News Update…Featuring Diving, Fey, Spade/Paladin, Short Fiction, and More!

Whoa. This fall, I put off my announcements waaaaaaay too long. I actually missed letting you know about “DNF,” the short story of mine that was in the 80th anniversary issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Good news: you can still get copies, either from EQMM’s site or on Amazon or other sites. The bad news is that the secondary sites charge an arm and […]

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Business Musings: Supply Chain Woes…Traditional, Indie, And More

This morning, a regular reader of my blog forwarded a tweet to me from a bookseller and writer about supply chain issues for books. He then suggested I blog about those issues. I had planned to, but I had a vague hope that they would improve. The bookseller’s tweet disabused me of that notion. The tweet is below. Read the thread, and note that she […]

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Conundrums, Kickstarter, Bundles and an Anniversary

Here’s something fun. Deliberately fun. I wrote a novel in the deepest darkest time of 2020, the horrid winter where everything seemed bleak. I wanted to escape, so I wrote about old friends and good times at a 1990s-style sf convention…with some crime on the side. You see, my characters Spade and Paladin solve crimes at sf conventions. Until now, Spade and Paladin only appeared […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Trick or Treat

The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in “The Friendly Ghost”). But Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn’t find her friendly—or ghost-like.

Still, Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin. Even when it comes to babysitting on Halloween weekend, while Spade runs the second most important convention of the year.

Because Paladin doesn’t ask favors; she solves crimes. And apparently, she—and Casper—need help only Spade can provide.

“Trick or Treat,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: At Witt’s End

When legendary science fiction fan Brendan Witt dies, Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade finds himself planning a memorial charity auction to honor Witt’s final wishes.

But when some very rare and highly collectible fanzines go missing, Spade and Paladin must race to find them before anyone notices.

Just one problem: Why they went missing might just prove the biggest mystery of all.

“At Witt’s End,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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A New Spade/Paladin Story—Unity Con

Spade/Paladin fans! You knew that Spade would have an opinion about the changes in sf fandom, right? Well, he does and did, and it all shows up in “Unity Con,” the latest Spade/Paladin story. This one appears in the September/October issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Click here for a link to an excerpt from the story. Letting you know about “Unity Con” reminded me […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Case of the Vanishing Boy

Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade gets a strange request: A tiny woman with pointed ears asks him to help her with a case at FleshCon, a California science fiction convention.

The tiny woman turns out to be the infamous Paladin, whom Spade thought was only a rumor. Paladin needs help finding a teenage boy whom she says vanishes whenever she approaches him.

Spade knows that disappearing teenagers only live in (ahem) science fiction novels, so he vows to do everything he can to find the missing boy—and to impress the impressive Paladin.

“The Case of the Vanishing Boy,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Really Big Ka-Boom

Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade thought he would be spending Christmas Eve alone—until a strange call from Paladin changes his plans. And just when he thinks the evening can’t get any stranger, a huge blast sends his world into chaos, along with that of Paladin and Casper.
And what the trio learn next might prove even more explosive.

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The Return of Spade and Paladin!

I know so many of you like my two sf-fan investigators, Spade and Paladin. Their latest adventure has just appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine‘s holiday issue, along with work from some of my favorite writers. You can get the January/February issue of the magazine on your local newsstand or order it on various online sites–or order a copy through AHMM’s website. I hope you enjoy […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Trick Or Treat: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum

The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in “The Friendly Ghost”). But Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn’t find her friendly and she’s definitely not a ghost. Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin. Even when it comes to babysitting on Halloween weekend, while Spade runs the second most important convention of […]

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