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In the Palm
I am drunk and about to chop my hand off

IN THE PALM


Stranded on a tropical island, Dr No-Name has no mobile phone, no wallet, no passport, no keys. No left hand, no shoes and no memory. What she does have is a blister pack of nicotine gums, two minibar-sized bottles of whisky (consumed), and what appears to be an endless supply of coconuts. She can't possibly get into any worse trouble, can she?


Loosely based off of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, In the Palm gives a sapphic twist to the stranded-on-a-desert-island trope.


  • "This story got me in the palm of its hand..." — Gaby @ lezreviewbooks.com
  • "Castaway with a companion and better ending." — Carrie @ Goodreads
  • "Who doesn't like a book that makes you laugh out loud one moment and then burst into tears the next?" — Alexis @ Goodreads
  • "I loved how dark the beginning of the book was, how vivid and painful the imagery got, how intense the MC's situation is." — Medina Gustavsson @ amazon.com

A TINSEL AND SPRUCE NEEDLES ROMANCE


This series of standalone but interlinked seasonal-themed novelettes takes place in Malmö/Lund, Sweden between the years of 1994 and 2000.


In Candlelight Kisses a feminist activist clashes with a blast-from-the-past in the form of one of the contestants in the Malmö Lucia contest.


In Little x a dyslectic bus driver meets with a handsome stranger, the instant attraction leading her to question everything she's taken for granted.


In Wild Bells a sharp, sensational-looking lawyer-to-be gets caught in the spin of wheels that have been set in motion by an unexpected source.


  • "Getting ahold of a new Elna Holst has us as giddily excited as a tween catching sight of their SecretNotSoSecret crush." — BestLesficReviews.com
  • "I really like the queer holiday mood of the whole story. It's all about finding your family during Christmas in unexpected places—be it another country or a crowded gay bar. It skips most of the angst LGBT people may feel during the holiday and goes right for the warm fuzzies." — Jess @ Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews
  • "It has good humour, a little pathos and interesting, diverse characters." — Joc @ Goodreads
Wild Bells
Linda Ling was all that
Little x
She had managed to get a stain on herself, first thing
Candlelight Kisses
There wasn't even any snow yet
Teacher's Pet, vol. 2
To be honest, she was furious
Once Upon a Rainbow, vol. 3
All her life, Gretel Kindermann had lived in
Into the Mystic, vol. 2
The moss underfoot was soft enough to sleep on

ANTHOLOGIES

 

Elna Holst's short stories have appeared and are forthcoming in a number of anthologies, published by NineStar Press, Cleis Press, SinCyr Publishing and New Urge Editions, among others. Holst has a passion for shorts, ranking these bite-sized delectables among the finest she has to offer. Sensuous, surprising, off-centre and experimental, this collection of sexy trinkets is steadily growing, allowing her to get out and play with fellow authors whenever she's stayed cooped up with novel-writing for too long.


For a full listing of the anthologies Elna's stories have been included in, please visit her author page on Goodreads.

 

  • "There is a lot of great representation in this anthology – including lesbian, bisexual and demisexual characters – so if you're looking for beautifully diverse women loving women and sex positive F/F relationships then you're in the right place." — on Into the Mystic, vol. 2 by Lily @ Goodreads
  • "The latest edition of Ninestar Press's Once Upon a Rainbow series is thoroughly charming. The premise is simple: queer retellings of classic fairy tales, but the execution is, for lack of a better word, magical." — on Once Upon a Rainbow, vol. 3 by Suzanne @ Goodreads
  • "The Silent Treatment by Elna Holst – Uptight Reverend Jane Sinclair has been begrudgingly sent off to a silent yoga retreat by her vicar, but soon her yoga instructor breaks through her walls. I'm a sucker for a grump and a free-spirit romance. I loved Anita's cheekiness and Jane's reserved, crotchety nature." — on Teacher's Pet, vol. 2 by Kara Jorgensen @ Goodreads

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