A Taste of Christmas Cakes and Kisses

It’s NaNoWriMo ya’ll! In laymen’s terms, that’s National Novel Writing Month. It comes around every November and, as I said in a prior post, I’m ‘sort of’ participating. I’m not doing all of the word count hoops and all of that jazz. I’m not even trying to get to 50,000 words – the goal for the month for those officially doing the challenge.  I’m just trying to get my lesfic sweet romance novella, Christmas Cakes and Kisses out the door and to the editor before the end of the month!

It’s a story I dreamed up last year as I was putting the finishing touches on the 9th book in the Morelville Mystery series, The Turkey Tussle. It plays off a scene in that book but it completely stands alone. I really wanted to release it last year but time got away from me. Not this time!

Check out the blurb and then scroll down for a ‘taste’ of Chapter 1…

Christmas Cakes and Kisses

Christmas Cakes and KissesTwo different worlds brought together by cake…

 When Hannah Yoder left the Amish order at 17, she didn’t know what life had in store for her. She just knew she wanted to be free to be herself. Four years later, with the support of a loving family of choice, an adopted son entering full-on toddlerhood and a new bakery starting to do well, she felt like she had almost everything. Almost. After a previous relationship fizzled out over different life goals, she decided to focus on her son, her business and completing culinary school before she gave any more thought to finding someone new to share her life with.

Morgan Barber has secrets. She hopes culinary school will be her ticket out of the life she hides from the world; a life she wants so desperately to leave behind. With her home life a constant nightmare, a career in chef’s whites seems like a beautiful dream. She doesn’t dare dream of anything beyond that for herself.

Assigned to work on a Christmas cake baking project together, the two young women are reluctant at first but then they begin to form a bond. Just when Hannah thinks she may have found a spark of the one thing missing in her life; that maybe she can have a relationship with Morgan, the other woman draws away and contemplates changing course entirely.

Can they come together and find joy in the season of joy?

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This is a New Adult (NA) themed sweet romance, in more ways than one. There will be lots of cake and a few kisses but no sex. It’s not that sort of story. Go ahead and read it anyway. I promise you, you’ll get the whole ‘family, friends and love’ theme I’ve become known for and you’ll never miss it.

Still with me? Here’s a snippet of Chapter 1 to whet your appetite:

Saturday Evening, November 7th

Zanesville Technical College and Culinary Institute

“Good evening.”

“Good evening, Chef,” the twenty-four students standing at workstations called back to Chef Tomas Fourneir, in near unison.

“We’ve been working pastry for the last month. You’ve all done well.” He glanced around the room, his eyes lingering on a few students.

Hannah couldn’t hold his gaze. She looked away, toward the older woman she shared a workstation with, Sandra Teeter. Sandy scooted her right foot toward Hannah’s left and gave it an encouraging tap.

Hannah blushed and looked away from Sandy too, back toward Chef Tomas. He’d moved on and he was smiling at Sandy.

“Who is ready for cake?” he asked in a more excited tone than his usual more measured one. Hannah smiled and nodded. Sandy did too. It’s what they were both really in culinary school for and they’d talked about it often.

The chef rubbed his hands together. “In class, we’re going to go through all of the usual exercises and modules.” He emphasized, ‘in class’. “This year, unlike in previous years, we have a special project right out of the gate, as well. A very special project.”

Hannah and Sandy glanced at each other, Sandy with one eyebrow cocked. “Bring it on,” Sandy mouthed to her table mate.

The younger, strawberry blond, couldn’t help but chuckle at the 40 plus-year-old woman who’d spent all of her adult life toiling in commercial kitchens, baking up a storm and getting none of the credit. Her enthusiasm was contagious.

Sandy was the only person in the class who knew about her bakery. She’d said she made it her business to know all the competition in Zanesville and the surrounding area when she showed up at the shop one day, unannounced and not a bit surprised to find Hannah at the helm. Hannah didn’t even think the chef knew about her store. Every time she thought about telling him she shuddered from the pressure to perform that she was sure would follow.

“First, I’m going to pair you with another student,” Chef Fourneir said. “The project will be a team effort; therefore we will proceed through cakes as pairs.”

The two women glanced at each other.

“I’m picking,” he continued as a low rumble rose in the room. The class grew quiet again when he stepped toward the front workstation to his left. “Mr. Clay,” he addressed the student facing him on the right, “please step aside.”

