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Finding Ms. Write Book Tour: A Compilation of Firsts

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Today I have decided to happily embrace a culmination of exciting firsts. For one, and for many of us in this hemisphere, today is the first day of summer. So Happy First Day of Summer! Get out that sunscreen (make it 1000 SPF for my glowing white legs), some sandals, and that special pair of sunglasses that help make you look like the reading Rock Star you are!

Another notable first? Here in the United States we have our first woman nominee for President. No matter who’s got your vote, this is an exciting time, folks. I mean, ninety-six years ago I wouldn’t have been allowed to vote. Now we have a female candidate for THE Presidency? Mind-blowing! Placing my right hand over my heart, ready to belt out, “Oh Say Can You See…”

Okay, hands back on the keyboard. Blog Tour Day #6 isn’t going to type itself.

Another first that has my smile practically wrapping itself around my head?  My story Books, Renovations, and a Vespa was chosen to be included in the brilliant anthology, Finding Ms. Write. I am still reeling with excitement!

How did all this happen? Well, I was perusing the YLVA Publishing website when I first spotted the call for submissions. The words, Anthology of Lesbian Short Stories About “Book People” had me absolutely intrigued and my mind started churning out ideas. What if my protagonist needed a much bigger bookshelf to house all her books? Well, the renovation idea came to me loud and clear, quite possibly because of all the past, present, and future renovations at the Melissa Grace household. One renovation that played over in my mind happened several years ago when we added a sunroom with a 2nd story deck to the back of our house. Boy was that rough, mainly because of the lead contractor supervising the project. After putting up with two weeks of his leaving his cigarette butts all over my backyard where my very young children played, it was time for him to go.

Buh-bye!

Next, I started thinking more about book people. I first thought about some very special admin who have the innate ability to fit twenty-four hours of reading into a single night. Seriously, they are magical and I would be remiss not to give them heartfelt thanks for all they do to support and encourage our lesfic community. You ladies rule!

Now I had my protagonist Ginny, who happens to be an editor and is in need of a colossal bookshelf in her bedroom to display her piles upon piles of books. A girl after my own heart! And who best to build such a bookcase? Well, along comes Jo, and she’s talented at more than just building bookshelves. How handy!

Now for my biggest and most personal first of the bunch! This is the first time one of my stories has been published with the outstanding publishing company…. YLVA Publishing! Woohoo!!! It also marks the first time I have had a story edited by the wondrous, helpful, and talented duo, Jae & Jove Belle. The two J’s not only taught me a lot about how I could improve my writing, but they were professional, encouraging, and funny. I mean, when Jove asked me if character #2 really needed to hold onto the headboard like character #1 just did during a very heated moment, ahem… I couldn’t help but chuckle. Want to know more about that scene? Read the book!

These ladies aren’t only editors extraordinaire; they are also amongst the 12 brilliant authors whose stories are included in this amazing anthology about book people. And what better people to write about book people than book people?

The full list of authors are below, so please be sure to go check out their websites, blogs, books…you name it, as you get your copy of Finding Ms. Write today!

Happy Firsts and many more wonderful Firsts that will be coming your way!


Books, Renovations, and a Vespa – Excerpt

Two knocks came at her bedroom door. “Miss Wolf?”

Am I ever going to get these edits done? Ginny growled quietly as she tossed her laptop on the pillow, marched over to the door, and opened it. “Yes?” She stuck her head through the cracked opening.

“Almost done knockin’ the cabinets down. The guys and I’ll be headed out in the next half hour, and we’ll be back tomorrow for the delivery. Once we install those upgrades, we can get the template for your new countertops.”

She wanted to slam the door shut to muffle the hammering still coming from the kitchen. Instead, she said, “Thank you for the update, Stanley.”

“Not a problem. And hey…”

She had started to shut the door. “Yeah?”

“A van just pulled up. Says somethin’ about Jo the Pro or somethin’ like that. Don’t know what they’re doin’, but I woulda cut you a deal.”


