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My Cat Cosplays Cats of War

My Cat Cosplays Cats of War In case it hasn’t been blindingly obvious from my previous posts, authors are crazy. When I wrote Cats of War, a space opera romance novella, for last year’s limited-edition Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology, I commissioned a costume. For my cat.  My muse is from outer […]

Evolution of Space Opera

The Evolution of Space Opera I still get questions from time to time about what space opera is, and whether it involves singing*. This is my take on it, and a brief discussion of the evolution of space opera. Science fiction, romance, and mystery all are big enough genres in terms of writers and readers […]

Things I Learned at Whimsy Con

Things I Learned at Whimsy Con Whimsy Con in Denver was a delight. It’s the second year for the convention, which is an inheritor of the equally delightful but no-longer extant Anomaly Con. These are some things I learned at Whimsy Con. It’s All About the Corset It’s billed as a steampunk and costuming convention, […]

Star Crossed: 7 Novels Anthology is Free

Star Crossed: 7 Novels Anthology is Free Star Crossed: 7 Novels of Space Exploration, Alien Races, Adventure, and Romance is a science fiction romance anthology with first-in-series novels from bestselling and award-winning authors. My entry in the anthology is Overload Flux, from my Central Galactic Concordance series. Right now, the Star Crossed: 7 Novels anthology […]

2018 SFR Galaxy Awards - logo

2018 SFR Galaxy Awards The SFR Galaxy Awards are unique. They are awarded by seven judges who select outstanding science fiction romance books published in a given year. Nominations are secret (just like the Nobel Prizes!), and the winners are announced at the end of January. The 2018 SFR Galaxy Awards represent the best of […]

2019 Themes for the Year

2019 Themes for the Year My author friend S.J. Pajonas, who writes excellent Japanese-themed science fiction romance and cozy mysteries, asserts that new-year themes are better than resolutions. I agree. I find resolutions easy to make and hard to keep. For one, I lose the list. For another, I have a contrary streak, and “for […]