December Newsletter

New Releases

December

 

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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Hindsight by Jody Klaire

(Bink Books) The lock is the key. General Ursula Frei goes missing and the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

Mandala Dreams by C.A. Casey

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(Rogue Books) Relax. Focus. Meditate. Color 38 calming mandalas and let the stress fall away. Includes 38 inspirational quotes.
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Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Two Bedazzled Ink books and one GusGus Press book received 2016 Rainbow Awards.

  • Winner – It Pours by C.D. Cain – Contemporary General Fiction
  • Winner – A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler – Contemporary Romance
  • Honorable Mention – Women of the Year by Karen Richard – Anthology/Collection/General Contemporary Fiction

And It Pours and A Kiss Before Dawn made it in the top ten Best Lesbian Book (regardless of category) ranked by total points from the judges.

 

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review in the November/December 2016 issue of AJL (Association of Jewish Libraries) Reviews and in the December issue of Hadassah Magazine.

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Tina Sears The River’s Edge has a review in the December 2016 issue of VOYA Magazine.

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Chris Convissor’s The Urn Carrier has a review in the December 2016 issue of VOYA Magazine.
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Jody Klaire has created a series of short stories called The Whisterblower set in the world of Above and Beyond series.


Tina Sears found a copy of The River’s Edge in the Books-A-Million in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Elaine Burnes blogs about why she likes short stories and about A Perfect Life and Other Stories (GusGus Press) in her blog Thoughts on Writing and Life.  She encourages everyone to give short stories a try.

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Andrea Simon has a pair of articles posted to The ProsenPeople column on the Jewish Book Council website. In “Rewriting My Family Memoir as a Work of Fiction” Andrea Simon tells about how she incorporated the research for her book Bashert: A Granddaughter’s Holocaust Quest and her own family members into Esfir Is Alive, a novel about the life of Esfir Manevich, the only recorded survivor of the massacre of 50,000 Jews at the forest site of Brona Gora. In “If It Didn’t Exactly Happen, Can It Be True?” Andrea talks about how she learned to blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction in her writing. In “Writing About My Friends and Relatives,” her final post as Guest Scribe to The ProsenPeople column, Andrea relates the pitfalls of fictionalizing friends and family in her work.


Phyllis Carito did a reading from Worn Masks at Columbia-Greene Community College Library in Hudson, New York.

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Andrea Simon celebrates with bubbly at the book launch for Esfir Is Alive in New York City.

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Award-winning Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence made it onto The Lesbian Review‘s Top 10 Lesbian Science Fiction Novels as a bonus title.


Tina Sears signs The River’s Edge at its book launch in Fredericksburg, Virgina.

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December Events

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The Books-a-Million in Fredericksburg, Virginia (Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Mall Drive) will be hosting a book signing of Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge from 12:00-3:00 on December 3rd.

Tina Sears is dusting off her dancing shoes and teaching the Foxtrot and Waltz for the Harry Potter Ball at the Barnes and Noble, Central Park in Fredericksburg, Virgina on this Friday, Dec. 9th. She’s signing copies of The River’s Edge from 5 to 9 pm and then teaching you how to shake a tail feather from 6 to 7pm. The Ball starts at 7 pm but there will be early activities too.

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The Situation Room in Los Angeles 2313 Norwalk Ave) will be hosting a reading and signing of Meital Yaniv’s Spectrum for an Untouchable at 4:00-6:00 pm on December 10th.

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Chis Convissor will be signing copies of The Urn Carrier at the Red Door Cafe in Lake Ann, Michigan on December 10th from 11 am to 1 pm. She’s also giving away a free audio version of The Urn Carrier to a lucky attendee.

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November Newsletter

New Releases

November

 

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After a Time by Laurie Salzler
(Bink Books YA) In the late 1800’s, Mayme Watson boards a train bound for Eagle Rock, Idaho. What she finds there is the start of a new life.

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Esfir Is Alive by Andrea Simon

(Bink Books) Esfir Manevich is a young Jewish girl who lives in the Polish town of Kobrin in 1936. Facing anti-Semitism in public school, Esfir moves in with her charming aunt who runs a boardinghouse in the bustling city of Brest. Being younger than the other boarders, Esfir struggles to find a place in her new life, all the while worrying about her diminishing role in the family she left behind.

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Hindsight by Jody Klaire

(Bink Books) The lock is the key. General Ursula Frei goes missing and the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil.

