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Not-So-Straight Sue – an excerpt

Welcome!

Maybe you’re here hunting for a clue for Jae’s latest crossword. This time, her F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian books with characters who are lawyers, attorneys, or otherwise work in a legal profession.

One of the clues relates to my story, Not-So-Straight Sue, and the answer to “What’s the name of the town that Sue grew up in?” is somewhere in the following extract.

Maybe you’re just here because you want to read an extract from the book? Go ahead and be my guest. I hope you enjoy it.  The following extract is from the start of Chapter 5. Sue has just returned to Australia from London, ready to take up a new challenge as the only lawyer in a tiny outback town. Prior to that, she stops off to face her past demons and reconnect with her parents in her home town of Y—

Ha! You didn’t think I’d make it that easy, did you? I hope you enjoy the extract.  Not-So-Straight Sue is book 2 in my ‘Girl Meets Girl‘ series. These stories with interconnected characters read perfectly well as standalone novels. Enjoy!

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Love on the Water—WLW & lesbian books set on boats

Lesbian books set on boats

I learned an interesting thing after the release of my latest contemporary lesbian romance All at Sea.

For the most part, All at Sea is set on a yacht in the ocean off the coast of Australia. Accidental stowaway Stevie wakes up to find herself miles from shore, stranded with only Kaz the captain and Sinbad the cat for company. Talk about opposites attract! Stevie not only has to navigate a path around prickly Kaz, but she also has to adapt to the unfamiliar environment of life on the ocean.

I went looking for other WLW & lesbian romance novels set on yachts–and I learned there weren’t many. Loveboatlesfic. Maybe it’s a new genre?  Lesbian books set on any sort of boat are few and far between. My fellow Ylva Publishing author, Jae, asked her reader group for suggestions. And I did some digging.

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Remember When – guest post by KD Williamson

Remember When

I barely remember my 20’s. It’s not because I was high or drunk all the time. Well, maybe a little drunk. But mainly because, for the most part, it was such a miserable time. Don’t get me wrong. I had some fun. I had friends and college was an…experience for lack of a better word.

Maybe saying I barely remember is misleading. How about I don’t look back at the time with much fondness? There that’s better, and for all intents and purposes, it’s the truth. My twenties were a time of confusion. I didn’t know who I was so a lot of times I just filled in the blank and wore a persona like a hat to see if it fit.

Was I the smart girl? The quiet girl? The angry one? The militant? The lover? It took me a while to realize that I was actually all those rolled into one. But at that time, it was easier to go with the flow and along with the crowd. Hell, I longed for someone to show me the right way, the safe way, a way.

I don’t know if that was anyone else’s experience but it sure was mine. That’s at least one hidden reason why I wrote my latest book, Big Girl Pill. That age, the 20’s, can be a hard time. The other reason was one of the main characters, Nina Sterling.

Creating and writing her was cathartic in a way that I didn’t realize until very recently. She’s a young woman who was searching. She found herself but didn’t recognize that person as who she was meant to be. As a result, she lost her and allowed herself to be led down a path that wasn’t the best by people who professed to care.

The other protagonist, Maya Davis is a little more settled in a sense because of a loss early in life and that wisdom helped her to see what Nina kept hidden. They made each other better. Surrounded by laughter and acceptance.

Imagine having all that and fucking it up.

Go on. I’ll wait.

Not good, huh?

Well, this book is about Nina trying to find her way back to the real her. The road is filled with hard truths but peppered with laughter, heart and a dose of heat to ease the way a bit. Now, imagine getting to the end of that road and seeing the world open up.

Take another moment.

Satisfying, isn’t it?

Yeah, it is.

You can win a copy of Big Girl Pill by entering the rafflecopter giveaway. Go on! What are you waiting for?

This post is one stop on KD’s blog tour to celebrate the release of Big Girl Pill. Want more KD? Check out the other stops on the tour below:

21 January – Dirt Road Books

22 January  – KD Williamson

23 January – Cheyenne Blue – you’re already here!

24 January – RG Emanuelle

27 January – Andi Marquette

28 January – Sacchi Green

29 January  – Women and Words

30 January – Dirt Road Books

 

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The Year That Was and the Year That Is

I’m sitting here in a holiday unit by the beach in Queensland. The sun is a scorching 36 degrees centigrade, the sea is an impossibly clear blue, and I’m sitting inside at my laptop, peering through the window at the wide world outside.

Yeah, I’m a writer. How did you guess?

It’s time for me to do the annual post. 2019 the year that was, and my writing goals for 2020.

A Heart This Big by Cheyenne Blue2019  saw the release of my seventh novel, A Heart This Big. It’s also, I think, my most successful novel to date, which to a struggling writer is a wonderful thing. Nina the farmer, Leigh the lawyer, and the kids, animals, and volunteers that make up the ramshackle community of Banksia Farm were also some of my favourite characters to write.

2019 also saw my first two audiobooks released: Code of Conduct and A Heart This Big. I admit that until I listened to my own two, I’d never listened to an audiobook in my life! But Claire Alain’s wonderful narration in her creamy Aussie accent has made me a convert. I’m particularly in awe of how well she did the multiple foreign accents in Code of Conduct plus the kids in A Heart This Big. Continue reading “The Year That Was and the Year That Is”

Charity Sunday: Riding for the Disabled

It’s Charity Sunday again. What is Charity Sunday? Well, a year or so ago, the bloody amazing Lisabet Sarai came up with the idea. Writers nominate a charity and post an excerpt from one of their works. Then, for one day only, everytime someone comments on a participating post, the author will donate $1 to their chosen charity.

I think this is win-win. All you need to do is comment on this post. You can say hi. You can write me an essay.  You can tell me something random about yourself (I particularly love those comments), it really doesn’t matter. Then, for every comment made on Sunday, 25 August 2019, I’ll donate $1 to my local branch of Riding for the Disabled. You get to do good and feel good. I get to support a charity that means something to me. That’s it. Of course, I’d love it if you signed up for my newsletter while  you’re here (the link is at the bottom of the page), and I’d particularly love it if you read the excerpt below which is from my latest novel, A Heart This Big, simply because it is directly related to Riding for the Disabled. But you don’t have to do either of those things if you don’t want to.

As I’m in Australia, our Sunday is before most of the world’s, so I’ll leave it open until 11.59pm Pacific time in the US.  That’s all you have to do. You don’t have to donate; I’ll do that. Neither will I sign you up for anything, spam you or do anything except be very happy that your comment means $1 more to support Riding for the Disabled. I do have a cap on how much I can afford to give, but in the previous Charity Sunday’s I’ve participated in, I didn’t get near my limit. I’d love to reach it this time. Continue reading “Charity Sunday: Riding for the Disabled”

A Heart This Big – gone wide

A Heart This Big by Cheyenne BlueMy latest novel A Heart This Big, the story of Nina a single mum who runs a special farm for kids on the outskirts of Sydney, and Leigh, a high-profile city lawyer, is now available everywhere.

I’m really delighted by the reception the book is getting and was dead chuffed when it topped the Aussie Amazon listings the other day.

The way to any author’s heart is through a positive review, and A Heart This Big has got some ripper ones that made my day:

This book was just full of heart, it was just wonderful.- Goodreads Reviewer

It is a beautiful story and I really enjoyed the parts with the children on the farm.– Goodreads Reviewer

It really was the perfect slow-burn romance.– Lesbireviewed

(Want to support an author? Leave a review. Simples :))

I hope you’ll check out A Heart This Big available from the usual suspects below:

Ylva Publishing

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.ca

Amazon.de

Smashwords

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

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!

 

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