Reviews for December 2005
Title: A Guarded Heart
Author: Jennifer Fulton
Publisher: Yellow Rose Books,
Available From: StarCrossed Productions, www.scp-inc.biz
Genre: Lesbian Romance/Mystery
While this is the fourth book in the Moon Island Series, it is the first I have read, but it is definitely not the last. A Guarded Heart by Jennifer Fulton is splendid escapism. It has everything from romance and mystery to buried treasure and erotic love scenes.
Lauren Douglas is a TV soap opera star who is closeted mainly because her father is a Congressman. Lauren’s TV contract is up for renewal, but before she can score a new contract, she is outed. The Dr Kate Show uses her “morals’’ clause to put her on hiatus with the urging of her father who doesn’t want his political future ruined. To make matters worse, a crazy fan that has been stalking Lauren decides to shoot her, leaving her critically wounded
FBI Special Agent Pat Roussel was burned out with her job. After spending three years searching for a serial killer and getting nowhere, she decides to take a leave-of-absence. However, the idea of staying at home and not working at all loses its appeal after several weeks. Lauren’s father offers Pat the job of guarding Lauren, but he wants them out of the country so the two head off to secluded Moon Island. As an FBI agent, Pat takes her responsibility of protecting her charge very seriously, but Lauren has other plans. This conflict leaves the two at odds, leading to much friction. But not all of the tension is unpleasant.
Fulton uses Lauren’s and Pat’s antagonism for each other skillfully, illustrating through thoughts and actions the different needs and wants of each character. The story builds on this, creating a journey for the two of them. It begins with each having stereotypical views of each other’s profession and lifestyle. It progresses to the reluctant acceptance by Lauren of the intrusive nature of being guarded, while Pat is forced to relax her hard-line professionalism and allow her tenderness to surface.
Fulton displays her mastery of sexual tension. Lauren and Pat convince themselves that they are not attracted to each other, but the reader is treated to vivid sexual fantasies that invade their thoughts. It is these revealing thoughts that tell the real story. We, as the reader, are just wondering when the two protagonists will figure out what they want. The reader must wait, and this wait is excruciating. Fulton continually teases us throughout this story, but in the end the author knows what she needs to do and executes it brilliantly.
A Guarded Heart is a journey of growth and self-discovery for Pat and Lauren. One cannot help but root for them, and in so doing, we are totally absorbed in this delightful story.
Reviewed by Kathi Isserman
||Title: Dark Dreamer (A Heartstoppers Thriller Romance)
Author: Jennifer Fulton
Publisher: Yellow Rose, www.regalcrest.biz
Distributed by StarCrossed Productions. www.scp-inc.biz
When Rowe Devlin buys Dark Harbor Cottage she hopes to accomplish two things: escape a love she could never have back in Manhattan and find the ideal place to dig herself out of a writing slump. She soon finds that, although the former is fairly easy, the latter does not happen as effortlessly as she had hoped. An already faltering career as a best-selling horror novel writer is fast deteriorating, and Rowe can’t seem to find her way out of her dilemma. To add to her difficulties, Dark Harbor Cottage is repudiated to have a resident ghost. Although Rowe doesn’t believe in such things, in spite of her genre, events do not allow her to dismiss the idea of ghostly habitation of her new home.
To complicate her life just a little more, she is befriended by her new neighbor, Phoebe Temple, and finds herself immediately and strongly attracted to her. But Phoebe is more than she appears to be. She is visited by the specter of dead people who want some issue resolved so that they can rest in peace—and she uses her gift to help the FBI solve cases. One more thing Rowe Devlin has to learn about Phoebe is that the beautiful, enigmatic woman has an identical twin named Cara. Once Rowe finds that out, she doesn’t know what to make of her attraction—to them both.
As if struggling to figure out which beauty Rowe would really like to be with wasn’t enough of a complication in her life, things get more convoluted when the psychic occurrences increase at Dark Harbor Cottage. A young woman has been seen dancing in the ballroom of the cottage, a fairly benign visitation. But when knives start moving threateningly in the kitchen, accompanied by cupboard doors slamming, Rowe almost loses her own life fleeing from the ghostly presence. When Phoebe flees a ghastly vision in Rowe’s kitchen, Rowe is forced to admit that there just might be such things as ghosts.
