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Into the Mystic : M. Hollis

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


M. Hollis

The Hunt – A first bite is never easy for a teenage vampire.

M. Hollis could never decide what to do with her life. From the time she was a child, she has changed her ideas for a career hundred of times. After writing in hidden notebooks during classes and daydreaming during every spare moment of her day, she decided to fully dedicate herself to her stories. When she isn’t scrolling through her social media accounts or reading lots of femslash fanfiction, you’ll find her crying about female characters and baking cookies.

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  1. GL Tomas
  2. Siera Maley
  3. Brigitte Bautista
  4. Tess Sharpe
  5. Shira Glassman

 

Ziggy Schultz closes the mausoleum gate as soon as L.J. passes through. Which is good because L.J. immediately tries to escape.

L.J.: There’s a vampire out here!  Let me out!

The vampire draws nearer licking bubble-gum pink lips, then lifts a tray of oatmeal raisin cookies.

M. Hollis: Cookie?

L.J.: Um… obviously. Yeah.

The inside of the mausoleum is in fact a very pretty kitchen. Lots of bright colors and a sign over the table that says “forever thirsty” and has a suspiciously red margarita. 

M: So happy you could join me in my happy home. When I heard Ninestar Press was looking for F/F paranormal stories and I decided to write something for them. Vampire stories always fascinated me for some reason.

M. Hollis giggles and flashes her pearly fangs. L.J. eats the cookies.

M.: So it was easy to come up with The Hunt. I wanted to write a story that isn’t dark or creepy for once but more about vampire families and how vampires do the transition from newborns to fully formed vampires. That’s how I came up with the first bite being kind of a ritual for some vampires (not all of them feel the itch to bite humans though).

L.J.: Cool take on vampires. Life cycle. These cookies are amazeballs! So you’re main character is a teenage vampire?

M: “teenage” vampire. She was changed a few days before she turned 19. You can see her on my pinterest. She was scared and alone at the time and she found a family with Carla and Mona (who she calls Mom and Mommy). Carla is a writer who specializes in writing books that tell vampires where the safe and dangerous places are to live and visit while her wife Mona is a translator and they kinda work together sometimes. In this world, vampires have secured themselves into a new dimension where they have their neighborhoods and houses in a safe place, but they come out sometimes for food, pleasure or work.

L.J.: Nice. So you’ve got two F/F couples?

M: Representation is so important. I started reading F/F romance when I was looking for more diverse stories years ago and the more I read the more I figured my sexuality out and my love for other women. So now I like to dedicate myself to reading and writing F/F as much as I can.

L.J.: That’s beautiful. Nearly as beautiful as these cookies… so…what challememes…

L.J. swallows the cookie.

L.J.: What challenges did you face in writing fantasy/romance?

M.: World-building l is always the hardest part for me. I like to write more about the characters themselves than little details so I tend to forget things that other people care about. I guess is something I slowly work with and my beta readers are always helping me out to become a better author. For romance, the challenge is to find a way to tell a love story that will make everyone happy, which is completely impossible. Every person likes different things and you end up making some people happy and some people disappointed. With time, you learn that you can just write a story and see what happens when it reaches other hands.

L.J. suddenly feeling very sleepy, yawns.

L.J.: Yeah, can’t please… everybody all the… Did I ask about your advice to newbies, yet?

M.: Nope. Here, have a seat in this convenient and not at all suspiciously wheeled arm chair. You look exhausted.

L.J.: Well, you know, between the ghosts and demons and werewolves and… oh more cookies. It’s been a weird couple of days. So advice for…

M.: Make friends in the publishing world! Especially, other authors. I don’t know if I could still be here if it wasn’t the many other wonderful authors who encourage me and are always helping me with my stories. And I love helping them back. Working in publishing is hard…

M. Hollis plumps the pillow on the chair.

M.: If you don’t have a good support system, you’ll end up too exhausted to keep going.

L.J. snores as M. Hollis wheels her away…


 

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Into the Mystic : Ziggy Schutz

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


Ziggy Schultz

By Candlelight – A girl and her ghost await a funeral.

Ziggy is a small-town queer kid who has escaped to the big city of Vancouver, BC. She loves comic books, monsters, and hard fought happy endings. Her writing has appeared in Behind the Mask (Meerkat Press, 2017), Daily Science Fiction, and she is also the cowriter and producer of Crossing Wires, a hopeful post-apocalyptic podcast. When not writing, she spends most of her time in haunted houses, spinning ghost stories for anyone who will stop and listen.

