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Book Five is (almost) in the oven

Okay, I’m starting to feel the quarterly pressure. The questions are pouring in, asking in polite, dulcet tones, “Oh please, madam, might you tell us where stands the progress of booketh number five?” Progress is being made, people. Daily. Hourly. Minute by minute by sentence finished with a period to prove its completion. Lots of. . . Read More


Yes, I Am Still Writing Book Five

  Dearest readers: I have emerged from the singularity called Alorin to discover that six months have passed since I last updated you on the progress of book five (a fact which more than many of you have recently pointed out). I guess it’s time for an update. First, let me assure you that I. . . Read More


Kingdom Blades on Audible Releasing February 28th!

I’m excited to announce that Kingdom Blades, A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book Four, will be released for Audible on February 28th. At this point it’s not yet listed in Audible’s system for presale, but it will be available for pre-purchase as soon as they have it listed.  Thank you so much to all. . . Read More


My Recommended Fantasy Reads

Winter is my favorite time of year to curl up fireside and read. I can still remember one holiday in the 1990’s when I’d first discovered The Wheel of Time and spent my entire break in front of the fire churning through Robert Jordan’s voluminous books (I think there were seven released at that point). I’m often. . . Read More


Cephrael’s Hand is now on Audible!

I’m thrilled to report to all of you audiobook lovers that today Cephrael’s Hand releases on Audible! I know this is a long-awaited moment for many of you, and you have my sincerest gratitude for being so patient. The book is narrated by the talented Nick Podehl, who also narrated Pat Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. Here’s a sample. . . Read More


On Isabel and Pelas in Paths of Alir

****SPOILER ALERT***** When I wrote the scene with Isabel and Pelas in the second half of Paths of Alir, I expected it could become controversial. I knew it would hit some readers in a way that felt morally uncomfortable, but I never imagined that the scene would be interpreted as a rape. I’ll explain more of what I did expect. . . Read More


Reviews, Writer’s Block & the Author’s Integrity – A Problematic Trinity

I’ve been struggling recently with a situation that arose from the number of positive—yes, I just said positive—reviews I’ve received on my latest novel (which, by the way, was recently selected as a Finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year – yay!) It took me a bit to sort through just what I was. . . 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