K. Lynn, Less Than Three Press

Guest Post and Excerpt: Coffee Date by K. Lynn

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This year, a number of my releases are focusing on transgender characters, including Coffee Date. What if society has deemed you to be one gender when you are actually another? And how might these perceptions affect you as you work towards being the person you were always meant to be?

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CoffeeDateBlurb: Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.

Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets.

But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache.

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Alice’s journey is not an easy one. She’s been hurt numerous times when she’s sought to share her true self with others, so much so that she’s started to put up a wall against the world. And she continues to strive to reach milestones that are not necessarily her own. Alice is constantly trying to match up to what she thinks she should be, what society has taught her she should be, while making herself miserable because she hasn’t reached that constructed reality. When love enters into the mix, it gets messy. She has to let someone into her heart, behind her wall, and trust that this time will not end in disaster. Is taking the chance worth it?

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Excerpt: Alice danced around in front of the mirror, trying to reach back far enough to pull up the zipper on her dress. She didn’t know why she kept the damn thing, considering it was always a hassle to get it on. Finally, she managed to snag the metal tag and bring it up. Tugging on the material bunched at her sides, she took a look at herself in the mirror. Her hair had suffered for her acrobatics, so she ran her fingers through it to put the escaped strands back in place, but otherwise she was fine. And she was running twenty minutes ahead of schedule. Maybe she would actually make it to work on time for once.

She was so close to being out the door, her hand was on the door handle and everything, when the phone rang. Alice briefly considered not answering it. No one needed her at eight o’clock in the morning; it was probably a telemarketer or something. Seriously, she should just leave. But what if something was wrong? And if she ignored it, the worry would just haunt her all day long. Giving a sigh, she snagged the portable phone off the side table and answered.

“Oh, good, you’re home,” Mary said, not bothering with a proper greeting. “I thought you might have left already.”

“I was just heading out and…”

“This’ll be quick, I promise.”

Which meant it would take a while. Alice had learned to decipher Mary’s promises long ago. She sat down on the couch and waited for her best friend to continue.

“Did you get an invitation in the mail yesterday?”

Alice thought about the stack of envelopes that were still sitting on her kitchen table. She’d thrown everything down last night, too tired from work stress to deal with a bunch of bills, figuring she’d just go through it later.

“What kind of invitation?” she asked, already heading to the kitchen. “I haven’t checked.”

“Well, do it. You’ll know it when you see it.”

“Why don’t you just tell me what I’m looking for? I don’t have time for this.”

She broke off her words when she saw the cream-colored envelope with a return address of her alma mater, which she and Mary had graduated from five years ago. Running her fingers under the seal, she opened it up and saw the stylized card inviting her to attend a reunion of her class. And it was signed with a familiar name.

“Winston Carver requests the honor of our presence,” Mary said when Alice remained silent.

“I’d rather give him the honor of a foot up his ass,” Alice said, tossing the invitation in the trash in disgust.

Mary busted out a laugh at that. “I think we should go just to fuck with him. Give him a little payback for the misery he caused us.”

“Mostly to me,” Alice said, remembering all the torture Winston had put her through during junior year. She’d started transitioning from Al to Alice and didn’t have an easy time as her features started changing and her emotions ran the gambit from anger to tears. Mary had been her rock, standing beside her and supporting her, but Winston couldn’t get past the freak aspect of what Al was becoming. He took particular delight in calling her every derogatory name he could think of, goading others to take part in the taunts as well.

“I bet he’s still a screw-up,” Mary said. “Probably running his daddy’s car dealership and hitting on anything that moves.”

“Well, I don’t care to find out. I had enough of him and his buddies at the time. I don’t need a repeat.”

“Still, it might be fun.”

“Yeah, well, not for me.” Alice glanced over at the microwave clock and her eyes widened as saw that it read eight forty. “Damn it, how’d it get so late? I’ve got to get to work.”

“Think about it.”

“Fine, whatever,” Alice said, gathering up her lunch one-handed. She stuffed it into her purse and headed back to the living room. “I’ll see you tonight?”

“Reservations are at seven. Talk to you then.”

