Interview with Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander is here today.

She’s giving away seven e-copies of Kellen’s Moment to seven lucky winners. More details are below.

Please welcome Robin Alexander.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

Thank you for inviting me, TB! I’m thrilled with this opportunity to connect with the wonderful people who read my books.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? How has the area influenced your writing?

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I live in the small town of Walker, just outside of Baton Rouge. I’ve always enjoyed exploring my home state, especially the small towns near the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike the rest of the states along the Gulf, Louisiana doesn’t have a typical coast; the majority of it is swamp. The towns in swampland tend to be smaller, and most are tied to the fishing and shrimping industry. I love anything to do with the water, so these places are particularly interesting to me, and they all have their own unique character. I purposely make the small towns I include in some of my stories fictional because they are a conglomeration of the things I admired most about the places I’ve visited in south Louisiana.

Most of my stories take place in Louisiana because I want to give a different view of life here for those who have probably heard negative things about my home state. Since we’re in the South, some assume we’re all racist, and that simply isn’t true. We do have our fair share of bigots, though, just like every other part of the globe. We also have a lot of wonderful, open-minded people, and their personalities and quirks are added to the characters I create. The other day while stopped at a red light in the middle of town, I watched two men pull a huge snapping turtle out of a ditch. I’m pretty sure that snapper was destined for dinner. That’s something you don’t see in Connecticut. LOL!

Before penning your lesfic novel, were you an avid lesbian fiction reader? If yes, which lesfic authors influenced you the most?

I didn’t know lesbian fiction existed until I happened to find Blayne Cooper’s Cobb Island on the Athenaeum website years ago. I fell in love with that story, then I started reading everything I could find. The first lesbian fiction book I bought was Meridio’s Daughter by LJ Maas, and now, I have a pretty decent library of lesfic books in my office. I admire many lesfic authors, and they’ve all influenced me in one way or another, either with their writing or their kind words of support for mine.

What propelled you to write your first novel?

When I was in second grade, my teacher would read My Side of the Mountain to us at the end of the day. I was so enthralled by the story I tried to write one of my own. I had the attention span of a gnat, so I ended up with a poorly written paragraph about the frogs I liked to catch. I decided it was more fun to read, and I devoured every book that interested me in my school library. I tried my hand at writing again in my early twenties and was extremely frustrated when what I saw in my head didn’t match what was coming out on the computer screen, and like a fool, I let frustration win, and I gave up. It wasn’t until I discovered the world of lesbian fiction and the online community of writers and readers that I decided to try again. Feedback from readers and other writers gave me the courage to keep on trying, and I finally managed to write my first book Gloria’s Inn.

How have you grown as a writer from your first to your latest release?

I learn something new during the edits of every book I write. Tara Young, who has edited every book I’ve written with the exception of one, may say otherwise. LOL! The mechanics of writing come easier now, so I’m able to devote more attention to crafting the story. After writing nearly thirty books, I still feel I have a long way to go with my writing skills. I’ve never been completely happy with anything I’ve produced. When I read the books I’ve written, I cringe and think I could’ve done a better job. If I had the time to go over a book and perfect it, I’d probably not release another one because I would endlessly pick it to pieces.

Speaking of Kellen’s Moment, can you tell us about it and what inspired you to craft this story?

I’ve gotten hooked on a British TV series called Midsomer Murders. When I sit down to eat, I turn that show on, and one of the episodes was about two families that had been at war for generations. I was reminded of the Hatfields and McCoys, and I thought that would be fodder for comedy with a lesbian romance spin with a touch of crazy Cajun flair.

How would you describe your writing style?

I love this question. As an adult, I still have the attention span of a gnat. I become more engaged in a story when the writer gives me just enough of a description of a locale or a character that allows my imagination to fill in the blanks. I try to do the same. I like to keep the flow of the story moving at a decent pace, so the information I give is either pertinent to the story or the development of a character. In short, I’d describe my writing style as a brisk jog in the park; it’ll move fast, but you’ll have enough time to see all the sights.

What do you like to do for fun?

Since I spend the majority of my time sitting in front of a computer, I like to be outside when I can. I love working in my yard and planting things. Lately, it’s been blueberries. When the weather is nice, I take the top and doors off my Jeep and explore small Louisiana towns for book ideas. The beach is always calling me, so I go as often as I can.

What are your top three bucket list items?

Explore every tropical island on the planet with my daughter.

Go on an archaeological dig.

This one is last because human history has taught me it’s probably impossible, but I wish I could find a way to convince humanity that the differences between us are good, and we’d all be happier if we could accept that.

Finally, before we go, what advice would you give to someone who wants to take the leap into writing?

Start small, write a story on any topic you choose, and give yourself a three thousand-word limit. Have someone read it who won’t just tell you what you want to hear. Ask him or her to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Capitalize on the strengths, and work to overcome your weaknesses. I’ll admit that I still have many that I’m working on. Accept that writing is a continual growth process, and there is always room for improvement. Check into the Golden Crown Literary Society, which has a program to assist new writers in their craft.

Find your niche. For example, angst is a huge element in romances. I realized that I am absolutely horrible at writing angst, and I wanted to write romance. My work-around for that weakness is humor. That’s my niche. Figure out what you excel at in writing and capitalize on it.

Finally, if writing is a passion, don’t give up. If you’re working on something and it becomes frustrating, sit back and consider another angle. Your subconscious may be telling you that you’re going at it the wrong way. Open a new page and start over. Most of my books are comprised of parts of stories that I began, but the flow just wasn’t there. Kellen’s Moment is comprised of three different stories that I could not get to work on their own, but when I merged them, the flow picked right up.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

TB, thank you so much for reaching out to me. I truly appreciate the medium you’ve created for authors to connect with the people who support them.

 

KELLEN’S MOMENT
by Robin Alexander

Release date: February 25, 2018
Romantic Comedy

Kellen McLin has been waiting for her moment for a long time. She says when two people who are meant to be together find each other, they know it instantly. Kellen believes her moment girl has finally arrived, but there’s one big problem—she’s a Sealy. The McLins and the Sealys are south Louisiana’s version of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Stevie Sealy left Louisiana for college and didn’t return except for holiday visits with her family. After a breakup with her boyfriend, she decides to move back to the town of Sealy temporarily. She never really understood or wanted to be involved in the family feud with the McLins, but she finds herself right in the middle of it when Kellen McLin walks into her life and changes everything.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Robin Alexander is the author of the Goldie Award-winning Gloria’s Secret and many other novels for Intaglio Publications, including Gloria’s Inn, Gift of Time, The Taking of Eden, Love’s Someday, Pitifully Ugly, Undeniable, A Devil in Disguise, Half to Death, Gloria’s Legacy, A Kiss Doesn’t Lie, The Secret of St. Claire, Magnetic, The Lure of White Oak Lake, The Summer of Our Discontent, Just Jorie, Scaredy Cat, The Magic of White Oak Lake, Always Alex, The Fall, Ticket 1207, Next Time, The Trip, Rusty Logic, Dear Me, The Last of the Loudens, Patty’s Potent Potion, Fearless, and Kellen’s Moment.

 

CONNECT WITH ROBIN ALEXANDER

 Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

KELLEN’S MOMENT

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 24th Edition

Here are the latest book and audio releases, giveaways, and news.

 

NEW BOOKS

 

PERFECT PAIRINGS
First Course: Book 4
by JA Armstrong

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romance

After a tumultuous two years, the death or her best friend, Dar, and the decision to sell her company, Carrie Maynard’s life has finally hit its stride. She’s married to the love of her life, Devon Brine and expecting their first baby. Devon and Carrie’s family might seem unusual to some people. They share custody of Dar’s daughter, CJ with CJ’s father, Tom. Navigating the needs of a five-year-old who has suffered loss, and the lingering grief of Dar’s death for their family is about to change Carrie’s world again. When Tom approaches Carrie with a request about CJ’s future, Carrie will struggle to balance her fears and hopes with what is best for her family.

Through laughter and tears, a few nuggets of wisdom from mothers and grandmothers, a little Jedi magic, and a few slices of pizza, Carrie and Devon will begin the next part of their journey together. How do you define a family? In Carrie and Devon’s world there is only one word—love.

Perfect Pairings is the fourth installment in the FIRST COURSE series by best-selling author JA Armstrong.

