Triwell doesn’t adopt strays. He feels like a stray himself, a man who has lost everything even though he has a house and an antiquarian bookstore in Seavy Village on the Oregon Coast.
But the cat adopted him. And she proves a mystery. A mystery who lives with him. A mystery he will solve one summer in a surprising—and deadly—way.
For years, I’ve enjoyed the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies, edited by Esther M. Friesner. Humor, fantasy, warrior women…what’s not to love? A year or so ago, she asked me to be in the latest volume, Chicks and Balances, which she edited with John Helfers. I thought about it, wasn’t really inspired by actual chainmail, so I thought about what armor really is, and when it’s needed…and somehow, I ended up at the Academy Awards, on the red carpet, with demons. Yeah, that makes sense—in a Rusch kinda way.
On the night Anna’s boyfriend tried to kill her, Anna’s badly injured cat Star disappeared. Now, half a continent away, Anna’s neighbor tells her about a white cat with unusual markings haunting the neighborhood. Do cats have ghosts? Or has Star herself somehow made her own incredible journey across the country to be with the only person she’s ever loved?
Before I get too deep in this week’s blog post, I’m going to point out a few things of my own that will be part of future blog posts (and also touch upon past posts). First, I’m participating in the first of three book bundles. This kind of bundle (there are several other kinds, which […]
Or something like that. I mean, even I get tired of calling these news posts “News!” So, here’s a few things you might want to catch up on. First, WMG Publishing has put together a Diving Bundle. They’ve compiled six of the novellas from the Diving universe into one hefty ebook, and had me write […]
As a homicide detective, Frank deals with violent death every day. And his reaction to those deaths kills him by inches. Until his most recent case forces him to take a long, hard look at his emotional state. The murder scene’s only survivor might hold the clues Frank needs to solve the case. It might […]
For the fourth year in a row, I have posted a blog on Thanksgiving. But this year is the first time I’ve decided to write a post about the holiday itself. Many of you who read this are not from the United States, which is why I have ignored the holiday (and most others like […]
Daw books just published my short story, “The Destroyer,” in Human For A Day, one of the last anthologies co-edited by Martin H. Greenberg. As usual, I had a marvelous time working with Marty, Jennifer, and Tekno. I’ll miss those interactions. That business has changed a great deal these days. But we’ll have the anthologies. And […]
I call her the celebutante. That’s our little Molly, thirteen weeks old, and already short about 8 lives. We got her at the vet on impulse. She has a broken leg–well, ruined leg is more like it. And because she benefited from my small town’s charity, she’s in the local paper this week. Here’s the […]
I haven’t posted the new stories available in electronic editions in almost a week, so here they are. I’m listing the three easy access sites. It takes 6 weeks to reach the other sites like iBook, but eventually they will be on those sites as well. A Shamus Award nominee. Pita Cardena runs a very […]