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!


Digital Book Day!

Digital Book DayMark your calendars: Monday is the day to pick up lots of free books!

Go to Digital Book Day to find lots of titles in lots of genres by lots of authors. All free, one day only. Continue reading

Achievement Unlocked: Art

I have a short list in Evernote titled “Unofficial Goals Indicating I Have Arrived :D”. There are only a few entries, formatted as a checklist, of cultural ripples I have observed around successful stories.

I keep the list a secret, because I don’t want to influence the process. I want to see the organic ripples — I want a reader to tweet my title on #FridayReads because she was enthusiastic about the book, not because a friend did it just to make me feel good. Only once an achievement has been unlocked do I allow myself to share that it was ever a goal. (Yep, a #FridayReads appearance was one!)

And today I can check off another. Fan art. Continue reading

The Greatest Show You’ve Never Seen: Remember WENN

Remember WENN

Remember WENN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best television series you’ve never heard of is Remember WENN.

Remember WENN holds an odd place in television history. Continue reading

Of Music and Scrooge McDuck

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Collected...

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Collected Edition cover. Art by Don Rosa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m listening to a comic book soundtrack, and I’m nowhere close to ashamed.

Tuomas Holopainen

Tuomas Holopainen

Tuomas Holopainen — you might know him, if you have exquisite taste, as the founder of symphonic metal wizards Nightwish — has released an album “inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.” And it’s pretty darn good. Continue reading

Blog Chain: Mini-Interviews

Today I’m connecting to some nifty people in a blog chain. You, dear reader, get a mini-interview with me and links to other mini-interviews with authors you might also enjoy, so it’s a fun way to maybe find some new reading matter.

First, I should tell you that it was Rhonda Parrish who sweet-talked me into this. (Okay, it wasn’t that hard.) Continue reading

The Ghost Bride: Chinese Folklore and Ramen

Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo (Photo credit: eekim)

So I recently finished The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo (who also narrated the audio book), recommended to me by Stephanie Cain who predicted I’d enjoy the Asian folklore and supernatural elements. I did. Continue reading

The Angels of West Baden

Inside the atrium at the West Baden Springs Hotel.

Inside the atrium at the West Baden Springs Hotel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may not have heard of the West Baden hotel, which is a shame. It was built in the town of West Baden Springs, near the better-known today French Lick, and was a luxury hotel to offer the wealthy leisure and access to the natural phenomena of the area — mineral springs considered medicinal.

Today’s travelogue is a bit different, since while I’ve visited West Baden, this isn’t that trip. It’s just the necessary backdrop. Continue reading

Zombies on the Playground

555844_411689862287068_1659424406_nI don’t do Wordless Wednesday much, but sometimes you’ve just got something to share.

My friend the talented Amanda Irwin of Elemental Photography wanted to recreate this fun image of children fighting off zombies on playground equipment. She issued an open call for predators and prey, and this happened. Continue reading

Four ‘Til Late – an Eric Garrison contest!

Check it out: today’s post has a contest. Free books! And we’re hosting Eric Garrison and his book Four ‘Til Late (which you might remember me mentioning before).

But first, this is Eric’s first blog tour stop. Please give him a hearty welcome! As I’ve mentioned, I first met Eric at a local short story gathering, where his short (set in the Four ‘Til Late universe) made me laugh aloud. That’s a good start to nearly anything. Read down for details on his latest and the contest itself….

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