Fourneir waited while Randy Clay picked up his knife kit and his class binder and moved before turning toward the workstations to his right. He looked past the two front tables and focused on the table where Hannah and Sandy stood. “Ms. Teeter,” he called to Sandy, “please take Mr. Clay’s place here.” He placed a hand on the now vacant workstation.

Hannah grimaced but she didn’t dare look at Sandy. Instead, she imagined having Randy as her baking partner. He was good with pastry and a hard worker. She swallowed, drew in a breath and then, as she let it out, half smiled at the man, as he waited in the aisle, watching Sandy gather her belongings.

The chef didn’t place Randy at Sandy’s former workstation. Instead, he zigzagged among the twenty-four students and their stations, moving people here and there until there was only one student left standing in an aisle, sans partner, Morgan Barber.

Hannah swallowed again, harder this time as Fourneir directed Morgan toward her. She didn’t know anything about Morgan. They hadn’t talked other than to say ‘hello’ or ‘excuse me’ in passing. Morgan didn’t really talk to anyone, always going off by herself when they would get a break in class.

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Watch for Christmas Cakes and Kisses  to go on pre-sale at a low, low price in early December. And, if you’re on my ARC team, watch your email for a chance to read it free.

There are other discounts and freebies on the horizon from me and from lots of my author friends…especially my lesfic author friends. Want to hear about those? Sign up on the right for my email newsletter. I won’t spam you but I will offer you some amazing deals. Promise!

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Sales and Updates – What’s Coming and What Isn’t

It’s almost November and, for a lot of writers, that means National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. I’m unofficially participating this year. I have a romance novella that’s been plotted out for months, that’s Christmas themed, that I want released by…you know…Christmas. Life has been stupid crazy here, in ways that I can’t even begin to explain. As such, the book I’ve been promising for what seems like forever, the third Morelville Cozy mystery, The Conjuring Comedienne, isn’t ready for primetime yet. I’ll be laying it almost completely aside for the month of November. Expect it to make an appearance at a future date, to be determined. In the meantime, I have book sales going on and now the NaNoWriMo novella to get cracking on.

Christmas Cakes and Kisses

Christmas Cakes and KissesThat’s what’s coming, by mid-December if not sooner, so hold me accountable!

For those of you familiar with the Morelville Mysteries series, you’ll be seeing the previously Amish character, Hannah Yoder, in a sweet romance all her own. Sweet, in more ways than one, that is. If you haven’t read the series, not to worry, you’re in for a treat that stands alone, apart from it.

More details are coming soon. But, naturally, the readers on my newsletter mailing list will be the first to know. Not on it? Look to the right for the quick sign up form and, psst, there are freebies for signing up.

In other news…

Sales!

It’s that time of year; the weather is turning wet and cold in much of the northern hemisphere. Outdoor pursuits are being exchanged for inside activities. Fireplaces are being lit, football is on the television across much of the U.S. and ‘to be read’ piles that grew all summer long are now getting some reader love.

In the spirit of the season, I offer you sales!

The Loving Blue in Red States CollectionRight now, through the end of this month, you can get the eBook Broken Women Book Covercollection of my Loving Blue in Red States short stories on sale for just $.99, wherever eBooks are sold. If you want it, hurry!

Also on sale now for just $.99, is my lesfic romance, Broken Women. Use the link to take you to your preferred eBook retailer.

There’s a bit more time on this one. You have through November 13th but, if you want it, I wouldn’t wait too long…

Watch this space and the newsletter. Other sales of books in both of my mystery series are coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fall in Love Book Sale

Are you ready to ‘Fall in Love’ with a good book, this fall?

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to stay focused on my work – any of my work – at this time of year. With nighttime falling earlier and the temperature getting chillier, all I want to do is trudge home from the post office, march right on past the computer and all the writing that’s waiting for me and curl up on the couch with a cup of tea or cocoa, my Steelers blankie and a good book.

I have a few things loaded to my Kindle software but I really do need to stock up on more books for our Ohio winter. How about you? Are you all set or could you use a few more good reads to hold you over?

Take heart! Eleven authors (including me) have joined forces to keep you entertained at rock-bottom prices with an all new, ‘Fall in Love’ book sale. You’ll recognize several of these ladies from the recent paperback book giveaway my author friend EA Kafkalas and I put together (EA has a book in here too!), plus there are some other authors. Below, you’ll find all the goodies on offer.

