Monday, April 5, 2021

The True Story Behind Giselle's First Tarot Deck (It's A Video!)


 Hiya!

I made this video to celebrate my lesbian romance novel FORTUNE'S DIARY, which comes out April 9th, 2021.  That's only a couple days away! Can't wait!

FORTUNE'S DIARY is a part of my Lesbian Diaries series. At 60,000 words, it's the longest diary to date. It's also the most romantic, in that it follows the rules of romance. Lots of mix-ups and misunderstandings, but no cheating (if you think there's cheating, just keep reading!). 

The reason I made a video about my first tarot deck in relation to this book is that FORTUNE'S DIARY features a woman who doesn't believe in tarot. Of course, she falls in love with a tarot reader. OF COURSE she does. It's a romance. heh

About FORTUNE'S DIARY, from the Lesbian Diaries series by Giselle Renarde:


Fortune is thirty and living with her mother. There's nothing she'd love more than to be swept off her feet by a beautiful stranger, but that hasn't happened yet. She's worried it never will. And then along comes Maya, her mother's tarot reader. Can she possibly date a girl who claims to see the future? Fortune doesn't believe in psychic ability, but is she willing to let true love pass her by?

You can preorder FORTUNE'S DIARY today at various retailers, including:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091J9K3JL?tag=dondes-20

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1077502?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1561369757
BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940164862466
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=9781005052164

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Wedding Heat: Bachelor Party is Here!

Wedding Heat is back, baby!

I believe it was 2012 when I started writing the Wedding Heat series. I'm pretty sure new "episodes" were published every two weeks throughout the summers of 2012 and 2013. The most recent story was published in 2014.

And then years went by... with no Wedding Heat...

So sad.

But now I've written a new one!  

Why now?  Because my Wedding Heat series was recently featured on the Radish Fiction app, and a bunch of new readers got eyes on it.  I figured the time was nigh for a new one.

So, here we have Wedding Heat: Bachelor Party, which should be the penultimate in the series.  Now I just have to write the wedding.  That might take me another six or seven years.  Or eight or nine.  Or ten.

We shall see.

But for now, we have...

Wedding Heat: Bachelor Party
Series: Wedding Heat
Book: 14
Word Count: 6,500
Release Date: March 24, 2021
ISBN: 9781005667115


A bachelor party is supposed to be exciting, but what's the point of watching a bare body move if you can't get down with the dancer? Ed knows a girl who's always up for it, and that's his fiancee, Maggie. But when Maggie's secret life comes to light, how will Ed react? Will he call off the wedding, or will he be aroused beyond measure? 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Maggie's Diary: A First Time for Everything, from the #Lesbian #Diaries series #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited

For the past few years, I've been giving up something for Lent. I'm not religious; I just like the idea of making a change for forty days. It teaches me the value of things in my life.

Every year I give up something different. This year I decided to give up social media.

Is it smart, I hear you asking, to release a new book when you're taking a break from social media?

The answer is probably no. But I did it anyway, because I've got all this free time on my hands now that I'm not doomscrolling through Twitter fifteen hours a day.

Usually, my books are published at pretty much every ebook retailer on the planet. I decided to put this one in Kindle Unlimited for 90 days so that subscribers can enjoy it for free. If you're not a KU subscriber, you can still purchase the ebook at Amazon.

This book is a blast: Maggie has lots of sex with lots of different characters. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this is it. I had fun writing this book, start to finish, and I'm sure you'll have fun reading it!

Maggie’s Diary
A First Time for Everything
Series: The Lesbian Diaries
Word Count: 38,000
Release Date: March 1, 2021


Maggie has just started her first year at university, but living at home is cramping her style. When she meets another student commuter, it's clear that Patience is looking for more than just a study buddy. Maggie isn't attracted to her fellow student, but when Patience brings her home to a nudist household, she can't control her desires. How many good-looking girls can Maggie get with before Patience finds out? And what will she do when her world of lust comes crashing down around her?

