This month of celebrating my fellow Indiana romance authors has been so much fun and today is real treat as my guest is not only a great writer, but she’s a funny, warm, smart woman. Ava writes out-of-this-world romance featuring sassy heroines, often-alien-but-always-sexy heroes, and an alcoholic beverage or two… Set in a galaxy far, far away. She resides in central Indiana with a hubby who makes her laugh and kiddos who are growing up way too quickly. She believes life is too short to surround yourself with negative people, everything is better with champagne, and Han Solo shot first. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. Or wine. And she’s always thinking about bacon. I’m lucky enough to be her editor and happy to call her a friend. Take it away, Ava!
Hello and Thank you, Nan, for hosting me on your blog! I don’t know about all of you, but my love of the winter weather lasted, oh, about thirty-five minutes. And now, I’m ready for summertime!
Unfortunately, Summer is taking her sweet time getting here, so in the meantime, I’ll have to make do with summery reads to keep me warm. If you’re in that same boat (you know, that boat that is frozen in the middle of a snowy tundra under grey skies with no hope of thawing out for months 😉 I’d like to introduce you to my current favorite summery read: The Lake House Anthology.
I love this book, which is a collection of short stories, on multiple levels, only one of which is the fact that I have a short story of my own in it. I love the fact that it includes short stories by other Indiana authors, all of whom are dear friends and some of whom will be/have been spotlighted this month here on Nan’s blog. I love the fact that it is a collection of multiple genres, each story tied together by the concept of a Lake House. It is truly something for everyone: different genres, different heat levels, different voices…
And I mostly love that it raises money for local literacy initiatives. The joy of reading is such a gift, and the Crossroads Romance Writers uses this anthology to help share that gift and joy with others!
I wish I could share excerpts from everyone’s short story here (they are all their own unique adventures!), but I’ll stick to just a short excerpt from my story, “Better Where It’s Wetter.” It’s a mermaid tale, which was both fun and challenging diversion to write. Hope you like it!
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Excerpt from “Better Where It’s Wetter”
Below the hem of my Painters do it with Broad Strokes nightshirt, where there should have been two long and pale legs, was a sheath of emerald green covered in iridescent scales, ending with a long, flowing fin. Not sure how or when he and Eartha had encased my legs in this sheath. Normally, I’d be thrilled to wear a mermaid-skirt, but this practical joke had quickly worn thin.
I wiggled my legs inside the skin-tight material. Nothing happened. Not just that my legs didn’t move, but I couldn’t feel them. Couldn’t sense them as separate limbs with inner and outer thighs, kneecaps, and ankles. I tried to wiggle my toes and the soft rays of my lush va-va-voom tail fin fanned and flicked.
My gut wrenched with the truth. My heart sang with the possibility. “I’m a mermaid.”
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