Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Women: Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein

For this week's Wednesday Women, you get a chance to chat with author Linda Morganstein who's presenting "Girls In Ice Houses." Join the conversation in order to enter the giveaway, for a chance to win an autographed copy! The giveaway ends next Tuesday, and please leave some contact info so we can find you. Enjoy!

Thanks Linda for visiting!






For those of you old enough to remember (or have watched on reruns) the well-known Mike Myers skit On Saturday Night Live in which he played a Jewish middle-aged housewife, Linda Richman, from Long Island who idolized Barbara Streisand and gave very funny advice and skewed opinions. Linda Richman could have been my aunt. I grew up with skewed humor and VERY lively conversation, much of it screamed, with interruptions, much love and a yet quite a bit of heated disagreement.

Today, I'd like to have a discussion. I'll put out the questions, give you my opinions and you, I hope, will give me yours. For those responding, I'll put you in the hat for my giveaway-- an autographed copy of my latest novel, Girls In Ice Houses. You can't lose! Voice your thoughts, get a conversation going and possibly win a book. Let's discuss!
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Q1: What do you think the place is of lesbian fiction in the general world of books? Should it be a distinct genre or should lesbian fiction be a part of the mainstream?

A: I write books I hope will be of interest to a wide audience. I truly prize the lesbian audience, but I aspire to communicate to as many readers as possible. I read mostly "literary" fiction by anyone that can write a book that both touches me and makes me think. If that writer is a lesbian or the book features lesbians, I'm thrilled! How about you?

Q2: Do you like books that make you think or are deeply emotional or do you prefer a lighter read?

A: I prefer books that make me think and feel deeply. However, I'm not opposed to lighter reads. However, I want that lighter read to be carefully constructed and have great characters. Admission: I relax my brain though television shows and movies, some of them "trashy" and some of them not--Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Transparent, Looking, Breaking Bad, to name a few. How about you?

Q: Do you choose books through reviews, recommendations, a favorite author or prize winners? Some other ways?

A3: All of the above. I have favorite writers whom I'll read no matter what they write. I talk about books with my lovely partner and our friends. I read reviews, although I tend to avoid a lot of this, since I am very sensitive and I put myself in the writer's shoes.  Word of mouth is the best, I think. What are your choice methods?

I look forward to your responses! After one week, I'll announce the winner of my book.

Linda Morganstein is an award-winning, overeducated writer of who also happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. In the seventies, she dropped out of Vassar College and drove a VW van to California, where she lived in Sonoma County for many years. Later, she studied with Jane Smiley in Iowa. She currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her understanding spouse Melanie and her exceptional dog, Courage. In addition to writing, Linda is avid golfer and sourdough bread-baker. In short, she has a phobia for boredom. Due to her Borscht Belt background, she has a distinct interest in humor as an antidote to the complications of life. This includes an arsenal of jokes supplied by her late father, a master comedian.

For more about Linda and her books, check out her web site:

Girls In Ice Houses is available for order from your local bookstore and at:


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Women: The Girls et al. by Sunny Alexander

The theme of Women banding together to fight injustice is a personal favorite of mine, so I had to invite Sunny Alexander to talk about The Girls. Not only she's giving a glimpse of her other works, but one lucky winner will walk away with a copy of The Girls! Please leave a comment in this post between now and next Tuesday noon EST to enter, but first, enjoy:
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I am excited to be here and am looking forward to sharing my journey from housewife and stay at home mom, to psychotherapist/author. I am looking forward to your questions and to add a bit of encouragement, if you ask a question or make a comment, you will be entered to win an autographed copy of The Girls.

 I come from a family of storytellers and you’d be surprised about something as simple as grocery shopping can be turned into a riveting, spellbinding adventure. As a child, I entertained my younger brother and cousins with tales about fairies living in a magical land with rivers made of lemonade. During adolescence, I began to write stories filled with age-typical dreams and longings.

 There was a period of time when I turned away from writing and focused on raising my children. I was one of the many women who returned to school in the 70s; what a time of revolution and revelation that was! You’ll read about that historic time in The Girls. For me, it was a huge change from being a stay at home mom. I developed a career as a therapist but most importantly I opened the closet door and acknowledged my identity as a gay woman.  