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  1. Tamora Pierce
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Ivan Coyote
  4. Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Neil Gaiman

 

 

Leaving Lis Valentine behind in a crazy South Dakota bar, L.J. dashes into… a Canadian graveyard. It’s surprisingly peaceful here. No traces of monsters just a few ghosts in the chilly curls of mist.

A gender-ambiguous person in a hood with a scythe waves L.J. over. Then notices the scythe and quickly puts it under the robe.

L.J.: Ziggy Schutz?

The figure nods.

L.J.: I’m here to interview you about your story in Into the Mystic. Uh… “By Candlelight”?

Again the silent figure nods.

L.J.: Well, this is gonna be a strange interview. What draws you to F/F romance?

The figure begins a muffled answer. Then realizes and pulls down the hood. Ziggy has the most excellent dimples.

Ziggy: Oh Gosh! Forgot I had that on. Hi. Yeah so… as someone who grew up feeling the absence of F/F stories, especially stories where girls were allowed to really fall in love, as opposed to just kissing as a way to titillate the male audience, I try to create the stories that I wanted when I was younger. Even in the space of queer fiction, sapphic romance is so underrepresented, after all. Especially in genre fiction.

They walk through the graveyard.

L.J.: Couldn’t agree more. I came from a small town too and there was zero representation. So, “By Candlelight” has a really interesting version of ghosts.

Ziggy: Oh yeah. Ghost is a job title, like a personal reaper. The world, and this version of ‘ghosts’ already existed. Just left to collect dust with a half finished novella, so when I saw Into The Mystic calling for paranormal, sapphic stories, I went ‘hey, I might have something for that.’ Separate from that, I was playing around with the idea of who funerals are for, and the trope of getting to attend your own. Combine all that, and you get “By Candlelight”!

They pass several mausoleums and a row of carved stone angels.

Ziggy: In this world, when someone dies a ghost comes, sends them on their way, and takes on their appearance so that they can tie up any loose ends. The ghost who comes to help Zoe move on is very good at her job. She’s been doing it as long as she can remember, doesn’t recall ever having her own name or face. And she hasn’t had anyone turn into a spirit – refuse to move on until all humanity is leeched from them – on her in a very long time.

Some of the carved stone angels turn to watch as they walk past.

Ziggy: But Zoe has known she’s going to die for years, most of her last years being defined by that fact. It makes sense that in coming to terms with dying young, she’s become obsessed with death – what it might look like, what comes after, both for herself and for her family and how to make it easiest for them. She is stubborn and single minded, which is why when a ghost that looks like a healthier version of her shows up when she dies and tells her not to worry, the ghost will take it from here, she refuses to move on without explanation.

Ziggy notices the stone angels following them and brandishes the scythe until the angels go back to the way they were before. L.j. doesn’t notice.

L.J.: There’s so much in there that is really intriguing. Really original take on ghosts. Did you have any challenges while you were writing for this call?

Ziggy: Fantasy is something I’m very comfortable with, romance is… not so much. The challenge was really in making sure the subtle romance of the story shone through, really making sure each scene and interaction between Zoe and her ghost carried the weight it needed to feel genuine.

They arrive at the far gate of graveyard.

L.J.: Any advice to new writers?

Ziggy: is it too cliche to say ‘write.’

L.J. shrugs and makes a face because that’s the advice she usually gives and she thought it was pretty damn good advice.

Ziggy: Challenge yourselves. Write a romance, or a sci fi heist, or a high fantasy piece. You’ll never know when you stumble upon something, some new genre or type of story that you never would have tried if you kept to what you knew you could do. And don’t pay too much mind to what people say is marketable. So much of that is based on an outdated, narrow view of the narrative.

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Into the Mystic : Lis Valentine

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


Lis Valentine

Fire and Brine – Of all the bars in all the world, Alice had to wander into Cassandra’s. Are either of them ready for what comes next?

Lis lives in Boston with her partner and kid. She chases the mail for money and has too many books and too few days off. She has more stories at Ninestar Press under her other (PG 13) pseudonym, Valentine Wheeler. Check out Dead Letter in Into the Mystic Volume Two, and Piece of Cake in the Teacher’s Pet anthology! Coming out next month in Once Upon a Rainbow Volume Three, is her story “Loose in the Heel, Tight in the Toe.” And Surface Tension, a novella about mermaid abductions, is due out in September.

