Sunset with Her Book Bundle

Just a quick note on this beautiful Summer Friday; the Sunset With Her eBook bundle was released today. It’s a 12-eBook bundle that features stories of strong women, their bravery and their love – some lesfic – some not, in multiple genre’s, all for your reading pleasure. You get 1200+ pages of romance, fantasy, mystery and more that includes everything from short stories to full-length novels.

Sunset with Her eBook Bundle

All the following works are in the Sunset With Her bundle including two full-length novels by yours truly:

Sweet Young Things By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Make Myself Just One More By Dean Wesley Smith
Poisoned Pearls By Leah Cutter
Tainted Waters By Leah Cutter
Broken Women By Anne Hagan
Relic By Anne Hagan
A Simple Love Story By Rei Rosenquist
Warning! Do Not Read This Story! By Robert Jeschonek
Three Wishes By S.R. Silcox
Sepia Showers By Andrea Dale
Some Old Lover’s Ghost By Dayle A. Dermatis
Hawthorn & Willow By T. Thorn Coyle

These are available for immediate download from BundleRabbit through BookFunnel (upon payment) to the reading device or software of your choice. They’re also available directly from Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle software, from Barnes & Noble for the Nook, from Kobo and from Apple iBooks for Apple products and iTunes for Android/PC products. It’s your choice!

Oh, and the best part? You get them all for $2.99!

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We’re Going to the GCLS Con!

We’re on our way to the GCLS Con, my wife and I! I’ll be spending the next several days in Chicago immersed in all things lesfic. That means I’ll be in my glory among my people – other readers and writers of the books we love.

My wife isn’t going for the Con. I bet, if you asked her, she couldn’t even tell you what GCLS stands for. (Psst, if you don’t know either it’s ‘Golden Crown Literary Society). She’s just going because she needs a break away from work and…other stuff…to relax and recharge. While I’m running around like a loon between master classes, panels and readings, she’ll be lounging at the pool and in front of the TV doing absolutely nothing. We’ll both love every minute of it.

I’m what is known in Con speak as a “Con Virgin” this year, since it’s my first GCLS Con. It certainly won’t be my last and it’s certainly the only thing I’ve been virginal at for quite some time. In honor of that, I put a little something special together. For the month of July only, you can get a GCLS Con Sampler exclusively from Amazon that features three of my full length novels and one of my lesfic romance short stories.

In the GCLS Con Sampler You Get:

This will sell for only $0.99. That’s 90% off the cover price of the combined books so get it while you can!

Conference Call

If you’re at the con, please track me down and say hello. And, before I forget, while you’re there, Bella Books will be selling an anthology of short stories about first timers at the con (any con), titled, Conference Call.

Yours truly has a mystery short in the book. You can buy it in paperback in Chicago at the GCLS convention or direct from Bella in paperback or eBook form after July 5th. All proceeds benefit GCLS.

In other news, the Win a Lesfic eBook Libary Giveaway is still going on. All through July, you can enter to win 42 lesbian fiction eBooks for your Kindle or Kindle reading software by signing up for my email list at Bookfetti. And, the more you share the social media links from the Bookfetti site, the more chances you have to win. It’s a $340 value and it’s all on me!

Find out how you can win the Lesfic eBook Library here. Good luck!

Win a 42 eBook Lesfic Library

 

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Where I Chat Up Lesfic Author Barbara Winkes

I’m talking today with lesfic author Barbara Winkes. Barbara, who is originally from Germany and now lives with her wife in Canada. Barbara writes lesfic romance and suspense and, from stalking her a little before our chat, I can see that she also has a work or two that falls into the sci-fi/fantasy realm out there.

Anne: Welcome Barbara!

Anne: Now, I have to admit right up front that I’ve been doing these author interviews over the last few weeks and I’ve been publishing them on Wednesday mornings then revisiting them all day to share them in my newsletter and to promote them on social media. This week, for you, is going to be a little different. As this posts on the evening of Independence Day in the U.S., I’m settled down for the night in a hotel room in Fort Wayne, Indiana, halfway from my home in Ohio to the site of the GCLS Convention that kicks of Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. I wanted to be sure and give you plenty of attention before I turn my own attention to the con.

Barbara: No problem.

Anne: Let’s start off talking about your books. You have a few different series and you write in multiple genres, all with strong women at the core. Tell us about that.

Rise by Barbara WinkesBarbara: I love thrillers with women leads, but they can be tough, even when the leading lady succeeds in the end. If I need a break from the darker side, I write romance where the obstacles appear not in the form of serial killers, but the characters’ own dysfunctional habits (that they hopefully overcome in the course of the story). I also wrote a number of utopian/dystopian stories, like Rise, and the upcoming The Exodus Project. The older I get, the more I get frustrated about the slow pace of change, and the, apparently, inevitable backlash. This genre is a way of dealing with that frustration because you can lay out your own vision. Whatever the genre, it always comes down to women fighting the odds, and succeeding—and, of course, loving women.

Open Spaces Book CoverAnne: Can you tell us what you’re working on right now? You mentioned The Exodus Project.

Barbara: I’m preparing for the release of my next book, Open Spaces, an erotic romance, and doing last edits for the next after that, a political utopia, The Exodus Project. Variety is the spice of life! Writing-wise, I’m in the middle of Carpenter/Harding book 7 (her suspense/thriller series).

Anne: And what do your plans for future projects after those are released include?

Barbara: I have outlined the next few Carpenter/Harding novels, and generally, releases for 2017/2018.

Anne: I’m excited to hear that your Ellie and Jordan stories aren’t nearly played out yet! I’m sure their other fans will be happy when they read this too.

Anne: How about influences. Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential to your work?  

Barbara: These are a few that have created unforgettable characters: J. M. Redmann (Micky Knight), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club). All deal with women overcoming odds stacked against them, and that’s definitely a theme that attracts me.

Anne: Me too and I like all of those. You’ve got a good mix of mystery/suspense in there. Have you always liked mysteries?

Barbara: Yes. Even growing up some of my favorite books were young adult mysteries about a teenage girl named Jill Graham. I think they had a big influence.

Anne: I’ve heard of those books but I’ve not read them. They sound like the Nancy Drew mystery stories I grew up reading. (I looked them up…they are similar but there weren’t nearly as many).

Getting Personal With Barbara Winkes:

Anne: Can you tell us something no one knows about you…until now?

Barbara: I have synesthesia. I didn’t realize until my adult years that not everybody automatically sees colors when thinking of letters, words, numbers, etc. It’s quite helpful when coming up for a color scheme for covers, or when having to memorize things.

Anne: That’s interesting and I, of course, had to look that up because I’d never heard of it. It’s no wonder you’re such a creative type. You visualize things in a completely different way. It’s actually pretty cool!

