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Romances Are Subversive

No respect for romances Romance authors, even really prolific, best-selling authors, don’t get noticed for major awards, or mentioned in articles about the publishing industry. I’ve seen more than one listing of “most important books” that goes out of its way to snub romance. But, while romances are being dismissed as unimportant, their readers are being […]

Overload Flux: Award Finalist (x3)

Overload Flux is an Award Finalist (Third Time is the Charm?) Recently, I told you about Overload Flux being a finalist for a NERFA. I’m pleased to tell you that my book is now a finalist for an Award of Excellence from the fine folks at Colorado Romance Writers. If you’re counting  (I know I am), […]

Overload Flux: Award Finalist Again

Overload Flux is an Award Finalist (Again) So, this book I wrote, Overload Flux, is a finalist for an award. Another one. Back in May, I may have mentioned (or perhaps tastefully broadcast far and wide) that it was nominated for a Readers’ Crown award. I didn’t win that one, but… The excellent folks at […]

Summer Solstice Sale for Overload Flux

Overload Flux is on sale Just in time for the upcoming Summer Solstice celebration, a common holiday in the Central Galactic Concordance, Overload Flux is on sale for just $0.99 USD (and similarly discounted across the planet). The sale ends June 19, so buy your copy today (or tell your friends about the great deal). Available […]

6 Things I Learned from Romances

6 Things I Learned from Reading Romances I’ve mentioned it before, but when I set out on the Central Galactic Concordance journey, I read a lot of romances so I’d know what romance readers expect. Because my CGC universe also has mental talents (hence the title of my latest book, Minder Rising), an element that usually appears […]

Minder Rising at the SFR Summer Café

Get yer’ red-hot science fiction romance at the SFR Brigade Summer Café This is my kind of café, one that caters to book lovers. This week’s special at the SFR Brigade Summer Café: SPACE OPERA! In keeping with the theme of the summer café, below is a food-related excerpt from my brand-new novel, Minder Rising. […]

New release: Minder Rising

New release: Minder Rising (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2) Can covert agent Lièrén Sòng stay alive long enough to save Imara Sesay and her prodigy son? Space opera! Action! Romance! Minder Rising is the second novel in my Central Galactic Concordance series. It’s a standalone story that takes place after the events in Overload Flux, the […]

Sizzling Summer Reads Event

Sizzing Summer Reads Event – COMING SOON Stock up on vacation reads for the summer at a big party over at The Romance Reviews (TRR). With 350+ authors and 350+ prizes to be won (including a grand prize of $100), they’re bound to have something that will suit the occasion. Since I’m guessing most of […]

New Interview With Me

Just a quick note to point you to the Smart Girls Love SciFi blog, where RK interviewed me about my books, my writing process, time travel, and alien invasions.  Author Interview: Carol Van Natta | Smart Girls love SciFi   * * * * *

7 Things About Me as a Writer

There’s this thing going around the intertoobz, wherein an author is challenged to provide “7 Things About Me as a Writer.” Below is mine. I am in respectful awe of “pantser” writers who can write a whole book from start to finish with just a vague notion in mind of where the story ought to […]

OVERLOAD FLUX - Award Finalist

Overload Flux is an Award Finalist (Hooray for Me!) Thanks to the reader judges for selecting Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel) as a finalist for the Readers’ Crown 2015 Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Time Travel category. I’m in with some pretty high-powered talent, so it really is an honor to be nominated. The […]

Galactic News Trends

Galactic News Trends Or, What I’ve Been Up to that I Haven’t Been Around Much Galactic news trends, in the Central Galactic Concordance universe, are the trending news topics that everyone in the civilized galaxy is talking about. Because it’s my universe, I can pretend that it’s news that a Certain Author disappeared from her […]

Genres Are A Reader's Friend

Genres: Reader’s Friend, or Straightjacket? A classic Saturday Night Live fake commercial had Dan Akroyd and Gilda Radner arguing about whether a new product, Shimmer, was a floor wax or a desert topping, only to have spokesperson Chevy Chase reveal that it’s both. If you’ve never seen it, watch it here.  I feel that way about […]

Buy Ebooks at Your Local Independent Bookstore

Now You Can Buy Ebooks AND Support Your Local Independent Bookstore Most people still read paper-based books, but the number of ebooks read is growing every year, and the number of people who say they mostly buy ebooks also growing. I heard a recent statistic that says 75% of book sales are for paper/hardbound. In […]

SF Thought Experiment: Fun with Total Eclipses

Science Fiction Thought Experiment: Fun with Total Eclipses Stephanie J. Pajonas is a science fiction author and Facebook friend, part of the estimable SFR Brigade. She recently posed this question: “Would it be possible for a [habitable] world to have a large moon that traveled slowly enough around it that it caused long solar eclipses?” Now me, […]