 My return to writing began in a most unusual way after a sixteen-year relationship ended. I was not only grieving a personal loss but had volunteered to counsel veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. I kept thinking about the number of troops returning with PTSD and my thoughts began to focus on what I saw as a forgotten group: the medical staff that treated the wounded. On one of those sleepless nights, a name came to me: Kathleen Moore. I began to see an image of a woman with long dark hair and freckles. As if I was being guided, I went to the computer and began to write. I’m not even sure what I wrote; at this time there was no form... just words pouring out. After two years of research and many drafts, the story of Kathleen Moore, frontline Army physician was told in Flowers from Iraq: Book 1 in the series: The Storyteller and the Healer.

After I had published Flowers from Iraq, I began to write The Girls.  The book opens in 2020 when President of the United States, Julia Moorhead has signed the Freedom to Marry Act into law. Gathering together to watch this historic event is a group of women in their late 70s, who have been friends (family) for many years. They are a tight-knit group that has worked silently and relentlessly not only for marriage equality but also to rescue women from abusive situations. As they watch the event unfolding on TV, they are witness to the excitement and happiness of many, as well as the hatred of a few. They decide to help the people understand and embrace equality by revealing their secret past to a curious, perhaps snoopy reporter, who has heard about The Girls.

 As the story unfolds, we travel from 2020 to the past where we meet each of the Girls and share in their lives. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to The Girls:

 Char, a psychologist, is more than familiar with keeping dark secrets... including her own.

Em, the storyteller, has written a series of novels about a group of women who risk their lives to rescue the abused.

Iris, a United States Senator, finds romance on both sides of the gender aisle.

Les, a wunderkind, discovers a love far greater than her passion for medicine.

Max, the mechanic, can make the human heart purr as sweetly as any engine.

Frankie and Bobbie pack up their dishonorable discharges from the military and hop onto their Harleys for the freedom ride of their lives.

 I will share with you how Iris painted a picture of her childhood.

One morning while I was walking, I began to see a broken-down trailer park. I then saw a tall, thin child. I could see the tattered dress she wore, the hopeless expression, the way her mouth turned down, and the snot running from her nose. This was the beginning of my relationship with Iris and her incredible journey from poverty to the United States Senate.

Because of my background as a therapist my novels have a psychological bent to them. I also have an intense interest in social issues; the pain that comes from them and the healing that can follow. My novels are character-driven which means the emphasis is on inner conflicts and relationships. That doesn’t mean there is a lack of romance and humor. After all, don’t they go hand-in-hand with relationships? And most of us have lots of inner conflicts around them!

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 Some readers have asked me how I get the titles of my books. Flowers from Iraq came to me after I had written most of the book. Flowers kept showing up as metaphors in different scenes. I began to think of the wounded and fallen troops as flowers. And there is a dream sequence in the book that resonated with the title.

 The title for The Girls came directly from my mother’s Friday night group of card-playing friends. They always called each other, “The Girls.” They met every week for a friendly game, and then on Saturday, the phone would begin to ring as they dissected every play— and I must add, every player! The subtitle of The Girls: A Different Kind of Love Story came about when I thought of how many types of love there really are. And through thick and thin, The Girls do share a very special love.

 Claire’s Song—Book 2 in the series The Storyteller and the Healer— began as God Laughs and I went so far as to have a book cover designed. Then as Kathleen and Claire struggled with dark secrets that they had kept from each other, I thought, this really belongs to the lover of music—Claire— and so the title became Claire’s Song.

 I do work with one goal in mind: to have the reader identify with the characters... to laugh with them, cry with them and most importantly to enjoy a good story. I hope that my books show that even though life can be difficult and painful, there is always hope. And, by the way, I believe in a happy ending.

 I am getting ready to begin a new novel. All I know at this point is it will be about a group of Holocaust survivors who hide their identity and deny their experiences from the world. I am starting to get flashes of characters and scenes and so another adventure begins.

 I would like to share a favorite quote of mine from The Girls. In this quote, Em is musing about her life, the many twists and turns it has taken.

Being gay is not the only closet, she thought. So many closets in life, as she had discovered over the years.

Please visit my website for some thought provoking blogs or contact me directly at




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy International Women's Day!

What better way to celebrate than getting to know your favorite characters and authors?

Here's a complete list of the authors who introduced their leading ladies to the Wednesday Women table! We'll continue soon with Sunny Alexander, Linda Morganstein and Skylar Wood. All genres, all women.

