5 Fantastic Fantasy Series for Queer Women That You Can Start Reading for FREE!

Fantasy is absolutely one of my favourite genres, sword fights, sorcery, magical creatures, and fantastical lands all make for brilliant reading!

But even better are those books with a strong female character at the centre of the story, and even better still is when that fantasy story contains a lesbian romance at its heart.

But what could be better than lesbian books set in fantasy realms? FREE lesbian books set in fantasy realms!

That’s why I have collected together these five fantasy series all of which start with a free ebook download so that you can head out on your next epic quest and immerse yourself in a new world right now!

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All of these free ebooks are either the prequel to a trilogy or the start of a long-running chronicle. They are all either books with lesbian main characters or they have women-loving-women storylines between strong characters.

Many of these are LGBT YA books, however, some have darker themes, or contain a more mature lesbian scene. So be sure you check out the blurb and the reviews to make sure it is for you before you indiscriminately click on all the free downloads!

And remember authors, love reviews! So if you fall in love with these fantasy adventures, try and find a way to review the book or let others know it exists!

1. The Risen Queen

By M. H. Johnson

The Risen Queen is an epic fantasy series about a girl and her talking cat embracing adventure, wonder, and the most dire of destinies.

Where to start:

First Blood (The Risen Queen Book 0)

No knight can match her. No professor will pass her.

Jess has a warrior’s passion, a Druid’s gifts, and a professor planning her downfall. If she doesn’t act the proper lady, she will be sent home in disgrace. But when slavers bring misery and ruin to her homeland, she trades silk and lace for iron and steel. Expulsion is the least of her worries, with an entire fortress of enemy soldiers waiting to kill her.

If you like stories full of exotic magic, visceral combat, and a girl willing to take on all odds for the sake of her friends, then you’ll love this exciting new series, eight books in all!

2. When Women Were Warriors

By Catherine M. Wilson

When she was a child, the author happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, “Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune.” But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was looking for all those years ago, she decided to write it.

Where to start:

Book I: The Warrior’s Path

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

3. Amendyr

By Rae D. Magdon 

Enter the magical land of Amendyr where there are evil step-mothers, ancient sorcerers, witches, kings, and even armies of the undead!

Where to start:

The Second Sister

 

ELEANOR OF SANDLEFORD’S entire world is shaken when her father marries the mysterious, reclusive Lady Kingsclere to gain her noble title.

Ripped away from the only home she has ever known, Ellie is forced to live at Baxstresse Manor with her two new stepsisters, Luciana and Belladonna. Luciana is sadistic, but Belladonna is the woman who truly haunts her.

When her father dies and her new stepmother goes suddenly mad, Ellie is cheated out of her inheritance and forced to become a servant. With the help of a shy maid, a friendly cook, a talking cat, and her mysterious second stepsister, Ellie must stop Luciana from using an ancient sorcerer’s chain to bewitch the handsome Prince Brendan and take over the entire kingdom of Seria.

4. Tremontaine

by Various

In a city that never was, sex, scandal, and swordplay combine in a melodrama of manners that returns readers to the beloved world of Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint!

Swordplay, scandal, and sex—welcome to the world of Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. This is a glittering new entry in Ellen Kushner’s classic Riverside series

Where to start:

Arrivals by Ellen Kushner

A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a passionate young Scholar with dreams beyond his reach; a Foreign spy in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a Genius on the brink of scientific revolution—when long-buried lies threaten to come to light, the stakes are high, and more than lives may be lost. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling wit and political intrigue.

Duchess Diane Tremontaine, the crowning gem of her city’s high class, sits in her manor’s window on The Hill and looks over her domain with eyes that cut and a mind that schemes. Far below, and far away from the glitz of wealth, a poor country farm girl named Micah looks only toward her family, the harvest, and the complex web of math that entrances her. At the Docks, the newly arrived Ixkaab Balam surveys the same city from the deck of her family’s merchant vessel and sees a land to manipulate for fortune and fun. And at the University, a passionate scholar named Rafe bristles at the classism constraining his ambitions and dreams of revolution.

5. The Dark Age Trilogy

by Niamh Murphy (That’s Me!)

For fans of Sarah J. Maas, Game of Thrones, and Skyrim comes a queer, epic fantasy set in a land of Dark Wizards and Warrior Queens…

Where to start:

Dragon Essence

The Gods will be Conquered.

A lover lost in battle. An offer she can’t refuse. A price she might not be able to pay.

When Andra, a Captain in the formidable Dragon Guard, sees her lover killed in a vicious wizard duel, a grizzled half-mage offers a chance to bring her back from the dead.

But the offer is not without a price.

Torn between her honour and her heart, Andra has until first light to obtain the life essence of a dragon she has sworn to protect or lose the woman she loves forever.

This is a short prequel story to the epic fantasy trilogy, Dark Age, set in a world of knights and magic, where dragons are worshipped as Gods. For lovers of Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and kick-ass women-warriors who battle dragons.

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17 Amazing Books for Queer Girls and Lesbians Who Need More DRAGONS in Their Lives! (Plus a FREE Bonus!)

Comedy, lesbian romance, and, of course, high fantasy; this list contains everything that the modern-day, lady-loving dragon hunter could wish for!

Whether they are LGBT books for teens or older readers, lesbian short stories or the start of an epic book series, all the ebooks on this list contain main (or strong) characters who are lesbians or bisexual women.

And whether the books are set in the future, an alternative past, or a fantasy world completely separate from our own, they all contain dragons. Be it beasty dragons that must be slain, powerful but friendly dragons that can be tamed, or even dragons that are part human! I can guarantee there will be plenty to sate your fire-breathing appetite!

So, in no particular order, I present to you 17 Amazing Books for Queer Girls and Lesbians Who Need More DRAGONS in Their Lives!

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1. Dragon Whisper

by Niamh Murphy (That’s me!)

A LOOMING WAR. A DEVASTATING BLIGHT. A GOD HUNGRY FOR SOULS.

To save herself, she will first have to save the world.

In the dying forests of the Weald Wood, Breanna, a young outcast, is simply trying to earn a Hunter’s axe.

When she witnesses the sacred Forest Drake kill her father and destroy her village home, she knows her life is forever altered. But Breanna holds a secret that could be the key to stopping the Ancient Dragon God’s rampage.

