Name: Serena J. Bishop
Publisher: EOS Publishing
Reason you started writing: My wife encouraged me by making a bet of whoever wrote a novel that was optioned for a movie first won. It was an excellent way to motivate me, but I still haven’t won. 🎥🎞️
Next book to release & when: Leveled, Fall 2020
Why we should read it: The storyline is written from two perspectives, the protagonist’s and her sister’s. I haven’t encountered a romance novel that takes into account how exciting, entertaining, and frustrating it can be to watch someone you love go through the beginning stages of a relationship. Plus, the antagonist’s relationship system provides comic relief and breaks down relationships in a way I also haven’t read before.
Genres that you've written: All of my novels thus far have a romance element, but the stories vary in sub-genre. Beards bordered on historical-fiction (if you’re under 25) and Dreams used a sci-fi/fantasy backdrop.
List of published books:
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: A few people told me after reading Beards, they had never read a book about chosen family or the lengths the gay community had gone to (will go to) to be with the people they love. With Dreams, I’m proud that multiple readers have called out the unique storyline in reviews. There are thousands of romance novels out there so to write something that is still viewed as original I take as a huge compliment.
Click HERE to see all of Serena's books on Amazon.US.
Cats or Dogs: Cat-sized dogs 🐕
Coffee/Tea/Water: Coffee (black, no sugar)
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Two machetes. I would like one for each hand to maximize efficiency. K. Aten notes: I approve and will tailor my plan similarly
Hobbies: Cooking, watching bad movies and making fun of them with my friends, cocktail hour on the deck with my wife and dog. K. Aten notes: Serena has a chihuahua, so...cat-sized as mentioned above
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: I’ve never written fanfic, but reading Willow-Tara fanfic really helped me come to terms with my sexuality. Aside from that pairing, I like the AU ship of Detective Olivia Benson and Agent Dana Scully, and some of the newer Birds of Prey ships, mainly Huntress and Black Canary. Oh, and WayHaught. Love me some WayHaught.
Click Serena's most recent release below to see its listing on Amazon.US.
Dreams by Serena J. Bishop
Aurora’s life is perfectly mundane. She has a job she hates, an ex that ran her out of her hometown, and the highlight of her week is Monday breakfast with her best friend. That changes when Aurora starts dreaming of a woman who can’t remember her own name. A woman who Aurora falls head over heels for. She knows the romance that develops between them isn’t real, but the dreams make life so much better that she hurries to bed every night…until she discovers that her dream woman isn’t imaginary. Her name is Leela and she is in a coma.
Aurora must risk everything—her job, apartment, friends, and her sanity—to save Leela, a woman she’s only ever met in her mind. But in order to help, Aurora must convince Leela’s neurologist and parents that she and Leela have a bond that transcends the physical plane.
Can Aurora fight through a progressively nightmarish landscape to wake Leela? And if Leela wakes, will she recognize Aurora as the one who saved her? As the one Leela said she loved? Their dream-relationship might not be real, but if there is any possibility of making her dreams come true, Aurora has to try.
Dreams is a sweet lesfic romance about a love that defies the laws of physics.
Name: Kathleen Knowles
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Reason you started writing: I think I have something to say about humans and the process of falling in love. 💕
Next book to release & when: Trade Secrets, August 2020
Why we should read it: It’s a roman à clef about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes, workplace romance, light thriller aspects and opposites- attract. K. Aten notes: I totally had to look up roman à clef. For those of you who don't know, it's a novel in which real people or events appear with invented names #FunFacts
Genres that you've written: Contemporary f/f romance, historical f/f romance and general fiction
List of published books:
Awake Unto Me
Forsaking All Others
A Spark of Heavenly Fire
The Last Time I Saw Her
Somewhere Along the Way
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: I try as best I can to get historical details right. I research a lot.
Click HERE to see all of Kathleen's books on Amazon.
Cats or Dogs: Both 🐈 🐕
Coffee/Tea/Water: Coffee and water
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: NA
Hobbies: Trivia, stamp collecting, computer solitaire, reading and collecting books about LGBTQ history and culture.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: NA
Click Kathleen's upcoming August release below to see all her books on the Bold Strokes' web page.
