#Flashback Friday #FF My Review for Linda Bates’ ‘It Drew Pale’.

Hello Friends and welcome. I recently caught up with author Linda Bates, author of ‘It Drew Pale’. She is hard at work with her next book, which is under wraps. Later on this summer, she will be publishing some poetry. I will keep you updated. Today I am going share with you my review for It Drew Pale, originally posted on 25-Nov-16. Enjoy.

Good Afternoon Everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely holiday, for those who chose to join in.  Today  am featuring my review for Linda Bates’ It Drew Pale.  This book recently debuted, just in time for this holiday season.  Come on in and join us for this fun journey.

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Her greatest asset was her determination, and if you wanted to succeed in something in Oregon, or anywhere in the world for that matter, you had to have plenty of spirit!

Linda Bates

 

It Drew Pale takes place in the 19th century in the rural west. A lad named Jack Preston was moving to Oregon to start a new life. Jack is tough, but even keeled. Jack is witty, has a nice sense of humor, and is respectful of others. Jack is as honest as much as possible. However, this person has a big secret that your going to need to read the book to find out.

Eleanor and Marianne are sisters who enter Jack’s life. They are daughters of a shop keeper and they dress very well. Their beauty radiates and they are both very nurturing.   it’s no wonder that their family business is doing so well. These two women reminded me to stay optimistic. You can’t help but feel good when you are around them. They are both attracted to Jack’s charm. It’s no wonder that Jack is attracted to them. The question is how are they going to feel once they learn Jack’s secret.

All three players are solid. They are brave in their own ways. Marianne, under pressure, never showed any weak characteristics.   Nor did she cry out for a man when she was in an unpleasant situation. Marianne’s heart is as big as the world. Her strength is very visible and I applaud the author for creating her.

Eleanor doesn’t put up with nonsense. She knows how to hold her own ground and get her point across clearly. She isn’t afraid to use force either. She knows what she wants. No isn’t an option for her. If she wasn’t so attached to her family, I could see her going out on her own and starting a life someplace else. I found her to be a bit standoffish, but after learning a few things, I understood.

Jack has inner strength that is comparable to a super human. Jack isn’t afraid and doesn’t allow physical pain to slow him, especially when fighting for justice. Emotions are well tamed and never take over any situation.   I could see Jack stealth across a battlefield unnoticed.

This story is quite an adventure. There is a little bit of violence that made me pause from reading for a moment. The read itself kept me at a slow pace and I had to backtrack a few times so I wouldn’t miss anything. The story hooked me and I enjoyed the ride. You are going to want to carve out time so that you can fully experience the entire story without interruptions. And don’t forget to read the introduction before the story. I found it to be very inspiring.

Here are two excerpts from this fine story for you to check out.  Enjoy!

Excerpt 1

Stepping onto Oregon soil, Jack immediately began to feel the familiarity of it all. It had been eight months since the tired legs had set foot on some good old honest earth. It felt wholesome and fresh. And firm, too, after the bobbling about on the schooner. People were still around to trip over in the busy port-side, yet already Jack felt free. It was certainly a welcome contrast from the life Jack had led back at the claim. There were some real women milling about! Jack was not the type who discriminated against those women who wore trousers and flannel open-necked shirts. After all, in the gold fields it was more practical for a female’s needs, but in Jack’s mind, there was no female figure that was not the embodiment of nature in crinoline and frills! It was the way of it, and Jack had no mind to change the laws of nature. The others, Jack observed, were also viewing the magnificent local scenery.

Excerpt 2 

The busy storekeeper and her sister heard the slam of a door, but were too busy to attend their aggrieved relative. Besides, they had experienced the tantrums of the twenty-year old, and were quite used, after years of the same, to Eleanor’s behaviour. Her father always had the same answer when Eleanor was ‘in a sweat’ as he would call it, and deduced she would desist being out of sorts as soon as she found herself a strong man to calm her temper. And that would anger Eleanor the more her father would vocalise his philosophies. They would never see eye-to-eye on the ideals that matched the general populace, because Eleanor did not see herself as one of the crowd. Rather she was an individual, with needs of her own she had not quite worked out yet.

 

Four Stars!

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Stay tuned. Next week I am sharing my review for Renee Mackenzie’s ‘Pausing’. You don’t want to miss out with this one.

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Lynn

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Meet Author Jen Silver

Good morning everyone and welcome. Today I am featuring author Jen Silver, author of The Circle Dance and her new just released book, Running From Love. Jen has so many interesting things to share about herself. Recently I reviewed her book, The Circle Dance. Check out the link below to read more.

The Circle Dance Review

Come join us and meet this amazing woman, whom you’re going to love.

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“A book does not come to me as an idea, or a plot, or an event, or a society, or a message; it comes to me as a person. A person seen, seen at a certain distance, usually in a landscape. The place is there, the person is there. I didn’t invent him, I didn’t make her up; he or she is there. And my business is to get there too.”

From The Language of the Night by Ursula K LeGuin, an essay entitled ‘Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown’

Who is Jen Silver? Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

My parents moved around a lot and my childhood involved moving house numerous times and countries twice. I was born in England but they emigrated to Canada when I was four, then moved back a few years later after my younger sister was born. They then went back to Canada after deciding they weren’t missing anything here so my high school and college years were spent in Canada. Then I moved back to England myself in my twenties, stayed a few years and went back to Canada. My final move (probably) was back to the UK in the 1980s. I met my wife in 1987 while we were both working in London. So, this year we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary. We moved ‘oop North’, as they say here, twenty-three years ago and haven’t looked back.

I’d never considered myself to be a sporty person, so it was with some surprise that I found I enjoyed playing golf when I was introduced to the game in my mid-forties. I took up archery about seven years ago. I’ve also dabbled in martial arts—five years of Taekwondo, two years of Tai Chi. And nowadays, along with the golf and the archery, I enjoy taking part in boxercise classes.

I always loved writing and had drawers full of unfinished stories before I took the plunge and submitted something to a publisher.

It’s hard to believe that I now have six published novels to my name, and several short stories.

What is Running From Love about?

This is the synopsis:

Sam Wade returns home from a business trip to discover her wife of just two years has left her for another woman. Beth, a high school teacher, wants a divorce so she can settle down with her new (closeted) love, head teacher Lydia Carmichael.

