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Download a free copy of Firebird Alex

February 15, 2017

Have you started reading my urban fantasy series The Sedumen Chronicles yet? If you haven’t, and you’re not on my mailing list yet, I’ve got good news! Over at Instafreebie I’m giving away a free copy of the first novel in The Sedumen Chronicles, Firebird Alex, to anyone who signs up to my mailing list. You’ve probably noticed I’ve stopped blogging with much frequency; in fact, I think it’s safe to say that these days I “post” more than I “blog.

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Another year, another NAMM show

January 18, 2017

This week I’ll be attending a major event that will cause ripples in almost every corner of the globe; that’s right—the NAMM show! Yeah, I go every year. And yeah, those ripples mostly apply to one particular industry. But still, this is a show that at least musicians around the world have their eyes on. And with all the anxiety in our world right now, its nice to just be able to hang out with other musicians and developers to look at new shiny musical instruments on display for our admiration, enjoyment, and ultimately, for us to purchase.

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O Princess My Princess

December 27, 2016

Just when we hoped 2016 was done taking so much, it proves that it’s not done yet. Carrie Fisher, who suffered a heart attack on a plane home from London on Friday, died today. She was an author, screenwriter, script doctor, and actress—and of course her most famous role was, and will always be, Princess Leia. These days, with more female superheroes and action stars, it might get lost just how groundbreaking Princess Leia was as a character in the mid-70s, the days in which princess was synonymous with Disney princess.

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Merry Happy Chanukah Christmas and other Holidays!

December 24, 2016

It’s very rare that Chanukah and Christmas begin together. Sometimes they overlap, but this is one of those rare occasions that the first candle of the Chanukiah is lit on Christmas Eve. The reason for this is that it happens to be a confluence of different calendars, but I’d like to read it as a cosmic message to us that no matter what our beliefs, we’re all one, deep down.

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Superhero Crossover Event Brings the Fun—and the “Justice League”

December 6, 2016

Superhero crossovers and team ups are a big deal in comic history. DC Comics began a Batman and Superman team up series called World’s Best Comics #1 in 1941, and launched Justice League #1 with the cream of their then-popular superheroes in 1960 (Marvel’s Avengers followed in 1963). Crossovers and team-ups are fan favorites because when done right, they offer a whole lot of fun and melodrama and excitement. Crazy powerful villains that are too powerful for any one hero to face alone. Heroes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, alternately butting heads and working together. An opportunity for exciting action on a larger scale, as well as dealing with universal themes and morals they way that the best epic mythology and fantasy does. And did I mention fun?

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Categories: Arrow  DC Comics  Flash  Supergirl  television 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016

The holidays can be tough on people. Some don’t have families they get on well with. Others don’t have families. Some people feel thankful and blessed; others less so.  But I hope that you can look back and find things that you are thankful for. 2016 has been one hell of a tumultuous year. I hope that you have some glorious things in your life to be thankful for. If nothing else, you’re alive to read this, which beats the alternative.

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Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch embodies the sorcerer supreme

November 21, 2016

So it took me a while to get to the theaters, but we finally saw Marvel’s newest offering, Doctor Strange. For those not in the know, the “sorcerer supreme” was first introduced in the early 1960s, and unlike the more “power fantasy” based superheroes who would punch and jump and kick their way to victory in a world based on our own, Dr. Strange was part of a far more colorful, trippy, psychedelic world of spells and inter dimensional beings and magic.

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Leonard Cohen—Post-punk’s Dylan—dead at 82

November 11, 2016

Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82. Beginning as another acoustic/folk tinged singer in the 60s, Leonard Cohen was never a household name like Bob Dylan, but to the post-punk generation, he was our Dylan. Deep mediations on life, death, sex, drugs, despair, darkness, healing, and redemption. I first heard of him when I learned in an interview that goth band The Sisters of Mercy was named after a Leonard Cohen song:

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Watcher and Firebird blog tour: new post with excerpt!

November 3, 2016

Today’s stop on the Watcher and Firebird blog tour is hosted by A Page To Turn Reviews, and features an excerpt from the novel—chapter 6 to be precise. It’s a very short chapter (around 500 words) and pretty exciting. My thanks to A Page To Turn Reviews, and be sure to check it out!

