New Releases & Coming Up

Hi, there. We thought it might be helpful to keep a static page that we update frequently to let you know what’s going on in the world of lesfic/fiction with strong women characters. We will update this page each month, and post a blog that tells you when we’ve updated. If you subscribe, you’ll be alerted to that blog and you can then come here to this page and impress all your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of the world of lesfic/feminist/indie/women-friendly/LGBT publishing.

To be clear. Not all the titles listed here are lesfic, but they include strong women characters and feminist themes. We also list nonfiction. And it’s why we’ve supplied links, so you can go check the books out to find out what they’re about.

Authors, or authors/publishers not on this list, please drop us a line at our contact page (see it up there? At the top of the page with all the other page tabs?) to let us know about YOUR new release or coming attraction so we can get you on our list(s). And please let us know that you’re interested in being included in our listings and provide the book’s title, the author, and a buy link or a link for more information about it.

How this works: this page only includes the current month, the previous month, and the forthcoming month. So if it’s March, for example, it’s not going to do any of us much good if you say you have a book coming out in August. If you have a March release, let us know the end of January/very beginning of February so we can include it in February’s lists as a forthcoming release and then again in March as a current release. That way, you get two months of fresh coverage.

The following list includes forthcoming releases for June 2019 and books that were released in May 2019. We’ve also left April 2019 up, in case you missed it.

We update this list either the 2nd or 3rd Friday (sometimes a later Friday or Saturday) of the month (December and January may or may not be an exception, given the Hootenanny event we hold). And sometimes we screw up and miss a month. Yikes! Sorry! Anyway, please get your info to us before the 2nd Friday of the month if you’d like it to coincide with our reminder blog we send out once a month. Otherwise, we can update here at any time. Thanks.

COMING FOR JUNE 2019

FICTION

ANGRY ROBOT
Ada Hoffman, The Outside

BELLA BOOKS
Kate Gavin, Full of Promise
Tagan Shepard, Across the Dark Horizon
Sheryl Wright, Cause and Affection

BLUE BEAR BOOKS
Sally Xerri-Brooks, Theatre of Shadows: Power, politics and passion (May 31)

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Georgia Beers, Fear of Falling
Ronica Black, The Last Seduction
Lesley Davis, Playing With Fire
Erin Dutton, Wavering Convictions
Sam Ledel, Daughter of No One (Odium Trilogy 1) <–Women and Words blogger!
Radclyffe, Top of the Class and Bonus Night (reprints, short stories!)
Carsen Taite, Practice Makes Perfect (Legal Affairs 1)
Erin Zak, Create a Life to Love <–Women and Words blogger!

BQB PUBLISHING
Erica Carpenter Witsell, Give

BYWATER BOOKS
Jenn Alexander, The Song of the Sea

HARPERCOLLINS
Olivia Waite, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

HARPERTEEN
Misa Sugiura, This Time Will Be Different
Blair Thornburgh, Ordinary Girls

LEGEND PRESS
Holly Wainwright, The Mummy Bloggers

NINESTAR PRESS
J.S. Fields, Tales from Ardulum

REGAL CREST
K Aten, The Sovereign of Psiere (Mystery of the Makers 1)
Mildred Gail Digby, Perfect Match (Book 1)

RENAISSANCE
Elizabeth Hirst, The Face in the Marsh

SAPPHIRE BOOKS PUBLISHING
Pascal Scott, Hard Fall (A McStone & Martinelli Thriller)

SUPPOSED CRIMES
C.E. Case, Unabiding Halls

TIN HOUSE BOOKS
Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things

TULABELLA RUBY PRESS
Elizabeth Andre, Muses (Paranormal Grievance Committee Chronicles 2)

YLVA PUBLISHING
Cheyenne Blue, A Heart This Big
Charley Clarke, Always a Love Song
Georgette Kaplan, The Woman on the Edge of Town (more info to come!)
Astrid Ohletz and Jae, Laid Bare (erotica anthology)

INDIES
Idella Breen, Unrestricted Magic (Witch Twin Chronicles 1)
Natalie Debrabandere, Riding on High
Kim Hartfield, It Was You
Erin Wade, Assassination Authorized
Sienna Waters, Away from Home: An Oakview Lesbian Romance

NONFICTION

ABRAMS IMAGE
The New York Times and Adam Nagourney, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times (published in May, but let’s put it right here!)