You can buy the paperback or e-book version of Finding Ms. Write directly from the Ylva store. It’s also on pre-order via Amazon and other major bookstore sites worldwide.

You can also enter our giveaway to win a free e-book! Simply leave a comment on this blog or any blog on the tour and we will draw the winner on the last day of the tour. We will be giving away five e-book copies. Good luck!!!


You can continue this blog tour by checking out Lea Daley’s blog from yesterday and certainly don’t forget to check out Hazel Yeats stop on the tour tomorrow!

THE BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE


Finding Ms. Write

FindingMsWrite_800Twelve authors of lesbian fiction bring you a collection of romantic short stories about “book people”—heroines who are somehow involved in the publishing industry.

From a novelist with the world’s biggest crush on her editor to a beta reader connecting with her cabinmate on a cruise, from a woman seeking rare books who finds love instead to a bookstore owner who’s drawn to the shy writer sitting by the shop’s window every day, this anthology is full of stories guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Step into our world of books and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of writers who are chasing deadlines…and finding love.

Includes stories by A.L. Brooks, Anastasia Vitsky, Chris Zett, Cori Kane, Elaine Burnes, Hazel Yeats, Jacelle Scott, Jae, Jove Belle, Kathy Brodland, Lea Daley, and Melissa Grace.

Gift of Hearts – Coming December 1st

Are you ready for a Romantic Short-Story to start the Holidays?

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Thrilled to get away from her demanding job in NYC as a High Fashion Clothing Designer, Addyson takes a trip to Stowe, VT to spend Christmas skiing with her parents. When she runs into her former best friend and now Ski Patrol member, Skyler—whom she hasn’t spoken with since a falling out in high school, not even the freezing temperatures can thwart the heat that has rekindled inside their hearts (among other places), these ten years later.

Coming December 1st, 2014

My first novel…PUBLISHED!

This has been a long time coming and I am so excited to finally have it available! Woohoo! If you pick up a copy, please be sure to let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you!

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Years after the Parthenogenesis Revolution of 2069 and its breakthrough where women can impregnate one another, a young Cassaundra (seven years of age) watches as her moms are assassinated during a family vacation to Niagara Falls. After leaping into the falls to save herself from the Kretchtin snipers, she awakens within the walls of the ELITE Corporation, run by a powerful and callous CEO, Dr. Alexis Wu.

Along with other orphaned girls, she is raised at the ELITE Corporation under the watchful eye of Dr. Malek, a scientist who appears to care more about a secretive company project than the girls in his care.

At the age of thirteen, Cassaundra’s life takes another drastic turn when Dr. Malek forces her to undergo a DNA cleansing that turns her into an Enhanced-She-Human (ESH), giving her superior abilities. Her life now solely belongs to the ELITE Corporation and its Executives, whom she must protect and serve at all costs.

Despising the ELITE Corporation and everything it stands for, Cassaundra yearns to escape its control and when she befriends another ESH, a Gemini by the name of Tamar, both girls find it hard to obey the corporation’s imposed rules—and find it even harder to suppress their growing feelings for one another.
On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Cassaundra sneaks from her room to meet Tamar, who has offered her artistic talents to tattoo Cassaundra with a special rendering of her world-weary sign—the Pisces. When an enraged Dr. Malek finds out, he uses the corporation’s Omni-Force warriors to separate the two girls indefinitely.

Convinced that battling the ELITE Corporation would be futile, Cassaundra succumbs to their rules, allowing her short moments of independence from the corporation and people she detests so much. This helps spice up her life—especially her insatiable sex drive.

Now twenty-seven, Cassaundra is still a pawn for the ELITE Corporation and its Executives. Dr. Alexis Wu calls upon her favorite ESH to rescue her Scorpio daughter Abby from the Kretchtins—a group of men who want to forcibly relieve Dr. Wu from her power. Cassaundra is sent to Mount Fuji to rescue Abby from a hidden facility within the volcano. The heat rises beyond the temperature of molten lava when Cassaundra realizes that there is something about the ELITE Corporation that she does strongly desire…Abby.