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Watcher and Firebird blog tour: Deborah Jay’s Review

November 1, 2016

The Watcher and Firebird blog tour rolls along, this time with a review written by author Deborah Jay. It’s very comprehensive, which makes it even more satisfying that it’s positive. My thanks to Deborah for taking the time to read the book and hosting a blog on the tour, and please check it out!

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Happy Halloween—and a Watcher and Firebird blog tour!

October 31, 2016

It’s Halloween, and what could be spookier than a new blog tour for Watcher and Firebird! It’s being organized by EFC Promotions who have the basic information and their review rating for the novel as well. EFC will host a list of tour stops as they happen, and of course there’s a giveaway as well if you’re interested. I’ve always enjoyed blog tours, not just for the reviews and attention but because various book bloggers ask me fun questions, ask me to write on interesting topics, or have unique takes on my novels that I appreciate reading.

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My Watcher and Firebird Playlist

October 17, 2016

Whenever I write a novel, I always assemble a playlist of songs to listen to while I’m writing. The songs follow the mood, and sometimes, the narrative of the book. The playlist for Watcher and Firebird is pretty dark, because it’s a dark story. I note in a few (three, I believe) of the novels that Alex went through a goth phase, and this playlist tends towards the goth/industrial/electronic side of things.

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Voting, the direction of the country, and those left behind

October 14, 2016

This is my one political post about the 2016 election in the United States. I used to write a lot more about politics on my blog. Part of the reason I don’t is they way that our online lives have changed—I now share and talk more politics on social media. Part of it is that my blog is a more “permanent” home to thoughts and ideas, and elections are more ephemeral, they come and go. But starting today, there’s a run of states with deadlines to register to vote, so I wanted to weigh in.

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More Pilots, More Premieres

October 8, 2016

This week two of the superhero shows that I enjoy have started up again, and we’ve also watched two new pilots that intrigued us as well. Here’s my quick rundown of them: The Flash: I loved The Flash season one. I enjoyed The Flash season two. I felt it was a bit less compelling in the second season, mostly because Barry was doing stupid things and making the same mistakes to keep the drama happening.

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Happy New Year 5777!

October 2, 2016

It’s that time again: the Jewish High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year, begins tonight. As I wrote on this blog years ago: Unlike January 1st, which is a party, Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be sweet…but contemplative. It begins the “days of awe” which are supposed to be for looking back at how you behaved and what you did over the last year, and taking stock of it.

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Author’s copies have arrived!

September 26, 2016

I sell more eBooks than print books, but I always love getting author’s copies. Somehow that’s when having a new novel out feels most ”real” to me—when I can hold it in my hands. If you were curious how Dusan Markovic’s cover illustration looks in print, now you know. Isn’t it pretty? So anyway, yeah. Watcher and Firebird is available both as an eBook and in print. Sales links at the dedicated book page above.

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Let the new seasons begin!

September 24, 2016

It’s Fall, which means new seasons of TV shows start to air. Rather than combine all the pilots and premiers that I watch into one gigantic post, I thought I’d do a few at a time as I watch them. So here are the new and returning shows I’ve watched so far: Lucifer: No surprise that considering I write a YA series about a half-demon heroine I’d be drawn to a show about the devil.

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New Novel Watcher and Firebird Released Today!

September 20, 2016

Exciting news! The fifth novel in The Sedumen Chronicles, Watcher and Firebird, is now available! This is perhaps the most action packed and “mature” of all the novels, with the stakes extremely personal for Alex. Here’s the description: Firebird Alex didn’t know much about the Nephilim until they assassinated her friend in the United States government, kidnapped the man she considers her uncle, and tried to murder her—twice. Now she’s learned that they, and their leader “the Watcher,” will stop at nothing to kill her, everyone she loves, and every Seduman on Earth.

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Happy Batman Day!

September 17, 2016

Happy Batman Day! What is Batman Day, you ask? Basically, the day that DC Comics wants you to think about Batman. But they do have lots of their talent signing stuff at comic book stores, some free promotions, Batman themed events, and that type of thing. And they’re celebrating the Batman representations in books, video games, movies, television, the whole thing. DC Comics has a guide to what is going on, so you can check what’s in your neighborhood.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Star Trek!

September 8, 2016

September 8th, 1966, the first episode of a new television series called Star Trek aired. The first show aired, “The Man Trap,” was not the first one filmed, nor was it one of the stellar episodes from first season, so it was perhaps not the most auspicious start. But here we are, 50 years later, with a new Star Trek film in the theaters, a new Star Trek series being produced, and reruns of the various series still airing all over the world.