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  1. N. K. Jemesin.
  2. S. A. Chakraborty
  3. Felicia Davin
  4. Seanan McGuire
  5. Tamora Pierce

 

As Bru Baker roars away in the ghostly carriage, L.J. is surprised to find herself in…South Dakota. Outside of a bar, called Dusty’s. Since a drink sounds like a fantastic idea after the night she’s been having. L.J. goes inside and is surprised to find everyone seems to know her name. Just as she’s backing out the door again, L.J. notices a fellow author perched at the bar.

Lis Valentine: You gotta write with other people! Work in coffee shops together! Hop into each others’ google docs, email drafts back and forth! The more you see other people’s process, the more you can understand and streamline your own and figure out what works…and  you know, what doesn’t… for you.

Lis sagging on the bar.

Lis: Not to mention the fact that writing can be lonely if you’re doing it solo. Make it social and make it fun if that’s your jam!

L.J. approaches the bar cautiously waiting for vampires, or werewolves, or succubi.

L.J.: Hey there, Lis. So I take it “Fire and Brine” takes place in a bar?

Lis: Well, why not? All these supernatural beings, and they never once get down after lights’ out? Come on. I love the trope of strangers meeting for a night, and this was the perfect opportunity. Ladies in a South Dakota bar…

L.J.: So what drew you to F/F/ romance?

Lis lashes out with her drink.

Lis: There’s not enough of it! I’m always looking for great queer female characters, especially in genre fiction and romance. We’re making strides, but we aren’t there yet.

L.J.: I know, I read your tumblr post about men taking men to task about their female characters and I–

Lis: As a queer female-presenting person, I love seeing people like me in the fiction I read. This particular piece was a bit of a challenge for me because I don’t usually write erotica, but I’m proud of it!

L.J.: Ooh spicy!

Lis: Proud of it!

L.J. recoils.

L.J.: And you should be, Lis. Tell me what it’s about?

Lis: So Cassandra– she’s the main character. She looks like Alona Tal —  she’s a woman who lives her life on her terms now that she’s gotten a fresh start. lis1

She has a long history that she’s pushed aside and tried her best to forget. She built Dusty’s up from nothing when she bought it, and she isn’t going to let anyone get in the way of her life.

L.J.: Hey! That’s a gun you’re character is pointing at me!

lis2Lis: And then there’s Alice– she’s visually inspired by Saba Mubarak. Alice has no love for the quiet life. She blows into a town and then right back out of it, taking what she needs and charming everyone along the way.

L.J.: That’s  a really hot combo.

L.J. backs away from the blonde with the pistol.

L.J.: Any challenges in writing such intense character into a fantasy romance?

Lis: I started writing through fan fiction, so the mix of fantasy and romance is what I’ve always written. I find that romance doesn’t care what genre you’re writing in: if the sparks are there, they’ll fly!

Probably about as fast as L.J. flies out of that bar.


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Into the Mystic : Bru Baker

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


Bru Baker

Heart’s Thaw- A frozen heart is no match for ignited passions.

Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor. Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

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  1. Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Margaret Atwood
  3. Emily Bronte
  4. Jennifer Egan
  5. Mary Calmes

 

 

As K. Parr lopes away for her monthly howl, L.J. remains in the carriage watching her disrobed friend’s transformation agog.

L.J.: Well, I’m agog! One never knows how strange one’s friends truly are. Wait, wasn’t this just a taxi?

The driver of the carriage turns and smiles at L.J.

Driver: M’Lady has the most peculiar fancies. You know, I also wrote a story for that collection.

L.J.: Splendid. And you are?

Driver: Bru Baker

L.J.: That is the best author name ever.

Bru utterly unimpressed by L.J.’s admiration focuses on the road and the horses.

Bru: Quite. My story is Heart’s Thaw. Helena, who is the Duke of Keering’s daughter and very well-bred and prim, and her paid companion, Calliope, who is a bit of a firecracker. Calliope is supposed to keep Helena out of trouble, but Helena is too stubborn for her own good. They’re an interesting pairing of fire and ice.

L.J.: Sounds most delightful. What inspired–

Bru:  My best friend asked me to write her an F/F piece for Christmas because she has such a hard time finding lesbian fiction.

