F/F Books with Disabled Characters (Lesbian Book Bingo #19)

Much too often, the characters in lesbian books, especially in romance novels, are all too perfect. They have perfect looks, perfect jobs, perfect health, perfect everything. That’s just not a realistic representation of our lives. So for this square of the Lesbian Book Bingo, we’re focusing on novels featuring characters with a disability. It can be a physical disability, a chronic illness, or a mental disorder. If you need to brush up on the rules of Lesbian Book Bingo, check out the rules post. 15 GREAT F/F BOOKS FEATURING CHARACTERS WITH A DISABILITY I’ve put together a list of 15 …

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Get the Hollywood series at a reduced price during Oscar weekend

It’s Oscar weekend! To celebrate, Ylva Publishing is rolling out the red carpet and offering my Hollywood series at a reduced price. Each book can stand on its own and has different main characters: Departure from the Script is a novella (short novel) about Amanda, an actress who struggles to get her career off the ground. At an anti-Valentine’s party, she meets butch photographer Michelle. She has never been attracted to butch women before, but Michelle has her consider a departure from her dating script. Damage Control is a slow-burn romance in which world-famous actress Grace is caught in a …

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Book giveaway on Oscar night

Today’s the day—the Academy Awards a.k.a. Oscars will be presented tonight. I have to admit that I haven’t closely followed the nominations (I guess I was too busy writing!), but I agree with what many people are saying: there’s a definite lack of diversity in the nominations. Hollywood focuses too much on white, straight actors/actresses, directors, and writers, while artists of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and other minorities are underrepresented. Well, the main character of my latest Hollywood novel, Just Physical, checks two minority boxes—three, if you count being a woman. Jill Corrigan is an out lesbian, and she’s …

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Picture-perfect characters (Ylva Publishing blog hop #1)

Ylva Publishing is starting the new year with a blog hop. Thirteen Ylva authors are blogging about their books and other interesting topics. I’m honored to kick off the blog hop with my contribution. Here it is:  Have you ever thought that the main characters in romance novels—or romantic movies, for that matter—are just a bit too perfect? Perfect health, perfect looks, perfect jobs, perfect lives. No one ever has to decline a date because she can’t afford to go to an expensive restaurant. Most characters in romances look like supermodels and never gain weight, no matter how many high-calorie desserts …

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Writing hours in November 2015

It’s the middle of December already, and I only now get around to posting my numbers for November, which gives you a good indication of how busy I am. I’m very excited to say that I got started on my new historical romance, Shaken to the Core, at the beginning of December. Now I’m 20,000 words into the story and enjoying it very much. What else is new? As you might know, my romance novel Just Physical has been out for a couple of weeks now, and reviews have been great. In Just Physical, the two main characters–actress Jill Corrigan and stuntwoman Kristine …

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Now available: Just Physical

My latest lesbian romance, Just Physical, has already been available via the Ylva Publishing website for two weeks, but starting today, you can get it from all major online bookstores. Just Physical is the third book in my Hollywood series, but it has different main characters than the previous books, so it can stand on its own and you’ll be able to enjoy it even if you haven’t read Damage Control and Departure from the Script. I have to say that I’m particularly proud of Just Physical. It has an unusual main character. Jill Corrigan is an actress who’s been …

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Writing is rewriting

You’ve probably heard the old adage “writing is rewriting.“ Well, it’s true. Or at least it should be. While there are some people who unleash their rough first draft onto their unsuspecting audience, most writers know that careful rewriting and revising is where the magic really happens. For my newest romance novel, Just Physical, which has been published today, I spent almost as much time rewriting and revising as writing the first draft. Here’s a breakdown of the time I spent on Just Physical. Overall, I worked on Just Physical for 501 hours. That’s slightly less than the 549 hours I …

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GCLS conference and writing hours in July 2015

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that July has been an exciting month for me—how could it not be in a city like New Orleans? After a week of sightseeing, I attended the GCLS con—the annual lesbian literature conference of the Golden Crown Literary Society. I can’t put into words the experience of spending five days surrounded by 350 readers and writers of lesbian fiction and attending so many great panels and workshops. The conference just gets bigger and more professional every year! There were so many different writing workshops, panels, chats, and readings that it often was …

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Writing hours in June 2015

It’s the beginning of July, which means three things: 1. I’m leaving for my vacation / writers’ & readers’ conference in New Orleans next week. Yay! 2. There’s a heat wave in Germany. Right now, we’re having 102 degrees (39 degrees Celsius). Probably a good preparation for New Orleans, right? 3. It’s time to update my blog with my monthly working hours. So here they are. In June, I worked mainly on the translation of Next of Kin. The English version has been published last week, and I’m pretty happy with the feedback mails I’ve been getting. Thanks to everyone who …

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