Guest Post: Racism… a Personal Perspective on Discrimination & Fear by K. Aten

Hello everyone and happy Friday. I know for many, this has been a difficult week. K. Aten’s guest post is a timely and thought-provoking piece.

Before I hand over the reins, I want to thank Kelly for sharing her thoughts.

And now for the guest post.

MOST OF THE time when I sit down to write, it’s because I have a story that is hammering away at the inside of my head. A story that will lull me to sleep at night and wake me again in early morning. But there are occasions when something so powerful and so deep occurs that I need to simply write it out in order to process my feelings. Such events strike chords in me that are so deep and disturbing they resonate throughout my entire life. I wrote about the Pulse nightclub shooting, I wrote about taking part in the Women’s March in Washington D.C., and today I’m writing about the tears I shed for the people in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sometimes I need words to help myself through the hard stuff. And more than anything I hope the time never comes when I cannot find those words because the hard stuff is just too damaging to process.

I GREW UP poor in the 80’s, before the wiz bang electronics age that blossomed a decade later. Just me and my mom on welfare, living in trailers, living on the kindness of our family. And what people may not realize is that when you grow up poor it’s that much harder to fight your way out of it as an adult. I know what it’s like to struggle to pay your bills or put food on the table, to donate plasma on the side just so I’d have money to buy gas to get back and forth to work. I worked my ass off to get out of that place but even so, there is a fear that somehow I’ll slide back into poverty. A fear that everything I’ve built will be lost again.

I’M A WOMAN who has grown up as a woman, though not always comfortably. I’ve been told by different people and family members my entire life that a woman’s sole purpose was to get married and have a child. But I’ve never been that kind of woman, even in my decade of assumed ‘straightness’. I walk alone on streets at night and I pretend I have just a right to be there as anyone else. I don’t think I’ve ever carried the fear that smaller, prettier, more timid women have. But I have certainly been at the receiving end of the personal and societal sexism that runs rampant in my country. The thought that the United States, a beacon of freedom in a world of less than free nations, would somehow end up like a chapter in The Handmaid’s Tale, truly terrifies me.

AS FOR MY sexuality, I was lucky enough to come out later in life when my skin was as thick as it was going to get. I’m not femme and I’ve never been one of those pretty girls. I’ve also accepted the fact that I don’t blend in like some. But I live in a conservative community, I get the stares and I’ve gotten more than my fair share of comments over the years. While I’m fairly comfortable in my own skin now, there are definitely places I don’t feel at ease and I find myself craving those safe places that the LGBTQ community provides.

But no matter where I live, or where I hang out, there will always be that fear of persecution. I’m not so worried about myself at this stage of my life, I’m worried about my girlfriend and her kids. What impact will my obvious gayness have on our family living in such conservative community? It’s the kind of neighborhood that had Trump signs on the lawn, a few trucks with confederate flags, and people moving out because of the ‘queers and the blacks’. What do I do, what do WE do, when the bully kids down the street figure it out and target our kids? Or tell their parents and they target us? And I loathe the day the people in our neighborhood ever find out we’re both atheists! You shouldn’t have to fear because you love differently or because you worship differently.

LAST AND PERHAPS least, I am Caucasian. I’m aware this means I seem to have lucked out on the skin color spectrum in this country. This last topic though is definitely the hardest. While I’ve been denied many things, and persecuted for many things throughout my life, I am not a person of color. I have no idea what it is like to be immediately judged by the shade of my skin, or by an ethnic sounding name on my resume. I have black friends, though less now that I’ve moved to conservative ‘whitesville’ on the other side of the state. I just have less friends, altogether. I miss the diversity I used to have in my life, but I still fight against intolerance when I see it. I fight for all my friend’s rights and equality, even if I don’t fall into their box.

I watch the news like so many others right now. I sickly follow the reports each day, and I don’t know what has brought us here, or how to stop it. It seems incomprehensible that we are still dealing with this twisted ideology in the 21st century. I try to find stuff I can do to help. I see all this hate and anger, and I can take steps to fight it with the rest of the people who stand on the right side of history. I can march, I can be verbal and vocal by calling out the racists and the haters. I can love and comfort my friends who are being attacked simply for the color of their skin or their religion. But there is one thing I cannot do, and that is to feel their pain.

