Q & A Tag: The Debut Novel

Do you all remember when I ‘interviewed’ lesfic author Niamh Murphy a month or so ago? Well, she’s back…sort of! This time, she’s challenged me and some of her other author friends to play Q & A tag and answer questions about our debut novels. You know me, I’m game for anything! Here’s Niamh’s own debut novel post and below is mine.

This is a ‘Tag’ post, so if you’re an author yourself, check out the end of the post to see how you can get involved!

 

Debut Novel, Relic: The Morelville Mysteries - Book 1What is the title and genre of your debut Novel?

Relic: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 1 – It’s the first book in my lesfic themed mystery/romance series set in and around the fictional village of Morelville, Ohio near the very real city of Zanesville in the very real Muskingum County.

It features County Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi with cases that collide forcing the two reluctant women to work together.

What gave you the idea to start writing it?

I’ve been a mystery lover ever since I could read. When I discovered fan fiction and later self-published fiction, I knew I just had to try my hand at writing fiction myself.

How long did it take you to finish?

It took about five months to write Relic, total. I got the basic story down pretty quickly…or so I thought. I ‘pantsed’ it which is writer speak for, I wrote it without any sort of an outline. It was all about Mel, her case and her family life among her extended family. She lives with her sister and her sister’s two children. I found that she got into some nice family dust-ups but the mystery portion of the story was completely lacking. There just wasn’t enough there.

Late in the second month of my debut writing venture, I started a complete rewrite. I kept Mel’s family and her basic case but I added Dana and her case into the mix.

What was the biggest challenge you had when writing it?

Keeping the story plausible. Federal agencies like Customs don’t typically work with local law enforcement on a case…not without a lot of red tape right up front and a long time line. Dana has a short timeline in Relic so I couldn’t drag out the two agencies getting together and making it all work and have a story that didn’t drag. I made up for that by dragging out a little the coming together of Mel and Dana on a personal level.

I was still taken to task by more than one reader who felt law enforcement wasn’t being realistically portrayed. It’s fiction. What else can I say?

How did you get it published, Indie or Trad?

All of my books to date are indie published. That’s changing in the near future but that’s all I can say, for now. Stay tuned!

What was the most important thing you learned from the process?

Where do I start? Compared to editing, formatting, publishing, and marketing; writing is the easy part! I think the most important thing I learned and that I can share with other aspiring authors is to get help. Whether you want to self-publish or find a traditional publisher, you need help. For example, an author friend (Thanks, A.R. Fiano!) turned me onto formatters on Fiverr when my first attempt at uploading to Amazon for the Kindle turned out to be a mess to read. It just went on from there.

What are you working on right now?

The Conjuring Comedienne CoverI’m doing final revisions on the third book in my Morelville Cozies series, The Conjuring Comedienne. I expect it to be out sometime in September. I had planned another cozy for this year but time is bearing down on me so that probably won’t happen.

The cozy series has been slow to roll out but fun to write, nonetheless.  I’ve paid more attention to my original series, The Morelville Mysteries. That stands at nine books and I have an outline for the tenth, Sullied Sally. I’m really hoping to have that out before Christmas but ‘Conjuring’ has taken a lot longer than I planned.

There are other plans in the works including an all new cozy series featuring witches…with a few twists. One character in The Conjuring Comedienne will appear in at least the first of those books but they’ll otherwise stand completely alone from both of the Morelville based series.

I really hope you enjoyed this quick Q&A, if you have any other questions about my writing, just ask me in the comments below. I’ll try my best to answer!

If you’re an author, why not play ‘Tag’ and write about your debut novel? Just cut and paste these questions into your own blog with a link back to me, then provide your own answers to the questions. Drop me a comment below with the link to your blog and I’ll check it out and give you a little promotion for your post.

As with Niamh before me, I can’t wait to hear about all your debut novel journeys!

 

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Finger Food: A Sample Platter of Lesbian Fiction

Finger Food is out! 

Wait, what? You know; finger food, those delectable treats that are too hard to resist? In this case, we’re talking about a nice ‘little’ collection of lesbian fiction, all yours, free of charge. It’s an eBook, not actually a buffet…but then again, that all depends on how you look at such things.

Ten authors got together and submitted these short stories and novel excerpts for your reading pleasure. With the help of the amazing Eliza Andrews, the book came to life. You can get it right now, at Instafreebie and download it to any device for your immediate enjoyment.

Interested? Here’s the blurb:

Finger FoodPirates. Basketball players. Faeries. What do they all share in common?

Ten authors of lesbian fiction bring you a “sample platter” of their work for free. Contained within Finger Food, you’ll find historical romances, contemporary romances, fantasy, mystery, and more. The stories and novel excerpts included within this collection are each as different as the authors who wrote them. The only thing they have in common is that they each star lesbian protagonists.

