Guest Post and Excerpt by Avon Gale, author of “The Love Song for Sawyer Bell”!

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Why the world needs more rocker romances

love song for sawyer bell avon galeHello! I’m Avon Gale and I’m here to talk to you today about my new book, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell! It’s about a badass rocker chic named Vix, whose band picks up a new fiddle player for their summer tour – a Juilliard-trained violinist named Sawyer. Through the course of the tour, Vix and Sawyer go from friends to lovers and Sawyer has some tough decisions to make about her future.

One of the things I wanted to do in this book, as well as the second Tour Dates novel (about Racer frontman Jax Elliott), was write about bands that hadn’t necessarily “made it” commercially. My absolute favorite musical genre is Americana/Alt-Country, and most of these bands play a grueling tour schedule every year – driving their own vans, hauling their own gear, you name it.  Tonight, in fact, I’m going to see one of my favorite bands of all times – Lucero – and they’ve developed a loyal following of fans simply through years of hitting the road and playing their hearts out everywhere they go.

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Women in Queer SFF: Interview with Sarah Gailey, author of “River of Teeth” and “Taste of Marrow”!

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Throughout September, we’re celebrating the women of queer Sci-Fi/Fantasy! You can find the master-list of posts and the schedule here!

Today we’re excited to welcome author Sarah Gailey to the blog to talk about her series of alternate history, that has hippos in it, people, and about queer and female representation in fiction.

El: Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions today.

Let’s start with the burning question: What made you decide to write an alternative history of the US with feral killer hippos?

I wanted to write a heist narrative — a caper — and I wanted to write about fabulous hats and bloodshed. Hippos were a natural fit, of course.

Seriously, though. A.B. Guthrie once said something to the effect of: the key to good writing is a constant thread of the unexpected. When I had the idea to write about an America in which the Hippo Bill passed, I knew that I could do something with them that would keep that thread of the unexpected going strong throughout the story, and River of Teeth was born.  Continue reading

Women in Queer SFF: RoAnna Sylver on a treasured favorite character

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Throughout September, we’re celebrating Women in Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy here on Just Love, including interviews and guest posts from some amazing authors!

Today we’re joined by RoAnna Sylver, author of the fantasy novel Chameleon Moon and more, as she talks about one of her favorite queer female characters, and healing with the power of story. She’s also written a gorgeous poem to accompany her post!

Welcome RoAnna!

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Women in Queer SFF: Guest Post by Michelle Osgood, author of “The Better to Kiss You With” and “Huntsmen”!

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Throughout September, we’re celebrating the women of queer Sci-Fi/Fantasy! You can find the master-list of posts and the schedule here!

Today we’re excited to welcome author Michelle Osgood to the blog, to talk about female representation in fiction and putting “any kind of women’s butt” in “every single seat at [the] table.”

So welcome, Michelle, and thank you so much for joining us today! 

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Women in Queer SFF: Interview with Amanda Foody!

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We’re halfway through September, which means we’re halfway through our month dedicated to celebrating Women in Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy!

Today we’re highlighting new author Amanda Foody, whose recent release, Daughter of the Burning City, is a darkly whimsical fantasy set in a traveling circus, and who has the talent to create realistic illusions of people… illusions which are somehow being murdered.

I sat down with Amanda at San Diego Comic Con, to ask her all about this incredible book, and about what’s coming up next for her!

So welcome, Amanda! 

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Women in Queer SFF: R.E. Stearns on An Overabundance of Jacks

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September is Women in Queer Sci-fi & Fantasy month here on Just Love, where we’re highlighting the ladies who bring the ‘epic’ to Epic Fantasy, or who go further than any woman has gone before in space.

Author R.E. Stearns is definitely ready to push boundaries in SFF. Her upcoming novel, Barbary Station, can be summarized in three words: pirate space opera. Oh, did we mention? It’s got badass queer lady POC main characters. Hell yes.

Welcome R.E.!

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Women in Queer SFF: Interview with Seanan McGuire

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Throughout September, we’re celebrating the women of queer Sci-Fi/Fantasy! You can find the master-list of posts and the schedule here!

During San Diego Comic Con, I found a few minutes to chat with author Seanan McGuire, author of dozens of novels and short stories, including Every Heart a Doorway (one of my all-time favorites!) and the October Daye series! In between her incredibly busy schedule, Seanan found time to talk to me about writing queer characters in genre fiction, and balancing several different series at the same time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today!

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