Lesbian fiction from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XW13QJ9?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08XW13QJ9
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08XW13QJ9
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08XW13QJ9

Here's a hint: if you're shopping at any other Amazon site, just plug the code B08XW13QJ9 into the search bar and you should land on my book.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Bridie's Diary Book Trailer and Audiobook, from the #Lesbian #Diaries series

The audio version of my book Bridie's Diary is now available for your listening pleasure. I narrate all my audiobooks, but this one was a particularly enjoyable experience. 

Look for Bridie's Diary pretty much anywhere you buy or stream audiobooks, including:

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/bridie-s-diary-1

Audiobooks https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/bridies-diary/497985

Booktopia https://www.booktopia.com.au/bridie-s-diary-giselle-renarde/audiobook/9781662168949.html

Also, check to see if your library systems owns a digital copy you can listen to. If they don't, you can request that they purchase a copy through Overdrive and other lending services.

More information about the book:

Bridie’s Diary

by Giselle Renarde
Series: The Lesbian Diaries
Book: 2


Bridie never expected to find herself in this position at midlife: leaving her husband and moving to the ends of the earth, purchasing her childhood home, falling in love with her tenant... 

Ness is everything Bridie is not. She’s young and bold and artsy and trans. Bridie can’t fight the attraction. It’s addictive. It’s overwhelming.

But when Bridie’s best friend shows up to remind her what life was like when they were lovers, she’s torn between fresh possibilities and familiar passions. Will Bridie choose the old or the new? Or will life choose for her?

Lesbian fiction from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.

Get the ebook from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/987942?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Fgi5DwAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/bridie-s-diary
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZJSPY4F?tag=dondes-20
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridies-diary-giselle-renarde/1134377075?ean=2940163374076

Radish readers can read the serialized version here: https://radish.app.link/eNqKBykw50

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Valentine's Day Ideas for Fun, Food and Romance During Covid

 Here in Toronto, we're locked down and under stay-at-home orders. How will we be romantic without leaving the house?

Just a few ideas:

1. Try New and Different Sex Stuff

I don't know about you, but I've got plenty of ideas I keep meaning to put into practise. When it comes right down to it, though, my partner and I usually resort to the same-old-same-old. Not that it's bad! It's good stuff, I swear, it's just that it's easy to fall into a pattern. Valentine's Day at home presents us with a great opportunity to shake things up.


2. Massage Your Person

If you're celebrating V-Day with a partner, try giving each other massages.  This could be sexual or not sexual or a bit of both.  The only time my partner has ever fallen asleep during sex is the time I poured oil all over him and gave him a cock massage. He found it so relaxing he was out like a light. 


3. On-Demand Sexy Skills Webinars

Whether you're going solo this Valentine's Day or you're spending it with someone special, check out these on-demand webinars from sex and pleasure educator Luna Matatas. I've attended Luna's webinars and they are fun, informative, and welcoming to all genders. There are plenty to choose from, including Dirty Talk Skills, Hotter Handjobs, Delicious Dominance Skills, and Seducing the Butt.


4. Ruby Waters Digital Concert (and Dinner, if you're in Toronto!)

Thanks to Crow's Theatre in Toronto, you can purchase digital tickets to listen to the sultry tones of Ruby Waters this Valentine's Day. If you're in the city, you can also opt to purchase a fancy-ass dinner that will be delivered to you. Find out more here: https://www.crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/dinner-and-a-show-ruby-waters


5. Write an Erotic Letter

Writing your fantasies down on paper is an especially useful communication tool for those who have trouble expressing their wants and needs verbally. If you've got someone special to write to, great! If you don't, no problem--you can still write to that dream lover. This is an especially great idea for anyone who can't be in the same room with a partner due to pandemic restrictions.


6. Make Homemade Cards

I loved crafty stuff when I was a kid, and I still love crafty stuff as an adult. Wasn't it fun as heck to make homemade cards for your classmates? Break out the doilies and the scented markers, because it's time to draw some hearts.


