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A Recipe for Love: A Lesbian Culinary Romance

Piermont, New York. Danika Russo is 55, newly retired from a 30-year career as a mail carrier, and stuck in a rut. After putting her own needs on hold to care for her terminally ill partner and her unloving father, Danika is holed up the childhood home she inherited, a claustrophobic time warp from the 1970s complete with brown Formica and linoleum, and not sure what to do next.

 

Her best friend Natalie suggests making a list of things she has always wanted to do. Stepping outside her comfort zone, self-deprecating Danika opts for taking an Italian cooking class, not knowing that she will both impress the appreciative chef with her tasting skills and meet a mysterious younger woman there, Finn Gerard, who will capture her heart and teach her the recipe for love. But Finn is withholding a grim secret and, despite her initial passion, appears unable to commit to Danika fully. Will Danika allow herself to let go and fall in love for the first time in her life, even if there are no guarantees? Even if she must learn to let go?

 

This complex lesbian romance touches on themes of rediscovery and transformation, showing that while love can be the answer, real healing always starts from within.

 

Lucy Madison’s latest will appeal to fans of fine, well-crafted lesbian fiction and authors like Caren Werlinger. Readers will enjoy a bonus cookbook section at the back, featuring all the recipes mentioned in the book!

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Personal Foul

Kat Schaefer's career is on autopilot. She's an elite basketball official in the WNBA after surviving an extremely rocky childhood but still finds herself adrift in her personal life almost two years after her longtime girlfriend dumped her. Kat's well-ordered world turns upside down again when she meets a hotshot rookie named Julie Stevens who knocks her world off balance with her stellar play and captivating eyes. Despite Kat's best defense, she falls hard for the young player but she's unable to open herself up to love again. Her solution is to retreat alone to the magnificent beaches of Provincetown, Massachusetts to heal old wounds and to figure out what the future holds.

Named one of the Top 10 Best Lesbian Sports Romances by The Lesbian Review.

"This was a very touching and poignant story. The two main characters Kat and Julie were very well described. Kat's struggle with her inner self and her love for Julie are depicted so well. The scenes in Provincetown were magnificently beautiful. Julie's agony over Kat's abandonment is so painfully felt. Both of these women 's struggles were so poignant. It was almost as if feeling it yourself. A sign of an excellent writer. Well done!" - Amazon Verified Review​

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In the Direction of the Sun

Alex McKenzie is settled into a comfortable life in her beloved hometown of Stockbridge, MA. Everything Alex thought she knew about life and about herself changes the moment Cate Conrad blows into town. Alex falls head over heels in love with the free-spirited artist and sailor but Cate's complicated past makes it impossible for her to commit. Devastated, Alex tries to heal her heart by hiking the famed Appalachian Trail while Cate takes to the water. Can Alex and Cate find their way back to each other?

 

2017 Best Book Awards Finalist LGBTQ+

 

"Madison lets her characters pull no punches -- we see the rage, frustration, and aggression Alex expresses on being rejected and can sense Cate's fear of rejection and commitment which has closed her off to the possibility of a loving relationship. All the while, each of them is aware of the passage of time as the thirty-somethings come to realize their existence in this life is a finite thing. Her nature descriptions of Cate's sailing adventures and Alex's Appalachian Trail hike are first-rate and make this a must-read for anyone interested in adventure fiction. In the Direction of the Sun is a brilliant character study and an engaging and powerful romance. It's most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite 5-Star Review

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I.V. Poems

I.V. Poems is Lucy J. Madison's debut collection of poetry. The chapbook found its way to completion when Lucy spent a winter in Provincetown, MA after being forced to relocate from her primary home along the Hudson River due to Hurricane Sandy.

 

"If poetry should be tied to song in either rhythm or movement, these qualify as segments from a symphony with nostalgic notes we've heard before-or think we have - but that also sweep into refrains we could not have expected." - Jenny Kalahar, Tipton Poetry Review

"I admit, I did not just read these poems; I devoured them, a starving woman at the table of plenty. I haven't done that since the last time I read Erica Jong. I will read these poems again, and take my time, and chew each morsel carefully to extract all the flavor, all the meat, all the wonderful goodness." - Lenore G.

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Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Why does she play basketball? Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, that question has come to be asked of more girls and women—and answered in more ways—than ever before. Christine A. Baker, herself an avid player and an assistant coach, pursues an answer through the ranks of the sport from youth basketball to the WNBA.
 
Baker sets the stage with a quick look at current statistics and trends in women’s basketball nationwide, noting the profound changes in the last thirty-five years. A series of exclusive interviews then takes us into the heart and soul of the sport. Her subjects are players and coaches, from neophytes to stars such as Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman; from legendary coaches such as Jody Conradt to the masterminds of USA Basketball and the 1996 Women’s Dream Team; from Donna Lopiano, former CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, to tomorrow’s Olympic athletes. A richly detailed, all-encompassing portrait of the sport, these interviews offer a wealth of insight into the game, American sports culture, and, indeed, why Baker plays.

Due out in 2020

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Raising Artemis​

Raising Artemis is a poignant and uplifting story about the extraordinary soul connection between pets and people…as only a cat could tell it.

 

Narrated by the sharp-witted Lucy, a Burmese cat, Raising Artemis tells the story of Artemis Elizabeth Nicche, an ordinary woman with an ordinary life, struggling to make peace with her tragic childhood. Lucy takes us through the seminal moments in Artemis' life, showing us all what our pets can teach us about being human.
 
Our animals know us better than almost anyone. They see into our souls and connect to our hearts. But what if we could see how all our pets throughout our lives interconnect to form a group of compassionate and understanding guardians who teach us how to heal, and ultimately how to love? What if we knew what our pets were trying to tell us?

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