To take her mind off the break-up Sam accepts an assignment to learn to play golf at the newly opened Temperley Cliffs golf resort in Cornwall. Beth and Lydia also plan their first summer holiday together.

Coming out, at whatever stage in one’s life, is never easy. Several characters in the story have to make decisions that will affect not just their respective partners but also how the wider world sees them. There is more than one way to run from love; from never having to make a commitment and say those magical three words, “I love you”.

Find out what happens when this diverse group of people find themselves together—and sport, betrayal, jealousy, and love form an unforgettable fusion of emotions.

The story is a mix of romance and golf. In the first draft, I got a bit carried away with the golf aspect and the beta readers indicated they wanted more romance and less about the game. I hope I got the balance right in the final version. I will have to wait and see what reviewers have to say about it.

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What was the deciding factor for your book title?

As with most of my books to date, it’s from a song lyric. I can’t recall which song this came from, but I was listening to Mary Gauthier’s albums during the time I was writing the book, so it may be one of hers. I thought of it as a working title and thought it might change by the time I’d finished the novel, but I found that it worked for the theme of the story.

What traits were you looking for when you were creating the main characters?

I always look at trying to make them like real people. I’m sure most authors do as well. But I can’t really get too excited about the lives of highly successful rich women falling for each other as they are not really in my sphere of existence. So, I try for a mix of lifestyles, occupations, and backgrounds…and see how they connect.

What is your favorite attraction in Yorkshire and why?

I love the countryside. We live in a deep valley with a road, a river, a canal, and a railway running through it. There’s a lot of history here as well. The people are lovely too.

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

Read my books. Review them. Tell other people about them. If you like them, that is.

Me: Authors appreciate reviews and it shows them that you care.

Can you describe the moment the last time you got a hole in one on the golf course?

There hasn’t been a first time, yet.

Would you like to share anything about your love for archaeology? Can you tell us about your last dig?

I’ve had the pleasure of digging at a predominantly Roman site called Vindolanda near Hadrian’s Wall for the last four years. It was while I was researching pottery for my debut novel, Starting Over, that I came across the Vindolanda website and discovered they had a volunteer programme where you can sign up to excavate for two-week periods between April and September. People come from all over the world to take part and it’s a great experience.

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Although I had finished an initial draft of the book by the time I first went to Vindolanda, I was able to incorporate some of what I learned there in the next draft.

Who is your favorite character from all your books and why?

Asking an author this is like asking a mother to name her favourite child. I have to like the characters to be able to write about them. Even the ones that readers may not find likeable, there’s always something in their character that’s redeemable. I think that’s why I would find it hard to write a detective novel. But if I do have to pick one character, I would go with Robin from Starting Over, and the other books in the trilogy. She kick-started the whole story and I know she’s often not liked by readers because she cheats on her partner, Ellie, over a long period of time. So, why would I like someone who cheats? Well, because I know that deep down she wants to change and through the course of the story she has that chance. I know in real life that may not seem too plausible, but I wanted to put a positive spin on it and maybe put some doubt in readers’ minds as to whether or not she can eventually maintain a monogamous relationship. (Robin is sexy as hell too, and rides a motorbike.)

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What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Would you recommend it?

I don’t often go to movies. I think the last one I saw was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And, of course, I loved it because I’m a Star Wars fan – particularly of the original three movies.

Which authors do you follow and what do you like about their writing?

I read a lot and obviously follow a number of lesfic authors whose books I enjoy.  But I would like to mention a non-lesfic author because her books are rich in history with lashings of humour…and tea. This is Jodi Taylor who has written a series of books under the heading “The Chronicles of St Mary’s”. St Mary’s is a historical research establishment where they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’ (or what we call ‘time travel’). This premise gives the author a chance to revisit many historical events to find out what really happened. Some examples are: Troy, Battle of Hastings, Agincourt, the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, and the Cretaceous period to observe dinosaurs in the flesh. It’s all a bit mad, but good fun.

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

I enjoy writing, thinking about the characters, and seeing how the story develops. In common with most other published authors, the marketing is the hard part. Nowadays we have to rely on ratings on Amazon, maintain a constant presence on Facebook and Twitter, write regular blogs, and also try to get some reading gigs that may generate publicity.

What is next for you?

As of the timing of this interview, my next destination is the Golden Crown Literary Society Conference, which is in Chicago this year. There I will be joining other Affinity authors: Renee MacKenzie, Ali Spooner, Annette Mori, and Angela Koenig…plus all the other delegates: readers, writers, and publishers. This will be my third time and I enjoy meeting up with old friends and new on each occasion.

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I’m also involved with Happy Valley Pride, a weeklong festival held in Hebden Bridge, which is near where I live. This is only the second year for the event. It was well received by the community last year and the plans for this year have grown from that experience.

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This year I’m hosting a reading evening, sponsored by Affinity Rainbow Publications. It’s called ‘Lesbian Writers Read’ and is taking place on 8 August from 7 to 9pm at Ribbon Circus in Hebden Bridge. Four other authors are taking part: Lise Gold, Cari Hunter, Robyn Nyx, and Brey Willows. I think this is possibly the first event of its kind in the town so I’m hoping it will go down well.

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Excerpt from Running From Love (Chapter Six)

Andi felt awkward intruding on the other woman’s obvious sadness, but she didn’t want to just walk away. Although they had only met briefly, she sensed a bond between them. Nothing sexual, just a kind of kinship. And she hoped Sam wasn’t thinking of throwing herself off the cliff. She didn’t want that on her conscience.

“Um, look if there’s something you want to talk about, I’m here. Sometimes it’s easier to unburden yourself to a stranger.”

Sam gave her the flicker of a smile. “This is a job for me. I’m getting paid to do this. But I don’t know if I can now that she’s here.”

This sounded intriguing.

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“You’re getting paid to learn how to play golf?”

“Yes. I do in-depth research, usually for film or television companies. Sourcing locations, providing historical and cultural background as required. This job is for a writer who either can’t, or doesn’t want to, play golf herself. But she wants to sound knowledgeable when writing about it.”

“Couldn’t she get that from watching golf or reading magazines? And there’s loads of instruction videos on YouTube.”

“I know. But she wanted more than that. Maybe trying to understand why people do it, why they are so passionate about it.”

“That’s a tough one. But not easy for non-golfers to fathom.”

They stood together looking out over the ocean. The wind was starting to cut through the light jacket Andi was wearing.

