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Chapter Twenty-Six: A Ghost Walks

  I took Kassh from startled horrified handlers at the stables in the late morning, and rode with Mell and my people to the great assembly that King Matthew had ordered. We talked little, so I felt keenly the disturbance my presence made in the streets of the City. A ghost upon her favored steed. … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-Four: From Another Angle

A bearded man stood staring at the three of us in a room too bright, so black and white it hurt my eyes. As I blinked back at him, shaking, I felt his eyes lingered hungry on my face, yet in a manner charged with eagerness. I did not know him. He was clad in … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Two: The Steps to War

  Evandir (looking scruffy as he probably does more often than not- by Mell)   Everything went according to the usual way of things when no accommodation has been made for peace. A half day spent in expressions of mutual respect and hostility couched in the highest forms of language…. I paid rapt attention to … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-One: A Turn in the Night

I felt a gathering unease, which I assumed to be born of the interruption in my customary ways, so I excused myself to work out with my other Masters of the Wall for the coming morning, arranging that Prince Evandir might keep company with his countrymen at a hosting held in the City by the … Continue reading →

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I don’t need an editor…

Why do I need an editor? I can read– in fact I’m really good at that. I can get all those great advice books that tell me how to self-edit, and then I’m there, right? No. The answer is no. You need those advice books to help you revise so you can then get into the … Continue reading →

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Don’t Wait

I am so afraid of my own procrastination that I work fast, in a fury of action. I break brushes. No, not the hairs, the handles. I learned early on as a painter that the point is never THE painting, that when a painting is done, you continue on with the accreted abilities, and passionate … Continue reading →

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here comes my next book!

Here’s the cover of my next book, a thriller/science fiction yarn set in the university town of Isla Vista, California. Imagine a strong smart young woman in Southern California planning to become a scientist, who notices the gradual disappearance of the local homeless, and a sequence of strange events concerning ducks– which mount to a personally threatening … Continue reading →

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Horror, with a Little Help

Picture us sitting by the fireplace, three cats on the footstools, people in the armchairs, fire chirking cheerfully away. “I want to write a horror story,” I said. Husband smiles. Kid still buried in her book., turns a page. “I think it should be set in Isla Vista,” I said, making it up as I … Continue reading →

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Guest Blog: John M. Daniel

Today it is my great pleasure to share with you a guest blog from my dear friend and mentor John Daniel who has a resume as long as my Main Coon cat’s tail. I first met John at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference many years ago, where he led a delightful late night Pirates’ session … Continue reading →

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Two novels and an invitation

  I’m honored to have you read my blog, delighted and impressed by how many people the ‘Fresh-Pressed’ award brought me. But, looking at this page, I realized I could talk a bit about my two novels, both published by small presses (Imajin Books and Eternal Press) in the past year. I grew up in … Continue reading →

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