Before I get to all the wonderful authors and their books, you should know a couple of things. First, this sale ends on October 27th. These prices are not guaranteed after that date. Second, before you click on any buy buttons, please make the sale price matches.

Now, on to the authors and their fabulous books:

JADE WINTERS

Jade WintersWhile Jade Winters has been putting words together since she was a child, it wasn’t until 2010 that she became a full-time writer.

Today, she has published a number of novels in the lesbian fiction genre as well as several short stories. Jade was born and educated in London where she studied journalism for three years at a London University.

Jade now makes her home in Dorset in the South of England with her partner and furry companions Zorro, Buttons and Zeus.

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

A WALK INTO DARKNESS

$0.99 $5.99

Twenty-five years after a young girl goes missing from her home in South-East England, most have given up hope of ever finding closure. But when a renowned psychic has visions of a murder the police reopen the case, placing the puzzle of the ‘woodlands killer’ in Detective Ashley McCoy’s capable hands.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

 


MJ DUNCAN

MJ Duncan traded her surfboard for hockey skates when she moved from Southern California to Minnesota in 2009. When she’s not busy writing fluffy stories about lady-loving ladies, MJ enjoys reading, yoga, climbing, and spending time with her family.

Website / Twitter / Tumblr

 

SPECTRUM

$0.99 $5.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Sparks fly the moment Bryn Nakamura lays eyes on Anna Fitzpatrick, and not in a good way. Driven, reserved, and recovering from another encounter with a life she would rather leave behind, all Bryn wants is to forget about Anna and focus on her beloved vineyard—but Fate has other plans. No matter where Bryn goes, Anna seems to be there, and despite how annoyed she is by this development, she can’t help but be charmed by Anna’s warm smile and easygoing charisma. But as carefully constructed walls come down, new obstacles take their place, leaving Bryn to question who she is and what she truly wants out of life.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

NICOLETTE DANE

Nicolette Dane landed in Chicago after studying writing in New York City. Flitting in and out of various jobs without finding her place, Nico decided to choose herself and commit to writing full-time. Her stories are contemporary scenarios of blossoming lesbian romance and voyeuristic tales meant to give you a peep show into the lives of sensual and complicated women.

Website

FLOATS HER BOAT

$0.99 $3.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

When Brooke Nilsson takes on the task of cleaning out her family’s old cottage, this city girl has a difficult time adjusting to life on the lake. But when she discovers her neighbor is famous songbird Hailey Reed, a singer Brooke herself admires, her tune begins to change. Can a new appreciation of family history and a burgeoning love affair change Brooke’s mind about selling her cottage?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

ADAN RAMIE

Adan RamiAdan Ramie writes romance, suspense, and speculative fiction about strong women who love other women. She lives in a small town in Texas with her wife, kids, and cats.

 

Facebook / Twitter / Website

BANQUET (Lesbians in Space Book 1)

$0.99 $4.99

Rison Ecks has been sentenced to live out the rest of her life doing manual labor on a prison planet in a dark corner of the galaxy for attempting to assassinate the man who killed her lover. When her prison transport crash lands on an unplotted planet, Rison is flung into the middle of a deadly competition that no one escapes with their lives.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

EA KAFKALAS

EA KafkalasNovelist and playwright, EA Kafkalas is a true Renaissance woman, having worked in the theatre as an actor, director and a producer, and as a mixed media artist with clay and acrylics as her medium. She lives on a farm in upstate NY, with two of her best friends, her vast library of books, movies, and art supplies. She spends time with Milo, her best four legged friend, and a dog named Boo. When she’s not writing about the characters living inside her head, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up some new plant-based treat or with her circle of actual friends, who have become her family and greatest support network.

Facebook / Twitter / Website / Goodreads

The Second Heart by EA KafkalasTHE SECOND HEART

$0.99 $4.99

Major Kate Winston is a decorated officer with a promising career until she wakes up naked in the arms a strange woman with no memory of how she got there.

Alexia is from another planet sent by the elders to kill Major Winston to put off the foreseen destruction of their planet by Earth’s mistakes.

From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to New York City to Alexia’s home world, the novel weaves a tale of emotional intrigue as two women from different words struggle with their desires, and life and death decisions.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

KELLI JAE BAELI

Kelli Jae Baeli

Kelli Jae Baeli is the author of 57 books, 29 of them bestsellers. In her pages, you will find strong female characters, ethical dilemmas, realistic romantic storylines often filled with adventure and intense pacing, tempered by witty dialogue, and happy endings. All are hallmarks of her work.

