Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Foxglove's First eBook: The Secret to a Perfect Latke

It's a great day: release day!

My first ebook is out today from Prizm Books.  It's a little Hannukah ditty I like to call "The Secret to a Perfect Latke," and it's a coming out comedy!

The Secret to a Perfect Latke

Noah has never been on TV before, but he dreams of having his own cooking show one day. When he's asked to help a gourmet chef prepare latkes for a Hanukkah segment on the Sunny and The Bear show, his family is proud but suspicious. Sunny and The Bear is a "lifestyle" show that's popular among straight women, but it's hosted by gay men. What's more, the guests on this show have an uncanny tendency to come out of the closet live on national television...

by Foxglove Lee
11 / Words: 5300
Genre: Prizm Pinch, Contemporary
Age Rating: Young Adult
Ebook zipped file contains: html, Adobe and Sony optimized pdf, prc, epub

Read a Sample:

“You must be new to the show,” said the curvy blonde with a head full of ringlets.  “Don’t worry too much.  Just focus on Phil and Sunny.  Try to forget about the millions of people watching from home.”

“Millions?”  Noah’s throat ran dry.  “It can’t be millions.”

The blonde woman shrugged.  “I don’t know -- millions, thousands, whatever.” 

Noah kept checking his watch even though there was a clock in the Green Room.  He didn’t trust it -- time couldn’t possibly move so slowly.  He was getting so agitated his insides were itchy.  He wished he could reach inside his skin and scratch.

And then, out of the clear blue sky, Sunny walked into the Green Room with Phil “The Bear” following close behind.  Sunny threw his hands up in the air and cried, “We’re heeee-eeeere!”

The women and Chef Troy did the same and shouted, “We’re queeee-eeer!”

Everybody laughed, leaving Noah feeling stunned and out of touch as the guys did their “How’ve you been?” rounds with everyone they knew.  And then they got to Noah.  The Bear shook his right hand while Sunny shook his left.

“What’ve we got here, Phil?  Looks like fresh meat!”

“Oh, I’m not very… meaty.”  What a stupid thing to say, but everybody laughed so it must have been funny.  “I’m Noah.  I’m helping Chef Troy make latkes.”

You can get your copy now at Prizm Books:

Torquere Books:


Sunday, 2 December 2012

I Need Help Again (What else is new?)

So, here's a problem I'm having as a new author on the YA scene:

Where can I promote my work?

At the moment, I'm looking for Yahoo Groups to join.  Specifically, I'm on the look-out for groups related to LGBT and general YA, book promotion... that sort of thing.  So far, I'm having not so much luck.  Seems like it would be easy to find relevant Yahoo Groups, but apparently not.  At least, not for me.


Does anyone know of any good groups for discussing and promoting queer YA, or even general fiction?  I managed to find the group for my publisher, Prizm Books: but one is not enough! LOL  I want to join more groups. More, more, more!

Thanks for your advice!  Much appreciated.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

I Will Follow You...

Follow you wherever YOU may GO... OoOoOOooo...

So, I have this twitter account (@foxglovelee) but I'm having a bit of trouble finding people to follow, if you can believe that.  I'm particularly interested in following other authors, especially of queer fiction and YA, and stuff related to reading, writing, publishing, all that jazz.  Oh, and jazz!  Broadway would be even better.  And crafting.  Quilting is my fave.

So if you're on Twitter and you think I might like you and you might like me, let me know.  I want to follow you, just tell me you exist!  It's really that easy to get into my good books.

Again, I'm @foxglovelee on Twitter and I would love to follow you.

Adieu to you and you and you,

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Year's End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror

It's that time of year... the END of the year.  So Untreed Reads put together an anthology of horror stories about New Year's Eve.

"Year's End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror" features a story I wrote, called Token Lesbians:

When Stefani jumps the turnstile on New Year's Eve, she thinks nothing of it.  So what if her younger sister copies her?  So what if it upsets her best friend?  Only suckers pay a fare to ride the subway. Right?  But when the young women arrive at a hot lesbian club, weird things start to happen.  Does the transit authority have supernatural powers?  And will Stefani survive the night?


And my story's only one of 14 in this e-book anthology (which retails for only $4.99--an amazing price)!

About Year's End:

The countdown has begun, but the only thing striking at midnight will be terror...

New Year's Eve isn't all champagne and confetti. For some, it's filled with regrets, the changing of the day dragging them kicking and screaming into a year for which they aren't prepared. This year, some people will be screaming, but they may not make it to the New Year at all.

Join 14 horror authors as they reveal the dark side of our end-of-year celebrations. This anthology of a holiday gone horrifyingly wrong contains stories by James S. Dorr, Richard Godwin, Nicky Peacock, John Stewart Wynne, Steve Shrott, Leah Givens, George Seaton, Kathryn Ohnaka, Jeremy K. Tyler, Betsy Miller, Byron Barton, Steve Bartholomew, Ali Maloney and Foxglove Lee. 

Year's End is available for purchase from a whole lot of retailers and even more to come (Untreed Reads has amazing distribution) and if you'd rather check it out from your local library, do investigate your library's e-book lending system.  If your library hasn't purchased a copy of Year's End yet, ask them to buy it!  A lot of librarians love hearing what readers want, and if you ask there's a good chance your library will buy a copy.

But if you can't wait, you can buy yourself a copy from:

Untreed Reads:

...and many MANY other sites...

Happy Horror!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Welcome to my Mind!

Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Foxglove Lee (just like the sign says) and I write queer fiction for young adults (and older adults too, if they want to read it).

Writing stories that involve queer characters is so important to me because I remember browsing bookshelves, especially back in middle school, hoping to find a novel with even a hint that someone in it was gay or lesbian.  At the time, I don't think I would or could have expressed to anyone what I was looking for, but in my secret heart, I knew.

Things have changed a lot since I was twelve or thirteen years old.  Young people have more exposure to lives beyond the homogeneous heterosexual norm.  Does that mean coming out is easier now than it used to be?  Does that mean gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, questioning, 2-Spirit, intersex, and people identifying in other fluid or non-normative ways don't get teased, bullied, or beaten up as much as they used to?

You tell me.  We don't know each other very well just yet, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in you.  I am.  Very interested.  And not in a creeper way. I'm interested in what you'd like to read about in LGBTQ YA books and stories.  Let me know!  Leave me a comment.  Maybe I'll write something just for you.

I'm the meantime, my first short story has been accepted for publication.  I haven't signed a contract yet, but the moment I do you'll be the first to hear about it.

It's very nice to meet you.  See you soon!