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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 06:05pm on 05/07/2016 under ,
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I'm very excited that I will be hopping on a train at the end of next week to take me to Washington, DC and the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference.

While there, I will be catching the 4th of July fireworks, seeing the White House and getting a tour of the Library of Congress. However, I'm most looking forward to the horde of literary lesbians who will be descending on our nation's capital.

I've waxed lyrical before on what the GCLS means to me; suffice to say I can't wait to catch up with all those readers and authors and publishers whom I'm honored to call friends. And buying books. Lots and lots of books!

If you want to catch me at the conference, I'll be doing the following:

I will be moderating a panel discussion on Sci-fi and Social Justice on Thursday, July 7th from 9:30am to 10:20am. My panelists include: Jewelle Gomez, Elizabeth Hodge, Lise MacTague, MB Panichi, and Tiffany Shamaly. Since speculative fiction allows a reimagining of the universe, we'll be looking at just what is the writer's responsibility for creating diverse, inclusive, and just worlds as well as discussing how we as readers and writers use science fiction to organize for social change.

I will be moderating the Author Spotlight on Thursday from 4:40 to 5:30pm with the following authors: Julie Blair, Jessie Chandler, Bev Prescott, MJ Williamz, and Sheryl Wright

On Friday morning at 8:30am, I will on the panel titled Blood and Gore I. The moderator is Justine Saracen and my fellow panelists are Ann Aptaker, JD Glass, Elizabeth Parmer and Allison Solomon. This panel will focus on violence in the setting of the lesbian novel.

At 9:30am, I will be participating in the Author Spotlight alongside these great authors: Lynn Ames, Marie Castle, Fay Jacobs, Susan X Meagher and moderated by the marvelous Melissa Brayden. I will be reading from my latest novel, Bitter Heart.


I will be signing my books (and anything else a person could want signed) during the author autograph session at 4:30 on Friday afternoon. This session is open to the public so come on down!

Rise early and join me at 8:30 on Saturday morning for Blood and Gore II. Moderated by Alison Solomon, my fellow panelists are: J.L. Gaynor, Laydin Michaels and Justine Saracen. This panel will focus on violence with the protagonist or in the relationship of the lesbian novel.

I'm also looking forward to the always funny and insightful Fay Jacobs who will be delivering the Keynote Address at 10:40 on Saturday morning. Later that night, we'll all get dressed in our finery for the GCLS Awards Ceremony.

I can't wait to see y'all there!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 10:52am on 06/03/2016 under ,
 The 2016 Saints and Sinners Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3 in New Orleans.

The Festival was founded in 2003 as an innovative way to disseminate HIV/AIDS prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community as well as to bring the LGBT literary community together in celebration.

I will be giving a reading from my new book, Bitter Heart, and will be on a panel. Info for my appearances is below:

Saturday, April 2 @11:30 AM
SAINTS AND SINNERS READING SERIES: WRITERS READ
Authors Rich Barnett, Jameson Currier, Jewelle Gomez, Mary Griggs, J.D. Horn, and Gregg Shapiro share their latest works in our annual reading series. Enjoy a mix of Festival favorites and promising new voices.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.

Saturday, April 2 @1 PM
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
If writers are supposed to “write what you know”—how do you create supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my? Can you make up your own rules, or do you have to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before? Join us as we talk about redefining the field of paranormal fiction, and the difficulties LGBTQ writers face as they work to get their voices heard.
Panelists: N.S. Beranek, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Mary Griggs,
Jerry Rabushka, and Jeffrey Ricker.
Moderator: Candice Huber.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C

The book fair for both Saints and Sinners and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is located on the mezzanine level of the Hotel Monteleone. Tubby & Coo’s Book Shop is the 2016 Saints and Sinners book seller.

I hope to see you there!

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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 11:12am on 19/02/2016 under
I've got a story in the Women in Sports Anthology coming out soon!

Hot. Sweaty. Tight shorts. Sports bras. Six-pack abs. What sparks your imagination? Muscular legs? Hands that are strong and sure? Baseball, soccer, hockey, track and field...does it really matter? She's sexy, she's incredible and she’s all yours. Sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful tales from this group of talented authors. Women in sports--does it get any better than that? 
 
This amazing collection of romance and erotica includes stories from: Lee Lynch, Jessie Chandler, Mary Griggs, MB Panichi, Tonie Chacon, Kate McLachlan, A.L. Duncan, Jeanine Hoffman, Erica Lawson, Sharon G. Clark, Nann Dunne, Pat Cronin and Verda Foster.
 
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 11:35am on 15/12/2015 under
I'm proud to report that I've gone through the edits and author proof for the January 18, 2016 publication of my next novel -- Bitter Heart.

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Pretty, isn't it? Thanks to Judy Fellows for the cover art!

What is it about you ask?
When her home planet is invaded by the Babwe, royal daughter Julian escapes aboard a trade ship. She must get to the Unity planet and persuade the system government to intervene before all of her people are slaughtered or enslaved. Julian discovers more allies than she expected but her choices have deadly consequences back home. With the fate of her people in the balance, can Julian work fast enough to save them?

You can pre-order it from Bella Books, your local bookseller or, even, from Amazon.
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 07:50am on 29/07/2015 under ,
gcls_crownI really love the Golden Crown Literary Society's Annual Literary Conference. I attended my first one in 2005 (also their first one) and have only missed one since (the first Atlanta conference when I was still homeless after the post-Katrina levee flooding destroyed my city).