DUNDURN
Joanne Vannicola, All We Knew but Couldn’t Say

PENGUIN CLASSICS
New York Public Library, The Stonewall Reader (published the end of April, but re-posting here cuz…awesome)

PLUME
Martin Duberman, Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBT Rights Uprising that Changed America (reprint)

STERLING
Caitlyn McNeill, Pride: A Celebration in Quotes

TEN SPEED PRESS
Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

MAY 2019

FICTION

ACE
S.M. Stirling, Theater of Spies (A Novel of an Alternate World War Book 2)

ANIMAL HEART PRESS
Marisa Crane, Our Debatable Bodies (poetry; identity, self-belief, queer love)

APPLE BLOSSOM PRESS
Miranda MacLeod, London Holiday (Americans Abroad 5)

ARSENAL PULP PRESS
Téa Mutonji, Shut Up You’re Pretty

BELLA BOOKS
Rachel Gold, In the Silences
Kim Hoover, Girl Squad
E.J. Noyes, Alone

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Kim Baldwin, The French Lesson (reprint, short story)
Ashley Bartlett, Cash and the Sorority Girl (Cash Braddock 3)
CJ Birch, An Intimate Deception
Kris Bryant, Falling
Shea Godfrey, A Bird of Sorrow (Arravan 3)
Morgan Lee Miller, All the Worlds Between Us (YA)
Winter Pennington, Eris (reprint short story!)
L.L. Raand, Rogue Hunt (Midnight Hunters 9 [novella])
Radclyffe, Word Play (reprint short story)
Elle Spencer, The Road to Madison
Nicole Stiling, Secrets in a Small Town
Ali Vali, Stormy Seas

BRIGADE PRESS
Kaitlyn Meyers, The Zig Zag Scam (Afterlife 12)

BUMBLING BARD CREATIONS
JA Armstrong, Situation Room (By Design 12)

BYWATER BOOKS
Penny Mickelbury, Two Wings to Fly Away

CANDLEWICK
Amy Rose Capetta, The Lost Coast

CARINA PRESS
Jennie Davids, New Ink on Life (Thorn & Thistle 1)

COMPANION PUBLICATIONS
Chris Paynter, Just a Touch Away

DARK HORSE BOOKS
Michael Dante DiMartino, et al., The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part One

DESERT PALM PRESS
Jazzy Mitchell, You Matter

DIAL BOOKS
Helena Fox, How It Feels to Float

FIRST SECOND
Mariko Tamaki (Author) and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Illustrator), Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

FLEUR-DE-LIS BOOKS
C.D. Cain, It Pours (Chambers of the Heart 2; 2nd ed.)

FLOURISH PUBLISHING
Penny Kane, Summer at Heath Cottage

FLUX
Erin Jones, Tinfoil Crowns

FREEFORM
Britta Lundin, Ship It (reprint)

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Rachel Hawkins, Her Royal Highness (Royals 2)

GREENWILLOW BOOKS
Emma Berquist, Missing, Presumed Dead

HARPER
Sara Collins, The Confessions of Frannie Langton

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
A.E. Radley, Boxed Set! Age-gap Office-based Sapphic Romance Box Set: Ice Queen Lesbian Boss
A.E. Radley, Boxed Set! Around the World Series Box Set: The Road Ahead & The Big Uneasy: Sapphic Romance

HENRY HOLT AND CO.
Moe Bonneau, The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel

JMS BOOKS
Megan E. Bean, Forgetting to Breathe

KIDS CAN PRESS
Kim Turrisi, Carmilla (adaptation)

LION FORGE
Maia Kobabe, Gender Queer: A Memoir

LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Ellen Goodlett, Rule

LOST WINDOW PUBLISHING
Kate Hall, Smoke and Mist (The Academy Book 1)

MAGINATION PRESS
Michael Genhart (Author and Anne Passchier (Illustrator): Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

OUTLINES PRESS
JD Glass, St. Patrick’s Day
JD Glass, Bizarre Love Triangle

PUSH
Mason Deaver, I Wish You All the Best

PYLAND PUBLISHING
Nicole Pyland, Macon’s Heart (San Francisco 2)

RAZORBILL
Isabel Sterling, These Witches Don’t Burn

REGAL CREST
K. Aten, The Sovereign of Psiere (Mystery of the Makers 1)
Lynette Beers, Saving Sam

SAPPHIRE BOOKS PUBLISHING
Barrett Magill, Dispatched with Cause (Damaged 3, 2nd ed.)

SIMON PULSE
Tanya Boteju, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

SKY PONY
Miriam McNamara, The Unbinding of Mary Reade (repr.)

SUPPOSED CRIMES
Geonn Cannon, Bite Sized

SWOON READS
Danika Stone, Switchback
Jen Wilde, Going Off Script

THREE ROOMS PRESS
Aimee Herman, Everything Grows

WILLIAM MORROW
Anne Valente, The Desert Sky Before Us

YLVA
Lee Winter boxed set (link to come!)