“You said you didn’t think you could do this now, because…?” Andi wasn’t sure Sam would answer as she had gone quiet again.

With a heavy sigh, Sam finally spoke. “Because my ex is here. I didn’t know she was even interested in golf.”

“Ah.”

“Yes, ah. And her new girlfriend is joining her later this week.” Sam spat out the word “girlfriend” as if it left a bad taste.

“How long were you together?”

“Fourteen years. We got married two years ago in April.”

“Shit.” Andi didn’t know what else to say. Long-term relationships had always been a mystery to her. She had known Freya for many years but that worked because they only met up a few times each year. She wasn’t sure she could handle Freya’s intensity full time.

Andi touched Sam’s arm. “We should probably be getting back or they’ll be sending out a search party.”

Read the first chapter here.

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I want to thank Jen for stopping by to chat. Her new book, ‘Running from Love’ is now available and I’m looking for discussion on this story, so feel free to leave a comment below. We’ve enjoyed having you visit.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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My Review for SL Gape’s ‘Too Soon’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Recently I interviewed author SL Gape, who is part of the Triplicity Publishing family. Today I’m featuring my review for her book, ‘Too Soon,’ which debuted a short while ago. What got me first interested was the cover, since it features the beach, a favorite place of mine. In this story, the author takes the reader on a woman’s life changing journey. For those of you who missed the interview, you can take a look now.

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Brooke and Maria are the couple that their friends aspire to be and are very popular.  Their friends don’t know the inside story. At times, Maria doesn’t think through things and is acts immature. There is more about this character to be revealed that peaked my interest to continue on.

Brooke felt suffocated with this relationship and at times she appeared to be a bit co-dependent with some of her behavior. No one knows the level of pain she carries. My first impression of her was a stiff and burned out woman who was craving a deeper meaning to life.

Then there was the accident that changed their lives and suddenly Brooke is all alone. To cope she goes into a shell and allows her victim side to take control. She is lost without Maria and the author shows us her anger and despair. Thankfully, her trusted friends are there for her. At their insistence, she goes away on a short holiday at a beach far away.

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She changed and waited for their faces to appear. “Hey. So look at my view,” she said, turning the phone around to the sea. As she was turning her phone around she caught sight of ‘surfer girl’ in the log cabin next door to her. She nodded her head and raised her beer to Brooke, smiling softly. Brooke could feel herself get flustered. She quickly spoke into the phone, “Isn’t it gorgeous?” she said, trying her hardest to ignore the girl. Seemingly, her neighbour laid on the sofa reading her kindle.

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Brooke now has plenty of time to analyze things. Instead of sitting on the pity pot, she gets out and explores new interests and meets new people. It is here where she begins to show strength. Her emotions began to heal.

Mitch, needs to be mentioned here since he played a big role in her growth; his support was critical for the story. Although apart, his love for her was the reason she woke up each day. This man has true character and is strong without being macho. He respects Brooke and her sexual orientation, adding to his sincere personality. He never gave up on her.

The last person to be introduced is Chloe and it took me a moment to realize she is one of the players. Her washboard abs boasted her passion for surfing. She seemed a bit cocky for my taste. Yet I had to know more about her. Chloe tells it as it is and only the truth. A softer side of her is slowly revealed, making her alluring and mysterious. 

Brooke watched Chloe leave. Her long dark hair, wavy from the water, bouncing as she moved. 

The author shows us a real romance between Brooke and Chloe. I appreciate the buildup of the friendship. I found it to be really hot. I got to know them both and was able to see their bond. The sex is very tender and loving and will get your hormones going.

Although this story kept my interest throughout, I had to read some passages more than once for clarity. The narration contains some profanity. The scenes will make you feel as though you are there on the sidelines. This is not a quick read, and you’re going to want to make time to spend with it. The serenity of this place took me into another world. At the end of the story, I had a smile on my face and am recommending this for everyone. 

She walked to the end of the lounge and opened the blinds to reveal the patio doors. Opening them out onto her balcony, she took in the most spectacular sea views. Brooke sighed, and for the first time in nearly two weeks she realised it was a sigh of happiness. She couldn’t believe it. This was all completely perfect she thought.

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Four Stars!

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Lynn

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My Review for Jen Silver’s ‘The Circle Dance’

Hello everyone and welcome. Recently I finished Jen Silver’s ‘The Circle Dance’ and am reviewing it today. The title fits this story. Jen has been hard at work and has a new book, ‘Running From Love’, debuting on 01-Jun-17.  

This epic shows the lives of six women;  Sasha, Phoebe, Jamie, Van, Laurel, and Maddie.  There are six points of view which the author organized perfectly, creating a smooth read. All of the characters are important players.  Their stories will take you on a fun ride.  The setting where it takes place will draw you in with it’s beauty. Read on!

Sasha is a workaholic who left her girlfriend, Jamie, of six years to pursue a fling relationship with Phoebe.  She is a bit strange in some of her actions, including her ripping out flowers and roots from a garden.  We understand that she was angry at the time, and this scene added good drama to the story.  This gave me a strange first impression of this character.  I wondered what else she was going to do to stir things up

At the same time, Sasha stalks Jamie making the situations very awkward and uncomfortable for Jamie. I kept wanting to tell Sasha to let this all go and become her own best friend instead. She has too much envy in her and I didn’t see anything about a sense of trust.

Phoebe didn’t have what it took to be in a committed relationship with anyone. Her clumsiness was embarrassing and this contributed to her struggle. She didn’t want to take accountability for things, which is essential for a successful intimate relationship. She wants to change gears with something that is important to her, but Sasha doesn’t support it because she is closed minded and doesn’t like to wander off an established path. This makes tensions between them fierce and I was angry with Sasha.

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Jamie is a cute butch with a tender heart.  She is confident and appears a bit laid back.  She separates her personal life from her professional one like night and day.  Her work is important to her and she doesn’t miss anything.  I found her professionalism to be desirable.  Inside she has a lonely heart and deserves someone more loving than Sasha. I felt she did the right thing and you’ll have to read the story to find out more.

Let’s bring in Van. She is laidback, patient, and has a caring heart. She knows how to put up with external drama and not have it bring her down. In fact, she’s the type who’s attracted to a woman’s inner quality that overrides any annoying traits. I applaud her for pausing before responding. I found her to be very grounded. She is a strong player and I really admired this character.

