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Announcing MOOSE MADNESS!

I’m so excited to finally be able to announce this! My debut story (as Mar) is out!

“Moose Madness” is a novella-length werewolf/moose shifter romcom, appearing along with seven other stories in the anthology HER WILD SOULMATE, out this month.

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Find it on Amazon here!

Shy, clumsy, closeted moose shifter Maggie can’t believe out-and-proud, motorcycle-riding werewolf Fiona is her fated mate, but even if they can overcome their differences, the town’s chaotic moose festival and Fiona’s overprotective pack just might break them up for good!

All proceeds from HER WILD SOULMATE benefit OutRight Action International, which works to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people across the world.

Reviews

FF Friday

Second Chance by HL Logan

This book is charming, sweet, well written, and fundamentally not for me, but it might be someone else’s delightful comfort read.

Basically this book had everything I would want in a cute small-town romance except for the one missing element that I’ll get to in a minute. Second Chance is about two single moms who went to high school together, a shy nerd and a cheerleader queen bee, who meet when their kids become friends and then kindle a romance. The characters are really charming, the kids are cute and believable as kids, and the writing is both technically excellent and funny. The narrative voice is great and in fact is what kept me reading as far into the book as I did.

(I need to caveat that the following is not an objective quality issue with the book but rather, a personal taste issue.)

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Recs, Reviews

FF Friday: By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name by Natasha West

This is a lesbian Romeo & Juliet riff, it’s funny and adorkable, and I loved it. 😀

It has some grammar issues, especially in the early chapters, but I don’t really mind them – it’s the same as the way you can enjoy a fanfic that’s full of sincere feelings but maybe not quite as polished as it could be. That is EXACTLY what this book feels like. It’s funny, sincere, and full of vivid characters, and it feels very much as if it’s written from the heart, poured out onto the page in the way of a fanfic that the author was really enjoying writing. It’s light, breezy, and above all, fun. I loved spending time with these characters and would happily read other books involving other family members.

The protagonists, Casey and Lane, are two girls from feuding families in a small British town who meet without knowing the other’s identity and then discover that their families are longtime enemies. The romance is sweet and convincing, with some hilarious yet plausible mishaps (in one of my favorite bits, while trying to wake Casey by throwing pebbles at her window, Lane first wakes up Casey’s pesky younger sister and then, when Casey opens her window at exactly the wrong moment, pastes her in the face with a rock instead). Also, there are matchmaking sheep.

And the family feud is fantastic – it’s hilarious and frustrating in equal measure, and the entire cast of both families are convincing as a bunch of hardheaded weirdos who have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember without any of them actually being bad or unlikable people.

I had a certain suspension-of-disbelief issue with the two protagonists not recognizing each other on sight, given how intimately their families appear to be tangled together, but I’m willing to forgive that because the rest of the book is just so much fun. I’ll definitely be looking up other books by this author, because well-done lesbian romcom is not exactly a genre flowing over with options, and this was really delightful.

Reviews

FF Friday: Just Like a Dream

Just Like a Dream by Nina Justice

I grabbed some cheap F/F from LessThanThree Press recently and this was one of them, a modern-day lesbian version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The protagonist inadvertently summons a fairy fixer to fix her love life, but falls in love with the fixer instead, while magical Cupid-related shenanigans engulf her family and friends.

Unfortunately it ended up being not really my thing; it’s too farcical and lightweight to really engage me with either the characters or the worldbuilding. If you’re looking for a fast read that’s light and fun and PG-rated, this might work better for you than it did for me, though!

Other People's Fiction, Recs, Reviews

FF Friday: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

(F/F Friday is a project recently started by Rachel Manija Brown, described thusly: “Every Friday, review, recommend, or discuss an FF book, short story, or other work.” There is also a community on Dreamwidth.)

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

I read this because of a recent rec at [community profile] fffriday and really liked it! It’s set in San Francisco, mostly in the early 1940s, with some fantasy elements, but mostly historical fiction strongly grounded in the city’s early lesbian scene. (I’ve been researching SF for something I’m writing under a different pen name that has a few chapters in the city in an earlier decade, and research materials or even fiction set in SF in the first few decades of the past century is really hard to come by, so that was one reason why I wanted to read this — just to get a better feel for an early San Francisco. And it didn’t disappoint; the sense of place is really strong.)

Romance is typically rather formulaic (for a good reason, obviously!), but with this one I really couldn’t figure out where it was going, or even who the focus couple was going to be at first. It was twisty and surprising, and the entire cast of characters were very vivid and believable, especially given how many of them there are and that it’s only a novella-length space to develop them in. Definitely recommended if you like historical fiction. (Though it doesn’t sugar-coat the historical era either, just fyi; it’s an optimistic book and is a romance with an HEA, but there’s some pretty rough stuff getting there, so if you’re looking for pure light escapism this might not be the thing.)