j. leigh bailey

...because everyone deserves a happy ending

Coming Soon! 

There’s nothing like the first time. Whether it’s a first crush, first date, first kiss, or finding tolerance and approval for the first time, for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans teens—or those still exploring and discovering their sexuality and identity—these important firsts can shape the rests of their lives. Gathering the courage to come out to their families, admit their feelings to a friend, or go to school presenting as the people they really are can be a struggle. But with the support of their allies and their own inner strength, the brave young people in these stories take the first steps toward happiness and living on their own terms. From sweet stories of newly discovered love, humorous accounts of awkward dinners and dances, to fights for acceptance and even survival, the teens in this anthology must face new challenges and rise to meet them. These are the first times they’ll never forget.

The anthology includes 19 LGBT young adult stories--including mine!
Midnight in the Maze by J. Leigh Bailey
A Warrior from a Different Tribe by S.A. Garcia
His World by Eric Gober
Just Right by John Goode
It's In Their Kiss by Kevay Gray
It's Not Our Fault by Charli Green
Courting Billy Roth by Nick Hasse
Dressed to Swim by Renee Hirsch
Beautiful by Ella Lyons
First Date by Nicole McCormick
Step by Step by Emily Moreton
Kissing Scars by Jo Ramsey
Dear Cody by Eric Renner
Dating My Best Friend by Caitlin Ricci
Summer Crush by SR Silcox
When Wolverine Met Taylor by Andrea Speed
Me and My Friend by Emery C. Walters
Kiss and Makeup by Allison Wonderland


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Coming Soon! Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

Coming December 14, 2014-- Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales


Myth, magic, and monsters—the stuff of childhood dreams (or nightmares) and adult fantasies.

Delve into these classic fairy tales retold with a queer twist and surrender to the world of seductive spells and dark temptations.

"A Hero in Hot Pink Boots" is my contemporary, M/M YA retelling of the classic "Puss in Boots" fairy tale.


Available at Amazon.com for pre-order!


Upcoming Events....

September 4, 2014--First Time for Everything anthology, including my short story "Midnight in the Maze," releases from Harmony Ink (Dreamspinner Press).

October 16-19, 2014--GayRomLit, in Bloomington, IL
December 14, 2014--Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales anthology, including my short story "A Hero in Hot Pink Boots," releases from Bold Strokes Books.
January 2014 (date TBD)--Myth and Magic panel at Adendum Books in St. Paul, MN with Juliann Rich. Details to come!
March 13-14--Windy City RWA Retreat, in Lisle, IL 


j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. 


She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character's name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.


Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.