Monday, January 25, 2016

Time Flies

I can't believe it's already almost the end of January 2016. After I had published Standing Her Ground on October 31, 2015, life became very busy with the holidays and crazy schedules. The time has flown by, and I feel like I haven't done anything, but I have. Besides spending a ton of time promoting Standing Her Ground, I've been editing Suddenly. As many of you know, my publisher, Itoh Press, gave me back the rights to Suddenly. It needed editing badly, so that has been one of my main focuses for the past few months. 

I've started writing a holiday romance in November thinking I get it done in enough time to publish it by Christmas, but that didn't happen. And then, another story popped into my head demanding to be written. I've been writing, editing, and reading like a crazy fool. Mind you, I'm not complaining. I love doing all of those things, well, except for editing. ;) Anyway, I'm trying to fit more blog posts into my schedule so I can keep you all abreast of what I'm doing. I'm not going to be posting as many links to my books on Facebook. I think most of the people on my Facebook account who were interested in my books already have them. 

I am going to be giving away digital copies of Standing Her Ground on Goodreads next month. I'm still fine tuning the print copy, so right now it's only available on Amazon. For my fans who don't use Amazon, I will make PDF copies available for you upon request. Just email me at metudor.com@gmail.com. 

I hope everyone's year is starting out great. I know mine is, and I can't wait to share what I'm writing with you.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Standing Her Ground Is Now Available!

So much has happened over the past few months. I finally finished Standing Her Ground and it is available on Amazon now. I finally got around to updating my website with new information and links. 

Suddenly's publisher, Itoh Press went out of business last month so Suddenly is temporarily unavailable. I'm working on doing a very thorough editing, but I will have it available again as soon as possible. 

I have so many ideas for new stories, but I may be doing a short one for Christmas. A friend of mine challenged me to write a Christmas romance by Christmas so we'll see if I can get it done. 

I'm also working on two other stories my partner has written that I need to edit and get ready for publication. Plus, I'm going to dig out a story I wrote several years ago and revise it. Whoo, making me tired just thinking about all this. 

I'm also going to be doing a lot of reading. I'm really far behind so I'm going to be playing catch up. If you have any suggestions for books to read or stories for me to write, send them to metudor.com@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by. Love and peace to you all!
M. E.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Standing Her Ground

The GCLS Conference was a lot of fun, although I skipped about half of the conference in order to spend time with my sister, Sheryl and her life partner, Jim. We rarely get to see each other and it's even more rare for them to get to see my partner, Rose and the grandkids. We had a fabulous time in New Orleans. It's a really beautiful and interesting city. We're looking forward to going back to visit sometime, preferably NOT in July.

I ended up giving away the ten copies of Second Chances I took to the conference with me. Most of them I traded for other authors' books. Some of which I've already started reading. I got Rita Mae Brown's authograph, which was fabulous. I met Karin Kallmaker, Isabelle, and Baxter Trautman, all of which are authors I love, all wonderful lovely ladies. I also made some new friends, including Chris Paynter, another wonderful author. The panels were great and I learned some good stuff. I'm looking forward to using that information for future books.

Speaking of future books, my new book, Standing Her Ground is coming along nicely. I'm shooting for an October 31st release. This book is not the one I started out writing initially. I was writing about Jean and Ashley getting married and Standing Her Ground jumped out of the pages and demanded I write it first. I'm thinking about adding a blog telling the story I started to write as kind of a background feature of Standing Her Ground. Keep a watch out for that. I think my Judge Not fans will enjoy that tale.

For the fans who follow my work and stop by to check on this blog, here's a little bit of Chapter Five from Standing Her Ground.  I really appreciate everyone who reads my stories and I hope you be as excited to read this new book as I am about writing it.