Wednesday Women blogs

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Women: Sula Comyenti by Natasja Hellenthal

Good morning--and here we are with another Wednesday Women blog. This time Natasja Hellenthal interviews Sula from her Comyenti series. Welcome, take a seat and get to know Sula!
Interview Sula Comyenti

 I have a confession to make: this is something I don’t normally do; talk to my characters. Usually it’s the other way round; they tell their story to me and I listen, and at best write it down. I don’t make myself known to them, but rather lurk in the back ground. I am an observer.

Therefore this is very new to me, but exciting all the same. I feel it is a privilege to be able to finally ‘meet’ Sula Comyenti, the main character from my ‘Comyenti Series’.

She first appeared in ‘Call Off The Search’ and again in the sequel ‘Children Of The Sun’. Both full novels are available in e-book and paperback.


This is my interview with her.


I’m slightly nervous as Sula comes closer. I haven’t seen her in a while so I’m thrilled. We agreed to meet in a clearing in the woods near her house, just outside of Rosinhill. It is a sunny afternoon and the low rays shine through the spruce and pine trees down onto Sula’s face. Her dark long hair shines and appears more honey coloured brown at one side and black on the other. Her cheekbones are high and feminine, her skin is bronze and flawless as ever, but her almond shaped eyes are the most intriguing thing about her; they are a vivid green, like that of new leaves, but when I look again they are darker; jade. Is she reading me?

We greet and sit down on a fallen tree. She appears strong and charismatic and I understand why both Felix and Feline fell for her.

After the initial stage of awkwardness we begin to feel more comfortable and I ask her if she is ready for my questions. She smiles lightly and nods.


How do you feel about your mother, now that you’re an adult?

 My mother, rest her soul, I still miss her dearly. She did what she had to do for the continuance of our species and later she had my best interest at heart, I know that, but at the same time it hasn’t been easy to accept that I had to do the same thing; especially when I thought time was running out. Had I known, I perhaps would have waited. She knew so little about our kind, our physics; only from what she was taught as a child before the killings.


So you’re saying you regret meeting Felix and having Fay?

 No, not at all. I regret acting so soon whilst, in hindsight, I could have waited. I didn’t think straight when I met Felix, all I could think of, after saving his village, was him and how special he was. He wasn’t like any human I’d ever met. The promise I had made to my mother came to my mind and a decision was easily made. Felix knew of course, I had no secrets, but he didn’t object. In fact I believe he even suggested it, not with so many words but still.


What would have happened do you think if you hadn’t met Felix?

 If I hadn’t crashed into him that day you mean, ha ha? No seriously, I would have done the same thing with someone else. That was the promise I was nearly forty after all. I might not have stayed though. Now I know of course that comyenti women are fertile until they are seventy, so yes I think I would have rather waited. But then again it’s no use speculating. What’s done is done and I’m happy with how things have turned out.


But do you have any other regrets? Do you regret staying with him?

 Yes and no, sometimes.


That’s too vague. Can you explain?

 I’m a half-breed and I still don’t really know much about my species. What I’m sometimes feeling; that need for freedom and solitude: is it me or is it the comyenti in me? Feline understood, but Felix is not ready to find out about her and my feelings for her. I will tell him one day, but not now.


Alright. How do you feel about Shazar? He could have told you more since he is a full comyenti?

 Don’t get me started on him. He has his own hidden agenda. I’m sure he is a nice person underneath, but he lets his personal feelings and his task of ‘saving our species’ cloud his judgements. Even though I can read his mind, literally, I still don’t trust him completely. He is definitely blocking things from me, but it’s not comyenti things as he told me everything I needed to know. I’m not entirely sure what it is he’s hiding, but I will find out somehow.


What is your greatest fear?

That something will happen to my children. Especially since we suffered those attacks from the mysterious shapeshifting ypaka I don’t know if we’re safe here. All we can do is prepare our children to be more powerful and train them.


What do you want from life?

 What everyone else wants; a peaceful simple life whereby we can all live in harmony and safety. Perpetual happiness.


What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

 Like I mentioned before; I very much need my freedom and solitude, and sometimes I struggle with the right balance between being happy by myself and being there for everyone else and at the same time keeping them safe.


What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

 I can’t wait for my children to grow up and leave the house, ha ha! No, I love them dearly and we are very close, but sometimes it gets too much and I need space. They accept the way I am and that is the best thing I could ask from them. I try to give them all the tools they need for life but somehow I fear it might not be enough. The ypaka and even Shazar might prevent our happiness, our safety.