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Firebird Alex eBook free through September 5th!

September 1, 2016

As I’ve stated, the next book in _The Sedumen Chronicles_ is due imminently. I’ll be talking more about that on my mailing list, which you can sign up for using the mailing list field either on the sidebar (desktop) or below (mobile). Now, I’ve written that book, Watcher and Firebird, with enough backstory for people to hopefully be able to start there and make sense of it all. However, for those who want the full, rich world building, I wanted to offer them an opportunity to jump into the series cheaply.

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I wrote a free short story for you: A House off the Road

August 10, 2016

Watcher and Firebird, book 5 of The Sedumen Chronicles, is currently being proofread. While you wait for that to come out later this year (and you are waiting, aren’t you?) I’ve written a short story that you might enjoy. It’s called A House off the Road. Unlike The Sedumen Chronicles which is a YA series, A House off the Road is aimed at grown ups. That mostly means the language is saltier.

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Suicide Squad lives to fight another day

August 7, 2016

Suicide Squad has been making waves for being as poorly reviewed as Batman v Superman, and for breaking box office records for August. But the thing is, Suicide Squad is a completely different kind of movie than BvS, and in my opinion, way more enjoyable.

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Star Trek Boldly Goes Above and Beyond

August 1, 2016

We didn’t see Star Trek Beyond opening weekend because we were at Comic-Con. Trekkies that we are, however, there was no way we were going to let another weekend go by without seeing it. So while I won’t spoil the movie, I’ll jump to my conclusion first: we enjoyed it!

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Comic Con 2016 Wrap-up

July 25, 2016

For those of you who follow me on social media you’ve already seen some snaps, gotten some updates, and generally got an idea of our experience at San Diego Comic Con. So this is going to be more a wrap up of impressions than a day-by-day itinerary of what we did. As ever, SDCC always has more fun and interesting stuff than we can take in. Sometimes, we can’t take it in because there are multiple things we’d want to see at the exact same time—I would have loved to see the Supergirl panel, but it was the same time as the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary panel.

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When lines are beyond crazy long

July 23, 2016

The above may look like a bunch of people, but that’s Wednesday afternoon—the lightest and least trafficked time. I’ll have a report in detail after we return, but as I wait for Saturday’s Con Fun to begin, I thought I’d share the tale of what we’re not going to be doing and why. Hall H holds over 7,000 people and is where the most popular panels and events are held. To get into any of them you have to wait in long lines.

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We’re off to see the wizard…at Comic Con!

July 20, 2016

That’s right, it’s time again for Comic Con, aka Comic Con International, aka San Diego Comic Con, aka nerd mecca. Regular readers know that for the last six years or so, we’ve tried to make it every year. We didn’t get there last year because we were in the process of moving to our current house, but this year we’re back on track! This is a good year to be going: it’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, along with the premiere of the third rebooted Star Trek movie; the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman; the 75th anniversary of Captain America; and in general, a fantastic year for genre television.

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Stranger Things (the original Netflix series) is an awesome thing

July 19, 2016

Stranger Things just popped onto our Netflix front page without any press or warning, just this synopsis: On November 6th, 1983 in Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes instantly. Will’s mother, Joyce, becomes frantic and tries to find Will, while Police Chief Hopper begins his own investigation. The very next day a mysterious girl with strange abilities appears, as does something dark and evil. It sounded interesting, Michelle said she’d seen people praising it online, so we gave it a shot.

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Introducing the members of the Suicide Squad

July 16, 2016

DC Comics/Warner Brothers, like Marvel Studios, wants to start releasing multiple comic book movies every year. Warner’s second movie, Suicide Squad, is coming out next month. Ahead of next week’s Comic Con International (that will get it’s own blog soon), Warner has released short, 20 second videos introducing all 11 principal characters in the Suicide Squad. You can view all 11 videos conveniently from this Comic Book Resources page. The videos all look fun.

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Free fiction giveaway on my mailing list soon!

July 14, 2016

The next novel in The Sedumen Chronicles, Watcher and Bow, is currently in the hands of the editor. During my down time, I got an idea for a story outside the series, and decided to write it. I’m going to be giving it away in a couple of days on my mailing list. If you’re not a member of my mailing list already, you can join by following this link here.

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