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My new book, Score, will be available for purchase from Bold Strokes Books in a couple of days.

It will be available where all books are sold on March 13.

Score is the story of the MVP of a women’s football league. She plays in Houston, TX and has lots of adoring fans. Yes, she enjoys the company of many of these women in bed, but although there is sex in the book, the gist of the story happens when Ronda sustains a season ending injury in the second game of the season.

Her assistant, and part-time bed mate, Gayla, is there to take care of Ronda and nurse her back to health. In the process, they fall in love. While Ronda is thrilled to have Gayla as her partner, she is stressed over the thought that she may never play football again.

What calms her and soothes her during these thoughts? Her Vicodin.

In the beginning, Gayla is in control of the Vicodin, doling out her doses when she’s supposed to. But, as Ronda gets better, she takes over her own medication and starts to take more than she’s supposed to and much more frequently than she should.

This story was both fun and hard to write. It was fun because I love football and love the idea of a woman having the fame and recognition that is normally saved for male athletes. It was difficult because it transported me back to some dark days in my life.

Like so many others in the 80’s, I was a partier. Yes, it was all fun and games until cocaine became more than just a thing to do on occasion. It became an all day every day addiction. I slept maybe two nights a week. It wasn’t easy to quit, either. But, I did. To this day, if I discovered cocaine  anywhere near me, I know I’d have to leave to not be tempted. Fortunately, I don’t find myself in that situation. Ever.

So I sympathized with Ronda. I understood what she was going through and I think (hope) I did it justice. This book deals with fame, love, and addiction. I hope that doesn’t scare you off and I hope you’ll give it a shot. Like I said, you can buy it from BSB on March 1.

Questions? Comments? Let me have ’em!

I’ll be doing a random drawing for a free signed book on Friday, March 3. To enter, just leave a comment.

Thanks and happy reading!


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Hurricane Harvey

It all started Saturday, August 26, 2017. It rained off and on all day. But, it was truly that night that the storm hit. We woke up Sunday morning to water in our street. Hmm… my pictures are showing sideways to me again. I apologize if you’re seeing it that way, as well. I hope you can see the water running down the street.

The wind was blowing and it was raining hard. We, of course, turned on the TV and saw that so many of our neighbors were not faring as well as we were. Houston is a huge city and some parts were underwater. Bayous were overflowing, as well as rivers and by Monday, reservoirs had joined in. Some of the dams were about to breach, so they decided to let water out, which filled the already overflowing Buffalo Bayou with even more water. More neighborhoods flooded.

This pic shows where Brays Bayou came to in relation to our house. It shows how lucky we really were. The arrow indicates where our house is. It also shows Brays Bayou on a normal day.

But, like the great city Houston is, people came together and helped each other. Sporting goods stores donated boats to help to get to the stranded people. Furniture stores opened their doors to those who needed shelter. Convention centers and stadiums took in those with nowhere else to go.

It’s going to take a long time to recover from this. Laydin went to her school this morning (which stayed dry) with the rest of her team to get things ready to start school next week. The poor kids need some semblance of normalcy. We all do. But when will it come? People have been making donations, and for that we are eternally grateful. If you’re considering making a donation, please check out the blog Laydin and I wrote listing sites we suggest donations be made to:

The road ahead of us is long and arduous. But, we will survive. It may not feel like it to many right now, but we’ll bounce back. And for now, it’s sunny and warm in our beloved city. Yay.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this time. They are much appreciated. Let me reiterate – Laydin and I and the furkids are fine. But others were much less fortunate. And it’s for them that we need your help.

Thanks for reading!

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GCLS 2017- Chicago

I realize I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to finally take a minute to share my trip to Chicago with everyone. As usual, I felt the con was a huge success. I met lots of new friends and got to spend copious amounts of time with my chosen family. There were plenty of readers to go along with authors this time, for which I’m very grateful.