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER
by Jae

Release date: April 2018
Romance / Short stories

Award-winning author Jae penned thirteen short stories that range from sweet and romantic to hot and erotic, and from humorous to heartfelt. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it in this collection of lesbian short stories:

The Romance Bet, Sex Sells, Blind Date at the Booklover’s Lair, Christmas Road Trip, The Christmas Grump, Kissing Ms. Santa Claus, The Christmas Elf, Dress-tease, Seduction for Beginners, Change of Pace, Facing the Music, Whining and Dining, The Midnight Couch.

 

PASSIONATE NIGHTS
A Lesbian Romance Collection
by Nicolette Dane

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Passionate Nights, a sensual and steamy collection from Nicolette Dane, will keep you up all night!

If you enjoy binge-reading romance, look no further than Passionate Nights. This three novel collection features some of Nicolette Dane’s hottest stories of lesbian romance, each of them guaranteed to light your fire. Sweet and spicy, fun and exciting, touching and real, these books will give you a voyeuristic look into the budding romances of sensual and complicated women.

Included in Passionate Nights are the novels Full Bodied In The Vineyard, Restless On A Road Trip, and Give Me Some Sugar. Find love at a beautiful winery, hook up with an old friend while driving across the country, and fall for the hot consultant at work. If you’re a fan of steamy lesbian romance and ladies making love, these stories were written for you.

 

SUMMER NIGHTS
Winter Nights: Book 2
by Laura Conway

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Summer Nights is the sequel to Winter Nights.

Natalie and Liz are both riding the highs of their new relationship, but living in Manhattan is proving to be challenging for both of them.

Follow their summer in New York City as they both figure out what they need to be happy and how they’re going to build a life together.

 

LETTERS TO ARIEL
by Kiera Marks

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Journalist Shannon Cartwright’s spent most of her adult life hiding her truth under a mountain of busywork that has nothing to do with dating, romance, or the only woman she’s ever loved. But when Libby hands her an assignment that leads to a series of love letters on their blog, an old crush starts to surface and the thin line between fiction and reality begins to blur.

Falling for her best friend is one thing, but when that friend also happens to be her boss? There are only so many lines Shannon’s willing to cross and taking on an office romance isn’t one of them.

But what if Libby crosses that line for her?

Shannon’s about to find out.

Letters to Ariel is a friends to lovers lesbian romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

 

DOUBLE PLAY
Bishop’s Run Series: Book 2
by B. D. Gates

Release date: April 2018
Romance

*It is best to read ‘Bishop’s Run’ before ‘Double Play.’ It tells how we all got here.”–Bishop

Bishop has established a new life in Tenley via the Witness Security Program under the assumed name of Lisa Baxter, working for Dr. Biggs in her animal hospital, and playing softball on the Tenley Pride. She’s in a steady relationship with Penny Harris, but she can’t let go of her memories of Tess Hayes.

It’s been nearly a year since Detective Tess Hayes left her hometown of Tenley, the only place she’s ever known, taking a position with the Fourteenth Precinct of the Richmond Police Department, and now she’s met a woman who reminds her of all she left behind–she reminds her of ‘home.’

What is ‘home’ though? Is it a place? A person? A feeling?

And can you really go home again?

 

THE AMNESIA PROJECT
by Barbara Winkes

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romantic Suspense / Dystopian

Romantic suspense with a dystopian twist…

What happened behind these doors?

In the summer of 2013, three young women and a teenage girl take a trip to New York City…Only three of them return.

Paige’s disappearance marks deep incisions in the women’s lives, impacting friendships, relationships and careers. Joy retreats. Paige’s older sister Alice seeks solace in alcohol. Dani vows to leave no stone unturned, feeling guilty and conflicted after seventeen-year-old Paige revealed her crush to her shortly before she vanished. More than a decade later, Dani uncovers the shocking truth.

 

SEEING RED
A Sapphic Fairy Tale
by Cara Malone

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Hunter has spent the last two years running in place.

Trying to get ahead of the bills.
Trying to provide for her sister, Piper, and her nephews.
Trying to finish her nursing education.
Trying to keep Piper out of her criminal husband’s claws.

Big, bad Jed Wolfe is a con artist, a manipulator, and he’s currently doing ten years for counterfeiting. Now is Hunter’s best chance to convince Piper that he’s bad news and they can survive without him.

Except the mortgage is overdue again, there’s an eviction notice stapled to the front door, and Hunter can see it in Piper’s eyes. She wants to crawl back to Jed and ask him how to dig out of this mess.

They’re getting desperate and Hunter begs Piper not to be like him.

Then along comes a beautiful girl in a red cap. Her grandmother is sick, she needs Hunter’s nursing help, and the pay is great. It’s just what they need and soon Hunter is able to catch her breath. Stop running in place. Start to feel something that she hasn’t had time for in years.

Happiness. Desire. Love.

Until one day an old, familiar feeling returns.

Suspicion.


 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

47
by Angela Peach
narrated by Megan Green

My name is Lilith Mae Madison and I am captain of the Phoenix. There is something strange happening on my ship, something that cannot be explained.

On the other side of the known universe, we are waiting for a wormhole to open so we can return home with news that could save the human race, but someone, or something, has other ideas. My crew are being picked off one by one, and whoever is responsible is very, very strong, and very, very clever.

I’m struggling to hold onto my sanity while also maintaining control of my ship and crew. My trust is divided between John, my second in command and Maggie, head biogeneticist and my lover. John is impulsive and headstrong, and I am unsure of his full intentions. Maggie, on the other hand, is gentle, kind, loving and sweet, but I know she is withholding information from me…vital information!

With time and crew running dangerously low, I must find the killer before it’s too late!

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

SAFE WORDS
by Magnolia Robbins
narrated by Gabrielle Tuller

Natalia Ross, a shy small-town girl fresh out of college, moves to New York to pursue her dreams as a journalist and lands the job girls would die for. Hired as the assistant to Scarlett Stone, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of the fashion blog Stitch. Scarlett, as enigmatic as she is rich and powerful, is merciless and demanding of Natalia and the rest of her employees. Even still, Natalia is intrigued by Scarlett’s unrelenting ways and the two find themselves in an unconventional physical affair.

Through Scarlett’s depraved tastes in romance, Natalia experiences a personal awakening that begins to change her life forever and the two fall deeply in love. But their delicate balance of work and play is challenged when Scarlett and Natalia’s complicated and dangerous pasts begin to catch up with them.

As both lives begin to unravel, Natalia and Scarlett discover that those with the power aren’t always the ones in control.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK


 

FREE BOOK ALERT

 

A CLUELESS WOMAN
Prequel to the A Woman Lost series
by T.B. Markinson

Free for five days. It’s also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Hurry! Sale ends on April 27th.

Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.


 

TINTED CHAPSTICK Ends on April 24th

 

ALI SPOONER’S COLLECTION Ends on April 25th

 

TRUSTING HEARTS Ends on April 25th

 

WILDSKY Ends on April 27th

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS Ends on May 2nd

 

A KC RICHARDSON NOVEL Ends on May 4th


HARPER BLISS AND HER MRS PODCAST

In their newly relaunched podcast best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss and her wife Caroline talk about their journey in writing and publishing. And television. And their cat.

New weekly episodes every Tuesday.

Check www.harperblissandhermrs.com for where to listen or watch.

LESBIAN BOOK BINGO

For reading suggestions hop over to Jae’s blog.

You can subscribe to her newsletter at www.jae-fiction.com so you don’t miss this fun event.  


A message from A. E. Radley

She’s conducting a lesbian and bi-women fiction survey to find out what people think about the genre. Questions range from pricing and promotion to editing and covers. A.E. needs your help. It takes less than ten minutes to complete the survey, and the responses are completely anonymous. The results will be made freely available to all authors and publishers and will hopefully help to shape the genre.

You can complete the survey by clicking here, and if you could share the survey with your friends on social media, that will help to get even more responses!


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Happy reading!

 

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Interview with KC Richardson

Happy Friday!

Bold Strokes Books author KC Richardson is here.

She’s giving away two books and both winners will be able to choose ONE of the following: New Beginnings, Courageous Love, or A Call Away. More details are below.

Please welcome KC Richardson.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

I really appreciate you inviting me. I’m really looking forward to this.

