Kelli Jae Baeli
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.
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Too Hot to Handle (Erotica Box set)
Three sizzling lesbian erotica books by bestselling author, Kelli Jae Baeli--all in one bundle. Trustplaces (Erotic Art, Vignettes & Verse for Women Who Love Women), The Speed of Dark (Bold Erotic Stories) and Random Acts of Blindness, (an erotic novella).
AKA Investigations Series, Box Set
The popular AKA Investigations Series now in a box set. Share the adventures and romances of Jobeth, Phoebe, Izzy and Ginger. Never a dull moment, and plenty of chills, thrills and laughter too. Includes Also Known as Armchair Detective, Also Known as DNA, Also Known as Syzygy, Also Known as Rising & Falling, and Also Known as Sleepy Cat Peak.
Yin & Yang: Poetry & Lyrics from Both Sides of my Disposition
From the perennial mystery of lost socks to the sting of lost love, this collection of verse by novelist, artist and singer-songwriter Kelli Jae Baeli is a picturesque jaunt through the labyrinths of the human psyche, made all the more engaging by the dichotomy of frivolity and sincerity. Reading Yin & Yang: Poetry From Both Sides of my Disposition will be time well-spent. ~LightSwitcher Books
Crossing Paths (Essays)
Sometimes there are people who cross paths with us, and it takes a little time to figure out the big picture of just why they do. Often the big picture becomes unpretty. When it becomes clear that these two people are not good for each other for whatever reason, it is not always a thing to be regretted.
Rain Falls (A Romantic Dramedy)
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two women. One, a freelance writer & editor and scifi author, who is also an emotionally unavailable and closeted lesbian. The other, a disabled romantic lesbian fiction writer, who believes no one will ever love her. In a writing cabin outside the tourist town of Rain Falls, Colorado, the two struggle with the temptation and absurdities their situation inspires.
The Speed of Dark (Bold Erotic Stories)
The Speed of Dark is daring erotica, populated by characters suited just as well for full-length novels. Baeli explores boundaries, asks tantalizing questions about love and desire, and defies the conventions of passion between women.
Sister Mary Francis and Sister Mary Margaret have a secret, and a plan to go with it.
Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you have to spend the weekend renovating the house in order to sell it. Tool belts come in handy. CAUTION: graphic adult sexual conten
Lucy Randolph is tired of being poor, while her mother enjoys the spoils of Wallace Blank, the wealthy man who discarded Lucy for being a lesbian. She has a scheme to kidnap her stepfather for ransom. But the plan is foiled by sexy Sophie, Wallace Blank's biological daughter.
Margo Benning seeks retribution for what was done to her, following the lead of vigilante, Meg Fisher, who is on her own quest to fish for certain men...Fish for them. End them.
A non-physical walk-in soul makes an agreement with another incarnated soul to take over her body. But Daelah Murdock is a Mormon goody-two-shoes with a pathological attachment to the color pink.
And someone is trying to kill her.
(4.00 from 1 review)
Twenty-five year old Jason Beasley is about to discover, literally, a new reality, and that the research Professor Pritchard has done will lead him to the life he didn't know he was missing. If he could only get used to all the differences; starting with the fact that his own gender had changed.
Curse of Cache La Poudre
(5.00 from 1 review)
Danica and Rikki have missed their plane, which couldn't be worse news because now they might just miss their own wedding.
...and being chased through the wilderness, while a great bonding exercise, is not the romantic getaway they were expecting.
Science is often wrongly interpreted as unable to respond to wild claims from believers. Complicated things require complicated explanations. Political Correctness has discouraged us, as a society, from speaking the truth, for fear it might damage someone's fragile sensibilities. But progress should never be impeded by a need to coddle adults who respond to the world as children.
Scars of the Old Flame
Then like Virgil’s Agnosco veteris vestigia flammae–I feel once more the scars of the old flame…
Euthanasia: The Good Death
An individual's choice to end his or her own life, is at once the most personal decision, and should not be in the control of anyone other than the person considering self-termination. Human beings have the right to end their own suffering, if that suffering will ultimately end in death, or else be prolonged, and without any hope of quality of life.
Red Light Needs a Green Light
Contrary to popular belief, in comparing “House” prostitutes–those working from a house or other structure specifically for that purpose–and street prostitutes, 97% reported higher self-esteem. Surprisingly, statistics also show that abuse of prostitutes and women in general were about the same. So the violence against women is the issue here, not prostitution.
From Genocide to Neo-Eugenics
The constative issue of eugenics is one fraught with both peril and promise. Can the association with Hitler be put aside long enough to consider this issue without the onerous specter of the Holocaust and the efforts to create an Aryan race? If it can, then perhaps the traditional idea of eugenics must be reframed. We need a "Neo-Eugenics" that espouses pre-conception solutions, rather than post-
Too Much World
"A powerful, thought-provoking collection of essays that reveal the author’s ability to dig deep into the pits of despair, and moreover, seek ways to climb out...” ~KIWI Club Reviews
Bettered by a Dead Crustacean
“Prepare yourself for a wildly entertaining jaunt through the witty psyche of the author, as she shares odd and humorous thoughts on a wide range of subjects, proving once again her ability to make us think, laugh and question our own sanity.” ~KIWI Club Reviews
Immortality or Something Like it
"An odyssey through a life examined, a burden shared, and a soul shining with determination and honesty. You will come away from this book feeling like there's someone out there who really understands what it's like to suck the marrow out of life." ~KIWI Club Reviews
It's hard enough building a life on a new planet, but when you're faced with dissension in your own tribe, you have to decide and decide quickly just how far you're prepared to go.
