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Busy, busy, busy!

First off, "Scream Queen" is now available, in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2! Buy it at your LCS, or here.

Next, I'll be participating in this awesome FB event over Columbus Day weekend, so stop by and say hi, maybe win some prizes, and find some new authors to love!

Then the Occupied Earth anthology comes out on 10/13, featuring a collaborative story by me and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte entitled "Letting Go the Ghosts."

THEN I'll be at Comic & Media Expo in Mesa (10/16 - 10/18). Come see my and fellow Wyked Writers Sharon Skinner and Gini Koch's panel Saturday at 1 PM.

After that, Jeff and I will be at Tucson Comic Con from 11/6-11/8. More information on that appearance as I have it.

Finally, Jeff and I will be speaking at the Arizona Library Association's 2015 conference up in Flagstaff (11/18 - 11/20).

So, yeah, like I said - busy, busy, busy!

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Part of my busy-ness is also attributable to some PT/contract jobs I'm also juggling, so I apologize for the lack of timely updates, here and elsewhere in Social Media Land. I'll try to be better at it going forward, promise!

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So it's been almost a month since I posted here - but that's because I was saving everything for one big post, not because nothing has been happening! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it, heh.)

First off, partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made Ellen Datlow's prestigious BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7 recommended reading list for "John Barleycorn Must Die," to which I can only say: SQUEEEEEE!!!! Seriously, it's a tremendous honor and has been a goal of mine for a long time. So thanks to Jeff (and Jonathan Maberry, editor extraordinaire) for helping to finally make it happen!

Second and third are two more collaborations Jeff and I have coming out in October. Our story (and my first comic book credit) "Scream Queen" is due out in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2 on October 7. Then our story "Letting Go the Ghosts" comes out in the Occupied Earth anthology on October 13. We also have novel edits on 7 SYKOS and a couple of pitches due in October (and another collaboration due in November), so it's going to be a busy month! (Jeff has a few more things going on this month than I do, so be sure and check those out, too.)

Fourth is...well, something about a Kickstarter that I can't share yet, but check back soon for some more very cool writing news!

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You all know how dear this cause is to my heart, and if you don't, let me introduce you to the reason:


(Me and my son Max on the day he was diagnosed with Stage III neuroblastoma)

From the ALSF website:

"One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20. Despite this, less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year."

Funding is vital to research if we're ever going to beat this monster, and the way to raise funding is to raise awareness.

AWARENESS ---> FUNDING ---> RESEARCH ---> CURE

Please consider a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation or some other pediatric cancer charity in these last few days of September. It really does make a difference. Max is living proof.

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Aug. 25th, 2015 12:13 pm
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Back from the fun, exhausting, informative 2015 Writers' Police Academy, held at the Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center, where I and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte got to take the following classes:

- Crime Lab (Fingerprinting 101)
- From Crime Scene to Autopsy
- An Insider's View to the World of Women in Law Enforcement
- Interview and Interrogation
- The Mindset of Cops
- Forensic Art and Witness Recall
- Overview of Forensic Psychology
- Crime Scene Photography
- Booking/Processing
- Milo (Military integrated laser operations) Simulator

I also got to meet author and 27-year police veteran Robin Burcell and Dr. Katherine Ramsland (pictured below):



And I learned SO MUCH. It was like being back in college again - pages and pages of notes, hundreds of pictures, so many great details that you can bet will be showing up in my work. It was, as noted, exhausting, but so worth it. And it wasn't all work:


(me with the DB in the Crime Scene Photography session)


(me in "The Chair" during the jail tour part of the Booking/Processing section)

Even 4 days isn't enough to do everything at WPA, so you can bet we'll be back!

Also, right before I left, I sold my poem, "Dutiful Daughter" to Devolution Z Magazine, so you should probably go check that out.

Everything Else

We got to take in a Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art while in Appleton, so I'll leave you with this image - A Rockwell in front of a Rockwell:



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Not a ton to report here - got the Lady Justice revisions in, a revised sample off to my agent, submitted (and sold!) some new poetry/short fiction, and got to see the line art for "Scream Queen" (it's gorgeous)! Now I'm gearing up for the Writers' Police Academy this weekend in WI. SO much to see/do/learn! From the website:
The Writers' Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.

This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!

- Ride alongs with police officers and deputy sheriffs.

- Jail tours.

- Interview and interrogation.

- Fingerprinting.

- Bloodstain pattern investigations.

- Building searches/Door breaching.

- Indoor firing ranges.

- Arson investigation

- Police gunfighting

- Special guest speakers.

and much more!
I can't wait!

