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Bestselling author 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. Baeli migrated from Colorado to New Zealand, where they currently make their home.
on Jan. 31, 2014 :
"Rain Falls" by Kelli Jae Baeli was the first book I've bought at Smashwords--to be honest, I had not heard of this sight until I read about it on Facebook. And what a treasure trove this site turned out to be. I chose Keili's novel as it was her latest and I liked the premise of it. I guess I'm drawn to novels about prickly, introverted women who meet the right woman just in time.
India is the prickly one, the introvert who is so set in her ways--and that despite not being sure of who and what she is. Tegan is the warm hearted, humble young woman who lives with a disability--and who's family situation is beyond precarious. These two, co-habiting in a cabin in the woods, writing romance (India only because of a bet) -- with an adorable cat -- and add to that some dangerous trouble heading their way...Well, you can see how this is the start of a great storyline.
What I hadn't counted on was the wonderful humor and wit of this book -- which in my mind made all the poignant moments all the more heartfelt because of the contrast it created. I laughed and cried - and held my breath a few times, which is a bit of a clichee but nonetheless the truth. I'm so glad I found Smashwords and also Ms. Baeli's novels. I'm going to order more of her stuff and she has a lot to choose from.
If you enjoy heartfelt wit, great character development, interesting plotline that isn't predictable, and prickly women succumbing to love -- this is the book for you.
I strongly recommend it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)