Left Coast Lesbian (Fiction) Conference & other stuff

Hi, all —

If you’re in the Palm Springs, California area and you’re interested in lesbian fiction and writing/reading, you might want to check this event out.

The Facebook page link is HERE.

There are panel discussions and presentations on lesbian-centric fiction, writing, editing, and publishing. Plus, lots of entertainment and fabulousness (full disclosure — I’m one of the keynote speakers). Thriller author Amanda Kyle Williams is a special guest speaker. And how about the opening reception? Check this out. Guess I’d better drag out the evening gown…heh.

Some more info can be found HERE.

I’ll be on the road mid-week for Palm Springs, and then I’ll do an update when I’m back.

In other news, the Golden Crown Literary Society has started taking nominations for awards. Information HERE. Your deadline to get fees and nominations in is JANUARY 21, 2014. For our overseas friends, 21/1/2014. 😀

In still other news, my fourth NM mystery, Day of the Dead, is slated for release in November.
DoD cover

I’ll be posting an excerpt as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s a synopsis:

When a man is shot to death in his house near Albuquerque’s Old Town, homicide detective Chris Gutierrez is called to the scene with fellow detective Dale Harper to investigate. They soon discover that the murder victim may have been involved in human trafficking over the Mexican border, and that he may have attracted enemies in an underground network with its own code of honor. Did someone in that network kill him? Or did his past finally catch up with him? As Chris works to find answers, she also draws the attention of a local anti-immigrant blogger who will go to any length to post damaging and personal information about Albuquerque law enforcement officers, and she knows that her partner, prosecutor Dayna Carson, will be part of that campaign if the blogger discovers their relationship. She has to find a way to watch her back and keep Dayna and her friends and family safe from the blogger’s large audience and prying eyes, even as he dogs her every move.

From Albuquerque to El Paso, Chris is on the trail of a killer who seems to be able to disappear into the cultures on either side of the border, like a ghost or desert wind. Those along the border protect their own, Chris knows, but she has a job to do, even as she draws closer and realizes that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.

Y’all have a fabulous rest of the day and happy reading, happy writing!

Rainbow Awards

Hey, all–

Just a quick update. From the Boots Up, my F/F novella, has made the Rainbow Awards finalist list for contemporary lesbian fiction. I’m pretty darn pleased about that.

FinalistSM

For the finalists’ list in every category, CLICK THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.

Congrats to everyone!

And in case you’re interested, you can get a copy of From the Boots Up

RIGHT HERE.

From the Boots Up WEBSITE USE

Happy Wednesday!

Day of the Dead

Ain’t just a commemorative holiday in Mexico/parts of the Southwest!

cover by Mina Yamashita

Synopsis:
When a man is shot to death in his house near Albuquerque’s Old Town, homicide detective Chris Gutierrez is called to the scene with fellow detective Dale Harper to investigate. They soon discover that the murder victim may have been involved in human trafficking over the Mexican border, and that he may have attracted enemies in an underground network with its own code of honor. Did someone in that network kill him? Or did his past finally catch up with him? As Chris works to find answers, she also draws the attention of a local anti-immigrant blogger who will go to any length to post damaging and personal information about Albuquerque law enforcement officers, and she knows that her partner, prosecutor Dayna Carson, will be part of that campaign if the blogger discovers their relationship. She has to find a way to watch her back and keep Dayna and her friends and family safe from the blogger’s large audience and prying eyes, even as he dogs her every move.

From Albuquerque to El Paso, Chris is on the trail of a killer who seems to be able to disappear into the cultures on either side of the border, like a ghost or desert wind. Those along the border protect their own, Chris knows, but she has a job to do, even as she draws closer and realizes that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.

Excerpt on the way, so stay tuned!

Happy Friday!

Post-New Mexico

Howdy, peeps —

Whew. Well, the event was a success, I’d say! In spite of the crappy weather, it held off raining so we could have our BBQ and reading. For those not in the know, NM was subject to the same storms that hammered Colorado, and parts of northern NM and SE NM were hard hit. Roads washed out, some evacuations. We were spared in the Albuquerque region at least for part of the afternoon each day, and by Sunday, it was pretty much clearing out. Regardless, Colorado is in a bad way. If you’d like to help, click here.

It was great meeting the readers who made it up to the picnic area, and great fun catching up with my fellow writers: Karen Badger, Lynn Ames, Nat Burns, Barrett, and Bett Reece Johnson (write another book, Bett!!!!). Thanks to everybody for a fabulous event. Special thanks to the Petroglyph Guild in Albuquerque for all their hard work! You guys ROCK!

