IN 2013 RAINBOW AWARDS
Is it wrong, shallow, or selfish for me to be completely thrilled that AFTERMATH is a finalist in the Contemporary Lesbian Fiction category of the 2013 Rainbow Awards?
It is true that there were times where the effort it took for me to write AFTERMATH was as taxing as attempting to run a marathon in lead boots. In the short space of a year, I lost my sister and my father—and experienced other life changes that were nearly as volatile, and continue to be as far-reaching in their effects.
On personal level, it is the companion volume to how a few more modest storms changed my life while I was writing it.
So…AFTERMATH is not so much a sequel to JERICHO as it is a look inside it—a peek at what happens between the pages, beneath the hood, and behind the curtain. It is the journal of my love affair with a small town, and all of the quirky people who live there, not just the lesbians.
AFTERMATH was a finalist for the GCLS Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, and in the Dramatic/General Fiction Category. The 2013 Rainbow Awards will be announced on December 8, 2013.
COMING IN 2014, the thrid book in the Jericho Series, PATRIARCH:
On the afternoon of July 4th, Gerald Watson, the rat-bastard mayor of Jericho is found dead in the shallow waters of the New River. Was it an accident, homicide, or act of self-defense? In the weeks leading up to, and following this event, Syd, Maddie, David, Michael, Roma Jean and the townspeople of this tiny mountain hamlet confront the ghosts of fathers past and present. PATRIARCH is a taut tale full of unsuspecting alliances, darkly hidden hostilities, and shocking intrigues. Book three in the Jericho Series combines all of this with the characteristic irreverence and quirky humor that characterize life in a small southern community where love is writ large, and sin runs blood deep.