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!
Monday, July 12, 2021
Hey, all! Just a quick announcement! THE NEON FISHNETS Trilogy is now available in paperback! So if you want to get all 3 books in the set for your bookshelf, you can!
Thank you so much for your continued support of this story, as well as my other lesfic books! I am humbled and honored by your feedback, and I appreciate every one of you!!
Monday, July 5, 2021
Happy Monday! In this final behind the scenes spotlight for THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 3: TAKING THE RISK, I wanted to share some pictures of a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico that I took in 2017.
In the book, Santa Fe makes a small appearance as a sort of detour (you'll have to read the book to find out exactly what kind of detour *wink, wink*). I wanted to include this city in the story because it's unlike any other I have visited. It has a special vibe. So without further ado, here are some pictures of my trip!
|downtown painted columns|
|double rainbow - Opera House parking lot|
If you missed Spotlight # 1 --> click here <--.
If you missed Spotlight # 2 --> click here <--.
Monday, June 28, 2021
For the second installment of this behind-the-scenes spotlight on THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 3: TAKING THE RISK, I take you to Prada Marfa:
|photo from ballroommarfa.org|
So, firstly, if you've never heard of Marfa, Texas, it is one of those gems in the state that I didn't even know existed until a few years ago. It's way out in West Texas, out in the middle of nowhere. It took me about 8 hours to drive there from Dallas. But it was so worth it! It's the coolest little artsy town I have ever seen! I had to include it as a detour for the band in Book 3.
One of the town's most famous exhibits, Prada Marfa, is actually located just outside of town. Per ballroommarfa.org:
"Prada Marfa is a site specific, permanent land art project by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, commissioned by Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa. Modeled after a Prada boutique, the sculpture houses luxury goods from the famed brand’s fall 2005 collection of bags and shoes. Located on a barren stretch of highway one mile west of Valentine TX, the artwork will never function as a place of commerce, since the door is always locked."
Art lovers have debated the meaning of the piece, and for fun, I have The Fishnets discuss it when they visit it in the book.
If you missed TAKING THE RISK Spotlight # 1, you can find it --> here <--.
THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 3: TAKING THE RISK is now available!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Monday, June 21, 2021
In this first "Behind the Scenes" blogpost for THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 3: TAKING THE RISK, I wanted to introduce you to the San Antonio Riverwalk!
|photo from sanantonio.gov|
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Book 3 is live!
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
I am thrilled to announce that THE NEON FISHNETS BOOK 2: BREAKING THE CHAINS is a Finalist for the Goldie Award in the New Adult Fiction category!
If you haven't read it, or Book 1 in the trilogy, you can check them out here!
Thanks very much to the readers and judges of this contest for this wonderful honor!
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Monday, April 19, 2021
Got another cover reveal for you, and this one is for the final book in THE NEON FISHNETS trilogy!
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Greetings, and Happy St. Patrick's Day! In the spirit of this magical day, I have decided that today is the right time to reveal the cover art for my upcoming paranormal FF release "Pleasure of the First Mark: A Faerie Marked Short Story."
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Here we are in January 2021, and the struggle is real! Like many of you, I've been battling with daily anxiety and existential dread. This pandemic and the chaos in politics has brought us almost constant stress for the past year. We all knew deep down that just because we switched over from 2020 to 2021 that things wouldn't immediately get fixed, but gosh, it seems like we've been riding this insane bucking bronco for too damn long!
Like many of you, I'm fatigued as all hell and ready to get on with my life, but rather than give into the depression today, I decided to make myself think of something I was grateful for in my life. They say that appreciation helps battle the blues, so maybe we should all try to do a little more of it on the daily.
Today, in the spirit of appreciation, I wanted to tell all my readers how much I appreciate them - and if you're one of them, how much I appreciate you!
As a writer, I cannot tell you how much it makes my day to pop onto social media to see that someone has posted about reading one of my books. You didn't have to make that shout-out, but you were kind enough to do it, and I appreciate you!
Every time I see a new sale whether a book purchase or pages read on Kindle Unlimited, it totally makes my day! If you're one of those who has taken the time to click on my books and peruse its pages and even maybe read the whole damn thing, you rock!!
And for those who take the time to reach out and email me, or leave a comment on one of my posts regarding my books, and for those who sacrifice a small part of their day to write me a review, I cannot tell you how awesome that makes me feel. I appreciate you!
Readers, I mean it. You are the best. I send you my love. I send you a big virtual hug. In this crappy time when it's so easy to focus on the negative, just know that you are seen, you are noted, and you are greatly appreciated!
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