Thrifty Thursday: Shoes & Shifters

In what I hope to become a regular feature (if I don’t wander off again), I’m combining two of my favorite things: thrift store finds and book sales. A note for those who aren’t familiar with me. I love thrift stores, adore them. I buy stuff there as gifts for others, supplies for crafts, clothing because… c’mon, $3 for a shirt with the tags still on it?, and books. All the books! So, when I poke fun at the stuff found at thrift stores, I’m not trying to be mean or making a comment on those who shop there out of financial necessity. However, if you’ve ever gone to a thrift store, you know there are always a few… shall we say unusual items. Those are the true gems and what I hope to target. So… today, I focus on shoes!
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Rec a Series: The Edge

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. This month’s spotlight is on a lesser known series by one of my favorite urban fantasy authors. Best known for their kick-ass heroine Kate Daniels, the husband/wife team of Ilona Andrews also created a world of multiple dimensions. The Broken—a world without magic but with things like cell phones and Walmart. Our world. The real world? Then there’s the Weird where magic runs high. Bluebloods rule, changelings are shut away as children and trained to be an elite but expendable fighting force, and the air force consists of griffins. But the most fascinating stories? Those dwell in the Edge. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Edge”

ReRelease: The Fox’s Mate

Look at that new cover. Isn’t it shiny?

In 2011, I wrote a serialized historical romance called Emeralds and Ice. The main leads, a nobleman and a poor orphan, met and fell in love amidst danger and mystery and misunderstandings.Together, they vanquished the bad guy and ran off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Their names were Draike Weatherby and Olivia Lawrence. Three years after writing that story, I dragged it into the modern era, threw in some shifters and vampires, renamed it The Fox’s Mate, and published it through a small press. Last week, rights in hand, I rereleased it as an Amazon exclusive to experiment with Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading “ReRelease: The Fox’s Mate”

Rec a Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’m a sucker for stories that meddle with history. I’m really a sucker for those that play around with mythology. When I stumbled across one that not only plays with one myth but with every single one imaginable, I knew I’d found a favorite. Having a hilariously pervy hound doesn’t hurt, either. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles”

Flash Fiction: A Day at the Zoo

Xavier wrestles with boredom at the zoo

Last week, my family flew up for a visit. We dragged them all around Seattle, took them to our favorite restaurants, and taught them the real meaning of the phrase “fuck this hill…in the EAR.” They flew out early in the afternoon, and while I’m sorry to see them leave I was happy for a bit of time to sit and write. Did I work on the edits of Petri? Oh no of course not! Instead, I dug up another old flash piece that’s been languishing on my computer. The original is from 2013, and after a read-through I felt it needed a makeover. So, I added about 500 words, altered the tone a bit, changed the protagonist’s name (as I’d since used it elsewhere), and made him into a bit of an unapologetic asshole.I hope you enjoy him. I did! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: A Day at the Zoo”