A Little Taste

Yes, I’ve jerry-rigged this so I can still chat with you all! YAY! …and please excuse the feature bunny if it’s humongous because I could not figure out how to make it smaller.  Just call me, “Still Learning”, lol.

I’ve decided that the NOLA, Saints and Sinners Literary Festival experience was just too rich and too full to share it all at one time. So, like dark chocolate, or fine wine, I am going to share little bits, nibbles and sips, at a time, in no particular order, because, …that’s me! LOL   …and on that note:

I can FINALLY let the cat, –oops, I mean bunny out of the bag. Happy Easter! BunnyShotMary Griggs has NO idea how hard it was to hold on to this cute little surprise until she did her food blog about it. This delightful fella capped off(pun intended) a most delicious homemade meal,

and believe me, it was all as mouthwatering as it looks.  Mary is as generous with her recipes as she is with her hospitality, so I will leave her to explain all of the particulars to you. But, when I say off the bone, succulent, and melt in your mouth good, these are not platitudes or hyperbole. I will just say, if you ever have an opportunity, DO NOT DENY YOURSELF THE PLEASURE!  Just remembering it has made it a better Easter for me, so, on that note,garnish.jpg I hope you are enjoying yours! ❤

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Holidays: Something always happens

Holidays are good for many things: rest, respite, recreation, celebration, family, and most of all recuperation or as I like to call it, procrastination. Real life and technical issues are descending faster than whatever space junk is falling! And, while I can do something about my technical issues, eventually, and with the help of the phone company, I can do nothing about the space junk.

So, while I await a new phone, I will work on the narrative and links, on my computer *gasp* IF I remember how to use it, and when I am fully operational again, I will share about NOLA, and by that time, probably even Rehoboth Beach.

In the meantime, the show must go on! April is poetry month, and I will appear in a guest post on April 4th or thereabouts on IHeartLesfic. I hope to see you there!

And … for all of you celebrating something, ENJOY your celebration! ❤

 

Be My Guest

These days, that phase can have ominous overtures. Like, “Please, go ahead, kill yourself”, or something.  It sounds good, but, then again… like “Help yourself”, you know that person is not offering you to serve yourself, or go ahead of them, or whatever. It’s like a double dog dare or something. Ominous overtures.

But, I am happy to report that I received an invitation of the old-fashioned kind.bygcap

I Heart Lesfic has asked me do a guest post on their website, and I have humbly accepted. If you are not familiar with them you can check them out HERE. 

They are a great support to lesbian authors, providing a

bemyguest platform to showcase work, and hopefully  gain introduction to new readers. There are also great opportunities for readers to win free books! On April 4th please go over and check me out, and yes, there is a chance to win a free copy of my book.  So, be my guest, please, and check out my guest post! It is short and sweet. After all, I am a woman of few words, and a poet, lol. If you do drop in, feel free to leave a comment, or reach out to me, and, don’t forget to enter to win a free ebook! While you are there, check out previous guest posts, and perhaps sign up to follow iheartlesfic  . It’s free!

Hope to see you there. ❤

 

Win some, win some

I was disappointed to find that I did not make the finalist list of poetry nominees for the Lambda Literary Award this year.  

My daughter consoled me by stressing ‘this time’.  I continued to be blue for about two seconds.
Seriously though, congratulations to all who made the finalist cut, and I wish you much success. It will be exciting to see which cream(as far as I am concerned, it is ALL cream) rises to the top.  See the finalist list HERE.

Let’s be realistic. I had a BOOK that was at least considered! That is a bridge  that I had never even thought to cross in the past. Besides, so many other exciting things are happening in my life.

Image result for you're a winner memeMy dad is doing well this year, and that alone is enough to be thankful for, and that is not the least of it!  Last year was a frightening blur of hospital trips, surgeries, and thinking about mortality, quality of life and such.  I’m so glad that is over, at least for now.

This year, I have been a ‘writer’ more so than ever before. I began this year, as I shared with you all before, by attending and participating in a local book event, READOUT2018. It was a grand way to kickoff the year as a writer. I will attend Saints & Sinners this year, where, for the first time, I will read  and be panel member. I am also attending Women’s FEST 2018 in Rehoboth Beach, and GCLS in Las Vegas. I’ll be blogging about my adventures.

So, awards or no awards, I am already the biggest winner of the best year so far!

A Great Celebration

I attended my first local book event in a very long time. It was the first time at one of this magnitude. READOUT2018, was held at the Gulfport Public Library, February 16-18.  There were a lot of writers and poets represented.  We had the opportunity to read as well as sign books. There way a keynote speech, a panel, and a workshop, as well.  Here’s the line-up, some bling and handouts we received.  I was in phenomenal company.

The Meet and Greet was very nice, They served wine and beverages, cheese, fruit, crackers(some of which faked me out, posing as pepperoni! The nerve! LOL) We mingled, meeting authors, readers, and the library staff and volunteers.  The sponsors and host did a wonderful job with space, supplies, ad making us feel welcome. The authors actually interacted with others. You know that paralyzing introvert thing many of us suffer from, but once we dived in, it was fabulous. I actually met a wonderful author, who was not on the rollabout there supporting her partner. Take about unexpected treasure! I met Nancy Manahan(2nd from left), co-author of the novel Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, originally published by Naiad in 1985, and reprinted in 2013 by Spinster’s Ink. I absolutely HAD to fangirl and get a signed copy and a picture. 

