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My menopausal werewolf novel, SILVER MOON, originally came out in 2012. It got some decent reviews, including one in Publisher's Weekly. It debuted at WisCon and John Scalzi let me do a Big Idea post the weekend of the con and a lot of people bought it ("a lot" by small press standards). I talked to a number of book clubs, got on several podcasts and got generally kind responses. The book was a finalist for the first ever Bisexual Book Awards in the Speculative Fiction Category and a finalist for the Goldie Awards for Lesbian Literature in the Science Fiction and Category.

Then my life went to hell in a handbasket for a while. The planned sequel got sidetracked. I broke up with my previous publisher due to irreconcilable differences. Hurricane Mom descended, with the resulting impacts to time, money, energy and sanity. I nearly signed a three book contract for a different series, which got planned out with proposals and all, and then didn't happen because the publisher imploded. Plus, you know, stuff.

Fast forward to 2017, when the world is falling apart, but my personal universe is limping along, so far. I've finally gotten the small press that I've been working on for the last two years off the ground. Queen of Swords Press is about to release its third title; I'm working my way through my backlist (1 novel, 90 short stories, etc.) as well as some stories and books that haven't been released yet. Once I understand a few things a bit better, I'll open up to some submissions and we'll see how it goes. Starting with my backlist enables me to do some fundraising at the same time that I promote my own writing and learn how to do some stuff. So it works out all around, hopefully.

Which brings us back to SILVER MOON. So this was my first published novel. Hell, it was even my first completed novel. I developed it from an earlier novella and I pantsed like a wild thing through it. I had some great ideas, some not great ideas and some "I'm totally getting back to this" moments that never happened. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in miscellaneous problems, some of which got called out in reviews and discussions with readers (my sincere apologies for the more egregious issues). What's new in this version? There's a new cover by Terry Roy (who I heartily recommend). It's about 3300 words longer than the original. I changed a character name and a couple of scenes. I fixed typos and added more description and hopefully, more depth and much better transitions. Is it still basically the same story? Yep. Did I add smoking hot sex scenes between Becca and Erin? Nope. That wasn't the story I set out to write and shoehorning them into this book wouldn't have worked. On the bright side, now I have the outline for BLOOD MOON, the long-intended sequel, in my head and will be getting back to it forthwith. There's a third book that I'm contemplating as well. So, basically, things are going to back to where they should have been in late 2012, only I've written a lot more since then and am arguably a better writer. I completed a different novel in the meantime and have done a bunch of writing on another, so there'll be more books soon.

And we'll see how things go from there. Many thanks for the folks who believed in me and my werewolves and have been encouraging me all along! You rock!

Also, I should note that the ebook versions of both SILVER MOON and OUT OF THIS WORLD; QUEER SPECULATIVE FICTION STORIES will be featured in a Pride month Storybundle featuring works by Melissa Scott and other fine writers so please stay tuned for updates.
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Silver Moon is a @goldencrownls Goldie Award finalist for SF/F/H! #lesfic #sff #awards

Which makes it my 5th book to final for these particular awards (2 winners thus far). All in all, a lovely way to start my Tuesday. :-D
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Woke up this morning to learn that The Rainbow Reader review blog had named "Silver Moon" to the year's best reads list, and gave it the spontaneously created "Maude Findlay Best Menopausal Storyline in Lesbian Fiction" Award. I love a reviewer with a sense of humor -

