Why write Lesfic

My writing buddy Niamh Murphy is here today! I’m wiggling in my seat as I type this introduction. Niamh is super cool. She penned a lesfic novel about pirates. You can’t get much cooler than that, can you? Her novel Escape to Pirate Island is one of the novels discounted for the Fall in Love…

via Guest Post: Why I write LesFic by Niamh Murphy — I Heart Lesfic

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Mainstream vs Lesfic

When I came out with my book Doctored last year I had a conundrum.  ALL of my books pretty much have a lesbian or two in them.  Unfortunately Lesbian Fiction does not sell well.  I mean, I have the greatest following of lesbians, but I wanted to reach more, and not just lesbians.  Fortunately for me, Doctored sold well and the next book Veil of Silence sold just as well.  This is because I didn’t list them initially AS Lesfic, because, technically all books can be listed otherwise, in these cases as Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, and in Veil of Silence‘s case, War.  I’ve done the same with my most recent release of The Outsider and I have to say loyal Amazon fans and now Apple and Barnes & Noble fans are the best.  They follow you, they want everything you write, and they make me smile with the comments I get regarding my writings.

I debated long and hard about going mainstream, after all, my books are about the STORY, not the SEX.  I do not do fade to black, so if you are reading this and worry about reading a lesbian sex scene, you can skip those pages.  Heck, my very conservative aunt read Veil of Silence and thought it was fantastic, and that has some definite lesbian sex scenes.  So, the debate goes on in my head about what I should do.  I mean, I’ll always write lesbian stories, you write what you know, and I’m definitely a lesbian…or so my girlfriend tells me, lol.  i-am-not-a-lesbian

The crossover though is worth it, if you can support it, I think my writings do cross over.  I have a large male following and I once thought it was for the sex scenes but in queries to those fans it turns out they like a well-written book…who would have thought?

I appreciate ALL my fans, the men, the women, the lesbians, the gays, the straight, the bi-sexual, the trans, the PEOPLE, because isn’t that what it’s ALL about?  The PEOPLE and their stories?

So, if you like a well-written novel, pop over to my website and pick one or two or as many as you can handle…it’s a challenge, a dare, and I think if you are reading this, you are up for it!

Doctored, Veil of Silence, and The Outsider as well as many others await you!

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captureThat’s what we WANT to see, rising sales!

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This is the screen shot of The Outsider in mainstream, this is for ALL of Amazon, not just one small section.  Out of the millions of submissions, my book is doing well!  Thank you, it is really appreciated by this author!

And please, don’t forget to tell others your thoughts, that’s all we ask after you have read our books:

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UK Reviews for ~VEIL OF SILENCE~

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Five Star

FIVE STAR REVIEWS

on 9 July 2016
This is a fantastic book. I loved Homeland and this explored some similar themes but was from the point of view of a female soldier under such extreme circumstances, and the impact on a lesbian relationship of a woman returning home with children who are hers but not her wife’s. The pressures the two women are under are realistic and touching, and the complex plot had me reading furiously to try and find out what had really happened! This is an excellent choice even if lesfic isn’t your usual genre.
on 6 August 2016
This is a great story very different but full of love. Missing for years in Afganistan a serving American officer suddenly appears at the US embassy in a burqa and two young children in tow. The book follows her repatriation, the secrets she holds and being reacquainted with her wife & daughter. Well worth a read several times over.
on 7 August 2016
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and i think I felt every emotion whilst reading it and tears. I was unsure and a little uncomfortable if I’m honest if I wanted to read about the subject of rape within this book. But ultimately it is about strength and resilience and unconditional love. It was a well written story which pulled at my heart strings and which I couldn’t put down as I wanted to know the conclusion. I would have liked to have read more about Marsha and Heather’s reestablishing of their relationship after such a long awful time apart. Maybe a sequel for those two?
on 17 July 2016
Loved this book, very good storyline, the characters were really believable. Would love to read a follow-up. Keep up the good work.
on 9 August 2016
Great story, kept me wanting to read more well past the ending of the book. Look forward to the next one.
on 2 August 2016
loved story line kept me riveted
Four Star

