Saturday, 16 March 2019

Go Back in Time with Ghost Stories from the Victorian and Edwardian Days

If you enjoy classic ghost stories as much as I do, I know you're going to love these audiobooks narrated by Madeleine Mayfair. You might know her as the narrator of my audiobooks!  Well, she's a huge fan of ghost stories--just like you and me.

Check out these spooky stories from the early 1900s. You'd think they'd feel antiquated, seeing as they were written over 100 years ago, but they're incredibly entertaining. MadMay's done a great job with them.

Haunted Houses of England and Wales
A Collection of Ghost Stories

Prepare for a scare! This collection of bone-chilling ghost stories from England and Wales is certain to send shivers down your spine. Settle in for more than four hours of haunted tales from the early twentieth century—that’s more than four hours of audio!

Listen at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/haunted-houses-england-wales-collection-ghost-stories/id1450618101?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Elliott_O_Donnell_Haunted_Houses_of_England_and_Wa?id=AQAAAEDMgGrAtM&hl=en
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/haunted-houses-of-england-and-wales
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/398022786/Haunted-Houses-of-England-and-Wales-A-Collection-of-Ghost-Stories
Playster: https://play.playster.com/audiobooks/1001800000001001697/haunted-houses-of-england-and-wales-elliott-odonnell


Scottish Ghost Stories
Victorian and Edwardian Tales of the Supernatural

From castles to country houses to the battlegrounds of a bygone era, Scotland boasts an impressive host of haunted locales. This impressive collection of bone-chilling ghost stories is certain to send shivers down your spine. Travel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen to Glasgow and all points in between with nearly twenty tingling tales of ghostly encounters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Settle in for more than five hours of audio and get ready for a scare!

Listen at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/scottish-ghost-stories-victorian-edwardian-tales-supernatural/id1449910637?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Elliott_O_Donnell_Scottish_Ghost_Stories?id=AQAAAEBMyz6LYM&hl=en
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/scottish-ghost-stories-17
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/396891679/Scottish-Ghost-Stories-Victorian-and-Edwardian-Tales-of-the-Supernatural
Playster: https://play.playster.com/audiobooks/1001800000001001536/scottish-ghost-stories-elliott-odonnell


The Invisible Hand and Other Ghost Stories

Ten haunting tales from the book of True Ghost Stories compiled by Hereward Carrington in 1915. Included in this audio collection are the following Victorian and Edwardian stories: The Cut Across the Cheek, “Julia, Darling,” Face to Face, Willington Mill, The Invisible Hand, Face Slapped by a Ghost, Alone with a Ghost in a Church, A Haunted House in France, I Am Shot, and Shaken by a Ghost.

Listen at Nook: https://www.nookaudiobooks.com/audiobook/256756/invisible-hand-and-other-ghost-stories-the
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/invisible-hand-and-other-ghost-stories-the
Audiobooks.com: https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/invisible-hand-and-other-ghost-stories/360166
Playster: https://play.playster.com/audiobooks/1001800000000256756/the-invisible-hand-and-other-ghost-stories-hereward-carrington

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Foxglove's Top Three Go-To Ghost Shows

Now that I'm writing ghost stories for your entertainment, I figure I ought to share some of the ghostly things that entertain me. I'll start by revealing my top three go-to ghost shows.

When I say "ghost shows" I'm talking about TV series featuring the paranormal.

One of the main reasons I started writing ghost stories is that I just can't get enough ghost shows! Once you've watched them all... what then? You need more spooky entertainment, and where do you find it? Well, I started writing my own ghost stories featuring queer characters. If you haven't read them, I hope you'll dive right in... after you've discovered my top three go-to ghost shows!

3. Ghost Adventures

If you've never heard of Ghost Adventures, it's an hour-long documentary style television program produced by Travel Channel. Ghost Adventures features paranormal investigators delving into paranormal phenomena in a variety of locations. But that could be said of many shows of this style (and there sure are a lot of them!), so what makes Ghost Adventures special?

I'm not sure I have an answer to that question. It just seems to work. The show is creepy. I get chills watching it. The boys seem to capture a lot of paranormal activity using a variety of techniques and technologies. It's entertaining, start to finish.

What do I like about Ghost Adventures? Well, let's start with the fact that there are about a million episodes. At this point the show's been on for, what, something like 17 seasons? If there's one thing that appeals to me about a TV show, it's having lots of episodes under its belt.

2. The Other Side

The Other Side is another documentary style paranormal investigations show.

This one is a half-hour-long and produced in Canada by APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network.

The Other Side features a team of Indigenous investigators who pair technologies we're familiar with from other similar shows with traditional teachings and knowledge.

What do I love about The Other Side? The audience gets to view paranormal investigations through an Indigenous lens, which is so uncommon in the landscape of ghost shows and so, so refreshing!

If you've never seen The Other Side, check it out for sure.

You won't regret it.

1. The Dead Files

I could watch The Dead Files every hour of every day and never get tired of it. The Dead Files is another hour-long Travel Channel production, but the investigation style is totally different from a series like Ghost Adventures.

Amy is a medium. Steve is a former cop. She investigates a property by talking to the dead while he investigates the same property by talking to homeowners and doing research into the house and its surroundings. At the end, they come together to let the homeowners know their findings.