Trade Secrets by Kathleen Knowles
Clinical lab scientist, Tony Leung lands her dream job working for Global HemoSolutions, a Silicon Valley company headed Erica Sanders, the most famous female CEO in America. She crosses paths with one of the company’s investors, venture capitalist Sheila Graham who is helping Erica make her invention a reality.
Their chance meeting turns into a love affair but it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems at GHS. Tony and Sheila face a test of their loyalty and an excruciating moral dilemma both of which could tear them apart.
Name: Mildred Gail Digby
Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises
Reason you started writing: I was starting to forget English...😅
Next book to release & when: Bloodring, August 2020
Why we should read it: It’s a mixture of sweet and kickass, the journey of self-discovery of a young woman who incidentally is a multi-talented magic user on a world-saving adventure that spills over into our own world.
Genres that you've written: Medical romance, paranormal romance, just plain romance but with lots of action thrown in.
List of published books:
Perfect Match: Book One & Book Two
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: I guess the usual, managing to get my words published! 😊🌈 I’m also proud that book #4 (Stay) actually got two non-ARC reviews.
Click HERE to see all of Mildred's books on Amazon.
Cats or Dogs: Hedgehogs!
Coffee/Tea/Water: Ummmm....fermented water (aka beer)
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: My tears, shrieks, and falling over my own feet in a panic which is probably not the most effective weapon now that I think about it.
K. Aten notes: She's gonna die, folks! Sorry Mildred. In the meantime, comfort yourself with some beer. <grin>
Hobbies: Reading, writing reviews, finding out which foods go best with beer.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: I don’t write, but I enjoy devouring a good SwanQueen fic, even though I’ve never seen an entire episode of the show.
Click the book cover below to see two of Mildred's upcoming release and it's description on the RCE website.
Bloodring by Mildred Gail Digby
Lark Greenpool became a Guardian at just the wrong time. A forbidden artifact known as a Bloodring has been awoken. It released a malevolent energy that threatens to destroy the barrier that protects Lark’s world from the Outside and it’s the Guardians’ job to put it right.
Help arrives in the form of an ambassador from the Ringsworn, the people who made the Bloodring. Violet Ironwrought is prickly, most likely very dangerous, dislikes everyone, and is completely fascinating to Lark. After a rocky start, friendship blossoms between the two women, and slowly grows into something much more than that.
When circumstances threaten to separate them, Lark has to decide where her loyalties lie, and what she is willing to risk to protect not only herself, but the woman who has become the most important part of her life.
Name: Rae D. Magdon
Publisher: Desert Palm Press
Reason you started writing: I’m queer as fuck and got bored reading about straight people.
Next book to release & when: Lucky 8 will be available in April, 2020
Why we should read it: While Lucky 7 explored themes of what it means to be human (in a cyberpunk setting), Lucky 8 explores the question: what do we owe each other? How to we combat forces larger than ourselves (capitalism, climate change, etc.) without giving into despair? And, of course, there are virtual dinosaurs.
Genres that you've written: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller.
List of published books:
Lucky 7 (Goldie and Rainbow Award Winner)
Fur & Fangs
Amendyr Series (The Second Sister, Wolf’s Eyes, The Witch’s Daughter, The Mirror’s Gaze)
Dark Horizons Series (Dark Horizons, Starless Nights)
Death Wears Yellow Garters
All The Pretty Things
Name something you're proud of in regards to your writing: Winning the GCLS Sci-Fi/Fantasy Award in 2019!
Click HERE to see all of Rae's books on Amazon.
Cats or Dogs: Cats
Weapon of choice during Zombie Apocalypse: Long range? Crossbow. Short range? Machete.
Do you fanfic? If so, favorite ship: This is an impossible question and I refuse to pick a favorite. Just go read my (300+ free) works on AO3
Click the book cover below to see two of Rae's books that I personally 5-starred. Click the TLR banner beneath each below it to see a review.
Name: KD Williamson
Publisher: Dirt Road Books
Reason you started writing: Too many voices in my head. Had to get them out. I discovered writing in high school
Next book to release & when: Just released one in December, Big Girl Pill
Why we should read it: It's full of heart, laughter with a little bit of heat thrown in.
Genres that you've written: Contemporary Romance and Drama
List of published books:
Big Girl Pill