INDIES
Charlotte Babb, 20 Hours to Charles Town: Madame Elvira’s Magnificent Excursions
Idella Breen, Pack Mentality (Fire and Ice 4)
Emma Collins, Love Unscripted
G.L. Carriger, The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery)
Giselle Fox, Hummingbird Cove
Lise Gold, Eastern Nights (The Compass series 3)
Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue, The Flood Between Us: Parts 1-4
Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue, The Flood Between Us, Part 5
A. Emma Hollis, Blame is on the Chardonnay
Erica Lee, Sunsets and Shades
Leah Mitchum, Detour in Decatur
Chloe Peterson, Love Me True (Rose Lake 3)
Nicole Shay, The Heart of the Stars
Kat Smith, The Long Journey Home
Kat Smith, Among The Shadows Of Ghosts (Shadows Series 2)
Ellie Spark, Love Pursued
Arizona Tape, Valkyrie 101: How to Become a Valkyrie
Sienna Waters, Learn to Love
Natasha West, The Matchmaker

NONFICTION

ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Gayle E. Pitman, The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

ABRAMS IMAGE
New York Times, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times

BLACK DOG AND LEVENTHAL
Andy Campbell, Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Hannah Roche, The Outside Thing: Modernist Lesbian Romance (Gender and Culture Series)

HarperOne
Mason Funk, The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

HARPER WAVE
Amanda Montell, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS
Joshua M. Ferguson, Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker, Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between
Rachel Anne Williams, Transgressive: A Trans Woman on Gender, Feminism, and Politics
Madison-Amy Webb, A Reflective Guide to Gender Identity Counselling

MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS
Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey, Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1918

OR BOOKS
Fred W. McDarrah, Pride: Photographs After Stonewall
TEN SPEED PRESS
Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

POPPY
Erin Gough, Amelia Westlake Was Never Here

SUMMERSDALE
Jake Basford, The Queeriodic Table: A CELEBRATION OF LGBTQ+ CULTURE

VINTAGE
Arlene Stein, Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity (reprint ed.)

WEDSTUFF
Wedstuff Publishing, Look At Me Getting All Married and Shit Wedding Planner: Black and Gold Wedding Planner Book and Organizer with Checklists, Guest List and Seating Chart

WEISER BOOKS
Cassandra Snow, Queering the Tarot

WIDE-EYED EDITIONS
Rachel Ford: Safe Passage (Black Flag 1)
Camilla Porter, Pandora’s Box
Arabelle Sicardi (Author) and Sarah Tanat-Jones (Illustrator): Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!

APRIL 2019

FICTION

AMPHIBIAN PRESS
V.S. Holmes, Strangers (Nel Bently 3)

BALZAR + BRAY
Margaret Dilloway, Summer of a Thousand Pies

BARACHOU PRESS
Hildred Billings, April Stars (A Year in Paradise 4)

BELLA BOOKS
Maggie Brown, Reinventing Lindsey
Sofi Keren, Painted Over
Melissa Price, Smile Number Seven

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Eden Darry, The House
Jane C. Esther, Uninvited (the Portal, Book 1)
Anna Larner, Love’s Portrait
Radclyffe, Music on the Wind (re-released short story!)
Aurora Rey, Recipe for Love (a farm-to-table romance)
Larkin Rose, Dangerous Curves
M. Ullrich, Pretending in Paradise
MJ Williamz, Model Behavior

BYWATER BOOKS
Paula Martinac, Clio Rising

CANDLEWICK PRESS
Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner, Starworld

COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
Gala Mukomolova, Without Protection (poetry)

HARPERTEEN
Jaye Robin Brown, The Meaning of Birds

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
Fletcher DeLancey, Uprising (Chronicles of Alsea 8)

I.M. LIMITED
Shane Morton, Fault Lines

IMPRINT
Mira Grant, Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe

ISTROS BOOKS
Biljana Jovanovic (Author), John K. Cox (Translator), Dogs and Others

LISBON PRESS
Cara Malone, Fairest

LITTLE BEE BOOKS
Daniel Haack (Author), Isabel Galupo (Author), Becca Human (Illustrator), Maiden & Princess (children’s)

LITTLE BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Ashley Herring Blake, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

QUEEN OF SWORDS PRESS
Alex Acks, Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures

REGAL CREST ENTERPRISES
Brenda Adcock, One Step at a Time
Barbara Clanton, Stealing Hope (YA; Clarkesville series, 8)
Nita Round, Raven, Sand and Sun (A Touch of Truth Book Two)

ROBIN ALEXANDER ROMANCE
Robin Alexander, Love, From A to Z (novella)
Robin Alexander, Blissfully Blindsided

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Barrett, Defying Gravity (Damaged 2)
Kay Bigelow, Knight and Dai

VULPINE PRESS
Sherryl Hancock, For the Telling (WeHo 13)

YLVA PUBLISHING
A.L. Brooks, Write Your Own Script
Wendy Hudson, Meant to Be Me
Jae, Not the Marrying Kind
Jess Lea, A Curious Woman

