D.A. Hartman – Interviewed

An interview with D.A. Hartman

D. A. Hartman: Go ahead. Ask me any questions you’d like.

Interviewer: Hmm, okay. What line of work are you in?

D. A. Hartman: “When in geek mode, I repair computers and bend program code to my will.

Interviewer: Where do you live?

D. A. Hartman: My wife and I live on the southernmost tip of the Sierra Mountains in California.

Interviewer: What do you do when you’re not working?

D.A. Hartman:  I’m either riding my bicycle, painting on canvas, or writing novels as I cuddle with our two rescue dogs, Boy George, and Xander.”

Interviewer: Do you always talk to strangers?

D. A. Hartman: Since we’re in a long line at a grocery store, it’s a good way to pass the time.  Any more questions?

Interviewer: No.  It’s your turn to interview me. 

Free Sapphic Short Story – Cookies and a Pirate

Cookies and a Pirate.

The air-conditioning vents rattled louder than ever before in a stifled newsroom.  A few journalists were sniffling and there was a shuffle of chairs. Someone was tapping their fingers, no, not fingers, Greg was clicking the thrust device of his pen into his cheek. He did this often when his nerves became stretched.

Since we got the devastating news, none of us attempted to leave the office. There would be no more deadlines to meet. No stories to tell. Our last edition zipped through the printing press and was being collated despite distribution being put on permanent hold.

No future plans or purchases were necessary. No reason to eat the chocolate chip cookies in the break room that Nancy brought this morning. Who could eat with all the verbal shit we had already consumed today.  Me; I loved cookies, but I was too scared to walk out of the newsroom and into certain death. I’d rather smother in my fears and bide my time with my coworkers.

Nancy brushed her long red tresses; a few strands found their way to the floor. Never had she been so brave as to groom her frail hair in front of us prior to our inevitable termination.  David buttoned his shirt sleeves and adjusted his tie. Strange how comfortable a good appearance was to some right up to the end.

Roger hacked up phlegm. He had been doing this for years. To my dismay, even with his chain-smoking, he lasted as long as the rest of us. I couldn’t stand the bigoted asshole, but what I felt about him didn’t matter, not anymore.

Tanya was the first to stand. Her short dark hair was gelled in place per usual. Her big hazel eyes, the ones that often teased me, were shaded by a baseball cap. With slender arms long enough to embrace the tenth muse she reminded me how hot it was in here. I hadn’t the courage to ask her out in the seven months she worked here. Too late now.

Senior journalist David Dickens yelled at her. “You can’t leave. None of us can.”

Before exiting the room, Tanya turned to flip him off. It must have been easy for her to be exactly who she wanted to be knowing she had nothing to lose.

Greg stopped poking himself with his ballpoint pen and expanded his chest to show David the trans flag on his shirt more clearly. “Everything is temporary, but death, and we all know it’s my head on the chopping block.” He said this as if he were alone in our inevitable demise.

Nancy slapped her palm down on her desk and set him straight. “No one is coming out of this catastrophe unscathed. It’s fucking doomsday, y’all. We knew it was coming but none of us had the guts to do anything about it.” She pulled out a tube of lipstick and smeared vibrant red across her lips. “I for one prefer to go out in style.”

The faint sound of horns honked and there was a screeching of breaks. A loud crunching noise seeped through the windows from outside. Out of habit, I looked at my smartwatch as I did during most major events. Eleven-thirty-four a.m. It’s good to know the exact time in which important things occurred even if I wouldn’t be here to write about it.

Screams of horror filled the streets, although the chaos began hours ago for us. It seemed we all thought it was safer to stay behind these dense walls.

Fearful; I’d rather cling to hope than face the reality of what would soon hit our world with a fierce punch. I sank lower into my chair and braced for the impact.

I was the shortest one on the team. I also was the shyest. Therefore, I always sat furthest to the back. From my desk I would see the deadly bomb penetrate the barrier we foolishly thought could protect us. And yet, breathing a second longer than David and Roger seemed like a win.

The voices of two people talking on the other side of the door got everyone’s attention and all heads turned to the left. One of them sounded like Tanya. The other person had an unfamiliar voice. Somebody new.

The knob turned slowly, then stopped. My heart was thumping in anticipation. The door swung open and in walked a… a what? Is that a pirate with Tanya? The stunning brunette was wearing a red bandana, a long-sleeved lacy white shirt, and black leather pants.

David, of course, had to show his tiny cock attitude and said, “Out with it. I don’t have all day for this queer nonsense. I’m a family man and unlike some people here, I need to get home to my wife and children.”

The pirate smirked. “I can assure you, Mr. Chickens that my time is much more valuable than yours. I intend to say what is on my mind when I damn well please.”

David’s neck and face turned a bright red at the misuse of his surname and Greg let out a snort.

Okay, that was fucking hot. Even a confident Tanya stumbled in awe on her way to her desk.

I mustered the courage to look at the beautiful pirate again. We locked eyes and panic silenced my world. Their mouth forged vocal expressions while my deceptive heart mutated into a percussion instrument, making it impossible to hear her words. The pirate extended one arm and gestured toward the window. David scratched his bald head. Others simply opened their mouths, dumbfounded. Not knowing what the Pirate had conveyed to my coworkers, I proceeded to gaze at all-consuming eyes.

The skipper slapped their palm on a table, knocking me out of a trance. “Goddammit, are you telling me not one of you knows what time a fucking piece of shit car hit my Bentley? It took place right in front of this window not long ago. You must have heard it.”  They yanked the bandana from their head, allowing long and thick, tar-colored hair to fall below erect shoulders.

I gulped with yearning. It’s over. Nothing to lose.

“Elev-eleven-thirty-four,” I stuttered.

People were yelling and three buff security guards rushed into the room to clear everybody out. In a daze, I tossed my backpack over my shoulders and made my way toward the door. The pirate stomped in front of me. “Where do you think you’re going?”

