45,000 words or less

Spark & Change by Kellum Jeffries

Spark & Change by Kellum Jeffries is an adorable supernatural romance novelette that’s sure to make you smile. Frannie is a library school student who also happens to be a low-powered fae. When she stops in at a pharmacy to get some Sudafed, Frannie crushes hard on the cashier who’s a shifter named Shirl, and she comes back every day until she musters the courage to ask Shirl out on

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss is a charming novella about finding that one special person you never realized you couldn’t live without. Elena is a hardworking law student who aspires to work as a family lawyer to help kids who fall into the foster care system. She doesn’t have time for much else, especially a love life. Cara is working on her MBA and finds herself in the same business

No Greater Love than Mine by Harper Bliss

No Greater Love than Mine by Harper Bliss is a second chance romance novella that packs a big punch. After a gunshot wound to the shoulder, Detective Angela Hill can’t return to active duty until she goes through a handful of therapy sessions. Angela’s lack of interest in therapy isn’t helped by her disdain for the guy she’ll have to meet with, thanks in no small part to his bad

Change of Pace by Jae: Book Review

Change of Pace by Jae is the most recent in the Portland Police Bureau Series. While this is a short story, it is also a very important story. Setting us in a weekend filled with family, friends, and moving boxes, Jae shows us that the road to acceptance starts with a change of pace. Kade Matheson’s week just got a whole lot worse. Her old-fashioned mother, Sophie Matheson, has decided

That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole: Book Review

That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole is one of a trio of historical romance novellas (published as Hamilton’s Battalion) inspired by the musical Hamilton and the way it held a lens of marginalized identities to view the founding of the United States. Romance authors Courtney Milan, Rose Lerner, and Alyssa Cole each created a story of romance in wartime, connected by the framing story of Eliza Hamilton’s quest for

Appetizers by Geonn Cannon

Appetizers by Geonn Cannon is a collection of 15 short stories that encompass a variety of genres and time periods. As with any Cannon novel, the characters are unique and interesting, and the story lines don’t always follow what you’d expect. Many of the tales seem to be meet-cutes of a sort, with unacquainted people meeting and making a connection. However, there are a few with established couples and some

Cinnamon Blade, Knife In Shining Armor by Shira Glassman: Book Review

Cinnamon Blade, Knife In Shining Armor by Shira Glassman is a short story. Reading it is like being dropped into the honeymoon phase of a relationship of a crime fighting superhero and an adorable nerd who definitely belong together. Cinnamon Blade, a thief turned superhero, has been waiting for the right moment to ask Soledad out. She does not want Soledad to think she owes her just because she has

Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack

Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack was a fun re-imagining novella of Alice in Wonderland with quirky characters. I have been in a reading rut and Take Your Medicine pulled me out of that rut and into the book. Alice lived a good 17 years before her fainting spells got so bad she wasn’t allowed to leave her mother’s property any more. She is a senior in high school and

Falling Hard by Keira Michelle Telford

Falling Hard by Keira Michelle Telford is the fictionalised story based on a real life photograph of a woman who committed suicide. Telford did research on the woman and then constructed the story of Evelyn Francis McHale. Evelyn served her country during the war. When she came home she seemed to have everything that a young woman could want, an adoring fiancé, a loving family and the knowledge that she

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages is a lightly fantastic tale of life in San Francisco’s lesbian culture in the 1940s: part wistful romance, part mystery, and with a modern framing story immersed in the culture of geeky collectables. A group of women of very different backgrounds and personalities are thrown together in the way that underground, closeted cultures tend to do. Then one woman’s past and a chance tragedy call