Bi-Weekly Quotation
April 20 - 26, 2014

XX"On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn't help you. Do it your own way. Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write.
XXThe world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won't write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck."
~Anne Rice, American author of dozens of novels


What's New

Faaaaar-out News!

Good news! I'm very excited that the latest book in the Gun Series has been shortlisted for a Goldie. Woo hoo!

CLICK HERE to see more of the shortlisted finalists as they are added. The awards will be given at the annual conference in Portland in July.

Updated 4/18/14
A shot of my Sweetheart and me on her birthday

Updated 4/7/14
Change, change, change...
After many years of successful association, my print publisher and I have come to an agreement that allows me to publish my own print works in the future. I'm very grateful to RCE and to Cathy Bryerose for all her support over the years.

I continue to handle the ebooks, and they are available in all the regular places. I'll be gradually re-issuing my novels and collections in coming months. Onward and upward to the next adventures!

Cathy & Lori at the annual GCLS Con
Updated 4/3/14
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
Check out the Half-Hour Show I'm on Called "Back Page"
Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers. CLICK HERE to watch it!
Updated 11/17/13
Yet Another New Interview!

I've been so lucky to be interviewed lately by several great people, and Jae is the latest. I remember back when I read her novel, Backwards to Oregon, and I knew Germany had a great new writer. I thought it especially amazing that Jae was from Germany and had written an Old West type of adventure.

Anyway, CLICK HERE to read all the questions Jae asked me!

Updated 11/7/13
Rainbow Awards Finalists!


I am honored to have my two latest books, JUMP THE GUN and A VERY PUBLIC EYE as finalists for Elisa Rolle's Rainbow Awards. CLICK HERE to see all the great books that are shortlisted!

Updated 10/6/13
Another New Interview!

The wonderful people at Ylva Publishing have started a new interview feature at their blog, and I'm honored that they picked me to go first. As they explain it: "From time to time we’ll have guests on our blog; authors from other publishing houses and/or self publishers that are willing and maybe even happy to answer some of our nosy questions."

CLICK HERE to read it. They asked me some unusual questions, which made this an extremely fun interview.

Updated 9/15/13
New Interview!
Jon Michaelsen did an interview and got a lot of information out of me about my guilty pleasures, the new novel, mentors who inspired me, how I write a book, how to sustain series characters, and much much more. CLICK HERE to read it!
Updated 9/6/13
Extra-Lengthy JUMP THE GUN Excerpt!
There's an extra-long three-chapter excerpt from my new book at Gay/Lesbian Fiction. CLICK HERE to read it!
Updated 9/2/13
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
Golden Crown Literary Conference!

I had an amazing time at the GCLS con in Dallas. My book didn't take home a Mystery award or the Ann Bannon award, but my two dear friends' books did! Jessie Chandler's Hide and Snake Murder received Best Mystery, and Chris Paynter's Survived By Her Longtime Companion got the Ann Bannon. Both of their books are terrific and I highly recommend them.

Here are a couple of my favorite pix (and you can find LOTS more on Facebook!)

Luca, my editor Nann Dunne, and me

My Sweetheart and me at the Awards Ceremony

Updated 07/03/13
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 Very
Public Eye


The Gu



This is Book #1 in "The Public Eye Mystery Series." Book #2 is A Very Public Eye.
Buyer's Remorse

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.
E-Books at
Bella Distribution
The gals at Bella carry books by an enormous variety of authors, and they're distributing my eBooks and print books. CLICK HERE to get the books in Mobi, Sony, ePub, and PDF formats.
Rainbow E-Books
Rainbow Ebooks also carries a huge variety of LGBT books by a variety of authors. CLICK HERE to get my books in Mobi, HTML, and ePub formats.
Kindle E-Books
Amazon.com carries my books in the Kindle E-Book format. CLICK HERE to purchase novels and short story collections for your Kindle eReader.
B&N E-Books
Barnes & Noble - BN.com - carries my books in their Nook E-Book format. CLICK HERE to purchase novels and short story collections for your Nook eReader.
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Recent Online Interviews & Articles
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.

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