7. Exercise Together

Release those endorphins by exercising together! I can tell you from experience that it really builds a bond. Take a hike if you like, or find an exercise routine online you can try together. And if you're just you, do it to it! It's icy outside, so I do a lot of walking videos online. You don't even need a lot of space, and I always work up a sweat.



8. Breakfast in Bed

The early bird bakes the bread. Or cooks the bacon. Or butters the toast. No matter the makeup of your household, if you get up first, treat your people to a special brekkie. If you don't live with anyone else, you can always bring breakfast back to bed. Who's gonna stop you?



9. Bake Something Sweet

I love baking. I find it to be such an indulgent activity, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing my baked goods with the people I love. Bake with your household, or bake on your own and drop off your sweet stuff at the homes of family and friends who haven't seen in a while in a contact-free way.



10. Get Cooking, Good-Looking!

If your household usually takes turns cooking dinner, do it together this Valentine's Day. All hands on deck! And if you live alone, you could cook virtually with friends or family. Technology is our friend.



11. Play Games

My partner and I play cards and board games all the time, and it always makes me feel like I'm on vacation. It's nerdy good fun. Being a word person, I happen to love Scrabble and Boggle and crossword puzzles, but I can also recommend cribbage--a game I learned as an adult--and poker, which I played as a child, odd as it seems. My grandmother used to play Scrabble online against her internet friends, so there are lots of virtual options, too!



12. Read a Book

I'm not just saying this because I'm a writer and I want you to buy my books--I also think it's a great and unusual recommendation for Valentine's Day. This idea came to mind because my partner was telling me that, when he was a kid, he wasn't allowed to read at the table. BUT there were some days he would come home for lunch and his mother would ask him, "Would you like to read today?" and he would eagerly nod yes.  He has fond memories of the two of them sitting at the table together, reading their books in silence, and enjoying every minute of it. Kind of cute, right?


Just because restaurants aren't open doesn't mean we can't enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day during a pandemic. Remember, you can still support local restaurants by buying take-out or delivery. 

Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with yourself, a partner, or an entire household--and whether you're looking to spend a little money, a lot of money, or none at all--I hope a few of my ideas will appeal to you and make it a little easier to plan a romantic occasion without too much planning in advance.

Love you!

Giselle

Monday, January 11, 2021

Positive Changes in the Personal Sphere #MondayBlogs #Mindfulness #Meditation

 It's four in the morning and I can't sleep, so I'm reflecting on some of the positive things I've accomplished over the past year.  I'm weaning myself off my habit of ruminating on everything I'm not satisfied with, in my life.  There's a positive, right there.

I wrote some books.  That's something.  It's something I don't customarily acknowledge as an accomplishment, now that I've been writing books for 15 years. I need to work at celebrating each new book I write.  I'm a work in progress, in that regard.

For well over a year now, I've been posting daily to my music blog. That's something I'm proud of.  Doing anything daily is hard work, and there have been many times I've considered throwing in the towel. I kept at it, though, and I'm pleased to share music and memories with the reading public every day of the year.

The things I'm most proud of are personal.

But not too personal that I won't share them with you.

Since the start of this pandemic, I've enrolled in three free online courses that focused on personal growth. I completed the ones on happiness and relationships, and I'm currently working on a course in mindfulness.

One thing that came out of the happiness course was a commitment to meditation practice. I try to do this daily, but it doesn't always happen. Every time I meditate, I feel like I've done it wrong. I don't think I'm getting results or seeing effects.  But I keep hearing about all these studies showing the positives that come out of meditation, so I keep at it, and I see those positives manifest in my life. 

Even if I don't feel like I'm doing meditation right, I'm still seeing benefits.

The most significant course I took this year was a course of therapy.  This is something I've needed for decades, but I've never had the resources. The pandemic changed that, for me, because the province I live in made free therapy available to everyone.  

I went through an extremely intensive twelve weeks of CBT combined with the support of an excellent therapist, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it changed my life.

Honestly, the reason I sought out therapy was that I looked at my behaviour, my mood swings, my midlife crisis, my perimenopausal rage, and I saw that I was being very unfair to my partner. Unpredictable. Irrational.  Out of control.  I was so afraid of losing him. Our time together has been the best time of my life.

