“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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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.

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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Setting of my historical romance “Hidden Truths”

My work in progress, Hidden Truths, is set in 1868. The first chapter takes place in Boston, where we meet Hendrika Aaldenberg, who is called “Rika.” In case anyone is wondering: no, that’s not a German name. Her family is Dutch. I got one of my test readers, who is Dutch, to pronounce the name for me. (Thanks, M.!)   In 1868, the Great Boston Fire hadn’t yet happened. Gas streetlights lined the cobblestone-paved streets. Horse-drawn streetcars ran on rails. During the Civil War, women had started doing some of the work that had formerly been done by men. For …

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