Jae

Award-Winning Author of Slow-Burn Romances between Strong Women

characters over 40

WLW & Lesbian Books with Characters Over 40 (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #26)

Just as we lack a lot of books with plus-sized characters, middle-aged and older characters also seem underrepresented in WLW & lesbian fiction, especially in romances. So to prove that there’s love & life after 40, this week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian books with characters over 40. In some of the featured books only one of the main characters is over 40 while the other is younger, making it an age gap romance. In others, both main characters are over 40. The age of the characters in these books ranges from their early forties—as in my …

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body-positive romance

WLW & Lesbian Body-Positive Romance Novels (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #25)

This week’s F/F crossword puzzle features a really important topic: body positivity in romance novels. The romance novel industry is especially guilty of abiding by Hollywood’s standard of beauty. It’s rare to find plus-size characters in f/f romance novels (or any romance, for that matter). Most of the main characters are portrayed as slender, with perfectly sized breasts, and if they are a bit chubby, their goal in the story is probably to lose weight. I hope that going forward, there’ll be more body positivity in romance novels and that women of all shapes and sizes will find themselves represented …

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lesbian fiction series

WLW & Lesbian Fiction Series (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #23)

This week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian fiction series. Sometimes, it’s hard to let your favorite characters go because you want to know what happens next in their lives. Or you want your favorite supporting character to get her own book. That’s why a series can be perfect for binge-reading.   So, here’s the WLW & lesbian fiction series puzzle: You can either download the crossword grid by right-clicking on the picture below or download the PDF with the crossword grid and the clues. You don’t necessarily need a printer to play. You don’t need to send in the …

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Lesbian Books with Pets

WLW & Lesbian Books Featuring Pets & Other Animals (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #22)

This week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian books that feature cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. Most books include dogs, cats, or horses, but there’s also a domestic pig in one of the books.   Speaking of books featuring pets… My new romance Wrong Number, Right Woman features a shy butch, her young niece & her budgie, as well as the supposedly straight woman who sends her an accidental text. Wrong Number, Right Woman will be available everywhere on September 2. If you want to make sure you don’t miss it, please subscribe to my newsletter.   …

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lesbian books with characters who are lawyers

WLW & Lesbian Books with Characters Who Are Lawyers (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #19)

  This week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian books with characters who are lawyers, attorneys, or otherwise work in a legal profession. Lawyer heroines are very popular with a lot of readers. Maybe it’s the power suits or their tough-as-nails attitude? Whatever it is, I don’t think you’ll have any objection (pun intended) to this week’s puzzle.   You can still solve previous puzzles & win ebooks! If you haven’t solved all the previous puzzles yet, you can still do so! For every solution you send in, you get an entry into the drawing for the grand …

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books with pansexual and bisexual characters

WLW Books with Pansexual & Bisexual Characters (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #16)

It’s Pride Month, and it’s also LGBT+ Book Month, so the next three crossword puzzles will feature books with characters on the LGBTQIA spectrum. This week’s puzzle is about f/f books with pansexual and bisexual characters; next week’s puzzle will feature books about asexual and ace spectrum characters, and the week after, I’ll post a puzzle featuring books with nonbinary and trans characters.   You can still solve previous puzzles & win ebooks! If you haven’t solved all the previous puzzles yet, you can still do so! For every solution you send in, you get an entry into the drawing …

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lesbian toaster oven romance

WLW & Lesbian “Toaster Oven” Romance Novels (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #10)

  This week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features so-called “toaster oven” romance novels—books about women who go through a process of self-discovery during the course of the book and figure out that they are not as straight as they previously assumed. Most of them find themselves attracted and fall in love with another woman for the very first time. The “toaster oven” is an old joke within the LGBT+ community. To my knowledge, it originated when Ellen DeGeneres’s character on the 1990s sitcom Ellen came out as gay in the infamous “Puppy Episode” and her love interest was presented with …

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lesbian slow-burn romance novels

WLW & lesbian slow-burn romance novels (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #4)

  I hope you are having fun with the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge! For our fourth puzzle, I picked one of my favorite tropes: wlw and lesbian slow-burn romance novels. Slow-burn romances are novels in which the romance develops gradually. Instead of falling in love or jumping into bed in chapter 1, the characters take the time to really get to know each other, forming a deeper connection, and that’s what I like about this kind of romance novels.   A big shout-out to my helpers! Before I give you the clues, though, I’d like to thank all the people …

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WLW & Lesbian Books from Ylva Publishing

WLW & lesbian books from Ylva Publishing – (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #2)

  If you have taken a look at the schedule for the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge, you know that I put together puzzles for several publishing houses that publish WLW & lesbian books. Every publisher whose authors submitted enough clues will get their own crossword puzzle—and indie authors will get a puzzle too. Today, I’d like to start with my own publisher, so here’s the Ylva Publishing crossword puzzle. If you are discovering the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge only now, read up on the rules and prizes, then come back here and try to solve the Ylva puzzle. You can …

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Jae crossword puzzle

Solve the Jae crossword puzzle and win an ebook of your choice

  Sharpen your pencils and your minds: It’s International Crossword Puzzle Day—a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge, which will start on January 1. To help you prepare, I came up with a “Jae” crossword puzzle. Some of the clues are a bit challenging, but I’m confident that most of you will be able to solve it. Pro tip: You’ll find the answers to most clues on various pages of my website, including the FAQs.   Win an ebook of your choice! To make it even more interesting, I’ll turn the crossword puzzle into a …

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