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The Mermaid Girl by Xequina

(Dragonfeather Books) A series of big storms flood the sea town where Camila lives and she finds a tiny, newborn mermaid in a puddle of water.

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Pagan Heaven by Ruth Rouff

(GusGus Press) In an unusual melding of narrative poetry and spot-on prose, Pagan Heaven offers a wry take on the absurdities of modern American life, all the while celebrating human uniqueness whenever, wherever, and however it’s found.

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Spectrum for an Untouchable by Meital Yaniv

(GusGus Press) Spectrum for an Untouchable is an experimental book that aspires to explain Israel, and what it means to be Israeli, from an autobiographical standpoint.

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December

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review School Library Journal, Kirkus ReviewsBooklist, and in the YA Spotlight in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews.

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Bev Jafek’s The Sacred Beasts has a five star review in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews.

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Tina Sear’s The River’s Edge has a review on YABooksCentral.com.


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The Book Club at Stamford High School (Stamford, Lincolnshire) enjoyed StarMark so much they designed their own coat of arms and sent Katherine Hetzel this picture of some bookmarks they made based on StarMark.

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Meital Yaniv called the launch party last weekend in Los Angeles for Spectrum for an Untouchable amazing. She had a great time and engaged in a very intriguing conversation with her audience.

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Chris Convissor signing The Urn Carrier at the Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Jo Knowles, author of Read Between the Lines (Candlewick), sent a picture of her dog admiring The River’s Edge to Tina Sears.

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November Events

Four authors will be reading from Haunting Muses at Laurel Book Store in Oakland, California on November 12th at 7:00 p.m. The authors are Giovanna Capone, Xequina Berber, Jamie Sage Cotton, and Andrea Lambert.

Phyllis Carito will be reading from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) on November 29th, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Columbia-Greene Community College Library in Hudson, New York.

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October Newsletter

New Releases

September

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A Perfect Life and Other Stories by Elaine Burnes

(GusGus Press) Call it happily ever after or a perfect life, it’s a universal destination we all hope to reach. From North America’s highest mountain to that quirky town at the end of the hook of Cape Cod and well past the stars beyond, Elaine explores the hopes and fears that drive us all.

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Right Out of Nowhere by Laurie Salzler

(Bink Books) Roni Oatman belongs to a crew that conducts Search and Rescue Operations for the Forestry Service deep in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. They save lost people, but Roni is a bit lost herself.

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under the influence by cat mac

(GusGus Press) cat mac’s first collection of poetry, set in Vancouver, B.C. and Mexico, is about a poet growing up in the sixties, grows up in a dysfunctional family, who gets out from under negative influences, comes out as a lesbian, and becomes a healthy, happy poet-singer-songwriter.

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The Urn Carrier by Chris Convissor

(Bink Books YA) Nineteen-year-old Tessa is suddenly tasked with spreading her great aunt’s ashes all over the US and Canada so the rest of her relatives can receive their inheritance.

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October

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Haunting Muses edited by Doreen Perrine

(GusGus Press) In this collection of lesbian stories, ghosts, be they actual or the metaphorical ghosts of memories, aren’t necessarily evil and hauntings may or may not be bad.

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Hindsight by Jody Klaire

(Bink Books) The fourth book in the Above & Beyond series. The lock is the key. General Ursula Frei goes missing and the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil. Can Aeron and Renee get Frei to safety and keep her past’s secrets hidden? Or will the truth mean she loses the freedom she fought so hard to have all these years?

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Live Love Lacrosse by Barbara L. Clanton

(Dragonfeather Books) Addie Coleburn, fresh out of the sixth grade, is spending the summer at her grandmother’s house in Syracuse with her mother and brother. Kimi Takahashi, a girl who lives up the street, invites Addie to go to the park and play lacrosse.

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The River’s Edge by Tina Sears

(Bink Books YA) Forced to spend the summer of 1976 with relatives, Chris Morgan faces many challenges. Surrounded by the danger of the river and the shadows of her family’s past, Chris realizes her carefree childhood is ending.

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The Sacred Beasts by Bev Jafek

(Bink Books) Ruth, a brilliant zoologist and geologist and Sylvie, a young French artist travel to Spain’s Costa Brava and then on to Barcelona—Ruth filtering the world through her feminist political and zoological/environmental perspective, and Sylvie capturing the world around her with a vivid, penetrating artist eye.