L.J.: I know! There’s such a shortage of good F/F–

Bru: I liked the idea of experimenting with what a paranormal creature like a succubus would do when confronted with a woman who isn’t attracted to men.

L.J. nods and takes notes.

Bru: I primarily write gay romantic fiction, so dipping into F/F was an interesting challenge for me. I primarily write contemporary and urban fantasy, and to further set it apart from my usual voice I chose to go with a historical setting for this piece. It was a lot of fun, and I found writing women to be a much more sensuous experience. Ditto for writing outside of contemporary. Everything is sexier by candlelight!

Bru looks over at L.J. disdainfully.

Bru: You’re very quiet for an interviewer.

L.J.: Well, it just pieced together so nicely.

Bru: Indeed.

L.J.: So…You usually write contemporary and urban fantasy. Were there any unexpected challenges to writing fantasy and romance?

Bru: It’s tricky because romance traditionally has very defined rules, and fantasy patently doesn’t. So blending the two can be difficult. Since this was just a short there wasn’t much world-building, but that is where I get hung up when writing fantasy. How do you pull the reader into your world without going overboard on the exposition? It’s a balancing act.

As the carriage slows, L.J. realizes they’re not in the forest anymore…

Bru: And surely the best way to understand the balance is to keep writing. Some writers are lucky and their first book hits the bestseller list, but most of us aren’t. The best way to make a living at this is to build up a backlist. There’s always room for growth, and the way to get there is to hone your craft. So keep writing, keep submitting, and keep editing. You’ll find your audience!

The carriage comes to a stop and Bru nudges L.J.

Bru: Now go away. I have M/M contemporary to write.


 

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Into the Mystic : K. Parr

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


K. Parr

Home – A stray, an alpha, and a question: Where does she belong?

K.Parr  is a writer of multiple genres, including young adult, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and humor, all of which contain LGBTQA elements. In her spare time, K reads and writes fan fiction, keeps up with way too many TV shows, and dances wildly in her apartment. She currently works as a youth services librarian in Rhode Island.

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Favorite Authors:

  1. Tamora Pierce
  2. Tanith Lee
  3. Rainbow Rowell
  4. Laini Taylor
  5. Kristin Cashore

 

As L.J. Longo runs away from  L.J. Hamlin who has very scary teeth, she turns the corner and crashes into K. Parr, who’s paying more attention to her phone.

K. Parr: Oh hey, L.J. What’s up?

L.J.: Oh you know, running from a vampire chasing me. Nothing new. You?

As a taxi stops before the curb.

K. Parr: That was fast. Uh… I guess rescuing you.

L.J. scrambles into the taxi. K. Parr shrugs and gets in after, slamming the door just before the vampire leaps in.

L.J.: Great. Hey tell me about your Into the Mystic story while we go… where are we going?

K. Just heading to meet some friends for a monthly get together. I mean, I might not want to go. Maybe I’ll just lock myself up in the basement again.

L.J.: Say what?

K.: My story in Into the Mystic is called “Home.” It’s actually a combination of two short fan fics I wrote. I stole the plot and basic character elements to create this story! I was dying to write about werewolves, and I just LOVE when one character overworks themselves because they’re too proud to accept help. In romance, that allows for the other character to sweep them off their feet and convince them that they deserve help, and it’s okay to ask for it when needed.

L.J.: Aww, that sound so sweet.

K.: I really enjoy the sweet tenderness that happens between two girls in love. It can be very sensual, so alluring. I also believe there needs to be more published F/F romances out there, so I was happy to contribute my little story!

L.J.: So reclaimed fan fic, huh? Tell me about inspiration.

K. shows on phone.

K.: I have a pinterest! I based Joss the alpha on Gal Gadot, whom I adored in Wonder Woman. Oh man, her bedroom eyes.

K. fans herself.

K: Farah was inspired by the character Farah Black from the show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

L.J.: Any challenges in adapting these two very not paranormal fantasy characters into your story?

K. seems to have gotten lost in the pinterest. Scratches her ear.

L.J.: K.? Challenges writing fantasy romance?

K.: Oh! I’ve written fantasy and romance several times before, so I didn’t encounter many challenges in terms of genre. What I did have to work at was tighter language and a plot/character arc that ended within the frame of a short story. I have more experience with longer novels, so short stories can be tough for me. I really have to limit my typical scope and make sure all the loose ends tie up neatly.

