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Release Day! LesFic Eclectic Volume Two – Coach Five of the Blog Train

Christmas is here early! It’s release day for LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. You can now claim your free copy by clicking the link at the bottom of the page (come on, don’t skip through these last lovely authors in your haste). The link takes you to the external website, BookFunnel, to download whatever version works for you.

On our final coach, we’ve got the perfect balance of two established and two new authors for you with Carla David, Valden Bush, my wonderful wife, Brey Willows, and me!

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Carla David: I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share more of my work with your audience, especially as this is the first story I’ve submitted that’s written from the POV of a person with autism (and I loved writing it!)

Robyn Nyx: I love sharing stories, and I love getting new voices out there for everyone to enjoy. A big part of my work nowadays is helping writers turn their dreams into their reality, and I love it. I love the collaboration, and the creativity, and the inspiration. Every writer has a unique perspective on the world, and it’s such a rewarding thing to be involved in their writing journey. I’ve made this anthology into an annual project, because I believe so strongly in the power of words and their ability to strengthen us as people and as communities.

Brey Willows: I love being part of anthologies celebrating different types of lesbian fiction. It’s great to be included and to give people a taste of what you write. And I think putting short stories together keeps your writing fresh, too, because they’re challenging and force you to hone your skills so you write without waffle.

Valden Bush: The challenge of writing a story and getting it accepted is powerful stuff for a new author. With the help of Robyn and Victoria at Global Wordsmiths and their retreats, I’ve been learning about the craft of writing and I know I’m still developing (will I ever stop?). Writing short stories gives you a place to try things out and to find out how your words can work. Wonderful!

What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?

Carla David: It’s kinky erotica from a different point of view than you normally read. I’d been wanting to write a sensual story from the perspective of someone with autism and a sensory processing disorder for a long time and finally took the plunge with this. As well as being gay and kinky, they’re also non-binary and polyamorous. It’s definitely queer fiction.

Robyn Nyx: The Prophecy of Irisnah is an adult fantasy bedtime story about dragons and goddesses and recreants, and the triumph of good over evil. I spoke briefly about the idea I’d had to write a full length novel from an omniscient story-telling point of view at Jenn Matthew’s recent event, Weston Super LesFic, and it got me thinking. Later that week, I wrote this, and I’m already plotting the whole book!

Brey Willows: I went with something that’s been on my mind—what happened to the people left behind after the Chosen left? What legacy did Karissa and Devin leave behind? How would society evolve on a dying planet? So my story follows two young women who have been living in Subtrop, a region established in Karissa and Devin’s time…but it’s a hundred years later, and all they’ve ever known is life underground. They take a chance to see what’s out there now… It falls under dystopian fiction, and I think it will eventually turn into a novel.

Valden Bush: My story is a tender love story between two women, how they met and memories of that love after it is over. 

What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?

Carla David: I’m enjoying experimenting with queer romance, showing that there’s more than one way to love and to get that happy ending. I got frustrated by the lack of positive stories out there I could relate to, so decided to write the kind of stories I’d love to read. My own experiences give me insights that I can share by writing from an own voices perspective, and I want to do more of that e.g. writing neurodiverse and non-binary characters. I finished writing my first full-length lesfic novel this year and hope to have it ready for publication next year.

Robyn Nyx: All sorts. I love a good story, and sometimes that’s adventure, sci-fi, or a thriller, but there’s always a strong romance threaded throughout. There’s so much power in story-telling, and people can get so much from reading about people both like them and not like them. I like to write strong women who get to kick ass and kiss the girl.

Brey Willows: I’m a spec-fic writer, all the way. I like to create new worlds and adventures and see where that takes my characters. I like the idea that magic surrounds us, that we can survive if we pull together, that life on other planets would have life forms that would be spectacular. I like that I can also play with deeper themes within spec-fic, like climate change, social inequality, and religion, but in a way that’s fun.

Valden Bush: My current WIP is a science fiction romance. My stories seem to come from within. Something in the world sparks something inside of me that needs to come out, and before I know it, I have a story in mind. I already have more than a few sparks for my next book which will be an adventure story.

Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.

