Weekly Quotation
July 20 - 26, 2014


XX"What is the purpose for writing anything if you have nothing to say as a writer? What is writing all about if it's not to share your viewpoint, your passion, or your personal vision of life, death, love, birth, relationships, and yourself? It's not necessary to state your theme in the beginning, but when you write about something that has meaning to you and is important, your message will unconsciously be made visible through the character's actions or deliberately be revealed by character. Writing about a topic that matters to you will give your writing a much deeper level, especially if your audience goes away intrigued with or at least provoked by your vision of the world."
~Rachel Ballon, from Breathing Life Into Your Characters


What's New

Women's Writing Retreat at the Oregon Coast in October

I still have a couple of spaces open for the Autumn Women's Writing Retreat at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, in October.

Join other writers to read, write, revise, reflect, and spend time on the lovely and inspiring Oregon Coast. We've got a great week arranged!

CLICK HERE to read more about the Retreat!

Autumn Women's Writing Retreat
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
October 5 - 12, 2014 - Sunday to Sunday.

Updated 7/21/14
Eight Dates is Available!


Available July 1 online and at fine booksellers everywhere!

went to the printer today, rolled off the press, and has started its journey out into the world.

Updated 7/01/14
Are You One of the 1,000 True Fans?

to read about the "1,000 True Fans" Concept?

Are you one of them?

Updated 4/18/14
Reading JUMP THE GUN at Lizzie's Bedtime Stories

A while back, I was a guest on Liz McMullen's radio show. She's now posted the audio of me reading the first chapter from the Jump The Gun.

CLICK HERE to listen!

Updated 5/28/14
Here's the Cover for the New Book Coming in July

The cover was
created by graphics
wizard Ann McMan!

EIGHT DATES is a romance about Skylar Cassidy, who's been on her own after a breakup. She’s found that meeting women is difficult – kind of daunting, actually. She feels like she’s been run through the mill, and she doesn’t want to go through it again. But when her best pal and business partner Mitchell signs her up at the GirlsGaylore.com dating website and characterizes her as a happy-go-lucky, amorous, risk-taking single, all hell breaks loose. Suddenly women are coming out of the woodwork and Sky hardly knows what to make of it.

EIGHT DATES is a comical story of a woman’s search for Ms. Right—and how she finds quite a few Mrs. Wrongs along the way. It'll be out in July, just in time for the Golden Crown Literary Conference here in Portland!
Updated 5/14/14
Faaaaar-out News!

Good news! I'm very excited that the latest book in the Gun Series has been shortlisted for a Goldie. Woo hoo!

CLICK HERE to see more of the shortlisted finalists as they are added. The awards will be given at the annual conference in Portland in July.

Updated 4/18/14
Audio Interview at Liz McMullen's Show

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview Liz McMullen did with me. I really enjoyed the format and the conversation with Liz. We ranged far and wide!

Updated 3/23/14
New Book of Stories about Anti-Bullying
I've got a story in Coming Together: For Equality, a collection of fiction with an anti-bullying theme edited by Beth Wylde. Proceeds benefit the Planting Peace-Equality House, a rainbow-colored house representing compassion, peace, and positive change where human rights and bully prevention initiatives are launched. CLICK HERE to read an excerpt!
Updated 3/16/14
Interview at AJ Adaire's Blog

AJ Adaire interviewed me recently. CLICK HERE to read about why I love Anamaria Marinca, how come my next book (Eight Dates) is a big departure for me, and why it took me fifteen years to be an "overnight success."

Updated 1/28/14
A Very Public Eye is a Rainbow Award Winner!
I just found out that my Leona Reese novel, A Very Public Eye, won the Rainbow Award in the Lesbian Mystery/Thriller category! Jump the Gun garnered a runner-up nod. CLICK HERE to see all the great books that won or were runners-up in Elisa Rolle's Rainbow Awards. (You will have to scroll down a bit past judge and publisher names.)
Updated 12/8/13
Review at Curve Magazine

The Bookgeek at Curve has done a bang-up review of Snow Moon Rising, my novel set during WWII.

CLICK HERE to read all about it!

Updated 12/1/13
Check out the Half-Hour Show I'm on Called "Back Page"
Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers. CLICK HERE to watch it!
Updated 11/17/13
Yet Another New Interview!

I've been so lucky to be interviewed lately by several great people, and Jae is the latest. I remember back when I read her novel, Backwards to Oregon, and I knew Germany had a great new writer. I thought it especially amazing that Jae was from Germany and had written an Old West type of adventure.

Anyway, CLICK HERE to read all the questions Jae asked me!

Updated 11/7/13
Rainbow Awards Finalists!


I am honored to have my two latest books, JUMP THE GUN and A VERY PUBLIC EYE as finalists for Elisa Rolle's Rainbow Awards. CLICK HERE to see all the great books that are shortlisted!

Updated 10/6/13
Another New Interview!

The wonderful people at Ylva Publishing have started a new interview feature at their blog, and I'm honored that they picked me to go first. As they explain it: "From time to time we’ll have guests on our blog; authors from other publishing houses and/or self publishers that are willing and maybe even happy to answer some of our nosy questions."

CLICK HERE to read it. They asked me some unusual questions, which made this an extremely fun interview.

Updated 9/15/13
One of my favorite people on the planet and a great mystery writer, Ellen Hart, with me at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis

Updated 8/18/13
I finally got to meet Jean Auel!

At the annual Oregon Writers Colony Founders Day at Rockaway Beach's Colonyhouse, I served up a cup of coffee to a woman - and it turned out to be Jean Auel! Later I facilitated a fiction discussion group, and Jean joined in and was a wealth of information and humor. Woweeeee---what a day!

Updated 08/06/13
Lee Lynch talks with me in THE ADVOCATE on "Lesbian Mystery, Police Raids, and Fairy Godmothers"

I had the great honor of doing an Advocate conversation with award-winning GCLS Trailblazer Lee Lynch.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

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Movie Trailers
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With Brenda Adcock's wizardry, there are now movie trailers, complete with music, for two of my books. Click below to see - make sure you turn on your speakers, too.
Shimmer & Other Stories
Snow Moon Rising
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Recent Online Interviews & Articles
A.J. Llewellyn at Dark Diva's Blog did an extensive interview with me. CLICK HERE to find out all my deep dark secrets. The interview shows up on the March 4 entry.

Earl Kemp's online 'zine, eI, has featured a memoir piece I wrote called "There is No Reason Not To Trust that the Act of Writing Will Be Enough."
CLICK HERE if you'd like to read it.

MYSTERICAL-E featured a long interview with me about writing, creativity, book themes, etc. There are several great stories featured in this issue as well as other podcasts and interviews by a variety of terrific authors.

I wrote three lengthy blogs at Lee Lofland's site, The Graveyard Shift, about firearms, law enforcement, and weaponry for PIs, cops, sleuths, and bad guys. Click on the parts below to read. Check these out:

Part I - Guns, Guns, Guns

Part II - Outfitting Your Sleuth(s)

Part III - Outfitting Your Crooks - and Yourself