How can I understand what they are going through on a daily basis, what they’ve lived through every day since they were born? Race isn’t something you were born into and can work your way out of like poverty. It isn’t a prejudice that only kicks in if you don’t follow the prescribed gender rules as an adult, and it certainly isn’t limited to those times when you “come out”, or are suddenly “outed” as gay. Racism is disadvantage, loathing, and judgement perpetrated on people of color from the moment they come out of the womb. I can’t know what that is like. But what I can do is make a promise. I will fight for you, I will defend you, and I will not judge you. I do understand the anger. A person that is abused once, will probably forget about it. A person that is abused many times, will remember and be leery. But a person that is abused their entire life? They live in fear and sometimes even hatred. They’re going to be angry, they’re going to be fed up, and eventually they’re going to snap. And I don’t blame them.

THE WORLD IS becoming a scary place, and the country that I once thought of as a safe haven no longer feels so safe. I know there are injustices out there, perpetrated each day in the name of prejudice. Those injustices seem to happen more and more frequently. All this pressure in the world is building into something terrifying and while I say I want a revolution, I hope it never comes. What I really want is a peaceable change, not one forced by war and violence. I want to feel safe again. But more than that, because I am less than an entire nation, I want everyone else to feel safe again.

Biography:

Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly is a latecomer to the writing scene. As an introvert with self-taught extroversion, she has traveled to nearly every state in the US and draws from her experience with everything she writes. Over the years she has loved playing a variety of sports including volleyball, bowling, softball, and most recently, roller derby. But then bad knees became worse and Kelly returned to the comfort of fan fiction to fill the void. Reading the amazing tales she found prompted her to try her hand at writing again. The ability to turn out an engaging tale was discovered and a bittersweet new love affair began.

Kelly works in the automotive industry coding in Visual basic and Excel. Her avid reading and writing provide a nice balance to the daily order of data, allowing her to juggle passion and responsibility. Her writing style is as varied as her reading taste and it shows as she tackles each new genre with glee. But beneath it all, no matter the subject or setting, Kelly carries a core belief that good should triumph. She’s not afraid of pain or adversity, but loves a happy ending. She’s been pouring words into novels since 2015 and probably won’t run out of things to say any time soon.

Kelly hasn’t published yet, but she’s planning on changing that soon. Check out her tentative release dates with Regal Crest Enterprises:

The Fletcher (Arrow of Artemis: book 1) – January 2018 [Historical Fiction]

Rules of the Road – April 2018 [Rom Com]

The Archer (Arrow of Artemis: book 2) – June 2018 [Historical Fiction]

Waking the Dreamer – September 2018 [Dystopian Sci-Fi]

The Sagittarius (Arrow of Artemis: book 3) – December 2018 [Historical Fiction]

Running from Forever (Blood Resonance: book 1) – March 2019 [Urban Fantasy]

The Sovereign of Psiere – TBD 2019 [Steampunkesque Sci-Fi]

Embracing Forever (Blood Resonance: book 2) – TBD 2019 [Urban Fantasy]

 

Website / Regal Crest Author Page / Facebook: katenauthor /

Twitter: @WORDNRD68

Thanks again, Kelly.

 

 

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Guest Post: Chase after the dream, don’t chase after the money by Ali Spooner

It’s Thursday. One more work day and then the weekend. Woot!

But, work isn’t always bad. One of the best parts of running this website is meeting wonderful authors like Ali Spooner. Her guest post struck a cord with me, because a health scare spurred me to chase my writing dream. Please take a moment to read Ali’s post.

And, she’s offering a free copy of her latest The Bee Charmer to one lucky winner. More details are below.

Take it away, Ali Spooner.

I’ll proudly admit that I’m an avid country music fan, and lyrics often spur a story, plot, or character name that I use in my writing. Today as I traveled, I heard Old Dominion’s, song ‘No Such Thing As a Broken Heart’, that has a line, which I used as the title to this post to describe my thoughts of being a published author. On August 14th, 2017, I released my 17th story with Affinity Rainbow Publications, The Bee Charmer.

Becoming published has been a lot of hard work, and I’ve been very fortunate to work with a team of readers, editors and publishers who’ve patiently helped me grow as a storyteller and writer.

