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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 06:03pm on 22/03/2015 under ,
 Title: D&G? You Mean Dead and Gone?
Author: Mary Griggs
Fandom: DWP
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2550
Summary: Miranda gets a little help from her friends when some designers trash talk families like hers.

Author’s Notes: Lauren Weisberger and 20th Century Fox are the owners; I'm just letting the ladies play in my sandbox for a while.

Story Prompt: Based on bsofthewest’s prompt following the news that Elton John had begun #BoycottDolceGabbana following their recent remarks in an interview. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/elton-john-boycotts-dolce-gabbana-over-ivf-baby-comments-1.2996757)


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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 04:19pm on 08/02/2015 under ,

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Bella Books authors spend a lot of time thinking about love of every kind -- more often than not, romantic love. Romance storytellers, after all, create women who win and keep their lady love's heart. But is real life anything like a book?


Leading up to Valentine's Day, Bella Books and Spinsters Ink authors are sharing real life romance in our lives.


Here is a link to my contribution:



Balloons, Roses and Cocoa Rub


Check out the blog for all the others! There are a number of great recipes with the posts!


Go to my author page to learn more about my published books and look forward to my next one, Bitter Heart, coming out later this year!

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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 07:29am on 13/07/2014 under
 The 10th Annual Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference is happening in Portland and the winners of the Goldies are:

Anthology:
Best Lesbian Romance by Radclyffe (ed.)
Beyond the Trail by Jae
Three by Ann McMan
 
Debut Author:
Exception to the Rule by Cindy Rizzo
In Between by Jane Hoppen
Laughing Down the Moon by Eva Indigo
 
Dramatic/General
Fiction:
In This Small Spot by Caren Werlinger
Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
Picking Up the Pieces by Brenda Adcock
 
Erotica:
At Her Feet by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Switching Gears by Rhavensfyre
Wild Girls, Wild Nights by Sacchi Green (ed.)
 
Historical Fiction:
Passion for Vengeance by Patty G. Henderson
Reflected Passion by Erica Lawson
Silver Wings by H.P. Munro
 
Mystery/Thriller:
Point of Betrayal by Ann Roberts
Turning on the Tide by Jenna Rae
Yellow Vengeance by Liz Bugg
 
Paranormal:
The Awakening by Yvonne Heidt
The Horde by Linda K. Silva
The Lone Hunt by L.L. Raand
 
Poetry:
Chopper! Chopper! by Veronica Reyes
Roses Read by Beth Mitchum (ed.)
The Finley Human Experience by Monique Finley   

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure:
Code of Honor by Radclyffe
Mountain Rescue: The Ascent by Sky Croft
The Gemini Deception by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy: 
Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau
Saving Morgan by MB Panichi
Shell Game by Benny Lawrence
 
Traditional Contemporary Romance:
Every Second Counts by D. Jackson Leigh
Homestead by Radclyffe
I Remember by Julie Cannon
 
Young Adult:
Orphan Maker by D. Jordan Redhawk
Secret City by Julia Watts
Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
 
Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award (Tie):
All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames
Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
 
Directors' Award:
Mary Griggs
 
Lee Lynch Classic Award:
Nancy Garden for Annie On My Mind
 
Trailblazer Award:
Judy Grahn

It was a magical night. Congratulations to all the winners!

Next year will be in New Orleans and I hope to see y'all there!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 08:17am on 24/04/2014 under
The nearly complete list of Golden Crown Literary Society Literary Award finalists are out and my novel, In the Midst of Tribulation, has been short listed in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Woot! Woot!

It is available in bookstores and directly from Bella Books - http://www.bellabooks.com/9781594933776-prod.html

There is still time to get tickets for the Portland Conference where the awards will be given. I'll be there to sign copies and to give hugs!

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Thanks so much to all my readers for your support! And a heartfelt congratulations to all the other finalists!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 09:03pm on 23/03/2014 under
 It is always a blast to find my books on the shelves of a bookstore — at Charis Books and More/Charis Circle.


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From the JEWEL Lesbian Fiction Book Club – Author Mary Griggs will join us in person at the book club to discuss “In The Midst Of Tribulation” on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Come meet Mary and discuss her exciting dystopian novel “In the Midst of Tribulation.”
Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.

