Lesbian Authors Talk About Storytelling - Why We Do What We Do

 

What would happen if you got six authors of lesbian stories together and asked them why they tell the stories they do?

What would you ask them? What stories are they telling? Do we need their stories these days? What keeps them writing?

What do they think the future of the genre is?

There will be short readings by each author and a panel discussion.

Karin Kallmaker

The world is at Jennifer Lamont’s feet—right where she wants it. She has made breaking hearts a blood sport, and the cool, calculated use of other people’s backs has led to the stardom she has craved from the first time she heard applause. Lust or fear is all she has ever believed she could see in the eyes of others.

Suzanne Mason has built the enviable life she was always told smart geeks could never have. Fortune, fame and the beautiful girls usually reserved for captains of football teams are all hers. She has everything she ever wanted, except the one woman who is no one’s trophy.

Expert combatants in the games of life know there can only be one winner. Regardless of the scorching attraction between them, the game of love is no different, is it?

 

When a coed is viciously assaulted on the campus of Harwood University, performance studies professor Celia Perone learns a brutal truth—star athletes can get away with whatever they want. Threatened with her job if she goes public, Celia pays a secret visit to celebrated women’s rights attorney Theodora Constantine.

Theo’s riding high after winning a very public sexual harassment claim against a cable news network. Next up for her firm is a class action suit that will strain her small staff. She can’t afford to get sidetracked by another case, but Celia won’t take no for an answer.

The case is compelling and so is Celia—so much that Theo finds herself falling hard. But before they can win love, they have to win justice.

 
Imagine you’ve been invited to a formal dinner party filled with the city’s most attractive and available women. Now imagine that you’ve accidentally come dressed as Batman. Do you leave the party? Do you ask the hostess for a change of clothes? Or are you brave enough to stick it out as a superhero?

Fortunately, every choice you make tonight leads to a different satisfying outcome. You might not always be on top, and you might have to let go of some inhibitions, but at this party, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself. And with so many women and no shortage of sex toys, you might not ever want to leave.

It’s time to choose your party favor. Who will you pick?
 
At last! Return to the enchanted realm of Alpennia for the eagerly awaited sequel to Daughter of Mystery and The Mystic Marriage.

All her life, Serafina Talarico has searched in vain for a place where she and her mystical talents belong. She never found it in Rome—the city of her birth—where her family’s Ethiopian origins marked them as immigrants. After traveling halfway across Europe to study with Alpennia’s Royal Thaumaturgist, her hopes of finding a home among Margerit Sovitre’s circle of scholars are dashed, for Serafina can perceive, but not evoke, the mystical forces of the Mysteries of the Saints and even Margerit can’t awaken her talents.

When Serafina takes lodgings with Luzie Valorin, widowed music teacher and aspiring composer, both their lives are changed forever. Luzie’s music holds a power to rival the Mysteries, and Serafina alone has the vision to guide her talents. For sorcery threatens the fate of Alpennia—indeed of all of Europe—locking the mountains in a malevolent storm meant to change the course of history. Alpennia’s mystic protections are under attack and the key to survival may lie in the unlikeliest of places: Luzie’s ambition to write an opera on the life of the medieval philosopher Tanfrit.
 
 
 
Whether you like your romance just a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy or just plain hot, there’s something for everyone between the covers of Happily Ever After. Bella Books is proud to bring you 23 stories written by some of your favorite Bella authors. Stories that will make you smile, make you dream, or just plain celebrate girls meeting girls—and getting to keep them.

After all, who doesn’t love a happy ending?
 
 
 
 
Do you believe in destiny?
 
Guest-ranch manager Madison Carter certainly does. Abandoned as a small child, she knows little of her past but is convinced that uncovering it will lead her to healing and home. On a journey of self-discovery to the town where she was born, she meets Lacey McAlpine. The self-assured, straight-talking entrepreneur Lacey is blessed with loving family and friends and has always shaped her own destiny—or so she believes.
 
The sparks fly almost immediately, but the women’s contrasting personalities and what Lacey perceives as Madison’s secretive nature keep them from igniting—just yet. Their friendship deepens to passionate romance, however, when Madison moves into town to open her own guest ranch—and begins to open up about herself.
 
A lock without a key, a box of childhood treasures and a scruffy white horse begin to illuminate Madison’s shadowed past. Despite her Miss-Fix-It attitude, Lacey will soon learn that it will take a little destiny to repair a broken soul.
 
Event date: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
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