I had the great pleasure on Tuesday night to experience down-home Texas hospitality at the Dallas JEWEL LesFic Book Club. Many thanks to those who came out to play for your questions, comments & kind attention. Are we done? 😉
It was my first chance to read a couple of excerpts from my upcoming June release, West of Nowhere, and I’m happy to say the response was everything I could have hoped for. I haven’t been this excited about a new book since … well, since my last one. Seriously, I think this story will hit the sweet spot for a lot of romance fans and I can’t wait to share it. Literally!
So who’s interested in getting hold of an autographed copy before it’s released? Here’s how:
I know many of you like to browse the reviews of new books, and one of the very best places on the web to find them is the Lambda Literary Review (formerly the Lambda Book Report). Communicating with the LGBT literature community & promoting good books are the main goals of the Lambda Literary Review, but that can’t happen without reader support. This week & next, the Lambda Literary Foundation is asking those who can to lend us a hand. Whatever you can give — $25, $50 or more — helps us cover the cost of a small staff, stipends for content (because we believe writers deserve to be paid), web design consulting, and office overhead. The LLR does a lot of work on a tight budget, and we need to keep that going for all of us.
So I’m asking you to DONATE. Just follow that link, give whatever you can, and in the memo section, write the words WEST OF NOWHERE. On or around April 10th, I’ll draw a couple of winners from the list of contributors, and I’ll mail the books out as soon as I receive them from the printer, probably sometime in mid-May. If you’re one of those “Buy It Now” types, a $150 donation guarantees you a book. It also gets you a special gift from the Foundation, a 25th Anniversary ebook anthology featuring 25 contemporary LGBT authors, including Jewelle Gomez, Dorothy Allison & Alison Bechdel.
We all get donor fatigue. It seems that every time we turn around, there’s another cause tugging at our hearts & wallets, so I understand totally that a literary organization can seem like a luxury when there are animals to rescue, strong LGBT supporters to elect, children to heal, and families to feed & clothe. I believe in the mission of the Lambda Literary Foundation because our books save LGBT lives. If you can help us out, you have my deepest thanks. If not this time, maybe down the road, but please help me get the word out to those who might be able to contribute.