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  1. Romance in fantasy

    I admit, I've never been a fan of romance in fantasy, although if it fits the plot, I certainly don't mind it. Now I find myself needing to include a romantic subplot in my fantasy novel, and I'm not quite sure I know how I feel about it.

    Writing the kissy, emotional scenes doesn't bother me. I don't plan to include anything R rated, so if my characters do end up in bed, it'll be behind a closed door. What makes me squirm is the need for it in the first place. For those who know the ...
  2. Flower Maiden

    Press Release for 'Flower Maiden'.

    (A Paperback by Martine Lillycrop)

    Despite its deceptively fluffy title, Flower Maiden delivers some major punches.

    Waking up from a fatal car accident, middle-aged Bethany Sweet finds herself in a body so perfect it sweats perfume. Sweet soon has to come to terms not only with her own death and resurrection, but an alien and, it turns out, hostile world. Being then pursued by a ruthless ...
  3. Books in April

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 01:00 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Not a lot to report.

    Allison Hewitt is Trapped, Madeleine Roux - At some point, you get the urge for epistolary fiction that doesn't try to modernize the form with instant messages, blogs, or email, or whatever else. Twitter? Anyway. This would be one, as Madeline has to invent some odd military (yet strangely unencrypted) wireless network that's somehow working from, I guess, space. Which is how the blog manages to exist in the first place--let's skip over a slight problem here--in ...

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 10:53 PM by expatrie (added Men and Cartoons.)

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  4. May S/F/H deadlines.

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 12:39 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Reposted material culled from

    (these are the one's specifically on my personal deadline calendar. There are others I will try to post this month, but later.)

    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Dystopian or Apocalyptic or Post-apoc 5/31/2011
    Night Terrors Anthology (Vol. II) Horror 5/31/2011
    Children of the Moon: A Werewolf Anthology Werewolves 5/31/2011
    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Masters of Horror Story Contest 5/31/2011

    Updated May 1st, 2011 at 12:50 PM by expatrie (category.)

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  5. "Her expression was curious, and not unsympathetic"

    by , April 30th, 2011 at 03:11 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    "Her expression was curious, and not unsympathetic." (p. 145 in my version of Men and Cartoons, Jonathan Lethem, in "Super Goat Man".)

    Don't get me wrong, I typically like Lethem, but this is a linguistic tic I notice more and more these days. From hearing something similar during a reading on KFAI, to another one somewhere in Stephen King's Duma Key, it's one thing I'm resolved not to do..

    King himself makes a similar comment about "Zestfully" ...
  6. Taking a Break

    For the past two weeks I have been feverishly editing my novel to get it ready for macro readers. I finished earlier than I'd expected and now I have a choice. I can either jump onto the next project and work like mad, or I can enjoy the down time and use it to do other things.

    I'm choosing the down time. I recognize that, as a writer and workaholic, I often put too much pressure on myself. So, I am making a concerted effort to take the down time when it comes along. A lot of ...
  7. Gemmell 2011 Nominees

    Here's the official shortlist:

    Ravenheart Award
    For best fantasy book cover

    Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty (HarperCollins Australia)
    Victoria Frank for Tymonís Flight (HarperCollins Australia)
    Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man (Pyr)
    Cliff Nielson for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit)
    Jon Sullivan for Shadow King (The Black Library)

    Morningstar Award
    For best debut novel
  8. State of Horror: Texas "Lubbock or Leave It" now available.

    by , April 25th, 2011 at 07:36 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    My story, my first sale, "Lubbock or Leave It" is now available in State of Horror: Texas.

    Think zombies and humor.

    Anyway. Here are some links. No obligation.

    on Amazon Kindle $2.99

    on Lulu - print version $7.99 and eBook $2.99

    eBook on SmashWords $2.99

    Looks like all the links are good. Hope nobody minds the .. well. You know.

    Anyway, if you're looking for a sample of my ...

    Updated April 30th, 2011 at 03:13 PM by expatrie

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  9. One more character design

    Here's one more character design I thought I'd share from the Jak Phoenix universe. Enjoy!

  10. E-Book news

    The Slingshot Saga Volume One is now available as an E-book at Amazon Kindle & Google Ebookstore. Soon at Barnes & Noble Nook.
  11. Happy Shadow Day

    To celebrate the upcoming release of my second book, Shadow's Lure, I've released a video trailer of the novel. You can see it on:

    my blog site:

    or youtube:
  12. Photoshop is Hard

    Whoo! *wipes sweat from brow* I just finished posting a photoshop tutorial at my other blog and man is it hard to explain these things. They're actually fairly easy to do, once you get the hang of the program. So much so that I'd forgotten how many words it can take to get the points across. I hope it's easy to follow! I really don't want to edit it again any time soon!
  13. First industry review...

    Hooray, a reviewer has made it all the way through my book and they have nice things to say! (Always had that little fear in the back of my head... a bad case of the 'what ifs')

    "Quest of the Demon is a rewarding high fantasy novel with an uncluttered and unoffending style that should be perfect for the younger reader."

    Not 5 Stars (3) but I'm still really happy Thanks to Ant. from SF Book for his ...
  14. Who'da thought it?

    Think this is brilliant!

    Jethro Tull meets astronaut to celebrate Yuri Gagarin's first flight.

    Sadly reminds me of the Jean Michel Jarre / Ron McNair event that never happened.

    But I do like this.

  15. The Joy of Free Books

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 06:20 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Nothing quite says joy like a free book. (Of course I'd since forgotten it was coming so I had an extraordinarily implausible scenario for why someone at HarperCollins was writing to me with a thick package....

    Anyway, I now have an "Advance Uncorrected Proof" of My New American Life by Francine Prose.

    Off to start reading what is probably the 26th book I'm "currently reading."

    Yeah, right.

    Taxes? What taxes?

    Updated April 16th, 2011 at 11:53 AM by expatrie (updated numbers. Typo.)

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