The Jewel Lesbian Fiction Book Club meets at Illume at 4123 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, Texas 75219 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parking is available on the street, but watch for the No Parking signs.

Please bring books to swap (leave a book, take a book) or buy a book for $2. What a deal! The money from the book swaps helps to provide you this fantastic opportunity to interact with lesbian fiction authors.
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 10:05am on 16/12/2013 under
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Listen up! On Tuesday I'll be on the last “Women A’Loud!” broadcast of the year. Women A’Loud! is a weekly broadcast that spotlights women through words, writing, reading, and wit. Check out their blog here.

The wonderful host, Shawn Marie Bryan has a segment called Be(h)n’s Book, named in homage of two great women of history: Aphra Behn and Lisa Ben. These two women, simply by living their lives on their terms were revolutionaries and gave us the gift of words, bound and published by women for women of our own accord.

On December 17th at 8pm (Mountain Time) she will be broadcasting an interview with me that ranged from conversation about life, the universe and everything and included discussion my latest novel: “In the Midst of Tribulation.”

Tune in on Tuesday to the online radio station gomilehigh!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 01:45pm on 15/12/2013 under
 It is Day 2 of the Rainbow Awards Weekend on the Virtual Living Room.

They've got such a great group description:

The VLR is a place where readers and writers of lesbian literature in its permutations (books, e-books, comics, etc) can come together and discuss the works and the topics within them, as well as celebrate the community that lesbian fiction readers can be. Whether reader or writer, membership AND participation is not based on any aspect of gender, sexuality, identity, creed, nationality, culture, ethnicity, or any other incidental of being a human being scattered somewhere on the planet. The requirement of membership is merely this: that the member be a supporter of lesbian literature. Fan fiction is nice, erotica is topic we cover from time to time, but there are other forums that focus on that specifically; we are not that. We encourage and celebrate the accomplishments of the readers and the authors, from first contracts to new ones, first published work to (hopefully) 100th and actively seek to share these wonderful bits of news, which are vital to us as a reading community. Civility is not only also encouraged, it is EXPECTED, because more than anything else, the VLR is, again, a COMMUNITY which means we all share in responsibility for making this a comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable space for all.

That said,the VLR has a focus on Lesbian works; this is by definition Lesbian safe space and a safe haven for all respectful to our focus on lesfic may they be LGBTQ or straight. It is in fact *the* reason for this joining and celebration.

It makes it a fun and supportive place to hang out - especially when they've got a discussion focused on winners and runners up (like me) from the Rainbow Awards.

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Here are my answers to today's questions:

1) Indie or traditional publishing - what was important in your decision?

I went traditional when I started for several reasons - I have no skills or training in copyediting, graphic design, distribution or promotion nor do I have the time to learn them. As a readers, I enjoyed many of the titles from Bella Books and was impressed by the quality of the product they put out. I was very happy to have Karin Kallmaker as the reader of my first manuscript and squee'd like a little girl when she called to tell me they wanted to publish it.

2) What is the hardest part of the publishing process? What do you most enjoy?

Hardest is waiting for my book to be out! It seems to take so long to get the book written and polished. To then to go through all the processes to get it into the hands of readers can be excruciating for someone who likes immediate gratification.

I generally enjoy working with my editors - while we do tussle occasionally, I am a better writer and have learned so much from them.

3) Have changes in the book industry forced you to change how you published or marketed your work?

Yes, in so far as there are fewer bookstores to contact regarding my books. Having to find other ways to connect with readers through social media (like Facebook and blogging) has been an enjoyable learning curve as the connection to the readers is so much more immediate.

4) Do you have any formal training in writing?

Post college courses in creative writing, I have gone to a lot of conferences and have taken advantage of the chance to improve my craft by taking workshops from the likes of Lori Lake, Karin Kallmaker, JM Redman, etc, etc, etc. I highly recommend conferences like the Golden Crown Literary Society Annual conference or Saints and Sinners.

5) What's your next book project and what can you tell us about it?

I'm working on a slightly more sci-fi story that takes place in a far away universe where the main characters have to escape an invasion and plot a rebellion while fighting their growing attraction to each other.

6) What made you enter your book into the Rainbow awards?

I had originally posted this story on the Athenaeum and it had gotten a lot of positive reviews so I believed in it enough to enter it for a Rainbow Award once I had improved it through the editing process.

