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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434824624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434824622
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Baeli was born to spin a yarn. The daughter of a professional musician, she arrived in Wichita and began her journey with a song in her heart and a plethora of passion erupting from her pen. This love of lyrics, prose and poetry was just the simple seed of what would grow into a wordsmith's obsession with the creation of multifarious characters and storylines that fork with dual plot lines into romance and intrigue. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Colorado are just a few locales that surface in Baeli's novels as these places are ones she drank in from her time in University, to retreating for self exploration. Each place is rich in bucolic terrain and provided grand palettes for her mysteries and suspenseful romances. Townies and their coveted colloquialisms provided divine fodder for tales too real to be true. There is nothing like experience to craft a character. Baeli has plenty to spare—from a stint in the military to late nights spent delivering newspapers or waiting tables, to a technical writer for a corporate jet company. Each job was a necessity, but one that Baeli turned into a study in the human condition or sometimes inhumane conditions. Some of Baeli's fondest endeavors were fronting an all female band for seven years in Little Rock and her enjoyable time as a managing editor for a women's press. In recent years, Baeli has pursued technology with a perverse passion. Website building, blogging and creating and maintaining online forums have shared the docket with her ever-present story crafting. Baeli has relied on her technical writing roots and expanded her repertoire, enabling her to edit for herself and other writers, both accomplished and aspiring. With over 200 song writing credits and 22 books to her credit, Kelli Jae Baeli shows no signs of wear. She has returned to her beloved Colorado where she may be found amongst the Denverites, people-watching over coffee and conversation... awaiting the next story to inspire and entrance. ~Justice Harlow

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Kelli Jae Baeli began writing as a child, exploring poetry and journaling, and eventually moving on to short stories. After a romantic fling in the military with another female soldier, she decided to write a book based on the experience. The story that evolved took on a life of its own, but it became her first novel, As You Were. This was followed quickly by Armchair Detective, a book she said she wrote because she couldn't find other lesbian fiction she liked at the time, and so wanted to write something she would want to read. She's been doing that ever since.

Believing in mastering every aspect of the business, she is also an editor, webmaster and blogger, all after eight years of University, to include pursuing a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing. Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, and a freelance editor since 1995, Baeli has also done book cover design, typography, and formatting since 1998.

Creativity comes as easily as breathing to Baeli. Living a life around words, books, art, and music not only fulfills her, but defines her. An independent publisher, she has authored and produced 37 books, both non-fiction and fiction, in a variety of genres. Constantly mining the world around her for literary tidbits, Baeli is always to be found with iPhone in hand, recording or thumbing in notes, a self-confessed story magpie who sees everywhere the fodder for her work. She is a talented singer-songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit, and loves pottery and clay sculpture, as well. A canny mix of business woman and artist, Kelli Jae Baeli is delighted to spend each and every day relentlessly feeding her muse.

Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, and a freelance editor since 1995, she blogs on a regular basis, founded Kindred Ink Writers Initiative, Kind Red Ink Editing, and has currently co-founded Lesbian Literati Press and Sapphica Books.net with her partner, fellow author Kate Genet (AKA Kate Hansen). Baeli migrated from Colorado to New Zealand, where they currently make their home.

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She does character development very well.
TJB
Now, i've never read 'lesbian fiction' and i have no idea if it's all like this or not--but this book was really good.
Keesan Ludlow
This is a book i wish i could forget--so that i can read it again!
Sally Kerr

