Secrets of the Heart

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

Two BFFs decide to spend Valentine's Day together and discover the true love they've been seeking in all the wrong places. 


Previously published in The Perfect Valentine, ed. T. Szymanski and B. Johnson (Bella Books, 2006).

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By the Light of the Moon

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

One night during a lunar eclipse, four friends with a Ouija board open a door to another dimension, and two women from different worlds share a night of passion that changes past and future. 

Previously published in The Call of the Dark, ed. T. Szymanski (Bella Books, 2005).

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Complications

By MJ Williamz

In this sequel to Escapades, Mel O’Brien has a string of bad luck with women but is determined to take another chance with Susan Maloney who’s new to the women’s community in which Mel lives. Susan Maloney moved to Maybon Tir looking for a new start after a bad breakup. She is determined to stay single and happy.
 
Things seem to be going Mel’s way until Susan’s ex, Dorinda, shows up in town, determined to take Susan back. Will Mel be able to win Susan’s heart? Or will she crash and burn once again?

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Nick of Time

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

A writer with a deadline she'd like to ignore finds a welcome diversion when her best friend calls and their conversation unexpectedly moves from playfulness to passion. 

Previously published in Fantasy: Untrue Stories of Lesbian Passion, ed. B. Johnson and T. Szymanski (Bella Books, 2007).

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Shameless

By Kris Bryant and Others

Fire Investigator Emery Pearson doesn’t have time for a relationship. Her career is everything, so the rest of her life is put on hold until she reaches her professional goals. Sex is always on the table, though. Finding the perfect woman who only wants a quick hookup seems like a fantasy, but when she meets Lily online, the fantasy turns to reality when they agree to meet. Their tête-à-tête at the museum is more than Emery could imagine—satisfying, exciting, and passionate. Can Emery walk away from sex this good with no strings attached? Or will the lure of lust keep her going back for more?

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Freedom Rides

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

An accident-prone rodeo rider and an EMT find time on the circuit to share a night of pleasure. 

Previously published in Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures, ed. S. Green and R. Valencia (Cleis Press, 2009).

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Her Best Friend's Sister

By Meghan O'Brien

Friends to Lovers Romance

At twelve years old, Claire Barker developed a massive crush on her best friend Sarah’s older sister, the handsome, butch Alex Williams. Now twenty-seven and a successful entrepreneur, Claire’s interest hasn’t waned—despite Alex’s fashion photography career keeping her overseas for months at a time. When Alex moves home unexpectedly, she and Claire end up enjoying a surprise, wine-fueled reunion that alters their relationship forever.

Are Claire’s dreams about to come true, or will real life prove to be more complicated than her fantasies?

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Love Down Under

By MJ Williamz

Wylie Boase is the consummate womanizer. She’s smart and charming and women love her, but she’s never found anyone who makes her want to stick around. Until she goes to Broome, Australia. She feels an immediate attraction to Amarina, the woman who manages the hostel where Wylie’s staying.

Things are great between them, except Amarina isn’t out to her family and Wylie is terrified she’s going to out her unintentionally. Wylie tries to explain to Amarina that she needs to leave before she does something to hurt her, but Amarina thinks she’s just leaving to leave.

Life is hell without Amarina, so Wylie returns to Australia. Will Amarina take her back or is her heart too broken to recover?

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Staying Power

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

A young farmhand has a hard time convincing her older and very sexy boss she's serious about getting involved with her until one sunny summer day she finds her boss alone in the barn and takes matters into her own hands.

Previously published in Best Lesbian Romance 2013 (Cleis Press).

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Training Op

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

A national gathering of federal agents leads to a surprising, and sexy, turn of events when two women who helped each other survive training share a room and discover their feelings go way beyond the boundaries of friendship.

Previously published in Best Lesbian Romance 2012 (Cleis Press).

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Steel and Promise

By Alexa Black

Courtesan Cailyn Derys serves the passions of the noble classes—but she’s never served anyone like Teran Nivrai. Everyone whispers about the reclusive noblewoman, indulging her penchant for cruel passions on a private, hidden planet. She’s even modified her body with retractable steel claws. Drawn by curiosity, Cailyn can’t resist a meeting. Is Lady Nivrai the demon everyone whispers about, or have gossip and scandal made a monster of her?

