A Bit of Poetry for a Dark Mood

I try to stay away from political arguments in general, because they get me too aggravated to do useful things, like writing or cooking. Right now, with the entire political spectrum of my country locked into DOOM AND GLOOM mode, it’s particularly aggravating.

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Seeking a Quantum Tree Now Available!


Journey to the country of Jaiya, in a world not quite like ours. Here the humans wield magical powers and fight against an Empire which seeks to enslave them, but they share their world with insect people and trollfolk, and stranger things lurk in the shadows…

Sena is a Jaiyan secret agent, sent to warn a neighboring country about an upcoming attack on them by an insane general. When the invasion happens sooner than she expected, she must work with the handsome Taavid, a wealthy businessman and Jaiyan exile, to help save the other Jaiyans trapped in the occupied zone. But General Drozniya controls the occupied zone, and he is obsessed with the Quantum Tree, a legendary source of mystical power which could destroy the world!

Hope everyone is having a great November!

I just published the Ancestors of Jaiya series, the prequel series to my Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels. The Ancestors of Jaiya series starts out nearly two hundred years before the events of Marrying a Monster and the other books in the Jaiya series, and ends about 35-40 years before the Jaiya series starts. The final book in the series, Seeking a Quantum Tree, is now available on all the major ebook stores, including AmazonNookiBooksKobo, and Google Play.

Happy Thanksgiving to those in America! And to everyone else: Happy Reading!

State of the Author Updates

I am almost done editing Slaying a Tyrant, the first book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series. I had hoped to be much further along in the process of editing this series by June, but family commitments and health issues have slowed me down. At this point, I am aiming for a late 2019 release for the Ancestors of Jaiya series.

My space opera is also going forward very slowly. I hope to have it finished by September, so that I can work on preparing for NaNoWriMo2019.

Just Heard About a Cool New Novel!

Sands of Eppla

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Just Heard About a Cool New Novel!

Cassandra lives in a world where you fall in love at first sight—or not at all. Too bad she’s blind, and being blind makes her not only immune to love, but also a criminal. She must now live alone or face being sentenced to a life of slavery.

Though she’s grown accustomed to her solitude, everything changes when Cassandra stumbles across a mysterious man in her domain….
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Free SF&F Stories to Read in the Spring

Happy Easter! Speculative fiction writer Patty Jansen has graciously organized a giveaway of short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

All free, all available on Prolific Works, the website formerly known as Instafreebie! She was gracious enough to include my short story, “Lost in a Dream,” in her basket of goodies, but there’s lots more to choose from-just click here to see the complete list.

PSA of a Religious Nature, With Phantom Menace Reference

Recently, I was given a strong reminder of how much of a struggle life can be. How much of a struggle doing the right thing can be. I am Catholic, so I offer prayers of petition to various saints, on the grounds that they were instruments of God on earth, and will continue to be instruments of God in heaven. One saint in particular Continue reading “PSA of a Religious Nature, With Phantom Menace Reference”

Happy Advent!

Sorry, first it was NaNoWriMo, then it was Thanksgiving, then it was Christmas shopping. And now, finally, I have time to put up an update.

NaNoWriMo: completed something like 56,000 words, but still need to finish the actual storyline. I am hoping to get that done before moving on to…

Ancestors of Jaiya: the editing and polishing phase which has been on the back-burner all these months.

Dictation experiment: this worked out really well for the first half of November, but a bad cold and a bad mood set me back in the middle of the month, and it took me a bit to get back on course. I am definitely grateful for this book. ignore the author’s “Go Go Dragon Naturally Speaking!” attitude and insistence on recording his dictation and having the computer transcribe it; his method works fine with live dictation and Windows Voice Recognition. The main point to the transcription process, according to the author of Fool Proof Dictation is to keep you from freezing up when you see your words appear on screen; turning away from the screen while you dictate works equally well.