Posts Tagged 'MJ Williamz'

Hippies, Ballerinas, and Pilots!

Last week, loads of Bold Strokes Books authors descended on Provincetown, MA for panels, readings, and book signings during Women’s Week 2016. I managed to grab a few of them for a quick conversation about their current and upcoming work, and I’ll be posting these vlogs over the course of the next week. First up, MJ Williamz, Melissa Brayden, and Julie Tizard.

MJ Williamz

Known for erotic stories in a wide variety of interesting settings, MJ Williamz offers up Love on Liberty, a story of a 1960’s love child who falls for a Navy nurse. Click here to see MJ channel her inner love child.

Melissa Bradyen

Melissa Brayden’s last release is First Position, a tale of two rival ballet dancers. Click here to get the skinny on First Position and a preview of what Melissa’s working on now.

Julie Tizard

New Bold Strokes Books author Julie Tizard has flown planes for as long as she can remember, but The Road to Wings is her first novel. Available in 2017, you’re not going to want to miss this amazing story told by a veteran pilot. Fasten your seat belts and tune in here for the view from the cockpit.

 

 

Women’s Week in Ptown

By Heather Blackmore

Tell Me Something Good panelists (L-R): Radclyffe, Aurora Rey (moderator), Melissa Brayden, KC Richardson, Tina Michele, Holly Stratimore, Heather Blackmore

Tell Me Something Good panelists (L-R): Radclyffe, Aurora Rey (moderator), Melissa Brayden, KC Richardson, Tina Michele, Holly Stratimore, Heather Blackmore

Under the Gun panelists (L-R): Carsen Taite, Ashley Bartlett, Ali Vali, Samantha Boyette, VK Powell, Sophia Kell Hagin

Under the Gun panelists (L-R): Carsen Taite, Ashley Bartlett, Ali Vali, Samantha Boyette, VK Powell, Sophia Kell Hagin

Women’s Week in Provincetown, MA is a celebration of all things lesbian. It happens annually around Columbus Day, this year October 10-16th. There’s music, comedy, art, films, local tours, LGBTQ information, author readings, theater events, get-togethers over food, sailing, sports, and wine, and more. And while there are plenty of organized offerings, it’s fun just to walk down the street. You bump into people you know. It’s a safe, welcoming, warm environment where LGBTQ people, especially lesbians, can simply be themselves.

It’s Getting Hot in Here (L-R): Melissa Brayden (moderator), Charlotte Greene, Maggie Cummings, Kris Bryant, Sandy Lowe, Fiona Riley, MJ Williams

It’s Getting Hot in Here (L-R): Melissa Brayden (moderator), Charlotte Greene, Maggie Cummings, Kris Bryant, Sandy Lowe, Fiona Riley, MJ Williamz

 

This was my second time at Women’s Week, and for readers, it offers an exciting array of choices. Bold Strokes Books put on a bunch of author events (more on that later). Bywater Books was there, Indie authors were there, Golden Crown Literary Society members were there, as well as others. The town swarmed with some of my favorite writers in the lesfic community, from everyone on the BSB list below, to non BSB authors such as Lynn Ames, Georgia Beers, KB Draper, and Rachel Spangler.

 

Badges, Stripes, and Medals book signing (L-R): Jessica L. Webb, KC Richardson, Jean Copeland, Emily Smith

Badges, Stripes, and Medals book signing (L-R): Jessica L. Webb, KC Richardson, Jean Copeland, Emily Smith

One of the things I love about lesfic is the massive choice we now have in genre selection. From short-stories to non-fiction, romance to erotica, historical fiction to the paranormal, science fiction to mysteries, young adult to romantic intrigue, there’s something for everyone. Author events at Women’s Week give us a chance to sample from these options, learn about new authors, and hear from veterans.

