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--particularly if you happen to be reading this post as I'm writing it (or shortly thereafter... really any time in the month of April 2017) when the ebook version is available absolutely free from 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.

Along those lines, I've decided to make the ebook version of Tiff/Tiger FREE for the rest of the month.

(It's February)


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--that's why I've made it accessible to everyone by setting the price as FREE at most vendors. 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. At the moment, a pretty compelling reason is: IT'S FREE!!!

Where is it free?

From Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/0nvWs

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 for money 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

Friday, 23 December 2016

Behind the Curtain with Gayboy

I'm bringing you behind the scenes with this post. Strap in, tie those shoelaces (made ya look!) and grab a warm mug of cocoa. Here we go!

In August I published a sweet, lovely bisexual teen novelette called And Plaid All Over. More recently I published a gritty, honest bisexual teen chapbook called Gayboy.

And, actually, they're both the same book. Different name, different cover, different branding, but the story inside is exactly the same.

The plan from the very beginning was to a/b test this story. What's a/b testing? It's when you present different versions of something to see what will have better results. In the case of Plaid/Gayboy I wanted to see whether a softer or harder title and cover design would sell more copies.

Of course, I'm being totally unscientific about this by actually telling you what I'm up to. I published the Plaid version first and kept it exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, then I unpublished it. My plan was to do the same with Gayboy, but I gave up pretty fast because Kindle Unlimited never works out for me. The bulk of my sales come from other ebook stores, so I've uploaded Gayboy pretty much everywhere and you can get the ebook for free most places until the end of the year (it's currently 2016 in case you don't have a calendar or you're reading this from the future).

The only thing I didn't change was print version. Chalk that up to laziness. But that also meant I was able to include in the Gayboy blurb: Paperback version available as "And Plaid All Over." Because, of course, I changed the title and cover art to test design concepts, not to trick anyone into buying the same book twice--yet another reason I'm letting you in my evil plan to take over the world. I mean to a/b test this book. Sorry, I glanced at the wrong notebook for a sec.

Now I know what you're thinking: which one's the winner--a or b? Plaid or Gayboy?

Well, the wheels fell off when I changed so many testing parameters, so I can't really say. What I can say is that you are more than welcome to scoop up a copy of Gayboy anywhere you like. It's free at a lot of ebook stores, but I won't dissuade you from buying a copy for actual money if you so choose.

Oh, and if you want to know what the actual story is about... well, you could read it. Or you could check out this post I wrote: http://foxglovelee.blogspot.ca/2016/08/new-teen-fiction-bi-guy-his-best-friend.html

There are plenty of places to find Gayboy, including:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gayboy-foxglove-lee/1125245376
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1179950968
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/gayboy

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1I8V9V?tag=foxglovelee-20
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N1I8V9V
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N1I8V9V
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/332231797/Gayboy
24Symbols: https://www.24symbols.com/book/x/x/x?id=1808057

Until the end of the year you can also grab Gayboy from instafreebie right here: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/4kc6o

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

They're Humiliating! They're Hilarious! They're... Embarrassing Period Stories!

Embarrassing Period Stories
Twenty Totally Awkward Tales of Preteens and Periods
Edited by Foxglove Lee

We get them at school. We get them on vacation. We get them at dance recitals and piano lessons, at theme parks and on tennis courts, during pool parties and volleyball games and math tests. We get our periods at the worst possible moments, but at least we’ve got funny stories to tell!

In this inclusive book, you’ll find twenty embarrassing period stories as hilarious as they are mortifying. If you’ve ever felt humiliated by leaks and layers and secrets and stains, feel free to laugh along!

What a fun read! And if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it's FREE for you until the end of February 2017!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N59J3VP
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01N59J3VP
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N59J3VP

Coming March 2017 to other ebook stores!

Monday, 3 October 2016

New Genderqueer Young/New Adult Fiction: You Can Never Go Home Again

Before I tell you about my newest novelette, I want to let you know that if you're reading this post prior to October 6th, 2016 you can get You Can Never Go Home Again FREE from instaFreebie.  

Go grab it now. It's okay. I'll wait: https://www.instafreebie.com/book/15722

Okay, back to the book.

This is a good one. I wrote it in anticipation of Thanksgiving--the Canadian one that's coming up this weekend. I figured a lot of readers might be looking for a story to read while heading home to see family, as my main character is doing at the start of the story.

If you're looking for spooky fiction with a genderqueer main character, you found it!

What if you came home for Thanksgiving and your family home had disappeared?

Picture this: You started your first year at university a couple months ago and you haven’t been home since. You miss your parents, but you’ve learned a lot about yourself living away. Your family was accepting when you came out queer, but everything’s different now that you’re questioning your gender identity too. Even if you can work up the nerve to tell your parents, will they ever understand?

