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September 2009

Welcome to Bywater Books

Dear Readers,

Welcome once again! And here it is, the latest roundup of all things Bywater.

This month, we're celebrating a new release: Thicker Than Water, the Third Kit O'Malley mystery by Lindy Cameron. To find out more about this great Australian writer, see the Author Profile below.

And we're also celebrating awards to two of our authors: Marcia Finical and Elana Dykewomon. See Bywater Media below.

We're on the lookout too for new authors: see News from Bywater below.

The countdown to P-town continues. We told you last time that we're teaming up with Kate Clinton. Such was the interest that the venue has now changed — we have been moved to a larger space. The timing has also changed — same day, just a half-hour earlier! For more details, including news of a giveaway for early birds, see Bywater in P-town below.

As always, we at Bywater strive to bring you the finest in
lesbian romance, mystery, and literary fiction.

Till next time!

Kelly Smith
Marianne K. Martin
Val McDermid

Hot Off the Press
Thicker Than Water
The Third Kit O'Malley Mystery
Thicker Than Water

by Lindy Cameron

Kit O'Malley is back–tougher, smarter, and more dangerous than ever. And this time it's not just her smart mouth that gets Kit into trouble.

In her favorite bar, owned by her friend Angie, a bloodless corpse is found. Kit is on the scene and determined to do what she can. But Detective-Sergeant Graham Parker is in charge, which does nothing to reassure Kit that the real killer will be found.

Then the corpse is identified as a member of a notorious crime family — and a bad situation has just got a whole lot worse. It seems like the city is heading for a violent gang war. Kit must pick her way through the Melbourne underworld, dealing with characters like Doghouse Dixon and Will Thumpya, and ending up in the kitchen of crime matriarch Queenie Riley.

Sure, the PI with the mean right hook knows how to look after herself, but asking the right questions of the wrong people soon drags Kit's friends into danger. As her personal life and work life get ever more entangled, Kit struggles with events that are fast moving beyond her control …

Lindy Cameron lives on the Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne, Australia.

Lesbian Fiction 424 pp ISBN 978-1-932859-40-9

At fine bookstores everywhere
or order directly from Bywater Books.

Author Profile

Lindy Cameron

Lindy Cameron

Lindy writes about crime — both fiction and fact.

She introduced Kit O'Malley, PI, in Blood Guilt, first published in Australia in 1998. The second book in the series, Bleeding Hearts, won the Readers' Vote in two of Australia's most prestigious awards for crime writing: the Ned Kelly Awards 2001 and the Davitt Awards 2002. Both titles are available from Bywater Books and our new release, Thicker than Water, won the Readers' Vote of the Davitt Awards, 2004.

Blood Guilt
Before becoming a popular author, Lindy worked as a journalist and book editor. Her first novel, Golden Relic, was an archaeological adventure published in 1998 in ten monthly installments on the Internet. It was commissioned by the Museum of Victoria, to promote the International Council of Museums conference held in Melbourne that year. And it may have made Lindy the first writer to earn money from the then fledgling writer. Certainly, Stephen King didn't try for another couple of years — and he didn't make much money when he did, either.

Bleeding Hearts
When not writing fiction, Lindy is a National Co-Convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia and has edited its magazine Stiletto for nearly 17 years. Recently she has also written and edited various anthologies of true crime. Making things up, though, is what she prefers, and she is currently at work on two novels. Watch this space!

She lives mostly happily on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula — on the southern coastline of Australia — with her long-time partner Michele and their menagerie of animals, both feline and canine!

Bywater Trivia

Every month Bywater holds a prize draw. To enter, just answer a simple question — it will always be about our authors or our books.

All of the correct answers will be thrown into a hat. The first one to be picked out will win!

This month's question is:

Who is Kit O'Malley's girlfriend?

The prize this month is a copy of Mouths of Babes by Stella Duffy. Stella is a prolific writer, winner of the Crime Writer's Association Macallan Short Story Dagger; longlisted for the Orange Prize; and Winner of the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2008. Mouths of Babes features Saz Martin, PI, and had the critics reaching for their superlatives.

Send answers to us by e-mail at or by post to the address in the righthand column above — see To Order Books.

News from Bywater

At Bywater we put our money where our mouth is. We're here to publish the best in lesbian fiction, and the best authors — and we're keen to find the best new voices. That's why we established the Bywater Prize for Fiction, and it's done what we always hoped: found authors whose work has been variously described as "irresistible" and "powerful."

Marcia Finical was the first winner with Last Chance at the Lost and Found. Next, we found Jill Malone: Red Audrey and the Roping was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. And our most recent winner was Z Egloff: Verge has just been published.

