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14e0a82f6b776d5bc0439f617de3f494A fellow author that I greatly admire put a SHOUT OUT for donated books for the Chely Wright Foundation called LikeMe.  As I admire both the author (who I had the good fortune to interview earlier this year in my group LESFIC READING GROUP on Facebook as well as meet in person at the Golden Crown Literary Society in New Orleans) as well as the singer, her voice is very smooth, she’s attractive, and she stands for something I believe in….I immediately sent her a box of my books…including REPRESENTED which I re-released earlier this year.  Represented is special to me because it is a similar story to Chely Wrights.  I even did an interview for it here.  I also sent her a separate box of books from Shadoe Publishing, my publishing house that I own where I help other authors achieve their dream of becoming published authors.  My authors were notified and those that could, sent their own books.  You see this worthwhile organisation has a library that was sadly lacking in the books that it could lend out to people.  So Kris Bryant (the author I mentioned) gave a shout out and her P.O. Box to those who inquired and generously offered to transport over any and all contributions.  I sent well over a dozen of my own and my authors books to contribute.  As of this posting, Kris has over 60 books to take to the foundation!  Keep it up, contact Kris (I’ve put in the link on her highlighted name).  Also, get in the game and click on the other links I have posted here…I’m sure you will find things you like and enjoy.  Join, if you can, participate if you so desire, and above all…give back to your little community.  Thank you and thank Kris Bryant for planting the seed, for Chely Wright for having the foundation and taking on the cause, and for those who actively continue on fighting the good fight for future generations.book_hbo_meme

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A short excerpt of the incredible book:

They walked back to the hotel in good spirits.  The second bottle of wine hadn’t fully taken effect.  They were relaxed from the first bottle and the good food and enjoying each other’s company, laughing and teasing as they walked along.  As Karin unlocked her door she pushed it open to let Cassie walk in before her and flipped the switch to turn on the light on the desk.  Cassie walked in and turned to say something but Karin never gave her the chance as she pushed against her, taking her in her arms and kissing her deeply.

Cassie immediately responded, her own arms came around Karin to hold her close.  Her body instantly responded, she had fantasized about this woman for so long monopolizing every waking moment.  She began to remove the suit jacket that Karin was wearing as Karin kicked off her shoes.  Karin removed the jean jacket that Cassie was wearing over her T-Shirt.  Her kisses were passionate and unending, they were both surging against the other, barely moving far enough apart to let the jackets fall to the floor.  Karin’s hands started caressing through the thin T-Shirt as she pulled Cassie as close to her body as she could get her.  Her breath was coming in gasps.  Cassie started to unbutton Karin’s blouse as she pulled it from the waist band of her skirt.  Karin found the bottom of the T-Shirt and her hands began to go up and inside, coming in contact with the smooth skin of her back had Cassie arching against her.  She slowly peeled the shirt up her body not wanting to lose contact but having to step back to pull it up and over her head.  Cassie threw it aside to return her hands to the buttons on Karin’s blouse, it was soon unbuttoned and Cassie tried to take it off Karin’s shoulder’s only to have it get caught at the wrists with more buttons that Karin made short work of.  She threw her blouse on a chair as they faced each other bra to bra, jeans to skirt and collided into each other’s arms.  Cassie had fists full of Karin’s long auburn hair and Karin plunged her own fingers through Cassie’s blonde brown curly locks.  Their kisses tasted of the wine they had both consumed, it relaxed them, it heightened the feelings they had both held in check for so long, and it released inner urges that they didn’t have to stop anymore.

