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Recommended Reading List: May, 2015

I started the major reading for the women in science fiction project I’m editing for Baen Books this month. Most of what I’m reading is stuff I should have read in the past. I’m also rereading stories that I remember from twenty years ago. Some hold up. Others don’t.

I’m stunned at what I’m finding and what’s been lost. I find it overwhelming at times. But it’s such a worthwhile project and so much fun. Some of the material here duplicates what’s on the site, because I’m enjoying what I’m reading so much.

Business Musings: Why I Love Taylor Swift

I love Taylor Swift, and I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s not just because her song “Shake It Off” accompanied me on my daily run during those tough days earlier this year when my world got infiltrated by haters. (Swift wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback as a response to the criticism she constantly receives.) “Shake It Off” reminded me that I’m better off writing than I am worrying about people who aren’t worth my time.

Free Fiction Monday: Her Mother’s Secrets

When tragedy took everything from Violet, she left home and never looked back. Until now. Her mother’s funeral.

Violet hopes she can settle her mother’s affairs and quietly return to the life she built after that day. Until she sees him. Skeeter Johnson. The boy who shot her in the face.

In a moment, her past returns to haunt her. A past she thought she left behind. A past, she comes to discover, full of her mother’s secrets.

First Book in A New Series Now Available for Preorder!

I am really excited to announce that the first book in my Interim Fates series is now available for preorder. I have always had a special place in my heart for the Interim Fates, teenage girls who got in over their heads when their father (Zeus) put them in charge of all magic. And, when […]

Business Musings: Gaming the System

It has taken the latest Kindle Unlimited Apocalypse (KUpocalypse 2? KUpocalypse Part Deux? KUpocalypse XXL?) to help me understand my visceral reaction to all of those writers who game the system. First, let me explain the reaction. It ain’t pretty. It comes from decades of watching young (meaning newer) writers try to game whatever system […]

Free Fiction Monday: Songbirds

Prince Tadeo has his heart set on a Songbird for the coronation. He sends Reynaldo, the best magic hunter in the business, after it. Once upon a time, Songbirds served the king. Now Reynaldo must convince one Songbird to return. Just one. Or he will use devastating magic to make sure she never sings from […]

Business Musings: Hidden Treasures

What a fascinating few weeks I’ve had. At the end of May, I hit most of my major writing deadlines. I’m turning my attention to short stories and to a massive project I’m doing for Baen Books, under the unwieldy title Tough Mothers, Great Dames, and Warrior Princesses: Classic Stories By Women in Science Fiction. […]

Award News!

I’m honored to announce that my story, “Snapshots,” received the AnLab Award for Best Short Story, chosen by the readers of Analog SF Magazine. The awards were announced over the weekend. I share the award with Tom Greene, whose story “Another Man’s Treasure,” was also in the May, 2014 issue of the magazine. If there […]

The End of the Saga

Eighteen months ago, I thought the Anniversary Day Saga would never end. I wrote a part of it, finished that, then wrote another part, reassembled the entire story, and wrote yet another part. Eventually I figured out how all the pieces went together. But for someone like me, someone who jumps from project to project, […]

Free Fiction Monday: What the Monster Saw

Everyone thinks of Kyle as the good-for-nothing only son of Jackson Worthington. But Kyle keeps his real nature hidden: from his father, from his classmates, from everyone. Until he discovers a body in an alley on the way home from school. The police can’t solve the crime, but Kyle can—unless his very wealthy and very […]

The Santa Series

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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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