The fate of every being in the land now depends on one young woman who can hear the Dragon’s Whisper.

Will she find her courage, or see her world destroyed?

2. Shatter the Sky

(Pre-Order Now for July 2019)

by Rebecca Kim Wells

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia–until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.

If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory–the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…

With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?

shatter the sky

3. Beast

by Rachel Frank

After Safiya is found guilty of witchcraft, she is brought into the forest as a sacrifice for the local dragon. But instead of a fierce and terrifying dragon, Safiya meets Iseult, a gentle and intelligent creature, and the knight Diadrane, the first woman knight Safiya has ever met. Helpful and kind, the dragon and knight invite Safiya back to their home.

But come the morning, nothing is what it seems, and it is Iseult and Diadrane who will pay the ultimate price…

4. Slaying Dragons

by Sasha L. Miller

Devi has about had it with mages. All she wants to do is her job, which is slaying the dragons and other beasts that plague the country. She doesn’t have time or energy to spare for coddling or pandering to the fussy mages she keeps getting stuck with as partners. Unfortunately, her last mage was also a noble with clout, and Devi has the feeling her days as a Combatant are numbered.

Instead of reprimand or termination however, she winds up with a new assignment and a new partner: Noeme, who is competent, friendly, distractingly attractive—and far too good to be true.

5. The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter

by Beth Bernobich

Mei, Lili, and Jun have just three weeks to complete their senior year project, a portable translation device they call the monstrosity machine, which runs on magic and mathematics.

“We only need to prove the concept,” Mei tells her friends.

Jun wants more than a passing grade, however. She wants that shiny golden insignia on her graduation certificate that says she’s graduated with honors. With that, she’s guaranteed a job in the best magic shops in Shēn Xiù City. And ai-ya, she needs that job if she ever wants to save enough money to study at university in the faraway Phoenix Empire.

But getting their monstrosity to work proves to be more complicated than Jun ever predicted.

6. The Sun Dragon

by Annabelle Jay

It’s been many years since the beauty of dragons riding the wind disappeared from the skies, destroyed by the corrupt King Roland and his greedy minions.

Or were they?

Instead of killing the dragons, Roland transformed them into humans so they could mingle with his people and breed him an army. Teenage Allanah saves her friend Victoria from falling victim to his scheme with newly manifested magical abilities. Another surprise comes when Allanah’s first high school crush, Jason, reveals he’s been sent by a clandestine council of wizards to test Allanah and Victoria’s arcane talents. No one is more amazed than Allanah when, during her trial, she produces the world’s first light dragon.

Allanah might be the only hope not just for her best friend but also for the survival of all the world’s dragons. In addition to her monumental task, she struggles to understand her feelings between her new attraction to Cormac, the wizard general, and her emerging desire for a beautiful, forest-dwelling Igreefee girl named Dena.

7. Inkmistress

by Audrey Coulhurst

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

8. Modern Serpents Talk Things Through

by Jamie Brindle

Tina is a modern dragon, or at least she struggles to be. She’s (mostly) sticking to her diet, she goes to the gym, doesn’t lounge on her hoard for (too) long, and she’s steadily working through some issues with her therapist. Like the humans and dwarves that recently invaded her home and shot her with an arrow. She didn’t like killing them—mostly humans seemed like sad little creatures—but they did attack her and so she destroyed them. Except for the one she locked in the cupboard. That bit she’s still working up to telling her therapist about…

9. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

(A Sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

by Mackenzi Lee

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

10. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

by E. K. Johnston

Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds—armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!

11. Dragon Horse War: The Calling

by D. Jackson Leigh

When is war justified to preserve peace?

Society has evolved into one collective belief that celebrates diversity. Luxury credits are earned and spent only after the world population is fed and educated. But when catastrophic weather kills thousands and destroys crops, people begin to look for answers among ancient legends of guilt, retribution, and a vengeful deity.

Jael, seasoned commander of a latent cell of dragon horse warriors, understands what Alyssa, an alluring young priestess, doesn’t—words won’t be enough to quell the violent sect preying on the population’s fear and hunger. As their conflicting ideologies threaten to jeopardize their mission, Alyssa and Jael realize their growing attraction and entwined destiny might be more formidable than the enemy they have been called upon to defeat.

12. The Queen of Ieflaria

by Effie Calvin

Princess Esofi of Rhodia and Crown Prince Albion of Ieflaria have been betrothed since they were children but have never met. At age seventeen, Esofi’s journey to Ieflaria is not for the wedding she always expected but instead to offer condolences on the death of her would-be husband.

But Ieflaria is desperately in need of help from Rhodia for their dragon problem, so Esofi is offered a new betrothal to Prince Albion’s younger sister, the new Crown Princess Adale. But Adale has no plans of taking the throne, leaving Esofi with more to battle than fire-breathing beasts.

13. Rising From the Ashes

by Caren Werlinger

Ancient Ireland – an era of clan wars, petty kings and invasions by raiders from the north.

As Christianity tightens its hold, magic and the old ways fight to keep their place in the hearts of the people.

Born into this world is Ash, orphaned and maimed, left to die. She is rescued by a clan of badgers and raised to be one of them. As she grows, so does her magic, until at last she comes to the attention of other humans. Some of them want to protect her; some want to use her.

When she bonds with an orphaned dragon cub, the two of them become pawns in a bid for power. Forced to flee, dragon and dragonmage embark on a quest to seek the answers as to why they were bonded and what their future holds.

14. The Second Mango

by Shira Glassman

Queen Shulamit never expected to inherit the throne of the tropical land of Perach so young. At twenty, grief-stricken and fatherless, she’s also coping with being the only lesbian she knows after her sweetheart ran off for an unknown reason. Not to mention, she’s the victim of severe digestive problems that everybody thinks she’s faking. When she meets Rivka, an athletic and assertive warrior from the north who wears a mask and pretends to be a man, she finds the source of strength she needs so desperately. Unfortunately for her, Rivka is straight, but that’s okay — Shulamit needs a surrogate big sister just as much as she needs a girlfriend. Especially if the warrior’s willing to take her around the kingdom on the back of her dragon in search of other women who might be open to same-sex romance. The real world outside the palace is full of adventure, however, and the search for a royal girlfriend quickly turns into a rescue mission when they discover a temple full of women turned to stone by an evil sorcerer.

