Monday, May 27, 2013


Thanks for all the comments and tweets about the CARNIEPUNK ARC giveaway. This is a stellar urban fantasy anthology, featuring some good friends and great authors. I can't wait for all of you to read it, but as the Highlander says, there can be only one! ... winner of the ARC giveaway.

Hope Evey is the winner. Hope, please email me at writerjakes AT gmail DOT com with your mailing address, and I'll get his posted to you.

To everyone else, thank you for the interest. Do stay tuned because there are a few upcoming announcements related to the anthology, and I may just have another ARC or copy up for grabs prior to release.


Today is gorgeous. It's over 60 degrees. No snow. No gale force winds. A perfect day for an outdoor activity, like chasing the five year-old all the hell over the zoo - which is full of hills and stairs and loose gravel - while wolverines and baby musk ox watch.

Actually, we couldn't find the wolverine, but that doesn't mean the wolverine wasn't watching us! (This is how I make zoo trips more exciting, by pretending I can see cut wires or tunnels burrowed under the enclosures that are empty. The kids love it, I tell you.)

We did get to see a few beasties on the move that we normally only find sleeping. Also, camels sound like wookies.

Prayer Bear (Grizzly)

Polar Bear, every day hustlin', hustlin'

Snow Leopard, moving with intent

Bactrian Camel, sounds like wookie

Happy Bear is Happy...also fatal (Grizzly)

Sunday, May 19, 2013


My email and direct message repositories have turned into a knotted mass of frothing demands for a chance at Carniepunk.

You'll all have your chance to get your mits on this fantastic urban fantasy anthology on July 23rd. But if you really, really, really can't wait, here's your chance to win an ARC (advanced reading copy) of the story. It has that fantastic cover, and the font and ornamentation are gorgeous. It's drool-worthy. Seriously.

So I'm going to make this easy on you. There's a Rafflecopter widget thingie below. Choose and perish! Uhm...I mean choose and enter to win. The contest will be open for a week and I'll announce the winner here and on Twitter. If you include your email address in your blog comment, I will endeavor to email as well.

I apologize, but this contest is only open to US residents. Thanks to Gallery Books for the ARC. You can find "buy" links on my Books page if you'd like to pre-order. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, May 13, 2013


Sometimes I think back on the last year and sigh with contented delight as I recall the marvels I've experienced, such as:

  • Discovered Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series (seriously. phenomenal)
  • Sold CARNIEPUNK (outstanding authors, outstanding book)
  • Took my husband and kid to SeaWorld (the husband loved it. the kid thought it was pretty cool)
  • Joss Whedon joined twitter (file this under very recent memories)

And then, on days like this, I'm more like: