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The Next Big Thing

By some fluke of planetary alignment, divine intervention, or (possibly) my unexpectedly excellent karma, three authors have nominated me for The Next Big Thing in the same momentous weekend. I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve such an honor, but I accept with gratitude and a plethora of thanks. First, with gratitude to Clive. . . Read More


On Reviews, Obsession and Art (and a gratuitous adorable kitty pic)

My cat Sam sits with me when I write, whether I’m working on my laptop or composing on the piano. He likes being around when I’m being creative, which is pretty cool, considering he’s a cat. As a child, the idea of having a cat for a writing companion seemed wonderfully romantic; in reality, he’s. . . Read More


Contest Winners – Cephrael’s Hand Whirlwind Tour Wrapup

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Cephrael’s Hand whirlwind tour by posting reviews, excerpts, interviews, and reviews. I am incredibly grateful for your generous support and interest!   I’m pleased to announce the winners of our big contests (winners have also been notified by email). Winners were chosen by a Novel Publicity Panel. . . Read More


Epic fantasy contest, epic prizes, what could be better?

Okay everyone, it’s time to get creative and compete for huge prizes as part of Novel Publicity’s Cephrael’s Hand Whirlwind Tour. We’re hosting one gigantic contest with two separate parts, which means you can enter once, twice… as many times as you like! Help me create a character that will be featured in book #3 of A. . . Read More


A glimpse of Cephrael’s Hand

This week I thought I’d give you an excerpt from Cephrael’s Hand. This chapter provides our first glimpse of the constellation and its ominous implications. “To know love is to know fear.” – Attributed to the angiel Epiphany   The skiff bobbed on icy waves as two sailors rowed in tandem. A crescent moon looked. . . Read More


Speculative fiction is the motor of progress (why everyone should read fantasy, part 2)

  “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The importance of imagination in our lives cannot be underestimated. Imagination fuels the wheels of progress along every avenue—from Apple to the Curiosity Rover, and in each technological. . . Read More


Building A Fantasy World – The Magic of Genre Fiction

  Many thanks to The Cover by Brittany for originally hosting this post on her blog.    Some fantasy authors cringe at the topic of world-building, but actually, it’s one of the most thrilling aspects of writing genre fiction. When we write fantasy, we become the Maker of Worlds. We establish our world’s limitations, its physical barriers,. . . Read More


Why everyone should read Fantasy

  “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson  We are what we read. In big ways and small, the books, articles and even social commentary that we ingest fuels our thinking like vegetables of the mind. Some never. . . Read More


This is the space, this is the place

Here it is, your first sneak peak from The Dagger of Adendigaeth, A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 2!    Chapter One   “Nobility is birthed not of blood but of the heart.” – Gydryn val Lorian, King of Dannym   The temple of the Prophet Bethamin in Tambarré was built upon the ruins. . . Read More


Exploring Tropes – The Ultimate Evil Dark Lord

The word trope is defined in most dictionaries as “a word or expression used in a figurative sense,” but trope has become reinterpreted in today’s vernacular to refer to an often overused plot device.   The conflict inherent in tropes as they apply to genre literature is that many of these selfsame conventions are the. . . Read More