Meet Author Anne Hagan

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Today I am featuring author Anne Hagan, creator of the ‘Loving Blue in Red States’ series. I have included a nice excerpt for your enjoyment at the bottom of the blog. Anne Hagan is brilliant in her writing and will catch your attention on the first page. Her writing motto is – Family, Friends, Love, Murder and Mayhem. Come on over and meet this creative artist. You can’t help but fall in love with her.

Also, do be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the interview Anne is doing in conjunction with author E.A. Kafkalas. E.A. Kafkalas is the author of ‘Frankie and Petra’ and ‘The Second Heart’. Anne’s books in the giveaway are ‘Relic’ and ‘Broken Heart’.

30 Authors. 43 Autographed Books. 3 Lucky Winners! #EpicLesficWin

Introducing author Anne Hagan.

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Tell us about yourself.
– I’m over 50…nearly 51, the mother of one, a son, a postal worker and a 22-year military veteran of the Army and the Ohio Army National Guard. I’ve been married to an amazing woman who is my polar opposite in many ways for nearly 7 years. We’ve been together for almost 11 years. We’re different but our differences are our strengths. We complement each other well.

How many books do you plan to write for ‘Loving Blue in Red States’?
– The ‘Loving Blue in Red States’ series is a short story series. There are currently five 9,000 to 11,000-word stories. Four are new and complete romance stories and one focuses on a young but already established couple trying to find their place in the world. There are lots more red states. I plan to continue the series with at least five new stories coming in the late Spring of 2018.

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How did you feel when the first book in the series was first released?
– ‘Loving Blue in Red States’ is a great series but it wasn’t my first series. The Morelville Mysteries series is a lesfic mystery/romance series that currently stands at nine books. It was my first series. I spun a cozy mystery series off that, ‘The Morelville Cozies’ that will number three books and counting sometime in September. I also have a couple of full length lesfic romances.

Which genres do you like to write in?
– I love writing mysteries featuring strong women. Romance is a little – okay, a lot – tougher for me to write but I do enjoy it. Writing a romance is such a different art form from writing a mystery; even a romantic one. I plan on continuing with my Loving Blue series…and maybe someday turning some of the shorts into full length stories as my vehicle to keep writing romance.

What is one thing you like about the town you live in?
– I live in a tiny village, population about 450, out in the middle of nowhere. Farms are all around outside the village. My wife grew up on a small family farm a few miles out of the village. Her grandparents lived in the house that used to be right next door to us here in ‘town’. Everyone knows everyone here and just about everything about them. That would make some people uncomfortable but, here, in this little burg, it draws everyone closer. Neighbors help each other. Neighbors pull together for the good of the community. We have our detractors, being a lesbian couple in a very conservative, ‘red’ area, but most people here take a live and let live attitude with us and with just about everyone they encounter.

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Can you elaborate on your visit to Golden Crown Literary Society?
– I went to the Chicago GCLS Convention (Con) in July. It was my first time going to a GCLS Con, so I was a con virgin. Being among so many luminaries of lesfic for several days was an amazing experience. I met so many authors whose books I’ve read for years. I admit to fangirling a little bit. I also met some fans of my books and maybe even made a few new ones. I learned a ton in master’s classes for authors and at panels focused on different genres and issues surrounding lesfic.

It’s definitely a con that’s worth going to if you’re an author. I do have some heartburn though with the costs for pure readers to attend the con. Ticket prices, whether for one day or for the run of the con, are steep compared to cons in other industries and even other literary cons. A literary con needs to be as much about the reader – if not more so – than about the care and feeding of the authors. The readers should be the focus. The GCLS Board is considering ideas to become more reader focused and I’ve certainly voiced my opinion. Over the long run, for the continued life of lesfic, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of changes.

One thing that was very clear at the con was the fact that lesfic doesn’t have the appeal to younger generations of readers that it has had for women who are over 35 or 40 years of age. Younger women can see themselves as lesbians everywhere; television, movies, online in forums, on user sites and in videos and video games. They don’t have to turn to literature to find other women who love women or to see themselves reflected.

Describe a perfect day.
– I can’t even begin to speculate. Ask me again in five years when life has settled a bit and maybe we have the 2nd home on Douglas Lake in Tennessee, right outside of the Smokies that we’re dreaming of! Right now, no matter what we plan, our plans always change, at least a little bit.

What was the last live music performance you went to?
– There were two notable ones in 2015. My wife is a huge Reba McEntire fan. We saw her at the Ohio State Fair in the Summer of 2015. She’s a phenomenal performer. Also, I’d always wanted to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We saw them the day after Christmas in 2015. They were everything I hoped for and more. Since late 2015, life has been more than a little crazy. Concerts haven’t been high on the ‘must do’ list.

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
– I really would like more time to write! We spend so much time with family, especially my spouse’s family. I love them all to death, don’t get me wrong, but writing often takes a back seat to whatever the latest thing my nieces, nephew and my great nephews are doing. We’re constantly on the run for all things family related. The things we get into though do make great fodder for stories. 

Did you do any writing in school?
– I did a little in high school but I didn’t really feel the writing bug until I took a creative writing class in college.

Where is the most exotic place you’ve visited? How was it?
– I’m not much of a world traveler. I’ve been all over the U.S. and into Canada. It’s not that I don’t want to travel the world, I just haven’t had the opportunity. There have been other priorities. I’ve been to Hawaii. I found that to have exotic elements but it was very laid back. We’re doing a Bahama’s vacation in 2018…24 of us. That will probably be as ‘exotic’ as it gets for me for a while.


What is the most daring thing you’ve written about? Can you share?
– I guess it would be writing lesfic at all. When I started writing Relic, my first book, Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane wasn’t going to have a foil or even a mention of her sexual preference. It was just going to be a mystery, period. The story didn’t work. Making it lesfic and bringing Special Agent Dana Rossi into Mel’s world changed everything.

Can you share with us your passion for your Hagan’s House of Horrors?
– My wife and I both acted in Haunted Houses in the past. My time in one was in my distant past. Her experiences doing that are a lot more current. Anyway, it’s always been her dream to own and operate one. I enjoy it but it’s really her dream. For me, it’s a lot of work supporting her, advertising, dealing with vendors, doing the accounting and taxes and doing all the other things that come with being the chief administrator. She’s the creative brains behind the haunt. It’s all about the business behind the scenes for me.

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We ran into a snag in 2016 with some fire codes that changed significantly. We’re sitting out 2017 and trying to decide how or if we want to move forward. We have a couple of options but one involves a large expenditure of cash and the other a huge investment of time (and a little cash) to get back to code for what is really a seasonal business with a very short season.

Me: I love haunted houses and everything having to do with Halloween. I’m looking for some great haunts for my Halloween entry in late October 2017.

Besides writing, how do you participate with the LGBTQ community?
– We moved from suburban Columbus, Ohio to a small village in a rural area more than an hour out of Columbus in October of 2013. Since that time, we’ve participated less in LGBT focused activities in that area and more in supporting the needs of our new local community, as a whole. There is a tiny LGBT support network out here but we’ve found acceptance within the community we live in by being active participants in the things that matter more to people here than political activism. Things like hanging (and taking down) Christmas lights, throwing spaghetti dinner benefits for those in need, collecting clothing and food for families that could use them and so forth. It’s activism in our own way…one heart and one mind at a time.

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Me: Anne took this picture of her nieces and nephews participating with a raffle to raise money for the village Christmas lights last year. They got $650 worth of donations and they sold over $1,100 worth of tickets. The village population is about 450 total people. Way to go!

 What is next for you?
– That’s another tough question. I’ve got lots of ideas for books and plans into 2018 and beyond. Ideally, I’d love to quit working a day job and focus only on writing but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Instead, I see me spending at least a couple of more years working with the U.S. Postal Service and writing when and where I can around family events and obligations. I’ve been talking with a couple of other authors about leaving the indie life and starting a publishing company. We may very well do that but it’s going to take a few years to build a foundation and to gain author clients and momentum. We’ll see where we are in 2020 or so.


Now for the giveaway Anne is cohosting with author E.A. Kafkalas. There are over 30 authors (43 books), including Anne Hagan’s ‘Relic’ and ‘Broken Women’, and E.A. Kafkalas’ ‘Frankie and Petra’ and ‘The Second Heart.’

Included in the lot is S.W. Andersen’s ‘Switchback.’ I am currently reading this one, so stay tuned for my upcoming review. Enter for your chance to win this collection and see how great Lesfic literature is.


The Grand Prize winner will receive 24 signed books, chosen at random from the collected works, the 2nd & 3rd prize winners will get 12 & 7 signed books respectively.

Winners will be chosen randomly.

These two authors are 2017 GCLS winners:

Karen D. Badger – 1140 Rue Royale
Ana B Good – The Big Sugarbush

Also, I’d like to mention author Lori L. Lake, who was a GLCS winner last year. She has three books in the giveaway that you are going to love.  ‘Eight Dates,’ ‘A Very Public Eye,’ and ‘Jump the Gun’. Lori has written professionally for many years and her work is well known. When she’s not writing, she coaching other writers. At the same time, she serves as the head of the Governance Committee for the Board at the Oregon Writer’s Colony.

Click here to enter the giveaway.


Thank you so much, Anne, for your time and enthusiasm. Anne’s books are available on Amazon and I am recommending ‘Loving Blue in Red States – Sweetwater Texas’, which I have included an excerpt below. You’re going to love this one. Be sure to check out Anne’s links so you can keep up with her and reach out.

Website: (you can read her blog and sign up for her email list from the pop up or from the sidebar on the site)


Twitter: @AuthorAnneHagan



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As promised I have included a nice excerpt for ‘Loving Blue in the Red States – Sweetwater Texas.’ Enjoy.

“Whatever you say,” Cass said. “I didn’t come back here to argue with you.” “Why did you come back here?”  

Cass held up the release form, face out. “This. I need just a little bit more information before I become someone’s guinea pig.” 

Emmie did her best to control her temper as she addressed the brash woman. “It’s not a requirement. You’re free to skip participating and just go on your way whenever I’m… well, whenever I’m doing the things I need to do with the class for my research.” 

“Not very confident in yourself, are you, Emmie?” She said her name with added emphasis. 

Emmie threw her hands up. “I thought you didn’t want to argue? Look, if that’s all, I really do need to get going. I have a little bit of a drive to get home and I have work to do yet this evening.” 

“Abilene?” Cass asked, as Emmie gathered her things.  

“Other direction. Other side of Sweetwater, here, out a little ways.” 

“Really?” Cass tilted her head and cocked an eyebrow. 

Emmie glanced at her and then glanced quickly away. Rather than answer, she made a show of winding up the power cord for her laptop and stowing it in her bag. 

“My nephew is a Junior on the team this year.” 

“That’s nice for him. They’re looking pretty good,” she conceded as her tone went from sarcastic to monotone. 

“You didn’t even ask who he is,” Cass pointed out. 

“I’m sorry. Who, pray tell, is your nephew?” Emmie asked as she picked up the laptop bag and started for the door. 

“Wow, you’re something, you know? You’d catch more flies with just a little more honey, honey.” 

The strawberry blond whirled to face the other woman. “Don’t call me honey!”

“Whoa! Sorry!” Cass held up her hands in mock surrender. She still had the release form in her left hand. 

“Just give me that. I’ll dispose of it on the way out.” 

“I’ll walk out with you. Wouldn’t do to have you walking out alone tonight.” 

“I can take care of myself.” 

“And I’m absolutely sure that you can but there’s more safety in numbers and, besides, I didn’t say I wasn’t going to participate; only that I want more information.” 

Emmie sighed and started walking. Cass followed. 

“What’s the topic of your thesis?” 

Emmie slowed and waited for the other woman to come alongside her. “How economic failure influences adult education.” 

“Ouch,” Cass said. 

“Is that a problem?” 

“Not for me. I’m not an ‘economic failure’.” 

“I never said you were. It’s just that programs like this appeal to people trying to better themselves, get out of the cotton fields, off the ranch…” 

“What’s wrong with working on a ranch?” 

Emmie groaned. It was coming out all wrong. “Nothing. I grew up on a ranch. It’s practically the only life I’ve known.” 

“Obviously not; not if you’re in a Master’s program. You’ve probably been a student most of your life… never had a real job.” 

“Now who’s making assumptions?” Emmie flung back at Cass. She reached the door going out, pushed it open hard, then strode ahead toward her car. She wanted to put as much distance between herself and the insufferable Cassandra Prater as she could, as quickly as she could.

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Meet Lacie Harmon and Robin Greenspan from the YouTube hit show ‘Lacie and Robin show’

Good morning everyone and welcome. As I promised, I have invited Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon from the hit YouTube Lesbian show, “Lacie and Robin”. These two women talk about everything under the sun, while being as hilarious as ever. If you haven’t seen them, you have to check them out. You you’re going to be amazed!

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Tell us about yourselves, each of you.
Lacie: At this point, there is no “each of” us. It’s one big organism. Just kidding (kind of). Robin’s from L.A. I’m from Jersey.

Robin: We met 21 years ago doing stand-up comedy. We were cast to play lovers in a play and we took it too far. We accidentally fell in love . . .

Lacie: If you really wanna know how we met, you can see it in our movie, “Girl Play”, on Amazon. It’s the movie version of our two-woman show and we star in it, along with Dom Deluise and Mink Stole. (If you’re over 40, you know who those people are.)