“Later.” Alice thumbed the off button and replaced the receiver on its dock. Having left no time for breakfast, she hoped the line at Cafe Connection wasn’t too long as she headed out.

As luck would have it, there were only two people in front of her when she stopped at the coffee shop. When the place opened just a block from her building last year, she was wary of its sustainability. The small shops often started off with high hopes, but soon collapsed under the economic pressures of having to compete against the larger chains. Cafe Connection, however, had stayed put and even started gaining customers from its larger competitors when word got out about how wonderful their products were. Alice had to admit she had fallen hard for the place and was now known as a regular, stopping in for a cup of coffee on her way to work every morning. Well, when she could spare the time, at least.

The line to the counter started moving again and she dug into her purse for her wallet. Hopefully she had enough cash for an item from the bakery to go along with her drink. The phone call with Mary had put her behind and she didn’t know if she could survive the morning with no food. Plus, it was Tuesday, which meant there were fresh-baked apple cinnamon muffins available. She could already smell them, and her stomach grumbled at the temptation.

“The usual,” Alice said, not looking up. Instead, she continued counting through her change, trying to scrape up enough for her muffin. She really should have gone to the bank yesterday, but she forgot. Her debit card had met with an unfortunate accident in the dryer last week, so she was left to nickel and dime her way through her morning routine.

“I don’t know what the usual is,” a male voice said, causing her to glance up.

She knew everyone that worked here, at least by sight, and the man in front of her was definitely not someone she recognized. He was tall, but built solid with muscle, and would have looked more at home in a gym than behind the counter of a coffee shop.

“Who are you?” she asked, still jarred by the change in her routine. She shook her head once she realized what she’d said. “I’m sorry, that was rude.”

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About the Book: Coffee Date is a 12,000 word contemporary transgender novella that explores Alice’s struggle to find acceptance, and possibly love, in a world that has not been kind to her on either front.

Release Date: July 1, 2015

Pre-Order Now At: Less Than Three Press

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writerklynnAbout the Author: K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future.

Contact K. Lynn at writerklynn@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @WriterKLynn

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you here at The Novel Approach in the coming week. There’s lots coming up to be excited about–great guests, interesting content, a few giveaways, and, of course, we’ll be sharing more reviews with you as well.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayK. Vale is here to kick off our week on her Crossed Hearts blog tour

Michele Michael Rakes also joins us today with a guest stop in the Fourth and Long blog tour

TuesdayCharlie Cochet makes us a stop today on the Healing Hunter’s Heart tour

We’ll also have Morticia Knight with us on the Justice Prevails blog tour

WednesdayJordan Castillo Price drops by today with an interview and giveaway for her newest audiobook release Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

And we’ll also be hosting author Tina Blenke on her Shifting Cargo blog tour

ThursdayLexi Ander is our guest today on her Dreams of the Forgotten blog tour

Brita Addams to chat a bit up her upcoming Dreamspinner Press release Beloved Unmasked

FridayJacob Z. Flores drops by with a video chat on his Spellbound blog tour

Sam Standish is also our guest to discuss his newest novel Making Men

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, author K. Lynn will join us on the Coffee Date blog tour

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Angel Propps, Ann Anderson, Anna Hedley, Erik Moore, Harper Bliss, John Amory, K. Lynn, K. Piet, L. Alonso Corona, Lor Rose, Piper Vaughn, Raven de Hart, Rob Rosen, Storm Moon Press

Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Is Shorthand Sex That’s Long On Subtext

Quickie: Syllabification: (quick•ie)
Pronunciation: /ˈkwikē/
noun
a rapidly consumed alcoholic drink.
a brief act of sexual intercourse. – Source: Oxford American English Dictionary

And sometimes, quickies are had even in that order.

At any rate, we all know they’re that intense and spontaneous moment when foreplay is defined as the quickie: the sex is red-hot and is entirely about getting in, getting it on, and getting out before you get caught. Not to be confused with the nooner, the quickie’s less spontaneous cousin, these transactions of the hit-and-run variety, conducted online, in a cubicle, in the knee-space of a desk, or a locker room, are made all the more combustible by that element of danger in being caught with your pants down—quite literally—and ups the ante, turning the risks into a roleplayer in the game.