The con started on Wednesday, but we got there Sunday to make sure we had plenty of time to sight see before the excitement started. Monday, we rented a car and Laydin drove KC Richardson, Jeannie Levig, Dutch, and myself around town, showing us the sights. We focused mostly on haunted spots and gangster history. We had a blast!

I apologize for the sideways pics in this blog. My computer was not agreeing with me. Anyway, here I am by Al Capone’s grave. It was one of the highlights of the trip!

Tuesday, Velvet Lounger came along and the six of us took the El into town.

First stop was Navy Pier. We caught the Architecture Tour on the river there. It was an amazing adventure. Then we caught buses and cruised all over the city. We saw the Bean and the American Writer’s Museum, just to name a couple of things.

Wednesday, the con started. My first order of business was reading at the first ever Open Mic. I read from Meeting Morgan, a short story I have in Conference Call, the anthology about Con Virgins. Several authors read from their stories. It’s a great anthology and proceeds go to GCLS. If you haven’t bought it yet, you really should:

It was so great seeing everyone. KC surprised us when her wife, Inger, showed up Wednesday afternoon after telling us she couldn’t make it. I’m still smiling about that.

We went to a Master Class put on by Karin Kallmaker, Seducing the Reader:
4 Elements of a Strong Opening to Intrigue the Reader,
in which she actually made us write! It was a lot of fun. We also attended a couple of Panels featuring Velvet Lounger about writing reviews. Thursday night we snuck

back into town to catch Hamilton. I’d post a pic of that, but we’re upside down in that one. LOL

Friday, we went to a Master Class put on by Cindy Cresap, Creating Authentic Conflict: Developing Memorable Characters Who Drive the Plot. It was very informative and entertaining.
There were plenty of panels to go around. I was on a panel with several other authors discussing character development. Laydin was on one discussing how to use secondary characters in a mystery or intrigue novel.

There were also lots of readings. You could hear from a variety of authors who all write fascinating books. Laydin and I each did a reading. I was nervous as all heck, but she did wonderfully in hers.

Saturday was the ever popular awards ceremony.

Heartscapes won the Tee Corrine Award for best book cover. YAY!

The conference was a blast, but it was finally time to say good-bye to everyone with promises to see each other in Vegas, if not in PTown. If you can make it to the con next year, you really should. It is so much fun! We came home with lots of memories, a few shot glasses, and several books. I’m currently reading “When Butches Cry” by Genta Sebastian and LOVING it!

OK – that’s it for me. Another con in the books. Is it October yet? I’m ready for PTown!

Questions or comments? Feel free!

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Review of Complications

So I woke up this morning to this review of Complications, the sequel to Escapades. But, even if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Escapades, the reviewer says you can enjoy Complications. Please click the link below to read the review.


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A year in review

2016 was a harsh year by any standard. We lost so many wonderful people. Too many to list here. I’m sure I’d leave somebody off and offend someone, so I’m not even going to try. And then there was the election – that horrible, horrible day when this country voted for a narcissistic homophobe to rule this country!

But 2016 had some high points for me, as well. I ended up with four books coming out in 2017, so that’s a plus.  And then there were all the wonderful events I got to attend with my lovely wife, Laydin. The activities started in March with a guest spot at the JEWEL book club in Dallas. The women there are so gracious and Sandy is by far the hostess with the mostest. April meant it was time for the LoneStar Lesfic Festival. This is an annual event that takes place in Austin in April every year. There are lots of readers and writers; with panels and readings. If you’ve never gone, you really should.

June was Houston Pride. Always a good time with authors from all over the state coming together to sell our books.

July was a huge family wedding for us followed by the GCLS Con in Washington, DC. Another great event with readings and panels that if you’ve never attended, you should. It’s going to be in Chicago this year. It was an excellent time, and culminated with me winning a Goldie for Summer Passion. A great time was had by all. Later in July was the BSB retreat where we learned a TON of stuff about writing. Made me a better writer. That’s for sure.

September rolled around and it was time for Dallas Pride. We had authors from as far away as Kansas City and LA. We had a blast. October was our annual trek to Provincetown for Women’s Week. Once again, I caught the Cape Cod crud, but it was worth it. We had so much fun. We hung out with old friends and made some new ones. And, of course, sold and signed books.

Earlier this month, we did a book selling/signing event here in Houston with Dallas author Jaycie Morrison. That was a lot of fun, as well.

So yeah – even though there was a lot to regret about this year, I had much to be thankful for. And I have much to look forward to in 2017. I am, of course, dreading the inauguration and all that will follow, but I’m hopeful that my family and friends can survive unscathed.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2017.


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Election, 2016

So, the election was two days ago and I’m still reeling from the results. I spent most of yesterday in tears and am fighting them again today.

I feel lots of things as a result of said election-Anger, hurt, fear, but most of all betrayal. Why betrayal? Half of this country doesn’t believe I deserve to have equal rights as everyone else. Not just as a lesbian, though, of course that’s in the forefront of my mind, but also as a woman. As a woman, I should be objectified and treated inferior. I don’t deserve equal rights as a man. Has half the country not heard of the Women’s Rights movements?

And then there is the obvious fact that I’m a lesbian. Sure, we were given the right to marry two years ago, but how long will that stand? Will they overturn that? Can they? Am I safe to walk down the street now? Or will it be open season on homosexuals. For those of you that have met me, you know, I couldn’t pass for straight if my life depended on it. Am I an open target? I worry about these things. I really do. Please don’t roll your eyes and tell me I’m overreacting. I live in Texas. And I’m scared.

But, underlying the fear and the betrayal is the anger. That’s right. I’m pissed off that this nation has so many uneducated people that they managed to get the Cheetos man elected! That in and of itself is proof that we need a better education system. But do you think we’ll get that under Trump? Hell no! He’d like, no he needs to keep these people uneducated. They obviously help his party. We need to fight for a better system!

We all know what kind of a man Trump is, so I’m not going to rehash that here. This was just a place for me to get my feelings out and share with you a little of what I’m feeling today, two days post election. Others h ave said it more eloquently and with more words, but this is me. This is my blog and it’s how I’m feeling.

I spent a lot of time emailing a very good friend of mine yesterday and she reminded me to just take things a day at a time. I know that’s all we can do.

Then, Laydin got home from work and reiterated that belief. She told me all we can do is love one another and get through it a day at a time. So that’s what I’m goin to do. I’m going to remember to breathe, to love Laydin with all my heart, and take each day as it comes. It’s only for four years, after all, right?



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GCLS Con 2016

Another GCLS Con has come and gone and man, was it a blast! If you’ve never gone, I highly recommend you make it a point to attend at least one con in your life. Next summer, we’ll be in Chicago. I really think you should make plans to be there.

So, this year, we got to DC a few days early so had time to look around the area. We went to Annapolis one day with the incomparable Lee Lynch and her lovely wife Lainie. Here we are on the harbor cruise.Harbor Cruise in AnnapolisThe next day we went to Gettysburg.Gettysburg Address

And then the con started. It was a great time to meet new friends and see old ones.Lunch with friends Meeting old friendsCons are like family reunions in a lot of ways, But, if you’re a newbie, there’s a con virgin program so you’ll have people to hang around with and not feel alone and lost. You’ll feel right at home.

There are lots of panels and readings always going on throughout the con. This year, I was on two panels – Research and Sex (No shock there, huh? LOL) I also went to Laydin’s panels on writing Romantic Intrigue and Blood and Gore. I did a reading from Heartscapes, which, if you haven’t gotten it yet, you really should :c) And Laydin did an excellent reading from her new book, Bitter Root.

And then, of course, there’s the award ceremony.GCKS Awards ceremonyThis year, Laydin was a finalist for Forsaken, but the competition was steep in that category. I had two books in the finals and won for Summer Passion.Award

There’s always much partying after the awards, but before hand, the Bold Strokes crew got together to show off their awards.BSB Group Sunday arrived and it was time to say good-bye for another year. Hope to see you all in Chicago!

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Women’s Week 2015

Oh, My God! Oh, My God!!!!! Have you ever been to Provincetown for Women’s Week????!!!! If not, why??? It’s an amazing place full of synergy and everything else positive in life! So, I’m gonna do a lot of name dropping in this post, because I’m an author and I can LOL. I thought what I’d do was give you a little run down of how I spent my time there. Now, mind you, it’s going to read like I needed a liver transplant when it was all through, but I didn’t. I survived with nothing more than a wicked cold, and I’ll take that.

So, we got to Boston Saturday night, got settled into the hotel and turned on the Duck game. They lost in double overtime. My vacation was not starting off well. Got up Sunday morning and met Laydin’s nephew, John and his wife Tanya, for brunch at this cool little place called the Beehive. It was awesome. We visited and got all caught up on the haps in their life then jumped in our little rental car and zipped off to Provincetown. Oh, My God!!! The feeling of returning to that little slice of Paradise is indescribable. As you come around the curve just outside of Truro and you see the monument in the distance… it’s an amazing feeling. We found our quarters, which were very nice, by the way. We (Laydin) found them on airb&b. We got ourselves situated then headed for town. First stop, find Sue and Dawn and Dutch for dinner. We met up with them at the Crown and Anchor but couldn’t get in. So, we walked over to Vorelli’s. Delicious shrimp scampi there, but you’ve got to like garlic, because they don’t skimp.

After dinner, we said good night to those three and went to see Kate Clinton. That woman is soooo funny!!!!! She really is still hilarious.

Monday, Monday=lots to do. First thing to do is meet up with the terrible threesome again. It was about eleven in the morning, so we decided we’d stop by Governor Bradford’s for morning beverages. I had a bloody Mary. It was pretty good, but I have to say the Squealing Pig’s was much better. So, we had a few drinks and lunch and then it was time for the first signing of the week and Laydin’s first signing ever!!! It was so exciting! Sue Seifert had already bought the book, Forsaken, and waited rather impatiently for the event to start. Hers was the first book Laydin ever signed. Next came Dutch. It’s so wonderful to have friends who support us. We were signing with Radclyffe, Jo Victor, Dena Hankins, Missouri Vaun, and Franci McMahon. It was a really good time and we sold quite a few books, considering how early it was in the week. After signing, we went back to the Governor Bradford’s to celebrate Laydin’s signing. Then we walked up the street to Bayside Betsy’s for dinner. It was really good. I had the seafood platter and I’d highly recommend it. After dinner we walked up to Dawn Sue and Dutch’s B&B. They had a little bar there where we could shoot pool. (Or try to shoot pool, as the case may be…)

Tuesday was a day with no plans. It dawned cloudy and rainy. We waited a few hours and the rain was gone, so we decided to go whale watching. We saw a bunch of whales. It was an incredible adventure. Dutch and Laydin got some great pics, but this is about as good as mine got.Whale TailIt was pretty neat.

After watching whales, well, we wandered up the street to the Squealing Pig. That place is so much fun. We had a few drinks there, then Mercedes Lewis walked by so Laydin ran outside to grab her. She came in to join us. Then Kris Bryant came by. That woman is a riot! So we had a nice sized group sitting there drinking and BS’ing and just having fun. We grabbed a bite to eat and then headed to Governor Bradford’s. Dawn, Kris and I shot tequila, but Kris would only do one since she had to moderate a reading the next day. I laughed as I did my second shot! It was a lot of fun. Dawn, Dutch and Kris took over the juke box and we all sung along with the songs they’d chosen. It was great.

