The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]

I freaking love Katherine Hayton’s writing. I’ve reviewed her books before (Skeletal & Breathe and Release, for example), so when this book came up as the next on my sketchy Kindle carousel, I immediately dove in prepared for a wild ride. Continue reading “The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]”

She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]

I don’t know where I have been (under a rock, maybe?), but I haven’t found a lot of good LGBT books that aren’t about love and/or tragedy based on gayness, so it’s been nice to read some of these new books that have LGBT main characters that are in different genres.

This was one that I wanted to read immediately, because I love a good mystery/thriller, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on. Continue reading “She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]”

There’s more stirring in the ‘Glades than pythons and manatees… [Book Review]

Mystery, romance, animals, and a great setting – what’s not to love?

Last year, I went to the Lone Star Lesfic Festival in Austin, Texas to rub elbows with some of the greats of lesbian fiction. While I was there, I met a lot of authors whose books I had loved in the past, but I also met some whose work I had never read before.

Renee MacKenzie is one of the latter. I won her book, Anywhere, Everywhere, in a drawing, along with an awesome t-shirt that I wear to the gym. (Reppin’ lesfic while working out? I think that gives me double lesbian points.)

I finally got around to reading it in late December of 2016, and finished it in the first week of January.

cover of lesfic mystery Anywhere Everywhere by Renee MacKenzie

Book Description

Gwen Martin’s life in the Ten Thousand Islands area changes irrevocably when a mysterious woman moves onto the houseboat once owned by the Martin family.

Piper Jackson is hiding from a very evil man, a drug lord. He wants her dead. Now, she has no idea who to trust, if anyone, in the small SW Florida marina community where she has taken refuge. Her photojournalism job has become precariously deadly. Is she in over her head in her relationship with Gwen Martin and her friendship with Gwen’s brother, Wyatt?

Tracy Snyder is freshly out of drug rehab…again. Will Wyatt take her back? Can Gwen forgive Tracy for the things she did while using drugs?

Without trust, can the budding relationship between Gwen and Piper survive? Or will the answers to the questions continue to haunt them?

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A prosecutor takes on a seemingly unwinnable case with a dark secret. [Book Review]

I came across this book by accident, and only stopped on the cover because of the author name.

Marcia Clark?

As in the O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor, Marcia Clark??

She writes fiction?!

…Yeah, okay, so maybe I should have known that, but I didn’t. So I had to get this book. I wanted to see what kind of novels a former prosecutor would write. And, honestly, the sheer novelty of it was quite a draw, even though I was skeptical that she could write anything… well, good.

cover of suspense thriller Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

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Celebrating Your Writing Accomplishments: This Time Two Years Ago

Originally published December 01, 2014

Nailed It!

NaNoWriMo 2014 has come and gone, and to everyone who participated, I’d like to extend my warmest congratulations. Whether you wrote 50 words or 50,000, you wrote something more than you had in October, and that’s to be celebrated.

For myself, I’m happy to say I made it to 50K. That manuscript isn’t finished by any means; there are still plot holes, and I have to wrap it up (I left it at the end of the climax), but I can say I do have a first draft.

picture of my winning novel graph for NaNoWriMo 2014

What Do I Do With My NaNoWriMo Novel?

That first draft, so lovingly crafted over these 30 days of November, is going into a dark drawer to ferment for at least 31 days. I recommend this to anyone who has a month to let a manuscript stew in its own juices. When you come back to it, things just pop out at you. Themes emerge. Characters become more (or less) lifelike. Plot holes become as easy to spot as those Black Friday banner ads that keep popping up.

a sign that says 'pay here'

The Aftermath of NaNoWriMo

After I finish exams, I’m going to pull out last year’s NaNoWriMo win, a manuscript that still doesn’t have a title. I’ve worked on it several times over the past year, but it’s still far from finished. I birthed it, coddled it, and put the meat on its bones for a year – now it’s time to make it real.

I’m going to teach it the 3 R’s and table manners, dress it in its best suit, wipe the dirt from its nose, and send it out into the world in hopes that it will meet some nice people and make something of itself. A book parent can only hope.

picture of a bunch of books

So… what really happened this time in 2014?

I did put that manuscript away, and I haven’t looked at it since.

Will it end up being a part of my Deviant Behaviors series, as I had originally planned, or will it be a stand-alone novella? That’s hard to say. Will it even be published at all? I hope so, because I really felt a connection with the main character, India, and I want to see her story told.

As we wrap up NaNoWriMo 2016, please accept my heartfelt wishes that you make it to your goal – while I’m scrambling to make it there myself!

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