Magical Ties is coming out in July 2016!

  • June 30, 2016
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It will be available on Amazon as both an ebook and paperback.

The Hero With No Superpowers

  • June 30, 2016
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When I was a little kid, I’d fantasize about being the hero with superpowers. Who didn’t want to be a Superman? But as I got older, it became harder to put myself in the same situations that my fantasy superheroes on TV and in books and movies went through because when I did—well, I croaked. Or was captured. I couldn’t fly or read minds or have the strength of ten people or—well, you get the idea.

So I looked for other types of stories to immerse myself in the genre of fantasy. I discovered that I love the ones where the hero is vulnerable.

Writing, Editing, Exercise—Are You Doing It?

  • June 27, 2016
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The other day I peeled wallpaper off my bathroom walls. (The harder part of removing the backing and glue will be done by someone with the right tools. I’m not crazy.)

I was surprised at how much fun I found it, pulling the strips from the walls and ceiling. My arms stretched and flexed in ways that washing dishes or sweeping the floor don’t require. And then I sat down and went back to looking over my final proof pages with renewed interest.

Phoenix Comicon! (Part 3)

  • June 20, 2016
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Sadly, this is the final part of my time spent at Phoenix Comicon.



I loved watching people in costume. One woman floated down a long staircase wearing a blue gown from Frozen but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.

As before, I enjoyed chatting with the authors. They were very patient as I tried to get a good photo of each of them. 😉

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Matthew O. Duncan, author of The New Terra Sagas.



Erin Quinn, author of The Mists of Ireland Series and The Beyond Series. I adored her tee shirt and need that message on a mug.



Mark Rude, artist and author of The Cindra Corrina Chronicles.


And finally, another taste of the goodies for sale. I had to keep reminding myself about the size of my suitcase (not to mention closet space).


I was glad to have attended. May you all get to go!


Phoenix Comicon! (Part 2)

  • June 13, 2016
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Okay, yes, I was tempted. But really, there’s no room to swing a light saber in my house and somehow I didn’t think the airline would have been too happy. So I took this photo, drooled, and moved on.

Continuing from last week’s post, it’s a pleasure to feature the authors I met at the Con. They were welcoming and generous with their time and I enjoyed talking with them. I thought this was going to be a two-part entry but decided that there will be another post about the Con and the authors I met so stay tuned. 🙂


Mimi Sebastian, author of the Necromancer Books. (I certainly have a lot of books to check out from the Con!)


Joseph Nassise, who gave me the publisher’s copy of Urban Allies, and autographed it, as well as:


Weston Ochse, who autographed it as well! I love anthologies because it helps me find new authors to read.


KC Klein, whose card reads, “Writing Love Letters to the World One Book at a Time.”

And what would Comicon be without costumes? Here’s a cool one, also from the Star Wars universe:


(I didn’t catch his name but I did get his permission.)

See you next week!

Phoenix Comicon!

  • June 06, 2016
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While I wasn’t there for long, I did have a blast. This year, Phoenix Comicon supported Kids Need to Read. Their booth was staffed by enthusiastic volunteers:


And of course I stopped by the rows of authors–both indie and traditionally published, to chat and take photos. Here are a few of the authors I spoke with (more next week):


Arabella Thorne, author of I Swear My Roommate is a Vampire and The Elf Lord’s Revenge, as well as others.


Howard Tayler, writer and illustrator and Michael Stackpole, author of many, many books.


Alan Black, author of the Metal Boxes series.


I couldn’t help taking a picture of this sewing machine (courtesy of Xaos Studios) creating a patch with no human hands. As a friend quipped, “The original 3-D printer.”

Stay tuned for more from the Con next week.

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