Sapphic Planet ~ Meg Leigh
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Today, welcome author Meg Leigh, with her short story, Two Steps Back.
A Second Chance at Love
As reader and as a writer, I have a great love of stories that speak of redemption and allow characters to find a fresh start, or a second chance at love after they messed up somehow. My story, Two Steps Back, is exactly along those lines. It tells the story of two women, Juliet and Heather, former partners whose relationship broke down a few years ago.
Either by chance, or by design, Juliet and Heather are thrown together when Juliet takes a mini-vacation to try and find her voice again after battling a serious illness. Whilst Heather is the last person Juliet expected – or would have wanted to see, Heather seizes the opportunity in both hands and makes one last, desperate bid for a second chance at love.
Excerpt: Two Steps Back
Juliet turned her car into the driveway of the little country cottage and switched off the engine. She sat staring at the house for a few moments. This would be the first real holiday she’d taken since before…she closed her eyes, remembered pain making her breath hitch in her throat.
It must be easily four years, she decided. She’d come back from that last vacation to bad news. The niggling cramps and nausea she’d suffered on her vacation had led to a diagnosis that stopped her life for almost two years. That, and the time it had taken to recover her strength. Writing had been her only solace in those dark days, but as her health and strength returned, Juliet had increasing difficulty in finding ideas to put on paper. She sighed, shaking her head to clear the morbid thoughts and climbed out of the car.
Grabbing her overnight bag from the backseat she made her way onto the porch and rapped at the door with the brass doorknocker.
While she waited for someone to answer, Juliet closed her eyes, letting the gentle cooing of mourning doves in the surrounding trees seep into her consciousness. Other birdcalls began to filter in as she listened. She drew a deep breath, letting it out slowly. Maybe this break would be good for her, after all.
Juliet turned to the door as she heard the latch work, smiling as the door swung open to reveal a petite blonde woman standing just inside, smiling broadly in welcome.
Her smile froze in place as Juliet looked at the woman. She blinked, unable to believe her eyes, and took a backward step.
“Heather…” Juliet faltered, “I… “
“Jules!” Heather said, throwing the door wide and stepping out onto the patio. “Oh my God! It’s really you.”
“Don’t!” Juliet dropped her bag, holding her hands out as though fending off a blow. “Please don’t do that.”
Heather’s smile faltered. She stopped and let her hands fall to her sides.
“There must be some mistake,” Juliet said. There had to be. She would never have booked into this place if she’d known it would mean coming face to face with a woman she had thought—hoped, she would never see again.
Meg Leigh is a forty-something, late to come out lesbian living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Meg lives with her partner on acreage in a beautiful country setting. She divides her time between writing, breeding chickens, smooshing her cat Solitaire, and searching for the ultimate coffee brew. Meg has been published in both M/M and Lesbian genres and even wrote and published one heterosexual romance before deciding to move her writing out of the closet as well!
Meg is a member of the Sapphic Planet community. She believes that Lesbian fiction is sadly underrepresented in the publishing world and is doing her bit to rectify that shortage.
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Welcome to the Sapphic Planet, a literary realm where women are free to love one another without fear of prejudice or reprisal. Inside these pages you’ll discover nineteen stories written specifically to tease and titillate your senses.
From a frolic in the rain with a Bathing Beauty, to a concerned sibling showing his sister some Brotherly Love, and everything in between – whether you’re in the mood for steamy romance or unrequited lust, we’ve got a story guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.
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Beth Wylde, Jean Roberta, Kissa Starling, Jodi Payne, Meg Leigh,
Jennifer Cross, Dylynn DeSaint, JT Langdon, Allison Wonderland,
Nan Andrews, Fiona Zedde, Ann Cory, Adriana Kraft, Dalia Craig,
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