Banned Books Week: 2016

I usually keep a better watch on the date so it sneaked up on little cat paws this year. It’s Banned Books Weeks, that week we mock other people’s attempts to dictate morality celebrate the freedom to read whatever the fuck we want. There’s a list of the most challenged books of the prior year (or decade, or all time), generally via a school board or library. Below are links and lists and opinion and all that rot. Stop here if you want to avoid all that foolishness. Continue reading “Banned Books Week: 2016”

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Petri Update: Summer Edition

It’s been several busy months since I’ve posted an update to my favorite space couple. Most of the new material needed to flesh out the front end of the novel is now complete and I can work towards weaving in existing material. This process has been slower than I’d like, but I confess to enjoying the summer weather (and new book releases) a bit too much to have proper motivation. All in all, here’s the lowdown on progress: Continue reading “Petri Update: Summer Edition”

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”

Tuesday Tidbit: Awakening

Before the weather reminded me that I now in the PNW and spring can be both picture-postcard pretty and a misty, chilly grey, I took a notebook to my favorite table at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market, sat in the sun, and wrote whatever came to mind. It was as much to see if I could get anything accomplished while at a public venue as it was to enjoy the sunshine. I got a few things written down, not as much as I’d like, but I work better on a computer than a notebook. This is one of the things I jotted down. Continue reading “Tuesday Tidbit: Awakening”

Flash Fiction: The Blood Lottery

Defiance at the Blood Lottery takes an unexpected turn.

It’s been ages since I’ve participated in one of Chuck Wendig‘s flash prompts, but this week tossed a baited hook into the ol’ brain pond and trapped a rabid plot bunny. Last week Chuck asked his readers to give him titles. This week, he chose ten that struck his fancy, posted them up, and asked that we choose one and take it for a spin. This title hooked me hard and it was difficult not to go into a lot more detail than I did. This was a mean, vicious, evil plot bunny that I intend to nurture…er, no, no, I mean, lock away forever and ever. After this short. Yeah. That’s it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Blood Lottery”

Petri Update: Watch as I Plod Along…

Progress on Petri and a quick teaser.

Well, another month has come and gone since the last update, so I’m popping in to hold myself accountable for my progress. A few legitimate things impeded workflow over the past month. Taxes – ’nuff said. We took a trip down to Portland, OR, for a three day weekend for our 25th anniversary. We came home from Portland  with a nasty cold that bordered on flu-like symptoms which meant we were doped up ’til the world went spinny. We’re still struggling to get over it. Still…here’s how things are going on the Petri front, along with a snippet of the new material. Continue reading “Petri Update: Watch as I Plod Along…”

Flash Short: CityFest

A piece of flash fiction…just because.

I was going through my files today and stumbled across this old short. I’d posted it to another site, now defunct, back in 2012 and promptly forgot about it. It’s a flash piece. A little longer than most at 2700 words, but still too short to be anything else. It’s very loosely based on every small-town Southern city festival I’ve ever been to – from the booths to the petty politics. I dusted it off, read over it, added some things, removed some things, and cleaned it up a bit. Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Flash Short: CityFest”