My new novel, DON’T SAY GOODBYE, is coming shortly!

So, a couple of days ago, I teased here that I wrote a contemporary lesbian romance novel. If you’re on my Facebook friends list, you know that I’d brought a question up–if I was to publish a contemporary romance novel, should I use a pen name, or should I just use Bridget Essex, knowing that my fans are utterly amazing, and would like to try something new from me?

See, I had this contemporary novel, because waaaaay back when I originally started publishing my lesbian romance fiction, I was, of course, just starting out, and was trying a lot of new things. I was publishing all of my paranormal fiction under Bridget Essex, but last year, in 2013, I felt utterly compelled to write a romance that had nothing paranormal about it at all. I actually debated on whether to write it, because I was doing only paranormal at the time, but the main characters and their love story gripped me so tightly in the heart that I had to write them. I was concentrating a lot on my Sullivan vampires back then, so I wrote this new book and didn’t quite know what to do with it.

I came up with a pen name, thinking that’s how I should separate my paranormal and contemporary work, and put the novel up for sale. And then…forgot about it. A while later, I realized that wasn’t fair to the readers–to put up a novel and then nothing else–so I took the novel down. It’d gotten a couple of sales, not many, but I didn’t want to let the readers down that I might not release anything else.

Well, a year has come and gone, and I’ve spent this year wanting to write other contemporary things, and then suppressing those thoughts, because I’m Bridget Essex! I write paranormal! But after the great discussion on Facebook, (which, I knew you guys were awesome, but I’d really thought so narrowly about this the whole time, that it was really great to hear it from YOU ♥) I realized I don’t have to do that. I can write any romance I want, about two strong women, falling in love, and because you’re amazing, you’ll read it. ♥

So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

This is the romance that started it all–the romance that actually made me cry to write it. I love this story, these characters, and I hope you’ll give them a chance, even though there’s no vampires, werewolves or lady knights in sight.

It should hopefully be published today and show up either tonight or tomorrow. ♥

What if you fell for the most impossible woman: your best friend’s girlfriend?

Maxine “Max” Hallwell has spent her entire life making the safe, responsible decisions. It’s not that she never had dreams, but while her childhood best friend, Joanna, risked everything to start her own delivery business, Max went to work at a call center. Now, their fortieth birthdays are fast approaching, and Joanna is rich, high-powered and happy. And Max is miserable.

When Joanna introduces Max to her new girlfriend, Fiona—a stunning, charismatic cake decorator Jo met at a businesswomen’s dinner—Max is nothing but happy for her. After all, Fiona is the woman of Joanna’s dreams. Fiona’s so wonderful, in fact, that she encourages Max to finally open her own business, and offers to help her get it off the ground. That Max is deeply attracted to Fiona means nothing. Max has been best friends with Joanna too long; she’d never hurt her.

But one night, everything changes when Fiona admits her feelings for Max. And Max is left with an impossible decision: be true to her best friend…or the woman who’s woken her heart.

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About Bridget Essex

Author of lesbian romances; madly in love with my wife, author Natalie Vivien.
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