Space Opera

Photo of pumpkins, autumn leaves, and glasses of orange-colored tea

Pumpkin Spice is Nice This short post has nothing to do with books or cats, but it does have to do with tea. Sort of. Yes, I’m late to the party, but I’ve discovered that pumpkin spice is nice. If you’re a pumpkin hater, hear me out. I have long resisted the siren call of […]

Meet the Heroes of Escape from Nova Nine

Meet the Heroes of Escape from Nova Nine Escape from Nova Nine (which debuts Pets in Space 6) is set in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera universe. It’s a companion to the three other novellas* I’ve written for previous Pets in Space anthologies. And like them, this story is a shorter side-trip that parallels […]

Meet My Pets in Space - illustration of a griffin that appears in my story

Meet My Pets in Space This is Space Pets Week! I know for a fact that humans will make pets out of almost anything. Therefore, I know that when we become a spacefaring people, we’ll be taking them with us. My upcoming story in Pets in Space 6, the limited edition science fiction romance anthology, […]

Pets in Space 6 is Green Go!

Pets in Space 6 is Green Go! Have you been missing your Pets in Space®? I am thrilled to announce that the USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning Pets in Space® anthology will be back for its sixth year… and you can lock in your copy today! Pets in Space 6 is green go!   Pets in […]

The cat who cosplays books

Author Cosplays Cat for Book; Lives to Tell the Tale Once again, your author correspondent had the bright idea to cosplay her cat to promote her latest book. As the headline says, I lived. 😸 Galactic Search and Rescue, the latest story in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera romance series, has pets. Specifically, an […]

Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., when we remember the fallen who died while in military service to our country. It’s human nature to remember loved ones who have died. Funeral services give us closure and give us a chance to write “the end” for that person’s story. I suspect we […]

Galactic Search and Rescue to the rescue

Get Rescued Today with Galactic Search and Rescue Galactic Search and Rescue is alive at all ebook sellers today. Yeah, I admit it it’s a cheesy headline, but books can be a great refuge from stress, so maybe you’re in need of getting rescued right about now. This story is an expanded version of the […]

Galactic Search and Rescue Cover

Cover Reveal – Galactic Search and Rescue This is the excellent cover for Galactic Search and Rescue, which is slated for release on Thurs., 20 May 2021. The talented Amanda Kelsey designed it, and I love the eye-catching colors that hint at disaster. The story originally appeared in 2020’s science fiction romance anthology, Pets in […]

The Tropes Less Traveled - illustration of a book, a compass, and a path toward a tree

The Tropes Less Traveled A reader on Facebook asked the authors in the science fiction and fantasy group about tropes for their books, which sparked a lively discussion. We discussed hot trends, old favorites, and those we hope never to see again. This got me thinking about my own books, and how some of them […]

Hot Deal on 4 Great SciFi Books

Hot Deal on 4 Great SciFi Books With the “Our Heroes SciFi” story bundle, you get a hot deal on 4 great SciFi books for only $5. Or, if you go for the premium bonus bundle, you can upgrade to 11(!) space opera, time-travel, and exploration books for only $15. And best of all, your […]

A Look Ahead to 2021

A Look Ahead to 2021 In retrospect, my plans for 2020 seem so quaintly innocent. Write a few stories, travel to writer and book conventions to teach and learn things, plus meet new friends and readers, and get my author business back on track after the previous summer of calamitous life events. Little did I […]

New Captain at Pets in Space - Illustration of a woman and a cat standing in a spaceport

New Captain at Pets in Space You may have noticed that I’ve absolutely adored Pets in Space® concept and the charity it supports, Hero-Dogs.org. Enough so that I’ve contributed stories to three of the five anthologies since it started, including this year’s Pets in Space 5. Today, I’m announcing that starting in 2021, I’ll be […]

Photo of an e reader with an anthology box set and the title Anthologies Make Great Gifts

Anthologies Make Great Gifts Anthologies are like holiday smorgasbords, where you can nibble all day long and try a little of everything. When life is stressful and you don’t have a lot of time, short stories and novellas are perfect mini-vacations to escape with. Therefore, anthologies make great gifts for friends, family, and you. Here […]

Box Set Bonanza 2020

Early Black Friday Box Set Bonanza 2020 On the theory that everyone welcomes a bargain now and then, especially this time of year, I’ve put both of my box sets on sale for 40% off through the end of November. I’m calling it the Box Set Bonanza 2020. They make great gifts, too — no […]

Help us help veterans and first-responders and Pets in Space

Veterans, First-Responders, and Pets in Space Outside of the lovely stories, my favorite part of the Pets in Space® anthologies is their support of the Hero Dogs charity. Every year, the anthology has donated at least 10% of the first month’s profits to this excellent cause—over $15,000 in the last four years. Hero Dogs provides […]