Weekly Quotation
March 29 - April 4, 2015

XXX"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first BE who you really are, then DO what you need to do, in order to HAVE what you want."
~Margaret Young


What's New
Literary Lounge - Great Panel!
Save the Date!

March 11, 7-9 pm - Literary Lounge
Tabor Space - 54th & Belmont, Portland

Topic: Critique Groups Panel on how to join, form and run a group. Plus the opportunity to network with other writers looking for a group. Panelists are Val Brooks, Trista Cornelius, and Lori L. Lake.

Updated 2/19/15
My GCLS Keynote Speech is Available


My Keynote Video is available now.
CLICK HERE to view and listen.

Updated 1/24/15
Gun Series Review at the ALA

American Library Assoc. reviewer Sue Hardesty included my Gun books in a round-up of "Ten Mystery Romance Series with Lesbian Sleuths." I know some of the other authors as well, such as Lynn Ames, Jessie Chandler, Elizabeth Sims, Erica Abbot, Rose Beecham, and RE Bradshaw.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

Updated 12/12/14


Eight Dates won in the Romantic Comedy category at The Rainbow Awards. I am so delighted I can hardly speak! Thanks to Elisa Rolle and all the judges who read almost 600 books for the entire contest.

The Runners-Up are:

Out Of Retirement
by Erica Lawson
That Certain Something
by Clare Ashton


to see all the Winners
and Runners-Up
in all categories.

Updated 12/9/14
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
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
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
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 at her terrific blog. 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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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.


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