15. Black Blade Blues

by J. A. Pitts

Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group.

The lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that’s when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as the “dwarf” claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters?

16. Of Dragon Warrens and Other Traps

(The sequel to Of Gryphons and Other Monsters)

By Shannon McGee

Set adrift by circumstances beyond her control Taryn, once a shepherd from the Carpathe Mountains, now finds herself in the new and strange company of mercenaries—men and women who fight for a living. With the help of Aella, the commander’s daughter, Taryn will do her best to find her footing and earn the respect and trust of those around her.Securing her status as a true member of Twelfth Company will assure her place in their travels to Dabsqin, a bustling metropolis in the heart of the Southern Desert. Like a paradise, the city has food aplenty, the streets are lined with treasures from all across the continent, and the decadent bathhouses are places of great renown. However, something less savory lurks beneath the glitzy surface. In a city that never sleeps, real monsters take advantage of the noise to work their mischief.As Taryn’s past attempts to catch up with her she will find friendship, love, and plenty of fighting. Home is to the north; adventure lies ahead. There’s no turning back now. Follow Taryn as she rides south in this next installment of the “Taryn’s Journey” quartet.

17. In the Vanishers’ Palace

By Aliette de Bodard

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

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By Niamh Murphy (me again!)

The Gods will be Conquered.

A lover lost in battle. An offer she can’t refuse. A price she might not be able to pay.

When Andra, a Captain in the formidable Dragon Guard, sees her lover killed in a vicious wizard duel, a grizzled half-mage offers a chance to bring her back from the dead.

But the offer is not without a price.

Torn between her honour and her heart, Andra has until first light to obtain the life essence of a dragon she has sworn to protect or lose the woman she loves forever.

This is a short prequel story to the epic fantasy trilogy, Dark Age, set in a world of knights and magic, where dragons are worshipped as Gods. For lovers of Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and kick-ass women-warriors who battle dragons.

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11 Gorgeous Adaptations for Lesbians and Queer Girls who Love Fairy Tales! (Including 2 FREE books!)

I love fairy tales! And I love lesbian fairy tales even more! So, I’ve gathered 11 gorgeous sapphic adaptations for you to enjoy.

All of the novels in this list are lesbian books and most are by lesbian authors, they are all stand-alone stories (no anthologies this time), that are still available and to buy as ebooks and/or in print, and they are all based on a particular fairy tale or folklore legend.

Each one has been retold to include lesbian main characters and contains a central lesbian love story. This list is focusing on fantasy or historical settings with magical elements (modern retellings are for another time) and although many of these are categorised as lesbian young adult fiction, some are a little more mature.

BONUS!

There are also TWO completely free ebook downloads at the end of this awesome lesbian fairy tale book list! Woot!

I hope you love them all as much as I do!

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Cinderella

These first two lesbian novels are retellings of the classic Cinderella story. S. T. Lynn explores the tale with a trans main character falling for a Princess Charming, and Malinda Lo turns the tale even further on its head with her lead ignoring the royal bachelor entirely in one of the best LGBT YA books I read in 2017.

Snow White

Sarah Diemer, Elora Bishop, and Jennifer Diemer were the queens of fairy tale retellings. Sadly, many of their older books are now out of print as they have moved on to writing under different names (although there is hope that they will have new life under Sarah/Elora’s real name, Bridget Essex who writes some of the loveliest lesbian romance books around). But for now, you can still enjoy Jennifer Diemer’s magical retelling of Snow White.

The Snow Queen

From the same source tale as Disney’s Frozen, The Raven and the Reindeer sticks closer to the original Hans Christian Andersen text than the Elsa story, whilst taking it to an entirely new level. The prose is light, bouncy, and fun and the tale itself is seeped in magic as we follow Gerta on her epic quest to rescue Katy while falling unexpectedly in love along the way…

Beauty and the Beast

Two books, one fairy tale, and two vastly different novels. Werlinger keeps us in the dark woods with a cursed young woman and a band of huntsmen ready to kill the beasts that stalk the forest. While Wolfe takes us to a strange and marvellous estate, with mystery and magic pouring through every page.

The Little Mermaid

Another two great lesbian novels! First, Karen Kallmaker’s new adaptation takes its inspiration not only from the original, but also from the Disney movie and Shakespeare’s Tempest, with both Caliba[n] and Princess Erica playing a role. While Julia Ember takes the story North, to the Nordic ice sheets, with Viking warriors and the trickster God, Loki helping and hindering our bisexual mermaid heroine.

Selkie Folktales

Not from any specific tale, I couldn’t resist including these gorgeous adaptations of selkie stories. These strange shifters shed their seal skin once they leave the water and reveal a more human form that bewitches our heroines.

S. E. Deimer’s tale, The Witch Sea, is one of the two free ebooks on this list, so grab a copy while you can!

Hansel and Gretel – this is mine!

Currently available as a free ebook across all platforms, my own lesbian fantasy book download is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. You may recognise some of the elements of the tale, but I promise you, this is not the story you remember!

So what did you think of this lesbian book list? How many of these love stories have you read? Have I left out any of your top lesbian fairy tale retellings? What fairy tale would you like to see get a lesbian remake?

Let me know in the comments!

12 Romantic Short Stories for Lesbians to Fall in Love with During the Holidays! (Plus a FREE bonus!)

The Holidays can be tricky.

Lots of visitors, lots of rounds of visiting, too much food and not enough time to sit down and read!

Well, I have gathered together the PERFECT fix – Twelve lesbian short stories with a holiday theme that can all be enjoyed in that spare few minutes you can find to yourself.

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At the end of this post is a FREE steamy short story you can read RIGHT NOW!

1. Christmas Retreat

Roommates, Sidney and Baxter, can’t afford to fly home for Christmas, so they choose instead to go on a weekend singles retreat. Will they find true love? Or will they find more than what they bargained for? Read this delightful tale of love and Christmas spirit to find out!

2. Rainey’s Christmas Miracle (Rainey Bell #2.5)

When readers last saw the striking former FBI Behavioral Analyst, Rainey Bell just learned she was about to be a mother. Catch up with Rainey and Katie, before they become entwined in their next thrilling adventure, in the upcoming novel that will feature fan-favourite Molly Kincaid.

