(As I’m sure you must be tired of this blog being constantly filled with me, me, me, I thought what better way to spice things up then with a guest blogger in the form of illustrious author, Jove Belle. Enjoy! – Melissa )
This weird thing happens after a book is written. An author takes a brief pause to breathe, then she starts racing around in circles. This stage between books is weird. It seems like it would be simpler, but instead different things start tugging her in all different directions.
The project that was just finished needs to be edited and promoted. At the same time, seventeen other stories start to yammer in the background, demanding attention. For me, it’s an intense period filled with a lot of frantic energy.
But then the sweetest thing happens.
The book comes out, and all that energy settles, and one of the voices rises to the top. In that moment, I have perfect clarity. A vision of what comes next.
And so, I write.
That’s where I’m at now. I’m in the middle of that storm, trying to grab all the threads I can and tie things up. And that’s why I’m here today. My buddy Melissa was awesome enough to open her virtual home to me for the day. She deserves mad props for many reasons, not the least of which is being a general all around awesome human being. So, next time you see her in the virtual halls, give her a high five for being fabulous.
Now, here’s the part where I do the shameless self promotion. I’m not great at it, so try to inject some great promotional skills into this piece as your reading, okay?
I have a new novella, available as of yesterday from Ylva Publishing. It’s called Cake, and and it’s a sweet and sexy romance. We (meaning my better half and I) are donating ten percent of the royalties from Cake to the United Nations World Food Programme. They feed some of the poorest populations on the planet. They do good work and we want to be a part of that, however small. So, check out their program by clicking the magic link up there, and even if you give Cake a pass, I still hope you’ll consider making a donation to them.
Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.
When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.
Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.
Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.
Jove Belle has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade.
In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors, and as Operations Director US for Ylva Publishing.
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