(aka Grace Lennox, Rose Beecham)
Dark Dreamer (2005) --
Winner GCLS 2006 "Goldie" Award for
Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction/Paranormal
Best selling horror author, Rowe Devlin, has had two flops in a
row and keeps falling in love with straight women. Seeking
inspiration and a fresh start, she abandons life in Manhattan
for an old Victorian house in Maine. But Dark Harbor Cottage is
a far cry from the tranquil writing environment she envisioned.
For a start, the place is haunted, and the ghost is none too
friendly. To make life even more difficult, her neighbors are a
huge distraction. The Temple twins, Phoebe and Cara , are
identical and profoundly alluring, and Rowe is soon under their
spell, unable to decide which of the two she is more in love
with. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, she finds
herself embroiled in a mystery more bizarre and frightening than
anything she's ever written. Intrigue, passion and suspense
combine in this taut paranormal thriller/romance.
Dark Valentine (2007 release)
Rhianna Lamb avoided one night stands. But who could resist
sexy, charming Jules? They hooked up in a bar, first names only,
not exactly Rhianna's style but she needed to escape her life
for a few hours. Come tomorrow, she would take the witness stand
against Werner Brigham, the man who had stalked and kidnapped
her a year earlier. She can't believe it when she walks into the
courtroom the next morning and finds herself staring at the
woman she just slept with - none other than Julia Valiant,
Brigham's hotshot defense attorney. Worse still, the woman whose
touch she remembers so well, brutally cross-examines her and
demolishes the prosecution's case.
Jules didn't earn her attack dog reputation by soft-peddling
witnesses, but she suffers pangs over Rhianna. She is oddly
drawn to this woman, a rare occurrence in her life, and by the
time the jury returns its verdict, she is determined to see her
again. Her chances don't look good when Werner Brigham is
acquitted. Worse still, her client seems to think he can return
to his old habits, this time with deadly intent. Danger and
desire fuel a high stakes cat-and-mouse game, Jules has to win.
But even if she does, will Rhianna ever forgive her?
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Passion Bay (1992,
Two women from different ends of the earth encounter destiny,
and one another, on a South Pacific paradise. When Boston
securities broker, Annabel Worth inherits remote Moon Island,
she travels there to solve a mystery that has haunted her
family. Dumped by her lover, laid off from her job, New
Zealander Cody Stanton flees to the island seeking solace and
solitude. Both women are burdened with secrets that could
destroy the passion that ignites between them. When Hurricane
Mary strikes, each must make a choice that will change her life
Saving Grace (1993, 2004)
Champion swimmer and Olympic hopeful, Dawn Beaumont has been
injured in a car crash she caused. Haunted by guilt over the
death of a passenger, her career in ruins, her body damaged and
scarred, she flees to Moon Island. Scientist Grace Ramsay
welcomes her cute new neighbor, imaging Dawn could be a pleasant
diversion from her secret mission to evaluate Moon Island for
corporate purchase by a chemicals giant looking for a waste dump
far from civilization. But Dawn won't play ball, in fact she
denies she is even a lesbian. Beset by troubling nightmares
rooted in the past, and increasing ambivalence over her job,
Grace sets out to prove otherwise. Meanwhile Annabel Worth, the
owner of the island, is determined not to sell her home to a
chemicals conglomerate. But then her plane goes down in the
Pacific in suspicious circumstances.
The Sacred Shore (2005)
Successful tech industry survivor, Merris Randall does not
believe in love at first sight until she meets Olivia Hunt. But
Olivia is deeply scarred from a damaging relationship, and has
no plans to love again. Thrown together in a sensuous paradise
thousands of miles from home, each finds what she least expects.
Anthropologist Dr. Glenn Howick is also on Moon Island, chasing
the career-making discovery of a lifetime. But Glenn must decide
whether she can exploit the spirituality of another culture for
her own ends. Another moral dilemma looms in the form of Riley
Mason, a post-grad student whose love threatens both Glenn's
reputation and her most secret self.
Life seems complete for the island's owners, Cody and Annabel,
whose love story was told in Passion Bay. But Annabel has
recently woken up to the sound of her biological clock ticking.
With preparations underway for the secret rituals local women
perform to celebrate the goddess of the island, the topic is
consigned to the back burner. Then Annabel's cousin Melanie
shows up with a young baby and a desperate problem.
A Guarded Heart (2005)
Winner GCLS 2006 "Goldie" Award for Romance
Lauren Douglas never imagined she would wake up one day and find
herself the star of the hottest soap on daytime television. But
as wholesome and lovely Dr. Kate, she is plastered over the
media as a role model and inspiration for young women. As she is
about to sign a bloated new contract, Lauren is publicly outed.