Realizing her feelings and what they mean, Cassaundra must now choose between following her heart or dying, which is the consequence of any ESH caught having a relationship with any other member of the corporation.
This selfless act finally gives her the freedom she has always desired. Her life is no longer ruled by being Tainted Elite, but ruled by her heart.

Free sample at Smashwords or Amazon.

Tainted Elite – Synopsis

Tainted Elite Cover

Years after the Parthenogenesis Revolution of 2069 and its breakthrough where women can impregnate one another, a young Cassaundra (seven years of age) watches as her moms are assassinated during a family vacation to Niagara Falls. After leaping into the falls to save herself from the Kretchtin snipers, she awakens within the walls of the ELITE Corporation, run by a powerful and callous CEO, Dr. Alexis Wu.

Along with other orphaned girls, she is raised at the ELITE Corporation under the watchful eye of Dr. Malek, a scientist who appears to care more about a secretive company project than the girls in his care.

At the age of thirteen, Cassaundra’s life takes another drastic turn when Dr. Malek forces her to undergo a DNA cleansing that turns her into an Enhanced-She-Human (ESH), giving her superior abilities. Her life now solely belongs to the ELITE Corporation and its Executives, whom she must protect and serve at all costs.

Despising the ELITE Corporation and everything it stands for, Cassaundra yearns to escape its control and when she befriends another ESH, a Gemini by the name of Tamar, both girls find it hard to obey the corporation’s imposed rules—and find it even harder to suppress their growing feelings for one another.
On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Cassaundra sneaks from her room to meet Tamar, who has offered her artistic talents to tattoo Cassaundra with a special rendering of her world-weary sign—the Pisces. When an enraged Dr. Malek finds out, he uses the corporation’s Omni-Force warriors to separate the two girls indefinitely.

Convinced that battling the ELITE Corporation would be futile, Cassaundra succumbs to their rules, allowing her short moments of independence from the corporation and people she detests so much. This helps spice up her life—especially her insatiable sex drive.

Now twenty-seven, Cassaundra is still a pawn for the ELITE Corporation and its Executives. Dr. Alexis Wu calls upon her favorite ESH to rescue her Scorpio daughter Abby from the Kretchtins—a group of men who want to forcibly relieve Dr. Wu from her power. Cassaundra is sent to Mount Fuji to rescue Abby from a hidden facility within the volcano. The heat rises beyond the temperature of molten lava when Cassaundra realizes that there is something about the ELITE Corporation that she does strongly desire…Abby.

Realizing her feelings and what they mean, Cassaundra must now choose between following her heart or dying, which is the consequence of any ESH caught having a relationship with any other member of the corporation.
This selfless act finally gives her the freedom she has always desired. Her life is no longer ruled by being Tainted Elite, but ruled by her heart.

Free sample at Smashwords or Amazon.

The Candy Striper

candyFrustrated in her search for a job that can tantalize her selective tastes, Zephyr searches NYC in hopes of finding something deliciously unique to captivate her attention. When she is slammed into the storefront window of an unconventional candy store by a bunch of overzealous customers, she finds out soon enough how satisfying the business and its delectable owner Tori truly are. The merge becomes a very sweet deal for both women and a honeyed partnership evolves. ADULT.

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Head Shot: Saints and Sinners

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All right, so I am headed up to heaven on this elevator when the reality is that I am lying on a gurney being rushed into the OR. The bright lights surrounding me could very well be like the ones you see when it’s time to leave this world. I don’t feel like my body is mine. My head feels too big. Way too big. I am having an out-of-body experience, but I can’t see myself.

A bunch of over-zealous robots in scrubs pick me up from the gurney and toss me onto an operation table. Yippee! Next time could we at least be at an amusement park? They’re not really robots, but since they’re all wearing masks and the same light green color, they all look the same to me—especially their automatic movements like they’ve done this a million times before.

“We’re losing her…”

My world goes dark.

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