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Archive for February, 2014

Author Spotlight: Chris Paynter

Paynter_high_rezThe Lone Star LesFic Festival is happy to welcome Chris Paynter! This will be her first appearance at our festival.

Chris Paynter writes character-driven stories about the enduring hope of everlasting love. She is the author of five novels with Blue Feather Books, including the Playing for First baseball series. Her Survived by Her Longtime Companion was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of the 2013 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Her short stories have appeared in two anthologies: Regal Crest’s Women in Uniform: Medics and Soldiers and Cops, Oh My! (2010) and Cleis Press’s Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance (2013). Her next romance, To Love Free, is scheduled for a June 2014 release. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Chris worked as a general assignment reporter and sportswriter until accepting her current position as the editorial specialist to a law journal. A sports junkie, she can be found screaming at the TV during a Colts game or living vicariously through her Cincinnati Reds. She resides in Indianapolis with her wife, Phyllis, and their beagle, Buddy the Wonder Dog, also fondly known as “He who must be obeyed.” When not writing or editing for Blue Feather Books, Chris loves to get lost in a good romance.

You can visit her website or friend her on Facebook. You can also follow her on Twitter.


Author Spotlight: Shelley Thrasher

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The Lone Star LesFic Festival is excited to welcome back Shelley Thrasher in 2014!

Native Texan Shelley Thrasher—poet, essayist, and fiction writer—has been an editor for Bold Strokes Books since 2005. In her former life she was a college English professor.

First Tango In Paris 300 DPIIn 2012, Bold Strokes released Shelley’s first historical romance, The Storm, set in 1918 East Texas. It features Jacqueline Bergeron, an adventurous young woman who drives an ambulance in Europe during World War I and marches for the vote with her suffragist friends in the nation’s capital. Exiled to East Texas, Jaq meets unhappily married Molly Russell, and their friendship deepens into love. The Storm was a finalist for a GCLS Goldie and a runner-up for a Rainbow Award in the Debut Author category.

Shelley’s second novel from Bold Strokes, First Tango in Paris, is set in 1972 Paris. It focuses on Brigitte Green, a high-class call girl who flees from New Orleans to Paris after the mysterious death of her best friend. There she meets a Parisian law student, Eva Laroche, who is working as a tour guide for an exclusive tour featuring famous historical women of Paris. First Tango in Paris will be published in July 2014.

Shelley’s novels blend women’s history and romance, featuring sophisticated, educated lesbians who push society’s boundaries.

She and her partner Connie live near Dallas with their two dogs, cat, and parrot.

Her novels are available for purchase at Bold Strokes Books.

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Recent Book Releases: December through February

We’re always excited about new lesbian fiction! Here are some recent releases from authors who will be attending the 2014 Lone Star LesFic Festival.

BEL-WeepingWallsWeeping Walls, by Gerri Hill (December 2013, Bella Books, available in trade paperback and ebook).

An abandoned old house in a small town northeast of Houston is the site of a second murder, eerily similar to a supposed cold case of fourteen years earlier. FBI Agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are dispatched to find the link between the two homicides. 

The team, including Ice and Billy, find the case to be anything but cold. For CJ and Paige, juggling the investigation while trying to keep their love affair a secret proves to be as hard as uncovering long-buried clues.

Seven-time Goldie winner Gerri Hill delivers thrills and passion in the chilling sequel to Keepers of the Cave.

final cover tiffany the quickeningThe Quickening, by Yvonne Heidt (January 2014, Bold Strokes Books, available in trade paperback and ebook). Book 2 in the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy.

Tiffany Curran has the ability to read places and people by touch, and although it’s a gift she uses to help people, it’s also a curse that prevents her from having much human contact. She tries to keep life simple, but that all changes when Katerina Volchosky calls in the Sisters of Spirits paranormal team for help. 

Kat is tired of reporting about violence in the city and vows this story is her last. She is hoping that S.O.S. can connect with a serial killer’s victims to help provide clues. When she meets Tiffany, she dreams of a promise made centuries ago to a flame-haired priestess.

Ancient whispers of curses and witches haunt Tiffany’s nightmares, and the closer she and Kat get to the murderer, the louder the whispers get. Worse, Tiffany has a horrific suspicion she might know who the killer is.

BSB-SmokeFireSmoke and Fire by Julie Cannon (January 2014, Bold Strokes Books, available in trade paperback and ebook).

Brady Stewart lives for the fire. Nightmares of the fire haunt Nicole McMillan. Whether fighting fires in the Kuwaiti desert, in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the heartland of Oklahoma, both women hide behind a smoke screen of who they really are. When they meet and face the challenge of their lives, their passion ignites because where there’s smoke, there’s fire. 