How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

 Oh, another personal question. Ahem, well, I think with Felix I was quite taken from the moment I saw that single strand of blonde hair of his underneath his dark hood fluttering in the wind. It was quite a poetic moment. And when I met his eyes…and when he started talking… Er, so yes I suppose it was love at first sight, although I tried to deny it of course at first and was a bit harsh on him.


And with Feline?

 That was different because I was already with Felix, so she was out of the question. I’m faithful when I’m with someone, but I’ve always felt an amazing attraction towards her and we soon became best friends. At first I thought it was because she was his twin sister and because I had a Heartmerge with her brother that it, somehow, stretched out to her. Now I know that it was more than just that and if it weren’t for Felix-


How do you decide whether you can trust someone? Is it from experience? Can you tell from first impressions? Is it more intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

 Before I met Felix, who is human of course, I generally distrusted every human. I had every right to as they almost exterminated my entire species. But it was an instilled distrust. Whether it was in my genes or if my mother is to blame I don’t know, but over time I learned to see not all people have bad intentions. That mistrust has kept me safe for years. My intuition is quite spot on, but if I’m not sure about someone, I will read their minds, not always literally their thoughts, as that’s beyond my limits with humans I haven’t merged with, but their intentions. They are easy to read for me. Body language is very important but also the images they send out, like any other animal does.


Is one sense more highly developed than another?

 When I’m in a Mindmode it depends on what animal skills I have borrowed. If it’s just me; half-comyenti, half-human, I would say my sixth sense takes over. My vision and hearing are superb, but looking is not the same thing as seeing and listening is not the same thing as hearing.


What do you consider are your strengths?

I don’t give up easily. I try to get to the bottom of things to find out the truth, and try to set things right if I can.


What do you consider are your weaknesses?

 I feel too much. All those triggers sometimes cause an overload on my senses and the world around me starts to spin. I am powerless in situations like that. It is the curse of the comyenti and we still haven’t found a way to beat it.


What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? And why?

 I lied to Felix. It is not in my nature and it feels really wrong.


If you could change into any animal, which would it be?

 Why would I with my abilities? However, if I could literally change shape I would like to know what if feels like to have wings, so perhaps an albatross or goose.



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When we say our goodbyes I can’t help but feel sorry for her somehow. I don’t know why. She is such a strong woman, but also vulnerable and sensitive. Only I know what will happen next, but I can’t tell her that. She knows it and doesn’t ask. I’m more than an observer of course. I can influence everything, for I’m the author after all; the author of her story; of both her and her family and of her kind. I am their judge and executioner. But even I don’t know the details yet. I first have to sit down and open my mind to it.

But I save that for another time.


Book 3 in the series, ‘Controller of The Senses’ is expected later in 2015, so stay tuned.

The e-book of ‘Call Off The Search’ (book 1) is currently free until the 20th of February. Keep reading in Book 2, ‘Children Of The Sun’, or get ‘The Comyenti Book Bundle Volume 1&2’ for an easy reading experience.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday Women: Cantor Gold by Ann Aptaker

It's time for another Wednesday Woman! Today, Ann Aptaker introduces her heroine Cantor Gold. The first in the series is out there for you to enjoy, and a second one is coming this September...but wait. You can enter to win an e-book and meet Cantor. How? Just leave a comment on this blog, with some info on how I can find you (email works best), and your name will go in the hat. The winner will be drawn, as usual, next Tuesday noon EST.

Many thanks to Ann and Cantor for visiting!


by Ann Aptaker


I love writing crime and mystery stories. I love letting my imagination run around in dark places where good and evil clash and get so tangled up they can’t be pulled apart, their individual definitions no longer absolute. One person’s evil is another person’s justice. One person’s crime is another person’s business opportunity, or food on the table.

I especially like writing about crime in the past, in the days before computers did our thinking for us, before we were perpetually connected to everyone else through our electronic devices. There was delicious anticipation in waiting for that all important letter to come in the mail. There was mystery in the missed phone call.

