Almost-Married Moni

Almost-Married Moni (Girl Meets Girl, #3.5)

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! This morning started off on the right foot when I found a bowl full of York peppermint patties in the break room at work ūüėÄ Since many of us are clocking in at our jobs, there probably isn’t much time leftover for romance when you get home. Between making dinner, running errands, and everything else in between, the 14th seems a bit much. A nice glass of wine, some chocolates, comfy pajamas, and a stash of romance novels is my recipe for a great night.¬†

Almost-Married Moni,¬†heartwarming celebration-slice-of-life, features Moni and Sue from “Not-So-Straight Sue“. Three years after their engagement, marriage equality becomes an Australian reality. We reunite in the Outback with couples from all three of Cheyenne Blue’s “Girl Meets Girl” series, as well as their friends, family, and a surprise guest. Treat yourself to this short and sweet Valentine.

Almost-Married Moni by Cheyenne Blue
Ylva Publishing, December 2017
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2018 Winter Olympics: A booklist

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The drama for Winter Olympics bronze-silver-and-gold glory will unfold in PyeongChang, South Korea. Every four years ice skating, skiing, curling, and snowboarding, and other ice and snow-based sports receive maximum exposure via television, radio, and internet platforms. Audiences around the world can thrill to speed skating and women’s hockey, and kids can imitate the intricate, powerful moves of ice skaters (like I did in my socks around the kitchen). Growing up, the Winter Olympics were my primary exposure to sports that I could never hope to play. For many of the countries competing, it is reflective of who can afford to train with equipment and facilities that far exceed a pair of sneakers and an open road.

I’ve gathered up a handful of books that center on the high stakes Olympic drama, as well as stories that feature winter sports, but don’t take place during the Olympics. I’ll continue to add books through the 25th. Please share any related books in the comments below! Let the games begin!

Olympics

Edge of Glory (2017) by Rachel Spangler
Delay of Game (2017) by Tracey Richardson
Fire on Ice (2018) by Jea Hawkins

Winter Sports (non-Olympics)

Rebirth (2017) by CS Patra
Castles in Flames and Ice, Book 1

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Delay of Game by Tracey Richardson – review

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Thanks to the TV monitors affixed to cardio machines at my gym, I can watch all kinds of sports that I’m not able to at any other time (being one of the cable-free, I’m bound to the internet). On one particular night in late December, I watched men’s college football and basketball, and the final minutes of a pro Hockey game. There was a period in high school when I was pretty into watching hockey on ESPN, though I had no other connection to it. The speed and dexterity on ice, the full body contact drew me in like a moth to a flame. I participated in something called “broom hockey” on ice years later and ice skate occasionally, but that’s it.

As the on and off ice drama in¬†Delay of Game sucked me in, I felt a new appreciation for the hard work involved in setting up and executing plays, not to mention extensive traveling and low pay for¬†women. While I watch men’s games, I can’t but think about Eva Caruso and Niki Hartling, passionate players representing the United States and Canada, respectively, on the grand stage that is the Winter Olympics.

The two women have a deep history, one severed by youthful passions and manipulation. Niki has moved on from professional hockey, teaching at a university and raising a precocious daughter. Recently widowed, she isn’t looking for anything that will upend the delicate balance she’s achieved. However, a scandal rocks Team Canada months before the 2010 opening ceremonies in Vancouver, BC, and Niki is pulled in as a reluctant head coach. Eva, meanwhile, hasn’t hung up her skates just yet. Hungry for another chance at an Olympic medal, she relies on her competitive nature and Hall of Fame level skills carry her through injuries and the pains of life on the road. As the oldest on Team USA, Eva also shoulders some of the leadership responsibilities, helping focus her younger teammates’ drive.

Hockey and romance given equal time on the ice, making for a satisfying sports romance. As a reader, you get a good feel for the investment players make in ascending to the championship level, as well as the personal costs it exacts. Meanwhile, the complicated history between Niki and Eva, escalating stakes for Olympic glory, and the struggle Niki feels about romance after the death of her wife, adds drama on the personal and broader levels. In the midst of all this, there is added mystery of a fox in the hen houses of Team Canada and Team USA.¬†¬†Delay of Game sat on my TBR shelf for several months, but once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. And once you read it, you’ll be itching for some hockey action. Below you’ll find a link for the 2018 Olympic women’s hockey schedules. Opening ceremonies in PyeongChang are on February 9th. Cheers!

Women’s Hockey, Olympic schedule here.

