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The Expanding Universe Volume 5

I am thrilled to be part of this amazing collection with a never before seen short story that inspired an exciting new SF series for me. While my latest series won’t be published until early 2020 you can meet my new sci-fi character in The Zabolov Gambit, found only in The Expanding Universe, Volume 5.

Here is the official sales copy for the anthology:

 

Twenty-three remarkable stories. Award winning & bestselling authors. One incredible science fiction collection.

With a foreword by Kevin J. Anderson, this collection has something for every science fiction fan.

Aliens of the mind, blasters in space, an enigma, and so much more. A massive collection of brand-new, never-before published stories from past and future masters of sci-fi. There is something for everyone in this collection. Dive in and disappear.

More than 700 action-packed pages of never-a-dull-moment entertainment! When you discover we’re not alone in the universe, will you be prepared? Grab your copy of The Expanding Universe Volume 5 and immerse yourself in new worlds, with new friends.

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August Reading List

I am still reading all of the required books for an upcoming romance workshop and have to admit that I’m struggling with the last few because they are in digital format. By the end of my writing day my poor eyeballs are tired of staring at a screen and the last thing I want to do is settle down with a good book–on an e-reader or my laptop. So, I’m struggling. I did however read some good books and I latched onto a new author with a creative time travel/mystery/romance series that I absolutely love. So here are a few of the books I read in August that stood out for me:Read More

July Reading List

I’m still working on that required reading list for a romance workshop I’m taking in September. Unfortunately I can’t talk about any of the books here but I’ll mention them after the workshop. I also read a lot of other stuff last month. Here are a few that really stood out.Read More

Bats in the Bedroom

I love living in the country. I love the fact that I rarely hear an automobile. I love that I am surrounded by greenery and all the wildlife in its infinite variety of forms that live here with me. I love that on my dog walk this morning the air was filled with the scent of wild bee balm which is having a banner year because of all the rain we’ve received. The bee balm is aptly named as the bees love it. Walking through lavender-colored fields of bee balm in the warm sun with the drone of bees moving from flower to flower is one of the greatest pleasures I know.

I love the country because I can think here. My surroundings are quiet and peaceful and my mind and body respond to that peace by letting go of tensions. It wasn’t until I relaxed on my walk this morning that I realized I’d been a little tense this week. I had a new book to finish (done) and I’ve been facing the elephant sized task of figuring out advertising. If I could I would just write and forget the headache of ads but with millions of books out there it’s tough for anyone to find me, so the ads need to be figured out. I freely admit that ads could very well drive me to drink.

After I finish this post I have to dig into that nasty but necessary chore so I’m going to entertain myself with the story about the bat in the bedroom.

Country living means contact with all sorts of critters. I love our bats. They eat thousands of insects that cause me aggravation and physical discomfort. But every once in a while a bat finds its way into our house and for some reason they head for the bedroom.

On this particular night I was reading in bed. My husband was asleep. A large brown bat glided down the hallway and into the bedroom and flew circles over the bed. I dropped my book, swore, and shook my husband to deal with the confused creature. The last time this happened we made the mistake of letting the bat fly back out of the bedroom into the great room and it took forever to trap it.

Since I learn from my mistakes I closed the bedroom door, trapping the bat in with us. I had to keep ducking because it was flying so low and I was afraid it’d get tangled in my hair. Just that week our vet had told us about a bat that glommed onto the back of a woman’s head and bit her. Then he told us that bats and skunks were our most prevalent carriers of rabies.

I was quaking in my nightie.

I fetched a couple towels, we took the screens off the bedroom windows, and we tried to drive the bat outside. It didn’t work but we were eventually able to knock the bat down. We wrapped it gently in a towel and released it outside the house. No one got hurt. Crisis averted. Everyone settled back down, we replaced the screens, I turned out my reading light–and the bedroom lit up with a half dozen lightning bugs that had flown inside when the screens were off.

I watched them fly around the bedroom for a few minutes, decided they posed no threat, and went to sleep.

Life in the country. You never know what awesomeness you’ll experience next.

Photo of Great Blue Heron in pine tree, Gunsmith Photo, copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

June Reading List

Crab Spider on Thistle Flower, copyright 2019 by Gunsmith Photo

June Reading List

I’m working on a required reading list for a romance workshop I’m taking in September. Unfortunately I can’t talk about any of the books here but I’ll mention them after the workshop. I also read a lot of other stuff last month. Here are a few that really stood out.Read More