Twitter / Facebook / 2 Dollar Shots / YouTube Channel

RAIN FALLS (Rain Falls series #1)

$0.99 $6.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Two women. One, a freelance writer, editor and sci-fi author, who is also an emotionally unavailable and closeted lesbian. The other, a disabled romantic lesbian fiction writer, who believes no one will ever love her. In a writing cabin outside the tourist town of Rain Falls, Colorado, the two struggle with the temptation and absurdities their situation inspires.

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

IN ABSENTIA (Rain Falls series #2)

$0.99 $6.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

The shine isn’t even starting to wear off when things go wrong. Not everyone is happy that India and Tegan are living in sweet lesbian bliss and not everyone thinks they should be left alone to wallow in it. Christmas is just around the corner, and its largesse this year is unparalleled.

It’s up to India and Tegan to decide if these forced changes are gifts, or just dirty lumps of coal.

PARIAHS & PRODIGALS (Rain Falls series #3)

$0.99 $6.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Amid some wildly comic moments and the witty repartee Baeli is known for, Rain Falls welcomes the return of one of its favorite citizens, family secrets are revealed, mysterious events are explained, and for some, karmic payback is at hand.

MIRANDA MACLEOD

Originally from southern California, Miranda now lives in New England and writes heartfelt romances and romantic comedies featuring witty and charmingly flawed women that you’ll want to marry. Or just grab a coffee with, if that’s more your thing. Before becoming a writer, she spent way too many years in graduate school, worked in professional theater and film, and held temp jobs in just about every office building in downtown Boston.

Facebook / Website

LOVE’S ENCORE SERIES (Books 1 & 2)

$2.99 $8.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Cecily and Rorie found each other in college, but it ended in heartbreak. When a production at a community college reunites them almost twenty years later, can they leave the past behind to find happiness again? Two captivating novels celebrating one lifelong romance, at a great price!

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

FIFTY PERCENT ILLUSION (Love’s Encore # 3)

$0.99 $4.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

In this satisfying conclusion to the heartfelt trilogy that began in A Road Through Mountains, Rorie and Cecily are just settling down and looking forward to a quiet and predictable life together when unexpected news changes the course of their future forever. Can the twists and turns of fate finally lead to a happy ending?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

Me! – ANNE HAGAN

Anne HaganAnne Hagan is an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and an author by night. She and her wife live in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of her first fiction series and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Anne’s wife grew up there and has always considered it home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, they’re surrounded there by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds.

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Website

 

The Loving Blue in Red States CollectionTHE LOVING BLUE IN RED STATES COLLECTION

$0.99 $2.99

From the author of Broken Women and Healing Embrace; mostly sweet with a little spice. What’s it like to be a women loving woman in Sweetwater Texas, Birmingham Alabama, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Perryville Missouri or Salt Lake City Utah?

 

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS

ELIZA ANDREWS

Anika takes the long way home up soul mountain is the third lesfic title I have authored as Eliza Andrews. The first, To Have Loved & Lost, is a story about grief, growing up, and women’s basketball, and was a runaway best-seller on Amazon in the first few months after its release. Together, To Have Loved & Lost and Anika takes the long way home up soul mountain form the Rosemont Duology. Paradise, written between To Have Loved & Lost and Anika, is a short and quirky novella that reimagines the Book of Genesis as a lesbian love story. Don’t read it if you lack a playful imagination or an irreverent sense of humor.
ANIKA TAKES THE LONG WAY HOME UP SOUL MOUNTAIN (Rosemont Duology Book 2)

 

$0.99 $4.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

 

The last thing Anika Singh wants is to go home to Ohio, but when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, what choice does she really have? She’ll go home if she has to, but she won’t stay long. Because all Marcine, Ohio, has for Anika is bad memories.

But between her ex still living in town and the dark-haired beauty she met on the plane (who’s just visiting), Anika starts to ask herself hard questions. Questions about her past, questions about her future. And then there’s the biggest question of all: Is it true what they say, that you can never go home again?


Bridget Essex

My name is Bridget Essex, and I write love stories. Many are about werewolves, vampires and lady knights; but always, they’re about two strong, courageous women who fall deeply in love with one another, living love stories that transcend time. I’m married to the love of my life, author Natalie Vivien.