Delay of Game by Tracey Richardson
Bella Books, 2017
Available from¬†Bella Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. You can ask your local indie booksellers to buy a specific lesfic title and they just might! Also, check with your public library (request purchase if they don’t carry it).

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Tax Season Romance: Close to Home by Rachel Spangler

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Close to Home: a Darlington romance (2017) by Rachel Spangler
Available from Bywater Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. Be sure to check your local public library for availability.

It’s tax time! I bet you never thought you’d get excited to hear those words, did ya?¬†Close to Home by Rachel Spangler takes on Kelly Rolen, a minor character from¬†The Long Way Home, a Darlington romance. She isn’t the most likable character, but that is just how Kelly wants it. The thicker the barrier, the less likely you are to stick around and try to get to know who she is beneath the armor, especially her attraction to women. Beth, her ex-girlfriend, knows the claustrophobic¬†veil of the closet all too well. Events conspire to make it impossible for Kelly to operate her family’s small tax firm alone. When Elliot Garza, an accounting student at the local college and irresistibly dapper, needs intern credit in order to graduate, Beth intervenes and pairs the two together.¬†Heads butt, sparks fly, and every step forward earns two steps back. Friends and family help this pair slog through doubt, fear, passion, and career challenges. While Kelly (especially) may tax your patience and empathy, you won’t want to give up. Even the most cantankerous, prickly pear has a shot at HEA. Also, Elliot is a sexy package of smarts, confidence, and swagger. Gimme that 1040 form, already!¬†

Craving more f/f romance starring accountants? Try these:

 

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The Girls from Alcyone – audiobook review

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The Girls from Alcyone, book one in Cary Caffrey’s trilogy of the same name and performed by Kristin James,¬†is a science fiction thriller set in a 24th century universe. The divide between the haves and have-nots has turned into a gaping chasm.¬†Young girls are purchased by the large Kimura Corporation from cash strapped families at a young age and shipped off to an experimental training facility. They undergo years of extensive physical and mental training, as well as surgical & biochemical enhancements, to become lethal assassins for hire. Before the first class can graduate, however, an outside group attacks.¬†

Sigrid, small and oft picked on by the other girls, develops a tough skin and undaunted determination to complete her training. Suko, respected and liked by her classmates, stands up for the diminutive girl. The two girls grow close and eventually fall in love. When their training at the Kimura operated academy is completed, they are employed by different clients. The mysterious enemy from their academy days isn’t far behind, however, and even the most badass assassin cannot handle it all alone…¬†James delivers a great overall performance. conveying the high stakes and complex emotional territory. I have one minor quibble. Even though her New Zealand accent leaves something to be desired, she performs Suko with the same energy and passion as she does the rest of the narrative and characters. It’s an exciting, well-performed tale of intrigue set in outer space. If you enjoy mystery, Sci-Fi, tough heroines, and a dash of romance, this story is for you!

The Girls from Alcyone (2016) by Cary Caffrey
Series: The Girls from Alcyone, Book 1
Narrated by Kristin James
Length: 10 hours, 36 minutes
ASIN: B01DFAGTRY

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2017 Reading in Review

Most days you can find me divided between¬†multiple books, in both print and audio editions. As I look back on the stories that kept me company during the winter, spring, summer, and fall, it’s interesting to spot¬†trends. For example, I’m scanning the covers on my Goodreads’ Read shelf and found that most of the nonfiction I consumed this year were memoirs (Daring to Drive, Surpassing Certainty, etc.) and science-based (Hidden Figures, Cosmos, etc.), with a few queer histories (Undercover Girl & Marie Equi) added to the mix. Some of my goals for 2017 included taking time to enjoy poetry; I’m happy that I did!¬†Sideshow Concessions and¬†Inside Out & Back Again¬†inspired me to include poetry collections and poetry-stories as part of the holiday book bundles I give to family.¬†

 

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Delectable data! via Goodreads

 

If you’re all about that data, like me, and have a Goodreads account, prepare to salivate over charts (pie and graph!) and page count (I read/listened to more books this year, but fewer pages than 2016). I had to hunt for it again just now because it wasn’t located in an in my face spot on the site. Head to your “My Books” and you’ll find it hanging out with the other “Your Reading Activity” links on the bottom left side of the webpage.¬†For every time that your stories share more than one of the top categories listed in your pie chart, have a goody! Maybe next year I’ll land on that sweet spot: contemporary zombie queer romance series audiobooks…

 

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Next year my commute shortens by about 90 percent, so I’ll have to reevaluate when and where I’ll get in quality story¬†time, especially for audiobooks. And to that I say, challenge accepted! I’ve had a wonderful year of reading. I’m thankful for my eyesight, for my level of access to books, and for my ability to read. Thank you all for sharing 2017 with me! I wish you all a fantastic year to come. I hope your books are fun, empowering, challenge you and affirm you.