Download now and enjoy this collection of lesfic appetizers!

What’s the catch, you ask? Each of the ten authors in the book will eventually be given your email address. They’ll send you a welcome email a month or two from now and you may continue to receive emails – and, bonus, offers of free books – from most, if not all, of them from time to time. Some of these ladies are indie authors; some are traditionally published. All are looking for new readers and they all like to show their readers the love.

So whose stories are in Finger Food?

I thought you might ask that! You get works from each of the following lovely ladies:

  • Eliza Andrews: Excerpts of the novels, To Have Loved & Lost and Anika Takes the Long Way Up Soul Mountain
  • Kate Genet: The complete short story, Scarcity
  • Anne Hagan: Loving Blue in Red States: Jackson Hole, Wyoming  – yours truly with a complete short story.
  • Lily Hammond: The complete short story, Midsummer’s Night Tryst
  • EA Kafkalas: An excerpt of the novel, Frankie and Petra
  • Annette Mori: The complete short story, The True Story of Valentines Day
  • Niamh Murphy: Excerpts of the novels, Mask of the Highway Woman and Escape to Pirate Island
  • A.E. Radley: An excerpt of the novel, Flight SQA016 (Flight Series
    Part 1)
  • Alison R. Solomon: An excerpt of the novel, Devoted
  • Vanda: An excerpt of the novel, Olympus Nights on the Square
    (1945 – 1955)

What are you waiting for? Get your free copy today!

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And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…April Adams!

Congratulations April; you win the 42 Lesfic eBooks Sweeps! She gets Kindle copies of the books detailed in my previous article, 42 Books Every Lesbian Should Read.

The Winner is April Adams

It was close the last couple of weeks between April and Holly but April came back from second after losing her early lead to prevail in the end. I’ll be in touch with her today. In the meantime, this is far from the end for lesfic contests. Look for another great contest soon sponsored by yours truly and my friend and fellow author EA Kafkalas – no details just yet – we don’t want to spoil the surprise. Watch for an announcement about the middle of the month and be prepared to get excited all over again!

Thanks everyone for playing along and thanks for all of the sharing you did all over social media to get the word out. Your help is valued and appreciated.

 

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Someone is About to Win 42 Lesfic eBooks!

It’s almost over! The sweeps to win 42 Lesfic eBooks at the expense of yours truly, ends at 11:59 PM, July 31st. I wrote about 42 books every lesbian should read about a month ago…and decided to give those books away to one lucky winner. If you haven’t entered, your opportunity is slipping away. One winner will be chosen on August 1st, winner takes all!

Here are the books you’ll get if you’re the lucky winner:

  1. 96 Hours by Georgia Beers
  2. A Deafening Whisper by Erik Schubach
  3. Above All, Honor by Radclyffe
  4. Also Known As Armchair Detective by Kelli Jae Baeli
  5. And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane
  6. Ash by Malinda Lo
  7. Broken Women by Anne Hagan
  8. Conflict of Interest by Jae
  9. Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
  10. Desire at Dawn by Fiona Zedde
  11. Finding Home by Shelia Powell and Liz McMullen
  12. First Course by J. A. Armstrong
  13. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  14. Hannah’s Hope by Anne Hagan
  15. Heart to Heart by Saxon Bennett and Layce Gardner
  16. Hunter’s Way by Gerri Hill
  17. Jericho by Ann McMan
  18. Juliana by Vanda
  19. Keeping Secrets by Penny Mickelbury
  20. Locked Inside by Annette Mori
  21. One Last Thing by Kim Baldwin and Xena Alexiou
  22. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  23. Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
  24. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton
  25. She Waits by Kate Sweeney
  26. Tarnished Gold by Ann Aptaker
  27. Tell Me What You Like by Kate Allen
  28. The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan
  29. The Awakening by Dawn Carter
  30. The Beast that Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger
  31. The Beverly Malibu by Katherine V. Forrest
  32. The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey
  33. The Devil Inside by Ali Vali
  34. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
  35. The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
  36. The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart
  37. The News in Small Towns by Iza Moreau
  38. The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab
  39. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  40. Touchwood by Karin Kallmaker
  41. Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
  42. When Women Were Warriors: Book 1 – The Warriors Path by Catherine M. Wilson

These Lesfic eBooks are a mix of romance, mystery, literary fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy (with a heavy leaning toward romance), featuring some of our best known, best-loved authors (and a couple by me…).

What are you waiting for? Enter now to win before your opportunity is gone!

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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!

Those are the 40…but wait? Wasn’t this post supposed to be about 42 books? Actually, it is.

In late July, I’ll be giving away, to one lucky winner, a Kindle eBook copy of every single one of the books listed above (and pictured below) PLUS two of my own books, the mystery, Hannah’s Hope and the romance, Broken Women.

That’s a value of over $340.00 U.S.!

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