Scrambling for damage control, her father, a Congressman, wants
her banished abroad and her network writes her temporarily out
of the show in a plane crash, while they consider her future. As
if the slavering press doesn't have enough to report, a creepy
fan enraged by the revelation, shoots Lauren. All of which means
zip to FBI Special Agent Pat Roussel whose hunt for the Kiddy
Pageant Killer has consumed every waking moment for three years.
Suffering from burnout, and hoping fresh new eyes might come up
with a break in the case, Pat reluctantly elects to take a few
months leave without pay. The last thing she expects to be doing
in her time off is an illicit private security gig babysitting a
celebrity. Her first assignment sounds like hell--a stint on a
tropical island guarding a TV star with a bullet wound. It
should be the easiest money she ever made, only Lauren is not
the spoiled narcissist Pat is expecting.
Solace (Coming soon)
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Pirate's Gem (Future release)
In 1669 Lady Alice Cary, the 'old maid'
daughter of an impoverished English aristocratic family, is
dispatched to Jamaica to be married against her will to an aging
but wealthy plantation owner with political ambitions. Sir
Thomas Hutton has paid a handsome sum for this suitable wife;
well-bred English ladies being in short supply in Port Royal,
otherwise known as the "wickedest city in the world."
When the merchant ship carrying Alice to her repellent future
runs off course in a fierce storm, the damaged vessel gets
caught up in a battle between a buccaneer ship and a Spanish
treasure galleon. Eventually, they are boarded and Captain Kit
Brody - a woman no less - offers to escort the craft to Port
Royal, where she is based.
Brody, as she is known to her friends, gallantly takes the few
wealthy passengers aboard her own ship, where she soon learns of
Lady Alice's impending marriage from her indignant maid, Mary.
Having gambled with the bridegroom - a man of debauched habits
who is overly fond of beating the whores he uses - Brody can
hardly bear to imagine the fate that awaits her beautiful
red-haired passenger. In fact, she decides to prevent it. But
Brody's daring plan has consequences neither woman could have
This swashbuckling tale of life in piracy's Golden Age has it
all - swordfights, corset-ripping, passion on the high seas and
the timeless love story of two unforgettable women.
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True Love (1994)
Anticipating the 'chick lit' trend long
before it happened, ironically titled True Love is an off
beat, darkly humorous saga of contemporary lesbian life. Rosie
Brooks is a successful stage actress whose love life is sorely
lacking. She and her friends - Zoe, Nicole, Julia, Caroline and
Anne - meet weekly for dinner and a no holds barred discussion
about all their love lives, in pursuit of the meaning of 'true
love'. The group is Julia's idea and the rules are: everyone
must tell the truth, partners cannot attend, and members of the
group must not become romantically involved with one another.
Can six mostly single lesbians adhere to these rules?
Written for fans who requested a 'spring -
autumn' story, Greener Than Grass is a heartwarming
classic romance set in Australia. Documentary filmmaker Blair
Carroll has recently broken up with her lover of twenty years
and decides a foreign project might help her get over it. She
heads for Melbourne, Australia, where a friend in NYC keeps an
empty apartment. When she arrives, she finds a young woman
asleep in her bed. Fresh off the farm, nineteen year old Cassie
Jensen, the niece of the apartment owner, has come to Melbourne
seeking work. Desperate to help her mother through the drought
that is devastating their outback sheep ranch, she finds a job
booking reservations in the office of an escort service, but
tells her mother a phony tale about what she is doing. Despite a
world of difference in background and experience, the two women
are drawn together.
Greener Than Grass (1995)
More Than Paradise (2007 release)
When faced with human
treachery and the perils of a lost world, two women thrown together
in the exotic jungles of New Guinea become reluctant allies and
unexpectedly discover that paradise just might be
a place in the heart.
Botanist Charlotte Lascelles can’t believe her luck when she is
selected for a research expedition into the untamed Foja Mountains
of New Guinea.
The last thing she expects is to find her team being led deep into
the mist-shrouded jungle by a woman who has spent the past decade
working as a mercenary soldier for shady characters in Indonesia and
East Timor. To make matters worse, Ash Evans' history with
women represents everything Charlotte loathes. Although
friends accuse Charlotte of being uptight, she simply has standards,
and they don't include hooking up with brazen playgirls like Ash.
Charlotte can’t wait until they reach camp so she can put the
distracting and far too sexy guide out of her sight, but things
aren’t going her way. Compelled to share a tent with her nemesis on
the journey into the unknown, Charlotte soon finds her determined
reserve no match for the fires Ash ignites.
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--- Finalist, 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Romance
At twenty-six, Chance Delaney decides her life
isn't working so she swaps it for a different one. On a quest for
adventure, meaning, and a girlfriend, she finds herself transported
from her safe job in a San Francisco gay and lesbian bookstore to
No.1 on the charts, as lead vocalist for the all-women band Virgin
Blessing. An instant celebrity, Chance is surrounded by hot women,
especially her fellow band members. Finding sexual partners is not a
problem, yet the woman of her dreams, songwriter Layla Wilde, won't
have anything to do with her after just one passionate night.