Facebook / Website

 

THE PROTECTOR

$2.99 $7.99
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

Elizabeth Grayson doesn’t want a bodyguard. She’s worked hard for her normal life, but her father, the founder of a booming seafood empire, is a prime target for his unethical competitors. When her father hires a bodyguard for Elizabeth, she’s less than enthusiastic…that is, until she meets the mysterious Layne O’Connell. Sarcastic, charming and secretive, Layne is hired to keep Elizabeth safe. But protecting her heart wasn’t in the job description.

Elizabeth’s father has been keeping secrets from her, and she’s soon going to find out that her family is stranger than she could ever have imagined: she’s descended from vampires. When Layne reveals her true nature, Elizabeth’s world is thrown upside down.

Because Elizabeth has fallen for the one person she can’t be with: the brooding werewolf who was charged with keeping her alive.

Amazon US / Amazon UK /Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


TB MARKINSON

TB MarkinsonTB Markinson is an American writer living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

She also runs I Heart Lesfic a place for authors and fans of lesfic to celebrate and chat about lesbian fiction.

Twitter / Website / I Heart Lesfic

 

The Miracle Girl by TB MarkinsonTHE MIRACLE GIRL

$0.99 $3.99

Also available in Kindle Unlimited

JJ returns to her Colorado hometown after she’s promoted to turn around a dying newspaper. The only problem? She’ll be forced to work with the woman she secretly loved during her college years. Both are keeping secrets that could ruin everything. Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


Okay, I know I just threw a lot of names, prices, and links at you. Take a deep breath, and scroll back up to see which of the above titles you need to add to your library. I don’t want you to miss out on getting all these fabulous books before the sale ends on October 27th. Act fast! Time is running out.

I hope you enjoy these books and fall in love! And, as always, thanks for reading.

Anne

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A Refresh and a Recharge at Presque Isle and Niagara Falls

Sometimes you just need to get away, even if it’s just for a couple of days. Recharging is important for everyone. As an author, I find it really helps to unplug – mostly – for a couple or three days minimum, to refresh and renew the creative spirit. This time, my wife and I and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law took a jaunt from Ohio to Canada. We visited Presque Isle from Erie, Pennsylvania and then spent a couple of days in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario.

I’d never been up to Presque Isle but I had visited Niagara Falls 18 years or so ago when my son was young. We actually entered Canada back then through Soo Saint Marie and drove across Ontario through Sudbury and Toronto, ending our trip in Niagara Falls. It was a memorable vacation for me and a highlight of all my vacations past. My wife spent a few weeks in Toronto several years back but she never made the hour and a half or so trip down to the Falls. My sister-in-law had been to Soo Saint Marie, but no further and my brother-in-law had never even been Northeast. I knew they were all in for a treat. They weren’t sure what to expect.

Stacy and a Flock of SeagullsWe got into Erie late Thursday night. We spent the early morning hours on Friday out on Presque Isle. If you’ve never been and you’re close, go. It’s worth it to do the loop and step out of the car and explore here and there, all along the way. I got some great photos and, though I wasn’t exactly in author mode, I got some that may make for great cover images somewhere down the road…except for this one of my wife having a little fun with a flock of seagulls…and not the band.

Next stop was Niagara Falls, New York. We drove through some beautiful wine country on the way and looked forward to a great day and weekend ahead.

Minor bump in the road…

The hotel we booked on the New York side – not mentioning any names – was far below the 3.5-star rating it has online. It was old, run down and filthy; a non-starter. We didn’t even check in. We dug out our passports and headed into Canada. Excellent accommodations abound on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. We found something nice and fairly reasonably priced for the weekend, dropped our gear and headed out for food and a little fun. We saved seeing the Falls up close for Saturday morning.

Morning at Niagara Falls does not disappoint. The sun coming up over the Horseshoe Falls as seen through the spray mist is a sight to behold. Go! See it! Rest, relax and recharge. You’ll be glad you did.

Horseshoe Falls

P.S.: For those too afraid of boats/water to try the Hornblower ride into the mouth of the Horseshoe Falls (we had one of those in our party), I recommend The Journey Behind the Falls. It gets you up close and personal too.

