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Fallen Pieces

It’s true what they say about time speeding up when you get older. I only realized that last May when Jenny and I were packing up to leave the California desert for our summer place in the mountains of North Carolina. We’ve been doing the “snowbird” thing for about 12 years — before CA, we […]

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Two cat or not two cat

I’m a Cat Person. When Jenny & I first met, I had Katie & Gracie (Katharine Hepburn & Grace Jones, from whom I stole my pseudonym), she had Cody & Smokey; and we threw them together rather suddenly under one roof. Gracie liked Cody & Smokey just fine and they became the 3 Amigos. Whereas […]

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Let’s hit the Reset Button for 2016

New Year’s resolutions are increasingly indistinguishable from wish lists. Millions of people across America will resolve to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit, watch less TV, be kinder, save money, volunteer, etc. The list usually involves taking away a vice or adding a virtue. Depending on your statistical source, only 8 to 20 percent of […]

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The Top 10 of 2015

There’s no denying it’s been a devastating year for the lesbian fiction community. After the heartbreaking loss of beloved authors Nene Adams and Sandra Moran, it’s hard to want to scroll back through the year’s social media posts and blog entries. I remember going through this same exercise in 2007 only a few days after […]

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T-Minus Two — Contemporary Fiction about Science

Bella’s 12 Days of Christmas Sale features last summer’s title, T-Minus Two — $6.99 for the ebook, today only. My publisher has asked me to scream the following at the top of my lungs: THIS BOOK IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION! Apparently, she’s gotten feedback from longtime customers who say they usually buy my books, but […]

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How nice …

The Touch of a Woman is the story of a woman facing the aftermath of a mass shooting. How nice she’s able to overcome her loss and find love again. Anyone But You pits environmental activists against Big Oil and the politicians in their pockets. How nice when the polluters and their cronies are marched off in handcuffs. […]

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Preview of Touch of a Woman

UPDATED 11/12/2015: Now shipping, and now available for download. For those who love their Kindles, it won’t be available from Amazon for several weeks. But that’s an easy fix — buy it from Bella Books in mobi format, send the downloaded file to your Kindle account, and it’ll show up on your Kindle like all […]

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Life imitating art imitating life

“Life begins at 60!” If you happen to have an autographed copy of Mulligan, chances are you’ll find this phrase inside. I scribbled it as an homage to my older readers, who told me they were delighted to find a romance about young-at-heart seniors falling in love. In Mulligan, one of the main characters, Louise […]

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Get an early copy of The Touch of a Woman

Want to be the first on your block to read The Touch of a Woman? Want your charitable donation to the world’s premier organization for LGBT books to count twice? Have I got a deal for you! Lambda Literary — the organization that brings you the Lammys, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices and […]

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The right to cut my hair

Back when I was a kid, it was my mom who decided on my hairstyle. Understanding I was something of a tomboy, she mercifully kept my hair pretty short, though I have (un-digitized and therefore un-shareable) photographic evidence that she forced me into a dress more often than I liked. But when I hit junior […]

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Learning as you go

For the last several years, I’ve put out two books a year. One of those books usually falls in the category of what I’d call a pure romance; i.e., a character-driven story focusing on the emotions two women experience when they meet and fall in love. Etched in Shadows, Life After Love, Rhapsody. Alternately, I […]

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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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