Determined to get to the bottom of the history of the house and its earlier inhabitants, Rowe makes inquiries at the local historical society and finds an unexpected link between the beautiful Temple twins and the Bakers, the inhabitants of Dark Harbor Cottage in the early 1900s. As the tale unfolds, questions beg answering: Who is Verity Adams? Why does she have a child 14 months after the death of her husband? What does Phoebe Temple really do for a living? Which Temple twin will win Rowe Devlin’s heart? Why is there an ominous presence in Rowe Devlin’s kitchen so menacing that her dogs won’t venture over the threshold?
To add to the air of mystery swirling all around Rowe, she witnesses Phoebe being escorted from her home by government officials one night—and the two women have no idea if they will ever see one another again. However, even at a distance, the two women begin to piece the story together of what has happened at the cottage. Soon the paranormal experiences start to make sense as the discovery of what happened at Dark Harbor Cottage is revealed from both sides of the netherworld.
Dark Dreamer is the first in a new series called “A Heartstoppers Thriller Romance” by Jennifer Fulton. Difficult to put down, the story carries the reader along at a satisfying pace throughout this entertaining tale. Twists and turns in plot and subplot keep the reader turning page after page to find out what happens next. Fulton has begun a series that promises to be both thrilling and fulfilling to fans, old and new alike, and will leave them longing for the next novel in this series.
Reviewed by Anna Furtado
||Title: Force of Nature
Author: Kim Baldwin
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books, Inc.
Available From: www.boldstrokesbooks.com or www.scp-inc.biz
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Kim Baldwin, Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist for her outstanding action adventure debut novel, Hunter’s Pursuit, has written a charming romance that will equally delight her fans. Force of Nature, set in rural Michigan where tornadoes and other natural disasters abound, packs an emotional wallop. Author Lori L. Lake writes, “There's something about it that's just Real – and vastly satisfying.”
Gable McCoy is a pharmacist by profession and, because of her commitment to public service, is a volunteer firefighter for the Plainfield Township Fire Department, The forty-six-year-old embarks on a full-out mobilization of the county’s search and rescue squad due to an impending tornado. After nearly succumbing to the disaster, Gable manages to avoid harm when she meets Erin Richards, a divorced, thirty-nine-year-old music teacher, trapped in the basement of her destroyed home. Baldwin’s authentic dialogue and brilliant descriptions of the setting makes it easy to visualize being there – soaked, freezing, scared but brave – while intimately learning about the characters as they get to know each other during a long, dark, and stormy night.
The sign of a gifted writer, besides drawing her readers in with a fascinating tale, is being able to describe an event (catastrophic or otherwise) so vividly that the reader can feel it, taste it, hear it, smell it, and see it, even if she has never experienced these circumstances prior to reading the novel. “Adrenaline jolted her [Gable] from her inertia and she dove into the pipe, ignoring the stench of rotted matter and the cold slimy water that soaked her to the skin. It [the tornado] was upon her in an instant, trying to suck her from the pipe, tugging at her with fierce determination” [p. 15]. Kim Baldwin adeptly depicts the fictional world with sharpness to rival the real world, writing realistic action, emotion, and descriptions in every scene.
Baldwin is also adept at characterization and develops interesting character arcs explicitly. It’s easy to get into the characters’ heads to see exactly where they are coming from, what they are feeling, what makes them tick, and how life’s events and their own maturation changes them. The inner turmoil is evident as Gable answers the call of duty, “She felt the full weight of that responsibility as a ferocious wind gust tried to wrestle the steering wheel from her hands. Butterflies crowded her stomach as she struggled to keep the Jeep on the road. Lives might depend on you today. She had to bury her fear and try to remain focused” [p. 14]. Notice how the internal dialogue easily mingles with descriptions of how the storm literally takes control of Gable’s car, “a ferocious wind gust tried to wrestle the steering wheel from her hands,” while it figuratively takes control of her emotions, “She felt the full weight of that responsibility" and how Gable summons up enough courage to do her job. The reader learns and cares more about the courageous woman behind the action as the story unfolds.
After the tornado, Gable is unable to locate Erin until the younger woman shows up at the firehouse as a new recruit. Falling in love with Erin, believing she is straight, Gable laments between secretly loving her and wanting to remain friends even if it could never be more than that. Another exquisite example of effective internal dialogue happens when Gable goes clothes shopping with her friend and endures Erin’s undressing without being able to touch her because she can’t risk disclosing her true feelings. “Her self-therapy included a pep talk. You have to get over this. You’re being ridiculous. She’s the best prospect for a friend you’ve had in ages, and you’re going to screw that up if you keep mooning over her like this. She’s straight. Get over it already” [p. 60].
