Thursday, March 19, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Black and Blue Love: A Lesbian Novel by Judy Folger

Book Name: Black and Blue Love: A Lesbian Novel
Author Name: Judy Folger
Author Bio:
A proud member of the lesbian community, Judy wrote her first book after she retired and hasn’t looked back since. Her books tell the stories of women in love who fight to overcome real-life problems. Judy was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Wichita but now lives in Merriam, Kansas. She has a son who also writes and a daughter-in-law who does paranormal investigations.
Where to find the author:
Publisher: Judy Folger
Cover Artist: Judy Folger

After Kallie Moran's husband, Aaron, is killed in Iraq, Kallie asks her law firm to transfer her back to her home town so she can be close to her mother.

When her request is granted, she realizes that closeness to her mother also means closeness to her mother's dreadful sister, Bessie Benson.

Bessie is loud and crass, and her sons make a lifestyle of rotating in and out of the county jail. The only Benson that Kallie has ever been able to tolerate is her cousin, Andi. Andi, too, once dreamed of getting out of Brookville, but unlike Kallie, she never quite made it.

Now an out lesbian, Andi drags her intimidated partner, Della, to local bars and out-of-control family affairs. Della seems so miserable that Kallie finds herself reaching out to this beautiful, fragile-looking woman who just doesn't seem to belong among the Bensons.

As Kallie and Della become friends, Kallie witnesses the verbal and emotional abuse Andi heaps on Della. Then comes the terrible night when Andi is no longer able to confine herself to words and slams Della to the ground, permanently scarring her face.

Della flees to Kallie for protection. In relative safety, she struggles to face the fact that she is a victim of lesbian domestic violence. She is also falling hard for Kallie, her rescuer.

Kallie, meanwhile, is keeping some secrets of her own. She wants to be with Della as much as Della wants to be with her, but she is afraid to embark on her first lesbian relationship.

Their love blossoms when Kallie risks her life to save Della from another of Andi's vicious attacks. But it doesn't take Andi long to realize she's been betrayed. Furious, drunk, and carrying her father's hand gun, she vows that this time she will REALLY make Della and Kallie pay.

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Lesbian Domestic Violence, Lesbian Abuse

Della leaned into Kallie so that their bodies were pressed close together. Kallie finally did what she had been wanting to do since the day she met Della. She reached up and tangled her fingers in that glorious, unruly hair. She had expected Della’s hair to be coarse, but it was soft and warm in her hands.

Then Della’s hands found her breases, and Kallie remembered where they were and what they were doing. It took every ounce of willpower that she’d ever possessed, but she withdrew from Della, backing into the wall at the end of the step. “We shouldn’t do this,” she said in a voice so hoarse with passion she scarcely recognized it.

Della’s green eyes reflected hurt and confusion. “Why not?”

“Because you’re my cousin’s partner.”

Della nodded sadly. “You’re right. I’m sorry. I’ll go.”

Kallie tried to think of something to say that would ease things between the two of them, but no words came to her mind. All she could do was watch as Della walked out the door.

Pages or Words: 40,000

Interview with the Author:

How much of the book is realistic?         
I’ve known several heterosexual women who were involved in relationships that involved physical or mental abuse. I saw the dynamics at play and hoped for them to find safety. Abuse isn’t different just because a person of the same gender is the one leveling the insults or striking the blows. So it’s safe to say that this book is very realistic. Even going a step beyond that, I try to write all of my books about realistic women involved in realistic situations.   

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
When I start a book, I only have the core of the story in my head; my books build progressively as things go along. Often it’s the characters who guide me in the right direction. My main character will pop into my head and say, “I wouldn’t do that!” or “I have to do this!” and the story takes off on a whole new tangent.

What inspired you to write your first book?         
The inspiration for my first book came about when my longtime relationship ended.  I started writing to try to make sense out of what had happened. Being on my own, I found my lifelong love of writing resurfacing. Once I started, I couldn’t stop as one idea after another darted through my brain. During my first year of writing, I completed more than twelve books!  

What do you like to read?         
I enjoy reading lesbian romances as well as almost any kind of nonfiction.

Dog or cat?         

I’ve always been owned by both dogs and cats, but if I had to choose one over the other, I would choose a dog first.

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