• 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…