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Natural Family Disasters is available!

July 31, 2013

Natural Family Disasters 800 Cover reveal and PromotionalI’m happy to announce that my shape-shifter short story collection, Natural Family Disasters, has just been published.

The two main characters of this anthology, Jorie Price and Griffin Westmore, first met in my novel Second Nature. The events in Second Nature took them on a wild chase from a tiny town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to an off-the-books poker game in Detroit and then into the council chamber of the most powerful shape-shifters in Boise, Idaho.

Running for their lives didn’t leave Jorie and Griffin much time to enjoy their families’ company or to share romantic moments. This anthology gives them a chance to do all of that. I hope you enjoy sharing some peaceful times with Jorie and Griffin too.

For now, Natural Family Disasters is available as a DRM-free e-book on Amazon, but it will soon also be available on Smashwords, Bella Books, and other online retailers, plus it will be published as a paperback too.

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Second Nature is out!

July 11, 2013

Second NatureAfter months of revising, rewriting, tightening, hair-pulling, and editing, the second edition of Second Nature has finally been published.

While my first republished novel, Backwards to Oregon, has mainly just been cleaned up and improved on a sentence level, Second Nature underwent major revisions. And when I say “major,” I do mean MAJOR.

I tightened the beginning considerably, because it was dragging a little in the first edition, but extended the ending so that readers could enjoy the romance between Griffin and Jorie more fully. I wrote a handful of new scenes—including a new opening scene for Griffin—and completely changed the course of other scenes.

As a result, Second Nature reads much better now. At least that’s what I think and what my beta readers are telling me. If you want to check it out for yourself, head over to Smashwords or Amazon or to my publisher’s blog to read an excerpt.

Here’s a short description:

Novelist Jorie Price doesn’t believe in the existence of shape-shifting creatures or true love. She leads a solitary life, and the paranormal romances she writes are pure fiction for her.

Griffin Westmore knows better—at least about one of these two things. She doesn’t believe in love either, but she’s one of the not-so-fictional shape-shifters. She’s also a Saru, an elite soldier with the mission to protect the shape-shifters’ secret existence at any cost.

When Jorie gets too close to the truth in her latest shape-shifter romance, Griffin is sent to investigate—and if necessary to destroy the manuscript before it’s published and to kill the writer.

For the moment, Second Nature is available as a DRM-free e-book on Amazon and Smashwords, but it will soon also be available as a paperback.

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Writing hours in April

May 5, 2013

April is over already, and once again, it was a busy month for me. I spent most of last week at an editing seminar, which is part of my endeavor to earn a certificate in editing.

We wrapped up editing Lois Cloarec Hart’s Walking the Labyrinth in April. I look forward to seeing this wonderful novel published in June.

I had a new novel out in April (the second, expanded edition of Backwards to Oregon), one new anthology (Beyond the Trail), and a short story (Seduction for Beginners, a short sequel to Something in the Wine).

I also did a lot of writing or rather rewriting this last month. I mainly worked on revising Second Nature. These are really extensive revisions, but my beta readers tell me they like the new version better.

Here are the numbers for April:

Writing
Editing
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
April
71 hours  4 hours
TOTAL 243 hours 52 hours

Check back soon for more news on my writing and editing projects.

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Cocktail Hour

July 10, 2011

I’ve been a guest on the Cocktail Hour last night (well, evening for me, but early afternoon for Andy & The Rev).

In their fun podcast, they discuss lesbian fiction and fanfiction. Sometimes, they have the author of the book they discuss on the show. And they always have a cocktail (or two, or three :-)). This show’s cocktail was the Sweet Tight Pussy– okay, this blog is now rated NC-17 because of a cocktail 🙂

My own cocktail was much more tame in alcohol content and name. It’s called “Police Control” (pineapple juice, cream, coconut syrup, grenadine, and chocolate sauce).

We talked about Hidden Truths, my other novels, and future projects.

Check it out. And while you’re at it, you might also want to listen to a few of their other episodes. They already discussed a few of my old favorites.

And if you send them an e-mail and answer a question or two correctly, you have a chance of winning a free signed copy of one of my books. You can find the questions here

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Rainbow Romance Award

February 18, 2011

Seems this is the month of awards for L-Book authors.

First, Fran Heckrotte was awarded the Alice B. Medal, an award that is given to writers who “have careers distinguished by consistently well-written stories about lesbians.”

Today I found out that Conflict of Interest won a Rainbow Romance Award for Excellence in the romantic suspense category.  Next of Kin placed third in the same category, and Second Nature holds the third place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category.

Congratulations to all winners and runners-up!

Here‘s a complete list.


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Short story “When the Cat’s Away”

February 9, 2011

I know I keep saying I’m not a short story writer, and I know I keep saying that a writer is not a piano player in a lounge, taking requests, but here it is anyway: another short story starring my best friend’s favorite characters.

Happy birthday, Marion!

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More award news

October 28, 2010

Wow, it seems this is the week of award news. I found out that Second Nature is a finalist for an EPIC’s e-book award.

The EPIC’s e-book awards were once known as “eppies,” and they’ve been awarded annually since 2000 by the EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection). The winners will be announced at the EPICon convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, on March 10-13, 2011.

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