Monthly Archives: July 2016

Old Dog :(

Champ sleeping in his younger days (2010)

Champ sleeping in his younger days (2010)

For 15 years, Old Dog has been a good dog. He wasn’t always old but he was mostly always good.

We’ve known this was coming for a long time. He was able to stay with us far longer than we expected but it was time to say goodbye. We’ll always remember our Champ.

The kids are dealing pretty well – better than I am, certainly. Red Dog is going to take a while to adjust but I think he knew it was coming too. We had extra time we weren’t expecting to get – a few months – but that doesn’t make saying goodbye easier at all.

We tried hard to be busy today, to do normal things – we were supposed to have a yard sale – but I should have known better. I’m not good at being personable on a good day and today is not a good day. The weather gets it – torrential downpour that stopped the minute Older Child and I had everything cleaned up.  It’s been that kind of day, that kind of summer, and that kind of year. No year is without good points but damn if this year doesn’t seem to be full of terrible no good very bad moments.

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Hardwired Humanity & Guardian of the Gods

I have now completed all the trailers for all my books so, until I have a new one out, I’m done making them! By the next round, I should be even more comfortable with the software and they’ll be that much better.

 

 

Thosha-Tol was chosen to be the protector of his goddesses. They know the Godkillers are coming for them. They trust Thosha to save them but will he still serve them when he discovers their betrayals?

Guardian of the Gods

 

 

We spend our days with machines in every pocket, on every wrist, jammed into every ear. We have become dependent on our technological wonders but, what happens when they start to wake? When they begin to talk back, to judge our actions. How will humanity measure up in the eyes of our creations? Follow these machines, or near machines, as they discover all that makes them human and what sets them apart. Standing on the threshold between man and machine, is it possible for a machine to be more more human than her creators?

Hardwired Humanity is a short story collection

 

I guess I need to get back to writing if I ever want to make more trailers.

 

 

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Review: Floating Loose by Jill Beck

book-floating-looseJust about the only silver lining to a terrible, no good, very bad summer cold is that reading is about the only thing I’m capable of doing and I can get caught up on reading! One of the books in my read pile  was Floating Loose by fellow Boroughs author, Jill Beck. I try to keep my reviews pretty spoiler free but sometimes a little one will slip in there.

There are a lot of good things about this particular story – Rylie is easy to get attached to, and not just for the reader. Before I had kids of my own, I would have identified with her on a different kind of level but I can’t separate out the mom now and I just want to wrap this girl up in the warmest blankets and hug her. It’s a sweet journey with a few pretty wicked curves thrown in there. At first, I was a tiny bit wary because of Rylie’s age but only because I have a teenager of my own. Honestly after that initial reaction, it didn’t matter and was, as it should be, just a little detail of the whole. It is, ultimately, the story of a lost girl who doesn’t quite know what it is she is looking for, or what she’s missing, until she has a chance to find it.

The changing of the heroine’s name off and on should be really confusing but it isn’t (kudos to Ms Beck on that one!). The characters are nicely well rounded but flawed enough not to be too good to be true. I get a little wary of private all girls school stories sometimes because they can be overwhelmingly catty but there’s only really two or three instances of bitchery and one of them you see coming from a mile away.

In short – if you also have a thing for lost orphan stories or sweet coming of age stories, you’ll enjoy it. It’s well written, sweet, engaging, and, best of all, full of growth across the board and not just for the main characters.

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Eldercynne Rising

There are varying opinions on book trailers but my goal is to make one for each of my books. I’ll be posting two more next week: one for Guardian of the Gods and one for Hardwired Humanity but today is for Eldercynne Rising. If you like murder, dragons, warriors, magic, and a little romance, it might be something you’d like.

 

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Hunter’s Crossing

I’ve been working on this for a bit and want to share it.

 

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