May Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.

New Releases



Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S’Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous girl with a curious mind. Journeying from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and back again, Millie discovers how knowledge of the past can teach us to love, forgive, and forge a new path.


Ghosters by Diana Corbitt

When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. They soon discover that ghosts are just tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.


The Lady Professor by Robert L. Switzer

Emma Hanson, a poor farm girl born in 1900, has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. Despite fighting her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women attaining an education, she attends college. Under the tutorage of the college’s only female professor, Emma conducts her first research with dung beetles and micro-organisms and knows she’s found her calling.


Always an Orphan by Shelby Adams Lloyd

“I was an orphan then, I am an orphan now, and I will always be an orphan.” Always an Orphan is a loving memoir of a unique childhood where family, to this day, are the orphans Shelby grew up with, and home is the orphanage she looks back upon with pride and love.



Kingstone by Katherine Hetzel

Temple novice Katia wants nothing more than to become a priest in the Temple of the Triple Gods. She tries hard to do the right thing, but she’s on her last chance to convince Elder Sevanya, the King’s Priest, that she can do the job.

Bedazzled Ink in the News

GCLS announced the Finalists for the Goldie Awards. The winners will be announced July 8th.

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Dramatic/General Fiction
Debut Author
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Dramatic/General Fiction
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Anthology/Collection (Fiction)
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Science Fiction/Fantasy
afteratime_sm After a Time by Laurie Salzler, cover by Lynn Starner
Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design

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Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (Bink Books YA, November 2017) has an article in Hip Mama about Reimagining Juno.


Dog Church (GusGus Press) by Gail Gilmore received a nice shout out in the April issue of HarvardWood Highlights.

Ruth Rouff signed copies of Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at the Local Author Meet & Greet at the Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Saturday.


Andrea Simon did a presentation about Esfir is Alive for a senior program at Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, Long Island.

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Gale Renee Walden read from her latest book of poetry, Where the Time Goes (GusGus Books), at The Book Cellar in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.

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S. Rose sports her Silver Medal in General Fiction for her book Sparrow in the Wind at the Florida Book Awards annual banquet in Tallahassee on April 12th.

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Bedazzled Ink spent a sunny spring Sunday afternoon in Books Inc, located in charming downtown Alameda, California, listening to authors read from Dispatches From Lesbian America and exploring the great selection of books. Thank you to Books Inc for putting together wonderful displays of Dispatches and for being a gracious and welcoming host.

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May Events


Ruth Rouff will be reading from and signing copies of Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) as a part of the South Philly Book Launch hosted by the South Philadelphia Library, May 6th at 2:00.


Giovanna Capone will be selling and signing copies of In Our Neighborhood (GusGus Press) and Dispatches From Lesbian America at the Castro Valley Book Fair, at the Castro Valley Library (Castro Valley, California), on May 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Giovanna will also be reading from and signing copies of her books at Books at Park Place in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 13th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Gail Gilmore will be reading from and signing copies of Dog Church (GusGus Press) on May 16 at 7:00 pm at Book Ends bookstore in Winchester, Massachusetts.


Katherine Hetzel, author of StarMark and Kingstone (Dragonfeather Books) will be talking about writing for both children and adults on May 17th at 1:00 pm. All budding authors are welcome. The event is a part of the Nanpantan Festival, St. Mary’s Church, Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire.