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2014 Women’s Week

Have you ever been to Provincetown for Women’s Week? If not, I highly recommend it! It is such a blast! This year I was fortunate enough to be there from Tuesday through Sunday. There is so much to do there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to seeing any of the shows (there are comediennes and singers and general performers all over the place), but I still had a magical time.

I was solo Tuesday evening so I went to for dinner. You’ve gotta check it out if you’re ever there. Tho I’ll say that for any place I go to in PTown.

Wednesday, I was on a panel called “Author’s Favorites.” The panel consisted of Dena Hankins, CF “Friz” Frizzell, Shelley Thrasher and myself. Melissa Brayden was the moderator. Favorites It was a great panel. I read from Speakeasy – a scene where Helen just opened a new speakeasy. After that, we signed books at Recovering Hearts.

Wednesday evening was the Meet ‘n’ Greet for the Golden Crown Literary Society. This was a successful event. Lots of readers and writers mingling and chatting. After the event, it was off to dinner with the one and only Lee Lynch, her wife Lainie, and the incomparable Ms. Mercedes Lewis.

Thursday was more reading. I read on a panel titled “Afternoon Delight.” This panel consisted of Dena Hankins, Kris Bryant, Ali Valli and Radclyffe. It was once again moderated by Melissa Brayden.  It was supposed to be a sex scene-ish. LOL.Dena read a hot and heavy scene and Kris took it to the next level with a completed scene. Ali also read a sexy scene. Rad and I wrote more flirtatious scenes, with anticipation and desire, but no actual sexual content. Rad even said to mark it on your calendar that we were on a sex panel and didn’t read the sexiest scenes! By the way, my reading was from Escapades.

After the reading it was more signing. Sex Signing After the signing was the Bold Strokes Books Meet ‘n’ Greet. Another nice turnout of both readers and writers.  I met a lot of really neat people this week. Anyway, the Meet ‘n’ Greet wound down and I hung back with Friz and her wife, Kathy and we did some tequila shots and had a few more beers and drinks. After that, they went to American Idol, Women’s Week Style and I meandered along Commercial Street.

I found George’s Pizza and Sub and stepped in for a couple of beers and a hot pastrami sandwich. The Patriots game was on so I watched that with Sue, a woman I’d met in PTown before. Then I wandered a little further down Commercial Street (I was just killing time waiting for my wife, Laydin, to arrive) and  stepped inside Governor Bradford’s to get out of the rain. I had another couple of beers, watched the game and listened to Karaoke. It was quite amusing.

Laydin finally arrived at 2:15 am. It was time to crash and burn and get ready for the rest of the week.

Friday morning at 10:00, I was at for a reading for GCLS. This time I read from Speakeasy again. Just a typical day in the life of Helen Byrne. All the readers did a really good job. I think the panel was well received.GCLS PanelGCLS Reading 2014

Friday night was dinner with some good old friends, as well as new friends. Connie Ward, Shelley Thrasher, Ali Valli, Kathleen Knowles and her wife, Jeanette, Chris and Doris, whose last names escape me, Laydin and myself. Our hostesses were Tina and Connie and Big T. It was a treat to be there. We had prime rib and so much more food, I won’t go into it now. It was delicious and relaxing and I really appreciate all the hard work they did.Friday Night Dinner

Saturday meant another reading and signing. This reading was “Kiss and Tell.” Of course, my reading didn’t have the kiss in it. If you want the first kiss, you need to buy the book. LOL And most of my kisses come with a lot of heat, so I just kept it flirty with another scene from Escapades. The rest of the panel consisted of CA Popovich, Kris Bryant, Emily Smith, Melissa Brayden, with Rachel Spangler as the moderator.

After the signing, Laydin and I went to The Lobster Pot ( The food was amazing, as was the view. After dinner, it was quite chilly on the street, so we ducked into The Purple Feather ( We had a brownie and two cups of the best hot chocolate EVER!!!! OMG!!!! I can’t even begin to describe how delicious it was. After feeding our sweet teeth, we headed back to the condo, where we watched the Ducks destroy Washington! YEA! Goooo Ducks!!!

Sunday was time to leave. :c(. We met friends Friz and Kathy, CA Popovich, Kathleen and Jeanette, Kris Bryant and her wife Debbie for breakfast at 8:30 in the flippin morning! We met at The Post Office ( The food was excellent and the company better.

Unfortunately, after breakfast it was time to fight the traffic back to Boston to the airport. And now I’m home already looking forward to next year. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there then!


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Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…

What I Did On My Summer Vacation By MJ Williamz

WOW! What a summer I had. June was pretty low key, but once July hit, it was pedal to the metal time. July 1st, Escapades Escapadescame out. Then, on July 9th, it was so long to the working world!! I quit my job of almost 14 years so I could move to Texas and become a writer. My dream come true.

July 9 was also the start of the GCLS conference. Always a wonderful event. If you haven’t been, you should go. This year’s was held in Portland. Next year will be New Orleans. One of my favorite cities on Earth!

Anyway – yeah – attending the con while putting the finishing touches on the wedding was quite an endeavor. We had to miss some classes as we put together goody boxes for the guests at the wedding. But we managed to attend a couple panels and readings and they were informative and enjoyable.

And then it was July 13th! THE BIG DAY! The day I said “I do” to my lovely wife, Laydin Michaels.wedded blissWhat a beautiful wedding it was. Not a dry eye in the house! Laydin’s sister was our officiant and she performed a beautiful ceremony. A good time was had by all.

After the wedding we had some down time, then it was off to Galveston to a family reunion for Laydin’s family. She has fifteen brothers and sisters so it was quite an ordeal. But we had a blast! On the last day, though, I learned a valuable lesson – always use sunscreen and listen to your wife when she tells you to put some on!blister

Let me tell you, having that big blister on my foot made it heckahard to pack for the big move. For those of you who don’t know – Laydin lived in Houston and I lived in Portland. After we got home from Galveston, all we did was pack. I was blown away at how much stuff we’d accumulated in the time we lived in that apartment. There were boxes everywhere. But we did it! We got everything packed up. We spent Monday the 11th finishing packing and cleaning. Finally, the truck was ready and the ’66 Mustang was on the trailer.Stang

So, we finally got on the road Monday evening between 7:30 and 8. And so began our adventure. We knew we had to be in Houston by 5:45 Friday morning to pick Caleb up from the airport.

Monday’s journey took us to Medford, OR. It was the first 273 miles of our journey. But that drive was over hills and mountain passes so it took about six hours. We were tired when we got to the motel that we’d found that was pet friendly. Did I mention we were traveling with a cat? Yeah… Bella was with us. So we got to the motel and they didn’t have a place for us to park the truck with the car. They told us to park in a dark lot down the street. Far away from where we could keep an eye on it. We went back to the room and couldn’t sleep from worrying about the truck, so we found a new hotel and moved there. It was three o’clock before we got to sleep.

We were wiped out the next morning, but had to hit the road again. That day we drove to Merced, CA. It was a long day, but not as long as what lay ahead  of us. The following day we drove to Lordsburg, New Mexico. It was a nineteen plus hour drive. The drive was through mountains and deserts. It was a desolate drive, to say the least. We were absolutely beat by the end of the day. We got to the hotel and let Bella out to run around and then we passed out. We still had a long way to go and only one day left to get home.

The thing with driving a U-Haul and towing a car – it means one can’t go more than 55 MPH and less than on hills, etc. So we got up bright and early and left around eight. We finally got home at 4:15 Friday morning. We got to the airport just in time to pick Caleb up. It was the first all-nighter I’d pulled in years, decades even.

Unpacking the truck was almost as much fun as packing, but we got it done. Oh, sure, we still have boxes to unpack and things to put away, but for now, we’re all in Houston. Living like a family. And I’m a full time writer – my dream come true!

So that’s my summer. Hope you all had a good one, too!

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