Laurel is a friend of Van’s and Maddie is a friend of Jamie. This couple shares a secret that involves one of the other characters. These scenes were well thought out and I could see the struggle between the pair and their teenage daughter, Taylor. There were some heart-warming scenes involving her. I really felt for this girl and was grateful that she wasn’t alone. I watched with interest how these scenes evolved and it was beautiful.

“I still, after all these years, love writing, and I don’t say I write well, but I write as well as I can.”

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Jen goes into the heads of her characters. Here we get to see their desires and secrets, including some naughtiness.  The details of the scenes added a lot of intrigue.

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Van followed, enjoying the view of Jamie’s well-toned lycra clad legs and butt as they climbed. Not many people could successfully carry off the lycra-look, but this woman rocked it. Out of breath by the time they reached the top, she promised herself she would start an exercise regime soon.

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Jamie drank some of the beer, tipping her head back, giving Van a view of her strong neck muscles. She sipped at her own beer to distract herself from the hormonal urges that were building.

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The author writes some touching narration that added interest in the story.  The setting enticed me as I’m fascinated with England. I felt like I was on a mini vacation where I got to see the little things that make up Britain. This book got me thinking about a future visit.

This book is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Plot out some time because you’re going to want to spend time with it. I found myself rereading passages because they were so intriguing. The entire story was well thought out and all of the pieces fit. I am recommending this book for everyone. You may even want to read it twice, it’s that addicting. I did and enjoyed it.

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As the train pulled out of Victoria Station, Jamie realised she had enjoyed herself during the meal. It had been fun to see Van again and laugh. When did the laughter stop with her and Sasha? Was that when their relationship began to die? Jamie was starting to think maybe Sasha had done her a favour by leaving the way she did. The distress she’d been harbouring for the last year was starting to fade. From the looks Van had been giving her while they ate, it was clear she was interested in something more than the occasional dinner date. Maybe it was time she moved on. Having Stevie back had helped, and her sleep was no longer disturbed with waking to the acute sense of betrayal and hurt that had dominated every aspect of her life for the past year.

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Would you like a drink?” Van smiled. An old fashioned butch. This evening was looking better and better. “Yes, please. A white wine, which I know Laurel has chilling in the fridge.” Jamie smiled back and Van thought she better sit down before she fell down. That was a killer smile. “I’ll be right back,” Jamie said as she moved towards the kitchen. Van watched her go. The back view wasn’t bad either. What was her ex’s problem? Did Jamie snore loudly, fart in public, or have chronic bad breath? Only one way to find out and Van wouldn’t pass up the chance if it came along. Flirting wasn’t something that came naturally to her, but tonight looked like a good time to practice.

Five stars

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Lynn

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#FF #Flashback Friday! My review for Jenny Frame’s ‘A Royal Romance’

Hello Friends and welcome. Today is #FF #Flashback Friday and with the arrival of Jenny Frame’s new book, ‘Royal Rebel,’ the sequel to ‘A Royal Romance’, I’m sharing with you my review for ‘A Royal Romance.’  It was originally posted on 12-Aug-16.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hmm…intriguing, thought George.

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

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

The sensual scenes were tasteful and well thought out.

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

Five Stars

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Here is an excerpt:

Beatrice Elliot ran downstairs as quickly as she could. She checked her appearance in the mirror at the bottom. Her long dark-blond hair looked unruly. I’m going to be so late, and I look a mess. She quickly gathered her hair up into a ponytail, making herself a bit more presentable.

From the living room, she heard her mum shout, “Bea?”

Beatrice popped her head round the door and said, “Yes, Mum?”

Her mother, Sarah, sat on the couch facing the large TV projection on the wall. “Are you coming to watch with me? It’s Princess Georgina’s investiture as Princess of Wales.”

Beatrice gave her mother a scowl. “Mum, you know I have absolutely no interest in that shower of spongers.”

Sarah pointed towards the TV and said, “But Bea, the pageantry, the tradition, and she’s going to be the first woman to become Queen ahead of her brother, and the first openly gay monarch. Surely you of all people should understand that.”

Bea sighed. She was getting fed up having this argument with people and hearing the name of Princess Georgina. “They take money away from our country’s essential services. You and Dad should know why that makes me angry.”

Her mother nodded, but not before Bea caught a look of pain on her mother’s face, and she felt guilty for causing that. She walked behind the couch and put her arms around her mother’s neck. “I’m sorry, Mum, but I have my student union meeting. Remember I told you about it last night? It’s our last meeting before the charity fundraiser.”

Sarah patted her daughter’s hand. “Oh yes, I remember, sweetheart, be careful then.”

“I will. Will Dad be in soon?”

“Yes, another half hour or so. He hoped he would be back in time to see the ceremony. Off you go then, and leave me to my pageant.”

Bea laughed softly and gave her mother a kiss. “Enjoy it then. See you later, Mum.”

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Before you go, I have included a teaser for ‘Royal Rebel,’ which is debuting on Monday, 01-May-17.

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Bea chuckled and slipped back into bed and into George’s arms. “I think I’m the lucky one, Georgie.”

They lay in silence for a few moments, drinking in the warmth of the afterglow. It was five thirty on a Monday morning at the start of a busy week at Buckingham Palace. George was always up well before Bea, so she had time to work out with her personal dresser and close protection officer, Captain Cameron, in the gym before starting her workday. This morning she’d returned from the gym and was going to dress when Bea enticed her back to bed.

“What inspired your accosting me and taking advantage of me?” George asked with a smile.

Bea ran her fingers from George’s cheekbone down her shoulders and arms. “The way you looked, fresh from the shower earlier. Your muscles were pumped from your exercise and your hair was wet and sexy, and that made me feel wet and sexy.”

George kissed her head. “You’re always sexy.”

“I love this. Just lying with you,” Bea said, burrowing her head further into George’s neck. “I can almost make believe we aren’t in a palace, and the whole world isn’t waiting for us outside those bedroom doors.”

“You do feel at home here, don’t you? You would tell me if you weren’t happy here.” George recognised what a huge change it had been for Bea to go from her small family home with her mum and dad to a big impersonal palace.

Bea said, “Of course I’m happy, but this isn’t home. Windsor is home. It’s where we go every weekend to be together, where Mum and Dad live, where we fell in love, and where I can be just your wife, just Mrs. Buckingham, not the Consort. Buckingham Palace is our office.”

“You’re right, of course,” George said.