Author Spotlight: Justine Saracen

ViolinsCoverIt seemed especially appropriate on Valentine’s Day to shine our Author Spotlight on Belgium-based Justine Saracen 🙂

A recovered academic, Justine Saracen started out producing dreary articles for esoteric literary journals. Writing fiction, it turned out, was way more fun.  With eight historical thrillers now under her literary belt, she has moved from Ancient Egyptian theology (The 100th Generation) to the Crusades (Lammy-nominated Vulture’s Kiss) to the Roman Renaissance.

Sistine Heresy, a blasphemic backstory to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, won a 2009 Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) and was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.

A few centuries farther along, WWII thriller Mephisto Aria was an EPIC award finalist, won Rainbow Awards for Best Historical Novel and Best Writing Style, and took the 2011 Golden Crown first prize for Historical novel.

Sarah, Son of God, in which a transgendered beauty takes us through Stonewall-rioting New York, Venice under the Inquisition, and Nero’s Rome, won the Rainbow First Prize for Transgendered Novel.

Her second WWII thriller, Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright, follows the lives of four homosexuals during the Third Reich, and won the 2012 Rainbow First Prize for Historical Novel.

Beloved Gomorrah (2013) marked a return to her critique of Bible myths – in this case an LGBT version of Sodom and Gomorrah – though it also involves Red Sea diving and the dangerous allure of a certain Hollywood actress.

An adopted European, Saracen lives on a “charming little winding street in Brussels.” Meeting people with memories of WWII and the German occupation sparked the creation of Waiting for the Violins (BSB, forthcoming). It tells of an English nurse, nearly killed while fleeing Dunkirk, who returns by night parachute as a British spy and joins forces with the Belgian resistance.

When dwelling in reality, Justine’s favorite pursuits are scuba diving and listening to opera. She can be reached by way of, and through Facebook.

Author Spotlight: Del Robertson

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From an early age, Del Robertson always had an active imagination. Fortunately, an understanding mother as well as a teacher or two constructively channeled her creativity, and her powers were harnessed for good and not towards political aspirations of any sort. Del has more award-winning stories than can be counted on one hand, all of which can be found by surfing the web in a t-shirt and a pair of baggy shorts. Del’s boogie board is safely tucked away in a corner at the home office My Fair Maiden Coverof Affinity eBook Press NZ LTD. Her publishers tell her it will be returned unharmed once she’s sold enough books to raise the ransom. Taming the Wolff and My Fair Maiden are both available through Affinity’s site at

Come meet Del and your other favorite authors on Saturday, April 5 at the Sixth Annual Lone Star LesFic Festival!

Author Spotlight: D. Jackson Leigh

jackson bio photo 2013Author spotlight: D. Jackson Leigh

D.Jackson Leigh grew up barefoot and happy, swimming in farm ponds and riding friends’ rude ponies in rural South Georgia.

Her passion for writing led her quite accidentally to a career in journalism and to North Carolina where, at the ripe old age of thirty-five, she bought her first horse because it was a little Hold Me Forever coverpathetic to still be asking Santa for a pony.

Known for her trademark equestrian settings, she is the winner of a 2010 Alice B. Lavender Award for Noteworthy Accomplishment and a 2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Award for paranormal romance. She was a finalist in the LGBT erotic romance category (the only lesbian book in the category) of the 2013 Rainbow Awards.

Jackson is the author of the Cherokee Falls series (Bareback, Long Shot, and Every Second Counts) and the Southern Secrets–themed romances Call Me Softly, Touch Me Gently, and Hold Me Forever.

Call Me Softly also has been translated by Spanish publisher Egales, which has spawned fan emails she has to run through a translator.

She is currently contracted with Bold Strokes Books for The Calling, the first in the Dragon Horse War fantasy series, to be released in late 2014; and Riding Passion, an erotic romance anthology of her short stories, to be released in 2015.   

Her short stories:

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Author Spotlight: Linda Crist

LCristGCLSWe are very excited to welcome back to our festival Linda Crist!

Linda Crist ( is the author of reader favorite the Kennedy and Carson series (which begins with The Bluest Eyes in Texas) and the recently re-released 2006 Goldie award finalist Galveston 1900: Swept Away, as well as short stories in two anthologies and thousands of pages of online fan fiction. She is the recipient of numerous online writing awards, including the Royal Academy of Bards Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame awards, Xippy awards, Bard’s Challenge awards, and Swollen Bud awards. She was also on the Xena Subtext Virtual Season staff and on the staff of the Orlando BardCon, which ran for four years at Walt Disney World.

A fourth-generation Texan, Linda holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she interned with the Lady Longhorns Sports Information Office. After college, she worked for two years as a section editor with the Dallas Times Herald. Linda describes herself as a Xenite, Parrothead, and sci-fi/fantasy geek. She is passionate about the environment, animal welfare, and the outdoors in general, and enjoys biking, hiking, beach-combing, kayaking, scuba diving, travel, photography, live music, micro-brews, good conversation over good coffee, and of course, writing. Readers can “friend” her on Facebook.