In the LGBTQIA Release Spotlight: Finding Lizzie by Karma Kingsley

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Finding Lizzie by Karma Kingsley
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

NineStar Press

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Karma Kingsley here with her author Playlist for Finding Lizzie. Welcome, Karma!

My Playlist by Karma Kingsley

Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSound & The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

When I was in high school, I had a really good, really weird, really quirky friend with a car that she’d named Sophia. And this is not an endorsement, but we used to skip class…A LOT. But we didn’t skip class to get high behind the gym or some other teen-angst afternoon special kind of thing, but we’d hang out in Sophia and listen to Justin Timberlake and Lauryn Hill with a various mix of Michael Jackson albums in there. We were obsessed with those artists. They were our One Direction/Justin Bieber/ whoever else the kids fangirl over these days. And writing Lizzie kind of made me think of this particular era of my life; a time when I was still figuring all of my shit out.  

James Arthur & Bibi Bourelly

There’s no deep, significant reason that these two are on the playlist. Their voices are just heaven in my ears, so everything they touch gets put on every playlist.

Let it Happen & Bring Me The Horizon’s That’s the Spirit

I just love these bands, but they’re on the playlist likely because the release dates just synced up with when I was writing. But there is a Let it Happen lyric that I think fits Lizzie’s story pretty perfectly. It’s “The good news is the bad news could be good news if you change your point of view.” Which aside from being true in just life in general, it applies to Lizzie because she’s sort of in this place where she’s left her long term boyfriend, her relationship with her mother is hanging on by a thread and she’s completely lost this life that was comfortable and safe and that didn’t make her take these huge introspective looks at herself. It all sounds pretty awful but then this confident, wild girl walks into her life and takes all of that bad news perspective and flips it on its head…I bet if you give me long enough I could come up with a good BMTH quote that applies too 😉

Hozier & Tegan & Sara

At least one Hozier song makes it onto every playlist I have. Specifically, Jackie & Wilson I think works for Lizzie and Kerra. If they ever have kids and their names are Jackie and Wilson, this is the source. And what playlist is complete without a little Sainthood?

Drake & Eminem

Because sometimes I fancy myself a rapper.

About Finding Lizzie 

Lizzie doesn’t know what she wants from life, but she’s sure it’s not the attention of her suffocating boyfriend, RJ. A chance encounter with a group of women on the day of the local Pride parade leads her to meet the wild, free-spirited Kerra. Lizzie begins to realise she’s crazy about Kerra, but how can she come out in a small town where prejudice is rife and even her own mother thinks being a lesbian is wrong? Can Lizzie find herself without losing everything else in the process?

Genre: Contemporary
Sex Content: N/A
Pairing: FF
Orientation: Bisexual, Lesbian
Identity: Cis
Length: Long Novel
Words: 106100
Pages: 213

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Excerpt

Karma Kingley © 2016

All Rights Reserved

The warm metal stung her arms as she slid down the length of the car to sit on the pavement. The instant need to sulk overtook her as she let herself obsess over her life choices, hating each and every one that had led her to the middle of who knows where, waiting for a man she didn’t want to see.

She let herself wade in her misery, listening only to the sounds of her own sorrow. She didn’t even hear the Jeep when it pulled up next to her.

“Hey hot-stuff, show us what you got!” a voice shouted from the backseat of the Jeep as someone tossed a necklace of rainbow beads at her. Elizabeth attempted to back away, her flight instincts kicking in almost immediately, but the two-ton car behind her blocked her path.

“Excuse me?” She squinted her eyes against the sunlight, searching the Jeep full of women for the culprit that was throwing plastic jewelry at her.

“Oh, are you not with the parade?” the woman behind the wheel asked her. She seemed genuinely confused as she scratched at the orange bandanna covering her forehead.

“Parade?” Elizabeth shook her head in apprehension.

A woman squashed in the middle of all the others stood up, grabbing hold of one of the bars connected to the roof of the Jeep. “Excuse these crazy ladies. We thought you were part of Pride. We didn’t mean to throw things at you for no reason.”

The woman smiled at her and Elizabeth felt her blood heat up. She was probably the most beautiful woman Elizabeth had ever seen and her smile made everything in Elizabeth’s life seem a little less tragic.

“Are you okay, love?” Elizabeth realized she’d been staring at the woman for an abnormally long time without saying anything.

“Yeah. Um…my car broke down.” Elizabeth pointed lamely at her car, as she fought against the dumbfounded stupor that smile had sent her into.

