe we will find out even more about her in the future.

Available in ebook and Kindle Unlimited. Click on the Universal Link below:

https://bklnk.com/B09SXBSJXT

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The Bravery of Dr Ford by Kitty Kat

The Bravery of Dr Ford by Kitty Kat

It happened once, it was enough

It never goes, the scars so rough.

The laughter rang above it all

Even now my skin will crawl.

I stood before the old, white men

Told my tale and remembered then.

They sneered and smirked, those good old boys

Yet there I showed such grace and poise.

Held up my hand to testify

For every woman I can but try.

Come what may we will prevail

I have no doubt, we cannot fail.

Vote them out, persistence matters

Misogyny, abuse in tatters.

‘Me too!’ the cry, the shout, the yell

Our voices loud, they’ll never quell.

Review of ‘Hearts Like Hers’ by Melissa Brayden

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No one does adorable like Melissa Brayden. And as for romantic and heartwarming, she is unsurpassed. ‘Hearts Like  Hers’ is set in the Venice Beach area and specifically around the Seven Shores Apartment complex. Rather a lot of lesbians choose to live there and this time we find out more about coffee shop owner and all round wonderful friend Autumn. Although she has the best friends ever she is lonely and feels she has reached a point where she wants to change that. Into her life walks gorgeous firefighter Kate, a woman with troubles of her own and a need to get away from her own life in Oregon. Their story is sweet and oh so hot but they have both put up barriers. Can they get past them?

I think Autumn is my favourite character from the Seven Shores series. She is completely adorable, loving and caring and deserves to be loved by someone special. Kate is strong and capable as a firefighter but circumstances have made her doubt herself. She and Autumn have a connection that is intense and just feels right. I wanted this relationship to work.

This story made me misty eyed and happy and I realised that every Melissa Brayden book has that effect on me. I loved it!

I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.

Our Happy Hours due out 1st November

Our happy hours

I have contributed a poem to this great anthology and hope that it will raise lots of money for some great LGBT youth charities.  There are great short stories and poems from so many of your favourite writers and poets. It will be available from Bella Books, Amazon, Kobo, and Nook in paperback (where those are sold) and in e-book versions (.pdf, .epub, and .mobi).

This is what the editors have to say about the thinking behind the anthology:

“During the days and nights following the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the world listened as various spokespersons attempted to explain to the general public exactly what the gay bar/club meant to LGBTQI people. The words “safe place,” “refuge,” “free to be ourselves” flew through the air.

We queer writers grappled with the tragedy alongside our brothers and sisters. How could we express our feelings about the places where we could drop all pretense of conforming to the hetero-normative society’s rules? What words could we gather to let the rest of the world know the pain we felt upon losing so many beautiful strangers on a night in June and in a place that had been one of our havens? 

 

How and why does the gay bar intersect so many of our lives?

The stories and poems living between the covers of this book attempt to answer those questions. Spend a few happy hours with us in our gay bars.
All proceeds will be given to LGBTQI Youth charities.”

Review of ‘Summer Fling’ by Jean Copeland

Summer Fling by Jean Copeland

Attorney Kate Randall was badly hurt by her long term partner and as a result won’t give her heart away easily. When she meets a much younger woman, Jordan Squire, she is immediately attracted but reluctant to give in. When they start seeing each other it is obvious to the reader that they are made for each other but Kate still resists. I found this quite annoying. Kate isn’t the most sympathetic character and I just found her irritating. Her obsession with age was not appealing. Jordan, on the other hand, was lovely and open and ready to be there for Kate. Kate’s friends Didi and Viv were the saving grace of this book. They were funny, loyal and the anchor in her life and their antics had me laughing out loud. The odd emotional and romantic moment pulled it back for me.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘You Make Me Tremble’ by Karis Walsh

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This story was a slow burner but really had me rooting for Iris and Casey. Iris runs an animal shelter on a small island near Seattle and finds her life thrown into disarray by an earthquake. Seismologists Casey comes to the island to make recordings and observations in the hope of giving earlier warnings to residents in the future . They are instantly attracted  but keep rubbing each other the wrong way. I enjoyed finding out how they dealt with their attraction and how their lives impacted the settled ways they had been living. The island setting and geological background fascinating. There were some beautiful romantic and passionate moments as well as some heartbreak. Karis Walsh has the wonderful ability to convince the reader that true love really does exist. She certainly made me believe it in this lovely, sweet story.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Unbroken’ by Donna K Ford

Unbroken by Donna K. Ford

I thought this was going to be the story of two women who each had reasons to back off commitment and how they got past it.  It was so much more than that. Kayla and Jackie had difficult pasts neither had dealt with. How they dealt with these difficulties made this novel a very interesting read. They needed each other to become complete and happy but would they ever be able to see that. There was a fair amount of emotional intensity and it was so well written. Donna K Ford didn’t back away from the ugly truths of life but she also wrote some beautiful tender moments and love scenes full of joy. A wonderful read I can highly recommend.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Lost and Found’ by J Holland

 

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This was a sweet love story about a selkie woman who sheds her seal skin in order to spend time among humans. Nerissa runs into trouble when he hidden seal skin goes missing and she can’t return to the sea. Meeting Lorelei introduces her to new experiences and feelings and both women find their lives change. I enjoyed finding out both of their stories and thought the author managed to accomplish a great deal in such a short time. 

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Less Than Three press in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Forget Me Not’ by Kris Bryant

 

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‘Forget Me Not’ is a wonderful story of love, family and home – and two beautiful women.  Kris Bryant has set the scene perfectly.  I felt I was right there in Ireland with amazing scenery, friendly locals and the kind of life we would all jump at given half a  chance.  When Grace Danner flies to the Emerald Isle to sort out her inheritance from her Aunt she meets real estate agent Kerry Mulligan.  Kerry might seem frosty at first but Grace is intrigued.  The gorgeous redhead has her hooked and who can blame her?  I loved seeing how their relationship developed and the emotional intensity was tear-inducing at times. It was so romantic and the sex was hot, steamy and inventive.  Grace got to see a side of herself she didn’t know existed and she had to think seriously about what she really wanted from life.  This is a book I certainly won’t be able to forget for some time.  Five Stars!
I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.