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on 24 July 2016
Excellent book about a subject that I know very little other than what we see on the news slots.
How on earth any human being can survive this and come back halfway sane is beyond me and I have nothing but respect for any soldier (by soldier I mean all service personnel) that puts themselves on the line for the rest of us.
Strangely, for me, the hero of this book was not the soldier, but her partner who was left behind and had to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, anyone in that situation deserves a medal in the same way that service personnel do. Made me really appreciate how we undervalue our service men and women and has made me think long and hard about the rights and wrongs of war.
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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?

Veil of Silence FEATURED

Veil of Silence CoverToday I am thrilled to announce that VEIL OF SILENCE is FEATURED in READING DEALS, check it out!  If you haven’t gotten your copy this is the next best thing to free!  Limited time offer!

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DC and Conference IX

We went out to Karaoke (no, I do not sing) at a gay bar downtown and Karen Badger, her wife Bliss, Liz Hodge, Robyn Lynn, Velvet Lounger, and Elizabeth (sorry don’t recall your last name) all went.  Judy Comella arranged it but the van was a little crowded and I ended up with her on my lap, a hilarious moment as you can see.  20160707_19142720160707_191433

You can’t beat watching some wonderful talent and I have to say, everyone ELSE could sing, I could NOT…oh well, I can enjoy THEIR talents and the atmosphere at FREDDIE’s!

Stay tuned, the final blog on the conference is coming.  Watch for it!  Meanwhile, enjoy some reads over at my website:

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Five Stars for VEIL of SILENCE

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on July 6, 2016
Really enjoyed this book. Knowing a few people who have been in the forces before the repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ i found it interesting to read and see glimpses of the issues still faced for same sex partners serving our countries. I would have liked to have heard more of what life was like for the partner left at home and wondering just what had happened to her wife and how life continued on for her and her daughter. You get glimpses into their life which you give you an idea into the struggles they faced but more would have been nice.

The issue of service women being lost overseas and being held captive you would think would be pretty clear cut, this book showed it can be anything but…… of course this is fiction so how much truth there to it who knows. I know that the author appears to do a vast amount of research for her books so it wouldn’t surprise me if these issues are real.

Well written storyline with issues that affect many of our armed forces these days, ptsd being a major aspect. It was nice to read a book about 2 women and not have sex scenes be a main focus.

Well worth the read.

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on June 29, 2016
this book spoke to the struggles of a soldier coming home. all the problems and tribulations of going through an interrogation and debriefing. I loved the whole concept of this book and hope she writes another similar to this one. I loved the book and will re read it again.because, in my opinion, you see something new every time. I highly recommend this as a great read or gift .
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on July 20, 2016
This was the first book I have read from this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the storyline of the struggle that the characters went through. I was book from the start to the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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on July 24, 2016
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has already been implemented but apparently not for some members of the Armed Forces. Especially if you just happened to be on the wrong Helicopter on your way home from Afghanistan. This is an amazing story of a female office who is held captive by Nomad Forces in Afghanistan for 5 years and the life she was forced to endure. She escapees her captors only to find that her country doesn’t believe her story of the capture. The story is one that will keep you guessing page after page and the ending is definitely closure. It’s a story of dedication and love along with encouragement. I found the story to be realistic and believable.
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on July 4, 2016
Wow I started reading this and couldn’t put it down, pulled me in and didn’t let go from start to finish. Excellent writing and characters can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next.
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on July 19, 2016
This is a wonderful story and well written. I don’t think the one star review is being truthful – some people will attack anything lesbian I guess. Any way make no mistake, the writing is strong with believable characters. I was so fascinated by the female soldier returning from being a prisoner of war, how many novels give a woman’s perception of such a male-dominated military experience? Her reintegration back into US society and the way her wife has been treated as a widow is poignant and touching. I loved the resilience of the children who accept unorthodox family set ups with an innocence we could all learn from. This is a brilliant book even if lesfic isn’t what you normally choose for a summer read.
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And, while this blog is about the FIVE STAR reviews, this FOUR STAR still deserves an honorable mention:
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it (minor spoilers)
on June 29, 2016
I don’t pretend to know much about military protocol workings from within so if any part of the book is “wrong,” well I have no idea. That being said, I ultimately enjoyed this book though I was skeptical to read it to begin with. Subjects of rape and such always make me cringe. Thankfully it wasn’t necessarily the main focus of the book. The book is about Major Marsha Gagliano return home after being held captive for over 5 years.
Like I said, I liked the book but I felt there was a lot that happened but not at the end of it there were more questions. Like how is it that Zabi, a nomadic, was able to orchestrate the kidnapping? Also, what really happened when Marsha was held captive? We get glimpses of Heather’s feelings but never more…I really wanted more and the same with Haley. I know not everything can be answered but I feel the author gives us glimpses and just enough but not more.
Ultimately I liked. I kept reading because I needed to know what happened and to me, that makes it worth it. If you like this author and have read her stuff from before, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. If you haven’t, give this one a try.
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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?

