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LesFic Eclectic Volume Two: Coach Two on the Blog Train

Happy Friday, wonderful readers! It’s the weekend, and there are just three days before I release volume two of the anthology, LesFic Eclectic, absolutely free of charge. It’ll be available to download from BookFunnel on the 21st December.

There are twenty authors between the sheets of this super anthology, a few names you’ll recognise, but mostly, as always, the focus of this project is to give a platform for new voices.

On Coach Two, we have a full house of new and emerging authors in Eliza Hale, Emma Wallis, Lily Morris, and Serena J Bishop.

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Eliza Hale: So excited! It’s a real honour to have my story included alongside those from such well-known and highly regarded lesfic authors, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

Emma Wallis: I’m really excited to be involved in this project. Getting to work with so many great people in the writing community is so validating. Writers, both new and established, all suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time but being included in a project like this means so much.

Lily Morris: Knowing some of the amazing authors that are being published in the anthology I am beyond excited to see my words along with their talent. 

Serena J Bishop: I’m very excited and grateful to be included in LEV2. I look for any opportunity to share my stories with the world. When I found out I was accepted I made a “yip” sound which scared my chihuahua. Ironic, I know. 

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

Eliza Hale: I would say my story falls into the genre of romantic lesfic. It’s not a romance per-se as the two main characters are already together, but it’s still sweet and romantic! My story follows Leah as she battles to overcome her fears in order to fully trust and commit to her girlfriend, Nima. 

Emma Wallis: Writing a short story for an anthology gave me a little more leeway to explore in a genre that traditionally doesn’t sell as well as the more profitable romances and thrillers. This is a historical short story, but not your usual Victorian or Western lesfic. Here, I’ll be whisking you all the way back to Saxon Britain for a glimpse into the lives of three women.

Lily Morris: Casey is lonely and frustrated, loving Jade with all her heart whilst at the same time confused and angry at her unwillingness to explore the darker side of life. Hidden fantasies are brought to life with the aid of a good friend, but will it be enough for her? I suppose The Feast will fall somewhat into the romance genre as I am truly a softie at heart. But it also slots neatly into erotica, as I have a wonderful naughty streak— just ask the wife. 

Serena J Bishop: Back to School is a wlw romance about a son who wants to set up his single mother with his teacher. What he doesn’t know is that the two women already have a past.

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

Eliza Hale: I started off writing erotica and have gradually moved over to romance, where I still like to ramp up the heat levels! I’m fascinated by human connection and relationships, and enjoy writing about same-sex love in what has historically been a straight-dominated genre. I also enjoy creating characters that I wish could find more of in the stories I read, such as bi characters and those with invisible illnesses, as I’m a big believer in the power of representation.

Emma Wallis: I like to write stories that surprise people, that aren’t what you expect. In fact that’s a pretty fitting motto for me in my everyday life — I like to subvert the norm, and try to have fun doing it!

Lily Morris: I’m just at the beginning of my journey into the exploration of fiction writing and have therefore had little opportunity to explore the genres, but what I have written is romance stories with a dark side involving strong, dominant women. I’m a submissive by nature and love a woman who commands attention and who must be obeyed. It thrills and grounds me. I’ve always loved the escapism one can reach in fantasy, and I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy story involving magic and dragons bringing my dreams to life. Maybe that’s the genre of my next story…

Serena J Bishop: I like to write wlw romances and science-fi with a little speculative fiction thrown in. I enjoy writing in these genres because I’m a romantic and I love science. I especially find fringe science fascinating and like to pull ideas from research areas that seem impossible.

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

Eliza Hale: Just before the pandemic hit I got into axe-throwing as a hobby, and am hoping to pick this up again once circumstances allow.

Emma Wallis: I don’t have a romantic bone in my body, perhaps that’s why I steer clear of writing traditional romances.

Lily Morris: Within four walls I am out of my depth a lot of the time and would choose to be alone with a good book, however, get me into the fresh air with walking boots or my mountain bike and I’m a wind up toy ready primed (as long as I’m kept fed!). 

Serena J Bishop: For my novels, I create a vision board. I have images of people who look like characters, maps, quotes, story themes, anything that helps remind me of the larger picture of the story.

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

Eliza Hale ~ The Wedding Invitation
As I rested my head on her chest and listened to her heartbeat, my anxiety started to fade and the comforting, just-right feeling of her body in my arms turned my mind to simpler, more physical matters.

Emma Wallis ~ Triquetra
They had fallen asleep that night huddled together to keep out the chill: the three nanny goats, two lovers, and a widow.

Lily Morris ~ The Feast
The butler touched the headset mic on her ear. “The main course has arrived. I’m bringing her up now.”

Serena J Bishop ~ Back to School Night
The quasi-Salvador Dali themed hallway decorations changed into Edgar Allen Poe-inspired art. She hoped the macabre and ominous tone wasn’t foreshadowing her evening. 

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

And to whet your appetites, here’s a full list of the authors featured in LesFic Eclectic Volume Two:

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.

Now that’s what you call a great line up!

LesFic Eclectic Volume Two: Coach One on the Blog Train

Hey there, you lovely readers! I hope you’re all hearty and healthy and are looking forward to Christmas with your loved ones. My Christmas present to you this year is volume two of LesFic Eclectic, absolutely free of charge. It’ll be available to download from BookFunnel on the 21st December.

