I am so happy to announce that "Pleasure of the First Mark" won for Paranormal Lesfic of the Month for August, 2021!
Friday, October 8, 2021
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Anne Rice turns 80 tomorrow!!! She has been publishing books longer than I have lived on this Earth, and she is still going!
She was such an inspiration to me when I was a teenage writer, still in high school, trying to figure out who the heck I was. I found her writing to be both a comfort and a tool that pushed me out of my own comfort zone, if that makes sense.
Here's a little corner on my bookshelf devoted to her books that I've collected over the years; some of them are extra special treasures because they are autographed:
Although I have sadly never met Anne in person, I did receive a reply to an email I sent her years ago. I printed and kept it, of course!
In the email she wrote back, she told me to "Have nerve" regarding my writing. Her inspiration and personal encouragement is one of the reasons I've chosen to go against the heteronormative grain and write what I write!
You see, Anne's been an inspiration to me in ways other writers will never top. Most people think of vampires and witches when they think of her, but many of these vampires and witches in her stories were also edgy LGBTQ characters, too, and she wasn't afraid to write them when it was still taboo to do so!
Happy birthday, Anne Rice!!
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Hey, all! This is a belated Bisexual Awareness Week post (Bisexual Day being on September 23rd).
I wanted to write this post to spread awareness of the reality of bisexual people by including myself into that label. If you want to be technical, I'm "pansexual," but a lot of pansexual people use the "bisexual" label as their own as well because pansexual is, for some odd reason, difficult to explain to people. (Pan, to me, means you're into the person no matter what gender identity they have, be it male, female, trans, intersex, etc.).
But whether you want to label me as "bi" or "pan," I'm here to give a shout-out to the rainbow people who don't fit under the "straight" or "gay/lesbian" label, especially the bisexual women who choose to write lesfic because they love WLW stories and have a passion for them.
According to numerous studies, over half of LGBT people identify as Bi or Pan. (HALF!!) That's a huge number of people who identify as bisexual under our LGBT umbrella! Yet it never escapes me how much biphobia still exists, aka people who believe you are either gay or straight with no in-between. Some people think that because you're not 100% "lesbian" or "gay" you shouldn't be writing lesbian or gay stories. But I heartily disagree!
Full disclosure: I have been married to a man since 2009. He is fully aware of the fact that I am bisexual, and he completely embraces and loves my FF fiction! He is extremely LGBT friendly, perhaps in part because his mother is also bisexual. Yep, that's right, my mother-in-law has had many long-term relationships with both men and women (and is currently in a relationship with a trans man, by the way)!
I write this post for all the people who feel they are somehow not valid by being "in between." I write it for those labeling themselves as "bi" or "pan" yet have received shit for it. I'm here to say that you are valid. And whether you write MF stories, or FF stories, or MM stories, or any combinations of any of those, including those not even mentioned: you matter. Your stories matter. They are important, and they hold rank.
I, personally, decided to stick with FF romance because it's a genre I particularly fell in love with. When I was a young bisexual teenager, and all I had access to was MF romance, I longed to find FF stories that were not readily available at the time. And now that the world of publishing has opened up to more inclusivity, I have chosen to focus primarily on lesfic because that is where my heart is as the moment, and that's all that should matter.
Live your truth, my friends. Be you. Express yourselves in the ways that you feel are right for you, from your heart.
And fuck what anyone else thinks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Today I'm happy to announce the release of a new lesfic anthology that I contributed to called FIRST KISSES!
This anthology includes a whopping 55 excerpts from 55 WLW authors. Each excerpt features a Sapphic first-kiss scene from a published novel by each author. You can download the ebook in various formats via the following link:
Here is the list of all the fantastic WLW authors included:
A.L. Brooks, A.L. Lester, Anne Hagan, Aurora Rey, Ava Freeman, Bryce Oakley, Cara Malone, Celeste Castro, Cheyenne Blue, Chris Zett, Cindy Rizzo, Claire Highton-Stevenson, Clare Ashton, Clare Lydon, Donna Jay, E.J. Noyes, Elizabeth Andre, Erica Lee, Faith Prize, Fiona Zedde, Harper Bliss, Jae, Jamey Moody, Jenn Matthews, Jess Lea, Johana Gaves, Kay Acker, KC Luck, KG MacGregor, Kim Pritekel, KJ, Laina Villeneuve, Lee Winter, Lily Seabrooke, Lola Keeley, Lucy Bexley, Lynn Galli, Max Ellendale, Milena McKay, Miranda MacLeod, MJ Duncan, Nikki Harmon, Patty Schramm, Quinn Ivins, Rachel Lacey, Rae D. Magdon, Scarlett Knight, Serena J. Bishop, Stephanie Shea, Susan X. Meagher, Suzie Carr, T.B. Markinson, TJ Dallas, and Violet Morley.
It's a great sample of everyone's work, so check it out! And have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
I love this place so much that I have had a bumper sticker on my car for years advertising it. (You can pick up those for free at their front desk to help them get the word out about the store!)
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Friday, August 6, 2021
Here's the short blurb of my upcoming paranormal FF short "Pleasure of the First Mark"!
Piper lives her frustrating days passing as a human in order to keep her job. But when an opportunity presents itself to get to know Tory, the sexy Dryad woman of her dreams, will she unveil her true identity to Tory or run back to her job and cater to her tyrant boss?
Coming next week! Stay tuned!