Hello, everybody! Thanks to Scorching Reviews for hosting me today during their LGBT Month celebration. I am Leigh Ellwood and I write M/M and F/F romance and erotica. This summer I am pleased to be part of a line of lesbian erotic romance stories published by Ellora’s Cave. The Hot Pink line will feature a number of authors known in F/F circles, and my novella Sugar Rush quite literally takes the cake!
To get us all excited about this June release, I’m interviewing one of the characters in the story. Say hello to Neve, owner of the Sugar Rush bakery!
Neve: *waves* Happy to be here!
Leigh: Neve, your bakery is quite popular, but as your story begins we learn you gain more publicity than you bargained for. Tell us about that.
Neve: Oh, dear. I didn’t think it was a big deal at first. One day this couple came in to order a wedding cake, and I said sure I’ll bake it for you. No biggie, right? Well, it was a lesbian couple, and our state had just ruled the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Naturally, they wanted a wedding. It doesn’t matter to me if a gay or straight couple wants to marry. Love is love, you know?
Leigh: Not everybody thinks like you, though.
Neve: *shakes head* One of my employees posted the news on our Facebook, and the comments went nuts. Lot of people threatened to boycott me for baking this cake, but we did get supporters, too. I’m thinking… come on, it’s CAKE! I don’t ask the sexual orientation of my customers. Live and let live. These nice ladies wanted a wedding cake to celebrate their big day, and they asked me to bake it. I’m flattered. I love weddings, and all happy occasions. That’s why I own a bakery – it’s a happy place. 🙂
Leigh: Just thinking about cake makes me hungry! Would you consider yourself a baker/LGBT activist?
Neve: I’m just me. I keep my private life separate from work. If somebody wants to order a rainbow cake for a Pride event I’ll handle it. I wouldn’t say Sugar Rush is a “gay bakery” because I offer goodies to everybody. It’s a people place, and I guess in a way it’s activism. I promote equality through sweet stuff. 🙂
Leigh: You seem to work a lot. Does it leave much time for you?
Neve: Work is a balm for me. I was in a serious relationship, and when it ended I dove into work to heal. Recently, though, I met a young lady who enjoys my baking, and she’s rather cute!
Leigh: Oh, really? Sounds like a good sign for the future.
Neve: Maybe, but if you want to hear more you’ll have to come by the bakery. Bring your appetite!
There you have it. Sugar Rush is due out in June. In the meantime please visit LeighEllwood.com for more LGBT romance!
Baker Neve Rush is surprised to receive social media attention, both the good and bad varieties, after agreeing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. She cares about people’s tastes in pastries, not sexual partners. The newfound fame has gained her new customers—as well as one resurfaced ex. Gianna stirs up memories Neve would rather forget, and an impromptu flirtation with a client might just do the trick.
Judy Goldsmith finds Neve’s open-mindedness refreshing and attractive, and isn’t above a little scheming to get to know her better. As Neve and Judy satisfy each other’s sweet tooth in the most pleasurable ways possible, feelings begin to blossom. But their deepening attraction may not survive a little white lie…and an even bigger, darker secret.
A Romantica® GLBT erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
For the Grand Prize Giveaway, I (Nix) will be giving away ten of my top LGBT books. These books will be gifted via All Romance as the books are available to readers on all the types of eReaders (you just need to sign up for a free account to access the books and you can send them directly). If you have any of the books and you win the prize, speak to me and I’ll see what else I can do. All of the posts have prizes atatched and a list of these can be found here
The books are (and there are substitutions available for people who have copies)…
- With a Kiss by Kim Dare (MM)
- Hot Head by Damien Suede (MM)
- By the Book by Scarlett Parrish (MM)
- The Dom With a Safeword by Cari Silverwood (FFM)
- Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon (MM)
- How Sweet it is – Melissa Brayden (FF)
- Fatal Shadows – Josh Lanyon (MM)
- Faith and Fidelity – Tere Michaels (MM)
- How to Love – Kelly Jamieson (FMM)
- Cut and Run – Abigail Roux (MM)
- Paperback Tread Marks & Trademarks by SA McAuley