Hi, everyone. Today I’m honored and happy to have as my guest poster Jove Belle. She’s a fabulous author and crazy…I mean, wonderful person. So here’s Jove to talk about her new novella, Cake.
A while back, RG Emanuelle (my host for today’s blog) and Andi Marquette invited me to submit a short story to their new anthology called All You Can Eat. That anthology went on to be a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. That’s all kinds of fancy, folks.
For that anthology, I wrote a short story. Then, I wrote another short story that I sent to RG and Andi. That first story, the one I wrote but didn’t submit, stayed on my computer until they sent out notice about the follow-up anthology, Order Up.
Once again, I pulled out that original story. I reworked it a little bit and sent it to RG and Andi. Then, a couple days later, I told them to give it back.
You see, I loved the characters just a little too much. I couldn’t just let the story be a short. The characters needed more words.
That short story grew to be my new release, a novella called Cake.
I hope you read it. And I hope you love it. Go ahead and read the blurb down there, then, if it appeals to you, head over to Ylva Publishing to pick up a copy of your own.
One last thing, because it’s a food-themed book, I’m donating ten percent of the royalties to the United Nations World Food Programme. They feel the poorest people on the planet, and I really appreciate the work they do. You should check them out. Maybe make a donation if you can.
Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.
When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.
Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.
Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.
Jove Belle has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade.
In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors, and as Operations Director US for Ylva Publishing.
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