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/queer 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 July and releases for June, 2020. We also left May 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 JULY 2020

FICTION

AFFINITY RAINBOW PUBLICATIONS
Ali Spooner, The Mountain Whispers

AVON IMPULSE
Olivia Waite, The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows: Feminine Pursuits

BALZAR + BRAY
Julie Murphy, Faith: Taking Flight

BELLA BOOKS
Jamie Clevenger, Just One Reason
Claire McNab, The Quokka Question (Kylie Kendall mysteries 3; reprint)
Blythe H. Warren, Hero(ine) Addict

BIRCH LEAF PRESS
Diana Green, The Falcon’s Heart

BLOOMSBURY YA
Kalynn Bayron, Cinderella is Dead

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Dena Blake, Kiss Me Every Day
Melissa Brayden, Entangled (Tangled Valley Romance 1)
Jean Copeland, One Woman’s Treasure
Jane Fletcher, Silver Ravens
Jenny Frame, Carsen Taite, Ali Vali, Still Not Over You (3 romance novellas)
Jen Jensen, The Politics of Love
Genevieve McCluer, Olivia
Emily Smith, First Do No Harm
Jessica L. Webb, Storm Lines

BYWATER BOOKS
Cheryl Head, Find Me When I’m Lost (Charlie Mack Motown Mystery 5)
Georgia Kolias, The Feasting Virgin

CARINA ADORES
Ella Winters, Hairpin Curves

CRIMSON FOX PUBLISHING
Clare Dugmore, Truly, Madly, Deeply

EKOL MEDIA
Chencia C. Higgins, Things Hoped For: A Vow Series Spin-Off (The Vow Series 4)

HarperTeen
Erica waters, Ghost Wood Song

IMPRINT
Anna Birch, I Kissed Alice

INTERLUDE PRESS
Lilah Suzanne, Tack and Jibe

LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY
Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars

MCSWEENEY’S PUBLISHING
Legna Rodriguez Iglesias (Author) and Megan McDowell (Translator), My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog

MINOTAUR BOOKS
Kristen Lepionka, Once You Go This Far (Roxane Weary Mystery 4)

PERNICKETY PUBLISHER
Elizabeth McGivern, Love and Other Things I Hate

REGAL CREST
K. Aten, Remember Me, Synthetica

SAPPHIRE BOOKS PUBLISHING
Patricia Evans Cox, Wild Wales (A Passport to Love Romance)

SUPPOSED CRIMES
Geonn Cannon, The Fight in the Dog (Underdogs 9)

TRAVERSING Z PRESS
L.S. Johnson, The Painter’s Widow (Chase & Daniels 3; June 30)

YLVA PUBLISHING
Quinn Ivins, The Love Factor
Jenn Matthews, Reasons to Heal

INDIES
Persephone Autumn, Beloved Devotion (Devotion Series 3)
Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk, Gabriel’s Scroll: A Paranormal Academy Romance (Celestial Academy 2)
M.C. Cerny, Love, Actually (Love By Design 5)
Mariah R. Embry, Maid for You (June 30)
Rachel Ford, High Protector (Knight Protector 3)
Rachel Ford, Transmogrification Games (Sellswords & Spellweavers 3)
Ava Freeman, Friends and Lovers 2
Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue, Beyond the Lights
Cass Holiday, Nothing Haunted, Nothing Gained (A Haunted Love Story 1)
A.J. Marchant, Where The Light Lasts Longer (Windfall Book 1)
Zoë Marriott, The Book of Snow & Silence: A Lush, Feminist Fairytale (June 30)
Kitty McIntosh, The Women And The Storm (The Tarbet Witches; June 18)
L.C. Mawson, Advanced Combat Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches 5)
Chloe Peterson, Heart’s Desire
Reinhardt Suarez, The Green Ray of the Sun
Arizona Tape, Infaemous
Kristen S. Walker, The Salty Witch: Summer School (Santa Cruz Witch Academy 2)
Sienna Waters, The Wrong Date
Poppy Woods, Love and Chaos
Edeline Wrigh, Saltwater & Serenades

NONFICTION

AVID READER PRESS
Tana Wojczuk, Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity
BROADLEAF BOOKS
Brit Barron, Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For

FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Mark Gevisser, The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers
Desmond Napoles (author) and Dylan Glynn (illustrator), Be Amazing: A History of Pride

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Matthew Mills and Gillie Stoneham, Voice and Communication Therapy with Trans and Non-Binary People: Sharing the Clinical Space
Kryss Shane, The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion: A Practical Resource for K-12 Teachers, Administrators, and School Support Staff

LEXINGTON BOOKS
Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Queering Law and Order: LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System

ZEST BOOKS TM
Marke Bieschke, Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States

JUNE 2020

FICTION

AFFINITY RAINBOW PUBLICATIONS
Erin O’Reilly, Charlie (May 31)
Lacey Schmidt, A Lone Star (May 31)

ALGONQUIN YOUNG READERS
Nicole Melleby, In the Role of Brie Hutchins…

BALZER + BRAY
Becky Albertalli, Love, Creekwood (Simonverse novella)

BELLA BOOKS
Lara Hayes, All Together, Stranger (Redamancy series 2)
Amy Hoff, My Heart’s in the Highlands
Catherine Maiorisi, Taking a Chance on Love

BERKLEY
Anbara Salam, Belladonna

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk, Arrested Pleasures
Kris Bryant, Lucky
Erin Dutton, Three Alarm Response
Jane C. Esther, Convergence
Donna K. Ford, The Last Days of Autumn
Morgan Lee Miller, All the Paths to You
Renee Roman, Bonded Love
Carsen Taite, Drawn
Nancy Wheelton, Veterinary Partner
Karen F. Williams, Coyote Blues

BOSS BABE PUBLICATIONS, INC.
Abiegail Rose, Monique Gresham, and Sunshyne Regal, authors, Love After Hours: 3 Business to Romance Novellas

BWL PUBLISHING
Jay Lang, Shatter

BYWATER BOOKS
Cheryl Head, Find Me When I’m Lost (Charlie Mack Motown Mystery 5)
Bev Prescott, The Beekeeper

CARINA PRESS
Renée Dahlia, Her Lady’s Honor

CATAPULT
Zaina Arafat, You Exist Too Much

CLARION BOOKS
Betsy Cornwell, The Circus Rose

CRIMSON FOX PUBLISHING
Clare Dugmore, Truly, Madly, Deeply

DIRT ROAD BOOKS
Gill McKnight, Welcome to the Wallops (Wallops 1; revised 2nd ed.)

DUET BOOKS
Julia Ember, et. al., Short Stuff (various authors, meet cute stories)

ECCO
Naoise Dolan, Exciting Times

FARRAGO
Gail Hutchinson Crouch, Such Big Teeth (The Darkwood Series 2)

FIRE AND ICE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
B.D. Messick, All Things in the Shadows II (The Shayd Chronicles 2)

HARPERTEEN
Clara Smyth, The Falling in Love Montage

JMS BOOKS
Chloe Spencer, Duality

KATHERINE TEGAN BOOKS
Robyn Schneider, You Don’t Live Here

KNOPF
Lisa Alther, Swan Song
Diana Clark, Thin Girls

LISBON PRESS
Cara Malone, Lucky in Love: A Fur-ever Veterinary Romance

MEERKAT PRESS
G D Penman, The Wounded Ones (Witch of Empire)
J. Ashley Smith, The Attic Tragedy

NOT A PIPE PUBLISHING
Claudine Griggs, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

PAPER ROAD PRESS
A.J. Fitzwater, No Man’s Land

PENGUIN CLASSICS
Dorothy Strayer, Olivia (classic!)

PHOENIX RISING PRESS
Lynn Ames, 46

PURPLE HAND PRESS
Elena Graf, Love in the Time of Corona (Hobbs 3; out May 27)

RNB PUBLISHING
Ariel Marie, Sailing With Her Wolf (The Nightstar Shifters 1)

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Isabella, Blood Honor: American Yakuza IV

SCHOLASTIC PRESS
Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown

SCRIBBLE US
Bernadette Green (author), Anna Zobel (illustrator), Who’s Your Real Mom? (kids!)

