Book Tour Hits Tacoma on September 12th

Dena Hankins will visit the Gender Alliance of the South Sound for a reading and discussion of her new Seattle-set queer/trans* romance, Blue Water Dreams.  She is touring the Pacific Northwest to promote her debut novel, published by Bold Strokes Books and available through major distributors.  The tour mixes readings, discussions, erotica reading workshops, and visits to groups for transgender people and their allies.

Publishers Weekly has this to say about Blue Water Dreams:  “Seattleites Lania Marchiol, a cisgender woman, and Oly Rasmussen, a transgender man, meet by chance and quickly bond over shared interests…and when Lania and Oly set their differences aside and embrace their sexual chemistry, the scenes are graceful, sure, and spicy.”

September 12, 2014, 7pm
Gender Alliance of the South Sound
Oasis Rainbow Center, 2215 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA

G.A.S.S. is open to all individuals who wish to learn more about their own unique inner self, and to meet and mingle with others who are likewise on this voyage of discovery. They welcome anyone upon the vast transgender spectrum as well as spouses, significant others, friends and family.

Other stops in the tour include Art of Loving in Vancouver, BC, the Gender Justice League and Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up in Seattle, WA, Orca Books in Olympia, WA, In Other Words Feminist Community Center in Portland, OR, and two events at Good Vibrations in San Francisco, CA, at their Polk Street location.

“I love these people,” says Dena.  “The characters in this queer/trans* romance are fierce, passionate folks struggling to balance magnetism and self-sufficiency, trying to love all the way to the core without losing themselves in the process.  You will be rooting for them to get it on and fall for each other.  I hope you read the book and fall for them too.”

Dena Hankins writes aboard her boat, wherever she has sailed it.  After eight years as a sex educator, she turned to writing dirty tales with far-flung settings and a queer/trans* romance novel, Blue Water Dreams.  Read more: www.denahankins.net.

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Blue Water Dreams Progress

Last night, I sent my editor, Cindy Cresap, the revised version of my manuscript for Bold Strokes Books.  It was tremendously improved by her input, from details of grammar to how the big scene should roll out.

She got it back to me mid-April and I’m surprised it took me so long to send it back.  In the non-writer’s world, I was working full-time and overtime, with a visit to my family in Montana in the middle of it all. The flight time was productive, but otherwise, I’ve scraped out time to work on it. In the interests of GSD (getting shit done, of course), I got a little baby computer–an Asus Transformer–and I did almost all the final work on the B train between Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn and mid-town Manhattan.

This is the real world, but I can’t help hoping that I’ll be able to focus better on the next draft.  I’ve quit my job and will be sailing the Long Island Sound for the next couple of weeks.  Our final deadline is June 15, and I’ll be able to turn around drafts much quicker without a day job.

I can’t wait to hear her feedback on the edits!

My Bois Got Picked!

I wrote a while back about submitting a story, Teamwork, to Sacchi Green for a boi-themed anthology.  Pending final Cleis Press acceptance, I’m in!

Thanks for choosing my story, Sacchi.  It’ll be great if we can do a reading for this book like we did for Girl Fever.  That was so much fun.

Submitting to Sacchi Green

I’ve submitted a story to Sacchi Green, for a new anthology she’s putting together, Me and My Boi.  I love the Erotica Readers and Writer’s Association website for calls for submissions, among other reasons.

“Teamwork” is about a couple of college jocks – racing sailors – who decide to complicate their partnership by acting on their desires.  I don’t go on and on about either of them being particularly masculine, but the story is largely about strength and they are both more boi-ish than not.

Mostly, I’d love to have another short story in an anthology edited by Sacchi.  The reading she put together for Girl Fever was a high point of last year.  I performed Floating in Space, nervous and excited, for a New York audience in the revered Bluestockings bookstore on the Lower East Side.  I wrote a post about the day on my sailing website.

me doing a reading at Bluestocking Bookstore

I also signed a couple books.  Exhilarating milestones for a new author!

me signing a book at Bluestocking Bookstore

I’ll be doing a lot more readings and signings in the future, but Sacchi made that first one possible.  I hope she likes my story!