Lori's Writings
Books by Lori L. Lake
 
Novels & Story Collections

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Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History

Co-Editor:
Christopher Hawthorne Moss

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Through all but recent recorded history, queer people were omitted from historical records much as women and people of color have been. So many people unheard, so many stories lost…

In this exciting collection you will find unforgettable and brilliant stories that place lesbian and gay characters back into American history. Fourteen talented authors have represented events in the historical timeline from the 1600’s Salem Witch Trials to 1970’s hijacker DB Cooper because they had a need to create something that was not there. Many tales are entertaining, heartwarming, and positive, but a few are dark and tragic.

The editors hope that these stories remind readers, especially today’s youth, that we deserve to have our place in the narrative of humankind.

Contributors to the Collection:
Christopher Hawthorne Moss, E.J. Kindred, Ethan Stone, Jane Cuthbertson ,Jess Faraday, Jon Michaelsen, Judy M. Kerr, Kate McLachlan, Lee Lynch, Lori L. Lake, Nann Dunne, Patty Schramm, Sue Hardesty, and Victor J. Banis

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Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam

Co-Editor:
Jessie Chandler

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These tales of murder, mayhem, and suspense by some of today's finest crime writers will keep you up way past your bedtime!

The lesbians on the loose in this collection are an entertaining mix of protagonists: cops, amateur sleuths, a PI, a judge, a bounty hunter, and one very insightful dog. There's even an intrepid high schooler and a mystery writer.

Despite greed and grief, rage and revenge, secrets and lies, many of the stories feature humor from a variety of characters trying to find their way in a difficult world--cops who've seen too much, revenge seekers, and women who want justice for themselves and others.

You won't regret going on the lam with these terrific writers: Elizabeth Sims, Carsen Taite, SY Thompson, Andi Marquette, Linda M. Vogt, VK Powell, Kate McLachlan, Lori L. Lake, Lynn Ames, Sandra de Helen, Jen Wright, Sue Hardesty, Jessie Chandler, J.M. Redmann, and Katherine V. Forrest

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2016 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Co-Winner with fellow editor
Jessie Chandler - Best Anthology/Collection Category

2015 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention - Best Anthology/ Collection in
Mystery/Thriller Category
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Eight Dates -
A Romance


Skylar Cassidy has been on her own for less than a year after a disastrous breakup. She’s found that meeting women is difficult – kind of daunting, actually. She feels like she’s been run through the mill, and she doesn’t want to go through it again. But when her best pal and business partner Mitchell signs her up at the GirlsGaylore.com dating website and characterizes her as a happy-go-lucky, amorous, risk-taking single, all hell breaks loose. Suddenly women are coming out of the woodwork and Sky hardly knows what to make of it.

EIGHT DATES is a comical story of a woman’s search for Ms. Right—and how she finds quite a few Ms. Wrongs along the way.

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2014 Rainbow Award Winner - Romantic Comedy Category

2014 Rainbow Award Runner-Up - Overall Best Lesbian Novel Category



Jump
The Gun:
Book 4
in The
Gun Series


Dez Reilly, a patrol sergeant with the Saint Paul Police, is trying to decide which direction to go with her career: To SWAT? Or to Investigations? Or does she continue with the patrol supervision she is heartily tired of?

Jaylynn Savage patrols the city's skyways and is happy with her work and with Dez, who is the love of her life. But when a colleague is murdered on duty, Dez and Jaylynn are both stunned. Before they can even process the loss, a witness is killed, Dez is targeted by a dangerous killer, and nobody she loves is safe. Can Dez protect those she loves and also stop a heartless, face-less murderer?

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2014 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist - Best Mystery/Thriller

2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up - Best Lesbian Mystery

2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist



A Very
Public Eye
:
Book 2
in The
Public Eye
Mystery
Series


Greed? Hatred? Retaliation? Or a Cover-up?

Winter has set in, but young Eddie Bolton will never see another snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota. Someone has killed him in what should have been a secure juvenile detox ward at the Benton Dowling Center. Police Officer Leona "Leo" Reese is working temporarily as a state investigator of fraud and licensing infractions, but has been out of commission due to surgery. On her first week back on the job, she is faced with the aftermath of the 17-year-old's death.

Working with the local police, Leo discovers precious little evidence and far too few people with motives for the killing. As she uncovers long-buried secrets, someone else is murdered, and Leo realizes that she, too, is in danger. In the midst of her own emotional turmoil, is Leo strong enough and smart enough to confront and catch a clever and ruthless murderer?

