Disabilities and Strength in the Heart of a Warrior (#SFWApro)

I'm always excited when Sarah (Bookworm Blues) asks me for a post for her amazing SF Signal series, Special Needs in Strange Worlds. This week, my guest post is called Disabilities and Strength in the Heart of a Warrior, and you can read it at SF Signal's Special Needs in Strange Worlds.

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Looking back at 2014: I know I have been quiet ... (#SFWApro)

But I'm still here, recharging my batteries and making nefarious plans for more stories. 2014 was full of new experiences and busier than I originally thought. It was a year of writing, and, discounting blog posts, there were a lot of words. A few of the highlights include:

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Earning out, awards, and it's the end of the year and I feel fine (#SFWApro)

Advances and royalties for Miserere were split between Skyhorse and Start when the two publishers acquired Night Shade Books' backlist in 2013. Miserere earned out its advance with Skyhorse in 2013, and this past August, I got the news that Miserere had earned out with Start as well.

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Updates and such ... In Midnight's Silence and a project with Alex Bledsoe (#SFWApro)

Usually my Octobers consist of quietly preparing for winter around my house. The hectic summer pace slows, and I'm able to relax when the time changes, because the sun is not up until midnight. Unlike my usual Octobers, this year, October turned into a wild month for me. My beautiful daughter married a lovely young man and they moved into their own place. My husband and I had some vehicular issues (all totally beyond our control) that required our full-time attention, most of which fell to my poor husband to deal with. I don't know what I'd do without him.

And now, finally, November is here and we're all settling in.

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Review Roundup for The Broken Road (#SFWApro)

October is the time for scary stories, and I do prefer writing creepy stories so I scheduled The Broken Road to publish in October for that reason. Lynn summed the effect up very nicely when she said The Broken Road contains "Nothing bloodthirsty or dripping in gore – just plain goosebump-invoking chilling."

I've also been kind of pleasantly surprised that several folks have tagged the novella as science fiction as well. So if you're still on the fence about whether or not you would like to read The Broken Road, here is a quick review round-up for you so you can see what others are saying:

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The Character of Environment in Gothic Fiction

A few years back, just prior to a World Fantasy Con, a question was posited as to whether urban fantasy had become the new gothic horror due to the cityscapes taking the place of haunted houses and castles. It was an interesting idea, but one that I ultimately rejected. Urban fantasy has a texture that isn’t quite as dark as gothic horror; although, I will concede there are many elements that overlap (sorry, no Venn diagram is forthcoming from me).

However, the idea of a physical place, such as a house, a rural landscape, or a city, attaining the same characteristics as a person seems to be common to both urban fantasy and gothic horror. I recently read an NPR review for Lauren Beukes new novel, Broken Monsters, where Michael Schaub noted that Beukes renders Detroit as “… a major, tragic character in the novel.” Sarah Waters gives us a house in The Little Stranger that becomes haunted with a man’s desires.

Read the full post at Fantasy Book Critic

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Meet the Character--Travys du Valois (#SFWApro)

Jason M. Hough challenged me to the latest blog tour ... toury ... bloggety thing going around the Internets, and I thought it would be fun to do. You can read Jason's entry about Nigel, who is a character in Jason's new novella, The Dire Earthright here.

I want you to meet Travys, who is the star of my new novella, The Broken Road:

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A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

I know it's been quiet here, but I've been busy behind the scenes. Okay, I've been horsing around some too, but mostly I've been busy making the new things for you.

The inaugural edition of my newsletter is coming soon. This is a quarterly newsletter. I, like you, despise getting five hundred random emails from companies dumped into my ever-burgeoning email box, so I fully understand the desire to not be pestered with weekly updates. As far as I'm concerned, weekly updates is what the blog is all about.

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