JUNKYARD BARGAIN

I am a Faith Hunter fan. Love her books. Adore her characters. So I am honored to host a stop on her blog tour for Junkyard Bargain. Because I so enjoy her stories, I am going to give away one of her books in my…

Read more

Romance, Danger, and Fangs

The fate of France itself is at stake if these sworn enemies cannot change their ways—and their hearts. Daphne de Duras is a proper French duchess by day and fledgling assassin by night. Her latest mission is to dispatch justice and protect the French aristocracy…

Read more

Warren’s Crocodile Man

And Steve’s monster shark on a nude beach, and Chris’ zombies. I look forward to hearing their adventures every other week … a fortunate offshoot of the unfortunate pandemic. When I lived in Kenosha, WI, I was part of a marvelous writers’ group that would…

Read more

Pineapple and Agent Down

It is my pleasure to host a stop on Janet Walden-West’s blog tour. Because reading her books is a pleasure. I love her writing. Janet was gracious enough to indulge me by answering a few burning questions about her work and life. What is your…

Read more

Wormhole Snippet

Definition of snippet : a small part, piece, or thing especially: a brief quotable passage I love snippets. They make me curious about a book, and I certainly love books. I fall victim to snippets, as a good one has me venturing to Amazon to buy the whole…

Read more

Romancing the Summer

A Taste of this Tasty Book: The heels of his Hessian boots thudded against dusty floorboards as he made his way through the gloom. He pushed a door open with a flattened hand, wincing at the faint whine of a dry hinge. A flash of…

Read more

One Dead Hippie

Jittery today. I always get jittery on book release day. The Love-Haight Case Files #1 is live on Amazon. Or dead. Or undead. It came out years ago from WordFire, but the rights reverted back and the most marvelous Craig Martelle took us on. So…

Read more

Dutch Knuckle

We were eating lunch at a little restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI, about twenty-five years ago … I think it was The Next Door Pub. The placemats on the table showed sixteen pictures of American barns with a couple sentence description under each one. I…

Read more

It Blows Up Real Good

I’ve read all the Dick Thornby spy thrillers. LOVE THEM. Pyrotechnics, bullets, chase scenes … my sort of story. AND there is always a well-conceived plot. So when I found out Don was having a blog tour for his books, I had to be part…

Read more

Stucco on the Cover

Steven Paul Leiva is a friend of mine, been reading his stuff since I was on a jury for the IAMTW and read The 12 Dogs of Christmas. Delightful style. I’ve probably read all his books. He’s got a blog tour starting tomorrow for Bully…

Read more

Gotta Read

I gotta read every day. Can’t seem to help myself. I usually have two or three books going … one on my Kindle so I can read before I call it a night, one on my back porch … because it is important to read…

Read more

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Nifty looking cover. Makes me want to give it a read! Flash Point by Luna Joya Gotta love a paranormal/supernatural/spooky/romancy/story. Right? Luna has me intrigued. And I get to post a cover reveal of this new book. About the Book:Banish the demon, stop the prophecy,…

Read more

She Sends Shivers

It is my pleasure to host this stop on Courtney Maguire’s Blood Pact blog tour. Recently released, the book is a bit paranormal, a bit romancy, and all of it fun. Here’s the teaser: About the Book: In Hiro’s world, youkai are a supernatural story…

Read more

DOGS IN COMMON

I met Yvonne Navarro in 2006 at the World Horror Convention in Chicago. I was there with my buddy Gene Wolfe, sat on a panel with him, and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Neil Gaiman … who was a buddy of Gene’s.…

Read more

The Cauldron Stirs in a SF Bonanza

Gene DeWeese was a marvelous man. Brilliant, funny, generous, a pleasure to work with, and one of the most-respected Star Trek novel authors. I was thankful to call him a good friend. I met Gene a long while ago when I organized a mass book…

Read more

Tell Me a Story

I’d read Steven’s Creature Feature and found it delightful. Then I decided to listen to it. I don’t listen to many audiobooks, mainly because my husband does not like them. When I’m playing one, he asks me to instead turn on the radio, as he’d…

Read more

HAPPY TO JOIN THE LEGION

ATINA Basically a hippopotamus, the description in the source material said. Cool beans. I could wrap my imagination around that, a hippo-like species with extra eyes and overlong arms, intense, jovial, curious, adventurous, bent on exploration. Yeah, that was my species. I’d been invited to…

Read more

23 Books Skidoo

It’s an old expression, 23 skidoo. I remember my mom using it … though I had no idea what she meant by it. I heard it yesterday on a sports broadcast and still was clueless, but the announcer had mentioned running backs with it, so…

Read more

Altered States of Middle Illinois

I lived in a dumpy apartment in a sketchy neighborhood after I graduated from college and moved to Quincy, Illinois. It was what I could afford on the starting salary of a news reporter. I didn’t know anyone when I moved to the town ……

Read more

Greg Cox is Tied-In

THE MAKING OF A MEDIA TIE-IN WRITER (AS IF I EVER HAD ANY CHOICE) A guest-blog by Greg Cox on sale now             How does one end up writing new stories about other people’s characters? Looking back, it seems as though I was always destined…

Read more

Tied In With Keith

Keith DeCandido is one of the authors who contributed stories to Turning The Tied, the IAMTW’s charity anthology that releases in March. Keith R.A. DeCandido has written novels, short stories, and comic books in more than thirty different licensed universes over the past two-and-a-half decades,…

Read more

Reddick Mansion and Me

I was a guest speaker Saturday night at the Galena Library’s Lit Fest. It was a lovely online program. An annual event, it had previously been held live. I’d been invited because I won the Illinois Author Project Soon-to-be-Famous Award for my thriller, The Bone…

Read more

Black Heart of the Dragon God

It’s an awesome feeling to have a book released. Giddy, excited, a dash of proud. Black Heart of the Dragon God comes out at midnight. Oooooh! I want to hold a copy in my fingers. It has a gorgeous cover … with a dragon on…

Read more

Blonde not Blonde

My Kenosha buddy Miya is a daring soul who often colors her hair in vibrant colors. They look good on her. Since the Covid lockdown, I’ve been doing that too, trying on different shades (courtesy of a sale on such hair products on Amazon). They…

Read more

A Box of Rocks

I am a box of rocks sometimes … especially when it comes to technical things with web programs, macros, codes, and the like. More, I’m sometimes savvyless (yeah, it’s not a word, but it fits) when it comes to presentation. So I’ve been taking a…

Read more

Listening to the Night

I’ve always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, giving me time to play with the pieces while I mentally plot whatever book I’m about to dive into. Lately, however, I find it fun to play with the puzzle pieces while I listen to a book. Never used to…

Read more

Oh, Horrors!

My buddy Steve Sullivan (Stephen D. Sullivan) has an AWESOME NEW BOOK OUT (Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors) and I read it and LOVED IT. And Amazon won’t let me post a review because they say I am biased and too-connected. Okay, they might be…

Read more

Finding Faith

SPELLS FOR THE DEAD available July 28 … Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and more Nell Ingram faces a dark magic with no known origin in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times bestselling Soulwood series. Nell is a rookie PsyLED agent, using…

Read more

Just Wanna Write

I have all these ideas bouncing around in my head about ghosts and mysteries and murders and working a dog or two in a story and trying to figure out who the villains are and what to do to mess with the lives of the…

Read more

Feeling Good

It is wholly wonderful to finish a novel and send it into production. Makes me feel good, awesome really. Makes me want to go outside and toss tennis balls to my dogs until it seems like my arm will fall off … and that’s just…

Read more

Back to top