Best Lesbian Romance 2015
The stories in Best Lesbian Romance 2015 will have readers falling in love with love all over again. A celebration of the swooning sensation of a first crush, the dizzying feel of a first touch and the raw electric elation of sexual passion are all captured here. Radclyffe, the highly lauded romance novelist and master editor always covers the full range of lesbian love- a real spectrum of experience with plenty of room for passion and possibility, as praised by The Advocate, “Every story the human heart can tell.”
Includes my story “Little Bit of Ivory“
Due out in ebook and paperback from Cleis Press 19th January 2015, and available to pre-order:
The wrong secret could flush their love down the drain
It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit with a shocking revelation about his family. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, is pushing this as an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things. Tom would prefer to avoid the subject altogether, but just as he decides to bite the bullet, worse problems come crawling out of the woodwork.
Marianne, a young barmaid at the Devil’s Dyke pub, has an ex who won’t accept things are over between them. Grant Carey is ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets between him and Marianne, including an old friend of Tom and Phil. Their eagerness to step in and help only makes them targets of Grant’s wrath themselves.
With Tom’s uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, suddenly Tom’s not sure whom he can trust.
The body in the Dyke’s cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.
Warning: Contains British slang, a very un-British heat wave, and a plumber with a psychic gift who may not be as British as he thinks he is.
Due out from Samhain Publishing 17th March 2015.
Fake it until you make it…but watch out you don’t lose it again
Tristan’s in Shamwell for one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York—no more farting around on stage, as his father puts it. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when members of the local amateur dramatics society beg him to take a role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Especially as he’ll also be giving private acting lessons to gorgeous local handyman, Con, who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances. Tristan’s determined to get Con in his bed—not only is the man delicious, there’s fifty pounds riding on Tristan’s success after a bet made with his drama school chum Amanda.
Con’s never dared to act before. A late-diagnosed dyslexic who had a hard time at school, he’s always been convinced he’d never be able to learn his lines—but with Tristan helping him, he might just be in with a chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken, and with Tristan due to leave the country in a matter of months, Con’s determined not to give in and start anything that’s bound to finish badly.
Just as Tristan thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance of happiness.
Warning: contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.
Due out from Samhain Publishing 30th June 2015.
To Love a Traitor
When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into new digs in the winter of 1920, it’s under an assumed name, and with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, was responsible for a betrayal that cost the life of George’s adored older brother Hugh during the war. But the more he gets to know his quarry, the more George begins to lose sight of his mission—and his heart.
Matthew, a clergyman’s son who works in advertising, seems open and honest. He’s irrepressibly cheerful despite having lost an arm in the Great War, and soon makes it plain he’s attracted to George.
As the two become firm friends, George tries to tell himself his brother’s death was nothing more sinister than the luck of the draw, and to forget he used to be Roger “Conchie” Cottingham, who shamed his family by going to prison rather than take up arms against his fellow men.
But as George’s feelings for Matthew grow, so does the need to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. He has to prove Matthew innocent—even if in the process, Matthew will find out how George has deceived him.
Due out in ebook and print September 2015
Note: this novel uses elements from the novella Dulce Et Decorum Est, now out of print.