INDIES
Lola Andrews, The Princess and the Evil Queen (retelling of Snow White)
MJ Duncan, Pas de Deux
Wendy Elizabeth, We Are Stars
Rachael Eyre, Diary of a Teenage Lesbian
Ellie Green, Sweet Songs
Stephenie L. Hardaway, The Round-Up
Kim Hartfield, Mother of the Bride
Claire Highton-Stevenson, Forget It
L.S. Johnson, Harkworth Hall
Allie Keane, Lovestruck
Raquel de Leon, Wanting Her
Ocean, Dreams Do Come True (short story)
Morgan Routhe, Summer Isle (Love By the Shore 1)
Lena Simon, Guilty Pleasures
Kat Smith, In the Valley of Shadows
Emilia Spring, Witchcraft & Winds (Weather Witch Book 1)

NONFICTION

ABRAMS PRESS
Darryl W. Bullock, David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

CELADON BOOKS
Abby Wambach, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Micah Rajunov and A. Scott Duane, eds., Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

ECW PRESS
Donald R. Laub, Second Lives, Second Chances: A Surgeon’s Stories of Transformation

FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
Cherríe Moraga, Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

HARMONY
Gigi Gorgeous, He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Morgan Lev Edward Holleb, The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze

LIMERENCE PRESS
Mady G. (Author, Illustrator), J.R. Zuckerberg (Author, Illustrator), A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

NOMAD PRESS
Maria Cook, et. al., Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms (Inquire & Investigate)

PENGUIN CLASSICS
New York Public Library, The Stonewall Reader

SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Savannah Knoop, Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy

ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
J. E. Sumerau and Lain A.B. Mathers, America Through Transgender Eyes

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
Hilary Malatino, Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience

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67 comments

  1. While we at Bedazzled Ink really appreciate our new releases being listed here, please be aware that we publish many books that aren’t LGBT. Our lesfic imprint is Nuance and almost all our Mindancer Press books are lesfic. Our Bink Books imprint has both mainstream and lesfic fiction.

    Dream by Robbi Bryant is completely mainstream.

    The Ghost and the Machine is a truly magnificent and unique book that we love to pieces and want everyone to rush out and read, it’s not true lesfic, although it hints at the possibility.

    I just felt the need to clarify after I saw Dream listed.

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  2. Yes. We know. That’s why we state above that the books listed are “in the world of lesfic/fiction with strong women characters.” And then we state, “the world of lesfic/feminist/indie/women-friendly/LGBT publishing.” We thought that would cover it, and make readers understand that yes, we do cover lesfic, but we also cover fiction with strong women characters and feminist themes. After all, this is WOMEN and Words, not LESBIANS and Words (though many of us identify that way). I’ve made it even clearer (I hope) with this addition above:

    “To be clear. Not all the titles listed here are lesfic, but they include strong women characters and feminist themes. That’s why we’ve supplied links, so you can go check the books out to find out what they’re about.”

    You’ll notice, for example, that we’ve also listed Jesse Blackadder’s “Chasing the Light,” which is published through the Aussie division of HarperCollins. That book is not lesfic, but it’s about the first women who travel to Antarctica in the 1930s and we thought that was a super-cool feminist/strong women character book, so we listed it. We’ve also listed the YA novel “Drifting,” by Lisa Nelson, which is not lesfic. Nevertheless, we thought a strong young female protagonist was a character readers would be interested in. Plus, it’s a coming-of-age story, and we like those.

    Hope that clarifies for everyone.

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  3. Thank you so much for doing this. With so many releases each month, this is so very helpful. I missed 3 books that I quickly bought thanks to this. Keep up the great work.

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  4. It’s rather late for me to reply, but thank you very much for including my novel, Lindsay Versus the Marauders, in your listings for June. The sequel, Lindsay, Jo and the Tree of Forever, should be out in late October or early November and I promise to let you know as soon as I do!–J.S. Frankel

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  5. Hi, Linda–your best bet is to post this question on your Facebook page, since this page doesn’t get many comments and people tend to just look at the book lists and not the comment section. Also, since you have a new book out, I’d recommend blogging about that. How you came to write it, what inspired you, that sort of thing. 😀

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  6. Like this a lot, would have missed a few new ones by authors not with the bigger publishers without it. Just a note though that one slipped past your December list. Damaged Goods by Eliza Lentzski came out late in the month.

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  7. Thank you for doing this. Jove says you are the one that researches and prints this very valuable list. Thank You so verymuch

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  8. Yeppers, I go and find all the books. LOL Okay, as many of the books as I can. I know I miss some, which is why I ask for people to keep me apprised if they know of one…

    Thanks for reading!

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  9. November Fiction: Bywater Books, Rachel Spangler, Edge of Glory. Link doesn’t take you to her book -> takes you to Spring Flowereing. Just an FYI

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