• Read an excerpt from Body Count!

    Time for an excerpt from Body Count, book two of Supernatural Vigilante Society. “Get him!” I raise my voice for the first time tonight because there’s no way any of us will catch the bastard if I don’t. Unfortunately, that means the prey Scott, Esther and I are stalking gets spooked. “Aoooo!” Scott can’t use his words right now because he’s a six foot tall furry monster with giant clawed paws. He swings and misses. Yeah, my big scary pal is a teenage werewolf. “Waffletwat!” Esther’s right leg goes out from under her in a shower of green sparks. She’s a magician with no four-letter word filter. And apparently a klutz.…

  • The Longest Night Watch 2

    Kick Alzheimer’s Butt and Punch Cancer In The Face

    Give to charity. Get gifts. Everybody wins (except two lousy diseases).   Today I want to tell you about a couple of things. They’re a bit personal. I’m talking about cancer and Alzheimer’s and how they affected my life. Back when I was a wee little reader, most of my time was spent with my grandmother. This woman had a huge impact on me because if it wasn’t for her I’d have been raised by wolves. Grandma Estelle was a mercurial woman with warm hazel eyes and a sense of humor as sudden and endearing as the dawn. She’d burst into song at the drop of a hat, but often…

  • A Video!

    Thanks to James Burdick, you can see me! And Paul Magnan, Steve Krasner, and Rich Marchetti. This video was done at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where you can find copies of all my work and the other authors in the video, too. It was filmed by Andrew Stein Videography.

  • Here Be Dragon (Professional Individual 15).

    I’m unleashing the Dragon because it’s drafty in here. This post is a bit more for writers than readers. It’s about working with Dragon dictation software by Nuance. I haven’t been at it for too long but here’s my take. First of all, it’s not natural at first. I know the name says “naturally speaking: but remembering to give commands like open quotes, period, and new paragraph along with the story takes practice. I’ve talked to more than a few authors who gave up on it after a trial period. It’s not the easiest software to work with. The settings aren’t intuitive. But I had a little help from a friend.…

  • Audiobooks!

    It’s your friendly neighborhood Paranormal Author reminding you that funny isn’t just for looking. It’s for listening, too. I’ve got audiobooks out right now on Audible. They’re the first four in the Providence Paranormal College series, narrated by P.J. Morgan, whose comedic timing is impeccable.

  • Monday Meander

    Some girls wander by mistake. Sometimes it happens when they’re responsible grown women driving sensible hybrid vehicles, too. I had an interesting weekend. Saturday at the Rhode Island Author Expo was a good time. Toward the end, I got hit with a pretty heinous vertigo attack and had to get a ride home. After a Sunday spent resting, I finally got the big blue Prius out of the parking lot. Many thanks to author Angelina Singer and her family, who checked to see if I was okay, the staff at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for assuring me that they wouldn’t tow my car, and of course, Jim. He’s not just…

  • Friday Fun!

    It’s time for an excerpt today. If you like what you read, click the picture to find the book. I barely know anything about vampires, even after I got turned into one. Yeah, I know. That makes me sound like a walking stereotype. At least it didn’t happen in High School or before I quit my job at Cranston PD to hang out my own shingle as a PI. But now everything’s different in new and special ways. In other words, it sucks. Pizza and beer are right out of my diet plan. So are long walks on the beach at sunrise. I can’t tell anyone I’m a vamp, so…

  • A Change In Crime

    Book Birthday

    It’s been two years since I released A Change In Crime, so it’s about time the cover and description got updated. Scroll down to see the new shinies! Change comes with the strike of a match. Leo Riley loses his whole family when mobsters burn his home to the ground. His only ally now is Oguina, a vengeful woman-turned-monster. If Leo walks her path, at least they’re not alone. As Leo plots his demise, Giacomo Bianco gazes into an abyss that stares back. His fall to madness is a one-way trip Leo aims to stop at all costs before Bianco orders another hit. Monster and Mafioso fight for dominance over…

  • Upload Day!

    I’m so excited! Book three in the Supernatural Vigilante Society is uploading today. When it’s available on Amazon, I’ll post on Facebook and to my mailing list. It’s called Counting Costs. Have a look at the cover and description below. There’s no fortune in favors owed. After saving a king but losing a kingdom, Tino’s up to his fangs in debt. But he doesn’t owe money. A vampire’s word is his bond. When a rival, a witch, and a hunter all call in their markers at the same time, Tino’s suddenly got a metric ton promises to keep. To keep his vows, Providence’s  newest vampire must find missing memories, adopt an orphan,…

  • Friday Funny

    I’m starting some fun posts to run at the end of the week. Here’s the first, with a holiday theme. Ah, Black Friday, the Capitalist’s tantamount holiday. Some of its trappings lead to unexpected inspiration, like this: Excuse me, sir?” “Yes, what is it?” “It’s just that, uh, you’ve got, um something.” “I’ve what?” “Right there. And there. And–” “Oh bother. Faeries in my beard? Again?” “Yes, sir. I didn’t want to say anything but, well, they’re er–” “The buggers are lighting up, aren’t they?” “Uh huh.”