L.J.: I feel you. Short stories are such a weird thing to write if you’re used to novels, especially for an antho call.

K.: This was the first time I actually wrote to the prompt rather than trying to sell pre-written work. It’s risky, because if the anthology doesn’t accept the story you’ve written specifically for it, you may have trouble selling it elsewhere. It could also pay off, though, and make you stand apart from other writers. My advice is to browse open calls and see if any pique your interest, then go from there.

The taxi has taken us out into what looks like a tree-lined highway at twilight. The moon hangs over the trees sharing the sky with the setting sun. K. seems a bit nervous about the view.

L.J.: I think that piquing the interest is the big takeaway. You can’t force it.

K.: Oh yeah! You have to write what you love! This is especially important when you’re starting out, because it’s easy to be swayed by other people’s opinions about what you should and shouldn’t be writing. You need to follow your passion so that the spark will carry you through the whole process from start to finish.

K. Parr fidgets in the seat and looks out at the thicker forest.

K.: Hey would it be weird if I asked you to put me in handcuffs, L.J.?

L.J.: You know that’s not where I thought my night was going, but I’m down to–uh, are you feeling okay?

K.: Dang it! I never time this right!k parr

K. Parr opens the door to the taxi as coarse reddish hair starts to sprout under her suitably librarian attire. She rolls out of the moving car, leaving L.J. flabbergasted.

Soon a very red-headed wolf is loping off into the woods to meet her pack.

L.J.: Man I have the weirdest friends.

 

 


 

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Into the Mystic : L.J. Hamlin

Into the Mystic, Volume Three is a short story anthology featuring nine paranormal short stories that center on a lesbian/bisexual romance. I’m super excited about it, since I feel there is a lack of LGBT fantasy romance especially ones that focus on the ladies. Since I know a few of these authors, they let me interview them!


L.J.Hamlin

My Cup of O Positive – going to the ER isn’t always as bad as you expect.

L.J.Hamlin (who I swear is not me) is a queer disabled writer with a love of fantasy but will try any genre she gets an idea for. She is constantly weighed down by WIPs but always open to more ideas.

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Favorite Authors:

  1. Rachel Caine
  2. Brianna Kietinz
  3. Maggie Derrick
  4. Alex Harrow
  5. Nicole Field

 

 

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A misty night outside of a hospital. The light from the streetlamp is dingy as the two L.J.s come towards each other in the fog. L.J. Hamlin is elegant and mysterious. L.J. Longo trips over nothing.

Longo: So, Other L.J., I have a series of questions about…

Sounds of vampiric…shuffling in the wind. Longo gets a little nervous while Hamlin only smiles wider.

Hamlin: About my story.

Longo: Yeah… So uh, why F/F romance?

Is that a siren or a wolf howl? Hamlin leans casually on the brick of the hospital.

Hamlin: I’m drawn to f/f as a bisexual woman. It took me a while to come out but as soon as my sexuality was no longer a secret I wanted to share stories of women like me. In fact…

Hamlin seems not to notice the ominous sounds drawing nearer, though Longo begins to look around wild eyed at the darkness.

Hamlin: “My Cup of O Positive” was inspired by a condition I have known as ehlers danlos syndrome (EDS ) I had the thought of how vampirism would change the condition without erasing it. So the love interest is a British vampire living in America who has EDS and is into disability activism and loves her cat.

Longo: Wait we’re in America?

Hamlin: Yeah, the main character is an American human doctor, she’s very focused, loves working and helping people.

A McDonald’s appears across the street from the hospital, severely cutting down on the scary ambiance and setting Longo at ease.

Longo: What a great way to both raise awareness and incorporate something new and interesting into the vampire mythos in your world. What else do you do to make a good fantasy story?

Hamlin: For me, the challenge with writing fantasy romance  is getting the balance right between the romance and the world building.

Hamlin snaps her fingers and the fog swallows the comforting light of the McDonalds. Hamlin stalks closer.

Hamlin: No one wants big info dumps at key romantic moments so you have to explain the world at the right time.

Longo: Great advice…Do you have any other advice for new writers before I jet. It’s kinda chilly out here in front of the scary hospital with all the vampire…stuff in the air.

Hamlin smiles showing a definite sharpness of tooth.