Tell us where you grew up and how it has impacted your writing.

I grew up in a beautiful mountain town called South Lake Tahoe in northern California. The state line for California and Nevada runs through Lake Tahoe, and if you’ve never been, you have to go. It’s the most beautiful place, at least in the United States, but I might be a wee bit biased. My family moved up there right after I started first grade and we left after I graduated high school. It was a great place to grow up. I made great friends, I went on great adventures (in my mind, anyway) by hiking and mountain biking deep in the woods. My brother and I would explore and I’d make up stories about the Native Americans (Washoe tribe) that came from that area and how they lived off the land. I guess that’s where my imagination was developed.

You received a basketball scholarship to college. What was the experience like? Were you ever injured?

Haha! Yes, I was definitely injured. In fact, in all the years I played basketball while growing up, I don’t think there was ever a season I didn’t end up in the emergency room getting x-rays on my feet or ankles. Every year I played college basketball, I dealt with injuries to my feet, ankles, and lower back. With that said, I don’t regret playing in college. I made some great friends, I met my best friend when we were freshmen, and I had some amazing professors, all because basketball paid for my college education. I hated pre-season conditioning, six weeks of running, weight lifting, and plyometrics, but I loved practices and games. I got to travel and see new places that I would never have thought of going. In my first novel, New Beginnings, Jordan Roberts is a former college basketball player, and some of the stories she reveals to Kirsten are real life stories that happened to me. I went to a small, private university that I now live just two miles from, and it’s the setting for my next novel that I have yet to start. 😊

What prompted you to write your first story? When?

When I was first introduced to lesbian fiction, I couldn’t get my hands on those books fast enough. I read so many fantastic stories. I felt that I had a story to tell, but I didn’t know how to get started. One year, about 2012, Bold Strokes Books had a book/author event in Palm Springs, CA, and there was a panel with Kim Baldwin and Nell Stark on how to get started writing. The best piece of advice they gave was write what you know. That day, Jordan Roberts and Kirsten Murphy, were born and they told me about their New Beginnings.

How many fur babies do you have and how different are their personalities?

We have a dog and a cat, both rescues. The cat came first. She was a neighborhood stray that we found out was living under our house. We checked around the neighborhood to see if she belonged to anyone and had her scanned for a microchip, which she didn’t have. She had been coming around our house for a couple of months and she was very friendly, so we had her chipped with our information, vaccinated, and spayed, and she became our cat. The vet thought she was about a year old at that time. Nine months later, we went to a pet expo with the intention of possibly adopting a kitten to keep our cat company, and we came home with a 10-week-old puppy instead. Our dog, Derby, just turned five at the end of January, and Hunter, our cat, is still planning our demise for bringing Derby home. In all honesty, Derby is a dog-cat, and Hunter is a cat-dog. They’ve learned behaviors from each other and they get along very well. They really love each other and play well together.

What’s your day job?

I work as a physical therapist assistant in an out-patient orthopedic setting. I’ve been at the same clinic for 22 years, and I’ve been licensed as a PTA for over 13 years. I injured my low back pretty badly when I was in my early 20s and had to go to physical therapy as a patient. My therapist literally saved my life and my sanity. I was so impressed with her knowledge and compassion, and I felt like PT would be a better field for me to be in. I fully recovered with physical therapy and avoided surgery. I felt with my experience as a patient, and all of my injuries I experienced when I played sports, I felt it would make me a more empathetic clinician. I love what I do, helping people return to the activities they love, and I love the fact that I’m constantly learning new things.

Tell us about your latest release.

A Call Away is a story that I really enjoyed writing and researching. Sydney Carter is a biracial woman from Chicago who quit her job as an investment banker so she could work at a community youth center. When her estranged maternal grandmother dies and leaves Syd her farm in Iowa, she must go there to pack up the house and get it ready for sale. She’s also hoping to discover why her grandparents disowned her white mother just because she fell in love and married a black man. While in Iowa, she meets her grandmother’s neighbor, Abigail Price, who helps Syd pack up the house and helps her get to know her grandmother a little better. There is definitely a spark between them, and the sex is off the charts. The only problem is Syd was born and raised in Chicago, and Abby lives in Iowa. How will they ever stay together? 😉

What was the inspiration for your latest?

My wife and my best friend are biracial. My wife has told me of the racism she experienced in high school because her skin wasn’t dark or light enough. She said people had a hard time figuring out her nationality. My best friend’s mom had some hard feelings from her own mother because she fell in love with, and married, a black man. To this day, I still can’t understand why some people have a problem with interracial marriage or relationships. Or have a problem with gay marriage. Or have a problem with marrying people from different religions. We all breathe the same air, we all bleed the same color, and one day, we will all die. There’s no getting around that. While we’re here, we should consider ourselves blessed that we have someone to love and that someone loves us.

When you aren’t working, writing, or reading, what do you like to do for fun?

Well, lately I’ve been pretty lazy and watching a lot of television and Netflix. I love the documentaries on Netflix, especially the ones about the royal family. When I’m in an active mood, I go to the gym, hit the heavy bag, kayak, or play golf. Although, I haven’t played golf in four years because of a few different injuries, but I hope to get back to it soon.

If you were planning a soul-searching vacation, where would you go?

That’s easy. Ireland. I’m Irish on both sides of the family, along with German, Scotch, and English. My mother’s maiden name is McNulty and her dad’s ancestors are from Cork. For my 50th birthday next year, I’d love to go there and spend a couple of weeks traveling the country and having a pint in the pubs with the people. Try saying that five times fast. LOL!

The other place I’d go, and I have gone to a lot, for soul-searching is Lake Tahoe. I’m at my most peaceful when I’m there. I always make it a point to drive around the lake with my windows down, breathe in the fresh air, and stop at all my favorite places for the best views of the lake. There’s something about the air up there, it smells a little like pine and vanilla, that relaxes me. I take a deep breath in, let it out, and feel the stress leave my body, like a weight is being lifted off my shoulders. I would love to one day own a cabin up there that’s deep in the woods, that’s off the beaten path, and be able to  forget about everything for a while.

What’s the one thing you need each morning to get going? (Coffee, tea, hot shower, a moment’s peace…?)

All of the above. LOL! Just kidding. I’m not much of a tea drinker. 😉  I wake up early because I start work at 7:00 a.m. I like to slowly wake up, spend five or ten minutes stretching and reviewing what I’ll be doing throughout the day. I go feed the fur kids, grab my coffee, then get in the shower. I have a routine every morning, and if one thing changes, it makes me feel off for the rest of the day.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

Thank you for asking me to join you. I had a great time answering these questions. My third novel, A Call Away, is available this month (April) from the Bold Strokes Books website, www.boldstrokesbooks.com, and mid-month from other book sources.

 

A CALL AWAY
by KC Richardson

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Sydney Carter is shocked to discover her maternal grandmother, a woman she had never met, just recently passed away and left Syd her farmhouse in Iowa. She has questions about her grandparents that she hopes to find the answers to while preparing the farm to sell.

Abigail Price, a neighbor of Syd’s grandmother, has lived on her grandmother’s farm in Iowa for most of her life, leaving only to promote her latest novel. In helping Syd find the answers she’s looking for, they develop a mutual attraction and deeper feelings for each other.

Syd has to return to her life in Chicago, but will Abby stay in Iowa, or will she give the big city, and love, a chance?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

KC Richardson has spent her whole life in California. Her numerous sports injuries led her to a career in physical therapy, which in turn inspired her to write her first novel, New Beginnings. She loves the creative process of developing characters and story lines. Her favorite aspect of being an author though is the editing process, which allows her to continuously learn.

​Her first novel, New Beginnings, was released by Bold Strokes Books in September 2015. Her second novel, Courageous Love, was released in December 2016. Courageous Love was a Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist in the Traditional Contemporary Romance genre. Her third novel, A Call Away, is scheduled for release in April 2018.

 

CONNECT WITH KC RICHARDSON

Facebook / Twitter / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win  

New Beginnings, Courageous Love, or A Call Away

There will be two winners and each will be able to select ONE of KC’s books.

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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New Lesfic Goodies: April 17th Edition

Check out all the new books, audiobooks, giveaways, and news.

