Friday, May 18, 2018

Giant Lesfic Sale on I Heart Lesfic: Spring Into A Good Book

It's that time again! I Heart Lesfic is hosting another awesome lesfic sale - get ebooks in multiple genres for 99cts, $1.99 or even free!

I am taking part with Secrets (thriller) and Open Spaces (romance).

Enjoy the season!

Follow your path - like a boss (because you're the boss)

This is a subject I bring back every once in a while - because every once in a while drama happens, in our own niche, or the publishing industry in general, which can be bewildering to readers.

I think it's important to remember that we make choices along the way - traditionally published, hybrid or indie. Amazon exclusive or wide, Kindle Unlimited or no Kindle Unlimited. Sometimes, we change gears along the way. The question is always, what's the best way to bring stories to the people? Make it easy for readers to find the books they want, and provide access.

Different authors make different choices. Being exclusive to Amazon saves time, but it's not for everyone. Authors who already are successful on multiple retailer sites understandably won't go back. On the other hand, if you had good experiences with Kindle Unlimited, there's no point in leaving unless there's a plan B. There is no 100% perfect forever solution, but what works best at the time.

Being your own boss and acting like it means to identify your path and go for it, and respect that your choices might not be the same as someone else's.

Less drama, more focus that way.

Today's lesbian links:

Timing Is Everything by Alison R. Solomon

Paris Adrift by Vanda

Don't forget that the giant Spring Into A Good Book Lesfic Sale starts on Monday: (on I Heart Lesfic)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Women: Heaven by Annette Mori

We have another Wednesday Woman at the table! Thanks to Annette Mori for introducing us to Heaven, from her latest novel Dream Catcher:

The written word is a powerful medium. Books can both influence and educate society and culture. I was listening to Isabella the other day when she talked about Sapphire books leaving a legacy. That got me to thinking about what I do with the books I write. It’s no surprise to anyone that I push the envelope and tackle controversial topics. My goal is to combine education and entertainment.
In my upcoming book, The Dream Catcher, I attempt to tackle a serious topic, mental illness, and weave a bit of education into an entertaining and engaging story. Let me clarify that I don’t wish to make light of the very real challenges for those who struggle with illnesses such as bipolar disorder.
I chose this particular disorder for my main character, Heaven, because I’ve had a front-row seat to the difficulties and challenges to overcome, especially with close relationships. There is a member of my immediate family who has had to manage her illness since her early twenties. At times she is successful and at other times, she is not. Her relationships with others sometimes suffer for it. I wanted to change the narrative in my make-believe world and ensure that while Heaven has some real challenges to overcome, her disorder is seen as a gift, rather than a disability. In one of the more heart-wrenching scenes, I create a bit of lightness, yet try to display the deep pain Heaven feels at the effect of bipolar disorder on her relationships. Here is that scene:

“She’s not what I expected.” Syl sat in the recliner. Her mouth did that worried thing as one half of her lip scrunched to the other side.
“Yeah well, me either. She was refreshingly direct and so beautiful.” I’m sure my dreamy expression caused Syl more concern. “Did you see how her breast peeked deliciously out from her shirt? One more button, and I’ll bet I could have seen her bra—probably some sexy Victoria’s Secret, lace creation. Mmmm, yeah, one more button.”
“You know, I’m beginning to re-evaluate a few things. I should just take you to a professional, so you can get it all out of your system. Maybe then you would be able to think more clearly. I suppose not having sex for so long has clouded your judgment…”
“Syl, you know that my…uh…special gift twists my sense of reality with unique perceptions. A romp in the sack with an escort isn’t going to alter that, but I do have my very lucid moments. I really think this is one of them. I get a good feeling about Maya. I believe she can help me.”
“Assist you in what way, that’s the real question. If it’s to help scratch a long overdue itch, that’s not solving the problem.” Syl brought the glass of wine to her lips and took a sip.
“Maybe you’re the one too focused on sex, because you didn’t get to go home with Darla and your perception is off. I meant, she could relieve me of my nasty dream apparitions, not assist me with my long, dry spell of unwanted abstinence.”
“We’ll see. I have a bad feeling about what is on the horizon for all of us.”
“Maybe it’s just indigestion from your spaghetti sauce. There was an awful lot of garlic in it,” I quipped.
Sylt threw a pillow at me. “I’d like to see you do better. Oh wait, you don’t cook. I have several charred pots to prove it.”
“I could learn. Do you think that would impress Maya?”
“You have bigger issues to tackle. I probably wouldn’t worry about your ineptness in the kitchen. Please, don’t go falling in love or lust. It only serves to exacerbate your condition. Need I remind you what happened when Twyla broke up with you after you’d only been dating for one week?”
“It isn’t fair that you get to plan for a future with Darla, but all I can hope for is periodic visits to a professional.” I knew I was pouting, but she wasn’t being reasonable.
“Life isn’t fair, Heaven. I’m sorry you got dealt a bad hand.” She looked at me with pity in her eyes, and I thought she really was sorry.
“Is my disorder so bad that I don’t deserve love?” I wanted to know the answer.
“It’s not that simple, Heaven, and you know it. When Spartan injected you with that serum to enhance your dreams, he made a typical relationship virtually impossible for you. You know that better than anyone else. I really am sorry, Heaven, for any part I played in their abominable research. I’d do anything to take it back.” Syl leaned forward and pushed at her temples with her fingertips for a few seconds, almost as if she was trying to massage the bad memories away. “Maybe she can help you enough to lead a relatively normal life, but you can’t get involved with a Dream Catcher. That would play right into their hands, and they might double their efforts to capture both of you.”
I nodded, pretending I was in agreement with her, but in my mind, I was crossing my fingers behind my back.

