Women of Stampede series round-up!

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The Calgary Stampede for this year may be over, but the 7 books by the 7 authors of the Women of Stampede series are still in your local bookstore, and available to devour, one right after the other!

I had a great time with the Women of Stampede and our series of books. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, with promotional events at Fort Calgary for the Stampede Invitational BBQ, and the pre-parade Stampede breakfast, the launch of the series at Owl’s Nest Books, and signings at various Chapters/Indigo locations in the Calgary area.

I also was featured in my local newspaper, the Cochrane Eagle! (Cochrane author releases Stampede love story)

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Will there be other books in the series? We haven’t decided yet. It might be fun to keep this up! But in the meantime, check out the Women of Stampede Facebook group and the Women of Stampede website for more information. All the books are available online (Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, etc.) and also at Alberta Chapters/Indigo stores in paperback!

Betting on Second Chances is my contribution to the series, and the blurb is below!

CoverFinalLG-BettingOnSecondChancesOlivia Tate doesn’t want anyone knowing about her secret passion, especially her parents, who have always had their own strict ideas about her future and career. Not even her best friend knows how much she wants to chuck it all in and become a touring musician. She’s never played guitar for an audience, but it’s not entirely stage fright holding her back. Her parents have done everything for her, and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. But the need can’t be denied, and when she meets a familiar biker guy during the rush of Stampede, a guy with similar passions to her own, she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Will Fraser has never expected happily ever after. Being in foster care had taken that out of him right quick, and his few attempts at relationships…the less said the better. But when he sees his old high school crush at a Stampede pancake breakfast, all those feelings flood back and he realizes how much he wants that chance.

Come to the Sultry & Sweet Summer Reads Festival on June 24th! It’s FREE!

Do you believe in true love? Til death do us part, sticky-SWEET love?

How about… hot, sweaty, SULTRY love?

… especially when it takes place between the pages of a book?

Well, have we got a party for you!

Come down to Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary) between 12-4pm on Sunday June 24th! It’s FREE! 

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Get your summer off to a HOT start by diving into sultry and sweet love stories with Calgary’s first romance reader festival! Come celebrate the romance novel and get up close and personal with some of the steamiest (and sweetest) local authors in the genre!

author sightings and signings ENTERTAINMENT prizes GAMES books FAB PERFORMERS
including NAKED GIRLS READING (but they’ll be clothed)
the sensational spoken word poet MEL VEE
DANIELLE FRENCH performing from Miss Scarlett and the Madmen (REALLY!!)
“she’s a night on the town you’ll never forget” MANHATTAN WILDE
did we mention BOOKS also SURPRISES

Featured local authors include B.C. Deeks, Nancy M. Bell, Bernice Bohnet, Victoria Chatham, M. Jane Colette, Shaa Dickson, Amy Jo Fleming, Tina Griffith, Rayanne Haines, Jenna Howard, Jilly Jaxx, Shelley Kassian, Elizabeth Kelly, Gwen Knight, Kymber Morgan, Jan O’Hara, Katie O’Connor, Alyssa Linn Palmer, Jude Pittman, Mahrie G. Reid, Brenda Sinclair, Melanie Standford, Suzanne Stengl, Billie Turner, A. M. Westerling, and Sasha White.

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Betting on Second Chances is available for pre-order! Get yourself some second-chance romance!

CoverFinalLG-BettingOnSecondChancesHi everyone,

I’m proud to announce that my latest book, Betting on Second Chances, is available for pre-order on Amazon!

>>Pre-order here<<

Olivia Tate doesn’t want anyone knowing about her secret passion, especially her parents, who have always had their own strict ideas about her future and career. Not even her best friend knows how much she wants to chuck it all in and become a touring musician. She’s never played guitar for an audience, but it’s not entirely stage fright holding her back. Her parents have done everything for her, and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. But the need can’t be denied, and when she meets a familiar biker guy during the rush of Stampede, a guy with similar passions to her own, she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Will Fraser has never expected happily ever after. Being in foster care had taken that out of him right quick, and his few attempts at relationships…the less said the better. But when he sees his old high school crush at a Stampede pancake breakfast, all those feelings flood back and he realizes how much he wants that chance.

Have Betting on Second Chances on your Kindle on May 15th, and check out the rest of the Women of Stampede series!

Check out the Women of Stampede website and saddle up for the ride! The Women of Stampede will lasso your hearts!

If you love romance novels with a western flair, look no further than the Women of Stampede Series. Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton authors have teamed up to create seven contemporary romance novels loosely themed around The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth… the Calgary Stampede.