In 2010, after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, I knew that it was time to pursue my dream of becoming a professionally published author. Writing until this point had been a hobby, and my dream of publishing a lesbian based story came true in January of 2014 when I began my association with Affinity Publications and released Bailey’s Run.

Three years and 16 titles later, I still enjoy achieving the dream with every new release. I’ve been fortunate to be successful and build a loyal fan base, enabling sales to grow every year, but it’s never been about the money for me. The royalties I’ve collected have allowed me to travel to conferences and book events to network with fellow authors and meet some fantastic readers, but my reality is that they won’t be enough to replace my salary from my full time job. And, I am totally okay with that. My joy and reward is hearing from a reader how much they enjoyed a book that touched them in some way, and that they look forward to the next book.

I’ve had the opportunity to publish in a variety of genres, and not placed in a box. As any publisher will tell you, Romance is queen in Lesfic, and it’s the best-selling genre. I’ve written a few contemporary romances, but I’ve also written paranormal stories, cowgirls, and law enforcement adventures. I like to think that I create stories with characters we can connect with, that are every day, hardworking people most women can relate. Drama or angst is necessary to a certain extent, but I believe we have more than our share of that in reality, and try to share stories that will leave a reader feeling good, with maybe something new learned about a variety of topics, and often with a new recipe or food interest.

For the faithful readers who have allowed me to chase my dream, provided great feedback, and encouragement, I thank you. For those individuals who have characters and stories buzzing in your heads, I encourage you to chase your own dreams and write!

THE BEE CHARMER

After the death of father, Nat St. Croix needs to decide on which direction her life should take. Does she continue her life as a trapper and trader alone, or does she start over try and try to fit into a town surrounded by strangers? When she arrives in Seattle to trade her furs, a young widow, Marissa, catches Nat’s attention. Can Marissa be the chance of having the best of both worlds? Will the call of the wild and all that is familiar or, will the call of love capture Nat’s heart?

Affinity / Amazon US  Amazon UKAmazon CA / Amazon AUS

MEET THE AUTHOR

Ali Spooner, a native of Florida, calls Pensacola her forever home. Ali has been writing for many years as a hobby, and with the assistance of the Affinity team, she has taken her love of storytelling to a new level.

Ali’s characters range from cowgirls and psychics to a healthy dose of supernatural beings. She has written stand-alone titles as well as series. Ali is an avid reader and her other hobbies include photography, outdoor activities, and watching college sports.

Facebook / Goodreads

Now here’s your chance to win a copy of THE BEE CHARMER!

 

Read more about it here.

Thanks, Ali. Don’t forget to check out her latest The Bee Charmer. And, best of luck to all those who enter the giveaway.

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Guest Post: Eating Life by Beth Burnett

Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about all of you, but I need to be surrounded by positive people after scanning the headlines. So, I’m thrilled to host Beth Burnett today. And, two lucky winners will receive an e-book copy of her latest EATING LIFE. Also, there are two ways to enter the contest. You can leave a comment on this post stating how you choose happiness and/or enter your email in the space provided below. Bonus points to those who leave a comment in addition to providing their email.

Now, here’s Beth Burnett!

A long time ago, someone told me they didn’t like a story I had written because the main character didn’t make any decisions. She just drifted along letting life happen to her until eventually, she bumped into something that felt right and stayed there. I understood her criticism – I was writing from the Anne Tyler school of writing where characters just seem to exist and react, usually in resigned ways, to the events life throws at them. I was writing from my own experience of living life without a sense of my own purpose or power.

A few years ago, when I was homeless by choice, traveling the country with my dog, sleeping on couches, in spare bedrooms, and sometimes in my tent, I felt that I was finally choosing my life. I was free, wild, often dirty, in the woods, on the road. I visited almost every state in the US. I met hundreds of women and slept with a few of them. I made deep, lifelong friendships. I said yes to life.

I knew someday, when I finally settled down, I would write a book about a woman who had to wrestle with the sometimes precarious balance between wild independence and the security that comes from finding a home. Casey Wilde, the main character of Eating Life, was born on a wooded road somewhere in Northern Michigan. I remember the moment because it was a perfect day, weather-wise, I had the sun-roof open, I was listening to one of my favorite artists, Crys Matthews, and as the song Serendipity came on, I had one of those life-altering moments when I realized that I was exactly the person I had always wanted to become.

