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A walk in the woods

A few months back, I went to a convention that had a fairly unusual layout compared to the rest of my experiences. Instead of me sitting alone at my little table hawking books to passersby, the author’s alley was like a little bookstore featuring all of the guest authors, with volunteers there to tell anyone who came in about all of us and the things we’d created. We were free to hang out in the author’s alley and sign books or just chat, but we were also free to leave whenever we wanted. It was incredibly liberating and relaxing compared to what I was used to.

While I was hanging out, one of the other authors mentioned that there was an abandoned amusement park less than a mile from the hotel– mostly torn down, though supposedly a lone roller coaster was still standing. As my insanity is fairly predictable, I was entranced. Continue reading “A walk in the woods”

A Work In Progress

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog since I published Tatter and Shine, which was one part me trying to figure out how to wrangle the convention circuit, and one part me getting over the marathon that was Urban Dragon.

I’ve got some new projects in the works, and while I hammer away at that, I’ll be sharing some of my process for creating this new world and the people who live in it, along with some thoughts and insights I’ve picked up along the way.

Monsters and Metaphor, Part 2

To recap the previous post:

There are a lot of horror stories that like to use monsters as a metaphor for people with mental illnesses. I prefer to think of the monsters as the mental illnesses themselves, whereas the people dealing with them are more the Buffy-esque badasses who deal with them.

An unrelated conversation got me pondering a fairly common question: “Why do kids these days have to put a label on everything?”

Well, since I’ve already got the metaphor onhand, let’s talk about the thing:

Continue reading “Monsters and Metaphor, Part 2”

Cover Reveal: Tatter and Shine

It’s almost the end of the month, which means it’s almost time for another new release.

This month’s feature is Tatter and Shine, the story of a sorcerer who’s sold his soul and the new apprentice who’s out to make his life hell.

Tatter and Shine hits the shelves on April 30th, and it’s  available for pre-order now at Amazon and your favorite online booksellers.

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Something old and something new

YLight text cover.jpgou might have seen an old short story of mine floating around the internet. I’ve cleaned it up, made it a little more pretty, and released it on major publishers.

It’s my little way of saying that my hiatus is over. I’ll be releasing several stories over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled.
This month’s story is The Fence.

You can find it for free on Amazon, Smashwords, and your favorite online booksellers.

And to all a good night

It’s Christmas Eve, and to those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

To those who don’t, have a happy holiday. May there be more good times than bad for you in this season.

 

2016-319-3d-render-book-transparent-background-book-9Whether you count it as good (yay, another book!) or bad (aw, the last one?), today marks the release of the final chapter of the Urban Dragon series.

I’ve poured a lot of myself into this series over the past several years. Creating this series in serial format means there was never any one given release day to anticipate or celebrate, so much as a single several-month event. And as much fun as it’s been, it’s also been exhausting. But then, that’s one thing I think a lot of us can share. The holiday season, for all its joy, also comes with its own array of stresses.

This time has been busy for Arkay, too. She’s got a Hoarde to protect, hostages to save, and a war to fight. But she’s also got allies in this fight, and she’s got a plan.

So before we begin– before we start a new series, before we take off to visit family, before we  don our aprons and greet the customers, before we enact the gambit that changes the world– let’s take a moment, just a moment, and breathe.

You’ve got this.

 

Blog hop and more

‘Tis the time of penultimates.

Today marks the second-to-last stop on our several-month blog tour. So come check out my interview at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews for a bit of fun and a chance to win.

2016-319-3d-render-book-transparent-background-book-8Saturday also marked the release of Remnants and Revenants, the second-to-last book of the Urban Dragon series. I hope you’ve been feeling nostalgic, because we’re going to see some old faces again– along with some old monsters.

That’s right, there’s only one book left. But if you’d like to get a sneak peak at it, the Volume 3 compilation will be available on Saturday, just in time for Christmas. It’ll include the last three books of the series, along with a deleted chapter to shed a little light on the past.

 

Crusader Non Grata

2016-319-3d-render-book-transparent-background-book-7It’s the beginning of the end, and the story of the Urban Dragon is starting to draw to a close. That’s right: Crusader Non Grata marks the last arc of the series.

When we last saw our heroes, Arkay finally accepted her place as leader of the Hoarde, with all the restrictions and responsibilities that entails. But while she’s busy trying to do right by the monsters who depend on her, other people are getting left behind.

Still reeling from the trauma and manipulations he faced at the hands of the Contessa, Meph has decided that all dragons need to go, and he intends to start with Arkay and her followers. His old cohorts are happy to use him as a wild card– and then dispose of him the moment he fills his purpose.

There’s only one person left on Meph’s side, and that’s Arkay. But her new position is a balancing act of public relations and politics, and reaching out to him might just bring the whole thing crashing down.

Crusader Non Grata is available now on Amazon and your favorite online booksellers.

Next stop on the blog hop: Long and Short Reviews

I’ve been a bit absent lately, but it’s Wednesday, so how better to jump back into the swing of things than with a blog hop?

This week I’m being hosted by Long and Short Reviews, where I was asked to talk about what scares me as a writer. It’s one hell of a question, and I’m hoping I gave one hell of an answer. Come take a look and find out.

Blog hop: Talking about homelessness at Kissing Bandits

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: it’s time for this week’s stop of our blog hop. This week, I was invited to come on Kissing Bandits and talk about one of the issues that I researched when I was writing my series, so we’ll be spending this week talking about homelessness in America.