Thursday, June 16, 2011
When Lara Zielinsky proposed that the Sapphic Planet (www.sapphicplanet.com ) authors create a twelve-book Lesbian series on the signs of the Zodiac, hubs and I knew immediately which sun sign we wanted to write and who we’d match our heroine up with: Cancer and Aquarius. You can connect with the entire collection of Sapphic Signs HERE, and our story for Cancer just joined them yesterday: The Lady Wants More.
The two of us have lived the Cancer/Aquarius combination all our married lives, so we know up close and personal how these two signs fit together. Or not. To have some fun with it, we decided a little research wouldn’t hurt. Here’s a paragraph from Astrology.com (http://www.astrologycom.com/cancer.html ) that made my husband laugh out loud – oh, did I say he’s the Aquarian, I’m Cancer?
“Paradoxically combining a love of travel with a deep need for security, you (Cancer) surround yourself with sentimental objects from the past, including souvenirs, hand-me-downs and keepsakes. Cancerians are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, you can be unwilling to throw anything out.”
Um. Desperately cleaning closets as I write! That also applies to our memories – Cancer tends to cling to the way things were. Naturally I tend to think that all those things –keepsakes and memories – are going to be useful. If nothing else, I’ll put them in a book!
Here’s another one from the same source:
“The emblem for Cancer is the Crab, a creature with a very hard shell which protects a soft interior. The crab walks sideways, which is how the Cancerian skirts around a problem until forced to take it on with gritty determination and a creative flair.”
I love the “creative flair” reference, but have to cop to the sideways style. I’d always much rather take an indirect approach and solve a problem without a frontal attack.
As you can see, living with a Cancer Sun Sign can be a trial – all the more so, if your sun sign is Aquarius, according to Zodiac Signs:
“They are very unconventional and always full of excitement. An Aquarius friend always makes life fun…Conventional people beware, Aquarius likes to shock and deviate from the norm, this is how they live.”
So that’s the challenge we set for our two characters, Janet Baxter (Cancer) and Brenda Cassidy (Aquarius):
The Lady Wants More: Janet Baxter keeps her post-divorce life neatly compartmentalized: Secure job, spacious Westchester County home, successful adult children, dependable community volunteer activities. Why is she drawn – for the first time ever – to attend her twenty-year college reunion in New York City?
Always a free spirit, Brenda Cassidy is comfortably bisexual and has no plans to ever settle down. But a fling? The reappearance of svelte, reserved Janet Baxter in Brenda’s life is nothing less than a gift, worthy of every enticement Brenda can conjure up. Can Brenda seduce Janet into an endless night of the lovemaking they enjoyed too briefly as college roommates? What if the lady wants more?
Brenda spun around to face Janet when they got to the far corner of the dance floor. She knew Janet would prefer to be in the corner rather than on the front edge where bar patrons could easily gawk at them. She, herself, preferred center stage but—she grinned at her partner—tonight she’d cater to Janet’s desires. She just wished she could get a better read on her former roommate’s desires. Did they include her, yet? There was no need to rush things now that they’d reconnected after all these years.
Brenda had already decided that Janet needed, once again, to break out of her shell and get on with her life. Of course she’d often been accused of making quick judgments, if not rash ones. But surely the universe hadn’t crossed their paths just so they could share a drink and swap life stories. While she wasn’t looking for a permanent relationship, whatever that was, she was always on the lookout for a relationship that might offer enough challenge and spice to keep her going for more than a night or two.
Brenda grinned at Janet. She knew for certain this tall dark haired women with gorgeous long legs could provide ample challenge and spice for some time. She held out her hands, interlaced her fingers with Janet’s and picked up the beat to the fast paced hip hop music. At arm’s length they swayed and stepped to the music. They circled each other.
Brenda filled her lungs. Her body throbbed with the music. Her brain clicked into hypersensitive mode—once again, she’d become the huntress. “Are you ready for me?”
A couple more excerpts (with a little more spice) are posted at my blog, with more about the book.
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Whispered by Gracen Miller at 5:41 PM