I hadn’t yet finished my second novel, but I started sketching the outline for Eating Life, not wanting to lose the pure joy of that moment. I wanted to create a character who lived so hard, she felt as if she was eating life. Devouring it. Crushing it. Making mistakes and learning from them. In other words, I wanted a character who didn’t just drift along waiting for things to happen to her. I wanted someone who made her own decisions.

That’s a lesson many of us must learn – how to find a healthy balance between living for ourselves and showing up for other people. I now have a house, a partner, pets, and a garden. I couldn’t fit the contents of my bookshelves into my car, let alone the entirety of my life’s possessions. And sometimes, I start to feel a little tied. I can no longer be the woman who goes on vacation to the Virgin Islands and doesn’t come back. I can’t suddenly decide that there’s a house party in Oakland, California that I want to attend and take off to drive across the country in hopes of getting to it in time.

And yes, I’m still free. I’m free because I am not drifting – I make decisions and I choose how I want to live my life. I’ve taken responsibility for my own happiness and success in life and somehow, in that responsibility, I’ve found freedom. *

I’m going to give away two ebook copies of Eating Life with this blog. All you have to do is comment with how you choose happiness in your life to be entered to win.

*Having an RV also helps.

EATING LIFE by Beth Burnett

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Release Date: August 15, 2017

Despite living wildly separate lives, best friends Casey and Megan have always been there for each other, at least in theory. Casey’s wanderlust has her in a constant state of motion while Megan has settled into a secure life in Memphis with a steady job and an unfaithful partner. When a hitchhiker with a tragic past leads Casey to question her own life on the road, she ends up back in Memphis, forcing the two women to confront feelings long pushed aside.

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Beth Burnett is the Director of Education and the head of the writing academy at the Golden Crown Literary Society. Beth teaches women’s empowerment classes, runs a Lansing women’s networking group, and gives seminars on open communication.

Beth has published four books with Sapphire Books Publishing, including the recently released Eating Life. She is back in grad school for a second time, this time for an MA in marketing and new media. She is also working on her fifth romantic comedy and a self-help book for women. In her spare time, Beth reads, walks with her geriatric dog, and works on perfecting her three-quarter shimmy.

Website / Twitter / Facebook

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF

EATING LIFE

Read more about it here.

Thanks Beth for stopping by and best of luck to all the giveaway entrants. Don’t forget to share how you choose happiness. Please, help cheer me up.

 

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This Week’s New Lesfic Releases

It’s Tuesday, which means it time to unveil the new lesfic goodies.

EATING LIFE by Beth Burnett

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Release Date: August 15, 2017

Despite living wildly separate lives, best friends Casey and Megan have always been there for each other, at least in theory. Casey’s wanderlust has her in a constant state of motion while Megan has settled into a secure life in Memphis with a steady job and an unfaithful partner. When a hitchhiker with a tragic past leads Casey to question her own life on the road, she ends up back in Memphis, forcing the two women to confront feelings long pushed aside.

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK
Amazon CAAmazon AUS 


THE BEE CHARMER by Ali Spooner

E-book $8.99
Paperback $18.99

Historical Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017

After the death of father, Nat St. Croix needs to decide on which direction her life should take. Does she continue her life as a trapper and trader alone, or does she start over try and try to fit into a town surrounded by strangers? When she arrives in Seattle to trade her furs, a young widow, Marissa, catches Nat’s attention. Can Marissa be the chance of having the best of both worlds? Will the call of the wild and all that is familiar or, will the call of love capture Nat’s heart?

Affinity / Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


SINCERELY DANIELLA (Letters to War Book 2) by Eija Jimenez

E-book $7.99
Paperback $15.00
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Release Date: August 9, 2017
Romance / Drama

Rowark, Rhode Island wasn’t supposed to be the place where Corporal Taylor Phillips found home, but inside a little bungalow was a family she never thought she’d have. All she had to do was finish her service, and she’d get to go home home to them. 

