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.
Today’s snippet shows Carene and Leila negotiating the changing nature of their relationship. When it was a friendship with disciplinary benefits, Carene was in charge of most situations. Now that their relationship has become romance with discipline-slash-physical benefits, Carene has trouble adjusting to the constantly shifting relationship rules.
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“What’s the big deal, chasing Rory out?”
Leila grabbed Carene’s purse and fished for the keys. “Want me to lock your office?–and it’s a surprise.”
“You know what happens when you go diva about things,” Carene warned. Leila smacked her on the bottom, followed by a kiss on the lips to still the sputtering words of outrage.
“I’m entitled to go diva when your former student talks about asking my girl out,” she informed Carene.
“You’re not possibly threatened by a married father of a–”
“I can be threatened by whatever I want,” Leila turned the key in the lock and pulled the door shut. “Now come on–your chariot awaits.”
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?