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Real lesbians don’t do that

(UPDATED BELOW) What does it even mean to be an “authentic” lesbian in an era when sexuality is increasingly believed to reside on a fluid continuum? When societal taboos against same-sex behavior no longer carry an intensely prohibitive stigma? When relationships between women are considered by some to be part of natural sexual development? I […]

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Resolved for 2015

New Year’s resolutions generally suck, amirite? Lose weight, get in shape, eat better … sure. Come around on Super Bowl Sunday and you’ll find my butt on the couch and my hand in the Cheetos. Real change is hard, and the voices in your head arguing that it doesn’t really matter can get pretty loud. […]

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Top 10 of 2014

This tradition of mine — looking back on each year for the highlights — is always a good exercise for focusing on the upside of life. That’s not to say any of us can ignore the turmoil around us. Racial unrest, the decay of our national values or our surrender to corporate interests. I like […]

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At the Palm Springs Public Library — Wednesday Nov. 19th

This is Thalian Hall in Wilmington, North Carolina. When I was in primary school, it housed the public library, and one of my clearest childhood memories is going with my mom and brother on Saturdays to choose a book for the week. Our family got by on a Marine Corps sergeant’s salary, but books took […]

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Backlist on sale at Bella

Got a couple of new books out this year and Bella Books is celebrating by putting ME in the spotlight and MY ENTIRE BACKLIST on sale. I’m talking ebooks, those sweet little digital companions that go everywhere and blow up nice and big so you can see the print without doubling down on your reading […]

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Life After Love released by Bella Books

Time to get your romance on! Here’s a book about two women whose only cure for heartbreak is learning to love again. If you find yourself humming Cher’s classic dance tune “Believe,” you’re not alone. I sang it to myself practically every time I sat down to write. In fact I’m singing it now. You […]

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Preview of Life After Love

Life is over for Allyn Teague, or so she thinks when her wife leaves Seattle for another woman. Facing unrelenting heartbreak, she learns to embrace it, oblivious to the toll her grief is taking on her body and spirit. Her only hope is for Melody to realize her mistake and come home. Bea Lawson notices […]

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So long, summer

I took this photo off my back deck this morning so I can remember the green. There isn’t much of that in the desert around Palm Springs. It’s beautiful there as well, but very, very different. It’s been a great summer here in NC. By my tally, I’ve walked about 250 miles through Moses Cone […]

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Want an early copy of Life After Love?

Did you ever lose someone you loved with all your heart? Did you think your life was over? Were you so depressed that your family and friends worried you were destroying yourself? Were you certain you’d never be happy again? Life is over for Allyn Teague, or so she thinks when her wife leaves Seattle […]

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Packing for Portland!!

High of 90; low of 54. That’s the temperature range for Portland, Oregon, next week when ~300 scribes and bookworms will come together to celebrate books for, by and about lesbians. It’s the Golden Crown Literary Society’s 10th annual conference (July 9-13), and I can say with pride that I’ve been to every single one. […]

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BLOG TOUR!!!!

We call them “blog tours,” “blog hops” and “blog tag,” and they go around the lesbian writing community like STDs, but without the blisters. I was tagged by that Scion of Sci-Fy, Fletcher DeLancey, and if you make it to the end of this, I’ll be tagging someone else. So here we go, four questions, […]

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Anyone But You now available from Bella Books

An underground pipeline has ruptured, spilling oily sludge into Minnesota’s pristine Lake Bunyan. Taking the media’s heat for Nations Oil is Corporate Communications Director Cathryn Mack, an old pro when it comes to spinning the facts in her company’s favor. Stuck in Duluth to handle the press during eight weeks of cleanup, she finds a […]

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Deserting the desert

Another winter season in the California desert is gone, and with it, another manuscript. To put it another way, the mercury on the back patio hit 111 yesterday, and I turned in my Fall 2014 book, Life After Love, to the editor last night. Rozzie & I are ready for the annual migration to the […]

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So far it was only a few dead fish.

I’m excited to present this preview for my upcoming book Anyone But You, available mid-June from Bella Books. It started with a premise: Introduce a pair of strangers and have them hit it off before discovering they’re on opposite sides of a controversy. Along the way, I uncovered too many horrifying real-world examples of an […]

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To Sequel or Not to Sequel

First things first. To all of you who write ANYTHING after reading one of my books, whether it’s a review, a personal email or even just a note on Facebook, I say Thank You. And whether it’s glowing praise, biting criticism or just “meh,” I appreciate anyone who closes one of my books and thinks […]

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This book dedicated to … (updated below)

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my summer release, Anyone But You. It’s the story of Cathryn and Stacie, the last two women on earth you’d expect to mix, since they’re practically oil and water — or more literally, Big Oil and environmental activism. Yet despite their […]

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Coming to the Xena Convention?

That familiar whine that signals the start of a Xena: Warrior Princess episode is the Bulgarian bagpipe. Each time I hear it, it takes me back to one of the happiest, most productive times of my life. I was living in the South Bay — falling in love with California — and flying all over […]

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Top 10 of 2013

It’s that time of year again, when you can’t swing a wet cat without hitting someone’s insufferable Top 10 list. If you’re like me, you read every single one — movies, books, songs, sports moments, viral videos, offensive Tweets — just to see if your favorites are on the list. If they are, it’s because […]

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Coming Next Summer

Signed the contract. Wrote the blurb. Worked with the cover artist. Got the manuscript off to my editor. Looks like this one’s going to happen. Anyone But You An underground pipeline has ruptured, spilling oily sludge into Minnesota’s pristine Lake Bunyan. Taking the media’s heat for Nation’s Oil is Corporate Communications Director Cathryn Mack, an […]

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Preview of Etched in Shadows

Etched in Shadows is now available in paperback and ebook from Bella Books. If you’d like to get your hands on an autographed copy, read my blog from a couple of weeks ago for details. I’ve already shipped out 12 books — would love to send out some more! Here’s the appetizer. Etched in Shadows, […]

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