March Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

February

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

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Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

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Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

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Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Bedazzled Ink had been selected as one of the 10 Finalists for the KCBS Small Business Contest open to San Francisco Bay Area businesses and we got to spend an interesting and entertaining evening at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Each finalist had to do a 90-second elevator pitch and then answer questions from the 3 judges for $10,000. No ten businesses could have been more different from each other and the judges had a difficult job deciding. In the end, another much deserving business won, but the whole experience was well worth it. We did not leave completely empty handed. All the finalists received a really nice all-in-one business quality Canon printer.

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Sparrow in the Wind by S. Rose received the Florida Book Award’s Silver Medal in General Fiction.

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has reviews in the February 2017 issue of Historical Novel Review, Esra Magazine, and The Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana).

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Tina Sears, author of The River’s Edge was the Local Author Spotlight in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

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The anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America got a shout out in Book Riot’s “7 Small Press Books to Read in February.”

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Meital Yaniv, author of Spectrum for an Untouchable, was interviewed by Haili Jones Graff at Bitch Media in the article “Full Spectrum: Artist Meital Yaniv on Carving a Path Out of Trauma.”


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Ruth Rouff did a signing and reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at Coffee Works Too in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

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Phyllis Carito read from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York.

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Andrea Simon had a great time reading from and talking about Esfir is Alive at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey. “I was so heartened that such young children are relating to Esfir’s story and asking questions about writing, the Holocaust, if it could happen in today’s world, about Esfir as a character, etc.,” Andrea said of the experience.

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The Frank Bette Center in Alameda, California was bursting at the seams for the book launch of the anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America. Twelve authors and two friends of authors read their stories to a very appreciative audience.

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cat mac author of under the influence (GusGus Press) did a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble, Dana Park and Changing Hands Bookstore in Mesa, Arizona. The event at Changing Hands included a performance by “cat and the mac” (cat mac and Kat O’Malley) sing and Playing accordion, guitar, and cajon.

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March Events

Andrea Simon will be reading from Esfir Is Alive and giving a presentation at Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey on March 1st.

Join Tina Sears for a book signing! Buy a Book and a Beer and get a free chili dog, Sunday March 12th from 12-2 pm at the Red Dragon Brewery, 1419 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA. If you already have The River’s Edge, come for her award-winning Cincinnati Chili and pair it with great craft beer.

Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (November 2017), will be reading from the anthology Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Match 11th. Socializing begins in the Readings Room at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7:00.

Tina Sears will be signing copies of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia (Loisdale Center, 6646 Loisdale Road) on March 25th from noon to 2:00.