That’s the least of your concerns when you get home to find your house isn’t there. It’s just… gone! The neighbours have no idea who you are. What happened to your family? How can you find them? And does anyone remember the way things used to be?

A Paranormal LGBTQ Young Adult Novelette

Grab a copy of You Can Never Go Home Again while it's free or snap it up for a couple bucks from one of the following ebook retailers:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1161260848
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/you-can-never-go-home-again-2

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1AWXYO?tag=foxglovelee
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01M1AWXYO
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01M1AWXYO

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=qZEsDQAAQBAJ

Sunday, 28 August 2016

New Teen Fiction: A bi guy, his best friend, the 90s and show tunes!

I keep coming back to the 90s. I just can't help myself. 1994, in particular, grabs me. Sylvie and the Christmas Ghost was set in 1994. My new novelette, And Plaid All Over, is set in that same year. It's about two best friends who are madly in love... with Forever Plaid.

In case you haven't heard of it, Forever Plaid is a one-act musical about a singing group from the early 60s who time-travel into the future to give a concert for you, the audience. It's a weird musical for a pair of teenagers to be obsessed with, but there's a bit of a based-on-a-true-story aspect to And Plaid All Over: in 1994 or so, my best friend and I went to see Forever Plaid multiple times. Not as many times as Marco and Anna, but more than most teens. We'd stand in line for rush tickets. Much like Marco and Anna, we were always the youngest people in the audience.

For all you 90s historians out there (or at least for fans of musical theatre), I've got a few artifacts to show you.

Here's my "Plaidbill" from one performance, so when Anna asks "Why's it called a Plaidbill?" you'll know what she's talking about:

Marco and Anna are members of the Frequent Plaid Club. Here's what that's all about:

And when Marco hooks a plastic bag from the gift shop around his wrist, this is the bag:

Having said all that, And Plaid All Over is a work of FICTION so please don't sue me, Forever Plaid people!

And Plaid All Over is a cute little novelette about a bi guy with a crush on an actor, his best friend who kind of annoys him sometimes, and their mutual love of Forever Plaid (and... each other?).

You can read And Plaid All Over as an ebook from Amazon, but if you prefer paperbacks you can actually get this book in print too even though it's quite a short read.

Here be the linkages (I don't know why my urls look like they're not hyperlinked when they are...):

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KOUZTCO?tag=foxglovelee-20
In the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KOUZTCO
In Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01KOUZTCO
In Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01KOUZTCO

Monday, 4 July 2016

Behind the Book: Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard

Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard is children’s fiction starring Madison and Sunita, characters who are transgender and gender non-conforming, respectively.

I was inspired to write this book by a friend’s daughter, who is trans. She’s an avid reader who loves watching cat videos and choreographing dance routines. I thought it might be nice to write a funny little book that features diverse gender identities, with her in mind. I started with a trip to the library, where I read a few books from a series she particularly enjoys. That gave me a feel for what kinds of character dynamics and storylines I might create.

Then something strange happened: a hike with my sister. Not strange in itself, but the conservation area we were hiking in happened to have a pioneer graveyard in it. That’s a little unusual. Also unusual: as we were leaving the cemetery, we realized there was a turkey following us! I don’t know about you, but I’d never been followed through the woods by a turkey before. Now, I’m not saying for sure that it was a ghost turkey, but you never know. All in all, that hike was a little spOoOky.

Out of this experience, Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard was born. My sister and I jokingly began plotting it as we finished our hike. She’s an elementary school teacher, so she was able to give me pointers about curriculum too. That’s pretty darn helpful. Thanks, Sis!

I also want to give a shout-out to my awesome editor who happens to be transgender, just like my character Madison. Although, unlike Madison, she’s not a huge fan of pickled beets. (I asked.)

Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard isn’t a book about “being trans,” particularly. It’s a funny little mystery that features gender-diverse characters. I wrote it especially for those young readers who don’t see themselves represented in a lot of books—and for their friends, siblings, classmates… any young reader, really. Especially if they enjoy a bit of silly fun with their amateur sleuthing.

Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard is now available as an ebook and in print. If your local library doesn’t carry it, ask them to purchase a copy!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention this book is available in two versions: Canadian English and American English. Just thought it might be a little easier for young readers if they didn't have to adjust to unfamiliar spellings.

Here are some of the many places you can purchase
Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard: CANADIAN ENGLISH
by Foxglove Lee
ISBN-13: 978-1534936843
ISBN-10: 153493684X
(click vendor name to visit the site)
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK

Ghost Turkey and the Pioneer Graveyard: AMERICAN ENGLISH
by Foxglove Lee
ISBN-13: 978-1534943216
ISBN-10: 1534943218
(click vendor name to visit the site) 
Barnes and Noble