Sunday, September 21, 2008

News and Random Bits O'Stuff

Gonna hit the keyboard hard here, but first a few things to pass along:

After a long time of self-imposed abstinence, I have a new agent. This of course makes me feel all recharged and revved up, so I'm pounding along on my big novel project, HIGHBORN. Keep an eye here for word count/progress reports.

"Revelation" is still up at Horror World (, through the end of the month. Comments?

Look for my story, "Last Storm of the Season," in the erotic Lovestrology anthology. Lovestrology is scheduled to be released January 1st on the Ravenous Romance website (

I'm excited to announce that Bad Moon Books ( is bringing back FINAL IMPACT and RED SHADOWS. Each book will come out in limited edition hardcover in 2010 (one early, one mid-year), and each will have a brand new story in that book's universe to go with it. Then, in late 2010, Bad Moon Books will release a very limited lettered edition of *both* books, this time with a "bridge" story, one that takes place somewhere between the end of FINAL IMPACT and the beginning of RED SHADOWS. More info on that as we go along.

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The Save Our Planet Random Bits O'Stuff:

Just a few suggestions. If each of us does one small thing, it turns into a big good thing: - 60 seconds to sign up, and say goodbye to hordes of tree-killing junk mail that you always throw out anyway. And once you're signed up, it takes literally 3 seconds to find and opt out of new cataloges that show up in your mailbox: -- Sign the petition to stop the junk mail before it starts. This one will cover all the in-envelope paper spam. How many times a week can companies like Physicians Mutual ask you to buy [more... and more] insurance, anyway? - Lucky Earth Waterless Car Wash - Winner of Los Angeles Magazine's Best of 2008 Best Green Car Wash. Okay, I haven't tried it... but I'm going to. I live in Arizona. It takes 116 gallons of water to hand-wash a car. A 32-ounce bottle of Lucky Earth Waterless Car Wash will do it 7 to 10 times. Yes, I can do math.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


revelation -- noun: ...something that is revealed;
especially : an enlightening or astonishing
disclosure revelations (from

Curious? Then, please, read all about it on, where my story, "Revelation," will be available for free during the month of September. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Creature Capturing

The monsoons are, I hope, FINALLY on their way out here in southeastern Arizona. This is the longest monsoon season we've had since I've been living here-- it's rained almost every day since the beginning of July. The weeds are crazy, the bugs are crazy, I'm covered in mosquito bites. Every freakin' creature around here is growing to gargantuan size, dogs excluded because I very carefully watch their diets. Creepy crawlies are trying to creepy crawlie into my house at every opportunity. Moths, flies, mosquitoes, butt-bugs (black beetles that walk with their hineys in the air -- I have no idea what they really are but I can't resist playing with them), grasshoppers, even a frackin' SIX-INCH LONG DESERT CENTIPEDE (yes, the kind that BITE). I caught that one after yanking Ghost away from it; she was a quarter inch away from getting an extremely painful bite on the tender pink nose. And, of course, spiders:

This baby -- a fully mature Huntsman Spider -- was relaxing on the wall above the doorway to my office. He was almost as big around as my palm. If you look carefully, you have to wonder if he doesn't have ten legs rather than eight, with those extra two ending in nice, big boxing gloves. Turns out those are, um, "man parts." If you're feeling particularly peeping-tom-ish, click on the photo a couple of times for a REAL close-up.

I had quite a time identifying this big guy, but thanks to, I now feel informed. Uglyoverload is a must-visit site, by the way. Great creepy-crawlies and zippy writing by the owner, Justin Lindsay, make my daily visit there something to which I always look forward. Yes, dambit, I'm being grammatically correct. One of these days, I'll upload more pics of the fabulous critters I've been capturing and playing with, including several snakes. Arizona is endlessly entertaining. :-)=

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