Daniella Melo, however, soon realizes that Taylor’s job isn’t all that glamorous as her daughter, Jackie, makes it out to be — fighting bad guys and protecting people. With every letter they exchange and each quick minute phone call, the distance between them grows more strained.

In the span of one night, both their worlds are turned upside down, and Daniella is left to pick up the pieces of her life. Without Taylor.

Please note, the novel includes some graphic scenes.

Amazon US / Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS 


A LAMENTATION OF SWANS by Valerie Bronwen

E-book $9.99
Paperback $15.95

Crime & Mystery
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Two years ago, Ariel Montgomery left her wife and ran away from the beautiful estate of Sea Oats after an enormous argument. Older and wiser now, Ariel has returned to Sea Oats to try to save her marriage—only there is something sinister going on at Sea Oats. As Ariel tries to win her wife’s love back, she begins to suspect her own life is in danger, and has to find out the truth about what is going on at the beautiful mansion by the sea.


FREEDOM TO LOVE by Ronica Black

E-book $8.99
Paperback $15.95

Intrigue & Thriller / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Brynn Williams is out of prison, no thanks to Sergeant Kat Vander, who arrested her four years earlier. But Brynn is hopeful for a new future and excited to see her sister, who pulls up in a stolen car, high as a kite. Brynn feels used and trapped as they drive back to more family drama. But something happens on the way home, testing not only Brynn’s core as a human being, but her loyalty to her family as well.

Sergeant Kat Vander is one hell of a cop. She turns heads and leaves suspects shaking in their boots. So when she and her partner are ambushed and shot, the department is up in arms. But more surprising is who helped them after the attack. Brynn Williams belongs to the town’s most troubled family. She helped Kat, but now she’s on the run. Can Kat find her, and more importantly fight her feelings for a known criminal?


Bold Stroke Books  Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS 


HOUSE OF FATE by Barbara Ann Wright

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Speculative Fiction
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Judit has one duty: to guard the chosen one, he who will unite two warring, star-spanning houses in marriage. Simple, if she wasn’t already in love with the bride-to-be. As far as anyone knows, Annika has been raised to be the perfect bride and future matriarch. Secretly, she’s an assassin ordered to usurp the chosen one’s mind and kill anyone who gets in her way.

When the political landscape shifts, murders and abductions threaten to tear the galaxy apart. Judit and Annika race to uncover the source of the strife. It must be someone powerful and bold enough to risk throwing whole star systems into ruin, someone who could change destinies and bring two lovers together, if they survive. 


PLANNING FOR LOVE by Erin Dutton

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Contemporary / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Wedding coordinator Faith McKenna doesn’t believe in the happily-ever-after that she promises her clients. So she has no qualms about giving a few brides one last fling on the side before they commit for life.

When maid of honor Rachel Union catches her best friend fooling around with the wedding coordinator before her wedding day, she swears she’ll out Faith to everyone if the bride doesn’t make it down the aisle. Against her better judgment, Rachel agrees not to tell the groom, but she vows to keep a close eye on Faith until after the big day. But spending time with Faith challenges Rachel’s opinion of her as shallow and opportunistic. 


SIDEBAR by Carsen Taite

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Intrigue & Thriller / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Judge Camille Avery, newly appointed to the federal court, is finally back on her dream career path. She’s determined not to let any mistakes, past or future, get in her way, but a complex murder case and undeniable attraction to her rebellious law clerk threaten Camille’s carefully planned future at every turn.

Attorney West Fallon is a social justice crusader, reluctant to put her career plans on hold to clerk for a federal judge, even if the judge is the man who saved her life. When he’s suddenly forced to retire, West is stuck clerking for Judge Camille Avery, an infuriatingly stubborn—okay, brilliant, intense, and sexy—law-and-order jurist who seems just as unhappy to be saddled with her.

As Camille and West explore their growing desire and challenge the boundaries of their work and personal relationships, a big case threatens to destroy both their careers. Can their love survive?

Bold Stroke Books  Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


SWEET BOY AND WILD ONE by T. L. Hayes

E-book $9.99
Paperback $18.95

Contemporary / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Graduate student Rachel Cole is feeling the weekend blues and heads to her favorite lesbian hangout, looking for Ms. Right Now. She is immediately attracted to a brown-haired, brown-eyed, flannel-wearing soulful singer named Bobby Layton. But when Bobby introduces himself to Rachel, Rachel questions things about herself—things like her own sexuality and her very identity. Could she be falling for this sweet boy?

