Kate McLachlan, award-winning author of lesbian fiction
Return of an Impetuous Pilot -- Goldie Award Winner!

In this "third delightful offering in McLachlan's Rip Van Dyke Time-Travel series ... McLachlan skillfully weaves fact and fiction for a superb tale of love and high adventure."
--E.B. Boatner, Lavender Magazine
June 26, 2014

Everyone but Jill is delighted when Amelia Earhart decides to travel through time to join them in 1989, But when Amelia decides she likes the future too much to return to her own time, something must be done. History without Amelia Earhart? Unthinkable! But how do return an impetuous pilot who doesn't want to go home? It’s Bennie and Van to the rescue! Together with Kendra and Jill, they try to return Amelia to the right side of history. Their motives might be mixed, but their hearts are in the right place…or are they?

Reunite with the RIP gang in Return of an Impetuous Pilot and find out where their hearts are leading them now.

Read a sample from Return of an Impetuous Pilot here.

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises, 2014.

Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl

"This lesbian historical romance is filled with all the flash and dash, love and larceny that the reader could desire....  Nicely drawn characters, and one of the most nail-biting mine escapes since Zola’s Germial."
-- E.B. Boatner, Lavender Magazine
November 14, 2013

It's 1897 and Susan Bantry is on the run from the law. She ends up in Needles Eye, Idaho, where she camouflages herself as a dancing girl in a hurdy gurdy. Jo Erin, Susan's childhood friend, is the cross-dressing Pinkerton agent sent to track Susan down. Before she can complete the job, a mining war breaks out and interferes with Jo Erin's plans. Complicating matters even further are the feelings that resurface between Susan and Jo Erin, as events from their past come back to haunt them.

Read a sample from Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl here.

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises, 2013.
Hearts, Dead and Alive

"The ending to this by turns creepy, grisly and humorous novel is truly surprising, as is the romantic twist. McLachlan is good with humor–her characters are funny as well as realistic."

--Victoria Brownwort, Lambda Literary, April 2, 2013

"Hearts, Dead and Alive" is a strong pick for general fiction and mystery collections.
--The Midwest Book Review, Reviewers' Bookwatch, May 2012

"Matters of hearts real and intangible inform this book, as does Kim’s search for the severed heart’s owner and his murderer. A gay child, a religious fanatic, family values and self-understanding join to build a highly readable, tautly plotted tale."
--E.B. Boatner, Lavender Magazine, September 6, 2013

When fifth grade teacher Kimberly Wayland finds a human heart in the middle school dumpster, she has some explaining to do. Like why she was in the dumpster in the first place, and why she didn't tell the police about her gruesome find. But after giving the police a fake alibi, explaining is the last thing Kim wants to do. Instead,  Kim sets out to solve the mystery of the missing heart. Along the way, she unexpectedly solves another mystery, the mystery of her own heart.

Read a sample from Hearts, Dead and Alive here.

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises, 2012.
Rescue at Inspiration Point
(Book 2 in the RIP time-travel series)

"[A] time travel spin on the thriller, as a group of hostage negotiators try to save one of their own, taken hostage at a prison... 'Rescue at Inspiration Point' explores many ideas, making for an original take on mystery and time travel."

-- Midwest Book Review Library Bookwatch, January 2012

When Van is taken hostage at a local prison, and Patsy is stuck in the role of hostage negotiator, Jill sends Bennie back to 1974 to learn more about the hostage taker and his crime. "Do nothing," Jill warns. "Just observe and report back." But the instant Bennie arrives in 1974, she breaks Jill's #1 rule. As Bennie pursues her own agenda in 1974, the hostage crisis escalates. Can Bennie rescue Van from so many years away? Or will her actions only make things worse?

Read a sample from Rescue at Inspiration Point here.

