books of lesbian interest

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Lethe's gay titles include an array of gay-positive novels, poetry, erotica and literature for gay men & lesbians. Lethe is one of the world's leading publishers of gay and lesbian spirituality, poetry, and independent fiction. Below is a list of Lethe Press's books of specifically lesbian interest.

Each year Lethe Press publishes Heiresses of Russ: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
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Small Town Trouble: A Kim Claypoole Mystery

Jean Erhardt

Meet Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and amateur sleuth with moxie galore. “I’d had a feeling all along that this wasn’t going to be my day. But I hadn’t been prepared for things to go this badly…”

In Small Town Trouble, Claypoole leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her erratic mother Evelyn from financial disaster. Claypoole leaves in her wake her restaurant, The Little Pigeon, and her business partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a budding secret love affair that’s hotter than an Eskimo in July.

But Claypoole’s savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for her help clearing her hapless brother of murder charges. She gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer amid adventures with topless tavern dancers, small town cops, and a stream of backwater characters. Can Claypoole muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it’s too late?

With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what’s around the next corner in the quirky life of Kim Claypoole.

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Lethe Press
248 pages
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-521-0
1-59021-521-4


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Injustice: Book One of the Nemesis Series


K.A. Kron & Brenda L. Leffler

The Mile-High City has its troubles. Fortunately it also has a troubleshooter, Riley Connors, who s more than what she seems: law student, waitress, and flirt. Because Riley has a past and connections that enable her to protect the people around her. She's a nemesis to many. Her penchant for investigating and meting out justice to criminals and scum that the law has not touched is about to be tested when Riley meets Ali Garcia, a girl who presses every one of Riley's buttons, from caution to distrust to desire. Ali's in danger and Riley finds herself unable to resist, knowing full well that even her wiles and skills at handing out justice are about to be tested.

Review by Jerry Wheeler at Out in Print

Review at Lambda Literary

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254 pages, 59000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-407-7
1-59021-407-2
eISBN 978-1-59021-251-6

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The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella


by Jean Roberta

“Imagine an upperclass English girl kidnapped by pirates when she was eleven, and eventually returned to her family. If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably either read the classic book A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes, or seen the movie. Whatever you may imagine, Jean Roberta has taken the grown-up Emily far beyond your—or the younger Emily’s—wildest speculations.

“This is, indeed, a ‘Bawdy Novella,’ but there’s more to it than that. Emily is a smart and spirited heroine, adventurous enough to see the bright side of the unspoken (and unfounded) assumption that she must be ‘damaged goods.’ If her best friend at their elite girls’ school ‘believed that I carried unspeakable knowledge like hidden treasure under my clothes,’ all the better for getting, and sharing, such treasure. When the friend ultimately lacks the courage for a permanent relationship, Emily tosses off the constraints of 19th-century English society and returns to the sea on a more-or-less pirate ship manned by gay fugitives from the British Navy.

“The adventures that follow would be fun even without the sex, but sex does flow with more intoxicating effect than sailors’ grog or pirates’ rum. While Emily does find female companionship, she is not too set in her ways to sample other couplings—or triplings, or more—and neither are her shipmates. The main characters are not only multi-talented as to sex, but multi-dimensional people. The historical setting, from England to the West Indies during the American Civil War, is convincing, and if the sex occasionally reaches into the realms of fantasy, what could be better for a decidedly Bawdy Novella?”
—Sacchi Green, author of A Ride to Remember, editor of Girl Fever

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142 pages, 40000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-417-6
1-59021-417-X
eISBN 978-1-59021-384-1

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Fatal Women: The Esther Garber Novellas

Tanith Lee

“The language can be lush, and the passions do flame… Elements of fantasy make their way into these tales as allusion, echoes of old myths and fables: Rherlotte as the hunter’s goddess Diana in mortal form, the household of women in ‘Virgile’ like some elaborately metaphoric medieval verse about an uncanny court…”
—Faren Miller, Locus Magazine

World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee channels the allusive Esther Garber to tell these dark, erotic tales of lesbian ardor and obsession. The “fatal women” found within these pages lead exotic lives and adventures and have grim secrets. From fin de siècle Paris to Egypt of the 1930s and contemporary England, the Garber novellas create feverish dreams of danger, scandal, and sensuality.

