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Oct. 18th, 2014


The Shadowed Hunt: Seeking beta readers

I'm looking for beta readers for an original novel-length work in progress, "The Shadowed Hunt." It's dark fantasy romance, explicit/mature (and because of my embarrassment around writing smut, I'd almost prefer to have beta readers who I *don't* know IRL).

I'm seeking honest criticism/critique but also, frankly, encouragement, because I have three small kids and sticking to a regular writing schedule is very difficult for me. Con-crit is also very welcome, but even just a quick "hawt" or "I'm into this" -- ANY kind of feedback/encouragement, no matter how short, is basically exactly what I'm looking for.

My intention is to post 1,000 words twice weekly (on a Tuesday and Friday update schedule), meaning that it will take roughly nine months to complete the novel. I'm making the first chapter public here, but future updates will be screened to those who have volunteered as beta readers -- so you'll need a Dreamwidth account to see the updates.

Please leave a comment if you're interested in following the story as it's written! Here's the back-cover blurb:

The Brothers of the Shadowed Hunt harness eldritch magic to face and bind monsters of legend. Their powers are feared, so when silver-eyed Feran comes to a village brothel, only young Ary will accept him into her arms. And after a night more magical than anything she has known, Ary risks everything to follow her lover into the shadows. Now she, too, must learn to hunt the creatures of the night...or else become their prey.


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Nov. 25th, 2013


well THAT was intense

So I'm pretty sure I experienced a wild postpartum hormone swing there. Super nasty. I'm feeling much better now!

Oct. 16th, 2013


I had to say this out loud somewhere

so I weighed all my outlets carefully to find the one where the LEAST number of people would hear me say

oh my fucking God I am not doing well

Sep. 12th, 2013



I seriously think anyone who was ever into Anne McCaffery's dragon books as a tween should just get a mastiff, it's the same damn thing. Except without the sex, obviously.

Sep. 5th, 2013


Real Life Superhero News

Vigilante justice is a pretty bad idea anywhere that official justice exists and does an overall reasonable job.

With that said, I personally am filing this under "real life superhero news" (as opposed to, say, "serial killer news.")

Two bus drivers were slain in the last week, and over the weekend an electronic message claiming responsibility was sent to several news outlets.

“You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” the message says. “But only to a certain point.... We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage.

“And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance.”

Signed: Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers.

The message says women who work the night shifts in Juarez’s enormous maquiladora industry repeatedly fall prey to the bus drivers on whom they must rely to get home in the dark.

For now, at least, there is no way to verify the veracity of the message, whether it was written by the actual killer or killers of the bus drivers, whether Diana the Huntress really exists, or even whether she is a she.

What is clear is that for the last two decades, hundreds of women, many of them maquiladora workers, have been killed or have gone missing in Ciudad Juarez. Some disappeared after boarding buses, their raped and tortured bodies later found dumped in the desert. Few of the cases are ever resolved, and families have endlessly protested the lack of justice for their daughters, sisters and mothers.


Apr. 18th, 2013


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Crossposted from Google+

I've watched all of "Vikings" so far, and then I binge-watched three seasons of "The Walking Dead." Normally I can't take horror but after the first episode I found it cartoonish enough to go down easy.

The problem is, nobody in the "Walking Dead" universe is as sexy as Daryl or Michonne--and those two characters, awesome as they are, throw zero sparks with each other (I had some hopes for Michonne/Andrea, but those have been rather literally dashed.) Meanwhile in another world, Lagertha and Floki both smoulder it up with anybody who crosses their path, yet have no chemistry so far with each other.

What I'm asking for is, Michonne/Lagertha and Floki/Daryl. Seriously Internet, Rule 34?

Oct. 5th, 2012


Last day to get a free copy of The Millennial Sword

Just a reminder—the launch promotion for my novel, The Millennial Sword, ends today. You can grab a free copy from Amazon today; tomorrow it will return to the regular price of $2.99.

The book is currently only available in e-book format. A trade paperbook version will be available probably within the week, but it's going to cost $12.99—because it's print-on-demand, the prices are unfortunately higher than if I was doing a large print run. I've seen a proof of the paperback though, and the quality is quite good.

Amazon also offers an app that lets you read Kindle files on other devices, like Android tablets or iPads. If you have another e-book reader like the Nook, you can convert the file using a program like Calibre.

Oct. 1st, 2012


Announcing: The Millennial Sword (and free promotion)!

So I'm spamming all my various bloggy/social networking accounts to announce this:


My first novel, The Millennial Sword, is now available from Amazon!

Isn't the cover art amazing? It's by plasticsturgeon. She did such an incredible job, really, I can't even begin to describe how much I love this. To my eyes Morgan le Fay has a gorgeous pre-Raphaelite quality to her face, and the way she's rising out of the water is somehow both sinister and compelling.

Clicking the art will take you to the Amazon page for the book. It's currently only available for the Kindle, although I'm working on putting up a paperback version, and there will also be other e-reader editions to follow. In the meantime, though, even if you don't have a Kindle, you can read the book on your computer, iPad, or smartphone by using this app.

The e-book is priced at $2.99. But! Starting tomorrow, and continuing through Friday, I'm going to make it available as a free download. The reason I'm doing this is that e-published books rely on word of mouth and good reviews--that's really the only way for a first-time author to build sales. So my four-day FREE launch promotion is designed to get some attention and pull in reviews. There's no strings, but I would ask that if you read the book and like it, that you leave me a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or whatever social media networks you use. I really can't overstate the importance of Amazon reviews--it's the main sales driver for indie publishers.

I'm pretty excited about this, obviously!

Aug. 8th, 2012


How not to do it

"Batman look-alike wanted to 'inspire hope' before arrest outside Home Depot"


Naturally he says he was inspired by Phoenix Jones. Of course.

That said, the guy's heart seems to be in the right place, and I think he should've been let off with a warning. I hope his case is dismissed.

Jul. 13th, 2012


Excellent Horse-Like Lady

Yeah, um, wow. Via Josh Fruhlinger:

"The paper identified Kim Jong-un's companion as Hyon Song-wol, a former singer with North Korea's Bochonbo Electronic Music Band, whose popularity, it says, peaked in 1995 with her hit song 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady.'"

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