Our Award-Winning Authors

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Katherine V. Forrest
Spinsters Ink Supervising Editor and Bella Books Editor

Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, Publishing Triangle,
Pioneer Award
, Lambda Literary Foundation,
Winner of five Lambda Literary Awards for literary works, with six additional finalist works
2008 Trailblazer Award of the Golden Crown Literary Society, Winner of the Alice B Reader's Medal, as well as numerous lesbian readers' popular choice awards including these novels:
Apparition Alley, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Hancock Park, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery
High Desert, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery
Liberty Square, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Murder by Tradition, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery

Karin Kallmaker
Bella Books Editorial Director

Winner of three Lambda Literary Awards with nine shortlist nods,
Winner of six GCLS Goldie Awards with another six shortlist nods, the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and 2011 Trailblazer Award, Winner of the Alice B Reader's Medal, as well as numerous lesbian readers' awards including:
18th & Castro: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Erotica, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Above Temptation: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Suspense
All the Wrong Places: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica and Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Finders Keepers: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
In Deep Waters 1: Cruising the Seas: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Erotica (with Radclyffe)
In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Erotica (with Radclyffe)
Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Short Stories
Just Like That: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romance, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
The Kiss That Counted: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Winner, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance
Love by the Numbers: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Maybe Next Time: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Romance
New Exploits Series (with Barbara Johnson, Therese Szymanski, Julia Watts):
Bell, Book and Dyke: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy, Once Upon a Dyke: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica, Tall in the Saddle: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Roller Coaster: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Seeds of Fire: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy
Stepping Stone: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Substitute for Love: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Sugar: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romance

Bella Books, Independent Press Award Winner,
Lambda Literary Foundation


Bella Books and Spinsters Ink Authors


Erica Abbott
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Fragmentary Blue: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Debut
Certain Dark Things: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery/Thriller
One Fine Day: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance

Linda Andersson
InSight of the Seer: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Paranormal

Rhiannon Argo
The Creamsickle: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Debut; American Library Association GLBT Roundtable 2010 Notable Book

Marianne Banks
Growing Up Delicious: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian General Fiction

Saxon Bennett
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Family Affair: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian General Fiction
Marching to a Different Accordion: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian General Fiction

Terri Breneman
Borderline: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Compulsion: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Amy Briant
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Shadow Point: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Debut Author, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Paranormal Romance

Victoria Brownworth
Day of the Dead: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction; American Library Association GLBT Roundtable 2010 Notable Book

Nat Burns
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
House of Cards: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction
The Book of Eleanor: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Paranormal Romance

Siri Caldwell
Angel's Touch: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Debut Fiction

Paulette Callen
Command of Silence: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Megan Carter
Midnight Melodies: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Historical Romance

Marie Castle
Hell's Belle: Book One of the DarkMirror Agency: Lambda Literary Finalist for LGBT Paranormal, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Debut Fiction and Lesbian Paranormal Romance

Kate Christie
Leaving L.A.: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance

Baxter Clare
Cry Havoc: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Jaime Clevenger
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
All Bets Off: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Fiction

Blayne Cooper
Hard Times: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction
Stranded: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Contemporary Romance

Jeanne Córdova
When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution: Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction; Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Memoir; GCLS Goldie Winner for Essay/Non-Collection

Gina Noelle Daggett
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Jukebox: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance and Lesbian Debut Author

Lea Daley
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Waiting for Harper Lee: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian General/Dramatic Fiction

Jan Donley
The Side Door: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian General Fiction, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Debut Author; Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention

Nancy Garden
Nora and Liz: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance

Layce Gardner
Tats: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Suspense/Intrigue, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist

Marianne Garver
October's Promise: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Debut Author

Jeanne G'Fellers
No Sister of Mine: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Science-Fiction, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction
Sister Lost, Sister Found: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Sister's Flight: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Josie Gordon
Whacked: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Mystery
Toasted: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Rachel Gold
Being Emily: Moonbeam Children's Gold Medal for Young Adult - Mature Issues, GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Dramatic / General Fiction; Lambda Literary Finalist for Transgender

JJ Greene
First Down: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Intrigue

Mary Griggs
Unbroken Circle: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
In the Midst of Tribulation: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction

SL Harris
Laughter in the Wind: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Young Adult, Lesbian Debut Author Fiction

Elizabeth Hart
Lily of the Tower: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Historical Romance

Peggy Herring
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal

Gerri Hill
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Artist's Dream: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
At Seventeen: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Behind the Pine Door: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romance
The Cottage: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction
Coyote Sky: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Devil's Rock: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Intrigue
Gulf Breeze: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance/Lesbian Erotica
Hell's Highway: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Intrigue
Hunter's Way: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian for Lesbian Mystery
In the Name of the Father: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Keepers of the Cave: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery/Thriller
The Killing Room: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Mystery
Love Waits: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
The Scorpion: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Suspense and Finalist for Ann Bannon Popular Choice
No Strings: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Partners: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romance/Lesbian Thriller
Snow Falls: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Storms: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Weeping Walls: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery/Thriller

Eva Indigo
Laughing Down the Moon: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Debut Fiction

Barbara Johnson
Fantasy (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
New Exploits Series (with Karin Kallmaker, Therese Szymanski, Julia Watts):
Bell, Book and Dyke: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy, Once Upon a Dyke: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica, Tall in the Saddle: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Perfect Valentine (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica

Lynn James
Wild Fire: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance

Frankie J. Jones
Becka's Song: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance
For Every Season: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance
The Road Home: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance

