• Nine Reasons I Enjoyed FanX

    Posted on March 19, 2017

    Where Authors Meet Fans – and Authors The Spring Comic Con Convention in Salt Lake City is called “FanX,” which is short for “Fan eXperience.” The organizers limit attendance to about 55,000 fans, which is a far smaller group than the Autumn Comic Con, which is reportedly the second-largest convention of its kind in the United States. I have attended FanX previously, but I’ve usually been manning the Future House

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  • Beginning Luck – 2016 In Review

    Posted on January 6, 2017

    The Year of Beginning Luck There’s a bit of advice, both brutal and poignant, called “fake it ‘til you make it.” On the one hand, I understand I should be writing stuff regularly for the blog and the newsletter and providing interesting things for fans to follow because it helps keep me “top of mind.” But, for cryin’ out loud, I only have one novel and half-a-dozen short stories to

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  • Anthologies and Illustrations

    Posted on October 19, 2016

    Short story number six is about to be released in the anthology Fantastic Worlds from Future House Publishing. Titled “Lucky Day,” the story features a character from Got Luck and the events of the story run parallel to the first chapter of that novel. While it is a stand-alone story, there are some fun bits that readers of the novel will especially appreciate and there are a few hints to other

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  • Writer’s Group Presentation

    Posted on September 23, 2016

    “Top Ten Clichés, Mistakes, and Shortcuts to Make You a Better Writer!” It’s very difficult to speak literally tongue-in-cheek but it’s not too hard to get some laughs while sharing some good advice disguised as extremely bad advice. I know that when I got back into writing, I tripped myself up with a lot of basic mistakes but there are some solid, basic fixes for those mistakes as well. Rather than present a list

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  • Comic Con 2016 – Fiction and Fans

    Posted on September 11, 2016

    September 1-3, 2016, marked the annual Comic Con in Salt Lake City, which is always a great time to hang out with other authors, glimpse the visiting movie and television stars, see the latest pop-culture products,  and check out all the interesting people in cosplay. I met an adorable Honey Lemon when she stopped by the Future House Publishing booth and purchased a copy of Got Luck. (Which reminds me, I need to

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  • 18 Best Urban Fantasy Books Available Right Now

    Posted on August 8, 2016

    Almost any story element you’ve ever read, appreciated, or seen pigeon-holed can be part of the genre loosely labeled “urban fantasy.” At its heart, urban fantasy is simply a story that occurs in a place and time familiar to the reader, but that story can be affected by forces or beings considered magical. My second blog post for Future House features 18 urban fantasy novels. Some should be familiar but

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  • Stop Being Bored – 12 Thriller Books Crammed with Excitement

    Posted on July 23, 2016

    Bored, eh? Are you? Got the mid-summer sleepies? Need that shot of cola to the brain that only comes from reading a really, really exciting book? I hear you. I’m the same way. I want that rush of adrenaline that comes from a thrilling story. I want that book I can’t put down until it’s over. What book, you ask? I don’t know you all that well, but I guess

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