3. The Christmas Wolf

by Bridget Essex

Kathryn is on the lookout for a new roommate. She’s pretty sick of her constant diet of ramen and needs to find someone to help pay the rent, but every time a potential roommate candidate comes to see her place, it doesn’t end well. Because Kathryn likes Christmas. A lot. And her apartment is, in her words, a Christmas Wonderland. To everyone else, it’s a Christmas Nightmareland.

But when Kat meets Jewel, she has high hopes for this potential roommate. For one, she’s gorgeous as hell…actually, Kat’s pretty distracted by that fact, and her budget concerns fly out the window because of the intoxicating chemistry between the two women.

There’s just one problem…in a world where werewolves were recently outed in society, Jewel is having problems of her own finding the perfect place to live.

Because Jewel just happens to be a werewolf…

Full of Christmas cheer, heartwarming moments and sexy romance, THE CHRISTMAS WOLF is just the novella to read to get you in the holiday mood.

4. A Friend for Christmas (Boughs of Evergreen)

by J.P. Walker

Eve was always an outsider. So different from everyone else, she never made friends easily – until the day she met Anna, a totally mysterious girl who seemed almost too good to be true.

A few times over the years they had found each other, and then Anna would disappear, leading Eve to conclude that she is an imaginary friend – a perfect girl she had created in her own mind to help ride the wave of difficult teens and other troubles in life.

But what if Anna is real? Could they still be friends?

On Christmas Eve they might just discover that the magic and love they’ve found can be held onto all year round.

5. Gift of Hearts

by Melissa Grace

Thrilled to get away from her demanding job in NYC as a High Fashion Clothing Designer, Addyson takes a trip to Stowe, VT to spend Christmas skiing with her parents. When she runs into her former best friend and now Ski Patrol member, Skyler—whom she hasn’t spoken with since a falling out in high school, not even the freezing temperatures can thwart the heat that has rekindled inside their hearts (among other places), these ten years later.

6. A Country Christmas

by Rachel Maldonado

Alex Townsend has come a long way from her small country town of Kingston, Texas. Having left her small town life behind when she left for college, she’s spent nearly twenty years living in New York City working as a journalist for the New York Times. When her father suffers a massive heart attack, she flies home to Kingston to take care of his land until he recuperates. In the process, she meets a woman, Kelly Douglas, who’s almost half her age and lives and works on the Christmas tree farm next door. They each have an immediate attraction to one another but having attended school with Alex in her youth, Kelly’s mother has a secret of her own to share. Will sparks fly? And, more importantly, with whom?

7. Mountain Blend

by Lanai Juniper

In the rugged wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, barista Grace Lowe serves the guests of Winter Peak Lodge, while trying to forget the ghosts of her past. When the wealthy, hard-partying Sutherland family arrives at the resort for their annual Christmas vacation, Grace realizes she can hide behind her coffee bar no longer. She has to take matters into her own hands to prevent a horrible prank-gone-wrong against the beautiful youngest daughter of the one family she has vowed to never help. On the stunning slopes of a dangerous winter wonderland, Grace must choose her own path and decide who she really is in life and love.

8. The Perfect Present

by Jade Winters

Two strangers…
One shared wish…
Will Christmas magic make it come true?…Melody is a Christmas Grinch. Still reeling from a childhood tragedy that struck on Christmas Eve, the last thing she wants to do is celebrate. Her holiday spirit is further diminished when she discovers her girlfriend cheating on her. She’d rather deck her than deck the halls.In the hope of cheering her up, Melody’s best friend persuades her to drop a wish in Santa’s post box. Though Melody’s reluctant to trust in love again or believe in Santa, she asks him for the gift of true love.Holly is a cynical singleton. Having no special someone to spend Christmas with makes it even worse for her. On Christmas Eve, things take an unexpected turn when her father makes a request: he wants Holly to deliver a gift to a woman whose identity remains a mystery.Could this be the year that Melody and Holly get all they want for Christmas?

9. Christmas Eve at the Purple Owl Café (A lesbian holiday romance)

by Cora Buhlert

After a massive row with her parents over intolerable relatives, Katie finds herself all alone for the holidays. So she heads for the one place in town where everyone is welcome on Christmas Eve, the legendary Purple Owl Café.

The Purple Owl Café has a chequered sixty-year history. These days it’s not just a place for good music and conversation, it also happens to be a lesbian bar.

Katie doesn’t mind, though so far her life was too busy for romance of any kind. But that’s about to change when Katie meets Jess at the Christmas Eve party at the Purple Owl Café…

10. Comfort and Joy (A Holiday Romance Novella)

by Karin Kallmaker

Home from Afghanistan to surprise her mother, Milla doesn’t expect more than the best apple pie in the world and the bliss of unrationed hot showers. She’s not counting on futures — or meeting a woman like Tyna.

11. An Indiana Christmas

by Natalie Vivien

It’s Christmastime for one crazy, disaster-prone dog…

This is Bella Farley and Comfort Allen’s first Christmas together, and the two women are falling more in love every day as they build new Christmas traditions with each other. But when they add Indiana, their hyperactive border collie, into the mix, there’s chaos in Christmas.

Excited about finding their first tree together, Comfort takes Bella to a Christmas tree farm in the country, but a freak winter storm descends, and Indiana may be their only hope to save Christmas…and his owners’ lives.

12. (This one is FREE) Delicious

by Niamh Murphy (That’s me!)

Charlotte is invited to a boisterous New Year’s party and struggles to get close to the woman she craves, her gorgeous cookery teacher, Nadia.

She soon realises she is pining for someone way out of her league and resolves to leave the party and try to overcome her obsession. But Nadia is not the type to let Charlotte go that easily…

‘Delicious’ is an erotic lesbian romance about longing, craving, and new experiences in an exciting and seductive short story that you can read now ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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If you enjoyed this special Holiday Lesbian Books list, then I think you’ll love these:

8 Great Places to Find Free Lesbian Fiction Online

If you like free ebooks and lesbian stories you are in for a treat!

Tight month? Looking for something new? Can’t have lesbian books showing up on your account history? Or just want to try out your lesbian novels before you go ahead and buy?

Whatever the reason, it is always handy to know where you can grab the best lesbian books without paying out. We’ve all been there!

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But if you feel bad about downloading free books online, just remember that the author is usually doing it because they want to gain more reviews and increase their readership.