What is the ‘Lacie and Robin’ YouTube channel about? How did it come into being?
We lesbian-splain everything from relationships to personal development. One of our most popular segments is called “Ask a Lesbian Couple”. People ask us questions about the lesbian lifestyle that they maybe don’t have a lesbian couple to ask or maybe have been too afraid.

Lacie and Robin Show  – New shows every Wednesday.

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What was it like being on the beach when you visited Cancun, Mexico?
Robin: It was an all-inclusive resort and Margaritas were served on the beach. The water was warm and it was only waste-high so you could drink and pee at the same time. It was perfection.

Lacie: God, I can’t take you anywhere. I’m not a beach person. I experience the beach as a burst of indignities, from my toes touching the sand until the last salty particle has gone up my crotch. All that aside, I had a good time. We were with family and it was a great group of people.

Who do you relate to most from Absolutely Fabulous – Edina, Patsy, or Saffron and why?
Robin: I still struggle with being Saffron but Eddie’s my spirit animal. Although, I think it also bears mentioning, I took an online quiz once that said I was most like Bubble.

Lacie: I think I’m Saffron but with a little edge of Patsy. I’m definitely a schemer like she is. I have a sneaky side.

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How long have you been vegan? Can you share with us your favorite dish?
Robin: We’ve been vegan a little over 5 years now. We saw a documentary that had, like, a two-minute visit to a factory farm and that was it. We looked at each other like, “Okay. I guess we’re vegan now.”

Lacie: We made a vegan nacho cheese recipe for a recent video. It was just supposed to be for fun but we got so addicted to this stuff that we’ve eaten it every day for a week. It’s not really a dish but since we pour it over everything we eat now, it’s become more of an entrée.

In addition to your show, in what other ways do you reach out to your community?
We’re big Twitter and Facebook lovers. We’re “Lacie and Robin” on both and we have a very engaged crowd who comment and retweet. And, we love talking to everybody on those platforms.

Where can we get a great cup of Joe in LA?
We’re not sure it’s the best cup of coffee, but the hippest cup of coffee is at Highland Park Café, which is close to our home. You must have multiple piercings, sleeve tattoos or the skinny lumberjack look (men only) to enter. They let us in, we assume, because we’re lesbians, which is its own type of hip nowadays. And they have three types of non-dairy milk.

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Have you ever volunteered for a cat rescue sanctuary? If so how was your experience?
We’ve always had at least two cats who we got at the pound at any given time, so we consider ourselves a bit of a small-scale cat sanctuary. But, we’ve never volunteered at one.

Tell us about your experience in making your movie, ‘Girl Play’. Have you done any other writing? Where can it be found/purchased?
Lacie: Making “Girl Play” was a magical but nerve-wracking experience. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to star in a movie by and about us. But, it was also scary as shit to star in a movie by and about us.

Robin: Nothing in life prepares you for doing a topless love scene with a legend like Dom Deluise in the room. But, in all seriousness, he was delightful. The hardest thing about working with him was trying not to crack up during our scenes with him. We both just absolutely adored him.

Lacie: Mink Stole, who played Robin’s mom, was also a total blast to work with. We also got to meet and work with Sara Bareilles who made a cameo and contributed her awesome music to the soundtrack. If you want to see it, you can buy it on or stream it on

In terms of what’s next, we’ve since written a screenplay that we sold. And, Robin has written a musical comedy called “Beguiled” in which Adam and Eve travel through time to present-day San Francisco, where Adam becomes America’s favorite bad-boy, and Eve is put on trial for the downfall of humanity. So, it’s pretty timely. The show had a very successful staged reading in Hollywood, and we’re really looking forward to taking it to the next level.

Which LA beach (SM, Malibu too) is your favorite to walk along the water’s edge?
Actually, when we go to the beach out here, it’s usually Venice. We love it for the freaky people factor. A total hippie hang. This is the kind of place conservatives are deathly afraid liberals want the whole country to look like: every race, religion, creed and lifestyle on full display. That’s why we love it.

What would you attribute as the number one factor for the success of a long-term relationship?
Robin: We feel like the thing that has made our relationship the most successful is that we never forget how lucky we are to have found each other.

Lacie: We treat the relationship like our child. It’s something we devote ourselves to and take excellent care of. And we feel like we’re both on a team. So, if there’s ever a question about what to do, we always ask ourselves, “What benefits the team?”

Which one of your past jobs offered a lot of fun?
Robin: When I was a teenager, I worked at a movie theatre with a bunch of my friends. We got free popcorn and got to sneak our friends into the movies for free. So, we were pretty popular. I also memorized every line from the movie “Tootsie.”

Lacie: I liked waiting tables. I met some of my best friends for life there. There were constantly celebrities and fancy people coming through and we would sneak food constantly.

Robin: So, any job where there was free food.

What is next for you?
Our plan is to keep growing the YouTube channel and expanding our content, possibly to other platforms. Our mission is to spread as much love, compassion and acceptance as humanly possible. If you’re reading this, come check out our YouTube channel and subscribe! We’d love to have you in the family!

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I want to thank Lacie and Robin for joining us today. It was a real pleasure having you. Be sure to check out the link to their show today and watch a few episodes. Feel free to ask them question in the comments. Enjoy! Stay tune for next week as I will be featuring a book review for a popular lesfic author – Suzie Carr.

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Meet Author Ali Spooner

Good afternoon, friends and welcome. Today I am featuring author Ali Spooner who is here to talk to us. I recently read her latest book, “Back in the Saddle” so stay tuned for my review in the upcoming weeks. For those of you who don’t know Ali, she is the author of sixteen books that are available for purchase. Come on over and join us and if you’d like to ask Ali a question, you can put it in the comments below.

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”

Samuel Jackson.

To me that says it all. As a storyteller, I relay the events of characters, and hopefully the reader emerges from the story with new experiences or knowledge, that meets their expectations of an adventure.

Tell us about yourself and what gets your creativity flowing?

I’m a native of Florida, but have lived in Alabama, Tennessee, and Wisconsin for short periods. I live with my partner of 22 years, Rhonda in our home in Pensacola. I began writing as a hobby to entertain myself and some online friends while in hotels on the road for work. I fancy myself as a storyteller who is learning to write, so I’m still a work in progress. I travel frequently for work, so driving, or flying gives me a great deal of time to think about story lines and often I’ll see a sign or an object that triggers a story idea. For instance, I was driving through Mississippi a few years ago and saw a crop duster pilot spraying fields of cotton, in preparation of harvest and it spawned a story I self-published on Smashwords around 2010, called The Painted Cat, and of course the main character was a thrill seeking, female, crop duster pilot. Sometimes a vivid dream will trigger a story or character and I never have difficulty coming up with story lines. I have on average 3-5 stories in various stages of development at any time and I work on whichever character speaks the loudest in my imagination.


What inspired you to create the prequel, ‘Cowgirl Up’?

Growing up in central Florida, my family had several businesses. My father and uncle shared a grove caretaking business, managing orange groves for investors and our family groves as well. Our second business was the Crescent A Land and Cattle Company where we again managed herds for other’s as well as our own. During my childhood, I spent a significant amount of time on horseback as we “worked” cattle, moving them to different fields, penning them to provide healthcare or sending them off to market. So Cowgirl Up was a natural story for me to write. Many of the events the crew of the MC2 experienced from the long hours of baling hay, to training young horses were experiences from my youth. The title Cowgirl Up came from a sticker I saw on the back window of a truck pulling a horse trailer, presumably going to a rodeo or horse show somewhere in Florida. It was fun reliving some fond memories of working with my family.

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What is ‘Back in the Saddle’ about?

Back in the Saddle is a continuation of the journey the crew of the MC2 is experiencing. Coal, Stormy and Gene, the youngest of the crew get to live out a dream of participating in a live cattle drive in the mountains of Montana. Coal continues to struggle in her battle with PTSD, and in Montana, the flirtation of a beautiful cowgirl tempts Coal to stray in her relationship. However, Coal’s heart, is claimed by her partner, Mary Leah, and she stays true to this love. Melissa, the widowed owner of the MC2 and Mary Leah’s sister, for years after her husband’s death, felt she was satisfied with her life until a surprisingly new love interest steps into the picture.

Rhonda and I had a winter vacation in Montana years ago, and I fell in love with the country and it’s beautiful, wild nature, so the use of that setting for the cattle drive was easy for me to use.

How much of Coal is actually you? Or do you relate more to Mary Leah?

A bit of both actually. Coal has a bit of my younger spirit, with her love of horses, being a cowgirl and an out of doors type person. Like Mary Leah, I am also a cancer survivor, so there’s a part of me in her character as well. I think it’s natural for every writer to inject a bit of their personality or life experiences in their stories.

Are you an animal lover? Tell us about your experience.

That’s an understatement!  I learned to ride a horse before I could ride a bicycle and we’ve always raised animals or had a variety of pets. As kids, we experienced showing steers through 4 – H or the FFA (Future Farmers of America). We did our share of horse shows and loved to go to rodeos. As an adult, I have mainly had cats and dogs as companions, and they have graciously allowed me to live in their homes. I spent four and a half years living apart from my family for work and my two rescue cats kept me sane during those times and came home to live with us in our forever home. Just recently, Kiwi, our 9 year-old blue heeler, lost her battle with cancer and traveled across the Rainbow Bridge. She was considered Rhonda’s dog, but she was my snuggle-buddy and playmate. In her younger years, she would wear me out throwing a tennis ball for her to retrieve. She spent hours beside me in my office as I worked or created stories and was always the first to greet me when I came home from a trip. Rascal, my first rescue cat in Memphis, was the beautiful, tiger cat in The Painted Cat, and Kiwi has certainly filled her share of roles in stories, especially, Cowgirl Up and Back in the Saddle in the blue heeler puppies Bo and Dolly that Coal purchased as Christmas presents for Mary Leah and Gene. Kiwi has a special place in my heart and her spirit will grace futures stories as my companion in writing.



If Coal could go anywhere for a first date, where would she choose to take her beau?

Probably the first date setting she helped Stormy arrange for Del when they first met. A beautiful spot on the MC2 where they looked across a valley and watched the sun set, the final rays of sunlight creating a brilliant palette of colors across the landscape, while she grilled a meal for them. They would share a meal, maybe a bottle of wine and then stretch out in the bed of a truck to watch the stars emerge in a sky free from manufactured light.

Do you like live music? Which bands have you seen live?

I love music of all types, but country music holds my heart. I’ve been lucky to see most of my favorites such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and so many others. I’m still hoping to see Garth one day, but as of yet, our paths have not crossed. There are many other artists I’d like to see, such as Fl/Ga Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Little Big Town…and the list goes on, so I have catching up to do.

What is your favorite musical instrument? Do you play? If so, tell us about it.

I can’t play a lick of music, but I love the sound of a banjo, and if I ever learned to play an instrument, it would probably be the one. Deirks Bentley, put out a folk album with a song on it called Up on the Ridge, that I love. It has a great feel of Appalachia to it.

Me: One of your characters plays a mean flute which I heard as I was reading along. Very well done.

What was your inspiration for choosing the settings for these two books?

I love the wide open, ranching space in Texas and thought that would make a perfect spot for the MC2. When I think of large ranches, I automatically think of Texas. There’s a few left in Florida, but I thought readers would relate more to Texas. As I mentioned earlier, I fell in love with the beautiful scenery in Montana, and would love to return there to see it across all seasons. The deep green of the woodlands against the backdrop of majestic, snowcapped mountains seemed the perfect setting for a cattle drive adventure.


Tell us more about your passion for college softball.

In high school, I played every sport. My first love was basketball, and I played my freshman year in college. Softball was the one I played into my thirties, but only slow pitch, as the fast pitch craze didn’t catch on in the southern states until years later. I was born and raised a University of Florida Gator and follow our sports teams as a die-hard fan, win or lose. We are fortunate to have a great coaching staff and great softball team. I love watching the South Eastern Conference teams in all sports and hope to be able to attend the College World Series of Softball in the next few years. I’ve also found this to be a great way of finding new and different names for characters. I was amazed, but delighted to see a young woman named “Bubba” on a team this year. I enjoy college sports over professional ones because I believe college athletes play for the pure love of the game. It’s not a career for them and they don’t make millions or have products named for them, but they truly love their sport and appreciate the opportunity given them to play.


Have you ever gone on a rustic outing in nature? If so where?

I enjoyed camping, but will now admit my camping is limited to a pull behind camper or cabin, as these old bones can’t tolerate sleeping on the ground. Some of my favorite spots are in western North Carolina and middle and eastern Tennessee. As a kid, I was a member of the Trail Riders Association in central Florida and we would camp long weekends in the summer with our horses in and around the Ocala National Forest. It was great fun swimming with your horse and cooking meals by campfire. Hmm, sounds a bit like Back in the Saddle.

Who was the last Affinity author you read?

I was honored to do some beta reading for Annette Mori on a couple of her upcoming titles. I love her quirky characters and the variety of her story plots. I also read Renee MacKenzie’s, book Pausing, which is an excellent read. I’m fortunate to publish with some fantastic authors, so I’m never at a loss for great stories to read.

Me: Stay tuned for my review of Renee Mackenzie’s Pausing next week.


Can you share with us your love of photography? Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled to take pictures?

