Tuesday, April 15, 2014


One of my OU students has another novella up on Amazon!
New York police detective Sam Cordray is returning to the force after a year-long battle with Fevre Dream, a drug that both heightens the senses and causes frightening hallucinations. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt gives Sam a case to get him back in business: the murder of Molly O'Hara, an actress at City Lights Theatre.

Sam doesn't think the case is anything out of the ordinary – until Fevre Dream surfaces in connection with the murder. Now he's caught in a battle: escaping the dark days he thought he had left behind him, or finding the City Lights murderer before he or she strikes again.

SONGBIRD -- An Award Finalist!

Bill Crider (writing as Colby Jackson) has landed on the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist list.  This is a great, fun book, and for those of you who know Joe Lansdale, the beautiful young woman on the cover is Joe's daughter, singer/songwriter Kasey Lansdale.
Congrats, Bill!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Gordian Knot -- $123 Away from Reality

I just backed a guy's film project at Kickstarter because that's what we do if we want to make sure ART is born into the world.  I don't know Latham Conger except through mention in J. A. Konrath's blog.

But I do know his desire to do something, to make something that will stand up and be enjoyed by viewers who borrow his dream to get into a world not their own for a little while.  Because that's what art does for us: opens doors into other places that we wouldn't get to on our own.

So I anted up $20 for a DVD of the finished product.  Conger has less than two days to make his dream a reality, to create a vehicle for other people to enjoy and escape to another place for a little while.  You can donate as little as a dollar.  If 123 of you do that, this artist has his dream come true.

A dollar's not much most of the time, but there are times when they're as magic as Jack's beans (you know, the ones he traded the family cow for).

If you'd like to help out, go here.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Caught My Eye

Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Renegade by L. A. Wilcox Out Now

This is from one of my students!  Please help get the word out.  I think she did a great job with her story and execution of the finished book.  Paperback will be out soon.
There are just three rules to being a time traveler.

1. Do not, under any circumstance, interfere with your environment during travel.
2. Do not attempt to carry other persons or large articles during travel.
3. Keep your talisman on your person at all times.

When time traveler Andrew Simmons loses his talisman in pre-revolutionary Boston, he must race against the clock to retrieve his only way home. Everything is on the line – family, love, freedom, honor, and quite possibly the future. But as time reveals a long line of dark secrets, Andrew realizes he must save more than just his skin. He must also save his kind.
Coming to Nook soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Caught My Eye

Sounds like something Robert A. Heinlein would have penned!
When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he’s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he’s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still—that he’s been asleep for 14,000 years.

Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation. Here cold sleeps can last decades and waking moments mere weeks. Its citizens survive for millennia, traveling asleep on long voyages between worlds. Not only is Lockstep the new center of the galaxy, but Toby is shocked to learn that the Empire is still ruled by its founding family: his own.

Toby’s brother Peter has become a terrible tyrant. Suspicious of the return of his long-lost brother,  whose rightful inheritance also controls the lockstep hibernation cycles, Peter sees Toby as a threat to his regime. Now, with the help of a lockstep girl named Corva, Toby must survive the forces of this new Empire, outwit his siblings, and save human civilization.  Karl Schroeder's Lockstep is a grand innovation in hard SF space opera.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Caught My Eye

Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.

It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gun Range

Chandler and I went to the gun range yesterday with Michael Kent and had a great time.  Until yesterday, Chandler had only felt comfortable with a 22.  He would bang away with one of those pistols for a couple of hours. 
I got him to move up to a .357 Magnum pistol and .38 Special rounds yesterday.  He fell in love with the pistol and was quite proficient with it.  In the picture above, the target silhouette is all the way at the end of the range. 
Those of you who know me know I am not a gun nut.  But I do like to shoot.  I don't hunt.  I have taught all of my kids to shoot on the range when they were young, usually starting at about 12 or 13.  Not to promote guns, but to promote gun safety.
Parents don't often realize how often their children have access to guns through a friend.  I teach my kids gun safety so they will know when to leave a friend's house.  There are too many stories of kids who get fascinated by guns and end up getting hurt.  A little bit of education with your child may also save another child.
These are two of the targets we shot yesterday.  We especially loved the lawn gnomes.