Congrats to all the Lambda Literary finalists

Earlier today, Lambda Literary, the premier LGBTQ+ literary organization in the US, announced the finalists for their 32nd annual Lammys including two Bella authors! (Read the official announcement.)

The Lammys were created to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ authors to society. Former winners have included such icons as Alison Bechdel, Audre Lorde, Dorothy Allison, and many others.

This year’s nominees include Carly Moore, Rachel Pollack, Carmen Maria Machado, Faylita Hicks, and others in the 24 award categories.

Among those nominated are two Bella authors whose books we are delighted to celebrate: The Blood Runs Cold and The Secret Chord.

Catherine Maiorisi’s The Blood Runs Cold received a nomination in the Lesbian Mystery category.

A Chiara Corelli Mystery Book, the second in the series, The Blood Runs Cold follows Detectives Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker as they catch a new murder case that turns out to be anything but routine. Working with Kate Burke, the lesbian Speaker of the City Council, they realize they have a serial killer on their hands—and that this killer is hunting the powerful circle around Burke. Buckle up for the kind of thriller that will make you want to stay up until dawn to finish reading.

Maiorisi has also written about her writing process and surprising aspects of the novel.

The Secret Chord by Virginia Hale was nominated in the Lesbian Romance category.

Childhood friends Kate York and Tilly Wattle cross paths again as adults in The Secret Chord. Both now work at the Catholic boarding school where they originally met. And, Kate’s childhood feelings for Tilly come flooding back. The secret kisses and deep bond they shared as children make Kate believe she and Tilly could have something more, but Tilly doesn’t want to revisit the past. Or does she?

Both books are currently on sale, so if you haven’t read these award-nominated books, now’s your chance! Find The Blood Runs Cold and The Secret Chord on

Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to the Bella Books authors!

Lambda Literary finalists and winners including the Bella authors will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in New York City, hosted by Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang.

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