I wish I could have sought out therapy for ME instead of doing it for my partner, but I guess I never valued myself highly enough. I never thought I was worth it. 

Looking back, I realize therapy would have been worth any money--even money I didn't have. But I can't change the past, so I won't bother saying I wish I'd done this decades ago. Because I did give therapy a shot decades ago, the last time I had access to free therapy sessions. Unfortunately, there therapist I was paired with wasn't a good fit for me.  The three sessions I had were not terrible helpful.  Certainly not life changing. 

These ones were.  

The work we did led me to insights about my personality that were truly mind-blowing. And they were the kinds of things where you're like... how did I never notice that about myself? Why did I never connect those dots? They're the sorts of things you see in someone else and go, "Oh, well, she behaves this way because of that thing that happened to her." 

Easy to see in someone else, much more difficult to see in oneself.

When I did that happiness course, I found out that my overriding positive personality trait is gratitude. 

But I could have told you that.  

I am deeply grateful for this career I get to keep because of readers like you. I'm grateful that book sales provide a roof over my head and put food on the table. I am grateful to have a loving and supportive partner who welcomes personal growth rather than being intimidated by it. And I'm grateful for all the resources I've been able to access that cost only my time and effort.

The other day, I said to my partner, "This time last year, I thought I was going to lose you. With all my hormonal changes and mood swings, I didn't think you'd stay with me--and I couldn't have blamed you, if you'd left. But with all the therapy and meditation, I feel so much calmer. Is it just me, or have I changed?"

He assured me that the change has been tremendous. I guess I didn't need him to tell me that, but it's always nice to get positive feedback from someone you hold in high esteem.

Now I just need to work on being one of those people I hold in high esteem.

The work is never done. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

This Stage of Life: A #Gay #BDSM #Erotic #Romance Story

I recently got my rights back on this story, which appeared in an Evernight anthology called HIS: Manlove Edition--so if you bought that book, you've probably already read This Stage of Life. Well, unless you bought the book and didn't read it. I used to do that a lot: buy a stack of books and maybe read one of them, then buy another stack and same thing. 

Anyway, if you haven't read This Stage of Life and you're hankering for a gay erotic romance featuring a former theatre student who meets up with his former dance teacher, this is the story for you--especially if you're curious about puppy play... because these men are very into it!

When he was a student, Andrew attended the Triple Threat musical theatre program at a respected arts school. Back then, he had a girlfriend. The dance teacher, Mr. Czarneki, had a wife. Twenty years after graduation, Mr. Czarneki is widowed and Andrew is gay. There's a definite spark. When Andrew follows his former teacher home like a puppy, Mr. Czarneki shows Andrew how to play like one.

This Stage of Life is being added to new ebook retailers all the time. You can buy it from a wide number of online stores, including... 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Now In Print: Juliet's Diary #Lesbian #Erotica #Novel


My pandemic novel Juliet's Diary is now available as a paperback!

This fourth book in my Lesbian Diaries series came as a bit of a surprise. I didn't plan it, but then we found ourselves in the grips of a global pandemic, so I wrote a novel featuring characters living in the now-times. 

You can buy Juliet's Diary in print at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089M5B2JB?tag=dondes-20
and other places, I'm sure. 

The ebook is still available, too! (links below)


Juliet’s Diary
My Secret Plague Journal
Series: The Lesbian Diaries
Book: 4

Juliet is young and in love. Problem is, there’s a pandemic gripping the planet. She knows she’s not supposed to leave the house, but her lust for her girlfriend makes her defiant. How can Juliet get close to Romi if she has to stay away?

Lesbian fiction from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.

