Monday, February 9, 2015


...but it might not feel so good.

In my February 3 release Stepping Stone Not Doormat, drag queen Solara Flare is faced with a massive blast from her past in the form of her ex-lover Navon. Solara and Navon's relationship ended fifteen years ago when Solara, then a drug user, was arrested for burglary and possession. After a stint in jail and one in rehab, Solara entered a relationship with a man named Mason and tried to forget about Navon.

Navon has always regretted not trying to get Solara back into his life, especially since learning how severely Mason physically abused Solara. Nine years ago, Solara fled Los Angeles for a new life in Boston. Mason has since died, and now Navon has come to Boston to return something to Solara that Mason had kept: a makeup kit Navon gave Solara during their relationship to show his support for her then-budding drag career.

What Navon doesn't know is that the makeup kit was Mason's weapon for his final assault on Solara.

Many years have passed since Solara and Navon's relationship ended, and although their sexual attraction hasn't dulled, they no longer truly know each other. And seeing Navon brings Solara memories she's tried to bury for nearly a decade.

The two of them face an uphill battle as they try to reconnect and debate whether to try again. And Solara is still fighting her demons from the relationship with Mason. But love is worth the effort.

Sadly, domestic abuse occurs all too frequently. It isn't limited by gender, sexuality, race, economics, or any other factor. And, as Solara experienced, even when someone seeks help to escape the abuse, too often, the victim is blamed or not believed.

Loose Id allowed me to include an author's note with information about how to find help if you're in an abusive relationship. As a survivor myself, I am grateful to them for giving me the chance to reach out. I hope no one reading this is experiencing abuse by a partner, but if you are, please know that you aren't alone. Help and support are available. In the U.S., visit http://www.thehotline.org for more information.


Tina Donahue said...

Kudos to you, Karenna, for including such an important issue in the book, and to Loose ID for allowing you to include info on getting help for domestic violence. If your story helps even one woman in that horrible situation, then it was well worth the effort. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Domestic violence has too long been condoned by disbelief. How great that your book will doubtless help others.

Fiona McGier said...

Hmm, that twist about the makeup case being the abuser's last weapon? Sounds intriguing.

I fear with FSOG being so hot these days, too many women will equate abuse with desire. I gag when I see the movie billed as "perfect for Valentine's Day. Yeah, for abusers and their victims.

KarennaC said...

I tried to post this comment yesterday and the browser wouldn't let me...

Tina, I agree with you, but I hope at least one PERSON will be helped. The main character of Stepping Stone Not Doormat is male, and stayed in his abusive relationship because he knew that as a gay man, he would at the very least face disbelief if he reported his abuser. That's one of the things I hoped to shed light on by writing this book: Not all victims of domestic violence are women. And, although the abuser in this book is male, not all perpetrators are male.