The woman jumped across all the ladies in the Jeep and landed in front of Elizabeth. It was the fastest, smoothest transaction of movement she’d ever seen and she had to will herself not to gasp in awe.

“I’ll take a look for you.” She opened the front door to the car and stopped short. “I think you’re just out of gas.”

Elizabeth watched her every move, unable to tear her eyes away. “Oh, umm…yeah, I know. That’s what I meant. My car umm…ran out of gas.” She fidgeted uncontrollably as she babbled on like an idiot.

“You sure you’re okay?” She took a step forward and Elizabeth unconsciously took one backwards, keeping the distance between them.

“I think you make her nervous.” One of the girls in the Jeep howled as the others erupted in giggles.

The woman looked back at the cackling group of her friends. She straightened her necktie as she took another step forward, the gesture seeming to make her even more attractive. Elizabeth swallowed hard but she wouldn’t allow herself to take another step away. “Is it true? Do I make you nervous?” The woman raised an eyebrow, making Elizabeth’s heart beat double-time.

“N-no. I’m not gay.” Elizabeth mentally scolded herself for her unorthodox reaction.

A smile spread across the woman’s face. “Sure you aren’t.” She gave Elizabeth a wink before returning to her friends in the Jeep. “We’re headed into the city to grab some drinks. You want to come along? We could grab some gas while we’re out there.”

Elizabeth looked down at her phone. “My boy…” She stopped, rethinking what she was about to say. “I have someone coming to get me.”

“Baby, it’s Pride. It’ll be hours before anyone makes it through the city to this side of town,” the purple-and-orange-clad driver shouted at her.

“Yeah, come on, come with us,” another voice from inside the Jeep called out to her.

“Come with us. Come with us,” they all chanted at her, making her laugh as they continued in unison.

She held her hands up. “All right, all right. I could use a drink anyways.” She considered her day so far and sighed at the truth in the statement. She could use several drinks.

Author Bio

Karma is a wine-enthusiast, feminist, activist, humanitarian, vegetarian and just all around liberal and that often seeps into her writing. She loves any place with white, white sand and blue, blue water and an endless supply of mo-suffix drinks (Moscato, Mojito, etc.).

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Karma_Kingsley

Smashwords author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/karmakingsley

Email: KarmaKingsley@gmail.com

Check out NineStar Press events calendar for information on additional blog stops for Finding Lizzie and other upcoming releases!

Dive Into the Holiday Season with Christmas Stories from RJ Scott (giveaway)

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Dive Into the Holiday Season with Christmas Stories from RJ Scott

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and I LOVE it! There’s something special about Christmas stories and as you can see, I also love writing them 🙂

In no particular order here they are:

The

Christmas

Throwaway

The Christmas Throwaway, was my first Christmas themed book.
Written as a short story for someone who was poorly in J2
fan fiction, I extended it from two thousand short words to
over forty and so Ben and Zach were created.

The book, a story of a young man thrown out of his house at
Christmas for being gay, did really surprisingly well. It
was All Romance’s best selling book of 2010 and also spent a
lot of time in the top 300 of all romance novels on Amazon.
It’s now available in Audio and has been translated into
Spanish, Italian,  French and now German. I love this little book
that could
 so much.

 

The Road To Frosty Hollow

I love the concept of a road trip, particularly when you fall in love on that journey. Add in two men who have known each other a very long time and this is a story written with Meredith Russell that ticks all the boxes for a Christmas Romance.

Jesse’s

Christmas

This was my second Christmas themed book and spent some
time with an old publisher before I was lucky enough
to get it back.  As soon as I got it back I doubled
it in size!
The story of someone who doesn’t really like Christmas
landing in a town that won an award for best Christmas
Town made me smile the entire time I was writing it.I couldn’t fail to love Gabriel who showed Jesse what
Christmas could be about and how it is possibleto love again.

 

Snow & Secrets

One of my favourite storylines in a romance book at Christmas is the idea of a snowy cabin, enforced isolation, and two men falling in love.
Snow, secrets, some danger, one hot tub, Christmas decorations, and family.

New

York Christmas

Awwww, my boys in New York.  I loved writing this book.
It started life as a J2 fanfiction twelve days of Christmas
type short story.
When I rewrote it I wanted to keep that idea of the days
before Christmas, although of course the book starts just
before Thanksgiving and ends in the New Year.
There is also
a free short story following on, available at Amber Kell’s
blog here

 

 

Snow In Montana 

My newest Christmas book, the fourth story in the Montana series is a look at Justin and Adam, alongside a whole new romance between a B list actor and a Sheriff.
I love Christmas movies, and this novel is set against the March backdrop for filming *Snow In Montana* starring The King Of Christmas (TM) Jordan Darby. Meeting Ryan Carter, the local sheriff, is way too tempting for Jordan. How long can he stay in the closet?