Life-threatening tornadoes and fires are not the only forces of nature to affect these two admirable women. Internal conflicts can also stand in the way of true happiness. Erin goes through a major transformation as she discovers things about herself she never thought about until she met Gable and works through the demons of her past.
Readers who take pleasure in courtship, appreciate characters who work through their angst, have a soft spot in their hearts for romance, and lust for adventure, will enjoy Kim Baldwin’s five star novel, Force of Nature. Even if a person has never inhaled smoke from a fire, or lived through a natural disaster, Baldwin writes it in such a way that it’s very easy to imagine exactly what it must be like.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg
||Title: Galveston 1900: Swept Away
Author: Linda Crist
Publisher: Yellow Rose, www.regalcrest.biz
Distributed by StarCrossed Productions, www.scp-inc.biz
Rachel Travis and Mattie Crockett are from different worlds. Rachel works at Galveston’s port, hauling and loading cargo, doing odd jobs, and working on a fishing boat. She works a second job in order to support her brother who attends a university. Rachel appreciates education, although she was never allowed one herself. In her large family, she was always needed at home to help out. Mattie, in contrast, although not from a wealthy family, has been brought up to live the life of a proper society wife—and to be submissive to her husband.
Rachel’s second job at the local saloon affords her a friendship with a woman named Lillie, a prostitute, with whom Rachael occasionally pays for time to engage in sex and to talk. It is because of this relationship that Rachel feels protective of Lillie, leading her to her first encounter with Adam Crockett. Rachel comes to Lillie’s rescue as the mean-spirited man tries to hurt Lillie. During the ensuing scuffle, Rachel breaks Adam’s nose, humiliating him. Adam then starts looking for an opportunity for revenge.
What neither Adam nor Rachel knows is that Rachel has already met and begun a tentative relationship with Madeline (Mattie) Crockett, Adam’s wife, whom he abuses with regularity, much to Rachel’s fury. The good news is that Adam is often away from Galveston on business, giving Rachel and Mattie the opportunity to embark on a tentative relationship that soothes Mattie’s battered soul and ignites both women’s passions.
When Adam realizes that Rachel has befriended his wife, he has Rachel severely beaten by a group of thugs in an effort to assuage his own jealous rage. During Rachel’s slow recovery, the two women in Rachel’s life, Mattie and Lillie, get to know one another as both prove their loyalty to the young woman who has been such a staunch friend to each of them.
Along the way, Mattie teaches Rachel to read and Rachel reciprocates by instructing Mattie—about true love and about steadfastness—as Rachel waits for Mattie to come to grips with her loveless, abusive marriage and to decide whether or not she will do something about it. Rachel is patient with and kind to Mattie and this gives Mattie the strength that she needs to decide to defy Adam, but their lives are about to change dramatically—not because of Adam nor because of the relationship between the two women, but because of the sheer magnitude of the storm that takes Galveston in its steely grip and crushes it beyond recognition. As the “cyclone” rages all around the characters in this story, including those closest to Mattie and Rachel, they each wage their own battle for survival.
This love story is both powerful and sweet. The villain is maddening. Rachel’s friends are loyal and generous beyond imagining, as is Rachel herself, and the recounting of the storm will leave the reader breathless while hoping against hope that everyone survives. Crist does a terrific job of portraying very real characters and her scenes are beautifully drawn.
In this significant historical moment on the island, depicted within the framework of the tale of these two women and their struggle to overcome tremendous odds to be together, the reader easily becomes part of their story. Galveston 1900: Swept Away is not to be missed.
Reviewed by Anna Furtado
Title: Just Like That
Author: Karin Kallmaker
Publisher: Bella Books, Inc., www.Bellabooks.com
Available From: Bella Books, www.Bellabooks.com or StarCrossed Productions, scp-inc.biz
Genre: Fiction/Lesbian Romance
After 17 romances, the reader knows how a Karin Kallmaker book will end, but it is so much fun getting there, and Just Like That is no exception.
