Check out what Julie Forester is doing!

Julie put a shout-out on social media for other authors to put their books up on her site, please check out the three books of mine that she generously posted as well as the many other authors who have participated.

Support other authors, sometimes they are your most loyal readers too. Inspire them to be the best they can be…K’Anne

Beauty and the Beast ~ Reviews

A tale for the ages.  A love that transcends time.
 
Princess Gabrielle is required to marry a man to provide an heir for her family’s kingdom, but she is in love with her childhood best friend Rosie, who has secrets and obligations of her own.
 
A horrendous mistake changes their fate forever…
 
Charmaine, an innocent reborn into another time, can free them all from the curse that befell them if she can just discover the love that they once had.
 
This is not your normal happily ever after….

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Another year older

I wasn’t supposed to see my 35th birthday.  I’ve been reflecting on that a lot lately.  As many of you know I’m a cancer survivor.  In 2001 at the relatively young age of 34, I was given 4-5 months to live.  That was 6-7 months BEFORE my birthday.  I’ve written about that here in my blog several times (if you want to read it, use the little box on the left and type in cancer).  It’s weird though, I went out that year on my birthday with my sis-in-law and a good friend from college to celebrate and reflect.  I’m not in contact with either of them anymore and have moved on, weird how that goes. 

This year, after twenty years, I celebrate that I’m still here.  None of my books would have been written or published if I hadn’t made it.  Heck, I didn’t write my first one for another year after all that!  I didn’t meet my first g/f until halfway through the two weeks it took me in January 2003 to write SHIPS.  It’s amazing when I reflect back on all the gifts I have gotten since that time.  120 Novels, Novellas, and Shorts written and published, in various versions including e-books, print, and now almost all of them in audio.  I started a publishing company ten years ago and have published over 200 books for my various authors.  I started the awards companies to celebrate lesbian fiction and gay fiction.  I have a reason to be proud of myself.

There have been many challenges in the last 20 years including neck surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, chemo-brain, a broken leg, a permanently sprained back, shoulder surgery, covid-19, fog brain, and a few other things I’m certain I have forgotten.

I am so happy that I met so many wonderful people on social media.  Some, who I have never met in person, have become some of my best friends.  Someday we will meet, even if you are across a vast ocean.

Thank you for following along on this blog, reading my books, and sharing in my adventures.  I am hoping, in the next year, to have a lot more of books and adventures!  Follow along!

Friends on Facebook

An interesting observation occurred to me as I try to rebuild my friends list on FB since I was deleted…it’s a heck of a way to clean out your friends list.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate every one of you who has followed me, enjoyed my posts, find me humorous, sympathized, empathized, or just been a friend. 

There are so many types of friends too.  Those of you who are fans, those who are confidants, those who you just nod to in the hall at the conference, but who you’d still consider a ‘friend.’

With only 5000 people being ‘allowed’ to be your friend on FB, I maxed out time and again.  Sometimes I’d go through my list and anyone whose account had been deleted (who is still on your friends list) was then taken off my list so I could add more.  Those of you who had my last two accounts on it, you might want to go weed out your friends lists as I’ll appear on there under my two old accounts and take up space you could use to welcome a new friend.

Sometimes I’d marvel that not only had I made 5000 friends, but I had an equal number of people following me, and more.  I like talking to random people too.  Whether it was about a character in one of my books, or what it was like to live where they live, and a host of topics in between.

One of the most awesome, silver-lining moments occurred though…people I haven’t spoken to in a coons-age, are inboxing (private messaging) me.  Asking, ‘aren’t we already friends?’ which led to a discussion of what happened, how are you, etc.  I have had some really wonderful conversations that would never have occurred otherwise.  I relish that interaction, one of the reasons that social networking works, you get to talk to people you might never have the opportunity to do so otherwise.

I don’t know if I’m intimidating.  I don’t think I am.  I think I’m down to earth and am always pleased when someone hits me up for a conversation and I have the time to chat like that.  I use FB not only to socially network, but for games (I suck at Wordosaur, just in case anyone was wondering), and of course to let everyone know about my book releases.  So, don’t be shy, I don’t bite (hard), but please feel free to inbox me and chat, understand that sometimes I may not have the time, but I’ll welcome it at another time, I may even be the one to initiate the conversation.

In the meantime, if you haven’t subscribed to this blog, please do so, just in case FB decides to delete my new account (let’s hope not, it’s a lot of work).  If you are on this blog and we aren’t connected on FB, please, befriend me.  I can’t possibly remember everyone’s names!  And, what’s up with you people changing your avatars on me?  I can’t remember names but I do recall pictures!  Lol…seriously, sometimes I look at a name that looks vaguely familiar but their avatar totally tells me I knew them.

I look forward to 2021 being a better year…for ALL of us!~

My best friend

Twenty years ago today I lost my best friend to brain cancer. She was kind, supportive, loving and a second parent to my sons who I was raising alone. She’d survived marriage to a man who didn’t know how to love another person besides himself and was mentally abusive. She’d survived thyroid and colon cancer. She was one of the classiest women I had ever known and if I become half the woman she was, I’ll be proud of myself. I miss my mother still on this 20th anniversary of her death. I miss the daily phone calls to just catch up on each other’s day. I miss how proud she was of my achievements. The pain never quite goes away when you lose a beloved parent. I will always love my mother and miss her.

Reviews for An Island Between Us

An Island Between Us

Tinna Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive

July 14, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

 

So you write lesbian fiction…

When I tell strangers I write lesbian fiction, they equate this with erotica or porn.

Let me explain, porn is visual, so no, I don’t write porn.

In my early years, I wrote erotica (rarely now, because I’ve been there, done that).  However, I like to think the love scenes in my books are definitely not fade-to-black.

It’s amazing how many people assume being a lesbian or writing their stories equates to writing erotica or in their ignorant mind’s, porn…do they really think all lesbians are promiscuous?

Last year in Provincetown I was asked what I wrote, as I was deliberately not saying lesbian fiction…my bland answer told around a fire was, “smut.”  It went over very well, we still chuckle at that reply, but who really cares if I do or don’t?

Sometimes I don’t even tell people anything about the lesbian part, I just say fiction…romance, mystery, action-adventure, but mostly drama.  I’m telling about human lives and they just happen to be lesbians.  I’m not ashamed that I write, it simply is not always about the lesbian, it’s about the story.

In fact, with this in mind, I don’t always put the tags on it when I publish it.  I put it out there to the ‘straight’ world, have picked up some great ‘straight’ followers who appreciate a well-written story.  One reviewer wrote on one of my books, it would have been a great story if I just didn’t have the lesbians in it.

I write what I know, from my own perspective.  It isn’t everyone’s view on life.  I’m telling about a marginalized part of our society that needs a voice.  I’m telling their stories.  I hope I give a well-rounded story where lives go on and the viewer, reader, gets to participate….there just happens to be lesbians in the story.

So, on Lesbian Visibility 2019…be out there and visible!

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Reviews for Inn the Dog House

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January 28, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Labels ~ Model?

Some things should be labeled, some things should not be…

Some labels that I gladly accept (in no particular order): entrepreneur, lesbian, business owner, mom, writer/author, marketeer, and publisher.

Some labels I never expected to hear: diva, stud, model.

The idea of being called a stud is laughable to this femme lesbian, but there you have it, I have not only been labeled one, but it’s official…and, they are using my picture as a model for their calendar!  I love their explanation of what a divastud is and I really do think I fit it so I gladly accept these new labels even if I laugh at them too!

Check it out here and you can order prints of their calendar while you are there!