What happens when you meet the right woman at the wrong time?

Against all reason, Karma and Jane are drawn together, soulmates destined to fall in love. A few sweet kisses and an acute sense of homecoming lead the young women to believe that they might have met their “one.” However, despite their love and attraction, the two women are torn apart by their fundamental differences.

Brought up in a religious family, Jane is convinced being a lesbian is a sin. Controlled by an emotionally abusive mother, Jane has learned that living under the radar is the best way to survive. Ashamed of her homosexuality, and embarrassed by Karma’s unapologetic lifestyle, Jane decides to come out in the best way that she can–by dating a woman who is also in the closet.

Karma, raised to be proud of herself exactly the way she is, somehow finds herself in an abusive relationship with the darkly sexy Crash. Unable to extricate herself, and shamed by Jane’s apparent embarrassment of Karma’s vibrancy, she gives up on the idea of a happily ever after and focuses instead on becoming the woman Crash wants.

As Karma and Jane try to work through their insecurities and individual circumstances, they keep holding on to that magical first connection. But, both convinced that the moment is lost forever, the women must wrestle with their own desires and demons as they try to find their way back to each other. A set of deeply complex supporting characters alternately help and hinder Karma and Jane as they set out to discover if there is a chance for the two of them, or if true love really only comes once in a lifetime.

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Beth was kind enough to answer a couple of questions I had about her book!

Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I wanted to write this book because I don’t think domestic violence in same-sex relationships is talked about very often. Yet, I know so many women who have dealt with abuse, either physical or emotional. I wanted to show that abuse happens, but that sometimes, one spark of hope is enough to set the wheels in motion toward getting out.

What do you like best about it?
My favorite part about this book is the idea that no matter how horrible life is, there’s always a reason to believe things will get better.

Can you tell the readers something about Coming Around Again that they might not know just from reading the book?
One of the secondary characters is a lovely, delightful gay man named David. David is based on a real man I knew a lifetime ago when I was deep in the gay bar scene back in the late 80s. I wrote a short story about David in his teen years that was a finalist for the Saints and Sinners short story contest. Anyone who signs up for my mailing list from your webpage will get a free copy of that story.

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Beth Burnett

Beth Burnett

Beth Burnett may not like to wear pants, but she wears an awful lot of hats. The Director of Education for GCLS, Beth also teaches for the writing academy, gives women’s empowerment workshops, runs a Lansing women’s networking group, and works as an adjunct professor for two different colleges. Because she enjoys torture, Beth just returned to grad school for her second Masters, this time in Marketing and New Media. In addition to her penchant for education, both as a teacher and a student, Beth is a writer with six published books (one under her pen name, E.A. Van Stralen) and stories in several recent anthologies. In her spare time, she sleeps in thirteen-minute increments, walks her geriatric dog, and tries to keep a zen calm about the mountain of paperwork she and her wife are dealing with in their effort to live in the same country.

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