Sex and pain draw Cailyn in, but the loneliness Cailyn sees in everyone’s favorite villain keeps her there. When the ruling Councils decide to use Teran’s gift for inflicting pain—and her claws—against their enemies, will Cailyn discover that the monster is real?

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A Palette for Love

By Charlotte Greene

Actors/Artists
Workplace Romance

Art historian Chloé Devereaux needs a job, and she wants it to be in her hometown of New Orleans. She interviews for a position as an assistant at a prestigious art dealership run by the Winters Corporation—specifically, the beautiful, ruthless, and alluring Amelia Winters. 

Amelia intrigues Chloé—and intimidates her. After she hires Chloé, Amelia insists that her assistant dress the part, and takes her on a whirlwind makeover and shopping spree. Before Chloé knows it, she is wearing designer clothes and barely recognizes herself in the mirror. Chloé’s friends and family are worried, and they warn her that Amelia is a lady killer. Chloé does her best to ignore them, reasoning that her relationship with Amelia is purely professional…or is it? Is Chloé’s growing regard for Amelia something more than friendship? Are her friends and family right? Should Chloé steer clear?

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Camp Rewind

By Meghan O'Brien

Alice Wu is at Camp Rewind only because her therapist thinks it’ll help her overcome the social anxiety she’s battled since childhood. She’s not sure she believes that theory, but will try anything to make a real friend. A casual fling would also be nice, but she’s not holding her breath.

Rosa Salazar hopes camp will be an escape from a life permanently altered. Eviscerated online for her feminist critique of a popular video game, Rosa has endured months of anonymous threats over social media, doxxing, and, worst of all, the posting of graphic, sexually explicit material stolen from her cloud storage—including a dirty video she made for an ex. Using a fake name, she enrolls in camp craving a return to a simpler time, before the shame.

Alice and Rosa soon discover that at Camp Rewind, anything is possible. Even an unlikely friendship that swiftly becomes something more.

 

Praise from Publishers Weekly: "Romance is on fast forward at Camp Rewind....Alice’s awakening is beautiful to watch as Rosa tries to protect them both from online scrutiny. This is a quick, satisfying read for those longing for the nostalgia of a summer camp romance."

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Love on Liberty

By MJ Williamz

The year is 1969 and passions run high. You’re either for the Vietnam War or you’re not. Tommy Benton is decidedly not. She lives on a commune and demonstrates against the war every chance she gets. She considers those fighting the war to be baby killers. Dolly Samson is a nurse on a Navy ship, and she tends to the sick and wounded. When she goes on liberty, she meets Tommy and the attraction is instantaneous. They burn hot for each other, but how long can that flame last given their differences? And when liberty is over and Dolly goes back on the ship, will Tommy stand by her? Or will their political differences destroy any hope for happiness?

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Summer '69

By MJ Williamz

It’s 1969 and the Vietnam War is in full swing. Tommy Benton and the others on her commune are vehemently against the war. Tommy divides her time between organizing and leading protests and enjoying the love of different women on the commune. She’s passionate about two things: free love and protesting the Vietnam War.

When the Fourth of July rolls around, Tommy leads the people in her commune, as well of thousands of others, in a peaceful demonstration. After, she enjoys the party atmosphere that consumes the commune. The following day, a reporter shows up to interview her. He promises to submit his article to the bigger, national papers, and Tommy feels that she’s finally making a name for herself on the national scene as a leading activist.

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Dapper

By Jenny Frame

Amelia Honey, cutter and suit designer at an exclusive London Savile Row tailor, is happy with her professional life, but her love life is barren and cold. When she is asked to stand in for her boss’s private appointment with the mysterious Byron De Brek, she couldn’t be more excited—or nervous. Byron is the perfect example of a dapper butch, and someone who fuels Amelia’s darkest fantasies. 

Will she follow Byron’s lead and explore those darker needs, or will she run away from what her heart and her body truly hunger for?

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Slicker than Slik

By Radclyffe

A Radclyffe Short Story

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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Party Games

By Sandy Lowe

What’s the best birthday present a girl could want? The undivided attention of her one true love, of course. Except this time, the love of her life makes her wait, and wait, and wait…for what she really wants the most. Join our party girl for the hottest day of her life.

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