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Worn Masks by Phyllis Carito

(GusGus Press) Set in the late twentieth century, Mary Grace, an independent and solitary woman in her late forties, is drawn back into her mother’s life and death, and a journey that impacts her life as an estranged daughter.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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The Book of the Mandolin Player (Bink Books) by Anne Britting Oleson has a review on centralmaine.com. Anne Britting Oleson has also been selected to participate in the 2016 Amtrak Writers Residency Program.

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The Urn Carrier (Bink Books) by Chris Convissor is featured in “On the Road, Again: New YA Road Trip Novels | SLJ Spotlight” in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal.

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Meital Yaniv’s Spectrum for an Untouchable (GusGus Press) has a review in the Huffington Post.

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The River’s Edge (Bink BooksYA) by Tina Sears is one of YA and Kids Books Central Buzzworthy Books for Fall 2016.


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Chris Convissor said, “Let them eat cake,” at the launch party for The Urn Carrier in Traverse City, Michigan.

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C.D. Cain and Chris Convissor at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia.


October Events

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[Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew] If you’re in Orlando, Florida for Pride weekend, C.D. Cain will be signing copies of When It Raynes (Bink Books) and It Pours (Bink Books) at the Melissa Crispo concert starting 9:15 p.m. October 7th at the Copper Rocket Pub.

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Celebrate Women’s Week in Provincetown with a Halloween treat of two book readings and signings for Haunting Muses (GusGus Press) The readings are on Thursday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. and Friday October 14th at 11 p.m. at Art Market Provincetown, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA. Attending authors are Lee Altomaro, Elaine Burnes, L.K. Early, Sacchi Green, Bonnie Morris, Doreen Perrine, and Pascal Scott.

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Also on October 13th during Women’s Week in Provincetown, Doreen Perrine will be reading “Angel of Light,” her ghost story in Haunting Muses from  10:15-11:45 a.m. and Elaine Burnes will be reading from A Perfect Life and Other Stories (GusGus Press) and Wishbone (Bink Books) from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. during the GCLS event at the Sage Inn & Lounge.

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At the same GCLS event Jody Klaire will be there through the magic of Skype, with the help of Velvet Lounger, who will read from Jody’s book, La Vie en Bleu at 2:45 p.m.

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Book Signing. Chris Convissor will be signing copies of The Urn Carrier (Bink Books) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. October 15th at the Horizon Bookstore, Traverse City, Michigan.

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Book Launch. The Visitor Welcome Center in Los Angeles is hosting a launch party for Spectrum for an Untouchable (GusGus Press) by Meital Yaniv on October 23rd.

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A Bittersweet Celebration

The highlight of the GCLS Conference is the announcement of the winners of the Goldie Awards and Bedazzled Ink had several Finalists this year.

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

Dramatic/General Fiction

Debut Author

Creative Non-fiction

Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design

Congratulations to Doreen Perrine, CD Cain, Pat Deihl, and Sandra Moran for their outstanding work.

 

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We’re delighted that Wishbone by Elaine Burnes won the Goldie Award for Dramatic/General Fiction. We’d been fans of Elaine Burnes’ short stories for years and we jumped at the opportunity to publish her first amazing novel. If you haven’t yet read this “beautifully written and poignantly powerful” work, there’s still plenty of summer left for a summer read.

This year’s Goldie Awards is also bittersweet for us. While GCLS honored Sandra Moran and her book, All We Lack, we feel an emptiness that we can’t celebrate her second Ann Bannon award with her and the added honor of the Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design by Ann McMan.

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We miss Sandra’s Moran’s presence as an author and as a person and these awards feel like an end to an all-too-brief era in Bedazzled Ink history. It’s true, we were slated to publish her last book, State of Grace, but we never had the chance to go through the editorial process with Sandra on this, our favorite of all her books. State of Grace will always be a bittersweet memory for me because one of our last conversations was about getting ready to embark on what was always a delightful undertaking with Sandra, the editing process, this time with State of Grace. This brief conversation says everything that needs to be said about Sandra the author and her desire to make sure a book was the best it could be. She wrote: “Fingers crossed that it ticked the boxes.” And I responded with: “Thanks! I’m sure it’s great.” To which she replied, “If it’s not, we will make it great together. I am always eager to make whatever changes are necessary.” I still feel an ache that we never got that chance to work together on State of Grace and that I’ll never have the privilege of working with her again.

