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May 14 - 27, 2017


xxx"You cannot live sheltered forever without ever being exposed, and at the same time be a spiritual adventurer. Be audacious. Be crazy in your own way. Take risks, search and search again, search everywhere, in every way, do not let a single opportunity or chance that life offers pass you by, and do not be petty and mean, trying to drive a hard bargain."
~Arnaud Desjardins, author of The Jump Into Life: Moving Beyond Fear


What's New
German Language Translation of GUN SHY


in Two


Updated 5/14/17
New Review of GUN SHY
Even after all these years, someone periodically reviews my novel, Gun Shy. The latest generous soul is the incomparable Ruth Hohnke writing at DIVA. CLICK HERE to read what she has to say!
Updated 3/20/17
Books and Women and Valentines!

Come to Tabor Space in Portland on Saturday night, February 11 at 7PM, to hang out with seven dwarves - I mean, seven terrific writers! <g> We'll have chocolate and books and readings and discussion and lots of fun! Please join us!

Updated 1/22/17
Check out this Interview!

Jessie Chandler and I had some things to say when we were recently interviewed by Shawn Marie Bryan

CLICK HERE to listen!

Updated 11/28/16
Isn't this the Truth?

This has been a long hard lesson to learn - but after a few decades on earth, I think most people tumble to this conclusion. I certainly have.

I don't always even understand my own life, but it's good to live it my way.

Updated 10/24/16
New Cover for Upcoming Gun Book


I am so pleased to unveil the cover for the newest book in the Gun Series - #5!

It'll be a few months before the book is complete, but I'm working on it as fast as I can.

Meanwhile, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, Have Gun We'll Travel, and Jump The Gun all have new covers as well! Check them out in the panel to the right.




Updated 9/11/16
There's GOLDIES in them thar hills!

We won! We won! Just found out tonight!

Jessie's and my edited anthology, Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam won a GCLS Goldie Award. YAY! How cool is that?!

CLICK HERE to see all winners!

Updated 7/9/16

The crime fiction anthology Jessie Chandler and I edited was a finalist at the Rainbow Awards. Yeehaw!

One of the judges wrote:

"I can’t say I’ve ever read an anthology where every story was a complete hit with me, but this one was so consistently good that I genuinely enjoyed every story in it. The variety is entertaining, the brevity a challenge the authors rose to, and the theme has interpretations both lighthearted and serious that worked equally well. One of the better anthos I’ve read."

High praise that we all appreciate!

to see more.

Buy Links

Please go on the lam with these fifteen criminally talented authors!

Andi Marquette
Carsen Taite
Elizabeth Sims
Jen Wright
Jessie Chandler
JM Redmann
Kate McLachlan
Katherine V. Forrest
Linda M. Vogt
Lori L. Lake
Lynn Ames
Sandra de Helen
Sue Hardesty
SY Thompson
VK Powell

Updated 12/21/15

New Review of Snow Moon Rising
There is a perfectly lovely review of my historical novel, Snow Moon Rising, written at Book Addict Reviews by Heather Godbout. CLICK HERE to read what she has to say!
Updated 10/31/15
New YouTube Trailer

The incredible Shawn Marie Bryan, Audio Queen Extraordinaire, created a book trailer for the mystery anthology. Click here! Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam.

Also, read the interview between Jessie Chandler and me HERE.

Updated 10/9/15
New Release Coming

We've got a new anthology coming out in Fall 2016 called Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back into American History. Kit Moss and I have collaborated on the editing, and we have some great stories from wonderful authors.

Stay tuned for more information in coming weeks!

Updated 7/17/15
Lesbians on the Loose is Available!

Please go on the lam with these fifteen criminally talented authors!

Andi Marquette
Carsen Taite
Elizabeth Sims
Jen Wright
Jessie Chandler
JM Redmann
Kate McLachlan
Katherine V. Forrest
Linda M. Vogt
Lori L. Lake
Lynn Ames
Sandra de Helen
Sue Hardesty
SY Thompson
VK Powell

Updated 5/1/15
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
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
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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