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Title: Black and Blue Love
Author: Judy Folger
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Judy Folger
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian Romance
After Kallie Moran’s husband, Aaron, is killed in Iraq, Kallie asks her law firm to transfer her back to her home town so she can be close to her mother.
When her request is granted, she realizes that closeness to her mother also means closeness to her mother’s dreadful sister, Bessie Benson.
Bessie is loud and crass, and her sons make a lifestyle of rotating in and out of the county jail. The only Benson that Kallie has ever been able to tolerate is her cousin, Andi. Andi, too, once dreamed of getting out of Brookville, but unlike Kallie, she never quite made it.
Now an out lesbian, Andi drags her intimidated partner, Della, to local bars and out-of-control family affairs. Della seems so miserable that Kallie finds herself reaching out to this beautiful, fragile-looking woman who just doesn’t seem to belong among the Bensons.
As Kallie and Della become friends, Kallie witnesses the verbal and emotional abuse Andi heaps on Della. Then comes the terrible night when Andi is no longer able to confine herself to words and slams Della to the ground, permanently scarring her face.
Della flees to Kallie for protection. In relative safety, she struggles to face the fact that she is a victim of lesbian domestic violence. She is also falling hard for Kallie, her rescuer.
Kallie, meanwhile, is keeping some secrets of her own. She wants to be with Della as much as Della wants to be with her, but she is afraid to embark on her first lesbian relationship.
Their love blossoms when Kallie risks her life to save Della from another of Andi’s vicious attacks. But it doesn’t take Andi long to realize she’s been betrayed. Furious, drunk, and carrying her father’s hand gun, she vows that this time she will REALLY make Della and Kallie pay.
Authors to Love:
Wow, this is a really difficult question. I can’t imagine restricting myself to 10 authors any more than I can imagine restricting myself to just 10 types of food for the rest of my life. That said, here are a few names on my hit parade…
1. Radcylffe. I enjoy her First Responders Series and her Honor Series, especially. She writes with a great deal of detail, which appeals to me as a lover of non-fiction. And her lesbian romances are hot.
2. Karin Kallmaker. Another hot lesbian romance writer. I especially liked In Deep Waters (which she wrote with Radcylffe), Just Like That, and Maybe Next Time. Just Like That spoke to a chapter in my own life when a long term relationship ended unexpectedly.
3. Tee Corrine. Maybe not the greatest writer out there, but one of the first to write hot lesbian erotica, bless her.
4. Nancy Garden. This pioneering author of Annie on My Mind and Good Moon Rising swept the curtains away from the topic of teenage lesbian sexuality.
5. Harper Lee. She has recently become a major topic of conversation with the discovery of her “first” manuscript which is now going to be published. Her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, stuck in my mind when I read it—as did the movie. And years later, I learned she was good friends with Truman Capote.
6. Lord Byron and John and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I love all of them for the same reason—their ability to use wonderful words to express love in poetry.
7. Ernest Hemingway. I discovered his books early in my life and always admired his use of words to describe characters, places, and events.
8. Tomas Wolfe. As with Hemingway, I admired his use of words and description.
9. Mathew Curry. I happen to know this gracious author, and I am very impressed by his book, Spellbound: The Ascension. It takes place around the Kansas City area for all you fans of the Midwest.
10. Debra Stang. Debra is my editor, but she has also written two books of her own. Hospice Tails is a collection of essays about hospice patients and their pets. Visiting Grandma is a young adult novel about a gay teen boy facing the trauma of sexual abuse.
I find myself cringing as I see how many authors I’ve had to leave off this list. Basically, kudos to anyone who writes…it’s not a game for sissies! And a double thumbs up to the men and women who write for the LGBTQ community. Your brave words are slowly changing our society to a more open and tolerant one.
Della leaned into Kallie so that their bodies were pressed close together. Kallie finally did what she had been wanting to do since the day she met Della. She reached up and tangled her fingers in that glorious, unruly hair. She had expected Della’s hair to be coarse, but it was soft and warm in her hands.
Then Della’s hands found her breases, and Kallie remembered where they were and what they were doing. It took every ounce of willpower that she’d ever possessed, but she withdrew from Della, backing into the wall at the end of the step. “We shouldn’t do this,” she said in a voice so hoarse with passion she scarcely recognized it.
Della’s green eyes reflected hurt and confusion. “Why not?”
“Because you’re my cousin’s partner.”
Della nodded sadly. “You’re right. I’m sorry. I’ll go.”
Kallie tried to think of something to say that would ease things between the two of them, but no words came to her mind. All she could do was watch as Della walked out the door.
About the Author:
A proud member of the lesbian community, Judy wrote her first book after she retired and hasn’t looked back since. Her books tell the stories of women in love who fight to overcome real-life problems. Judy was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Wichita but now lives in Merriam, Kansas. She has a son who also writes and a daughter-in-law who does paranormal investigations.
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