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 September and releases for August, 2020. We also left July 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 holiday stuff). 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 2020

FICTION

AFFINITY RAINBOW PUBLICATIONS
Samantha Hicks, Always in My Heart

AKASHIC BOOKS
Shani Mootoo, Polar Vortex

AMAZON ORIGINAL STORIES
Roxane Gay, Graceful Burdens (Out of Line collection)

AUSXIP PUBLISHING
AUSXIP and Mary D. Brooks, Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World (nonfiction; history of the Xenaverse)

BARACHOU PRESS
Hildred Billings, Excess (Sins of Mercy Book 6)
Hildred Billings, Vanity (Sins of Mercy 7)
Hildred Billings, Acedia (Sins of Mercy 8)
Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings, Flame (The Hellfire Quartet 4)

BEDAZZLED INK
CM Harris, Maiden’s Leap

BELLA BOOKS
Erica Abbott and Pol Robinson, [Un]Common Ground
Cheri Ritz, Let the Beat Drop
Kenna White, Confessions of a Dreamer

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Andrews & Austin, Too Hot to Ride
C.J. Birch, Just One Taste
Ronica Black, Passion’s Sweet Surrender
Jenny Frame, Longing for You (A Wild for You novel, 2)
Jane Kolven, The Holiday Detour
Sam Ledel, Broken Reign (Odium Trilogy 2)
L.L. Raand, Enchanted Hunt (Midnight Hunters 8)
L.L. Raand, Rogue Hunt & Enchanted Hunt (Midnight Hunters 7 & 8)
Anne Laughlin, Money Creek
Fiona Riley, Bet Against Me (A High Stakes Romance 1)
Angie Williams, Last Resort
Barbara Ann Wright, Lady of Stone (A Pyradisté Adventure, Prequel)

BYWATER BOOKS
Paula Martinac, Testimony

CANELO CRIME
Lisa Harley, Home Fires Burn (Detective Catherine Bishop Book 4)

DARK HORSE BOOKS
Michael Dante DiMartino (writer), Michelle Wong and Killian Ng (illustrators), The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire

DESERT PALM PRESS
Jazzy Mitchell, Undertow

DLG PUBLISHING PARTNERS
Kathleen Byron Etzel, ‘Til an End Defined by Time

EREWHON
Hannah Abigail Clarke, The Scapegracers (1)

FOXGLOVE FICTION
Candace Harper, Hugs and Quiches

HMH BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Alexandra Latos, Under Shifting Stars

IDW PUBLISHING
The Nib and Matt Bors (ed.), et. al., Be Gay, Do Comics

MINOTAUR BOOKS
Ellen Hart, In a Midnight Wood (Jane Lawless Mysteries 27)

NEON HEMLOCK PRESS
Eboni Dunbar, Stone and Steel

NOT A PIPE PUBLISHING
Michaela Thorn, Tooth and Claw

ONE WORLD
K-Ming Chang, Bestiary

PYLAND PUBLISHING
Nicole Pyland, The Unexpected Dream (Sports Series 3)

QUILL TREE BOOKS
Nina Varela, Iron Heart (Crier’s War Book 2)

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Kayt C. Peck, Broken

URSA MAJOR PUBLISHING HOUSE
K.G. Sander, White Queen (Songbird Investigations 1)

WAITING DOG PRESS
Amy Stinnett, Sharp Shooter (Chass Bridger Series 1)

WAX LIONESS
Eve Morton, Under Starlight

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

WILLIAM MORROW PAPERBACKS
Elissa R. Sloan, The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes

WOODEN PEN PRESS
M.D. Cooper, Return to Sol: Star Rise (Aeon 14: The Orion War Book 13)
M.D. Cooper, Consort of the Scorpion Queen (Aeon 14: The Empire 2)

YLVA
Karen Frost, Destiny’s Choice (Destiny and Darkness)
Jae, Wrong Number, Right Woman
Lola Keeley, Presidential
Charlotte Mills, Fair Game

INDIES
Andi C. Buchanan, Succulents and Spells (A Contemporary Witchy Fiction novella; Windflower 1)
Starla Carr, Screaming @ the World: A collection of black/lesbian poetry
Natalie Debrabandere, One Fine Morn
Luci Dreamer, Heart Sings (Heart Series 2)
Mariah R. Embry, A Trip to Paris
Ryann Fletcher, Imperfect Shot (The Cricket Chronicles 2)
Ava Freeman, Lovers Rock (Friends & Lovers 3)
Kimberly Hart, Unidentified Flying Hottie (Little Green Book 2)
Amanda Kaitlyn, Tell Me You Love Me (Shattered By Love Duet 1)
Gillian St. Kevern, The Lady of the Bog (novella; Read by Candlelight Book 11)
Carole Kulikowski, The Deconstruction of Ms. America
Rachel Lacey, It’s in Her Kiss (Midnight in Manhattan 2)
Layla Lawlor, Hollow Souls (Gatekeeper 3)
Jacquelynn Lyon, Little Lights
Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue, The Catnip Conundrum
Jamey Moody, Finding Family (Your Way Series 2)
Giselle Renarde, Emma’s Diary: Anxious, Insecure and Madly in Love (The Lesbian Diaries 5)
Natasja Rose, The Queen’s Blade
Lily Seabrooke, The Simple Answer (Ember Grove Romances 1)
Arizona Tape, Valkyrie 106 (The Afterlife Academy: Valkyrie 6)

NONFICTION

BEACON PRESS
Angela Chen, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

DEMETER PRESS
Emily Regan Wills and Raechel Johns, and Sherri Martin-Baron, eds., What’s in a Name? Perspectives from Non-Biological and Non-Gestational Queer Mothers