So, when you stumble across a free ebook download and absolutely fall in love; why not repay the author by leaving a review? Or shout about the book on social media (if you can).

Okay, so you might want to sit down with your favourite beverage for this one, I have PACKED this blog with all of my hard-won knowledge of free lesbian books so it may take a while to get through!

Tip 1. Amazon Bestseller Lists

Okay, this is a big one. You know Amazon, you know they have bestseller lists crammed full of the best LGBT books out there? Well, a surprising amount of readers have NO IDEA that they also have a FREE bestseller list right alongside the paid-for one!

Some of these are permafree so they will always be on the list – but many of them are on a short promotion which means it is well worth checking back every now and then to see what’s on offer.

Just head over to Lesbian Bestsellers (or any other bestseller category) and check out the top 100 Free titles. Boom.

Hot tip: sometimes you do have to fish around for this one; if you can’t get there on your phone, try switching to the desktop version of Amazon to hunt it out.

Tip 2. Smashwords

Smashwords have a super easy, user-friendly search that allows you to refine category listings by price – including free. This is a great place to check out some of the best lesbian literature that doesn’t even appear on Amazon.

Amazon could learn a thing or two from these people! Take a Look.

Tip 3. Prolific Works (was Instafreebie)

Okay. If you haven’t heard of ProlificWorks.com, you need to get over there now! Sign up to their list and you will get the latest free ebooks sent to your inbox, you can then choose which ones to download.

Now, the reason ProlificWorks.com is SO great is that many of the ebooks are free nowhere else, and some of them aren’t even published yet! You can get your hands on early, pre-published, advanced copies of the latest and greatest LGBT titles out there. It’s how I found out about Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner – killer mermaids and lesbians. I have NO regrets.

Downside? It’s tricky to browse, so you do have to wait for good books to come to you.

Tip 4. Wattpad

This site is HUGE. There is everything here from poetry by Margaret Atwood to One Direction fan fiction by your niece’s best friend (maybe that’s just me?).

There is no dedicated LGBT section (despite huge campaigns) so the key here is the search function. As well as the obvious #Lesbian and #LesFic hashtags some other popular ones include #GirlxGirl or #GxG. This has some of the best LGBT books for teens as well as a huge library of lesbian short stories.

Why not start your journey by checking out my profile, give me a shout if you want some recommendations!

Tip 5. Royal Academy of Bards & The Atheneum

These started out in the ’90s as a Xena fan fiction sites when we all needed to see those lesbian love scenes that we all *knew* were happening between the panels on the TV show! And (if that isn’t awesome enough to get you interested) both of these websites have expanded to include massive catalogues not only of LGBT fan fiction and f/f slash fiction but of original stories many of which are written by the established doyens of lesbian literature.

As a side note, although still regularly updated, the websites are now old enough to be awesomely retro and I advise you check them out for the novelty factor alone!

Tip 6. Women & Words

This is a blog set up by some of the great and long-established names in lesbian fiction. They have reviews, guest posts, interviews, and even a podcast. It is a fantastic resource for everything LesFic and as well as an annual pre-Christmas lesbian fiction giveaway they call the ‘hootenanny‘, they have a whole section of the website dedicated to free lesbian fiction including many free short stories.

It may not be a definitive guide, but it is well worth a look to see if your favourite lesbian author is mentioned or to try a new wlw author you might not otherwise have found.

Tip 7. Author Websites

I am not the only lesbian writer with a website and a mailing list where you can download a free ebook or read a short story online. I’m not going to list each and every wlw writer offering her work for free, but that’s only because someone else had got there first!

IHeartLesFic.com has got a dedicated page crammed with all the author offers – it is kept up to date and new authors are being added all the time or changing their offers, so do keep checking back for the latest updates.

Tip 8. Get Them Sent to You!

This is by far the easiest way of getting hold of free lesbian books. There are thousands of subscription services out there, including TWO that are completely dedicated to lesbian books and not just lesbian romance: MyLesFic.com and LesFicNow.com.

The idea is simple, authors let the websites know when the books are free (or on sale) and the lovely ladies over at MyLesFic.com and LesFicNow.com send out an email every Friday and Monday respectively to tell you! What could be better?

There is also a bigger service you may not have heard of, Bookbub. These guys do not require an email sign up (but you get all the best deals sent to you if you do) as they also list the free and discounted titles on their website. They have a dedicated LGBT section, and while a majority of books are for fans of m/m relationships, there are still plenty of free (and discounted) lesbian books on their lists!

ALSO – if you have a favourite Lesbian Author, you can follow their Bookbub profile, and be the FIRST to know when their books are free or on sale! Check out my profile here.

What did you think of my suggestions? If you found this blog then please make sure you share it, so that other eager fans of books with lesbian main characters can find it? Thank you 🙂

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What have I missed? 

I would LOVE to hear about your discoveries! Give me a shout if you find something fantastic or have a tip for me that I have missed, and check out those comments for fab suggestions from others!

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16 Great Reads for Lesbians and Queer Girls who Love Pirates! (Plus a FREE Bonus)

Love Pirates?

Love stories with a lesbian main character?

Want to read about some great lesbian pirates and their awesome adventures?

Well, I have collected together some fantastic books to sate your thirst for all things lesbian and pirate including a free bonus right at the end of this post!

So without further ado and in no particular order, I present to you 16 Great Reads for Lesbians and Queer Girls who LOVE Pirates!

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1. The Sea Hawk

Dr. Julia Blanchard, a marine archaeologist, and her team of divers have spent almost eighteen months excavating the remains of a ship found a few miles off the coast of Georgia. Although they learn quite a bit about the nineteenth century sailing vessel, they have found nothing that would reveal the identity of the ship they have nicknamed “The Georgia Peach.”

Consumed by the excavation of the mysterious ship, Julia’s relationship with her partner, Amy, has deteriorated. When she forgets Amy’s birthday and finds her celebrating in the arms of another woman, Julia returns alone to the Peach site. Caught in a violent storm, she finds herself separated from her boat and adrift on the vast Atlantic Ocean. Her rescue at sea leads her on an unexpected journey into the true identity of the Peach and the captain and crew who called it their home. Her travels take her to the island of Martinique, the eastern Caribbean islands, the Louisiana German Coast and New Orleans at the close of the War of 1812. How had the Peach come to rest in the waters off the Georgia coast? What had become of her alluring and enigmatic captain, Simone Moreau? Can love conquer everything, even time?

