Here at Ladylit Publishing we are extremely proud to present Harper Bliss’ very first full-length novel At the Water’s Edge, which is also Ladylit’s very first full-length novel. To celebrate this important milestone, we asked Harper a few questions about her book.
Hi Harper, congratulations on At the Water’s Edge. This is your first full-length novel, why did you decide to write longer work?
Thank you! I wanted to write a longer story for two reasons. First, because readers are always asking me for longer works and I do live to please them. Second, because the story in At the Water’s Edge needed time to unfold and the characters needed more time to develop. I knew from the start that a novella wouldn’t do.
The subject matter is also quite different from what we’re used to from you. What compelled you to go that more serious route?
It didn’t feel as though I had a lot of choice in the matter. This was really a story that ‘picked me’ (to say it with a big cliché.) The themes the book deals with also beg a more serious approach than what I’m used to writing (e.g. in French Kissing, which also deals with serious subjects but, perhaps, in a different tone—more tongue-in-cheek.) In At the Water’s Edge the drama needed to come from the characters and what they’re going through internally, instead of from plot twists and conspiracies to bring down politicians and such things.
The author’s note at the end of the book indicates that the subject is pretty close to your heart and has touched you personally. Can you tell us how much of you there is in Ella?
Ella’s story is not my story, but I can certainly sympathise with a lot of the emotions she goes through. Just like Ella, I’ve struggled with depression throughout my life, and creating a character that has gone through much of the same as I have, was a fine balancing act because where do you draw the line? To answer your question more directly: there’s quite a bit of me in Ella.
That being said, I like to believe I have some of Kay in me also (and vice versa.) (And, just like Ella, I also have a massive crush on Kay.)
You seem to be undergoing a bit of a re-branding, from lesbian erotica writer to lesbian fiction writer. Does this mean we have to say goodbye to the hot lady loving scenes we’ve come to expect from you?
No, of course not. As long as I write romance, I will be writing love scenes. I believe I can’t help myself. At the Water’s Edge has three such scenes as well, and—off the top of my head—I think the orgasm count is six.
I did think it was necessary to ‘re-brand’ myself because, despite a few hot scenes (that serve the story well, I hope), At the Water’s Edge decidedly is not erotica. It’s not only romance either, as it deals with other themes like depression, redemption, healing and family.
I do hope to write more of these kinds of stories, which doesn’t mean I won’t be writing erotica any more (because you never forget your first love!)
What are you working on right now and what can we expect in the coming weeks/months?
I’m currently writing the second season of my serial French Kissing. The ladies seem to have gotten themselves into quite a spot of bother again. But my first release after At the Water’s Edge will be a novelette called Piano Lessons. It features a threesome and cougars and, well, the piano is of lesser importance, really. I’ve also decided to develop my novelette As Years Go By into a novel. But first, I’m going on holiday. I’ve written more than 300.000 words of highly dramatic lesbian fiction already this year, and my brain needs a break.
Here is the blurb
After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin at the West Waters lake resort, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. But Ella’s sole objective is to restore the broken ties with her family, and she has no time for distractions like falling in love. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realize that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.
The last couple of months have certainly been busy ones at Ladylit Publishing, with almost weekly new publications. And this week we’re proud to present Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection.
Erzabet has been a valuable contributor to Ladylit anthologies, from Forbidden Fruit and Anything She Wants, to our series of themed mini-anthologies.
This collection brings together three of her best stories from these anthologies, and a couple of new ones as well.
Here is the blurb:
Roller derby girls looking for kicks, a kinky crochet class and an erotic cruise adventure… Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection brings you five sinfully seductive short stories of lady loving by one of the erotica world’s most prolific authors. Featuring three stories previously published in Ladylit anthologies and two brand new ones, this collection is sure to seduce you.
Mermaids and Mistletoe
Mosaics and Mermaids
Please note that ‘Hooked’, ‘Mermaids and Mistletoe’ and ‘Derby Girls’ have previously appeared in Ladylit anthologies.
About the author
Erzabet Bishop is thrilled to learn writing naughty books is a whole lot of fun. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter at @erzabetbishop.
Lovers of more mature women, you’re in for a treat. We’ve just released Cougars, a brand new mini-anthology with short stories by the five usual suspects: Erzabet Bishop, Laila Blake, Harper Bliss, Cheyenne Blue and Lucy Felthouse.
