Sweet Summertime

I hope you’re enjoying a few lazy late summer days!

Down here in the Deep South the sticky-hot weather encourages a slower pace. Even my garden is slowing down in the oppressive heat. Fortunately, the farmer’s market is still in full swing and providing opportunity to savor the rich bounty of the summer harvest. Perhaps where you live the peaches are ripe and you’re enjoying a juicy summer pleasure. Why do I mention peaches? Well, read my reminiscence in the GCLS membership spotlight and you’ll understand.

I was honored to be asked to write an essay for the GCLS (Golden Crown Literary Society) Membership Spotlight. In case you don’t know, GCLS is the leading lesbian-themed literary organization for editors, publishers, readers, writers, and friends/supporters. They offer so much to our community from networking to learning opportunities. Learn more about it here.

Want to hang out on Friday…?

Join me and other amazing Bold Strokes Books authors for a discussion about balancing realistic events with the very real need for escapism in the stories we tell, and how the current state of the world has affected our writing process. Followed by Q & A.

Friday, May 15th @ 6 pm EST

REGISTER HERE

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Authors:
Jean Copeland, Maggie Cummings, Julie Tizard,
Kelly Wacker, and Jessica L. Webb

Moderator:
Melissa Brayden

This event is part of Curve magazine’s virtual festival and is presented by Bold Strokes Books

Aspen in Moonlight on sale!

You’ll find my Goldie Award nominated book, Aspen in Moonlight, on sale now until midnight on Wednesday, April 13th, along with many other nominated titles from Bold Strokes Books.
Stay home, save lives…and read!
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Rub a dub dub, a black bear in a tub.

If you’ve read Aspen in Moonlight, you know I love bears. I saw this video yesterday and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

This is what happiness looks like. Watching this video, I marvel at how human-like Takoda, the bear, appears. Perhaps instead I should be intrigued by how bear-like we humans can be.

Takoda, by the way, is an orphaned black bear from Montana who was deemed unsafe to be returned to the wild. Human-food habituated bears become deemed “nuisance animals” and they often end up being killed as relocation efforts frequently fail. He’s been residing at the Oregon Zoo since 2010 where he was named Takoda, which means “friend” in the Lakota Sioux language, in honor of his homeland.

Did you know many zoos are struggling because of covid-19 closures? You might want to reach out to your local accredited zoological park or aquarium and see what you can do to help. The animals and their caretakers depend on us.