Sunday, 28 April 2013

Happy Birthday, Klutzface! (Mila and Laura are back for more!)

Some stories (like "The Secret to a Perfect Latke") are entirely fanciful.  Others, like my new release "Happy Birthday, Klutzface!" are firmly rooted in reality.

Yeppers, this one is based on a true story.  If you follow me on Twitter (@foxglovelee) you might have heard me moaning about the comedy of errors that was my birthday dinner this year.  Well, a story has come of it, and it stars my favourite girls, Mila and Laura.

In the mood for a comedy?

It’s a comedy of errors when Laura prepares a romantic dinner for Mila’s birthday.  Laura isn't the world's best cook to begin with, but when everything goes wrong in the immaculate home Mila's supposed to be house sitting, the trouble's only just begun.  Laura and Mila wanted an evening of domestic bliss.  Will their glimpse at adult life drive them into each other's arms or drive them apart completely?

Happy Birthday, Klutzface!
by Foxglove Lee
Pages:
19 / Words: 4800
Genre: Prizm Pinch, GLBT, Contemporary
Age Rating: Young Adult
Available from: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=83&products_id=3866

Read an Excerpt:

When Mila tossed the last of the spilled cheese into the sink, Laura looked up from the potato she was chopping. “I know we got off to kind of a rocky start, but I’m sure dinner’s going to be g--ahhh!”

“Oh my God!” Mila screamed when blood dripped on the cutting board. “What did you do?”

“My thumb! I cut it.” Laura dropped the knife and grabbed her thumb. “It hurts!  It hurts!”

“Oh my God! Oh my God!”  Mila didn’t know what to do. “Don’t panic!”

“I’m not panicking. You’re panicking.”

“You are too panicking.”

“No I’m not,” Laura howled. “I’m just screaming because it huuuuuuurts!”

“Here.” Mila turned on the tap. “Run it under some water.”

“That’s for burns, not for cuts.”

“It’s for cuts too, to get the germs out.” Mila grabbed Laura by the wrist and shoved her hand under the tap.

“Owwww!”  Laura jerked her hand away, nearly throwing Mila across the kitchen. “You turned on the hot water, stupid!”

Mila gasped. “How dare you call me stupid? It’s my birthday!”

“Well, sorrrrrry!  Blame it on the blood loss.” 

Laura wrapped one of the pristine linen tea towels around her thumb before Mila could stop her. “What are you doing?  You’re going to stain that!”

“I’m only dying here, and you’re worried about what your aunt will think?”

That was a way more loaded statement than Laura probably meant.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Who Could Have Predicted This?

I received a very surprising email from my publisher, Prizm Books (the YA branch of Torquere Press), last week.  They were writing to tell me that my coming out story "The Secret to a Perfect Latke" is an OmniLit Bestseller!

My secret latke was ranked #4 at OmniLit the day I took this screen grab


Say whaaaaat?

First off, "Latke" is my first ebook.  Next off, a Hannukah story becoming a bestseller in March? This is crazy!

But you can't argue with results.  At least, I wouldn't want to, because I'm really pleased so many readers have been buying me little story.

Thank you, readers, for making Latke a bestseller!

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
Pages:
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.”
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You can get your copy now at Prizm Books: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_7&products_id=47&zenid=ac08b6c67026287bea531ce7b0bf8ccb

Torquere Books: www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=83&products_id=3761

OmniLit: https://www.omnilit.com/product-thesecrettoaperfectlatke-1018625-228.html