THE SUMMER COLLECTIVE
Amanda Radley et. al., Summer Loving: A collection of short summer F/F stories (various authors)

TIN HOUSE BOOKS
Rosalie Knecht, Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery (A Vera Kelly Story)

TPSULLI PUBLICATIONS
Tawanna Sullivan, The Closet Case (A Girl Trouble Mystery 1)

VINTAGE
Carolina De Robertis, Cantoras

WIDE AVENUE PUBLISHING
M.T. Finnberg, Shards of the Stars (novella)

WORLDFIRE PRESS
J.A. Pitts, Rainbow Brigade (Sarah Beauhall 5)

WYATT-MACKENZIE PUBLISHING
Kathleen M. Rodgers, The Flying Cutterbucks

INDIES
Jewels Arthur, Calluna (Spell Library 4)
M.C. Cerny, Love Actually (Love By Design 5)
C.H. Cleppit, Eye of the Beholder: A Reimagining of Beauty and the Beast (Magic Mirror Book 1; novella)
Faith Dismuke, Spirit Dreams
Max Ellendale and A.M. Corbi, Moonflower (Four Point Universe 8)
Rachel Ford, Mountain Witch (Knight Protector 2)
Jessica Gleave, A New Queen’s Burden (Kingdoms of the Ocean 4)
Helen Hall, The Mindwalkers
D.L. Hathaway, A Thousand Years
Eddie R. Hicks, Digital Coven (Cyber Witch: 2082 Book 3)
Cass Holiday, Nothing Haunted, Nothing Gained (a Haunted Love Story 1)
Karen Klyne, Sliding Doors
Karsten Knight, This Eternity of Masks and Shadows
L.C. Mawson, Ethics of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches 4)
Abe Moss, Gills
Bryce Oakley, Revel (The Kaleidoscope Album 5)
B.B. Reed, Demon Eye (The Blood Witch Saga 1)
Caitlin Ryan, Flipped (Once Upon a Fangirl Book)
Lily Seabrooke, Different Worlds
Arizona Tape, The Case Of The Pixie Deal (Samantha Rain Mysteries 2)
Barbara Winkes, Original Sin (Joanna Mitchell Thrillers 3)

NONFICTION

APOLLO PUBLISHERS
Alyssa Blumstein, People of the Pride Parade
Peter Bussian, Trans New York: Photos and Stories of Transgender New Yorkers

ARCADIA PUBLISHING
Ken Schneck, LGBTQ Cincinnati (Images of Modern America)

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Siobhan B. Somerville, The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

DOG N BONE
Lewis Laney, The Little Book of Pride: The History, the People, the Parades

EM PUBLISHING
Elaine Martin, Dyke: A Memoir

FARRAR, STRAUS, AND GIROUX
Eric Cervini, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

NYU PRESS
Sandra Patton-Imami, Queering Family Trees: Race, Reproductive Justice, and Lesbian Motherhood

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS
William Burton, Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community

ROUTLEDGE
Carren Strock Married [heterosexual] Women Who Love Women (3rd ed.)

ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
Robin Ryle, Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy: The Evolution of Gender, Identity, and Race in Sports

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS
Lori Soderlind, The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiography)

WELDON OWEN
Matthew Todd, Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement

MAY 2020

FICTION

13 WORLDS PRESS
M.A. Price, Curse of the Dragon Fae

AFFINITY RAINBOW PUBLICATIONS
Renee McKenzie, Misha’s Promise (Karst 3)

AITUNE PRESS
Jennifer R. Povey, Firewing

AMAZON CROSSING
Natalia Borges Polesso (author), Julia Sanches (translator), Amora: Stories (reprint)

AMULET BOOKS
Rachael Allen, The Summer of Impossibilities

ARSENAL PULP PRESS
Corinne Manning, We Had No Rules

AUSTIN MACAULEY PUBLISHERS
Lindsey Ormond, A Flaming Fairy Tale

BELLA BOOKS
Kat Jackson, Begin Again
E.J. Noyes, Reaping the Benefits
Ann Roberts, Dying on the Vine (An Ari Adams Mystery)

BERKLEY
Meryl Wilsner, Something to Talk About

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Ronica Black, Olivia’s Awakening
Mary P. Burns, Forging a Desire Line
Jenny Frame, The Duchess and the Dreamer
Erin McKenzie, While My Heart Beats
Radclyffe, Love on the Night Shift (Rivers Community Romance 6)
Elle Spencer, Waiting for You
Erin Zak, The Road Home