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2013 Rainbow Award Winner

2013 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist - Best Mystery/Thriller



Buyer's
Remorse:
Book 1
in The
Public Eye
Mystery
Series


After she fails her bi-yearly shooting qualifications, Leona "Leo" Reese, a 33-yr-old Saint Paul police sergeant, is temporarily assigned (lent out, actually) to the investigations divisions of the state's Department of Human Services. Angry and frustrated, she's saddled her first day with a case where an older woman at an upscale elder apartment has been murdered by an apparent burglar. But all is not as it seems, and it's up to Leo to get to the bottom of the case, while also trying to get her police job back.

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2012 Golden Crown Literary Award Winner - Best Mystery/Thriller

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Like
Lovers Do


Kennie McClain moved from upstate New York to Portland to escape bad memories. In her off hours, she rehabs apartments and nurses a broken heart.

Lily Gordon, a nationally-acclaimed painter, lives in the penthouse where Kennie works. She's beautiful and accomplished - and haunted after her lover ditches her.

Sparks fly when Kennie and Lily finally connect . . . but then in one shattering moment, Lily betrays her, and Kennie's world comes crashing down, leaving her untrusting and in deep emotional pain. Can Kennie ever rise above these losses and risk her heart again?

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2011 USA Best Books Awards Finalist - LGBT Category




Shimmer
& Other
Stories

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The women in these stories, unsettled, adrift, and often disillusioned, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some hope in the power of love. Sharply rendered, the tone of these glittering tales reflects their title: silver and gray, shimmery and wintry, yet also filled with the shiny hope of summer.

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2008 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist - Best Short Story Collection




Snow Moon
Rising

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In a world beset by war, two women on either side of the conflagration breach the divide-and save one another. Snow Moon Rising is a stunning novel of two women's enduring love and friendship across family, clan, and cultural barriers. It's a novel of desperation and honor, hope and fear at a time when the world was split into a million pieces.

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2007 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award Winner

2007 Golden Crown Literary Award Winner - Best General/Dramatic Fiction

2007 Alice B. Readers Award Winner

2007 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award Winner




Romance
For Life

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25 romantic stories from favorite authors: Robin Alexander, Lynn Ames, Bridget Bufford, Carrie Carr, Caro Clarke, Stella Duffy, Nann Dunne, Jane Fletcher, Vada Foster, Verda Foster, Jennifer Fulton, Gabrielle Goldsby, Melissa Good, Lois C. Hart, Ellen Hawley, Karin Kallmaker, Lori L. Lake, Lee Lynch, Marianne K. Martin, Val McDermid, Radclyffe, Elizabeth Sims, Jean Stewart, Ida Swearingen, and Jane Vollbrecht, with Foreword by Kathy L. Smith.

2007 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist - Best Anthology

2007 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award Winner




Have Gun
We'll Travel
:
Book 3
in The
Gun Series

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St. Paul police officers Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage have been working far too hard. When they take off on a camping trip to northern Minnesota with good friends Crystal and Shayna, they expect nothing more than long hikes, romantic wood fires, and plenty of down time. Instead, they find themselves caught in the whirlwind created when two escaped convicts, law enforcement, and desperate Russian mobsters clash east of the privately-run Kendall Correctional Center. Jaylynn is taken hostage and must use all her resources to stay alive. Can Dez catch up with the criminals, short-circuit the Russians, and save Jaylynn?

It's a race to the finish as author Lori L. Lake uproots Dez and Jaylynn from the romance genre to bring them center stage in her first action-suspense thriller.

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2006 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist - Best Mystery/Thriller Adventure

2005 Stone Wall Society Winner




The Milk
of Human
Kindness:
Lesbian
Authors Write About
Mothers and
Daughters

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This remarkable anthology contains stories, essays, and memoir by some of the brightest stars in the lesbian writing world: Katherine V. Forrest, Radclyffe, Karin Kallmaker, Cameron Abbott, Ellen Hart, Lori L. Lake, Caro Clarke, J.M. Redmann, Jennifer Fulton, Gabrielle Goldsby, Lois Hart, Carrie Carr, SX Meagher, Jean Stewart, Cate Swannell, Therese Szymanski, Kelly Zarembski, Georgia Beers, Talaran, Julia Watts, Marie Sheppard Williams, Meghan Brunner, and Marcia Tyson Kolb

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2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Best Anthology

2005 Stone Wall Society Winner - Literary Work of the Year




Stepping
Out and
Other
Stories

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In these 14 short stories, Lori L. Lake captures how change and loss influence the course of lives: a mother and daughter have an age-old fight; a frightened woman attempts to deal with an abusive lover; a father tries to understand his lesbian daughter’s retreat from him; an athlete who misses her chance—or does she?

