I'm three years into my involvement with SPFBO—the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off fantasy novel competition founded by author Mark Lawrence—and it's been a rollercoaster. Lows, highs, twists, turns, and loop-de-loops that have all too often left me with a sick stomach and an aching head. Now, as my third go-round comes to a close and … Continue reading #SPFBO
Last year I jumped on the chance to participate in QuaraCon, a pandemic-driven virtual fantasy convention that was the brainchild of author Virginia McClain, and I loved every moment of it. Despite being a very shy, mostly introverted person in most social situations, I do love the stage! I was a drama club kid when … Continue reading QuaranCon 2021 Schedule
Monday was International Women's Day, and I suppose that's as good a reason as any to restart this blog. What follows will probably read like the world's biggest pity party. So be it. Let's get a couple things straight first. I'm a WASP—that stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestant (I'm agnostic so the Protestant part … Continue reading What the Hell Is Going on with Me? Confessions of a Writer of a Certain Age
This day was a long time coming. It's been just over 4 years since I released A Wizard's Forge in September 2016, and I honestly thought we'd reach this day a whole lot sooner than we did. After all, just as A Wizard's Forge was a leaner, meaner version of Blade of Amber, A Wizard's … Continue reading Happy Book Day—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Is Here!
This is a big day! Why? Well, there's a lot going on: A Wizard's Sacrifice, Book Two of the Woern Saga, will be released just 7 days from now! You can preorder your copy here. Today is the launch of a book tour celebrating the release of Sacrifice but focused on A Wizard's Forge, Book … Continue reading Repetitions—a #BookQW Excerpt
A Wizard's Sacrifice comes out in just two short weeks, and I cannot wait for readers to get their hands on this book, especially because I just finished listening to the audiobook. Once again narrator Leah Casey did a marvelous job, one that had me weeping through the last several chapters. In the meantime, I … Continue reading A Spook in the Forest—a #BookQW Excerpt
OK, this week's Book Quote Wednesday (#BookQW, a Twitter promotion started by author Jenna Barwin) excerpt from A Wizard's Sacrifice has a pretty large squee factor for me, because the word of the week, BALANCE, appears in one of my favorite chapters in the entire book! Here, Ashel and his friend Melba have been kidnapped by … Continue reading Steedfast—a #BookQW Excerpt
Thabean slammed a wall of solidified air into Meylnara and zipped past her. The corridor teemed with rattling minions. Raising a shield, he sent an electric jolt through the floor, frying the feet of his enemies. Wizard and minions faltered, and he sheared up through fibrous walls to reach the stars.
Another Wednesday, another excerpt from A Wizard's Sacrifice, using the #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday) hashtag created by author Jenna Barwin on Twitter. I'm planning to run these previews every Wednesday until the book launches on October 6, so keep your eye out. There's a randomness to the #bookqw word of the week (this week, it's NEED), … Continue reading The Cost of Failure: A #BookQW Excerpt
The Council leader stood, and the others fell quiet and retook their seats. Saelbeneth had kind eyes and a soft mouth, like a mother who would hold you to her bosom in warmth and safety. Vic wanted to walk round the table and enter that promise and ask forgiveness. Instead, she set her chin. “I come with offers of help, and you respond with threats and accusations?”