Bobby Layton lost a lot when he came out as trans. And he’s sworn off dating lesbians because dealing with hate from the straight world is hard enough. Who needs the drama? But something about wild girl Rachel Cole keeps him coming back.

Love may be enough to take them to unexpected places beyond their expectations.

Bold Stroke Books Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS 


THE SCHOLARSHIP by Jaime Maddox

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Intrigue & Thriller / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Looking to find harmony, Ella Townes leaves a big Philadelphia college and returns to the mountains where she spent her youth. She quickly makes a friend—Cassidy Ryan, a woman with Down syndrome who is the neighborhood busybody and sister of a very attractive ER doctor whom Ella finds equally charming. Under the watchful eye of Cass, Ella and Reese begin a promising friendship. Then Ella writes a scholarship in memory of a childhood friend who was murdered, and things begin to unravel. The scholarship stirs interest in the cold case, and soon the murderer is maneuvering to protect his secret. After Cass is brutally attacked, Ella and Reese question her. The killer’s identity becomes clear, but after twenty years, is there enough evidence to bring him to justice?


TO BE DETERMINED by Mardi Alexander & Laurie Eichler

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Action & Adventure / Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Charlie Dickerson is desperate to get away from small-town minds and all the painful reminders of her ex. What better way than to travel halfway around the world? A wildlife rescue exchange program in Australia looks like the perfect solution to her current predicament.

Pip Atkins has an innate affinity for wildlife, but people are another story. When she’s tasked with looking after an American wildlife carer on a work exchange, the thought of someone shadowing her every move for twelve whole months represents the ultimate nightmare.

Worlds apart, but forced together, Charlie and Pip struggle to find a middle ground, as they discover they have more in common than they think.

Bold Stroke Books  Amazon US  /  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS 


TRUE COLORS by Yolanda Wallace

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Romance / Contemporary
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Taylor Crenshaw is a lifelong Democrat, but her parents are staunch Republicans. To make matters worse, her ultraconservative father has just been elected president. Although she prefers to live her life openly, her father would rather she stay in the closet. When she meets Robby Rawlins, will she choose to give in to her father’s demands or follow her heart?

Robby Rawlins works at an antique store by day. She spends her nights anonymously skewering politicians in her blog. President Terry Crenshaw’s anti-gay rhetoric gave Robby plenty to write about during a contentious campaign, but a chance meeting with his daughter leaves her at a loss for words. Getting the scoop has always been Robby’s goal. Now it might come second to getting the girl. Unless she can find a way to do both.
 

Bold Stroke Books  Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


UNEXPECTED by Jenny Frame

E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95

Romance / Contemporary
Release Date: August 15, 2017

Self-made business owner Dale McGuire has always enjoyed two things in life: women and fast cars. Now in her mid thirties, she’s restless and can’t work out why. Then one day a ten-year-old boy turns up, claiming to be her son, and her simple ordered world turns upside down.

Rebecca Harper bears the emotional scars of her father’s crimes, and now she has two rules: never let anyone get too close, and never admit weakness. Thanks to an anonymous egg donor, infertility didn’t stop her from having her son Jake. Now pregnant for a second time, she’s horrified when Jake brings home the woman he believes is his other mother.

When distrust turns to understanding and passion, can Dale and Rebecca, two women bound by fate, make a family neither expected?

 Bold Stroke Books Amazon US  Amazon UK
Amazon CA / Amazon AUS 

Happy reading!

 

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Guest Post: Bisexuality Does Exist by A. E. Radley

Happy Friday!

Today, I’m honored to have A. E. Radley stop by. She recently released Mergers & Acquisitions, which soared into the top ten of Amazon’s lesbian romance best sellers.  I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Mergers & Acquisitions and I enjoyed it. This was the first book I’ve ready by A. E. Radley, but it won’t be my last. In fact, I loaded another one on my kindle as soon as I finished Mergers. But enough about me.

Here’s A. E. Radley!

