Happy Solstice, everyone! In celebration of this most balanced and auspicious day, I thought I’d share a sneak peek of “The City of Shadows,” book 3 in the Giaco & Luca series. Between returning to teaching after my medical leave, and working on stuff related to my other pen name, I’ve been much slower than […]Read more "Get a Sneak Peek of “The City of Shadows”! Plus this week’s selection of giveaways"
Happy Midsummer, everyone! Yes, it’s that time, when the days are the longest (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) and the nights are the shortest. Also, incidentally, the time of my birthday. So in order to celebrate both these events, “The Dreaming Land I” is free this weekend on Kindle! Gosh, I’d forgotten what […]Read more "Celebrate the Solstice and Get “The Dreaming Land I” for Free!"
Happy June, everyone! Gosh, where is the time going? Seems like 2019 just started, and here it is June already. That means my medical leave is almost up, although classes don’t actually start until the end of August. I was hoping to be miraculously cured by now, but alas, that is not the case. The best I […]Read more "Get a Sneak Peek of the Cover for “Half a Dream”! Plus This Week’s Selection of Giveaways"
Oh boy! It’s a weekend of exciting news! First of all, it’s the official launch of my Italian-themed fantasy mystery novella “The Shadowy Man“! It’s currently free on Kindle; you can grab a copy here. And, as always, reviews will be highly appreciated! Second of all, OWS CyCon 2019 is going on May 17-19! What, […]Read more "Come Say Hi at OWS CyCon and Grab a FREE Copy of “The Shadowy Man”!"
Lads, lads, lads! By which I mean mainly ladies. It’s here! It’s finally here! The official launch of The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is upon us, and in celebration of that, it’s free on Kindle December 15-19. Grab a free copy of TDLIII for Kindle here. And as always, a huge thanks to reviewers past, present, […]Read more "Giving More Than You Take: Fantasy and Philosophy (And Free New Books!)"
Happy December! Yes, it’s the last month of 2018 already! How did that even happen? Somehow it seems like this has been such a long year…and at the same time, such a short one. Have I really accomplished anything in the past year? Have any of us? What are we doing with our lives?!?!! (howl […]Read more "Checking up on Chekhov, Part II: Other People’s Suffering (Plus free books to cheer you up afterwards!)"
In my last post I talked about how I incorporated the story of Gray Wolf into my books. With Hurricane Florence currently playing will-she-won’t-she with my part of North Carolina, today seemed like a good time to talk about how I worked various forms of magical water creatures into my stories, along with some good […]Read more "Stormy weather: Rusalki, Vodyaniye, and other forms of water magic in modern fantasy"
Before I jump into the meat of this post, I have a request! One that should be pretty simple and easy to fulfill. The official release date of The Dreaming Land isn’t until September 22, AKA the equinox, but I’ve already published the paperback of Book 1 so that people can start posting reviews. So if you […]Read more "Was Baba Yaga Really So Bad, Anyway?"
Last week I wrote about writing with/about altered perceptions. This week, in keeping with the same trend, I thought I’d write a little more about altered perceptions, and some of the sources of inspiration for my characters and stories. Having your perceptions altered in some way can be terrifying, and certainly makes things difficult, but […]Read more "Synesthesia and Other Sources of Inspiration"
My characters are not only imaginary, they exist in an imaginary fantasy world. But they still have real-world prototypes or examples. Although I thought them up on my own, I’ve found some real-world examples of what they might look or be like. My main country in The Zemnian Trilogy is, of course, Zem’ (“Earth” or “Land”). But […]Read more "Fantasy characters come to life! With music videos, sword dancing, and free books!"