Monthly Archives: June 2014

Last day free!


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Well it’s been a good promotion. Last day today to get epic fantasy Heart of the Witch for free on Amazon:

Total downloaded as of this morning: 4800 total in every worldwide Amazon marketplace except Mexico. (Over a hundred downloads in Germany, which impressed me).

Thanks to everyone for their support!  I’ve already received a new five star rating out of this, so I think overall this has been a successful promotion.


Top 100 Free on Amazon!

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Just a quick shout out as we head into the weekend. Heart of the Witch, my epic fantasy being offered free now until June 30, has hit the Top 100 Free on Amazon list!!  Currently it sits at #87, but hey, that’s higher than I’ve ever seen it before.

And thanks to EreaderNewsToday, Kindle Book Reviews, BKnights on Fiver, and EbookDaily for your postings! I know that effective promotional sites and/or vendors are the key to having a good free promotion.

(okay and I’m chuckling because it seems to be particularly hot with young readers. Didn’t write it for a younger audience, but cool!  It’s clean fantasy, which I guess is a rarity these days).

Have a good weekend, all!

Summer freebie! Heart of the Witch, an epic fantasy

It’s summer, it’s about 110 degrees outside (I’m in Arizona) and it’s time to offer up some free reads. For the next five days you can get my 4.6 star-rated epic fantasy, Heart of the Witch for free at Amazon!

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As an awkward scribe of nineteen, Zerrick should be courting ladies; or helping the Reverend, his father, in his endless tirades against magic. But a local girl has been accused of witchcraft, the mayor’s son is ill, and the town is clamoring to put all users of magic to the stake. He can’t tell them that he’s the one they’re hunting for.

Forced to flee, Zerrick searches to find out if his magic is a curse or a blessing. Beyond the colonial town a vast wilderness awaits, with mythical monsters, strange tattooed natives who worship the Goddess, and magic in every plant and tree. In a neighboring town he meets a young woman, Mira, who seeks to flee the harsh constraints of their society.

All they want is a place where they can live peacefully, but unrest is everywhere. The land itself is suffering as magic has grown more volatile and dark omens have appeared. Stranger still, Zerrick dreams of another woman calling to him, demanding to be freed. For Zerrick and Mira, the only way forward is following the call–into greater unknowns than they were ever prepared for.

New cover for an upcoming short story pack!

It’s summer, and things are slow. So it’s a great time to work on shorter projects and new covers!

I have two short stories that will be coming out in a few months in another short story pack. The first story is near novella length and is about a woman with a crush on her best friend, and the Japanese goddess of love. The second story is about a Chinese American interior decorator and a client with an unusual problem–her house is rearranging itself!  “The Wish” and “Reflections of Chi” should be out this fall.

Meanwhile, I just purchased the cover for it:

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Jodi is in love. The problem is that she’s in love with her best friend, a girl. And her best friend is in love with someone else, and getting married. As her friend prepares for a big wedding combining her Japanese and American traditions, Jodi finds herself praying to a long lost Japanese goddess for help.

When the goddess answers, Jodi is faced with a terrible choice. She can either have passion and heartache, or she can have friendship and loneliness.

Wishes always come with strings attached.

Bonus short story: Reflections of Chi

Geneva Lin runs a respectable interior decorating business. Her orderly world turns to chaos when a woman barges in, insisting that her house is rearranging itself. She hopes a little Feng Shui will solve the problem.

The question is, what do you do with a house that seems to want to kill you?


In other news, I’ll also be working on new covers yet again on my Cathy Pembroke series (“A Troll Under Golden Gate Bridge,” and “Fairies At Fisherman’s Wharf”) as I prepare to publish the next story, “Ogres At Alcatraz Isle.”

Book Review: Traitor’s Moon


Book:  Traitor’s Moon (The Nightrunner Series, Book 3)

Author: Lynn Flewelling


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was another strong addition to Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series. In this book, Seregil and his lifemate Alex must return to Seregil’s homeland, a version of Fae or elven as they are long-lived, closely tied to nature and magic, and highly bound by tradition and honor. Since Seregil’s an exile after a murder he committee there as a youth, that’s tense situation. And Flewelling makes the most of it.