 

NEW BOOKS

 

BY ANY OTHER NAME
by Natasha West

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romantic Comedy

The Whittakers and the Goodwins have been at each throats forever, tearing the small town of Bishop’s Crook right down the middle with their endless fights. But when Lane Whittaker and Casey Goodwin, the eldest daughters of the feuding families, meet for the first time, hate is the last thing on either of their minds. Because Lane and Casey find themselves madly attracted to one another. And even though they know all hell is about to break loose, they’re prepared to risk everything for a love that can’t be stopped; not by small town gossip, not by eccentric relatives, and certainly not by their last names.

An hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of ‘The Plus One’ and ‘Waiting for the Punchline’.

 

A CALL AWAY
by KC Richardson

Release date: April 2018
Romance

Sydney Carter is shocked to discover her maternal grandmother, a woman she had never met, just recently passed away and left Syd her farmhouse in Iowa. She has questions about her grandparents that she hopes to find the answers to while preparing the farm to sell.

Abigail Price, a neighbor of Syd’s grandmother, has lived on her grandmother’s farm in Iowa for most of her life, leaving only to promote her latest novel. In helping Syd find the answers she’s looking for, they develop a mutual attraction and deeper feelings for each other.

Syd has to return to her life in Chicago, but will Abby stay in Iowa, or will she give the big city, and love, a chance?

 

 

BLEND
by Georgia Beers

Release date: April 2018
Romance

When the widowed owner of the wine bar Vineyard decides she wants to take some time off and travel abroad, she leaves her business in the very capable hands of the two women she trusts most: Vineyard’s general manager, Lindsay, and her daughter, Piper.

For Lindsay Kent, Vineyard is her dream job. She’s thrilled when her boss leaves her in charge (well, half-charge),delete and tells her to feel free to make changes. Lindsay has tons of ideas that she’s been dying to put into action, and this is her big chance to increase the success of the business and prove she’s more than ready to run things solo. But getting the boss’s daughter on board is harder than expected. The uptight and annoyingly attractive Piper is blocking her every move.

For Piper Bradshaw, Vineyard is not her job. She already has one. She’s VP at a large tech company, and she’s damn good at it. Who cares if people say she’s a workaholic and an icy bitch? She didn’t get to the top by being prone to whims and experiments. She’s not happy when her mother suddenly decides to gallivant all over the country and furious that the family business has been left in the hands of the happy-go-lucky, born-a-generation-too-late hippie who manages it. Good thing Lindsay can’t make any changes unless they both agree, because Piper doesn’t intend to.

Lindsay and Piper are like night and day. Working together won’t be easy, but not falling in love might prove the hardest job of all.

 

LOOKING FOR MS RIGHT
by Jade Winters

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romance

Four friends, one quest. To find Ms Right…

Kemi’s standing on the precipice of her twenties, gazing at the horror of the big 3-0! Terrified that she will never meet ‘The One’, best friend Chloe has a plan that just might turn Kemi’s life around.

Chloe’s got her own problems, low on luck, she’s unceremoniously dumped by her partner of two years. Not broken, not jaded, she’s determined to get back into the dating game – no matter the cost. And there’s always a cost…
 

Laura, the incurable romantic is stuck in a loveless relationship with husband Mick. But her ailing marriage is about to be buried for good by an unexpected discovery. But this is a revelation that will drive her into the arms of the one she least expects.

Maddie has the 7 year itch and wants to get scratching. Wanting more from her stale relationship, she’s about to get just what she wishes when her girlfriend takes a surprising gamble – challenging her to leave and search for this illusive ‘Dream woman’. It’s an offer she can’t refuse.
Will the four friends really find ‘The One’?

 

 

PRIDE AND PORTERS
by Charlotte Greene

Release date: April 2018
Romance

For Erin and Jen Bennet, growing up in craft-beer-obsessed Colorado made opening Bennet Sisters Brewing their only dream. Their beer is popular, but like any small business, their brewery is never far from closing forever.

When Boston brewer Charlie Betters and his friend Darcy Fitzwilliam ask for their help, the Bennet sisters are happy for the attractive distractions. Life, after all, is more than making beer. Still, while Charlie and Jen seem to be made for each other, Darcy’s pretentiousness and her cruel remarks make a bad first impression.

Despite this, and almost against her will, Erin finds herself attracted to Darcy, but events out of their control result in a misunderstanding that might ruin the chances for love for both couples.

 

 

AT HER SERVICE
by Heidi Lowe

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Romance

Twenty-two year old Erica Frost has a problem: she’s been accepted into one of the best drama schools in the world, but she’s just learned that her parents are broke! Luckily, all her tuition was put in a trust. Her living expenses, however, are another thing entirely.

With only two months to go before the course starts, she needs to earn money, and lots of it, fast. So when she sees an ad seeking an escort for a group of bored, rich housewives, it’s an offer she simply can’t refuse.

The job is the easy part. Keeping her emotions out of it might be a little trickier.

 

THE BOSS OF HER
by Julie Cannon, Aurora Rey, M. Ullrich

Release date: April 2018
Romance Novellas

Going to work never felt so good. Three office romance novellas from talented writers Julie Cannon, Aurora Rey, and M. Ullrich. In For Your Eyes Only by Julie Cannon: Dress for success takes on a very different meaning. CFO Riley Stephenson finds herself in a particularly difficult position when the stripper she’s fallen for shows up at her office―as her new employee.

In Lead Counsel by Aurora Rey: Attorney Elisa Gonzalez is happy working behind the scenes while still having time for a life. All that changes when her firm takes on a major case and Parker Jones, powerhouse litigator and her law school crush, is named lead counsel. In Opportunity of a Lifetime by M. Ullrich: Luca Garner is eager and hardworking, but her new boss is a total nightmare―snarky and uncooperative, not to mention an ice queen. VP Stephanie Austin doesn’t mean to be unkind, but the last thing she wants is an assistant getting under her skin, especially one who is as attractive as she is kind.

 

HIDING HEARTS
Appletree Swamp Romantic Escapade: Book 1
by R. E. Bradshaw

Release date: April 2018
Historical Romance

On March 21, 1865, the mayor of Goldsborough, (now spelled Goldsboro,) North Carolina, surrendered the town to General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops. It was the end of the Union Army’s march through the Confederacy, the deathblow that sealed the fate of the Southern insurrection.

Charlotte Bratcher, Lottie to friends and family, an eighteen-year-old farm girl from Wayne County, had no particular allegiance to the Southern cause. She is known as the best horse rider in the county. She and Big John, her horse, cause quite a stir, as a group of horse thieves have them both in their sights.

The Bratcher family, like most North Carolinians of the time, had no slaves and scraped a living from the land as best they could. The men in her family, conscripted into a war they did not believe in, soon lost the zeal young men have for living a war hero’s tale. These Tar Heels were forced to fight in a rich man’s war. By 1865, all Lottie and those like her wanted was an end to the bloodshed.

As the one hundred thousand plus Yankees spread over Wayne County like ants, Lottie and her family out in Bratcher Patch are just trying to survive. In addition to blue-coated warriors, desperate deserters, bummers, thieves, and the home patrol to deal with, Lottie is also coming to terms with a long held infatuation with Patrice Cole. Not knowing how to name her feelings for the dark-haired Miss Cole, Lottie does what she knows how to do, run. Charlotte Bratcher runs, but it’s straight into the arms of the woman she has dreamed about for years.

If you purchase the e-book from R. E. Bradshaw’s site, you’ll save $1. Click here.

 

BERLIN HUNGERS
by Justine Saracen

Release date: April 2018
Historical Romance

In the years after World War II, the alliance that saved Europe is breaking down as the Soviet Union and the West compete for control of Germany. When Russia blockades Berlin, everyone, it seems, is hungry: Russian soldiers for German women, the Soviet leaders for territory, the Berliners themselves for food. But the hardest hunger of all is between a Royal Air Force woman and the wife of a Luftwaffe pilot who helped set fire to half of London.

 

HUNGER FOR YOU
by Jenny Frame

Release date: April 2018
Paranormal Romance

Being Principe of an ancient vampire dynasty comes with difficult choices. For Byron Debrek that means putting the good of her clan and innocent mortals over her own desires. When she falls for the first woman to set her blood on fire in centuries, Byron must harden her heart and walk away.

