Books to Read While Self-Quarantining (Fiction Edition)

So, just a reminder, I am a sick and twisted individual and so your mileage may vary…

  • The Stand – Stephen King – You should read this before the new CBS Discovery version comes out. I have read the book and watched the mini-series. In fact, I had bronchitis when I watched it. That is quite the experience.
  • Oryx and Crake trilogy- Margaret Atwood – This is an interesting future world with an interesting cult. Read the series, but I suggest Book 2, Book3, then Book 1. To be perfectly honest, if I hadn’t read book 2 and 3 first, I never would have made it through Book 1.
  • The Plague – Albert Camus –  Nothing like a little existentialism with your literary pretensions. Honestly though, I tend to like Camus. And this is about a plague in French Algeria.
  • Hater – David Moody – I couldn’t put this book down when I started reading it in the bookshop. I realized I’d been standing in the aisle reading for twenty minutes, then gave in and bought the book. And the 2 follow-ups.
  • The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien –  Always recommended and always good, no matter how many times I’ve read it.

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St. Patrick’s Day Music: An Irish Pub Song

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March 17, 2020 · 7:58 pm

Sunday Night Music: Rosenrot

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March 15, 2020 · 7:31 pm

Day three of GalaxyCon

I am surrounded by artists. Their work is excellent but most of it slants toward anime which is not really my thing. Surprisingly, actually, because as a kid we watched a bunch of anime in Japanese because I was in Hawaii as a toddler.

This place wants to steal all of the money in my wallet. Gorgeous art, pins, jewelry, and stuffed animals which want to go home with me. I have successfully resisted the original oils and the framed macabre watercolor in the vintage frame. That does not mean that I resisted the sea turtle general or the nineteen fifties style Wonder Woman prints.

Or the clothes.

Or the books.

In all it’s a good shopping con with a lot of celebs. But I am not sure if it’s actually the right market for books. A lot of the book folks have other things like pins to help their bottom line. I am holding out hope for the end of the day because books are heavy and people want to not carry them around.

In other news, we were at the Secret Sandwich Society for dinner last night. (Yes tasty. Yes just as hipster as you think it is.) As we were finishing our dessert a bunch of people started pelting down the street and scattering like a startled flock of birds.

The waiter asked if we were done without check as the seven police vehicles arrived and set up a cordon. So, sure we paid, but we stayed until we were sure 1) we wouldn’t get shot and 2) we could actually walk in the direction of our hotel. Yeah, that was fun. Awesome story. And story fodder. Police bottler says it was random gunfire. No injuries reported.

Positive news on that front.

That seems a good place to end it. Positive news no one was injured and we have a great story to tell.

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Book Release Official Today!

My newest book officially released at GalaxyCon. It’s called To Market and it’s about dragons, fairies, bartenders, and the challenges of motherhood and building families.

And lots of blue glitter, hellhounds, and Faemly Court.

From the back:

Bartender Bianka Freeman meets all kinds across the sticky bar at Murray’s. Usually they’re cagey drunks with more money than sense and bad taste in liquor. Sometimes they’re red wine drinkers with blue hair and fancy blue lipstick. Periwinkle Jones May drink her weight in box-wine, but she tips well and when Bianka’s daughter ends up at the doctor -again- Peri thinks they can help each other. If Bianka accompanies her to The Market while she sues for custody of her child, she’ll pay handsomely.

While money is helpful with a chronically ill child, the offer of a market where anything can be found and everything is for sale is the real lure. If Bianka can find a specialist who can cure her daughter? Well, she’ll put up with fairies, giant bakers, and hellhounds. She’d do anything for Serenity.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and available to order through your local bookstore. Or if you’re here at GalaxyCon come by booth L13 and get a signed copies.

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Read in February 2020


The Deadly Dinner Party – Jonathan A Edlow

Forensics – Val McDermid

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

Law of Attraction – Michael J. Losier

Warren Buffet and the Art of Stick Arbitrage – Mary Buffett & David Clark

Drive – Daniel Pink

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At Galaxycon in Richmond

The Exhibit Hall opened about an hour ago and people are starting to trickle through. I am at the con as part of Golden Fleece Press’ booth, (L13) but still waiting for the first sale.

Most people haven’t made it back to the area of Artists Alley that we’re set up at yet. It’s not huge like AwesomeCon, but it is sizable and has a huge number of guests.

Heck, KITT is here and I am considering paying for the photo because, dude, it’s KITT.

GalaxyCon Richmond runs through Sunday. Richmond Convention Center. Hope to see you here!

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Books to Read February 2020

The Crescent Stone – Matt Mikalatos

The Heartwood Crown – Matt Mikalatos

The Soul of Power – Callie Bates

The Library of the Unwritten – AJ Hackwith

I Contain Multitudes – Ed Young

Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Taleb

One Nation Under God – Richard Abanes

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Going Through the Change – Samantha Bryant

Change of Life – Samantha Bryant

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Valentine’s Day Music: Love Me Dead

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February 14, 2020 · 12:01 am

Sunday Night Music: A Little Wicked

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February 9, 2020 · 11:46 pm