Book Birthday and Giveaway!

Into the Mystic, Volume Two came out today. This is the second time I’m celebrating a book birthday, and I’m doing so by telling you a bit more about my story in this anthology and setting up a giveaway so you can celebrate with me!

Here’s the blurb for my short story, The Holy Company:

Sophie curses the day she said yes to Anna’s idea of walking Saint James’s Way in Spain. She’s exhausted, and she doesn’t think she can keep her feelings for her a secret for much longer. But a day of rest soon turns into a nightmare when they come face-to-face with one of the local legends, and Sophie’s secret is no longer safe.

I had a lot of fun playing with this legend while writing. I’ve always found mythology to be fascinating, and I love discovering and learning about new myths and legends. This one wasn’t new for me, since I’d known about it even before I visited Galicia. But it was when I was visiting and walking around that I fell in love with the legend. More than one Spanish music group have written songs about this local myth, but I won’t bore you with those now – ask me about them if you’re curious, though!

When I started writing this short story something wasn’t working. I was eager to get to the part where the girls finally faced the legend, but the story wouldn’t flow. It was when I was 3k words in that I discovered why. I’d been writing it in third person and that wouldn’t do, since Sophie wanted to be the one telling their own story. So I went back and changed the POV, and the whole story came to life much easily that before. And then when I was halfway done Sophie decided to let me know she was demisexual, which made the story, and her relationship with Anna, made more sense. You can see this story was full of surprises for me, and that makes me hope it will surprise you too.

And now for the giveaway! I’m giving away a paperback copy of the anthology. Look at it; it’s gorgeous! Don’t you want one for your shelf? Entering is pretty easy: just comment on this post telling me about your favourite myth or legend. If you follow me on twitter (@LauraBailo) comment with your username and I’ll give you an extra entry. And don’t forget to add your email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll choose a winner next Monday, October 23.

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You can buy Into the Mystic, Volume Two at:

NineStar Press
Amazon

 

 

 

 

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Into the Mystic

As I’ve told you before, I have a story in the second volume of Into the Mystic, the lesbian/bisexual paranormal anthologies series NineStar Press is publishing. Have you seen the cover for this volume? It’s gorgeous!

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There are ten stories in this anthology, each of them with a unique theme. My short, The Holy Company, takes place in Spain where the two main characters are doing a pilgrimage.  There, they will come face to face with a Spanish myth. I wrote this because mythology has always fascinated me, and that legend in particular always manages to make my hair stand on end. I hope you’ll like it, and I’ll look forward to hearing if it’s scared you!

Here’s a bit more of what you can expect from this story: it’s a friend to lovers romance, and one of the main characters is biromantic and demisexual.

So if paranormal romance and girls in love with other girls sound like something that would interest you, you can preorder the anthology here. You can also add it to Goodreads if that’s your thing. It’ll be out on October 16th.

I’ll be doing a few giveaways around release day, so watch this space!

A mand and his dog (flashfiction)

I wrote this for Zarah, who won a giveaway in which I was offering a flashfiction piece written to a prompt of the winner’s chosing. Zarah’s prompt was “A man and his dog”, and this is what came out of it:

There was a dog on his bed. Dogs liked sleeping on comfortable places, so that shouldn’t have been a surprise. The problem was that Jared didn’t own a dog. He was sure he’d closed all the doors and windows before leaving for work in the morning, so how the hell had the dog got in? He checked everything again, just in case, but the house was just as he’d left it, and it should have been inaccessible from the outside. He went back to the bedroom, shaking his head, trying to convince himself he’d imagined there was a dog sleeping on his bed, but the canine was still there.

He – yes, he, Jared had looked – was an ugly thing too. One of his eyes was missing, his teeth were crooked and his fur was full of white patches that had nothing to do with what looked like the original colour. And still, Jared didn’t want to wake him and throw him out. He took a picture instead, and printed a few posters to hang onto the neighbourhood’s trees. Maybe someone was missing their dog.

He went pout to hang them and found himself closing the door softly as to not wake up his unexpected guest. When he came back, the dog was still asleep, and Jared was surprised by how the calming effect his breath had on him. He sat down on the bed close to the dog, and run his hand down his flank. The dog didn’t wake up, but he shifted slightly closer to him. His fur was raspy, and Jared was determined to give him a bath as soon as he woke up. Between the regularity of the dog’s breaths and the soothing motion of his hand on his fur, he soon fell asleep next to his visitor.

