Since I learned to read and write, I’ve wanted to become an author. In January 2015, Dreamspinner Press published What’s in a Name? and I fulfilled a life-long dream. Then Dreamspinner published seven more novellas in the series over the next two years.

Not only has my dream come true, but I feel like I’ve won the lottery, the Super Bowl, and every other big prize that’s out there. There is no feeling in the world like accomplishing something that in the back of your mind you never thought you could do.

The preface material at the beginning of each book says: “During the recession at the beginning of the 21st century, many gays and lesbians moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento to the Sierra Foothills. FLAG (Foothills Lesbians and Gays) was formed. This series was written for them.”

While that’s important and gives a little background as to why I wrote the series, to me, this additional statement at the beginning of every book is even more important and comes from my heart: “To Jake, Becca, and Sarah without whose help and love I would have given up long ago. Thank you all so much.  I love you!”

I want to add, to everyone who’s read the series, I love you, too. Thank you for helping me make my dreams come true.


About What’s in a Name?

Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.


Where to find What’s in a Name?



About Pat Henshaw

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado,Pat_Henshaw_Small_FB_Logo_Fin Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

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Email: patoisca@yahoo.com