 

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Meet Author SL Gape

Good morning Everyone and welcome.  Today author Louise Gape has stopped by to chat with us.  Her new book, ‘Too Soon’ is getting very positive reviews. I invite you to stop in and meet this amazing woman and get to know her.

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 “Live life to the full. We only get one chance at it!”

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 What is ‘Too Soon’ about?

‘Too soon’ is about Brooke a detective from Oxford, England who is currently off work from her job as a detective following a shooting. Her life is pretty much in turmoil with the exception of her boss/girlfriend; until Maria shatters her life and tells her she’s leaving her for their best friend and insisting Brooke leaves their home.

Brooke’s best friends Kate and Jo are there to back her and get her through everything and suggest getting away for a while. Alas, Brooke ends up in A holiday park in Anglesey.

Enter Chloe, driven, dynamic, spunky and finds it impossibly hard to not poke fun of the uptight Brooke at every opportunity. Brooke’s life slowly starts to unfold, revelations of the relationship becoming clear and each weekend spent with her new friend Chloe when she comes to spend time at her holiday home.

Their bond grows, but the uncertainty of all against them lingers as to whether it’s meant to be or whether it’s simply ‘Too Soon.’ 

It’s obvious by your book cover that you love the beach, tell us more why you chose it.

Creating my front cover is almost as exciting as writing for me. I have a tendency to envisage my cover prior to choosing the title. I knew I wanted it to be very surf orientated as that was the drive I got whilst writing Too Soon.  I love the beach, the sounds of the ocean, and the surf. I love that release and escape that it brings, as with writing. It’s completely my happy place, which is unfortunately the downside of living in the U.K. But I guess it makes me appreciate it all the more when I go on vacation. 

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Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  Have you received any awards or recognition for your work?

No I didn’t. I was very sports focussed in school. I love Shakespeare but I never did anything like this. In fact, I only started writing less than two years ago, by way of release and it resulted in this.  Which is completely surreal and strange to me, but I’m loving it no less.

Is there anyone or anything in your life who encouraged you to write?   What did they do?

I guess not. I did my first book as a way of avoiding having to face change that was going on in my professional life.  It began as a story I’d write on the numerous occasions I was living in hotels and away from home, and ended up being 100k words.  This in turn resulted in being offered a few publishing deals. After that I realised I loved it and … yeah, I guess I’m engrossed in it. The escapism of it is what captivates me. I love that.

Does your writing include aspects about you?

Yes, I think any writer subliminally includes elements of your life but it does frustrate me when people say “oh that’s such and such a person” I feel the need to redo it.  (This could be my friends thinking they’re funny though haha) But that’s my perfectionism I guess. I actively try to refrain, although my first book The Life of Riley, was very much about my life experience as a holiday rep. Which is a big thing in Europe and not so much in the US, but I spent 7 years doing the job and lived in Spain, Greece, Egypt, Lapland, Dom Rep and Bahamas so there was a lot of infusion from those experiences; not that it was about me per se. 

Have you ever had a fantasy come true?

Well I guess it depends in what the reference of fantasy is? If you mean a fantasy dream something I wished would happen then yes, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have many. If, however, you are referring to more of a ‘romantic’ fantasy then no not really.  I guess there are times when I’ve wanted something to happen and it has but I’m a complete romantic so I’d probably never see it as a fantasy happening as I’d probably never deem it as being impacting enough. 

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

Can you elaborate on what has worked for you to generate creativity? I guess I hope they like my books.  It’s difficult for me as I’m very self-critical and nothing is good enough, throw into the mix the fact I’m new to this, don’t do this full time as a career and have never had any steer or direction, I can only go off what the readers think. And as I said I hope they like it and I hope I can sustain that enjoyment for them. In terms of creativity, I’m not so sure things really do just come to me and I run with it.  That can sometimes be difficult as at present I’m in the middle of writing three different, and very different novels, and dependant on what mood I’m when I sit down to write I’ll go to that book. It can sometimes get very confusing. I’m a complete home girl I’ve been and done the partying and I enjoy curling up with a glass of red, my candles and my laptop and that fires the creativity.

Where is the last place you traveled?  Can you tell us more about your adventure?

Cancun. One of my favourite places for a vacation. I’ve been every year for the last 5 years. I have a fairly stressful job so I’m very much about downloading as many books on my kindle as possible and laying in the pool with my margaritas and reading. Equally I tend to get a lot of inspiration overseas, so I managed to write 75% of Worlds Apart which is the book after Fight to the Top which will be out next month.  I love travelling whether it be a beach holiday or even just a visit to Anglesey. 

Do you follow any sports teams?  If so can you tell us a bit about your interest in them?

If so can you tell us a bit about your interest in them? I love Miami dolphins.  People often assume I’m in to football because I’m from the UK and London.  But personally, not my thing. My favourite thing is to go to Florida for Super Bowl and hit up a sports bar and watch Super Bowl with some wings and wine.  I love how embroiled everyone gets in it. I have spent a lot of time in Florida both work and pleasure and despite them never doing as well as I’d want (aside from this year) I still root for them.

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What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to travel and I do that frequently. I go to Jamaica in April and am super excited. Outside of that my favourite things are photography and cooking.  I love just driving off and finding awesome things to photograph but I’m not a fan of greenery so the UK is wasted on me.  However, getting up at 6/7am on a Saturday morning putting the radio on and cooking/prepping some Indian or Mexican food is my total happy place.

Have you seen the now syndicated English series Absolutely Fabulous?  Who do you relate to the most, Edwina, Patsy, or Saffron?

Yes of course I’m British haha. I’d love to say Saffy the well-mannered bright one; in actuality I’m probably more likened to Eddie the ditsy, uncoordinated drunk (for clarity I’m not a drunk).

What was the last musical performance you attended?

Wicked.  I bought it for an ex-girlfriend years ago, and we split up pre, but still went… Erm Slightly awkward. 

Can you give us a shout out about your hometown (or it can be the one you reside in now)?  What is a fun and interesting attraction to visit there?

I live in a village called Stockton Heath, Cheshire and it’s awesome. My local pub the Lion is very English where we all know each other and has the best sun trap looking out onto a bowls green. The village is very Mediterranean in summer which is difficult to not be coaxed into venturing out. I love it, I love how quaint it is and calls in a lot of people especially over the weekends. 

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?