Cassie’s hands tried to find the snap to Karin’s skirt and not finding it easily she reached down and began raising the skirt encountering nylon enclosed skin on her legs.  Karin hissed her appreciation of the sensation as Cassie caressed her legs.  Karin’s own hands began an assault on first Cassie’s back to find the clasp to her dainty little bra that barely held in her assets and then to release it.  Her fingertips caressed along the lines that the garment had made enclosing her breasts, massaging and caressing the skin.  She palmed first one breast and then the other relishing the gasp that Cassie made in appreciation of the sensation.  When Cassie reached the juncture of where Karin’s legs came together and couldn’t get the skirt any higher she used her palm to press against this V and Karin moaned loudly in response.  She reached for Cassie’s jeans snap and zipper and soon had them open.  Cassie was writhing against Karin feeling so good at the sensations Karin was causing.  She really wanted to feel skin against skin.  She didn’t want to lose time or waste space by parting to get clothes off of each other but she was given no choice.  She stood there as Karin peeled her jeans off of her ass and let gravity drop them to the floor; she was left with only her panties which were rapidly becoming wet in their exertions.  It wasn’t fair, Karin still had on her bra and skirt and Cassie set about correcting that finding the front clasp of the bra and divesting Karin of it.  She was pleased to see her ample breasts spill out into her hands.  The skirt was annoying her but she used her hand to find the top of the nylons as she reached up the skirt and begin peeling those down, she couldn’t get far without releasing Karin as they were so tight to her legs, she only got them partially down before she had to pull away.  She was breathing hard, panting from their kisses and exertions.  Karin had a hooded eye look to her and Cassie’s eyes almost glowed in their intensity.  Karin tried to pull her close again but Cassie said “no, your clothes” before letting herself be kissed again.

Karin reached for her own belt to her skirt and released it as well as the snap at the back that was hidden under the belt.  She whipped the belt through the loops and hissed when the leather hit her arm painfully.  She didn’t care; she wanted to be naked and next to this woman desperately.  The skirt pooled at her feet and she stepped nimbly out of it but was hobbled by her nylons.  “Hang on” she breathed as she sat on the edge of the bed to remove them and her panties at the same time.  Once her toes were out of each she found herself straddled and born backwards against the bed.  “Hold it” she breathed as she encouraged Cassie to inch up the bed to the pillows with her before she pulled down the bedspread and blankets to get them between the sheets.  It wasn’t easy as they both didn’t wish to stop touching, kissing, and fondling.

Once the bed was in proper order they fell on each other, caressing, loving, kissing, and fondling to their hearts content.  Karin didn’t let Cassie get the upper hand but knowing her personality Cassie let her ‘go first’ as it were and give her extreme pleasure, first by going down on her and teasing her clit mercilessly, and then by talking dirty to her and then proving that she could do what she talked about.  Karin didn’t talk like that normally but to hear the dirty words in their love play excited Cassie beyond reason.  Being told that she was going to ‘fuck her brain’s out’ did something to her.  And after having several orgasms she couldn’t help but tell Karin that she loved her.  She didn’t know she had even as she enjoyed the orgasms so much that Karin gave her.  She realized shortly after that she said her deepest thoughts and wondered at Karin’s response.  Karin had only increased her lovemaking if that were possible and shown her with her body how much she cared.  Cassie was amazed and pleasantly surprised that the older Karin could not only keep up but was inventive and had a stamina that matched her own.  Her passions which she never let on about were incredible.  Cassie was made breathless time and again as Karin took her to heights she had never achieved with other lovers.  Cassie could only hope to return the favor, however feebly she felt her attempts were.

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Coming out is hard.  Coming out in the public eye is even harder.  People think they own a piece of you, your work, and your life, they feel they have the right to judge you.  You lose not only friends but fans and ultimately, possibly, your career…or your life.

Cassie Summers is a Southern Rock Star; she came out so that she could feel true to herself.  Her family including her band and those important to her support her but there are others that feel she betrayed them, they have revenge on their minds…

Karin Myers is a Rock Star in her own right; she is one of those new super promoters: Manager, go-to gal, agent, public relations expert, and hand-holder all in one.  Her name is synonymous with getting someone recognized, promoted, and making money.  She only handles particular clients though; she’s choosy…for some very specific reasons.

Meeting Cassie at a party there is a definite attraction.  She does not however wish to represent her despite her excellent reputation.  She fights it tooth and nail until she is contractually required to do so.  In nearly costs them more than either of them anticipated….their lives.

