The novel, Coming Home, got another terrific
review, this time by Ruth Hohnke in Curve magazine.
HERE to read it.
Upcoming: In January's edition of Curve
magazine, which focuses on late bloomers/older lesbians
and spirituality, my short story, "Animarum,"
will be featured along with an interview.
Also: On May 1st, I'll be doing a thirty
minute Skype Q&A with the Portland/Vancouver
Lesbian Book Salon about the novel, Walking the
from Lois and
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For eight years Grae Jordan
has been trapped in a hell of her own making.
After her youthful involvement in a tragic
accident, she spirals from the privileged
life she was born into, to the lowest stratum
of society. Grae inhabits a stone, adorned
with tattoos, metal, and multiple convictions
for minor crimes that keep her old world at
bay. But the stone begins to crack when she
rescues and cares for a skinny street kid
named Marcus. When Grae is arrested for defending
herself and Marcus against an attack, it appears
to be yet another nadir in her hard luck life.
But instead, her birth family and an assortment
of new friends are determined to chip away
at her stone exterior as they fight to free
her from the years of despair and desperation.
The prospect of redemption and even love are
tantalizingly within reach, when tragedy strikes.
Will Grae run again, as she's been doing for
eight long years? Or will the love of family,
friends, and one special woman, be enough
to halt her flight?
from Jae, Fletcher DeLancey
WHAT I FEEL
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Ylva Publishing continues
their annual tradition of a holiday anthology,
with this collection edited by Jae and Fletcher
Delancey. Twelve lesbian fiction authors
bring you a heart warming collection of
holiday-themed short stories. From a tattoo
artist hiding an origami angel in her lover's
desk to a seventy-year-old woman hesitating
to accompany her partner to a family celebration
on the first night of Hanukkah, this anthology
will delight you with romantic holiday moments.
My contribution is entitled "Kicker's
Christmas" and picks up the story of
Kicker, Madelyn and their friends, seventeen
years after Kicker's Journey ended. It's
Christmas Eve, 1917, and for three years
war has taken many of Madelyn's best and
brightest students to the trenches of Europe.
But Christmas can illuminate even the bleakest
of times. Join Kicker and Madelyn as they
celebrate a Christmas miracle.
Ylva will be donating all profits from this
anthology to YouthCare, a shelter
for LGBT homeless youth in Seattle, and
to Angalia, a group giving shelter
and food to refugees in Greece.
A Holiday Anthology and WICKED THINGS:
Lesbian Halloween Short Stories both picked
up Goldie Awards at the 2015 Golden Crown
Literary Society ceremony. Congrats to all
the contributors and to the editors, Jae,
Astrid Ohletz, and R.G. Emanuelle.
Bitter Fruit is
now available! Click on the links under the
cover to the left to get it. Here's the summary:
Fuelled by booze and boredom,
Jac Lanier accepts an unusual wager from her
best friend. Victoria, for reasons of her
own, impulsively challenges Jac to seduce
Lauren, her co-worker and a young woman Jac's
never met. Under the terms of their bet, Jac
has exactly one month to get Lauren into bed
or she has to pay up. Though Lauren is straight
and engaged, Jac begins her campaign confident
that she'll win the bet. But Jac's forgotten
that if you sow an onion seed, you won't harvest
a peach. When her plan goes awry, will she
reap the bitter fruit of her deception? Or
will Lauren turn the tables on the thoughtless
Kickers Journey has just received
an amazing review at Lambda Literary.
CLICK HERE to check it out.
Above the Tree Line is now
available. Click on the links under the cover
to the right to get it. Here's the summary:
Liv and Kai, old friends and ex-lovers who
own a gift shop together, decide to play hooky
on a gorgeous fall day and go for a hike up
a nearby mountain. Their day off ends with
physical and emotional consequences neither
could've foreseen when the mountain they love
turns deadly. Can they find their way home
together? Or will it all end
The last two years have been full of changes,
in both personal and professional respects.
