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Sacchi Green Blog Tour.Cheyenne Blue

Hello wonderful people.  I’m so very pleased to host a stop on my fellow author and good friend Sacchi Green’s blog tour for Wild Rides. I’ve known Sacchi since *counts on fingers* about 2002 when she included one of my earliest pieces of lesbian erotica in one of her anthologies. I’m not sure which story or what anthology, to be honest, as there’s been quite a few more since then.

Sacchi has always been one of my writing inspirations. Her short fiction is the sort that makes you stop, think, blink a few times, and sit back to appreciate the story you’ve just read. They’re as erotic as hell, but there’s a depth to them quite often missing from short erotica. Her characters are true-to-life women in real situations, and her stories are written with grit and finesse.

I hope you read on down through this post, check out the Q&A, listen to the audio clip, and of course enter the Rafflecopter giveaway where you can win all sorts of books. And, too, click on the links and check out Sacchi’s book, which is available now from Dirt Road Books.

Q&A with Sacchi

You are known primarily for your work as an editor of award-winning anthologies, with a focus on erotica. Did you choose the genre or did it choose you? Please explain.  

Both. When I was writing science fiction and fantasy short stories, they often had a lesbian undercurrent and subtle sensuality, but I didn’t know anything about erotica anthologies until one sf/f market listing zine included a call for submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 1999. I thought, “Wow, I could do that!” and it turned out I could, partly because I had already learned about writing fully-formed stories. The editing part came later, when someone interested in editing wanted to team with someone with a good track record of writing, so I co-edited three anthologies, each for a short-lived publisher. It wasn’t my fault! Then when we tried to interest a couple of bigger publishers, we were ignored, until suddenly one day I got a phone call from Cleis Press. It turned out they were looking for an editor after one of theirs had screwed up badly, and I’d been recommended as someone who could handle the administrative details. So yes, I chose the genre, and eventually the genre chose me.

In addition to erotica, you’ve published in several other genres. Which is your favorite? Why?

Erotica, historicals, and fantasy are my favorites, and a combination of all three would be my very favorite. But I’m told that historical short stories don’t sell well, and erotica is in rather a decline in popularity these days, while fantasy is still doing pretty well. But most fantasy requires its own world-building, which is hard work. Hmm. I really don’t know which is my favorite.

Do you have plans for a longer work, meaning a novella or a novel, anytime in the future? 

I have one novel out, which has had a very mixed reception, so I don’t know whether I’ll try one again. The idea of a novella-length piece using some of my existing characters is seductive, though, so I may do that. And I have half a mind to expand my short story in DRB’s anthology Learning Curve to novella length. If it gets to three quarters of a mind I’ll give it a try.

I love the way you write, especially your use of language. What’s your favorite word? Why?

What? Tell you my favorite and make all the other words mad at me? And it depends so much on the context. My favorite word at any given moment is the one that’s just right for whatever I need it to say. As Mark Twain said, more or less, “The almost-right word is to the right word as the lightning bug is to the lightning.”

The early reviews for Wild Rides, especially the one from Publisher’s Weekly, have been full of praise. After publishing so many works and receiving so many rewards for your work, has the bloom faded a bit? Or do you still get that happy jolt when you get positive feedback like that? 

How could the bloom ever fade? In fact it doesn’t take much to make one addicted, although having had praise does cushion disappointment when one doesn’t have it, just as having published quite a bit makes the occasional rejection easier to take. At least I think so now, but going too long without…well, let’s not go there.

Which of your books, whether it’s an anthology that you edited or a novel you wrote or anywhere in between, is your favorite? Why? 

Some days I think my favorite is Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms, because I got to do both fantasy and erotica, and my writers were especially brilliant with a theme like that to work with. I could have one of my own stories in it, too. Still, Wild Rides may turn out to be my favorite, with my first collection, A Ride to Remember in 2011, a close second. That one was a Lambda Finalist, which was more of a thrill than having my anthologies get that far. Don’t all we writers have that old exhibitionist streak?

Audio clip

Listen to Sacchi read from Wild Rides. The story she’s reading is “Pulling”, which is one of my favorites of hers.

 

Giveaway

And finally, there’s a giveaway. Go here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for some awesome prizes.  As well as a copy of Sacchi’s book and other great prizes, you can also win your choice of my single titles available from Ylva Publishing as well as titles from the other authors on Sacchi’s blog tour.