Everything Else

Taking Max to Survivor Clinic after I get back from WI. Hoping to get the all clear (well, except on his hearing, obviously). Even though he won't have any scans done, there's still a certain amount of scanxiety associated with these clinics because the tests can give an indication of whether or not the tumor is acting up again or if some late effects from chemo are starting to manifest. So you're always holding your breath, hoping that another centipede shoe isn't about to drop. Nerve-wracking doesn't begin to cover it. So any good thoughts/prayers you want to direct Max's way would, as always, be much appreciated. Thank you! <3

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Well, we did it! Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have delivered 7 SYKOS to our editor at HarperCollins. Clocking in at almost 110,000 words, it's not only my first original novel, but also the longest one I've ever turned in, and a scant two months after turning in the final book in my trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books. So to say I've written a lot of words in the past several months would be quite an understatement! But I'm finally out from under all contracted deadlines, so now I get to do something I haven't done in a long time - read for pleasure. Can't wait to dive into my TBR pile, heh.

This weekend saw another first for me, too. My first appearance (for my first comic book credit) in Diamond PREVIEWS, for another collaboration with Jeff, "Scream Queen," a story that will appear in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2. Check it out:



Lots of exciting stuff happening on the writing front, so check back regularly for updates!

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If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know my youngest son, Max, was diagnosed with cancer (neuroblastoma, Stage III) at 4 months of age. He underwent 4 rounds of chemo and is doing well now, though he'll never be in remission, because the tumor is still active and can't be safely resected because of its location. However, all chemo comes with side effects and what are called late effects - things that might not show up until years after treatment is over. One of these late effects is hearing loss.

Well, Max has been having trouble hearing of late, so they tested him at school and he failed completely on a couple of levels, so it's off to the Audiology Dept at PCH to get more accurate/detailed testing done and, probably, to plan to fit him for hearing aids.

The battle against cancer is never over. It's like dealing with a stubborn centipede that refuses to tie its shoes - any of those shoes can drop at any time, usually when you are least prepared for it. This is part of the reason I'm so adamant about pediatric cancer awareness. Because it's not over for Max and it never will be, until we find a cure, or treatment options that don't poison our children. There are several links on my website for organizations that raise money for research. Take a look if you're so inclined. Because:

AWARENESS = FUNDING = RESEARCH = CURE

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Super-quick post. Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte did an interview for Bleeding Cool where he talks about our Evil Dead 2 comic, some of our collaborations, and our collaborative process. Check it out!

Everything Else

Happy Father's Day to all dads (bio, step, adoptive), moms who're doing double duty, father figures, and anyone else to whom the word can be applied.

And big hugs to all the dads who can't be with their kids today and the kids who can't be with their dads, especially when the reason is that one or the other is celebrating in Heaven.

And Happy Solstice and first day of summer!

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The news is starting to leak out in various places, so partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I decided it's probably safe to tell you now about our collaborative novel and who will be publishing it.

The novel is called 7 Sykos and it's being published by HarperCollins as part of their Voyager Impulse line. We're really excited to be part of this new line and can't wait to be able to tell you more about the book. Stay tuned!

Also, the Occupied Earth website is live. Check it out! My and Jeff's contribution is called "Letting Go the Ghosts" and we're both really proud of it. Get your pre-orders in now!

Everything Else

I've taken a part-time editing job in addition to being a mentor for ASU's Your Novel Year program. That, coupled with my writing, will probably mean continued sporadic blog posts, but don't worry - if something important happens, I'll be sure to let you know. (And you can always follow me on FB or Twitter, where I'm a little more active than I am here.)

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And Lady Justice #3 is done! Some beta reader comments upon finishing:

"I’m crying again, but then you expected that, right?"

"You definitely twisted my emotions with that one, so good job!"

I'll be sending it off to my editor on June 1st (after writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte gives it a quick once-over for me), and then we'll see what happens. Hoping to have news on publication dates for all three books in the trilogy soon after.

In other writing news, friend, author, and poet Jaime Lee Moyer gives me a shoutout in her latest interview. Her Delia books are incredible, so if you haven't checked those out yet, rectify.

Also, as a reminder, Jeff and I will be participating in MegaMania again this year. July 11 at the downtown campus of Pima Community College in Tucson. Come see us and some other great authors talk about cool stuff!

Everything Else

Wednesday was the last day of school for my youngest two boys. Cue lack of writing time, heh.

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While partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I originally made the decision not to attend PHXCC this year due to a plethora of looming deadlines, we have since had a serious difference of opinion with con management, which seems to value celebrities over authors/comics folks, and as a result, we won't be returning and will instead be focusing our resources elsewhere.