Storm Moon Press has gathered all that erotic potential and put it together in a compilation of short stories about sex in the workplace, which has nothing to do with harassment and everything to do with heating things up when the 9-to-5 gets altogether dull.

Thirteen authors have contributed their individual takes on workplace romance, and include:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen (M/M)
Hands On by K. Piet (F/F)
One Week by L. Alonso Corona (M/M)
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson (F/F)
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn (M/M)
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps (F/F)
The New Guy by John Amory (M/M)
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss (F/F)
1-800-Boredom by Raven de Hart (M/M)
Fair Play by Anna Hedley (M/M)
His Non-Existent Coffee Break by Lor Rose (M/M)
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore (F/F)
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn (M/M)

It’s extra tempting to tell you what my favorite stories in this erotic collection are; yes, I did have a few favorites, but rather than do that, I’ll say in all honestly that each of them was sexy—sometimes playful, sometimes all business—in its own way, not to mention a few of them having some very nice little twists in roleplaying and role reversal, making them just that little bit more enjoyable for the effort.

I can say with some confidence that if the idea of quickie shots of caffeinated sex are your…err…cup of tea, you ought to find this anthology every bit as much fun as I did.

And in case you missed it, check out K. Lynn’s interview HERE, in which she discusses her story “Personal Assistance.”

You can buy Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies here:

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K. Lynn, Storm Moon Press

Coffee Break Quickies – It’s Sort Of Like A Nooner, Only… Quicker

The Novel Approach is thrilled to be playing host to author K.Lynn today, a contributor in Storm Moon Press’ new anthology Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. Thanks so much for being here with us today, K. Let’s get right down to business.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been an avid reader and writer since childhood, spending more time at the library than anywhere else. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t coming up with new character adventures, from writing plays and short stories to venturing into novellas and novels.

In college, I increased my involvement in LGBT issues and began writing within the LGBT fiction genre. Most of my work features LGBT characters prominently, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds.

I’m also a life-long learner, holding degrees and certificates in the areas of American History, Religion, Creative Writing, Public Health, and Journalism, as well as being a member of Mensa. To me, life is an ongoing adventure, and I seek to learn something new every day.

Storm Moon Press’ Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies anthology just released April 12th. What is the name of your short story contribution, and what is it about?

My story is called “Personal Assistance” and it’s about Tom, the overworked personal assistant of Mr. Neal Thompson. Tom’s coworkers often pity him for having to work for such a difficult boss, but what they don’t know is that the job also has a few perks and everything is not what it seems.

As an aside, April 12th is also my birthday, so it’s a nice present to have an anthology release on this day!

What theme in your erotic short sets it apart from the rest? Is there something special you put into it that readers should look forward to?

I think a theme that is evident in this story, as well as many of my stories, is that I deal more with established relationships than first times. I like the draw of having two people who have already gone through awkwardness of meeting and getting to know one another. Now they’re set, committed to one another, and trying to make it work for the long-term. In this particular story, there’s also the element of office power dynamics and thriving for equality in the relationship both at work and at home.

Do you have your own coffee break fantasy from a menial job? What about that secret flame for a co-worker? Any work-related tidbits from your life you can share in celebration of your book release?

Ah, if only my company were bigger, this would be relevant. Instead, I have to fantasize about imaginary companies and their employees to live out the dream. I can tell you one thing: at no point in my career has an under-the-desk blowjob taken place… that I know of.

What’s television show comes up most at your water cooler conversations?

My office is so small that we don’t really engage in “water cooler conversations”. It’s sad, but at least I have the Internet to fulfill my fannish needs. And what’s at the top of my list? Supernatural of course! I love those Winchester boys.

Where can readers find you?

If you want to find out the latest about my releases, my works-in-progress, etc. then you can stop by my website WriterKLynn.com. I’m also on Twitter @writerklynn (though my alter ego is more active). I’m always up for engaging in conversations, so drop me a tweet or an email.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies – Now available from Storm Moon Press for $3.99 (ebook)

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy‘s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-800-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

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Thanks so much for taking the time to be here with us today, K. It was a pleasure having you. :)

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