Wild Rides is available from Dirt Road Books

Sacchi Green is a Lambda Award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. She lives in western Massachusetts, with an alternate retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire and occasional forays into such real world spots as NYC for readings. Her work has appeared in scores of publications, including multiple volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Transgender Erotica, and Best Fantasy Erotica, and she’s also edited seventeen anthologies over the last fourteen years, most of them lesbian erotica. Nine have been finalists for Lambda Literary Awards, and two of those have been Lambda winners, while four have won Golden Crown Literary Society awards. All these awards, of course, are actually due to the fine writers who trust her with their work.

Sacchi has most recently edited Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year 20th Anniversary Edition, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2 and Volume 3, and, possibly the most fun of all, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales. Her very first novel is Shadow Hand, a superheroine book that puts a new twist on the genre, and her newest publication is a collection of her own short stories, Wild Rides and Other Lesbian Erotic Adventures, from Dirt Road Books. You can find her online at: https://www.facebook.com/sacchi.green and http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com, and contact her at sacchigreen@gmail.com.

Missed any of these posts?  The full blog tour schedule below:

19 March: Sacchi Green 

20 March: KD Williamson

21 March: Annette Mori

25 March: R.G. Emanuelle

26 March: Beth Burnett

27 March: Women and Words 

 

Girl Meets Girl Collection

I’m so very excited about this!  On 20 March, Ylva Publishing are releasing my entire Girl Meets Girl series as a box set.

That’s right, the two novels and two novellas together in one package. 242,600 words. A whole lot of reading. If you haven’t dived into the stories about Nora and Geraldine, Sue and Moni, Felix and Josie, and finally Moni and Sue again, then on 20 March you can get them all for $13.99 which is 30% cheaper than buying them seperately. Or put it another way, you’re buying Felix and Nora and you get Sue and Moni for free.

Here’s the descriptions:

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So Not the Perfect Wedding

Lesbian fiction author Erica Lee and I first connected on Instagram. She started a new blog, all about wedding mishaps (check it out, it’s great and funny and so very real!). It so happens that I had written a novella about a huge wedding mishap. And so Erica was kind enough to include an interview with me, mainly about Almost-Married Moni on her blog. Thanks, Erica!

I hope you’ll check out the interview for some insider information on Almost-Married Moni. (And check out Erica’s own stories while you’re at it!)

And hey, if you haven’t read any of my “Girl Meets Girl” series, of which Moni is the final part, Ylva Publishing are releasing then entire “Girl Meets Girl” series as a box set… out next week, 20 March, and you’ll save heaps!

 

Cover Reveal: A Heart This Big

A Heart This Big by Cheyenne BlueI’m delighted to share the cover for my next book. A Heart This Big. I love this cover! Two gorgeous women and two very different landscapes.

Want to know who they are? That’s Leigh at the top. She’s a top lawyer, and her world is the concrete and glass world of Sydney. Nina’s at the bottom, and her world is a smallholding on the very edge of the metropolis.

here’s the blurb:

Australian country girl Nina Pellegrini runs a program for city kids to experience a taste of rural life at Banksia Farm. But when a child is hurt and a lawsuit threatens, Nina is determined to find the best legal assistance to help her save the farm.

Enter high-flying lawyer Leigh Willoughby, whose city world is far from the farm’s chaotic mix of kids and animals. She certainly doesn’t have time for small cases that don’t pay or farm visits that wreck her cool—and her clothes.

Still, the warm-hearted Nina and her challenging, twelve-year-old daughter, Phoebe, are awfully hard to say no to. What on earth has she gotten herself into?

A captivating opposites-attract lesbian romance about a city woman discovering her country heart.

A Heart This Big will be out from Ylva Publishing in June.

The Aussie Summer of Tennis

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It’s one of my favourite times of year – the Aussie tennis season. During January, the WTA tour comes Down Under, and the tournaments cycle through Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Auckland, and of course the big one: the Australian Open in Melbourne.

I’m lucky in that I live close enough to Brisbane to attend the tournament there, and I go most years. As well the excitement of big name matches on Pat Rafter Arena, I love roaming the outside courts watching players practice with each other, run through their fitness and agility exercises,  and interact with fans. Those outside courts give a glimpse of life on tour that you’ll never get from TV coverage or show court matches.

Code of Conduct

If you want a little extra to add to your tennis experience this year (or if you’re wondering what it is about tennis that gets people excited), my latest book Code of Conduct takes place over the Australian summer of tennis. Viva is a Queensland tennis star, fighting a persistent injury and battling to remain at the top of the game. Gabriela is an official, dedicated to her career–and is also the lineswoman whose questionable call send Viva crashing out of the US Open. Sparks fly when these two meet in rural Queensland–not least because officials and players are forbidden to socialise, let alone date.