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Matthew Mills and Gillie Stoneham, Voice and Communication Therapy with Trans and Non-Binary People
Maxfield Sparrow, Spectrums

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
Ron Stall et. al., LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

LIT RIOT PRESS
Jaimie Kelton and Robin Hopkins, If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned About Making An LGBTQ Family

MAD CREEK BOOKS
Michele Morano, Like Love (Machete)

THE NEW PRESS
Delphine Diallo, Lived Experience: Reflections on LGBTQ Life (photos of LGBTQ people over the age of 50)
Martin Duberman, Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary

NEW WORLD LIBRARY
Paria Hassouri, MD, Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution during Her Child’s Gender Change

NYU PRESS
Jen Jack Gieseking, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

OBERON BOOKS
Rachel De-Lahay, My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)

ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
Charlie McNabb, Queer Adolescence: Understanding the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Youth

SASQUATCH BOOKS
Stuart Getty and Brooke Thyng (illustrator), How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity

SHAWLINE PUBLISHING GROUP
Anita Selzer, I Am Woman

SKINNER HOUSE BOOKS
Jane Fleischman, The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging

WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS
R. Richard Wagner, Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS
Hil Malatino, Trans Care (Forerunners: Ideas First)

INDIES
Ofrit Matzas, I’ve Always Wanted a Daughter

AUGUST 2020

FICTION

AFFINITY RAINBOW PUBLICATIONS
Annette Mori, One Shot at Love

BARACHOU PRESS
Hildred Billings, Wrath (Sins of Mercy 5)
Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings, Heat (Hellfire Quartet 2)
Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings, Burn (The Hellfire Quartet 3)

BELLA BOOKS
Baxter Brown, Following Chance
Kate Merrill, Assault in Asheville (Amanda Rittenhouse mystery)
Laina Villeneuve, Cowgirl 101

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Georgia Beers, Hopeless Romantic
Ronica Black, A Love that Leads to Home
Kimberly Cooper Griffin, In the Cards
Juliette L. Dunn, Seserance (The Migax Cycle 2)
St John Karp, Quake City
Kathleen Knowles, Trade Secrets
Michelle Larkin, Sylver and Gold
D. Jackson Leigh, Blades of Bluegrass
Jaycie Morrison, Guarding Hearts (Love and Courage 3)
Jesse J. Thoma, Serenity
PJ Trebelhorn, Hopes and Dreams
Ileandra Young, Moon Fever (The S.P.E.A.R. Mission Files 2)

BUTTERWORTH BOOKS
Helena Harte, Call to Me

BYWATER BOOKS
Anna Burke, Spindrift (A Seal Cove Romance 1)

CARINA PRESS
Kelly Farmer, Out on the Ice

CORGYN PUBLISHING
Caren J. Werlinger, Face the Wind

GRAYDON HOUSE
Melissa Lenhardt, The Secret of You and Me

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
Fletcher DeLancey, Alsea Rising: Gathering Storm (Chronicles of Alsea 9; July 31)
Fletcher DeLancey, Alsea Rising: The Seventh Star (Aug. 15; more info to come!)

LISBON PRESS
Cara Malone, Foxy Lady: A Fur-Ever Veterinary Romance

RED HEN PRESS
Chelsea Catherine, Summer of the Cicadas

REGAL CREST
Mildred Gail Digby, Bloodring

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
Heather Flourney, ed., Fandom to Fantasy: Clexacon Anthology (Vol. 3)

SWOON READS
C.M. McGuire, Ironspark (YA)

TOR
Tamsyn Muir, Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy 2)

INDIES
Carly Cane, The Lighthouse
Emma Dean, Snow White and Her Huntress: A Lesbian Fairy Tale Retelling (Sapphic Fairy Tale Retellings 1)
Morgan Elliot and Erin Wade, Kidnapped Hearts
Rachel Ford, Acceptable Losses (Black Flag 5)
K J, Art of Magic
Layla Lawlor, Echo City (Gatekeeper 2)
Erica Lee, Strollers and Swings (Sunsets and Shades 2)
L.C. Mawson, Politics of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches 6)
Bryce Oakley, Something Far Away and Happy
Arizona Tape, Valkyrie 106 (The Afterlife Academy: Valkyrie Book 6)
Arizona Tape, Play To Keep (The Twisted Princesses 3)
Sienna Waters, Everything We Never Wanted
Maria Watts, Only A Pawn: Warriors for Equal Rights
B.L. Wilson, The Guardian & Her Captain (Jimson Murders 1)
Edeline Wrigh, Saltwater and Serenades
Carol Wyatt, Starting Over

NONFICTION

ABRAMS PRESS
Molly Wizenberg, The Fixed Stars (memoir)

ANDREW MILNER BOOKS
Angie Brewer, It’s Just a Phase!

BEAMING BOOKS
Leigh Finke, ed., Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens (Queerfully and Wonderfully Made Guides)
Leigh Finke, ed., Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth (Queerfully and Wonderfully Made Guides)

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHING
Jonathan Charlesworth, How to Stop Homophobic and Biphobic Bullying: A Practical Whole-School Approach
Amie Taylor (author) and Liza Stevens (illustrator), The Big Book of LGBTQ+ Activities: Teaching Children about Gender Identity, Sexuality, Relationships and Different Families

MASCOT BOOKS
Lynda Wolters, Voices of LGBTQ+: A Conversation Starter for Understanding, Supporting, and Protecting Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer People

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Adriaan van Klinken, Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa (Africana Religions)

YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
William N. Eskridge Jr. and Christopher R. Riano, Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws

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

DESERT PALM PRESS
Ellen Hoil, Traumatic Love
Gail Newman, Flight to Paradise

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
Kimberly Hart, My Little Green Girlfriend
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

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  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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