Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! Meet KT Grant and Olivia Starke

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The Love Spanks 2014 fun starts TOMORROW at 8 AM EST! (Psst…some authors may have their stories up earlier…) Today is our last Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! preview, and later today I’ll post a thank you to our wonderful ambassadors. 

Meet the entire Love Spanks crew!

Please meet KT Grant and Olivia Starke!

KT Grant

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself.

KT: Hi, everyone! I’m a quirky redhead from New Jersey who has been published since 2010. I write LGBT and Straight Romance, ranging from Historical to Paranormal to Erotic and Contemporary. I’m also a big coffee addict and I can read palms *cue spooky music*

How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?

KT: I first heard of Love Spanks from Ana Vistky, who asked if I would like to join in on the fun.

How long have you written F/F, or when did you first consider writing it?

KT: The first book I ever published, Lovestruck, was F/F. Since then more than half of my books are F/F.

What are some F/F titles you have written? If you haven’t published or written F/F yet, what are you planning to write?

KT: My most popular F/F titles are The Princess’s Bride, Sharp Bite of Pleasure and Cinderella and the Lady

What are some of your favorite F/F books and authors?

KT: My all-time favorite F/F book (as well as my favorite Young Adult) is Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden, published in 1982.

What would you like to say to readers who are trying F/F for the first time?

KT: Keep an open mind and place yourself in the characters’ shoes just as you would with any story you read.

What is your favorite recipe?

KT: I’m addicted to Oreo Cookie Balls! Kraft Food has this easy recipe to follow, which you can read here. These Oreo Balls are like crack!

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Olivia Starke

1. I got invited by the lovely and always charming Anastasia Vitsky. I’m super excited to be part of this event, doubly so that it’ll be F/F directed this year!
2. I wrote my first F/F erotica a couple years ago titled Her Moonlight Lover (Decadent Publishing.) Since then I have a new F/F erotica series with Ellora’s Cave called Click Me, a F/F/F erotic romance with Beachwalk Press (their first!) called Vampire Masquerade, and another F/F erotic romance contracted with Decadent Publishing called Rescue Me (it has kittens!) Many many more planned.
3. I love Kate Richards work, I’ve just discovered Anastasia’ s and I enjoy Paisley Smith. I’m sure I’ll be adding to my list by leaps and bounds during this event. Oh and Jessica E. Subject.
4. Jump in and enjoy yourself! Many authors direct their work toward a broad audience, so you don’t have to be lesbian to read it and relate. A good story is a good story.
5. Hmmm I tend to throw things together and go by taste. One of my easiest family friendly recipes (family of 4):
Quick Chicken Fix
4 chicken thighs (or breasts, legs, whatever you like.)
2 jars of preferred pasta sauce. I love Ragu Thick and Chunky.
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice prepared per package directions (I love Jasmine.)
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray, pour in sauce followed by chicken. Bake at 350° until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving over cooked rice.
You can sneak in frozen veggies, mushrooms, and black olives, and substitute pork for chicken.

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Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! Meet Leigh Ellwood and Paisley Brown (Jessica Subject)

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It’s Wednesday today! That means only TWO days left until the Love Spanks 2014 fun! Are you ready? We’ve met ten of the authors so far. If you haven’t gotten to read their introductions, you can click on the links below.

Today, we’ll get to meet two new authors. Leigh Ellwood and Paisley Brown (F/F pen name of Jessica Subject) share their favorite recipes, F/F authors, and a bit about their F/F fiction. Enjoy!

 

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am Leigh Ellwood, and I write romance and erotica. I write F/F, but also other pairings. When I’m not writing I’m reading, or practicing yoga, or knitting.

 

How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?

Ana invited me to join in on the fun. Since I have new F/F romance coming out this summer, it’s a great time to promote myself.

 

How long have you written F/F, or when did you first consider writing it?

I have written mild F/f scenes in some of my romance novels, but didn’t write my first full-on F/F until a few years ago. I like to write a variety of pairings, and I supposed I was waiting for the right time.

 

What are some F/F titles you have written? If you haven’t published or written F/F yet, what are you planning to write?