And to answer Devlyn's questions: How did you select the title of your book? At what stage in the writing process did you know what you were going to call your book? If you could 'do-over' would you change anything about the title?

The book originally was a bit more religious - each chapter heading was the title of a gospel song and there were more debates about religion throughout that, frankly, distracted a bit from the story. I knew at the beginning of the writing what I was going to call it and only worried that too many people wouldn't understand what it meant. Even that worry was not enough for me to change the title.

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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 04:29pm on 14/12/2013 under
Come on over to the Virtual Living Room! This weekend all winners and runner-ups (like me) of lesbian fiction at the Rainbow Awards 2013 are invited to the virtual living room where readers and authors of lesbian fiction meet to celebrate and talk about their fabulous book(s).

The VLR is a place where readers and writers of lesbian literature in its permutations (books, e-books, comics, etc) can come together and discuss the works and the topics within them, as well as celebrate the community that lesbian fiction readers can be.

Join the yahoo group here - http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Virtuallivingroom/

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Here are my answers to the Saturday questions:

Firstly could the authors tell us a little bit about themselves before answering the first set of questions for the weekend which are:

A bit about me: I'm a management consultant and a political activist and a writer. As much as possible, I take advantage of all the amenities my home in New Orleans has to offer, especially the food! My food blog can be found at http://www.mouth-brothels.com/ and my author website is at http://www.marygriggs.com

My books include the romances Unbroken Circle (a Rainbow Award winner for Best Lesbian Debut Novel) and Crash Stop and the speculative fiction novel, In the Midst of Tribulation, which was a runner up for the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic this year.

1) Tell us about your book. How did you get the idea for your book? What genre is it? 

In the Midst of Tribulation is a story about survival. A small group attempts to create a community in a post-war world. It is sort of an adventure romance.

Synopsis:


Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. She didn’t want to be right—but she was.When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. Desperate and frightened, the refugees rely heavily on their friend Piper, who agrees to make the journey with them.After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will all survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.
 

 

The story came out of my wondering what would have happened if, instead of George Bush stealing the election a liberal president had done the same. How would the Teapublicans have reacted (based on their reactions to President Obama)? In addition to that political element, I used my own background as the daughter of a survivalist in the story. My dad thought it great fun to drag the family out in the woods for a weekend with just a pocket knife and required us to find food and shelter from what was there. I also am a doomsday prepper - with emergency supplies for most possible contingencies, so it was fun to share that knowledge, too.

2) Do you have the ending in mind and work towards it or do you prefer to let the story develop freely? 

I wanted there to be hope so I always knew I wanted to end the story on a positive, romantic note. Typically, when I'm writing, I know the main things I want to do and the end and, then, it is just a matter of filling in the details!

3) What is the most surprising thing you discovered in writing this book? 

How much I learned from watching my mom can veggies and my dad hunt. I hadn't planned on becoming an expert but it looks like I did despite myself.

4) Were you good at English composition/essay writing at High School? 

Yes, in fact I parlayed my skill into bringing up my math grades by convincing my teacher to let me write essays on famous mathematicians!

5) What elements of your background have influenced your work? And if your novels are an escape from your own background, what else has influenced you? 

I'm an army brat who moved around a lot, so my novels are set in places I've lived and remember fondly. I've experienced a lot of different cultures, so I try to include that diversity in my novels. My family is also very southern and that, too, has influenced my characters and settings.

6) What have readers liked about it in particular? 

I have been told that some like it because of the interesting survival tips and strategies that are in the book, others like the diverse characters and the beautiful setting. Most of all, people seem to like the story itself.  Here is the Lambda Literary Review - In the Midst of Tribulation
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 07:59pm on 07/12/2013 under
 And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1. Cathy Pegau - Deep Deception

Wonderful book! Grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn't let you go until the last word. (Debra)
Incredibly well-realized and internally consistent futuristic setting. Engaging characters with a genuinely sparky/touching relationship, realistic personal flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. (Myranda)
Two compelling heroines, interesting worldbuilding and a suspenseful investigation—this was certainly an entertaining read. (Feliz)




Runners Up:

2. Linda Kay Silva - Magical Echo
3. Mary Griggs - In the Midst of Tribulation



This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3968019.html

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