Photography is creating a visual story or record of memories I’ve experienced or shared with loved ones. I enjoy wildlife and landscapes as well as capturing family and friends. I have two grandbabies that give me plenty opportunities to photograph, as well as my fur family. With the creation of digital photography, I find myself taking hundreds of photos on a trip, so I have plenty memories to choose from as favorites when we return home.

One of my most exciting places to go was to Stonehenge when I visited London. I was in awe of the power of the setting. I could feel it vibrating through me as I walked amongst the monuments. Rhonda and I also traveled to Alaska in 2015 and the scenery there was amazing. I also love the waterfalls of western North Carolina, especially Whitewater falls. The falls are gorgeous no matter what season you choose, but I love it in the fall with all the foliage, turning colors. Yes, before you ask, these falls will be the ultimate destination in a short story, scheduled for release in February of 2018 called Shotgun Rider. These falls hold some special memories of my Mom and Rhonda, my partner.

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Do you have beta readers read your manuscripts?

Absolutely! I couldn’t live without good betas. I have a variety of readers who volunteer to read the drafts of my stories and provide excellent feedback on how I can improve the story. I try to mention them in the acknowledgement for each book, as they have been a tremendous help to develop it into the published story.

What is next for you?

I am currently working to develop a new series of books I call the Strong Southern Women series. There are five stories under development as a part of this series, but more to come. The first, Diamond Dreams, contracted by Affinity Rainbow Publications, will be published in the first quarter of 2018. It’s the first of three books regarding the lives of the St. Angelo sisters in rural Louisiana. Diamond Dreams follows the eldest daughter, Cameron (Cam) St. Angelo as she follows her dream to play college softball at LSU.

I believe in the concept of strong, southern women, as they have been the basis for most of my stories. These women are the characters that I know, and have grown to love. Ordinary people, that I feel that many readers can easily connect.

I’m also working on some other stories as well. A third book in the Hunter series is about two thirds of the way drafted. The fourth and final book in the Sasha Thibodaux vampire series is also underway. A sequel to the Cowgirl series has also begun to percolate in the back of my mind. So many stories, so little time to write!

As I mentioned earlier, I read ‘Back in the Saddle’ and have an excerpt to get you started.

Back in the Saddle cover  

Harley watched as the two women stepped off the porch. When they’d taken three steps, the clouds opened up. As they dashed for the house, laughing, Harley couldn’t help but smile. Melissa skidded to a halt when she reached the porch and waved to him. Harley waved back and returned to the kitchen, shaking his head. 

“Whew, that was cold,” Melissa cried out when they entered the house, and then broke out laughing again. They were both sopping wet, but Cam couldn’t prevent herself from joining Melissa’s infectious laughter. When she could finally stop, she looked at Melissa, who was still bent over laughing. Her wet hair framed her face when she looked up at Cam, whose chest tightened, making it hard to breathe. Cam slid down to the floor, unable to look away from Melissa. “What in the world are we laughing at?” 

Melissa sat down in front of her. “I have no clue, but I’m having a hard time stopping.”

Here is an excerpt from Diamond Dreams. As a baseball lover, I’m definitely going to check this out when it debuts next March.

The sound of the ball hitting the leather of the catcher’s mitt made a loud pop as it whizzed past Cameron St. Angelo. The inside pitch was meant to brush her back from the plate, but Cam barely twitched as she felt the air moving in the flight path of the ball in front of her face. After the umpire bellowed out “Ball two,” Cam stepped out of the batter’s box, and tapped the aluminum bat against her metal cleats. She turned her head toward the pitcher’s mound and grinned. “Is that the best you got Bugsy?”

“You damn well know it isn’t,” the angry pitcher growled back.

“Are y’all gonna play ball or jabber the rest of the game?” 

Cam stepped back into the batter’s box. “Sorry Blue.” She twisted her right foot in the packed clay until she felt comfortable and dropped her hand indicating she was ready for the next pitch.

“Bout damn time St. Angelo,” the catcher barked at her. “This gear is hot, so let’s get a move on.”

“Bring it,” she called out to the pitcher.

Ursula Bugg, or Bugsy to Cam, was a top ranked pitcher on the opposing team, and Cam knew she had a wicked fast riser. She also knew that Ursula had a weakness and it was Cam herself. They had competed against each other in every sport since they first met in high school, and Cam had always won the battle as the superior athlete. As hard as she tried, Bugsy had never bested her in any sport, and facing her now as the opposing pitcher, would make no difference. Yes, Bugsy was good, but Cam was better, and she understood how much she got into Bugsy’s head. They battled through three years in high school and by their senior year, Bugsy’s condition had grown to an obsession. 

It didn’t matter that Cam was an All-State shortstop and team leading cleanup hitter, bound for Baton Rouge in the fall with a full ride to play softball for LSU. Bugsy was determined to strike her out. Cam could almost hear the grinding of Bugsy’s teeth as she reached deep down inside for extra strength as she released the next pitch. 

“High and wide,” the umpire called out, “Three balls and one strike.”

Forced to throw a strike, or risk walking her, Bugsy stepped off the mound to wipe her hand, as Cam waited on the fastball that would be nestled in the center of the plate. She watched Bugsy step up to the pitching rubber, digging the hole beside it deeper for more traction and power, then begin her wind up. Her movement seemed like slow motion to Cam and the ball looked the size of a cantaloupe as it approached. Her eyes locked on their target as she tucked chin to her chest, her eyes glued on the ball as she started her swing. Her teammates were probably holding their breath, but Cam had no doubts. She caught the ball on the sweet spot of her bat, and that ball was going out of the park for a walk off home run. She rushed out of the batter’s box toward first base as the left fielder backed toward the fence until she realized there was no keeping the ball in the field of play. Cam rounded the base and slowed her pace to a jog as Bugsy glared at her from the pitcher’s mound. When her cleated foot touched home, the umpire called, “Ball game.”

Welcomed by her teammates with high fives and slaps to her helmet, she made her way to the dugout to drop off her gear before joining her friends in congratulating the other team on a game well played. When she approached Bugsy at the end of the line, she smiled, “See you next fall.”

“You better believe it,” Bugsy answered finally cracking a smile. She too, would also be attending LSU to play ball. “Maybe we’ll meet again next week if we make it to the tournament.”

I’d like to thank Ali for stopping by. Be sure to check out her links below for more new and exciting news. ‘Back in the Saddle’ is available and I’m encouraging you to check it out.

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#FF Flashback Friday – Meet author Missouri Vaun

Hello friends, today is #FF Flashback Friday and I am featuring an interview from Missouri Vaun, originally posted on Feb-27-15. With the arrival of her new book, ‘Crossing the Wide Forever’ (debuting Jun-01-17), here you can get to know her. Come stop by and meet this magnificent multi creative woman. Enjoy.

‘Crossing the Wide Forever’ excerpt


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Good afternoon and welcome my friends.  I have had a very busy two weeks.  During this time, I got to chat with author Missouri Vaun.  Her most recent work is her upcoming novel, ‘All Things Rise,’ from Bold Stroke Books, which she will be discussing today.  It is a f/f romance and is planned to be released this May.

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“Feeling unable to let Audrey go, Cole pulled her close and kissed her. It was as if the two of them together were able to create a space that only they inhabited, from which the world fell away, the sea of pedestrians separating to move around their embrace as if they were a craft upon the open sea.”

Missouri Vaun grew up in rural southern Mississippi, where she spent lazy summers conjuring characters and imagining the worlds they might inhabit. It might be a little-known fact that Mississippi breeds eccentrics, and eccentrics make for good storytelling. Missouri spent twelve years finding her voice as a working journalist in places as disparate as Chicago and Jackson, Mississippi, all along filing away characters and concepts until they seemed to rise up, fully formed. Her stories are heartfelt, earthy, and speak of loyalty and our responsibility to others. She and her wife will celebrate their sixth anniversary this summer.


What is ‘All Things Rise’ about?

Cole rescues Ava, a pilot from the Cloud City of Easton who crash-lands near her farm, setting in motion events that will alter the course of her life. It’s a hundred years after peak oil and the rich have risen above the Earth, inhabiting great Cloud Cities, while those left behind live a rural existence, off the grid. After suffering a vicious attack, Cole is transported to the Cloud City of Easton for emergency surgery. While recuperating and adrift in the unfamiliar social landscape of Easton, Cole begins a journey of discovery. When she meets Audrey, a beautiful doctor, the attraction they share is penetrating and possibly life altering. Explosions, staged by a ruthless underground movement, nearly bring Easton to the brink of collapse. The crisis that rocks the city forces Cole and Audrey to weigh what truly holds meaning and what each is willing to sacrifice for love.

Because of an injury, the main character, Cole (featured on the cover), who is from a rural area is transported to a city for medical care. She finds herself in a world that she’s never experienced. But she’s not the only one changed by the encounters she has there. Those she comes in contact with are changed as well because, by just being who she is, Cole challenges long held stereotypes.

What or who inspired you to write ‘All Things Rise?’

Initially I think it was coming to the realization that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. We are living in a time of increasing disparity. And I thought, what if this keeps moving in the same direction until the rich leave all of us behind altogether? In my future world, the super rich have completely separated from everyone else. So the elite live separated from the ground in these big urban centers. The middle class and lower classes have been left on the ground for a hundred years basically living a 19th century existence because oil has peaked and the power grid no longer exists. (And I had this idea on paper two years before that lame movie, “Elysium” came out.)

After I submitted my manuscript there was actually an article in Vanity Fair about these new super high, very narrow skyscrapers for the extremely rich in NYC. In the article they said something about the rich separating from the earth and living in the clouds and I thought, wow… that’s basically what happens in my book.

I don’t want the future setting to make this book seem like it’s pure science fiction. It’s really not. In fact, a lot of the book takes place where Cole lives so those parts are almost like reading a story set at the turn of the 20th century. The “science” in this book is a minor character. The book is really about the relationships that develop between the three main characters.

What was the deciding factor for you book title?  Did it just come to you or did you try different ones?

The title is a tribute to a book by Flannery O’Connor, “Everything That Rises Must Converge.” It was really my first idea and it just sort of stuck.

What traits were you looking for when you were creating the main character for this story?

I tried to create a trio of very different characters. In the beginning they had more of a love triangle but as the story evolved that thread dropped away and while all three characters have very strong feelings for each other the primary romance ended up developing between Cole and Audrey, even though Ava is the person who brought them together.

Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  If so did you receive any awards or recognition for your work?

I didn’t do much writing in school. I was a fine art major. I actually did the illustration of Cole that Bold Strokes Books ended up using on the cover. After graduation I worked for a string of newspapers for about 12 years, both as an illustrator and as a staff writer. But if anyone does a search for Missouri Vaun they won’t find the name listed on these projects because that is a pen name. Missiouri Vaun was my great-grandmother’s name. All my other writing has been published under Paige Braddock.

Was there anyone, in your life who was an inspiration for you to write?  If so what did they do?

I think great writers inspire me, although, my own work doesn’t come anywhere close to theirs. In my favorites list I would put: Eudora Welty, James Agee, Cormac McCarthy

I think of myself as more of a storyteller than a writer.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Can you elaborate on what has worked for you?

My goal would be for readers to emotionally connect with the characters I’ve created. That would be my wish. That these characters seem real to the readers in such a way that readers become invested in what happens to Cole and Audrey and Ava.

Do you have a favorite quote from a favorite author?  What does it mean to you?

I have a few… from Cormac McCarthy: “Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.” This quote actually inspired the second book in this series, which will be released later this year.

What hobbies do you have?

My biggest hobby is drawing. I probably spend every spare minute either writing or drawing.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least fave?

I think my favourite part of being a writer is the freedom it gives you to create characters and worlds. There’s nothing more fun that starting with a blank slate and building a world. In terms of least favourite, I don’t think I have anything yet… ask me again next year.

What was the last movie (theatre or dvd) you saw?  Would you recommend it?

‘I Origins’ was the last movie I watched. And I would recommend it.

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  Would you ever use that location as the main location in a future story?

I love the desert of southern California. Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places as is Death Valley. I would definitely set a story there at some point. I actually have a western on the back burner at the moment, some of which would take place in the arid places in northern New Mexico. Cormac McCarthy wrote “Blood Meridian” and set it in the same borderlands area. That’s a great book if you’re into that genre.

What is in the works next for you?  If you can’t share, I totally understand and respect this.

My second book is titled “The Ground Beneath.” It’s a novella that focuses on one of the secondary characters that I really liked from the first book. I wanted to give her a happy ending. This novella will be a digital release in August.

The third novel, “The Time Before Now,” will be out in October. It’s a prequel of the first book. After one of my beta readers finished the first manuscript, she said she’d love to know more about two of the older characters in the story, so book two is their story. It takes place twenty years prior to the first book and focuses on the story of how they met and fell in love.

Missouri’s hard work and dedication is really evident.  In addition to working on her next book, she has done some really incredible interviews. This one is a live chat with Liz McMullen and if you haven’t checked her out, you are in for a real treat.  Liz is the creator of The Liz McMullen Show and Lizzy’s Bedtime Stories.

Live Chat With Liz McMullen

Also, take some time to check out Missouri’s blog.  Here she writes about fun things, including her story, “Jane’s World” and other news in her life.  While there, feel free to add comments and join in her conversations.  Also don’t forget to like the blog.  If you want to connect with Missouri, sign up to receive blog updates.

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Missouri has been kind enough to provide an exciting excerpt from “All Things Rise.”

