Monday, July 25, 2011

The Joy of Re-finding Treasures

One of the joys of authors publishing their backlists electronically is finding some old friends that have been out of print for years.

One of my favorite authors in the '70's and '80's is Lee Killough.  For those who may not know, Lee excelled in mixing the police procedural with sci-fi and fantasy.  If her Garreth Mikaelian series was published today, it would fall solidly in the urban fantasy sub-genre.

I was excited to stumble across a couple of Lee's books when I surfed Amazon over the weekend.  Maybe, just maybe, we'll see more of her books that she's regained rights to on Kindle soon.  Keep your fingers crossed, folks!

Friday, July 22, 2011

RIP Borders

For those of you who haven't heard, Borders is closing its doors.  The going-out-of-business sale starts today, and experts believe all assets will be sold by the end of September.  The company simply got to the point where the bankruptcy judge and everyone else involved knew it would never be solvent again.

While I'm queen of the coupons and good deals at home, this development still makes me sad as both a reader and as a writer.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

There Will Be a Slight Delay

For those of you asking about Seasons of Magick: Summer, it will not be out on July 25th as I planned.  It's totally my fault.  I over-committed to things, and did not adequately plan my time.  The last thing I want is to put up a product that is not my 100% best.  As soon as I have a definite release date, I will be sure to post it.

Thank you so much for all your encouragement!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Harry Delay

Well, we didn't go see The Deathly Hallows, Part 2, after all this weekend.  GK wanted to wait until one of his friends was back from visiting her grandparents in California and bring her along.  Yes, he's two weeks shy of his eleventh birthday, but he's already planning dinner and a movie with a female companion.  Neteru help me when puberty really kicks in!

That doesn't mean we had no Harry Potter at all.  Starting Wednesday night, we had a HP marathon with the other seven movies.  The only one I totally missed was The Prisoner of Azkaban, so I may have to slip it in the player after I get home from the Day Job tomorrow night.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Countdown to the End

The countdown 'til Sunday has begun at our house.  That's when we're heading to the local cineplex to catch Harry Potter and the Deathly Halllows, Part 2.

J.K. Rowling and her characters have been a defining mark in GK's life. (For those new to my blogs, GK is my soon-to-be eleven-year-old Genius Kid.)  Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone was the first 'big kid' book we read together.  In fact, me reading the series aloud was a nightly ritual for the whole family for several years.

And it seems that the end of the movie series, marks the passage of GK from childhood to teen years.  Just as it marks the entry of the character and the actor who's played him the last eleven years into adulthood.

It's bittersweet from a mom's perspective.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Too Many Stories

LOL  It never fails.  When I'm working hard to finish a project, some new shiny idea pops into my head.  I scribble a few notes and go back to trying to complete Project #1.

Then my subconscious teases me by working on Project #2 in my dreams.  I think Neil Gaiman got it right when he showed that Dream is a far more dangerous adversary than Death ever will be.

What do y'all do when temptation strikes, whether it be in the form of new shoes or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or whatever your heart desires?

Thursday, July 7, 2011


In the feedback I've received for my first two novels, I've noticed an interesting phenomenon.  Female readers overwhelmingly prefer Caesar, the hero of Blood Magick. Male readers overwhelmingly prefer Duncan from Zombie Love.

Granted Blood Magick leans more toward a romance and Zombie Love more toward an action-adventure story, but I'm not sure that accounts for the sharp divide.

So, for those of you who've read either or both books, which gentleman do you prefer and why?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What I'm Reading This Summer

Normally, July and August are a pretty slow months for certain book releases, but 2011 has an explosion of some of my must-buy SF&F authors.

Kitty's Big Touble - Carrie Vaughn
Heartless - Gail Carriger
Undead and Undermined - MaryJanice Davidson
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin
Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
Retribution - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Anybody else have a must-read favorite author coming out?  What do you love about his/her writing?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Inaugural Post


It's been a crazy six months!

I leapt into the publishing waters with both feet, and I now have three e-books, from two different series, up on various retailer sites.  And more are coming.

This blog is for those readers who have questions about my books and who want to discuss them.  I admit my primary goal is to entertain you, the reader.  And I defintely hope I've succeeded.

So tell me what you think.  Which heroes do you love?  What will do you think will happen next in each series?  Will Sam's appetite ever taper off?

Thanks bunches for reading!