Anne: So, that’s not something that takes you out of your comfort zone. That’s actually helpful to you. Tell us what does.

Barbara: People. Lol! I’m the quintessential socially awkward, hiding in her office writer.

Anne: Aren’t we all? I’m right there with you a lot of the time. It’s where I would much rather be.

Barbara: Fortunately, my wife is the opposite of socially awkward, and she gets me to leave the house every once in a while.

Anne: Let’s make you think a little: If you weren’t so introverted and you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?

Barbara: Angie Harmon, Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau. That should make for interesting conversations.

Anne: I love it. I’d throw the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, in there too. No offense…please don’t take offense, but who thought we’d ever see the day when the world looked to Canada and France for the best examples of competent, committed leadership? Unreal! Unreal to many Americans like me, anyway…

 

Anne: Okay, I try not to be political on this blog. Things are divisive enough. A different question entirely is in order: What’s your favorite TV show of all time and why?

Barbara: Women’s Murder Club. It did what I strive to do in my books as well: Show women being allies instead of competitors, but being able to respect other women even if they’re not in their circle of best friends. Getting the job done. Some action, lots of subtext (in my books, of course, it’s all text). I prefer a contemporary context, and realism, to speculative/mythological, so that show was definitely tailor made for me.

Anne: I certainly agree with that!

Anne: Finally, what’s your best book marketing tip for all of the other authors and aspiring authors out there?

Barabara: Before spending any money, make sure whatever you pay for is reaching your target audience. In the past, there haven’t been many opportunities to market directly to an LGBT, specifically lesbian audience. Fortunately, it’s getting better. For example, I advertise on Women and Words, and I know that visitors to that site are potentially interested in the kind of books I write. Before, I have paid for a FB party or Twitter blast, but that kind doesn’t do much if it reaches mostly straight readers.

Anne: I love advertising on Women and Words too. Inexpensive and very effective. They post a lot and they get a lot of readers of lesfic on the site daily, as a result.

Anne: That’s all folks! Many thanks to Barbara for being with us today.

How to Follow Barbara Winkes: 

Website: https://barbarawinkes.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBarbaraWinkes/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6577259.Barbara_Winkes

Where to Get Books by Barbara Winkes:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Winkes/e/B00A6D1Z28#

 

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Smashwords Summer-Winter Sale

Announcing the Smashwords Summer-Winter Sale!

Guess what? You’re invited. It’s summer in the northern hemisphere (finally!) and winter in the southern hemisphere (sorry folks…) so it’s only fitting that Smashwords has a sale. Now through July 31st, you can get thousands of books and already discounted boxed sets of books from hundreds of authors from 25% off the usual price to completely free.

All of my full-length books are available and on sale at the Smashwords Summer-Winter Sale. I also have boxed sets of the first eight Morelville Mysteries available there. A few of my books are free for the month of July. All of the rest, including the boxed sets, are 50% off with coupon.

Smashwords Summer-Winter Sale

The best part? You can get eBooks there in ANY FORMAT, downloadable to any eReader or eReader software you have (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF, Text etc.). Check out the Smashwords home page for complete details. And, here’s my direct link:  Anne Hagan on Smashwords 

Please Note:

You may not get the sales price by shopping from my direct link. Please make a note of the titles you want and shop from the sale catalog links on the Smashwords home page.

Happy shopping and happy reading!

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An Interview with Lesfic Author C.L. Cattano

I’m talking today with lesfic author C.L. Cattano. Welcome C.L.!

C.L.: Thanks!

CL CattanoC.L. Cattano, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is the author of four books and counting. She created the stand alone lesfic fantasy/romance novel, Cursed Hearts and she has also written and released three books of the 10 books she has planned for the Salvaggio’s Light romance series.

Anne: Let’s talk first about your Salvaggio’s Light series. You call it a serial.

Shattered Paradise; Salvaggios Light - Book 1C.L.: Yes. The series is really one continuous story that, while focused on a specific time period for the characters, actually tells almost the entire life story of the main character, Rafaella Salvaggio. The first book in the series is Shattered Paradise and it sets the base for the rest of the books.

Anne: Your writing is very much mixed genre. Can you tell us more about it and why you write things the way that you do?

C.L.: My books mix everything from romance, suspense, drama, sex, humor and who knows what else! In Cursed Hearts, I even added a little transcendental romance. At the moment, I write contemporary fiction by not confining myself to literary boundaries and try to reflect the realities, insanities, farcicalities, ironies, comedies, and ambiguities present in our modern culture. I do, however, at times, like to add a little fantasy, history, and strangeness to my work.

Sometimes I find it difficult to choose what genres to select when asked to define my work so I usually go with Contemporary Romance. I guess I can’t get away without saying that my books have lesbian main characters, so that is probably a genre too. However, I don’t think the sexual identity of the main characters should limit the readers who might pick it up. Nothing I write about is exclusive to lesbian or straight people. I tend to have characters that span the spectrum of types but if I feel I can’t do a character justice I either let it go or I get help making sure I portray them in a correct and respectable manner.

Anne: So, you’d still say lesfic is your overall genre?

 C.L.:  Yes 

Anne: Given that, what is the biggest thing you believe people think they know about lesfic that isn’t so?

C.L.: Maybe they think that they can’t read a story with an LGBT character if they are not LGBT themselves. Believe me, LGBT people read books with straight people so it won’t hurt anyone to read a book with an LGBT character. I can understand people not wanting to read the erotica but there is so much more in LGBT literature than that genre. There are some very powerful and moving stories out there that are worthy of being on the shelf with all the other types of mainstream literature.

Anne: Amen sister! Tell it.

Anne: So then, who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

C.L.: I started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs when I was young. (Yes, I saw myself as Tarzan.) Other influences are Elizabeth Peters, Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind and Robin Hobb.  Notice a pattern…they all have written serial books. I guess their influence is that I am not afraid to create a world for my characters and tell their story even if it takes more than one book to do it.

Anne: I find your list interesting for a few of reasons. 1. I enjoy writing in series myself and building the world my characters inhabit, 2. None of the authors you named are writers  of LGBT themed fiction and, 3. They write in genres like mystery, fantasy and sci-fi that have little or nothing to do with contemporary romance type fiction yet, taken as a whole, I can see their influences in your work that, as you’ve already alluded, can be quite eclectic.

Anne: Okay, so switching gears again, tell us, do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

C.L.:  Oh yes, there are lots of secrets and surprises in the Salvaggio’s Light books. I suggest reading from the beginning or you may miss a lot of important information and themes throughout the books. Sometimes the reader will know more than the characters.

Anne: Besides working on the Salvaggio’s Light series, what other projects are you working on at the present?

C.L.:  I’m currently on a mission to get the entire Salvaggio’s Light Serial edited and published by next year. I’ve written a few other things while waiting for my editor and hope to publish them at some point. I also have plans for another series of books that will be more crime and mystery-oriented.