Cole placed the basket and fishing rod on the ground and walked slowly toward the ridge where she’d noticed the glowing object. Dry twigs snapped underfoot despite her best efforts. She didn’t want to make too much noise, not knowing what to expect. And then Cole saw it clearly. It was a shiny capsule of some sort. The glow was coming from a glass window in the center of what looked like an oval door. For what seemed like longer than a minute, Cole stared at the gleaming object. It was all slick metal and glass, the only modern thing for miles in any direction, and here it was, less than half a mile from her family’s cabin. 

Cole took a few steps closer and saw the dark shape of someone inside. The cruiser must have crashed, but it looked none the worse for wear. There was a pile of upturned dirt at the front of the vehicle. The crash landing had cut a ditch of sorts through the brush before it abruptly stopped right next to a giant oak. There were scratches all along its sides, probably from tree limbs, but no punctures were easily visible. Cole had never been this close to an aircraft, but had seen photos of various kinds in old books. She’d always wondered what it would be like to fly one, to get a bird’s eye view from something higher than the old fire tower on Black Mountain.

There was a handle on the exterior of the vehicle that seemed like it would open the door. It was colored red as if to say, “Open here.” Cole reached for it and then stopped her hand midair. She had a momentary thought that this felt like one of those times when you knew you were doing something that you couldn’t take back. When you knew you were doing something that would change everything that came after this one action. Ignoring her fears, she pulled the release.

Here are Missouri’s links where you can follow her.

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I want to thank Missouri for stopping by today.  It was a pleasure speaking with you and we are looking forward to the release of ‘All Things Rise.’  I can’t wait to read this incredible story!



Thank you for joining us today. Like I mentioned above, Missouri’s new book, ‘Crossing the Wide’ is now available for purchase. Feel free to use the comments to talk about both of these books, as I am looking for discussion. In the meanwhile, check out her website under Paige Braddock displaying her artwork. It is very amazing as you can see from the above pictures.

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Meet Author Renee MacKenzie

Good Afternoon friends and welcome. Today author Renee MacKenzie has stopped by to chat. Her book, Pausing, is out and has people talking. I am currently reading the book, so you have to wait for my review. Come on in and meet this amazing woman.

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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.


What is “Pausing” about?

Pausing is a love story. Pausing is about letting love happen, even if that love falls outside the boundaries you once thought mattered. Jordy Chapman, Emergency Service Coordinator at a mental health facility, is falling fast for the owner of Yeager’s Furniture, Keira Yeager. Jordy has a new zero-tolerance policy in her personal life for any kind of mental instability which is just fine, until she meets Keira.

What was your inspiration behind the book cover for “Pausing”?

Running and sushi were a big part of my life while writing Pausing and I let it spill over into the book itself. The silhouette of a runner just made sense for the cover. I’d like to give a big shout out to Nancy with Irish Dragon Designs for the wonderful cover. The colors are amazing, provocative.

Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  If so, did you receive any awards or recognition for your work?

I played with sappy love poems when I was in high school. Then while studying business administration at the community college in VA I took a creative writing class as an elective and was immediately hooked on short story writing. I had a few short stories published in the college literary magazine while I was there. I left college for many years and returned when I was in my 30s. This time I majored in Creative Writing at Augusta State University. I’d submitted to a small scholarship fund for that school and won it. I also had a few short stories and poems published in that university’s literary magazine.

Is there anyone or anything in your life who encourages you to write?  If so, tell us about it?

I am encouraged every day by so many people. My coworkers at Big Cypress National Preserve have been amazingly supportive, as have my friends and neighbors. One of the first people who encouraged me was my friend Pauline Rushton when I lived in Augusta, GA. She’s the one who encouraged me to submit to the writing scholarship, and was the first person to ever call me a ‘writer.’ She passed away in 2009, years before I’d published my first novel, and I often think about her and how much she encouraged me.

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Are you a traveler?  Where is your favorite vacation spot of all time?

Most of the traveling I do these days revolves around writing conferences or author reading events. So far, I’ve really loved Austin and Palm Springs. I don’t believe I’ve been to my all-time favorite spot yet. Maybe northern California after I go there in October? I’m dying to go to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Above all – Thank You. At the end of the day, it is all about the readers. Readers, both in the Lesfic community and my personal circle of friends, family, and neighbors, have been simply amazing.

Can you elaborate on what has worked for you that gets you into a creative zone?

Sometimes all it takes is a long walk with my dog, Sabrina, or a leisurely shower. Other times it comes down to staring at a blank wall (sometimes for hours) and letting my mind wander. If I am having trouble really getting into a character’s head, I put them in bed with their love interest. Nothing jump starts a story for me quite like a sex scene.


Let’s give a shout out to Affinity Press books.  What would you like to say to them?

Thank you, Affinity, for taking a chance on me. Thanks for letting me tell my stories, my way. We always have a good time when we are together, but never lose sight of the fact that in the end, it’s all about telling our stories. We might be spread all over the globe, but when we get together it feels quite fluid and natural.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least favorite?

My favorite part of being a writer is making shit up and not getting in trouble for doing so. I also really enjoy research, and get quite hands-on when doing so. While writing Anywhere, Everywhere, I took python handling training multiple times so I would know exactly what Gwen felt when she held a python. When I was writing Pausing, I interviewed a friend’s husband, who held the job Jordy holds at a similar mental health facility. Even though I’d driven the Colonial Parkway in Virginia hundreds of times, while writing 23 Miles I drove it again, putting myself in Talia Lisher’s head while doing so.

My least favorite part is promotion. It’s hard to find the balance between effectively putting yourself and your work out there and being, well quite frankly, obnoxious about it. I’m not sure I’ve found that balance. Public readings were once the hardest part for me, but I’ve gotten much more comfortable with them. I still get nervous, but nothing like it was in the beginning.

Here’s a videotaped interview I did in Virginia shortly after 23 Miles, my novel that fictionalizes the real life Colonial Parkway murders of 1986:

Interview with Renee

Me: This is a must watch video.

Do you follow other Affinity Press authors?

I follow most of the writers with Affinity as much as time constraints will allow. I spend a lot of time with Ali Spooner thanks to our involvement together with Sappho’s Scribes of Florida. She’s an amazing writer. I have also spent quite a bit of time at conferences with Annette Mori and Jen Silver, both also great writers. We are very much like a family, even if we only see each other a few times a year. I love the Lone Star Lesfic Festival in Austin, and it’s extra great that so many of the Affinity family is there – JM Dragon, Erin O’Reilly, Nancy Kaufman, Alice Plough, Lacey Schmidt, Ali Spooner, Annette Mori, Del Robertson, and myself.

What is your favorite restaurant in Naples, FL?

My favorite restaurant in Naples is probably Sushi Thai – the one on Airport Pulling Road (best service and best outdoor area for my dog). My characters Jordy, Steph, and Keira spend a lot of time in Tokyo Inn in the novel Pausing, but that is on Marco Island, not in Naples.

Tell us something about your Alma Mater? Were you part of any clubs?

I went to high school at York High in Yorktown VA, but was too busy partying to be in any groups (or at least to remember if I was…). For college I went to two small schools (Thomas Nelson in Newport News, VA, and August State University in Augusta, GA) while working multiple jobs, so I didn’t do much with any clubs.


Do you go to the beach often? Do you prefer sunrise or sunset visits? Why?

I live quite close to the beach but don’t go often. I prefer to spend my time in the swamp. My favorite beach is Tigertail on Marco Island. It is part lagoon and part gulf beach and has the most amazing birds. But whether it’s beach or swamp, I always have my camera with me.

I am a sunrise person all the way. I love mornings.

Swamp at sunrise

What was the last movie that you saw in the theatre?  Did you love it or not and why?

The last movie I saw in a commercial (public) theater was Jurassic World, in July of 2015. It was okay. Before that, the last movie was Rent, ten years earlier. I’m not a big fan of movie theatres. We have a 21-seat theater, in our community clubhouse that I go to occasionally. The last movie there was The Secret Life of Pets.

The secret live of pets

What is in the works for you?

I’m currently working on a sequel to Pausing, a dystopian romance, and a thriller. Jordy and Keira will join me for the still unnamed sequel, but the main characters will be minor ones from Pausing. I’ll be hanging out in a downtown Naples art gallery to get ready for this one. I’m 47k words into the dystopian romance, with at least two others planned in that series. And the thriller has been started but put aside for the others right now. That will be set in Big Cypress and include Gwen and PJ from Anywhere, Everywhere. Once upon a time I would never think about writing on more than one project at a time, but these days I can’t seem to help myself.

Here is an excerpt from Pausing.

I wonder if I could get some measurements.” Keira gave Jordy a hopeful look. “Some idea of the size of the furniture in there now?”

Jordy glanced around. “I need something to measure with.”

I have a tape measure,” Keira said. She pulled one out of her shoulder bag. “Never leave home without it,” she joked.

Jordy laughed. She liked this woman. But she also didn’t want her out in the dayroom. Not while it was occupied.

Donte was standing at the back of the room. Jordy waved him over.

Yeah, boss,” he said.

Give me a hand with something in the dayroom?”

“Sure.” He turned to Keira. “Hi, I’m Donte.”

I’m Keira,” she replied back.

Keira smiled at him, the smile Jordy couldn’t help thinking was warm and sweet and… whoa, really, Jord?

Keira, do you have paper and pen?” Jordy asked her.

Book Cover

She nodded and retrieved that from her bag as well. That was when Jordy noticed the dainty ring on Keira’s right ring finger. The stones were arranged into a rainbow of colors. Now, this is interesting.

Can I see your cell phone?” Jordy asked.

Keira raised an eyebrow before pulling her phone from her bag as well.

Jordy took the phone from her and dialed her own cell number. She answered when it rang and then handed Keira’s phone back to her.

Jordy put her phone up to her face and said, “Can you hear me now?”

Keira laughed into hers. “Yes, I can hear you.”

Jordy and Donte went out into the dayroom and Jordy measured and told Keira the numbers via cell phone. Donte was mostly there to watch Jordy’s back. She couldn’t concentrate on measuring, talking to Keira on the phone, and being sufficiently aware of her surroundings all at the same time.

She’s pretty,” Donte said when no one else was close.

Yes, she is, and she’s also still on the phone,” Jordy answered.

Donte’s light brown skin started glowing red and Jordy laughed.

Keira asked for Jordy to measure the back wall in its entirety. Jordy did. Then they wrapped it up.

Jordy walked Keira out to the lobby.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for me today,” Keira said.

It’s the least I could do. Thank you for your generosity.” Jordy didn’t understand the feeling that washed over her then. Her mind started reeling; she desperately wanted to make an excuse to see her longer, or again, or something.

Keira smiled. “I will be in touch if I have any questions. It will probably be a few weeks before I get it all ready to be delivered.”

Will you be coming by on delivery day?” Jordy asked, knowing she must sound like a hopeful school girl with a blossoming crush.

Keira looked like she was considering that for the first time. “Well, I do believe I will.”


Let’s give a big thank you to Renee. For more about her, don’t forget to check out her links below, including her blog which you can follow.

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Meet Author Breanna Hughes

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today author Breanna Hughes is here to talk about her new book, A Fine Mess. For those of you who missed it, you can click on the link for my review. Come on in and join us.

My Review of ‘A Fine Mess’

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What is A Fine Mess about?

While picking up the pieces after a family tragedy, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Harper Foley tries to fix her relationship with her estranged sister, Emily, get closure on her relationship with her ex-fiancé, Finn, and sort through her confusing feelings for her best friend, Kiley, all while trying to come to terms with who she is. A twist on the traditional coming of age story, A Fine Mess is a story about navigating through the chaos and finding yourself among the wreckage.

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What was your inspiration behind the book cover for A Fine Mess?

I wanted to keep it simple. A girl and her guitar. The plot is obviously more complicated than that, but Harper’s one constant in her life is her music.

Was there anyone or anything in your life who encouraged you to write?   If so, what did they do?

When I was ten years old, my grandmother wrote me a letter on my birthday telling me what a great writer I was and that maybe that’s what I should be when I grew up. She had read a few things I had written for school, along with a letter I wrote to her and I guess she was impressed. I kept that letter close to me all these years. I lost her just a few years after she gave me that letter, but I still keep it with me and keep her in my heart. I ended up dedicating my book to her.

Can you elaborate on what has assisted you with your creativity?

What assisted me with this particular book was the fact that I wanted something that young LGBT women could read and relate to, especially those who are just coming out and figuring out who they are.

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How has your own music influenced your writing?

I started writing this book when I was travelling around different clubs in different cities trying to make it as a songwriter. It helped put me in the mindset of the lead character, Harper. I ended up including several of my own songs in the book. The lyrics to those songs really helped me form the story.

Did you name your book after your song, A Fine Mess, and why? 

Actually, I named the song after my book. I wanted to include some original lyrics in the book, so I wrote the song based on Harper’s relationship with her sister. I didn’t think I would turn it into an actual song, but I was really excited about the lyrics, so I created a melody for it. I kind of love that my novel-writing inspired my own song-writing.

Me: click on the link below to see Breanna perform her song.

Breanna Performing ‘A Fine Mess’

Breanna performing


Let’s give a shout out to TriPub books.  What would you like to say to them?

Without Triplicity, not only would I still be struggling to get this book published, but I definitely wouldn’t have the confidence in my writing that I have now. The fact that someone saw something special enough in A Fine Mess to publish it is a great feeling.

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What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least favorite?