We're sorry for disappointing our many friends and fans who come to the con every year to see us, but rest assured that there will be several other opportunities to do so throughout the year, which we'll be announcing as they get closer. Thank you all for your understanding.
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Back from the Vegas signing.


(Me and Jeff, photo courtesy Alan Black)

Had a great time hanging with the Amazing Wyked Writers, answering questions about writing, and meeting readers. Hope to do it again in December, so if you missed it this time around, mark your calendars!

Also, another anthology that my super-talented partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have a story in has been announced by Ragnarok. Check out the lineup for MECH: Age of Steel. I'll post more about the Kickstarter when it gets closer to going live. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome cover art:



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Surgeon has declared the fluid to be a seroma, so I guess the next step will be steroid injections. Fun!
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So, it's May, and that means I'll be heading to Vegas with partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte, BFF Gini Koch, T.L. Smith, Sharon Skinner, and Alan Black for a workshop/reading/signing extravaganza at the Henderson Barnes & Noble on the 17th of the month, starting at 1 PM. Hope to see some of you there!

Also, Lady Justice #1 was an offering for Free Comic Book Day. Hope some of you were able to pick it up!

Finally, speaking of Lady Justice, the third book in my trilogy is due June 1st, so expect crickets and cobwebs on the blog for the rest of the month. I'll try to make it up to you in June.

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MRI shows no re-herniation, thank goodness. There is some sort of fluid buildup pressing on the nerves that could be either a seroma or a hematoma. Waiting on the surgeon's review of the MRI to get a better idea which it might be and treatment options (if it's a seroma, we'll try an epidural with IV benadryl and versed to counteract the steroid reaction; if it's a hematoma, it will have to be drained). So, some answers, anyway, which is always better than none, heh.

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Just a quick note, because looming deadline.

We're finally able to announce the TOC for Occupied Earth:

"Hunter X – Parts 1-3" by Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips
"Do No Harm" by Rachel Howzell Hall and David W. Hall
"Pike Street Pick-Up" by Adam L. Korenman
"Union Day" by Lisa Morton
"How the Game is Played" by Rob Hart
"Strange Alliance" by Cliff Allen
"Hope" by Matthew V. Clemens
"Location, Location, Location" by Howard V. Hendrix
"Letting Go the Ghosts" by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte
"A Day in the Life" by R. M. Johnson
"Second Coming" by Craig Faustus Buck
"The Devil You Know" by Jessica Kaye
"Johnny and the Warehouse Women" by Nathan Walpow
"Traitor" by Adam Lance Garcia



Releases in October!

Everything Else

Worsening back pain after surgery has led to another MRI. I get the results on Monday. FX it doesn't mean more surgery!

Also, prayers for those in Nepal and surrounding areas, and for those in Baltimore, who are facing a man-made disaster, as opposed to a natural one. I posted a rather apropos poem (it is National Poetry Month, after all) on FB. I'll share it again here:

Beaumont to Detroit: 1943
by Langston Hughes

Looky here, America
What you done done -
Let things drift
Until the riots come.

Now your policemen
Let your mobs run free
I reckon you don't care
Nothing about me.

You tell me that hitler
Is a mighty bad man.
I guess he took lessons
from the ku klux klan.

You tell me mussolini's
Got an evil heart.
Well, it mus-a been in Beaumont
That he had his start -

Cause everything that hitler
And mussolini do,
Negroes get the same
Treatment from you.

You jim crowed me
Before hitler rose to power -
And you're STILL jim crowing me
Right now, this very hour.

Yet you say we're fighting
For democracy.
Then why don't democracy
Include me?

I ask you this question
Cause I want to know
How long I got to fight
BOTH HITLER - AND JIM CROW.

So sad to know this poem was written 60 years ago, but could just as well have been written yesterday. Something's got to give.

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People have been asking and I've been waffling, but after careful consideration, my partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have decided to pass on Phoenix Comicon this year. We both love the con and the people, but the final Lady Justice book is due June 1st and we're aiming to get our collaborative novel done not long after that and, well, there are just not enough hours in a day to get it all done, so contractual obligations have to come first.

We will try to come up one day to see our out-of-town friends, and when we figure out when and where, we'll let you know, in case you want to track us down.

Otherwise, we'll be signing at the Henderson, NV Barnes & Noble on May 17th, and we'll be at MegaMania down in Tucson on July 11th (further details on both will be coming in due time), so hopefully we'll see some of you at those events.

Everything Else

Everything else is a never-ending cycle of writing and back issues (one being far more enjoyable than the other, heh) that bore even me, so...hope you're all enjoying the beginning of Spring (those of you who aren't still getting snowed on, that is)!