For Amelia Honey, a suit designer at a Savile Row tailor, the six months spent with her first love were the most wonderful time of her life. Byron made her feel like a princess and awakened her darkest sexual desires. But then she disappeared, leaving her nothing but a first-class plane ticket and a broken heart.

When a dangerous enemy befriends Amelia, Byron is compelled to act. Will she be able to regain Amelia’s trust and protect her? Or will pain and anger drive Amelia into the hands of Byron’s enemies, and into the middle of a vampire war?

 

CHARMS & CLOUDS
Weather Witch: Book 2
by Emilia Spring

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Cozy Paranormal Mystery

The last thing Natalie Ethridge expected to do was to be hit by lightning – on purpose. Inheriting a cottage in Pine Lake was supposed to be the escape from her stressful life as a social worker. Instead, she’s taking witch lessons from her crazy, lightning-wielding grandmother, juggling guardianship of a sassy pre-teen, and taking over a pet shop, all while trying to get used to her super-loud, super-new family. Too bad she can’t clone herself.

Maybe there’s a spell for that?

When the head of the local Witch Council is found dead, and Natalie’s Grandma Marguerite is named the prime suspect, Natalie’s new-found family is in jeopardy. At the risk of losing everything she had just gained, Natalie takes it on herself to clear Marguerite’s name and find the real killer — if the real killer doesn’t find her first.

 

MERCY
Michelle Larkin

Release date: April 2018
Paranormal Romance / Intrigue & Thiller

FBI Special Agent Mercy Parker has never shied away from a difficult case. But finding and stopping the man who plans on single-handedly annihilating the human race—armed only with her 9mm, integrity, and sense of humor—is definitely not in her job description. Perhaps it’s time to ask for some help.

Psychic ex-profiler Piper Vasey keeps everyone at arm’s length, but Mercy’s wit and selfless dedication to the greater good slowly break down Piper’s defenses. As their attraction for one another grows, they’re joined by an unlikely team of extraordinary people. Together, they embark on a race against time to recover a journal, a dog, and a kidnapped girl with unique psychic abilities.

There’s a slim chance they’ll succeed in saving the human race, but will it be enough to restore the balance between unseen forces of light and darkness that have plagued humankind for centuries?

 

ROCKS AND STARS
by Sam Ledel

Release date: April 2018
Coming of Age Romance

For Kyle Lindsay, life is simple. She comes from the ideal suburban family—two hardworking parents, a geeky younger brother, and a supportive best friend. But everything changes when Kyle starts having those kind of thoughts about her soccer teammate.

Things don’t get any easier when college starts and she heads off to play for a Division I squad. Figuring out how to pass her classes is one thing. Figuring out herself and the other girls on her team, a whole other ball game.

Kyle’s struggle to own who she is and what she really wants may end up landing her on the bench and without the woman of her dreams.

 

HAMMERSMITH
Michelle Grubb

Release date: April 2018
Crime & Mystery

Officer Belinda Riley knew the signs of a suicide bomber, but this time she was blind to the obvious. This time she didn’t want to believe what was right in front of her eyes.

Hammersmith was previously published in Girls With Guns: Three Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2016).

 

THE DEEP END
by Ellie Hart

Release date: April 2018
Crime & Mystery

Local veterinarian Dr. Giselle Cutler’s world revolves around her profession and Marta, the woman she loves. She’s confident both will always be there to support her, until her cell phone rings in the middle of the night and her once-stable world begins to spin out of control. Her sister Tiffani is missing, and all fingers point to fifteen-year-old Leif, Giselle’s nephew. Life as she knows it is fading fast, and with it, the security that family provides. As the true nature of each relationship is revealed, Giselle begins to doubt her ability to keep―and deserve―a lasting partnership. But Marta’s not giving up, and her support is the lifeline that keeps Giselle from toppling over the edge as they confront the dangers and dark secrets behind Tiffani’s disappearance.

 

 

LIVING TWO LIVES
by Erin Wade

Release date: April 2018
Action and Adventure

In the literary world, she was flamboyant, sexy-as-hell Darcy Lake wildly successful lesbian author. In the real world she was…well, she was something else entirely.

Jules Divine had nursed a crush on lesbian author Darcy Lake from the first moment she saw the author’s photo. Beautiful, charismatic and elusive, Lake was coveted by millions, but known by few. Was she what she appeared to be or a well-crafted promoter’s ultimate success.

Jules weaves her way through the maze of the ruthless literary world to uncover murders and liars. Her life would never be the same after spending a weekend with Darcy Lake.

 

WILD MAGIC
The Veil Chronicles: Book 1
by May Dawney

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 2018
Urban Paranormal Fantasy

It only takes one to upset the balance of magic.

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

Ania Zaleska lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland’s second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She’s dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania’s wild magic under control.

Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

 

THE TEMPEST
by JM Dragon

Release date: April 2018
Science Fiction

Doctor Alana Cameron has dedicated her life to working on the family legacy a transportation device which will change the world for everyone called Tempest. Tragedy has dogged the project over the years taking her parent’s lives and leaving her with the only option to keep it alive. Military intervention.

Super soldier Major Denise Trantor who loyally defends Earth in any way possible finds herself drawn into the Tempest program. Because of her military training emotional bonding is not in her remit although she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Alana.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS

 

FIRST LOVE
by C. J. Harte
narrated by Melissa Sternenberg

Jordan Thompson was brought up to believe and trust what her parents taught her: their strong but conservative values. As the daughter of the president of the United States, she especially feels the burden of living up to her parents’ standards.

Drew Hamilton is putting her rodeo career on hold to purse a medical degree. One day she hopes to return to Wyoming to practice family medicine and ranch. She’s worked hard to pay for school and doesn’t have time for romance, especially with curious straight females. When Jordan hires her as a tutor, Drew finds she is learning more about life than she planned. Jordan is learning more than academics. She’s learning about love. But with their very different backgrounds and families, they may not survive the stresses of a first love.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

TANGLE
by Em Stevens
narrated by Madeline Grace

Kensi Carlton thought she was happy. She had a career, a long term girlfriend, and the hair she’s been growing out since she was a young girl. But a betrayal sends her reeling into an existential crisis and, needing fast and ferocious change, she decides to cut it all out.

Tess Upton is good at her job. It isn’t just that she’s an expert stylist. She’s also a dedicated listener, experienced at hearing her client’s desires and gently guiding them toward the needed shifts in their lives. She’s not comfortable, however, with talking about her own needs– and she’s deathly afraid of change.

When Kensi asks Tess to cut off all her hair, it isn’t just a hair cut. It’s a fresh start for both of them. But when their pasts keep tangling with the present, can they still hope for a future together?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Audible US / Audible UK

 

 

 

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

Ends on April 19th

 

FREE TO LOVE Ends on April 19th

 

THE PROMISE Ends on April 21st

 

TINTED CHAPSTICK Ends on April 24th

 

ALI SPOONER’S COLLECTION Ends on April 25th

 

TRUSTING HEARTS Ends on April 25th

 

WILDSKY Ends on April 27th

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS Ends on May 2nd

 

 


 

THE LESBIAN AND BI WOMEN
FICTION QUESTIONNAIRE

A message from A. E. Radley

Last year I conducted a survey of readers of lesbian and bi-women fiction. I did this to take a snapshot of our readership and try to see what we as authors and publishers were doing right, and where we could improve.

Over 250 people responded and a lot of very interesting information was gathered. This has been freely available to all authors and publishers on my website. (http://aeradley.com/lesbian-and-bi-women-fiction-questionnaire-results-2017/)

I have spoken to many authors who found the information useful and have made changes as a direct result of the survey results.

This year, I’m running the survey again. I’m hoping, if possible, to get an even higher number of people responding. Obviously, the more people who fill out the survey, the more accurate the overall results are.

The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete and all data is anonymous. Questions range from pricing to purchasing and marketing to editing.

Survey link: https://goo.gl/forms/BKM0fva327cTemg83


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Guest Post: IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST by May Dawney

Happy Monday!

May Dawney is here.

She’s giving away one signed copy of Survival Instincts. More details are below.

Please welcome May Dawney.

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST

When I started writing, a well-known author in the genre told me that contemporary romance sells best in lesfic. That the two terms are practically equated. She was right, of course, and I understand why. There is something beautiful about falling in love with a new person in every book.

