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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 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!

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