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SQUEEEEEEE!

Apr. 3rd, 2015 06:47 pm
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Those of you who follow me on FB and Twitter have already heard the news, but some of you only check the blog for (infrequent) updates, so here it is for you: My amazing writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have just accepted an offer for our first original collaborative novel (and MY first original novel, period) from a major publishing house, and we couldn't be happier. We're VERY excited, and I look forward to being able to divulge all the details soon, so watch this space!

Everything Else

A Happy and Blessed Pascal Triduum/Easter weekend/Passover to all who celebrate (and a great weekend to those who don't)!

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Back from Tucson Festival of Books! Had a great time, as always, with partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte - sold books (moved lots of copies of Neverland's Library and Empty Rooms and sold out of my last remaining physical copies of The Shard Axe), talked to readers, caught up with old friends, made some new ones. Jeff did some panels, I lost my voice - the usual crazy writing weekend with several thousand of our closest friends!

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(Jeff and I at the Author Pavilion)

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(Sam Sykes, Jonathan Maberry, Jeff, Eric Schock at a post-panel signing)

Also great seeing Gini Koch, Terry L. Smith, Deena Remiel, Kris Tualla, Erin Quinn, Melanie of Dog-Eared Pages, Joseph, Duncan and Andrea, David, Nicole and Baby K, Dori, Wes and Von, Frankie, Amy, Janni, and probably more people I'm forgetting (sorry!), and meeting Erica and Mimi and Jonathan's lovely wife Sara Jo. (And congrats to Izzy on her first story publication!) Many thanks to Kris and the Dreams Convention for the table space. Can't wait to do it all again next year!

ETA: Also, the lovely @leahcanscience sums up some of my writing advice from the SDSU Writer's Conference here. Check it out!

Everything Else

Stayed over an extra night because I was sick and sore, then drove home from Tucson and pretty much straight to Physical Therapy (3x/wk for 4-6 weeks). Short session because I was hurting after the drive, but I'm looking forward to getting back into fighting form. Or, you know, to at least being able to sit without pain, heh. #asmallgoalbutitsmine

Also, Happy St. Patty's Day!

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

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First off, I've finally added a Videos page to my website, which contains several segments I did for the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing video interview series, and a couple of other fun things. Check it out!

And I finally get to announce another collaboration I did with the awesome Jeffrey J. Mariotte. "Letting Go the Ghosts" is a story we did for the Occupied Earth anthology, which is available for pre-order now and drops on October 15. I don't have a TOC yet, but here's a partial description:
Occupied Earth is a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only they have become subservient to a new race of occupiers who now govern the devastated planet. But, as much as things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra’s empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues. These stories bring us face to face with annihilation — and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs.
And the cool cover:

Occupied Earth Ebook Complete

Spiffy, no?

Everything Else

Today when the boys get home, it's officially the beginning of Spring Break. For TWO AND A HALF WEEKS. O.o Send help. Or chocolate. Or help with chocolate. I'm not picky.

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I know it's been quiet here, mostly because of my back surgery, but writing has still been happening. Part of that writing includes my very first comic book script, written with my uber-talented writing partner, Jeffrey J. Mariotte. Space Goat Publishing has procured the rights to do Evil Dead 2 comics, and Jeff and I get to be part of that! Specifically, we've written a story for Evil Dead 2: Tales of Ex-Mortis ("Hellraiser with jokes"). Not sure yet if it'll appear in issue 1 or 2, or who the artist will be, but I'll post that info as soon as I know it.

We'll also be at Tucson Festival of Books (March 14-15) again this year, in the Dreams Convention Booth (#106). We'll also have a slot at the Author Pavilion (Sat., 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM) and Jeff will be doing several panels (which he'll be listing on his blog soon). Come see us!

Everything Else

The surgery went well. I'm still in the recovery period, which means limited sitting at the computer, driving, etc., but the incision is healing well and as long as I don't overdo it, I'm in less pain than before the surgery. Looking forward to being 100% in time for TFOB!

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Some quick updates before I go to radio silence after my surgery.

SDSU Writers' Conference was a great success. Gini Koch and I taught three VERY well-attended sessions - we ran out of handouts because there were so many people, and the bookstore sold out of the writing books we recommended (and most of mine that they had, too). It was the first time I've ever had someone live-tweeting my advice, so that was cool (thanks, @leahcanscience!). I got to see Deena Remiel for about three seconds, to meet Sheila Gilbert from DAW and commiserate with her about allergies, to hear Jonathan Maberry's excellent keynote speech (the highlights of which are compiled here), and also to tour some of my writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte's old stomping grounds. Awesome conference - I highly recommend it!

