Two Anthologies + Exam Season

My comprehensive exams are only a month away and I’m starting to feel the heat. Mostly because I spent the first part of September and October reading my favourite romance authors more than I should have been reading about new media. Oops. I guess my November is scheduled for me.

But before other things take me away, I want to talk about the two anthologies I’ll be in this season. One for Halloween (though really, spooky stories can be read at any time in my opinion), and another in time for the Christmas (or other winter holiday) season!

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I’ve already mentioned a few details about “Ugly Things” so I’ll shift my focus to my story “Red Suits and Second Chances” in Ylva’s Do You Feel What I Feel Anthology. My main character, Gina, dreads the holiday season because she wonders if she’ll have to play Santa Claus again at her office’s Holiday party. Years before, when she wasn’t out as a trans woman, she was always slotted into this role because of her large beard and belly. Now, her life is considerably different–and she merely wants to get through the holidays without revisiting her past ghosts. Good thing Felicia, a helpful coworker, has a plan that involves some rethinking of Christmas spirit and what to do with red fabric.

I realize now that so many of my holiday stories end up having characters who hate Christmas, or generally find a hard time enjoying the holiday. Gift Wrapped was about two women who were considerably stressed for the holiday, since one was grading and the other wasn’t that close with her family. I’m sensing a trend here! I love Christmas, but I often find that I have to really work at loving it in some way. I need to find unique traditions and different stories to tell.

And hopefully, if everything goes okay, I will be done and passed my exams (both written & oral) by the time the winter solstice happens. Wish me luck!

Discussing Transgender Romance

Dear readers,

How is everyone? Today a short post I wrote about transgender romance is live on All Romance Cafe! Check it out here.

I mostly discuss my most recent release from JMS Books Looking Back, about a late-in-life trans woman, but there are some musings on Caitlyn Jenner’s transition as well since the Vanity Fair article had just broken when I first wrote this post. It’s exciting to see so much press for an issue like transgender visibility, but I really hope we can soon move on from the coming out stories and accept trans people from the start. No explanation needed. Caitlyn’s cover is beautiful and definitely should be seen (click here if you still haven’t), but there are so many trans people out there who also deserve the same love and attention she’s getting, and I don’t want to forget about their lives, either.

Looking Back is a small story among the many transgender romance novels coming out lately. (PS: Have you seen the amazing trans tag that Less Than Three has? So fantastic!) I’m already working on my next trans short story (hint: it will be a holiday one), and I know I’m not stopping there.

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Nina Johnson is a fan of new starts. Ever since coming out as a transgender woman, she’s been used to cutting ties and burning bridges whenever people get too close or voice their concern over who she is. When Nina goes to cut her long, red hair, she begins to look back on her life and reflect on her choices. Alejandro, her stylist, makes her wonder if living alone is really all it seems to be.

Buy here @ JMS Books.