Thank You ~ A Personal Milestone

Today I reached a personal mile-stone in my book publishing/writing career.  Not since my book LAWYERED Lawyeredcame out have I seen the response I have gotten for a release of one of my books.  DOCTORED was conceived almost immediately following the release and response of LAWYERED.  That was nearly two years ago (July).  Today I got to #6 on Amazon, no, that wasn’t the goal, although getting to #1 would be nice too.  It was in sales that I am talking about.  You see, my followers, fans, and readers support my work in a way that I can really be proud of.  DOCTORED is well on its way to being my best-selling novel ever.  In fact, by the time this blog goes public, it should have exceeded expectations.

One of my fans claims it is the best novel of mine that she has ever read.  I know it isn’t, because I have a few that I’m hoping to get out, and one of them is a personal odyssey that I’ve been trying to get out for ten years…it means a lot to me.  Once I get it fully crafted, get past the blocks my mind has set, it will be the best novel I have ever written, at least I hope so, although, I have been known to be wrong, occasionally…I’m just not ready yet.  Everyone has a personal favorite.  It’s why I write so many different kinds of stories…because not everything I write is going to appeal to everyone.  That’s okay.  I’m not in competition with anyone but myself and if the readers respond well to what I’ve written, that’s awesome!

When I conceptualized DOCTORED all those months ago, I knew exactly where the story line should take me.  Writing it however, the characters even surprised me.  I felt like slapping the secondary character for her whining and then I cheered when she grew up and accepted what life had given her, stood up for herself.  Characters never do what you intend, even if you are the one creating them and their personalities.Main Characters..  Yes, they do surprise the author sometimes too.  You can write yourself into a corner and only the character can get you out.  Sometimes, they let you sit there for a while.  Some call it writer’s block.  I call it a challenge.  This book in particular, fans and friends were asking about for a while since I’d been talking a lot about it…I told them that the bitch of a character wasn’t letting me write her!  Eventually they came together and ‘allowed’ me to release them onto the pages of my book.

I’m very pleased that the fans, friends, and readers have shown their support by buying so many copies of the book, both in e-book and paperback versions.  It’s an awesome feeling to hear from people how it affected them, their thoughts on it, and, of course, when is the NEXT novel coming out…this particular book has only been out a week and a half!  Lol!

But, my next novella should be out in the coming week thanks to my terrific editor and proof readers. Meddlesome Malice Book 20 1000 I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have such supportive people who help me to create these works.  It all takes a lot of time and effort.  I do hope you enjoy the coming attractions.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for showing your love and support by buying my creations.

Sincerely,

K’Anne MeinelThank an Author a

 

 

 

DOCTORED:

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?

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