I’ve always enjoyed a good kiss. Kisses are a way of testing out the chemistry of a potential mate and basically keep us from hooking up with a close relative. The kiss just won’t be right. It’s best not to choose that mate when chemically altered, such as pregnant or on the pill. Arranged marriages probably don’t have the best outcomes. In Natural Attraction, I had a challenge with that first kiss. It had to seem to be between two men, but not be between two men. In Lily Graison’s blog, you can read all sorts of fictional first kisses, including that of Calvin and Wesley. The problem is, of course, that Calvin isn’t a man but a woman named Clementine chemically altered. What happens next? You’ll just have to read.
Clementine dreams of being a naturalist—a career that leaves no time for romance. To sneak on an adventurous prospecting expedition, Clementine will have to convince everyone she’s a man. A mysterious tonic offers her just that disguise.
But “Calvin,” as she calls herself now, had no idea what she was giving up. When Wesley, the expedition’s gentle preacher, catches her eye, she can’t get him out of her head; not his lush lips, wide brown eyes…or broad chest. Dare she reveal her secret to him? Can she keep her career if she does?
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Here are the first two books from Penner Publishing, ready to be shipped as Advance Review Copies. If you are a blogger and want a review copy, contact me or them. I’ve learned a lot about writing and publishing since I got “the call” from Penner last October. This was my first novel but it came after nearly 20 years of free-lance science writing for a company so I was ready to be edited and accustomed to it. I’ve previously published short stories but those have rarely been edited. Only my first published short story, titled East to Ionesco,was ever edited before publication.
I enjoyed watching the editors shape Natural Attraction. If I have any advice about that process it is to leave your own ego out of it. My motivation for writing Natural Attraction was simply to entertain and to record in a fictional (and I hope funny) way, what it’s really like to be a female scientist.Being a female scientist has been very amusing–I highly recommend it. I’ve got a few more novels up my sleeve. Natural Attraction is mostly about biology (with some chemistry tossed in). I’d like to dive into chemistry (the only science where the % of female scientists is increasing) for my next novel and then perhaps, take requests from readers. One thing I enjoyed doing as a science writer was writing about whatever topic the company wanted and conforming to their 40 page book of instructions. Yes, perhaps I’m perverse, but I like to please. Look for another poll in the future.
To get ahead, she’ll have to become a man. What happens when a traveling preacher who’s never been kissed inadvertently shares a love potion with a young female scientist who has, with the help of a transforming tonic, taken the guise of a man? This is the premise of Natural Attraction, set in the post Civil War United States. Natural Attraction highlights a woman’s journey to balance identity, ambition, and a rich sexual and personal life when society forbids it. from Penner Publishing.
For information on where to purchase click here. Hard copies available from the Central College bookstore soon!