 

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Baby it’s cold outside! Audiobooks for Winter

As the days get darker and colder (and up here in the Pacific Northwest, those dark days are long), you may feel an urge to hibernate. To keep your spirits up, your blood pumping, and your heart warm, you’ll want hearty stew, cocoa, hot buttered rum, and a pile of audiobooks. Here is a short list of chilly audiobooks that feature adventure, thrills, and romance to keep you warm and sated in your cave!

If you have any cold weather listens, in which wintry holidays don’t play a key role in the plot, please share them in the comments below. I would love to get snowed in with more good stories!

 

Snowbound by Cari Hunter

Snowbound by Cari Hunter
Narrated by Lesley Parkin 
Bold Strokes Books, 2016 (audio release date)
Intrigue & Thriller, Romance

The policewoman got shot and she’s bleeding everywhere. Get someone here in one hour or I’m going to put her out of her misery.¬†An ultimatum that forever changes the lives of police officer Sam Lucas and Dr. Kate Myles. When heavy snowfall isolates the small English village of Birchenlow, a violent robbery shatters the community. Taken as a hostage and stranded with the increasingly desperate criminals, Sam is seriously injured during an ill-fated escape attempt. Already struggling to save the lives of the villagers caught up in the raid, Kate volunteers to walk straight into the lion’s den. Cut off from help, with only each other to rely on, Sam and Kate must find a way to fight the odds and stay alive if the growing attraction between them is to survive. — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Just Enough Light by AJ Quinn
Just Enough Light by AJ Quinn
Narrated by Ruby Rivers 
Bold Strokes Books, 2016 (audio release date)
Action & Adventure, Intrigue & Thriller, Romance

Kellen Ryan has taken the survival skills she learned on the streets and used them to create an elite search-and-rescue operation, as well as the first home she‚Äôs known in forever‚ÄĒa sanctuary in Haven, Colorado, high in the Rockies.¬†

A small mountain town was the last place Harvard-educated Dr. Dana Kingston expected to find herself. Still, when she’s offered an opportunity to partner with Kellen’s operation and develop a medical triage center, Dana follows her heart.

Dana falls hard and fast for the enigmatic Kellen. But she quickly realizes Kellen‚Äôs heart is as carefully guarded as her past, and breaking through will take time. Except time is the one thing they may not have, because a deadly threat has returned, and this time he plans to finish what he started. — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Hunter's Pursuit by Kim Baldwin
Hunter’s Pursuit by Kim Baldwin
Bold Strokes Books, 2017 (audio release date)
Narrated by Lori Prince
Action & Adventure, Intrigue & Thriller, Romance

When the hunter becomes the hunted…do you trust your instincts or your heart?

A killer for hire, Katarzyna Demetrious has grown weary of her violent and solitary life. Contemplating retirement, she has gone into hiding in her remote bunker home as a blizzard rages outside. But her seclusion is shattered by the appearance of a mysterious stranger, and, with a price tag on her head, Kat is thrust into the most perilous situation she has ever faced. Can she outwit the assassins on her trail? And could the woman she rescues…and is unexpectedly attracted to…be the deadliest of them all? — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter
Cold to the Touch (The Dark Peak series, book 2) by Cari Hunter
Narrated by Nicola Victoria Vincent 
Bold Strokes Books, 2017 (audio release date)
Crime & Mystery

Winter in the Derbyshire Peaks: months of knee-deep snow, short days, and rocketing crime rates.¬†Detective Sanne Jensen is living in self-imposed isolation and quietly falling apart, while Dr. Meg Fielding Sanne’s best friend and occasional lover is struggling to cope with her violent brother, who is back in town and demanding money that she doesn’t have.¬†When the murder of a drug addict is dumped onto Sanne’s already unmanageable caseload, she suspects the death may be the start of something more sinister. But how can she investigate a crime when no one cares about the victim? And how can she stop a killer who has no identity, no motive, and no conscience? — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Zero Visibility by Georgia Beers
Zero Visibility by Georgia Beers
Narrated by Brittany Pressley 
Bold Strokes Books, 2015 (audio release date)
Contemporary Romance

At eighteen, Emerson Rosberg was poised to become an Olympic skiing sensation. Growing up in the Adirondack ski town of Lake Henry with a world-renowned ski champion for a father gave her an edge over the competition…until the day she let her ego get the better of her and made a devastating mistake that would cost her any future in the sport. Deciding the only way to heal her shattered dreams was to run as far away from Lake Henry as possible, she settled in Los Angeles, leaving all memories of her previous life far behind. 