J.E. Knowles
Arusha: Lambda Literary Finalist for Bisexual Fiction

M.E. Logan
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate

Jaye Maiman
Crazy for Loving: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Mystery

Sara Marx
InSight of the Seer: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Paranormal
Decoded: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Intrigue

Janet Mason
Tea Leaves: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Single Author Colleection/Memoir

KG MacGregor
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Etched in Shadows: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Just This Once: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Out of Love: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Photographs of Claudia: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Playing with Fuego: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Suspense
Rhapsody: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Secrets So Deep: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Romantic Suspense
The Shaken Series:
Book One: Without Warning: GCLS Goldie Winner for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Book Two: Aftershock: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction
Book Three: Small Packages: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian General Fiction
Book Four: Mother Load: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian General Fiction
Worth Every Step: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Winner for Contemporary Lesbian Romance and Finalist for Ann Bannon Popular Choice

Robbi McCoy
For Me and My Gal: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Historical Romance
Something to Believe: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Dramatic/General Fiction
Waltzing at Midnight: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Debut Author

Claire McNab
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Accidental Murder: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Cop Out: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Death Understood: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Lessons in Murder: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Diana McRae
Deerhaven Pines: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Beth Moore
Risky Investment: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romance

Dani O'Connor
Dresses and Other Catastrophes: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction

Sheila Ortiz-Taylor
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
OutRageous: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Fiction; GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction

MB Panichi
Saving Morgan: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Science-Fiction, Finalist for Lesbian Debut Fiction

Ruth Perkinson
Breaking Spirit Bridge: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Fiction, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Fiction
Piper's Someday: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Fiction

Jenna Rae
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
The Writing on the Wall: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Suspense/Intrigue
Turning on the Tide: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Mystery, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

D Jordan Redhawk
Beloved Lady Mistress: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Broken Trails: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Orphan Maker: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Young Adult Fiction

Tracey Richardson
The Candidate: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Traditional/Contemporary Lesbian Romance
Last Salute: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
No Rules of Engagement: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Suspense and Ann Bannon Popular Choice
Side Order of Love: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Contemporary Lesbian Romance; First Place Contemporary Romance Category, Rainbow Award of Excellence, Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Diana Rivers
City of Strangers: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Speculative Fiction
Her Sister's Keeper: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Red Line of Yarmald: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction
The Smuggler, the Spy and the Spider: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Ann Roberts
Beacon of Love: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Romance
Deadly Intersections: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Point of Betrayal: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Mystery, Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Amy Dawson Robertson
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Miles to Go: A Rennie Vogel Intrigue: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery/Thriller and Lesbian Debut Author, Finalist for Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award
Scapegoat: A Rennie Vogel Intrigue: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery/Thriller

Pol Robinson
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Open Water: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Debut Author

Claire Rooney
The Color of Dust: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Historical Romance

Linda Kay Silva
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Just Killing Time: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Speculative Fiction
More Than An Echo: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Speculative Fiction
When an Echo Returns: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Ursula Steck
Laura's War: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
The Next World: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Jean Stewart
The Wizard of Isis: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction, GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Science-Fiction

Teresa Stores
Backslide: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction

Rebecca Swartz
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Everything Pales in Comparison: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Intrigue/Suspense and Debut Author

Therese Szymanski
Winner, Alice B Reader's Medal
Call of the Dark (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy
Fantasy (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
It's All Smoke and Mirrors: Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
New Exploits Series (with Barbara Johnson, Karin Kallmaker, Julia Watts):
Bell, Book and Dyke: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy, Once Upon a Dyke: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica, Tall in the Saddle: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Perfect Valentine (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
When Evil Changes Face: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Wild Nights (editor): GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica

Jessica Thomas
Caught in the Net: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Mystery
Losers Weepers: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Murder Takes to the Hills: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
Turning the Tables: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
The Weekend Visitor: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Jody Valley
A Venomous Cocktail: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery, Lesbian Debut Author

Dillon Watson
Keile's Chance: GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Debut Author and Winner for Contemporary Lesbian Romance
Back to Blue: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Paranormal Romance

Julia Watts
The Kind of Girl I Am: Lambda Literary Finalist for Women's Fiction, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction
New Exploits Series (with Barbara Johnson, Karin Kallmaker, Julia Watts):
Bell, Book and Dyke: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Science-Fiction/Lesbian Fantasy, Once Upon a Dyke: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Erotica, Stake through the Heart: "We Recruit," Gaylactic-Spectrum Finalist for Lesbian Horror, Tall in the Saddle: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Erotica
Secret City: , GCLS Goldie Winner for Lesbian Young Adult Fiction, Lambda Literary Finalist for LGBT/Young Adult
Women. Period.: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Anthology

Pat Welch
Moving Targets: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery
A Time to Cast Away: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

Kenna White
Beautiful Journey: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Historical Romance, Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist
Taken by Surprise: Lambda Literary Winner for Lesbian Romance, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Yours for the Asking: Second Place, Rainbow Award of Excellence Contemporary Romance Category, Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Jeanne Winer
The Furthest City Light: GCLS Goldie Winner for Debut Author

Terry Wolverton
Stealing Angel: GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Dramatic Fiction

Diane Wood
Winner, Alice B Reader's Debut Author Lavender Certificate
Web of Obsessions: Lambda Literary Finalist for Lesbian Mystery, GCLS Goldie Finalist for Lesbian Romantic Suspense/Intrigue