-- Story: Darkness Within
It was always difficult without his wife. Sais had trouble functioning some days... but it was precisely why he kept himself busy and aloft -- thinking of what she would want, and always on the move. Never fully resting.
That would change, however, when Neith had requested he look after the newest addition to the family -- a vixen with a darkness in her that ran as deep as his own. He had been allowed to linger around the village in the guise of a Elf with Pan’s help, but now she was showing up again out of the portal, and through the Javan Leopard’s eyes, his familiar, he watched as the Kitsune from before came to greet her, his tail swishing eagerly.
Clearly there was a feeling or two there, and so, for now, he bided his time, but the Leopard remained -- watching and waiting at the edge of the treeline.
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3rd July: AUSFW One-day online Discoworld Con.
I’ve been asked to be a special guest at this year’s online stand-in con for Nullus Anxiatas 7(a), and a costume competition/Masquarade judge.
Events will include: a virtual escape room, a fiendish Discworld quiz, a virtual Maskerade (costume and prop competition), a radio play, Interviews with special guests, and a bedtime story to finish. For info and tickets: https://2022.ausdwcon.org/lost-con/
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Author Spotlight: Katia Rose
If you know anyone in our book club, you’ll know that we have been reading Catch and Cradle and it has been all the rage! So I’m very happy to spotlight its author Katia Rose and let her tell you a bit more about her writing process!
Day in the Life of a Queer Romance Writer
Greetings, Sapphic Book Club readers! I’m so excited to be featuring on the blog today and sharing the news about my debut F/F romance, Catch and Cradle! I’ve wanted to write queer romance for years and finally found the right story to begin with. I’m thrilled to share Hope and Becca’s book with everyone!
I thought it would be fun to give readers a little overview of what my days usually looked like while getting the story written. You know, in case you were just dying to know.
The sweet song of the alarm goes off. My alarm is set to bird noises, so it is in fact actually a sweet song. I will then silence the birds and proceed to roll out of bed and go through my morning routine, which always begins with a green tea. I’m a liiiiiitle obsessed with tea.
*Cracks knuckles* And so it begins. I like to write first thing in the morning, and my ideal writing schedule is to do five thousand words a day four days a week. Emphasis on the ‘ideal.’ Often this schedule is thwarted by life, but this pace still has me done a first draft in about a month.
Lunch date! My girlfriend and I live in different countries, but we’re lucky enough to share the same time zone, so we try to do a lunch date over video most days of the week.
The afternoon shift is reserved for author admin tasks of various sorts or catching up on my non-writing job. I’m lucky enough to pick my own schedule for that, so I try to save most of my hours for days I’m not writing.
It’s time to MOVE! I’ve been totally obsessed with pole dance for years, and I’m currently interning to become a coach at my studio. Depending on what the Covid restriction du jour are, this is when I will head for the studio to practice or work out at home.
More food, followed by whatever the evening plans are. Frequent activities include: more pole, more virtual dates with the GF, reading, yoga, calling friends, or trying and failing to stay off Instagram.
This is when I try to have all my screens turned off and start getting ready for bed. Mostly I end up lying awake thinking about all the words I need to write the next day.
And there you have it: the blueprint for how Catch and Cradle came to be. The book is a New Adult sports rom-com about two college lacrosse players who fall for each other despite their team’s pact to avoid inter-teammate relationships. It’s got all the heat, humor, and heart you’d expect from a steamy romantic comedy about some dorky athletes trying to figure out love. I’d love to share the story with you! You can find it here, and you can also grab a FREE companion novella on my website www.katiarose.com
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