When I heard the advice, I panicked just a wee bit. I didn’t want to write romance! Gay ladies, sure! Gay ladies being gay ladies together, sure! But romance? I hardly even read romance; I grew up on hard sci-fi where the only mention of romance was a hint on the final page of the book.

How the heck was I going to write “A Romance”?

Well, it turns out I didn’t. Survival Instincts is a story about trust and human connection, about overcoming fear and pain with the help of another person. I think, but you’d have to ask the readers if they agree, I wrote a story about self-love more than a romance, and I think that’s why main character Lynn resonates with so many people.

For those who haven’t read it, “Survival instinct” is a two week peek into the life of Lynn, a woman who is used to living alone in the urban wilderness established after a long-forgotten war. She only cares about four things: getting enough food, enough water, enough safe rest, and enough warmth to stay alive. Most days, she misses out on at least one of the four. Lynn is extremely underequipped to deal with the intricacies of social interaction, let alone romantic love, so when she meets other people—when she meets and falls for Dani—her life is turned up-side down. What follows is a battle with herself and the world around her to let go of the patterns that have kept her alive all these years and trust that this great leap of faith won’t kill her.

I describe Survival Instincts as a “trust story.” In dystopia, if you’re going to take a risk on love with anyone, you have to trust them with your life—literally. Even in today’s world trust, and the bravery to trust, are becoming harder to come by. I think trust is underrated. Everyone talks about love, but love is chemistry. The hard part comes after the dopamine floods your brain: will you or won’t you allow yourself to be in love. Do you trust this person enough to expose yourself? And, especially in Lynn’s case, can you be selfless enough to accept responsibility over the life of another?

Lynn’s world is a harsh one, but in many ways, so is ours. Even if you don’t like post-apocalyptic sci-fi as a genre, it’s easy to connect with the need for the comfort another person can provide when you’re struggling to make it through the days alone.

It’s my hope as an author that once you finish Survival Instincts, you’ll think about all the decisions you’ve been too afraid to make and you’ll choose the option that is the most terrifying. I believe the odds are good that that’s the option that will make you happiest…even if it’s a leap of faith.

 

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
by May Dawney

Release date: March 21, 2018
Dystopian

Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

When I was a child, my father read Asimov and Zelazny to me. As a teenager, I gravitated toward the likes of China Mieville, Charles Stross, and Tad Williams because they wrote jaw-dropping, gear-turning science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult novels.

I create worlds that surpass the reality of our own; places where miracles are rooted in the logic of the supernatural or divine. My characters experience what remains of a person when circumstances strip away all they thought they were. Through them, I allow my readers to explore what it means to be human when humanity is no longer a given.

I write the stories I wish my father would’ve been able to read to me: riveting tales with a kick-ass heroine who happens to be gay. To the amazing and developing body of lesbian fiction, I want to add the weird, the gritty, and the uncomfortable. My love stories are messy, chaotic, glorious experiences that add flavor to the plot but which are not the plot itself—just like it is in life. To the mainstream body of work within the genres I write, I want to add stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse—either global or personal.

 

CONNECT WITH MAY DAWNEY

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website 

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a signed copy of

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS

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Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Guest Post: Into the Wild by Magnolia Robbins

Happy Friday!

Magnolia Robbins is here.

She’s giving away 3 e-copies of Wildsky to 3 lucky winners.

Please welcome Magnolia Robbins.

Into the Wild

I’ve always loved the outdoors. As a kid, I lived in the suburbs of a small town on the outskirts of a small city. Even still, you’d find me most weeknights pretending I was an adventurer with my friends out in the woods that lined our property. We’d fish for minnows, make forts out of sticks and leaves and climb any number of trees.

On the weekends I’d go forty miles outside of town to stay at my grandpa’s farm. He had me doing everything from milking cows and gathering chicken eggs, to bailing hay, fishing for bluegill, and helping to manage a multi-acre garden.

Every month my dad and I would go camping at a new place. He taught us how to track animal footprints, build a tent and a fire, and climb up mountains and through forests. You name it. I never needed girl scouts with the amount of knowledge I’d learned from my family growing up.

Even still, nothing would prepare me for my first trip to the Canadian wilderness. The first trip I ever made, three months of a summer during my high school, was the inspiration for my latest novel Wildsky.

I was a teenager then, going through a bout of severe depression that I couldn’t shake. My dad had just remarried and I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t the least bit happy about it when it happened. I barely knew this woman, who was adamant about wanting to be my step-mom. Then suddenly I was scooped up at the end of a school year and told I’d be spending the summer in the middle of nowhere in British Columbia. With a family of nearly fifty people I’d never met, in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

The argument I had with my dad about it still fresh in my mind. But I’m glad I lost the fight, because that summer changed my life.

The Canadian Rockies as you fly to Grand Prairie

Traveling to Canada from the East Coast is an all-day affair. I’d never been out of the country before and it was only the second time I’d flown alone. I traveled to three different airports, flew on my first propeller plane, and ended up in a tiny town called Grand Prairie, in Alberta. From there, it was a three hour drive to the small town I’d spend the next few months in.

Chetwynd, British Columbia, is a city nestled between mountains and rolling hills of forests, in a small valley. It houses just a few thousand people. When I first visited, there was one stoplight in the center of town. Now, nearly two decades later, there is a grand total of two. Outside of a small grocery and a few mom-and-pop convenience stores, there’s not a lot there. I remember arriving and thinking, what the hell did I get myself into?

It only took a couple days before I realized it was the best decision I’ve ever made. The first night I slept in a tent, after not having been in one since I was a kid. There’s hardly any light pollution in northern Canada and once it got completely dark out, I could see the Northern Lights for the first time in my life. I didn’t sleep that night.

When I met my relatives over the next few days, I was in awe. I’d always thought I was such an “adventure girl” growing up, getting to do all these things. My cousins and aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews were an entirely different story. They’d built nearly everything they had themselves. They knew how to fish and hunt and trap and track. Some of them had faced bears and coyotes and other animals and lived to tell the tale. Everything they ate was things they’d grown or caught.

The totem poles that are famous in Chetwynd (and me, being..well.. me).

It was about a week into my trip when I first met the next door neighbor who would become my inspiration for the character Shiloh in Wildsky. Sam was a young woman, just a few years older than me, who worked as a carpenter in town. The first time I met her, she was repairing the roof on her log cabin. A cabin she’d built nearly all by herself over the course of a few months. I was fascinated by everything about her. She taught me so much in three months. Things I would have never learned without her. I still believe to this day that my friendship with her was a big reason I was able to get over the depression that had plagued me.

Unlike Shiloh and Grace, my characters in Wildsky, no relationship bloomed from my friendship with Sam. I still am grateful for meeting her and that she’s a part of my life. Every summer, we still meet up to go fly-fishing and camping together. I still make that three hour journey to that tiny town in Canada and it is almost always one of the best parts of my year.

My new novel Wildsky was my attempt to bring the adventure of being in the middle of the wildlands in Canada and a life-changing friendship-to-romance together. Much of the setting and many of the events that happened in the book were based on true things. I’m really excited to share the story with you.

WILDSKY
by Magnolia Robbins

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: April 5, 2018
Romance

Grace Allen had always been a big fish growing up in a very small pond. Of course, just about any place was bigger than her tiny town of Chetwynd, nestled in the wildlands of northern Canada. So when she left to attend college in the states six years ago, she thought she’d never look back. That was until a terrifying breakdown brought her overly ambitious life crumbling down around her.

Shiloh Pierce had always embraced her small town in Canada, with no intention of ever leaving. A quiet cabin and living off the land was all she really needed. Except six years ago her best friend and the love of her life moved thousands of miles away, leaving a gaping hole that she was unable to fill and throwing her entire world off of its axis.

When a damaged and broken Grace finds herself back in Canada over a half decade later, she too finds herself face-to-face with a friendship and a love story that had never quite finished. As Grace begins to reacquaint herself with Chetwynd, she too begins to rebuild her tarnished relationship with Shiloh. Together, the two begin to discover what they’ve really been missing in their lives, and that maybe they can help each other overcome their complicated pasts after all.