2. Taming the Wolff

Mayhem. Brutality. Murder. These are the tools of the trade – and Kris Wolff is the master of her profession. Captain of the high seas, a roguish pirate, her heart hardened by life, her passion tightly controlled by the secret she’s forced to keep. Faced with a new danger, The Wolff finds herself unable to guard her heart from the tumultuous desires that Alexis DeVale has awakened.

ONLY ONE WOMAN…
As devastatingly beautiful as she is headstrong, noble-born Alexis DeVale abruptly finds her preordained life in upheaval. Abducted at swordpoint, held for ransom, thrust into a maelstrom of lawlessness and piracy…
HAS THE POWER…
The strength of her passion, the depth of her love…
TO TAME THE WOLFF…

3. Once Upon a Time

Many centuries ago, a vision came to the royal seer with a prophecy that showed a warlord ruling the land until she came to claim what was rightfully hers.
Princess Kataryna’s widowed father, King Theos, raised her from birth, to one day, become queen and rule over Pavlone. When she turned fifteen the princess had no idea that the Fates would start her on an obscure path to her final destiny. On that day as she rode into a meadow of wildflowers a dark rider came upon her, thus beginning her tumultuous journey of love and adventure.

Raven only wanted to escape the blows that life had dealt her. She longed to be on the open sea and free. When she came upon a beautiful young girl sitting alone in the middle of a meadow, little did she know that her destiny would be changed forever.

Will they become the pawns of the ancient vision or will both paths lead to the same port of destiny? Find out it in this exciting high seas adventure that will capture your imagination.

4. Captain Caiterina O’Creagh: A Pirate Adventure

Caiterina O’Creagh—an Irish girl destined not to be treated as a beaten wife, or a husbandless mother. A girl who turns into a woman—a leader and a fearful one at that. She sails the ship—The Black Liberty, loots from Galleons that she and her crew swarm aboard and kill all who have dared fight her. She is heartless, powerful—perhaps a little insane even but you would have to be—to be a pirate.

Elizabeth Bromley, or rather more commonly known as Lady Elizabeth, daughter of Lord Bromley of Bolingbroke. Elizabeth is betrothed to Lord Rippringham, Earl of York, an engagement that she is none too pleased about but her father has made great standing in his social circle, and it is expected of his daughter to do as she is told. Elizabeth’s life is soon about to change and so is her love interest.

5. Spanish Eyes

Ianna McClarrin has just embarked on what should be the most exciting time of her life. A beautiful young woman from a a proper English family, she is on her way to France with her father and sister to visit her fiance and his family. The excitement that should accompany such a journey is replaced by dread as she heads towards a future she wishes to take no part in. Left with no alternatives but to follow her father’s wishes she resigns herself to an Inevitable fate. Inevitable until their ship is boarded by pirates setting off a chain of events that lead Ianna down a drastically different path. A path which brings her in contact with a very different destiny than the one she had previously envisioned for herself. Will she honor her father’s wishes or forge ahead into unknown waters?

6. Branded Ann

No pirate on the high seas is more bloodthirsty than the notorious Branded Ann, a woman with eyes like ice and a face marred by a mysterious cross-shaped scar. When she raids a merchant vessel bound for Jamaica, her only objective is to obtain the map that will lead her to a legendary treasure. But she hadn’t bargained on taking Violet, the merchant’s young widow, on board her ship as a prisoner. In spite of her childlike appearance, Violet has a dark side of her own that Ann finds both infuriating and endearing. As Branded Ann sails in search of treasure, her task is made more difficult by a stowaway child, an increasingly rebellious crew, and the treacherous seas of the Devil’s Triangle; to make matters worse, she finds herself falling for her not-so-innocent but altogether charming captive. But will Violet be able to overcome the demons of her past and accept Ann’s love? And will they survive the treasure hunt that has already claimed the lives of so many before them?

7. The Sea Captain and the Lady

An epidemic that swept through England spared young Colleen Edwards, but took the lives of her mother and brothers. When her father, Captain Charles Edwards, sails home to England, he places Colleen in a boarding school, thinking she would be better off there than on the sea. After two years in what she calls “the dungeon,” Colleen finally convinces him to take her with him as part of his crew aboard the Betsy Ann. Thus begins Colleen’s raucous life on the high seas.

Lady Abigail Hume is the young widowed daughter of the newly appointed governor of the Bahamas. Her new life on this tropical island is anything but paradise, as she rejects the never-ending line of suitors until one day by chance she meets the enigmatic but charming Colleen. Unfortunately, the two have little time to explore their newfound love. Kidnapping and piracy ensues on the small island. Colleen suddenly finds herself captain of the Betsy Ann and must fight for her love as she battles the notorious pirate Jack Rackham, who is in league with the likes of Mary Read and Anne Bonny. Join the adventures of The Sea Captain and the Lady as they battle for love on the high seas.

8. The Pirate’s Booty (The Plundered Chronicles Book 1)

When Quinn Gallagher’s childhood friend is abducted from a dock in Ireland, she’ll do whatever it takes to come to the rescue—even if that means dressing as a man and joining the crew of one of the most notorious pirate captains the world has ever seen. Quinn soon finds there is much to enjoy living as a man, in particular the company of other women. When she finds herself falling hard for Lady Fiona, a woman far above her own station, she is torn between revealing her true identity and continuing the façade of being a male pirate. Love is never easy, especially in the sixteenth century and especially under false pretenses. Can Quinn live with one foot in two different worlds, or must she consign herself to either the lusty life of a pirate or the loveless life of a noble woman? Come sail the high seas in this exciting and erotic adventure with the fierce pirate Gallagher as your guide. You’re in for a wild ride and may even score some booty along the way.

9. The Spanish Pearl

When Kate Vincent and her partner travel to Spain, Kate is accidentally transported back in time…way back in time…to 1085. What does a woman like Kate do in a world of no antibiotics, no feminism, no Diet Coke? She denies it as long as possible, then sets her mind to getting home. Tricky with her now useless twenty-first century skills. Things don’t go well. Kate is captured by a band of mercenary soldiers and becomes an unwitting pawn in the violent conflict between the Catholic kings and the Islamic Moors. In her struggle to stay alive and return to the future, Kate must flee exotic harems, filthy dungeons, and treacherous Moorish courts. But when a sword-brandishing woman with an astonishing secret sweeps into Kate’s life, Kate is suddenly torn between two women, and between two centuries. The Spanish Pearl is an epic adventure spiced with humor, lust, and danger—a story with surprising twists that will capture your imagination just as Kate’s dilemma captures your heart.