The rest of the week has included going to the Queer Voices Reading Series with author Rachel Gold on Tuesday. Heard some interesting pieces and got to enjoy Rachel's company at Barbette afterward, so a fine time all around. Last night, Jana, Mr. Matt and I were off to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for an evening of Tudor munchies, wandering Shakespearian actors (from the Cromulent Shakespeare Company) and an all female band called "L'Assassins." Because really, how could we skip this? :-)
The Tudor munchies were excellent - I particularly enjoyed the gooseberry and gooseberry tart from Patisserie 46. Now I just need to find a local source for gooseberries; I bet they make excellent jam. L'Assassins were a bit too rockabilly for me but were pretty entertaining while wandering about looking at the art. One of the actors was someone we'd seen in a couple of shows so I trotted up to her and told her how much we had enjoyed her performance in...a show she hadn't been in! Sigh. Fortunately, I did remember the other shows we'd seen her in and she was very gracious about it ("oh thank you! I wish I'd been in that one." :-) And we'll be seeing her onstage again next weekend when we go to Hardcover Theater's Christmas Ghost Stories show at Bryant Lake Bowl. We never did find the Tudor recipe swap, but ended up leaving the museum gift shop with a CD of music inspired by the Battle of Trafalga (because I'm a Regency nerd. What can I say? :-) and a cookbook of Reniassance recipes for the modern kitchen. Should be entertaining.

In any case, here's wishing everyone a delightful series of holidays and a wonderous 2013 to come!
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Werewolf blogger David Jon Fuller highlights 2012 werewolf fandom, including a shoutout for "Silver Moon."

I've been enjoying Rachel Deering's "Anathema" and looking forward to reading "Wolf Girls" - all definitely worth checking out. I also want to track down the new werewolfish movie, "Jack and Diane."
As for Howl Con, it's a tempting thought for next year. :-)
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Which would be the Advocate's feed for women. I'm so very pleased - huge thanks to Diane Anderson-Minshall for featuring different writers (check out Lee Lynch's excerpt right before mine) from several different publishers. :-D

And in totally unrelated news, the house next door to ours is up for
sale. We would love to have neighbors that we liked again, it's been awhile. So far, we've been running about 50/50 on love/hate relationships with a string of renters and some of the "likes" have just been too quiet to be noticeable.  At any rate, please spread the word if you know anyone who's looking.

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This time on the topic of marketing Silver Moon, complete with what I did by way of planning and all that good stuff, on author and editor Deborah J. Ross' blog. Deborah is the author and editor of numerous Darkover-related works as well as lively swashbuckling tales in her own universes (check out the Lace and Blade books that she edited). Once you've marveled at my guest post ("What? She has more to say about that book? Really?"), check out Deborah's serialized version of her novel Jaydium.

In other news, am home with a migraine and lingering clogged ear, though the infection has cleared up. Bleah. Posting during the intervals when my head will let me. More ice...

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Got a nice surprise this morning - the writing site Red Room ( is featuring Silver Moon as a title to be read today. Not sure how long they keep it on that list but very pleased that it got selected (they tend to weight toward literary novels).
I also just finished a new guest blog on marketing and promoting my first novel - just waiting to hear back from the owner of said blog to make sure we're good to go before I plug it. Right after I sent that in, I saw my sales figures for the first half of the year, which were decent but not as high as I hoped. If I compare them to the last half of 2011, they're very close. If I compare to the first half of 2011, my books are doing much better. The difference being that Night's Kiss sold like the proverbial hotcakes last year, not so much this year. Moon is doing better than Kiss did per month, though. But like most authors, I tend to hope that massive amounts of work put into publicity = direct impact on sales even though I know better and I know it takes awhile (and sometimes, never happens). What I am seeing is big increase in library catalogues which include Moon (17 at last count as compared to 9 libraries with Hellebore and Rue) and nifty things like the Red Room list and the news that it will be included in Hannah Kate's new scholarly study of female werewolves (also check out her new anthology of female werewolf stories - In any case, word of mouth is a huge help, so if you liked the book, please tell your friends.

And remember that my wolf conservation fundraiser is still going on:
I going to change the terms so that if you donate, you get to pick from amongst the prizes. I'll do a drawing if more than one person wants the same thing.



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I woke up to a nice review of "Silver Moon" at Lambda Literary Reviews this morning and am, by and large quite pleased.

What follows is general commentary, not specific or unique to this review, which I think is a perfectly nice review and which I will be thanking the reviewer for in a few minutes.