Jodi wearily opened the door when she saw Lori Pennington on the other side. “Hi, Lori.”
“You don’t look all that surprised to see me,” Lori said as she stepped through the door, the cool fall air blowing in with her.
“Bryan fell at the park and hit his head pretty hard. I saw him starting to fall off the jungle gym. I rushed over to catch him, but he slipped right through my hands and hit his head on a metal pole,” Jodi sighed. She walked to the couch, where Bryan was sitting with his blanket, stuffed Sponge Bob, and sippy cup.
Lori walked with Jodi over to Bryan.
“He started screaming bloody murder. I was trying to calm him down,” Jodi explained. “Some other parents came over to see if I needed help. I was terrified when the large knot immediately appeared.” Jodi sat down next to Bryan, who immediately laid his head against her. “I called his doctor and she said to keep an eye on him, and not to let him take a nap.” She slid her arm around him, careful not to bump his head. “We’ve been watching Sponge Bob ever since we got home.”
Lori leaned close to Bryan. “His eyes look okay.”
“He seems fine. I gave him some baby Tylenol,” Jodi said, and then looked at Lori. “So what brings you out? You were just here a few weeks ago.”
Letting out a heavy sigh, Lori said, “We got a call this afternoon. The caller said she saw you push Bryan down at the playground.”
Jodi’s jaw tightened as she gritted her teeth. “We haven’t been going to the park as much as we usually do because I’d been feeling like we were being watched. Now, I know I was right.”
Lori sighed, “Apparently so.” She opened her purse and took out some papers. “We were served these papers this afternoon. I’m sure you will be getting served at any moment.”
Jodi took the papers and started reading them. Tears started forming and dropping down her cheeks. “Those motherfuckers,” Jodi whispered. She looked up at Lori. “Sorry about the language.”
“It’s okay,” Lori said. “They are making me come as a witness for their side, but I don’t know why. I only have good things to say about you.”
“Maybe they don’t realize that,” Jodi said. “I can’t believe my parents are going so far as to try to get custody of Bryan because I won’t let them have visitation. Can they do this?”
“They can try,” Lori said. “They will have to come up with some compelling proof as to why they should be awarded custody. I really don’t see how they will be able to do that. I think it may just be a scare tactic to get you to agree to allow them to have visitation.”
Jodi sat staring at the papers, trying to wrap her brain around why her parents were doing this. Suddenly there was a loud, sharp knocking at her door, making both Jodi and Lori jump. Jodi got up and looked out the peephole. It was a male police officer. She opened her door. “Yes, sir?”
“Jodi Marie Nelson?” The officer asked.
“Yes,” Jodi answered.
“You are being served with this court papers requiring you to be in Justice Margaret Henson’s courtroom,” the officer told her the date, but Jodi stared at him blankly. Even though Lori had just told her this was going to happen, she still couldn’t believe it. “Do you understand, ma’am?” the officer asked, snapping Jodi out of her stupor.
“Yes,” Jodi replied quietly.
The officer tipped his hat politely, turned and walked away.
Jodi closed the door and woodenly walked to the couch and sat down next to Bryan. She pulled him into her arms and started crying.
“Momma?” Bryan put his little arms around his mother’s neck.
“They can’t take him,” Jodi sobbed. “He’s my everything.”

Monday, July 6, 2015

15 Days to GCLS Conference!!!!!!



This will be my very first lesbian writers conference!
 
I am thrilled about going to this conference. I've only ordered 10 books to take with me. I'm afraid that I'll take to many. I am working on rack cards for Standing Her Ground, the new book I am working on and hope to have out before the end of September.
 
My partner, Rosa, the three grandchildren we are raising, Jacob, Jazmyn, and Julian will be coming with me. As well as my friend, Rebecca, who will be out nanny for the week. This is our first trip to New Orleans. We are super excited about the trip and meeting some of our favorite authors. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Golden Crown Literary Conference


This photo of New Orleans is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Just 26 days until the Golden Crown Literary Conference in New Orleans. I'm very excited about going to my first lesbian writing conference. There will be a lot of great authors there, and I'm looking forward to meeting some of the lovely ladies that I've become friends with on Facebook. I'm also looking forward to meeting fans. I'll be bringing copies of all my books, but probably just a few of each. If you are going to the conference and have a specific book you would like to get from me there, please email me and let me know at my email address: me@metudor.com.

I've never been to New Orleans, and I'll be traveling with my family. It is going to be quite an adventure!

As many of you know, I've had a rough couple of months. We lost my partner's mother in April and my beloved Aunt Vonnie a few weeks ago. I've had all 6 of my grandkids for several days over the past two months (my brain may never be the same), and that has slowed my writing and editing projects down. But, I'm working as much as I can on getting Suddenly edited again. I knew there were a lot of mistakes, but wow, it's been a huge project getting it fixed. But, I'm so glad my publisher for that book has allowed me the opportunity to make it a better book.

I'm also working on the re-writing of Standing Her Ground, my new adult lesbian romance/drama that I hope to have out in the fall. It's about a young lesbian who gets raped and had a child as a result. She chooses to keep her son and move on with her life, but her parents suddenly decide that a lesbian should not raise her son.