My grandmother always said that every pot has a lid. Sure, sometimes we scrounge around in the cabinets looking for that lid (unless you’re are OCD and have them neatly together at all times in order of size, smallest to largest). On other occasions, in a move, the lid is lost and finding a new one in an unlikely place like the Salvation Army thrift store is your only option. Sadly, more often than not, people purchase a new pot with a lid.  The lonely pot faces the reality many with a severe mental illness confront every day…never finding their lid because they are tossed aside like an unworthy piece of trash.
Since this book is at its core a romance, Heaven does find her lid and there is a happily ever after for her. I won’t tell you who her love interest is, but I will reveal that this person brings out Heaven’s gifts and lets her see herself in a different light. The journey is filled with intrigue and a new spin on how the government can be evil.  I hope you will enter Heaven’s world and see things through her eyes and gain a new understanding. Empathy is a powerful tool that drives connection. As my dedication says: To the men and women who struggle with bipolar disorder, may their special gifts remain intact.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Trouble with Brand Marketing, 2 freebies and an excerpt - and lesfic links!

Last week, I started with my plan to (re)jump-start my blog, writing about writing suspense. This is part of today's subject - brand marketing. My goal was always to get to a point where I could offer readers a variety of stories in different genres. Keep it interesting. The fans of lesfic are amazing and avid readers.
Still, some books do better than others, and especially now, where I hope to make it clear that my focus lies with stories of suspense (the Carpenter/Harding series and standalone stories like The Amnesia Project and Secrets) - what happens to the others?


Well, I guess we'll find out - for 5 days, you can download The Exodus Strategy ( a utopia/political fiction/women's fiction) and The Design of Everything Perfect ( lesbian romance) for free. Those two books do have some suspenseful moments, but otherwise are in other categories, and sometimes overlooked. Do I keep investing in them, or make my peace with the fact that other books carry the most weight, month to month?

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Speaking of a book that definitely has been noticed, The Amnesia Project, here's another excerpt for you:

I could feel it in my bones that Caitlyn, if I found her in the Gellers’ house, had answers for me. I just knew it. I stopped halfway for breakfast at a rest stop, enjoying a coffee and a piece of cheesecake, then I drove the rest of the way straight. I only stopped briefly at the hotel to check in and freshen up, then I made my way to the Gellers. The community they lived in was a bit further out than I imagined. The suburban feel of the area and its cookie cutter houses depressed me. It looked like the coming of age of a bunch of jocks and their high school sweethearts.
The house Jason shared with his family was on the first in a large, almost symmetrical half circle, another half circle of houses behind. Who or what were they trying to summon?
I parked on the curb and walked up to the house. I had a prickling feeling at the back of my neck, and turning, I could see movement behind the next door neighbor’s window. Nothing surprising so far. When your neighbor was practically on top of you, curiosity was a given. It made me cringe that there were people who chose to live like this. Then again, it was none of my business, right? A few days out here would remind me why I loved living in a city.
I rang the doorbell once, waited, then another time.
The door opened, and I came face to face with Caitlin Hoyt aka Mrs. Geller.
“Ms. Caitlyn Hoyt?” There was alarm on her face, and I had only a split second before she decided to slam the door in my face. I caught it in time. “Caitlyn, please, I need to talk to you for a moment. It’s important.”
Someone’s life could depend on it. I’m not sure it would have been fair to use that, given that I had no idea if Paige was alive. But she had to be. She had to be.
The other woman let go of the door, her shoulders slumping.
“My name is Katie Geller,” she said. I heard children’s laughter from inside the house.
“I need to make lunch,” Caitlyn/Katie added. “My husband is coming home in a few minutes, and he won’t like seeing you here. He doesn’t like people bothering us.”
I detected more between the lines than I wanted to.
“I don’t want any trouble for you or your family. I know you escaped your former husband.” It was worth a shot. “You might want to know that he’s dead.”
Something in her expression changed, a hint of emotion visible.
“Who are you?”
“My name is Danielle Ryder. I’m a cop, but I’m not here on an official assignment. I am interested in the circumstances of your disappearance.”
“Why?” she asked, her tone cool and sarcastic now. “You want to charge me for pretending a crime happened? That’s rich, especially since the police never do a thing when you need them.”
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Loving the Suspense: Secrets, The Amnesia Project, Carpenter/Harding & some more lesfic links, oh my!