This new edition includes the novella “Femme Fatale,” never before in print, as well as an essay by Mavis Haut, author of The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee, about the eminence of this collection within Lee’s body of work.


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Lethe Press
330 pages, 98000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-310-0
1-59021-310-6
eISBN 978-1-59021-073-4

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Mark Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award Honor Book

a+e 4EVER - a graphic novel

by ilike merey

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white.

Review at Prism Comics

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Lethe Press
8.5 x 11 B&W graphics
214 pages, 30000 words

978-1-59021-390-2
1590213904


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Heiresses of Russ
The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

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Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction


Tenea D. Johnson & Steve Berman, editors

“One of the most compelling aspects of speculative fiction is its ability to fulfill otherwise unattainable desires—whether one wants to create a magical society or travel through time, visit an alien civilization or remake history. It also satisfies more mundane reader desires, the ones it would not seem so hard to fulfill. To call a few of these out, I'll willingly step on this mine: the explosion of ‘should.’

“It should not be easier to find a zombie apocalypse than it is to find a lesbian protagonist in the aisles of your local bookstore. Falling for werewolves and shape shifters should not be more accepted than a transgendered love affair; marginalized people really will still exist in the future; more folks should know that, and more so create like they know it. Someone then must step into the gap, or to be more accurate the gaping holes in the collective visions of our possibilities as human beings. In these pages, someone has. Seventeen someones to be exact.”

—from the Introduction by Tenea D. Johnson

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Lethe Press
322 pages, 103000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-170-0
1-59021-170-7
eISBN 978-1-59021-173-1

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Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Connie Wilkins & Steve Berman, editors

“Several of the fantasy selections use the witch as a classic symbol of female mystery and power, but the stories have a good breadth of setting, and each has a distinctive voice. Showcasing a mix of authors, from superstars like Nalo Hopkinson to promising newcomers like S.L. Knapp, this solid, well-chosen collection will be enjoyed by genre fans of all genders and orientations.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Our worthy mission was to highlight the breadth and quality of lesbian speculative fiction published during the past year, but our even higher purpose has been to provide a book that any readers with a taste for quality science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all their permutations will enjoy.”
—from the Introduction by
Lambda Literary Award-winning co-editor Connie Wilkins
 
An unexplained astronomical phenomenon brings a woman and her grandfather closer while she questions the meaning of faith. African villagers in need of aid are sent automatons rather than human relief workers. Mermaids devour men drawn by their song, but what will happen to a steampunk submersible piloted by a woman? Two teenage girls discover that memories are held in the fine aromas of perfumes. A family of sisters in Mexico discovers a fallen angel. These are tales of the strange, the wondrous, the eerie, but all are richly told stories of women facing the unknown and how they are changed by their experiences.

Good review at Tor.com

Review at The Future Fire

Read Nicola's recommendations for lesbian sci-fi. Heiresses of Russ is at the top of her list.

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Lethe Press
302 pages, 96000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-159-5
1-59021-159-6
eISBN 978-1-59021-426-8

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GOLDIE Award Finalist
Over the Rainbow list nominee

Heiresses of Russ 2011:
The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction


edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft & Steve Berman

Welcome to a new annual anthology created in honor of the late Joanna Russ, American writer, academic, and feminist whose work shone brightly in the male-dominated field of speculative fiction of the latter part of the twentieth century.

Heiresses of Russ offers readers in one volume the best lesbian-themed tales of the fantastical and otherworldly published during the prior year. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman read countless books, periodicals, and webzines to collect a range of tales—from new voices as well as award-winning authors—that celebrate the spirit of Russ’s fiction:  stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. The transformative power of the written word becomes magic and tests the boundaries of gender, identity, and a woman’s dreams.