10. Pirated Love

Lady Claire Von Hagen was en route to the island of Baleniesia, in the Caribbean, to meet the man her father had dictated she would marry. Lord Von Hagen, Governor of Baleniesia, ruled his island and his daughter with an iron fist, and he had determined that marriage to the distasteful, but wealthy and titled, Sir Edmund Fitzhugh, would be most advantageous. Lady Claire was sailing to Baleniesia to submit to marriage when her ship was captured by pirates. Her abductor, a pirate Captain known as Black Betty, had other plans for Lady Claire.
Claire had never experienced love of any kind, and she had certainly never conceived of the things that went on between two women. Black Betty taught her things that surprised her, and the freedom she experiences with this woman, and their developing love, capture Claire’s heart. From the islands of the Caribbean to the shores of Canada, and on from there to the continent of Africa and the Orient… together they experience things both had only dreamt about.
Will they survive the dangers of the high seas and the first years of a relationship that neither expected to find?

11. A Pirate’s Heart

Four women, a long-lost treasure, and more than one “thief of hearts” share a destiny beyond time. To foil a map thief, librarian Emma Boyd searches for a pirate’s long-lost treasure map. She’s aided in her search by investigator Randi Marx, who proves to be as frustrating as she is beautiful. The treasure map Emma and Randi seek belonged to Thomasina Farris, a pirate who disappeared from the Caribbean in 1715. Did Captain Tommy steal an entire treasure from a Spanish galleon and escape? Was she convicted of piracy and hanged by her neck? Did she die of a broken heart when she lost the woman she loved? In her race to find the map, Emma learns that pirates not only steal treasure, but they also steal hearts. When Emma discovers Captain Tommy’s fate, she must decide her own as well, choosing between romance…or revenge.

12. Revenge of the Parson’s Daughter

What’s a poor pirate to do? Stevie has never met anyone quite like Kate, her not-so-helpless captive. Too bad the bold buccaneer swore an oath to preserve the virtue of the lovely parson’s daughter—an oath Kate has no intention of letting Stevie keep. But Kate has a problem of her own: the gorgeous Lady Isabella, a wealthy aristocrat who is happy to use kidnapping and blackmail to get what she wants—and what she wants is Kate.

Jane Austen was never like this!

13. The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin

The Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress.

Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost cerntainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed.

14. Shell Game

Winner – 2014 Goldie Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
Life in a remote fishing village in the middle of a civil war is neither safe nor inspiring. So, when an opportunity comes along for village girl Lynn to be kidnapped and enslaved by Darren, a ruthless pirate queen, she takes full advantage of it. But Darren is neither as ruthless nor as piratical as she appears at first glance–and Lynn’s not exactly what she seems to be, either.

In between encounters with old girlfriends, a slow death involving marmalade, and bounty hunters with no sense of humor, Lynn and her new mistress attempt to work out exactly what they are to each other–and who’s in charge.

15. The Unbinding of Mary Reade

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession―and her safety―depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything―her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

16. Escape to Pirate Island (This is mine!)

You can’t run away from yourself…

The year is 1720 and two young women are about to find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have imagined possible.

Cat Meadows is a smuggler who’s built her reputation on the backs of unsuspecting souls.

Lily Exquemelin has been left nothing by her father but his troubles and his treasure map.

Forced to make a desperate escape, they each find themselves on a Trans-Atlantic adventure that will pit them against pirates, mutineers, lost treasure, and each other!

Can they learn to trust one another and escape the clutches of their would-be captors or will their past’s finally catch up to them?

Find out in this swashbuckling, romantic adventure!

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Ten Awesome #LesFic Authors Who Are Giving You Their Work For Free!

Are you searching for the next best lesbian fiction book? Looking for some good lesbian romance novels or perhaps a YA Lesbian book? Do you just want to see more books with lesbian main characters?

Well look no further! Because I am delighted to be part of a fantastic anthology of lesbian short stories and extracts from all across the landscape of lesbian literature!

From cosy mysteries to tales of forbidden love in World War II, you can browse through lesbian love stories from the work of ten different lesbian authors in this completely free ebook download crammed full of some of the best lesbian fiction out there!

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Eliza Andrews | Kate Genet | Anne Hagan | Lily Hammond | E. A. Kafkalas | Annette Mori | Niamh Murphy |A. E. Radley | Alison R. Solomon | Vanda

Contained within Finger Food, you’ll find lesbian historical fiction, lesbian Sci fi, lesbian books for teens, lesbian fantasy fiction, and even lesbian mystery books! Who could want more?

Download the free ebook now and enjoy this wonderful collection of lesbian novel extracts and short stories.

Or read ahead for the list of lesbian authors and their contribution.

Whether you’re new to lesfic or a veteran reader, we think you’ll find something in the following pages that will inspire you, make you laugh, trigger a tear, turn you on, or keep you guessing. All readers are welcome, from LGBTQ people who’ve been out for decades, to those still questioning their identity, to straight allies who enjoy the lesfic genre. The ten authors included within this “sample platter” have contributed either complete short stories or excerpts from one or more of their novels. Each author’s section begins with a brief bio; each section ends with ways you can connect with her or discover more of her work. Approach this collection as you would approach a plate of appetizers: You have a chance to nibble on each of these authors, sampling what she has to offer before committing to her entrée.

1. Eliza Andrews

Eliza Andrews is a pen name of RA Marshall who describes herself as a small-town southerner living in the big city of Washington, DC. She writes a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, all starring young adults. Learn more and read books for free at Ninja-Writer.com.

She explains on her blog the reasons that she took the name Eliza Andrews:

When I started thinking of a new pen name to write fiction featuring lesbian protagonists, I commandeered the name of an ancestor. Eliza Frances Andrews was a southern belle who lived through the Civil War as the privileged daughter of a prominent plantation owner. She became a relatively well-known novelist, essayist, and — get this — botanist.