BYWATER BOOKS
Jenn Alexander, Home

CANELO
Alex Walters, Small Mercies (Detective Annie Delamere Book 1)

CARINA ADORES
Chelsea M. Cameron, The Girl Next Door

CATAWAMPUS PRESS
RE McLean, A Rift in Space and Crime (Multiverse Investigations Mysteries Book 2)

CORVUS QUILL PRESS
S.E. Cyborski, Shadows and A Touch Of Magic: A Collection Of Queer Monster Stories

DIRT ROAD BOOKS
Jove Belle, Cake (novella; 2nd ed.)

ENDLESS NIGHT PUBLICATIONS
SD Simper, The Fate of Stars (Sea and Stars 1)

EXQUISITE DARKNESS PRESS
Kathrin Hutson, Sleepwater Static (Blue Helix 2)

FLASHPOINT PUBLICATIONS
Tammy Bird, The Book of Promises

HARPERTEEN
Tobly McSmith, Stay Gold

HEAD OF ZEUS
Lesley Thomson, Death of a Mermaid

HOKULEI PRESS
M.W. Kelly, Elle: The Naked Singularity

INKYARD PRESS
Saundra Mitchell, ed., Out Now: Queer We Go Again! (queer YA anthology!)

NORTH STAR EDITIONS
Jennifer Gruenke, Of Silver and Shadow

ORPHANS AND WIDOWS MEDIA
K. Shantel, Made for You 3

PAGE STREET KIDS
Adiba Jaigirdar, The Henna Wars

PERNICKETY PUBLISHING
Elizabeth McGivern, Hearbreak and Other Things I Hate

PYLAND PUBLISHING
Nicole Pyland, Always More (Sports Series Book 1)

REGAL CREST
Helen Macpherson, Revolving Doors

SECOND GROWTH BOOKS
Kate Christie, Drum up the Dawn (Galaxy Girl 1)

TRANSIT BOOKS
Dola de Jong (author), Kristen Gehrman (translator), The Tree and the Vine

THE UNNAMED PRESS
Anna Dorn, Vagablonde

VENTURA PRESS
Hayley Katzen, Untethered

VIOLET GAZE PRESS
Rebel Carter, Leather and Lace (Gold Sky Series)

THE WOODEN PEN PRESS
M.D. Cooper, Return to Sol (The Orion War Book 12)

INDIES
Laura Conway, Pretend You’re Mine
Natalie Debrabandere, Above All, Human
Rachel Ford, The Necromancer (Sellswords & Spellweavers 2)
Ava Freeman, Four Letter Word 2 (After Hours Series 4)
Kim Hartfield, First Everything
Victoria Holmes, Poptastic
Bryce Oakley, The Adventurers
Melissa Ragland, Traitor (A Crown of Lilies 1)
Heather Salter-Purves, Rippled Reflection: Devils Bay series
Avery Summer, She’s the One (Maybe I Love You 1)
Sienna Waters, French Press
Poppy Woods, Treasured

NONFICTION

ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING
Emily Dalton, Be Straight With Me

BEACON PRESS
M.V. Lee Badgett, The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All

BERGHAHN BOOKS
Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate, eds., Communities and Place: A Thematic Approach to the Histories of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

CICO BOOKS
Lewis Laney, The Little Book of Pride: The History, the People, the Parades

CURRENCY
Arlen Hamilton with Rachel L. Nelson, It’s About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated into Your Greatest Advantage

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Noah Adams and Bridgett Liang, Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection
Kryss Shane, The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion: A Practical Resource for K-12 Teachers, Administrators, and School Support Staff

POST HILL PRESS
Zara Barrie, Girl, Stop Passing Out in Your Makeup: The Bad Girl’s Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
John F. Marszalek III, Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi

INDIES
Susan Sarafin Jess, Wild Horses: A Crime Revisited

87 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. 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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  8. We may or may not be able to post lists this month, as this is the busiest time of the year and the Hootenanny is approaching. We do try to do one in December, but we cannot guarantee it. Also, it’s best to contact us directly on the contact page when you have questions like this because we don’t always see comments, especially not on this page.

    Cheers!

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