In the end, we gave up State of Grace because of editorial and artistic differences with Sandra’s wife Cheryl Pletcher and we respect her choices in how she wants to handle Sandra’s legacy. After Cheryl tried to interest the major publishers in taking on State of Grace, another publisher agreed to put out an edition of Sandra’s last manuscript version of it. As Cheryl wrote in this edition’s Foreword: “I did not want it edited again. Perhaps the story could have been improved by editing. To me, that is irrelevant.”

With all of Sandra’s literary works now published and that chapter of her life closed, her work with Marianne K. Martin on the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project lives on, with the goal of turning it into a video. All the royalties from the sale of Sandra’s books will go to funding this project. If you haven’t yet discovered the work of Sandra Moran, this is a great time to not only read a wonderful author but to support a worthwhile project. If you’ve already purchased her books, buy one for your local public and college library or recommend her titles to them. Keep passing on the word about this remarkable author who left us too soon so she can live on through her books–Letters Never Sent, Nudge, and All We Lack.

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You can also make a contribution to the project by going to https://www.crowdrise.com/legacies-of-lesbian-literature-project and you can friend the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LegLesLit.

The Goldies always mark the end of awards “season” and as we celebrate Wishbone‘s win, we also pause to remember Sandra’s legacy and to celebrate her last Goldie Award.

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That Feeling of Proud

You’ve had that feeling–accomplishing something that means something to you. It can be little things like passing on that scrumptious looking dessert to reaching lifetime goals. Our Robyn Stevens of Bedazzled Ink’s grant video fame is reaching another proud moment in her life. At the end of June, she will be vying for a spot on the US Olympic team as a racewalker. As her former coach and mentor, I’m quite proud of her dedication and strong-willed focus on her dream goal. Regardless of the final results, no one can take away that feeling of proud.

I’m a Farmville2 addict and rather proud of that! I have a great farm and if you look closely enough, has stories weaving throughout it . . . animals in lush pastures, homes with yards for kids or patios for outside leisure, and barnyards with free-range critters. I once got up in the middle of the night because I forgot to leave a water trough in one of the animal sections. Lately though, I’m finding myself clicking on another page I’m quite proud of. The Bedazzled Ink Publishing website. I’m just amazed at all the books and new authors we have cultivated over the years. As Publisher, I read all the submissions. I’m learning so much about the world and situations . . . of stories that need to be told. I can feel the “proud” of the authors as they captivate me in their tales. And I’m proud that I can help share these stories to the world for others to take pleasure in and learn from.

Although GusGus Press is the dream child of my managing editor gal Casey, I’m proud that I had the opportunity to give birth to it. It has been flooded with submissions from folks whose stories and poems don’t fit easily in the traditional publishing world. You can just feel the “this is my story and I’m proud to be me” throughout their work. This press has found a niche that I am very proud of.

Proud doesn’t have a size. It can be small accomplishments in daily living to life-changing actions. Proud doesn’t have a deadline. From first baby steps to the first earned wage to first day of retirement, you can be proud of yourself or for others during a lifetime. By publishing good books, I know for myself, nothing can beat that feeling of proud.

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The Rainbow Awards

At midnight Italy time on December 8th, Elisa–the mother of the Rainbow Awards–began posting the winners and runners up for each category, while people around the world were eagerly glued to their computers for the next several hours. What makes the Rainbow Awards so special is that they represent a wide cross-section of the LGBT community.
2015 was a record year of submissions for Bedazzled Ink–seventeen titles in eight categories. So here are our the Honorary Mentions, Finalists, Runners Up, and Winner. Congrats to all our authors. Every book is a winner in our eyes.

Honorary Mentions

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In the Stillness of Dawn by Laurie Salzler
We Came Alive in ’75 by Pat Deihl

Finalists

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Blowback by Bev Prescott
In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone

Runners Up

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Best LGBT Cover
Everything by Carole Wolf, cover design by Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio

Best Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer

Best Lesbian Mystery/Thriller
The Surrender by Terias McKLay
Blind Trust by Jody Klaire

Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Everything by Carole Wolf
All We Lack by Sandra Moran

Best Lesbian Contemporary Romance
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, & Barrett

Best Lesbian Debut
Wishbone by Elaine Burnse
When It Raynes by CD Cain
The Surrender by Terias McKlay
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar

Best Lesbian Book
Everything by Carole Wolf
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
All We Lack by Sandra Moran

Winner

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Best Lesbian Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence

A bittersweet moment was the announcement of The Sandra Moran Award for Best Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance. We were hoping that Bright Lights of Summer by Sandra’s good friend Lynn Ames would win. It just missed with first Runner Up.