MEET THE AUTHOR

Magnolia Robbins is a thirty-something who lives with her partner-in-crime on the west coast of the US. Maggie enjoys writing about all sorts of fun and interesting women. When she’s not off on adventures in crazy worlds she makes up in her mind, there is almost always a cup of coffee or a book in her hands. Sometimes both.  

 

CONNECT WITH MAGNOLIA ROBBINS

Twitter / Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

WILDSKY

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

Read more about it here.

 

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Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Guest Post: The San Francisco Mystery Series by Alexi Venice

Happy Monday!

Today I’m thrilled to host lesfic mystery author Alexi Venice.

She’s giving away 4 copies of Tinted Chapstick, the latest in the San Francisco mystery series. More details are below.

Here’s, Alexi.

I want to thank the talented author and editor of I Heart Lesfic, T.B. Markinson, for hosting such a great website and newsletter to spread the word about lesbian fiction and events. Thanks for inviting me to do a guest post, T.B.!

Today’s post highlights The San Francisco Mystery Series: Bourbon Chase, Amanda’s Dragonfly, Stabscotch and Tinted Chapstick (new release). You can read them in any order. Jump in wherever. These aren’t the dry murder mysteries that your parents read. These are hot and steamy mysteries with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

I love writing a lesbian murder mystery series because the conflict is clear—catch the killer. The stakes are high—lives are at risk. And, the emotions can run even higher among the core group of characters who drive this series: Dr. Jen Dawson—an emergency room physician; District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne—a tough prosecutor; and Detective Tommy Vietti—a romantic Italian who solves homicides quicker than anyone else in the SFPD.

These mysteries are full of romance, so when I write a love scene, I want it to be vivid, sensuous and intensely erotic. A heart-pounding experience that gets the reader’s blood flowing. As such, my choice of terminology for a love scene is crucial. Is the sex delicate and slow or desperate and rushed?

For example, men have dozens of names for their you-know-what. You see these slang terms used in books all the time.

However, after reading tons of lesbian fiction, I found two words used so much that I felt they drained creativity from the sex scenes. I thought, “We can do better, ladies. And, why shouldn’t we?!”

After playing around a bit, my creative team and I invented, and assembled, some fun words for that oh-so-special-place. Contemporary gems that I can’t list here. (Don’t get me wrong, I still use salt and pepper, but I like other spices, too.) I have the privilege of creating an intimate experience that’s the climax of two women celebrating their love and bodies. I want each encounter to be unique and special, so I’m as intentional about word choice as I am about mood, place, touch and pace.

Nestled among the murder mysteries, Tinted Chapstick is an introspective romance from Dr. Jen’s perspective. She’s presented with some tempting, but gut-wrenching, choices. As she explores her chemistry with three potential lovers, she learns as much about herself as she does about them. She can’t help it if she likes pretty women, can she? But she also likes to glam up once in a while herself. Hmm. Would it be appropriate to label her? Is she even capable of being labeled? After sampling a few bites, the time comes for Jen to decide on dessert.

I love Jen’s perspective because I get to write about her being a mother (drawing from my own experience), a caring physician (using twists on stories from my career), an athlete (which I work at every day), and her struggle with her identity and new journey as a lesbian (which endears her to me).

I originally thought that Amanda, the other female lead in this series, was going to be easier to write about because she’s a lawyer (like me) and she struggles with addictive and manipulative tendencies (with which I can too easily identify). Amanda comes off as a ruthless trial attorney who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. But, when it comes to matters of the heart, she’s powerless over her feelings for Jen. She may have a long list of old girlfriends—and a weakness for powerful women—but there’s something about Jen that makes Amanda want to settle down.

We can’t leave out Detective Tommy. He’s an important part of Jen and Amanda’s lives. The third book in the series, Stabscotch, is from Tommy’s point of view. (Don’t write it off so quickly, ladies.) In it, we learn what he really thinks about Jen and Amanda. Just when they’ve figured out their triangular vibe, a third woman enters the fray—the secretive and mysterious Roxy McNeil—creating romantic tensions between Amanda and Jen. Stabscotch is full of naughty seduction and drama that you won’t want to miss.

I hope you enjoy reading Tinted Chapstick, and the other books in The San Francisco Mystery Series, as much as I did writing them.

 

TINTED CHAPSTICK
San Francisco Mystery Series:
Book 4
by Alexi Venice

Release date: March 15, 2018
Romantic Suspense

A suspenseful romance nestled in The San Francisco Mystery Series.

Temporarily living with Detective Tommy Vietti, Dr. Jen Dawson is frustrated with her love life. She’s interested in someone at the CrossFit box, but wonders why she keeps thinking about her ex-lover, District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne, while cultivating a relationship with the CrossFit goddess.

As Jen works through her conflicted feelings, she also must manage the expectations of her irritated boss-Dr. Melissa Cohen-and the daily drama served up by angry patients, wild animals and confidential information made public at the Cohen Clinic.

Even worse, Jen is asked by Amanda’s campaign manager to defend Amanda after her HEA-hellish ending to an affair-with Roxy. Jen will be damned before she’ll turn into the abused political wife, standing by “her woman” after Amanda fooled around on her. Yet, with just a short TV interview, Jen could clear up a mischaracterization of Amanda….

And, why won’t Roxy MacNeil, the Scottish MI-6 agent, leave San Francisco? Why must she continue working at the Hall of Justice, so close to Amanda?

To make matters worse, Tommy expresses his true feelings to Jen late one night, upsetting the emotional equilibrium in their co-parenting relationship.

Jen has been patient with Tommy, Amanda and Roxy’s dangerous jobs-and the way they bleed into her clinic and home life-but when all hell breaks loose, she’s forced to make some tough choices.

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Writer * Dog Lover * Shameless Blogger * Biker * Water Enthusiast

Venice delights in offering readers the chance to escape the absurdities of reality for the sanity of fiction. Her San Francisco Mystery Series features a unique and tender triangle among Jen, Amanda and Tommy, who are as committed to each other as they are to solving murders.

Venice is a writer and attorney. Her exciting, 29-year legal career informs much of her writing, especially the medical murder mysteries.

Venice personally researches many of the scenes in her books, including flying a jet, shooting fancy handguns named “Dragonfly,” wake-boarding in the Caribbean, walking in the Dyke March in San Francisco, testing her strength at Cross Fit, and getting the crap beat out of her boxing.

Venice, who used to live near San Francisco, now spends most of her time in Wisconsin. During the summer, she can be found water skiing with her girlfriends in the “Hot Mama Water Ski Club.”

If you need a laugh or a reality check, hit up Venice’s blog at www.alexiveniceblog.com.

 

CONNECT WITH ALEXI VENICE

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TINTED CHAPSTICK

Four winners will receive an e-copy of the novel.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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Interview with Claire Highton-Stevenson author of The Promise

Claire Highton-Stevenson is here. Woot!

She’s giving away a signed copy The Promise to one lucky winner. More details are below.

Please welcome Claire Highton-Stevenson.

Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.

You are very welcome, this is all quite exciting for me… I have only ever been interviewed for a job before! haha

Where were you born and how did you end up in West Sussex?

Well, I was born in London…I should say that’s South London, because it’s the best bit haha but I haven’t lived there for almost twenty years now. Firstly, moving to Kent and then when the commute became ridiculous and I met the woman I would later marry, West Sussex became home. We love it here, we live right between London, Brighton and Gatwick, So its perfect for all kinds of exploits.

Tell us about working for the National Blood Service. What is it and what role did you fill?

So, the NBS is part of the NHS and deals specifically with the collection and delivery of blood here in the UK. My job as a driver was to either collect blood from donor sessions and bringing it back for testing. Then it would be allocated to hospitals around the south-east (sometimes further afield) and we would deliver it. On many an occasion though, it could be an emergency delivery with blues and twos. Never a dull moment really and a job I really enjoyed.

Are any of the characters you’ve created anything like you?

I guess for many authors we all leave an imprint of ourselves within our characters. I don’t deliberately set out to, but I know when my friends have read my books they will often comment that something reminded them of me…

How did you break your leg and how did the unfortunate incident impact your writing career?

Oh gosh, breaking my leg had a huge impact really. Firstly, id never been in hospital for anything more than a sprain before so it was a big deal to have to go through an operation. Though, I was impressed I had managed to get to 40 before needing one! But, I was doing a good deed, helping a friend deliver leaflets for her business and I simply slipped on some ice. The leg that didn’t slip, broke. I had a compound fracture to the fibula and my ankle dislocated. So, now its all held together with pins and plates.

