Meet the Character

The inestimable Sarah A. Hoyt tagged me to take part in a “meet the character” blog tour and I, in a fit of madness, agreed. You’ll understand the madness in a moment. To find Sarah’s introduction of her character, Seraphim Ainsling, the Duke of Darkwater, main character of Witchfinder (Magical Empires) , click here. The reason I say I was in a fit of madness when I accepted the “invitation” is that I knew better. […]

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And the madness continues

The other day over at Mad Genius Club, I talked about the full moon craziness that seemed to be in a perpetual state of late. I’ll admit that I’ve wondered if part of by problem has been due to a number of real life issues that have been forcing me to turn attention to them and away from my work. The result has been an even lower threshold for suffering fools than […]

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Labor Day Thoughts . . .

. . . are few and far between this morning. Do any substantive post is going to have to wait until my brain decides it is time to wake up. Until then, I wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day of the Great Labor Day Promotional Sale. Thirty or so authors are offering 80-plus titles for $2.99 or less. If you haven’t already taken a look, please do so. […]

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Don’t listen to the naysayers

(Before I get started, don’t forget that the Great Labor Day Promotional Sale is still going on. More than 30 authors, including yours truly, are offering 80-plus titles for $2.99 or less.  For more information, and to see a complete list of the offerings, click here.) As an indie and small press published author, I’m used to seeing posts from editors and agents claiming that you haven’t earned the title of “author” […]

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A few links and a sale

Just a quick reminder that the Great Labor Day Promotional Sale is still going on. More than thirty authors are taking part with 80-plus books being offered at $2.99 or less. You can find a complete listing by clicking here or by clicking on the Labor Day Promotional Sale tab above. A couple of blogs I think everyone should read this morning revolve around yet more insanity in the SF/F world, this […]

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Labor Day Weekend Promotional Sale is Here!

I’ve been teasing and talking about it for a week or so now and the day has finally come. Between now and Monday, more than 30 authors are putting 80-plus titles for sale. All titles are listed at $2.99 or less. (Of course, I always recommend you confirm the price before hitting the enter button. Mistakes do happen and delays in price drops occasionally occur.) You can find the full list of […]

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Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

Death is inevitable. I wrote those three words several years ago as part of the opening of one of my books. It’s a truth we can’t escape, no matter how hard we try. The knowledge of the inevitability of it doesn’t help ease the pain when it comes and it came to my home this morning. Almost ten years ago, we did something we had done before. We “rescued” a dog. It […]

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Strong women in science fiction – a few thoughts

Earlier today, I read a comment from someone complaining that the women characters in science fiction are nothing but “men with boobs”. He longed for the days when female characters resembled those written by Jane Austen or appeared in Shakespearean comedies. The gist of his argument was that male conservative authors are basically giving preference to female leads who can hold their own with their male counterparts. There is more to it but, […]

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Look what’s coming

First off, I have a post up at Mad Genius Club this morning. Please check it out. Next, I want to let everyone know about a promotion a number of indie and hybrid authors, including yours truly, will be taking part in over the Labor Day Weekend. Starting Friday and running through Monday, more than 100 titles will be listed at $2.99 or less. Whether you like science fiction or fantasy, romance […]

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TANSTAAFL

(Edited to add a quick welcome to everyone coming over from According to Hoyt.) I first came across TANSTAAFL years ago. It was a hot, humid summer day in the “wonderful” city of Ardomre, Oklahoma. For those of you lucky enough to have never had to spend any time in Ardmore, think of it this way. For a teenager too young to drive but too old to be satisfied playing by herself […]

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