And thanks to the generosity of attendees, I was able to give $105 to Watermelon Mountain Ranch no-kill shelter, based in the Albuquerque area. On Sunday, the day after the writer event, I and fellow author R.G. Emanuelle took the money to a big dog adoption event on Albuquerque’s West Side, where we found Watermelon Mountain Ranch staff and volunteers and handed the cash over. Then we stayed and took pictures of the dogs (there were also a few kitties) and I walked a couple of the dogs up for adoption. I’m a huge fan and supporter of no-kill shelters, so if you decide you want to bring an animal companion into your life, please consider a no-kill shelter as a source for that companion.

Other writing news: I’m going through the typset manuscript of Day of the Dead, which is slated for a fall release. I’ll post more info as it becomes available from the publisher.

I will be releasing the novellas From the Boots Up and Some Kind of River as a pair in a print volume, so people who maybe don’t do the Kindle thing can get a print copy. I’m getting ready to have those typeset and I have to get a cover ready. Hopefully that’ll happen just after the new year.

And yes, I am hammering away at a follow-up to Boots. It’s a full-length novel and it has required extensive re-writes and of course it will go to editors and I’ll get a cover ready and all that sexiness. I will be releasing that as an ebook and print. Expect that next year, hopefully late spring/summer.

I have also started work on book 4 of the Far Seek Chronicles.

And I keep talking about this OTHER romance novel I’ve got going. Well, it’s almost done. Not sure where it’ll land, but I have some ideas. 🙂

In other words, I’m staying busy!

And the NEXT event, people, is the Left Coast Lesfic Conference! I’ll be keynoting, along with fellow author/keynoter Linda Kay Silva, and imparting wisdom (ha!) at some panels and workshops. More info? Go HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Tuesday and I’ll blog something more erudite (or not) later this week. In the meantime, happy reading and happy writing!

Newz n’ viewz

Hi, peeps–

Newsie bits for you and yours:

1) Yes, I’m still pimping the author gathering in NM a week from Saturday. Here are deets. Make a donation to me for one of my books on site, and that donation goes to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Please bring cash if you’d like to donate (and get a book in return :D).

2) I am rather pissed about what’s going on with the writer/artist team for Batwoman at DC Comics. I blogged that at Women and Words.

EDITED TO ADD:

3) Storied LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room is up for sale. Owner Ed Hermance is retiring after 37 years bringing the luv through the store. Hopefully, somebody will step forward and purchase it. Mr. Hermance is offering a variety of purchase options. Here’s your chance…

4) Influential and award-winning sci fi author/literary agent/self-taught awesome science guy/WWII veteran Frederik Pohl died earlier this week. He was 93. And what a life he led. Editor, writer, and advocate. At Pohl’s urging, Bantam published Joanna Russ’s The Female Man and Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, both groundbreaking works in the genre. He was also entirely self-taught in science, and was elected a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1982. A tireless researcher, he traveled extensively to learn about science on the ground and when he made a scientific mistake in his work, he would correct it, often publicly. Pohl published over 65 novels and some 30 short story collections. His was a great mind, and he exemplified the true spirit of science and science fiction: Always seeking, always curious, always learning. Godspeed, sir. Thank you for the time you gave us and the legacy you left on this mortal coil.

5) Fantasy/sci-fi writer and co-founder/director of Writer Beware A.C. (Ann) Crispin died this week, as well, at the age of 63. She was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent treatment, but the cancer spread. She left a goodbye message on her Facebook page Tuesday. Crispin was the acclaimed author of 24 novels, including the StarBridge series and bestselling books for the Star Trek and Star Wars publishing programs. She also novelized the miniseries V and created work around Alien and Pirates of the Caribbean universes. She was particularly known for creating back stories for characters in these series. In April of this year, she was named the 2013 Grand Master by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. Crispin was also a tireless advocate for writers of all levels, which drove her to co-develop and direct Writer Beware, the “public face” of the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams. All efforts behind Writer Beware are volunteer, and Crispin gave generously of her time and energy to SFWA (she had been a member since 1982) and WB. Godspeed to you, as well, ma’am. You will be missed. Thank you for your legacy.

And to all of you, may you find purpose and happiness in your own lives. Keep reading, keep writing. Happy Friday.

My New Mexico mystery series: some news

Howdy, all —

As some of you know, I’ll be in New Mexico in a couple of weeks at a groovy author event. More info HERE.