Chance's friendship with charismatic bass guitarist Lucrezia, the
band's resident heartbreaker, is strictly platonic but how long can
it stay that way when her body has her own agenda.
Chance is the sexy, funny, touching story of a young woman who
discovers what she wants is not always what she needs.
Not Single Enough (2007 release)
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Introducing Amanda Valentine
Originally from New York City, Amanda moved to the other side
of the planet to escape memories of her lover's brutal death in the
precinct house where Amanda worked as a homicide detective.
Now the highest ranked female cop in sleepy New Zealand, she is in
pursuit of a monster the press has dubbed the Garbage Dump Killer
and her task force has been resoundingly unsuccessful. To make
matters worse, Jezebel, an informer Amanda cares about, has been
savagely beaten for reasons she is too terrified to divulge. All
this, and glamorous blond reporter, Debbie Daley, just won't leave
Amanda alone. Also known as
The Garbage Dump Murders
Second Guess (1994)
After a year's leave of absence in New York,
Detective Inspector Amanda Valentine returns to Wellington, New
Zealand just in time for the most sensational homicide of the year.
The body of Sybil Knight, daughter of a former Ambassador to the
United States, has been found trussed and battered in a private room
in a lesbian sex club.
Amanda soon finds herself caught between a voracious media and a
powerful family determined to cover up the facts.
The son of a Baptist preacher, Bryce Petty
looked like a choir boy. But when he is found murdered in
Wellington, New Zealand, his less-than-angelic past becomes
front-page news. President of the Melbourne-based gay and lesbian
broadcasting firm, Spectrum Television, Bryce has left behind him a
trail of debts and a slew of enemies.
Fair Play (1995)
New Zealand top cop, Detective Inspector Amanda Valentine, follows
the trail to Melbourne, where she and her Australian colleagues join
forces to track down the killer. Complicating matters, Amanda's
personal life is in turmoil. Her on-again/off-again girlfriend Debby
Daley have decided to try an "open" relationship, and with Debby
away on special assignment to Rwanda, Amanda finds herself looking
for consolation in all the wrong places.
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Grave Silence (2005) -- Winner GCLS
2006 "Goldie" Award for Mystery/Thriller/Advanture/Action
Montezuma County Sheriff's detective, Jude
Devine doesn't face too many challenges based in remote Paradox
Valley, where most of the crime involves hiker assaults, campsite
thefts, and cattle rustling. However, when the body of local
teenager, Darlene Huntsberger shows up with a stake through her
heart and missing her tongue, Jude finds herself leading an
investigation no one wants to touch. Darlene was a member of a Utah
polygamist cult with powerful allies; a cult that silences women who
try to leave. As Jude uncovers the truth about Darlene, and tries to
save a young girl from being forced into a marriage, she must decide
how much she is willing to risk to see justice done. Further
complicating her choices is her torrid entanglement with the golden
girl of Southwestern forensic pathology, Dr. Mercy Westmoreland.
Sleep of Reason (2006) -- Finalist 2006
Lambda Literary Award
When toddler Corban Foley vanishes from his
home in the dead of night and a goat's head is left on the front
lawn, most of Montezuma County turns out for the search. But nothing
is at it seems with this case, and Detective Jude Devine soon finds
herself caught up in a small-town soap opera whose players seem more
interested in their fifteen minutes of fame than in the fate of
With the media snapping at her heels, she can barely conduct the
investigation let alone have a private life, not that it's going
well. Jude never liked time-sharing Dr. Mercy Westmoreland with
English actress Elspeth Harwood, and when Elspeth buys land locally,
Jude has to make some choices.
The unexpected arrival in town of Chastity Young and her niece
Adeline, adds a new complication to Jude's life, when she finds
herself drawn to Chastity, who is far from her usual type.
Place of Exile (Future release)
Sheriff’s detective Jude Devine thought
she’d left her past in Washington D.C., but when reclusive
millionaire Fabian is found murdered in Paradox Valley, and a
photograph of Jude’s missing brother Ben is among his possessions,
Jude finally has a chance to solve the mystery that has stalked her
A place like the Four Corners is the perfect exile for people
escaping from something or someone. But when that someone is
yourself, the problem with running away is that you bring your worst
enemy with you. Sandy “Lonewolf” Lane, a former paratrooper Jude
suspects of being a domestic terrorist, has called the Four Corners
home since the suicide of her lover, whose son was killed in Iraq.
She’s planning to kill the Vice-President, and her determination to
carry out her mission, and Jude’s to stop her, draws the two women
into a lethal game of cat and mouse. All of this is quite a
distraction from Jude’s love life, which is probably just as well,
since it’s not going the way she was hoping. Jude is in a dilemma
when Dr. Mercy Westmoreland’s wife, actress Elspeth Harwood, is away
shooting a movie and Mercy feels like company.
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