labor day weekend

First, announcement: I’m going to be participating in the Literary Nymphs m/m chat going on all this weekend. It’ll be at their Yahoo group. Lots of great authors are participating, so it’s worth stopping by.

And to any of you going to Dragon*Con in Atlanta this weekend, I have sent a proxy! Or, a few close friends of mine are attending, and I sent them with a stack of postcards advertising my books. If you see a very tall woman dressed as a cyberwoman (basically, a sexy robot from the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood) handing out Kate McMurray postcards, say hi!

I have a book being published by Loose Id in October that I’m pretty psyched about. The protagonists are rival historians who run afoul of a pair of ghosts. It’s my first attempt at dipping my toe in paranormal waters, but it was fun to write—I adore these characters. I’m a little bit of a history nerd myself. I’m particularly interested in 19th Century America. Which maybe explains why my new obsession this summer has been watching what I think of as junk shows, those shows where people find old junk and get it appraised for fun and profit. Like “Antiques Roadshow” on on crack. “Pawn Stars” is my favorite, but I’ve also seen a lot of “American Pickers” and “Storage Wars” (the latter mostly fun because the cast is entertaining). I love those quirky bits of history, the documents and books and ephemera that get passed down.

Here’s a tiny preview. There are two scenes in the new novel (called Across the East River Bridge) that take place in the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library. I found these photos last week. Check ’em out.

I plan to spend a big chunk of this weekend getting stuff together for GayRomLit in October. So excited!