A year ago today I read a newspaper article that really upset me. It was a story about British gay icon Christopher Biggins and his insensitive words upon the subject of bisexuality. Now, Biggins, as he is known, is a sixty-year-old white man, a species not necessarily known for their tact, diplomacy and openness. But Biggins has always been known as a kind, bubbly, flamboyant man. Almost cuddly. A friend of everyone.

So, when he was quoted as saying “the worst type, I’m afraid to say, are the bisexuals. What it is, is people not wanting to admit they’re gay. Be honest: that’s what you’ve got to be” it hurt. A lot. I grew up watching this man on children’s television. He was gay and proud, well-spoken and kind. But suddenly he was also biphobic.

This bi-erasure, both within and outside of the LGBT community, and comments about “choosing a side” or “being honest with yourself” are damaging and extremely hurtful for bi people. Unfortunately, these are also very common comments that all bisexuals are sick of hearing. But hearing this comment from a gay icon hammered home the fact that the bi community are still receiving more scorn from the LG community than we are from the straight community.

This highlighted a trend I was seeing at the time. I had recently published my first novel, Flight SQA016, which focused on the romantic story of two women. As such, it was plonked into the category of lesfic aka lesbian fiction. I don’t personally like the term lesfic, I use it as it’s the most recognised term for my genre. I prefer a term I coined myself, lesbific, but even this is problematic.

You see, while Flight SQA016 focuses on the story of two women, one of those women is a bisexual. And I, the author, am also a bisexual. I didn’t think this would be much of an issue, we’re all allies under the LGBTQ umbrella, right? Wrong. Or so I discovered.

Suddenly I was being attacked by lesbian authors, told that I shouldn’t be writing in the lesfic category and that I should be in the bisexual fiction category. But my story focused on a tale of women loving women, just because one identified as a bisexual that didn’t mean the book was bisexual in nature.

Of course this wasn’t the first time I heard this. There’s a small but persistence thread of people who claim that lesbian fiction must be written by lesbians for lesbians. I think this is wrong. What about bisexuals? Or trans? They have just as much right to be writing a woman loving woman story as anyone else.  

My, sometimes unpopular opinion, is that story is king. I don’t care if a good story has been written by a lesbian, bisexual, man, or woman. I’m reading a story for entertainment and enjoyment. I don’t expect people who write murder mysteries to have murdered people in the name of research. I’d like the characters to be realistic but this can be achieved through research and good writing skills.

Demanding that your lesbian fiction is written by lesbians is depriving yourself of good fiction. And, in some cases, it’s showing your prejudice.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

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Paperback $13.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: August 3, 2017
Romance

Kate Kennedy prides herself on running the very best advertising agency in Europe. One day, her top client asks her to work on a lucrative project with the notoriously fastidious Georgina Masters, of the American agency Mastery. The temporary merger causes a fiery clash of cultures and personalities. Especially when Georgina sets her romantic sights on Kate’s young intern, Sophie.

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A. E. RADLEY

She describes herself as a Wife. Traveller. Tea Drinker. Biscuit Eater. Animal Lover. Master Pragmatist. Annoying Procrastinator. Theme Park Fan. Movie Buff.

When not writing or working, Radley indulges in her third passion of buying unnecessary cat accessories on a popular online store for her two ungrateful strays whom she has threatened to return for the last seven years.

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS by A. E. Radley

E-Book $7.99
Paperback $13.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: August 3, 2017
Romance

Kate Kennedy prides herself on running the very best advertising agency in Europe. One day, her top client asks her to work on a lucrative project with the notoriously fastidious Georgina Masters, of the American agency Mastery. The temporary merger causes a fiery clash of cultures and personalities. Especially when Georgina sets her romantic sights on Kate’s young intern, Sophie.

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REMEMBER US by Emma Nichols

E-book $2.99
Paperback $11.75

Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: July 26, 2017
Romance

In this sequel to the best-selling lesbian romance novel, Finding You, Lauren Vincenti travels back to Corsica to recover her health and rebuild her relationship with her mother. But things don’t quite go to plan. Is Lauren able to let go of the past and will she comply with her father’s last wishes for her to take over the family business?

Anna Taylor-Cartwright’s career is hitting a new high, and her best friend, Eva, is in love.

Get ready to fall in love all over again, with the brilliant conclusion to The Vincenti Series.