I’ll be doing a reading from my latest and forthcoming book in the series, Day of the Dead. It’s a Chris Gutierrez mystery, in case you wondered. There are two main characters in the NM series. K.C. Fontero stars in odd-numbered books and Chris Gutierrez stars in even-numbered books. Anyway, we’re hoping for a fall release (start looking in November) for Day of the Dead, so folks at the New Mexico gathering September 14 will be getting a sneak preview of it. 🙂

Since I’ll be releasing another installment in that series, I thought I’d re-post some interviews I did with a few of the characters.

Interview with K.C. Fontero

Interview with Chris Gutierrez

Interview with Sage Crandall

And stay tuned, cuz a cover image is coming soon.

Hope everybody is having a groovy holiday weekend. Remember what it commemorates.

Cheers!

New Mexico gathering, September 14th!

Hey, peeps!

I’m now going to start reminding folks about the gathering o’ authors in New Mexico September 14th. That’s a Saturday, and we’re meeting outside Albuquerque at a campground for burgers n’ books. Authors who will be there to do readings and answer questions and serve up burgers are: moi, Lynn Ames, Nat Burns, Barrett, Karen Badger (scroll down), and Bett Reece Johnson as well as some others in attendance like R.G. Emanuelle.

So click HERE for the original info/flyer.

And here’s a link with some info about where we’ll be. It’s the Pine Flat Picnic Area. There’s map stuff there, too.

Go to this Facebook page (you have to request to be added) for other info and updates. Plus, we’ve got a handy guide to lodging and eats in Albuquerque in the “Files” section. So come on down!

Happy end o’ summer!

Edge of Rebellion available on Kindle

Hi, peeps!

If you’re a Kindle type, you can get a copy of The Edge of Rebellion as we speak.

CLICK HERE.

More venues to come (I’ll keep you posted!) and there will be print copies available at the upcoming GCLS conference if you’re going and print’s your thing.

edgeofrebellion-cover

Synopsis:
Commander Kai Tinsdale knows something’s afoot when she receives orders to post to the military base Koto on the virtually impassable jungle planet Hanzey. Rumors of rebellion against the Coalition are spreading across the quadrants, and the threat of war makes Kai all the more suspicious about her assignment. What does Major Tinniset Vic, the ranking officer at Koto, want with Kai? How might the decade-old destruction of a Hanzien city pertain to Kai’s new posting?

The only person she trusts, former Academy bunkmate turned trader Torri Rendego, is running merchant routes in other quadrants and may be facing her own problems in the growing rebellion. So Kai must play the hand she’s dealt in a high-stakes game of intrigue and revenge where Major Vic holds all the cards and where a gamble could unleash a war all its own on Hanzey.

EXCERPT! and a review, if you’re interested.

Happy reading (hopefully), and happy writing. Oh, and happy Thursday!

Space banditry rules!

Hi, peeps.

I love space banditry.

And I love space opera.

That’s why I’m writing one, and that’s also why today I am pretty stoked that the third installment of my sci fi series, the Far Seek Chronicles, is going to the printer next week. The Edge of Rebellion should be ready for mass consumption the end of this month.
edgeofrebellion-cover
Cover art by Mina Yamashita

Synopsis:
Commander Kai Tinsdale knows something’s afoot when she receives orders to post to the military base Koto on the virtually impassable jungle planet Hanzey. Rumors of rebellion against the Coalition are spreading across the quadrants, and the threat of war makes Kai all the more suspicious about her assignment. What does Major Tinniset Vic, the ranking officer at Koto, want with Kai? How might the decade-old destruction of a Hanzien city pertain to Kai’s new posting?

The only person she trusts, former Academy bunkmate turned trader Torri Rendego, is running merchant routes in other quadrants and may be facing her own problems in the growing rebellion. So Kai must play the hand she’s dealt in a high-stakes game of intrigue and revenge where Major Vic holds all the cards and where a gamble could unleash a war all its own on Hanzey.

The Chronicles are a space opera with an ol’ skool pulp fiction kinda thing going on — that is, the books are shortish novels that are clearly serialized. Each installment generally picks up where the previous installment left off. Certain themes and plots carry through, and I stick with some core characters but introduce a few others who show up in later installments. So if you dig that kind of thing, check back around the end of the month. Hopefully, I’ll get sales links and info that I can post by then.

In the meantime, here’s an Edge of Rebellion excerpt.

And if you’re interested, a review.

Happy Friday!