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I pray my wish will come true, for my child and your child too

Sunday catchup! Sorry I missed last week’s. That’s what happens when you catch a cold ten days before Christmas and have to do your darndest to fight it off in time. I don’t recommend my solution – eating a package of raisin pastry and sleeping as much as I can – to everyone, but it worked for me.

Don’t forget that if you want to show your support for what I do, my Amazon wish list is up and running, and ebooks make great last-second gifts! More after the cut. Continue reading

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I’m afraid of the blog, I’m afraid I can’t help it

Sunday catchup, and here’s a reminder if you missed it: “The Missing Mallard (Or, ‘Duck, Macalley! Duck!’)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette, was released this past Tuesday! Click here to get buying links and read a preview, or head to Amazon!.

Another reminder: If you enjoyed “The Missing Mallard”, or anything else I’ve written, let people know! Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads help other readers make up their minds about buying a book, and social media shares can catch someone’s attention. Spread the word around. Thanks! (And don’t forget that e-books make great Christmas gifts!)

Keeping it short this week; I’m in wind-down mode after publishing one novella and four novelettes this year. (I broke 90,000 words for 2017, which was amazing.) But I did do a complete bit of dark silliness this past week, and here’s a link to the Twitter moment where it emerged. Enjoy “The Night Before the War on Christmas”!

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spreading holiday cheer

Sunday catchup, and we’re taking a break from the themed post titles. Why? Well, hold on to your Santa hats – “The Missing Mallard (Or ‘Duck, Macalley! Duck!’)” will be coming out this Tuesday, December 5!

(An important note: “The Missing Mallard” will only be available through Amazon and other e-book vendors, no free offers as with the other Peavley Manor novelettes. However, the price will be just 99 cents US.)

Check back on Tuesday for the official release announcement, with buying links, or keep notified by signing up for my mailing list, liking my Facebook page, or following me on Twitter! There’ll also be a full sneak preview on Tuesday! Here’s another little snippet to (hopefully) whet your appetite until then. In it, Alice has a few words for a sinister pixie countess…

“This auction was intended to be for duck enthusiasts, not villains and their sworn enemies!”

“‘Villain’ is such a harsh term,” Gylburnt said.

“What term should I use, then?”

“‘Destined future ruler of Tirnog, conqueror of the lands of the Crescent Sea, and subjugator of humanity.’”

I shook my head. “That might be a bit too long, Countess.”


After the cut…an annual tradition. Continue reading

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Best Christmas Ever! – a reposted holiday short story

It’s not been a good year, for so many people, in so many ways. But the holiday season has begun, and maybe we need another reminder that we’re not alone, that we have people we care for and who care for us.

Or a reminder to be thankful that no one’s actually written “Freddie, The Little Christmas Fruitcake That Could” yet. Either one works for me.

So, after the cut, join Michiko and Beth in their…”Best Christmas Ever!” Continue reading

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Disney Infinity: The Twelve Parsecs Of Christmas

Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and all that! I wanted to remind everyone that there’s still time to read “Best Christmas Ever”, the short story about Michiko and Beth’s first Christmas as roommates, before all the snowman cookies are gone. Pour an iced peppermint mocha and enjoy!

And I realized that we haven’t heard from the little gold milk chocolate bear in a while. Well, remember when Han Solo and Chewbacca made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? Have you ever wondered what they were smuggling when they did that?


Now you know.

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Willow Wednesdays: Santa Willow’s coming to town!

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut!

Well, it’s still Wednesday here in California. And it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas and the holidays. I just hope Santa Willow knows I haven’t been all that naughty…

Art © 2015 by Willow. All rights reserved; used by permission. You can view Willow’s extensive gallery on DeviantArt, see her works in progress by liking her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and buy prints and much more at her Society6 webstore, including exclusive Monkey Queen items!

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Best Christmas Ever! (a Monkey Queen short story, revised and reposted)

It’s the unofficial start of the holiday season! To celebrate, here’s “Best Christmas Ever!”, a short story about Michiko and Beth’s first Christmas as roommates! This was originally posted in 2014, but for reasons detailed in the post below this, I’ve revised and expanded the story. Hopefully, this will make your holidays a bit happier! Read on, after the cut!
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Behind The Scenes: Best Christmas Ever!

As promised, here is our Behind The Scenes look at “Best Christmas Ever”, the Michiko and Beth holiday short story! If you haven’t read it yet, scroll up; if you have, it’s been revised, so you may want to read it again! There are spoilers ahead, so read on after the cut! Continue reading

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