BadBlood300 Before I post the write up and picks from the Lake County Library system’s amazing Trash to Fashion event, I have to do the obligatory – HEY, EVERYONE, THE FIRST NOVEL IN MY LATTER-DAY OLYMPIANS SERIES IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW FOR ONLY $.99 post!  (Oh, sorry, inside voice. I know, I know. But it’s just so exciting!!!)  I’m hoping that if you haven’t already been sucked into the mythology, murder and mayhem of my urban fantasy series that you’ll take the chance now.  Less than a dollar!  What do you have to lose?  Anyway, the special pricing is available now in Samhain’s store, for Nook & Kobo and at All Romance eBooks. It should be up any time now for Kindle, etc. and will run through November 7th.

Also, if anyone wants to read a bit more on the series, I’m up today at Magical Words with a piece on Pantheons and Pantsers.  Some of my other favorite Latter-Day posts of recent memory: Character’s Court and “If I Ruled the World” by Hermes.

And now, I’m so excited to present the pics from Saturday’s 5th Annual Trash to Fashion Event.  For those who don’t know, I emcee this event every year (except for 2013 when the date changed and I was unable to make it).  The kids blow me away every time with their talent and ingenuity.  This year I was inspired to make my own upcycled couture – a paper maché bodice with zebra-print duct tape to finish off the edges and a fringe skirt made of magazine covers.  Note: no actual books were harmed in the making of this corset top.  The pages were taken from an early reading copy of Chloe Neill’s wonderful Chicagoland Vampires novel WILD THINGS, which was destined to be recycled, since finished books have long since been available.  I hope you’ll all enjoy a taste of this amazing talent show.  I felt like I was up close and personal on an episode of Project Runway.  (For any of you who’ve read my Vamped young adult series featuring my fanged fashionista, you’ll understand when I saw that my inner-Gina was squeeing.)

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

Day 3 of my Sydney sightseeing my friend Marina and I teamed up to visit Darling Harbor, Wildlife Sydney and the Sea Life Aquarium.  Awesome! (Especially our koala encounter.)

Tomorrow I’ll post the amazing pics from the Blue Mountains.

More from Australia

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

I know, this is the slowest reveal of my travels I’ve ever done.  Busy times!  (Which is certainly a good thing, though it sometimes veers into insanity-inducing bouts of wondering how I’ll ever get everything done!)

Anyway, herewith pics from my awesome trip to Manly Beach and dinner with my friend Marina, who I hadn’t seen in ages, before seeing Don Giovanni at the Sydney Opera House.  The opera, by the way, was the most amazing production I’d ever seen.  Absolutely phenomenal from the voices to the costumes to the staging.

Wonderful time once again at Necronomicon!  Great people, fun costumes and talent show (where I came in 3rd for my rendition of The Flash Girls’ classic “A Girl Needs a Knife”) and wonderful panelists.  Perhaps my favorite thing to come of it is my very own Cerberus, courtesy of Rebecca Foreman, which arrived just yesterday.  My dogs have already accepted him as one of their own.  Ginger has already given him kisses.  (Then, of course, tried to run off with him.)  Anyway, meet the newest addition to our family.  Isn’t he cute?



Yes, a little shameless self-promotion for the Later-Day Olympians series there, where Cerberus might have some part to play, perhaps long about book 2…

Another shameless plug, Samhain is doing special pricing on the first book, BAD BLOOD, starting October 20th.  I will post links and shout to the rafters and would love any boosting of the signal y’all want to give me at that time.  Got to keep Cerberus in kibble.  I’m a little terrified of the alternative!

I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked at Necronomicon, but here are some of the fun costumes I did get!


Some really exciting and anxiously awaited new releases today.  Happy book birthday to Faith Hunter, R.S. Belcher and S.J. Harper for:

 brokensoul_hi-res BROKEN SOUL by Faith Hunter (Roc Books, mass market, digital and audio)

“The story is fantastic, the action is intense, the romance sweet, and the characters seep into your soul. At the end of Broken Soul, I smiled, closed the book, and hugged it. I loved this one.” —Vampire Book Club

Broken Soul is just the latest fantastic installment in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, which continues to be one of my personal favorites in Urban Fantasy.” —Rabid Reads

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs….

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….

shotgun arcana  SHOTGUN ARCANA by R.S. Belcher (Tor Books, hardcover and digital, sequel to THE SIX-GUN TAROT)

“The Shotgun Arcana gives readers plenty of reason to look forward to the next installation.” —Publishers Weekly

“A worthy addition to Belcher’s highly imaginative series, with a large cast that is both magical and mundane and a well-drawn historical setting. Weird West fans will happily gobble this one up, and it would be great paired with Emma Bull’s Territory or the recent anthology Dead Man’s Hand.” —Library Journal

“Putting his imagination to good use, Belcher paints a complex and engaging story of love, loss redemption and sacrifice.” —RT Book Reviews Top Picks in October

R.S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party…and the dawn of humanity.

Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness.  But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day’s time, the town and its people will be tested as never before—and some of them will never be the same.

The Shotgun Arcana is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than The Six-Gun Tarot, and confirms R. S. Belcher’s status as a rising star.


reckoning RECKONING by S.J. Harper (Roc Books, mass market and digital, sequel to CURSED)

Praise for Book One in the Fallen Siren Series, Cursed

“One entertaining and fast-paced read. Best of all? Zack, the wildly sexy werewolf FBI agent! What better crime-fighting partner could a girl have?”—Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author of Tiger Magic

Cursed is the perfect blend of magic, mystery, and romance. Emma and Zack are strong, noble characters who are trying to overcome their dark pasts, and their quests for redemption will make your heart hurt. This is a series you need to read now.”—Sandy Williams, author of the Shadow Reader series

“A promising new writing collaboration…After delivering a hefty helping of danger and drama, Harper then sets the groundwork for more fast-paced adventures.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.
Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?

Coming events

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m going to be busy (I know, surprise, surprise) the next five weeks, first with Necronomicon in Tampa this coming weekend, where I’ll have a table in the dealer’s room and a full schedule of panels (below).  Then on Saturday, October 18th emceeing the Lake County Library system’s Trash to Fashion event.  And finally, in Arlington, VA for the World Fantasy Convention November 6-9.  Then I get a break from travel (at least the work-related kind) until February.  Huzzah!

Anyway, if you’re at any of these upcoming events and want to stop by and say “hello”…

Friday 4:00:00 PM Audubon E-F How to Write Believable Characters
Friday 6:00:00 PM White Ibis South Stuff You Really Ought to Know Before You Write Your Book
Friday 8:00:00 PM Audubon C Writing Characters that Aren’t Quite Human
Saturday 12:00:00 PM Audubon C Alternate Mythology
Saturday 4:00:00 PM Audubon D The Scoop on Small Presses: for Writers
Saturday 5:00:00 PM Audubon C Romance with Fantasy Elements or Vice Versa