What do I love about The Dead Files? Again, there are plenty of episodes to binge on. Amy and Steve are both charismatic, lovable, and entertaining to watch. Plus, the program has followed precisely the same formula since the very first episode, and you really feel at home with a show like that. You always know what to expect, but at the same time every episode blows me away. I'm always surprised and creeped out by Steve and Amy's findings.

So those are my top three go-to ghost shows. If you've never seen them, check 'em out. If you've seen every episode of every show and you're still craving more paranormal entertainment, be sure to read my Queer Ghost Stories! There are plenty to choose from!

I'll be back soon with another post about great ghostly entertainment, so don't forget to visit.

And thanks for reading!

Foxglove Lee

Thursday, 13 December 2018

A Teacup for Trilby: A Heartwarming Holiday Story

We all have different needs, when it comes to the kinds of stories we want to hear around the holiday season. 

Some readers love escaping into a land of sugar and spice that in no way resembles real life. Other readers feel isolated by sappy-happy stories because they don't see themselves and their lives reflected. 

There's a place for the sappy stuff. There's a please for stark realism. Both are valid forms of entertainment.

Growing up as a queer kid in a situation of domestic violence, I hated the feel-good Christmas movies my mother loved. All the happy smiling people just reminded me how rotten my little life was. I wanted representation. I looked for fiction that was darker, fiction that reflected the fear I was experiencing in my own life.

As an adult, I appreciate the need for escapism more and more. As I write this post, I'm watching some kind of musical family Christmas special on TV. Little me would be rolling her eyes, big-time. But the world is just so awful sometimes. It helps to absorb other families' joy, even if it's fictional.

Having said all that, I would like to introduce the story I've written for you this Christmas.

A Teacup for Trilby sits somewhere between those two extremes of happy-sappy and stark realism. It's about a little girl spending Christmas at a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. 

You might think a story about being homeless for the holidays would be a total bummer, but I'm hoping that's not the case here. My main character, Amelia, befriends Trilby, a lovely older trans woman, and they pretty much adopt each other as grandmother and granddaughter. When Trilby is wronged, Amelia is the first one who wants to stick up for her. But what good can she do? She's only a child.

These characters experience great challenges, but, in the end, they are rewarded with love and acceptance. And I think that's something we're all looking for, especially this time of year.

Start a new tradition today by reading A Teacup for Trilby, a heartwarming holiday story from me, Foxglove Lee, for you, with love and affection.

A Teacup for Trilby
A Heartwarming Holiday Story
By Foxglove Lee

Amelia and her family are homeless this Christmas. How can their days be merry after they’ve lost everything?

When Trilby arrives at the shelter just in time for the holidays, Amelia’s family takes the older trans woman eagerly into their hearts. Trilby reminds the young girl of her late grandmother, who was always so loving and supportive. Everyone is over the moon when a wealthy benefactor arranges a festive shopping trip for the shelter’s residents, but the evening goes sour when a cold-hearted shop assistant denies Trilby the only gift she really wants. Can anyone set things right? And can they do it in time for Christmas?

You can purchase the ebook at many retailers, including:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7L62G5?tag=foxglovelee-20
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/911689?ref=RainbowCrush
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=wxN-DwAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-teacup-for-trilby-a-heartwarming-holiday-story
Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/b/3yDA1n

You can also find it at the following and other subscription sites:
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/395417647/A-Teacup-for-Trilby-A-Heartwarming-Holiday-Story
Playster: https://play.playster.com/books/10009781370260881/a-teacup-for-trilby-a-heartwarming-holiday-story-foxglove-lee

And at Radish: https://radish.app.link/yrljelwZzS

Monday, 19 March 2018

We're Here! We're Queer! We're Ghost Stories!

There's nothing I love more than a spooky story. 

I grew up watching Twilight Zone re-runs. When my younger brother watched Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? on TV, I found some excuse to be in the room. I was too old for kid shows, so I couldn't admit I wanted to watch them. Now I'm the total opposite: I'm not too old for anything, and I'm not ashamed to tell you I watched every episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? that I could find on Netflix, and I'm working my way through Goosebumps as we speak.

Ghost stories are the greatest.  That's why I've started a new series called Queer Ghost Stories, paranormal tales featuring LGBTQ characters. These stories are perfect for those of us who grew up loving Goosebumps, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The X-Files, Tales from the Crypt, all that.  

If you like spooky stuff, this series is for YOU!

To be totally honest, I started writing my Queer Ghost Stories just to entertain myself. It was a totally selfish venture. But I think that's when an author's writing is at its best.

You can expect one new queer ghost story every month, and you'll find a listing of my ebooks at this special page: https://foxglovelee.blogspot.ca/p/queer-ghost-stories.html

As with episodes of The Twilight Zone and Goosebumps, you can enter this series at any point.  The stories all work independently of one another, so read them in any order.

If you love ghost stories as much as I do, I invite you to enter the world of Queer Ghost Stories today!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=vKp3DgAAQBAJ

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:


https://www.amazon.com/Top-Ten-Ways-Die-Foxglove/dp/1544787332?tag=foxglovelee-20
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

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=vxUgDgAAQBAJ


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!

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/tiffany-and-tiger-s-eye-1
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?

https://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Tigers-Eye-Paranormal-Lesbian/dp/154300623X?tag=foxglovelee-20
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

Friday, 23 December 2016

Behind the Curtain with Gayboy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1179950968
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.

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. 

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