Borrowing her name is somewhat tongue-in-cheek; Eliza was a hard-core racist and I can only imagine what she would have to say about LGBTQ people. This is my reimagining of Eliza, therefore — an Eliza 2.0, a GenX / Millenial version who grew up after women’s lib and the Civil Rights movement and Stonewall. Perhaps a 21st-century Eliza would grin at me and say, “Right on.” Perhaps the 19th-century Eliza is rolling over in her grave — if she is, call it karmic justice.

Inside Finger Food she shares extracts of both her LGBT YA books.

2. Kate Genet

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Kate Genet brings you a range of stories featuring women discovering just how strong and remarkable they really are. Whether they are travelling between parallel worlds, or confronting the supernatural, or even just falling in love after having their hearts broken, these stories bring you characters whose lives took unexpected turns – and who end up the better for it.

She shares a lesbian short story, Scarcity, in the sampler.

3. Anne Hagan

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Anne Hagan is an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and an author by night. She and her wife live in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of her first fiction series and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Anne’s wife grew up there and has always considered it home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, they’re surrounded there by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds.

Anne and her wife enjoy spending time with Anne’s son and his wife, with their nieces and nephews (and their great-nephews that they’re really still too young to have but, it is what it is) and doing many of the things you’ve read about in her bestselling books or that will be ‘fictitiously’ incorporated into future Morelville Mysteries and Morelville Cozies series books. If you’ve read about a hobby or a sport in one of her books, they probably enjoy doing it themselves or someone very close to them does.

Anne has shared her complete short story from her Loving Blue in Red States series, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

4. Lily Hammond

Lily Hammond brings you historical romances set in different times and places, where adventurous women dare to follow their hearts, defying convention in their pursuit of happiness.

Our modern lives as lesbians are built on the bravery of the women who went before us – and their love stories are no less romantic than ours.

Lily brings us her short lesbian historical fiction Midsummer’s Night Tryst.

5. E. A. Kafkalas

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Novelist and playwright, EA Kafkalas is the author of the novels “Out of Grief”, “The Second Heart”, “Soul Mistakes”, and “Frankie & Petra”, and the plays “Lopsided” and “Pandora’s Golden Box”. A true Renaissance woman, she has worked in the theatre as an actor, director and a producer. In addition, EA is a mixed media artist working with clay and acrylics.

She recently moved to a farm in upstate NY and resides with two of her best friends, her vast library of books, movies, and art supplies. The family dog, Milo, has decided that E.A. is more fun to hang with than a good doggie treat. He accompanies her on morning walks around the back 40, is happy to be her co-pilot on trips around town, and has carved out a space for himself on her bed.

When she’s not writing about the characters living inside her head, she can be found with her circle of actual friends, who have become her family and greatest support network.

E. A. Kafkalas is giving away an extract of her novel Frankie and Petra for free.

6. Annette Mori

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Annette is an award-winning author who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife and their five furry kids. With eight published novels and one Goldie Award for her fourth novel, Locked Inside, she finally feels like a real author.

Annette is as much a reader as a writer and always looking for the next lesfic novel to cue up. She came up with the One Fan at a Time tagline because it rolled off the tongue much better than One Reader at a Time. After pondering who she was at her core, it was all about connecting to each reader on a personal level.

She would be the first to admit she doesn’t do well with the masses. If someone picks up her book and it touches them she believes she has achieved what she wants with her writing by reaching each reader. It is who she is at her core.

Annette is giving away a complete short love story as part of the sampler, The True Story of Valentines Day.

7. A. E. Radley

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Amanda is an entrepreneur, CEO, journalist and author who publishes fiction under the pen name A.E. Radley.

London born, she currently lives in Staffordshire where she can indulge in her favourite pastime of not complaining about house prices.

A lover of lesbian fanfic tin, Amanda is a qualified digital marketing consultant there isn’t much she doesn’t know about how to waste hours on social media. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to name a few.

When not writing or working, she can be found buying unnecessary cat accessories on a popular online store for her two ungrateful strays whom she has threatened to return for the last six years.

The Writing Radleys consist of Amanda and her wife, Emma. Both are published authors of fiction who also blog about publishing, lesfic, and anything that takes their fancy on that day.

Amanda is giving away an extract of her lesbian romance, Flight SQA016 for you to enjoy.

8. Alison R. Solomon

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Alison grew up in England and lived in Israel and Mexico before settling in the USA. Despite being the proud holder of three passports, she is not on any national or international Wanted list.

Alison’s short stories have been published in the USA and Mexico. As a former clinical social worker, she has presented at conferences worldwide and been published in academic textbooks, anthologies, professional journals, and newspapers on feminism, diversity and mental health.

When she’s not writing, Alison can be found chasing dolphins, messing up her knees because she insists on playing tennis, or planning a road trip with her wife Carol, and their two rescue dogs.

Alison has included an extract of her novel, Devoted, as part of Finger Food.

9. Vanda

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As a playwright, Vanda has received numerous honors, among them an Edward Albee Fellowship. Her play, Vile Affections, published by Original Works was a finalist for a National Lambda Award. Her play, Patient HM, which later became The Forgetting Curve, won the Pride Stage and Screen’s Women’s Playwriting Award and another play, Why’d Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe, won Celebration Theater’s (where Naked Boys Singing originated) Best New LGBT Play. Vile Affections played at the New York International Fringe Festival to sell-out audiences and was published by Original Works in 2008. The Forgetting Curve was produced in Boston in September 2014 and the producer has plans to bring it to New York.

Vanda’s non-fiction story, “Jack,” was published in Prairie Schooner in Summer 2011 and another non-fiction piece, “Roger: Lost Between Philosophies,” which appears Pentimento was selected by New Millennium Writings for Honorable Mention from a submission pool of 1,300. Other short prose pieces have been or will be published in Sinister Wisdom, The Outrider Review and The Grub Street On-Line Journal.

An extract of Vanda’s historical romance novel, Olympus Nights on the Square (1945 – 1955), is included in the free anthology.

10. Niamh Murphy

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If you don’t already know me, I’m Niamh (pronounced ‘Neev’) and I am a historian, archaeologist, and bestselling author of adventure books with lesbian main characters!

I’m including extracts of both of my lesbian historical adventure romances: Mask of the Highwaywoman and Escape to Pirate Island in this fantastic sampler, so if you haven’t read them then now is your chance to get a peek at the contents, absolutely free!

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