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 August 2019 and books that were released in July 2019. We’ve also left June 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 AUGUST 2019

FICTION

AVON IMPULSE
Cat Sebastian, A Little Light Mischief (A Turner Novella)

BELLA BOOKS
RL Burgess, Counting on Love
Jaime Clevenger, All the Reasons I Need
Emily King, Summer Desires

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
MB Austin, Double Down (Maji Rios 3)
Jenny Frame, Blood of the Pack (Wolfgang County 3)
Sandy Lowe, Party of Three
Renee Roman, Where the Lies Hide
Missouri Vaun, Chasing Sunset
Karis Walsh, Sit. Stay. Love.
Sheri Lewis Wohl, Cause of Death

CANELO
Lisa Hartley, Time to Go (Detective Caelan Smal 3)

CREATIVIA
Constance Emmett, Heroine of her Own Life

CTP PULSE
Laney Wylde, When Light Shatters

DREAMSPINNER PRESS
Elle Ire, Threadbare (Storm Fronts)

FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
Sara Stridsberg (Author) and Deborah Bragan-Turner (Translator), Valerie: or, The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel
JMS BOOKS
Davina Lee, Miss Baxter’s Girls Book 3: Chef Margo

HARPERCOLLINS
Daisy Tate, You Make Me Feel Like Glamping (Happy Glampers 1)
Daisy Tate, Do You Really Want to Yurt Me? (Happy Glampers 2)
Daisy Tate, Teepees for Two (Happy Glampers 3)
Daisy Tate, We Are the Glampions! (Happy Glampers 4)

LABOR OF LOVE COMMUNICATIONS
Chelsey Engel, A Summer of Fever and Freedom

MINOTAUR BOOKS
Ellen Hart, Twisted at the Root (A Jane Lawless Mystery)

NIGHT RIVER PRESS
Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Without a Net

NINESTAR PRESS
Nancy J. Hedin, Stray
Jodi Hutchins, The Grim Assistant (Tales from the Grim 1)

PYLAND PUBLISHING
Nicole Pyland, What Happened After…(San Francisco Series Finale)

REDHOOK
Hollie Overton, The Runaway

REGAL CREST
K. Aten, Burn It Down

SAPPHIRE BOOKS
B.L. Clark, Rearview Mirror (Eagle Peak Romance)

TRITON
Kristina Meister, Love Under Glasse

WHISPER PUBLICATIONS
Cheryl L. Hyde, Silk Whispers

YLVA PUBLISHING
A.L. Brooks, The Long Shot
Shaya Crabtree, Tight Knit
Lois Cloarec Hart, The Calgary Series (boxed set)
Jenn Matthews, The Words Shimmer

INDIES
Max Ellendale, Hart & Stocker
Brett Hicks, Orion Rising (Return of the Old-Bloods 4)
Allie Keane, In Bloom
Siena Waters, Picture Me Perfect

NONFICTION

BERGHAHN BOOKS
Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate, eds., Preservation and Place: Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

BLACK INC.
Benjamin Law, ed., Growing Up Queer in Australia

CAITLIN PRESS, INC.
Jules Torti, Free to a Good Home: With Room for Improvement

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Freiya Benson, Trans Love: An Anthology of Transgender and Non-Binary Voices
Sam Hope, Person-Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People: A Practical Guide
Jennie Kermode, Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary People with Disabilities or Illnesses: A Good Practice Guide for Health and Care Provision

MAGINATION PRESS
Kathryn Gonzales MBA and Karen Rayne PhD, Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You

NEED TO KNOW LIBRARY
Greg Baldino, Everything You Need to Know About Bisexuality (ages 12-17)
Anita Louise McCormick, Everything You Need to Know about Nonbinary Gender Identities (ages 12-17)

NYU PRESS
Emily Skidmore, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (reprint ed.)

OBERON BOOKS
Emma Frankland, None of Us is Yet a Robot: Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition

PLEIADES PRESS
Meg Day and Niki Herd, eds., Laura Hershey: On the Life and Work of an American Master

REAKTION BOOKS
Paul Baker, Fabulosa!: The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language

ROSEN YOUNG ADULT
Devlin Smith, The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights

ROUTLEDGE
Susan Gluck Mezey, Transgender Rights: From Obama to Trump
Emma K. Russell, Queer Histories and the Politics of Policing (Queering Criminology and Criminal Justice) [order from your library; this shit is expensive!]

