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Today I’m sharing my blog with a friend and fellow author Alex Westmore.  Alex turned me on (pardon the pun) to writing in the FIRST LGBT Kindleworld EVER on Amazon.  She was fortunate enough to have many authors take one of her stories and create more stories using her characters.  They went into space, they sailed the high seas, you may remember my own Sayyida…which was based on Alex’s own character in her book!  I’d like to tell you a little about two of her books here (Click on her pictures to purchase the book(s)):

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By Alex Westmore
Escaping a broken heart isn’t easy. Putting the pieces back together is even harder.

When Harper finds her husband in bed with another woman, she flies as far away from her crumbling life as she can. Although she signs up to volunteer for a village co-op in Egypt, a mishap lands her instead in the untamed wilds of South Africa. With new dangers lurking around every corner, Harper’s heart may not be the only thing that ends up broken, burned, and bruised.

She soon finds companionship in the company of a baby elephant who needs rescuing even more desperately than she does. But the unforgiving landscape and determined poachers could mean risking her own life to secure a better one for this new friend. Will Harper find a way to move to the rhythm of Africa? Or will this prove to be yet another off-beat adventure in her uncoordinated life?

And, most of all, why do her insides twirl whenever Sam draws near? For Harper, the answer could mean the difference between life and death, love or loneliness.
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The Pirate’s Booty

By Alex Westmore
Pirate Chicks, Lusty Wenches, Sword Fights and Plunder? What’s not to love?
When Quinn Gallagher’s childhood friend is abducted from a dock in Ireland, she’ll do whatever it takes to come to the rescue–even if that means dressing as a man and joining the crew of one of the most notorious pirate captains the world has ever seen.

Quinn soon finds there is much to enjoy living as a man, in particular the company of other women. When she finds herself falling hard for Lady Fiona, a woman far above her own station, she is torn between revealing her true identity and continuing the façade of being a male pirate. Love is never easy, especially in the sixteenth century and especially under false pretenses.

Can Quinn live with one foot in two different worlds, or must she consign herself to either the lusty life of a pirate or the loveless life of a noble woman? Come sail the high seas in this exciting and erotic adventure with the fierce pirate Gallagher as your guide. You’re in for a wild ride and may even score some booty along the way.
The first in a series of 6.
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913sLcJUJsL._UX250_Alex Westmore, aka Linda Kay Silva, is a 5 time award winning author of 35 novels ranging from police action (Delta Stevens Crime Log) to historical fiction (Plundered Chronicles). She is a literature professor at a military academy where she teaches everything from America, World, and British Literature, to Modern Epic Fantasy and Creative Writing.

When not writing, Alex is traveling around the world living a wild life of an adventurer and being the story collector.

And boy does she have stories.

Alex has lived in a haunted house, been on safari on the back of an elephant, jumped from an airplane, rode rapids, and taken many Harley trips. To get closer to the paranormal action of some of her series, she has spent time with Vodoun in New Orleans, medicine men in the Southwest, and a Shaman in the Amazon. She has been a cop, a sportswriter, an ostrich rider, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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And, for more Pirate titles, please check out my own (Click on the pictures to learn more about the titles and your various purchase options:
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Sayyida, part of the FIRST LGBT KindleWorlds is now available

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Sayyida, variously known as a pirate queen, Queen of the Western Seas, or Queen of Tétouan was a REAL and HISTORICAL figure, but not much is known of her.

Sayyida married young, just sixteen, at the insistence of her father.  Her first husband was thirty years older and a friend of her father’s.  Al-Mandri sensed his bride’s intelligence and taught her about his business affairs and diplomacy.  Together, the couple rebuilt Tétouan, which had been destroyed by the Reconquista, and when her husband died in 1515, she became the Governor or Queen of Tétouan in her own right.

Later, Sayyida was pursued by the King of Fes, Ahmed al-Wattsi, and accepted his marriage proposal, but on her terms: he had to travel to her kingdom to marry her, not the other way around.

Sayyida’s love of the high seas and her appetite for battle and conquest often clash with her duties as wife, mother, and queen.  As hardworking as she is, Sayyida feels an emptiness in her life.  Will Aya, her new slave, silence this longing?  Join us as this fictional version of a real woman takes you into her world and captures your heart….

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What is KindleWorlds? Welcome to Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, and engage an audience of readers.

When I was first asked by Alex Westmore to participate, I didn’t wait for her to fully explain but said an immediate YES!  This fan-fiction is based on the book Plundered World Series! —The Pirate’s Booty by Alex Westmore.  Alex approached me to write this, giving me an early copy of her book to get the flavor of her delightful characters.  I have chosen to write about Sayyida since not a lot is known about this famous woman. The character Quinn Callaghan is Alex’s and I give her credit.  Please read her book if you like my story.

Plundered Chronicles ~ Sayyida

When you are asked to participate in a truly historical moment, you don’t hesitate.  A couple of months ago I was approached by Linda Kay Silva, aka Alex Westmore to participate in the FIRST LGBT Kindle World on Amazon.  I got the concept immediately and before she could fully explain said, “YES!  Where do I sign up?”   Linda Kay said, “I KNEW YOU would get IT!”