Negativity. It appears everywhere, relationships, family, religion, money. I mean don’t get me wrong personally I’d get trump out and Obama back in (personal opinions sorry) but if you take negativity and focus on positivity then I genuinely believe the world would be a better place… I’m a romantic novelist though I guess I could be deemed as being unrealistic

Me:  Making a gratitude list each day is very helpful in achieving positivity.

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What types of service work have you participated in.  How was your experience?

I’m ashamed to say I don’t really get involved in too much.  I spend a lot of time either at work, writing with my nieces and nephews and my partners 101-year-old gran.

Me:  Wow.  This is so sweet. You know your loved ones appreciate this.

What is next in the works for you?

My next novel Fight to the Top is out next month. Triplicity Publishing already have Worlds Apart my novel after that and I’m currently in the process of writing some other material which will all be out later in the year.

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Here is an excerpt from Too Soon:

“So, you see a poor girl upset, sad and distressed and you make fun of her? This will be an amazing six weeks?” she said smiling a little.  She felt at ease already, and was glad of that fact.  “Now, please, mystery surf woman, it’s taken me forever and a day to get here, please show me where my room is?” she said seriously.  

She watched the woman lift her eyebrow smirking.  “The good news is, that’s your palace, princess” She pointed behind her. “In front of you, therefore, you park up here and you’re good to go” she said smiling and walking off.  She shouted behind her without even turning around “and FYI, the mystery surfer’s name, is Chloe.  In case you were wondering?” she said turning and disappearing off, surfboard in hand.  Brooke watched Chloe leave, her long dark hair, wavy from the water. 

At last, you have found your home, she thought.  She parked her car up and went to unlock the door, deciding not to move a single bag until she had opened and got into the right place.  After today’s traumas, she was clearly very pessimistic.  Luckily for Brooke, she was good. It was the right place and she was home free. Walking in, Brooke was amazed by the size of it. Regardless of the fact it was sold as a static and not a tourer, which she didn’t understand, she couldn’t help but assume it would be a small room with a bed, settee, fridge and mini oven in. And a toilet and sink in the corner.  It wasn’t like that though; it was a small house, a small flat. It had a full kitchen, a full lounge and dining room, a full two bedrooms and a full bathroom.  She was completely astounded. It was lovely and so cute.  She walked to the end of the lounge and opened the blinds to reveal the patio doors.  Opening them out onto her balcony, she took in the most spectacular sea views. Brooke sighed, and for the first time in nearly two weeks she realised it was a sigh of happiness, she couldn’t believe it, this was all completely perfect she thought. 

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Lynn

 

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Meet Author Linda Bates

Good Morning Friends.  Today I have turned the blog over to popular Lesfic author, Linda Bates.  She is here discussing interesting things from her life.  Come on and bring your friends and join us.  You are going to love this woman.  I have included the link to my review for It Drew Pale.  Be sure to check it out.  Now let’s introduce Linda Bates!

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Hi!  I’m Linda Bates, and I live and work in the north of the UK. It’s a very beautiful, and sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and was once voted the best place in England to bring your little ones. It offers some breath-taking mountains with, in my opinion, the best lakes in the world in its hidden valley’s. I guess that is why it is called the Lake District. I love to walk the fells in the summer. My days of traversing Scafell Pike, and the sister hills, in winter are past, but I still enjoy a good wander in the wildernesses around where I live.

I’m originally from Yorkshire, but I travelled the world a little, and lived at one point in a part of war-torn Africa, dodging mortars and automatic machine gun bullets. I know what it is like growing up in the middle of political conflict, and how easy it is for someone in the western world to form opinions based on biased reporting. It’s much like in the old American West, where some of my historical books have their foundation.

I have a third Western in the making, already having ‘American Dream’ and It Drew Pale out in print. It Drew Pale was already written, or half written, when I decided to self-publish. It has all the olde worlde charm of a good western, with gritty, female characters who can live in a world without men doing it for them. Something I noticed in my halcyon days of youth in all the John Ford Westerns was the predominant male adventurer, always getting the girl. This is what spurred me on – to coin a phrase – to writing about women finally being ramrod and turning the tables on male dominance. I love that woman gets woman, and so I wrote books I wanted to see on the market. In my younger days, there was little lesbian literature. Now there’s a lot more. I did not publish my books then. I waited a bit longer. Imagine a world without ePub? LOL.

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I was studying some book designs for It Drew Pale, and came up with the hat on a boot. It was cutesy and tongue-in-cheek, so I placed it inside a light blue background, and came up with a typical western theme, but with an amusing twist. I like to think my westerns, although seriously considered, are mostly for amusement, and full of gentle persuasion.  I let it loose, born out of American Dream. Jack is a character full of charm, romantic notions, but a hard edge of pure grit most girls are aware they have, yet are loathe at times to explore.

When I am not working on books, I am writing for the local newspaper, or editing works people send to me. I had a book signing recently at our local library which was a fun and learning experience for me. It was lovely to talk about my books and to express to others the reasons why I write the way I do. I’m what is commonly termed ‘a driven writer’. I was passively unaware of the title, of course, as one thinks of oneself as an individual, but if the cap fits, as they say…

If I am not doing all those other things, I am keeping house and home together, and I live with my partner and two cats. I wrote about my rescue kitties, too, but I chose to go paper copy with my affectionately termed ‘kitty book’ “Two Tuxedos and Five Peas on a Plate”. It is only available through me, or the British Library, who now own five copies of the original script, officially! I may release this, too, in eBook format, but not yet. I want to keep it to myself for a while longer – writers will understand that bit!

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I laugh at New Year Resolution time! It’s a difficult one. Once you have made a resolution, you are duty bound to stick to it, or feel a failure if you don’t. I don’t commit that easily any more. I realise the trait of human frailty. It’s a burden on your already stretched resources to act a certain way, probably driven by fashion or tradition, I would say. If you are going to promise something, be careful what you promise – remember John’s head on a platter, because a certain king promised to deliver before he realised what was at stake? It’s okay to make resolutions if you have a personal goal that is achievable, but making promises you can’t keep is wearisome; and almost always leads you down the same old road of broken and shattered dreams; the non-American kind.

