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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 […]

Poster for 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 […]

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   * * * * *

Seven 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 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 […]

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 […]

Science Fiction Romance Recommendations

I was having a conversation-by-post with another science fiction romance (SFR) author, Pauline Baird Jones, and we agreed we’re readers as well as writers, and like to recommend books to our friends. I especially like recommending SFR books to my friends because I’d like our relatively new little corner of the genre universe to take […]

This Is Me, Among Big-Name Authors

Me, Quoted in a National Newspaper I’m sure some readers of this blog are used to publicity and seeing their names in the paper, but I’m not, so I’m feeling pretty good about being quoted in the “Happily Ever After” column of USA Today. I know, that and $5 gets me a nice chai tea […]

Laurel wreath for a winner

Just a short post to announce that Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel) has won a 2015 SFR Galaxy Award  for “Best Difficult Courtship: How two very different people make it work.” Overload Flux shares the spotlight with some great books, so I’m honored to be in such illustrious company. If you love science fiction romance, […]

Hooray for Holopticon, my first book, is a “retro science fiction comedy.” My co-author and I bill it that way because it was written when we both had a summer free, with no plans for vacations or weddings or vacation trips or the like. If you read the description, you’ll get a hint that the afore-mentioned free […]

Thanks to Lexie Hamilton at her delightfully named “Poisoned Rationality” blog for the nice 5-star review of Overload Flux. It’s a wonderful feeling for an author to know other people like your work and want to read more. 🙂 “…I look forward to there being more books in this universe – while things wrap up […]

Plans for 2015

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll already know some of this, but I thought I’d share my plans for 2015 a more public venue. Also, it’s self-motivational, in that I’d like to keep my promises. The Central Galactic Concordance Series Some readers have been kind enough to ask what’s next in the Central Galactic […]

Read More SF Romance

Why You Should Read More Science Fiction Romance in 2015 Five reasons you should read more science fiction romance (SFR) in 2015. For those new to the term, in my book (oh look, humor!), SFR balances plot threads involving futuristic technology and the growth of the emotional relationship between the main characters.* It also has to have […]

Fiction Categories and Keywords

Thoughts About Fiction Categories and Keywords We humans love patterns – they’re a time saver, so we don’t have to make the same decision each time we come across something new.  “Look at that big tawny cat,” thought a dimwitted ancestor, “I saw one pounce on and eat a gazelle last month. I’m not a […]