This has been an exciting week: Great reviews for The Amnesia Project, and the BookBub Featured Deal for Secrets, while I'm getting Infatuations, Carpenter/Harding #7, ready for release in June.

I've wanted to return to regular blogs aside from the book-ish news, so here it is. I've enjoyed writing in various genres over the year. As a reader, and a writer, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense has always been my favorite. It's not only the ultimate good vs. evil. With a woman as the lead character, it feels to me like it's winning over patriarchy, one bad guy at a time. It will come as no surprise that Tess Gerritsen has been one of my favorite authors from the first book of hers that I picked up. I have loved every book of J.M. Redmann's Micky Knight series, and Lena Adams is my favorite character of Karin Slaughter's Grant County.

Over the years, I worked with different characters, figuring out which would be a good fit for a series, and which would have a fast-paced standalone as their story. Right now, I am happy to be able to offer my readers the Carpenter/Harding series and Secrets and The Amnesia Project as standalone reads. If you're looking for a quick romantic suspense read, Jayce & Emma fit the bill.

It's been a journey, with a lot more to come, with some forays into romance, urban fantasy and utopia. I'm grateful for every reader who joined me on this journey, into a world of vampires and angles, politics, small town antics...and back to where I'm most at home. Thank you for reading!

But wait, there's more in mixed lesfic news:

KC Luck's Rescue Her Heart is out today!

Annette Mori's Blog deals with the controversial subject of the term "panties" in fiction.

Still 99cts: Elizabeth Andre's Lesbian Light Reads 1-6 Boxed Set 

And another new release: Prudence MacLeod's Shadow Ascending 

Last thing for today, a reminder that you can sign up for T. B. Markinson's  I Heart Lesfic newsletter to stay up to date of everything that's going on in the world of lesfic - new releases, multi-author sales, review sites, etc. 

Enjoy the weekend - may it be filled with reads about women loving women and getting the job done!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A 99cts sale for Secrets!

 Secrets is a standalone thriller I re-published in 2016, and it was accepted for a Bookbub Featured Deal! So for a limited time, you can get this fast-paced story for only 99cts (exclusive to Amazon).

There is nowhere to run: 
Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what's left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn't her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist. A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets...some of them are deadly.

 This week, I also blogged on I Heart Lesfic about the inspiration for The Amnesia Project. You can enter to win an ebook, too (ends May 13th).

After all the excitement, it's back to writing and editing, so I can bring you Carpenter/Harding #7 end of June. There's still a lot in store for Ellie and Jordan.

You can read all my titles via Kindle Unlimited as well - happy browsing!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

It's here! - The Amnesia Project

Now on Amazon:

Romantic suspense with a dystopian twist...
What happened behind these doors?

In the summer of 2013, three young women and a teenage girl take a trip to New York City…Only three of them return.
Paige’s disappearance marks deep incisions in the women’s lives, impacting friendships, relationships and careers. Joy retreats. Paige’s older sister Alice seeks solace in alcohol. Dani vows to leave no stone unturned, feeling guilty and conflicted after seventeen-year-old Paige revealed her crush to her shortly before she vanished. More than a decade later, Dani uncovers the shocking truth.

In 2018, my focus will be on mystery, thriller & suspense - new Carpenter/Harding, new Jayce & Emma, a standalone in December, and, of course, The Amnesia Project was just released. If you ave read any of my books, you know that there is almost always an element of suspense--it's impossible to hide: This is where I come from as a reader and writer. I enjoy writing in different genres, but I keep coming back to the themes that have intrigued me for a long time.

The Amnesia Project introduces a dystopian element, and so far, it's been well received by readers and reviewers. Like all my titles, it can be borrowed from Amazon via Kindle Unlimited.

Will you join Dani on her decade long search to learn the stunning conclusion?