I broke with tradition a few Christmases ago. This was mainly due to dietary constraints, and the need to have something a little lighter after all that gorging on turkey! I like to have Eton Mess as an alternative. It is decadent, full of whipped, fresh Devon cream, yet it is lighter than the trad-Xmas pudding. All the stodge, larger portions, are all synonymous to the season, but I realised that although I was making a Christmas Pudding, I was not eating it. And this is how it went…

…I was away, visiting friends and family, staying in a beautiful mansion, now converted into a chain hotel I like, when I spotted the dish on the menu. It’s a relatively old concept in the South of England, hence its name originates from one of the most prestigious learning establishments in the world, Eton. I decided to recreate the decadence for Christmas. Like I said, it is made with fresh, Devon cream, crushed meringue, and strawberries. I like to make a jus of fresh berries for garnish, too, and a little finely grated chocolate on top. It is delicious, and I urge anyone who has had to eat Christmas Pudding after eating a full roast dinner, to partake of Eton Mess, instead. It’s lighter, but still has that British snobbery, and little naughtiness about it.

Lynn, you asked me about my favourite place in Yorkshire. There are many lovely places within the Shire. The people are great, friendly, and the accent has a low cadence that does not grate on your nerves. For many reasons, the west coast around Robin Hood’s Bay is a delightfully British sea village idyll; given the location is a little more remote, and the atmosphere has an artsy feel: An ideal place to paint, draw, sculpt, write or do anything your creative brain challenges you to do.

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But, in contrast, I also enjoy Whitby on a day visit, because of its busy sea port charm, and the many fish and chip shops dotted around the inlet. People can visit the Abbey, made more famous by those Dracula books, and of course some of the credit for inspiring me to write Everlusting Love! But I adore all of Yorkshire. In fact, I am due a visit there later in the Spring. There’s a massive Literature Festival in York spanning over three weeks that is a must for authors of every genre. York is home to York Minster, of course, a place where I go to worship, being CofE, but it also houses some of the finest art and historical artefacts within its veritable, revered fortifications that the world has ever seen. The City suffered floods in 2015, that devastated much of the foundations of York, and the surviving ancient buildings. Now, gladly, all is recovered, and the Jarvik Centre, of archaeological importance because of its complete Viking encampment, will again open its doors to the public for the first time since renovations began soon after the water level receded. That is down in greatest part to the determination, stamina, fundraising acumen and community spirit of the Yorkshire people.

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And talking of determination and stamina, I move with a little spring in my step to my favourite sport of all time. You already know me to be an avid American Football fan, don’t you? I don my Green Bay Packer garb every time I can. Usually when there is a game showing on Brit TV! It’s cheesy, I know, but I have loved the sport, and the team, since it was shown on C4 back in the 80’s. I went over to Arizona some time back, visiting friends, and making great new ones. One of those new pals, a great lady, who was once a model, and retired – though you wouldn’t know it from the active life she still leads – gave me some much-needed time out, switched her TV on in the middle of a party, sat me down with some popcorn and cola, to watch the Arizona Cardinals play live! I was in seventh heaven!

Lynn, it was the best holiday I had had up to that point, and I still keep in touch with many there as a result of the many parties I was invited to, and the fun times I had swimming or playing pickle ball with some very spritely 70 year olds who certainly gave me a run for my money! I’d give anything to return to America, and maybe some day I will.

You asked me if I found a four-leaf clover whether I would wish on it? The answer is – NO! I would give the wish to my best friend, who needs it more than I do.

My last LGBTQ lesfic book I read? That would be telling! I love them all, because I happen to think that lesfic as a genre is grossly misrepresented, or barely noticed by literary giants the world over. It is important to get our own stories out there the whole time we are alive, because we all have a voice. Some people see writing as a competition. It is. But not the competition that is destructive and beating a drum against the next LGBTQ wannabee. It is about submitting alternative viewpoints that matter. Like in the days of Hitler, and the burning of ‘other’ literature that did not support a particular regime, it’s about recognition of literature well written. And we all need, as a people, to be together in promoting our work as a body of inclusivity.

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I don’t listen to music when I am writing. I have complete, or relatively complete silence when I write. I have a rough timeline in which I scribble down anything and everything, and I take that timeline seriously. Anyone who interrupts my creative time can come under serious fire! I’m affable, friendly, approachable, but not when I have deadline. Then, I am focused and exclusively so.

Lynn, I could ask you what is the best part you enjoy when interviewing authors, because I find your job fascinating. You find authors of this life, and meet several intelligent, imaginative and creative people all the time. I don’t have the privilege to meet with my artist friends, since my work keeps me glued mostly to my screen. But what I do enjoy is writing itself, and I guess that is the given. Writing is what I do – it is intrinsic to my well-being. The least favourite thing about being an author out of the many hats one has to don to be an author in the 21st Century is promotion. I’m not ideally suited to plugging my wares. I was terrible at selling myself! I had to grit my teeth and bite the bullet, and I pulled that hat well down over my ears to perform a necessary duty I was ill-equipped to deal with. I have learned to cope with the media over the years, and I took all the tutorials I could to keep up with today’s technology. I keep on learning, and that is something everyone can relate to. If you stop learning, start ignoring the technological advancements, within a year you could find yourself dead in the water. You must need to paddle with the right gear, or drown! It’s survival, but it is fun when you are at the top of your game – I have yet to reach my very own Utopia, but thankfully, with God’s help and your support, I can!

You must excuse me, Lynn and Co, but I must love you and leave you now, since I have twelve children’s books to introduce, and a great story about a woman called Carol who’s finding life a little bit difficult on the edge of rationale! Hope you can join me on Facebook or Twitter, and can find some great giveaways when you sign up for my free newsletters. It was great meeting with you again, Lynn. Have a great year with your partner; and my cats say a big HI to your kitties, too.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hmm…intriguing, thought George.

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

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

The sensual scenes were tasteful and well thought out.

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

Five Stars

 

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Spring Fun 2016

Hello, Everyone and a warm welcome to you all.  How have you been?  I have been busy at work with my manuscripts as well as read a few great books.  The latest is ‘A Royal Romance’ by Bold Strokes Books author, Jenny Frame.  This story takes place in 2052 with the first gay monarch.  This is a must read for anyone who loves romance, castles, and the British monarchy.  She paints a great picture filled with emotions and secrets and all about the new queen.  Even if you’re not a fan of the monarchy, this story will grab your heart and hold on.  The story is mesmerizing and gave me an appreciation for people who are so much in the limelight.  The romance is addicting.  I would like to know who else has read this book so we can discuss.

