Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Guest Blog and Giveaway by Author Leigh Ellwood

Hello, and thanks to Emily for having me over today. Before I get too deeply into discussion, though, I want to get the shameless self-promotion out of the way. Here are my current offerings in F/F:
Coming Together: Girl on Girl - All Romance - Kindle - NOOK
She Loves Me - All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK ~ Audiobook
Sugar Rush - All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK
Undercover Passions - All Romance ~ Kindle ~NOOK

As for the future, I have two projects in progress, both to be published by invitation. I can't reveal who has asked for these F/F romance novellas, but I can say to expect one in the late spring and the other in summer, in time for LGBT Pride Month. Both are contemporary which, as with my other F/F stories save for Undercover Passions, is the primary genre for my F/F pairings.

That brings me to the topic at hand: what else is out there for lesbian romance and erotic romance? Of course, I have read many sub-genres in the pairing. One of my publishers, Decadent Publishing, offers sci-fi and futuristic F/F from Jessica E. Subject, among others. Paisley Smith and Yeva Wiest have written lovely historical romances. Paisley also had a great BDSM series with rockabilly heroines, and I hope to read more stories from her.

I ask because somebody (it may have been Emily, the mind is fuzzy lately) retweeted a request from somebody looking for varieties in lesbian romance and F/F pairings. I distinctly recall "sword and sorcery" among the requests.

Personally, I think that would be cool, to read about a female knight who slays a dragon to save a village, in particular one lovely lady wizard who needs a break from her spellbook to relax. I'd like to read a "Downton Abbey"-era romance about a noble lady feeling the pressure of society and tradition when all she really wants is to live freely in love with the sister of the neighboring lord. How about a story of a wealthy businesswoman with interests on a mining planet who butts heads with a vocal environmentalist, and discovers she'd rather do other things with her?

Paranormals, too. We're getting an all-female Ghostbusters! How about a paranormal investigator who gets too close to the feminine specter haunting an antebellum mansion? Yeah, we'd have to work out some logistics, but paranormal offers endless ideas.

To be honest, I'd love to write all of these sub-genres. I'll do my best, but I warn you sometimes when I try to focus the plot bunnies gang up on me. I'd love to write more F/F, but even more I'd love to hear what readers want in a story in terms of settings, eras, and characters.

What do you want to see in 2015 for lesbian romance? Comment below and I'll pick a winner to receive one audiobook from my catalog.


Leigh Ellwood is an author of erotica, mystery, and romance. She is the editor of Coming Together: Girl on Girl and the author of She Loves Me, both of which were finalists for the Gold Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Award.

Twitter - @LeighEllwood

1 comment:

  1. Lots and lots of lesbian romance out there, but if you're specifically looking for knights and swordplay, check out Bridget Essex. She's great.