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Proud to be an Iowan

I’m speechless but I’ll try. I was not optimistic heading into yesterday’s Iowa Supreme Court marriage equality ruling but we both made plans to be at our local rally, win or lose. What a momentous day – a bold move in a long string of historic Iowa decisions for civil rights and equality.

Already there are negative voices and movements afoot to revoke these hard won rights, but there are also voices of hope. The Iowa Democratic Majority has already issued a strongly worded statement in support of the decision. Here’s a quote:

News Release

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal

House Speaker Pat Murphy

 

Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights

 

This is a joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and

Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today’s Supreme Court decision:

 

“Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights. 

 

The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share their lives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight. 

 

“When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.”

 

What this means, I think, is that there’s no chance of a legislative move against the decision until at least after the 2010 elections, and we’ll have our work cut out for us to continue to send a progressive and forward thinking legislature to Des Moines in that election.

You can bet we’ll be doing everything we can to help this happen. One project I’m very proud of is our participation in To Love and to Cherish, an anthology of lesbian love stories at Sapphic Planet:

Love is universal. Marriage is… not. But it should be. It is a matter of civil rights and equal protection. The writers of SapphicPlanet and loveyoudivine joined forces to bring you diverse and heartfelt stories of the many forms of lesbian love and yes… marriage.

Cover art: Lara Zielinskytoloveandtocherishthumb
Publisher: loveyoudivine
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Release: August 2009
Pages: TBD
ISBN: 978-1-60054-322-7

This project began in indignant response to the passage of Prop 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida, denying the civil right of marriage to same-sex couples. All proceeds will benefit Marriage Equality USA.

And of course we’ll continue our efforts to bring you exciting erotic stories with happy endings for our many Bi heroines who so deeply want it both ways.

Here’s to being part of Iowa history!

Adriana

with heartfelt thanks to One Iowa and Lamda Legal

 

What if She’s Bi?

If she’s Bi, she deserves a happy ending too! Over at dearauthor.com, a recent blog about RWA’s Rita awards and erotic romance pushed a red hot button and generated over 200 responses already. Erotica? Erotic romance? LGBT themes? Polyamory? Hot topic, heated discussion. Here’s our take: When a bisexual woman can fall in love and find a happy ending that meets her needs, that’s definitely romance, and deserving of true celebration.

So that’s what we’re writing these days. Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a happily married pair of hopeless romantics who love to read and write hot sex. By day we’re serious academics with backgrounds in social science and human services. At night? Possibilities seem endless and we love coming out to play. Our erotic romance novels celebrate more than consensual mind-blowing sex – we feature strong story lines, heroes and heroines you’ll fall in love with, passion, and profound connectedness.

Our specialty is bisexual heroines. Our stories lift up the dilemmas faced by women who deeply want it both ways but won’t be denied the right to commitment, true love and a happy ending, sometimes with more than one special partner. While that may sound serious, it also permits us to get into swinging, voyeurism and ménage, great opportunities for being playful.

Just out today, at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, our erotic romance novella Seducing Cat, the first in a five book series chronicling the adventures of Meghan Keenan.

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What could college English professor Caitlin Shanahan ever have in common with the brash carpenter Kurt Davis?  Meghan Keenan, that’s what.  The twenty year old sprite has taken it upon herself to bring the unlikely pair together through sharing her sexual delights with each of them.  They never have a chance, and town-gown relationships have never been better…

We like to think we’re the ones who create our characters, but sometimes we wonder! When we started writing this book we envisioned a lighthearted sexy romp, so we invented Meghan Keenan: a young, energetic and playful small town actress with Broadway dreams. Turns out she’s a modern day Aphrodite ~ sharing love in the most up close and personal way, and bringing another couple together in the process.

Because both of us are academics who somehow never learned how to be stuffy, we love creating characters who are college professors and throwing challenges at them. One of us comes from four generations of academicians, and the other from a longer string of farmers and blue collar workers, so we thought it would fun to make a pair of characters struggle with such differences. On top of that we added an age difference, so thirty-four year old English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has to overcome a double set of prejudices to fall in love with her brawny mid-twenties carpenter, Kurt Davis ~ actually Meg’s carpenter, when the book opens. Not that he doesn’t have some biases too, especially against stuffy professors!

What we didn’t foresee was that once launched, Meg has a trajectory all her own. The world is her apple, and she’s going to taste every bit of it and maybe spread some pleasure on the way. Book Two, A Woman for Zachary, will be released in July.

 

Virgin Blog!

Be gentle, it’s our first time – our very own new blog to launch our brand new website!

Dee Shore has been working madly all week to create a total website overhaul and today is launch day, big time! Check out our new look, color coordinated to match the hot legs logo Cassidy McKay created for us a year ago. Simple to navigate, easy access to excerpts, reviews and buy links – we’re pumped.

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We highly recommend Vintage Mermaid Graphics – Dee understands the marketing needs and budgets of e-pubbed authors. She was wonderful to work with. Comments are welcome, on her site or ours!

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Lots of news!!

NEW RELEASES

swinging-gamesOur Swinging Games series at eXtasy launched March 15th with the first book, Swinging Games: Anticipation, a quick read available for just $1.59. Join happily married Jennifer and Brett Andrews as they set out to explore Jen’s newly discovered bisexuality in the rollercoaster world of swinging.

 

 

 

seducing-catNext up – follow the antics of modern day Aphrodite Meg Keenan in Meghan’s Playhouse: Seducing Cat, April 1, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Unlike Jen, Meg has always known she’s Bi. The world is her apple, and she’s going to taste every bit of it and maybe spread some pleasure on the way.

 

 

 

RADIO INTERVIEW

Coming soon to a podcast near you! Penny Sansevieri has scheduled an early April taping to interview us for her Fascinating Authors Podcast – watch our blog or follow us on Twitter to find out when you can listen to it!

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Both halves of Adriana love to try out new products – books, videos, toys, games – and we’ll update you on our favorites, right here at our blog.

Welcome to our world – comments invited, pop our blog cherry!

Adriana

 
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