Today’s snippet features Carene and Leila, the main characters from Simple Gifts. This fall, I will be publishing a F/F anthology with Lucy Felthouse, Kate Richards, Cassandre Dayne, and Olivia Starke. My contribution to the anthology will be a short story sequel to Simple Gifts. Leila and Carene have moved from friends to lovers, and their life has gotten complicated. For one thing, junior high orchestra teacher Carene loves her rules and control. Leila, on the other hand, loves Carene with a passion that disrupts their lives.
Carene does her best to adjust to the human dynamo, but Leila doesn’t believe in the status quo. The following snippet shows Leila surprising Carene by visiting her at school. True to character, Leila ignores Carene’s worries about propriety.
Leila covered Carene’s mouth with her own, sliding her hands downward to the back of Carene’s sensible A-line skirt. Carene’s left hand fumbled for support on her music stand, and the sharp-angled black metal wobbled back and forth.
“This is inappropriate,” Carene scolded, but Leila’s hands gripped the layers of her slippery fabric.
“You were teaching the kids about tuning their strings, hm? What if we tuned your G string?” Leila slid her hand inside the skirt, twisting the waistband of the lace-edged red satin panty. Leila had replaced all of Carene’s sensible, plain white cotton undergarments with ones more to her liking, and today she had chosen her favorite for Carene to wear. “A small adjustment here–” another twist–“and we’d make sure not to dig too deeply into the belly.”
Music. Without the love of her life, how can Leila learn to live again?
Professional violinist Leila Feran is accustomed to fame as the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Philharmonic Symphony. Driven to achieve ever-increasing heights, she injures her wrist so badly that she may no longer be able to play. While she recovers, she moves in with her childhood best friend, a pianist and beloved orchestra teacher in a small town.
Carene welcomes Leila with open arms and only one condition: no divas allowed. And if Leila can’t follow the house rules, she might find herself over Carene’s knee…or worse. In between arguments over physical therapy and house rules, Carene’s zero-tolerance policy regarding divas results in some old-fashioned discipline that changes into something more.
Will Leila and Carene’s new feelings for each other blossom into something wonderful? Or will Leila lose not just a potential soul mate, but also her friend?