Monday, October 29, 2007

My newest novel is out!

Finally! My newest novel is out!

The Wives of Marty Winters

The official publication date will be this Saturday, Nov. 3, which is also the day for Tacoma Word and the launch of the ClaytonWorks Publishing website.

I will be selling and signing copies at Tacoma Word, the celebration of Puget Sound literary artists Saturday, at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma. Complete information is available at

A book description, brief excerpt and purchase information will be available on our new ClaytonWorks Publishing Web site at

To get a signed copy, call or e-mail me at 360-556-4259

The story:

Gay rights activist Selena Winters is shot in the head while giving a speech at the Seattle Pride celebration. She is rushed to the hospital and a blood clot is removed from her brain. Family members gather to wait and see if she will ever regain consciousness.

Gathered at her bedside are:
their daughter, Marianne
their son, William and his life partner, Jake;
and Chloe, their transsexual housemate.

Family conversations lead back to old conflicts and to memories of Marty's first wife, Maria, and the night they met at a high school dance in Marty's hometown of Olympia, Washington.

After a whirlwind courtship and a few brief months of marriage, Maria dumps him and takes off he knows not where.

Marty's obsession with finding Maria leads him not to her but to a strange religious commune in Nashville, Tennessee in the summer of 1970 where he meets his second wife, Maria, who is now in a coma.

The Wives of Marty Winters is not so much a mystery based on the shooting of Maria, her eventual fate, and the search for the shooter as it is a love story and a family saga covering half a century in the lives of Marty and his friends and family members.

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