When her mother dies suddenly, Emerson is forced back to Lake Henry to take care of things, including the sale of The Lakeshore Inn. Her plan to get in and get out of that miserable town as quickly as possible is brought to a screeching halt when Cassie Prescott, the bubbly, friendly owner of a local sporting goods store, gets in the way. Cassie’s still cleaning up the debris from her last relationship, but she’s instantly drawn to Emerson, despite warnings from friends and family alike. 

As the cold weather closes in and Emerson and Cassie’s relationship heats up, one question keeps popping up for Emerson: can you really go home again?

— via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Winter's Harbor by Aurora Rey
Winter’s Harbor (A Cape End Romance, Book 1) by Aurora Rey
Narrated by Hollis Elizabeth
Bold Strokes Books, 2017 (audio release date)
Contemporary Romance

Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot Caf√© in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay tourist mecca. When Lia appears in the caf√©, the attraction is immediate. The passion between them promises more than a casual affair, but it’s never that simple. Women from Alex’s past pop up at the most inopportune times. Then there’s Lia’s ex, who brokers deals for a living and is unaccustomed to losing. Will Alex and Lia be able to overcome the roadblocks and find a happily ever after? — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Taken by Storm by Kim Baldwin
Taken by Storm by Kim Baldwin
Narrated by Coleen Marlo
Bold Strokes Books, 2015 (audio release date)
Action & Adventure, Romance

Lives depend on two women when a train derails high in the remote Alps, but an unforgiving mountain, avalanches, crevasses, and other perils stand between them and safety.¬† Associated Press reporter Hudson Mead is an extreme skiing enthusiast who has covered war zones and natural disasters during her long and distinguished career, but nothing could have prepared her for the challenges she’ll face when the snow train she’s riding is decimated by a massive avalanche.¬† Librarian Steffi Graham, on her first trip abroad, is anxious to hone her rock-climbing skills in a new and unfamiliar terrain of ice and snow. She gets much more than she bargained for when her talents put her on the team that goes for help.¬† As the two strangers struggle to reach civilization, they must compromise and learn to trust each other, a task that may be nearly as difficult as the journey itself. — via Bold Strokes Books

 

 

Snow Falls Gerri Hill

Snow Falls by Gerri Hill
Narrated by Sara Hawthorne
Bella Books, 2013 (audio release date)
Contemporary Romance

Jennifer Kincaid, on her way to a writer’s workshop in the Colorado mountain town of Lake City, gets lost and is stranded by an avalanche. Catherine Ryan-Barrett, running from the fame and fortune of her family name, wants nothing more to spend the winter alone and sequestered in her high mountain cabin. She is not prepared for a party crasher. After spending two months together, they form an unlikely friendship that deepens even further. But after the spring thaw, Jen leaves and returns to her life in Santa Fe and to the man who wants to marry her. All she knows of the woman who rescued her is her name… Ryan. — via Bella Books

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Holiday Romance 2017 – Audiobook edition

It’s not too difficult for me to tune out holiday music coming at me through the radio and decorations and avoid the aisles filled with Christmas decor before Halloween is even cold in its festive grave. However, once the calendar ticks past Thanksgiving, it’s off to the store to stock up on Darigold eggnog and Harvey’s hot butter rum mix; deck the halls with my tote full of cheer; and renew my resolve that this will be the year I’ll¬†finally get a tree (even though I have no place to put it).¬†

Since I started digging around for holiday audiobooks, I’ve learned that it’s easier to locate print stories. A couple of the stories below are ones that I found by looking up their print counterparts. I’m currently listening to Miranda MacLeod’s¬†Holme for the Holidays, a romance about an American and a Brit who experience loss (in very different ways) and end up sharing the holidays together on a Yorkshire farm. It’s the right seasonal blend for a holiday romance: humor, missteps, regret, and fresh starts. Stephanie Murphy delivers an enjoyable performance overall. My only quibble is that the English, or, more specifically, Yorkshire accents, seem just a bit off. Her energy and characterization make up for it, though.