I tried to look away from beguiling brown eyes but was held captive. With trembling lips, I asked, “Aren’t we all fired?”

The pirate folded their arms across their chest. “I said everyone was terminated but you.”

“This is utter poop,” Tanya yells in my face as she pushed past me and out the door. Deserted, left alone with the pirate–I’m grateful not to have ever asked the gelled-haired woman out.

The pirate, taller than me by a foot leaned down to get a look at my eyes.

“I’ve never met a timid news reporter before.” Do you need a doctor? You’re breaking out in hives.”

I glared at my arms, angry, yet foreboding. Sure enough, big red welts were bursting everywhere. The urge to scratch was almost unbearable. Oh no, this shit wasn’t embarrassing at all. I grabbed Benadryl from my front pocket and popped one into my mouth, only to have it get stuck in my dry throat. Fuck my life.

The Pirate pointed to her a lapel pin on the collar of her shirt–She/Her. The woman in front of me smirked, then said. “Are you alright? Do you need water?” She placed a warm hand on my bicep. “Let me help you.”

 So, this is what euphoria felt like. With the pill only half dissolved, I choke out. “Did you say I’m the only one who isn’t fired?”

My potential new boss bared a toothy smile. “This company’s entire staff was unskilled–menial workers at best. I need an observant assistant to serve under me.”

Under her? I sat down wishing the antihistamine worked faster so it wouldn’t appear as if I had a lethal disease. Did she say under her?

The pirate came so close to me, that I could smell the champagne on her breath. “I’m bringing in skilled journalists who will replace the incompetent ones I just fired. You will answer any and all questions they might have about this place. Understood?”

“Aye, captain.” Fucking shit–such a dork. It was impossible to sink any lower in my seat.

She laughed. “Well, I’m certainly the captain of this ship. Now be a good mate and walk with me to the break room.

Once there, the entire bag of cookies Nancy left behind came into view and my mouth watered. The captain called our feast a no-frill first date. Cookies with a pirate was how that pivotal day ended, and I eagerly devoured them both.




Units of Story: Beats, Tropes, Scenes, Sequences, and Quadrants

  • Your scene should include at least one of these essential elements:
    • A plot point
    • A character’s goal
    • Action to advance the plot
    • Action to increase the tension
  • Scenes should also reveal at least two of the following important elements:
    • Character development
    • A cause of character conflict
    • An effect of character conflict
    • How stakes are raised
    • A reinforcement of the stakes
    • Character motivation
  • Scenes can also reveal these bonus elements:
    • Character backstory
    • World building
    • The story’s tone or mood
    • Story theme
    • Foreshadowing

Brainstorm your characters’ unique physical traits, personalities, and backgrounds What kinds of hobbies, beliefs, or interests


Don’t forget about the foreplay and build-up in the story

Kissing is rather simple. Write about the softness of the woman, how she feels under your character’s touch. Write about the kiss and the way your bodies are reacting to the kiss, and the way lips move and hands grip and voices moan. While kissing, lips can peck, press, slide, move and be brushed by tongues. Tongues can touch tentatively, slide across lips. Teeth can nibble and brush against soft lips. Let your imagination go wild

The key thing is to make your sex scene both sensual and alluring. Describe what’s happening, but do it from the perspective of the character and all that they bring to the scene. What are their hopes? What are can they see, touch, taste, hear? What’s it reminding them of? What are they feeling in their heart now it’s finally happening?

Fingers can slide and caress. Tongues can tantalise and tease. Lube can be popped and pressed. Everything the character thought they once knew can be rewritten. Sex scenes should move the story forward. They should reflect what has gone before and what’s possible from here on in. Your characters have just taken things to the next level. Show it all.

Remember, you’re not playing a game of Sex Twister: no crazy moves required. Don’t use coarse or flowery language as that will throw your reader out of the story. Keep it real, but elevate it to a almost-perfect reality. Make sure senses tingle and stars collide. It’s all in the build-up, all in the emotion. The first kiss, the first touch, the loaded look that tips your character over the edge. Romance and sex go hand in hand, so don’t be scared of writing a sex scene. Instead, put yourself in your character’s shoes and write from the heart. Embrace it. Have fun with it.

As you are creating your scene list on an Excel spreadsheet, keep these essential, important, and bonus elements in mind for the columns. Doing so will help ensure that each scene you write has the necessary elements needed to keep the plot moving forward the way it should. A scene that is written that doesn’t contain any essential or important elements is also a scene that can be considered for cutting when revising the rough draft into a final draft.

3. A scene list is easier to keep track of than post-it notes

The elements involved in a scene list are likely portions of your novel’s outline that you’ve already reproduced on post-it notes, index cards, or a similar variation. In fact, this article published by the WriteOnSisters, speaks of the Wall of Sticky Notes used in the process of screenwriting—a process very similar to novel writing. It’s based on Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat series—a series I’ve mentioned of


scene.. what is the conflict give some action and dialog, what does you character want give a cliff hanger or make reader want to turn the page.

  1. Feeling: “A bolt of raw adrenaline shot through Jack’s veins.” You show this first, because it happens almost instantly.
  2. Reflex: “He jerked his rifle to his shoulder . . .” You show this second, as a result of the fear. An instinctive result that requires no conscious thought.
  3. Rational Action and Speech: “. . . sighted on the tiger’s heart, and squeezed the trigger. ‘Die, you bastard!’” You put this last, when Jack has had time to think and act in a rational way. He pulls the trigger, a rational response to the danger. He speaks, a rational expression of his intense emotiona

Beats: A beat is a micro-interaction that demonstrates a change in energy and must always have an input and usually has an output

Genre is a label that tells audience members what to expect from our stories

Goal: A Goal is what your POV character wants at the beginning of the Scene. The Goal must be specific and it must be clearly definable. The reason your POV character must have a Goal is that it makes your character proactive. Your character is not passively waiting for the universe to deal him Great Good. Your character is going after what he wants, just as your reader wishes he could do. It’s a simple fact that any character who wants something desperately is an interesting character. Even if he’s not nice, he’s interesting. And your reader will identify with him. That’s what you want as a writer.

