COSine Day 1

 The panels are done for the first day of COSine, a science fiction convention in Colorado Springs, CO. Before my panel, I stopped in on several panel discussions and a reading by David Boop. Today’s panel was “What Works and What Sells”, moderated by Sarah Hoyt. David Boop and Sam Knight joined me in a […]

Fifty Shades of Decay

Booze & Books reviews Fifty Shades of Decay Nothing says true love like hot zombie sex. Yes, you read that right. Scheduled for release on February 14th — Valentine’s Day — from Angelic Knight Press, Fifty Shades of Decay will deliver true love and lust to your Kindle, ePub, or dead-tree format collection. The author list is impressive (if you ignore my name): […]

Miami Spy Games: Armand Rosamilia

  Miami Spy Games:  Adding Real People As Minor Characters Armand Rosamilia     I’m often asked how hard it is to come up with not only the main characters in stories, but all the minor ones that populate the world and the story. I tell them it is easy: I cheat. Most of the […]

Is the (insert trope) field dead?

 I’ve seen this type of question pop up several times in the last few weeks: Is the vampire genre dead? Are zombie markets dying? Is the horror market in decline? The answer is actually simple: it doesn’t particularly matter in 2013. Yes, there are thousands of vampire/Twilight books available in the marketplace, particularly ebooks. With […]

Authors You Should Know: Gene O’Neill

 Welcome to the first entry in a new, ongoing series. I will be posting about authors I personally admire. Authors with wit, skill, a dazzling way with words, and who are just wonderful people in Real Life®. Some will be from the Golden Ages of Science Fiction, some will be from my formative years of […]

Speaking Without Dialogue

 One of the Facebook Groups I hang out on posts writing exercises. Sometimes they’re geared towards Bizarro, but most of the time they’re just fun practice to improve your craft. One was to generate a scene that had the characters conveying their thoughts and emotions without any dialogue. In ten minutes, I popped something out […]

New Year’s Blog Hop

Looking to win a brand-new Kindle Fire HD? How about a free book … or even 15? From January 11th through the 14th, you can enter two separate contests (one right here, one over at the main contest website: http://nyhop.blogspot.com/) For my website, there are two sets of prizes. The first one is signed copies of […]

COSine 2013 Panel Schedule

 If you’re not busy on January 25th through the 27th, take a trip down to Colorado Springs and stop in at COSine 2013. My panel schedule, in case you wish to pop in: FRIDAY 9 – 10pm Breckenridge “Cross genre, cross dressing, and Charing Cross Road – what works and what sells?” David Boop, Guy […]

Amazon’s Shelfari

 Just for fun, I decided to pop over to Shelfari to see what they have to offer. One of the best things Shelfari has is the ability to import from your Amazon purchasing history. I was rather shocked to see that I picked up 620 books in the last three years. True, most were freebies […]

KillerCon 4 Story Competition

 KillerCon, one of the premiere author conventions, holds several competitions for authors to show off their mad skillz. For 2012, they had the Gross-Out Contest, a horror-themed erotica contest, plus a 15-minute competition where authors had to write a story with several key words or phrases. Note: Bad words coming, continue only if you’re comfortable […]