will there be a standard e-book format?

Right now, my Valhalla books are Kindle-exclusive. I enrolled the first Valhalla volume in Kindle Select (or whatever it’s called) earlier in the year to try it out, and the reason it’s still there is mostly a matter of inertia. Rhythm is still available in Kindle and as .epub. It’s true that I have had […]

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Iduna’s Apples! (just in time for the end of the world)

It’s here! Okay, I’ve not done a big launch for this new release. Yet. I feel like I’ve been juggling flaming chainsaws here lately and getting into the detailed planning of promotions and announcements just wasn’t in the cards. Plus I didn’t want my efforts to get lost in all of the traditional holiday noise. […]

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fact-checking: frustration and tragedy

I’ve been sitting on this for a while. I was saddened to hear of David Oliver Relin’s death in November. But last week, when I learned that his death had been from suicide, my heart just sank. You might recognize Relin’s name from his connection to Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” fiasco. Relin had […]

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VALHALLOWEEN!

Today is the first day of “Valhalloween”! In advance of the “Iduna’s Apples” (Valhalla volume 2) release in December, and in honor of my favorite holiday, “Valhalla” is free on Amazon 10/28 through 11/1. Like wacky urban fantasy? This book is for you! Thanks to Free Kindle Books and Tips for the great shout-out this […]

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working with beta readers

I’ve been asked recently to talk more about beta readers. Beta readers are the brave and generous souls who read through manuscripts before they are published. They help to make sure the plot structure makes sense and doesn’t have any gaping holes; they keep an eye on character development to ensure that each player has […]

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so, what are you doing in November?

Taking a few moments to come up for air . . . The other day, this quote landed in my email inbox, care of the Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope email: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ? C. S. Lewis Naturally, I thought of […]

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get your writerly groove on

What are your audio preferences when it’s time to write? Several years ago, I wrote a short piece for The Writer about different writers’ favorite sounds when it comes to getting busy with the words. Some writers have very specific aural tastes?ranging from white noise to classical music to birdsong?while others told me that “silence […]

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