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If this were fiction …

I had an idea for a political novel but real life stole my plot. It’s just as well. If I wrote about a candidate whose best descriptor was an anagram of both racist sins and crisis tans, you’d accuse me of going over the top. Characters are supposed to be believable. (Says who? Polls…all of […]

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My GCLS conference hangover

Thank goodness for all the photos GCLS attendees posted on Facebook to chronicle our five days in DC. If I had to rely only on my memories, the entire conference would be nothing more than a blur of hugs, laughs, shivers, buffet lines and ominous signs telling us our time was up. With the GCLS […]

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The 2016 Golden Crown Literary Selebration

GCLS is no longer creeping up on us. It’s bearing down like a freight train, like an F5 tornado, like a roomful of lesbians on a box of Tim Tams. I know this because my suitcase is down from the attic and I’m starting to pay attention to what I can’t wear this week because […]

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We aren’t afraid of you

To Omar Mateen and all others who plot violence against the LGBT community: We aren’t afraid of you. We know real fear. For many of us who grew up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, our greatest fear was never your automatic weapons, your fists or anything else born in your depraved heart. Real fear was […]

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Another lively Lammy night

I’m back from New York, where we celebrated another year of excellence in LGBT literature. If you’ve never made it to a Lammy ceremony, I urge you to put it on your calendar. Whether you’re a finalist or not, a winner or not, you can’t help but be swept up in the excitement of the […]

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Love letter from North Carolina

As you probably know, North Carolina recently passed a “screw you” law against the transgender community, House Bill 2, known colloquially as the “bathroom bill” because it limits use of state bathrooms in government buildings (including schools) and rest areas according to the gender on one’s birth certificate. Not without irony, HB2 started a pissing […]

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Trial by Fury — download it today

Exclusive! That’s how most marketers launch their new products. You know the drill by now … that gadget you’ve been waiting for, that you’ve seen advertised on TV — it’s available only at the Apple Store, only at Target stores, only at Macy’s, etc. And so it is with new releases from Bella Books. Paperback […]

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Some thoughts about Chapter One

I’ve recently begun a new, as-yet-untitled romantic thriller. The story has been rattling between my ears for a while, but it’s a departure from a girl-meets-girl romance, since it opens with a couple who have been together for several years. I finally worked out the ragged spots and managed to outline 80% of the plot. […]

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Get an advance copy of Trial by Fury

Could I tempt you to be the first on your block to read Trial by Fury? Theatre professor Celia Perone brings a campus case to celebrity women’s rights attorney Theo Constantine. The case is a sure loser, but Theo can’t turn it down because Celia’s determination touches a nerve. Though I usually do two books […]

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A Day of Visibility

I live in North Carolina, a state that only eight years ago was considered Purple; i.e., Democratic-leaning, but still with significant pockets of GOP support. Cancel that. In 2016 our state politics are now Deep Red, enough to give Kansas a run for its money in the race for the bottom in jobs, the environment, […]

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AWP in LA on April 2

The Association for Writing Professionals holds its annual conference in LA this year. On the final day, April 2nd, I’ll be taking part in a panel: Spinsters, Pretty Girls & Bears, Oh My!: Four Decades of Lesbian Writing and Publishing. (Brandy Wilson, Katherine Forrest, KG MacGregor, Karin Kallmaker, Rita Mae Reese) Small lesbian presses were […]

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Coming in May: Trial by Fury

Ahhhh!!! That sublime moment when you save your document with the words Final Version. I sent one out this morning, a dramatic romance exploring one of the most pressing issues on college campuses. Here’s the blurb: Trial by Fury When a coed is viciously assaulted on the campus of Harwood University, performance studies professor Celia […]

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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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