I will admit to some frustration about the need expressed here and elsewhere for all genre books with LGBT or Q characters to be romantic and/or erotic. If you write genre, it seems like it has to contain these elements to sell, to be seriously considered for awards, to get glowing reviews. And I gotta ask - are we nothing more than our sexual identities? Not everyone comes out of the closet in a blaze of glory and falls madly (and successfully) in love with the first other queer person they meet. I realize that's the ideal but it feels like there was more leeway a few years back for telling stories that were about a range of queer experience, possibly even not romantic things. One of my all time favorite books is Ellen Galford's "The Fires of Bride," which is, in part, about falling out of love with a person and in love with a place. It's a brilliant book. But I suspect it didn't sell worth a damn and it certainly didn't win any awards. I'm not sure that it would have been published by most of the current LGBT publishers and that strikes me as a damn shame (Firebrand Books did a bunch of risk-taking terrific books like this one, well worth tracking down). Personally, I have a hard time reading the more formulaic queer romances but I understand why other folks find them comforting and appealing. But I don't think they should be the only stories out there, not by a long shot. I want me some nuance and I hope that's what I'm writing.
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It has been about 6 weeks since Silver Moon came out and it has been a whirlwind, much of it quite fun and a fair amount of it fairly exhausting. I knew I was going to be really, really busy but this was well beyond what I anticipated. It doesn't help that in my head, I'm still 35 or so and can just roll with no sleep, lots of travel, a stressful day job and a huge amount of publicity. It's tougher as you get closer to 50, just saying.

So here's the recap of what's been going on so far:
I started well before the book release. ARCS turned up at the beginning of April. I contacted over 25 review sites, book blogs, radio shows, podcasts and related events, and did a Goodreads giveaway. This is not including the venues Lethe contacted.
In late April, Silver Moon and A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories were nominated for the
2012 Over the Rainbow List.
On April 28th, Publisher's Weekly reviewed
Silver Moon and said nice things.
May 2, I did a guest blog for the Skiffy and Fanty Show on "Writing Silver Moon and Menopausal Werewolves."
May 8th, I was interviewed by author Tracy S. Morris - "Menopause and the Single Werewolf: Ten Questions with Catherine Lundoff, Author of Silver Moon"
May 19th, I was on the road and reading in Chicago at
Women and Children First Bookstore.
May 22nd, I was reading in Milwaukee at
Outwords Books, Coffee and Gifts.
May 23rd, I was
interviewed by blogger David Jon Fuller on As You Were: Metal. Mayhem. Monsters for #Werewolf Wednesday.
May 24th, my
Big Idea post on Silver Moon ran on John Scalzi's Whatever.
May 25th, I was at WisCon doing a book release at the Outer Alliance Party.
May 26th, I was still at WisCon, doing a reading with Outer Alliance.
June 4th, I was a guest on the Skiffy and Fanty Show
Podcast, talking about modern influences on fantasy.
June 5th, I read from Silver Moon for the Broad Universe Broadpod
Podcast for Pride Month.
June 16th, I was at the
GCLS Conference moderating a panel on lesbian shapeshifters.
June 21st, I did a release reading with author Jessie Chandler at
Magers & Quinn Booksellers.
June 23rd, I did a panel on...something at
4th Street Fantasy.

Silver Moon was reviewed on several book blogs and zines, of which the most recent was at
Out in Print.
I am currently finishing up a guest blog post for
Beyond Romance and will need to record a new podcast reading for Broadpod, this one from A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories, this weekend. Then it's CONvergence, a week off, then Write On! Radio. Then 2 weeks off, then Diversicon. And eventually Worldcon and the sundry other things I've committed to.

Huge thanks to everyone who's hosted me and bought books and said nice things so far. It's made it all very worthwhile and giving me enough energy (kind of) to make it through the next few events. But next time I have a first novel out, I'm taking 2 months off from work to promote it. :-)

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You know those reviews that just make your week (if you're a writer)? "Silver Moon" just got one like that at Out in Print. :-D
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Publishers Weekly mentioned Silver Moon AGAIN today, this time in the article Small Towns, Big Sales: Focus on Romance 2012. Am feeling very, very fortunate. I must admit that in my head, Silver Moon is sort of a cousin of paranormal, rather than setting up shop there, but I'm totally open to some crossover. Then again, it ended up in the Paranormal/Horror category for the Rainbow Awards, while A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories is in SF/F, so we'll see how that goes.