Angel

In A Book Shop

The
story of an angel and a man set in a book shop. I mean, how
could I not enjoy writing this, it had a bookshop, a man
with wings, and an angsty sad hero. Win/Win.
It was based loosely on a short I wrote for Dreamspinner way
back in 2010 (a bit, not much really, it was supposed to but
it kind of grew like topsy and became something else).
The short story I had written was my first ever accepted
work for publishing and it HAD to be extended and become
something else.

Texas Christmas

Writing the Texas series was a labour of love, and I had to put in a Christmas story for Jack, Riley, and their extended family.

There is of course drama with the Campbell-Hayes, including a terrifying car trip home with the Christmas Tree. Add in the boy’s new family and this ends up being a very interesting Christmas for them all.

The

Case Of The Sinful Santa

End Street Detective Agency Book 4, written with Amber
Kell

How could we not explore the idea of a Klaus family in this
series of books featuring vampires, demons, angels, dragons
and one kind of human, along with a cast of many other
paranormals?

In this book we explored what it must be like born into the
Klaus family but not wanting to be a Santa… And and of
course, we introduced our very own Angel just to shake
things up.

Christmas

in the Sun

The Sapphire Cay series comes to an end with book 6.

I have loved writing this series with my very close friend
Meredith Russell and we had to give the boys a Christmas
book in 2013.

We bought back a wedding planner with OCD decorating
tendencies and his sexy Marine, Lucas and Dylan and a stray
dog, and gave all of our boys a Christmas Day they wouldn’t
forget.

The

Journal Of Sanctuary One

(Sanctuary book 6)

Jake and Sean, with their love/hate relationship stuck in a
cabin in the middle of nowhere for Christmas. Of course the
Bullen storyline features but mostly this is me ticking ALL
of my Christmas boxes.

Two men, a cabin, stranded, anger, hate, love, sex and
gratuitous use of a running machine. Sighs. I loved writing
this book.

Deefur

and the Mistletoe Incident

A free short story Christmas gift

This was part of a huge Christmas Anthology that I pulled
together in 2013 featuring some 25 new authors. It is the sequel to Deefur The Dog, featuring a Manny, a widower, a sweet child, and of course a Great Dane called Deefur.

This year it is being published with it’s own cover and wont
cost you a penny!

Texas

Winter (Texas #2)

The book that was never supposed to be written…  Did
you know The Heart Of Texas was supposed to be a stand alone?
ROFL… I couldn’t leave it though and so Texas winter was
born.

Snow doesn’t fall a lot in Texas but this story centers
around a freak one-day snowfall. Add in a daughter Riley
didn’t know he had and the Campbell-Hayes have their first
real Christmas.

The

Party – A blog story from six authors

Written in 2012… Henry and Jack had thought
nothing could ever drive them apart. They were wrong. Three
months have passed since Jack had walked out of the home
they shared, and Henry had been too stupid to take back the
hurtful things he’d said.

Both assured by their respective parents that the other
would not be present at Henry’s mother’s annual Christmas
gathering, they attend. Finding they have been duped into
seeing each other, Henry realizes that this may be his only
chance to try and make things right. But will he be able to
convince Jack to come home?

 

Author Bio:

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

The last time she had a weekís break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldnít defeat.

www.rjscott.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/author.rjscott?ref=ts&fref=ts
www.goodreads.com/author/show/3432558.R_J_Scott
twitter.com/Rjscott_author
www.librarything.com/author/scottrj

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Its Time for STRW Flash Fiction Announcements and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Its Time for STRW Flash Fiction Announcements

First of all, thank you to all who sent in entries to our first ever STRW Flash Fiction Writing Month.  We appreciate your participation and all entries will be showcased here.  Putting your thoughts and emotions into words and a story can be one of the more daunting challenges you can attempt.  We are doubly grateful for those that chose to do so and submitted them here.

Flash Fiction or micro stories are supposed to do what all stories do but in a condensed version. Make us think, move us, connect us to the characters, their loves, lives and worlds. All the stories we received did that beautifully.  One made us laugh, several made us sob, one made us shout in recognition of the tumultuous events moved into the realm of science fiction, and and others?  Just moving, imaginative and wonderful in their ability to pull at the heart and mind. Here are the stories in the order they were received.  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words cannot thanks these authors enough for their contributions.