The answer is the same for both questions: The reviews. I’ve had people say that the book is very relatable and that they had been through similar experiences. I love reading and hearing things like that. And then there’s the other side when people write what they hate about the book. That’s never fun to read. But in the end, all reviews help me to become a better writer.

Me: Everyone please leave a review when you finish a book. Authors really appreciate it.

On your FB page you liked Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. How did you like it? Which one is your favorite movie?

The first one will always be the best. My fiancee was actually the one who got me into those films and I’m glad she did. I love the character of Alice and how badass she is. The Final Chapter was a great way to end the franchise, but there were a lot of very glaring plot holes and changes from earlier films. It took me out of the film a bit, but it was still pretty awesome. It’s hard to complain about a film with a strong female lead.



What video games are you into? 

Honestly, I’m not a gamer. I used to have Super Nintendo and loved Mario Kart. That’s the extent of my video gaming experience.

Being a SoCal girl, what is your favorite attraction and tell us a bit about it?

Pierce Brothers Cemetery in Westwood. My two favorite actresses are buried there: Dominique Dunne and Natalie Wood. A lot of other famous people are buried there. I’m really into old Hollywood, so I love visiting that place. Sometimes I go there to write, as well. It’s a beautiful, rather small cemetery surrounded by huge buildings and it’s really hard to find unless you know exactly where it is.

Who is your favorite Anaheim Angel?  Have you ever been to an Angels-Dodger’s baseball preseason rival game?  If so, how was it?

Current: Mike Trout. All Time: Toss-up between Wally Joyner, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson. I’ve definitely seen a few freeway series games. I will always root for the Angels first and foremost, but the Dodgers are a close second.

What is next in the works for you?

I’m working on a new book featuring a lesbian lead character. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear war, in a hidden away bunker. It has the lead character trying to find answers to what happened and solving the mystery behind the bunker and why she, along with everyone else there, happened to survive. There will be a featured romance in the book. It’ll be somewhat of a love triangle.

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I have included two excerpts from A Fine Mess:

Excerpt 1:

Sinking lower into the couch, Harper hesitated briefly before she picked up the phone and called the one person she had been avoiding. It only rang once before a voice answered on the other end.

“Oh, so NOW you wanna talk. I’ve called, left you messages, been waiting by the phone…but when it’s convenient for YOU, ‘Miss 2:30 in the morning’, then you suddenly wanna talk.” Kiley was still slightly hurt at Harper’s reluctance to speak to her, but she was trying to lighten the situation by gloating a bit.

Harper knew she was joking, but wasn’t exactly in the mood to play along.


“No, no. It’s fine,” Kiley dramatically interrupted. “It’s not like I have a life, or anything. I don’t need to spend my time thinking about how you’re mad at me and…”

“Emily’s home.”

There was nothing but silence on Kiley’s end until she could muster up one word. “What?”

“Emily. She came back.” Harper waited while the news sunk in for Kiley, then heard the words that pretty much could have gone without saying.

“I’ll be there in ten minutes.”

Excerpt 2: 

Kiley contemplated for a moment. “So…where do you think she was all this time? I mean, what could she have been doing? How did she make money?”

Harper shook her head emphatically. “I don’t know. I don’t wanna know. I don’t wanna think about it.”

“I can’t even imagine what she’s been through. When you’re young, you never really have that goal of ‘I want to be a runaway and live life day to day not knowing when or if I’m going to eat again.’”

“Yeah, I guess that’s not really one of the options when people ask you what you want to be when you grow up.”

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“What did you want to be?”

“Me?” Harper chuckled to herself. “Oh man, I don’t think I wanna share that with you.”

“Why not,” asked Kiley.

“Because you make fun of me enough as it is.”

“Okay, now you have to tell me.”

“I know I do. I was just hoping to prolong it. Ugh, fine. There was a time when I was eight years old, for about three weeks, when I wanted to be a hooker.”

Kiley looked over at Harper. “Okay, are you taking notice of my blank stare? Details please, before I start laughing so hard, I can’t hear your explanation.”

 “Hey, it was before I knew what it actually entailed. My parents had rented ‘Pretty Woman’ and I just so happened to watch it while they were away and my babysitter cared more about talking to her boyfriend on the phone than actually watching Emily and me. So I watched it and I just loved how glamorous Julia Roberts was and wanted Richard Gere to pay me to hang out with him and…I really had no idea. My friend Amy was much more mature than me, and her older sister told her everything. So she set me straight on what exactly a hooker was. I really had no clue. So after that, I just decided I wanted to be an astronaut. I knew what that meant.”

Kiley sat staring at Harper, awestruck.

“Shut up,” said Harper.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Well, you were going to, so just don’t. There’s a reason eight-year-olds shouldn’t watch R-rated movies.”

“That’s for damn sure.”

A sudden flash of fear washed over Harper. It had been in the back of her mind ever since Emily left, but she never brought herself to actually consider the option. “You don’t think Emily ever…I mean. I know she needed money but she would never have…you know…”

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My Review of Jenny Frame’s ‘A Royal Romance.’

Good afternoon, everyone and a warm welcome to all of you.  Today I have a special treat for you!  I am reviewing Jenny Frame’s ‘A Royal Romance.’  If you love British royalty, this is a must read!  The main characters themselves will draw at your heartstrings.  Jenny really nailed it on the head and this story is a true champion.  Let’s read on!


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“Maybe we can’t always get what we want, Miss Elliot, but sometimes you have to be brave enough to take what is offered freely to you.”

George from A Royal Romance

This story takes place in the future 2053-4.  Britain has changed and now the country is having their first gay monarchy.  In the beginning of the story, the author showed us a  traditional ceremony to set the tone.  Immediately, this gave me a connection to the Royal Family.   As an American I’m not familiar with these traditions and it was delightful experiencing them.  It was refreshing seeing the players being loving towards each other as opposed to the coldness of the old British sovereignty.

George is a member of the royal family and is next in line for the throne.  Her father, the king, passes and now she is now head of Britain, hence the new queen.  Her gentleness is felt from the first page and I was touched in one scene where she receives a letter from a young girl.

As I read on, I felt compassion for George and understood her role as Queen.  She is a real woman with real desires.  As much as she loves her country at times she feels stifled.  She longs to do things that many people take for granted such as walking into an establishment without security and a mob scene.  In her eyes, very few people can “see under the crown” as the author states.

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I fell in love with George. The author showed some sensitive issues that made me feel admiration for her.  George finds “common ground” with everyone she meets and leaves a positive influence on them.  Even more, she is kind to her staff, treating them with respect.  It was beautiful watching George unfold and her kindness never ceased.

Beatrice is the head of a hospice charity and loves her work.  The new queen takes an interest in her and makes Bea her escort to visit all of the hospices’ branches in England.  Bea is very professional in her manner is no-nonsense. She is a republican and disagrees with the monarchy and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions.  She has a past that could destroy her if put into the wrong hands.  The fire in her really fuels the story.

The family relations between Bea and her family are priceless and the reader can feel the love and sincerity. Bea and her mom are able to have heart to heart talks that filled my eyes with tears.  I love mother-daughter relationships in books because it is beautiful to see two grown adults understanding each other as well as helping one another.

George looked at her picture and the image of the beautiful woman did not look like trouble to her. “Cammy, does this young lady look like trouble to you? Major Fairfax thinks so.”

Captain Cameron looked over the young woman’s picture. “No, Ma’am. She looks like a bonnie wee lassie.”

Hmm…intriguing, thought George.

The dance between the new queen and Beatrice is breathtaking.  There are some really beautifully sculpted scenes.  Beatrice was able to put herself aside and be present for the Queen, who at times does shows us another side of her.

There is plenty of drama in this story.  One supporting character is so wrapped up in her jealousy for another person that she can’t see that she is broadcasting her insecurities.   The conflict between these characters is very intense to the point that it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I wanted to scream out, “Stop!”  At the same time, it added depth to the story.  Not to mention I got to see the behind the scenes, some of which were not so pretty.

The sensual scenes were tasteful and well thought out.

The players are marvelous and I could clearly see them; this blurred the line between fantasy and reality.  The author really grabbed my attention right away and got me emotionally involved with the story.  Needless to say there are page turning scenes throughout.  You are going to need to carve out some time for this story as it is on the long side.  At the end, I wanted more of the action.  I’m ready for a sequel!

Five Stars


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#Flashback Friday. Meet author Jen Silver

Good morning Everyone and a big welcome to you all.  Today is #FlashbackFriday #FF and I am reposting my interview with author Jen Silver, that was originally published on 30-May-15.  Since then she’s been hard at work with her new books, Carved in Stone (Starling Hill Trilogy #3) and The Circle Dance.  I would like to share with you first her latest news.

Here is the front cover from The Circle Dance:  Jamie Steele has moved to another town trying to forget the heartbreak of losing her lover. She now has a low paying job as an IT technician, lives in a rented room, and mostly failing, at the forgetting part. Ivana Spencer is introduced to Jamie over dinner at her friends’ house. She can see herself falling for Jamie, but Jamie hasn’t got over her ex, Sasha, and perhaps never will. Sasha Fairfield, finds her thoughts taken up with her ex-lover of six years and thinks she wants Jamie back. But given the acrimonious nature of their breakup will Jamie want to even talk to her? After all, Jamie lost her home, her job, her car…and most importantly, the cat…all at the same time. Follow this captivating romance as love dances through the lives of these women to its surprising conclusion.

The Lesbian Review Room Review Room wrote this review about The Circle Dance:

“This is a ‘domestic drama’ – an observation of human relations, from the hysterical over re-action of a frightened mother to the tears of a woman re-united with her beloved cat. Ms Silver shows us her characters flaws and foibles, watches them react to everyday situations, and allows some to grow and develop, while others struggle to learn life’s lessons.”

For more, please visit Jen Silvers Review with The Lesbian Review.  While there, take some time to check out their site.  You’ll be amazed at all the authors they’ve featured.

Purchase ‘The Circle Dance.’

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Here is the front cover for her other book, Carved in Stone:  Join the characters from Starting Over and Arc Over Time in this final book from the Starling Hill Trilogy. Ellie Winters thinks she might be going mad. How else can she explain the conversations she is having with someone who has been dead for two thousand years? The ancient queen wants a proper burial for herself and her consort—and she is used to getting her way. Ellie has to convince not just her wife, but also the archaeologist, a former lover who first discovered the bones on Ellie’s farm. The loves and lives of the women connected with Ellie and the farm swirl through this journey of discovery, moving from the confines of the British Museum in London to the windswept landscapes of northern Britain. Carved in Stone has romance, adventure, a treasure hunt, and happy endings for all, living and dead.

Purchase ‘Carved in Stone.’

Jen is a well rounded woman who’s interests will really grab you.  This year she is taking part in a panel discussion at the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society conference in Washington.  If you are going, make sure you stop by Affinity Press and meet her.

“Poetry, like music, has served as a means of political expression since the time of the bards and through to the current day with the popularity of slam poetry and spoken word poems.”                                             E.M. Hodge

Read more about this awesome  and passionate storyteller.  Read her latest blog:

2016 GCLS Conference blog

Here is the interview, originally posted on 30-May-15.  Enjoy!

Good Morning friends.  A big welcome to you all.  Today I am featuring author Jen Silver, author of “Starting Over” and “Arc Over Time.”  Jen has a passion for life that will sweep you in.  She is an incredible storyteller so pull up chair and join us in conversation.

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“My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea;

My heart is gladder than all these

Because my love is come to me.”

First stanza of ‘A Birthday’ by Christina Rossetti

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What is “Starting Over” about?

Back of the Book blurb:

Ellie Winters, a successful potter, is living on a remote hilltop farm inherited from her parents. Her well-ordered life is shaken apart when her past meets her present.

Robin Fanshawe, Ellie’s philandering long-term lover, has a fragile truce with Ellie. The arrival of women from Robin’s present threatens to break that tentative pact.

Charming Dr. Kathryn Moss, an archaeologist and an old lover of Ellie’s, arrives on the farm searching for a new site to dig. When she discovers a previously unknown Roman settlement and ancient burial site on Ellie’s farm, Ellie allows her to start an archaeological dig of the area.

Will Ellie also allow the rekindling of an old romance or will she stay with Robin? Can that long term relationship, albeit tentative, recover from this collision or will an old romance trump everything she knows?

Will Robin, seeing the interaction between Ellie and Kathryn, leave her womanizing ways behind? Will she take a chance on giving herself wholly to the woman she loves?

These questions and the mystery of whose royal resting place is disturbed at Starling Hill are answered in this classic romance of simmering passions, anguished loss, and the wonder of love.

The novel is a romance and the primary focus is on the relationships between the main protagonists, but the findings of the archaeological dig gain in relevance as the story progresses.

There are a number of ongoing digs in Britain, and last year I volunteered to spend two weeks at the Vindolanda site. This is a large fort about a mile south of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. In fact, it’s not just one fort – they’ve discovered nine so far, some built on top of each other. This may seem like taking research to the extreme, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so, that I’ve been back again this year.

When I reached the end of the first chapter in Starting Over, I didn’t have any idea where the story was going. (I’m not a ‘plotter’.) I had introduced a number of characters that all arrived at the farm on the same day, two of Robin’s lovers, plus Ellie’s son and girlfriend. Robin’s current lover, Jasmine, has travelled up from London and thinks she’s going to spend a week at the farm getting to know Robin better. The other woman, Jo, is someone Robin met at a market when she was selling some of Ellie’s pottery. Jo knows a relationship with Robin isn’t on and has come to the farm because she wants to learn how to make pots.

The story didn’t really start to take shape until the arrival of yet another visitor to the farm, Dr Kathryn Moss. She becomes the catalyst for what happens next.

What traits were you looking for when you were creating the main character in your story?

There are two main characters to start with – Ellie and Robin. As stated in the blurb, they have been lovers for a long time. What I wanted to portray was a relationship between two older women – Ellie is 53, Robin 43. At the beginning of the story this relationship has broken down. In terms of personality, the two women are total opposites. But this isn’t the problem. The problem is Robin’s inability to resist the charms of other women. And a lot of readers will think, why hasn’t Ellie dumped her the first time this happens? The problem for Ellie is that she is, unfortunately, used to being hurt. She’s a lovely person, but suffers from low self-esteem. So, this is where Kathryn comes into the picture. She would appear to be the perfect antidote to Robin. And this provides a dilemma for Ellie. Does she stick with what she knows, even if it’s not ideal, or does she take a leap into the unknown?

What was the deciding factor for your title “Starting Over”? Did it just come to you or did you try different ones?

It was always the working title. I thought the publisher might change it, but they thought it fit the story well. In a sense, when I started writing it, I was ‘starting over’. Affinity rejected the first novel I sent them, which wasn’t really a surprise. It was a story I had sitting in a drawer for twenty years, dragged it out, gave it some finishing touches and sent it off. However, the Affinity team encouraged me not to give up. They said they liked my writing style and would be happy to look at anything else I wrote. I said I’d started another and hoped it wouldn’t take twenty years to finish it.

I wrote a blog about the choice of title not long ago. It came from a song by a singer-songwriter duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews. The song is ‘Starting All Over’ and the lyrics resonated with me.

Recently your sequel “Arc Over Time” was released. Can you share more about it?

Yes. The book is out now in ebook form and will be available as a paperback in a few weeks. It continues where Starting Over left off – but the focus is on what happens with Kathryn’s love life. Obviously the back of the book blurb contains spoilers – for those who haven’t read the first one.

“Arc Over Time” has been described as “a journey of discovery for all involved.”  Can you elaborate on this?

I don’t want to say too much about it. However, one of my concerns from the first book was that Jasmine didn’t come across as a very likeable person. Although that was intentional at the start, as the story developed I thought it probably wasn’t fair on her. In Arc, she has a bigger role and makes some quite startling discoveries about herself, which results in making major changes in her life.

Did you do any types of writing in school?

I was always good at English and enjoyed the writing assignments. When I finished high school I thought about going into journalism, but ended up doing a college course in Radio and TV Arts, as it was called then. Now it would be Media and Communications. After I graduated I worked as a copywriter, mainly in radio, with a short stint in television. I preferred writing ads for radio, as there’s no limit to imagination. Bear in mind, this was in the dark ages before computers.

At home I was always writing stories, which never saw the light of day. If there had been an outlet for fan fiction in those days, I no doubt would have contributed. Then life took over, and although I continued writing for myself, I didn’t even consider trying to publish anything until two years ago.

Was there anyone in your life who was an inspiration for you to write? If so, what did they do?

I was fortunate to grow up in a family who enjoyed reading. We had a house full of books. Also my mother is a writer and has had a long career of writing novels, short stories, stage plays and radio plays.

My wife is also supportive of my writing endeavor. Lesfic isn’t something she normally reads, preferring non-fiction mainly. She didn’t read Starting Over until it was published, so when she said she enjoyed it – that really meant everything to me.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers? Can you elaborate on what has worked for you?

In terms of writing, I like to get straight into the story. That’s something I might be criticised for. I don’t go in for lengthy descriptions, which is why my books aren’t likely to go over the 200-page mark. Telling a good story is important to me, and I hope that’s what I’ve managed to achieve so far with these two books.

Where is the best course to play golf and why?

We have the choice of many wonderful courses in the UK. One of our favourite places for a holiday is the East Lothian coast in Scotland. We’ve rented a cottage in Gullane a number of times and played the courses nearby. There’s a lovely little course by the water called Kilspindie that is a favourite.

At least once a year, we go to southern Portugal or Spain to play – usually in the winter months when the courses here are wet and muddy – sometimes venturing further south to the Canary Islands.

And we enjoy our home course near Huddersfield – which is rolling parkland and very pretty in spring and summer.

I’m also an archer. It’s a sport I took up five years ago and I enjoy target shooting with a traditional English longbow at a local club.

This year the 2015 GCLS is being held in New Orleans. What does it mean to you and why?

I’m attending the GCLS conference for the first time this year. When I saw that Dorothy Allison was the keynote speaker, I booked up right away. She’s a writer whose work I’ve admired for a long time. I’m also looking forward to meeting the Affinity publishing team face-to-face. We’ve only talked through Skype as one of the directors lives in New Zealand and the other two in Texas. A number of other Affinity authors will be there too. And it will be great to meet so many readers and writers who I only know as ‘friends’ on Facebook.

If you got the chance to meet k.d. Lang, what would you say to her?

I would probably be too tongue-tied to say anything. I love her voice and have many of her albums.

Me:  k.d. lang’s music just sweeps me away and is heartfelt.  I’m going to encourage you all to check out her website.

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What would you say is your fave pleasure?

Having a meal out with my wife. We’re both happy when we’re sitting in a restaurant with a glass of wine, studying a menu.

If someone were to ask you for a lesfic movie recommendation, which one would it be and why?

I can’t name just one. There are three I would recommend.

The Killing of Sister George: it is best remembered by women of a certain age for the scenes filmed in The Gateways, a real life lesbian club of the sixties in London. Although the scene with Beryl Reid and the nuns in the taxi is a favourite as well.

Desert Hearts: shame the film deviated from the book in many ways, but it was lovely to look at and the Patsy Cline songs are great.

Cloudburst: wonderful portrayal of older women dealing with the problems of old age. Both the lead actresses were excellent in it, but Olympia Dukakis was just amazing.

There are others, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.

What other authors do you follow and what is the last book you read by them?

This is hard to answer. I read a lot. When I first started reading lesfic, I enjoyed Katherine V Forrest, Claire McNab, Sandra Scoppetone, Karin Kallmaker, Jean Stewart, Chris Anne Wolfe, Jaye Maiman, J M Redmann…to name a few.

Recently it’s been great to find new authors (new to me, anyway): Sandra Moran, Lynn Ames, Cindy Rizzo, Clare Lydon, Rhavensfyre, Fletcher Delancey, Ann McMan…and many others.

I’ve just finished reading The Caphenon by Fletcher Delancey. She has created a fantastically credible, multi-faceted world in Alsea. It’s a long time since I’ve read a sci-fi/fantasy book although my shelves are filled with books by Ursula K LeGuin, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Philip K Dick, Doris Lessing, Manda Scott…and more.

What has been your favourite part of being an author? The least fave?

Seeing my first published book in print, plus the lovely reviews and comments from readers.

The least favourite is having to put myself about – in terms of publicity. But as a new author, it’s necessary. So, I appreciate the opportunity you’ve given me, Lynn, to talk about my books and myself…even if I’m not very good at it.

What is next in the works for you?

I’ve submitted another novel to Affinity, waiting to hear if they are interested in publishing it. This one is different to the first two, a separate story, but set in the same area where I live.

I’ve also just finished writing a third in what I would call the ‘Starling Hill’ trilogy. Again, I don’t know if it will be accepted. The danger of writing a series…it’s dependent on the sales of the first two books.

I would love to hear more about your archeological digs.  This photo shows you in your element.  Also keep us posted about your new book.  People love series stories and I have a good feeling that this one too is going to wow your fans, too.

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Take a look at the excerpts from both “Starting Over” and “Arc Over Time.”


Starting Over

Ellie was in the kitchen, sitting at the table, Soames sat contentedly on her lap enjoying the sensation of her fingers stroking him; long, leisurely strokes, starting at the top of his large ginger head continuing down his spine and caressing the length of his tail. Both Ellie and the cat had their eyes closed, but only Soames was purring.

Robin watched from the doorway. Lucky Soames. It had been a long time since Ellie had stroked her with such tenderness.


Arc Over Time Cover

Arc Over Time

The raindrops chased each other down the window as Den watched puddles form on the patio. Kathryn’s taxi had gone and she wasn’t sure how she was going to cope. Saying goodbye had been harder this time. Holding her tightly as they waited by the door for the taxi to arrive, Den had whispered into her ear, “I’ll miss you.” Kathryn had murmured an inaudible response. And then she was gone. Now it was just the rain and her tears falling in unison.

Also here is the back book blurb from “Arc Over Time.”

Dr. Kathryn Moss has job offers flowing in after her exciting archaeological discoveries at Starling Hill the previous year. Now she has choices to make that could jeopardise her relationship with Denise Sullivan, the fiery journalist, who has become her lover.

For Denise the choice seems obvious. She thinks they have moved beyond the casual sex stage to something more like a true relationship. However, she’s not sure how to handle Kathryn’s continuing infatuation with Ellie Winters.

Ellie’s new career as a promising artist proves to be a catalyst for the simmering tensions in relations between her wife Robin, Kathryn, and Denise.

Will Denise persevere in her pursuit of the reluctant professor? Does Ellie have anything to fear from Kathryn’s fascination with her art, or is there another motive behind the professor’s obsessive interest?

This wonderful romantic continuation with the characters from Starting Over ties up loose ends. But the question is – does everyone have a happy ending? A must read.

Like myself, Jen has her own blog over at WordPress.  Here she speaks more about herself as well as information about her books.  I found her latest entry to be very interesting as she talks about her dig!  So check this out.  She really values her subscribers so don’t forget to sign up.


Also, Jen has been a guest blogger for others.  These are a must check out!  Here she has a stunning story to tell!

Jen’s publisher, Affinity Press, put together this impressive interview of Jen  before the release of “Starting Over.”  In this one she shares about something fascinating that caught my attention about her.  To find out, go read the interview.  Thank you Affinity for sharing this.


Jen’s books have been gaining a lot of popularity and their reviews reflect it.  Here is some advice from a writer to a reader.  After you read a book, give it a review.  Authors really appreciate it and it shows that you care.  To see what everyone is saying about her books, check out the sites below.  You will be pleasantly surprised.


Rainbow Book Reviews Review

Lesbian Reading Room Review

Curve Magazine Review

Planet-London Review

Rainbow Book Reviews Review – There was a time

Lastly, I am listing buying options for the books.  These are safe sites:

Starting Over

Affinity EBooks purchase link

Amazon purchase link

Amazon UK purchase link

Bella Books purchase link

Barnes & Noble purchase link

Smashwords purchase link

Itunes purchase link

Arc Over Time

Affinity EBooks purchase link

Amazon purchase link

Amazon UK purchase link

Bella Books purchase link

Barnes & Noble purchase link

Smashwords purchase link

Itunes purchase link

If you are looking for a great freebie read, these two stories are available from Affinity Press website.  These are a must read if you are a Jen Silver fan.

There Was a Time – Darts night at the Golden Dragon and Fin’s life is about to change forever.

Living in a small seaside resort she thought she was doing fine. Summer flings were great and winter evenings behind the bar were whiled away dreaming of the next conquest in the dunes.

Then in walked the stranger and Fin fell in love.


2014 Christmas Collection – Jen is one of five authors in this collection.

I want to thank Jen for stopping by to chat.  I hope you have enjoyed her visit.  Her journey is one that is inspirational and enlightening.  I am going to encourage you to reach out to Jen and say hello.  She loves her fans and will appreciate hearing from you.

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Meet Author DK Linda (‘The Princess Brides’)

Good afternoon folks and welcome.  Today we have author DK Linda here to chat with us about her latest story, The Princess Brides:  A Modern Day Fairy Tale as well as share with us her latest news.  You are going to love her so come on by.

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Why don’t you start by telling us about yourself?  What makes DK Linda tick? 

Well, let me begin by saying… If you ever hear me ticking, please check that I’m not strapped to a bomb. Although, it’s probably just a very loud watch.  Let’s see… I have brown hair and blue eyes, am a Sagittarius, voraciously desire candy (mmm sugar) and I like to wear ball caps. I was born in a small town in the South — N. Miami Beach. I’m one of those, ‘Native Floridians.’  I post a lot of pictures and memes on Facebook and Twitter. I spend an inordinate amount of time with my cat, Trouble. She makes me laugh and I annoy her. The relationship works. I love music, movies and of course, books.

I published my first Novella in December 2013. My Happy Ever After is the story of Talia and Michele and of their love and passion for one another. It’s the story of how, when tragedy strikes and you lose the person your soul searched for and your heart beat for, how you continue to exist. It’s a story of love, loss and hope.

In December of 2014 I published my second novella. The Devil Within is about a local reporter who feels unappreciated in her career and personal life. When a series of murders take place in her small town, she finally receives the attention she seeks, and we follow her unraveling as the suspect count progresses.

This past April 2015, I published my first young adult novella called, The Princess Brides: A Modern Day Fairy Tale.  It’s a short, sweet tale of second chances and true love.

I’ve always had a strong affinity for animals and their well-being. My greatest wish is that no angel is ever without a loving forever home. That human beings, who have the power to end overpopulation will stop breeding for profit. I would love to see an end to abuse and horrific pet stores. Also, I’d like to see humans choose to be responsible by spaying and neutering their pets and ultimately contributing to their overall well-being so shelters will, in my lifetime, become obsolete. That continues to be my wish.