 

For more on Jenny and this outstanding story please check out her website at:  http://www.jennyframe.com/.  You are going to love her and feel free to share your reading experience in my comments section.

*****

In addition to reading and editing, we’ve been busy this spring and want to share with you some of our excursions.

This spring we went with another couple to the Broad Museum in downtown LA.  It has been some time since I was last in a museum. This is a brand new museum that debuted this past January.  The admission was free, but we had to book reservations in advance.  Then we were put on a self-guided tour of The Broads massive collection of eclectic art.  The above picture was taken in the foyer of the museum.  The exterior of the building boasts it’s elegance and draws the viewer in.

The interior was massive and had high ceilings.  On the ground level was a very large escalator that showed how tall the building really was on the inside.  Off to the side was a long line of people waiting for one exhibit that was in another room.  Since we didn’t want to wait, we decided we could check that one out on our next visit.  We headed up the large escalator to the third floor where there were very unique and some obscure pieces.  One piece that caught my attention is the one below.  As you can see, it looks like large blown up balloons.

The Broads were twentieth century collectors who spent a lifetime accumilating their works. They wanted to create a ‘vibrant’ cultural center in our city.  The museum features two floors from the works of over 200 artists. What I liked was that each piece was spaced out and perfectly placed.  Unlike some other museums we’ve been to, this one wasn’t crowded so I didn’t have this rushed feeling as I was admiring them.  I spent time looking at a few pieces that really caught my attention.  I’m a fan of chess and they had a few exhibits regarding this incredible game.

For more on this spectacular display, you can check out their website at:  www.thebroad.org.

There they have more information about the Broads as well as their collection.  If you are in L.A., this is a place that you need to visit.

*****

Last year my wife and I took the day off of work to go to Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. They were playing the Padres and won.  This year it happened that Opening Day was against the Padres again, but was down in San Diego.  We decided to go to the second game during Opening Week since the prices were a lot cheaper than Opening Day seats.

The drive itself was only about 3 hours and thankfully we didn’t encounter too much traffic.

Our seats  had an incredible view of the field.  We always like to sit along the third base side and was able to watch our third baseman, Justin Turner, guard the bag.  A few fly balls came our way, but we were not fortunate to catch one.  The crowd was cool with no one yelling obscenities at either team.  It was quite surprising to see that about half of the stadium were Dodger fans.  The weather was perfect with no hints of rain.  Like always, the game was exciting.  That night the Dodgers beat the Padres.

Petco Park is a really nice venue to watch a baseball game.  In our section they had wait staff available to take orders so that you didn’t have to leave your seats.  This was a nice touch and people weren’t constantly getting up and moving around in front of us.  For more information you can check out:  http://www.petcoparkevents.com/.  For more on the Padres see:  MLB San Diego Padres.

*****

In another adventure, we went down to our favorite venue for live music, The Coach House in San Juan Capristrano, CA, which is in the southern part of Orange County.  This is a funky venue that is located in an industrial park.  It has a cozy feeling and is the perfect place to see a live band perform.

Last year we saw the reggae group, Third World and had a great time.  This time we went to see 1970’s grammy award voice, Ann Wilson who was the lead singer of the great rock group, Heart.  This time she was on her own with her own band calling it the “Ann Wilson Thing.”

We arrived late and were delighted to see that the concert hadn’t started yet.  We got settled and found a small table that had a really great view of the stage.

Ann came out and sang her own music, aside from Heart, with her new band members, who really belted out the sound.  I was hoping that she was going sing her cover for Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” since it is a favorite of mine.  This song plus others are on her “Hope and Glory” album, which is her first self titled collection.  That night she also sang newer songs that are available on a mini CD.  She played others from that CD that rocked the house.

I felt like I got to know the band on a personal level and Ann really made the audience feel welcome.  The rocky sounds penetrated my heart and I felt at one with the music at times.  It was a perfect evening and we really had a ball.  Ann really knows how to grab the attention of an audience and reach their soul.

For more on the Coach House, check out this link:  http://thecoachhouse.com/.  I highly recommend this venue as it is on the smaller side and the bands really rock there.

For more on Ann Wilson, you can visit her site at: http://www.theannwilsonthing.com/.  Check out her newsletter at:  Ann Wilson’s Newletter.

*****

These three adventures are only part of our spring entertainment.  I would love to hear more about what fun things you’ve been up to.  We are planning to go to Seattle this fall and would love to hear from my Seattle readers/authors so we can meet up.

In other news, please stay tuned as I have some book reviews that I will be publishing very soon from some awesome authors.  Their books touched my heart in such a way that I feel different about things since reading them.  I know you will too.  Many thanks to Suzie Carr, Jenny Frame, and Annette Mori.

 

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#Flashback Friday. Meet author Jen Silver

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase ‘The Circle Dance.’

Carved In StoneThe Circle Dance

 

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

Purchase ‘Carved in Stone.’

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

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

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

2016 GCLS Conference blog

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

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

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“My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea;

My heart is gladder than all these

Because my love is come to me.”

First stanza of ‘A Birthday’ by Christina Rossetti

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What is “Starting Over” about?

Back of the Book blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you do any types of writing in school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where is the best course to play golf and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

k.d. Lang

What would you say is your fave pleasure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is next in the works for you?

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

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

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

Author Dig photo

 

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

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Starting Over

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

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

 

Arc Over Time Cover

Arc Over Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://jenjsilver.wordpress.com

 

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

https://uklesfic.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/jen-silver/

http://womenwords.org/2014/11/02/a-journey-to-publication-by-jen-silver-plus-giveaway/

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

 

http://affinityebooks.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=551&chapter=2

 

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

 

Rainbow Book Reviews Review

Lesbian Reading Room Review

Curve Magazine Review

Planet-London Review

Rainbow Book Reviews Review – There was a time

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

Starting Over

Affinity EBooks purchase link

Amazon purchase link

Amazon UK purchase link

Bella Books purchase link

Barnes & Noble purchase link

Smashwords purchase link

Itunes purchase link

Arc Over Time

Affinity EBooks purchase link

Amazon purchase link

Amazon UK purchase link

Bella Books purchase link

Barnes & Noble purchase link

Smashwords purchase link

Itunes purchase link

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

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

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

Then in walked the stranger and Fin fell in love.

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

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

Jen’s Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/jenjsilver

Jen’s Twitter:  @jenjsilver

Until Next Time,

Lynn

 

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