I’m very excited to share good news about my next novel. SWANS & KLONS will be published in May 2013 by Bold Strokes Books. Check out the cover!

SWANS & KLONS is the story of Rubric, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in an idyllic all-female society where non-human Klons do all the work. But once Rubric and her girlfriend Salmon Jo uncover a terrifying secret about the Klons, they fall into the dark underside of their seemingly perfect world. Will they make it out alive?

As I’ve written about before, there is a real shortage of YA dystopian novels with queer characters. I’m happy to do my bit to remedy that! And I’m delighted to be working with Bold Strokes Books, one of the pre-eminent contemporary LGBTQ publishers. Their YA imprint, Soliloquy, is first-rate. (BTW, right now they are running a 10% discount on all orders over $25, if you are in need of reading material.)

Bold Strokes Books holds literary events during Women’s Week in Provincetown, Massacusetts. I’ll be at a panel on forthcoming books called “Worth the Wait.” The moderator will be Anne Laughlin, and the other panelists are PJ Trebelhorn, VK Powell, Sophia Kell Hagin, and Barbara Ann Wright.

The panel will be on Friday, October 12th from 2pm to 3pm at the Provincetown Library at 330 Commercial Street. We’ll all discuss our upcoming novels and give brief reading. Check out the full schedule of Women’s Week events here!

There’s also a dynamic new organization in New York’s Hudson Valley called POKLit. POKLit holds a series of literary events in Poughkeepsie, NY, and it’s revitalizing both the arts scene and the downtown area. I was lucky enough to participate in two of their events, a spoken-word “funeral” for some outdoor sculptures that were being removed from a park and an open mic reading. Good times!

I didn’t know I made such weird faces when I read aloud. Feh.

POKLit’s project HALLOW STORIES, a performance taking place in a historic fireplace, is coming up on October 20th and is sure to be spooky and compelling. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!

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