Kelly Sinclair is a novelist, digital artist and songwriter living in Central Texas. Her science-fiction novel, In the Now, was a 2013 finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. She is a native of the Texas Panhandle. Educated as a journalist, she contributes articles on socially-conscious issues. Her digital artwork and photographs have been featured in art galleries, while her songs have been covered by a variety of performers. For book talks, other appearances and inquiries, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stunning conclusion to the Tantona Trilogy, that started with Accidental Rebels, and continued in If the Wind Were a Woman.
In the summer of 1951, a hate crime happened in a small Texas town. It was covered up at the time, but the deadly event changed the lives of everyone involved. One of those, E.L. "Marty" Signoret, went on to write a famous young adult novel.
Now in her eighties, Marty returns to Tantona, Texas, accompanied by her young would-be biographer. Marty is there for the funeral of Roberta--the closeted lesbian who left a path of wounded lovers in her wake.
Roberta Steinhall, beautiful and ruthless, was the queen of the closet for over sixty years, yet she must have been a teenager once. Must have been ready to risk everything for the love of a girl. That girl was Marty.
A house burned down; a life was lost. Lies were told and secrets buried. Now Marty is ready to tell the truth to a circle of lesbians and gay men who knew Roberta in her prime.
In flashbacks that comprise most of the novel, we relive that summer of '51, where a Latino man courts Marty's married sister, a Jewish girl tries to keep her Christian boyfriend under wraps--and teen lovers Marty and Roberta are faced with a life-or-death decision.
Debra Shanrahan, a veterinarian in New South Wales, Australia, anticipates a typical day of treating hogs and other livestock. The first hog she treats seems to be suffering from an unusually bad bout of bronchitis. Hardly cause for alarm-until the hog's owner and others who were on the farm turn up dead from suspected pneumonia. Within days, people all over the world are falling suddenly, terminally ill with a virulent strain of flu. Governments either overreact or fail to take any action, but all too soon it becomes undeniably apparent that the unthinkable has happened: the Australian hog's illness has jumped from the swine species to the human species, and there's no known treatment, no cure, and no way to contain it. The pandemic decimates the population in every corner of the globe. But oddly, some people are resisting the virus, even if directly exposed to carriers. Who are these hardy survivors? They are, for the most part, a group that was previously despised, mostly unloved, and only fitfully tolerated. They are the gays and lesbians. Men and women who were once marginalized in many societies are now elevated to be leaders and redeemers who must find their way in a world where the old rules no longer apply. God, or Fate, or the Omniscient Divine has intervened and forever changed the hierarchy. Follow the riveting stories of Debra and others who survive, in their struggle to triumph over biological Armageddon and create a new world.
Barbara Wolfe's safe, undercover life in Tantona is disrupted by Darlene Fisher, a woman with a dangerous boyfriend and who, it turns out, is keeping a big secret about her past.
Can Barbara survive coming out circa 1975 in a small Texas town? Her family and small circle of friends are determined to make that happen. It all comes to a head at a dance where country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter are performing.
This is the first in the Tantona Trilogy, and is set in 1989.
In it, we meet three women: Mandy, a young reporter struggling with her orientation; Tina, a librarian who fears that her family's history of Huntington's disease is about to come true for her; and Cat, a platonically married bookkeeper about to launch her new-wave band.
Mandy thinks the connection only extends to their sexual orientation, but soon finds out that roots run much deeper. Can spitfire Sharron help her unravel the ties that bind?
Getting Back is a revenge tale about two sisters who return incognito to the small Texas town that destroyed their childhood and their family. Nichole Wilson is hit with a flood of visceral, wounding memories when in an Austin restaurant she sees one of the men who brutally sexually assaulted her older brother in high school.
Her family, the Dandridges, were newcomers to isolated Ivanhold and were met by hazing from the town's residents. Between the incessant bullying, her father's wrongful arrest on burglary charges, and, worst of all, the attack on her brother, Nichole has reason enough to hold a grudge--a lethal grudge.
We witness her careful planning that revolves around the two men she knows committed the assault, trying to determine who else might have been involved. Then her sister Andi Vanderbilt also shows up in Ivanhold to find out what kind of revenge Nichole is planning. Will Andi stop her, or is she offering a back-door escape?
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