Lovingly crafted, the collection has been described as a series of mini-novels where themes of alienation and loss, particularly for characters who are gay or lesbian, are woven throughout. Lake is right on about the anguish and confusion of characters caught in the middle of circumstances, usually of someone else’s making. Still, each character steps out with hope and determination.

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2004 Stone Wall Society Winner - Literary Work of the Year




Different
Dress
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Different Dress
is the story of three women on a cross-country music tour. Jaime Esperanza is the assistant production manager in charge of both stage and stars. The headliner, Lacey Leigh Jaxon, is a fast-living, heavy drinking prima donna with intimacy problems. She’s had a brief relationship with Jaime, then dumped her for a series of new band mates. Lacey still comes back to Jaime in between conquests, and Jaime hasn't gotten her entirely out of her heart.

Lacey Leigh steamrolls yet another opening act and, in desperation, the tour manager brings on board a folksinger from Minnesota named Kip Galvin, who wrote one of Lacey’s biggest songs. Kip has true talent, she loves people and they respond to her, and she has a pleasant stage presence. A friendship springs up between Jaime and Kip—but what about Lacey Leigh?

Different Dress is a honky-tonk, bluesy, pop, country EXPLOSION of emotion as these three women duke it out. Who will win Jaime's heart and soul?

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Under
The Gun
:
Book 2
in The
Gun Series

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Under the Gun
is the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling novel, Gun Shy, continuing the story of St. Paul Police Officers Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage. Picking up just a couple weeks after Gun Shy ended, the sequel finds the two officers continuing to adjust to their relationship, but things start to go downhill when they get dispatched to a double homicide - Jaylynn's first murder scene. Dez is supportive and protective toward Jay, and things seem to be going all right until Dez's nemesis reports their personal relationship, and their commanding officer restricts them from riding together on patrol. This sets off a chain of events that result in Jaylynn getting wounded, Dez being suspended, and both of them having to face the possibility of life without the other. They face struggles - separately and together - that they must work through while truly feeling "under the gun."

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Gun
Shy:
Book 1
in The
Gun Series

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While on patrol, Minnesota police officer Dez Reilly saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer. Having been burned in the past by getting romantically involved with another cop, Dez has a steadfast rule she has abided by for nine years: Cops are off limits. But as Jaylynn and Dez get to know one another, a strong friendship forms. Will Dez break her cardinal rule and take a chance on love with Jaylynn, or will she remain forever gun shy?

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2007 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award Winner

2003 Stone Wall Society Winner




Ricochet
In Time

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Dani Corbett has only been with her new girlfriend a short while, but after a vicious hate crime, Meg is dead and Dani is left physically injured and emotionally scarred. Since her injury prevents Dani from fleeing on her motorcycle, which is her normal response to a crisis, she must find a way to deal with her grief and rage. But as one door has closed for Dani, another opens when Grace Beaumont, who works as a physical therapist at the hospital where Dani is treated, befriends her and helps her to heal. With Grace's friendship and the help of Grace's aunts, Estelline and Ruth, Dani must get through the ordeal of bringing Meg's killer to justice.

Ricochet In Time is the story of one lonely woman's fight for justice - and her struggle to resolve the troubles of her past and find a place in a world where she belongs.

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To Purchase
 
You can find e-book versions of the novels and story collections at the following sites. The starred ones also have print versions. If you would like an autographed print copy, please write to me.
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Other Writings
 
Online Short Stories
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" Tsuki, Tsuki"
at Blithe House Quarterly
"Paige"
at Khimairal Ink

Movie Trailers for Books

 
With Brenda Adcock's wizardry, there are now movie trailers, complete with music, for my last two books. Click below to see and turn on your speakers:
 
Shimmer & Other Stories
 
Snow Moon Rising
 
Contributions
I've got stories or other writing
in the following books:
 

Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice

Edited by The Minnesota Crime Wave

Coming Together for Equality

Edited by Beth Wylde


Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir


Edited by J.M. Redmann & Greg Herren

   


Once Upon A Crime
An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense

Edited by
Gary Bush & Chris Everheart

 

 


Toe to Toe

Standing Tall
and Proud

Zerynthia's
Tales 3

   

Women in Uniform


Edited by
Verda Foster & Pat Cronin
   

The Pot Thickens: Recipes By Writers

Edited by
Victor J. Banis
   

The Silence of the Loons: Mysteries by Minnesota Writers

Edited by
The Minnesota
Crime Wave
   

Best Lesbian Romance


Edited by
Angela Brown
   
   
 
Bound/Printed Books
My novels and short story collections can be purchased through any bookseller or online. If a store doesn't happen to have copies on hand, they will order them for you. CLICK HERE if you want to contact me to get autographed copies.
 
 
 
 
Lori's Writings

 

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