Speaking of Jeff, Neverland's Library, which contains our first published collaboration ("A Soul in the Hand", a novella about our fantasy characters Elin & Kord), was voted one of the Top Ten Anthologies of 2014 in the Preditors & Editors Poll.

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And BOTH Neverland's Library and Out of Tune (edited by the aforementioned Jonathan Maberry), which contains my and Jeff's second published collaboration ("John Barleycorn Must Die"), made The Arched Doorway's Best of 2014 list. Not a bad track record so far, and we've got a ton of new stuff that should be out this year, so keep checking back!

ETA: Both stories are also eligible for the Nebula/Hugo, so if you're a voter and you'd like to see them, let me know!

Also, not to tease, but this is being released in May. Can my Lady Justice novels be far behind?

Everything Else

As mentioned, back surgery is schedule for Feb 2nd, so I don't imagine I'll be doing too many updates for a while. Be good while I'm gone!

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Happy 2015! My writing year is starting out busy. Working on Lady Justice #3, have several short stories in various stages of development with writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte (as well as a novel and another project we just signed the contract for that I'm really excited about), and gearing up to serve as writing "faculty" for both San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies and Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (Your Novel Year 2015).

For you west coast peeps, I'll be teaching at SDSU's Writers' Conference Jan 23 - 25. Here's my schedule:

Friday:
  • 5-6, No Host Mixer (optional)

  • Saturday:

  • 10:30-11:20, Finding Your Voice, Rio Vista G

  • 11:20am-1pm, Networking Luncheon (optional)

  • 1-1:50, World Building in SF/F/H, Rio Vista F

  • 4-4:50, Short Story & Novella, Santa Fe 3 & 4

  • 5-6 pm, Reception (optional)

  • I've included the "optional" stuff, but I may or may not be at those events depending on how my back is doing, etc. I'm really looking forward to the conference and I hope to see some of you there!

    Also, speaking of Jeff (I did, up there in the first paragraph), I'd be a horrible partner and a lousy friend if I didn't tell you his latest (solo) thriller, Empty Rooms is available (though it's not officially out until Feb 8), and it is REALLY good. I was lucky enough to read it early (and got the first ARC!), and all I can say is that I wish that I'd written it. I don't really have any higher praise to offer. Check it out for yourselves. You won't be sorry. (Also, if you follow his author page on FB, he's posting a chapter a week until the official February release - sneak preview!)

    ETA: Neverland's Library, Out of Tune, and Bridges of Longing will all be available from the bookstore, so pick up whatever you're missing of mine while you're there!

    Everything Else

    Back surgery on Groundhog's Day. There's probably a joke in there somewhere, but I'm not sure what it is, heh.

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    It's almost time to kick 2014 to the curb and welcome 2015 in with sloppy kisses, so I thought I'd point out some highlights from my writing year, in case you missed them.

    1) My NDA was partially lifted so I could finally tell you all that I'm writing a trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books.

    LJ

    The novels are urban fantasy and will have both my and Neil's names on the covers. I'm currently finishing up edits on the second one and am working on the last book of the trilogy, and I'm hopeful that all three will be available in 2015.

    2) My writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I sold/published a ton of collaborative work this year, including "A Soul in the Hand" and "John Barleycorn Must Die." 2015 should see publication of four or five others, and we're sharing TOCs with some really big names, so that's pretty exciting.

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    3) I was asked to be a mentor for the Your Novel Year Program at ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, a role I will be continuing into 2015, and hopefully beyond. I'm also going to be teaching at SDSU's Writing Conference, but that's technically 2015 stuff, so more on that in a future post.

    4) I got to meet two of my writing idols this year at the World Fantasy Convention - Stephen R. Donaldson (who is directly responsible for my high SAT scores in vocabulary) and Guy Gavriel Kay (who I want to be when I grow up as a writer).

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    5) I was profiled in Fantasy Magazine's "Women Destroy Fantasy!" issue as one of the female stars of tie-in fiction, alongside industry giants Elaine Cunningham, Erin M. Evans, and Margaret Weis.

    6) I got to participate in some amazing conventions with some incredible writers, got to meet a ton of great people (too many to list, and that much awesome in one post might break the internet, anyway), and got to spend time doing what I love - writing. Plus some traveling! I really am one of the luckiest girls in the world.

    Everything Else

    Highlights (lowlights?) from the non-writing part of my life included (among some other personal upheavals) dealing with a deployment and needing back surgery (now set for Feb 2). It wasn't the worst year ever, but I am definitely looking forward to 2015 being SO much better. I hope it is for you, too!

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