The On The Record* Series
Two standalone novels about reporters Ayers and King
BOOK ONE: THE RED FILES
— Out 2015
Winner of Best Mystery/Thriller at the 2016 GCLS Awards / Finalist for the Lambda Awards 2015
Ambitious Daily Sentinel journalist Lauren King is chafing on LA’s vapid social circuit, reporting on glamorous A-list parties while sparring with her rival—the formidable, icy Catherine Ayers. Ayers is an ex-Washington political correspondent who suffered a humiliating fall from grace, and her acerbic, vicious tongue keeps everyone at bay. Everyone, that is, except knockabout Iowa girl King, who is undaunted, unimpressed and gives as good as she gets. One night a curious story unfolds before their eyes: One business launch, 34 prostitutes and a pallet of missing pink champagne. Can the warring pair work together to unravel an incredible story? This is a lesbian fiction with more than a few mysterious twists.
Themes and tropes: Rival reporters solving a mystery, enemies-to-lovers, age-gap, office setting, road trip.
5/5 icicles for ice queen (Five is extra frosty!)
BOOK TWO: UNDER YOUR SKIN
— Out 2018
(Lesbian romance with a dollop of mystery)
What do a stolen food-delivery robot, a woman from the past, and a bizarre scheme to microchip military veterans have in common?
The infamous Caustic Queen, Washington DC bureau chief Catherine Ayers, would love to find out but she has a lot on her plate right now. She and her fiancée, reporter and Iowa girl Lauren King, are busy wedding planning in Lauren’s home town. That means facing a lot of beefy mechanic brothers, a haughty cat, and a sharp-tongued Meemaw. Catherine’s sure she can play nice with everyone. Well, pretty sure. How hard can it be, anyway?
A twisty lesbian romance sequel to The Red Files about the family we can’t choose, and the one that chooses us.
Themes and tropes: Rival reporters turned lovers solving a mystery, big fat lesbian wedding, age-gap.
4/5 icicles for ice queen. (Five is extra frosty!)
Buy both books in The On The Record series
* A cost-effective way to to buy both The Red Files and sequel Under Your Skin is with one value e-book, On The Record. As a bonus you also get the short story, Flashbang. Find out more on the Anthologies page.
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This is the original audiobook cover of the The Red Files before
it was redesigned in 2021.
This is the original Under Your Skin cover before