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March Book Release from Festival Author!

We’re always excited about new lesbian fiction! Check out the new release from Justine Saracen, who will be attending the 2014 Lone Star LesFic Festival for the first time.

ViolinsCoverWaiting for the Violins by Justine Saracen, out this month!

Antonia Forrester, an English nurse, is nearly killed while trying to save soldiers fleeing at Dunkirk. Embittered, she returns to occupied Brussels as a British spy to foment resistance to the Nazis. She works with urban partisans who sabotage deportation efforts and execute collaborators, before résistante leader Sandrine Toussaint accepts her into the Comet Line, an operation to rescue downed Allied pilots. After capture and then escape from a deportation train headed for Auschwitz, the women join the Maquis fighting in the Ardenne Forests. Passion is the glowing ember that warms them amidst the winter carnage until London radio transmits the news they’ve waited for. Huddled in the darkness, they hear the coded message, “the long sobs of the violins” signaling that the Allied Invasion is about to begin.

Author Spotlight: Justine Saracen

ViolinsCoverIt seemed especially appropriate on Valentine’s Day to shine our Author Spotlight on Belgium-based Justine Saracen 🙂

A recovered academic, Justine Saracen started out producing dreary articles for esoteric literary journals. Writing fiction, it turned out, was way more fun.  With eight historical thrillers now under her literary belt, she has moved from Ancient Egyptian theology (The 100th Generation) to the Crusades (Lammy-nominated Vulture’s Kiss) to the Roman Renaissance.

Sistine Heresy, a blasphemic backstory to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, won a 2009 Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) and was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.

A few centuries farther along, WWII thriller Mephisto Aria was an EPIC award finalist, won Rainbow Awards for Best Historical Novel and Best Writing Style, and took the 2011 Golden Crown first prize for Historical novel.

Sarah, Son of God, in which a transgendered beauty takes us through Stonewall-rioting New York, Venice under the Inquisition, and Nero’s Rome, won the Rainbow First Prize for Transgendered Novel.

Her second WWII thriller, Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright, follows the lives of four homosexuals during the Third Reich, and won the 2012 Rainbow First Prize for Historical Novel.

Beloved Gomorrah (2013) marked a return to her critique of Bible myths – in this case an LGBT version of Sodom and Gomorrah – though it also involves Red Sea diving and the dangerous allure of a certain Hollywood actress.

An adopted European, Saracen lives on a “charming little winding street in Brussels.” Meeting people with memories of WWII and the German occupation sparked the creation of Waiting for the Violins (BSB, forthcoming). It tells of an English nurse, nearly killed while fleeing Dunkirk, who returns by night parachute as a British spy and joins forces with the Belgian resistance.

When dwelling in reality, Justine’s favorite pursuits are scuba diving and listening to opera. She can be reached by way of justinesaracen.com, and through Facebook.