Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Head on over to Morgen Rich’s blog to learn about how I wrote Stoned in Charm City…
Monday, June 30th, 2014
I’m over at Vonnie Winslow Crist’s blog, Whimsical Words, discussing some Baltimore trivia and how it relates to Stoned.
Vonnie is a fantastic artist and writes YA Fiction. If you enjoy short fiction–or know a young reader–you should check out her work!
Friday, June 20th, 2014
Just a quick note:
Book Publishers Northwest asked me to write a little bit about the cover design process for Stoned in Charm City, and I was happy to do so.
My article, Book Cover in a Week, Guaranteed is available today.
If you drop by, please leave a little love in the comments! Thanks!
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
The electronic version of Stoned in Charm City is specially priced at $2.99 for the next three days to celebrate its launch!
Barnes and Noble, or
If you’re at Balticon this weekend, pick up the paperback copy for only $12 at the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room.
Tell your friends! And thanks for spreading the word.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Is anyone out there going to Balticon this year? I’ve got a ‘moderate’ panel schedule, which I hope will allow me to get to a few more panels than I did last year.
Here it is:
Friday, May 23:
- Arriving around 3 p.m. and setting up in the Dealer’s Room. I’ll be ‘manning’ the Broad Universe table where we’ll have swag to give away and members’ books to sell.
(My books are 20-30% discounted at the con, and I will happily autograph them for you. )
If I get my act together, we’ll have a lollypop tree where, for a small donation to Broad Universe, you might win yourself a book!
Saturday, May 24:
9:00 a.m. – Pricing eBooks and Why Free is Not Always Better, with Sue Baiman, Collin Earl, Chris Snelgrove, and Michael Underwood. (Derby)
10:00 a.m. – Writing Resolutions, Evaluation, and Measurement, with Andrea Trask, Day Al-mohamed, Cindy Young-Turner, and Judi Fleming. (Parlor 1041)
4:00 p.m. – Broad Universe – Rapid Fire Reading with some of the other ladies from Broad Universe. (I don’t know who, since it’s not printed in the bulletin.) (Pimlico)
Sunday, May 25:
9:00 a.m. – Which Comes First: Hero or Villain? with Ruth Lampi, Mike D’Ambrosio, Amy Kaplan, and Bob Greenberger. (Parlor 1041)
I’m not supposed to be scheduled for this one (my name’s in the bulletin anyway), but if time and space permit, I’ll be there:
5:00 p.m. – Broad Universe – Rapid Fire Reading with Leona Wisoker, Sarah Avery, Lee C. Hillman, and Sarah Pinsker. (Pimlico)
Monday, May 26:
No panels, just hanging out in the dealers room and going to panels.
Monday, May 12th, 2014
I”m giving away a copy of Stoned in Charm City on Goodreads. If you’re interested in reading before you can buy it, here’s your chance to sign up and get a copy! Giveaway ends in three days, so get your entry in early.
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
I can finally reveal the cover of my new book, “Stoned in Charm City!”
This is the first book in a series called “Charm City Darkness,” and will be available just in time for Memorial Day. (Anyone going to the beach?)
The story is urban fantasy, and takes place in Baltimore City, hence the name of the series: Charm City Darkness. If you take a close look at the cover, you just might recognize the Inner Harbor in the background. I think the cover artist did a fabulous job.
I got a proof from the printer on Thursday and I think it looks just fabulous. Please let me know what you think!
(This means I’ll have paperback copies for Balticon, too. Who’s going to be there this year?)
Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
Forty dollars. Two crisp twenties. All that stands between Assumpta Mary Margaret O’Connor and homelessness.
For the price of forty dollars, she helps archeologist Greg LaSpina find something he’s lost–and causes all Hell to break loose.
With demons tormenting their every step, Assumpta and Greg become both hunted and hunter in their search for a way to send the demons back to Hell. One careless mistake could cost them their lives.
Wrestling with her faith, Assumpta considers an offer made by one very sexy demon: sleep with him, and learn how to rid the world of the escaped evil.
But the offer comes with a steep price: her immortal soul.
I hope the blurb sounds exciting!
Any reviewers out there? I should have the digital copies in a week or so and will be happy to send you a digital copy for review.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Did I get your attention?
The offer came at the end of last year for a novel that I’ve been shopping for a long time. It was from a highly respected company, and one I’d been courting for a while.
But the offer was bad. I had to walk away from it.
Why am I telling you this now?
Well…it explains the inactivity here on the blog, and gives me a chance to tell you about some changes.
The reason for the inactivity: I’ve been working hard to complete a three-book urban fantasy series. It’s a bit of departure for me, since I usually like my fantasy in a fantasy world. But this character called to me.
As a result: I’ll have an urban fantasy novel coming out at the end of May, just in time for Balticon. And because I’m not going to publish these books traditionally, I’ll have the second book in the series out before the end of the year. (Maybe in time for your Thanksgiving pleasure. It all depends on how quickly I can get the manuscript back from the editor!) The third book is about one-third written–I hope to have it published by May 2015. (If not sooner.)
The first book has been copy edited and proof read, and I’ve been working with an artist for the cover. In fact: I made a decision tonight, and I’m just waiting on the artist to hand over the files.
When he does, I’ll post the cover here to give you all an idea of what’s coming in May.
So what does that mean for this blog?
It’s going to be a lot more irregular, I think, until all the parts of this series are out. I’ve stopped my Friday Writing Prompts until I can get the series publishing bits under control.
(I’m planning a writing prompt book, too: but it’s going to have to wait.)
And this Web site is likely to get a facelift, too: one where the front page becomes more static and the blog moves to a secondary page.
But everything is secondary to the novel. Thanks for your patience while we get that done!
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
The narration is complete for the audio version of Blood Soup! I’ve listened to all the files and notified Audible that I approved them.
Now, we wait for Audible to do their own quality checks. This could take anywhere from fourteen to twenty days, according to Audible — but my narrator Edoardo Camponeschi of menestrandise.com tells me that it’s been running about a week. I’m hoping that’s the case.
I’ve pictured the new cover art here. Audible requires the square, ‘jewel case’ format. I was able to put Eduardo’s name on the cover, too.
Spread the word! (And cross your fingers for a February release!)