Love and Lotus Blossoms
Janesse Crawford spends her teenage and young adult years trying to balance her tomboy, girl-loving side with being the picture-perfect daughter her mother wants. It's difficult, and Janesse is full of self-doubt, but she manages to find a way to make it work. Then Janesse meets sexy, confident Maya Lawson, who is everything she didn't realize she wanted, and her world is turned upside down. But Janesse makes a choice and doesn't look back.
Thirty years later, Janesse is married to a man who loves her, has raised two wonderful children, and has a successful career doing what she loves. But when a chance meeting with Maya brings her past rushing back, the lie Janesse has been living comes crashing in on her. She let Maya get away once, but her second chance at true love could cost her the picture-perfect world she's spent a lifetime building. It's not too late for Janesse to blossom into the woman she's always wished to be. But on her path to self-acceptance, she will risk everything-and possibly everyone-she loves.
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About the Author
Anne Shade loves writing stories featuring strong, beautiful BIPOC women who love women, from her idyllic suburban home in West Orange, NJ. Anne is the author of four novels: Femme Tales, queered retellings of three classic fairy tales, short-listed for a 2021 Lambda Literary Award; Masquerade, a roaring twenties historical romance; Love and Lotus Blossoms, a coming-of-age and coming-out story, included in Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2021; and Her Heart's Desire, a coming-out romance. Anne has also collaborated with editor Victoria Villaseñor on the Bold Strokes Books anthology In Our Words: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers and with Bold Strokes Books authors Julie Cannon and Erin Dutton for the novella collection My Secret Valentine. When Anne isn't busy writing, she's crafting and making plans for her future bed-and-breakfast.