Free Fiction Monday: Politicians, Lost Causers, and Abigail Lockwood

1912—In a world where President Andrew Johnson’s conviction at his impeachment trial guaranteed that Reconstruction not only had teeth but also continued into the 20th century, South Carolina stands out as a leader in change, a pioneer of laws that change the balance of power. This new United States, this new South, sees blacks and women rise to their rightful places of power alongside whites. […]

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Business Musings: Small Things (A Process Blog)

Author’s Note: I wrote this on January 3, which (in case you’ve lost track in this already long year) was three days before January 6, when insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol. I still have high hopes for 2021. We just have to go through some 2020 bullshit here this month on the political side. On the COVID side, yes, things are so awful and going […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Echea

Sarah thinks she has the perfect family. She and her husband decide to share that perfection with Echea, an orphan from the Moon Wars. But after Sarah adopts Echea, she realizes that Echea has problems. Serious problems. Problems that might change Sarah’s entire family. Forever. A hauntingly unforgettable story about the choices parents must make for their children, “Echea” won the Asimov’s and Homer Readers’ […]

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Business Musings: Audio (2020 in Review)

I have courageously decided to review the year 2020 in publishing. Courageously only applies to me because I actually dread looking at the numbers or the things I remember. 2020 has made me skittish and has forced me to believe everything is a disaster, even when it isn’t. I have already logged a few blogs in this series. I’m writing them and posting them on […]

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Half Off Workshops Sale!

Yeah, we’re doing it again. Because COVID infections are worse. I’d think it was just us in the U.S., but today’s news is that Scotland is locking down until February 1, with other countries to follow. I really have no words, except how sorry I am for folks who are suffering from the disease or have lost loved ones. Hugs to you all. And because […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Sob Sisters

Madison, Wisconsin, 1972—When Detective Hank Kaplan calls Valentina Wilson to a crime scene, she wonders why. She soon finds more questions than answers in a secret room belonging to a wealthy female philanthropist, whose brutal murder the police hastily cover up. Val’s search for the truth will take her from the rape hotline she runs to the shocking realization that the woman’s murder anchors a […]

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2020

What a month! I’ve been reading some things for editing projects. I also read a few holiday things. But 2020 has me deep-down angry and deeply sad, so saccharine was not to my taste this year. I only read one light holiday mystery and no holiday romances. I did read some holiday nonfiction (listed below). I did toss one book in the trash, though. Literally. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Resolution

Note: This week’s free fiction story was originally published January 1, 2020, as part of the first WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories (you can learn more about this year’s project here). What follows is the introduction that accompanied the story when it was first published.   We end the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 Calendar of Stories the way we began over six weeks ago, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Stille Nacht

Christmas: a time of family, tradition, togetherness—until your family shatters. With no grandparents to spoil her daughters, one single mom faces the holiday alone. Her daughters worry that Santa, like Daddy, won’t show up. She worries, too: What if she can’t give them—or herself—the magic of Christmas? But maybe, just maybe, she’ll find that magic on Christmas morning, under the tree, like all the other […]

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Business Musings: Wreckage (2020 in Review)

I have considered writing this short series for more than a month now, and every time I envision it, I see myself standing in a pile of rubble, surveying the landscape. It’s almost a movie scene, probably an amalgam of every disaster movie I’ve ever seen. The camera focuses on a small section of rubble, which moves every so slightly. Then a hand emerges, nearly […]

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