Hamlin: Sure. My advice to new writers is to not read your reviews, even the best big names get horrible reviews so don’t let that bring you down. Say what’s your blood type.

Longo: Uh… O positive. Ironically enough.

Hamlin: Delicious.

Longo: Oh no…

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Author Spotlight: Lea Bronsen and her new release A Thorned Rose in the Sand

So we’ve got a culture class between a bike-babe and a modern-day Bedouin. Also a camel. I’m in!

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I got the idea for this story after watching a video of French “globe cooker” Fred Chesneau visiting nomads in the Moroccan desert. They generously shared their food, home, and wisdom with a stranger, and I thought it would be cool to write about a female rally driver having the same experience.

A Thorned Rose in the Sand is set in the beautiful, quiet dunes of western Sahara where the sun is so hot you can’t walk barefooted and you could go miles and miles without seeing a single soul. In this story, you’ll meet a bad ass 450cc rally motorcycle, an opinionated but gentle dromedary, and two highly strong-willed young persons from opposite sides of the planet who get off to a bad start then can’t keep their hands off each other 😊

 

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When life in a big U.S. city becomes too much, Stevie Jones decides to live her wildest dream – compete against the tough guys in a motorcycle rally across Morocco. But the real excitement is found away from the race track, in the shifting sands of the desert.

After his studies in London, Ragab has returned to the nomadic lifestyle of his Bedouin family and the majestic silence of the Sahara. He dreams of the perfect wife, until a beautiful but feisty biker stuck in a sand dune turns his quiet world upside down.

 

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Excerpt

The girl screamed behind him. “Eeeeee!”

Too hard to resist. Until now, Ragab had had a difficult time respecting her privacy, but surely, a scream called for attention. What kind of a gentleman would he be if he didn’t check on a woman in distress?

He spun and found her kneeling on her jacket, nude and wet, arms outstretched in shock. He bit down a laugh. Yes, the deep well water was cold, but one got used to it, and in the extreme heat of the desert, it was a blessing.

She turned, caught him staring, and even though he couldn’t see anything inappropriate, she hurried to cover her breasts and pubic area. “Look away!” she shouted, voice panicky.

The laugh bubbled inside him, but he obediently turned back to the motorcycle—then stood in such a way he could see her reflection in one of the side mirrors.

Oh, it was like watching a porn scene. Her long, red curls hung wild over her back and round, white butt cheeks. Every time she moved, a portion of her breasts appeared in the space between her ribs and arms. Such perfect feminine curves, all over. Imagine if he saw the front…

Blood rushed to his groin. Stiffening, bothered, he tore from the sight, walked over to the well, and leaned against its waist-high wall, hoping the hardness of the bricks and coolness from the water below would temper his arousal before it became a full-blown erection.

So silent…

He strained to hear.

Splashes. Muffled squeals. More splashes.

He turned slowly and stole a glance from the corner of his eye.

She washed her panties and black top in the bucket and leaned forward to spread them in the sun. Her position exposed the dark pink lips of her sex, from the tiny hole in her butt to the end of her slit, where her clitoris hid.

Ooh!

Shocked to his core, he turned back and groaned low, his cock hardening again.

He closed his eyes, drew long, slow breaths to calm the painful throbbing and counted minutes, trying to think of something else.

His dromedary, for example. It would be cool to show her how to ride it. What if he rode another one, and they both galloped on the dunes together, she laughing, ecstatic…

Then they’d roll in the sand, and he would tease her thighs apart and slide his hungry hardness into her dark pink lips, to the wet bottom of her. Oh, yes.

She called, “Ready?”

He risked a glance in her direction.

Wearing one of his sisters’ dresses and looking divine with her red curls floating behind her—and her face white and clean—she strolled to the motorcycle, carrying a bag and her clothes. She stuffed everything on top of the fuel tanks, got up, lifted the dress to her knees, and started the motor.

Not once looking at him.

 

About the author

Lea Bronsen

Lea Bronsen likes her reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and dark erotic romance.

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LOVE AT THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN: Author Interviews

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LOVE AT THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
A YA Romance Anthology
From Stars and Stone Books

It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.

Featuring: M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.

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For this stop on our blog tour, we asked our authors to interview their characters! This is part two of two.

A.E. Hayes, “Her First Fever”

What do you want to be when you “grow up?”