My stepdad died in November 2011 after a long
battle with Alzheimer's, and my mom moved
from our family home of sixty years to a more
suitable senior's bungalow. It was a wrenching
experience for my family, most particularly
my mother, but we've come through to a better
On a professional level, PD Publishing, which
I'd been with for many years, sadly announced
their closing in December, 2012. I was approached
by several publishers interested in re-issuing
my previous books, and I chose Ylva,
a German-based publisher. It has proven to
be an excellent choice as I've very much enjoyed
working with publisher, Astrid Ohletz, and
editor, Sandra Gerth (aka: the superb, award-winning
writer, Jae.) A new novel, Walking the
Labyrinth will be released in print and
e-formats this summer. Then revised versions
of my older novels will be re-issued in print
and e-formats. Broken Faith is slated
for autumn of 2013, Kicker's Journey
for winter, 2013, and Coming Home in
spring of 2014. In addition, some of my short
stories will be offered for sale as single
I'm excited about my future with Ylva,
and my work finally being available in e-formats.
Though I've been a lifelong addict of print
books, I had an amazingly swift conversion
when my wife gave me an e-reader three years
ago. It's made my life much easier as I no
longer have to pack a big box of books to
sustain me on my commute between Calgary and
Atlanta - a commute which should end in a
couple of years as Day reaches retirement
and moves north. Life just keeps getting better.
|If you're not family or friend, you've probably
arrived here because you've read my stories. Perhaps
you're looking to see what I've got coming up, or
maybe you're just interested in more information about
"an accidental author."
I call myself that because unlike many, if not
most, authors, I was never possessed of a burning
drive to write. I'm still not. A burning drive to
read - yes, absolutely, without question - that
I have in spades. I can't remember a time when I
didn't read. Reading has been my joy, my rock and
my solace throughout my life. As a girl, I read
while riding my bike to deliver newspapers; I read
while on fishing outings with the family - I deliberately
didn't bait the hook so fish wouldn't bother me
while I sat on the river bank; I read while walking
to and from school; I read during recess while all
the other little girls were learning to skip, thus
forever missing the opportunity to learn how to
do double Dutch, though I could turn a mean rope
if called upon. In sum, I found there were almost
no activities that couldn't be improved with the
addition of a book, and that really hasn't changed
in my adult years.
So how did I evolve from rabid reader to published
author? By accident, of course. Just as I cannot
remember a time when I didn't read, I also could
not remember a time when I didn't conjure up stories
to put myself to sleep at night. Without intervention,
however, those stories would never have seen the
light of day. My brother-in-law initiated the whole
thing when he introduced me to the wonders of the
Internet in the late nineties. I gleefully absorbed
the many stories and later, newspapers freely available
on-line. At the time I was housebound, caring for
my late husband who was disabled by MS. Between
caregiver duties, it was normal for me to read my
days away, only now on-line rather than solely with
print books and newspapers.
I also began to tentatively reach out, and met
a young woman on-line who, unlike me, couldn't remember
a time when she hadn't been driven to write. We
became friends, and after we had corresponded for
several months, she began to urge me to try my hand
at a story. It took her a few more months to convince
me, but finally I wrote the first chapter of what
would become Coming Home and sent it to her.
For almost a year, my young mentor coaxed, cajoled
and critiqued until, much to my amazement, I had
written a novel-length story. Even then I had no
intention of doing anything with it, but once again
my friend altered my life as she arranged for it
to be posted on-line, where it was noticed and,
in the spring of 2000, published.
I'm still not, and never will be, a prolific writer.
Unlike my first two novels, which each took about
a year to write, my new novel (Kicker's Journey
- winter of '08) was four years in the making. Hopefully
the next won't take nearly as long, but I make no
promises. I did discover early on that writing holds
as many pleasures and rewards as reading. Creating
characters and plots was something I had done for
years inside my head. Moving them onto a page is
a very natural, if not always painless, evolution.
The rewards of writing are often intangible, but
for me, the greatest 'royalty' of all came when
I was assigned an editor for Coming Home
in January 2000. In April 2007, that woman, who
still edits every word I write, became my wife.
I still love reading best, but writing has proven
to be one of the great delights of my life. So while
I may be an accidental author, I am also
a very grateful author.
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