The March Madness CIR Blog Hop

The March Hare with Alice, the Dormouse, and t...

The March Hare with Alice, the Dormouse, and the Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During breeding season, it was said, hares were bolder and more active than at other times of the year. Hence the phrase “mad as a March hare,” or “March mad,” and finally “March madness,” a phrase which has been appropriated to refer to basketball tournaments.

As European hares have a six-week reproductive cycle which repeats from January to August or so, I am not sure why they were supposed to be particularly mad in March. I suspect it had something to do with being more visible in the spring as they also rushed about to recover calories spent in the winter and the general thank God at last there’s sunshine shared by all species. But let’s not quibble.

And so in the spirit of March Madness, both leporine and athletic, the CIR blog is having a March Madness book sale and giving away some books. Continue reading

Stories in Upcoming Anthologies

I’m pleased to mention that I have two stories in upcoming sister anthologies, Corvidae and Scarecrow, both from World Weaver Press later this year. Both are edited by Rhonda Parrish, of Fae fame.

My stories are “Sanctuary” and “Judge and Jury,” and while each can stand alone they are really one longer tale. It starts when a wildlife rehabilitator stops to pick up a bird struck by a car, and it ends with strange death. Well, actually, no, it doesn’t end there, either….

You can see the full tables of contents here for Scarecrow and Corvidae.

 

Nominated! Starred!

FaeSo I can’t believe I forgot to mention this here, and I’ll just plead that I’ve been hyper-busy with work over the last month or so. But I really should have mentioned it.

My short story “And Only the Eyes of Children,” appearing in the 2014 World Weaver Press anthology Fae, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I’m most definitely pleased with that.

“And Only the Eyes of Children” also landed on Tangent Online’s 2014 Recommended Reading List, complete with a two-star mention (of 0-3 stars possible). I’m pretty pleased with that, too. Continue reading

Catch Me in Chicago! Guesting at Anime World Expo

Anime World Expo in ChicagoSo today’s just a brief announcement: I’ll be the Author Guest at Anime World Expo in Chicago, August 2015.

AWX is a small but mighty con with an emphasis on Japanese culture, not just anime and manga fandom (although there’s certainly that too). Previous editions have included seminars and hands-on workshops on Noh theater, martial arts, and Japanese dance, so I’m very excited to be able to speak on traditional folklore.

I’ll also be speaking on general writing and the publishing industry, and then be sure to catch my reading of antique translations of classic Japanese fairy tales. It’ll be fun!

Authors at Robots & Rogues

Robots & Rogues Small Business Saturday posterCome out Saturday, November 29, 2014, to one of my favorite names in indie bookstores, Robots & Rogues. I’ll be there from 10 am to 3 pm, and there will be other authors present all day, including Stephanie Cain and others yet to be announced. You can even meet Santa!

We’ll be chatting and signing throughout the day, and it’s a great chance to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. As the name implies, Robots & Rogues is a good source for the geeks on your shopping list, but they serve other reading niches as well with mysteries, thrillers, non-fiction, etc.

You can follow the event updates on their Facebook page as new authors and features are added. We’d love to see you there!

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

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

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

Author Trading Cards! I Need Your Thoughts

Hi! Can I get your opinion, please?

I’m making some new author business cards, and rather than doing the same old business card thing, I decided to have some fun with it. So I made myself a card as if from a trading card game. And I’d really love some feedback before I order up a thousand or so of them.

So here’s a sneak peek of my new author cards. Whaddya think? Continue reading