My current novel, CRIMINAL GOLD, takes place in 1949 New York. The next book in the series, TARNISHED GOLD, due for release from Bold Strokes Books in September, is set in 1950. And the third in the series, which I’m currently writing, takes place in 1952. The series will move through the 1950s and into the early 1960s. So my protagonist, the smuggler and dapper dyke Cantor Gold, her associates Rosie Bliss and Judson Zane, her nemeses Sig Loreale, Mom Sheinbaum and the police, and all the femme fatales, mobsters, grifters, denizens of the hidden LGBT world, and everyone else in Cantor’s milieu, must pursue or elude each other through their own ingenuity, without benefit of Google searches, instant messaging or GPS. They must rely on their own brains to find their way through the thicket of their situations. In other words, in order to commit the crime or solve it, escape crime’s consequences and stay alive, or escape beatings or arrest, they must rely solely on the organic properties of being human: seeing, hearing, touching, talking, acting, reacting, thinking.

All of this is a pretty rich experience for me as a writer. It forces me to get back to the basics of human inventiveness in order to believably present a time when we had to figure things out on our own. And if popular culture is anything to go by, stories set in the 1950s and ‘60s provide equally rich experiences for readers, and for film and TV audiences, too. From TV’s “Happy Days,” “Crime Story,” and “Mad Men,” through film’s “Grease,” “Back to the Future,” “Revolutionary Road,” and the upcoming “Carol,” we seem never to be done with the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Why does this nostalgia for a recent past have us in its grip? After all, the ‘50s and early ‘60s weren’t all rosy, not if you were a woman, a racial minority, or Queer.

I think, though, we recognize that life in those pre-digital days was, perhaps, more organic, dare I say more human. Nowadays, tethered to our electronics, perhaps we fear we’re merging with them; or rather, they with us, relentlessly, and possibly against our will. We are rarely alone with our thoughts: our devices track us, our online searches anticipate us, our email and texts arrive all day and demand constant response. In our pre-digital past, we were freer

We were also, by and large, richer, especially here in America. Post-World War Two America experienced economic abundance the likes of which had never before been achieved, sprinkling its benefits across large portions of the population; capitalists, white collar, and unionized blue collar workers alike. With all that spare cash floating around, even the average Jane and Joe aspired “up,” releasing their pent up desire for the good life after the double whammy of the Depression’s deprivations in the 1930s and the death and destruction of the Second World War in the ‘40s. People bought houses with back yards and with separate rooms for the kids. They bought flamboyant cars, TVs, and closets full of up to date, mass produced clothes. Frankly, post-war America was fun! And we looked great in those fabulous clothes.

So what of crime and mystery stories like CRIMINAL GOLD set in that warmly recalled time? Remember, the mid-20th century was the Golden Age of noir, when popular culture wasn’t shy about exploring the dark side of post-World War Two confidence in the “American Dream” of a car in every garage, a steak on every table, and a wife in every kitchen. Noir expressed the awareness hiding deep in the mind that all was not quite right, that the shiny surface of the good life can hide a festering core of injustice, corruption, and numbing conformity. Post-war noir, in movies and books, demanded that we face facts, even when those facts were presented in the guise of juicy fiction. And noir was where the hero, or more precisely the anti-hero—troubled, outraged, morally ambiguous—acted on our behalf, taking on the Law that kept us in line, the politicians who stole our cash and votes, the mobsters who corrupted our neighborhood businesses. And all the anti-hero had to show for it was a black eye or a bullet to the gut.

And still, we can’t get enough of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Maybe it’s the lure of the anti-hero’s outlaw bravery. Maybe it’s the cars. Or the clothes. Maybe we’re nostalgic for those days before we were wired to everything and everyone, before our electronic devices threatened to become inseparable with our minds and bodies. Maybe we long to be fully human—and only human—again.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Women: Trinity and Graciela by Anastasia Vitsky

Welcome to a new Wednesday Women blog--meet Trinity and Graciela from Anastasia Vitsky's upcoming title Mistress on her Knees. There's a giveaway, too!

From Ana: I will offer one book of reader's choice (excluding Living in Sin and Mistress on her Knees) to a random commenter on this post.

Plus, you can win one of dozens of prizes for Love Spanks 2015, an extravaganza of free stories about women who love women. More information here:

But now, on to Trinity and Graciela (thanks for joining the Wednesday Women:

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Flawed, powerful women have always fascinated me. We hear about flawed, powerful men all the time, but women are often expected to be passive, saintly, or both.

Passive saints are boring.