  1. Conflict: Conflict is the series of obstacles your POV character faces on the way to reaching his Goal. You must have Conflict in your Scene! If your POV character reaches his Goal with no Conflict, then the reader is bored. Your reader wants to struggle! No victory has any value if it comes too easy. So make your POV character struggle and your reader will live out that struggle too.
  2. Disaster: A Disaster is a failure to let your POV character reach his Goal. Don’t give him the Goal! Winning is boring! When a Scene ends in victory, your reader feels no reason to turn the page. If things are going well, your reader might as well go to bed. No! Make something awful happen. Hang your POV character off a cliff and your reader will turn the page to see what happens next.

Scene has the following three-part pattern:

  1. Goal
  2. Conflict
  3. Disaster

Bouncing Off The Walls

Hello. My name is Day.
I’m bouncing off-the-walls hyper. My mind races so fast, I often skip words or use incorrect ones in speech. It’s like having a very slight case of lifelong dementia. Luckily, my wife and besties are pretty good at deciphering the jumbled garble that spews from my mouth. I’ll stutter or curse out loud in defiance when attempting to utter a word with more than three syllables. I’m a daydreamer, it’s difficult for me to concentrate on the longer words. I prefer not to say them aloud. Alright, alright, I’m incapable of saying them aloud.
I also, although not often, experience auditory and visual hallucinations. Meds make me drowsy and feel like shit. Ergo, I prefer not to use them. I’m fortunate to have many loving people in my life who like me for exactly who I am. Yep, I pinch myself almost daily. Suggesting I don’t eat too much sugar is about as much as they ask of me, and it’s the least I can do for them. ❤
I’m not alone, nor am I special or unique. More than twenty-five percent of the world’s population suffers from mental illness and this includes some authors. I’m as normal as the rest of the world.
Being unable to sit still makes it difficult to read, write, and study. I have to wait for the right moment… when my mind has slowed. When these moments come, I make good use of them. These precious moments are when I wrote my debut novel.

Must Read Sapphic Self-Published/Indie Books

Indie publishing is becoming more respected and popular as of late.  These incredible sapphic authors are why.  (These novels are in the order I read them, starting with the last book on this list)

When love dares to alter a carefully crafted life plan, does the heart win?

Addison Henry is the new bank president in small-town Brazos Falls, but she won’t be there long. This is merely a stepping stone on her career path that leads her to headquarters and the CEO’s office.

Lissa Morgan came back to her hometown to help her family’s business. However, she is not giving up on love just because she happens to be one of the few gay women in town.

When Addison helps Lissa open a new account at the bank an instant friendship is born. Lissa is happy to help Addison navigate the ways of her small town and as they spend more time together something begins to happen to Addison’s heart.

She’s never been with a woman. She has no time for love. She’s on her way to the top. But her heart has another plan. What now?

Come along as this friends-to-lovers, toaster oven, age gap romance will warm your heart, along with Addison’s.


A lesbian romance filled with intrigue and sizzling sexual tension as enemies discover that the other side of hatred . . . is desire.

Agnes Noble is private, mysterious, and untouchable. She rules House of Agnes, the most exclusive escort agency on the East Coast, with a diamond fist. Crossing her is a mistake no one makes twice.

Investigative reporter Lola Osbourne is not afraid. She’s gunning for the House and its so-called queen. She’ll make sure no other innocent gets dragged into Agnes’s alluring web, to be used and discarded the way Lola’s sister was.

But her plan to get close to the elusive madam shatters the moment her eyes meet the Queen’s. One look and everything’s different. More complicated. Dangerous.

Now, Lola’s not just fighting to topple a queen from her throne, she’s also scrambling to escape their explosive collision with her suddenly vulnerable heart intact.

Contains mature themes.


Earth, 2495. Earth had settled on other planets in this and the neighbouring solar systems. Most of the planets minerals on the home planet had been depleted. A terrible catastrophe had forced the privileged administration to rule with an iron fist. Archaic rules were put in place forbidding women an education and all unseemly behaviour severely punished. All the satellite planets were under Earth control. All, that is, except one. Would planet Sythia survive?Tony and Julie stared out at the planet that had suddenly emerged before them. He began to send the message to Earth that they had found it. Instantly there was a searing flash and all the inert energy of the planet’s atmosphere travelled along the beam. Julie soon realised she would need help. She made her way to the exit and stepped onto the strange surface of the planet. And so began Julie’s voyage of discovery on this bizarre and complicated planet. Julie found it difficult not to stare at her, she tried to avert her gaze but Kama held hers fixed; eyes twinkling, a slight lop-sided smile, as if she already knew the outcome of this meeting. A peculiar feeling came over Julie, one she had never felt before. Would she succumb to this strange woman’s charisma?Would Julie fulfil her ambitions or would Tony or the enigmatic Kama scupper her aspirations?This lesbian science-fiction tells the story of a group of pioneers who disappear from Earth during the catastrophe and colonised the planet Sythia. They struggle to build a world safe for both women and men, to live their lives as and how they wish, and what happens when their idyll is disturbed.


