Space Opera

PET TRADE

Celebrating Holidays on Distant Planets In my Central Galactic Concordance space opera universe, society at large has very few holidays. Traditions became fragmented as humans explored the galaxy and found new planets to terraform and settle. Timing became an insurmountable problem. For one thing, 00:00 hours on 1 January on one planet could be 09:43 […]

3 go-to recipes

Three Go-To Recipes for Gatherings I’m a very lucky author. When I’m working on a book deadline (which is pretty much any day ending in ‘Y’), the resident mad scientist does most of the cooking in our secret lair… er, house. However, I occasionally borrow his laboratory… er, kitchen for special occasions such as potlucks […]

Pets in Space 4 supports Hero-Dogs.org

Pets in Space 4 is Here! Hooray! The 2019 Pets in Space 4 anthology is here! The best-selling and award-winning Pets in Space® anthologies are near and dear to my heart, and not just because past volumes included my stories Pet Trade and Cats of War. First of all, if I ever get to have […]

Pets in Space 4 - Help a vet - buy a book

What’s So Special About Pets in Space? by Special Guest S.E. Smith PETS IN SPACE 4, the latest Pets in Space anthology, is here! I invited my buddy Susan, better known as NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author S.E. Smith, over for virtual tea and crumpets (and a bit of Baileys Irish) to tell […]

6 Multicultural Science Fiction Romances You Should Read

6 Multicultural Science Fiction Romances You Should Read This is a companion post to the 9 interracial paranormal romances you should read post I wrote earlier this year. Both my science fiction romances and paranormal romances are all multicultural and interracial because that’s what I see in my family and friends. And despite the current […]

Groups for SciFi and PNR Fans

Groups for SciFi Romance and PNR Fans Love it or hate it, if you want to find other readers and authors of science fiction romance (SFR) and/or paranormal romance (PNR), Facebook groups are the place to go. Searching for them nets dozens of listings, but some are dead, Jim, and some seem to be nonstop […]

Photo of a yellow cat surrounded by yellow ducklings on a pink blanket

May You Live in Interesting Times, or Reordering My Ducks Funny how life likes to make a shambles of human plans every now and then. Probably to keep us silly humans from becoming insufferably conceited about thinking we have everything in control. It’s like the famous Chinese curse*, “May you live in interesting times.”  In […]

The Central Galactic Concordance series book covers, and the words is space opera, adventure, and romance

About the Big Damn Story Arc in My Space Opera Series I recently appeared on a writer’s panel at the 2019 Denver Pop Culture Con. The panel’s goal was to give the audience tips and tricks on how to write a bingeable series.  My esteemed co-panelists, Trai Cartwright and Marin Lepore, are both screenwriters and […]

Real Life Events Become Magical Secrets

How Real Life Events Become Magical Secrets in My Paranormal Romance Series World-building is one of my pleasures as an author. Since I write science fiction and fantasy genres, I get to do a lot of it. For my Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series, I delight in discovering fun facts in my research, so […]

Ancient Horses, New Horses

Ancient Horses, New Horses Humans (and some dogs) love digging around in the dirt. We never know what we’ll find—roots, rocks, earthworms, buried treasure, a 42,000-year-old foal from an ancient horse species… In Siberia, scientists found a foal preserved in the permafrost. Under the right conditions, cold can preserve a lot of things, including humans, […]

Cats of War Excerpt #3

Cats of War Excerpt #3 I love the idea of pets in space. Humans are hardwired for pets. I’ll bet you a small moon that when we humans finally make it to the stars, we’re taking our pets with us. And if we find other alien lifeforms that don’t eat us, we’ll try to make […]

Cats of War Excerpt #2

Cats of War Excerpt #2, in Honor of the New Release Cats of War released yesterday—hooray! My Central Galactic Concordance (CGC) space opera series has a grand, sprawling plot going on about evolutionary change and rebellion. I love all its twists and turns, but sometimes I like to take a break and visit the unexplored […]

Geeky Fairy Light Addiction

Geeky Fairy Light Addiction Hello. My name is Carol, and I am addicted to geeky fairy lights. This is my story. Perhaps it can save others from a geeky fairy light addiction. Or not. As addictions go, it’s cheap and harmless. It all started when LED lights began replacing the short-lived incandescent light bulbs and […]

Cats of War Excerpt #1

Cats of War Excerpt #1 CATS OF WAR is a standalone novella in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera series. In the grand timeline, it takes place after the events in Jumper’s Hope, but is not a part of the big damn story arc. It debuted in the limited-edition science fiction romance anthology Embrace the […]

Places I Write

Places I Write (Author in Space) I enjoy seeing—and am sometimes envious of—the lovely spaces my author friends have created for their writing. I’ve always said that if I win the lottery, I’ll decorate my office to look like a starship bridge. Until that day, these are some of the places I write. Like all […]