However, it is risky to write a woman with strength, humanity, and failings. Readers, even female readers, will often accept more flaws in a man than a woman. A man “has leadership skills” while a woman is “bossy” or “shrill.” An alpha hero is sexy, while an alpha heroine is often portrayed as frigid or in need of a good man to soften her feminist edges.

We teach our little girls to be quiet and obedient, while we shrug our shoulders at little boys misbehaving and say, “Boys will be boys.” A male college student who rapes is forgiven his “youthful indiscretion,” while a female college student who is raped must have “asked for it.”

Within the world of BDSM and DD (domestic discipline), the gender-based double standards are just as strong. Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey has become an icon of sexy power, while women (even dominant women) are reduced to inert objects of desire. Where are the sexy, powerful women who make mistakes but are individuals in their own right? Where are the sexy, powerful women who love them?

In Mistress on Her Knees, (forthcoming on March 1, 2015), Trinity Maddox and Graciela Fairbanks meet over a delivery of moo shu pork and cream cheese wontons. Graciela is a professional Domme who helps Trinity escape from an abusive situation, and they fall in love. There are two problems.  (What is a great love story without complications?)

First, Trinity’s negative experiences make Gracie wary. She keeps her distance at first, insisting Trinity is too young and naïve to make a life commitment.

Second, Trinity sleeps with Graciela’s best friend.

For most people I know, cheating is the automatic do-not-pass relationship ender. Gracie feels the same way. She kicks Trinity out, moves to another country, and cuts off all communication.

And yet…and yet! Their paths cross ten years later, and Gracie is faced with a choice. Should she forgive the woman who destroyed their relationship, or does this flawed, powerful woman deserve a second chance?

What would you do if you were Gracie? Can love overcome the worst betrayal?


Mistress on Her Knees

 Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive

 When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.

 Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?

 Previous books in the series:


Mira’s Desire (two-book set of Desire in Any Language and Mira’s Miracle)

Fire of Desire (free serial available on Governing Ana)


Author bio:

 Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F erotic fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events such as Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Sci Spanks. Her favorite event is Ana’s Advent Calendar, a month-long celebration of books, community, and making a difference.

She is too afraid to watch Dr. Who, but she adores The Good Wife and anything with Audrey Hepburn. In her next life, she will learn how to make the perfect pie.

Where to find out more about Anastasia Vitsky and her books:

Blog (Governing Ana)
Twitter: @AnastasiaVitsky
Facebook page


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday Women: Rowan Knight by Liz McMullen

Good morning! It's Wednesday Women time, and Liz McMullen is in the house! She's presenting Rowan from the short story A Taste of Home. You can find it in the anthology Appetites: Tales of Lesbian Lust. Curious? If you leave a comment on this blog before next Tuesday, noon PST, you can enter the giveaway to win this anthology in e-book format.

Thanks Rowan and Liz for joining the Wednesday Women lineup!

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Rowan Knight’s presence is the prevailing impression. She is tall with bold Native American features, and has a quiet strength that is incredibly sexy. Rowan may be butch, but she hasn’t forsaken her feminine side. Her long silky hair sways erotically when she is in motion. Rowan’s dark blue, nearly black, eyes make you want to get closer to discern their color, expression, and the inner thoughts that she rarely reveals.

"A Taste of Home," a short story featured in the Appetites Anthology, shows a different side of Rowan. She’s raw and struggling with the deepest hurt she has ever experienced. "A Taste of Home" is also the prologue for Words Left Unspoken. My intention regarding the prologue was to show the contrast between who she was when she arrived in Northampton, MA and who she has become years later. She finds her center in the intervening years between the prologue and first chapter. When the novel begins she is happy, at peace and a source of quiet strength and support for her friends. The prologue is important to keep in the back of your mind, it shows that she has secrets, painful ones, that will come into play as she falls in love.

Words Left Unspoken won’t be out until Spring 2016, possibly late 2015. Until then you can pick up a copy of Appetites, to get your first glimpse of this compelling character.

Leave a comment here for a chance to win the eBook version of the Appetites Anthology.

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Liz McMullen graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Theory, and has a Master’s degree in Education. She is an author, publisher, and talk show host. She has three radio shows: "The Liz McMullen Show," "Lizzie’s Bedtime Stories" and "JD & Liz Talk." Her debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, was a Rainbow Award Finalist. Her first foray into erotica was "Hard Rock Candy", which was the start of her imprint, The Liz McMullen Show Publications.