Buy now from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1023428?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0893931Y4?tag=dondes-20
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=IhTmDwAAQBAJ

Apple: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/juliets-diary-my-secret-plague-journal/id1514850526
BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/juliets-diary-giselle-renarde/1137068563
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/search?query=9780463259344

This book is also serialized on the Radish app: https://radish.app.link/ydNxOnxfH6


tl;dr buy Juliet's Diary in print from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089M5B2JB?tag=dondes-20

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Pure Energy in Best Lesbian Erotica Volume 5

 

Just a quick post to let you know I've got a story in the latest Best Lesbian Erotica anthology, edited by Sinclair Sexsmith. "Pure Energy" is a brand new tale--you've never read it before--so you'll have to grab a copy of Best Lesbian Erotica, Volume 5 to see what it's all about. 

Read more about Best Lesbian Erotica, Volume 5 at Sinclair's website: http://sugarbutch.net/ble5/

Buy your copy from your favourite local retailer, or your second favourite, or third favourite, or buy it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year/dp/1627783083?tag=dondes-20

Here's the BookDepository link: https://www.bookdepository.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year-5-Sinclair-Sexsmith/9781627783088

You know I love libraries, so why not check to see if your local library system has BLE5 in stock? (It's on order at mine.) If not, you can always make a purchase request! 

There was something else I was about to say, but the perimenopausal brain fog has taken over.  I hope it wasn't important.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Be the Boss: A Gay Shapeshifter Menage Romance

Eight years ago, I wrote a story about a raccoon shapeshifter who changes the lives of a gay couple--for the better! It was published in an Evernight anthology called Alpha's Claim: Manlove Edition. Perhaps you've read it? If not, Be the Boss is now available as an ebook! 

Be the Boss
A Gay Shapeshifter Menage Romance

By Giselle Renarde
Word Count: 7,500
ISBN: 9781005525446

Desmond and Markus have tried everything from couples' counseling to threesomes. What's it going to take to stop all these petty arguments?

After seven years together, Desmond still feels like Markus expects him to be the boss when he doesn't suit the role. They can't even get excited about each other's bodies anymore... at least, not until the raccoon in their attic shows the boys his human side.

Markus and Desmond both want a man who takes charge. Maybe Azeban the raccoon shifter can give them what the need.

A gay shapeshifter menage romance from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.


Be the Boss is available now. You can find it at a wide range of retailers and subscription sites, including:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1049025?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LH9J7W7?tag=dondes-20
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=gIQEEAAAQBAJ
Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1536196732

If you're a Scribd (or you want to be), here's the link for Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/480795799/Be-the-Boss

And if you do your reading at Radish, here's the Radish link: https://radish.app.link/XuqZfLtoNab

Read an Excerpt:

Alone in bed, Desmond drifted off to the sound of sharp little nails scraping across the joists overhead. He’d have to call animal control tomorrow, see if they could help. Get the raccoon out of the attic, get Markus off his back—two birds, one stone…

Dreams spun him off in all directions, from fanciful flight to surreptitious seduction. When he rolled over in his empty bed, he wasn’t surprised to find the man from the side yard sitting naked in the reading chair. Hell, he wasn’t even surprised the man’s eyes were masked in black, like a thick streak of charcoal from temple to temple. He’d had much stranger dreams, and often they were lucid, like this one.

“Someone’s got to be the boss.” The stranger tossed an apple into the air and caught it with the same hand. “Can’t go through life like this.”

“I don’t want to be the boss,” Desmond said.

“Never said you had to be.” He took a bite of the apple and smiled as he chewed.

Desmond’s body felt like lead sinking into the mattress. He couldn’t move his arms or legs. “Markus doesn’t want to be the boss and I don’t want to be the boss, so we’re sort of stuck.”

“Are you?” The stranger stood, and his erection drew Desmond’s gaze away from the apple.

“Are we stuck? Yeah.” Desmond watched the stranger’s cock swing as he approached the bed. “Aren’t we?”

“You need someone to tell you want to do.”

“Who, me?”

“Both of you.” The stranger hopped off the floor, landing with both knees at the base of the mattress. Desmond felt it sink between his feet. His heart froze as he stared at the man’s swollen dick. “You and that man of yours—you need someone to take charge.”

“Someone like you?” Desmond asked, barely pushing the words past his lips.

Here are those links again: