• Back In The Salad Again

    You know how people say they’ve been “out of it” for a period of time? Well, I’ve been out of practically everything since the beginning of the year. February, March, and April are a sea of lost months, with doctor appointments rising up like little islands along the way. I’m feeling a bit better now so I’m back to writing a new series set in the Providence Paranormal College Universe. If you want to catch up or refresh your memory, start with Bearly Awake or find the whole series here. I’ll be at Misti-Con from in Tarrytown, NY at the end of July and then Dragon Con on Labor Day Weekend. Find me…

  • Updates for Spring 2019

    I wrote a new forward and have a new cover on my very first book to celebrate its three-year book-birthday. Perry has given Bearly Awake a sock! Bearly Awake is FREE! It’s also number two in its free category on Amazon so if you haven’t gotten it yet your download just might bump it up to number one! Get it by clicking the sock picture. Yeah, I made a Potter reference about a book with a ton of Star Wars references. What else is new? Actually, quite a bit. I’ve been wrestling with my cases of chronic migraine and the still mysterious dizziness. It’s slowing me down to paces below…

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Extrahumans, But Were Afraid to Ask

    This post is a glossary of some terms from the Providence Paranormal Universe, where all of the college series books take place. I’ll have something later this year set in the same world but in a different town in Rhode Island. Stay tuned! The Academy– Something between a community college and a military academy for extrahumans, the Academy is geared toward helping extrahumans who don’t play well with mortals get ready to join a blended society. The Big Reveal– The term used for the 1990s, when the world discovered magic was real and extrahumans existed. The decade was marked with fear as everyone adjusted to the changes. Since the 21st Century, law…

  • Providence Paranormal College Part Two: Books 6-10

    Five more books, no waiting. Read. Laugh. Catch a case of the feels. Book 6: Roundtable Redcap: Can Fred rescue his brother from the Fae Queen with just reluctant Psychic Irina to help? Book 7: Better Off Undead: Lane and his vampire punk band Night Creatures are broke and broken. Can they pick up their pieces and shine in a Battle of the Bands? Book 8: Ghost of a Chance: Ghostly Horace and his Medium, Bianca, must solve a mystery to save Professor Watkins. Book 9: Nine Lives: It’s time for Olivia Adler to trust her instincts or Tony Gitano just might die for good. Book 10: Fae of Fae…

  • Providence Paranormal College Part One: Books 1-5

    Five fun books, no waiting. Read. Laugh. Catch a case of the feels. Book 1: Bearly Awake: A sleepy bear shifter needs a brainy genius to help him pass exams. Book 2: Fangs for the Memories: The man who remembers everything and woman everyone forgets must solve a mystery. Book 3: Of Wolf and Peace: A wolf shifter steps up to choose a side, start his first pack, and save his parents. Book 4: Dragon My Heart Around: A dragon contends with a thief breaking into the family hoard. Book 5: Djinn and Bear It: An altruistic bear shifter must choose between the greater good and her heart. This volume…

  • Wiser Guys: La Famiglia di Mostri Book 2

    There is another book set in the same world of magic, monsters and the Mafia after A Change In Crime. It’s called Wiser Guys. Here’s a bit more about it. The stock market crashes, threatening to bring Plymouth’s secret magical “Wise” families down with it. When Bill and Millie’s precognitive Uncle Finn threatens to usurp their father and take control of all the Wise families, the twins realize they must stop him. Bill’s telepathic powers and ambition aren’t enough to outmaneuver his uncle, even with help from his sister and their similarly powered friends. Uncle Finn has an alliance with the Irish Mob up in Boston. Bill needs connections and…

  • Clerical Error: A Challenge of Vircon Adventure

    I’m working on posts about each of my books and realized I haven’t put anything out about my GameLit in a while. Here goes! Actually, this is your mom’s video game. Daria Jackson hasn’t entered NeuroNet to play Challenge of Vircon since her tanking husband passed away. A newly single mom, she quit VR esports to develop biofarming hardware for deep space exploration. For ten years Daria’s cheered her kids on as they fought their way up CoV leaderboards. While cleaning their VR cabinets, a forgotten login protocol drops her at level one in the game world she almost ruled. Strange glitches and odd throwbacks from her past hint at…

  • Video Time!

    I’m posting the 2018 ARIA Expo panels over the next couple of days. First, have a look at the panel I moderated, No Bad Romance. The lovely Romance authors here are Christine DePetrillo, Laurel Ostiguy, and Regina Andrews.

  • Newsletter Notes

    I’ve got no more events this year or really much of anything all winter. That’s good because the doctor says I need a rest. Walking pneumonia is no joke so I’m staying home for the holidays. I’ll be writing as much as I can, too. So I’m either hibernating like a sleepy bear shifter or hiding out like a vampire at high noon. I’m not sure which of those I’m feeling more this year. What I do know, however, is I had a sale on Be Counted for December the 26th. It’s over now but the whole series is on KU so read it if you got it! Winter is…

  • Poetry From Fruit of the Dead

    Today I’m posting a bit of poetry from my latest collection, Fruit of the Dead. See if you can catch the references and leave a comment if you do. Twelve He knocks Four times. You won’t answer Because you know Who’s there. And you don’t want to go. Even the timeless can’t Stop time. Four times He knocks again. You can’t answer Because open doors Invite death. And you don’t fear leaving. Even the brave can’t Weather endings. Four times Three knocks. You must answer Because your master Is time. And you scream protest. Even the defiant can’t Stop progress.

  • A Change In Crime

    Excerpt: A Change In Crime

    Here’s a sample from the first chapter of A Change In Crime, my Supernatural Suspense set in 1929. It’s got monsters at odds with the Mafia on the streets of Depression-Era Fall River, Massachusetts. It was just a piece of paper, dated November 27, 1929, but it felt heavier than an anvil. The red ink stamped across the carbon copy of his application to the United States Armed Forces looked greenish-black in the street light. Leo Riley thought it was a nice sickly color to match how useless he felt. At least skipping dinner hadn’t done him in. The doctor who’d examined him declared him fifteen pounds underweight. There was no…

  • My Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Sometimes, I review the books I read. Here’s one I read over the summer. It’s December and I read this book back in July. Well, book is sort of a misnomer here. It’s actually a script for a stage production. The Cursed Child has gotten very mixed reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, in part because most frequent readers of prose have limited experience reading scripts. I actually really liked this story. It made more sense to me than it might have if I wasn’t a recovering performance artist. When I read stage plays, the scene direction and repetitions make sense in the context of my imagination as I visualize a live performance.…

  • 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…