Spreading My Wings
Thanks to Dani for inviting me to guest post today!
When I released my latest novella, Graphite & Glitter, I was deep in the throes of planning to move, so I didn’t have time or energy to spend on a formal blog tour. That probably wasn’t the best timing, since Graphite & Glitter is also my first foray outside of M/M romance.
Writing an F/F story was definitely different, but maybe not as much as it might seem on the surface. When it comes to writing romance, two principles apply in my mind: love is love, and every relationship is different. The gender and sexuality of the people in a relationship are far less important than the connection between them. Every story has the same purpose: finding and developing that common thread to link them together.
Graphite & Glitter starts off with a one-night stand that eventually grows into more. Adrienne and Tessa hit it off sexually right off the bat, but there’s an undercurrent of something deeper—something both of them want to explore. Their journey isn’t really different from any of the others that I’ve written before. It’s about two people who find something they’re looking for in each other.
One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I need to try new things. Without that kind of challenge, I get bored. And I love writing too much to let myself get bored with it, so that means trying new things. For me, that’s going to be writing beyond M/M. I’ve got a long list of story ideas waiting for me to get back up to my usual (albeit still slow) speed. Many of those are M/M, but I’ll be writing more F/F and some M/F as well.
If you like my gay romance stories, I hope you’ll give my other titles a read, too. The way I see it, there are never too many books to read.
To help you along, I’m offering a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway. You can use it to buy Graphite & Glitter, or any of my other stories, or anything else you like! Just comment below and tell me your favorite non-M/M romance book—whether it’s another type of romance or another genre entirely. (I’m particularly a fan of nonfiction American history books!)
Title: Graphite & Glitter
Author: Shae Connor
Cover artist: AngstyG (www.angstyg.com)
All that glitters might just be gold.
Adrienne Michaels’s best friend is getting married, and Adrienne’s not feeling it on the night of the bachelorette party. Then she meets Tessa Smith, bass player for an all-female glam rock tribute band. After a one-night stand worthy of the hottest rock star fantasies, Tessa surprises Adrienne by asking her on a real date, and Adrienne soon finds Tessa’s side gig pales in comparison to the down-to-earth music geek beneath the glitter. Tessa even helps Adrienne through a family loss, but when Tessa gets a sweet job offer in another city, Adrienne has to make a choice: let her go, follow her halfway across the country—or become part of the reason for her to stay.
Length: Novella (25,700 words)
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not in front of her laptop, she enjoying cooking, traveling, watching baseball, reading voraciously, wearing tiaras, and hugging a lot. She’s also the volunteer Director/Editor for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon.
You can find Shae hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shaeconnorwrites, but for the more direct route, you can visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com or email her at shaeconnorwrites @gmail.com. You can also sign up for her mailing list.