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Introducing The Touch of a Woman

Say, do you know any women who came out late in life? Yeah, me too. I know it’s kind of early to start talking up my next book — it won’t be out until November. But since it’s showing up at online retailers, I’ll give you the lowdown. It’s typeset, proofed and ready to print. […]

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Rita Mae Brown reminds us “It’s not over”

The GCLS con always leaves an afterglow. Face muscles tired from smiling, arms still warm from the hugs. Excitement from the awards, from dancing the night away. Utter exhaustion. This year, though, something else is lingering. Frustration, outrage. Resolve. I had the great pleasure and honor of spending several hours with Rita Mae Brown in […]

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Back to the Big Easy

When this photo was taken, I was still in my 40s … but just barely. The year was 2005. The place, the Renaissance Hotel in New Orleans — site of the very first GCLS conference. I still recall the Chihuly chandelier. I’d been an avid participant at Bardcon and Bardfest, two book events that arose […]

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The quest for Mars

“I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.” ~ Elon Musk Mila Todorov and Jancey Beaumont are in competition for that honor too — to die on Mars. Even knowing their lives may be shortened by decades, the thrill of the quest for Mars is too great to pass up. For those […]

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Written, published and read

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gao Xingjian said: “It’s in literature that true life can be found. It’s under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.” Truth is authenticity. The authentic lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are celebrated when our stories are written, published and read. Those three steps transform […]

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T-Minus Two now shipping & available for download

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new book. And I’m feeling good. Some books, frankly, are more fun to write than others. This one was a blast. Oh, I just made a rocket joke! Last one, I promise. But it’s true that I had great fun writing T-Minus Two. Lots of […]

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T-Minus Two Preview

Any day now … that’s when the ebook will be available, and you’ll be able to follow Mila Todorov and Major Jancey Beaumont in their quest to become the first team to colonize Mars. Here’s your chance to meet them. Chapter 1 “Ladies and gentlemen, seating in the lecture hall is arranged alphabetically. Please take […]

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Advance copies now shipping :-)

I received my author’s allotment of T-Minus Two late yesterday, and got all my early copies ready to go. Rozzie conducted her postal inspections this morning … ergo, several of the packages are now reinforced with tape so the teeth marks don’t snag. ;-) A huge THANK YOU to all who answered my call to […]

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Early boarding for T-Minus Two

[UPDATED BELOW] Limited seating, little space in the overhead bin. Early boarding matters a lot on a trip to Mars, a journey of 140 million miles. But the real scramble for seating happens well before liftoff, when the Tenacity Project winnows its 40,000 applicants down to two. That’s the premise of my upcoming book, T-Minus […]

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Item up for auction w/Update

No, I’m not auctioning Lucy Lawless. I just used that photo to get your attention. Now that I have it, I can tell you about The Greater Good. That’s a recurring theme in the show, Xena: Warrior Princess, and it carried over to fans from the show. The show’s been over for 14 years, but […]

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The Real March Madness

Totally off-topic blog today. I promised on my homepage not to do this often, but this is one of those days. If you aren’t sure what March Madness is — and you don’t give a hoot about college basketball — feel free to skip this part and check below the jump for book updates. I […]

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Batteries now included

If I don’t do anything else in 2015 — a most unlikely scenario — I’ve already had a phenomenal year. I posted in my last blog that I was headed to the Xena convention in Burbank, but I haven’t had a chance to tell you about it because the moment I got home I had […]

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Introducing T-Minus Two

I challenged the cover artists at Bella Books this time: “I need a cover for a book about two women who meet during a worldwide competition to be the first team to colonize Mars. Oh, and it’s set entirely in Hawaii.” It’s kind of early to start chattering about this book, since it isn’t due […]

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Dear Dairy

Who writes to a cow? Perhaps when you’re up pasture bedtime and in the mood to share something you herd. Udder nonsense. Turns out Spellcheck isn’t a perfect editor. Many years ago, I came within a curly hair of turning in a dissertation that contained three references to pubic opinion. Lucky I didn’t muff that […]

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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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