Take My Hand

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“Take my hand.” A simple request with the power to change everything.

Artist Clay Cahill retreats to her hometown of Pine Cone, Georgia, when she’s betrayed by a woman she thought cared and the pressure of the New York City art world becomes too much. Setting paints aside, she takes a job at her grandfather’s garage seeking the restorative comfort of small town life where women are sweet and life flows as slow as molasses.

Manhattan art gallery owner River Hemsworth is preparing for a show when she’s informed her aunt has bequeathed her a local gallery in Pine Cone, a place where the idea of fashion is anything with a Carhart label. En route to review inventory and unload the property quickly, River wrecks and Clay comes to her rescue.

If River can convince Clay to start painting again, she may be able to pull off the show that will make her career and quench the desires she never expected to feel again.

Welcome to part one of the sweet, romantic adventures of Pine Cone, Georgia. I was super excited to write this trilogy with two of my favorite authors: VK Powell and D. Jackson Leigh

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Getting started

Isn’t that the hardest part sometimes? Just sitting down and putting the first lines on paper. I can’t seem to move forward until I get a first paragraph that I feel good about and the very first line needs to feel just right. I’ve realized that many of my books begin with taking a first step, crossing a threshold, which is usually a signal that things for the main character are about to change.

For my newest work in progress, Spencer’s Cove, there is no first step. There’s a cat, who has no concept of how much he weighs (18 lbs.) and a mystery to be solved… oh, and a painfully shy heiress.

Now, back to work on that first chapter.

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Provincetown schedule, see you there!

IMG_7336Here I am, in one of my signature plaid shirts, in front of Recovering Hearts preparing for a signing in 2015. This year, I’m aspiring to wear solids, but I might not pull it off.

Okay, so it was summer for like a minute, and then I blinked… and now it’s October. Which means… Women’s Week in Provincetown, Mass!

My first visit to this charming coastal village was in 2015 and I’m excited to be back this year to meet up with old friends and a few new ones. I’m doing a quick post here to share my signing and reading schedule:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH:

2:00-3:00 PM @ GABRIEL’S: I’ll be moderating a panel titled “Out of This World.” Panelists include: CJ Birch, Jane C. Esther, M. Ullrich, Ali Vali, Brey Willows, and Barbara Ann Wright.

5:00-7:00 PM @ HARBOR LOUNGE / 102 BRADFORD STREET: Bold Strokes Books Meet ‘n’ Greet. All are welcome to attend.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH:

10:00-11:00 AM @ LIBRARY: Author Q&A: Genre, What Genre? Moderated by Melissa Brayden. Panelists include: Missouri Vaun (aka: me), Jean Copeland, Jackie D, M. Ullrich, Ali Vali, and Barbara Ann Wright.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH:

2:00-3:00 PM @ LIBRARY: Pivotal Moments, moderated by I. Beacham. Panelists include: Radclyffe, Missouri Vaun, Mickey Brent, Robyn Nyx, Aurora Rey, and Emily Smith.

3:45-4:15 PM @ RECOVERING HEARTS: I’ll be there signing books with Radclyffe, Aurora Rey, Mickey Brent, Robyn Nyx, and Emily Smith.

For more information about all these great authors check out the Bold Strokes Books website.

 

 

A Newbie to the Lesbian Romance Writers Community

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The Mississippi River.

Hi, my name is Missouri Vaun. As the title of this post suggests, I am a newbie lesbian romance writer. I am currently finishing up my first novel for publication. I’m working with an editor on finalizing the manuscript now. I can’t wait to tell you about it when it’s done.

The truth is I have been writing for as long as I can remember. But as the great Eudora Welty once said, “Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.”

I must admit that I’m drawn to Southern writers, maybe because my roots are in the Deep South — rural, southern Mississippi, where community and storytelling are strong parts of everyday life. I think as a kid, I was always imagining characters and stories as a way to stave off boredom, during long hot summers.

When I am not working on my novel, I am drafting notes of people I’ve met and those I wish I had. Characters I want to explore. During my 12-year tenure as a journalist I met a lot of interesting people. My career took me to places as far in miles as regional dialects as Chicago and Jackson, Mississippi. But I quickly learned that despite it all, we’re not all that different. Most of us value loyalty and responsibility to others, and my stories do the same.

Do you ever wonder what events in your life have altered your fate? Or what lies ahead as a result of actions you took long ago? My stories delve into this, too.

My wife and I will be celebrating six years together this summer. Time flies. I remember when we took this picture of the mighty Mississippi River near Natchez. The Mississippi River is one of my favorite waterways. Once, when I was driving through Memphis heading west, I crossed and re-crossed the bridge several times just to enjoy the river view.

Lastly, I love staying in touch. You can follow me here at my blog. You can enter your email address in the form on the Contact page of my site so you can receive emails from me. I have a Facebook page, and I tweet on Twitter from @MissouriVaun. I look forward to hearing from you.