Madeline: My path is pretty clear—get into an amazing college to study medicine, graduate with honors, and become a doctor. Nothing can stand in the way of those goals.
Johnny: She’s more—driven than I am. But good for her.
Madeline: Johnny, you have other things to focus on.
Johnny: Fair point. Get back to me on this question in about five years. Though as for when I’ll “grow up?” Get back to me in ten years regarding that.

What do you like best about your partner(s), physically, and why?

Madeline: I’m not really one who focused on aesthetics, to be honest with you. But Johnny is cute in this natural, I-don’t-have-to-try way. And he can be vulnerable, which I like.
Johnny: I’m not vulnerable! Geez. Thanks for making me sound like a puppy or something.
Madeline: You’re welcome. 😉
Johnny: ANYWAY, Madeline is incredibly hot… I mean, beautiful. She doesn’t like “hot.” I understand. But to me, she is. It’s not just her eyes, and her hair, and her body… it’s not like that. She’s just a gorgeous human being. I’m pretty damn lucky she tolerates me.

What drives you crazy about your partners(s), and why?

Johnny: She’s stubborn. I get the first word on this.
Madeline: And you’re an arrogant jackass.
Johnny: You know you’re changing your mind on that.
Madeline: I love you, but no.
Johnny: See? Stubborn!

Do you love high school or hate it? Why?

Madeline: It’s just means to an end. I can’t wait for college.
Johnny: Same. I don’t know about college, but high school is just—passing time. I’m learning more through experiences, and sometimes, what happens in the real world teaches us more.

What’s next for you and your partner(s)?

Madeline: We’re taking it slowly. For Johnny’s sake and for my goals, slow and steady is the way to go.
Johnny: I know better than to argue this point. Slow is fine. It’s better for my long-term health, too. Madeline is right.
Madeline: Say that again.
Johnny: Hell no.
Madeline: Can’t blame a girl for trying, can you?

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Cara McKinnon, “Three Jagged Pieces”

What do you want to be when you “grow up?”

SAM: I have no idea. I’m enjoying wrestling, but I don’t think I’ll go pro, and definitely not WWE-style. I’m not a good enough actor for that. I really enjoyed my college-level chemistry classes this year, so maybe something in that area.
NOAH: I want to do something with music. I would love for our band, Panphilia, to be super successful, and I’d like to write a musical and maybe score movies or video games.
SAM: Obviously I also want our band to be successful! If we can make a living with our music, that would be awesome.
AVA: I’m all for the band doing well, too, but I’d also like to be involved in sociological work. I’m interested in studying intersectionality, bias, and prejudice. I’ll probably end up working for a non-profit or as a professor.

What do you like best about your partner(s) physically, and why?

NOAH: I think what I like the most are the parts that they might like the least. I love how soft Ava is, especially when we’re cuddling. I like how Sam is slim, but strong. I know he wishes he were more built, but I am a fan of tall and lean.
SAM: I second loving Ava’s curves. They’re super sexy, and she should know that from how much time I spend touching them. I adore Noah’s hair, which he hates. He says it’s too fluffy and curly, but I love it. Of course, he’s also solid muscle, which is also a turn-on.
AVA: Sam and Noah are both beautiful to me. But I have to say I like that I don’t have to stretch so far to kiss Noah. But then, I also like how comforting it is to be wrapped in Sam’s arms, and part of that is because he’s so tall. There are pluses and minuses on both sides.

What drives you crazy about your partners(s), and why?

AVA: Noah snores. Like, a lot.
SAM: I don’t think that’s what they mean.
NOAH: I don’t snore!
SAM: Well, you kinda do. But it’s adorable.
AVA: It really is, which is why it drives me crazy.
NOAH: What drives me crazy is when they gang up on me.
SAM: Hey, you two gang up on me sometimes, too.
AVA: You two do it to me, too. So it’s a mutual method of driving-each-other-crazy.

Do you love high school or hate it? Why?

SAM: The school part was fine, but I couldn’t wait to get out of that town and away from my parents.
AVA: School was OK for me. I never really stood out in a major way, positive or negative. I went, and I hung out with my friends, and that was it. I did like my classes, and singing, so that was nice.
NOAH: I was bullied a lot for being trans, so I wasn’t a huge fan. But it was an easy way to see my friends and the people I love every day, so it had that going for it. And the fact that most of my senior year was independent study in various musical disciplines was nice.