Nineteen authors and I have come together to create you a genre-hopping anthology of greatness. We’ve got some wonderful established names like Brey Willows, Emma Nichols, and Jenn Matthews, and our main focus, as before, is on the new and emerging authors like Emma Wallis, Valden Bush, and Margaux Fox.

On Coach One, we have new authors Helena Harte, Margaux Fox, and AJ Mason accompanied by Emma Nichols, an author with twelve books to her name. Enough chat from me, let’s talk to the talent:

How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Helena Harte: I’m so so excited to be a part of this anthology. I love that new and emerging authors are being give a platform to get themselves read by such a huge audience. And it’s wonderful to be supported by the established authors too and share the inside of a book jacket with them!

Margaux Fox: I’m really excited to have an opportunity like this and very grateful to be included. It is really amazing to see my name next to some of the big names that are also in this anthology. 

AJ Mason: This is the second time I have been lucky enough to be involved with the Lesfic Eclectic project. Last year was the first time I had allowed anyone outside of family and friends to see my writing, and it was wonderful to get such a positive reaction. To have my work accepted and included alongside stories from established authors is a real privilege. It was also a valuable learning opportunity, taking me through the process of submission, editing and publishing. I would recommend to any emerging author to get involved in amazing projects like this.

Emma Nichols: As an established author, I have an audience who are interested in finding out about new authors. Projects like these are a great way of me getting exposure to new readers whilst also supporting new authors to get seen by my readers. 

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

Helena Harte: But You is a romance. It’s the internal thoughts and memories of a woman with serious self-esteem issues talking about the day she met her forever partner. There’s no room for super confident lovers in this story!

Margaux Fox: My story is a romance of sorts. A romance for someone who is bitter and tired and doesn’t believe real love is for someone like her. Oh, and it’s pretty hot too. 

AJ Mason: My story is piece of urban fantasy/horror about a woman with a dark secret. She is working as door security at a seedy nightclub when a beautiful woman walks into her life.

Emma Nichols: My story is called The Vigneron. It falls within the erotica genre. Think sex in a wine cave with a very hot, sexy vigneron, and you won’t be too far off.

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

Helena Harte: Romance, romance, and more romance. I’m a helpless romantic, so it seems like the natural thing to write. I believe there’s someone out there for everyone (and for some people, more than one), and I love how human it is to fall in love. I really enjoy writing about all the pitfalls and peaks that comes with and exploring the joys of two people coming together.

Margaux Fox: I love to write romance. I love to be able to represent relationships between two women positively in a way that really wasn’t available when I was growing up. I love writing writing characters with real chemistry. I love writing heated sex scenes. I love writing happy ever afters. I like to write darkness and grit too, and I hope that my stories show the light against the darkness. 

AJ Mason: I love writing Science Fiction and Horror. I have always enjoyed reading novels and short stories by the best in both fields. They both involve a level of world-building that really fires my imagination.

Emma Nichols: I like to write love stories that include strong elements of suspense. I enjoy creating plots that have twists and turns and keep the reader guessing whilst also having a beautiful, strong love story running in parallel.

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

Helena Harte: I’d love to swim with orcas in the wild, and I would’ve loved to have been an actress but I can’t stand looking into a camera lens (and also, more importantly, I can’t really act!).

Margaux Fox: My huge passion outside of words and writing is women’s sport. I love to support all sport for women and girls and am passionate about improving gender equality in sport. My main sport is rugby and interesting fact: I have represented England playing Rugby League and also represented Scotland playing Rugby Union. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any younger, so my involvement in the sport as a player is at a much lower level these days!

AJ Mason: I am working on my first full length sci-fi novel, The Helion Band, and I’ll be publishing it next year.

Emma Nichols: I hate this kind of question. I studied and practiced Clinical Hypnotherapy and Reiki.

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

Helena Harte ~ But You
You wrapped me up in a love so intense that it shone your light on my darkness, creating shadows that illuminated and celebrated our differences. Differences that smashed us together so that I could emerge, changed yet unchanged.

Margaux Fox’s ~ The Dance
She’ll think of me when she fucks herself silently in the quiet hours of the night, her fingers slick with wetness, her moans muffled so as not to disturb her girlfriend, asleep beside her. She’ll think I don’t know about it. But I do, and I like it.

AJ Mason ~ Nothing Ever Changes
The woman shone in the evening crowd like the glint of a diamond in a dark mine.

Emma Nichols ~ The Vigneron
I think two people know they’re going to have sex, even without words. It’s written in that soft glance that lingers longer than is perceived appropriate, a smile that speaks to your eyes, and the thrilling effect of a simple touch. 

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

It’s release day!

It’s upon us, lovely readers. The big day for our FREE eBook, LesFic Eclectic. You’ll find the link to all versions of the book on my website here, and other authors will let you know if they’re hosting the book too. I’m afraid I haven’t been able to sort a proper Smashwords link: I ran out of time before our vacation, sorry! I’ll look to sorting that in November (it is on there, but the contents page is royally buggered!).

We hope you’ve enjoyed the run up to this book and that you like what we’ve put together for you.

Thank you and good day! I’m off to the States. Hope to see in P’Town for Women’s Week next month.

Hugs,

Robyn Nyx

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