Guest Blogger Jove Belle

Since I am so bad at updating my blog, I decided to let somebody else do it. My friend Jove has a new book out and she’s pretty awesome, so here she is to tell you all about it. Take it away, Jove.


Check it out. I wrote a new book. A novella, actually. It’s called Cake. And, because Georgia is a great friend, she agreed to let me borrow her blog for the day. So, here I am to tell you all about it.

Problem is, I’ve been talking about Cake non-stop for days. Now all I want to do is eat some cake and then maybe take a nap. But that would be silly. As good as cake is, I can’t just ignore the rest of the world in favor of dessert.

Or can I?

There’s a bakery in Portland called JaCiva’s, and they make the best raspberry poppy seed cake I’ve ever tried. The secret, the owner said, is that they use real butter. No substitutions for them.

I like that.

Cake tastes better when it’s made with real ingredients. I try, when writing, to use real ingredients. I add a full measure of heart, a sprinkle (or maybe two) of snarky, and maybe a cup or so of spice. Then I mix it together, bake it, and send it off to the editor for the finishing touches.

Cake is available now from Ylva Publishing, and will be available from on March 2. I hope you pick it up. And I hope it tastes as good to you as the raspberry poppy seed cake I love so much.


Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.

When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.

Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.

Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.

Jove Belle has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade.

In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors, and as Operations Director US for Ylva Publishing.

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