Marymount girls are good girls. We’re chaste, we’re untouched, and even if we weren’t, no one would know, because we keep our mouths shut.
Not that I have anything to share anyway. I never let guys go too far. I’m behaved.
 Beautiful, smart, talented, popular, my skirt’s always pressed, and I never have a hair out of place. I own the hallways, walking tall on Monday and dropping to my knees like the good Catholic girl I am on Sunday.
That’s me. Always in control.
Or so they think. The truth is that it’s easy for me to resist them, because what I truly want, they can never be. Something soft and smooth. Someone dangerous and wild.
Unfortunately, what I want I have to hide. In the locker room after hours. In the bathroom stall between classes. In the showers after practice. My head swimming. My hand up her skirt.
For me, life is a web of secrets. No one can find out mine.
I cross the tracks every day for one reason—to graduate from this school and get into the Ivy League. I’m not ashamed of where I come from, my family, or how everyone at Marymount thinks my skirts are too short and my lipstick is too red.
Clay Collins and her friends have always turned up their noses at me. The witch with her beautiful skin, clean shoes, and rich parents, who torment me daily and think I won’t fight back.
At least not until I get her alone and find out she’s hiding so much more than just what’s underneath those pretty clothes.
The princess thinks I’ll scratch her itch. She thinks she’s still pure as long as it’s not a guy touching her.
I told her to stay on her side of town. I told her not to cross the tracks.
But one night, she did. And when I’m done with her, she’ll never be pure again.


Alexis thought her life contained everything she wanted, until her partner of five years lays a bombshell on her.

Catherine is an accomplished neurosurgeon looking for a fresh start in a new city.

A chance meeting between the two imprints the doctor in Alexis’ mind, with thoughts of Catherine pushing to the forefront months after they meet. When life places the pair in the same city, Alexis is unable to deny her attraction to Catherine. As the pair become closer, Alexis finds herself falling for Catherine, despite knowing that her feelings will never be reciprocated. Can the pair navigate through life and maintain their friendship or does fate have something else in store?

Recommended for 18 years or age or older. F/F romance. Contains some strong language and explicit adult situations.


Carolyn Trent-Parker is one of her generation’s best artists but after losing her wife two years ago, she can no longer paint. In fact, she doesn’t want to do much of anything except hide away. Unwilling to move from her home but with no means of income, she’s forced to get a lodger.

Laura Kingston-Lopez is heartbroken and disillusioned, and she heads to England to pursue her masters in animation. She needs a place to stay but isn’t prepared for what she gets. Her new landlady, Caro, is unwelcoming, grumpy, and completely fascinating.

Opposites in every way, they push each other in unexpected ways. Can Caro rediscover her creativity? And even if she does, can Laura let go of her past so they can paint a new future?


A chance encounter. An unforgettable night.
And back home, trouble is brewing on the remote island of Three Dragons, where nothing feels like it used to. Alone and lonely, Sam Threadneedle wishes upon a star, hoping for change. But when said change comes, it’s with a roar and not a whimper.
Torn between loyalty and lust, Sam is forced to re-evaluate everything.
Can she and the Home of Dragons withstand the storm that is Magdalene Nox, or will any and all crumble?


Sutton Spencer’s ideas for her life were fairly simple: finish graduate school and fall in love. It would be a lot simpler if she could pinpoint exactly what she should do when she graduates in less than a year. Oh, and if she could figure out how to talk to a woman without feeling like a total mess, that would be great too.

Charlotte Thompson is very much the opposite. She’s always had clear steps outlining her path to success with no time or inclination for romance. Her burgeoning career in politics means everything to her and she’s not willing to compromise it for something as insignificant as love. Fleeting, casual, and discreet worked perfectly fine.

When they meet through a dating app, it’s immediately clear that they aren’t suited for anything more than friendship. Right?


The fate of an empire lies in the hands of one untested princess.

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she was a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor.

Everything changes when an unknown, would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire – but who? Was the assassin aligned with the power-hungry Western lords, who have always rebelled against the Emperor? Was he hired by the barbarians in the East; who are fighting against the Empire’s subjugation? Or was he a member of the mysterious Cult of Culo?

Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir. There hasn’t been a female heir to the throne in living memory, but as palace intrigue becomes increasingly dangerous, the reckless, rebellious, and stubborn princess suddenly has to face the responsibility of learning to lead. Will she rise to the occasion? Or will the Empire fall at the hands of one of its many enemies?

For fans of epic fantasy…with an LGBTQ twist.




With her divorce papers burning a hole in her handbag, respectable pay clerk and mother of two Eloise Carter can’t wait to escape the closeted life she’s lost herself in.

An exclusive club that caters to women opens Eloise up to a thrilling new world. There, she discovers freedom, desire…and the mysterious Savannah Sloane.

Meeting the six-foot-tall woman, with her long black hair, seductive green eyes, and moves like a panther, Eloise becomes lost in a whole other way.

Their no-strings-attached arrangement seems perfect until Eloise finds out Savannah has some real-world connections with her daughter. There is no way she can keep seeing Savannah after that…no matter how tempting it is.

Fate may have other ideas.

A high-heat, lesbian romance about finding your heart after coming out later in life.


Rhiannon Clarke is having a week. A week in which her identity is stolen, she is pursued by underworld thugs, then, at the back of a laundromat, she falls through a portal into another realm.

While making every effort to return to Melbourne, Rhiannon is renamed Sevich, must win a sword fight to gain her freedom, discovers she can manipulate elements and falls for Orilaevar Reysandoral, the sexy warrior princess of Breula; the realm at the end of the spin cycle. It’s a lot.

As her feelings start to grow, Sev must decide if returning to Melbourne is really what she wants. Will her increasing elemental powers and relationship with Ori divide the realm, or will Sev stay to save Breula from a danger it has never encountered before?

A romantic realm-hopping story about finding your home when all the elements come together


An age gap, celebrity ice queen romance that will pull at the heart strings — even the icy ones!

Sydney MacKenzie, personal assistant to the rich and famous, is looking forward to a well-earned break to go travelling in her beloved VW camper van, Gertie — that is, until Gertie cries off sick. When her boss calls in a favour, one that will pay Sydney handsomely and put Gertie back on the road, she can’t refuse.

Internationally renowned actress Beatrice Russell — adored by her fans and despised by those that know her — is splashed across the tabloids, all thanks to her broken leg. She limps back to her palatial English country estate to convalesce for the summer, where she finds herself in need of yet another new assistant.

