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Bundles, Boxed Sets, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Novels, Pen Names—Whew, What A Day For News!

What a week. I have a lot of news to share, most of which will save you money….

Stories Galore!

I went on a short story writing binge after I finished the Anniversary Day Saga, and now some of those stories have hit print.

Business Musings: The Branding Surprise

Over the weekend, I headed to traditional publishers’ websites and look at their paranormal romance covers only to discover…that the damn books are branded like urban fantasy or like an E.L. James knockoff or like a cookbook or travelogue. All of this points out a huge problem in the paranormal romance genre. There’s nothing that screams modern paranormal romance. Believe me when I tell you that readers look for such things.

A New Uncollected Novella

Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. I go for a month and post very little, and then I bombard you with information. But it can’t be helped. May is chockful of news. In addition to the bundle, the release of The Write Attitude, and the release of Starbase Human, I have also just published a […]

A New Urban Fantasy Story

In the 1990s, I was known primarily as a fantasy writer, not an sf writer. When I became the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the old editor (who was still the publisher) edited my fiction–accepting or rejecting what I had written, with the caveat that I send my stories to F&SF first. Then […]

Free Fiction Monday: The Scottish Play

Portia uses her magic to solve problems—theatrical problems. She prefers to work alone, even though her two sisters possess magic, too. But her latest job, in London’s West End, poses problems not only because of the play being performed—the cursed Scottish Play (aka Macbeth)—but because she must deal with a magic she has never seen […]

Free Fiction Monday: Shadows On The Moon

Justin needs something to believe in. At a crossroads in life, he arrives in New York City reminiscing the past but uncertain of the future. Until he meets Wendy, who inspires him to take a leap of faith. But soaring into the unknown might prove harder than it seems. “Shadows on The Moon” by USA Today […]

Free Fiction Monday: Murder, She Workshopped

You know that famous mystery writer? The one whom death stalks wherever she goes? Turns out bad luck doesn’t cause death to follow her. She provokes it all—for a reason. And this time, someone will stop her. A student at a writing workshop has a secret agenda. Yes, the student wants to become a bestseller. […]

Free Fiction Monday: Fate

She calls herself his luck, but Grif Petrie doesn’t feel particularly lucky. Alone on Christmas Eve, he haunts a casino like he always does. Then he meets Alli, and even though she tells him she has come to Vegas for someone else, he spends time with her—and wins at craps, which never happens. Her presence […]

Recommended Reading List: March, 2012

I was extremely busy in March, but somehow I managed to read a lot of good stuff as well. Some of my reading came at a workshop at the end of February, beginning of March. If the stories that I liked appear in print, I told the students to contact me with that information. So […]

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

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

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