  • The Family You Choose

    This is a writing prompt a friend posted from The Ugly Side of Tumblr on Facebook. I ran with it below the image. Of course I bring the girl home. I’ve only got one last soft spot in my heart. This job already takes so much from me and I’m determined not to let it have my soul. And it goes well at first. The girl is smart, recognizes danger when she sees it and has good reflexes. And that’s no surprise. She survived long enough to try and hire me after all. But in a few weeks, I discover the unforeseen consequence of my kindness. Because this girl I’ve adopted is…

  • With Great Creativity Comes Great Influence

    There’s no creative talent who fits the above better than Stan Lee. So many of my friends and peers keep saying he saved their lives. My own experience was different. I’m getting personal in this post to talk about the effect his work had on me. It’s not what I expected when I started writing about it. Stan Lee’s work didn’t save my life. I grew up in a community where “girls can’t read comics” so his stories didn’t reach me until I was an adult and had fled that swamp. I was taught to use everything and everyone to my own advantage, look for the next best person or…

  • Blogdor the Bloginator

    So I haven’t been getting out as much as I’d like. It makes me a little batty. If only that looked as cute as the picture above. But it doesn’t so I’ve got to do something. And that thing is for me to blog more, Blogdor. Expect to see more posts here, probably every two weeks but possibly weekly instead. I’m aiming for Monday to get something up. You could see all sorts of posts, like pictures at past events, book recommendations, or bits of lore I’ve researched for works in progress. I’ll also be updating the site with more information on the worlds in my books. Like any good…

  • Summer is a Busy Season

    This is going to be a busy summer. Will I find time to breathe? Who knows? I’m working hard on Clerical Error. I hope to get it out by the end of this month. Kallisti: A Collection of Poetry will release next week. July 13th is the date I hope to have Body Count out in the world. I’m not sure what comes later in July or in August but I will need to be ready to travel to Dragon Con on the 30th. Maybe I’ll take a break and not publish anything that month. If Counting Stars is done, that will complete Valentino’s 3-book arc in Supernatural Vigilante Society, so…

  • Behind the Mask

    Winter Writer Interview: J.D. Cunegan

    Today, I’m here with J.D. Cunegan, author of the Superhero meets Sci-Fi Jill Andersen series. D.P.- You’re ready to write and have your pen and paper or computer or microphone ready. What else do you need during your session? J.C.- I almost always have to have a hot mug of something – either coffee or tea, depending on the time of day – at the ready, and something I can use for background noise. I have music I like to listen to, the heavier the better, or sometimes I’ll put a TV show or movie I’ve already seen several times on in the background. I can’t write in silence; I have to…

  • Winter Writer Interview: JR Gershen-Siegel

    We’re here today with Janet, who is a freelancer with one published work and several more to come in the future. Speaking of which, she writes about the future, also alternate versions of the past. I’ve had the privilege of beta reading some of her work. Here’s a bit more about her. D.P.- What’s your favorite thing to cook? J.G.- I love to cook Thanksgiving, and it’s actually been a few years since I’ve done it on the real turkey day (I’ve been going to my folks’) so it ends up being late December holiday fare. I do the whole nine yards – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green veg (usually asparagus…

  • Real Characters Fantastic Worlds

    Cannonball 2018!

    As I stand here shivering on the diving board that is the last day of 2017, I hang ten off the edge. It’s almost time to make as big a splash as I can but before that happens, I’ll take a breath and remember everything that 2017 had to offer. Over the winter and for much of the spring, I struggled with a mystery illness. We still haven’t pinned it all down but the worst symptoms have been medicated. If you saw me at an event and I fell on my hiney, that’s why. I hope I can maintain my balance when it’s most important, though. This still-mysterious illness hasn’t…

  • New Release: Grave Dealings

    I interviewed R.R. Virdi because he’s had a ton going on since the last time. Here’s the shiny new cover of book three in The Grave Report series, Grave Dealings. Read about R.R. and then check out the description below. D.R.- You’re ready to write and have your pen and paper or computer or microphone ready. What else do you need during your session? R.R.- Music (without lyrics) really helps me focus. I’m ADHD, so the constant engagement without distracting lyrics helps me tune out other things and set a constant workflow/pattern. I prefer what some people call, “Epic music.” It’s bombastic, orchestral, evocative, stuff from movies, games, anime. D.R.- Tell us about…

  • Updates and Links.

    It’s been a long and busy year so far and I am sorry for saying I love you and then making like a ghost. That said, here’s a bit of what I have been up to, in video form, from my Facebook page.

  • Love, Idjits.

    I’m going to get a little bit personal here for a second. Okay, maybe more than a second. And yes, I want to talk about love today. People keep on writing about being a ditchable prom date; “this day isn’t for me. I’m alone.” Hold my beer, you idjits. Somebody loves you, somebody cares. But everyone’s an idjit some of the time. I’m an idjit, too. Some idjits close their mouths and never say how they feel. Some look down at their empty hands instead of offering them in friendship or brotherhood. And some of these idjits try to drive Baby all the way home in reverse instead of looking…