What’s next for you and your partner(s)?

SAM: As we said before, we’re all in a band called Panphilia, and we just put out our first music video with Ava on keyboards and vocals. Making the video was very stressful, but it’s been getting some good reviews and steady traffic on YouTube and Vimeo, so that’s positive.
NOAH: We have an apartment that we share with several other friends now, and though Sam and Ava will still be in dorms on-campus during the semester, this is a good place for us all to come and be together on weekends and breaks. It helps with the long-distance aspects of our relationship.
AVA: Finishing college and finding work in the same place, geographically, is the biggest thing in our immediate future. In my field, I’ll probably go right into a master’s program after undergrad, and I’m going to try to stay close by. We don’t want to be apart any longer than we have to.
NOAH: Whatever comes next, we’ll be up for the challenge together.
SAM: Damned straight.
AVA: Absolutely.


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Katherine Wyvern’s LGBT tales series features… me!

Fellow Evernight Author and erotic rambler, Kathertin Wyvern was kind enough to let me talk about my first two novels and how my sexual fantasies were forever changed by watching “Miller’s Crossing.”

I realized what I wanted most was not graphic descriptions of the great sex I was not having as a teenager (though I wanted that in spades), but the wholeness of the gay character. In the Cohen Brothers’ film, the love triangle between three men is integral to the plot, yet they stand out not as gays who happened to be gangsters, but as gangsters who happened to be gay. They are sexual characters defined by things outside their sexuality.
I started writing those stories.

 

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Love Across the Universe: Author Interviews

The authors of Love Across the Universe sat down and answered a series of questions about writing, science fiction, romance, and more.
One of the things that new writers are told is “Don’t quit your day job!” Most writers don’t make enough from selling books to do it full time. But needing to have a day job to pay the bills isn’t the same as loving your job. We asked the Love Across the Universe authors what career (other than writing) they would want.


Elsa M. Carruthers—“All B+ut You”

I would probably be some sort of health practitioner like physical therapist/message therapist,etc.

M.T. DeSantis—“The Princess of Sands”

I think I’d take a stab at voice acting. I’m a big Disney buff, and it would be fun to lend my voice to a character, specifically a villain.

Traci Douglass—“A Dream to Build a Kiss On”

When I was in high school, I dreamed of moving to Paris and becoming a world famous fashion designer. I think I’d like that.

A.E. Hayes—“Tristan’s Tryst”

I was trained to be a professional opera singer well before studying writing (I always wrote, since I was a four-year- old kid, but I didn’t think it would be a career—just a hobby with maybe one or two small stories that could end up in a magazine somewhere). With all of my training and performance experience, I would go back into that lifestyle in a heartbeat. I doubt I have the stamina now, but my heart contains two deep passions: musical performance and writing. I’m so grateful I had the chance to pursue the former, and am grateful to currently have the chance to partake in the latter!

Serena Jayne—“You Only Love Once”

Museum acquisitions with a very big checkbook. I’d be dangerous.

L.J. Longo—“Breathless”

I’ve never wanted to do anything besides being a writer. I suppose I would be a professional tour guide, which was my day job for a while. Also, Pirate. I’d do that again in a heartbeat.

Oriana Maret—“Renewal”

I’d be in the vanguard of a settlement ship bound for all points up and out. Imagine all the worlds out there…wow.

Cara McKinnon—“The Pirates and the Pacifist”

The other career I’m trained for is theatre. If I had two of myself, I would still be making costumes and singing in musicals. But there’s only one of me and only so many hours in a day!

Sheri Queen—“Red Sand”

I have absolutely no background in this area, but I’d love to be an antiquities dealer who travels around the world to acquire rare objects.

Mary Rogers—“Breakfast on Pluto”

I was an English teacher, and I loved it. I was inspired by Mr. Rogers, and sometimes consider doing it again.

Emmerite Sundberg—“Fluid”

I am lucky in that I have a job I love. I am a librarian so when I’m not writing books, I am reading books or recommending books. It’s a pretty awesome deal.

K.W. Taylor—“Reprogramming”

I’ve sometimes thought it would be great to run a non-profit organization dedicated to a cause that really matters to me. I’m sure in my retirement, I’ll have more time to devote to things like that, even if not at a directorial level. Volunteerism and fundraising for good causes (in addition to writing) would be how I’d spend my time if money were no concern.

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