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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.

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part five. Release Day!

Today is the day! In just two hours, there’ll be another blog with the link to download our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic from my website. Some authors also have the link on their websites if you want to grab your copy from them.

We round off our blog run with Emma Nichols, Carla David, and myself!

1) Established authors only…What made you want to be involved in this project?

Robyn Nyx: It started with a little conversation and ended up something entirely different. Authors have come and gone, and the project nearly didn’t get off the ground at all, but there were a number of unpublished writers that I really wanted to see reach the lesfic audience. I also wanted to give a big thank you to the readers out there who are so supportive of what we do. So I took the project by the scruff of the neck, widened the search for talent and established authors, and here’s the result. I really hope you all like it.

Emma Nichols: Initially to support EllCon in the hope that it would continue. I also like the idea of doing something collaborative, in so far as hopefully some of my readers will read it and discover new authors they want to read, and of course that works both ways, too.

2) New authors only…How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Carla David: I’m thrilled to be included, especially as it’s my first story in this genre that I’ve submitted for publication. I’ve strayed from usual lesfic conventions and it can be hard to get someone to take a chance on something (and someone) different.

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

Robyn Nyx: Heart Halfway Gone is a romance, pure and simple. Hot neighbour moves in, friendship begins, and my butch cop comes to the rescue.

Carla David: It’s a romance, but not what you might expect. It follows a relationship from the time the characters first meet as teenagers to their contemplation of what they are to each other twenty years later.

Emma Nichols: My story is titled The Fan. It’s based on a woman attending an event where a famous author is doing a reading of their latest work. It’s in the romance genre.

 

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

Robyn Nyx: I love to write all kinds of genres. Plots interest me most. The what if question. What would this kind of character do if she were placed in this kind of situation. I really like to pose those questions and then see where the characters take me. And I like to address the deeper and darker sides to humanity, our unceasing battle with ourselves and what society expects of us, and the idea that no one is beyond redemption.

Carla David: I enjoy exploring different genres with queer themes, as in my reading, but always with a focus on character. I find the internal world of the characters the most interesting part of any story. I write about people living outside our expected social norms, and I hope readers will connect with my work who, like me, struggle to relate to most stories currently out there.

Emma Nichols: I prefer to write romance with a twist or two, suspense, or something unexpected along the way. I want the stories I write to be interesting and engaging for readers, with deep characters, and a strong story line. I have written contemporary and historical romance and romcom. I also like to challenge myself with my writing. I figure if I’m challenged and do a good job, readers will enjoy it too!

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

Robyn Nyx: At sixteen, I was picked to play volleyball for the UK team but passed on the opportunity to concentrate on my studies.

Carla David: My first love was my cello, which got me through those difficult teenage years. I connected with others through music and performed with my orchestra in many wonderful venues including the Royal Albert Hall and random towns across Spain. I still hear an old teacher’s voice telling me off if I let my fingernails grow too long.

Emma Nichols: I’ve written poetry in the context of peak performance and death and dying! Yep. Odd, I know, but true.

 

LesFic Eclectic: Meet the Authors, part four

Excitement abounds! Only one more day to wait until you can download our free eBook anthology, LesFic Eclectic. In case you’re late to the party, I’m Robyn Nyx, and I’ve been responsible for bringing this project together, including the editing and cover and production design.

Who have I got for you today? Would you believe I have Jeannie Levig, Valden Bushand Lise Gold?

1) Established authors only…What made you want to be involved in this project?

Jeannie Levig: 

First of all, I always enjoy doing what I can to help promote new authors just getting started, and I think a project like this is a wonderful way to do that. In addition, it gives something fun and free to the lesfic readers. A win-win all the way around.

Secondly, I have a lot of respect for Robyn Nyx, her writing, and the non-profit work through writing that she and Brey Willows do. I am happy to help with that whenever I can.

Lise Gold: It was great to meet so many lovely fellow authors at Ellcon last year, and when the idea of an anthology came to life, it seemed like a lot of fun to be involved. This anthology will give readers worldwide a chance to discover British authors who they might not usually read, and since it’s free, there’s no excuse not to!

2) New authors only…How excited are you to be involved in this project?

Valden Bush: Hanging off the chandelier excited! Some of my writing heroes are in this anthology and to be able to write words alongside them is awesome.

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

Jeannie Levig: My story is called Turning Point, and it’s a work of general lesbian fiction. It’s about a woman who is at a turning point in her life and has to choose between living in the past or letting that go to take her life into a future with the woman she loves.

Valden Bush:My story is all about love against the odds both now and in the past. I’d classe it as general Lesfic.

Lise Gold: In one word, my story is about destiny, and the genre is romance. The backdrop is Dublin, where I wrote it last year, and it’s set in a bar where, by coincidence, two women meet. They discover the universe might have thrown them together for a reason.

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

Jeannie Levig: I’ve written several different kinds of fiction—general lesbian fiction, romance, romantic suspense, and erotica—and I’ve enjoyed them all. If I have to choose only one, though, I think I enjoy writing general fiction the most, because there’s a lot more freedom in writing it without any genre rules to follow.

Valden Bush: I’m learning to write with emotion, and I just love creating those feelings in other people with my words.

Lise Gold: I write romance as I’m a romantic at heart and a sucker for a happy ending. My books are always set in exotic places, and I like to start writing them on location so I can soak up the atmosphere, get inspired, and research the setting. It’s the best part of the process 🙂

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

Jeannie Levig: I’ve done volunteer work as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the foster care system. It involved visiting with the children on a weekly basis and getting to know them, being in communication with their teachers if they were school aged, and reporting to the judge on their behalf on a regular basis so more informed decisions could be made in their best interest by the court. It was challenging and extremely rewarding, and I’d like to write a book at some point with a main character that’s a CASA so more people can learn about it.

Valden Bush: I once showed Prince Charles around a toilet. It was…historical.

Lise Gold: I’m completely obsessed with travel and research, and I have a talent for finding the cheapest flights and the most wonderful affordable places all over the world.

 

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