He woke up with a start, and there was still a dog on his bed. He was awake now, his eye focused on Jared, and he’d been lying completely still until he noticed Jared was awake. Then his tail started thumping and a canine grin appeared on his face.

Jared greeted his visitor with a few pats on the head, and spoke softly to him, getting up from the bed and guiding the dog to the bathroom, where they both got completely wet, even if Jared’s plan had only involved getting water on the dog.

A few weeks passed, and no one answered to Jared’s posters, but the dog kept sleeping on his bed, and he was taking Jared out in a regular basis. Jared was sure that should have worked the other way around, but he wasn’t going to complain. The dog was happy, and his happiness was making its way into Jared’s heart, into a place that had been empty and cold for too long; a place that now felt warm every morning when he woke up and found a dog on his bed.

I hope you enjoyed this little story! Comments are always welcome ❤

Release day giveavaway!

The day has finally come and The Sun Still Rises is out in the world for everyone to read. Reviews are starting to appear, so I’m probably going to spend the day hiding on my blanket fort and watching Please Like Me. But first, I’ve got a giveaway for you. And just like the book, it’s my first giveaway ever!

You already know that The Sun Still Rises takes place in Pamplona during the San Fermín festival. Well, I’ve got a book to give away, one that will let you create your own festival for your home:

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I know it seems a bit silly, but when I saw it I thought it was a perfect fit for my book. And look at the cardboard bulls! And the people! Don’t you want to arrange them prettily somewhere?

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Finally, I also have three postcards telling the history of the running of the bulls, and I’d love to give them a new home.

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So why don’t you tell me a story about something that’s happened to you while on holiday? Write it in the comments and leave me an email address, and I’ll count you in for the giveaway. One lucky person will get the craft book, while three other people will get a signed postcard and will have the chance to try to understand my handwriting. I’ll keep this open for a week – so until May 24 – and I’m looking forward to reading your stories!

Preorder link and a new contract

Hello there!

My first book, The Sun Still Rises, is up for preorder on Dreamspinner Press, due to be released on May 17. Here’s the link, if you fancy reading about a tourist finding love in a city full of people:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-sun-still-rises-by-laura-bailo-8474-b

I’ve got some news too – good news I hope! I recently signed a contract with Nine Star Press for a short story I wrote. It’s a short story, a bit of paranormal romance between two girls, one of whom is demisexual. And it’s also set in Spain (are you noticing a trend here?) It’ll be published around October in one of Nine Star Press anthologies, and I’m excited for you all to read them!

Now it’s back to writing for me! See you around next time 🙂

On communities and allies.

As an author that’s debuting next month I’m probably not doing myself any favors writing this, much less posting it, but I have some thoughts on the word community and the way it’s been used lately.

Here’s the thing: I don’t believe writing M/M makes your part of the LGTBQIA+ community, it makes you part of the M/M Romance business. And it’s been shown, time and time again, that some authors are here just for the business part. I’m not recriminating them this, people can write whatever they want and make money out of it. But I draw a line at trying to make this your own special place and throwing actual queer people out of it, when you’re making money out of telling their stories and calling yourself an ally.

Let me say it again: writing and/or reading M/M stories doesn’t make you an ally to the LGTBQIA+ community, listening to actual LGTBQIA+ people when we speak does.

Because when you’re complaining about infighting, or about this community turning on in itself, what I really hear is: I said something that hurt a group of people and now they’re telling me how I hurt them I refuse to listen to them and make them the bad guys in all of these.

But raising our voices when something hurts us is not being the bad guys, especially not when you hide behind the word ally and blame us for attacking you. Let me tell you something: I don’t think that word means what you believe it means.

So keep writing M/M stories, keep reading them, but don’t try to make us believe you’re an ally to our community, because you’ve shown your cards, and we’ve all seen them.

On writing… bios

WIN_20160415_17_31_38_ProLast week, my bio was published on the Dreamspinner Press website (and how exciting is that?!) But as excited as I was to have my own corner of the publishing world, I had no idea what to say about myself when the time came. I was convinced I was boring and everyone had much more interesting lives than me. I went looking at other people’s bios and spiralled into a terror that I would never be able to write something about me that was remotely engaging. Here’s what I finally wrote:

Laura Bailo is a veterinarian and a teacher in training who can do surgical sutures but can’t sew on a button to save her life.

She lives in Spain with far too many books and boxes full of notebooks. She loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and she’s known to have gotten lost in her own city. She loves reading, singing and trying out new cooking recipes, and if she’s feeling adventurous she may try to do all of these at the same time.

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