Stories by: Georgina Bruce, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Labbé, Steve Berman, Rachel Swirsky, Ellen Kushner, Zen Cho, Csilla Kleinheincz, Catherine Lundoff, Nora Olsen, N. K. Jemisin

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286 pages, 92000 words
6x9trade paperback
978-1-59021-396-4
1-59021-396-3

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The Novels of K.A. Kron


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Shades of Gray

K.A. Kron


  Gray Edwards is finally back on duty, this time assigned to a Training Unit that does a lot more than training.  This high tech virtual world tests the boundaries of reality.  Gray finds herself flying once again with Dani Brown, and on the Fourth of July they are under attack during what is supposed to be a routine training exercise on downrange Fort Carson.
 
Edwards struggles, with a little help from old friends and new, to save the survivors, while staying one step ahead of the authorities who are investigating, and out of the hands of whoever is responsible.  The shocking truth about what really happened is something Gray never imagined.

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Lethe Press
250 pages, 90000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-327-8
1-59021-327-0 eISBN 978-1-59021-411-4

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Don't Tell

by K.A. Kron

The last thing Gray Edwards has on her mind when she arrives for Basic Training is falling in love, especially with another woman.  Annie Randall, who at first blush looks to be her polar opposite, turns out to be someone she can’t live without.

Given the perfect setting for romance, with drill sergeants, other recruits, no privacy, wrinkled uniforms and days without showers, what could possibly go wrong?

After Basic is over, Gray and Annie find themselves geographically challenged as they pursue their individual careers within the military structure.  Gray jumps through all the hoops in hopes of becoming a pilot, along with Dani, who also just completed Basic, while Annie studies to be a doctor.

When the schooling is finally over, the reality of their future sets in.  Gray is deployed with Dani and Annie takes matters into her own hands so that they can finally be together.  Nobody wins in this war, but they fight for what they believe in.

K. A. Kron knows first hand about the faceless veterans who were trapped in a glass closet while serving their country. 

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232 pages, 102000 words
6x9trade paperback
978-1-59021-113-7
1-59021-113-8

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GOLDIE Award Finalist
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Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic

edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft & Catherine Lundoff

The essence of frrie Devalleantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community. All these elements and more can be found in the queer women of Hellebore & Rue. These lesbians shape their worlds, their wants and needs, and, most important, their destinies. Here are stories of a green mage reuniting with her former partner on one last mission in Connie Wilkins’ “The Windskimmer”; a shaman calling on the power of the Medicine Buddha to fight demons in Jean Marie Ward’s “Personal Demons”; and even an aging school nurse discovering a dark secret about her heritage in Steve Berman’s “D is for Delicious.” A dozen stories by a dozen talented authors, including Juliet Kemp, Lisa Morton, Ruth Sorrell, C. B. Calsing, and other names that promise the reader many wonders.

4-star review by Kate Genet

Great and informative review by Merry Gangemi in Lambda Lit

Good review in Australian site

Review at Out in Print

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Rainbow Awards 2011 winner
Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Fantasy



Nice mention in Ambling Along the Aqueduct by Carrie Deval

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Lethe Press
236 pages, 75000 words
6x9trade paperback
978-1-59021-377-3
1-59021-377-7

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A Ride to Remember
and Other Erotic Tales


by Sacchi Green

A Ride to Remember takes you on a journey through the sensual imagination of Sacchi Green, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Erotica. These thirteen stories offer an ever-changing panorama of encounters between women who know what they want and grasp it with fierce intensity. Travel the globe, from Alaska to the Grand Canyon, travel through the ages, from ancient China to Victorian England to the present day, along a trail of incendiary embraces and passionate hearts. 

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Lethe Press
144 pages, 53000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-320-9
1-59021-320-3

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Promises, Promises:
a romp with plenty of dykes, a unicorn, an ogre, an oracle, a quest, a princess, and true love with a happily ever after

by L-J Baker

A talking pearl earring.
A gleaming white unicorn.
A flower from an ogre.

Sandy Blunt, witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. The punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death. With the help of ill-assorted companions, including a self-proclaimed princess in disguise with a wild imagination, a self-absorbed member of the royal guard, and the not-so-average girl next door, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places – encountering such dangerous creatures as a dragon who writes awful poetry, slovenly elves, and boarding house landladies – to collect the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and so evade the executioner.

