A FAE Fried Pork Tenderloin

the sign of the Steer-In restaurant, featuring a horned steer in a convertible

The Steer-In, east Indianapolis

So I didn’t get to have any special-occasion mead or chocolate or anything for the release of Fae two days ago, so when I was invited to lunch yesterday I wanted it to be slightly celebratory. My friend Emi hadn’t had a traditional Hoosier fried pork tenderloin sandwich as mentioned in the story, and Mark and Alena were willing, so we all headed to the Steer-In.

I’d been to the Steer-In only once, but it is of a type quite common in Indiana, and it’s a local classic. It’s often voted to the top of pork tenderloin lists, so it seemed a good choice. And for those who haven’t been to a traditional Indiana drive-in (many of which no longer serve to the car, or never did, but are still known as drive-ins), here’s a typical specimen.

My pork tenderloin was a little overdone, but others said theirs were good, and I quite enjoyed my vanilla Coke.

But then, I noticed something on the back wall.

childrens drawings pinned around a menu on a wall

There were children’s drawings on the back wall.

As I said, I’d been to the Steer-In only once, and from where I sat there it’s likely I hadn’t seen the drawings. I certainly didn’t remember them. I didn’t base the Steer & Beer in “And Only the Eyes of Children” on the Steer-In; it’s an amalgamation of all the typical Hoosier drive-ins where I’ve eaten. On the other hand, it’s possible I noticed the drawings subconsciously, and that’s why the Steer & Beer is papered with kids’ artwork. Well, that and plot reasons.

Later that night, I got a text message from someone else, who said she was having a pork tenderloin sandwich for dinner because of my story.

Yep. /dusts hands/ My work here is done.

a review: Blade of the Samurai

Cover of Blade of the Samurai, by Susan Spann, a Shinobi MysteryLast night I dreamt of Faery. Thanks to everyone who came to the virtual release party and/or acquired Fae!

In other news, I had the woot-factor of winning a copy of Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann (released July 15, 2014), and I award it 4.5 stars!

One thing Susan Spann does well — and I can’t believe how fashionably correct this is going to sound, but it’s true — is to write marginalized characters who act powerfully. In Claws of the Cat it was a woman taking a man’s role in society; in Blade of the Samurai it’s a boy on the cusp of genpuku (ceremonial coming of age). Neither is an adult male in this hierarchal patriarchy, yet both are active and interesting characters. I’m taking notes. Continue reading

FAE releases today!

FaeToday’s the day! Fae officially releases, with my story “And Only the Eyes of Children.”

If you’ve got a few minutes, please drop by the online release party tonight, from 7-10 pm EDT. It’s easy — it’s right on Facebook, no additional sign-in or contact info required — and there will be a lot of fun stuff going on, from giveaways to real-life fairy doors to recipes to a short history of Hoosier cuisine. I’ll even be giving away two Kitsune Tales books!

And just in case you’ve somehow missed why I’m so excited about this…. Continue reading

Interview at Letters from Annie

Kitsune-TalesToday I can share with you a nifty interview about the Kitsune Tales series over at the blog of Annie Douglass Lima. She’s running a series called “Realm Explorers” about worlds built in fantasy (or fantastic history, as in this case), which is a pretty fun idea.

Hop over there and check it out — you might even learn something!

(Also, don’t forget that today is Digital Book Day and you can grab a free copy of Con Job, today only!)

Today is Digital Book Day!

Digital Book DayIt’s here! It’s Digital Book Day!

Go to Digital Book Day to find lots of titles in lots of genres by lots of authors. All free, today only. My free title today is Con Job (follow link to download), but there are all kinds of books available. But hurry, because the free downloads end tonight.

And remember, be kind and review the books you grab today. Reviews make authors happy!

 

A Writers’ Group Feast

This image shows a red wine glass.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My writers’ group had a cooler-than-usual meeting last month.

Writers’ groups are generally pretty cool. We don’t always sit around in black berets and drink coffee or wine and comment on existential truths in literature; that’s for special occasions only. Usually we have a few snacks and critique each other’s submissions. But this session was a special occasion of another kind; we had a fiction pitch-in. Continue reading

FAE pre-order and release party!

FaeJust a note…. I’ve had a number of questions about obtaining Fae, the anthology of fairy, and now there’s a simple answer: You can pre-order it here, in paperback or ebook.

Of course it will also be on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a gazillion other sites (and your favorite independent store can easily order it, if they don’t already have it stocked).

Have I mentioned that Fae includes one of my favorite short stories? Continue reading