Bywater Books is pleased to announce that two of our titles have been selected as finalists for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s 2017 Ann Bannon Popular Choice and Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Awards.


Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler with Cover Design by TreeHouse Studio

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Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Quinn Banning is an investment banker, and the dividend she seeks is a resurgence of the once-great city of Buffalo. Putting together her next business venture, she recognizes Hal’s talent and charm as necessary assets for success—her good looks don’t hurt, either. But Hal’s transient ways are in direct opposition to the stability Quinn craves. Relying on their shared love of Buffalo, Quinn makes Hal an offer she can’t refuse—a restaurant under her own name, complete creative control, and secure financial backing. It’s every chef’s dream. But Hal utters the one word Quinn can’t stand to hear, “No.”

Will their physical attraction grow cold as they argue over their ideals, or will they find that the most distinctive ingredients often make for the perfect pairing?

Rachel Spangler is the author of ten lesbian romance novels and novellas, and the winner of two Golden Crown Literary Awards. She pens the popular blog, Wonder Boi Writes, and lives with her wife and son in western New York.

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The Liberators of Willow Run by Marianne K. Martin with Cover Design by TreeHouse Studio

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It’s 1943 and the world is at war.

Much of the hope for victory rests on the wings of America’s Liberator, the B-24 bomber. But there’s only one way for the assembly plants to produce enough planes to meet the demand, and that is to invite women by the thousands into the workforce. Audrey Draper is one of those women, committed to the war effort, and beyond that, to finding her own independence. And she is not alone. Ruth Evans also chooses to seek employment. As a waitress living on her own, she not only searches for freedom, but also a way to fulfill an important promise. And then there’s Amelia, a pregnant fifteen-year-old rape victim, who is being forced to return to a dark and dangerous home. Will Ruth and Audrey, risk everything to rescue Amelia? And, in the process can they find the love and redemption they both are searching for?

Marianne K. Martin is one of the best-selling lesbian romance authors in the history of the genre, and her books have gained a wide international readership. She is the author of eleven novels. Her highly successful novels include the Lambda Literary Award finalists Tangled RootsUnder the Witness Tree, Mirrors, and For Now, For Always. In 2012, she was honored with the Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society and in 2013 she was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame.

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And a big congratulations to ALL the finalists, we’re proud to share your company!


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The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature. Their goals are to:

  1. Provide learning opportunities, encouragement and assistance to new and established authors in developing their craft;
  2. Support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing educational programs and creating opportunities for readers and writers to interact; and
  3. To recognize and promote lesbian literary work.

For more information, please visit the GCLS Website.

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