She lent me a copy of one of the books that she had written and I read it over the course of two days.  From her novel PLUNDERED I took a couple of her characters to create my OWN novella SAYYIDA.  Sayyida is a REAL historical figure but not much was known about this Pirate Queen.  She was also Queen of a Morroccan province called Tétouan.  It was a fascinating glimpse of history (which I enjoy) as well as weaving my own story which resulted in this awesome novella:

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We will be uploading ALL of the books in the first LGBT Kindleworlds, all related to Alex Westmore’s Plundered Chronicles in the next few days!  You should be able to buy your copies on December 1, 2016 from Kindle!  I’ll post the link(s) as soon as they are available!  Meanwhile, look at me and my new author-friend’s books coming to an e-reader near you!

 

Provincetown, MA 2016

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Ptown-bound folks~ Come meet and pick up books from independently published authors! (I’ll have skittles…and books!) Watch for my red Fedora if you aren’t sure it’s me, lol www.kannemeinel.com

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OUT OF GRIEF  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J89S7CQ

Where does friendship stop and love begin?

Nikki Kay is a successful lesbian romance author, from a loving Russian family. Her best friend Quinn from an uptight Anglo-Saxon family has been her best friend since childhood. Unfortunately for Nikki, Quinn is more than a best friend—she is the only woman Nikki ever truly loved.

When Quinn’s husband kills himself unexpectedly, Nikki rushes to Quinn’s side. And just as they need each other more than ever, Quinn discovers she’s carrying his child. While Quinn sees no problem leaning on Nikki to get her through, Nikki is faced with battling her growing attraction

DOCTORED http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXJ9842

A brilliant child protégée, she dreams of becoming a doctor and a surgeon…and accomplishes her goals.  Unfortunately, her youth and round, child-like face work against her.  No matter how skilled she becomes, how knowledgeable, the old school, male-dominated medical hierarchy wants to keep her in ‘her place.’

Deana has worked hard to become an expert in her chosen field, but few believe this ‘child’ capable.   Specializing in infectious diseases, she travels the world—from the States to Europe to South America—honing her skills before winding up in Africa where her skills are desperately needed.

Meeting a nurse by the name of Madison MacGregor, she finds they share an insatiable curiosity and a love of helping others, but falling in love was not what she intended.  Later, when she loses Maddie to a misunderstanding, she is haunted by the one that got away…

Ten years have passed and both the doctor and nurse have moved on with their lives, but fate intervenes when they find themselves working at the same hospital.  Their friendship is revived…can their love be rekindled?  Will the past haunt them or bring them closer?  Will the secrets that both harbor keep them from realizing a future together?

THE SECOND HEART  https://www.amazon.com/B00NANN5UQ

Is love truly universal?

Major Kate Winston is a decorated officer with a promising career until she wakes up naked in the arms a strange woman with no memory of how she got there.

Alexia is from another planet sent by the elders to kill Major Winston to put off the foreseen destruction of their planet by Earth’s mistakes.

From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to New York City to Alexia’s home world, the novel weaves a tale of emotional intrigue as two women from different words struggle with their desires, and life and death decisions.

VEIL OF SILENCE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ7ZR0Y

Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.

At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow.  The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this.  She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.

Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious.  The children are obviously hers.  Has she consorted with the enemy?  How will her wife react to these children?  Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?

What is this woman hiding beneath her chador?  What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?

DC and Conference VII

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I truly loved this years conference.  After a full day of going to various readings and panels, I had been fortunate enough to see Annette Mori read from her current release Locked Inside.

She was kind enough to send me a copy of it to read.  I’m kind of hesitant to read it now because not only does it sound so intriguing but it bears a resemblance to my own book COMATOSE that I’ve been working on and off for a while and I don’t want it to influence me!  I’ll get to it, it’s on a shelf, in my ‘to be read’ pile and I do TRY to keep that DOWN, but as a publisher, that isn’t always possible.  I’ll get to it…eventually.  She deserved the Goldie she received for it and the cover, to me, was inspired!  I got to hang out with Annette and her lovely wife in the vendor room which is always nice as you make new friends at these cons.

Later, my own panels were a blast as we talked about MURDER!  If you have read my MALICE series you know I enjoy writing it!  13606448_1061634100550906_6650096119174601470_n

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Plus, who wouldn’t want to be with Jessie Chandler, Justine Saracen, Carsen Taite, Ann Aptaker, and moderated by Ann Roberts?  Now, who wouldn’t be intimidated by these Goldie and Lammie award winning authors?  While I may have looked like I was sleeping I was really enjoying what they had to say and contribute.  Fascinating women!  Watching four of them win Goldies on Saturday was AWESOME!  Good for you ladies!

Check in tomorrow for my next blog as the con comes to a close!

Check out my own Murder Mysteries (btw, I have thought up a whole new series I’m hoping to come out with NEXT spring)!

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DC and Conference VI

Finally we come to the actual conference to set up and get ready!  I was so proud that TWO of Shadoe Publishing’s authors Chris Parsons and Maria Ayala were up for awards, after all we had Genta Sebastian WIN last year!  I think the booth turned out pretty well!

I’d forgotten to pack the cord for the television so that was an iffy proposition and despite the help of various people, I just put it back in my room.

Still, it was a striking display and with 92 or 93 covers displayed in various forms, I think we represented the Shadoe Publishing stable of authors very well!

I had a reading that afternoon that I thought I was ready for but found I must have missed some of the emails, my fault, not anyone elses.  Still, I was lucky I brought more to read from DOCTORED than I needed, and then found, I needed it!  If anyone has pictures of our readings, please send them to me!  This is me from last year:Reading of Ships

It was an interesting group and I really love the questions and answers afterwards from truly interested readers and writers.  Thank you all for that experience!

Stay tuned for more tomorrow!  Meanwhile check out my latest releases at www.kannemeinel.com!