Carla David: I once appeared in the Evening Standard, photographed dressed in a clown suit being dragged off the road by a couple of policemen during a protest. It was nearly twenty years ago and I’m still proud.

Robyn Nyx: I collect Zippos and have a collection of around fifty from all over the world. The oldest one I have belonged to a Vietnam vet. Since we got together, Brey buys me one every time I publish a new novel and has it engraved with the title and date of publication.

Brey Willows: EVERY time I get in the ocean to swim, it tries to kill me. I’ve been caught in riptides and flipped head over ass in sand more times than I can count. I stay out of it now, because it’s after me.

Valden Bush: I’m an indoor cyclist and cycle on Zwift several times a week racing for an Australian team. I started a year ago, and since then I have cycled 4190 km and climbed 43100m.

What’s your favourite line from your story in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two?

Robyn Nyx ~ The Prophecy of Irisnah: A Bedtime Story for Adults
“I will never fall to you.” Defiance burned across Irisnah’s eyes, the amber flashing like a wildfire.
“That, my sweet Irisnah, it what every single goddess before you has vowed.”

Brey Willows ~ Into the Light
Sunlight slid over the wide plains in front of them. Trees heavy with fruit and reaching for the sky lined the long road leading toward their home. Thin, wispy clouds rested in sky a brighter blue than anything she’d ever seen. Far below, a wide river flowed languidly past giant birds on the bank. Before them was life; life they’d been told couldn’t exist above ground. 

Valden Bush ~ The Elephant Trees
“Mum says I mustn’t talk to strangers, but a dead old lady isn’t a stranger. I don’t think.” 

Thanks for reading, you lovely folk. And now for your early Christmas present. Click below to get your free copy of LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. Happy reading, and don’t forget to pop a review on Goodreads if you get chance – the authors sure do appreciate it.

LesFic Eclectic Volume Two: Coach Four on the Blog Train

The last Sunday before Christmas—are you all ready? Tomorrow is the day when I release LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. You can still claim your free copy of volume one, click here and be whisked away to BookFunnel to download whatever version works for you.

There are twenty authors between the sheets of this super anthology, including a few big names you’ll recognise, but mostly, as always, the focus of this project is to give a platform for new voices. On Coach Four, we’ve got the perfect balance of two established and two new authors for you with Jenn Matthews, E.V. Bancroft, Anna Larner, and Lee Haven.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Jenn Matthews: I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to write something, what with working full time for the NHS and writing too, but a short story sprang into my brain and encouraged me. I love werewolves and reckoned it was time to make original a fanfic idea from years ago.

E.V. Bancroft: I’m delighted to be involved in this project. I really enjoy the range of the writing, that it is genuinely eclectic, so there is something for everyone.

Anna Larner: I’m proud and excited to be involved in this project for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the thought that I might be able to help a new author by writing alongside them for this anthology is super cool.  Secondly, if in doing so, a reader discovers my writing for the first time and it makes them happy, then that’s a fab bonus. 

Lee Haven: I have the good fortune to be part of this project for the second time, and that doesn’t make me any less excited about it. It’s always equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking to share any part of your writing with readers.

What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?

Jenn Matthews: My story is about an evening in the house of a werewolf and her girlfriend. I guess it falls into both romance and sci-fi; the latter of which is something I haven’t written before.

E.V. Bancroft: My story is about what happens when the passion has fizzled out in a relationship…can it be reignited? The story includes volcanoes and hula. Need I say more? 

Anna Larner: My quirky short story, Worry-Free Windows, is a contemporary romance. It’s all about chance encounters and the chemistry and sparks of connection that can happen when strangers chat over the phone, as the story follows double glazing salesperson, Jo, nicknamed Worry-full windows, and bartender, Holly, nicknamed Hatch, as they discover not only a mutual rapport but love. It’s a story full of banter and fun.

Lee Haven: My story is called Unconditional Friendship. It’s about women and the unique bond of friendship they share, and it can probably be classed as general fiction.

What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?

Jenn Matthews: I usually write slow-burn contemporary romance, which includes characters not usually seen, often with a disability or characteristic rarely written about. I want to tell the stories of ‘invisible people’, those that don’t get heard all that often. I guess I write romance because I like cute, fluffy and sweetness!

