WLW & lesbian books from Ylva Publishing – (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #2)

WLW & Lesbian Books from Ylva Publishing

  If you have taken a look at the schedule for the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge, you know that I put together puzzles for several publishing houses that publish WLW & lesbian books. Every publisher whose authors submitted enough clues will get their own crossword puzzle—and indie authors will get a puzzle too. Today, I’d like to start with my own publisher, so here’s the Ylva Publishing crossword puzzle. If you are discovering the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge only now, read up on the rules and prizes, then come back here and try to solve the Ylva puzzle. You can …

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Back from the GCLS conference

I just returned from ten days of sightseeing in Washington DC & Alexandria and from attending the GCLS conference–a conference for readers and writers of lesbian fiction. This has been my third conference, and it’s always a highlight of my year. It’s impossible to put into words how it feels to be surrounded by people who “get” lesbian fiction and what it means to me. I attended a great class on Self-Care for Writers by Beth Burnett and panels on Women of Color in Lesbian Fiction and Differently Abled Characters. I was a panelist on the historical fiction panel, moderated …

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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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My new lesbian romance novel, Damage Control, is out!

You would think that after publishing ten books (not counting the novellas and short story collections), having a new novel out would get old. Well, it doesn’t. My tenth novel, Damage Control, has just been published, and I’ve been grinning like a fool ever since Astrid, my publisher, told me she had just uploaded it to the major bookstores. For some reason, this book feels special. Not that my other books aren’t near and dear to my heart—they are. But this one is extra special. Maybe because at 140,000 words it’s one of my longer works after I wrote a …

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Now available: Love Beneath the Christmas Tree

Just two and a half weeks until Christmas. Are you getting into the Christmas mood yet? Well, Rachel Lewis, the main character in my series of short stories, sure isn’t. She’s the proverbial Christmas grump, and this year, it’s even worse. It’s the first year she’ll have to celebrate Christmas without her mother, and her girlfriend left her and took their fake Christmas tree with her. No wonder Rachel thinks Christmas is humbug. But meeting Lillian Coleman and her seven-year-old son starts to change that. Soon, Rachel finds herself dressing up as Ms. Santa Claus and even playing a Christmas …

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Giveaway of my new short story collection, Love Beneath the Christmas Tree

During the last three years, it’s become a sort of tradition for me to write a Christmas short story about Rachel, a.k.a. the Christmas Grump, and her not so grumpy girlfriend, Lillian. So by now, there are three short stories about that cute couple. This year, Ylva Publishing has decided to publish all three short stories in one e-book. Love Beneath the Christmas Tree includes the previously published short stories “The Christmas Grump” and “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus” as well as the brand-new short story “The Christmas Elf.” The e-book will come out around December 6, but today, Ylva Publishing …

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Walking the Labyrinth

Many years ago, long before I first started writing in English, I read Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart. It was actually one of the first lesbian romances I read. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites. I was so impressed by this heart-felt novel that I sent Lois an e-mail, practically begging her for a sequel or maybe a “spin-off” featuring my two favorite minor characters, Dana and Lee. This year, I was honored to have Lois as a fellow Ylva author and even more honored to edit her newest book, Walking the Labyrinth, a novel that …

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Free short story for Valentine’s Day

Dear readers, Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to lovers, but it isn’t just a day for couples and romance. Love is worth celebrating in every form. For many people, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show affection and to say thank you to the important people in their lives. I want to take this opportunity to spread the love and say thank you to my readers by giving away my newest short story, Seduction for Beginners, on Valentine’s Day. The story is available for free from now on until the end of February 14. Seduction for Beginners is a …

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Writing Time in November

Wow, it’s December already. Just three more weeks until Christmas. Can you believe it? I didn’t get much writing done this month, but I blogged about writing on my publisher’s blog. We prepared a few interesting blog posts about writing that will be posted this month, so if you are a writer, you might want to subscribe to Ylva Publishing’s blog. I also spent about ten hours translating fiction from German to English. So let’s take a look at the numbers for November: Writing Beta reading January 47 hours 5 hours February 31 hours 2 hours March 36 hours 3 hours April …

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