I’m going on (virtual) tour!

Join me June 8-21 as I hop around the interwebz to visit these great blogs to talk about Grrrls on the Side. You’ll get exclusive content, giveaways and more! And don’t forget to follow #GRRRLSTour on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter for even more angry ’90s feminist shenanigans!

8 June A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet
8 June Diverse Reader
8 June The Novel Approach
9 June Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
12 June Unquietly Me
13 June Just Love Reviews
15 June Molly Lolly
16 June From Top to Bottom Reviews
19 June Parker Williams
21 June Sweet Fiction Silhouette

Riot Grrrls and Trigger Warnings

My novel Grrrls on the Side, (Duet, June 8, 2017), takes place during the Riot Grrrl movement of the early to mid-’90s. The young women who considered themselves Riot Grrrls were feminists, activists and artists. They participated in the punk scene, created zines, marched on Washington, spoke out about rape culture, and demanded to be heard. But like many young women and teens, they were often derided for their choices and for daring to speak out.

It was an imperfect movement that was often criticized for its lack of intersectionality and ultimately fizzled out due to a lack of organization. But it was still important. Many young women found themselves through the friendships and values they formed as Riot Grrrls. Myself included. My feminism definitely has its roots in Riot Grrrl.

Because Riot Grrrl was (and still is) important to so many women, I knew I had to depict the experience with honesty and respect. That meant being realistic about what these “grrrls” talked about during their meetings. Unfortunately, for one in six American women, that probably meant talking about sexual assault. So it would be impossible to talk about feminism and Riot Grrrl without addressing that very real and important issue. But that doesn’t mean I should exploit the situation. Real people who have been sexually assaulted may read my book (I know of a couple who already have), and I owe it to them to treat their experiences with care because rape and other forms of sexual assault cause very real, lasting trauma. Just because it happens in real life and I wanted to reflect that in a novel, doesn’t mean that victims who might be harmed by reading about something so traumatic should have to read it. So I chose to include a trigger warning in the author’s note at the beginning of the book. Continue reading “Riot Grrrls and Trigger Warnings”

Authors After Dark and more!

I just got back from the final Authors After Dark con and I had so much fun I’ll be recovering for weeks. Special thanks to Stella Price and her staff for a great week! I also met some awesome fellow authors and hopefully picked up a few new readers.

While I was gone I was featured on some great blogs. Be sure to check these out and enter to win the great prizes at Joyfully Jay and Hart’s Romance Pulse.

At Joyfully Jay I talked about the portrayal of mental illness in my work and I’m offering a giveaway. I also recently got a 4.25-star review from them. Check it out!

At J. Scott Coatsworth’s blog I got to do a fun little interview where I reveal what year of my life I would live over again.

Finally, it’s Time Travel Romance Week at Hart’s Romance Pulse. Today I’m featured there, but there are a ton of other time travel authors for you to check out all week as well as some amazing giveaways!

Next up, I’m headed to Atlanta for the Decatur Book Festival and DragonCon. So stay tuned for more info.

(And yes, you can buy the bag pictured above. It’s currently available without my logo or with my logo.)

Visiting ‘Other Worlds’ through time travel

Time travel. It’s a frequently visited trope in science fiction because humans are fascinated with the idea of leaping through time on a whim. But what happens if the traveler in question has no control over it?

I’ve recently been rewatching the TV show Quantum Leap (1987-1993) and watching Dr. Sam Beckett “leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong” is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around.

And yet, our hero in this tale is hoping that he will eventually end up in his own time and in his own body. Time travel in fiction is rife with this theme. A person jumps through time and spends the rest of the movie, book or series trying to get back to where they started.

PresentTenseCoverI didn’t realize it as I was writing but that’s the story I wrote for Miles, the main character of In the Present Tense. Miles finds himself traveling along his own timeline, thanks to an unusual dissociative disorder. His younger self is trying desperately to reconnect with this first love, while his present-day self is trying to stay with his wife and cure his time travel condition. But really, he just wants to go back to where he started. Sound familiar?

If you love time travel with a romantic twist and mysterious villains who keep trying to thwart the hero’s plans, In the Present Tense might be just what you’re looking for.

As part of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s annual summer blog hop, I’m giving away an ebook copy to one lucky winner. Enter the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win my book and lots of other great prizes. Also check out the other blogs on the tour for more great scifi romance!

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On writing LGBTQ romance

Oh, I know you didn’t think I was done with the guest posts yet. 😉

Today I dropped by the Multiverses of Liza O’Connor to talk about the reasons I write LGBTQ romance. I’ll give you a little taste, but I think you’ll want to read the whole thing.

Nothing is outside the scope of human imagination. So why would it be a stretch to read about two men falling in love? Or two women?

It’s Pride Month and I’m showing my support and pride all month long. Join me and millions of others online using #LoveIsLove to show how all love is equal.