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HARD LIMITS by Pascal Scott

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Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Suspense / Thriller / BDSM

After the beating death of her sex slave in a punishment that went out of control, Atlanta’s Lesbian Lifestyle Dominant Mistress Sinestra agrees to turn State’s evidence against the perpetrators in exchange for immunity from prosecution. When the Mistress suddenly disappears after leaving a BDSM dungeon, Detective Tanika Washington gets involved in the case along with Deputy Sheriff Wynonna Fletcher. The question on everyone’s mind is: What happened to Mistress Sinestra? Hard Limits is a fast-paced tale of sex, power, and punishment that races to its surprising conclusion.

Triggers: rape and incest (referred to only, not described)

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Guest Post: Total Honestly … Art Influences Life by Divya Sood

Happy Monday! Usually I’m not super excited about Mondays, but today is a holiday in Ireland. Woot! There’s another reason why I’m excited. Divya Sood is here to share about her latest release Nights Like This. And, she’s giving away one copy to a lucky winner. You can enter the giveaway below or by clicking this link.

Please welcome Divya Sood.

Hey guys! I’m totally excited to be posting! One of the things I love most about TB’s writing is her honesty. It took me a while to find the same in my writing and it was an enlightening journey. A lot of people ask me where the idea for Nights Like This came from and I want to share the story with you because it’s a good one.

So, about a decade ago, my first novel, MAYA, came out. But MAYA did anything but “come out” or let me “come out;” it was a story that flirted with a lesbian relationship for about 5 pages but essentially stayed a good old boy meets girl story.

After its release, I was at a party one night and it was autumn and a few of us were outside enjoying the crisp air and I said to one of my lesbian friends, “Hey, did you check out my book yet?” She turned to me and said, “Not yet…is it a girl meets girl story?”

Now I grew up in a conservative Indian family and just the mention of “girl meets girl,” even though that’s what my heart desired to write and live, made me tingle as if the whole idea were a secret we weren’t supposed to talk about.

“Well, it’s kind of a girl meets girl story…I mean it’s in there…” I replied.

“It’s a boy meets girl story?” she asked.

 “Mostly,” I conceded.

She made sure to make eye contact before she stated flatly, “I don’t want to read it. There are a thousand boy meets girl stories. But I can’t read about me. Write about us. About the lives around you. About our stories and our heartbreak and I’ll read it.”

That conversation really struck a chord. And that’s how I started to write Nights Like This. While I can say that my honestly in life led to the writing of the novel, I can also say that writing the novel allowed me to be more honest as a person.

Nights Like This is a lesbian love triangle because, if I am honest, love is not always easy and cute but sometimes raw and painful and in all the wrong places at the wrong times. I wanted to craft a novel that captured all the nuances of love be that happy or sad or angry. And as I wrote and as those emotions came through in my writing, I found that I allowed myself to honestly feel those emotions in my life as well. The more I wrote my characters, the more multi-dimensional and unique I became.

What I learned in the writing of Nights Like This, what my characters, Jess, Vanessa and Anjali taught me is this: sometimes creating art helps you create yourself more fully, more honestly than if you hadn’t ever written the story.

NIGHTS LIKE THIS

“LOVE is a haphazard thing that blows like the wind this way and that and then, having found a nook to settle in, quiets down and beats in a heart full of haphazard hope.”  And so begins the story of Jess, an unapologetic Indian woman in her mid twenties caught between two careers and the attention of two very different women.  Trying to write fiction at Starbucks while pretending to study for MCATs, Jess balances her relationship with her live in girlfriend, Anjali and the a woman whom Jess meets randomly and believes she wholeheartedly loves, Vanessa.  It takes scandal, betrayal, heartbreak, and a trip halfway around the world for Jess to find herself at the risk of losing all that ever mattered.

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DIVYA SOOD

Divya Sood is the author of the novel NIGHTS LIKE THIS.  She has written most of her life and loves the creative process. Her writing delves into issues of love and heartbreak and sometimes happily ever afters. Divya’s work deals with the sensual, the taboo, and the raw underside of love. She loves exploring relationships in all their facets. Divya resides in New York.  Her website is www.divyasood.com. Drop her a note.

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