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As You Were Paperback – August 5, 2009

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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 being 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434825787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434825780
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Indie Publisher and bestselling author of the Rain Falls series, AKA Investigations series, Throwing Caution, and Pitfall, Kelli Jae Baeli enjoys a sales position in the top 5% of lesbian authors. Her writing career began as a child, and that interest in expression through words on a page blossomed into full-length works, when she became frustrated with early examples of lesbian fiction, and decided to write something she would want to read. She's been doing that ever since, authoring and producing 45 books, both non-fiction and fiction, in a variety of genres, and for both gay and straight readers.
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. Creativity comes as easily as breathing to Baeli. A talented singer-songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit, she also loves mixed-media art, painting, pottery, and clay sculpture, as well. Living a life around words, books, art, and music not only fulfills her, but defines her.
Formerly a managing editor for two small presses, she founded Kindred Ink Writers Initiative, and Kind Red Ink Editing, and currently publishes under the imprints Indie Literati Press, and Lesbian Literati Press. Believing in mastering every aspect of the business, Baeli does her own book cover design, typography, and formatting, maintains an author newsletter and video journal series, and is also an editor, webmaster and blogger, all after eight years of University, to include pursuing a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing.
A canny mix of businesswoman and artist, Kelli Jae Baeli is delighted to spend each day relentlessly polishing her skills and feeding her muse.
After three unfortunate years in New Zealand, she now makes her American home on Holiday Island, near the quaint village of Eureka Springs with her partner, Melissa Walker.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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WOW. I purchased this book simply caught up in the avaliability of lesbian romance novels at the touch of a button. My wifey gave me a Kindle for Christmas, spurring a desperate search for novels to use with my newfound "friend". I don't live near any specialty bookstores and lesbian novels are often very expensive for print copies. I went a little wild looking for romance stories I can relate to.

This novel surpassed that!

Others I've read were okay in content, horrible in spelling and grammar, and difficult to read. Not so, this novel. I downloaded another book by Baeli simply because this one caught and held my attention. I stayed up way past bedtime reading this, absorbing it in one night because I could NOT put it down. It had romance, crazy twists, and many other positive characteristics. However, the best part of this book was Baeli's sensitivity to the thoughts, feelings, and realities of life as a woman who loves a woman. She captured the essence of female romance without so much as a glitch. I read this book snuggled in next to my wife and fell asleep with a sappy, mushy, and very glowing appreciation for the beauty who lay next to me. Like all great romance novels, this book wrapped me up in the moment.

Thank you, Ms. Baeli. I'll be purchasing your other novels as soon as I can!
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Reading this book made me cry, laugh, and feel as though I had been blissfully seduced...and I'm not a lesbian!LOL! But as I have found with other books written by Kelli Jae Baeli,(she writes both lesbian and mainstream novels)it doesn't matter what your sexual preference is in the end. I fall in love with all of her characters, as I did once again with those in this novel, and feel as though I am personally involved in the story. It is a greatly suspenseful, beautifully romantic tale of renewed/re-claimed love that seduced me into staying up til 5:46 a.m. on a work day because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN until I finished it. In the Author's Note, Ms Baeli writes. "I hope you enjoy it." Ms. Baeli, that is an understatement! I absolutely adored this story. Thanks for yet another wonderful novel to read! (I've read 5 of them now and am starting the sixth tomorrow)
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When I clicked Buy Now and settled in to read I was expecting a story about women struggling to serve their country in a male dominated Army. At least, that's what I expected after seeing the female in fatigues on the cover. What I got was completely unexpected - a story about 2 women who meet in the Army, yes, but now 5 years later they are torn apart. And, that's only where their horror begins. It's a complex story of how these 2 women have to navigate the nasty lies and evil perpetrators to find their way back to each other. Neither woman is without their own flaws and sometimes they even seem quite unlike-able. Yet, we are given several glimpses and snippets throughout the book that prove without a doubt that their love is worth rooting for. I truly enjoyed the emotional journey this book took me on.
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Singer/songwriter Tru Morgan is totally in love with her live in girl friend Brittany (Brit) Jabot. Together they share a wonderful home on Red Mountain, Colorado. Their lives are idyllic, filled with their dreams, romantic nights and riding their beloved horses in a fairy tale, snowy setting. Life just couldn't get much better for them....... Until one day, a malicious chain of events ends up being the indirect cause cause of a tragic accident.

Tru finds herself fighting to find the life she once had with Brit. This in itself is an uphill struggle, but add to it disruptive outside influences and it is going to be almost an impossibility. Some people just do not want to see Tru and Brit back together.

The question that has to be asked is.... Will Tru and Brit ever find their way back to the love so callously torn from them?

A well written and highly enjoyable romance, mystery and intrigue, with a light touch of humor. Although this story is basically a romance, there is so much more packed into it. So many twists and turns and ups and downs, it's a real rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. I simply couldn't put this book down and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had to force myself to slow down. I wouldn't advise starting this late at night, unless you don't need to sleep.

The two main characters, Tru and Brit are poles apart throughout most of the book. I don't want to put in any spoilers, but the emotional ride they are on, is hard going for them. The only thing I will say is, I wasn't disappointed with the outcome of the story.

All the characters in the book were well formed and they each played their parts in progressing the story forward.
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Nice to read a different plot in lesbian fiction. Not really a coming out story and the character have some dimension. Kudos
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This book is a winner! You will want to read the book in one evening, so forget about going to bed. The characters are well developed. The dialogue is believable. The plot has twists and turns: romance, suspense, humor and expectation. It is one of those books that when you finish, you will feel sad...you will want the story to go on.
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