Writer, Editor, Reader, Fan Girl

Business Musings: Frontlist? Backlist? Books!

Readers are the original binge consumers. Readers find a writer whose work they like and read everything the writer has done.

Nowadays, everything by that writer can remain in print—if the writer is indie or hybrid.

But not if the writer is traditionally published.

Free Fiction Monday: Say Hello to My Little Friend

A handsome man walks into a bar…and can’t pick up women. Sounds like a joke. Or a bar bet. Or maybe, just maybe, a bit of magic follows him everywhere. A short, somewhat malicious bit of magic, with a fondness for Piña Coladas. “Say Hello to My Little Friend” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch […]

Business Musings: The Overwhelmed Writer

Fortunately for me, indie publishing came along. I was able to get out of the traditional publishing novel merry-go-round, which never suited me, and able to publish my novels on my own.

There are a lot of capable people working in traditional publishing, some fantastic editors, and publishers who really care about writers and books. I love working with those people. I consider it a privilege to interact with them.

But now, I’m straddling both worlds, and I find myself a bit overwhelmed by the weirdness of both pace and deadlines.

Free Fiction Monday: Details

George has lived a full life as a decorated WWII veteran, high-end attorney, family man. But the incident that haunts him only took five minutes—five minutes when he shared a Coke with a woman on her way to California, a woman who would die hours later. Murdered. Maybe even by George.

“Details,” an Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers’ Choice Award-winning story by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

Business Musings: Fried Cheese

That’s how I described my brain today to a few folks. Fried cheese. Not Swiss cheese, which would imply that there’s space for air to go through. Fried cheese, all melted together—crusty on the outside and unrecognizable goo on the inside.

The Next Interim Fate Appears!

Crystal Caves, the second book in the Interim Fates series, just appeared today. A writer shouldn’t love one baby more than her others, but I love Crystal. She’s my favorite Interim Fate—which surprised me, considering I would have told you that Tiffany was before I wrote the books.

Free Fiction Monday: Geeks Bearing Gifts

Bethanne Dupree runs a computer dating service and pretends she doesn’t need it, too. She manages to separate her personal life from her business life until Ray Greco comes to the office of the dating service to make a video. The handsome Greco distracts her staff, and his video crashes her server. In fact, he […]

Alternate History News

That accident I had a few weeks ago knocked some information right out of my head, and I forgot my plans to announce some things. The day before the car and I had our incident, I had some wonderful news. My novel, The Enemy Within, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History-Long Form. I’m […]

Business Musings: Stupidity Fatigue

I’ve written five openings to this blog today. I want to write a completely different blog—and I will. In fact, I’ll write five completely different blogs, but I can’t publish them for several months. If I publish them now, then the people I’m referring to will know I’m referring to them, and that would be […]

Free Fiction Monday: Reflections on Life and Death

Sarah finds herself faced with a terrible decision. Her dying mother insists that if she goes to the extended care facility, they will kill her. She wants to go home with Sarah. But Sarah, a single mother with her own children to care for, can’t afford to care for her mother, too. And no one would kill the elderly just to save resources. Or would they?

The Santa Series

Santa Series omnibus cover boxed set web

If you want the Santa Series of goofy fantasy romances, here's all 3 books in 1 volume. Click on the words below for more information

The Santa Series

A New Science Fiction Story!


My story, "The Museum of Modern Warfare" just appeared in the December Analog. Get your copy by clicking the words below:

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

A New Story!


My story, "The Night of The Dancing Champions" just appeared in one of my favorite issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Recycled Pulp by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

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