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 PLEASE include a link to the book if possible.

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 September 2018 and books that were released in August. We’ve also left July up, in case you missed it.

We update this list either the 2nd or 3rd Friday (sometimes 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 SEPTEMBER 2018

FICTION

BELLA BOOKS
Jaime Clevenger, Three Reasons to Say Yes
Ann Roberts, Justice Calls
Sheryl Wright, Queen of Hearts

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Dena Blake, Racing Hearts
T.L. Hayes, A Fighting Chance
Charlotte Greene, Gnarled Hollow
Radclyffe, Passionate Rivals
C.P. Rowlands, Jacob’s Grace
PJ Trebelhorn, On the Fly
Missouri Vaun, Proxima Five
Jessica L. Webb, Shadowboxer
Brey Willows, Chosen
Barbara Ann Wright, The Tattered Lands

BYWATER BOOKS
Bev Prescott, 20

CHAOS PUBLISHING
Megan Hart, Taking the Leap (Bridesmaids in Love story)

DARK HORSE BOOKS
Michael DiMartino et.al., The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Three

DESERT PALM PRESS
Susan Stocker, Kiss Your Elbow: An Embellished Memoire about Growing Up Gay in the 50’s and 60’s

DUET
Julia Ember, The Navigator’s Touch (Seafarer’s Kiss 2)

EUROPA EDITIONS
Tamsen Wolff, Juno’s Swans

FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
Alex London, Black Wings Beating (Skybound 1)
Marieke Nijkamp, Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

THE FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY
Sarah Schulman, Maggie Terry

HARLEQUIN TEEN
Amy Lukavics, Nightingale (Oct. 1)

INANNA PUBLICATIONS AND EDUCATION, INC.
S.K. Dyment, Steel Animals

JUG RUN PRESS
Anne Hagan, Finding Sheila (Morelville Mysteries 11)

LUPERCALIA PRESS
Angelic Rodgers, Elegant Freefall

MuseItUp PUBLISHING
Janie Franz, Ruins Legacy

PENGUIN TEEN
Ashley Little, Confessions of a Teenage Leper

PERSEA
Gabrielle Calvocaressi, Rocket Fantastic: Poems

REGAL CREST
K Aten, The Sagittarius

SAPPHICA BOOKS
Lily Hammond, The Way Home

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Cheryl Espinosa-Jones, An Ocean Between Them

TEXAS REVIEW PRESS
Chelsea Catherine, Blindsided

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
Carolyn Nowak, Girl Town

TRIPLICITY PUBLISHING
Breanna Hughes, Stunted (releasing later August)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Brinn Rebele-Henry, Autobiography of a Wound (poetry)

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS
Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Lava Falls

YLVA PUBLISHING
C. Fonseca, Food for Love
Alison Grey, Contract for Love
Jody Klaire, In Fashion

INDIES
Amber Belldene, All Things (Reverend Alma Lee Mystery 1)
Helene Blacksmith, Someone Among Us
Victoria Cerises, Grave Ambitions (Grave Delights 2)
Charlie Conwell, Forever and Always
Karen Klyne, Parallel Lives (Opening in Time 1)
Vanessa North, Off Limits (Rose and Thorns)
Nicole Pyland, The Fire
Kris Ripper, The Butch and Beautiful (Queers of La Vista 2)
Ellie Spark, Love on the Run
Katie Vistas, Don’t Set a Watchman

NONFICTION

BEACON PRESS
Imani Perry, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

BERKLEY
Michelle LeClair and Robin Gaby Fisher, Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love

CHALICE PRESS
Brandon Robertson, True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace

ForeEdge
Stephen Lane, No Sanctuary: Teachers and the School Reform That Brought Gay Rights to the Massess (reprint ed.)

FREE SPIRIT PUBLISHING
Kelly Huegal Madrone, LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens (3rd ed., revised)

GREYSTONE BOOKS
Rae Congdon, GAYBCs: A Queer Alphabet

LIBRARIES UNLIMITED
Jaime Campbell Naidoo, A World of Rainbow Families: Children’s Books and Media with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Themes from around the Globe

NYU PRESS
Alexis Lothian, Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility
Connor O’Dwyer, Coming Out of Communism: The Emergence of LGBT Activism in Eastern Europe

SKYHORSE PUBLISHING
Brian Belovitch, Transfigured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man
Catherine Guthrie, Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
Sandra Gail Lambert, A Certain Loneliness (memoir)

VERSO
Laboria Cuboniks, The Xenofeminist Manifesto

WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS
J. Philip Wogaman, Surrendering My Ordination: Standing for Gay and Lesbian Inclusivity in The United Methodist Church