Among our heroes and heroines, you’ll fall in love with innkeepers, country singers, rodeo stars, barrel racers, chuckwagon drivers, trick riders, Russian Cossack riders, western-wear designers and bareback riders. And we can’t forget our oil executives, corporate planners, mechanics, nursing students and executive chefs.

We have broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken spirits to mend, along with downed fences and shattered relationships. Big city lights. Small town nights. And a fabulous blend of city dwellers and country folk for your reading pleasure.

Best of all, hearts are swelling with love, looking for Mr. or Miss Right and a happily ever after ending.

Seven fabulous books from seven fabulous authors featuring a loosely connected theme – The Calgary Stampede.

>>Pre-order here<<

New series coming soon! The WOMEN OF STAMPEDE are here!

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Howdy Readers!

Saddle up for the ride! The Women of Stampede will lasso your hearts!

If you love romance novels with a western flair, look no further than the Women of Stampede series. Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton authors have teamed up to create seven contemporary romance novels loosely themed around The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth… the Calgary Stampede.

Among our heroes and heroines, you’ll fall in love with innkeepers, country singers, rodeo stars, barrel racers, chuckwagon drivers, trick riders, Russian Cossack riders, western-wear designers and bareback riders. And we can’t forget our oil executives, corporate planners, mechanics, nursing students and executive chefs.

We have broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken spirits to mend, along with downed fences and shattered relationships. Big city lights. Small town nights. And a fabulous blend of city dwellers and country folk for your reading pleasure.

Best of all, hearts are swelling with love, looking for Mr. or Miss Right and a happily ever after ending.

Seven fabulous books from seven fabulous authors (including me!) featuring a loosely connected theme – The Calgary Stampede.

Coming this June to a bookseller near you!

Happy new year! (and year in review)

MidnightAtTheOrpheusI hope everyone has had a lovely holiday season, and that your 2018 will be all you wish it to be!

2017 was a year full of ups and downs for me, personally and professionally. In late 2016, I found out that Midnight at the Orpheus had won a Rainbow Award for best bisexual fiction. I was delighted, especially as that book had been one that I’d been told was too complicated and should be either a lesbian romance or a mystery. So to have it win, and in its original form, was satisfying.

In February, I presented with M Jane Colette at Owl’s Nest Books, with “More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Reading and Writing Romance and Erotica in the Age of Plentiful Cyber Porn.” I was sick with a horrible cold, but the evening was fabulous, with a good turnout and great participation from the audience. (We even included our parents! And they didn’t seem to mind too much!)

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I also contributed to the collection SCREW CHOCOLATE, adding a new Alex and Vee story to the lexicon. I highly recommend it, and if you want more Alex and Vee, my favourite May-December lesbian romance, check out my free reads and Vee: Volume One.

Most of my year was a quiet one in terms of my writing. I spent time with my Calgary Romance Writers of America chapter, attending two workshops, one with Eve Silver in the spring, and one with Marie Force and Joanna Mackenzie in the fall. Both were interesting and gave me ideas for new works.

WWCIn August, I attended When Words Collide conference in Calgary, and M Jane Colette and I adapted our presentation for More Than a Guilty Pleasure. It was fantastic, and again, great participation from the audience. I am always nervous with panels and presentations, but having such a great and amazingly inspiring friend like M Jane gets me out of my comfort zone. We might do a panel or presentation next year too, and though my stomach roils at the thought of being in front of so many people, I know we’ll have a good time, and hopefully educate and engage at the same time.

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And then, oh my goodness. Thanks to the awesome Naked Girls Reading, who in November, read scenes from Midnight at the Orpheus during their performances at the Taboo! Sex Show. Nothing quite like a brand new audience, and to hear my words being read aloud, performed, by amazing naked women. Many thanks to Keely Kamikaze (and M Jane for introducing us!)

To round off my writing, I have a short piece in the YYC Queer Writers collection entitled Queer Christmas in Cowtown. The book was curated by M Jane, and though I missed the launch at Owl’s Nest (darn illness), I was delighted to hear that the book had sold out at launch, and made it into Calgary’s top-selling non-fiction book list! If you haven’t picked it up yet, please do, because all royalties go towards Camp Fyrefly.

19693834_10154423428025989_6666647511696427711_oIn my personal life, I was definitely busy. Tony and I moved to our new place at the end of March and rented out my condo in Calgary. In the last ten years or so, I’ve moved probably five times (or maybe more) and it’s hectic and busy and nutty every time. And somehow I always end up with more books, clothes, and other things that I don’t know what to do with. But with Tony’s help, I managed to reduce my book collection, donate a bunch of stuff, and get everything ready to go. It was worth it though, as we’re happily settled in our new home and I’ve never felt so content.

