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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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Want an Advance Copy of Etched in Shadows?

Etched in Shadows — my 18th book for Bella — is now available for pre-order at the Bella Books website. You can read about it here on my Books page, and I’m proud to add that this one is my editor’s favorite of all my books. Order now and your copy will ship the moment […]

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Lambda Literary’s Fall Challenge

Want an autographed copy of Etched in Shadows? Want it early, as in before its release date on November 19th? All you have to do is answer Lambda Literary Foundation’s Fall Challenge. What exactly is a challenge grant? Each year in the fall, several generous donors step forward and offer to match your gifts to […]

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Listen up!

Those of us who toil at the laptop squeezing out stories like frozen toothpaste sure do appreciate when others offer to help with our ever-expanding job. Liz McMullen is a writer’s friend who selflessly puts in hours of work to promote lesbian books & authors, and I’m honored to be her guest on the Liz […]

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Star Trekkin’ Across the Universe

I’m just home from my first Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, and literally wearing my fandom on my sleeve. When I told folks I was going, the first thing they asked was, “Will you wear a costume?” It honestly wasn’t my intention, but if you’ve ever attended any kind of convention in summertime, you […]

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The Other Big 4-0

There’s something about turning 40 that many of us find (or found) unsettling. For me, it was the symbolic beginning of Middle Age, when staying fit required a lot more effort, injuries took longer to heal, and my arms had grown too short to read something we called a “newspaper.” It also triggered a renewed, […]

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The Book Within

What do Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain & Harper Lee have in common? All three wrote popular fiction of their day, and their works were required reading in high school and college. Imagine that fifty years from now, your book is required reading in a sophomore literature class focusing on lesbian genre fiction in the […]

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Read it now — West of Nowhere

Self-respect. That’s the theme of my newest book, West of Nowhere, available for download today from Bella Books. Amber Halliday gets by, from one lousy job to another, and one lousy relationship to another. Only 24 years old, she already has a lifetime of regrets and nothing to show for it. When she’s abandoned by […]

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2013 book covers

I’m sensing a theme.

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Time for a Tease: West of Nowhere

It’s an experience that never gets old, no matter how many times it happens. The box arrives on my doorstep and I crack it open, take out one of the books, inhale its freshness and check for typos on the cover (which are MY fault for not proofing the galley). Last week I sent out […]

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