We are happy to announce that Lambda Literary Award finalist Rachel Spangler will be bringing her newest lesbian romance, Close to Home, to Bywater Books in January, 2017.

“I’m excited to release this latest Darlington Romance,” says Rachel. “These stories follow the lives of a small group of lesbians as they navigate life and love in a small Midwestern town.”  But, she’s also aware of how closely these Darlington Romances mirror life in our everyday, very real world, “Building relationships, facing bigotry, moving on from the past, and striving to make a better future, these women learn that life in a small town is rarely what it seems on the surface.”

Can a CPA and her brash, young intern reconcile their differences, or will the answers hit too close to home?

Kelly Rolen is a CPA—she’s smart, she’s focused, and she’s worked hard to build an orderly career and a respectable life in her hometown of Darlington, Illinois. Everything is precisely as it should be. Well, it is until her father suffers a debilitating stroke during the busiest time of her year—tax season. Suddenly, Kelly finds herself overworked, exhausted, behind schedule, and forced to hire an intern to meet her deadlines.

Elliot Garza is young and brash, but she’s also a talented accounting student who is charismatic, driven, and solely focused on completing her internship so she can escape from the bleak Midwestern town to Washington, DC and her dream job. She knows she has the professional skills necessary to do the job well, but she is less certain about her ability to handle her beautiful, prickly, demanding, and compelling new boss.

In this fresh new romance from one of the genre’s top young authors, will Kelly’s past and Elliot’s future add up to some

thing greater than the sum of their escalating attraction, or will the answer to their equation end up hitting too close to home?

Close to Home is the third Darlington Romance, and follows on the heels of The Long Way Home and Timeless. The three books can all be read as stand alone novels, but as with so many of the very best things in life, they are better together.

Rachel Spangler is the Director of Social Media and Outreach for Bywater Books, and the talented Goldie- and Rainbow award-winning author of ten books, including the Lambda Literary finalist, Heart of the Game. She lives with her wife and son in Western New York—and is the author of the widely popular Wonder Boi Writes blog, where she is on a never-ending quest for new and better ways to connect with authors and readers. Her first book with Bywater Books, Perfect Pairing, was released in July 2016.


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