I have the following available in eBook:

Where Angels Dare to Tread, part of my Dareville series

South of Sundance

Undcover Passions

A Taste of Vanilla

 

I also have a print collection, She Loves Me, and an anthology I edited called Coming Together: Girl on Girl

What are some of your favorite F/F books and authors?

I’ve enjoyed books by KT Grant and Debra Hyde, and recently enjoyed Every Waking Hour by Paisley Smith.

 

What would you like to say to readers who are trying F/F for the first time?

If you find a well-written story, enjoy it! Women do fall in love with women, and a story with great characters and a solid plot is one to enjoy.

 

What is your favorite recipe?

I’m not much of a cook. Some days I just cook up an egg white, top it with mashed avocado, and plenty of salt.

 

Romance Author Leigh Ellwood’s Site! – Erotic Romance by Leigh Ellwood

www.leighellwood.com

Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Her first novel Truth or Dare was published by Phaze Books in 2004, and ever since she has offered readers a variety of stories and novels.

Leigh writes M/M, F/F, and other pairings of erotic and romance, and also writes mystery under another name.

Readers are welcome to visit Leigh at the following websites:

http://www.leighellwood.com

http://leighwantsfood.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/leighellwoodauthor

http://twitter.com/LeighEllwood

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Jessica E. Subject writing as Paisley Brown

 

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself.

Thank you! It’s wonderful to be a part of this event. I’m married with two kids, and live in a small city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. I am multi-published as Jessica E. Subject, with science fiction romance and contemporary romance stories ranging from sweet to erotic. I just started writing erotica as Paisley Brown in 2013.

How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?

Anastasia Vitsky invited me to be a part of the event. I have been involved in other events she organized, as well as other F/F fiction events.

How long have you written F/F, or when did you first consider writing it?

My first F/F story was published in January 2012 with Decadent Publishing. It is part of their popular 1Night Stand series.

What are some F/F titles you have written?

Besides Unknown Futures mentioned above, Never Gonna Desert You is my other F/F story. Plus, Never Gonna Let You Go and Sex Boot Camp (w/a Paisley Brown) have F/F scenes in them. And later this year, Paisley will be releasing an F/F reunion story called Magna Cum Louder.

What are some of your favorite F/F books and authors?

I like to read F/F stories from Kate Richards, Cathy Pegau, Olivia Starke, Alice Dark, and of course, Anastasia Vitsky. Kate Richards was the first F/F author I read, and she helped me in many ways in writing my own stories.

What would you like to say to readers who are trying F/F for the first time?

Give it a chance and be open minded. Love and romance are the biggest parts of these stories. And avoid F/F erotica for your first.

What is your favorite recipe?

One of my favorite things to make this time of year is Souper Skillet Pasta, or as my family likes to call it, Stove-Top Lasagne. Here’s the recipe:

1 pouch    onion soup mix

1 lb        ground beef

1 tsp        oregano

1 can        diced tomatoes (undrained)

2 cups        water

2 cups        uncooked shell/rotini pasta

½ cup        parmesan cheese

½ cup        mozzarella cheese

In a large frying pan, brown beef then drain. Add onion soup mix, oregano, tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Simmer covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is cooked. (approx. 20 mins.) Stir in parmesan cheese and top with mozzarella cheese.

*I like to add more water and pasta to make the recipe go farther. It means we have leftovers for the next day.

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Jessica E. Subject:

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Paisley Brown:

I’m happily married with a naughty imagination. Sometimes all it takes is a whispered word or a sexy picture to inspire my next tale. My erotica stories may be contemporary, sci-fi, or paranormal, but all of them will leave you wet and panting for more.

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Monday Morning Fika with KT Grant: Why I Write Lesbian Romance

Please welcome KT Grant, author of F/F fiction and organizer of the 2012 and 2013 Lesbian Fiction events! She is here today to speak with us about why she chooses to write F/F fiction and how this has been successful for her.

Fika is a Swedish term for enjoying coffee, tea, and sweets over conversation with friends.  It is a sacred tradition in many families, friends, and even workplaces, and it offers a chance to chat informally on a number of topics.  While “Fika” may refer specifically to the coffee, in practice it refers to the moment of community.  In this hectic world, it is nice to take a moment to pause and savor time getting to know a little more about each other.