It was like finding my tribe when I first walked into one of the conferences and the feeling has just gotten stronger for each subsequent one. I do a lot of political work and I get to hang out with lots of passionate queer folk and that is amazing. It is something else, though, to be surrounded by these literary lesbians. To be able to talk for hours about lesbian fiction; to discuss reading and writing with other book lovers is like a balm to my thirsty soul. GCLS_NO_color_h This year's conference came back to New Orleans (the first one was also held here). I was on the ground committee and I worked with the GCLS Executive Director, Liz Gibson, and the event coordinator, Judy Comella, to make this one of the best conferences ever.

While I was still on the GCLS board, we were able to secure Dorothy Allison as the keynote speaker. I'm so very glad we did. She exceeded every possible expectation. She is irreverent, charming, poignant, funny, profane and I am in awe. I was in the room when she read from Bastard Out of Carolina and had chills. I was in tears during her speech and the standing ovation she received lasted for more than five minutes. I was also beyond lucky to get to have lunch with her and the recipient of the this year's Lee Lynch Classic Award, Rita Mae Brown, the author of Rubyfruit Jungle.

I helped the Bella Books crew get the many boxes of books up from the loading dock to the conference. The hotel was trying to charge $2 per box, so we liberated a pallet jack and moved them ourselves. The freight elevator did smell like it had been transporting dead bodies but we made it up in one piece. At the vendor room, a number of folks then helped bring them the rest of the way. It was great to see so many people step up to do what needed doing but that is pretty typical for GCLS.

While I wasn't able to attend every panel or reading I wanted, I enjoyed being on the Dystopian panel moderated by SY Thompson with fellow panelists Linda Kay Silva, Jane Fletcher and Liz Hodge (who later won a Goldie for her poetry). We talked about hope and fears and the importance of writing the books you want to read. The special speaker this year was Ali Vali and she gave a funny (and scary) talk on her writing process. She knows she's on the right track when her wife walks away muttering, "What is wrong with you?" Not my process but funny to hear hers.

I was also honored to receive a volunteer recognition award at the annual membership meeting. The meeting is live streamed here, if you want to watch it. You will not see me, as I unfortunately had to run to Baton Rouge for work and missed it! volunteer award The awards ceremony was hilariously MC'd by Lynn Ames and Ann McMan. I have already posted a list of the winners (here) but I want to congratulate all the finalists and winners. I also want to thank all those whose hard work made it possible - the awards committee, the judges, the presenters and the behind the scene tech folk that kept it all moving smoothly. The night was magical - many people were dressed to the nines and the energy was high and the enthusiasm that greeted each announced winner was gratifying to hear.
Marie Castle, winner for her paranormal novel, The Devil You Know and I at the Goldies. (Picture by RJ Layer)
Marie Castle, winner for her paranormal novel, The Devil You Know and I at the Goldies. (Picture by RJ Layer)

Speaking of thanking folks - the GCLS board puts in many, many hours throughout the year for not only the conference but also to make the organization itself successful and sustainable. This is an all volunteer organization and they do it all for love not money. I'm very proud of the job they do.

I'm very much looking forward to next year's conference in DC (actually Alexandria, VA) from July 6 to 10th, 2016. I can't wait to reconnect with old friends, make some new ones and recharge amongst other readers and writers. Please consider joining us!
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The schedule is out for the GCLS Annual Conference in New Orleans from July 22 to 26, 2015.

The special speaker this year is Ali Vali and the Keynote speaker is the incomparable, Dorothy Allison!

I will be on a panel at 9am on Thursday called Dystopian Novels - Who Writes Them, Who Loves Them, Why Are They So Popular?
The moderator is S.Y. Thompson and the other panelists include Linda Crist, Elizabeth Hodge and Linda Kay Silva. Here is the description: Dystopian novels are filling the shelves faster than ever before. Why are these dark thrillers so popular? Are they a precursor to a new genre or a flash in the plan? Hear some of the best discuss their approaches to writing the great dystopian novel!

On Friday at 10:40am, I will be reading from my forthcoming book, Bitter Heart. Other authors in my time slot include Melissa Price, Elizabeth Hodge, Baxter Clare TrautmanAndi Marquette and Anastasia Vitsky

Come and see me at the Author Autograph session on Friday from 4:30 to 6. This is open to the public, so for all you fans of lesbian literature, even if you can't come for the conference, come for the signings!

I will also be hanging out a lot in the vendor space and around the Bella Books and Distribution table (they are the official bookseller of the conference).

You can pre-order books for pickup at the conference. Here is my author page at Bella Books.

Can't wait to see you there!

Oh, and keep up the Golden Crown Literary Society on Facebook by liking their page!
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posted by [personal profile] marygriggs at 08:10am on 28/03/2015 under
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Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is beginning this weekend and I'm very excited.

Not only is it fun to have the city of New Orleans play host to so many talented LGBT authors but I'm getting to hang out with old friends, make new ones and generally talk about books and writing and food for several days running!

This year, I'm participating in a panel and reading from one of my books.

Saturday, March 28
10 AM
SAINTS AND SINNERS READING SERIES: WRITERS READ
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Marie Castle, Joel Gomez-Dossi, Russ Gregory, Mary Griggs, Richard Natale, and Ken O'Neill.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

Saturday, March 28
11:30 AM
A FINE ROMANCE: ROOM FOR LOVE TODAY?
In the era before legalized gay marriage and mainstream LGBT pop culture icons, gay romance was taboo. LGBT novels (€”literary and popular) €”provided a literary refuge. Now that it's (mostly) normal for us to have white picket fences and baby carriages, is there still a need and place for the gay romance novel? If so, who's reading them, and who's writing them? Join this panel for a chat on the state of intimacy and relationships in the contemporary LGBT romance novel.
Panelists: Lewis DeSimone, Felice Picano, Cindy Rizzo, and Mary Griggs.
Moderator: Jerry L. Wheeler
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon D

Check out their web site at www.sasfest.org for a complete listing of all events and speakers for this fabulous event.
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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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