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
The Kilroys, The Kilroys List, Vol. 2: 67 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights

VINTAGE
Dora Carrington (Anne Chisholm, ed.), Carrington’s Letters: Her Art, Her Loves, Her Friendships (reprint)

W.W. NORTON
Elijah C. Nealy, Trans Kids and Teens: Pride, Joy, and Families in Transition
Adrienne Rich (Sandra M. Gilbert, ed.), Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry (HERSTORY ALERT!)

JULY 2019

FICTION

7.13 BOOKS
Kim Magowan, The Light Source

BALZAR + BRAY
Ashley Poston, Soul of Stars

BELLA BOOKS
Virginia Hale, The Secret Chord
Bette Hawkins, In My Heart
Karin Kallmaker, Because I Said So

BLACK MASK COMICS
Matteo Pizzollo et. al., CALEXIT: Emmie-X, Vol 1
Patrick Shand et. al., Breathless

BLACK ROSE WRITING
Alice Benson, A Year in Her Life

BLUEMOOSE BOOKS
Clara Barley, The Moss House

BOLD STROKES BOOKS
Dena Blake, Just One Look
Melissa Brayden, Beautiful Dreamer
Gun Brooke, Insult to Injury
Meredith Doench, Deadeye (Luce Hansen thriller 3)
Michelle Larkin, Endangered
VK Powell, Incognito
Aurora Rey, Lead Counsel (Boss of Her novella)
Renee Roman, Hard Body
MJ Williamz, Scene of the Crime

THE BOROUGH PRESS
Kate Davies, In at the Deep End

BRISK PRESS
Rachel Spangler, Spanish Surrender

BYWATER BOOKS
Marianne K. Martin, Kickin’ Rocks

CANABY PRESS
Marcus Alexander Hart, Alexis vs. the Afterlife: An Urban Fantasy Comedy (The Alexis McRiott Jams Book 1)

CARINA PRESS
Allie Therin, Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan Book 1)

DELACORTE PRESS
Rory Power, Wilder Girls

DESERT PALM PRESS
Jane Alden, Jobyna’s Blues
Jessica Yeh, Bend for Me

FANTAGRAPHICS
Jaime Hernandez, Tonta (Love and Rockets)

FOXGLOVE FICTION
Ceillie Simkiss, Second Wind

GENRES WERE MADE TO BE BROKEN
A Queer Summer Night in Cowtown (various authors)

HARPER VOYAGER
Claire O’Dell, The Hound of Justice (The Janet Watson Chronicles)

HEARTSOME PUBLISHING
Emma Sterner-Radley, Greengage Shelf (Greengage Series 3)

IMAGE COMICS
Brendan Fletcher et. al., Motor Crush Vol. 3

KNOPF
Lila Savage, Say, Say, Say

MOUNTAIN GAP BOOKS
Jeanine G’Fellers, Keeping House (Appalachian Elementals 2)

NORTON
Patricia Highsmith (Author) and Terry Castle (Author), The Price of Salt: A Norton Critical Edition (Norton Critical Editions)

PHOENIX RISING PRESS
Lynn Ames, Secrets Well Kept

PYLAND PUBLISHING
Nicole Pyland, This Above All (San Francisco 3)

REBEL HOUSE INK
Ann Hunter, Against the Odds (North Oak Book 7)

REGAL CREST
Mildred Gail Digby, Perfect Match

THE RIGHT CHAIR PRESS
Charlie Cochran, Love in Every Season

SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Alex DiFrancesco, All City

SIMON & SCHUSTER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Rebecca Kim Wells, Shatter the Sky

SIMON PULSE
Amy Reed, The Nowhere Girls

SKY PONY
Miriam McNamara, An Impossible Distance to Fall

SNUGGLY BOOKS
Renée Vivien (Author) and Brian Stableford (Translator), A Woman Appeared to Me

SUPPOSED CRIMES
Geonn Cannon, Raised by Wolves (Underdogs 8)

TOR
JY Yang, The Ascent to Godhood (The Tensorate Series Book 4)

WAITING DOG PRESS
Lydia L. Vaughn, The Victorian</a

WEDNESDAY BOOKS
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, Please Send Help

YLVA PUBLISHING
Jae, Oregon series, boxed set (link to come)
Lee Winter, On the Record series (link to come)

INDIES
Rachel Ford, Lee Shores (Black Flag Book 2)
Kim Hartfield, Fool Me Once
Claerie Kavanaugh, Duet Rubato (Dueling Hearts Saga 1)
Rae McDaniel, Crimson and Amber (Coffee and Emeralds 2)
Lark Maren, Undefeated
Elizabeth Roderick, The Hoodlum Army
Marian Snowe and Ruby Grandin, Stay With Me (late June)
Claire Highton-Stevenson, Leaving Bree (June 30)

