Pride Flag in the wind

Reblog: Laurie R. King “Moving Forward”

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Pride Flag in the wind

Words have been hard to find, let alone the focus to express them coherently. Part of me resists the idea that a man so devoid of common decency or simple shame could set any kind of agenda for me. I am grateful to Laurie R. King for expressing beautifully how I am feeling today about moving forward. Please go read.

From Laurie’s blog:

I don’t intend to post my outrage—that way lies madness—but I will talk about the ground I stand on.  – Laurie R. King

READ THE ORIGINAL in its full glory, especially the last paragraph.

A publishing error limited the distribution of this post. First published 1/20/2017, resubmitting 1/21/2017.
cover, party favors lesbian romance by Jaime Clevenger

Lesbian Storytelling in the New Dark Times – Laurel Bookstore Feb 19

Karin Kallmaker Events and Appearances, Sisters of the Pen

cover, party favors by Jaime Clevenger

Tap open your calendar or get a Sharpie and write it on your paper calendar or on your hand or your gf’s body part (with consent): Laurel Bookstore, Oakland, 2/19, 4 pm, lesbian event. Really all you need to know right there.

Laurel Bookstore is hosting an extravaganza of lesbian writers: “Lesbian Authors Talk About Storytelling – Why We Do What We Do.” Don’t miss out – several are infrequent visitors to the Bay Area. We’re going to talk about why we write the stories we write and how we feel our lesbian voices telling those stories matter. Especially now in what is going to be the suckiest political environment for queer people since the early 90s.

The Peripatetic Lesbian Panoply Participating*

  • KG MacGregor – KG is coming all the way from North Carolina. If you haven’t had the pleasure of the dry wit and southern drawl, your world is incomplete. KG’s latest is Trial by Fury. She’s Read More

Getting Published – Panel in Castro Valley on Saturday

Karin Kallmaker Business of Books, Events and Appearances, Readers and Libraries

program flyer for CV library program getting published
This is an event for new(ish) writers who are generally located in the East Bay. (I dislike reading about a cool sounding event and only finding out at the end that it’s thousands of miles away.) So Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Dublin, Fremont, Union City and so on and on. You can come from farther away if you’re up for it! The CV Library is not even two blocks from CV Bart.

Start your weekend out with a positive step toward making your publishing dreams happen. This program is FREE. Like just about everything else at the library. #librariesROCK

Please join me this weekend for an open panel of Read More

Cover, Indomitable the Barbara Grier Story by Joanne Passet

Indomitable Should Be in Your Public Library

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Cover, Indomitable the Barbara Grier Story by Joanne Passet
“Glorious and inglorious complexity.” The phrase captures Barbara Grier to perfection, and is used by Katherine V. Forrest on the dust jacket of Indomitable, this new, richly detailed biography of the woman who “changed, for the better, every lesbian life…” as Lee Lynch adds. That means your life, even if you don’t recognize the name.

I’m not exhorting you to read Indomitable (you should). There’s something more important that you can do from your seat.

Biographies of queer people are rare enough, and biographies of lesbian womenRead More

graffiti mama playing guitar

Songlist – Getting My Resolutions On

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graffiti mama playing guitar

As I said at the Bella Blog, my 2017 resolution is to put out into the world what I want to see more of. Clearly, we are in a time where good, truth, kindness and courage must rise ten times brighter because greed, lies, bullying and selfishness are willing to go so very low to score their temporary victories.

My 2016 was personally full of beauty and Read More

A Fowl Mood (That Turkey Brine Thing We Do)

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Turkey on the Fence

Update 2016: Since I’ve received several email requests this week for “that turkey brine thing” I thought I’d repost this April 2008 entry with the recipe.

Turkey on the Fence

No doubt others before me have used this fowl pun, and why you may ask am I writing about turkey in April when Thanksgiving is six months away? There’s a turkey sitting on my back fence, that’s why. Read More

In Which I Fan Girl and Oh Yeah, There’s a Literary Cruise

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Hi. My name is Karin and I am a goofy doofus fan girl. I’m fairly practiced and blase about meeting readers and bumping shoulders with other writers. But I’ve got an event coming up where all my Grownup Skills will be deeply challenged by my Fan Girl Doofus History.

Books. Hundreds and hundreds of lesbians. Writers, authors. Singers, songwriters. Smart Women. Sheroes. All on an Olivia Cruise to Alaska.

Poof! Magic is going to happen when all of those things are in the same place next June. But what do I Fan Girl first? So many choicesRead More

Coffee, Meetups and a Big Tease

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Anyone following my Facebook feed knows I’m in Canada seeing the eye-popping sights. Yesterday I met up with two passionate lesfic fans, Tara and Patti. (Did we take a picture, no we did not. Bad Karin, bad bad! Instead, you get a picture of Lake Louise.)

As we chatted I admitted that I had, that morning, written the opening paragraphs of the next novel. In their honor I’m going to go ahead Read More

See You In Carolina, or, I Admit I’ll Sign Anything

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LGBT Center in Raleigh

It’s the Fifth Anniversary of the LGBT Center Library and it’s only fitting that the event be celebrated by talking about romance and love, books and writing. You haven’t marked your calendar yet? Tick tock! The event is in one week, next Sunday, September 25, at 1 p.m. There’s dessert! Why would you miss this?

Inevitably at an event like this, there are people who are shy about bringing all the books from home for me to sign. Don’t be shy! If you bring it, I will sign it. Preferably, it’s a book written by me. Some people, I’m not naming names but her initials are KG MacGregor, get a bit testy when I sign their books. (I’ll do it, but let’s keep it entre nous, shall we?)

If you’re hoping to buy a particular bookRead More

Story Bundle "Long-Term Lovers" Available

Karin Kallmaker Bella Books, Long-Term Lovers Erotica for Couples

bundle cover long term lesbian lovers erotica

Bella Books has cleverly combined three of my short stories into a bundle for instant download. They all feature long-term couples doing what they know how to do. Practice makes perfect, right? All three stories were previously available only in print anthologies.

This is an exclusive bundle at Bella. Bella’s Singles can go to your Kindle with a click, or by emailing it to your account, and can be side-loaded to Android and Apple tablets. You get real, digital files, in multiple formats.

Long-Term Lovers: Erotica for Couples by Karin Kallmaker
Who says long-term couples get bored? In these three exquisite short stories by Mistress Karin Kallmaker, explicit fantasy plays out between lovers who’ve learned exactly what pleases. Long-term partners explore the dynamics of trust that allow them to explode with primal heat and intimate passion. About 5K words and 99 cents. This bundle contains “Any Morning,” “Shooting Star” and “Firelight Fantasia”