When It’s All You Can Do To Be All You Can Be
I raised my right hand and was sworn in with a room full of other recruits on December 7th, 1987. I was at that time too naïve to know that this meant I was saying, “I have no more rights, and you may abuse me at will.” It must have been in the sub-text somewhere, but I missed it.
Flash Fiction, Volume 1
A collection of short fiction about right and wrong, greed, estrangement, a Chihuahua, what makes us real, bad customer service and rude patrons, a loveable mutt, a lesson learned, a talking newspaper, dealing with the unschooled, apparitions, the future as past, and accepting loss.
Therefore, I Am
Everything seemed to irritate him lately—even simple things he had never questioned before. Something was wrong with his life, but he couldn’t decide what it was.
Burn Her to the Ground
After being estranged for 10 years, a lesbian woman tries to mend fences with a visit to her mother. She brings her New Zealand girlfriend along
House of Escher
The morning after too much to drink, a young woman finds herself in different clothes, in a strange building, in an unknown city, and trying to get away from a killer.
Mark of the Almost-Beast
A professor explores her naughty side, and discovers that things are not always what they seem.
Brave & Crazy
Can't get no satisfaction...unless you're the girls in the band.
It was an honest mistake, but what Abby didn't realize was, her girlfriend had an agenda.
Chickens Come Home
A lesson in forced karma when a young woman takes matters into her own hands.
Becoming a Statistic
Alone on a dark road, a young woman learns something about herself she didn't really want to know.
True Blue Colors
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rookie cop, Veronica Polk finds herself undercover, on a case that could make or break her fresh new career.
Tristoon the Incorrigible
After Beowulf, and before Xena, there was Tristoon...From out the hollow Redwood, emerged a small warrior bedecked in the gear of the Realm. Tristoon fastened her chain mail and adjusted the sword at her side. Another day, another battle, she thought wearily. Was this not a tiresome thing?
Wear a Helmet
In Wear a Helmet, Baeli again displays her ability to swing from unapologetic humor to revealing even the most painful fragments of her psyche.
Also Known As DNA (AKA Investigations Series, Book 2)
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In this sequel to Armchair Detective, Jobeth & Phoebe are enjoying Lakewood, Colorado & Jobeth's newly licensed AKA Investigations. After a fresh start,life seems idyllic & full of promise. The dream is soon shattered by ghosts from the past, appearing to tear the fabric of love and trust.
A crescendoing battle of survival will test their courage, as they discover the darker permutations of DNA
Random Acts of Blindness
(5.00 from 1 review)
A professor struggles with her sexual identity after crossing paths with a clever young lesbian, in this erotic novella.
Brenna, A quirky bisexual author, escapes to Hogscald-a place where Mother Nature is not always nurturing, the Bubbas are watching from the knoll & her nearest neighbor lives in a treehouse & thinks she's been inseminated by aliens. Micah, a masseuse, trudges through the exasperating & often comical dating scene in real life & on the Internet, still desperately searching for a suitable partner.
As You Were
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
When an average day ends in a tragic accident, Tru Morgan must embark upon a quest to regain the life she once had with her lover, Brittany Jabot, while sinister outsiders take advantage of the precarious situation. Yearning, revelations, and lurking danger pull at the threads of a once-idyllic life. As You Were is a romantic story driven by mystery and suspense.
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on April 14, 2012
Whether Kate Genet is writing novels or short stories, her prose, her character studies and the peek inside the human psyche will always intrigue, and continually please. The reader can expect to find it time well spent. Scarcity is another example of Genet's ability to draw you into a world of her creation; this, being a world of two lonely women who need intimacy perhaps more than they are willing to admit. The use of color, such as shades of purple, seem to represent the bruised and beautiful nature of life as we seek solace and acceptance amid the often cruel machinations of fate.
- Fat Pat and the Accidental Death of Maryanne
on June 28, 2012
This story had me laughing all the way through. It was disturbing, but in a decidedly hysterical way...black comedy at its best, and a character voice that is spot-on. Genet always manages to surprise and delight me with her ability to impart a protagonist (if you could call him that--he might also be considered an antagonist) that is at once believable, interesting and unique. This is no exception. In fact, it's a shining example! It's worthy of a prize for best short story. The fact that she can get inside the persona so well, especially when I know that Fat Pat is NOTHING like Genet...well, it's an impressive talent she has. I encourage everyone who enjoys masterful characterization to download this. You will NOT be sorry!
- The Comfort of the Shriek
on April 01, 2013
As all discerning readers know, many people are publishing themselves these days, and some should spend more time on learning the craft before they do--not so with this author. I am looking forward to reading some of his full-length work after reading this, as he has a firm grip on the art of storytelling, even amid difficult subject matter. His skill is spot-on in this story, and it's refreshing to find a talented writer like Scott Crowder; akin to finding that ten dollar bill in a pair of pants you haven't worn in a while. I would love to see this story expanded to novel length, as it has some very intriguing possibilities. Keep up the good work, Mr. Crowder!
- The Song of the Sea
on June 04, 2013
I am always thrilled to find writers who know how to craft a story, know how to make language work for them...and thus, for the reader. Song of the Sea is that kind of story: beautifully rendered, expertly crafted, haunting, exciting...and such a refreshing discovery by an Indie writer who is, without question, the REAL DEAL. I applaud you, Mari. I will be seeking your other works, now, knowing that if this story is a representative example, I will be well-pleased.