“Lessons in Love and Life” has been published

My newest short story, “Lessons in Love and Life,” has been published, and I think it’s very fitting that it’s been released just in time for Valentine’s Day. In “Lessons in Love and Life,” a companion to my historical romance Hidden Truths, Amy wants to do something nice for her sweetheart, Rika, and take her to Salem for a romantic night of dancing. But in 1869, that’s not easy for two women, so Amy comes up with a daring plan…and ends up learning some lessons in love and life. For now, the short story is available via Amazon, but it …

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Hidden Truths is now available!

After months of hard work, I’m pleased that it’s finally time to publish my historical romance novel Hidden Truths. Here’s the blurb: “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, Amy and Nattie are hiding their own secrets. Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch—Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled …

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Lesbian Fiction Readers’ Choice Award 2011

It’s been a while since I updated my blog. My job kept me busy, but today I have some news I want to share with you. The Lesbian Fiction Readers’ Choice Awards were just announced, and Hidden Truths is one of the winners. I know that most readers say that awards don’t influence their reading choices (I know I’m not actively searching out award-winning books either), but it still feels nice to be recognized by a group of readers who liked my book. Here’s a complete list of the award winners: Favorite Lesbian Fiction Writer: Georgia Beers R.E. Bradshaw Denise …

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OTR award nominations

Over the Rainbow Books is a committee of the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). The members of the committee are librarians who select a list of recommended books every year. The bibliography reflects the LGBT experience and is meant for adult readers. It includes fiction, but also categories such as art, biographies, essays, poetry, and non-fiction. There are 140 books nominated for 2012’s OTR Annotated Bibliography, and one of them is my novel Hidden Truths. Here’s the complete list of nominated books.

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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Cover

My newest novel, Hidden Truths, is going through the editing and publication process right now. That also means that Sheri, our talented graphic artist, created a cover. This time, it didn’t take as long to find the perfect images and combine them into a cover that fits the novel. I think we went through eight test covers before we settled on this one: You can click on the cover to see a larger image. I really like this cover. It represents the setting and the two main characters: Amy, a rancher’s daughter, and Rika, who travels west as a mail-order …

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Celebrating

Last night, I finally finished the last draft of my work in progress, Hidden Truths. After working on the story for one year (one and a half if I count research) and writing four drafts, it feels great to finally send it off to be published. Again, I want to say thank you to my beta readers, critique partners, and test readers who helped and supported me. I know it’s quite a committment, especially since — like all of my books — Hidden Truths ended up a “monster” of 153,000 words. To celebrate, I thought I’d give away a free …

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test reading Hidden Truths

On June 15th, I finished the second draft of my work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. Since it’s a rather long and complex story with many characters and subplots, I wanted to have a few test readers who read the story as a whole and give me some feedback. So I posted a request for test readers here on the blog and in groups like lesfic_unbound. Reactions were pretty overwhelming. Within a few hours, my mail box filled with offers to test read. In total, I got about sixty offers from potential test readers. Wow. I wasn’t quite prepared for that much feedback …

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