Enter Sydney, who doesn’t take kindly to the star’s demands, attitude, or clicking fingers — much less her body’s own attraction to the gorgeous diva. If not for that, and Gertie’s worn-out engine, she would leave tomorrow. Or so she tells herself.

As the summer heats up, the ice queen begins to thaw, and Sydney glimpses the tormented woman beneath the celebrity bravado, drawing her ever closer to the enigmatic actress — sometimes too close.

Can Sydney reach the real Beatrice and help heal her wounds before the summer ends and she returns to filming in the States, or is the celebrity broken beyond repair?


What happens when a misanthrope meets the one person she doesn’t want to be without?

Reese Walker doesn’t like people. What she likes is silence and being left alone. The thing she loves most about recording audiobooks is that she doesn’t have to leave her Chicago apartment to do it. And she hasn’t for nearly a year. But with an unavoidable bill going to collections that put her sister’s treatment at risk, she has no choice but to take a job that pushes her out of her comfort zone.

After a disastrous blow to her career, Arden Abbott needs a comeback. Step one: a successful book launch, including an audiobook. She doesn’t trust anyone else to oversee every aspect of the project. It has to be flawless. Arden knows she’s ready to resume the life she had before her dreams fell apart, all she has to do is prove it to everyone around her.

When Reese and Arden meet, sparks fly and then they combust. Will Reese crack under constant pressure from Arden? Can she possibly read a sex scene with the woman who wrote it interrupting to correct her pronunciation of words she is saying 100% correctly? Or can they step outside their comfort zones long enough to meet in the middle…


Movie star Jessica Lambert is in danger of burning out. Returning to London for the premiere of her latest film, she’s recognised everywhere she goes. When she runs away through the streets of London, she’s taken in by the beautiful and more mature Anna. The two hide in the sanctuary of Anna’s rooftop flat, a haven away from the crowds, but why has Anna removed herself from the world?

As the two women get to know each other, stripping away the layers, both appreciate what each does for the other. This could be the start of something wonderful, more than either of them know.


An heiress, an obligation, and an unfortunate love for physics, fossils, dead fish, and… ladies?

A tale to shine a light on the overlooked female pioneers of eighteenth-century science. Penned by Dr Suzanne Moss – an expert in historical collection, plants, and gardens – this refreshing story is inspired by real events and formidable women who broke the mold. Chemistry, physics, botany, cabinets of curiosity, and collections of natural philosophy become the theatre for intrigue and a romance nobody was expecting. Within a tender and unconventional love story, the passion and ambition of these perpetually curious women come to life in an exploration of Enlightenment scholarship and sexuality.



When Quinn Haavik arrives in Newport Beach for the city’s annual holiday market, all she’s expecting is a week of sun and sand and a few good days of business. Christmas magic was nowhere on her radar until she crosses paths with Nora Kile and finds herself knocked off her feet. One look into Nora’s eyes is all it takes for Quinn to be hooked, but time is not on her side. Will the magic she found on the sunny shores of Newport slip through her fingers, or will she be able to find a way to carry it into the future?




On paper, Jordan Cohen has it all. With numerous bestsellers under her belt, a number of blockbuster movie adaptations to her credit, and a high-profile relationship with one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars, what more could she possibly ask for?

Maybe for Olivia Bradley, the only woman to ever break her heart, to exit her life as quickly as she’d re-entered it.

When an ongoing case of writer’s block triggers a series of unforeseeable events, Jordan is forced to face the tragedies of her past and reevaluate the life she has been contentedly coasting through. As she reaches a crossroads, she must decide if she’ll be able to forgive her former best friend, and just how much is she willing to sacrifice in the name of happiness.


Avery Lindt finally opened her dream restaurant—and there’s no customers. She’s staying optimistic, though: she’s confident she can fake it till she makes it, roll with the punches, and find a way to save her luxury restaurant, Paramour.

But it gets harder when she gets restaurant mogul and star chef Mike Wallace angry, and finds herself on the other end of a campaign to shut down Paramour.

Celebrity chef Holly Mason’s show is in trouble: people are bored with her routine of helping struggling restaurants. Worse, her ex-boyfriend Mike Wallace is making backdoor deals trying to steal the starring role.

Luckily, Holly’s agent Tay has a solution: ditch her show plans for the season, throw their lot in with luxury restaurant Paramour against Mike Wallace’s racketeering operation of a restaurant partnership. The cherry on top? A fake relationship between Holly and Avery to stir up drama.

It would already be a mess if Holly and Avery weren’t already struggling to hold back their attraction for one another. Despite their promise not to date, the lines between acting and reality get awfully blurry sometimes.

Fake It is an 80,000-word fake-dating celebrity romance between a disillusioned TV cooking star and a bright-eyed restaurant owner who’s sure she can manifest a solution to her hard times if she believes hard enough. Features an agent named Tay who calls their brilliant ideas “inspir-Tay-tion,” plenty of descriptions of food that made me hungry while I wrote the book, and a cute bisexual trans girl who gets to fall in love. Content warnings for open-door sex scenes that get a little bit kinky, a gross man who won’t stop calling his ex-girlfriend babe, and sapphics getting in the way of their own feelings, like they always do.


A frosty television host, a bubbly bar owner, and a litter of abandoned kittens. The recipe for heartbreak?

Eve Marlow has her eyes on the prize: a third season of her popular business makeover show, Do Over. But when her ratings take an unexpected dive, Eve needs a blockbuster new client, or she can kiss season three goodbye. She has her work cut out for her, and that’s before she discovers a litter of newborn kittens in a trash can. Now she’s desperate to find someone to take them so she can concentrate on reviving her career.

Josie Swanson had to put her kitten rescue on the back burner when she inherited her father’s bar two years ago. Since then, she’s invested all her time and energy into keeping it afloat, but despite her best efforts, Swanson’s is going under. When she gets a phone call from Eve Marlow, host of the television show Josie applied to earlier that year, the woman she’s convinced can save her bar, Josie hopes her luck has finally turned.