 

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AudioFile Magazine’s Best of Fiction 2017

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Every year, AudioFile Magazine reviews countless audiobooks and distills them into a “Best Fiction of 2017” list. Does it seem like a Sisyphean task, especially when every week more books are released? Maybe. Yet, here they are with a “stocking” full of audio treats that you can listen to and share with family, friends, co-workers, the barista at your favorite coffee shop… You can read reviews of this year’s best fiction by clicking on the book titles below. Check out other category lists on the¬†AudioFile eZine!

On Omnivore Bibliosaur I write about queer works, however I also contribute audiobook reviews to AudioFile Magazine. Since June, I have listened to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for teens and adults. I did not, however, review any of the “Best of Fiction” titles listed below. If you have any favorites that did not make this list, I would love to hear about them in the comment section below! I’m also interested in what you think should appear on a 2017 “best of queer fiction” featuring female protagonists. Happy listening!

 

THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry, read by Juanita McMahon
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¬†ANNE BOLEYN: A KING’S OBSESSION by Alison Weir, read by Rosalyn Landor
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BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland
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FIVE-CARAT SOUL by James McBride, read by Arthur Morey, Nile Bullock, Prentice Onayemi, Dominic Hoffman
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FOREST DARK by Nicole Krauss, read by Gabra Zackman
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THE GOLDEN HOUSE by Salman Rushdie, read by Vikas Adam
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ISADORA by Amelia Gray, read by Jen Tullock
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LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a Full Cast
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MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan, read by Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
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THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE by Matthew Quick, read by R.C. Bray
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REFUGE by Dina Nayeri, read by Mozhan Marno, Youssif Kamal
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THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman, read by Marin Ireland
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SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward, read by Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rutina Wesley, Chris Chalk
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TRAJECTORY by Richard Russo, read by Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, Mark Bramhall
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WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru, read by Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman
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Holiday Romance 2017

 

Happy holidays everyone! I’m in the midst of creating stocking stuffers full of winter seasonal cheer. Today I’m sharing holiday romances that will keep you warm as we stroll towards the Winter Solstice and indulge in festivities with loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves. Although I’m posting this now, it is by no means finished. I’ll try to add more books (published within the last five years) to future lists as I discover them. Until then, happy listening!

As always, I would love to hear about holiday romances that you’ve enjoyed! Please share them in the comment section below!

 

That Old Emerald Mountain Magic: A Christmas/Holiday (2017) by Cara Malone
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“Carmen hasn‚Äôt had snow on Christmas in ten years. Her family has grown accustomed to beaches and extravagant tropical vacations, but she still remembers the snow in Massachusetts when she was a kid.¬†When her dad decides to book a cabin in the idyllic, snow-capped mountains of Colorado for Christmas, the rest of the family is skeptical ‚Äď why trade palm trees and warm weather for a snowbound ski resort?¬†Carmen‚Äôs in the same ‚Äėbah humbug‚Äô mood until she meets the impossibly optimistic, endlessly intriguing Joy and their worlds collide ‚Äď quite literally ‚Äď on the slopes.¬†Joy has lived her whole life on Emerald Mountain and watched a lot of people come and go through the resort town. She has learned to expect a certain amount of impermanence here, but Carmen makes her hope for more than just a vacation romance.¬†Can Joy help Carmen and her family rediscover the true spirit of Christmas?”¬† via Amazon


Eitan’s Chord: A Lesbian Fairy Trio for Chanukah
by Shira Glassman
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“Fairy magic requires fairy intimacy, so when the three Chanukah fairies‚ÄĒcute butch Latke, enthusiastic party girl Dreidl, and their elegant leader Menorah‚ÄĒdecide to help an impoverished young couple, a fairy romp is in order! Eitan, a trans man, and his cis wife Abigail work retail and live on love in a studio apartment with broken blinds. If only Abigail‚Äôs beaded jewelry would sell online, they‚Äôd have a little more cash, but nobody‚Äôs biting. While they sleep, the fairies bring the miracle they‚Äôre looking for. This story features spicy behavior and is not for children.” via Amazon

 

A Christmas for Carol (2017) by Emily Sharp
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“A modern spin on a beloved Christmas classic. After the passing of her best friend, Jacqueline Marley, Elizabeth Scrooge heads up the powerhouse financial firm of Marley and Scrooge. Bitter and angry, love is the furthest thing from her mind. But then she hires a new employee. Carol Cratchit is looking forward to her new job as the personal secretary to Ms. Scrooge. Despite the simmering sexual tension which heats up between them both, Carol couldn’t ever imagine being with someone so cold and heartless.¬†When Scrooge hires Carol to help her with a personal issue outside of work, Carol reluctantly agrees. But with each meeting, Carol begins to see past the hard exterior and sees something inside of Elizabeth that she has been longing for.¬†For a miracle to happen this Christmas, and give the Happily Ever After both need, Elizabeth and Carol have to look into the past, focus on the present, and find the magic they both need for the future.”¬†via Amazon

