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November 16 - 22, 2014

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XX"When we start to write, quite naturally it's all about us. We have a story to tell or a problem to work out. Then when we start to submit, it's going to be all about the agent and editor -- we want to craft the query letter and the book to capture the attention of the elite industry professional who can make our publishing dreams come true. That's all perfectly normal. The danger comes when we forget that the whole purpose of writing novels is to connect with readers. When we do what touches or moves or surprises our reader, we will be fulfilling our mission. This means we have to stop being defensive. If our work doesn't entertain the readers, we should find out why. Often we can make that connection without losing what we personally love about our story -- but we can't get to that point if we decide the reader doesn't matter. The reader matters most of all. That's why we write."
~Alicia Rasley, writing teacher and author of The Power of Point of View

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What's New
Why We Writers Write
 

Updated 11/8/14
Review for EIGHT DATES
 

Great review for EIGHT DATES at Lambda Literary - CLICK HERE to read it. I'm thrilled that that Anna Furtado, in part, wrote: "Telling a story in first person while keeping it fresh and exciting to the reader is a difficult task for any writer, but Lake accomplishes this undertaking masterfully—and does it with both style and wit. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this story as well as scenes filled with poignancy, honesty and tenderness. This offering by Lori Lake is quirky, funny, and refreshingly real."

Hurray for such a nice review!

Updated 11/2/14
The Romances!
Three of the four romances are on sale for Kindle right now.
CLICK HERE to check it out!

Updated 10/25/14
EIGHT DATES got upgraded to FINALIST STATUS!

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Eight Dates first received an honorable mention in the Romantic Comedy category at The Rainbow Awards and then I got word that it's a finalist. Woohoo! How cool is that?

My illustrious competition is:

Out Of Retirement
by Erica Lawson
Playing My Love
by Angela Peach
That Certain Something
by Clare Ashton

These are all TERRIFIC authors - read Erica's, Angela's, and Clare's books. If you like romantic comedy, you'll love their work!

CLICK HERE and scroll down the page to see all the Finalists in all categories.

I'm also happy to report that my best friend, Jessie Chandler, is in the running for her mystery, Chip Off The Ice Block Murder. Wow - there are a ton of good books in the running!

Updated 10/15/14
Seattle's Gay NW Romance Meet-Up Sept 19-21

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I'll be at the GNWR Conference next weekend with wonderful authors such as Kate McLachlan, Rick Reed, Jove Bell, Radclyffe, and many more.

Please join us the weekend of Sept 19-21!

Check out more about this great event here:

Updated 9/12/14
Review for EIGHT DATES
 

Check out the review for EIGHT DATES that Terry Baker did here. I'm glad that she found it funny and a "nicely written and well edited comedy/romance"!

Updated 9/2/14

Watch out for Lesbians on the Loose!

Just received the cover for the crime fiction anthology scheduled for a December 1 release date. We've got some GREAT contributors!

~Elizabeth Sims
~Katherine Forrest
~VK Powell
~Kate McLachlan
~Ellen Hart
~Jessie Chandler...
and many more!

Stay tuned for more information about the new anthology.

Updated 8/21/14
Women's Writing Retreat at the Oregon Coast in October

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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!

ISBN:
978-1-63304-0007
e-ISBN:
978-1-63304-0014

Available July 1 online and at fine booksellers everywhere!

CLICK HERE for links to all the places you can buy the book online

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EIGHT DATES
rolled off the press and started its journey out into the world on July 1st.
Hurray!

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

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CLICK HERE
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

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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
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
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
for the Books

 
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
 
Bound/Printed Books
My novels and short story collections can be purchased through any bookseller or online. If a store doesn't happen to have copies on hand, they will order them for you. CLICK HERE if you want to contact me to get autographed copies.
 
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Recent
Interviews
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.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - With Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, who sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers


CLICK HERE - for the interview with author Jae who has written so many wonderful novels


CLICK HERE to read an interesting discussion in the "Spotlight Interview" section that the gals at Ylva have been doing


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.

GUN BLOGS


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