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Character Flaws vs. Flawed Characters in Romance Writing

On Writing Romance: Character Flaws vs. Flawed Characters Pet Peeves, Round 2This is another in my “reader’s pet peeves” series, primarily in the romance genre. (In case you missed it, here was my previous post on pet peeves.) I’m rather annoyed by impossibly beautiful heroines/heroes who don’t know they’re beautiful, and successful people who don’t…

Writing Book Blurbs

  Fiction book blurbs—more properly described as “book descriptions”—are hard to write. Whether they’re on the back of the paperback or the first part of the ebook listing, they’re the first taste of what’s in the book, and they will make or break the sale. They have to confirm the genre (the cover should be…

Make My Heroes Beta, Please

Alpha heroes abound throughout genre fiction, and nowhere more blatantly than in the romance genre and all its subcategories. If it’s all the same to you, I’ll take a beta hero any day, thanks.    OK, that sounds a little snarky, but I’m kind of over the whole larger-than-life, my-way-or-the-highway, macho male role and the…

Overload Flux Released!

Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel) is available today at an e-tailer near you: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and (soon) iTunes. It’s a science fiction-action-romance novel with mystery, adventure, corrupt pharma companies, fights, space battles, and strong characters to root for. It’s also the start of a new series.   By the way, pretending…

Life is Easy; Comedy is Hard

Sure, I’m a writer, but I’m also a reader with opinions. I like comedy, especially absurd comedy, witty comedy, biting comedy. I co-wrote a retro-SF comedy called Hooray for Holopticon, which I’d call a romp. I wrote a screenplay called “It’s Your Bank” that’s a farce. It’s hard to write good comedy, and I deeply admire…

Pet Peeves About Romance Novels

Pet Peeves About Romance Novels There are things that drive me crazy about romance novels these days. When I was ready (OK, driven) to write a science fiction/action series that starts with Overload Flux, it came to me, as I outlined the story arc, that all the planned novels involve romantic elements. Along with science fiction, action,…

Thank You, Brave Reviewers

As a reader, I’m deeply grateful to the people who read books and take the time to review them.  A few adventurous souls buy and read independent books on a chance, that is, trusting the blurb is true to the story, and that the book has been professionally produced. Most readers of independently published books…

Writing for the Fringe

I wrote a “car play” for the first-ever Fort Collins Fringe Festival last year, and had a blast, so I looked forward to participating again this year.** What’s a car play? A play written to be performed in an actual car, with the audience standing around. I’m surprised you had to ask!   This year,…

World Premiere of “The Secret to Dying” at the 2014 Fort Collins Fringe Festival

World Premiere of “The Secret to Dying” at the 2014 Fort Collins Fringe Festival

The world premiere of my short play, “The Secret to Dying” will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the Fort Collins Fringe Festival. It stars Abigail Ruth Reidy, Nick Turner, and Kevin Nolan. Rory Quinn has come all the way from London to a New York speakeasy to collect one of two things: a debt,…

Hello Galaxy

I’m surprised you’re reading this, actually. It’s the first post on my newly designed website, because I have start somewhere. I’m in the final stretch of finishing Overload Flux, the first novel in a new series. It’s an independently published science fiction-action-romance novel of around 99,000 words, and will be available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo,…