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STRW Flash Fiction Stories and Authors

Master’s Work by Tod Heil  

What Is Left Out By R. R. Angell

Consequences by Andrea Speed

THE SMIRK’S UP By Jenny Tate

Christopher by Ross Common

Magpie King by Leslie Plank

What Weighs Us Down by K.S. Trenten

Sad and Silly Humans by K.S. Trenten

Which brings us to the contest.  We loved them all, to us there was no clear winner.  If we could, we’d declare them all winners and next year the rules will change.  So we thought this year we would let the readers choose.  We included a pole below.  Vote for your favorite story.

Tod Heil, R.R. Angell, Andrea Speed, Jenny Tate,  and Ross Common all have their choice of a $10 gift certificate from Amazon or Dreamspinner Press.  Leslie Plank and K.S. Trenten will have a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate as our thanks for their wonderful entries.  The authors retain the copyrights to their stories.  Stories may not be reprinted or copied without the express permission of the authors.

Now here’s our poll.  For all the wonderful stories, visit our Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction 2016 Page here for all the links.  Note! For the readers who vote: We will gift a $10 DSP gift card to a reader (randomly chosen) who has voted. so readers please leave a comment once you have voted so we can pick someone as well as a email address.  Vote ends on the Winter Solstice, 12/21 at midnight. The author will get the $25 Amazon gift card.

 

Our Dreamspinner Advent Calendar Reviews continue this week and all this month.  Release Day Reviews are flowing off the days of the calendars as well.  Are you looking in anticipation for a certain story?  Check below to see if its included in one of our release day reviews.  If you are a lover of audiobooks as we are, then check out our audiobook reviews which include a number of holiday stories too.  There is so much on our calendar this week that there is something for everyone, from author interviews to RJ Scott’s tour with all her holiday stories!  Don’t miss out on a day with us here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, December 4:

  • Its Time for STRW Flash Fiction Announcements and Showcase
  • Our First Flash Fiction Story
  • In the LGBTQIA Spotlight: Finding Lizzie by Karma Kingsley (guest post, and excerpt)
  • RJ Scott’s Christmas Stories Tour and Giveaway

Monday, December 5:

  • Blog Tour & Giveaway – Operation Better Tomorrow by Brandi Evans
  • Ashavan Doyon on Not 1 but 2 Story Releases (guest post)
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Heated Beat Series by Garrett Leigh
  • A Release Day Review of  Heated Beat  by Garrett Leigh
  • A Barb the Zany  Old Lady Release Day Review: Lost & Found by Rick R. Reed
  • A MelanieM Review:  Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Calendar Day 6: Title Surprise

Tuesday, December 6th:

  • Release Day Blitz and Giveaway for for Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5) by Annabeth Albert
  • Victoria Sue on Five Minutes More (guest post)
  • In Our Author Spotlight: Julia Talbot on Catching Heir (Dreamspinner Press guest blog)
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5) by Annabeth Albert
  • A Stella Review: Heartifact by Aisling “Ash” Mancy
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 6: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: The Perfect Bite by J.D. Walker

Wednesday, December 7th:

  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: EJ Russell’s Clickbait
  • Review Tour – Heated Beat Series (second book) by Garrett Leigh)
  • Review Tour – Annabelle Jacobs’ A Christmas Kiss
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 7: Title Surprise
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Hell Takes a Holiday By Kiernan Kelly
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Unlikely Prospect (States of Love) by Lex Chase
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Seven Minutes by Grace Kilian Delaney

Thursday, December 8th:

  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: AJ Cousin’s Glass Tidings
  • Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Dreamspinner Steampunk Anthology Tour
  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – KC Wells’ Saving Jason
  • In Our Author Spotlight: DSP Author SJD Peterson
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 8: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Audiobook  Review: Dirty Little Secret (Cabin For Two Series) by Freddy MacKay
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton and John Solo (Narrator)

Friday, December 9th:

  • Tara Lain on Writing and Cowboys Don’t Come Out (author guest blog)
  • Release Blitz Tour and Giveaway: Snow In Montana – RJ Scott
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 9: Title Surprise
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: September by Robert Winter
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Forbidden Mate (Holland Brothers #4) by Toni Griffin
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote and Mark Steadman (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Releases Day Review: His Fairy Godfather by Cate Ashwood and Nico Jaye

Saturday, December 10th:

  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day  10:  Title Surprise
  • Cover Reveal and One Day Book Blast: Tarnished Souls by Dev Bentham

 

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