I think this story will resonate with a lot of young women, gay or straight, who've had to deal with this kind of challenge and chose to stand their ground against their adversaries.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sad, Long, Hot, but Productive Weekend

I went to Indiana this weekend, with my family, to say a final goodbye to my beloved Aunt Vonnie. She was my mother's oldest sister and the second oldest of ten kids. My mother's parents were dairy farmers and lots of kids made for cheap farm labor, although I would like to think they thought more of the kids than that, but I'm not so sure. My mother never talked about fun things she did as a kid, and when I questioned Aunt Vonnie about their childhood, she didn't have anything good to say about it either.

The funeral itself was small, with maybe twenty to twenty-five people there. I only knew about six of the people there, who were mostly aunts of dead uncles and a couple of cousins, including Aunt Vonnie's son, Brad. It made me realize how little I knew about these people and their lives, but that is not going to change. Although they seemed genuinely glad to see me, I didn't get a warm feeling from any of them. In fact, I felt like a complete outsider and ended up leaving before the official ceremony.

Before the funeral, when I was getting ready to go, I had an idea for a story. It is going to be about a woman going to her aunt's funeral and meeting her cousin's new girlfriend. (This family was much closer than mine.) This woman and her cousin used to be close as kids but only get to see each other occasionally as adults. The cousin is dating this woman because his mother and sister fixed him up with her. They think she's perfect for him, but he still wants to play the field. He challenges his cousin to try to win his girlfriend's attention, and she warns him that he doesn't want her to do that. But, when she finally meets her cousin's girlfriend, all bets are off because she feels an instant connection and bond to this beautiful woman.

After the funeral, I was distraught and exhausted. We have driven five hours the night before to get to Indianapolis so we could be there for the funeral and only got a few hours sleep before having to get up and go to the funeral. It was hot and muggy, and our van doesn't have air. We were all hot and tired so we decided to go out to Turkey Run State Park to camp. I've always heard what a great park this was, but I'd never been there. Well, I still haven't seen it. The campgrounds were full, and they were charging $7 just to go into the park. At that point, we were not interested in seeing the park. We just wanted to find a campground, get out of funeral clothes and get showers.

We had almost decided to head back to Kentucky when I saw the sign for Raccoon Lake State Park. I had been there several times as a kid and knew they had a beach area where we could swim in the lake. A dip in some cold lake water sounded really good.

The park had spots available, and we set up camp. Well, things didn't get any better. I've never seen a state park with this many gnats and mosquitoes around the campgrounds. It was hot, but we had to build a fire to try to run off the bugs. We finally got the camp set up and headed down to the lake. That was the highlight of the trip. We spent about two hours there cooling off before getting ready to bed down for the night. It was still hot and buggy.

We woke the next morning and put on an optimistic face. I made a trip to Walmart to get fans. I stopped and visited with one of my cousins that I hadn't seen in several years, and we talked for about an hour about life. It was a good visit and another highlight of my trip. I was supposed to hook up with a girlfriend from high school, but that didn't work out. By the time I got back to the camp, we had kid drama going on with my two oldest grandkids fighting and the baby hot and tired.

The baby went down for a nap. The kids went to play at the park, and we sat at the camp talking. Suddenly, I noticed two young women playing with each other. They were in their teens, probably sixteen or seventeen. One girl was so gay it wasn't funny. She may not know it yet, but I think she does. She was squirting water on her friend in a very playful, flirty way. The girl was tall, and I'm guessing a basketball player. She had on long, baggy shorts, a loose t-shirt, tennis shoes, and a ball cap, and she oozed dyke energy all the way across the campsite.  Her friend was more feminine and seemed to be enjoying the attention of the young dyke. Obviously, this gave me a story idea. It's still formulating in my head, but I can feel a summer romance coming on.

The day got hot and buggy again. Even after a shower, it felt like I'd walked right back into a sauna and was nasty again. The kids came back from the park, and that's when we realized how red my grandson's back was. He had not had enough sunblock, and his back was extra crispy. He was miserable and feeling sick. We were hot and tired and decided to pack it up and go home. I was worried my grandson had gotten sun poisoning and wanted to get him out of the heat and close to his doctor.

Before we left the park, I was at the restroom, and there were two little girls, one with long chocolate hair that had ringlets along the edges and another girl with red hair. The dark haired girl walked up the redhead and said, "So what are you doing?" The way they looked at each other and talked gave me another story idea.

So despite the funeral, the heat, the bugs, and the overall gloominess of the weekend, I've got three, possibly four, new stories to put together.