First novel – A Chapter On Love is on the road to publication!

Last month, I received the thrilling news that my first novel, A Chapter on Love was acquired by Bold Strokes Books and will be published in 2019! I’m so happy to be part of the Bold Strokes Books team and to be working alongside such talented authors. In the next few months I’ll be editing and polishing the novel to make it the best it can be for my readers.

Here is a preview.

A Chapter on Love – Coming in 2019

Jannika Peterson arrived in Grangeton, New Hampshire, with a broken heart and a new job managing the local bookstore. She has a gift for pairing readers with the perfect books, but her matchmaking skills don’t extend to her love life. Love doesn’t stand a chance against her well-protected heart.

Eighteen years ago, Lee Thompson was Jannika’s summer camp counselor, and Lee has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the unusual name. Still healing from her wife’s sudden death, Lee hopes her new job in a new town will help her to begin a new chapter.

When Jannika and Lee reunite, their instant connection feels like a gift, but neither is ready for a second chance at love. Unable to deny their attraction, will they finally get on the same page when it comes to love?

This is a “jump up and down and twirl around” dream come true for me, as it is for many authors when they hear that publication of their novel is really going to happen. The dream is becoming reality. I’ve always wanted to write fiction. And when I discovered lesbian fiction, I dreamed of someday writing a book that readers would enjoy.

I didn’t discover lesbian fiction until my thirties. There was a wonderful lesbian bookstore in downtown Portsmouth, NH in the 1990s called Artistic Amazon, and I caught sight of the rainbow flag flying outside their door one day. I had recently come out and was hungry for information (pre-google days). I made several trips to that part of Portsmouth and must have walked up and down that street twenty times before I had the courage to walk in.

My local library card catalog gave me Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle, Lisa Alther’s Other Women, and a non-fiction book by Betty Berzon, Permanent Partners. Rural New Hampshire libraries didn’t offer much, and I couldn’t afford a non-resident card from the big city library of Portsmouth. When I walked into this store and saw a large bookcase full of new books and a bottom shelf of used books – fiction – lesbian fiction – lesbian romance and lesbian mysteries, my knees wobbled.

Here they were, stories about women like me. There were more than two or three books out there. There was a community of authors, of books, of people like me.

I sat on the floor at the bottom shelf (knees were still a bit wobbly) of used books and picked Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest and Everything You Have by Sandra Scoppetone as a start. Those books changed my life. They gave me hope, gave me confidence, gave me great joy, and comforted me.

I still live in a rural location. I’m amazed at how many people I talk to who don’t know that lesbian fiction exists. I’d love everyone who reads lesbian fiction to suggest titles and authors to your local librarian. They want to know. I’ve talked to librarians who don’t know where to start to develop a collection of lesbian fiction for adults. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Well, if someone would ask for the book I’d get it, but I don’t know where to start.” We know the books and authors we love to read. Let’s tell our librarians.

Most libraries now offer downloadable ebooks and audio books. I’d ask you to offer purchase suggestions for the downloadable eBook and audio book collections of your library as well. If your librarian wants a suggestion of where to start – start with award winning novels, from the Lamda Literary Awards list.

I know that our stories are important as ever. I know they make a difference in the lives of the people who read them. I am thrilled and honored and a bit humbled to be able to call myself an author of lesbian fiction and to offer my stories to readers.

And every so often I break into a twirly dance of joy that A Chapter On Love has found a home at Bold Strokes Books. I can’t wait for 2019 when it’s released into the world!

With Gratitude,

Laney

 

The Purple Tent Book Group

The main character in my novel in progress (working title, A Chapter on Love) is Jannika Carlson. She is a manager of a used bookstore in New Hampshire called, The Pageturner. She runs a few book groups at the store and her favorite is The Purple Tent Book Group. All the members are lesbians. There is a real Purple Tent Book Group in New England and I’ve been a member. I didn’t want to copy that book group, I wanted to honor the women of that book group and what they’ve meant to me over the years. The members gave me their blessing to use the real name of the group in the book.