 

Winter’s Solace¬†(2017)¬†by Magnolia Robbins
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Katlynn Walker thought she had it all: a dream job in Silicon Valley. A beautiful California beach house. The love of her life. But her world crumbled beneath her feet the moment she found her best friend in bed with her fianc√©. Desperate to escape her harsh new realities, Katlynn flees to her Massachusetts hometown of Wellesley, to spend Christmas at her sister’s cottage. Finding a new love was the last thing on her agenda, but when Katlynn reconnects with an old friend, everything she thought she knew about herself and her future is called into question. Iris’ life changed the minute her mother got sick. With her quiet, cozy world in Wellesley suddenly turned upside-down, there’s no room for more complications — especially not the resurgence of a college crush she thought she’d put out of her mind long ago. But when she finds herself spending the holidays next door to her old classmate Katlynn, Iris can’t ignore the chemistry between them. As the two women navigate their separate heartaches, will they crack under the pressures of life around them? Or can their new bond save them both? via Amazon

 

Snow Globe (2013) by Georgia Beers
Brisk Press
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“Mackenzie Campbell has no idea her life is about to fall apart. She‚Äôs bright and attractive with a good job, a comfortable home and an impending Christmas wedding she‚Äôs been planning for months. So when her girlfriend bails less than two weeks before the nuptials, Kenzie‚Äôs picture perfect Christmas world is turned upside down. Determined to hold on to at least some shred of her dignity, Kenzie snags her best friend, Allison, and flees the cold of the Northeast to take the honeymoon anyway. The Rainbow‚Äôs Edge is an enormous LGBT resort in Southern Florida, and its atmosphere of sun and fun seems to be just what Kenzie needs to help take her mind off of her lost relationship. But can a few hot dances, a mysterious suitor, and a handful of rum runners help her figure out what it is she really wants?” via georgiabeers.com

 

A Holloway Holiday (2016) by Voss Porter
Dark Hollows Press
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“Under the stress of the holidays, can Cara Spencer and Dre hold it together? Or do they need a little Holloway Holiday magic? At the behest of her brothers, Cara Spencer Holloway picks up the mantle of holiday entertaining, left behind in the wake of her parents‚Äô untimely death, but now she‚Äôs beginning to second-guess her every decision. What if she can‚Äôt measure up to the memories? What if her brothers don‚Äôt think she‚Äôs good enough? And why in the world has her partner, Dre Martin, been acting so strangely? Join the Holloway clan as they realize all they truly need is a little holiday magic!” via Amazon

 

Mistletoe Mishap (2017) by Siri Caldwell
Brussels Sprout Press
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“Ready‚Ķset‚Ķyes! It seems like a simple challenge: who can make the other person take the Lord‚Äôs name in vain the loudest and the most often with the least clothes on before Christmas.¬†With only twelve days to prove that all those years together do not mean she‚Äôs forgotten how to goad the love of her life into unbuttoning her own blouse, Kendra has no time to waste. If only Viv played fair‚Ķ Will mental arithmetic, a little too much coffee, and mistletoe threaded through belt loops help two science professors laugh and love their way through the holidays?” via Amazon

Christmas Cakes (2017) by Anne Hagan
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When Hannah Yoder left the Amish order at 17, she didn’t know what life had in store for her. She just knew she wanted to be free to be herself. Four years later, with the support of a loving family of choice, an adopted son entering full-on toddlerhood and a new bakery starting to do well, she felt like she had almost everything. Almost. After a previous relationship fizzled out over different life goals, she decided to focus on her son, her business and completing culinary school before she gave any more thought to finding someone new to share her life with. Morgan Barber has secrets. She hopes culinary school will be her ticket out of the life she hides from the world; a life she wants so desperately to leave behind. With her home life a constant nightmare, a career in chef’s whites seems like a beautiful dream. She doesn’t dare dream of anything beyond that for herself. Assigned to work on a Christmas cake baking project together, the two young women are reluctant at first but then they begin to form a bond. Just when Hannah thinks she may have found a spark of the one thing missing in her life; that maybe she can have a relationship with Morgan, the other woman draws away and contemplates changing course entirely.

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