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Author Life: Character Naming Secrets

Character Naming Secrets A reader recently asked if I have any character naming secrets, and where I came up with the name of Mairwen Morganthur, the heroine of Overload Flux. I’ll tell you the same thing I told him, but first I must dispel the notion that there any secrets to naming characters. Just as […]

Cat lying at the top of the stairs

3 Tips from Carol’s Cats for Living in Uncertain Times Hello. We’re Carol’s cats. We see that the Interesting Times Fairy has descended, rudely and uninvited, for an extended visit. It’s like the old saying, life is what happens when you make other plans. We felines feel your pain and want to help. Therefore, these […]

When real life overtakes (science) fiction, the future is now

When Real Life Overtakes Fiction I write science fiction and fantasy, so I get to create imaginary things and events all the time. I also love reading about scientific advances, historical events, and fascinating people. They spark my muse, especially when they make me think, “Cool! What if….?”. However, sometimes this comes back to bite […]

Pets in Space is back again - mark your calendar for 8 May

Pets in Space is Back Again! 🚀 Woo-hoo! PETS IN SPACE® is back, and I’m one of the authors! And just look at the fantastic group of authors I’ll have the honor of working with in Pets in Space 5: S.E. Smith Michelle Diener Veronica Scott Pauline Baird Jones Laurie A. Green Carol Van Natta […]

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances Note: Contains opinionated author opinions and book recommendations I’m a sucker for a good story, regardless of who wrote it. Sometimes the author becomes the story, in both good and bad ways, which is a topic for another day. Today’s topic is that authors of color write paranormal romances. […]

Shifter's Storm, an Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance

Shifter’s Storm Excerpt Chantal Hammond is the heroine of Shifter’s Storm, the latest book in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series. She’s a modern and independent-minded leopard shifter. She’s also a sheriff’s deputy on loan to another jurisdiction. Cougar shifters run the tiny Barron County, Florida sheriff’s department, but they haven’t been very welcoming. […]

Ice Age sloth in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series

About Prehistoric Aquatic Sloths (Thalossocnus) The hero of Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5) is Dauro de Mar, a shifter trapped in a fairy fantasyland. His animal side is an extinct aquatic sloth (Thalassocnus) from the Ice Age. As you might imagine, this quite surprised his elephant-seal shifter parents. When the story opens, he’s […]

Excerpt from Shifter's Storm

Excerpt from Shifter’s Storm The hero of my latest paranormal romance, Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5), is Dauro de Mar. He and his fellow captives were bought by a greedy fairy who collected exotic aquatic shifters. Dauro has been there the longest, and was the first acquisition. Where is “there,” you ask? A […]

Cover Reveal for Shifter's Storm

Cover Reveal for Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5) At last I can present the cover reveal for Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5). The fabulously spiffy cover for this and the rest the series are all designed by the very talented Amanda Kelsey of Razzle Dazzle Design. Shifter’s Storm starts a new […]

Illustration of a prehistoric dire wolf for Dire Wolf Wanted

More Prehistoric Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus) And Not the Friendly Kind My Ice Age Shifters® series is paranormal romance with a twist. Shapeshifters magically share their soul with animals, such as wolves, bears, tigers, bulls, and more. Rare shapeshifters share their souls with ancient animals from the Ice Age. I already told you some fun […]

About Mythical Ahklut in the Ice Age Shifters World

About Mythical Ahklut in the Ice Age Shifters® World In Dire Wolf Wanted, Ice Age Shifters Book 4, the heroine is Rayne Chakal, a covert agent and a prehistoric dire wolf shifter, which makes her very rare. (See my posts on prehistoric bears, lions, and Rayne’s sister, also a dire wolf.) The hero of the […]

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 […]