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I had the great good fortune to visit with them a few weeks ago and read a book group scene from the novel. I set up the scene and assured everyone that the characters in the books as they would hear are bits and pieces of reality and make-believe. I was a bit anxious as I read and hoped they would “get” what I was trying to say with the scene. I’m happy to report that they gave me a heartfelt round of applause, then peppered me with questions about the novel.

Like the encouragement and support The Purple Tent Book group gives Jannika in my story, these women gave me the much needed boost to get back to my story and my final edits before I submit it to a publisher. Thanks Purple Tent ladies!

Girls Next Door Lesbian Romance Short Story Anthology available!

girls-next-door-lesbian-romance websizedMy story Bat Girl, is part of a new short story anthology by Bold Strokes Books titled, Girls Next Door and edited by Sandy Lowe and Stacia Seaman.  It’s available to order from Bold Strokes Books or Amazon.

From Bold Strokes Books:

Sometimes the most intriguing girls are right next door—BFFs, ex-girlfriends, new girls in town, party girls, study mates, teammates, and sexy strangers. All it takes is a night out, the right moment, or an accidental kiss to discover what’s been there all along—the perfect girl for a love that lasts a lifetime. Best-selling romance authors tell it from the heart—sexy, romantic stories of falling for the girls next door.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Cupcake by Georgia Beers
  • Guilty Pleasure by M. Ullrich
  • Hooper Street by Anna Larner
  • Snow Day by Missouri Vaun
  • Knocking on Haven’s Door by Brey Willows
  • Gold by Giselle Renarde
  • Love Unleashed by Karis Walsh
  • Bat Girl by Laney Webber
  • The Aisle of Lesbos by Allison Wonderland
  • Kiss Cam by Lisa Moreau
  • The Girl Next Door by Beth Burnett
  • October Moon by Sheri Lewis Wohl
  • Chemistry by Lea Daley
  • Black Out by Ronica Black
  • Dog Day of Summer by Kris Bryant
  • The Perfect Blend by Rion Woolf
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood by Aurora Rey
  • Neighbors by Elizabeth Black
  • Black Sheep by Nell Stark

It was a fun story to write and I hope you enjoy it and the other stories in this great collection!

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New England Romance Writer’s Conference 2017 – April 7th & 8th

I’m headed to Burlington, MA this Friday for my very first NERWC!  The workshops sound fantastic – “Reviews: How to Get Them and How to Handle Them” – “Indelible Dialogue” – “Understanding the Neuroscience of Outstanding Love Scenes” and “Writing Romance about the Seasoned Crowd (40+).” It looks like a buffet of all my favorite foods. I can’t wait to dive in!

I’ve heard that the event organizers all wear tiaras. I may have to volunteer for that next year. I’ve felt like a displaced Princess since I was a little girl – my family will verify this, with a well-worn story or two, or fifty.

Stay tuned, I’ll be live tweeting during the conference at #nerwc #romancewriter and I’ll post some groovy photos and a blog post here when I get home. If you want to hang out with romance writers, want to be a romance writer, or love to read romance, I think there is still time to register – NERWC

Women’s Week Provincetown 2016

Women’s Week in P-Town has come and gone and I came home with a bundle of books. les-fic-booksSome from favorite authors and some from authors who are new to me. I wish I could have caught more author chats and signings, but there is still only one of me. And I know there are quite a few people who do think that one of me is quite enough, thank you.

My patient wife took a few snaps for me to share with you.

 

Welcome

You’ve found the brand spanking new web page for the author Laney Webber. This website is under construction, and I apologize if you trip on any debris while moseying around.

On these pages you’ll find all the news about my latest novels, short stories, and novellas. There are the usual links to social media and some other places I like to visit.

There’s a place sign up for the monthly newsletter. (I promise not to flood your inbox, I don’t like that, so why would you?) I’ll send out a mini newsletter once in a while if I’m  having a giveaway or contest.

And while my family and friends and you are waiting patiently for that first book to be finished, please visit me on facebook or twitter. I’m also a book reviewer at The Lesbian Review. I work as a librarian during the day and although I don’t have a special gift for matching people with books like my character, Jannika – it is the favorite part of my job.