In creating my soundtrack for Secret Heart, I wanted to include bands I love. The first song on Avery’s playlist in the book is “This is Anarchy” by Tacocat, a feminist-pop quartet from Seattle.
Smash the state, dirty plates, sleep all day so I can stay up late
This is anarchy
Just can’t do the daily grind, finally found somethin’ I can get behind
Due to the chaotic life of self-publishing, I’ve had to push back my release of SECRET HEART until Tuesday, October 11th. It is actually perfect because it is also National Coming Out Day. After much work, the brilliant Alex Kahler has created a beautiful cover based on my description, “Something that looks like a Taylor Swift album cover.”
We also have new back jacket copy.
Avery Jennings is a punk-rock guitarist with a secret weakness for rom-coms and Taylor Swift. Her band, Detonate the Gazelle is ready to move to Austin after graduation, but Avery is having second thoughts. She’s fallen hard for Madison Shea, student council president with a douchebag boyfriend, after their orbits collide at Oak Bluff High’s inaugural Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. Even though it goes against her rules about crushing on straight girls, Avery relentlessly pursues Madison. Their chemistry is too magnetic to deny and soon they are making out in car washes and school bathrooms and holding hands under tables. Avery wants to take their relationship public but Madison is afraid of her conservative family’s reaction and that it’ll ruin her chances as Prom Queen. Their secret relationship is put to the ultimate test when student council vetoes a proposal for a gay-friendly prom and the club decides to throw a free Unprom the same night as Prom with Detonate the Gazelle as the headliner. If Unprom proves to be more popular than Prom, Madison will hold it against her and Avery will lose her shot at taking her relationship with Madison public. What started off as a love song may have just turned into a breakup ballad.
More fun news: Proceeds from my book sales will go to the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network because all teens needs a safe space in school.
Links for preorders for SECRET HEART will be up soon!
And finally, the cover reveal:
For the second week in a row I’ve had a short story published. Last week it was “Agenda” in 200 cc’s and today brings you “Graylight” in Dime Show Review. It will also appear in a print issue of Dime Show Review later this year.
“Graylight” is a genderqueer sci-fi rom-com set in the Seattle Public Library. I’ve never written sci-fi before, so it was kind of a fun trip to see how the story unfolded. The world-building in “Graylight” was not that different than the world-building in any of my contemporary stories.
And of course, in my version of the future everyone in genderqueer.
My life has been a cross between chaos and a situation comedy lately, so in between my mom-fog and putting the final touches and doing legal legwork for SECRET HEART, I completely forgot that my flash fiction piece, “Agenda” was publishing today over at 200 cc’s. This was the first short story I wrote after BB was born (I wrote it while we were at Seattle Children’s Hospital) and the first one I sold since “The End of Them” was published in Stratus.
I’m over the moon on how well it turned out. You can read all 199 words of it here.