Syrah Ardani returns from Europe to find that her father has turned their Napa Valley winery and vineyards into a corporation that is now in receivership. Toni Blanchard is a corporate guru who has been hired by the courts to rescue Ardani Vineyards for the creditors by whatever means necessary. While Toni is working for the creditors, she subconsciously is trying to help the Ardanis save their winery. She truly likes Syrah’s father, but is also attracted to Syrah. After a recent break-up with a lover who was shallow and using her for her money, Toni doesn’t want any more entanglements, but her heart isn’t willing to cooperate.
Kallmaker creates a funny, enchanting and heartfelt love story with Just Like That. She sets up the story well by delving into Toni’s and Syrah’s histories so that we understand the characters and their motivations better. Within this, she depicts vividly Toni’s harsh break-up with her ex-lover Mira. The scene is so well written that I could feel how hurt and livid Toni was. The scene is a turning point for Toni as it establishes the tone for her future encounters with Syrah. We can appreciate why Toni is drawn to the quiet countryside of Napa, California, and the charms of the Ardanis and how the New Yorker is transformed by this.
The heart of the story lies in the half-truths and misunderstandings between Toni and Syrah. They judge each other by their current actions, and what others say about them rather than really getting to know each other without outside influences. Time and again, Kallmaker has shown her expertise at portraying conflict and the accompanying trust issues that prevent her main characters from realizing what is in their hearts. We experience Toni’s and Syrah’s angst along with them.
In Just Like That, the reader is treated to prose that is pure poetry. Kallmaker compares love to grapes growing into wine. She composes this beautifully and captures our hearts as well.
Reviewed by Kathi Isserman
||Title: Midnight Rain
Author: Peggy J. Herring
Publisher: Bella Books, www.bellabooks.com
Available From: Bella Books, www.bellabooks.com or StarCrossedProductions, www.scp-inc.biz
Peggy J. Herring should be considered a major author today. Not a major lesbian author, but an author to everyone. Not only does she write an excellent story, but also each book she publishes shows an improvement in style and storytelling ability. Unlike some authors, she is not stuck in a formula that appears in her books one after another until you can predict what the story is going to be before you open the cover. Her latest offering to prove this is Midnight Rain.
Men are attacking women in San Antonio, much as they are in every US city, but San Antonio suddenly has a difference. An unknown avenger, who identifies herself only as Kate the Lesbian, is rescuing the women. KTL, as the press dubs her, is the rescuer that everyone hopes will show up to save him or her at the last minute when there is trouble. Clad all in black and driving a sleek black sports car, she appears out of nowhere, confident, in control of the situation and toting a big gun. Once she stops the assault, she makes sure the women are cared for, the police called and then she takes the men away. The police seem more concentrated on the fact that she is kidnapping the men than that she is saving the women; however, the women know she has changed their lives and left an indelible print on each one. Most of the book is about how four of the women join forces to find Kate to thank her for what she has done. Then they unexpectedly find themselves able to thank Kate by rescuing her from the police who are hunting her and the news media, which is searching for any evidence about her.
Although the women discover that Kate apparently has a preference for helping lesbians, this should not be considered a "lesbian" novel. This is a book about women bonding. It is about women joining together to be stronger and to overcome devastating fear. This is not a brooding, dark book, however. It contains numerous humorous episodes as the women come to know each other, feel attractions they sometimes cannot explain, and especially when they employ a curandera, a type of wise-woman or seer, to help them. One of the group insists on referring to her as "the witch" and finds herself banned pouting to another room during an important meeting because she is "blocking the flow." Secondary characters are few in this book, but they are interesting, especially the curandera.
People often say they couldn't put a book down. This book is so compelling that you keep thinking about it. This review was driven by a need to write about this book. If you read it, you will probably find yourself thinking long afterwards: This was a really great story.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce
Title: Misplaced People
Author: C.G. Devize
Publisher: Intaglio Publications, www.intagliopub.com
Available From: StarCrossed Productions, www.scp-inc.biz or Bella Books, www.Bellabooks.com
Genre: Lesbian Mystery
Misplaced People by C.G. Devize begins slowly in what I thought would be a laid back romantic mystery, but I was in for quite the adventure with this electrifying romantic thriller.