Promises, Promises is a light-hearted, hilarious tale that contrives to be an entertaining read while it pokes fun at the fantasy genre’s  most beloved conventions: quests, D&D, women warriors in chainmail bikinis, magical swords and mythical creatures.”
—Catherine Lundoff,
author & Golden Crown Literary Award winner


Wonderful review on Smashwords from Dejay Garden: "The characters are well developed, the plot line hilarious and the laughter much appreciated. I read into the wee hours of the night to finish and my sides ached from laughing. Great book."
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232 pages, 67000 words
5.5x8.5trade paperback
978-1-59021-337-7
1-59021-337-8

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Engines of Desire
Tales of Love and Other Horrors

by Livia Llewellyn

with an introduction by Laird Barron

“Livia Llewellyn is a gifted new author who can write disturbing and fascinating stories which are difficult to forget. She isn’t afraid to shock her readers with imaginative but brutally realistic visions about death, sex and love – in her stories these three ingredients go hand in hand and wondrous and horrifying things happen. I think it’s fair to say that this collection is pure ecstasy for all lovers of dark, disturbing and challenging speculative fiction.”
—RisingShadow.net

Death and pleasure. Freud’s Todestrieb, his statement that “libido has the task of making the destroying instinct innocuous, and it fulfills the task by diverting that instinct to a great extent outwards....The instinct is then called the destructive instinct, the instinct for mastery, or the will to power.” Few authors have spun stories of Thanatos and Eros as skillfully and powerfully as Livia Llewellyn.
 
In his introduction to this volume, Laird Barron writes “Scant difference exists between exquisite pleasure and pain.” An orphan girl with a mind for anthracite falls into the hands of a cult worshiping an entombed god. In the Pacific Northwest, evergreens lull prepubescent girls into their trunks to serve as wombs. A suburban housewife troubled by her present encounters the sixteen-year-old girl she ached to touch in her dreams. These ten stories promise to indulge the reader’s sensibilities, their fears and desires.

Read an Interview with Livia Llewellyn at Weird Fiction Review

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214 pages, 86000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-324-7
1-59021-324-6

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Sleeping Beauty Indeed

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Sleeping Beauty, Indeed

ed by JoSelle Vanderhooft

Fairy tales have long intrigued readers. They’re the first stories we remember, and they resonate within us as adults.      
   In Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft offers us a new take on an ancient theme: fairy tales from a lesbian perspective. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, from original myths by talented authors to classics retold with a deft hand, these tales are by turn erotic and sensuous, loving and wicked. Take a bite of the magic apple and make this anthology your bedtime story tonight.

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176 pages
5x8 trade paperback

978-1-59021-223-3

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Hard Road, Easy Riding

Lesbian Biker Stories
Edited by Sacchi Green & Rekelle Valencia

Take a ride—on the wild side.

Sex should be  intense, joyful, and liberating—exactly as written in these edgy and uninhibited stories. While there are many anthologies of lesbian erotica available, none so far have focused on the interaction between the lifestyles and sexual adventures of lesbian bikers. What’s sexier than a hot woman, clad in form-fitting leather, fiercely in control of the Iron Horse between her legs?


Lethe Press Paperback,
216 pages
ISBN 978-1-59021-068-0

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Mohanraj

Silence and the Word
By Mary Anne Mohanraj

A new collection drawing from the many areas of Mary Anne Mohanraj's work, Silence and the Word includes everything from enticing erotica to Sri Lankan-American immigrant tales, from romantic poetry to provocative essays. Mohanraj boldly explores sexuality, ethnicity, and their interactions with the human heart. If you're a long-time fan, you'll be thrilled to have so much of her work finally collected in one place; if you're a new reader, prepare to be emotionally engaged, possibly aroused, and certainly fascinated by what you're about to read.

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300 pages
5x8 trade paperback
ISBN 159021014X
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A Taste of Serendib

a Sri Lankan Cookbook

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Serendib: one of the many names for Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Taprobane -- an island nation south of India, rich in tea and spices, vegetables, fruit and fish, possessing a complex multicultural cuisine. A Taste of Serendib is a collection of unexpected, delightful, fortunate flavors, forty-five recipes to tantalize your tastebuds and satisfy your stomach.
Lethe Press
108 pages
5x8trade paperback
978-1-59021-100-7
1590211006

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