E.V. Bancroft: I like to write the kind of fiction I like to read, namely somewhere in the sweet spot between literary fiction and lesfic. My mission is to write something I’m genuinely pleased with, that can be classed as literary fiction with women loving women being the main protagonists.

Anna Larner: I’ve written two novels, Highland Fling and Love’s Portrait. I like to write contemporary lesbian romance, with an historical twist that lends the story context and depth. Although my work in progress, Highland Whirl, a sequel to Highland Fling, is purely contemporary. I love writing stories about women falling in love, it feels natural for me to do, and I know how important it is to have lesbian love stories out there in the world for readers to identify with and find consolation in.

Lee Haven: I love to write romance with authentic characters and some real-life problems mixed in. I also like to dip my pen into things that intrigue me and will hold my attention for the duration of the writing process.

Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.

Jenn Matthews: I can pretty much make anything out of crocheted yarn. We’re running a virtual craft fayre on the unit I work on and yesterday I made a dinosaur with a Santa hat on, to hang on someone’s Christmas tree.

E.V. Bancroft: I started writing stories and plays as a child growing up in Zambia (there wasn’t much else to do), and I once appeared on a children’s TV show performing a puppet show I’d written.

Anna Larner: Readers of my novels might not already know that I also love to write poetry. They might want to check out this year’s Queer the Shelves festival on YouTube and the “Playing with Words” panel to find out more.

Lee Haven: I like to write on the S-Bahn going in and out of the city, especially when I have trouble getting something specific on the page, though others may say, when I have writer’s block. 😉

What’s your favourite line from your story in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two?

Jenn Matthews ~ Switch
After being told about Elly’s condition, or “idiosyncrasies” as Josie preferred to put it, and once she’d got used to the idea, Josie had decided Elly was perfect just as she was.

E.V. Bancroft ~ Pele
Now was not the time to damp down the fire, but brush away the ash of familiarity and blow on the embers.

Anna Larner ~ Worry-Free Windows
Make no mistake, this was in every way a late night hold up as she robbed me of my breath and wounded my heart with her smile.

Lee Haven ~ Unconditional Friendship
If you truly love, you don’t love someone for their body only or despite their body. You love the entire package: body, heart and soul.

Thanks for joining us on day four of our five day countdown to the big release day. Catch up on LesFic Eclectic Volume One here.

Helena Harte, Margaux Fox, Emma Nichols, AJ Mason, Eliza Hale, Emma Wallis, Lily Morris, Serena J Bishop, Anne Shade, S Derkins, Sam Skyborne, Katie Margaret Hall, Jenn Matthews, E.V. Bancroft, Anna Larner, Lee Haven, Carla David, Robyn Nyx, Brey Willows, and Valden Bush. How about that for a spectacular line up?

LesFic Eclectic volume two: Coach Three on the Blog Train

Happy Saturday, wonderful people. I hope you’re having a great day, no matter whether you’re relaxing or working. It’s only two days until I release LesFic Eclectic Volume Two. If you haven’t already grabbed your free copy of volume one, click here, and you’ll be taken to BookFunnel to download whatever version works for you.

There are twenty authors between the sheets of this super anthology, including a few big names you’ll recognise, but mostly, as always, the focus of this project is to give a platform for new voices. On Coach Three, we have a mix of new, emerging, and established authors for you with Anne Shade, S Derkins, Sam Skyborne, and Katie Margaret Hall.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Anne Shade: I’m very excited to be involved in this project, because it gives me a chance to share my writing with a wider audience.

S Derkins: I loved the idea of reaching new readers. I had a free website for over a decade but out of the blue the webspace provider just disappeared and my site was gone with no warning. My long time readers were from the days of Xena and few knew of me outside that genre. This is a wonderful way to step into lesbian fiction and say hello!

Sam Skyborne: I find writing a very solitary endeavour and as a result, I tend to remain cooped up in my own ideas and projects. An anthology like this gives me the opportunity to step outside of those confines, to try something new, and participate in something bigger. It helps me grow and broaden my horizons. It’s a great honour to have a story published alongside so many other great writers..and it’s fun!