In the first year of the Prize, Bett Norris and Mari SanGiovanni were the runners-up and they are now both published by Bywater.

We're very proud of all five authors. Their work has helped to establish the reputation of the Prize. It's a high standard they've set — but we're confident that somewhere there's a new writer able to reach it. Maybe that's you.

The deadline is fast approaching to enter your manuscript for this year's contest. For further details, see Bywater Prize for Fiction opposite.

Bywater Events

Cynn Chadwick
will be teaching a Master Fiction Workshop during Women's Week in Provincetown, MA, on Friday, October 16.
For more information:
Or contact:

Elana Dykewomon
will read at Montclair Women's Cultural Arts on Thursday, October 15.
This is an all-women event and all women are welcome.
1650 Mountain Blvd, Oakland (Montclair).
For more information: 510-654-4088

Z Egloff
will appear at
· Charis Books & More on Friday, September 4, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
1189 Euclid Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
For more information: http//
Or contact: 404-524-0304

will be part of
· the Three Debut Authors panel of the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, September 5 at 1:45 p.m.
For more information:

Bywater in P-town

Cynn Chadwick, Z Egloff, Marcia Finical, Marianne K. Martin, Bett Norris, and Mari SanGiovanni will be signing books at Womencrafts on:

· Thursday, October 15: 2 – 4 p.m.

· Friday, October 16: 2 – 4 p.m.

· Saturday, October 17: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

They will also be hosting A Night of Wine and Cheese, again at Womencrafts, on Thursday, October 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

And they will be teaming up with Kate Clinton on the Herstory=(Y)Ourstory panel at the Paramount Showroom of The Crown & Anchor, on Saturday, October 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Listen to a lively authors' chat about writing — from the nuts 'n bolts of pens and PCs to the challenges of penis and P.C. — all in the context of today's book biz. Bring those questions you've always wanted to ask!
And be sure to come in good time: the first 10 people through the door will receive a goody bag from Byater Books!

Bywater Books would like to thank The Crown & Anchor for their hospitality. Please enjoy a meal at the Central House at The Crown & Anchor.

Bywater Media

We're delighted to say that our authors have been picking up awards!

Many congratulations to Marcia Finical: with Last Chance at the Lost and Found, she won a "Goldie" for best General Dramatic Fiction from the Golden Crown Literary Society. We think that's very impressive for a first-time author! Particularly because she shared the award with two more experienced authors: Dani O'Connor and Ellen Hart, a veteran with over 20 novels to her name!

Many congratulations too to Elana Dykewomon: with Risk, her recently published novel, she won this year's James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize, awarded by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. The book has also been requested for consideration for the Stonewall Award — we're keeping our fingers crossed, Elana!

And just in case you missed them, both Z Egloff and Marianne K. Martin have recorded interviews for the radio blog on Neither have yet been added to the website, but keep checking, they'll be online soon!

The Virtual World

When they're not writing the books you love, your favorite authors are writing their blogs, creating websites, and updating their social networking sites.

Lindy Cameron

Cynn Chadwick

Stella Duffy
You can also find her on Library Thing and

Elana Dykewomon
You can also find her on Facebook and Red Room.

Z Egloff
You can also find her on Facebook and Red Room.

Marcia Finical
You can find Marcia on Facebook.

Jill Malone
You can also find her on Facebook and MySpace.

Marianne K. Martin
You can also find her on Facebook, MySpace, and Red Room.

Val McDermid

Bett Norris
You can also find her on Facebook, MySpace, and Red Room.

Mari SanGiovanni
You can also find her on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

Issue: 4
In This Issue
Hot Off the Press
Author Profile
News from Bywater
Bywater Events
Bywater in P-town
Bywater Media
The Virtual World
Quick Links

Bywater Books

About Bywater

Bywater Prize for Fiction Submissions

Bloody Brits

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to win.

This month we're giving away an i-Tunes gift certficate–to the
value of $20.

Everyone who orders books from us during September — whether online, by mail order, or by phone — will be entered into a
prize drawer.

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Bywater Prize for Fiction

At Bywater Books, we celebrate books written for lesbians, about lesbians, and we're here to publish the best authors.

If you're a writer with something to say, please enter the Bywater Prize for Fiction.

The winner will receive $1000 and publication by Bywater Books.

For those in second and third place, there is a prize of $200 and $100 respectively.

The deadline for this year's competition is October 31, 2009. That's plenty of time for you to polish up your manuscript.

So, what are you waiting for? We want to hear from you.

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