CAKE – for everyone!

Those who know me a little know that I love cake, because whenever I congratulate one of my facebook friends on their birthday, I wish them cake (besides other more neglectable stuff like health and luck and all that). Because cake, like musicals, make me happy.

And I’m especially happy today, because Jove Belle – author, editor, and all-around super awesome person – is joining us today to tell us about her new novella. And it’s called – Cake. Seriously, how can you not want it already? I know you do.

And here’s Jove:

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The thing about writing is there’s always a clear goal. Every story starts with Once upon a time (or some variation on that theme) and finishes with The End.

Some people track their progress with charts and spreadsheets. Others with online support and reporting. Others simple mark the occasion by announcing a new release.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whatever method works. And, the thing is, a system that worked for one book, that doesn’t mean it will work for the next.

I’ve published seven novels and a novella, and everyone of them have been written with a different method.

I wrote Edge of Darkness with Wyatt on my lap. He turns twelve next month.

I plotted out Split the Aces while sitting in a work conference in Las Vegas.

Love and Devotion was written while I was still grieving the loss of my mother.

Cake, my latest release, started out as a short story that I just couldn’t let stay short. I really like these two women and wanted to give them a little more time to get to know each other. And, coincidentally, Cake is my first release with Ylva Publishing. As a novella, it’s a bite sized treat, and it is priced accordingly. $2.99 is, in my opinion, a pretty affordable dessert. I hope you enjoy it.

Cake:

Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.

When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.

Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.

Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.
Jove Belle has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade.
In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors, and as Operations Director US for Ylva Publishing.

BUY CAKE:
Ylva Publishing (EXCLUSIVE until March 2! OMG! GO GET IT! RUN!)
Available March 2 at all other sites:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Germany
Amazon Australia
Smashwords
Kobo

Find Jove at these social media links

Pep Talk [for Writers]

[This kinda relates to NaNoWriMo – but also doesn’t, because it’s for every writer out there, not just those participating in NaNoWriMo – if you’re a writer, this is for you.]

You are a writer. Or you are an author. Or maybe, like me, you like to think of yourself as a scribe. No matter the term, you are a person of some serious imagination, and that’s amazing. I think it’s important to think of oneself as a writer, to say, I’m a writer/an author/a scribe. It empowers, because we all know how life can get in the way of what you love most, and then you see this occupation maybe as something more of a hobby, or something that is not real, something that you sometimes do, but is not worth mentioning. But your creative efforts are not forgettable, they’re worthy of admiration. You ARE a writer – maybe we should all do like Richard Castle and get matching bulletproof vests to tell us, or at least t-shirts.

Now that we established that we are indeed writers, let’s acknowledge how mega-super-awesome that is. I mean, we are among the people who literarily put books on shelves, who fill online forums, blogs, magazines, and maybe even just our diaries with words. We are the ones who start tv shows, movies, songs. That’s how awesome we are, because we make people talk about some amazing thing they’ve just seen on tv, or about the book they just read, the movie they just watched. They quote us when they write about songs. They may not always know our names, but they know and cherish what we’ve written. We put words into their minds, in an order they haven’t thought of themselves. That’s mega-super-awesome.

I feel like writing is a rare gift. While many people have tried, many people have also failed. You and I haven’t, because we can think of that rare detail that makes our writing survive. We don’t stop, even though we may have two dozen unfinished stories on our PCs and laptops. We know we will find that one story we will finish, because we have to tell that story, that one story, that is stuck in our throats, running circles in our heads, makes our fingers itch. We are writers because being something else is too mundane, too easy, too non-challenging.

Sometimes, having an idea is like a spark – so sudden, you can’t really be sure, it was your own idea until you look at it from different angles. Sometimes, an idea marinates for days, weeks, months, years in your head, but you don’t forget, you develop it until it’s good and ready to put on paper. Sometimes, your muse lets you wait for something you aleady feel brimming under your nails. Somettimes, it simply knocks you down with it, and you can’t seem to type fast enough to get it all out. Sometimes, the great idea from last night turns out not so great in the morning. Somettimes, a simple sentence thought in the ruckus of a family celebration can set a masterpiece into motion.

That’s how it is, when it’s not all the other things that are unpredictable and wonderful and surprising about writing. You love it – and you hate it, too. It’s something you can’t escape, can’t explain. try to resist, get overwhelmed by. It’s everything.

You are a writer. If it doesn’t exist, you think it up. You are really that awesome. Don’t let anyone tell you different.