Wednesday arrived and that meant it was time to get down to business. Now, bear in mind, there was a ton of stuff to do all week there, but I’m only going to tell you about where we were and what we had to do. Wednesday morning, bright and early (10 o’clock) I had to be at the library for a panel on writer’s life. Sandy Lowe moderated it and Sophia Kell-Hagin and Barbara Ann Wright were on the panel with me. It was a good panel and it was actually well attended for that ungodly hour.

Two o’clock Wednesday was my reading panel that Kris was moderating. It was all about dialogue. And, you know what? It’s really hard to read a scene out loud that’s mostly dialogue! But we did it. I read from Summer Passion. My fellow panelists were Missouri Vaun (who is like the coolest person!), Sophia Kell-Hagen, Jo Victor, and the one  and only CF Frizzell.

After the reading it was, guess what? Back to Governor Bradford’s then at 4, we got to sign books. I think that’s the best part of Women’s Week. All the different women you meet and get to chat with over a good book :).

Once the signing was over, it was time to head to The Sage for the GCLS meet-n-greet. There was a really good turn out for that. It’s always so good seeing old friends and meeting new ones at those events.

Thursday morning was another early one. I had a ten o’clock reading for GCLS. I read from Sheltered Love. KA Moll and Aurora Rey were also on the panel. It was their first reading EVER!!! They both nailed it!!! Nell Stark and Dorrine Perrine were also on the panel.

After that reading, it was off to Gabriel’s to read erotica. I read from Summer Passion again. It seemed to be well received. Dena Hankins, Tina Michele, Nell Stark, Ali Vali, D. Jackson Leigh were the other readers. The audience really seemed to enjoy it.

Next, it was Laydin’s first reading. It was all about action. She did a fantastic job!Dini ReadingShe read with Jackie D, Justine Saracen, Carsen Taite, VK Powell, and CF Frizzell.

I signed books at Recovering Hearts immediately after Laydin’s reading and then, after her signing, we walked down to the Harbor Lounge for the Bold Strokes Books Meet ‘n’ Greet. That was a lot of fun. It was someone’s birthday who just happened to be there. She had no idea about BSB or Lesfic or anything like that, so Laydin signed a copy of her book and gave it to her. Hopefully that’ll open her mind to more great books. I also met Elna and June from Britain who had come over here just to get BSB books. It was an honor signing a book for them.

By Friday morning, I had a decent case of the Cape Cod Crud. I missed Laydin’s second reading, though I heard from everyone there that she did a fantastic job. We lay low most of the day until it was time for the big fundraiser. BSB authors CA Popovich, CF Frizzell, Kris Bryant and TJ Thomas all rented one house. CA and CF’s partners were there… I don’t know if CA is married? I know CF is engaged… anywho, so they all decided to put on a barbecue in their house and invited people over. D. Jackson Leigh was there, Cindy Rizzo was there, Dawn, Sue and Dutch were all there, and Nadine and her wife and friend and, shoot, I’m not going to remember everyone… Oh – Tina Michele and Fiona Riley and Holly Stratimore and her wife… Anyway – a lot of people showed up. Dena Hankins and James were eating veggie burgers, but the rest of us got the real deal, along with a healthy serving of Laydin’s potato salad. I was proud to be part of the group that raised $205 for the PTown animal shelter. After dinner, Holly and Friz broke out their guitars and treated us to a wonderful show. We sang until I was hoarse.

That night, we had to say good-bye to Sue and Dawn who were hitting the road Saturday morning. It’s always so sad when that happens.

Saturday, we went to a couple more BSB readings and stopped by Recovering Hearts where I bought the coolest dragon (I collect dragons.) And people came up to us and asked us to sign more books, so that’s what we did. After that, we went to the Crown and Anchor for dinner – okay if you like lobster mac and cheese, you won’t be disappointed, but come hungry. The serving size for that entree was enormous! After dinner, it was time to see Suede!!!! YAY!!! I love her! She put on a great, albeit short, show, so we went back to Governor Bradford’s. Friz was there with Kathy, Holly was there with her wife, Mercedes was there, Kris was there, Nadine and her crew and Tina Michele and Fiona Riley. Mercedes and Tina actually sang karaoke, but all of us sung at the top of our lungs every song. It was awesome. The perfect way to end a wonderful week.