What is ‘The Princess Brides:  A Modern Day Fairy Tale’ about?

The Princess Brides is about a Princess (Okay, I may have given that away in the title) who finds herself in a position where, in order to take her rightful place on the throne and become queen of her kingdom, she must get married.  She throws a formal ball to find her one true love, and… well, you’ll have to read the book to see what happens.  (Hint – see title once again.) 

How many different book titles did you consider before deciding on the one chosen?

The Princess Brides came to me rather quickly. I was calling it, The Princess (publicly) while writing it; however, I knew midway into it what I was going to ultimately call it. I really love the title and am quite proud of it.  I’d love to give a shout-out to the extremely talented Amanda Chron @  She’s a phenomenal artist who brilliantly executes the visions I lay out with the most perfect covers.

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Creating rich characters take a lot of time and development. How do you bring out the desired character traits in your stories? 

Ordinarily, I don’t create any backstories for the characters or do outlines. I, rarely know anything about my characters when I set out to write – including their names a lot of the time. My writing process is indicative of me, in so much as it’s not very disciplined or organized, really. I start out with a basic idea and storyline, and with this general idea I sit down and just start writing. I let the story flow, sequentially. I tend to see things vividly, creatively. I am an actor and I think that plays a part (see what I did there) in how I create my characters and stories- how I envision scenes and how they, eventually (hopefully) come across to the reader. 

Were you inspired to write ‘The Princess Brides:  A Modern Day Fairy Tale’ by real life events or people?  Or are you more motivated by fantasy? 

Although I have always been a huge advocate for same-sex marriage, the day it became legal in every state I was shocked and extremely thrilled, simultaneously. When people were finally able to call their partners “spouse” it was a significantly monumental day! Definitely one of the happiest days of my life.  Admittedly, I had no idea that it would ever truly happen in my lifetime. I had no idea when I wrote The Princess Brides that a few short months later same-sex marriage would be the law of the land.

All of my books start with an inspiration. If I feel driven by it, if I feel an intense need to see it through to fruition, and if I can keep interested and feel creatively inspired, I know there’s a viable story there.  I have a niece and nephew whom I greatly adore! They knew that I had written a few books, but couldn’t read them because of the adult subject matter.  My inspiration was that I wanted to write something that they could read. There was a huge void with this particular subject matter— there were no same sex princesses or princes. I thought it was about time that changed! I wanted to write something that they and other children could read that would be meaningful, inspiring and hopefully enjoyable.

When I get messages from lovely readers who tell me that it’s about time that we had a story like this and they’re going to read it to their children… it makes me feel immeasurably grateful and deliriously happy!

Speaking of fantasy, how did the Hogwarts Hufflepuff hat choose you? 

Ha! I think you’re referring to a post where I say: “No matter how Gryffindor I think I am… at the end of the day, I’m definitely more of a Hufflepuff.”

In full disclosure, I haven’t actually been placed in a Hogwarts house… yet. That being said, I remain firm in the belief that I’d most likely be placed in Hufflepuff should I meet the sorting hat.

I’m a fan of “Absolutely Fabulous”.  Who do you relate to:  Edina, Patsy, or Saffron and why? 

Ooooh, I haven’t seen the show in a while, although I know that a movie is expected sometime soon; that’s very exciting!  Let’s see… I’m sure that I’ve had moments where I can relate to all of them in some way. However, I think I’ll go with Edina on this one.

How do you get into the zone?  Do you use comedy and fantasy? 

I’m very easily distracted and… oooh, good song just came on… what was I saying? Oh yes, I’m easily distracted. Some days I really have to force myself to sit down and get to it.  Although, when I’m enjoying what I’m doing, writing or other…I feel inspired. That enthusiasm helps.

Hey, did you hear this one?  A physicist sees a young man about to jump off the Empire State Building.  She yells, “Don’t do it! You have so much potential!”

I listen to music or have the TV on, or both. (TV on mute). I tend to take a lot of breaks, periodically having to step away altogether- usually after writing something particularly difficult, complex or arduous.

Have I mentioned that I get easily distracted? Parallel lines have so much in common. It’s a shame they’ll never meet.

I love comedy! I love to laugh and I love to hear others laugh. I think it may surprise a lot of people who read my books and interact with me through Facebook and Twitter, just how dark they can get.

You’re very talented and versatile.  How did you get to be in an all-girl band?    Will you share some of your experience with us?

Thank you!

When I was in my late teens, early 20’s, I had a friend who was one of the best guitarists that I’ve ever known. She would get together with a bunch of other girls and play little shows here and there. One day I said to her, “Hey, I’d like to be in the band.” And so, I was in the band! It was really that simple. I played rhythm guitar and collaborated with her to write the songs. I wrote all the lyrics. We played a few gigs here and there. It was a pretty fantastic time. I was a bit of a cliché, however. I was dating a professional model and we were doing drugs. She went off to Paris to do a job, I quit doing drugs in the interim, and when she came back— she quit me. Shortly thereafter my cancer was finally diagnosed and that was that. I started my next chapter. 

We share a common interest:  Video games.  Which ones do you like to play? 

I have always loved games and gaming… and I’ve always excelled at them. There was one place I worked— long, long ago that had a Ms. Pac-Man machine in a very exposed back room area. Well, one day I was called into the manager’s office and reprimanded, but good, for playing excessively. I knew then that I had a problem.  I get submersed within some of them and can spend hours upon hours playing. Akin to reading—  “Just one more chapter, then I’ll put it down.  Oh, I have to see what happens next, just one more chapter.”  Or in the case of gaming, just one more level.

The first game system that I can remember buying was an Atari. (I still have it, in the original box). As well as an old Gameboy system and several games.  And of course, the Playstation’s 2 and 3.

Over the last few years my favorite game to play has primarily been The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’ve completed it about 5 or 6 times. (That will only be impressive to people who’ve played Skyrim—it’s such an expansive world and there’s no shortage of things to be done. It can feel never ending). Granted, there are aspects of the game I’m not particularly fond of; it can be a bit tedious and the loading on the PS3 can feel never ending, too. Nonetheless, it’s definitely my go-to game. I did have a subscription to GameFly for a time, but had to cancel it because I felt compelled to play way too often in order to justify the cost of the rentals. The last game I bought was, ironically, The Last of Us.

I know you’re a huge Tomb Raider- Lara Croft fan, Lynn. 

What do you like about Wanda Sykes’ style of humor? 

I think she’s legitimately funny and relatable.

Me:  Take a look at this video, suggested by DK to see one of Wanda’s funniest routines. 

What is your favorite part of being an author?  

I think it would be that I’m doing something I genuinely love. What an honor and privilege it is to be able to do that. Books stem from an idea, a thought, something from deep within the recesses of the mind. How wondrous to be able to create a whole world from one thought!   One word becomes a sentence, a paragraph and chapter… and then, from that simple idea… a book! The thought becomes a tangible entity. To be able to create something, to work hard to see it develop and ultimately hold it to your hands, knowing that generations to come can do the same… that’s pretty cool! Even more marvelous… when people from all over the world read my books and that ‘formed thought’ touched them in some way… That’s pretty dang amazing!

 The Princess Brides Cover

Here are some of DK’s favorite quotes:

“Reality is what you agree to.” 

“Lets just make it down the hill for starters.”

Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King –

 Thank goodness you are a survivor!  How have you been inspired to battle against cancer?  Where do you find your inner strength?

That’s sweet of you to say. It wasn’t until I was writing my bio, in December of 2013 that I decided to mention that I was a cancer survivor. Until then, I didn’t really discuss it very much, and certainly never publicly. It felt a bit cathartic.  Cancer inexorably changes you, mentally and physically. I didn’t realize how deeply I was truly affected, until recently. Like many people reading this right now, I’ve personally experienced a great deal of loss from this pitiless disease, and witnessed countless others go through the same with their own family and friends. The toll this beastly thing has taken is immeasurable.

The last few years, in particular, have been brutal… tough to bear. People are seemingly living healthier, eating better, working out more and yet it seems as though nobody can escape it and little can sufficiently combat it.

There are over 200 types of cancers and figuring out how to stop cells from dividing and mutating may be a better angle than thinking about curing it once they do. Curing it seems akin to figuring out how land on the moon by hopping high enough on a pogo stick. You can do everything right and if your cells are predisposed genetically to divide and form tumors, they will.  However, humans have certainly made the environment for it inviting.  <Picture cells dividing while smoking a pipe in a lounge jacket by a fireplace and sipping some fantastic wine, with Barry White playing>  I feel as though I’ve digressed here, greatly. My point… We’ve made it enticing for our cells to mutate. They’re no longer genetic anomalies. The important lesson is how miraculous we are, how utterly amazing our lives are at all and to take advantage of the time we’ve been given.

Will you share what is next for you? 

I would love to.  Before I do, I’d like to take a moment here to thank you, Lynn! Thank you for your interesting questions that allow readers to get to know authors better. You’re exceptionally kind and generous, and your genuine passion and love for books and authors is truly appreciated.

So, I am currently writing —well re-writing, a novella.  The working title, at the moment is, A Dark Matter.  I don’t want to divulge too much about it just yet… suffice it to say, it will be in the paranormal romance genre, and true to all of my books will feature lesbian protagonists.

If I may take another moment to thank the readers!  You give our words life and meaning. Thank you all, most sincerely!

Me:  Thank you so much.  I love sharing other author’s work with readers.


DK has provided two excerpts for us from The Princess Brides:  A Modern Day Fairy Tale. 

Excerpt 1

The weather had grown increasingly colder since her last outing, and a blanket of snow now covered the forest. The enticing scent of the woods had been replaced by an icy chill that filled her nostrils and lungs when she breathed in. The trees looked barren without their leafy coverings, and no sun shone through the boughs; the sky was dark and gray, like Princess Dumplings mood. She trudged through the wet slush until she came to a halt in front of a frozen pond. She sat on a boulder at its edge while the royal guard hung back and dawdled. With her fists resting on both sides of her jaw, the princess sat slumped, deep in thought, missing her father. She wished that she could talk to him, say or do something to make him emit a roaring belly laugh, kiss his whiskered cheek or ask his advice. She could feel the tears in the back of her eyes as they began to burn. She allowed them to come, and she sat there on that boulder for some time, just letting her emotions drain from her. As the crystalline flakes fell from darkened clouds, filling the pond, so did her tears. The guard, not knowing what to do, lollygagged uncomfortably, trying to remain unnoticed while the princess reflected.

Excerpt 2 

Candace suddenly felt flushed, like every eye in the palace was upon her. However, only one set of eyes truly was. Candace stood face to face with Princess Dumpling, who was positioned in the waiting line to greet guests and who seemed to be standing frozen with a bizarre look on her face. An odd lump formed in Candaces throat as she waited for a hello, a handshake, a nod, or anything. Suddenly, there was deafening silence in the hall. Candace felt her heart beat quickly and became aware that it was seemingly much louder than normal. She concluded that if everyone was quiet, then it was because they were aware of the booming, thunderous, reverberating thumping emanating from her chest, too. Several people surrounding the princess stared at the scene with worry. Finally, someone decided to inquire about her state. “Are you okay, Princess?” a man to her left cautiously asked. Candace stood motionless, staring into Princess Dumplings striking blue eyes, wondering the same thing and what the answer, if one came, would be. Princess Dumpling gulped and blinked several times. With a fluttering cough, she cleared her throat and held out her hand. You could audibly hear several sighs from the worried group. Candace grasped Princess Dumplings hand and felt a heat, instantly, from her toes up to her loudly beating heart; there seemed to be a current that ignited something within.


I want to thank DK for stopping by to chat with us today.  It was such a pleasure getting to know you.  For more exciting news about this dynamic author, please check out DK’s links below:

DK Linda’s Amazon Author Page

DK Linda’s Facebook Page

DK Linda’s Facebook Author Page

DK Linda’s Blog – Feel free to leave comments!

DK Linda’s Twitter Page – @duckingfame

DK Linda’s YouTube Channel

Purchase links – Amazon

‘The Princess Brides’ 

‘My Happy Ever After’ 

‘The Devil Within’ 

Purchase links – Barnes & Noble

‘My Happy Ever After’

‘The Devil Within’


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Meet Author Aurora Rey (‘Winter’s Harbor’)

Good Afternoon Everybody!  Today author Aurora Rey, Winter’s Harbor is here to chat with us about her work as well as herself.  She is an energetic woman who has created works of art in written form.  Be prepared to be ‘wowed’.  Pull up a chair and join in.

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 Ay, there’s the rub.


 Who is Aurora Rey?  Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I’m a college administrator by day and a writer by, well, mostly early morning. I thought I wanted to be a biochemist for a while, then decided I wanted to be a writer. I started working after college and forgot that for a while, but fortunately I remembered. In the interim, I thought I wanted to be a cake designer. I still love to bake, but it’s nice not to have the pressure of someone’s wedding every other weekend. I grew up in Louisiana and, even though I can’t imagine living there again, it will always be home. I’ve probably watched You’ve Got Mail a hundred times and I never get tired of it. My favorite form of exercise is belly dancing, even though I’m not very good at it.

What is Winter’s Harbor about?