Striker West is an American living in London and working as a porter in a hospital. There she encounters Morien, who is a comatose patient, whom Striker reads fairy tales to in her free time. Striker becomes infatuated with Morien, and when Morien is released, continues to pursue her. Soon after they formally meet, both get caught up in arson, drug dealing and murder because of a work project that Morien is secretly investigating. Striker and Morien, in an effort to outrun these ruthless criminals, end up at Morien’s childhood home in Wales. Thinking that all is over after a major drug bust, the two relax somewhat, but the chase continues, and they barely escape with their lives.
Devize tosses formula out the door with a thoroughly engrossing plot and unusual characters. The descriptions of the events and crimes are so chilling that they gave this reader goose bumps. While Striker is obsessed with getting romantically involved with Morien in the beginning, she soon puts that aside in fear of their lives. This is when the story really gets going, and we cannot turn the pages fast enough. The graphic scenes of London and Wales drop the reader right into the action. We feel like we too are outrunning these cold-blooded thugs, but can’t escape. Near the end, just to elevate our blood pressure even more, the author throws in a stunning turn of events.
With Misplaced People, I had to be a little patient. Striker is not very likable in the beginning when she is stalking Morien and having unrealistic romantic fantasies about her, but as her character develops, and the action kicks in, we see the rough-around-the-edges character transform. Once I was drawn in, I was captivated, and I could not put the book down. I highly recommend this book. It was well worth my time.
Reviewed by Kathi Isserman
Title: Rangers at Roadsend - The Celaeno Series
Author: Jane Fletcher
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books, Inc.
Available From: www.boldstrokesbooks.com or www.scp-inc.biz/
Genre: Lesbian Speculative Fiction/ Mystery/Romance
(Previously released as The Wrong Trail Knife.)
Rangers at Roadsend, a murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie, has crossed many genres including speculative fiction, fantasy, romance, and adventure. The story is an incredible whodunit that has something for everyone. Jane Fletcher, winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award 2005 for Walls at Westernfort, has created an intelligent and compelling story where the reader easily gets drawn into the fascinating world of Celaeno, becomes totally absorbed in the well-designed plot, and finds herself completely enamored with the multi-faceted characters.
Sergeant Chip Coppelli, of C Patrol, a Ranger at Fort Krowe, is the heroine in a land where women roam and rule the earth. A truly admirable character, Chip is a fearless leader who strives to keep the inhabitants of Celaeno safe from lawbreakers and wild beasts. When rumors abound about Chip’s new recruit, Private Katryn Nagata, Chip will stop at nothing to discover the truth concerning these allegations. She intends to find out why Katryn, a militia sergeant of Woodside, was transferred to her squadron in Landfall as a private, especially since she is older than the average new recruit and proves to be an accomplished markswoman with a bow and arrow, indicative of a person of higher rank. It doesn’t help that the attractive woman immediately captures Chip’s attention and affection. Against the advice of her best friend, Sergeant Kim Ramon of B Patrol, Chip falls in love with Katryn despite the suspicions that surround her. Added to the mystery of Katryn’s past actions, Chip has a few secrets of her own, further complicating the plot.
Besides the rich prose, a distinction that sets Fletcher above the norm, is the clever interweaving of clues -- the reader has fun trying to solve the murder of the unpopular, hated Sergeant Ellis. Fletcher takes special care so that the reader doesn’t discover the killer too soon. Even with meticulously laid out clues, there are no plot holes to contradict the explanation of how the murder took place. All the bases are covered leaving no other person a viable candidate.
Rangers at Roadsend will captivate and delight readers of all tastes, even those who say they are not fond of speculative fiction, including fantasy. Fletcher writes an engaging and believable tale with humor, metaphors, and honesty. It's not just the story that is compelling, but the way the author writes it that grabs the reader’s attention. Fletcher is able to convey volumes of emotion in a single sentence, for instance, p. 92, “Katryn’s company was the most enjoyable torment she [Chip] had ever known.” Her descriptions are vivid yet succinct as on p. 78, “As ever, the market was crowded. Sounds, smells and gaudy colors fought in a riot for the senses.” Her humor is evident as on p. 79, “I’m trying to work out what ‘Chip’ is short for.” “It’s not short for anything. It’s a small fried piece of potato.” Fletcher uses excellent metaphors throughout the text including how Chip feels about the romantic aspect of her life. The reader learns about Chip’s track record with women when Katryn throws up in the gutter, and she thinks, “it was a pretty good summing-up of her love life in general” [p. 89].