Eve knows what she needs to succeed, and it isn’t Josie—or her bar. There’s no denying the chemistry sizzling between them, though. Josie’s personality is as vibrant as her turquoise-tipped hair. She stirs things in Eve that haven’t been stirred in a long time, but there’s a reason she keeps her heart under lock and key. Eve stands to lose a lot more than her TV show if she lets her guard down, no matter how tempted she is to see if Josie’s love would be worth the risk.


Two Women. Two Worlds. One Love Worth Risking it All.

When professional soccer player, Alex Grey, goes on a vacation to the local South Carolina islands, she isn’t anticipating any life-changing events. Just a relaxing weekend to prepare for the upcoming season. But that quickly changes when she finds herself the lone witness to a sailing accident and makes the decision to risk her own life to save a drowning woman—unwittingly coming to the rescue of a U.S. senator’s wife, Catharine Cleveland.

Despite the vast disparity between their worlds, the two women find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another after the near-catastrophic afternoon. Following a series of interactions from the soccer fields of Portland, to the Marina District of San Francisco Bay, and the cutthroat political circle of Washington, D.C., they find their friendship growing, transforming into an attraction neither woman can deny.

Nor an attraction either woman can comfortably embrace.

As the magnetism of their connection grows, both women are forced to decide if the pursuit of love is worth the cost while living under the scrutiny of the public eye.

The Senator’s Wife is Book One of a Three Book series.





In Book Two of this Mystic Meteor Tale, the meddling spirit Lily is back in matchmaking mode, working with a few new cohorts to help two women find their Evermore.

Raven, a reclusive but wealthy video game developer, needs more than just a paid caretaker; she needs true healing to melt the cold core of her deeply wounded heart. She’s lived her entire life without love and trusts no one. Only once did Raven allow anyone close, but it wasn’t to be, and she vowed Nevermore!

Lynn, a gifted empath, seeks a safe haven not only for herself but for a little girl that she’s sworn to protect. Like Raven, she experienced an early childhood rejection. Although she didn’t close herself off from others, Lynn has never shared herself entirely with another. It has kept her moving on from one relationship to another.

The advent of a spectral raven starts these women down a path that can potentially redress these old hurts if only they can open their hearts to each other. Join these two women in their quest to discover if the spirits and fate will bring them together or tear them apart.


Hold on to your heart…

The daughter of an actress superstar, Ashley Landish wants nothing more than to simply run her popular coffee shop on the Venice Beach boardwalk and enjoy the sun and beaches of beautiful southern California. There is only one thing missing in her life—someone special to take her breath away.

Marine Corporal Bryce Cooper is home on leave after taking care of her father in his last days. Although the Marine Corps is calling, she has a new outlook on life, leaving one last box to check—to tell the woman she knew in college, Ashley Landish, that she loves her.

Award-winning author Drew Andersen’s mission in life is to spread the message of her novel to the world by having it made into a movie. Everything is going perfectly until a last-minute switch gives the lead actress role to Hollywood diva Tess Landish. She’s ready to do whatever she can to have her kicked off the movie—until the chemistry between them sends Drew into a tailspin.

Forty-eight-year-old Tess Landish realizes her illustrious career as an A-list celebrity is starting to fade. When the opportunity comes to take the romantic lead in a film based on a popular novel, she jumps at it only to learn the author of the book doesn’t want her for the role. Tess is determined to change her mind—especially after they meet and sparks fly.

When a powerful earthquake rocks Los Angeles, the four women must find a way to not only work together to save themselves but also to protect their hearts.

Everybody Needs a Hero is a multi-trope romance with a little adventure sprinkled in for fun.


Seventeen years ago, Quinn McKinley left her small town of Kingsford for a shot at a happier life. Now a successful real estate agent in New York City, she’s brought back on behalf of a client, begrudgingly accepting her return home in order to close the deal of a lifetime. Coming back opens doors she’s done her best to keep closed all these years, namely, how she felt about her childhood best friend, Sawyer Kent.

Sawyer spent her whole life in Kingsford, working at her family’s antique store and trying to make everyone happy. Quinn’s return is unexpected, knocking her routine existence more than a little off balance. She’s still frustrated at how Quinn left things between them, and even if she has all kinds of unresolved feelings, she’s got bigger problems to worry about right now.



One hospital. One zombie virus. One desperate group. One way out.

A new virus has appeared, and all Taren can do is groan. Being a nurse in Accident and Emergency has its downsides, and dealing with the flood of people freaking out over symptoms they don’t really have is definitely one of them.

Joy, an exhausted surgeon, is just trying to find somewhere to relax after a horrendous night on call—and somewhere she can avoid Taren since Joy blew her off after an incredible date weeks ago. When she wakes up after an accidental nap, her pager has gone dead, and the doors outside are barricaded. This can’t be about the virus, can it?

Yes, it can. The dead are rising, and they are hungry. Joy and Taren are trapped with a group of others as they try to fight for their lives and get out. The rest of the group think it would be great if Joy and Taren would stop making moon eyes at each other when they are oh, you know, just trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.



After the painful divorce from her husband, Reina Amari, a wealthy mother of two, has lost her sense of self. No longer a wife and homemaker, she feels low, lonely, and purposeless in her huge mansion in the Hamptons. Her life suddenly changes when she meets Belle, her new pool technician, who brings back feelings long forgotten. Her emotions conflicted, Belle roars into Reina’s life like a storm; the calm waters are now a thing of the past, and Reina has no idea how to deal with the situation.

Single mom Belle Rodgers services pools during the day and works for Hamptons’ Escorts a few nights a week. She loves giving her female clients the only thing their rich husbands can’t provide: an unforgettable night between the sheets. Belle’s number one rule is to not get emotionally invested but when her secret crush Reina books her, that proves to be a tough challenge.