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Freeman on June 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have a lot in common with the main character, Jobeth. I, too, was a P.I in my earlier life. She made me miss my old vocation. I'm not gay, but i have gay friends that have long encouraged me to read gay fiction. They told me i was missing out and i must say they were right. I was a bit apprehensive about reading "lesbian erotica"--but i got over it. Baeli was right on the mark with the P.I character--it was very credible--the job is not glamourous, and you can get hurt, and you do make stupid mistakes, and for any "straight" readers, the sex is hot, no matter what sexual orientation you may have. I would have given this five stars, but i'm reserving that for the sequel!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sally Kerr on June 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Being from Oklahoma, it sure was nice to see so much detail in a book about an area i live in. Being a lesbian, i fully appreciated how realistic it was that a stone butch woman can meet someone who opens her up and teaches her to believe in love, and to trust again. This is a book i wish i could forget--so that i can read it again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keesan Ludlow on June 30, 2002
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My best friend, Sally reviewed this book, and i felt the need to....see, while waiting around for her to get ready to go out one night, i picked up this book from her coffeetable. I became so involved after a few pages, i asked to borrow it. I'm glad i did. Now, i've never read 'lesbian fiction' and i have no idea if it's all like this or not--but this book was really good. I have to admit i got a little hot reading the 'romantic' parts--but more than that, it really was, overall, a great read. I remained interested in the plot and in the characters. I look forward to Ms. Baeli's next offering. So my advice to anyone reading this review is that if you enjoy a good book--whether you're straight or gay, this is a good choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TerryB on November 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Amateur unlicensed Private Detective, Jobeth O'Brien, is living on the breadline, she's not even keeping her head above water. Her night time job delivering newspapers doesn't even begin to pay the bills. She's hiding a secret which prevents her from getting her private investigators license. The one thing she has to her name that she loves, is her 1962 Falcon.

Jobeth meets rich socialite, Phoebe McMasters while she's delivering her newspapers. Jobeth is smitten. Unfortunately, Phoebe is married and straight, isn't she? Apparently not! The back seat of the Falcon sees more action than it's probably ever seen before.

During the course of Jobeth's investigations into the prostitution and blackmail case she's on, she finds herself being battered, shot at, bitten by a Pit Bull and many other injuries she hadn't bargained for. She also makes a startling discovery which alters the course of her friendship with Phoebe.

Jobeth is fast falling in love with Phoebe. Will her feelings be reciprocated? Or will Phoebe reject her like everyone else has throughout her life?

Meanwhile, Jobeth has a case to solve. Will she have the experience to solve it? Will she even be able to keep herself from harm? Someone out there wants her dead and will stop at nothing to kill her.

I honestly don't know what took me so long to discover Kelli Jae Baeli's books. But now that I have, I'm totally hooked.

I love the two main characters in this book, Jobeth and Phoebe. They are both adorable, multidimensional characters and they interact wonderfully with the rest of the characters.

The story starts out a little bit hit and miss in that the plot is a bit haphazard, a touch unbelievable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TJB on March 8, 2014
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I read Rain Falls by Miss Baeli so I thought I had a pretty good feel for her writing style. And absolutely loved that one.

The OKC setting was trippy since I know that city so well. She does character development very well. They're very believable. And the vulnerabilities don't seem to create the mind numbing chaos you see in many lesfic novels out there.

Anyway. Great read. Looking forward to DNA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doodlelooloo on August 16, 2011
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This book made me want to be a PI..lol. Also it gave me some warm fuzzies ....and I'm not a lesbian. Definitely a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pappion on January 30, 2014
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I'm not sure why, but I wasn't expecting a lot out of this book. I enjoy crime, lesbian & romance so with that in mind & the reasonable price, I went for it. Then it sat on my kindle for a while as I read other stuff. I finally got around to it & while it had its slow points and way too many mentions of ecigs, I found it to be quite enjoyable. In typical Lesfic fashion we meet the frought-with-a-painful-past leading lady and my mind immediately begins taking bets on which cliche will rise to the top and give the big ta-da. Was she raped, abused by family or partner, disowned by family, lost the love of her life to some terrible accident, suffers some physical scar that makes her hide her body....the list goes on and while I'm not saying all those scenarios haven't made for some great stories, the lack of cliche that was eventually revealed was a wonderful change of pace for a Lesfic romance. The story seems to zig just when u expect a zag and that was refreshing. That's not to say some of it wasn't predictable, but when you read as much as myself one must expect such. The editing was also fairly decent, short of a few missing words and minor things of that nature. It was also nice that Jobeth was "real". It humanized her & made the story more believable. I liked that she made mistakes, but was smart enough to overcome & learn from them. Over-all a decent read & I just learned this is the first of a series so I'm off to make use of one-click buying. See ya on the next page...
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