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises, 2011.
RIP Van Dyke - Winner of 2 Goldie Awards!
(Book 1 in the RIP time-travel series)


When Van is suddenly transported twenty years into the future, she is dumfounded -- and furious. Jill's silly time-travel experiment wasn't supposed to actually work! But it did, and now Van is stuck twenty years in the future. She has no home, no job, no money, not even a driver's license. Patsy, her lover, never recovered from Van's sudden disappearance in 1988 and is now a deeply troubled woman, in no condition to offer Van any help. But help and hope arrive in the form of Bennie, the steamy young woman whose intriguing overtures were off limits in the past. Van wrestles with herself. Does she remain faithful to Patsy despite the sudden chasm between their ages, or does she let herself accept the life, love and laughter that Bennie offers? But when secret agents learn of Van' s leap through time, Van faces an even tougher decision. This time one of life or death.

Read a sample from Rip Van Dyke here.

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises, 2010
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Christmas Crush -- Lammy Finalist!

"What starts as a rivalry of do-gooders ends in a lovely winter romance." 
After Ellen, December 15, 2014

"A celebration in the spirit of giving as well as a hot romance, Christmas Crush is a choice pick."
The Midwest Book Review' Reviewer's Bookwatch, January 2015.

Jazzy's Fresh Christmas Trees is Jasmine Oliver's last ditch attempt to rescue the family finances and send her little sister to college. SleepSafe Youth is Darcy Garwood's baby, her way of paying back the help she received as a homeless teen.  When Jasmine learns that SleepSafe's Christmas tree lot is only a block away from her own, she turns her dismay and anger into determination and vows to give SleepSafe a run for its money. Sparks fly between Jasmine and Darcy as they compete for the Christmas tree business. Before long, sparks of a different sort fly, and they find themselves experiencing a Christmas they'll never forget.

Read a sample of Christmas Crush here.
Ten Little Lesbians

Like Agatha Christie? Like lesbians? Then you'll love Ten Little Lesbians!

"An eerie, nicely plotted countdown." E.B. Boatner, Lavender Magazine, August 6, 2015

Ten women, guests at the lesbian-owned Adelheid Inn, are stranded in the Cascade Mountains after a mudslide closes the only road out. One goes missing. One is killed. More than one is not who she pretends to be, and every one of them has a secret. When another woman is attacked, it become clear there's a killer in their midst, and it has to be one of them.

Is it Beatrice, the judge, surly and sad after the death of her long-term partner? Or her niece, Tish, angry and sullen at being kept under Beatrice's thumb? Or is it Carmen, Beatrice's childhood friend who lured her to the Inn under false pretenses?

It couldn't be the Mormon girls, Amy and Dakota. Or could it? Perhaps it's Paula, the gallant butch, or her date, the lovely and silent Veronica. A blind woman couldn't do it, but is Jess really blind? And what about Holly, the hotel manager who is just a bit too perky, or Lila, the mysterious owner of the hotel?

One thing quickly becomes clear. They'd better find out, before there are none.

Read a sample of Ten Little Lesbians here. Also, enjoy a free short story introducing Beatrice by clicking on the link to the left! "Seasons of Deception" is also available in ebook for FREE from Apple books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other ebook retailers.
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Alias Mrs. Jones - Releasing September 30, 2016!

In 1902 the dusty western town of Hillyard, Washington, seems worlds away from metropolitan New York City, but it still isn't far enough for Nell to feel safe. So when she's handed a chance to impersonate Mabel Chumley as the new Hillyard schoolteacher, Nell jumps at it. Never mind that she knows nothing about being a schoolteacher.

When a man is murdered and Nell finds herself holding answers to the mystery, she knows better than to share her information with the Marshall. After all, she's no innocent herself, and it's no skin off her nose if someone else gets away with murder. Unfortunately, the murderer doesn't know that.

Meanwhile, the town's lady doctor befriends Nell with an intensity that borders on courtship-or is it suspicion? When Nell's story begins to unravel, she scrambles to shore up one alias or another. Anything to keep the town-and the lady doctor-from finding out who she really is. And what she's done.

Read a sample of Alias Mrs. Jones here.
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