This is part of the ongoing WIP, which I really ought to link up I suppose, or not and you’ll have to buy it when I’m done! *** There were lamps. Lamps, and candles, and Bonnie knelt next to the chest, looking up at John with her hands full of slightly honey-scented tapers. “We could… Read More Odd Prompts: Special Delivery
(links are affiliate links – if you buy through them, it supports this blog a little bit) The print version of the anthology is now available! Eleven stories about young folks having adventures, ranging from epic fantasy settings to space opera. The pivotal point of their lives is changing, but they have family, and that’s… Read More Books! Books!
This last year was weird, and good, and, well, weird. I wrote a lot more than you all saw from me, but I couldn’t talk about it. Now, finally, I can start to reveal some of the secret projects. Three of them, to be specific. I don’t think there was any planning in this,… Read More Anthologies Galore!
This is a story I wrote about 6 years ago. I know it’s short, and doesn’t really have a resolution that might satisfy, but I also know I’m unlikely to revisit this world. I’m posting it because I’ve been tired and busy with real life and I thought some of you might enjoy this vignette.… Read More Ice Dragon
Looking for something to read? I’ve got a few fun suggestions, and one that you may want to avoid. The covers are clickable links if you want to learn more about any title. And I’ve done something a little different with the reviews, for those of you who are Indie Authors and read my blog.… Read More Book Reviews!
I must confess, I have been a somewhat cranky reader recently. Here’s the thing: I hear complaints about the quality of books available in KU all the time. Having my own in that pool makes me wince a little when I see those criticisms. But… It’s all true. You know what else is true?… Read More Books to Avoid: Cranky Book Reviews
As part of the new routine, the First Reader and I have found a new time to spend together. Before I have to be on the road for work – and the sun doesn’t come up until after I am in windowless labs for the day, which makes walking outside at lunchtime an interesting experience… Read More Pre-Dawn Calm
This could have been simply a blog about my life and love, but I was thinking about it. The First Reader and I sometimes get gently twitted by friends about the ‘romance’ we have. Why not be different? Romance isn’t always about flowers, chocolate, and expensive jewelry. Romance is about finding the thing that lights… Read More Romance isn’t Homogeneous
Today’s reviews are a diverse selection. No matter what your tastes, there is likely to be a pleaser in here! For a fun, flirty romantic short story, try Inappropriate Behavior. I designed the cover, and reading this wasn’t something I would have done normally, but I’m happy I took the chance. A contemporary romance with more… Read More Review Roundup
So this is a Christmas book, sort of, and it’s chick-lit, sort of. Or at least that’s what you might think when you first picked it up. Sure, it’s set at Christmas time. But why not read about the festive season year round? And sure, the main character is a woman. But that’s where you’d… Read More Review: Slay Bells Ring
I’d asked for suggestions on books with love in them – not romance stories, but many facets of love – to be a companion to my Mad Genius Post on writing love stories. As always, this is a crowdsourced list. I have cleaned it up a little to anonymize it, but I have not read… Read More A List for Love in Books
I first published this post a little more than a year ago, but it seems an excellent follow-on to yesterday’s reminder of what Human Wave is. And it’s Monday, so I’m diving into homework and not thinking about the blog. Eric S Raymond nails a list of symptoms to look for as warnings signs that a… Read More Blast from the Past: Writing with Hope