 

 

Another thing I love about Women’s Week is the camaraderie. I met a ton of authors and readers. From formal meet-and-greets to informal get-togethers over meals and drinks, these readers and authors are mostly just down-to-earth, nice, fun people. The established authors are generally gracious and warm, the newer ones are excited and nervous, and those in between are in turns chillax, giddy, anxious, or troublemaking. The whole week feels a bit like lesbian summer camp (except for bouts of chilly weather).

Books!

Books!

 

 

The reason for this blog is to encourage those of you who enjoy lesfic and are wondering what it would be like to attend Women’s Week, to try to make it up to Ptown for a few days next year. There really are dozens of daily events of all kinds, so you don’t have to spend all your days inside listening to readings and Q&A sessions. Ptown is gorgeous and Women’s Week has a lot to offer.

 

Emily Smith and Laydin Michaels

Emily Smith and Laydin Michaels

 

But when you do want to learn about new books or listen to or meet some of your favorite authors, Women’s Week provides plenty of opportunities for you to do so. This year, BSB put on 8 diverse panels and 4 Q&A sessions and brought 30 authors to Ptown. All events are free and there is no hard sell. Obviously BSB would love to sell books, but there’s zero pressure. As with the meet-and-greet I attended 2 years ago, this one also offered anyone with the slightest gumption to walk up to their favorite authors, introduce themselves, and chat. There is nothing intimidating about it, except for the usual hurdle some of us introverts experience in social situations!

Love is in the Air Q&A (L-R): Aurora Rey, CA Popovich, Fiona Riley, KC Richardson, Sandy Lowe (moderator), Kris Bryant

Love is in the Air Q&A (L-R): Aurora Rey, CA Popovich, Fiona Riley, KC Richardson, Sandy Lowe (moderator), Kris Bryant

 

If you haven’t seen the BSB schedule, here were the authors in attendance this year:

Ashley Bartlett, Heather Blackmore, Samantha Boyette, Melissa Brayden, Kris Bryant, Jean Copeland, Maggie Cummings, Jackie D, CF Frizzell, Charlotte Greene, Sophia Kell Hagin, Sandy Lowe, Laydin Michaels, Tina Michele, Jaycie Morrison, C.A. Popovich, VK Powell, Radclyffe, Aurora Rey, KC Richardson, Fiona Riley, Emily Smith, Holly Stratimore, Carsen Taite, TJ Thomas, Julie Tizard, M. Ullrich, Ali Vali, Jessica L. Webb, and MJ Williamz.

Sealed with a Kiss panelists (L-R): TJ Thomas (standing), Jean Copeland, Melissa Brayden, CF Frizzell, Aurora Rey, Maggie Cummings (moderator), CA Popovich

Sealed with a Kiss panelists (L-R): TJ Thomas (standing), Jean Copeland, Melissa Brayden, CF Frizzell, Aurora Rey, Maggie Cummings (moderator), CA Popovich

 

Obviously I can’t guarantee what next year’s lineup will be, but I’d love to plant the seed for you to consider taking a few days off next year to experience a delightful getaway at Women’s Week in Ptown.

 

It’s all about Summer Passion!

BY MJ WILLIAMZ

Hollywood in the late 1940’s has always held a strong fascination for me. It seemed like such a romantic age. The war was over and people were going back to the movies. The leading ladies were strong, sensual women. We’re talking Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, and Ginger Rogers, just to name a few. And of course, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. There were more, but you get the gist.

 

These women were beautiful, and more than one actress from that era was rumored to be a lesbian. The House Un-American Activities Committee was in the process of rounding up homosexuals and communists in an attempt to keep them out of Hollywood. So, these women had to be doubly careful in hiding their sexuality.

 

Summer PassionWith this in mind, I wrote Summer Passion. It is a book that takes place in 1946 Hollywood and the main character, Jean Sanders, is America’s Sweetheart. She’s also a lesbian. Now, in the book, I changed the name of Joseph McCarthy, but his character is still there and still hounds Jean about her sexuality.

 

The man who directs many of Jean’s movies, David Duvall, is a gay man and they are seen as often in public as they can to fuel rumors that they’re together. But each of them is secretly involved with someone else. And they will do anything necessary to keep their private lives private.

