What to Read for International Women’s Day

Maybe it should be International Women’s Weekend.

In this post, we’d like to highlight women writers in a genre that is mostly associated with men writers (though more and more women writers are becoming known)–science fiction and fantasy. Most of these books do contain romance, but for some reason, they’re shelved under SFF. We will of course also include books that are under Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance and Fantasy Romance.

The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten–and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship’s sick bay–and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn–Sass’s efforts may be wasted.

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Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

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It is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For her father has been bewitched, and her brothers bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift. To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known, and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss, and terror.

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First Kiss: The Nullifier by Erin M. Leaf

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

Title: The Nullifier
Author: Erin M. Leaf
Genre: Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romance Suspense/Mystery
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
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Contract killer Felix Zamaro isn’t looking for love—at his age, all he wants to do is retire. When he interrupts a robbery-in-progress, he stumbles into a mess: Nick Banner is in town to help his sister kick her loser boyfriend to the curb.

Nick never thought he’d meet a hot-as-hell assassin in the middle of a random coffee run, but watching Felix take down a couple of thieves in a crappy gas station has him questioning his rule against playing with straight guys.

When Felix’s next mark turns out to be none other than the boyfriend of Nick’s sister, all hell breaks loose. When Nick moves into the house next door to Felix, both men think fate is messing with them. However, it’s Nick’s unexpected career choice that really throws Felix off his game, and for a killer, that could be a fatal mistake.


Four hours later, the soft sounds of Nick’s slow breathing sounded in Felix’s head like a metronome of doom. “Fuck,” he whispered, not for the first time. He’d already been to the bathroom twice, once to take a piss, and once to try to deal with the arousal that seemed to simmer along his nerves. He’d jacked off fast and furious, but almost as soon as he’d climbed back into bed, his erection had returned. He’d give it five more minutes, and then if he couldn’t fall asleep, he’d go outside and walk the perimeter. At least he could do something useful with this excess energy.

“Can’t sleep?” Nick murmured, rolling over.

Felix grunted. What the fuck was wrong with him? Just the sound of Nick’s low, sleepy voice sparked another surge of heat.

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First Kiss: Bedding the Highlander by Sabrina York

Here at TRR, we have some new changes going on, one of which is to have new content for everyone to enjoy. One of these is a featured article column called FIRST KISS.

We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

Title: Bedding the Highlander
Author: Sabrina York  with Foreword by James Patterson
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
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Only a Scot can steal her heart.

There’s nothing ladylike about Katherine Killin. She’s a spitfire who cannot be tamed. To rid himself of her, and to honor a truce set by the Duke of Glencoe, her father agrees to wed her to his clan’s mortal enemy, Ben Rannoch. But when Katherine meets the enticingly masculine Kirk Rannoch, brother of her betrothed, she suddenly craves domination.


It was a glorious ride. Kate wanted to throw out her arms, turn her face to the downpour, and revel in the moment. Racing across the lea with Kirk, warm and strong behind her, was magnificent.

She’d always loved storms and the savage beauty of nature. It made her feel one with the world. Alive. But there had never been a more exhilarating tempest than this.

She could taste the acrid scent of lightning on her tongue, feel the crackle of its energy in her hair. Danger stalked them, and it excited her.

But something else did too.

An enormous, muscled man, held her tightly, breathing against her neck in harsh pants. The movement of their bodies against each other created a friction as they rode in manic union. The damp heat of the plaid conjoined them and an earthy scent rose between them.
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Excerpt: Undone by You by Kate Meader

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Cade looked up from his phone. Muffled cheers and sports commentary was the galley’s soundtrack. “Howdy, Moretti.”

Dante grabbed a bottle of Dewar’s, the only whiskey on hand. He should talk to someone about improving the scotch choices on the chartered flights. “Watching replays of your best moments from tonight’s game?”

“Nah. March Madness.”

“UNC beat Butler?”

“Sure did. Gonna take a miracle to bring ’em down.”

“And that miracle’s name is Duke.”

“No way. This kid they’ve got in Carolina?” He held up his phone. “He scored twenty-six points. Four three-pointers. He’s a beast.”

Dante moved in. Hoops were safe. Chatting with a player about hoops was safe. He took the phone from Cade, their fingers brushing.

Not safe.

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Award-Winning LGBTQ Press Riptide Publishing Brings Diverse Modern Twists to Classic Literature

Welcome to Classics Queered—modern retellings of our favorite classics by some of your favorite LGBTQ+ authors, where the guy gets the guy, the girl gets the girl, and queer people always get a happily ever after.

Love has long been the language of classic literature. From Pride and Prejudice to My Fair Lady to Les Miserables, each of these beloved stories features, at its core, two people coming together. But in the stories we studied as children and adore as adults, the central couple is straight. LGBTQ+ people have existed throughout history, but in Western classics, they’ve been erased or, worse, killed or made the villains of the piece. That ends now. Continue reading