Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Nostalgia, Nirvana, the Nineties: Top Ten Ways to Die


When I hear myself saying my latest release is close to my heart, I have to laugh a little. Because I say that about ALL my books, don't I? But when I described my new novelette Top Ten Ways to Die to my sister, she said, "Wow, you really put a lot of yourself into this one."

It's lesbian fiction. It deals with the death of a parent. It incorporates plenty of arguments with Mom--about Nirvana, about clothing, about whether that goth girl Tara is a bad influence. It reverberates with the shock a whole class feels (teacher included) when one student tries to commit suicide.

There's a lot packed into this piece. And did I mention it's set in 1994? What else is new, right? In case you haven't memorized my back list, it just so happens my book Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost is also set in 1994, as is Gayboy (also known as And Plaid All Over).

Why 1994?

Well, here's the thing: I tried really hard to set this story in any other year. Any year but 1994! But when I got into research mode, I soon discovered one of the essential elements of Top Ten Ways to Die (Kurt Cobain's suicide) occurred in... you guessed it... 1994. Turns out I can't get away from this year.

As much as Top Ten Ways to Die is fiction about teenagers, I can't help but wonder if I didn't write it more as nostalgic fiction for my own generation--for people who want to stroll down memory lane, relive the 90s from a teenage perspective. I find that whenever I write young adult books set in the 80s or 90s, the readers who really eat them up are the adults who came of age during those decades.

When Jess’s dad dies unexpectedly, her world is turned upside-down. The only good things left in life are her girlfriend Tara and Kurt Cobain’s tortured grunge sound. But when a classmate attempts suicide, Jess goes into a downward spiral. Her mom is afraid she’s obsessed with death, and doesn’t want her hanging out with Tara or listening to Nirvana. What’s left for Jess in Hicksville if everything she loves is taken away?

I invite you to grab a copy of Top Ten Ways to Die right now from one of the following retailers:

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/top-ten-ways-to-die-1
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=vKp3DgAAQBAJ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1219652964

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/top-ten-ways-to-die-foxglove-lee/1126005406
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/713853

Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/SO4le

Tell your friends!

You can also purchase Top Ten Ways to Die in print from Amazon. I highly recommend it, but, then, I would, wouldn't I?

While I'm sharing links, here's where you can buy the ebook from Amazon:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRZTWFQ?tag=foxglovelee-20
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B06XRZTWFQ
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XRZTWFQ

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye: A Paranormal Young Adult Lesbian Romance Novel


Once upon a time a queer author named Foxglove Lee wrote a lesbian novel set in 1986. Tiffany and Tiger's Eye was originally published by a small LGBT press, but it's recently been reissued by me. New edition, new cover. In fact, TWO new covers! I decided on different covers for the ebook and paperback editions. Why not? You only live once.

So, wow, I just realized Tiffany and Tiger's Eye is set more than 30 years in the past. Time flies!

I want everyone to run right out and grab a copy. Tiffany and Tiger's Eye is my favourite of all the works of fiction I've written. I want my words to find their way to the readers who need them, so tell your friends! Yes, this is YA but it works just as well as retro/nostalgia fiction for those of us who grew up in the 80s.

Basically I wrote Tiffany and Tiger's Eye (as an adult) for my 14-year-old self: the kid who loved to read but never could find age-appropriate lesbian fiction on the library shelves. Looking back, I think the reason I started reading literary fiction at quite a young age is... that's where the lesbians were! Yay! I found them!

These days there are plenty of queer books for teens, but that doesn't mean we queer authors need to stop writing them. I want more, more, more, and so do readers!

If you're hooked on lesbian fiction, read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

If you're ready to time-travel back the 80s, read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

If you're intrigued by evil dolls, read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

If you love mysteries, secrets and family drama, read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

If you can't wait for the next season of Stranger Things, read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

There are pretty much 15 million reasons to read Tiffany and Tiger's Eye.

Find it at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1206231008
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/tiffany-and-tiger-s-eye-1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiffany-and-tigers-eye-foxglove-lee/1118740939

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704139
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=vxUgDgAAQBAJ

How many secrets can one family keep?

If there’s one thing Rebecca knows, it’s how to keep her problems under wraps. It’s easy to keep your mouth shut when you’ve got no friends, but with a rock-and-roll dad who drinks too much and a mom who works day and night, Rebecca needs a sympathetic ear. That’s why she tells her troubles to Yvette, an antique doll that once belonged to her grandmother.

In the summer of 1986, after her father’s strange disappearance, Rebecca and her little brother are sent to stay at the cottage, where she meets Tiffany: a water-skiing blonde who dresses like Madonna, makes her own jewellery, and claims to see auras.

But strange things happen when Rebecca spends time with Tiffany. Her aunt and uncle are convinced she’s acting out—and she’d have good reason to, considering they won’t tell her where her father is—but she can’t seem to convince them she isn’t the one trashing her bedroom and setting fires. Unlikely as it seems, Yvette must be the culprit.

There’s nothing more dangerous than a jealous doll who knows all your secrets…

A paranormal 80s nostalgia lesbian romance for teens!

You can also buy Tiffany and Tiger's Eye from Amazon!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VTC7XRR?tag=foxglovelee-20
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B06VTC7XRR
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06VTC7XRR