A five-star novel, Rangers at Roadsend will have you riveted, all the while fantasizing about living in a society where women are the masters of the Universe…the rulers of the world. Jane Fletcher, an amazing talent, gifted storyteller, and extraordinary plot developer, is one of the best authors of contemporary fiction today – in all genres. Rangers at Roadsend will convince you of that.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg
Title: The Value of Valor
Author: Lynn Ames
Publisher: Intaglio Publications, www.intagliopub.com
Available From: StarCrossed Productions, www.scp-inc.biz or Bella Books, www.Bellabooks.com
Katherine Kyle, Press Secretary to the President, and Jamison Parker, Time magazine writer, return for the third installment of Lynn Ames’ immensely popular Kate and Jay trilogy. The unthinkable has happened and our two lovers’ once happy existence has been irrevocably affected. Or has it? A diabolical organization has set its sights on the advancement of its global timetable, which necessitates, at any cost, the elimination of the President of the United States. Will this tragedy occur? Add to the mix a riveting series of unexpected plot twists, suspenseful turns of events, and fascinating secondary characters, and you have an entertaining, gripping, and romantic race to the finish line.
Lynn Ames’ focus in her novels has been to create a socially relevant and thoroughly entertaining reading experience. The first two novels in the series, The Price of Fame and The Cost of Commitment, delivered both in an engaging and timely way. Here with The Value of Valor, Ames has taken a giant leap forward. This is her best work thus far. The action sequences rocket along at incredible speed, the intimacy depicted is both exciting and steamy, and the characters display a depth of credibility. That necessary element to any good piece of fiction, the suspension of disbelief, is so masterfully developed and sustained that the reader becomes engaged and completely submersed in the storyline. The author has achieved this effect so seamlessly, which is a credit to both the writing and the editing, that the reader, indeed, will not want to put the book down until that last word has been read.
Another hallmark of this novel is the Ames’ creative ability to make the political events seem not only possible but plausible. Perhaps, twenty or even ten years ago the storyline would appear too fantastic to sustain the interest of the discerning reader. However, with Ames’ insider savvy regarding political machinations and the not too distant events all have experienced, any sort of global agenda directed toward the country and its leaders is not beyond the realm of reality. It is with both this knowledge and understanding that Ames has fashioned a work of fiction which can be understood on several conceptual levels. The Value of Valor is so much more than just another adventurous romantic story. It is a suspenseful and absorbing novel that provides the reader with many issues to ponder long after the cover has been closed. This novel emphatically represents the impressive growth in the author’s writing style and technique. It is for all these attributes that this reader eagerly awaits the next installment in this series.
Reviewed by Arlene Germain
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Sandra Barret grew up in New England, where she spent
more years than she cares to mention as a software
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and a menagerie of pets. Sandra has been an avid
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interest has led her to pen her own creations in novel
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Kathi lives with her partner and two very spoiled cats outside Washington, D.C. When not reading all kinds of books, she can be found on the golf course attempting to hit that little white ball. Her reviews can also be read at Amazon.com, libertas.com, and The Independent Gay Writer. You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Minnesotan Lori L. Lake is the author of the “Gun” series, Different Dress, Ricochet in Time, and a book of short stories called Stepping Out. She also edited the 2005 Lammy finalist The Milk of Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write About Mothers and Daughters. Lori is currently at work on her sixth novel, Snow Moon Rising, which comes out in February. She teaches fiction writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and often reviews books for various print and online journals.
Although she has traveled some, Lynne Pierce is a life-long resident of Virginia and has never felt a need to go far from home for very long. The last thirty-two years have been spent trying to convince high school students that history is relevant to their lives and leading them through the process of learning to think for themselves about issues. Two dogs and three cats allow her to share their space as long as she behaves herself and promises not to bring any more of them home from the shelter….for now. Her main hobby since the age of five has been reading and she has spent the last ten years consuming every work of lesbian fiction that she can get her hands on. Lynne's reviews can be read on the Canadian Lesbian Fiction Addicts site and Amazon.com. She welcomes comments from people who want to comment on her reviews as long as you do it in a genteel manner. You can reach Lynne at Sage320@aol.com.