Katie Margaret Hall: I am honoured to be included in Lesfic Eclectic volume 2, among a number of inspirational writing colleagues, for a publication that I hope will bring a lot of joy to its readers after such a gloomy year! The story I chose is an excerpt from a novel-in-progress and being selected for the anthology has also given me a much needed motivation boost to keep going with it.

What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?

Anne Shade: My story takes place during America’s post-civil war/reconstruction years and is about a woman who chooses to live as a man to be with the woman she loves and the difficulties and fear of living such a life in that time period. It falls into the historical romance genre.

S Derkins: Blue Moon is a light-hearted werewolf story. Big bad lesbian werewolf scents ‘the one’ on the breeze and tracks her down, discovering that her future mate is a female police officer. 

Sam Skyborne: It’s a letter from the narrator, in a future time when society has progressed and adapted to COVID as the new normal, who has written back to themselves in the current time, telling (warning) them about what is to come. Due to the time travel element, I guess it qualifies as science fiction, but I’d also argue it has a strong satirical element.

Katie Margaret Hall: Highland Fling is a story about getting back out there after heartbreak and the end of a significant relationship. It’s about rediscovery – of the self and of love. It’s definitely a romance piece!

What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?

Anne Shade: I love to write romance fiction. Whether it’s historical, contemporary, or fantasy, it’s my favorite subject to write about. To bring two characters to life on paper, weave a story about them connecting with each other on a deep emotional and physical level, throw some angst/drama into their story, and bring them back to find their Happily Ever After is therapeutic for me.

S Derkins: Quasi sci-fi and lesbian romance. If the idea is quirky then the Muse is interested.

Sam Skyborne: I like to write about people and topics that interest me. This might seem like stating the obvious, but it’s the easiest way to describe the commonality between the various books that I’ve written and the various projects I’m currently working on. They range from science fiction stories that question reality and our limitations, and often reflect on the human condition like Simulation, to intriguing, racy mysteries like Risk, to, more recently, The Sappho Romance, which effectively rewrites history by reinterpreting the mythology surrounding one of my heroes, Sappho.

Katie Margaret Hall: I write all sorts, not just fiction but poetry and creative non-fiction too. I can’t escape having a queer feminist lens on everything I write – it’s so ingrained in my DNA. I think I write a lot about relationships – not just romantic or sexual relationships, all kinds – and why relationships are important to us and shape our identities. 

Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.

Anne Shade: Writing wasn’t my first passion. I used to want to be a singer and actress, but after trying out for a singing group at fourteen years old and getting told I was good, but not good enough, I gave up on that dream.

S Derkins: That I’m old as dirt, project the stereotype grumpy-old-woman to the world, and love writing mushy romances. Shhh…

Sam Skyborne: Since my story is about COVID… my most recent lockdown challenge was learning the guitar, and as soon as the travel restrictions are finally over, I dream of touring the USA and Europe in a campervan.

Katie Margaret Hall: I wrote and created the UK’s first lesbian/bi/queer womxn’s web series, “She’s in London.” 

What’s your favourite line from your story in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two?

Anne Shade ~ For Her Love
“Well, you do make the fluffiest biscuits in the county, but your backside is a worthy sight as well, so that’s a tough one.”

S Derkins ~ Blue Moon
“You’re just humoring me until you can call the mental ward,” Kit said.

Sam Skyborne ~ Love in the Time of COVID
Video-calling had become the standard … reducing all the warmth and intimacy of friendship into those tiny squares on a flat screen.

Katie Margaret Hall ~ Highland Fling
Who could resist smouldering flames and single malt Scotch? The smoky smell of burning embers filled the room, and Carrie took in the relaxing ambiance.

Thanks for joining us on day three of our five day countdown to the big release day. Catch up on LesFic Eclectic Volume One here.

Helena Harte, Margaux Fox, Emma Nichols, AJ Mason, Eliza Hale, Emma Wallis, Lily Morris, Serena J Bishop, Anne Shade, S Derkins, Sam Skyborne, Katie Margaret Hall, Jenn Matthews, E.V. Bancroft, Anna Larner, Lee Haven, Carla David, Robyn Nyx, Brey Willows, and Valden Bush. How about that for a spectacular line up?

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