INDIES
Cheryl B. Evans, My Parenting Journey with an LGBTQ+ Child: A Journal

AUGUST 2018

FICTION

BANCROFT PRESS
Jeanne Winter, Her Kind of Case (A Lee Isaacs, Esq., novel)

BELLA BOOKS
Bette Hawkins, Like a Book
Gerri Hill, The Neighbor
Karen Legasy, Kindling for the Heart
Jenna Rae, The Third Eye

BEYOND BOOKS PRESS
Natasja Hellenthal, Quarterling (YA)

BLACK CROWN
Tini Howard (author) and Gilbert Hernandez (illustrator), Assassinistas

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Mardi Alexander and Laurie Eichler, Precipice of Doubt
Georgia Beers, The Shape of You
CJ Birch, Savage Horizons (New Horizons 2)
Donna K. Ford, Captive
Jenny Frame, Soul of the Pack (Wolfgang County Novella)
CF Frizzell, Crossing the Line (Stick McLaughlin 2)
A. Rose Mathieu, Secrets of the Last Castle
VK Powell, Take Your Time (Pine Cone Romance)
Carsen Taite, Love’s Verdict

DARK HORSE COMICS
Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau, Zodiac Starforce (#2)

DESERT PALM PRESS
Rae D. Magnon, Fur & Fangs #9

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
A.E. Radley, Climbing the Ladder

LADYLIT PUBLISHING
Harper Bliss and Caroline Bliss, A Swing at Love

LION FORGE COMICS
Paige Braddock, Love Letters to Jane’s World

KATHERINE TEGAN BOOKS
Lana Popovic, Fierce Like a Firestorm (Hibiscus Daughter)

PICADOR
Michael Donkor, Housegirl

REGAL CREST
Rae Theodore, My Mother Says Drums are for Boys

RIVERHEAD BOOKS
Frances de Pontes Peebles, The Air You Breathe

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Beth Burnett, Coming Around Again
Patricia Evans Jordan, McCall (Passport to Love series)

SARABANDE BOOKS
Nona Caspers, The Fifth Woman

SOURCEBOOKS FIRE
Amelinda Bérubé, The Dark Beneath the Ice
Linsey Miller, Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows)

VAULT COMICS
Andrea Fort, et. al., Songs for the Dead (TPB Vol. 1)

WEDNESDAY BOOKS
Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie, The Raging Ones

WICKED HEARTS PUBLISHING
Jea Hawkins, As Long as Love Lasts

YLVA PUBLISHING
Andrea Bramhall, Lost for Words
Jae, Paper Love
Georgette Kaplan, Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse

INDIES
S.W. Anderson, This Time
Lou Bard, There’s a Possibility
Jeannelle M. Ferreira, The Covert Captain
Maxine Jackson, Breathe (Shifting Tides 2)
Melza Jane, Love, Tears, & Coffee
Monica McCallan, Back to the Start
Jenna McDowel, Starting Over
Amy Mohammed, Lacking Limitations
Cassie Parks, The Plan (City Girl Series, 3)
Chloe Peterson, Outlaw Dragon (Whiteheart Clan Book 1)
Mardria Portuando, To Love and Protect
Nicole Pyland, What Happened After… (Chicago Series Finale)
Adan Ranie, Her Sequel: A Sexy Sapphic Short Read
Arizona Tape, Wolf’s Cage (My Winter Wolf Book 2)
Natasha West, The Dropout
Barbara Winkes, The Amnesia Project

NONFICTION

BEACON PRESS
Charlene Carruthers, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

IVP BOOKS
Travis Collins, What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming?: Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church

MANGO
Xanet Pailet, Living An Orgasmic Life: Heal Yourself and Awaken Your Pleasure

THE NEW PRESS
Arjun Singh Sethi, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out

NYU PRESS
Joshua Chambers-Letson, After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life

ROUTLEDGE
Michael J. Murphy and Brytton Bjorngaard, eds., Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture
Sue Westwood and Elizabeth Price, eds., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Individuals Living with Dementia: Concepts, Practice and Rights

ST. MARTIN’S PRESS
Phyllis Chesler, A Politically Incorrect Feminist: Creating a Movement with Bitches, Lunatics, Dykes, Prodigies, Warriors, and Wonder Women

SASQUATCH BOOKS
Carolyn Wood, Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago

SECOND GROWTH BOOKS
Kate Christie, Homodramatica: Family of Five (July 28)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Tey Meadow, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century

W.W. NORTON
Adrienne Rich, Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry (herstory!)