Three years ago I sold my first book, which happened to be a lesbian contemporary romance called Lovestuck. I never expected the first book I published would be a lesbian romance. Prior to writing Lovestruck, I had written multiple (unpublished) books, ranging from different genres from young adult, to paranormal romance and a few historical romances. All of these had one thing in common- they were all straight romances featuring the romantic relationship between a man and a woman.

I knew without a doubt I wanted to write and publish a romance(s) since I’m a big lover of the genre. The romances I’ve read for over two decades has helped shaped me into the writer I am today. I love the possibility of an all consuming love these novels portray, and how love in any form can heal all wounds, where both parties become more empowered and have a positive outlook on life.

At a very young age I loved writing but never thought I was good enough or had the courage to actively try and get published. I wrote for my own enjoyment, not caring if no one else ever saw my writing. Because of this, I kept my writing a secret. Reading and writing was therapy to me since I had a very lonely childhood because I was bullied and considered a loner, a freak and a loser. Reading and writing allowed helped me not give up on life. Books were my friends, writing my outlet.

As I grew into adulthood, I gained confidence, and my confidence grew as I started reviewing books and ended up creating my own blog that will celebrate its fifth year anniversary in October. Because of blogging and letting the world read my thoughts and opinions, I decided to take a chance and start writing again. One day I was on Twitter, and there was discussion I listened in on (tweet lurking as I call it) from a few industry types who wondered why there wasn’t more lesbian fiction being published. From that discussion I decided, why not write a lesbian romance and see what happens? I did it for fun, never expecting my story featuring a hotel CEO and her romance with her much younger employee to get published. I wrote, what eventually was titled, Lovestruck for myself. Six months after I finished writing Lovestruck and received some feedback, I bravely submitted Lovestruck to various epublishers. It was rejected by multiple epublishers. Two epublishers eventually wanted it. I choose one, and in June 2010, Lovestruck was published.

After Lovestruck, I wanted to write more. I ended up writing a slew of romances featuring straight and gay (M/M) couples and more lesbian romances. As I wrote more and submitted more, my books were accepted and published. It was a dream come true for me as a writer. And then I noticed something. My lesbian romances were selling much more than any other books I had published. It astounded me because I was told so many times that authors who write lesbian fiction don’t make any real money and no one reads lesbian romance/fiction. It seemed to me I was the minority, because my books were selling pretty well. I may not be a millionaire, but my earrings have padded my bank account in a way I can’t complain about.

Three years later, I have over 20 published works, ranging from short stories to full length ones. Most of my published works are lesbian romances. This year that the majority of what I publish will be lesbian romances. Why? Is it because of the money? I’m not going to lie- part of it is yes, but another reason is not only do I enjoy the dynamics of two women falling in love and the journey of how this happens, but the knowledge that there’s an audience looking forward to the books I write.

Last year I received an email from a woman who read Lovestruck. She thanked me for writing such a book because she said the characters I had created are like her. She felt like she belonged after reading this book. Never in a million years would I have expected someone who read one of my books to thank me for what I wrote because it gave them such joy and a feeling for acceptance.

Based on that email, that’s why I continue writing lesbian romance. Knowing there are readers out there wanting these books, and perhaps looking to me to delivery them, keeps me writing them. It also helps build my own confidence and accept the person I’ve become, especially as an author.

Writing should be a joy, something that makes someone, aka the writer happy. I find fulfillment creating my characters and their world they inhabit. That’s the most important thing to me as a writer. Write what you love, be proud of what you write, and the rewards will be endless.

 

Bio: KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well-known book reviewer and blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing “out of the box” romances. KT has been mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher’s Weekly’s Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com. KT is a top ten best-selling author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick.

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KT’s latest release is Cinderella and the Lady (Historical Lesbian Romance, based on the Cinderella fairy tale) available now from Ravenous Romance.

For more about KT Grant, you can find her at these fine places:

Website: ktgrant.com

Blog: http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com

Twitter: @katiebabs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kt.grant.9