Anne: What is your least favorite part of the writing and publishing process?

 C.L.: Waiting for someone to write a review…

Anne: I am so with you there but that’s getting better for me. I’ve managed to find a few readers who read and review all my stuff as soon as it comes out. They’re a true blessing. I hope you find at least a handful of those folks as well.

Anne: Now, to wrap this up from the author perspective, I’ve found that a lot of other authors, especially indie authors like you and I, read these interviews. What are some of your best book marketing tips for the other indies reading this?

I like anything free as a self-publishing author. Free sometimes means a time investment, so technically it isn’t totally free. But there are a lot of free tools out there to help like Bulk Buffer, Mail Chimp and ThunderClap to name a few. My best tip is don’t re-invent the wheel. There are a lot of authors out there who have put out podcasts and videos about marketing so take the time to listen learn and repeat.

Getting More Personal with C.L. Cattano:

Anne: Do you believe in love at first sight?

C.L.:  No. I know, rough for a romance writer. But, I do believe in lust at first sight…

Anne: LOL. Got you.

Anne: What’s your favorite season?

C.L.: I’m probably a hybrid of summer/fall. I hate shoveling snow. I like getting out and swimming and having fun in the summer and in the fall I like the snuggling in quilts, campfires and Halloween.

Anne: I love that you love fall and Halloween! Those are my favorite times of year.

Anne: This has become one of my favorite interview questions: If you were to turn into your partner for a day, what would you do?

C.L.:  We are so Sympatico it’s a hard question…

I would like dogs…I mean the drool and everything… Not that I don’t like them, but they can be gross sometimes. I was never raised with pets so don’t have a lot of experience with dogs or other animals. And, I get grossed out easily. She came with a Belgian Malinois so I’ve had to learn a bit about them.

I would also show my legs off more…she has really sexy legs. I would probably be a lot nicer over all. She is the one of us everyone likes and gets along with best. She says she just had more of a filter…but I don’t know…

Anne: You mentioned a dog. Do you have any other pets now or are there other pets you’d like to have?

C.L.:  My parents had a cat when I was younger but it was an outdoor cat so I really hardly saw it except when it was hungry. I would not, however, want an indoor cat as they are pretty smelly… Remember I am grossed out a lot.

Anne: And lesbians everywhere are in total shock…

C.L.:  If I could choose a pet, and had to be grossed out, I would probably choose – maybe a hermit crab…maybe just the shell so people would think I had a pet.

Anne: A fun personal question for authors: If you have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for the rest of your life, which word do you choose?

  C.L.: Ratiocination

Anne: I don’t get hit with new to me words too often but I had to look that one up. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of ‘ratiocination’ is 1: the process of exact thinking: reasoning. 2: a reasoned train of thought. Good word!

Anne: Now, let’s carry that out a bit further. What punctuation mark best describes your personality and why?

The ellipses. … Because there is always more that I may not say.

Anne: I like that too. Great answer!

Anne: Finally, what’s your favorite TV show of all time and why?

 C.L.: Of ALL time… that’s a tough one. Probably the Masterpiece Mysteries. I love Sherlock, Hercules, Mrs. Marple and all the others.

Anne: It’s not a show I would have picked right off the bat but I have to agree with you. I love those too.

Anne: That’s all we have time for today. I look forward to meeting C.L. Cattano and some of the other authors I’ve profiled over the past few weeks or who I’ll be talking with in the near future when we all meet up next Wednesday afternoon at the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) Convention in Chicago, Illinois July 5th through the 9th. We hope to see and meet you there too!

Meanwhile, please check out C.L.’s website and her other social media links as shown just below. Her books are all available at Amazon. in eBook and in paperback.

Website: https://www.clcattano.com

Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/clcattano.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcl.cattano

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CL_Cattano

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42 Lesfic Books Every Lesbian Should Read

Lesfic has evolved! From the obscenity trials and tribulations suffered by authors like Radclyffe Hall over The Well of Loneliness (written in 1928) and other works that followed it, through the years when lesfic books meant pulp novels written for a mostly male audience, through the dawning of the internet age and fan fiction to the present, it’s come a long way.

I recently wrote a guest post for lesfic author T. B. Markinson about that evolution. That got me to thinking about all the lesfic books I’ve read over the last twelve years since I first discovered lesbian fan fiction and graduated to reading every book I could get my hands on. There were tons! Lots of those books are classics of our fiction that could stand right alongside the best of mainstream fiction.

Like I did with the lesfic author list I compiled last year, I started listing all of my favorite lesfic books. The list quickly ballooned to over 100 novels and kept climbing. I decided I wanted to blog about them and share some of my favorites with everyone reading this. I picked a book from each author that was represented on the list when I finally stopped. Below are 40 of my favorites (in alphabetical order…sort of). Some, as I said, are classics. Some will be. All are excellent.

Check out my list, comment if you like below with your own favorites, and then read the rest of the post for a very special opportunity.

My Top 40 Lesfic Books:

  1. 96 Hours by Georgia Beers – (Romance) Erica Ryan is flying home from London after a disastrous business trip. Free spirit Abby Hayes is flying into New York City to visit her mother before jetting off again. Both end up in Gander, Canada, when their flight is diverted because of 9/11.
  2. A Deafening Whisper by Erik Schubach – (Romance) Mia has lived a life full of harassment, for an affliction not many understand. She thought college would be different, her escape, after all, people there are more mature right? She was wrong. A rebellious girl, Vee, saves her from a bad situation and teaches her that every single day is a gift.
  3. Above All, Honor by Radclyffe – (Romance) Above All, Honor introduces single-minded Secret Service Agent Cameron Roberts and the woman she is sworn to protect—Blair Powell, the daughter of the President of the United States.
  4. Also Known As Armchair Detective by Kelli Jae Baeli – (Mystery & Detective) Jobeth O’Brien awakens on the floor of her kitchen, her battered face and the memory of an angry visitor tells her that she is close to something important in her investigation.
  5. And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane – (Romance) Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to superstardom.
  6. Ash by Malinda Lo – (Fairytales and Folklore) Cinderella retold – In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her.
  7. Conflict of Interest by Jae – (Mystery and Detective) Workaholic Detective Aiden Carlisle isn’t looking for love—and certainly not at the law enforcement seminar she reluctantly agreed to attend. But the first lecturer is not at all what she expected. Psychologist Dawn Kinsley has just found her place in life. After a failed relationship with a police officer, she has sworn never to get involved with another cop again.
  8. Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule – (Literary Fiction) Against the backdrop of Reno, Nevada, in the late 1950s, award-winning author Jane Rule chronicles a love affair between two women.
  9. Desire at Dawn by Fiona Zedde – (Romance) Recently turned from human to vampire, Kylie wants nothing to do with her new life or with the clan that claims her. She certainly wants nothing to do with her mother, Belle, who is completely infatuated with her vampire wife and clan leader. To escape her unwanted existence, Kylie befriends a human, Olivia, who has been abandoned by her family.
  10. Finding Home by Shelia Powell and Liz McMullen – (Teen/YA Paranormal) Firestarter Kayla Cruise has been kicked out of another foster home, her twelfth, and she’s back at the railroad tracks where she always finds solace. Surprisingly, a woman shows up there as an apparition, offering something Kayla had been longing for all her life, a forever home. Not just any home, Tia Keating runs a group home for teens with special gifts…gifts like the ones Kayla has spent years running from.
  11. First Course by J. A. Armstrong – (Short Stories – Romantic Comedy Series) Devon Brine has just left a successful career as a chef in New York City to open a restaurant with her childhood best friend, Bruce. Carrie Maynard works across town, the managing partner in a design firm that she owns with her best friend, Darlene (Dar) Willis. When Dar decides to promise a last minute decadent affair to a potential client, Carrie lands in the new restaurant Devon owns.
  12. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – (Graphic Memoire) Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the “Fun Home.” It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.
  13. Heart to Heart by Saxon Bennett and Layce Gardner – (Romance) Amy’s fast paced New York City life is interrupted by her mother’s illness. She returns home to Fenton, Missouri after many years to find her childhood home on fire and her aging mother in need of long-term care. It’s more than she can handle, but with the help of her new found friends, she finds a life—and love— she wasn’t expecting.
  14. Hunter’s Way by Gerri Hill – (Suspense/Romance) Homicide detective Tori Hunter was used to doing things her way. But even after six different partners in seven years, she was not prepared for the hot-tempered Samantha Kennedy. Samantha, on the other hand, was trying to juggle a new job, a demanding boyfriend, and now finds herself with an even greater challenge — being partnered with the most difficult detective in the entire squad.
  15. Jericho by Ann McMan – (Romance) Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an eighteen-month position in Jericho–a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals.
  16. Juliana by Vanda – (Literary Fiction / Romance) She went looking for fame, and found her true self, instead.
  17. Keeping Secrets by Penny Mickelbury – (Mystery / Suspense) Someone is murdering wealthy, married–and deeply closeted gay people in their own automobiles while parked in deserted parking lots in Washington, DC. Someone the victims allowed into their cars late at night. Someone who knows their most guarded and protected secret.
  18. Locked Inside by Annette Mori – (Romance) How much does the power of love matter to someone who has overcome obstacles greater than most people face in a lifetime?
  19. One Last Thing by Kim Baldwin and Xena Alexiou – (Thriller / Romance) Special Agent Switch needs to get close to Greek tycoon Konstantinos Lykourgos, the prime suspect in the theft of a priceless ancient icon from a monastery on Mount Athos. His accomplice is the EOO’s recurring nemesis: Theodora Rothschild, aka TQ, the Broker. Ariadne Lykourgos, heir to her father’s shipping empire, expects to have a much-needed holiday on the family yacht with her friends. But the arrival of a new crew member challenges her values and tests her loyalties.
  20. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – (Literary Fiction) Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
  21. Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler – (Romance) Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.
  22. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton – (Romance) Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion.
  23. She Waits by Kate Sweeney – (Mystery) Kate Ryan is a middle-aged, accident prone, ex-private investigator. Emphasis on ‘ex’ as she and her partner gave up their profession after their last case nearly cost both of them, their lives. They wisely decided to limp away with whatever dignity and body parts they had left.
  24. Tarnished Gold by Ann Aptaker – (Mystery) New York City, 1950. Cantor Gold, art smuggler and dapper dyke-about-town, hunts for a missing masterpiece she’s risked her life to bring through the port of New York.
  25. Tell Me What You Like by Kate Allen – (Mystery, S/M) Alison Kaine, lesbian cop, enters the world of leather-dykes after a woman is brutally murdered at a Denver bar.
  26. The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan – (Literary Fiction/Psychological) When Carly Rosen is jilted on the eve of her wedding, she embarks on a startling journey of self-discovery. This gender-bending risqué retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in sizzling West Hollywood, echoes the ancient story of the lovers in the Underworld.
  27. The Awakening by Dawn Carter – (Horror/Occult) When you combine a powerful immortal witch with an immortal warrior of the Gods in holy matrimony, you develop an indestructible team.
  28. The Beast that Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger – (Mythology/Fairy Tales) What if Beauty was the Beast?
  29. The Beverly Malibu by Katherine V. Forrest – (Mystery) On Thanksgiving Day, LAPD homicide detective Kate Delafield and her partner, Ed Taylor, are called to an apartment building on the edge of Beverly Hills to investigate a premeditated and pitiless murder. No one appears particularly grieved by the shocking end to old-time Hollywood director Owen Sinclair.
  30. The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey – (Science Fiction) On a summer night like any other, an emergency call sounds in the quarters of Andira Tal, Lancer of Alsea. The news is shocking: not only is there other intelligent life in the universe, but it’s landing on the planet right now. Tal leads the first responding team and ends up rescuing aliens who have a frightening story to tell. They protected Alsea from a terrible fate—but the reprieve is only temporary.
  31. The Devil Inside by Ali Vali – (Romance) Brains, guts, and ruthless ambition should be enough to come out on top in any fight. Except when the battle is over love, all bets are off.
  32. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez – (Science Fiction/African American) Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez’s sexy vampire novel.
  33. The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer – (NA/Contemporary Romance) Where does friendship stop and love begin?
  34. The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart – (Mystery) Restaurateur and part-time P.I. Jane Lawless is taking some much-needed time off at her family’s lodge when her best friend, Cordelia, arrives with news that Tess, one of their good friends, has taken a nasty fall and needs their help with rehearsals for a play that is set to open in a week. When Tess isn’t on crutches, she helps run the Thunderhook Lodge, the premier resort on Lost Lake. And while she clearly needs Jane and Cordelia’s assistance, she isn’t exactly acting all that grateful.
  35. The News in Small Towns by Iza Moreau – (Mystery/Cozy) Sue-Ann McKeown returns to her home town of Pine Oak after a crushing six months of war reporting in Iraq. Her mother has died in a tragic riding accident and her father has sold most of the family’s possessions and run off to Italy. Sue-Ann herself has broken up with her long-time photographer boyfriend. And, oh, yeah, she is also suffering from a mysterious disease that makes it difficult for her to focus on her new job as reporter for The Pine Oak Courier. And it doesn’t help that the office manager for the small newspaper is Sue-Ann’s old high school rival.
  36. The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab – (Mystery) Running a pub in the tiny Australian outback town of Wollegudgerie doesn’t offer much fun or future to knockabout Aussie dyke Kylie Kendall. So when the father she never knew leaves her 51 percent of his Los Angeles-based detective agency, it’s bright lights, big city for Kylie. Not so happy about her arrival is her partner in the business, the beautiful, enigmatic Arianna Creeling, who wants to buy out Kylie and gives her a decidedly chilly reception in sunny California.
  37. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters – (Historical Romance) A marvelously lush, erotic and bawdy first novel set int he glory days of seedy music halls.
  38. Touchwood by Karin Kallmaker – (Romance) Twenty-nine-year-old Rayann Germaine, betrayed by her lover, flees in grief and rage. She meets book store owner Louisa Thatcher, a woman many years her senior, who offers shelter and work… and soon, passion, and a loving place in her life.
  39. Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden – (Romance) If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found. Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. She’s taken dance classes, voice lessons, and even earned her performance degree from one of the most prestigious musical theater programs in the nation. At graduation, she’s stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the hottest Broadway touring production in the country. In more exciting news, Jenna discovers acclaimed television star Adrienne Kenyon is headlining the production.
  40. When Women Were Warriors: Book 1 The Warriors Path by Catherine M. Wilson – (Literary/Epic) Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

There you have it; some of my favorite lesfic books!

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An Interview with Eliza Andrews (and RA Marshall)

I’m talking today with author Eliza Andrews who writes contemporary lesbian fiction books that have strong dramatic themes with romantic subplots. Welcome Eliza!

Eliza: Thanks!

Anne: Now, in all honesty, I met Eliza Andrews for the first time  as R.A. Marshall, a writer of young adult (YA) fiction which some of, incidentally, has queer – mostly questioning lesbian – themes, but not all of it.

Eliza Andrews RA Marshall PhotoEliza uses this caricature of herself for all of her pen names. Isn’t she cute?! Now, don’t fret that she’s not a real person. This caricature image is close to the way she actually looks but just slightly on the young side…just slightly…

Her first lesfic book, To Have Loved & Lost, a sometimes dark and gritty NA romance, was a #1 best-seller in several Amazon categories for about three consecutive weeks, and it has over 170 positive reviews on Amazon.

To Have Loved and Lost Cover

When two people’s lives are spiraling out of control, can coming together pull both of them back up?

Alexis Woods knows who she is — or at least, she thought she did. She’s number 17, point guard, MVP, all-star, co-captain of the Lady Raiders NCAA Division I women’s basketball team. But there’s a darkness growing inside of her, a darkness that started the night her beloved died in her arms, and if she doesn’t turn things around soon, the darkness just might swallow her whole.

Graham Griffin knows a thing or two about darkness. That’s been her zip code ever since the car accident that took her boyfriend’s life — the car accident she caused. When she meets Alex, she sees a reflection of her own sorrow. And she can’t help but want to fix it.

Eliza Andrews’ Writing in Progress:

Paradise Anne: So that’s where you were and you’ve just recently released  what you’re calling a ‘short lesbian romance’ (71 pages), Paradise, that seems to be doing well.

Readers can click the link above or the image to the left to get that for only $.99 at Amazon or free via Kindle Unlimited.

All of that said, please give us a little overview of what you’re working on right now.

Eliza: I’m trying hard to finish my novel Anika Takes the Long Way Home Up Soul Mountain. It’s a follow-up to, To Have Loved & Lost (THL&L), which came out at the beginning of November 2016.

Anika is more of a spin-off than a sequel; it follows one of the side characters from THL&L into the future, about fifteen years after the end of the events in THL&L  (two years after the Epilogue). I should’ve finished Anika’s story back in February or March, but then my life took an unexpected turn, so life has sort of derailed writing for the past few months.  It’s ironic, because Anika is a story about someone’s mid-life crisis, so I find it fitting that my own life would become stressful and weird at the same time as writing a story about someone else’s crisis.

Note: Sign up for Eliza’s email list and you can get the first four chapters of her work in progress, Anika Takes the Long Way Home free. 

Anne:  What do your plans for future projects include?

Eliza: Once Anika’s story is finished, I have to finish a young adult trilogy (under her R.A. Marshall pen name), but after that, I want to get to work on a novel I’m currently calling Apart.  It’s another book about tragedy and grief (like THL&L) — don’t know why this keeps coming up in my work! — but this time, the reader isn’t going to know exactly what the main character is grieving until about halfway through the novel.

Anne: That’s interesting. Sort of a suspense novel, then.

Eliza: Yes. I kind of know how I want Apart to “feel”; it should be a little like that unsettling feeling of walking down the stairs into the basement in the dark while you fumble for the light switch.  You’re not “scared,” exactly, but you’re not comfortable, either.  Have you heard the podcast S-Town?  I want this book to feel a little like that.

Anne: I haven’t heard of it but I’ll definitely check it out. (Note – Here’s a link for anyone interested: https://stownpodcast.org/)

Eliza: The other thing about Apart is that it’s my “ode to the South.”  I grew up in small-town Georgia and have spent most of my adult life in Atlanta and the Carolinas.  It’s an uncomfortable thing to be an obviously gay woman in the South, but at the same time, there’s something about the deep South — the way it sounds, the way it smells, the cadence of people’s speech — that I just can’t quite resist.  I’d like bring some of that out in Apart.

Anne: I agree with you. I find the southern U.S. states intensely interesting myself. I spent some time in South Carolina and Georgia with the military. It was the southern states and the way of life there, their extreme conservatism, their values and their quirks and so forth that prompted my Loving Blue in Red States short story series. There are, of course, lots of ‘red states’ to cover so I’m trying to make myself skip around the country and not just dwell in the south.

Anne: But, enough about me. Please tell us about your other work. Have you written any other stories that are set in the South?

Eliza: One of my two young adult trilogies (Guardians of the Portal, written as R.A. Marshall) is set in rural Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains.  Arkansas is South-ish, though the Ozark Mountains are sort of their own thing.  But the kids in the story are working class, small-town kids — the type of people I went to high school with myself.  My dad’s family is from that part of the country, so it felt natural to write.

Also, To Have Loved & Lost is roughly set in North Carolina, but the location doesn’t really come across in that story.  It could be anywhere.

The Writing Process for Eliza Andrews:

Anne: Talk to me about how you write…how you go from a blank screen to a full novel.

Eliza: When I first started writing, I wrote by intuition alone but, I have to confess, I hardly knew what I was doing. When I look back on my first novel, I grimace and think, Learning curve!

Anne: I am so with you on that! Unfortunately, mine is the first book in a nine (soon to be ten) book series…I just give it away.

Eliza: Now I understand how we are hard-wired as Westerners — and maybe just as humans — to hear and process stories in a certain way.  We actually *want* familiar archetypes, and, to a certain extent, tropes.  These days, I try to plot pretty thoroughly. It makes the writing itself much easier.

With that being said, I still find that my characters take the story in directions I didn’t always expect or plan for.  So although I make a thorough outline at the beginning, once I actually sit at the computer and begin to write, sometimes things happen that I didn’t plan.  That’s kind of fun, though — makes me feel like it’s my characters’ story, and I’m just following along behind them.

Anne:  Do you have any strange writing habits you’re willing to share with us?

Eliza: Not really. I’m pretty vanilla. I will say that I like to be outside as much as possible — my version of hell would be working in a windowless office cubicle — but mainly I just sit down with my laptop and start typing away.

I will say this:  Showering, walking, and driving are probably the three best places for me to get inspiration and tease out story ideas.  I’ve plotted entire novels on road trips before!

Anne:  Do you write full-time or part-time?

Eliza: Now THAT is a good question!  I used to write only part-time, but I quit my job recently, not because I wanted to write full-time, but for other reasons. So I’m giving myself the next six months to really make a go at writing full-time.  My results over the next few months will determine whether or not I write full-time or part-time going forward.

Anne: Every writer’s dream! I wish you the best of luck.

Eliza Andrews On her writing influences:

Anne:  What is your favorite childhood book?

Eliza: I can only pick one?  I’m sure that if I thought about it, I could come up with dozens, but the one that made me want to write was Robert A. Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky.  (See what a sci-fi nerd I am?)  It’s a sort of obscure book, so briefly:  A group of young inter-planetary rangers gets sent to a wild, inhospitable planet for their final exam, but something goes wrong and instead of being retrieved in only a week, they are left out there to survive on their own for MONTHS.

I liked this book so much that I read it two or three times, and I didn’t want it to end, so I started writing my own sequel, just so I could keep reading the story.  I was about ten when I wrote my “sequel,” but I probably wrote maybe fifteen or twenty pages before I got tired of it and gave up.  Not bad for a fifth grader.

Anne: Take it from me, you have to be careful putting that sort of information out there. Fans have a way of latching onto that and clamoring for it. You might want to either think about giving that a shot again or bribing me to completely delete this answer and pretend we never talked about it…

Questions for Eliza, just for fun:

Anne:  What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?

Airplane Movie Widescreen DVDEliza: Airplane.

“Excuse me, stewardess?  I speak jive.”

Anne: An oldie but a goodie and, with that, we’re both showing our age.

Anne: What’s your favorite TV show of all time and why?

Eliza: It would come down to three:  Twin Peaks, Lost, and The Walking Dead.  For Lost and The Walking Dead, the reason is character development!  No other shows that I can think of develop their characters like those.  As for Twin Peaks, it’s just a weird, quirky show.  I love the blend of the real and the supernatural, and I can hardly think of a character on television better than Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Anne: I’m totally down with the whole zombie thing of The Walking Dead. With Twin Peaks, I’m assuming you’re talking about the old version of the show first, and foremost. There is a Twin Peaks remake out there that just kicked off in the last few weeks on Showtime.

Anne: Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares you’re willing to share with us?

Eliza: When Glee was still on and Cory Monteith was still alive (RIP), I used to dream that I was Finn Hudson. *Shrug* Maybe I shouldn’t admit that.  I also dream about the zombie apocalypse with some regularity, because I am a Walking Dead addict.

Anne: See what watching all of that zombie stuff does to you?!

All the links you need for Eliza Andrews (and RA Marshall!):

Author Page on Amazon:

Eliza Andrews: https://www.amazon.com/Eliza-Andrews/e/B01N08ZF8P

R. A. Marshall: https://www.amazon.com/R.-A.-Marshall/e/B00JNZPXP0/

Author Website:

Eliza Andrews: http://authorelizaandrews.com

R. A. Marshall: http://ninja-writer.com/

Author Facebook:

Eliza Andrews: http://facebook.com/authorelizaandrews

R. A. Marshall: https://www.facebook.com/ra.marshall

Please check her work out at either of her websites or both. Sign up to receive email from her and you’ll get access to free excerpts and more.

Thanks for joining us today and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

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Loving Blue in Red States: Perryville Missouri

The fourth short story in the Loving Blue in Red States series, Perryville Missouri is now out. ‘Perryville’ is the story of two women, one younger, one middle aged, whose first meeting takes place in the darkness of a miles long cave. Things only get more complicated from there.

For a limited time, it is exclusive to Amazon and free via Kindle Unlimited.

The blurb for Perryville:

What happens in a cave…

LBRS Perryville Missouri Cover Bethany French is a geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey. She loves her job and she’s good at it. She gets to explore caves and other land forms for a living. The only thing missing from her life is a partner to share it all with. She had one until she decided she needed to move out of St. Louis, south, to be closer to the territory she was assigned to cover. The forty-minute drive into the city proved to be more than her ex was willing to put up with. She craved the bright lights and the constant stream of social opportunities the city provided. Good riddance Bethany thought. She liked having a partner but, now in her late thirties, she didn’t want to start all over. She figured at her age, she was just better off alone.

Renn Sowell has two doctorates; a formal one in ceramic engineering and one in cover and concealment earned over years of keeping secrets from her ultra conservative, white nationalist father. It’s bad enough in his eyes that she’s a scientist rather than a housewife and a mother; her coming out as a lesbian might just send him over the edge. The 26-year-old can’t keep a girlfriend in her life for long because she doesn’t dare do anything to upset the delicate balance she works so hard to maintain.

The Two women keep meeting in the most unlikely circumstances. They couldn’t be more different either…at least, that’s what they think. Will they find common ground in the light of day?

Perryville Missouri is the fourth short story in the Loving Blue in Red States series by Anne Hagan. It was preceded by, Sweetwater Texas, Birmingham Alabama and Jackson Hole Wyoming. Look for other short stories and novellas to come out in this series in the future.

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Lesfic Author Niamh Murphy on the Hot Seat

This week, I’d like to welcome to the blog, British lesbian fiction author Niamh Murphy for a little question and answer session. Welcome Niamh!

Niamh Murphy

Niamh: Hello. It’s great to be here!

Anne: That’s Niamh to the left (and some secret person she’s standing behind that she cut out of the picture to maintain her privacy…perhaps? Shhh!).

Anne: Your story is a fascinating one. You’ve been writing fantastical things since you were very young, all the while battling through M.E. (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrom). I admire your drive and your perseverance.

Anne: (Niamh and I actually got to talking about more personal things later in our interview but this question fit better here) – If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be?

Niamh: Sleep. I struggled with M.E. for several years and still have problems on occasion with the chronic fatigue that accompanies the syndrome. I feel that I have slept enough and I would really love an extra eight hours a day to work on my writing!

Anne: Tell us a little bit about the books you have out right now.

Niamh: I have two novels, a short novella, and an anthology. They are all very different.

Magic and Romance coverAnne: Niamh is being very modest. Her anthology, Magic and Romance, contains some of the many lesfic short stories she has written in multiple genres. You can currently get it free for the Kindle at Amazon. Follow her on Wattpad where she has even more of her short stories.

My two novels, Escape to Pirate Island and Mask of the Highwaywoman, are set at very similar times in the past and I did consider having some Easter eggs present in the second book that would link into the first. But in the end, that didn’t fit the story and so I decided against it.

I like to have a few in-jokes now and then, references to things I think some people might notice. For example, in Escape to Pirate Island, I have quoted a few characters from Pirates of the Caribbean so any fan of that movie franchise should be able to spot those little hidden Easter eggs!

Anne: That’s a neat idea. It sounds like your books pretty much stand alone then as separate stories. Any plans to do sequels to those or to do a series?

Niamh: I would like to write a trilogy, and also a series of books set in the same world but for now each of my books do stand alone.

Escape to Pirate Island book CoverAnne: We sort of glossed right over it so I want to put in here that Escape to Pirate Island is Niamh’s most recent book. It was released on May 26th. It’s available from Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle. And Niamh, I love the cover!

Niamh: Thank you.

Anne: With your background in history and archaeology, I imagine you’re a stickler for story research…or are you?

Niamh: It varies. For Escape to Pirate Island I did a lot of research into women pirates and stories of women serving aboard ships. A lot of people think the idea is nonsense but the evidence of historical accounts of women serving and court documents of women whose gender was revealed, show that there were many women who disguised themselves as men and were eventually discovered or revealed themselves (sometimes after many years). I often wonder how many women remained hidden.

I also looked into daily life aboard ship, rules around privateering and how pirates self-governed, and the geography of the Spanish Main, making sure I researched the deserted islands and understood some basic survival.

But I always made sure that the story led the research and not the other way around. I have often read novels where historical facts have been awkwardly shoehorned into the story and this always bothers me. My story is a fun romp through a piratical adventure, so, I wanted just enough history to help the reader suspend their disbelief but no more.

Anne: That’s fascinating. So, let me backtrack a bit and ask, where did your love of storytelling come from?

Niamh: My Dad would read a chapter of a book to me every night before bedtime, without fail. He gave me my love of the fantasy genre and read all the Narnia books to me, as well as the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, even though I was a little too young for them at the time. He even gave me my first copy of Harry Potter long before it became the phenomenon it is today.

Anne: What was your favorite series of all of those?

Niamh: I think it would have to be the Narnia series. I love the fantasy, the magic, the portal to another dimension, and I always loved the white witch and the many forms she appeared in over the series. I used to love the sense that even the smallest children can make a difference and at the heart of the stories is often the idea of redemption.

I love the whole series but there was always something a little darker about The Silver Chair which greatly appealed to me and is something I’m going to explore in greater depth in a series I’m currently ruminating on.

Anne: Can you tell us what you’re working on right now and what you have planned for the future?

 Niamh: I am between projects. After I published Escape to Pirate Island, I was all set to go onto a new project about mermaids. But now I am not so sure. A completely different project is calling out to me and I think I’m going to have to follow the call which means my next project is going to be another historical romantic adventure; this time involving Knights and tournaments, castles and pitched battles, evil kings and beautiful princesses!

I have more ideas that I can write, but I would like to do a series of revolving around Knights and Queens. I also have plans to work on a fantasy series about a young rogue mage. I have a mermaid story on the back burner, as well as a burning desire to write a murder mystery.

Anne: Ah, my first love. murder mysteries! You should so write one!

Anne: Anyway, I think most prolific writers have more ideas than they can write. I’m curious; ballpark number? How many unfinished or half-done works do you think you have floating around out there?

Niamh: The last count was seventy-two but I have expanded since then and some of those stories are the first parts of a series. If I never have another idea, then I still have enough to keep me going for a whole career!

Anne: Wow! I thought I was bad…not saying that’s bad in a horrible way, mind you. I have enough ideas already laid out to keep my nose to the grindstone for the next two or more years but there are always new things filtering in. However, 72…or more…is a lot!

Niamh: I really want to focus on my productivity over the next twelve months and try to put more hours into writing so that I can start to finish some of these stories that I am so eager to get my teeth into!

Anne: So then, who do you find yourself turning to for writing and publishing advice over and over? Are there any writers or any particular blogs you follow?

Niamh: Definitely ‘The Creative Penn’. Joanna Penn is excellent and the website acts as a great resource for writers at all levels of their career and stages of their projects.

Anne: I agree. Her blog is never not useful, especially for indie authors. I love the top end guests she gets on there too who share loads of free information that’s immediately useful. You can listen to the podcasts with them or read the transcripts on her blog. She’s also one of the few bloggers out there who has recommended things that I’ve actually bought. So many of the people out there supposedly trying to help authors have written one book or one course and it’s all about book marketing. They don’t have a clue how to write fiction or how to market it.

Picking Back Up On the more personal side with Niamh Murphy:

Anne: Can you tell us, is there something you absolutely hate doing?

Niamh: Housework.

Anne: Uggh! Me too.

Niamh: It just seems to be so relentless! Where did all this laundry come from? Why do I have so many cups and how did they ALL get dirty!? And dust? I made the effort of dusting once, I shouldn’t have to do it again!

Anne: I’m right there with you on the dusting. I’m quite short. I only dust as high as I can see, when I do it at all. I tend to avoid it because my wife is terribly allergic. I can certainly sympathize.

Anne: I digress. Let me ask, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Niamh: Telepathy.

Anne: Oh, good one.

Niamh: As long as I could pick and choose whose mind to read and when I think it would be an incredibly useful tool. Not only could I make sure I was never fooled or deceived, it would enable me to always understand other people’s points of view. But the snag would be that no one could ever know: who wants to hang around with someone that can read their most personal of thoughts at any moment?

Anne: Good point. And really, what’s the fun of having a superpower like that if you can’t show it off?

Anne: What music do you like to listen to?

Niamh: I tend to listen to Ludovico Einaudi on Spotify. His piano pieces are just breathtakingly beautiful and help me to focus rather than distracting me from my writing.

Anne: Mmm! I’m also a fan of piano music. I’ll have to look him up. (Note: I did. Excellent pianist. I found this short, powerful video of him playing on YouTube)

Anne: Do you have a favorite conference to attend?

Niamh: I’ve never been to a conference! This will be my very first year attending L-Fest. I have an author spot and I will be a doing a ten-minute reading from one of my books. I am petrified!

Anne: Don’t worry; the nerves are normal. Even the pros get them. If it makes you feel any better, I’ll be attending my first literary conference this year as well. I’m doing the GCLS con in Chicago where I’m reading from one of my books – only five minutes though – but I’m also on a panel discussion about lesbian themed murder and mayhem books. I imagine I’ll get at least another five minutes on the hot seat there. I’ve gotten up and spoken to audiences before but not about something so personal as my creative work. I always feel a little nervous.

