I thought ease would come, here, tucked away in the safe uneventfulness of Hunsford. It would seem I was mistaken.

In 1813, upon her marriage to Mr Collins, the rector of Hunsford Parsonage, Charlotte Collins née Lucas left her childhood home in Hertfordshire for Kent, where she is set to live out her life as the parson’s wife, in an endless procession of dinners at Rosings Park, household chores, correspondence, and minding her poultry. But Mrs Collins carries with her a secret, a peculiar preference, which is destined to turn all her carefully laid plans on their head.

Lucas is a queer romance, a mock-epistolary novel, and a retelling and continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, teeming with Regency references and Sturm und Drang. It is an homage to English literature—and a brazen, revisionist fan fiction. But, first and foremost, it is a love story. Read it as you will.

  • "There was an excellent balance of romance, passion, drama, and humor. It was engaging from start to finish and I completely fell in love with the book and will re-read it many times." — Corrie @
  • "This is a wonderful book (with plenty of steaminess) written with exceptional art and craft." —
  • "The writing is strictly phenomenal... If you are a fan of historical fiction, Pride and Prejudice, or just a good love story, then Lucas will not disappoint you." — KD Rye @ The Lesbian 52
  • "I was on the edge of my seat for a good 50% of the book." — Kissing Backwards: Lesbian Literature Reviews
Letter 1
In the Palm
I am drunk and about to chop my hand off


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 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 @
  • "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 @


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." —
  • "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
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
Into the Mystic, vol. 2
The moss underfoot was soft enough to sleep on



Elna Holst's short stories have appeared and are forthcoming in a number of anthologies, published by NineStar Press, Cleis Press, SinCyr Publishing, Queer Pack and Bold Strokes Books, 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

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