I was off work for nearly 6 months and it gave me time to really start writing a lot. And it has given me the basic first drafts of a lot of stories to work on and maybe publish sometime in the future. It also meant that driving for long periods became painful and I had to make a decision. My wife was hugely supportive and has backed me the entire way with my writing.

I hear you’re an award-winning photographer. Tell us about the award and did anything interesting happen the night of the ceremony.

Haha Yes!! I like to tell people that. To be fair, it was just a local competition, but it was the first one I had entered and I won! So, I am quite proud of it. They had this huge awards ceremony…(about 50 people turned up! Haha) and I had to go and collect my award, but I was still in a cast, so my cousin had lent me a mobility scooter…so there I was on my little scooter collecting my award.

This was the same scooter that my friends insisted would be fantastic to use so I could go with them on a walk, until the battery died and they had to push me back to the car!!

What aspects of LA do you like and why have you set most of your books there?

So, originally, I set OUT in LA simply because of the Hollywood aspect of Michelle’s career and then, it just seemed like a whole universe of characters developed in my head, so I went with it.

I have a lot of friends in LA that I met via the Rizzoli & Isles show. We spent three weeks there in 2016 and had such a fantastic time. Its very eclectic, whatever you’re into, you can find it there. All my ideas about what it would be like went out of the window instantly. And its SUNNY!!! And has a beach!! I just love it…

Tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write it.

The Promise is about a couple, Ali and Susan Jenkins and they are very much in love and planning their future together. That is until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The story takes us through their journey together and then onto Ali’s journey as she strives to try and move forward. But before she dies, Susan gets Ali to make her a promise, that one day she will open her heart again and let someone else in.

In 1999, my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. He was 49 when he died and my mum never got over it. So, I kind of wanted to write a story of what if? How many other people out there lose a loved one like that? And could they move on and find love again?

Are you attending Ellcon this year and please tell readers who haven’t heard about it yet, what it is?

Yes! Oh I can’t wait, though I am a little nervous because I am intrinsically shy, which I hide well behind being fantastically funny! 😉 So, EllCon is the European Lesbian Literature Convention… Its going to be like a huge Lesfic festival of women talking about books… Glastonbury will have nothing on ELLCon! If you don’t have your ticket yet… get one! Don’t miss out on meeting so many fabulous authors, panels and dare I say… coffee!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Lied to my wife… for a good cause!! Haha, it was her birthday recently and she’s had a rough time of things with one thing and another and so, I thought maybe a surprise party would be fun…and that meant a lot of fibbing in order to get her out of the house for the day while our friends came around and set everything up. It was a great night.

What type of movies/stories do you hate and why? And what’s your all-time favorite book?

I don’t watch anything with animals in it. Dumbo, ET, Bambi… none of it… At school in the UK, when it rains at playtime, they make you watch a video in the hall… it was always The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or, Watership Down!! I was traumatized… I used to cry my eyes out. And don’t get me started about Lassie!!!

But, my most favorite book is The Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. I just loved how they always got one over the farmers.

Would you consider yourself an honest person?

Haha yes, unless I am organising a surprise! My honesty can get me into trouble at times because I really struggle to lie. Honesty is a really huge thing to me. I think, if someone can lie to you about silly stupid things then they can do it with the big things. Its one thing telling fibs to do something nice for someone, but outright lying for the sake of it… that’s not a trait I like in a friend.

Thanks so much for chatting today.

Thank you for having me, its been fun! And wasn’t half as scary as I thought it might be! Haha

 

THE PROMISE
by Claire Highton-Stevenson

Available in Kindle Unlimited
Release date: March 8, 2018
Romance

Ali and Susan Jenkins have it all. Their life together is mapped out on a one-way path to happiness, that is until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ali refuses to accept it – her world is shattered.

Susan’s last act of love is to make her wife promise that one day she will open her heart again and let somebody else love her.

But will Ali keep her promise?

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Claire Highton-Stevenson is the author of OUT: A Cam Thomas Story, Next: A Cam Thomas Story and, The Promise. She is currently working on her next stand alone and will also be finishing the third installment to the Cam Thomas Serial.

She can be found this summer at Brighton Pride and ELLCon before celebrating her 45th birthday with cocktails, hopefully on a beach somewhere!

 

CONNECT WITH CLAIRE HIGHTON-STEVENSON

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GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a signed copy of:

THE PROMISE

 

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

Have a fab weekend!

 

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Guest Post: Yes, you do by Mercedes Lewis

Regal Crest author Mercedes Lewis is here to chat about poetry. 

She’s giving away 3 copies of Glimpses of a Fractured Soul to 3 lucky winners. More details are below.

Please welcome Mercedes Lewis.

Yes, you do.

Poetry … and the room goes silent! Not in anticipation, but in dread perhaps of what might come next.To lighten to mood, and make it less scary for them, I joke, and tell them, “Not really, it is a book of very, VERY short stories, with a beginning, a middle, and an end,  … but it is called poetry”.

When I tell most people I write poetry, and their immediate response is, “I don’t read poetry”, or “I don’t like poetry”, I am saddened. Not because they won’t give my work a chance, well, that too, but more so, because of how bland their lives must be!

Do they not listen to music? ALL music is poetry. Yes, even instrumental music, with its flow, and its movement. Have they never taken a walk in nature, and listened to the silence? Or, the birds chirping, the wind blowing, the water flowing, the bees humming and flitting from one flower to the next? Or, even the flowers and trees themselves rustling and moaning to the breeze or stillness?

Have they never sat in silence and darkness, and listened to the mechanics of their own body? Have they not heard the sounds of the city, its cars, the horns, the lights changing, the sirens, the buzz and hum of thousands of people, living their lives?

Greater sadness, have they never conversed with another person? The ebb and flow of conversation, the emotion, the timbre?

And, the greatest sadness, have they never heard the unfettered, uninhibited joy in the laughter of a child?

Even those without the gift of sight and/or sound know and appreciate poetry. Just look to Beethoven, Helen Keller, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few.

Poetry ‘meets you where you are’. What do I mean by that? If you are queer, the poetry is queer, if you are lesbian, so is the poetry, if you are a survivor, find it in the poetry. The simplest, and some of the most complex poetry can be read and understood immediately. But when reread, and pondered, can mean or address so much more. Take for instance, my poem For All of Us. It is simple, it rhymes(don’t even get me started about that, lol), and it makes you laugh(hopefully). But, a closer look reveals that it deals with myriad complex issues such as: relationships, how we approach aging, the changes in our bodies and minds, forgetfulness, and things we ALL go through as we age. These same thoughts could have been conveyed in a thesis, or, in a haiku. These same thoughts could be expressed in an almost incomprehensible medical journal, or, a convoluted legal or government document. Me? I try to help you find the simplicity and humor of it all.

Voltaire is quoted as saying, “Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls”

So, yes, when someone tells me they don’t read, or like poetry, it makes me a little sad, and I want to respond, “Yes, you do.”

 

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

We are three parts; body, spirit, and soul. Emotion, which echoes all of our parts, is a multifaceted, multicoloured palette of feelings, a kaleidoscope of colors from the palest of white, to the deepest, darkest of black, and everything in between, all formed by three primary colors.

We use words to express ourselves. Poetry does so in a succinct, no-holds-barred fashion, using words as color to paint our joy, our pain, our BEING. Sometimes, we get glimpses of colors not usually shared.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Mercedes Lewis is retired military, and now writes for Regal Crest Enterprises. Mercedes has work in three anthologies, and one standalone book of poetry. She hopes to write novels, and  is considering returning to school to improve her craft. Mercedes encourages everyone to check out the diverse anthology Our Happy Hours, a concept prompted by the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, and curated by Renee Bess and Lee Lynch. Proceeds from the anthology benefit the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia and Ali Forney Center in New York City, both of which assist homeless LGBTQ youth.

 

 

CONNECT WITH MERCEDES LEWIS

Website

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter here for a chance to win a copy of

GLIMPSES OF A FRACTURED SOUL

All you need to do is fill in your email, check the box confirming you aren’t a robot, and hit enter.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

 

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