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Free stuff!   Leave a comment

Who doesn’t like free stuff?

Check out my new page with some free, short fiction for you – Enjoy!


Arrrr, matey! Read a pirate story today!   Leave a comment

Today is that holiday you look forward to all year!

Talk Like A Pirate Day! Why not celebrate with a story about a couple of guys who took Talk Like A Pirate Day just a little too far….


The Pirates of Bear Lake

Why does your nose start to itch as soon as you apply a facial mask?   Leave a comment

This is the view that I had in my mind when I wrote “The Pirates of Bear Lake.”


The Tokyo Express   Leave a comment

“It will hit you on the Tokyo Express.”

That line was running through my brain when my alarm went off this morning. I have no idea what it meant; my dream, so far as I can remember it, was of my son holding a god-awful lamp and laughing. No Tokyo in sight.

But picture this: A girl wakes with those words running though her head, as I did. She can’t forget them, as apparently I can’t. She determines that she MUST find out their meaning. So being young and rash, as I am not, she decides to go to Japan and search for the words. An adventure ensues, and she, of course, in the process discovers herself, finds new meaning to her depressing, gray life. Perhaps she finds love, perhaps she just finds fun.

(Is love more important to life than fun? I wonder…)

Does she find The Tokyo Express? I googled the phrase. There are quite a number of sushi restaurants, from Sacramento to Maine, with that name. It’s also a code phrase used in World War II to describe “the use of Imperial Japanese Navy ships at night to deliver personnel, supplies, and equipment to Japanese forces.” (quote from Wikipedia)

I don’t picture that as her answer. I was thinking it might be a train. You know, like the Bullet Train, only not quite as fast. And what hits her? The answer to a tremendous question? An epiphany of some sort? Or does someone simply throw something at her head? A gaijin female in a Japanese train, who speaks not a word of Japanese outside of what she learned from watching Naruto? (And there are very few situations in life that call for one to weave hand signs while shouting, “Kage bunshin no jutsu!”)

(Although that would be very cool…)

Ah, well. Maybe I’ll write it someday, and when I get to the end I’ll know.

The Tokyo Express:

What it was:

What it is:

What I hoped it might be:

You should read this. Really.   Leave a comment

Blade of Lightning

*Spirit to hold us.*
*Knowledge to keep us.*
*Warrior to defend.*

There are three Faces a Keeper can swear to, and three elements to bind their souls. But the elements number four, and although Fire was forbidden nearly five hundred years ago, the time for it to return is at hand. And the only thing standing between the Keepers of the Way and total destruction is Kei Ayumi.

“What are your weapons?” Keeper of Earth Secchi Amara asks Kei Ayumi the first time they meet. “Anything,” she answers. And Secchi soon learns it is not a boast, for although he may be the ranking warrior in the Fortress of Earth, Kei Ayumi is beyond deadly. With a past hidden in smoke and fire, and wrapped in a grief so profound she cannot even speak of it, Kei Ayumi faces challenges that daunt even a warrior. For although she has only just been bound to the Wayline, her path will take her from the snow covered Galdain Mountains to the hot sands of the Honshara desert as she tries to unlock her lost memories, defeat an enemy wreathed in flames, and face a firestorm of lightning.

Blade of Lightning – Book One of The Keepers of the Way is available for Kindle and Nook, and at Smashwords.
Amazon Kindle US Edition
Amazon Kindle UK Edition
Barnes and Noble Nook Edition
also available through iTunes

So a writer walks into a bookstore….   1 comment

….and there’s no punchline, because we all know she walked out with books.

Today’s purchases:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers.


Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me … Monster.”


The Gunslinger by Stephen King
I already have a copy of this, in electronic form. It was the first book I bought when I got my first Kindle. My friend Janice loved the Dark Tower books so much she convinced me to read them. Now, don’t get me wrong. I respect Stephen King with all my heart, but – the man writes


novels! I read Firestarter years ago, and The Stand, and most of Needful Things, and a few years ago I read Tommyknockers, because it had a spaceship in it, so I could pretend it was science fiction. But on the whole, I am not a Horror reader. I don’t like being scared. It – well, it scares me. But Janice convinced me that these were not horror, and I gave this first one a shot. Fell in love, read all of them over the next few months. Have spent the past year or so trying to decide on whether or not I’m brave enough to read Salem’s Lot.
So this copy is not for me, but for my son, who wants to read them ‘in real book form’. I insist that e-books are just as real, but I get what he means, so I got him a copy today.

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai. I saw the movie a few years ago, and they made a manga version of that. I’m a sucker for manga, in case you didn’t read my last post. So this one is for me.

I love bookstores.

Listening to: abingdon boys school

First draft is done!   Leave a comment

Well, to be quite honest, (and one should always be honest!) it’s the fourth and a half draft, of the second Keepers of the Way, KEEPER OF FIRE. It’s now going into the editing stage, so I may still be done before the end of the year, as I’d hoped. Though I’d hoped to be done long before this. Fingers crossed.