Writing hours in April

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 …

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Beyond the Trail is available!

When my novel Backwards to Oregon was first published, I got a lot of feedback mails with readers asking me if I would ever write a sequel. Back then, I said no. Well, I should have listened to the saying “never say never.” Not only did I write a sequel (Hidden Truths, which will be republished by Ylva Publishing some time in the future), but I also wrote a number of short stories about Luke and Nora. There were so many interesting facets of the characters’ lives that I couldn’t explore in Backwards to Oregon. How and why did Luke start disguising herself …

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Backwards to Oregon as a paperback

The revised and expanded edition of Backwards to Oregon is now available as a paperback. I really like the background the designer created for the backcover. If you click on it, you’ll see that it’s actually a map of the Oregon Territory. If you’d like to order your copy, head over to Amazon. Or even better, go to my publisher’s blog. Ylva Publishing is running a giveaway for many e-books and some paperbacks, also including a signed copy of Backwards to Oregon. If you leave a comment on Ylva’s blog before midnight, you’ll be included in the drawing. Good luck!

Backwards to Oregon — new release and giveaway

Backwards to Oregon was an important milestone in my personal journey as a writer. It was the first original novel that I wrote in English. When it became the “story of the year” on The Athenaeum in 2007, I received hundreds of e-mails with feedback from readers. With that kind of encouragement, I took the first tentative steps toward publication. Even though I had written other novels before, Backwards to Oregon was the first book I published. I will never forget how it felt to hold a copy of it in my hands for the first time. So it’s no wonder …

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Cocktail Hour

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 …

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Hidden Truths

Wooohooo! My fifth novel, Hidden Truths, has finally been published! Hidden Truths is a sequel to Backwards to Oregon, taking place 17 years after the journey to Oregon. You’ll meet Luke and Nora again and get to know their daughters as adults, and you’ll also meet new characters. “Luke” Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women. But even with their loving foundation, a few fears …

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Golden Crown Literary Society Awards

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) held its annual conference last weekend, and the GCLS awards (“Goldies”) were presented on Saturday. I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails, telling me “congratulations,” but giving me no clue as to what I had won since three of my novels had been shortlisted. The GCLS hadn’t posted the award winners yet, so I clicked through all e-mails until I got to messages from Jeanine Hoffman, a fellow L-Book author who attended the conference. She e-mailed me on her iPhone during the award presentation, telling me Backwards to Oregon had just won …

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Puzzled by reader feedback

Recently, I’ve been puzzled by some of the feedback from readers that I got. But before I start explaining, let me say that this is not about a writer whining about negative or critical feedback. I appreciate constructive criticism, and I try to learn from it. In fact, if sites such as Amazon provided e-mail addresses I’d contact readers who pointed out flaws in my books and ask them to test read my works in progress. So let me explain what’s so puzzling about the feedback I got. I stumbled across a review of Conflict of Interest on Amazon. One …

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