Here’s the blurb:
Mature women are on the prowl in ‘Cougars’, Ladylit’s new collection of lusty lesbian tales in which older ladies seduce younger ones… or the other way around. An ageing rock star has it bad for the singer of the latest hit band in Harper Bliss’s ‘Reunion Tour’. In Cheyenne Blue’s ‘Gorgon and Goat’ cheese plays its part in bringing two women together, while in Laila Blake’s ‘The Girl Next Door’ it’s a blackout in an apartment building that does the trick. Erzabet Bishop and Lucy Felthouse bring their usual light-heartedness to their stories of, respectively, an older airplane passenger in first class who has a young flight attendant all to herself, and a girl walking her dog who needs to return a stray pup she encounters on her path. ‘Cougars’ contains five mature tales of lesbian desire, in which gray strands of hair are a turn-on, and age and experience are celebrated, not ignored.
Caution: This title contains graphic language and mature f/f sex and is suitable for adults only.
It seems like only yesterday we were announcing a new novelette by Harper Bliss, and here we are again! Her latest offering steps up the heat somewhat from As Years Go By, but we’re not complaining. It involves professors, a teacher crush, a shared bedroom and trees. All excellent components to accomplish A Higher Education.
Here’s the blurb:
At an economics conference Gail Garvey ends up sharing a room with a teacher she had a crush on twenty years ago. They’re both professors now, and Gail’s crush has long faded, but finding herself in the same room as Professor Joanne Ferguson two nights in a row proves to be more challenging than Gail would like to believe.
If you have been following Ladylit Publishing, the name Laila Blake should be well known to you. This talented lady has been a regular contributor to our themed mini-anthologies (such as Sweat, A Christmas to Remember, Bossy and the soon-to-be-released Cougars), as well as being featured in our other anthologies Forbidden Fruit and Anything She Wants.
Which is why we are very proud to present Girls in Love: Five Stories of Lesbian Love. This mini-anthology brings together for the very first time Laila’s best lesbian erotica from various anthologies.
Here is the blurb for Girls in Love
Childhood friends turn lovers in a snowy cabin, a student seduces her teacher in her own class room, and together two women overcome the prejudice of her family once and for all. These five lesbian erotica stories by Laila Blake are about laughter, kink and above all: about Girls in Love.
Table of contents
Bird of the Summer
The Corner Chair
About the author
Laila Blake (lailablake.com) is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character- and issue-driven love stories, co-founded the micro-publishing venture Lilt Literary and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Laila’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, as well as the various fields of speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match. Her short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies, among them Best Women’s Erotica 2014 and Best Erotic Romance 2014.
We’re very happy to announce the release of Harper Bliss’ first standalone novelette since I Still Remember (one full year ago!) Harper has two more of these in the works (“increasing in hotness and orgasm count as Christmas approaches,” Harper says) and next month will also see the release of Harper’s long awaited novel At the Water’s Edge (“the tear jerker with only three naughty scenes,” Harper says.) (“Shut up now, Harper. We’re trying to write a blog post here!”)
Harper has this to say about As Years Go By on her blog. We think it’s one of her best yet, displaying deep emotions, nostalgia for a love gone wrong, and raw need as well as tenderness and understanding.
Here’s the blurb:
At her son’s graduation ceremony, Jodie unexpectedly runs into her ex-partner Leigh. Because of how painfully it ended between them, Jodie is taken aback at first, but gradually allows Leigh to draw her back in—just like she used to—and shock soon makes way for memories of the intense desire they once shared.
Cheyenne Blue should not be a stranger to anyone acquainted with Ladylit titles as she makes regular appearances in our themed mini-anthologies (such as Sweat, A Christmas to Remember, Bossy and the soon-to-be-released Cougars) and has edited the fabulous, recently published anthology Forbidden Fruit.
Cheyenne has been writing lesbian erotica since 2000 and has amassed quite a number of stories over the years. Ladylit has the extreme privilege of collecting these stories that have been scattered over numerous wonderful anthologies.
Blue Woman Stories Volume 1 is the first of a series of mini-anthologies containing the collected lesbian erotica of Cheyenne Blue that we’ll be releasing over the coming months. So, if you like Cheyenne’s contributions to any of the anthologies she has appeared in over the years, you’re in for a treat.
Here’s the blurb for Blue Woman Stories Volume 1
A long-time couple weave a fantasy of seducing a straight woman, old friends become lovers in the French countryside, and a cop sent to investigate a suspected dope grower finds more than she expects in a tropical garden. Cheyenne Blue’s lesbian erotica has been a staple of many anthologies since 2000. Blue Woman Stories Volume 1 collects together for the first time five of her best-loved stories.
Table of contents
A Tangle of Vines
How Does Your Garden Grow?
About the author
Cheyenne Blue’s erotic fiction has been included in over 90 erotic anthologies since 2000, including Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Sweat, Bossy, and Wild Girls, Wild Nights. She is the editor of Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire (Ladylit Publishing). Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland. She has lived in the U.K., Ireland, Colorado, and Switzerland, but now writes, runs, makes bread and cheese, and drinks wine by the beach in Queensland, Australia. Check out her blog at cheyenneblue.com.
Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Today marks the last day of the Forbidden Fruit Blog Tour, and it has been incredibly interesting to read all the mini-interviews with the very talented contributors to this anthology.
We, at Ladylit, would like to take this opportunity to thank you, dear reader, for the support. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book already. A huge it-can-never-be-said-enough thank-you should also go to tireless editor Cheyenne Blue, who not only juggled this blog tour, but, of course, put together the anthology.
At Ladylit, we really only have one passion, and it’s lesbian fiction, be it erotica or romance (or other genres), and we hope to bring you many more of these quality anthologies in the future. (Speaking of the future, we’ve recently added a ‘Coming Soon‘ page to our website where you can follow what we have in the publishing pipeline at the moment.)
Forbidden Fruit is now also available in print and, to celebrate, we’re giving away 1 paperback to a randomly chosen commenter (on this blog post only.)
Here’s to many more lesbian erotica anthologies!
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Leave a comment on any post in the Forbidden Fruit blog tour to be entered into a random draw to win one of these great prizes. Prizes include a paperback copy ofGirls Who Score, lesbian sports erotica edited by Ily Goyanes, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 edited by Radclyffe, an ebook of Ladylit’s first lesbian anthology Anything She Wants, and a bundle of three mini-anthologies from Ladylit: Sweat, A Christmas to Remember and Bossy. All of these titles contain some stories written by the fabulous contributors to Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. You must include an email address in your comment to be entered into the draw.
Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire is available direct from Ladylit or from Amazon, Smashwords, and other good retailers of ebooks. Check out the Forbidden Fruit book page for all purchasing information.
The Forbidden Fruit blog tour is in full swing and, if you follow along, you can win some juicy prizes! Here’s the how and what:
Leave a comment on any post in the Forbidden Fruit blog tour to be entered into a random draw to win one of these great prizes. Prizes include a paperback copy of Girls Who Score: lesbian sports erotica edited by Ily Goyanes, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 edited by Radclyffe, Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories edited by Sacchi Green, an ebook of Ladylit’s first lesbian anthology Anything She Wants, and a bundle of three mini-anthologies from Ladylit: Sweat, A Christmas to Remember and Bossy. All of these titles contain some stories written by the fabulous contributors to Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. You must include an email address in your comment to be entered into the draw.
Here’s the blog tour line up (links will go live on their date):
September 5 – Cheyenne Blue interviewing Beth Wylde
September 6 – Jean Roberta interviewing Rebecca Lynne Fullan
September 7 – L.C. Spoering interviewing Axa Lee
September 8 – Lisabet Sarai interviewing Harper Bliss
September 9 – Harper Bliss interviewing Rachel O. Esplanade
September 10 – Rebecca Lynne Fullan interviewing Lisabet Sarai
September 11 – Sacchi Green interviewing Emily L. Byrne
September 12 – Axa Lee interviewing Laila Blake
September 13 – Niki Crow interviewing Sacchi Green
September 14 – Emily L. Byrne interviewing Niki Crow
September 15 – Nicole Wolfe interviewing L. C. Spoering
September 16 – Ava-Ann Holland interviewing Erzabet Bishop
September 17 – Rachel O. Esplanade interviewing Allison Wonderland
September 18 – Erzabet Bishop interviewing Nicole Wolfe
September 19 – Beth Wylde interviewing Jean Roberta
September 20 – Laila Blake interviewing Cheyenne Blue
September 21 – Allison Wonderland interviewing Ava-Ann Holland
September 22 – Ladylit Publishing
Instead of shouting ‘Champagne for everyone’ (in true Bubbles Devere style), we have something much better for you. To celebrate the release of Cheyenne Blue‘s anthology Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire, we are offering it at the extremely low launch price of $0.99. (You can’t even get an apple like the one on the cover for that little money.)
Here’s the blurb:
She’s off limits but the attraction burns so bright it’s impossible to resist.
This collection of seventeen stories charts the spectrum of unwise lesbian desire, gathering tales of women you should resist—but can’t. In Jean Roberta’s Shelter the bad girl’s back from prison. An upper-class lady seduces her maid in Laila Blake’s poignant story set in Regency England, while a Catholic nun is beguiled by a hooker in Lisabet Sarai’s powerful The First Stone.
These women are cops, slave owners, doctors, Dommes, and horse thieves, and you’ll find them at the pool, being seduced by older women, putting their job on the line for lust, or seducing the salt-and-pepper butch.
With stories from writers at the top of their game, including Sacchi Green, Erzabet Bishop, Beth Wylde, Harper Bliss, and Allison Wonderland, this collection is sure to thrill.
And you can get it from these retailers (for $0.99 until 11 September, after which the price will go up to $6.99):
Direct from Ladylit
May your weekend be filled with tales of forbidden lust!