Between their differences in lifestyle and Belle having a less than conventional job, nothing is simple and they struggle to fight their undeniable chemistry. Can Reina come to terms with her sexuality? And can Belle find the trust to open herself up? Storms are beautiful but they can also be destructive…



Would you give up your lifelong dream for a shot at everlasting love?

Amanda Morgan is a morning show host with a fierce reputation, but a bitter divorce has left her feeling all washed up. Being mistaken for a grandmother at her own son’s wedding has her teetering on the edge—until a stranger at the reception rocks her world.

Dakota Washington is a young reporter who is flabbergasted to meet her career idol—and biggest celebrity crush—at a friend’s out-of-town wedding. Their night together goes beyond her wildest fantasies. And she’s had a lot of them.

They were never meant to see each other again, until fate steps in, landing Dakota a job at Amanda’s network in New York City. Thanks to a draconian employment contract, the network could fire them on the spot for getting romantically involved. They agree to keep their distance and never breathe a word about their past.

Easy, right?

Except every time they’re alone for more than five minutes, they end up having sex. Soon, it’s obvious this is more than a fling, leaving them with an unthinkable choice: give up the careers they’ve poured their souls into or lose the love of a lifetime. Which one will be easier to walk away from?

If you enjoy scorching celebrity age-gap romance with a touch of heart, don’t miss the latest collaboration of Miranda MacLeod and TB Markinson.


AJ Beckett is just trying to get Parker, her seven-year-old autistic daughter, through life in one piece. As a paramedic, AJ puts others’ needs above her own; in her personal life, she keeps everyone an arm’s length away. That distance disappears when a chance run-in with actor Melanie Cooper leaves her sticky, angry, and fed up.

Melanie Cooper has just signed her last movie. The media keeps portraying her as cold and hard to work with, and Mel has absolutely nothing more to give. As she begins to imagine a new life, a challenging part of her past comes back on the scene, determined to cause problems for Mel.

After a series of coincidental meetings, AJ battles her desire for control while Mel struggles with trust. Despite the challenges and complications, Mel finds herself drawn to the Beckett ladies, and AJ can’t deny their connection, either.

Falling in love has never been so sweet.


Eugenia Gallant has given everything up for her work life. Now she is being thrown under the bus by her superior. He has replaced her with an interim, taken away her work keys, and ordered her to take her three months accrued vacation ‘to think things over’ before testifying at the upcoming court case. Exhausted, betrayed, and reviled, all she wants to do is hide out for the summer someplace where no one knows her. But where in Canada can a woman go to hide from the nationwide media storm she herself unleashed?

Darcy Gordon is all but a recluse. She lives on her farm outside the village of Wellington on Lake Ontario and minds her own business. She doesn’t watch TV, doesn’t have internet, not even a data plan on her phone. Returning to her ancestral home after a spectacular crash and burn, she is hiding out, afraid that her past may come to light–or worse, that she might get pushed so hard again that she will repeat the unthinkable.

When a mutual friend asks Darcy if Eugenia can stay in the little cabin on her property, Darcy agrees as a favour, not knowing it will turn both their lives upside down. For what future can there be for love between a recluse and a prominent public figure ordered by the courts to return to the limelight? Between a woman based in Ontario and one who must return to British Columbia?


Dragons fly again…
With her betrothal imminent, the beautiful Princess Ava has gone missing. Where has she fled to? Why has she gone? And why is the dragon stirring?
Enter our hero. Gwen has been hunting wanted criminals for years, collecting bounties to provide for her mother and brother since the death of their father. The promise of an armful of gold for bringing the princess home is too good to ignore.
But bringing her home doesn’t solve anyone’s problems. Gwen still has a family to support, and Ava still has a miserable marriage to look forward to. How will they get over these hurdles? And what new ones will they create along the way?
Praise for Dragon Queens:
“In general I found Ava’s rational explanations about politicking in this book a very fun inversion of the classical scheming woman trope. Rather than being a conniving social climber she is just good at politics and enjoyed being good at it. Delightful”- D. B.
“For me, the mark of a good story is if I’m thinking about the characters and the events when I’m no longer reading. You certainly checked that box for me.” – H. H.
“Some of the best storytelling I have enjoyed in a long time. I enjoyed it the whole way through and was left wanting more.” – KrysieJ
“Want to talk about the hot scenes? As Ava herself said “oh my f***ing Gods” they were described perfectly” – Jane Flowery




Sapphic – Lesbian – WLW Self-Publishing & Marketing Information

There are millions of self-published books, The competition is fierce.  If you want to sell books, you should ask yourself these questions: Do you have an eye-catching cover that competes in your genre? Is your book professionally edited and formatted? Do you have an intriguing blurb with a hook? Do you have a plan in order to promote your book?


There is no set starting price, but 2.99 for an ebook and 5.99 for a paperback, and 20.99 for a hardcover seems to be the average.

Publishing via KDP gets the book on Kindle and registering with Kindle Select makes the book exclusive to Kindle Unlimited for three months. Best to start there because KU readers are most likely to give a new author a chance.

Is it possible to change something in a book that is already live on Amazon? Just upload the updated version of your manuscript and it will replace the current one. If you make major changes (I believe more than 10%, then you need to publish it as a new edition with a new ISBN. You can also change your cover by going to your bookshelf, and clicking on the ellipsis by the right side of the book you want to change.

ARCs are copies you give free to people who review your book

Use hashtags when you post on social media.  E. g. Those of you who read my newsletter, did you agree with my #sapphic Best Books of 2022? Which titles would you have added? Spread #lesfic and #WLW love around! 

