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Title: Unbidden Dragon
Author: Louisa Kelley
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 05/23/2016
Maeven is on a mission. One big and bold enough for her coming-of-age quest called the Fieri, and important enough to gain her a trip off Dracan, the secret, hidden sanctuary of the dragon shape-shifters.
Success in her once-in-a-lifetime challenge means everything – respect, honor, and the bestowal of her full magical powers. Not to mention doing something vital for the survival of her species.
She’s given strict rules of behavior while living in earth society. Rule number one: keep her true nature hidden. Rule number two: no emotional involvement with humans, despite the age-old, near irresistible attraction between the two races.
Then Maeven meets plucky, devious, adorable Frankie living in Portland, Oregon. Who, as it turns out, accidentally, shockingly, shape-shifted – the night before. Ah. So much for the rules.
Frankie is frustrated with her oddly larcenous life not going anywhere in particular. One fateful weekend, she camps alone in the mountains to gain fresh perspective – with a little help from a baggie of something special. That afternoon, in a crazed, furious confrontation with hunters, Frankie shape-shifts into a dragon. And discovers a race of magical beings who insist she’s one of them, too. Especially the shining, gorgeous, red-head – who promises to teach her so much.
Author Breaks Out!
Greetings to the Prism community of readers and authors. I am thrilled to finally join your ranks with my newest book, Unbidden Dragon. This is a coming out story – my own, as an author, but also a story which reflects the drastically changing world of publishing.
Six years ago, my publisher made me take out a same-sex kiss in my first book. I was informed there was no market for F/F romance and I shouldn’t even hint in that direction, since I wasn’t writing a ménage. At the time, and predominantly still, the romance industry embraces ménage and male/male romance much more than stories featuring love between two women.
Of course these stories have always been around – just not on the major websites, published by NY houses, or in the bigger stream of romance sales in general. I’ve been asking myself why? Why is that the case?
I’ve spent the last year in deep, personal research. I accelerated my reading of lesbian romance, lesbian fantasy stories, collections of lesbian short stories, etc. I’ve explored the websites of prominent lesbian publishers, joined lesbian author groups, ‘rainbow’ author groups and asked a LOT of questions. When my publisher offered me a contract for Unbidden Dragon I was shocked and thrilled. Wow! Things are changing!
Here is what I know for sure. There are doors opening in main stream publishing for the GLBTQ community of writers in general. More and more, agents and publishers state they welcome ‘diversity’ in submissions. This appears to be true, from what I can see being published, and my own recent contract. Plus, there’s been a distinct trickle of F/F stories into the mainstream romance world – in part, due to the explosion of self-publishing, via Amazon especially. Yet, the volume of titles of F/F romance is still very small, compared to other romance genres. The noise, the promotion, the prominence in ‘diversity’ publishing continues to be dominated by M/M and ménage. I’d like to challenge that paradigm. The wider support for female-oriented romance will not grow unless the mainstream publishing world can see the profit.
It’s impossible not to feel like a pioneer of a sorts. I am waving my fairy author wand at the romance loving audience in invitation. Love between two women can be an emotionally satisfying, sigh at the end and wipe your eyes kind of romance. Come on over to the other side and give it a chance! I am a queer woman, yet I read M/F and F/F with equal enthusiasm. Love is love, people. As the characters in my book proclaim, it doesn’t matter who you love, only that you love.
And for all you readers of science fiction and fantasy…I feature shape-shifting dragons. And who doesn’t love a great dragon story?
Louisa Kelley (self-proclaimed pioneer)
About the Author
Romance and science fiction took firm hold of Louisa Kelley’s imagination at age nine, when she read the books Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, and the Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis. She is convinced that the genre paranormal romance, which developed years later, came into existence purely for her benefit. After all, it’s what’s been in her heart all these years.
She resides in Portland, Oregon where, in a strangely perfect combination of rainy winters and urban skyline, her writing inspiration abounds. Meet the sexy world that’s been evolving in her fevered brain…She’d love you to join her in some over-the-top erotic adventures with the Draca; dragon shape-shifters of a very different kind.
Member of Romance Writers of America
Member of Rose City Romance Writers
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