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Start Reading Diverse Romance Fiction

Hello all! Happy Monday…or not. I took a little break from blogging after the Epic Lesfic Win Giveaway but now I’m back. I’m still working on that darn cozy mystery, The Conjuring Comedienne, that’s giving me fits but I’m going to get it done.  In the meantime, I’ve got a little surprise for you. My lesfic romance novel, Broken Women, is part of a limited time giveaway of diverse romance fiction, Start Reading Diverse Romance.

Love is Love! What could be better than reading about all kinds of it? How about reading it all for free? Free lesbian romance, free gay romance, free interracial romance, free clashing cultures romance, free human/extra-terrestrial romance, free asexual romance, free romances involving persons with disabilities and more. All free, free, free! What’s the catch? The author of any book you select gets your email address. It’s a small price to pay to get 22 new books and the chance to find some new authors whose work you enjoy.

Twenty-two authors have teamed up to offer you a selection of romance novels that are as varied as they are inclusive. And, bonus, some names you already know – besides me that is – have books in the giveaway: My good friends and fellow lesfic authors EA Kafkalas and Adan Ramie are both in the mix. EA is offering her book, Soul Mistakes and Adan is offering The Setup.

Start Reading Diverse Romance

You can check them all out now at this link: Start Reading Diverse Romance.

Enjoy and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

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The Epic Lesfic Win Giveaway is Over

The Epic Lesfic Win Giveaway of 43 autographed lesfic books in now over!

And the winners are…drumroll…

  • Grand Prize – 24 autographed books: Sandy Ungar, USA
  • 2nd Prize – 12 autographed books: Karen Hesse, USA
  • 3rd Prize – 7 autographed books: Deb Amia, Canada
  • Special Sharing Prize – 5 autographed books: Karen McIntosh, Scotland

Epic Lesfic Win Giveaway Winners

The three winners were chosen by random draw of all eligible participants. The special sharing prize was awarded to Karen McIntosh based on the observations of the contest sponsors, myself and Author EA Kafkalas, of the sharing activity by contest entrants who were not author participants in the giveaway. Thank you Karen!

Frankie & Petra by EA KafkalasA special Honorable Mention Sharing Prize of the eBook, Frankie and Petra, authored by EA Kafkalas, was also awarded to the winner of the previous lesfic giveaway sponsored by Anne, April Adams, for her efforts in promoting this contest. Thank you April.

EA and I would like to thank each and every author who dontated a book or books to this Epic Lesfic Win Giveaway and to those who put forth time and effort to get the word out to their fans about it.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we did not thank all of the readers participating for their entries in the giveaway. Each author is going to receive your name and email address. Over time, you’ll be hearing from them with news and special offers. Lots of them give away free books to new subscribers and they really cater to their list members. Readers are the reason we all write! Please support these authors when they contact you and give them a chance to woo you with their words. You’ll be glad you did.

Look for more contests and giveaways in the future. This was great fun and we look forward to doing it again…but not too soon. Right now, it’s time to write, write, write!

Thanks for reading and thanks for being fans of lesfic!

 

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Book Auction

We interrupt our regular posts about the giveaway for a more sober purpose: The Hurricane Harvey Relief Book Auction sponsored by Circle of Friends. It’s currently running non-stop on Facebook. And, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 or 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time every day, the authors are taking over. There are more than 100 great books up for auction donated by authors, publishers, and readers. Some are paperback (and some signed) and some are digital. All proceeds…every dime, goes to the relief effort.

Come chat with me tonight from 5:00 – 6:00 PM on Facebook and Ask Me Anything!

The graphic does not do this justice…So many authors are taking over, the artist couldn’t keep up!

Harvey Relief

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Giveaway Author Spotlight: B.L. Wilson

B.L. Wilson is one of 30 authors involved in a big giveaway of 43 autographed lesfic books that ends on September 15th, 2017. B.L.  wrote a workplace memoir based on the people she met during her 20 years as a property manager of city-owned buildings. Writing the memoir, led her to consider writing books that were not job-related. She did…producing romance novels with African American lesbians as main characters. She wrote the novels because she couldn’t find stories that matched who she wanted to read about …over forty, African American and female.

You can learn more about B.L. and her books at her website, wilsonbluez.com.

B.L. contributed an autographed copy of her book, Tiger Eyes: Can a Woman Change Her Stripes? to the giveaway.  

All about Tiger Eyes: Can a Woman Change Her Stripes? by B.L. Wilson:

Tiger Eyes by B.L. WilsonTiger Eyes, explores the contentious relationship between a famous doctor, Bedford Riddle, and his estranged police sergeant daughter, Elaine.

