• Interview: Jamie Winters

    This is a somewhat whimsical interview of an author with several types of work out there. Jamie Winters is a cat. You would think a cat can’t be an author, but that’s where you would be wrong. When Winter the cat realized his human pretty much sucked at hunting, he decided to take things into his own hands. He turned his name into something much more dignified, figured out how to make keyboards work for tiny kitten paws, and then started using his extraordinary intelligence (at least, for a cat) to start writing books. When Jamie isn’t writing, you can probably find him at the window, staring at a bird.…

  • Interview: Steve Higgs

    Today I’m interviewing Steve Higgs, who writes the Blue Moon Investigation Agency series. It’s a humorous Paranormal cozy mystery, so needless to say I love it. Read on for more about him. Steve Higgs won his first award for writing when aged just ten. Of course, saying it was his first award suggests that there have been more since, which there haven’t. However, years of writing stories to entertain himself eventually resulted in something worth publishing and the Blue Moon Investigation Agency came to life. DR- How did you decide to write in your genre? SH- The truth is that I didn’t decide to write in a particular genre. I wrote what…

  • 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…

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    Interview: Deborah Wilde

    Today we have an interview with Deborah Wilde! Here’s a bit about her: A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. This award-winning author is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Deborah writes the Nava Katz series, starting with The Unlikeable Demon Hunter. Naturally, I asked her a whole bunch of questions. Here’s what she has to say. DR: How did you decide to write in your genre? DW: I write funny, sexy, urban fantasy which combines my love of…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Theodore Ashford

    Today, we have a designer, Theodore Ashford of Ashwords Design! Theodore is a visual artist whose work helps authors promote their books in a number of ways. He’s an award-winning author himself, so he knows what an author needs. Theodore Ashford is a writer and designer who is obsessed with the art of words. That love has led him into a path of typography and design, where he has a blast doing cover design and book photo shoots for other authors. The nice thing about book photoshoots is that books don’t get uncomfortable posing for a camera for long hours and don’t need a buffet. Theo has also worked as an editor for…