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2017 was also a year of some losses, some incredibly difficult ones. My cats, Pandora and Zowie, who I’d had since they were six weeks old in 1998, both passed away due to kidney disease. They had been with me for 18 (and in Zowie’s case, almost 19) years, and thus more than half my life. To have to say goodbye was tough, and it’s still painful, though getting better. I’m glad that I had support through the tough decisions.

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But, in other happier news, Tony and I adopted a Scottish deerhound puppy from Fernhill Deerhounds in Ontario. He was born in February and is now almost 11 months old. Byron joined us in mid-May, at 12 weeks old, and has grown like a weed. He joined our 10 year old greyhound, Arch, who was not too certain he wanted to have to teach a puppy his manners. And after Zowie passed away in October, we adopted a 5-year-old cat from the Cochrane Humane Society, named Norton. So if you’re keeping track, that’s a household of two people, two dogs (Arch & Byron), and three cats (Percy, Bismarck, and Norton) as we go into the new year.

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Coming up next year are a few exciting things, including a secret project which you will learn about in a few months… I can’t say any more yet! :)

And last but not least, I want to thank a number of people, without whom this year wouldn’t have been what it was. To my parents and family for all their support; to my friend and crit partner Cathy Pegau, who is amazing and thoughtful and a great writer too; to my CaRWA friends and chapter buddies, who are a great support and inspiration; to M Jane Colette for pushing me to do more stuff; and most of all to Tony, who makes every day better.

A little late, but I’m in the anthology Queer Christmas in Cowtown!

queer-christmas-in-cowtown-kindleCurated by M Jane Colette, this is a collection of non-fiction stories by YYC Queer Writers. It was #8 on the Calgary non-fiction bestsellers list last week!

A baker’s dozen of queer Christmas stories for the twelve days of Christmas. An exercise in writing—storytelling—story finishing—and story sharing.

The writers were asked to write “true” and “queer.” (Also, short. Because, shiny things!) Their interpretations of these instructions are as marvellously unique—and queer—and true—as they are.

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and all royalties go to Camp Fyrefly, “Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, asexual, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The camp provides a space for youth to explore their identity, build resilience and enhance self-esteem, all while having an awesome camp experience. Participants return home with a support network of positive friendships, trusted adult mentors, and an empowered sense of self.” 

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Midnight at the Orpheus is $2.99 for 24hrs only!

MidnightAtTheOrpheusFrom midnight EST on October 14th, my book Midnight at the Orpheus is on sale at the Bold Strokes Books webstore for only $2.99! If you haven’t picked it up yet, now is the time! 

Chicago, the Roaring Twenties. Cecilia Mills is new to town and struggling to survive. Her world is turned upside down when she falls for gangster Franky Greco’s moll Nell Prescott. Working at The Orpheus dance hall thanks to Nell, Cecilia becomes known as CeeCee and rubs elbows with gangsters and the city’s elite, and she and Nell hide their affair from Greco. 

Patrick Sheridan is fresh out of prison and bent on revenge, with Greco in the crosshairs. He gets a job as CeeCee’s bodyguard, and despite her infatuation with Nell, love blossoms between CeeCee and Sheridan. When Sheridan sees his chance, thanks to a disillusioned cop seeking his own revenge, he must choose where his loyalties lie as CeeCee and Nell are caught in the middle. 

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Betting on Love is $2.99 for one day only!

Betting on Love 300 DPIPick it up at Bold Strokes Books, any ebook format for $2.99! (June 12 only)

Land poor, Elly leaves the family farm and heads to the big city to become something better than a waitress in a small-town diner. Though she’s succumbed to economic necessity and the siren song of her one-time lover, Alex, she can’t bear to give up the farm that has been in her family for generations. As much as she wants to, she can’t have everything she desires, and she’ll have to decide what is more important: the past or the future.

Alex has always been a daredevil, up for anything, never tying herself down to anyone. When she falls head over heels for quiet Elly, everyone’s surprised, no one more than her best friend and occasional lover, Will. As things heat up between them, Elly must choose between her past and her future, and Alex is faced with a decision that will shake her to the core of all she holds dear.

Betting on Love & Midnight at the Orpheus are on sale!

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For a limited time only, Bold Strokes is having a 25% off sale on selected ebooks! Get Betting on Love and Midnight at the Orpheus before 11:59pm on 16 May!

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