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Interview for REPRESENTED

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Coming out is hard.  Coming out in the public eye is even harder.  People think they own a piece of you, your work, and your life, they feel they have the right to judge you.  You lose not only friends but fans and ultimately, possibly, your career…or your life.

Cassie Summers is a Southern Rock Star; she came out so that she could feel true to herself.  Her family including her band and those important to her support her but there are others that feel she betrayed them, they have revenge on their minds…

Karin Myers is a Rock Star in her own right; she is one of those new super promoters: Manager, go-to gal, agent, public relations expert, and hand-holder all in one.  Her name is synonymous with getting someone recognized, promoted, and making money.  She only handles particular clients though; she’s choosy…for some very specific reasons.

Meeting Cassie at a party there is a definite attraction.  She does not however wish to represent her despite her excellent reputation.  She fights it tooth and nail until she is contractually required to do so.  In nearly costs them more than either of them anticipated….their lives.

Interview of K’Anne Meinel for REPRESENTED:

What inspired you to write this story?  I had noticed long ago that there were no gay or lesbians represented in country music.  As a fan of Southern Rock I used this as my basis for this story.

Did you profile your character after Chely Wright?  No, actually I began writing this before she ever came out, wish I had finished it when she did so I could have taken advantage of the hoopla about it but no her story is totally separate from my fictional one.  I’m certain she didn’t have the ominous people behind her own career and while some of this is similar to what I’ve read about her own story it was not based on her at all.

Do you think there are other gay and lesbian singers in country music?  Oh absolutely, I think there are a lot of closeted people in the industry.  Look at what Chely Wright has gone through, her ostracism, her triumphs.  Who would willingly put themselves through that unless they wanted to be true to themselves?  She is an admirable woman and not many are as brave as she has been.

Do you think people would be shocked at other artist’s coming out?  Country Music and its good ole’ boy network is about down home America.  There are a lot of people who listen to it who would consider it shocking to realize how many gays and lesbians are in the industry, from the musicians, to the technicians, the singers themselves, and while not out there as my character was, suffering the abuse and sales loss, they still create, still produce, and still continue on with their lives as they do in every day America.  Your next door neighbor may be a Gay or Lesbian person and you would never know it because they are afraid to ‘come out’ and be themselves.  Some of the nicest people you ever want to know will never reveal their sexuality or preference because of social pressures.  There are more same-sex couples over history than people realize.

Do you think it’s important to be out if you are famous?  Yes and no.  Yes, it helps millions of people who are taught that it’s shameful to be gay or lesbian.  It shows that someone admirable, someone famous, can overcome the stigma and lead healthy, successful, and hopefully happy lives.  Especially if it can help someone who is being bullied.

No, I don’t think everyone should have to declare their sexuality just because they are gay or lesbian.  It’s no one’s business and you are assumed to be straight unless you have certain mannerisms or stereotypes that make it obvious which really are not absolutes, there are very effeminate men and masculine women who are not gay or lesbian out there and they shouldn’t be judged by their body language or haircut.  It’s sad but I’m hopeful that today’s society is changing to an acceptance and a tolerance.

When was the last time you heard someone come out as straight?  It’s reprehensible that in this supposedly ‘enlightened’ society that there are still stigma’s attached to being gay or lesbian.  Like there is less brilliance, or capability to someone just because of their sexual orientation.  Whose business is it really?  Not the public’s certainly but then they have their own interpretation of what they own of a person who is famous.

What would you like people to go away with after reading REPRESENTED?  I would hope they would see the love between two powerful women, how they managed to make a relationship work despite the pressures, the money, and the time away.  The acceptance by those they love and who were lucky enough to be considered friends and family.  That gay and lesbian people are like everyone else, normal.  I like a happily ever after and while it isn’t always that way in life, I like to think that good people get good things.

There is no ‘secret’ message, it is a work of fiction.