 

Summer Passion is a trek through the scary, dangerous world that was being a lesbian in Hollywood in 1946, but Jean Sanders is nothing if she’s not smart. She figures out a way to be with her true love. If only her true love will go along with it.

 

Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you’ll enjoy the book!

Speakeasy

By MJ Williamz

Speakeasy was released in eBook format in April, but it’s being released in paperback format this month. Here’s the blurb for the book:

 

Mob boss Helen Byrne loves the new breed of women in the Roaring Twenties. She loves them every chance she gets. But when she finds herself attracted to bad girl Maria Falco, things change. Maria’s boyfriend is Franco Moretti, Al Capone’s right-hand man. Helen has vowed to protect the men in her gang, but her need for Maria is powerful. Is the imminent gang war worth it to her and her men? Can she convince Maria to leave the powerful Moretti for her? And if she does, how will she survive being the target of the most powerful mob in town? Maria and Helen burn hot, but so does Moretti’s firepower. Helen is determined to make Maria hers and hers alone. But at what cost?

 

I had more fun writing this book. I’ve always been obsessed with 1920’s Chicago. Al Capone and the rest of the big bad guys of the day have fascinated me from an early age.

 

SpeakeasySpeakeasy 300 DPI took a lot of research. It is filled with factual accounts of the day, often with names changed, but not always. I looked up city maps of that time period that showed which gang owned which area. And real gang leaders were mentioned in the book. Sure, Helen Byrne and Maria Falco were fictional, as was Franco Moretti, but Al capone, Hymie Wise, and the Genoa brothers were all real.

 

While Speakeasy is an erotic romance, with lots of sex and a strong romantic storyline, it’s also got some grit to it. Life wasn’t all roses and unicorns for gang leaders in Chicago and Helen is no exception. There’s violence where there needs to be. There are hits and retaliations. And Helen and her gang experience all of that in their effort to hold on to their little slice of the pie.

 

I hope you’ll check out Speakeasy. You can order it here: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/9781626392380.html

 

Speakeasy is not the only book I’ll have out this year. Sheltered LoveSheltered Love 300 DPI, which involves a woman who runs a domestic abuse shelter and a woman who owns a bar and the differences they must overcome to be together, will be out in July. Summer Passion is the story of two actresses in 1946 Hollywood who fall in love, but that love is not allowed in that era. How they get around the social mores of the time makes for an interesting page turner. This book is scheduled to be out in November this year.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I wish all of you a very happy new year!

 

 

 

 

Forbidden Pazzionz

Tune in to hear BSB author M.J. Williamz discuss her recent release, Forbidden Passions.

Life with a Headstrong Character

by MJ Williamz

World, meet Kathleen “Katie” Prentiss. Katie is a 19 year old beauty. She has long, auburn hair, emerald green eyes and an “I don’t take sh!t from anybody” attitude. Katie is all about what Katie wants. Born in 1846 to Theodore and Della Prentiss of New Orleans, she was raised as the privileged, only child of plantation owners. Life has been easy for her. She has not been easy for anyone.

Now, there are several things I know that Katie does well, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what they are (altho knowing I’m the author might give you a bit of a hint LOL) But I didn’t really know much about her, because I’ve been kind of avoiding really getting to know her. Her mother and I don’t know each other all that well, because she’s more of a minor character. I know her mother’s best friend, Corrine very well. She and I became fast friends upon her inception. But Katie? She’s a bit intimidating, to be honest.

So when the time came to write a chapter from her point of view, I was understandably nervous. If I don’t really know her, how can I get inside her head and tell the story? That’s when I learned that there was a positive to having a headstrong, self-absorbed main character – she tells her own story! It took little or no thought on my part to write last night’s scene. Katie took it and made it her own. I (she) wrote over 1,000 in just a couple of hours, which is almost unheard of for me.

Which begs to question – am I still ok to avoid her and let her write the story her way? Or do I really need to suck it up and get to know her? The jury’s still out on that one.


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