In other publication news, Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire, edited by Paula Guran, will be out from Prime Books this week. It includes my story "The Snake Woman's Lover," which is not an LGBTQ story and is in the dark fantasy/verging on horror vein. The TOC for this book is...let's just say it's an honor to be chosen: Leiber,Lee, Cadigan, Constantine, Poe, de Lint, and it just keeps going on into squee meltdown. Follow the link to see them all and the very striking cover. :-D

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At Whatever -

It's been really interesting to do so many guest blogs about "Silver Moon" back-to-back like this. I'm having to think a lot more about my writing process and how to explain it to other people than I've ever had to do before. I think that in the next week or so, I'll try and come up with a coherent post on the good and bad sides of that, but for now, yay, Big Idea! :-D

And we are safely arrived at The Concourse. WisCon coming up.
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To kick off #werewolfwednesday, werewolf blogger extraordinaire David Jon Fuller interviews me at his blog As You Were: Metal, Monsters, Mayhem ( I just love saying that).

Last night's reading at
Outwords Books was fun - another small, but enthusiastic audience. People have been buying Silver Moon, for which I am wildly grateful, but it would be nice to see a few more faces at the readings. Outwords is a terrific store - and they now have signed copies of Silver Moon in stock, so if you couldn't make it last night but want to get a copy, please make Carl's day and pick one up over there. I'm quite jealous that Milwaukee and Chicago still have great LGBTQ bookstores and the Twin Cities no longer does.

Took a stroll down to the lake yesterday and wandered by the Milwaukee Art Museum, which was delightful. Today's expedition will be some bookstores downtown and tea at Watt's Tea Shop, as soon as we get it together. The weather's been lovely, the County Clare is charming, and breakfast at The Eatery on Farwell was excellent (huge thanks to our house/cat sitters who make it all possible). Tomorrow, it's off to Madison for the joys of WisCon. Huzzah!

Update on the Amazon situation: I talked to 4 people who preordered and 2 already had their books,1 was told it was being shipped and the other was told she had the option of canceling since they didn't have the book! I tried talking to Amazon directly and they were utterly useless. My publisher has worked out a temporary solution as of this AM so we're hoping there will no more snafus. At any rate, they do apparently have the book, even though they say they don't.

It's HERE!

May. 15th, 2012 07:38 pm
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In the sense of being a supergrainy iPhone photo of a box of books. But it is my book and I am thrilled! :-D

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My debut novel is unleashed upon the world. Kindle and ebook now, print later on this week :-D
Amazon -

And AllRomanceEbooks -

It's also available for download from the Lethe Press website -

Now the fun begins. :-)

Happy #werewolfwednesday!
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is always difficult, at least if you're really risking something. Sending your work out into the world to face rejection is a tough road. Sending your work out for reviews can be even harder. Then there's the joy of self-promotion, in which you have to ask people for things. Sometimes, they ask you, which is nice. But if you're new or small press or just new to a given market, you'll get to do a lot of asking. I have my ups and downs with it, both the asking and the results. But today, the asking paid off. I get to do a Big Idea post for Silver Moon on Whatever, author John Scalzi's blog! This is huge, since he gets a phenomenal amount of traffic. I am very grateful to him for sharing some of his bandwidth and taking some of the rest of us along for the ride. And I'm even more grateful that all I had to do to get this to happen was to send him the information he requested, in the time frame he requested, and ask.

(Of course, a few hours later when I was still OMGing about this opportunity, my publisher pinged me re: a certain other very large book blog and their interest in Moon in the wake of the PW review and my immediate reaction was, "No! They'll pull the wings off! It hasn't flown yet!"). Which just goes to show you that writers are pretty tightly wound and not necessarily well-grounded. Yes, the book got sent.


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