You can follow along with Viva and Gabriela as they participate in the Australian tournaments at Brisbane and Sydney, with the climax at the action-packed Australian Open.

Code of Conduct is available from these places: Ylva Publishing Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk  Amazon.de  Amazon.com.au Amazon.ca Smashwords Barnes and Noble Kobo

Want more Viva and Gabriela? Sign up for my mailing list before 12 January. Subscribers will receive a bonus previously unseen chapter of Viva and Gabriela’s story, a poignant interaction between the two that was cut from the final book. This will be included in the January newsletter. Here’s the sign up form below.

Too much tennis?

Code-of-Conduct-400x600Too much tennis? No way. Wimbledon’s on the TV, there are short white skirts and tanned legs filling my TV screen and tennis is once again the focus of my life.

There’s also my new book, Code of Conduct, which is available everywhere today.

It’s the story of Viva Jones, ex-top ten tennis player, now battling injury in the latter part of her career. It’s also the story of Gabriela Mendaro, a silver badge umpire, whose ambition is to gain the elusive gold badge.

Players and officials cannot date. In fact, they can’t even have a friendly relationship. The officials’ code of conduct expressly forbids this. So when Viva and Gabriela forge a connection that transcends their respective roles in the game,  it’s not something easily overcome–not if Gabriela wants to follow her dream to gold badge level. Continue reading “Too much tennis?”

A Serve of Romance

paperback racquet and ballsIt’s hard to avoid tennis puns when thinking of blog post titles for a tennis romance. Love match. An ace of a story! A new spin on the sports genre. So really, the one I’ve picked isn’t too bad.

Whatever slice I put on this post, Code of Conduct tells the story of Viva Jones, a top tennis player battling to remain at the top of the game, and Gabriela Mendaro, an umpire, striving to reach the pinnacle of her career: gold badge umpire. Trouble is, players and officials must keep their distance, a rule that is written in the officials’ code of conduct.

Whatever pun you choose,  Code of Conduct is available everywhere next Wednesday, 4 July.

Of course, if  you can’t wait that long, you can get it right now direct from Ylva Publishing.  And of course it’s on preorder everywhere else.

In the meantime though, and to distract myself from bad tennis puns, here’s the first chapter.

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Blue Woman Stories Volume II

BW2_180x288 Want some spicy reading with a romantic edge? Or romantic reading with a spicy twist?

Sexy, short, sweet, spicy. The second volume of my short lesbian erotica, Blue Woman Stories Volume II, is now available to read on Kindle Unlimited.  Or you can purchase for $0.99

Here’s the blurb:

Love triumphs as opposites attract in the Colorado Rockies, an unwitting voyeur has an eye-opening encounter on an Irish ferry, and love takes a lifetime to arrive in the poignant Glory B.

Cheyenne Blue’s lesbian erotica has been a staple of many anthologies since 2000. This second volume of her collected work contains five more of her finely woven lesbian tales.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

Perspex Window

Wide White Sky

Glory B

Discovering Donnie

Flannel and Fleece

Here’s the links:

Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com.au  Amazon.ca  Amazon.de  Amazon.fr

Amelia Earhart – found!

AmeliaEarhartOne of the most exciting news stories this week, at least as far as I’m concerned, is that they found Amelia Earhart. But it turns out, she was never really lost. Amelia’s disappearance is the stuff of legend and conspiracy theories. She and her navigator disappeared on their round the world flight in 1939 when they vanished over the Pacific.

Since then, along with the usual abducted-by-aliens stories, there’s been serious consideration given to them being captured and executed by the Japanese, running out of fuel and ending up at the bottom of the ocean, and one where she was secretly repatriated to New Jersey and lived under an assumed name.  That last one seems the wackiest to me.

In 1940, human bones were found on Nikumaroro Island, along with artifacts known to be used by her. However, the person who examined the bones concluded they were that of a male. Then someone went and lost the bones and that was that, until this week.

While the bones are gone, the measurements and notes taken of them survive, and a forensic pathologist has compared these measurements to Amelia’s known measurements and concluded with 99% certainty that they are Amelia’s. This means that she crash landed on Nikumaroro and died before she could be rescued.

I’ve written a story about Amelia with this scenario (except without her dying). In my version, she crashes, but lives out her life with a castaway islander woman.  You can read it (along with 14 other sensual lesbian stories) in First: Sensual Lesbian Stories of New Beginnings, edited by me.

Here’s an excerpt:

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