Category Archives: Research

Writing-Tip Wednesday: World Building Lessons I’d Forgotten

Back in early March, I posted about creating magic systems, and said then that I expected I would post about world building at least once more over the course of the year. And so here I am, making myself a … Continue reading

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Writing-Tip Wednesday: My Favorite Reference Books

Last week’s Writing-Tip Wednesday post was about the computer apps I use most when researching, outlining, and writing books and stories. As promised, this week I want to look at what are probably the most important writing tools I have: … Continue reading

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Writing-Tip Wednesday: Special Guest, Alma Alexander!

Today, I welcome my friend Alma Alexander to the blog to talk about her new novel, The Second Star. She has lots to say about the book, about writing in general, and about advice for beginning writers. Please welcome her … Continue reading

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Blood, Magic, and Giveaways, Today on the Virtual Tour

The 2015 Summer-of-Two-Releases Virtual Tour visits Brandy Schillace today, with a post at her Fiction Reboot blog. The post is called “Blood, Magic, and History,” and it touches on the history behind the narrative of DEAD MAN’S REACH, the fourth … Continue reading

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New Hobby, Old Liver . . .

I’m 51 years old — nearly 52 — and I have never made a Martini. I’ve drunk a few. More than a few, if I’m going to be honest. But I’ve never made one. I don’t know how. I know … Continue reading

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Dealing with Inaccuracies in my New Book

Yesterday I received one of those emails that authors usually hate to get. A reader wrote to let me know that there were a couple of details in my new novel, Spell Blind (book I in The Case Files of … Continue reading

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Two More Posts on the Blog Tour, and Tonight’s Signing

Today on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, I’m back at Magical Words — my “home” blog — with a post on plotting. Sometimes the hardest thing about writing in a series, particularly in one that consists of … Continue reading

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Two New Posts, One New Giveaway!

The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour stops today at Drey’s Library, for my second appearance this month, and at the blog of my agent, friend, and fellow author, Lucienne Diver. At Drey’s Library, Sephira Pryce, the beautiful and … Continue reading

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Release Day on the Blog Tour!!!

Today is release day for A Plunder of Souls!! So go ye forth and buy the book — in book format, as an audio book from Audible, or as an e-book.  Or as more than one of those!! The Summer … Continue reading

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Today on the Blog Tour: Black Gate and Drey’s Library

The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour takes me to two more sites today.  I have an article up at the blog of Black Gate Magazine on “The Life and Times of a Midlist Author.”  It’s actually a follow … Continue reading

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