Cheri Rosenberg is a Registered Dietitian who in her spare time writes reviews for Independent Gay Writer, Midwest Book Review, and Just About Write. She is currently working on her upcoming novel A Closet in Syosset and assorted short stories. Cheri lives with her husband and three children in a suburb of New York. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Lynn Ames is the best-selling author of The Price of Fame (which was short-listed for the first annual Golden Crown Literary Society award in the category of lesbian romance), The Cost of Commitment, and The Value of Valor. She is also a contributing author to Infinite Pleasures: An Anthology of Lesbian Erotica, Telltale Kisses, Stolen Moments: Erotic Interludes 2, and Call of the Dark: Erotic Lesbian Tales of the Supernatural.
Lynn is a former press secretary to the New York state Senate Minority Leader. For more than half a decade, she was also an award winning broadcast journalist. These days she is a nationally recognized speaker and public relations professional with a particular expertise in image, crisis communications planning, and crisis management.
Lynn resides in the southwestern U.S. with her favorite guys (relax, they’re dogs): a golden retriever named Alex, who bears a remarkable resemblance to a character in her books, and Parker, another golden and the newest addition to the family.
For additional information, short stories, etc., please visit her website at www.lynnames.com, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Baldwin is a 2005 Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist for Hunter's Pursuit in the Intrigue/Mystery category. She and her partner live in the home of her dreams—a snug cabin surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods and abundant wildlife. She started writing fiction in 2001 after a 20-year career in journalism. She’s discovered that she much prefers novels to news, and small town life to rush hour traffic, but wishes there were more ethnic restaurants in the boonies. Nature, romance and adventure are passions that make frequent appearances in her stories.
Linda was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, has also lived in Nacogdoches, Port Aransas, and Austin, and is now back in Dallas, where she lives with two spoiled rotten cats. She has been a Paralegal for over 15 years, and has a Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She began writing while in preschool, drawing picture stories on the church bulletin instead of paying attention to the sermon. Linda is on the Orlando BardCon staff, and has also written some episodes for the Xena Subtext Virtual Season. When she's not working her day job or writing, she enjoys scuba diving, hiking, camping, golf, sailing, snow skiing, biking, traveling, reading, sketching, photography, and making music videos.
C. G. Devize was born in London from (largely) Welsh roots, so how she ended up living in Norfolk in the east of England, she can’t quite explain. Here she resides with her beloved spouse, lots of books, and an aged and temperamental computer. She would very much like a cat.
By day she is a mild-mannered, albeit slightly eccentric, music researcher. By night she wrestles with belligerent characters and the aged computer, to attempt to put words to paper. Misplaced People is a result of such wrestling.
Jane Fletcher was born in Greenwich, London in 1956. She now lives alone in the south-west of England, after the sudden, untimely death of her partner.
Her love of fantasy began at the age of seven when she encountered Greek Mythology. This was compounded by a childhood spent clambering over every example of ancient masonry she could find (medieval castles, megalithic monuments, Roman villas) It was her resolute ambition to become an archaeologist when she grew up, so it was something of a surprise when she became a software engineer instead.
Jane started writing when her partner refused to listen to yet another lengthy account of "a really good idea for a story," and insisted that she write it down. After many years of revision, the result, Lorimal's Chalice, was published. This book was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum award for that year.
New Zealand born, author Jennifer Fulton lives in the Midwest
where she writes screenplays, lesbian romances and mysteries, and
historical fiction. After writing a bunch of best-sellers for Naiad,
she took a hiatus from lesbian fiction in the late 1990s but missed
writing her favorite escapist fiction and recently returned, contracting
several titles to both Regal Crest Enterprises and Bold Strokes Books.
Jennifer has published eight lesbian novels, short stories in various
anthologies, and will be releasing six new novels over the next year
or so, including a brand new mystery series set in Colorado.
Peggy J. Herring
Herring lives in south Texas and enjoys fishing and
traveling when not writing. She has authored books for the
former Naiad Press and is currently with Bella Books.
Those Who Wait, Beyond All Reason, Once More with
Feeling, and White Lace and
Promises are among her best-selling
Karin Kallmaker is descended from Lady Godiva, a fact that pleases her and seems to surprise no one. The author of more than twenty novels (including the award-winning Sugar and Maybe Next Time), she recently expanded her repertoire to include erotica with All the Wrong Places. As Karin says, "Nice Girls Do." She fell in love with her best friend at the age of 16, and still shares her life with that same woman, and their two children, nearly thirty years later.