WYATT-MACKENZIE PUBLISHING
Peggy Caserta and Maggie Falcon, I Ran into Some Trouble

JULY 2018

FICTION

BELLA BOOKS
RJ Layer, Find Another You
KG MacGregor, Proper Cuppa Tea

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
MB Austin, Running off Radar (Maji Rios book)
Alexa Black, The Outcasts
Erin Dutton, Landing Zone
Rebecca Harwell, Shadow of the Phoenix (Storm’s Quarry #3)
D. Jackson Leigh, Take a Chance (a Pine Cone Romance)
Elle Spencer, Casting Lacey
Radclyffe, El Destino del Amor (Spanish trans., Fated Love)
M. Ullrich, Love at Last Call
Ali Vali, Force of Fire (Genesis Clan #3)
Kelly Wacker, Holding Their Place
Yolanda Wallace, Pleasure Cruise
MJ Williamz, Exposed

BOOM! BOX
Kat Leyh et.al., Lumberjanes Vol. 9

BRITAIN’S NEXT BESTSELLER
Emma Nichols, Ariana: Love Always Finds a Way Home

BYWATER BOOKS
Anna Burke, Compass Rose

DESERT PALM PRESS
AJ Adaire, Match Me
S.L. Kassidy, Warrior Class: Sky Cutter
BJ Phillips, Changing Seasons

DIVERSION BOOKS
K.A. Tracy, Dead Knock (Sam Perry mystery)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Lights, Skin & Earth (graphic novel)

ELSEWHEN PRESS
Juliet Kemp, The Deep and Shining Dark (Marek series 1)

FLASHPOINT PUBLICATIONS
Ona Marae, Gum for Gracie

FREEFORM
A.W. Jantha, Hocus Pocus: The Sequel

GREEN WRITERS PRESS
T. Stores, Frost Heaves (short stories)

HARMONY INK
Kimberly Cooper Griffin, A.M. Burns, Caitlin Ricci, Three Times the Charm

HARPER VOYAGER
Becky Chambers, Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers)
Claire O’Dell, A Study in Honor

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
Emma Sterner-Radley, Greengage Plots

INTAGLIO PUBLICATIONS
Robin Alexander, Temporary Girl

LADYLIT PUBLISHING
Harper Bliss, No Greater Love than Mine (Silver Linings novella)

MDR PUBLISHING
Meyari McFarland, Breaking Free (Holiday Romances 7)

PAINTED HEARTS PUBLISHING
Scarlett Knight, City Spirit, Country Heart

REGAL CREST
K Aten, Waking the Dreamer
Barbara Valletto, Diver Blues

ROSE & STAR PRESS
Marian Snowe and Ruby Grandin, Homecoming

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Heidi Harrison, The Four Seasons
Liz McMullen, Frozen Dreams (Charlie Dempsey paranormal series 2)
JB Marsden, The Travels of Charlie

SKY PONY PRESS
Deborah Markus, The Letting Go

STONE SOUP COMMUNITY PRESS
Fay Jacobs and Elizabeth Anderson, eds., The Velvet Anthology (Velvet Lounger! inc. Karin Kallmaker, Lee Lynch, Ann McMan, and others)

SUPPOSED CRIMES
Geonn Cannon, Kennel Club (Underdogs 7)

WAITING DOG PRESS
Amy Stinnett, Summer Squash (Chickenshit 3

WICKED WINTERS BOOKS
Jade Winters, Always You (Amber Hills 2)

INDIES
Natalie Debrabandere, Thyra’s Promise
Lise Gold, French Summer
Destiny Hawkins, The Dark Bloods (Blue Moon #2)
Claire Highton-Stevenson, Escape & Freedom
Maria Jackson, The Bachelorettes
Margot Lea Lambert, The Heart of the Matter
KC Luck, Darkness Falls
Lisa Pattinson, Heart of Grace
Nicole Pyland, Love Walked into the Lantern (Chicago series #3)
Janet Lee Smith, Good Things Take Time (Friends for Life 2)
Victoria Zagar, The White Ship

NONFICTION

ROUTLEDGE
Michael W. Yarbrough et.al., eds., Queer Families and Relationships after Marriage Equality

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS
David R. Coon, Turning the Page: Storytelling as Activism in Queer Film and Media
Liz Montegary, Familiar Perversions: The Racial, Sexual, and Economic Politics of LGBT Families

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS
Yetta Howard, Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS
Myrl Beam, Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics

WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS
Karen Oliveto, Together at the Table: Diversity without Division in the United Methodist Church

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58 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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