Good-byes were said as we all made our ways back to our places for one last night before heading home.

I really, REALLY urge you – if you ever get the chance, go to Women’s Week. It’s sooo much fun!


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Another Summer Gone

Wow… I really need to blog more often. I’m  horrible about it, aren’t I?

So, Summer is almost officially over and I thought I’d share with you a little bit about my summer.

The fun started for us in June, when, the day after the Supreme Court ruled Same Sex Marriages were legal, we had H0uston Pride.Pride

There were five authors from BSB there. We had a blast and sold lots of books. The next day, Laydin and I went over to her sister’s house. Her sister has breast cancer and is going through chemo. She decided to shave her head since her hair was falling out. So, we joined her.Shaved It was so weird to have no hair. It’s growing back now, slowly but surely.

And then it was July and time for the GCLS Con in New Orleans. The GCLS con is always a great time. You meet new friendsBeth and see old ones.Lee and Friz It was awesome. Laydin and I had a blast.Us in NOLA But it was more than fun and games. There were panels and speakers and lots to learn, believe me. I was on a couple of panels.Laughing One to talk about sex and one to talk about kissing.A kiss is but a kiss panel And, at the end of the Conference, at the Awards Ceremony, Escapades won a Goldie for Erotica. (If you haven’t read it, you really should… LOL)Award

The con was a blast, but afterward, there was still more summertime fun to be had. There was Laydin’s family reunion in Galveston. Now, if there’s one place I love, it’s the beach. And we stayed there for a week. We had so much fun. It was sun and beers and family. And our son stayed with us at the beach for the full week, even after most of the family had left. He liked swimming in the warm waters of the gulf. As did we, of course.

One new thing this summer brought for me was a love of Soccer. Our home team, the Houston Dash have three women from the USWNT on it. Meghan Klingenberger, Morgan Brian, and Carli Lloyd. We had a great time watching them. And we were there when Seattle came to town with two of their own stars, Hope Solo and Megan RapinoeHope SoloMegan Rapinoe

But Summer was not all fun and games, lest you fret. There was a lot of writing going on. I finished “Complications,” the sequel to Escapades. It’s at the beta readers right now. And I finished and submitted Goal To Go, a book about a professional woman football player.

I hope the rest of you had as fun filled a summer as I did. Feel free to share some of your adventures in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

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Lone Star Lesfic Festival 2015

Well, folks, another Lone Star Lesfic Festival is in the books. And it was one for the history books, to be sure. This year there were more writers and readers there than ever before.  And, boy, was it fun! It started out Friday night with the Bold Strokes Books Dinner. Lots of the authors were there. It was a raucous affair, believe me. Saturday was the actual festival. I got to do a ten minute reading. Reading I’d never read more than a five minute reading before so I was tres stressed! I read from SpeakeasySpeakeasy coverand of course, read a sex scene. It seemed well received. I blushed, which shouldn’t surprise anyone!

I was also on a panel. It was all about sex in books. I think it was supposed to be how much is too much, but it was basically just about sex! LOL The audience laughed a lot, as well as asked some really good questions. I think they all had a really good time.

OH! Lest I forget – on the first panel of the day, someone mentioned “banging the rainbow drum” which has now become synonymous with writing lesfic, so if one of your favorite authors says she’s banging the rainbow drum, that means good things are coming your way!

The organizers of the event always treat us to dinner after, which is really great, but we’d already made other plans so we didn’t partake this year. A group of us went out for Cuban food.Dinner

It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. This event is always a blast. I highly recommend you try to make it if you can sometime. You won’t be disappointed.

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