Congratulations to Marilyn! She won a copy of Devoted.
Happy Sunday! Alison R. Solomon is here again and she’s giving away a copy of her new release, Devoted. Paperback (US ONLY) or ebook. Leave a comment to enter the drawing and we’ll draw the winner on Friday, 1/27/2017.
Until the age of eighteen, I didn’t know a single Jew who ate pork. It was a crime of such proportions that better you should be arrested and put in jail (where you would then request kosher food) than be seen eating a ham sandwich. Eating pork was like committing murder – if you did one, you might as well do the other.
I was brought up an orthodox Jew so we had rules about everything. You could eat a chicken if its neck was slit but not wrung; on the Sabbath you could read a book but not play the piano, write or switch on a light; you were expected to attend services every Saturday, but only if you could walk to get there. I never minded all these rules and regulations because I loved my Judaism. In fact, I planned on going to seminary and becoming a Rabbi’s wife. But life has a way of bringing about surprises and instead of becoming a Rabbi’s wife, I ended up making out with one(true story).
You might be wondering what any of this has to do with lesbian fiction. One of the issues my new suspense novel, Devoted, deals with is what happens when long-held beliefs clash with adult reality. Ashley Glynn suspects her beloved sister, Lizzie, was poisoned and she’s determined to find out who did it. But unraveling the mystery of her sister’s death forces her to face the conflict between her religious beliefs and long-suppressed sexual desires.
Devoted is a mystery novel that will keep you on your toes, whether or not you have any interest in faith issues. (You can read the first chapter here.)Early reviews have described it as “a page-turner” with “strong writing and great character development.” It’s in the same genre as my previous novel, Along Came the Rain, which has been described variously as a psychological whodunit, a cozy mystery, and domestic noir.
In Devoted, Ashley is dealing with the loss of her sister. In my own life my beloved Mum died just a few weeks prior to Devoted’s release. Judaism has very specific guidelines about mourning. I’ve spent my adult life sifting through the hundreds of religious rules I learned as a child, figuring out which ones I still want to keep. Despite my ambivalence about certain aspects of my religion, going through the Jewish rituals of mourning and shiva was incredibly comforting in a time of sorrow.
This blog will publish two days after The Unthinkable. Whatever our belief systems and whatever the loss, finding rituals of comfort is something we all need in challenging times. What rituals help you take comfort? Let me know – and don’t forget to check out Devoted.
Alison grew up in England and lived in Israel and Mexico before settling in the USA. Her first novel was Along Came the Rain (Sapphire Books, 2016) and her short stories have been published in the USA and Mexico. She’s been published widely in academic textbooks, anthologies, professional journals, and newspapers on subjects including feminism, diversity and mental health. When she’s not writing Alison can be found messing up her knees playing tennis, or planning a trip with her wife Carol, and their two rescue dogs.
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- Publisher: Wild Girl Press