Sergeant Elaine Riddle becomes the victim of a holiday DWI. Luckily, Dr. Sandra Moxely, an ER trauma surgeon, witnesses the fatal car crash. She provides medical assistance at the scene and then performs the surgery to repair Elaine’s broken wrist. The two women act on their attraction for each other and begin filling nights and weekends with each other at the Double R Ranch.

Tensions explode when Elaine discovers her father confided a terrible secret to Sandra instead of to her. In a fit of jealous anger, Elaine banishes Sandra from the ranch and her life.

Thus begins Elaine’s journey of self-discovery. Should she let go of an old family rift that occurred between her and her father before it is too late? Should she allow herself to let her guard down and admit the love she has for beautiful Sandra and take the next logical step? Can a woman who thinks she has life figured out change her stripes?

The giveaway is over – it ended, September 15th, 2017, but you can get Tiger Eyes by B.L. Wilson here.

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Giveaway Author Spotlight: Caren J. Werlinger

Caren J. Werlinger is one of 30 authors involved in a big giveaway of 43 autographed lesfic books that ends on September 15th, 2017. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty-five years with her partner and their canine fur-children. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from GCLS in 2009. Since then, she has published several more novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a 2014 GCLS Award for In This Small Spot. Her newest release, The Standing Stones: The Chronicles of Caymin, is the third volume in The Dragonmage Saga.

You can learn more about Caren and her books at her website, CJWerlinger.wordpress.com/.

Caren contributed an autographed copy of her book, Neither Present Time to the giveaway.  

All about Neither Present Time by Caren J. Werlinger:

Neither Present Time by Caren J. WerlingerCan a house save the lives of the people who live in it? Can an inscription written in a book over sixty years ago change the fates of people not even born when it was written?

Beryl Gray is solid and dependable – her partner, Claire, thinks so, her family thinks so, her colleagues think so. She has a long-term relationship and a job she likes as a university librarian. Her life seems settled, content – except nothing is as it seems.

Aggie Bishop’s last girlfriend left her three years ago and she hasn’t had a date since. Her life now revolves around work and taking care of her great-aunt Cory who doesn’t want to be taken care of. Aunt Cory still lives in the run-down mansion that the rest of the family wants to sell if they can only get the old lady into a nursing home. Aggie is all that stands between them and her great-aunt.

When Beryl finds a book with a romantic inscription dated 1945, the events that follow will change the lives of all three women forever.

Spanning decades, this enchanting tale reminds us that some loves never fade and that sometimes, home truly is where the heart lies.

The giveaway is over – it ended, September 15th, 2017, but you can get Neither Present Time by Caren J. Werlinger here.

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Giveaway Author Spotlight: Vanda

Vanda is one of 30 authors involved in a big giveaway of 43 autographed lesfic books that ends on September 15th, 2017. Her novel, Juliana (Books 1 &2, 1941-1944), is the first in a series of novels about the same LGBT and straight characters living through forthcoming decades of New York City LGBT history. Olympus Nights on the Square: The Post War Years (1945-1955), is due out in November.  

You can learn more about Vanda and her books at her website, VandaWriter.com.

Vanda contributed an autographed copy of her book, Juliana to the giveaway.  

All about Juliana by Vanda:

Juliana by VandaShe went looking for fame and found her true self, instead.

New York City, 1941. Alice “Al” Huffman and her childhood friends are fresh off the potato farms of Long Island and bound for Broadway. Al’s plans for stage success are abruptly put on hold when she’s told she has no talent. As she gets a job to pay for acting classes, Al settles into a normal life with her friends and a boyfriend. It all changes when she meets Juliana.

A singer on the brink of stardom, Juliana is everything Al isn’t: glamorous, talented, and queer. The farm girl is quickly enthralled, experiencing thoughts and feelings she never realized were possible. Al finds herself slipping between two worlds: the gay underground and the “normal” world of her childhood friends. It’s a balancing act she can handle until the two worlds begin to collide

In a city bursting with change, can Alice find what she was looking for all along?

Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944 is a captivating work of LGBT historical romance. If you like extensively researched settings, spell-binding storytelling, and characters you can’t help but fall for, then you’ll love the first book in award-winning playwright Vanda’s new Juliana series.

The giveaway is over – it ended, September 15th, 2017, but you can get Juliana by Vanda here.

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