Writing

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 […]

Shifter's Storm Cover Reveal

Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters #5) Cover Reveal Today I’m revealing the cover for Shifter’s Storm, book 5 in the Ice Age Shifters series. I’ve been impatiently sitting on this cover for a month, and I finally get to show it off. Shifter’s Storm is Chantal’s story, and that of her sexy, could-be mate, Gavril. […]

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 […]

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More Ice Age Shifters This Summer Yes, in answer to several recent reader queries, there will be more Ice Age Shifters this summer. 🌞 First, though, on 6 June, I’ll be releasing the first four books in the series at all major booksellers. They were formerly exclusive with Amazon, but now they’re going wide and […]

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, […]

More Ice Age Megafauna Illustrations

More Ice Age Megafauna Illustrations Last week, I showed you the illustrations for the first two books in my Ice Age Shifters series. This week I’ll show you more Ice Age megafauna illustrations for the second two books in the series. As with the whole series, we don’t have living examples or photographs of the […]

Ice Age Megafauna Illustrations

Ice Age Megafauna Illustrations When I conceived the idea for my Ice Age Shifters® series, I imagined that certain, rare shifters were born as throwbacks to the days when mammals grew big. Really big. Paleontologists dubbed them “megafauna” to signify their size. Not as big as dinosaurs, of course. That’s a different conversation altogether. There […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evolution of Space Opera

The Evolution of Space Opera I still get questions from time to time about what space opera is, and whether it involves singing*. This is my take on it, and a brief discussion of the evolution of space opera. Science fiction, romance, and mystery all are big enough genres in terms of writers and readers […]

2019 Themes for the Year

2019 Themes for the Year My author friend S.J. Pajonas, who writes excellent Japanese-themed science fiction romance and cozy mysteries, asserts that new-year themes are better than resolutions. I agree. I find resolutions easy to make and hard to keep. For one, I lose the list. For another, I have a contrary streak, and “for […]

Happy Holidays from Me to You

Happy Holidays from Me to You   Best wishes and happy holidays from me to you as we move from this year to the next. Thank you for reading my books, and reviewing them, and recommending them to your friends. I write stories with characters and themes that resonate in my heart. They aren’t always […]