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
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!
When the Purge began, Maitchen had been given a choice: become an Enforcer and let the Woern kill her in their own time, or have her throat cut then and there. Fifteen years ago, she’d chosen to keep breathing and do her part to heal the world of the Woern-borne madness.
A few months ago I started participating in a Twitter hashtag called #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday), which I heard about from author/book blogger Sarah Chorn (BookwormBlues). In this weekly Tweet-fest, authors produce a quote containing the word of the week, and apropos of the holiday tomorrow, this week's word was HEART. As I was looking through … Continue reading Matters of the Heart—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Preview
How is it that a month has passed since my last blog! Well, I've been busy putting A Wizard's Forge in book shows, picking up an award medal, and doing a partial preview release of A Wizard's Sacrifice on RoyalRoad. Take a walk backward through my calendar of the past several weeks. Gettysburg I just … Continue reading News from the Front Lines, or Where Have I Been the Past Month?
Do you like speculative fiction? Strong female protagonists? Work by A.M. Justice or C.C. Aune? Then tune into the Speculative Fiction Cantina podcast at 6 pm Eastern tonight. My good friend and fellow author C.C. Aune (who wrote my favorite book of 2016) and I will be reading excerpts from our work and talking about fantasy and writing with the podcast's … Continue reading Speculative Fiction Cantina Podcast
I read all my reviews. I cringe at the bad ones (I've received some doozies!) and rejoice in the good ones. I also occasionally respond to issues reviewers bring up, such as questions about the worldbuilding in Knownearth or about Vic's difficulties overcoming past trauma. Today I'm responding to another frequently mentioned topic: the so-called cliffhanger ending of … Continue reading Spoiler Alert! The Unpublished Epilogue to A Wizard’s Forge
The Left Hand of Darkness is a compelling masterpiece that, nearly 50 years after it was written, remains highly relevant, all the more so after the election.