A Sydney Brennan Cover Reveal (or Two), with a Tangent (or Two)

I’m dog-wrangling (the basics: poo, pee, and food), dodging internet-killing heavy bands of rain, and up to my eyeballs in edits (eyeball height is about 60K words, but I’ve cut a couple K), so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Like me. Fine. Sweet-ish. Tangent for Writer’s PSA/Confession: I am currently a Lousy Correspondent. Apologies to everyone who has emailed/FBed me lately. Thanks to unreliable evening internet and MY LIFE I am so far behind. But I will get to you. Because I am sweet-ish. Back to our regularly scheduled program… The Cover Reveal. I made a Read more…

Friday Five: the Fricking Hot Edition

I had planned to write a Stories I Love post this week—even had the subject picked out. (No spoilers, I’m not saying.) But you know what? I can’t think straight. You know why? I’m assuming you read the title and can guess. Everyone together now—it’s too fricking hot! We had a few blessedly cool, overcast days over the past couple of weeks for a taste of much-needed relief, but not enough. I was chatting with a local woman the other day who said, “I never thought I’d see the day we needed air conditioning in Hawaii.” Of course, no matter Read more…

The Return of Feral Pig Friday, with Video Evidence

If you’ve been reading my blog long, you’ll know that 1) living on Hawaii Island isn’t like living in most places, and 2) it probably also isn’t what you expected. Although beautiful in its own way, there is a conspicuous absence of white sand beaches (at least on the windward side), and a conspicuous absence of me sitting on them, with or without umbrella drinks. Instead life here tends to be grittier, what with living off the grid and lava drama and rats and fire ants and hurricanes and… where was I?  Oh, yeah—you may recall a few posts ago, Read more…

Status of the next Sydney Brennan Book, with the Worst Teaser Ever—Guaranteed!

You may have noticed my absence from the Blog lately. And Facebook, and email, and everything except our brief the dog must poop walk. Like everyone else, I’ve been riding out the summer heat and random life bumps and curves and other things that sound sexy but make you carsick. And I’ve been battling internet demons (the ones that make your router say it’s working when it never is, not the ones that chant in tongues). But mostly, I’ve been hunkered down, writing/re-writing. Which brings me to my good news—Syd #7, The Grave Truth, is chugging down the tracks! Chugging, Read more…

Writer on the Road: Whispers of Inspiration in West (by-God) Virginia

Aloha, y’all! I can say aloha because I’m back in Hawaii and y’all because I just returned from a trip to the mainland that included my childhood home of West by-God Virginia. For those same reasons, I can also say, Please pass the coffee. Again. I am beat! Too many time zones and too little sleep, plus a few days ago I managed a relapse of my previous respiratory plague. It was worth it to spend a little time with family I get to see so rarely, but I will keep it brief today since I’m still playing catch-up. In Read more…