The Dreaming Land III is almost here! I’m planning to do the last formatting and prep this weekend, and it should be ready for launch by December. Meanwhile, if you’re thirsting for more fantasy, why not check out the Magic and Fantasy Giveaway, with over 100 free fantasy stories available, including, if you don’t have a […]Read more "What to read, what to read… Recommendations, giveaways, and excerpts."
Goodness! Is it another weekend already? It is! And the leaves are finally starting to turn here in North Carolina, and it might get down below freezing. Not that fall is late or anything. I mean, it’s only November. The world isn’t getting out of balance, is it? Okay, so maybe it is. Scratch that: […]Read more "Two Women are Not Enough: A World Out of Balance"
Happy weekend, everyone! Today’s a very special weekend for me for a whole bunch of reasons, so I’ll just jump straight into them. First of all, I’m doing a free giveaway of The Dreaming Land II: The Journey on Kindle this week! Now seems like a great place to give a shout-out to all everyone who’s posted […]Read more "Virtual FantasyCon, Free New Releases, Giveaways…What More Could a Fantasy-Lover Want?"
While I’m currently gearing up for the big promo for The Dreaming Land II next week (the eBook will be free then on Kindle; it’s currently free to read on KU if you’re in the mood, or you can grab a copy of the paperback), I also have a joint release coming up on October 31, one […]Read more "Dragon/Vampire Fantasy? Why Not!"
It’s an age-old problem–or maybe a problem peculiar to the modern era. Humans are drawn to violence like moths to the flame. Warn them against it, describe its horrors, and you’ll only inflame them further. So how do you create art about violence without inciting it? This is something I’ve been discussing a lot of […]Read more "Torture Without Porn: Can You Write About Violence Without Fetishizing It?"
Well, it was a close one this week, with the Carolinas getting hit unexpectedly hard by Hurricane Michael. Luckily for me, I was not one of the hundreds of thousands of people to lose power, which means I have been spending my fall break busily working away to get The Dreaming Land II ready for publication. I’m […]Read more "Racing like Wolves: Writing Medieval Russian Epics into Contemporary Fantasy"
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who helped in whatever way with the launch of The Dreaming Land I, which was my most successful promo and launch ever! An especially big thanks to those who have provided reviews, and of course reviews can be posted on Amazon at any time 🙂 I’ll be gearing […]Read more "Most Successful Promo Ever, and Musical Interlude"
Today is the day! Yes indeed! It’s finally here! Nearly four years after she first appeared on the page, Valya is finally officially published! The Dreaming Land I is free on Kindle for a limited time here. There’s also a paperback version if your bent runs that way. Last I checked it was already climbing the charts […]Read more "It’s here! The Dreaming Land I is officially launched into orbit!"
Last week those of us in the Carolinas got a reminder of how we’re all connected to everything, including things we’d maybe rather not be, like hurricanes. Nature, as it turns out, is indifferent to those kinds of petty desires. The question of how we are all interconnected, whether we like it or not, and […]Read more "Eowyn and Anna Karenina: Freedom, Responsibility, and Power"
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"