L Fest BannerIf you want to meet Niamh Murphy in person at L-Fest, the premier lesbian arts event in Great Britain going on July 21st to the 24th,  you can get all the info you need here: L Fest. You’ll have to post your reading time for your fans, Niamh.

Anne: That’s all for today. You can use the following links to learn more about Niamh Murphy, like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and, most of all, buy her amazing books!

Connect with Niamh Murphy:

Website: http://www.authorniamh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNiamh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorNiamh

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AuthorNiamh 

 

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Where I Interview Lesfic Author EA Kafkalas

Hi everyone! Anne here. I have a special treat for you today. Instead of reading about me rambling on about whatever it is I happen to be working on – or whatever I’m procrastinating about working on – I have an interview for you that I did with lesfic novelist (and playwright) E.A. Kafkalas. She interviewed me last week. Now it’s her turn to be in the hot seat.

E.A. KafkalasThat’s E.A. over there, to the left. I ‘borrowed’ that picture from her Goodreads profile. Such a nice smile, don’t you think?

A couple of things to know about her before we get started:

1. She’s multi-talented. She not only writes plays, as I mentioned above, but she’s acted in them, directed them and produced them.

2. E.A. is also a mixed media artist. She likes to work with clay and acrylics.

3. Perhaps, most importantly, we’re both originally from Pennsylvania! I thought that was pretty sweet. She lives in New York state now and I live in Ohio…can’t have everything…

Anyway, without further ado, the interview:

The Work of EA Kafkalas:

Anne: So E.A., can you tell us, what writing projects are you working on at the present?

Frankie and Petra Book Cover KafkalasE.A.: I’m working on a sequel to Frankie & Petra, and a new book with the working title, The Cure. I love to read a good series of books. But, when I write, I like to write stand alone books. My fans have requested a sequel to Frankie & Petra, and it was so fun writing them that I am giving it a whirl.

 Anne: So then what do your plans for future writing projects include?

E.A.: I’m thinking that The Cure, may turn into a series. Other than that, I take one thing at a time.

Anne: You’ll have to give us the blurb for The Cure when you have one figured out. Inquiring minds want to know!

Anne: Okay, so you’ve mentioned to me previously that you’ve worked with some other writers. Can you tell us who?

E.A.: I belong to a writing group run by Marie White Small, the author of Stony Kill. A writer’s group is a great place to (have people) read your work and get solid, constructive feedback.

Anne: You’ve used some interesting names for your characters. Can you talk to us about how you come up with names and is choosing a character name an important part of your whole writing process?

E.A.: Names are important to me. I research the meaning of the name, and try to fit it to the character. I also have to like the way it sounds, and if it’s going to be part of a pairing, I need to like the sound of the two names together. I used to use a baby book to research names, but now I just use the internet.

Anne: I just have to tell you, out of curiosity, I looked up the name ‘Petra’ from your book Frankie and Petra. I found out it’s the feminine form of the name Peter but, perhaps more importantly to you, it’s derived from the Greek word ‘Petros’ which means stone or rock; very fitting for a police detective, I think.

Anne: If you could have written any book, what book would you pick?

E.A.: The Harry Potter series.

Anne: Oh my, don’t we all?! And, funny to me that you chose a series.

When EA Reads:

Anne: Let’s switch gears now and talk about the things you’ve read. What is the first book that you read that made you cry?

E.A.: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden and I don’t normally cry when reading. The next book was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I was sitting on a beach blubbering like an idiot. That was a sight.

Anne: I looked those books up after my chat with EA because aI hadn’t heard of either one. The Art of Racing in the Rain has definite appeal to me, sad or not,  since it’s written entirely through the eyes of a dog.

Anne: If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

E.A.: Harold in Harold and the Purple Crayon because, even though it’s not my favorite color, I like purple, and I like the idea of drawing your own universe as you need things.

Anne: That does sound pretty cool. I admit to not having heard of that one either so I might just have to check it out.

The Personal Side of EA Kafkalas:

This is where I ask EA all the stuff you really want to know!

Anne: EA, If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?

E.A.: The Greek Isles; I love the water.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

E.A.: You Can’t Make This Shit Up.

Anne: LOL! Now, if Hollywood made a movie about your life story, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

E.A.: Ellen Paige

Anne: LOL! I should have guessed. I loved her in Juno. I think she’d make a great EA.

Anne:  If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptations of your books who would you want to play them?

E.A.: Great question. Every author likes to dream about this, but I’d prefer that other people tried to cast them based on their perception of the characters.

Anne: Interesting; but what if you had to do it?

E.A.: If I had to, I could come up with a bunch of pairings. But off the top of my head I’d say Piper Perabo (Kate) and Sara Shahi (Allie) in The Second Heat. Brooke Elliot (Frankie) and Stana Katic (Petra) in Frankie & Petra. Anne Hathaway (Alex), Ilsa Fisher (Mindy), and James Marsden (Simon) in Soul Mistakes. Jennifer Lawrence (Nikki) and Rachel McAdams (Quinn) in Out of Grief.

Anne: Lots of good choices there and, for the record, let me just say that I’m totally down with Piper Perabo as Kate.

What is your favorite quote?

E.A.: “And this too shall pass.”

Anne: I’m not sure of the origin of that one but it’s something my mom likes to say too.

 Anne: You have to wear a t-shirt with one word or one symbol on it for the rest of your life. What do you choose?

E.A.: I pretty much already do this. I wear a Superman t-shirt or hoodie almost every day.

Anne: If I came over to your house and I looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?

E.A.: Fruits and Vegetables and lots of different hot sauces.

Anne: Alrighty then, so then, to carry that a little further, let’s say you’re making dinner for a very special guest. What would you cook?

E.A.: Before I went plant based, I would have made Chicken Cherubi, which my mother said I make better than the chef who created it. But now, I would totally make something with Jackfruit.

Anne: What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?

E.A.: The bathroom.

Anne: I’m going to have to go with that as the best answer to that question, ever! So many people name kitchen appliances or they say television…You’ve brought things to the most basic level and hit upon something we’d all sorely miss if we didn’t have it; indoor bathrooms with plumbing.

Anne: So, switching things up a bit now. One of my favorite things to ask everyone is about costumes. My wife and I own and operate a haunted house Halloween attraction so I’m always curious; what is the best thing you have every dressed up as for Halloween?

E.A.: King Arthur. Both times I did, people didn’t recognize me.

Anne: Another interesting answer that was not what I was expecting, at all. Nothing scary or funny for you, eh?

That’s all we have time for today. Thank you E.A. for being such a good sport!

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