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Saturday was chock full of happenings! Elizabeth Sims(need I say more) did the keynote speech. She packed a lot into the allotted time. I wish we had longer. I wish I had taken notes. I wish I had take pictures. What can I say, I was caught up in the moment.  I did manage to take some notes during the Fearless Writing Workshop on Sunday. We did two exercises, and, I got my power ring! The techniques she shared are timeless and priceless.

Read her books, check out her blog Zestful Writing, check her out in the Writer’s Digest magazine/ezine. Run, don’t walk.  If you have a book in you, she will help you get it out!  But mostly, read her books, and if you have a chance to hear her speak, don’t miss it!  Oh, and she has mean arms and forearms(I used to say ‘guns’, but somehow, these days, I feel uncomfortable with that), too.  Sorry, Elizabeth, I couldn’t resist. LOL

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We sold books in the vendor room. It was my birthday, and I read from my book Glimpses of a Fractured Soul, which was printed on my birthday (close) last year, as a surprise. I would not trade Regal crest Enterprises for anything. Okay, okay, Cathy, I would trade them for Blue Beacon Books. Anyway, One of the writers got me a chocolate muffin(thanks, RJ), stuck a lead pencil on top, and sang happy birthday to me. Right in the middle of the vendor room. How grand is that! oh, and Trinka got me a MYLAR balloon, lol. Thanks Trinka!  I hope you and Mary are enjoying the book.

Again, I was totally engaged, and got very few pictures. Actually, I’m beginning to think that is a good thing. I did however get pictures with this wonderful lady! Jillian Reed did a wonderful review of my book for ProSuzy. You can find it there, on my author page, or on Amazon. At the end of that review, she stated that one day she would meet me. She DID! I am overjoyed to make the aquaintance. In the first picture I have her review pulled up on my author page. I now. I’m such a geek/nerd/whatever. LOL I really thank her for her beautiful words about Glimpses. Check them out, as well as the other reviews, if you get a chance!  …oh, and the book, too. LOL

I do wish I had made a video, or done the reading aloud. Wait, I think I might have a snippet from Ptown. 

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…nope. Maybe next time.

OfSorts: DEMONS SHEMONS

OfSorts: DEMONS SHEMONS – (a review, of sorts)

Author: K.B. DRAPER

http://www.kbdraper.com

A delightful, well-written, lighthearted, and humorous romp!

I am not a person who normally reads about demons and devils and such. In fact, I almost missed out on one of my favorite book series because it had ‘devil’ in the title. I admit to being a bit of a prude, and a scaredycat. What can I say?

I am happy to report, I was not overly anxious(most of the time), and I laughed… a LOT.

Demons SHEmons is a cauldron of genres, seasoned with romance, and spiced with humor and tension. It was, for me, a fun and easy read.

P.S. For those keeping track of such things, this was a very ‘clean’ read. I only noticed two dropped words, and one transposed word.  That’s almost immaculate! (I’m beginning to think dropped words are a rite of passage for writers. Rarely do I find a book without at least one, lol.) Kudos to the author and to the editor.

The book blurb:

Most people come home with a window sticker, a shot glass, or a bottle opener cleverly disguised as a key chain from their summer vacations, not Addison Jo Mattox (a.k.a. AJ, if you want to keep your front teeth). Nope, instead of hitting a three-for-ten T-shirt shop like a good tourist, AJ drunkenly stumbled into a sacred Native American Indian ritual and accidentally inherited an ancient hunter spirit.

Now AJ, the hunter spirit, whom she lovingly named Norm, and Danny, Norm’s rightful heir, wander the country fighting demons that escape from Hell to enjoy this world’s lavish all-you-can-eat soul buffet.

A national park in Mississippi is the next stop on their traveling shit show because someone or something (spoiler alert: it’s totally a demon) is killing residents of a nearby small town. But demons aren’t the only thing AJ and Danny have to contend with this go around. Throw in a self-righteous, holier-than-thou reverend, his dick-for-brains son, a not-so-sure-what-side-of-the-law-she’s-on sheriff and a super-sexy, do-jiggly-things-to-your-naughty-bits park ranger and well, AJ just might find herself in a battle that she’s not prepared for … love.

Turbulence by E.J. Noyes

Here’s something to get you into the mood for celebration, … and reading!

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My Review

This wasn’t the story I was expecting when I started ‘Turbulence’ but I must say it really caught me hook, line and sinker and I could’t put it down.

Isabelle Rhodes is a very successful and wealthy co-owner of one of the best stockbroking companies in New York. She travels frequently and when her new pilot on her private jet, Audrey Graham, also turns out to be the one night stand from the night before, she starts to panic. Isabelle cannot stop thinking about Audrey and their night together and it seems Audrey can’t either. They formulate a no strings arrangement but when the chemistry is this good, is it every that easy?

The book is written completely in from Isabelle’s point of view. This style is not always my favourite style of writing but E.J Noyes seems to really nail it just like she did in her…

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