I like that she fully explored not only Seregil’s but Alex’s history as well, while still continuing with the overall plot of defending a virtuous nation from enemies who want to destroy it. There’s a murder to solve as well, and plenty of treachery.

The book moved along swiftly and yet it took the time to provide rich subplots and backstory. I definitely recommend this for fantasy readers.

Teens and cell phones


I have a young teen–well, she’s thirteen, soon to be turning fourteen. Up until now, I’ve resisted the impulse to go out and buy her a cell phone, particularly a smart phone with all the texting, Internet, apps, games, and other doodads that smart phones typically come with.

Am I a hardass?  How many other parents are there out there like me who just don’t see the need for a teenager to have the latest gadget?

I think about when I was a teenager. Did I talk on the phone? Sure. Not excessively, because I generally biked to many of my friend’s houses and hung out. But occasionally I’d talk. I never had my own line. Never had a cell phone. Never had a TV in my room either, but I did have a computer, lol, a MacPlus. I used it for all kinds of things.

I don’t think I’m the old fogey standing on the porch shouting “You kids, get off my lawn!” when I say that kids these days have things they really, really don’t need. The computer I get. It’s a useful tool, first of all, and it’s so much a part of our culture now. I even get social media–Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. It’s nice to know what friends and family are up to, especially if they don’t live nearby.  Selfies?  Ehhh, whatever. Are you REALLY going to keep those photos to reminisce over when you’re older? I doubt it. Unless of course you were in the one with Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars. That one I’d keep. Texting can be useful to send a quick message.

But when texting becomes a main method of communication, there’s a problem.

I don’t think it advances society to raise a generation of people who don’t know how to sit down and TALK to each other. I can’t think of any advantage to developing a texting skill. Nor a Candy Crush skill, nor any other silly app. If my teen texts at only one word a minute as opposed to 60wpm, I don’t think it’ll be the end of society. In fact, if she’s developing her off-phone, in-person skills, I think she’ll go farther in life.

So no, I don’t think that makes me a hardass. Maybe not the “cool” mom. But I guess I’ll see when my teen gets through high school and college and has to fend for herself.

I just wonder how many other moms out there think the same way. It seems like I’m in the minority.

And that frightens me.

Striving for Greatness

Another introspective post.


I’m currently watching the History Channel’s epic miniseries, “The World Wars.” It’s fascinating to me to learn that Adolf Hitler was almost killed on the World War One battlefield by a British soldier who had him in his sights when he was wounded. The soldier couldn’t bring himself to kill Adolf. And thus history turned onto its current path.

Something else that struck me was how much struggle some of the great leaders went through before they became great leaders. You can love or despise FDR, Churchill, Patton, or even Hitler, but they all overcame a great deal before they found success. FDR had to overcome polio and learning to stand and walk again. Churchill suffered a huge setback in his decision to send troops to Galliopi and had to reestablish his reputation. Even outside these figures from past wars, time and again we’ve seen it; the extraordinary people who had to struggle against nearly debilitating hardships before they became successful.

On the other hand, how many tales have you heard about somebody who didn’t have any struggle coming oh so easily into greatness?  Let’s see–well I suppose there’s George W. Bush . . . okay maybe not a great example.

Hmm.   Barack Obama? No huge hardships there. But I’m not fully seeing the greatness either.

Hell, even Pope Benedict XVI who wasn’t that great of a pope was briefly a prisoner of war.

So what does all this mean?

I think it means that for parents, we worry too much about providing the “perfect” childhood for our kids. Having a stress-free childhood might be nice, but if history tells us anything, it’s that those who learn to strive against adversity seem to do better in life. It’s that old “no pain, no gain.” If we allow children to take on things, yes, they may fail. They may even fail spectacularly. But it also gives them the chance to succeed.

I think it also better prepares them for the real world, when things aren’t so bubble-wrapped and things can’t be fixed by a cookie or a kiss from Mom. So basically I think in the Western world we need to let ourselves be harsh at times, not stress that life is too tough and that our kids may be struggling against something. In the end, it may lead to greatness.