LONG BEACH — Panda Fowler, the protagonist in the lesbian-mystery-fiction book “Floodlight,” was a nonbeliever in all things magical and supernatural, well, until her wife, Mitzi, was kidnapped.
Faster than you can say Severus Snape, Fowler’s world is turned on its head, and she suspends her disbelief to rescue Mitzi.
“Floodlight” is the debut book from Long Beach attorney Reba Birmingham, who’s also a hardcore Harry Potter fan.
Panda and Mitzi are based on Reba and her wife, Stephanie Loftin, the renowned family law and criminal defense attorney. The Birmingham and Loftin were married in 2008.
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Birmingham, and Loftin, is in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at Women’s Week, the largest lesbian cultural event in the United States, to celebrate and promote the book’s release. “Floodlight” is available on Amazon and via the distributor, Bella Books, which is lesbian owned and operated.
Birmingham has shared numerous photos on her Facebook page, including a picture of her smiling at the first bookstore that has purchased copies of “Floodlight.”
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As she struggles to rescue Mitzi, Panda enlists her best friends, Juniper and Valerie Gooden, to help. Together, they battle a group of dastardly villains who practice a dark religion, Wolf Raven, that hates homosexuality.
A sequel to “Floodlight” is in the works, Birmingham said.