Go to the Marketing tab. · In the Run a Price Promotion, select Kindle Countdown Deals. · Click. You must be in the kdp program to get your 5 free days, then it is very easy . But kdp is limited to Amazon only but I believe 85% of book sales are thru Amazon . Not sure about that percentage it might be more . Once you set your free days you can also use promotion or newsletters ( paid) to promote your free days

 What kind of books? Did you have them professionally edited, and pay for a high-quality cover? Are you using the right keywords? Did you choose the right categories?

What are you doing to market them? Are you paying for Amazon of FB ads?

Do you have an author page on FB? Instagram? Twitter? Tiktok? YouTube?

Have you talked to local stores and asked them to sell copies for you?

Have you talked to local media (newspaper, radio, tv) and asked to be interviewed? Have you reached out to podcasters and bloggers to be interviewed?

Do you have an email list of potential customers? Do you have a website? If you do, do you have a “member only” page? Where do they sign up with their email and in return, you give added features?

Or did you create books, throw them on KDP with the 12 million other books (and 1000-2000 more added every day), and just assume people will find the books, and then buy them?

KU you make .04 cents for every page read or half a penny

Thank you Readers who gave my debut novel  an honest review on Amazon. 

I’m nearing the coveted 100 reviews. IF you read my book, please consider taking some of your precious time to review it. 

Don’t sweat it. What you write doesn’t have to be long. Plus, no worries: as a general rule, I don’t read reviews. Reviews are to help potential readers make decisions about where to invest their time and money

If you get 15 reviews you are on your way

If you get 25 reviews Amazon puts you book in almost bought you might like list

If you get 75 reviews Amazon highlights it a customer email letter

Read your book out loud

Learn about Ingram Spark

Given the reality of millions of books, I would ask: 1) Do you have a ‘killer’ cover that competes in your genre? Is your book professionally edited and formatted? 3) Do you have a catchy blurb with a hook? And finally, what have you done to promote your book?

promote primarily on TikTok booktok and I also have a Facebook reader group and Instagram.

Most professional bios are in third person (just like blurbs), but I am starting to see first-person bios (and blurbs) in certain genres and they sound more personal

Amazon have a separate service called ACX. It’s essentially KDP but did audiobooks. There’s various ways to do it from finding someone to pay to do it, doing it yourself, or finding someone to collaborate with. I went for that option and with that there’s no upfront costs but royalties are split 50/50 between me and the narrator / producer.

Tell everyone about pre ordering your book. The publish date for Amazon takes a few hours or can take up to a week. Or you can set your own release day a week-10 days ahead to give arc readers a chance to read and prepare reviews for your book

Don’t forget to buy your own book via CJ’s account to get the sales rolling! One purchase by you in each format counts towards your ranking but any more than that don’t. 

  • KDP example
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09X55LH9W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (April 3, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 396 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8445446255
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.29 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches

KU plan last 90 days then you can opt to take your book out.

BE sure you have free days first, then consider using two of your Amazon free days to give away your ebook through Freebooksy, or at a very reduced cost with Fussy Librarian or Bargainbooksy. They all have a cost, but will bring your book some attention.

Hire Social media Marketing manager …maybe, maybe not.

Have many book ARCs reviews before publishing e.g sapphic book review

Do amazon publishing, not Facebook publishing

No need to have a series in Lesbian Fiction  Stand alones do better but using the same characters are fine

I have to advertise using Facebook ads and Amazon ads but I would recommend taking a course on how to use them as they can lose money if you’re not careful. There is no magic wand and marketing is relentless and at the end of the day, people have to enjoy what you write

1. Facebook Ad ($10)

2. When book sales slowed, I would use a free  Amazon giveaway. It spiked interest again.

3. Find book reading groups that allow promotion on Facebook. This was HUGE! Post on everything that asked for a recommendation of memoirs, interesting stories…etc. “The Book Hangout Spot” is awesome! They have thousands and thousands of people asking for new authors/books.

4. Post the title/link at least in 3-4 different groups DAILY. This only takes about ten minutes.

5. Carry on conversations with those posts and comments.

6. I have discussed my book in two podcasts so far.

7. I have a book signing at a local restaurant tomorrow.

8. We had an internationally-recognized story. Our five-year-old was accidentally shot by police while he was fishing with my dad at our family-owned pond.

9. Don’t be afraid to talk about the book often in daily conversations.

10. Post on author page AND main profile page.

11. I am a teacher, so I donated to our library. Students feel “cool” to have the teacher’s book. 

12. Be Real—Laugh, cry, and show emotion in posts. Tell them how amazing they are when they purchase books.

13. Think of fundraisers we all did in school. How did we make sales back in the day to win that free “Walkman”? Never give up! Push and find a way.

D. A. Hartman, the author of novel, Round Trip

Tori Laurengo is homeless and living on the streets until a stranger offers her a place to stay at a luxurious apartment building in California. There, the socially awkward Tori meets novelist, Virginia Lopez. The last thing Virginia wants is to get involved with the disheveled woman who talks to herself, but the new tenant is benevolent and somewhat humorous, and she makes the stressed author smile. Virginia bases her characters on real people, who subsequently suffer the same fate as those in her manuscripts and often end up dead. Hence, she vowed never to use someone she cares about as a protagonist again. However, Tori has little to live for, ergo, little to lose. Now, unaware of the danger that lies ahead, Tori becomes the main character in the author’s latest novel, and ironically, only Virginia’s love can save her.


I’ve always been more into indie music/movies/books versus commercial works. Truth is, the subject matter of Round Trip is touchy, and stories with mentally challenged protagonists don’t sell well. Certainly not in the all-coveted genre of lesbian romance. My first and only rejection letter had me wondering if Round Trip would be too big a risk for a traditional publisher of queer books to take. I’m guessing it would.

Still, I believe readers will enjoy the fuck out of Round Trip.  Ergo, I’ll pour my heart into self-publishing my debut novel.  I’ll do the marketing, create the book cover, and obtain the best editor I can afford. In fact, the prospect of having full control of this process excites me. 

I’ll see you on the flip side of traditional publishing,

D. A. Hartman