NONFICTION

AMAZON ORIGINAL STORIES
Jacqueline Woodson, Before Her (The One; memoir)

BLACK ROSE WRITING
Carla Rachel Sameth, One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays

DOTTIR PRESS
Chelsea Johnson et. al., IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Jonathan Branfman (Author) and Julie Benbassat (Illustrator), You Be You!: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family
Laura Kate Dale, Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman

MICROCOSM PUB
Eloisa Aquino, The Life & Times of Butch Dykes: Portraits of Artists, Leaders, and Dreamers Who Changed the World

PRAEGER
Dana Jennett Bevan, Transgender Health and Medicine: History, Practice, Research, and the Future

ROUTLEDGE
Daneel Buring, Lesbian and Gay Memphis: Building Communities Behind the Magnolia Curtain (Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture)

ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
Cynthia L. Winfield, Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me; 2nd ed.)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
George Takei et. al., They Called Us Enemy (graphic memoir)

VIKING
Amanda Jette Knox, Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family

JUNE 2019

FICTION

AFFINITY RAINBOW
Annette Mori, A Window to Love

ANGRY ROBOT
Ada Hoffman, The Outside

BARACHOU PRESS
Hildred Billings, June Bride (A Year in Paradise Book 6)

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

BLACK MASK COMICS
Magdalene Visaggio, Kim & Kim Vol 3: Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

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

BRITAIN’S NEXT BESTSELLER
Emma Nichols, Summer Fate: Falling for Grace was inevitable

BUMBLING BARD CREATIONS
J.A. Armstrong, Scene Change (Off Screen Book 9)

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

HEARTSOME PRESS
Going Up

JMS BOOKS
Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk, The Power to Rise
Lisa Snijders, Inside These Bones

LEGEND PRESS
Holly Wainwright, The Mummy Bloggers

LISBON PRESS
Cara Malone, Mind Games: A Fox County Forensics Novel

MS WORDSMITH
Heather MacLee, Too Good to be True? (Wild Violet 1)

NINESTAR PRESS
J.S. Fields, Tales from Ardulum

OUTLINES PRESS
JD Glass, Daisy’s Chain (short story)

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
Dolores Maggiore, Paris for Two: Til Death Do We Part
Barrett Magill, Deliver Us from Evil (The Damaged Series Book 4; 3rd ed.)
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)

TWO PENINSULAS PRESS
Brigham Vaughn, The Greenest Isle (Colors Book 2)

WARM FLANNEL READS
Abby Crofton, Meet Me at Pride

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
S.W. Andersen, The Love Doctor
Karen Badger, Over the Crescent Moon
Idella Breen, Unrestricted Magic (Witch Twin Chronicles 1)
Jo Brodie, Haze (The Saltbury Chronicles Book 1)
Laura Conway, Dancing the Night Away
Nicolette Dane, Pop Girl
Nicolette Dane, Punk Girl
Nicolette Dane, Hot Chef
Nicolette Dane, Tiny House, Big Love
Natalie Debrabandere, Riding on High
Suzanne Falter, Destined (Oaktown Girls 3)
Jenn Fitzpatrick, <a href=”http://Gemini
Heerlen Fira, One More
Kim Hartfield, It Was You
Eliza Lentzski, One Little Secret (Don’t Call Me Hero 4)
K.C. Littleton, Scout and the Lavender Girl (Love in Austin Book 1)
Monica McCallan, Good Spin
Donna Raider, A Twist in Time (Two Different Worlds Book 1)
Kat Smith, From Behind the Shadows (Shadow Series)
Erin Wade, Assassination Authorized
Sienna Waters, Away from Home: An Oakview Lesbian Romance
C.P. Watson, Finding You: Three Lesbian Novels
C.P. Watson, She’s With Me (novella)
C.P. Watson, Just Write: Three Lesbian Novellas
C.P. Watson, To Love Her: Three Lesbian Short Stories
Barbara Winkes, Amber Alert

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!)

COUNTERPOINT
James Polchin, Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

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

JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Brian T. Harris, et.al., Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community: Theory and Practice
Rachel Anne Williams, Transgressive: A Trans Woman on Gender, Feminism, and Politics

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)

SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Chavisa Woods, 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism

STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Guy Davidson, Categorically Famous: Literary Celebrity and Sexual Liberation in 1960s America (Post*45)

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

VIKING
Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

INDIES
London Alexander, The Downtown Underground: A memoir of my time with the underground drag queens of Downtown Los Angeles
Tiger Pournelle and Frank Pournelle, All That You Can Be: Part I
Edie Wyatt, Married, Divorced, and Gay by 30: A Memoir

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70 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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