Winter’s Harbor is the story of Lia and Alex. Alex is a pastry chef who lives in Provincetown. She enjoys her work at the café she owns and the company of beautiful women. When Lia appears in her shop in the beginning of November, Alex thinks she may have found the perfect company for the cold nights of winter. Lia arrives in Provincetown looking to escape her ex, but also a New York City lifestyle that never felt quite right. She’s more than a little unsure of herself and finds Alex’s attentions both thrilling and disconcerting. They’ve got great chemistry, but also some baggage that makes them loathe to take emotional risks. I like to think they grapple with the kind of uncertainty and self-doubt most of us can relate to. To find a way to be together, they have to overcome that.

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What was the deciding factor for your book title?

Lia goes to Provincetown to regroup after her relationship, and the life she’s built around it, fall apart. She’s looking for a safe haven. Provincetown, complete with its off-season quiet, provides that both literally and figuratively.

What is your process for character building?  Can you expand on what influences your creativity?

I love watching people—at work, at the airport, at a dinner party. I try to absorb mannerisms, suss out their motivations. Characters are a great way to explore traits that are completely out of my comfort zone. Of course, sometimes, I throw in details or experiences that are close to my heart. Like Lia, for example, I listen to Evita when cleaning the house. Also like Lia, I get teased about it pretty badly.

Can you share with us your inspiration for Winter’s Harbor?

When I gave myself permission to write the kind of story I wanted to read, I started with one of my favorite places in the world—Provincetown. I’d just finished reading Michael Cunningham’s Land’s End. His description of the off season is both beautiful and compelling. And I spent a few years moonlighting as a baker, so it wasn’t much of a leap to feature a café and a pastry chef.

Me:  Always follow your heart, especially with your work.  This makes the story even more enticing.

Here is a five review from one of Aurora’s readers:

5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Please!

By JBaker on November 25, 2015

Format: Paperback

I loved this novel. Drawn to the setting of Provincetown, I thought the book captured the off season of my favorite resort town perfectly. I loved the scenes in some of my favorite spots – the Governor Bradford, The Squealing Pig – and felt like the energy of winter Provincetown really came through. The chemistry between Alex and Lia was what set the book apart from other romance novels for me. Yes, the steamy scenes are hot, but the build up and flirtation between the two characters made the first part of the book fly – I found myself trying to slow down to prolong the anticipation. The friend relationships between Lia and Sally, Alex and Stuart felt realistic and filled out the main characters nicely. I can’t wait for Rey’s next novel – here’s hoping we get more Alex and Lia!

What gets you into the zone when writing?

I love the idea of writing outside with a glass of wine, but I get a hell of a lot more done at the kitchen island with a cup of coffee. My writing music of choice is jazz, but when I really need to focus, I use this app called Coffeetivity. It mimics the background noise in a café. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it works.

Kicking Back

Tell us a bit about your blog and what you like about blogging.

It’s mostly musings about writing and life. I also feature recipes for dishes featured in my books. I enjoy it because blog posts only require about half an hour of an attention span to write. It’s also a fun way to connect with readers.

Me:  Here is the link to the blog.  Feel free to share and leave comments.

Aurora’s Blog


Here is a blog interview that Aurora had with Bold Stroke Books.  Check it out!

Aurora’s Blog Interview

Where would you go on a dream vacation?  Have you ever drawn from a vacation to inspire a storyline?

In a lot of ways, Provincetown is my dream vacation. I’ve never been anywhere else that feels so much like home, even more than actual home at times. I adore London and Paris and would love to see more of the world’s great cities, but there is something about the ocean, the restaurants, and all the queerness that keeps pulling me back.

 Provincetown Pride

What is the easiest part of writing for you?  What is the most difficult?

I really enjoy the dialog. It’s easy for me to hear conversations in my mind, so much so that I often have to go back and fill in things like thoughts and gestures and whatnot. Like a lot of writers, I struggle with conflict. When you create characters that you love, it can be hard to have them make bad choices and suffer.

I understand you love gardening.  What plants do you like to grow?

Mostly vegetables, and herbs. We tilled a new garden from scratch last year after buying a house. The soil wasn’t great, but the one thing that took off was the tomato patch. There were days when I ate a tomato sandwich and a tomato salad for lunch and dinner. Or bruschetta. It was heaven. I have fantasies of a fruit orchard, too, but, my partner says we have to focus on one thing at a time. She says the same thing about getting bees. And sheep.

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Would you tell us about how you got into fostering dogs?

Classic breakup story—former couple remains friendly, but only one keeps the dog. I’d never been solely responsible for a dog before and was nervous, so fostering felt like a good option. I helped Jessie find her forever home, then fell hard for Daisy. (You can read her story on my blog). I adopted her and then fostered a few more. It’s an amazing way to help dogs without the permanence or financial commitment; I recommend it to anyone.

Me:  Here is a touching story that Aurora shares with us.

For Daisy


Have you ever done work for an animal rescue group in addition to fostering?

I volunteer with Cayuga Dog Rescue.  There’s always somewhere to pitch in—baking cookies to thank the vets who help us, making “Adopt Me” caps for foster dogs to wear at events, doing home visits with potential adopters. I also occasionally drive for rescue transports. Rescue groups in the Northeast pull dogs from overcrowded shelters in the South. The dogs make their way north on coordinated transports where volunteers drive one or two-hour legs. It’s a lot of fun and an easy way to make a difference. (Am I making a good sell? I hope so. Contact the rescue groups in your area to see if there’s a transport near you!)

Aurora's Dog Aurora's Dog 2






Tell us about your ‘Vintage Queer’ board on Pinterest.

I use Pinterest to find inspiration for books, including characters. I happened upon a few really cool images of women together, women in men’s clothes. They’re so handsome and striking. I haven’t written a historical romance yet, but these women might just inspire me to.

Vintage Queer Board

Me:  Take a few minutes to check this one out.  There is some interesting history here. 

We share a common interest – cooking.  Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share with us?

I’m always a little hesitant to share savory recipes because I’m terrible at writing them down. In the spirit of my Louisiana roots, then, I’ll share my family’s recipe for French Market Donuts. I’d put them up against Café du Monde’s any day of the week. (You can read the story behind the recipe on my now-defunct baking blog).

The Literate Baker

French Market Doughnuts

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1/4 cup shortening.  Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup powdered milk.  When lukewarm, add 1 pack yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.  Add 2 beaten eggs and 2 cups all-purpose flour and beat well.  Then add 2 1/2-3 cups more flour.  Knead a few times and put in a greased bowl.  Grease top and put in refrigerator for at least one hour. To make the beignets, roll the dough on a floured surface to approximately 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into 2-ish inch squares.  Slightly irregular shapes are okay. Place about an inch of vegetable oil in a pot over medium-high heat.  I’ve never used a thermometer, but I’m guessing it’s between 350 and 375 degrees.  To test the oil, drop in a very small bit of dough.  It should bubble immediately and float within five seconds.  Carefully drop the beignets into the hot oil.  Flip after 1-2 minutes; they’ll be puffed in the middle and golden brown.

French Market Donuts


Remove the beignets and drop immediately into a paper bag containing 1-2 cups of powdered sugar.  Close the bag and shake vigorously.  This is a lot of fun and offers superior coverage to the (albeit generous) sprinkling of sugar espoused by Cafe du Monde and most beignet shops.

What is next for you?

My second book, Built to Last, comes out in April from Bold Stroke Books. (See second excerpt below). I’m working on my third novel now, a romantic intrigue set in New Orleans. It will be available in early 2017. My day job keeps me plenty busy and I’ve got some fun Pinterest projects lined up (like building a hoop house and making felted wool dryer balls). I think we’re going to get chickens in the spring, so there will be coop-building and roost constructing and other fowl-focused activity. I’m also really looking forward to weather just warm enough to drink wine around a bonfire.

 Book Cover Photo

Aurora has provided a nice excerpt from this exciting story.  Read on!

Excerpt 1

About two hours, and three beers, after they’d arrived, Lia and Alex emerged from the bar. There were snowflakes falling around them and everything in sight was covered with a light dusting of snow.

“Oh.” Lia threw her arms out and turned in a slow circle.

Alex couldn’t tell whether Lia’s enthusiasm was genuine or more the result of the drinking. Either way, it was charming, and sexy. Lia had a way of being at once a deeply complicated woman and a disarmingly simple one. It made her want to test the taste of her, the feel of her skin, the response of her body to kiss and touch. Alex readily embraced the desire she felt, but remained unsettled by the additional stirring that seemed both exciting and a little dangerous.

“Can I walk you home?”

Lia turned toward her. She seemed to remember where she was, walked the two steps back to where Alex was standing. “I don’t want to put you out.”

“You’re not, I promise. And it would make me feel better knowing you were home safely.”

Lia poked her lightly on the chest. “You’re one of those chivalrous types.”

Alex had been called a lot of things by a lot of women, but she was pretty sure that chivalrous had never been one of them. “Neighborly. You’re still new to town, and I fear I’ve gotten you a little drunk.”

“I’m not drunk. Tipsy, but not drunk. I will, however, accept your offer, because it’s nice, and I’m usually bad at letting people do nice things for me.”

Alex wanted to ask for an explanation, but didn’t. Instead, she bowed dramatically and gestured for Lia to lead the way. Lia laughed and tucked her hand into the crook of Alex’s arm and the two of them started walking toward the West End. It was hard not to like tipsy Lia. They walked in companionable silence. Lia leaned into her slightly and the proximity allowed her to just catch the scent of Lia’s perfume, the same one she discovered on Lia’s forgotten scarf.

When they arrived at Lia’s, Alex flipped on the flashlight function of her phone while Lia dug out her keys and unlocked the door.

“Thank you so much. I feel more like a local already.”

“It was my pleasure, both to introduce you to a neighborhood hangout and to spend the evening with you.”

Lia turned to Alex. Through the light haze clouding her brain, she had a flash of Alex’s hands in her hair, her mouth taking hers. Lia had to shake off the wave of desire that washed over her. “The, ah, the feeling is mutual.”

Unbeknownst to Lia, Alex was having the exact same thoughts. Her brain, however, was clear. And as much as she wanted to pull Lia against her and kiss her senseless, Alex sensed it was too soon. And if Lia’s judgment was impaired, it could ruin everything. She settled for keeping it light. “Will I see you tomorrow, then?”

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Lia smiled. “Absolutely.”

Alex walked the short distance back to her place. She mulled over the decision not to kiss Lia. It was unlike her to be hesitant. Of course, Lia wasn’t like the women she was used to—women who knew what they wanted and had no qualms expressing it. That said, Lia might be exactly the kind of woman who waited for the other person to make the first move.

When she got home, Murphy was curled up on the couch. He got up and stretched, trotted over to the door when Alex motioned for him to go outside to do his nightly business. “Should I have kissed her? I keep thinking I should have kissed her.” Murphy looked at her intently, then lifted his paw. He placed it on her thigh at the exact place her phone sat in her pocket. Alex pulled out the phone, then scratched the dog’s ears. “Genius, my friend. Genius.”

Lia was about to climb into the tub when her phone buzzed. She picked it up and read the text from Alex.

I really wanted to kiss you. Just saying.

Lia felt a flutter in her stomach that then migrated decidedly south. Whether it was from the beer or Sally’s pep talk, she felt suddenly brave. She bit her lip and thought for a moment before replying.

I really wanted you to. Just saying.

She slid into the hot, sudsy water and thought again about what it would be like to have Alex’s lips on hers. Her phone buzzed again almost instantly.

Duly noted.


Don’t go away, yet!  Aurora has provided a sneak preview of her next book, Built to Last!

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Excerpt 2: 

Built to Last

Joss pulled up to the house and smiled. She loved old houses. In part, she simply preferred the look and feel of them. Really, though, she appreciated the craftsmanship. More often than not, old houses were well-built. Even ones that appeared to be crumbling usually boasted more structural integrity and attention to detail than those built in the last thirty years.

This one was no different. If she had to guess, Joss would peg it as having been built between 1890 and 1910. The porch appeared to be falling off, a fact she would have spotted even without the yellow caution tape. The roof looked old, but the parts she could see didn’t seem to have any holes—a good sign, since water damage was the single biggest enemy of old houses.

She pulled her truck into the gravel driveway and parked behind a red hybrid hatchback. She shook her head and chuckled. Only in Ithaca did people simultaneously buy hybrid cars and drafty old houses. That wasn’t fair; they probably did that in Portland, too.

Joss climbed out and studied the exterior of the house. The windows looked original, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The yard was unkempt, but it had a good slope. Hopefully, that meant the basement was dry.

She made her way to the back door and peered in. The kitchen was just as she’d expected—a bit of a mess, but not a lost cause. The floors and trim looked original and, thankfully, hadn’t been painted. It was just the sort of house she’d love to get her hands on. If she played her cards right, maybe she’d get the chance.

Joss turned her attention to the woman who was standing in the middle of the room with her back turned. She wore a navy blue sun dress and matching shoes, the kind with ribbons that went around her ankles and tied in neat little bows. Her hair was a fiery red, pulled up into some sort of twist that exposed her neck.

Joss wasn’t a monk by any means, but the intensity of her reaction took her by surprise. Maybe it was the contrast of the tired space that made the woman seem so striking. That had to be it. Of course, it didn’t help that she was dancing. It was subtle, for sure, but there was definitely a sway in her hips. Joss’s fingers itched to feel the movement.

Get a hold of yourself. She’s a client, and likely married. Deciding she needed to get out more, Joss shook off the strange surge of desire and knocked firmly on the door.


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