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Bitter Root

By Laydin Michaels

Adi Bergeron doesn’t want to be discovered. Discovery could lead to her arrest or worse. She just wants to keep flying under the radar, safe and anonymous. She may have to give up the life she’s built for herself when the restaurant she works in is chosen to be featured in a culinary magazine. 

Reporter Griffith McNaulty has had a rocky year. She’s struggling to rebuild herself after having her reputation destroyed and her heart broken by a previous interview subject. She’s jaded and hesitant to accept the flimsy story Adi presents as her past. The relationship that develops between them cements Griffith’s need to find Adi’s truth. Can she get to the root of Adi’s fear or will the past destroy them both?

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Serious Potential

By Maggie Cummings

Welcome back to Bay West, the NYC lesbian condo community bursting with friendships, romance, heartache, and girls—everywhere. Meg and Lexi are back with new friends, new romances, and new problems.

California girl Tracy Allen has just dropped in on old friend Meg McTiernan to nurse a bruised ego and a broken heart. Will the lure of life at this lesbian-only development entice her to make a permanent move? Local resident Jennifer Betsy certainly hopes so. Meanwhile, reluctant singleton Meg may have just found the perfect girl in coworker Sasha Michaels. There’s only one problem: Sasha is straight as an arrow…or is she? And Lexi and Jesse are planning a dream wedding that promises to be the lesbian party of the year, so long as they can get past a trio of disapproving mothers, and exes that pop up at every turn.

Bay West Social: where there’s always fun, drama, and more than enough love to go around.

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Taste

By Kris Bryant

Determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef and winning a coveted scholarship to study cooking in Italy, Ki Blake rushes in late to the first class of her final semester at Kirkwood Culinary Academy and is stopped in her tracks by Taryn Ellis, the school’s newest instructor. A beautiful and accomplished chef, Taryn has walked away from her promising career in the city’s top restaurant to devote her life to her five-year-old daughter.  

Ki and Taryn try their best to resist the urge to give in to the undeniable chemistry between them. And when at last they begin a passionate affair that must be kept a secret, they are each convinced it’s only a short-term fling.  

It’s up to both Ki and Taryn to decide whether they have found something genuine or whether the taste of romance they’ve had is truly enough.

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Slicker than Slik

By Radclyffe

A girl submits to her lover's plans to deck her out in latex for a hot all-girl rubber party—until the prep turns into a very sexy treatment that makes her beg to be done.

Previously published in Rubber Sex edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press, 2008); republished in Radical Encounters (Bold Strokes Books, 2009).

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Two Souls

By Kathleen Knowles

Abigail Eliot is a brilliant naturalist whose entire life is dedicated to her work. When she meets an earnest doctor, Norah Stratton who’s new to San Francisco, they start an unlikely friendship. When the 1906 earthquake and fire strike, they’re both caught up in the event in very different ways. Will their tentative connection turn to a lasting love or will San Francisco’s great tragedy drive them apart?

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Imperfect Truth

By C.A. Popovich

Debra Johnson learned a valuable lesson when her pregnant lover left her for a man: Protect yourself at all costs. She made a list of requirements in a lover and uses it as a shield to protect her heart. At the top of her list is openness and honesty.

Alex Reed has to keep the secret of her federal witness protection program or risk her and her sister’s lives. She longs for a meaningful loving relationship but fears exposing a lover to danger.

Alex and Debra meet at a lesbian meet up group with intentions of only finding an event companion. Their undeniable attraction keeps getting in the way of that intention as Debra struggles to protect her heart and Alex her life.

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Cash Braddock

By Ashley Bartlett

Cash Braddock is a drug dealer. But the classy kind. Pills. She really doesn’t get why people are so uptight about that sort of thing. She has a decent operation, a little business to launder money through, and only a few Mommy issues.  

Laurel Collins is the perfect girl for Cash. She wears vintage ties and is totally chill. She doesn’t mind the dealing or Cash’s cat. It’s almost like she’s Cash’s dream girl. Sometimes she’s a little closed off about, you know, life. But who isn’t?

Sadly, the drug game doesn’t always run smoothly. There are dealers who don’t respect boundaries and unreliable customers. And, of course, dealers don’t fly under the cops’ radar forever. Even when they work with dirty cops. Which is a damn shame. It’s not like they’re hurting anybody, right?

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Tallulah Bankhead Slept Here

By Sam Lollar

It’s Aaron’s big coming of age/coming out party! Date: 1967. Place: El Paso’s Rancho Sonora Motel, near Juarez, Mexico. Come early and Dollie or Scott (mother/son owners of the Rancho) will check you in; come late and Larinda (the night clerk) will show you around. Check your room for spy holes, though, unless you like to be watched! Tallulah and Jayne Mansfield are there. Meet Aaron’s favorite prostitutes and strippers. Rick (Aaron’s first infatuation) is there. In Hollywood, Aaron hangs out with TV star Mark and his brother Isaac. Mark can be playful, Isaac can be deadly with his 11-inch…knife. Meanwhile, back at the Rancho, what's with all the cars? Is Scott trying to buy the affections of our boy, Aaron? Come to the party where all will be revealed!

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The City of Seven Gods

By Andrew J. Peters

Kelemun was bought from his peasant parents to tend the inner sanctum of the house of Aknon, where wealthy men pay mountain sapphires to behold the beautiful servants of the god. Chosen to bring offerings to Caliph, Kelemun captures the fascination of the young prince Praxtor who has never been denied anything his heart desires.

Ja’bar was hired to roughhouse wayward proselytes for the high priest Aknon-Horheb. In Qabbat’lee, it’s good paying work for a Stripeling, a jungle savage in the eyes of the city natives, and if he’s stingy and stays out of trouble, it will buy him a plot of river land.

But the splendor of Qabbat’lee is a mirage disguising a grotesquerie of corruption. When Kelemun and Ja’bar’s threads of fate entwine on a night of chilling betrayal, their only hope for redemption and survival may lie in one another.

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18 Months

By Samantha Boyette

Alissa Reeves came out for Hannah Desarno. Hannah is smart, beautiful, and has just gone missing. Worse, she isn’t Alissa’s first girlfriend to disappear. Eighteen months ago, Alissa was caught kissing bad girl Lana Meyers. Too scared to admit her feelings for Lana, Alissa let her friends blame Lana. Weeks later when Lana disappeared, no one in their small town thought much of it until months later when her body was found.

With Hannah gone, Alissa finds herself following clues that will help her discover what happened to both girls, and the truth will change everything.

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Banished Sons Of Poseidon

By Andrew J. Peters

After escaping from a flood that buried the aboveground in seawater, a fractured group of boys from Atlantis squabble over the way ahead and their trust of an underground race of men who give them shelter. For sixteen-year-old Dam, whose world was toppling before the tragedy, it's a strange, new second chance. There are wonders in the underworld and a foreign warrior Hanhau who is eager for friendship despite Dam's dishonorable past.

But a rift among his countrymen threatens to send their settlement into chaos. Peace between the evacuees and Hanhau's tribe depends on the sharing of a precious relic that glows with arcane energy. When danger emerges from the shadowed backcountry, Dam must undertake a desperate mission. It's the only hope for the Atlanteans to make it home to the surface. It's the only way to save Hanhau and his people.
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