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I must be only one in a million, I won’t let the blog pass without her

Sunday catchup, and if you missed it, scroll up or click back one post to learn more about Skyblade’s Claim, the new novella in the Skyblade Saga series – coming this Tuesday, June 27! There’ll be a preview with buying links up on Tuesday – but you’ll get to read the preview Monday evening if you sign up for my mailing list! Click here! (I promise that your address will never be sold or given away.)

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watching him blog away, swinging an old bouquet

Sunday catchup! I’ll lead with the big news – work on the second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, is almost done! I’ll be trying something different again for distribution, which I’ll announce when the story is ready to be published…and if everything goes well, that should be sometime in the next two weeks! Check back here for more this coming week, or keep an eye on my Facebook page or my Twitter feed! More after the cut. Continue reading

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you’re blogging yourself but you’re too unfair

Sunday catching up! One more reminder: If you somehow missed it, you can read “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, the debut novelette for my new series Peavley Manor, here! If you like it, don’t forget that you can buy your own nicely-formatted ebook copy at Amazon.

And this is definitely not the last you’ll be seeing of Alice and Macalley…work is in progress on their second story! Stay tuned for more!

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he’s a pinball wizard, he’s blogged a trillion more

Sunday! Catchup! We’ll start with this reminder: The Anniversary Sale continues! Through Monday, you can get Michiko and Beth’s first three adventures for just 99 cents US each! They’re also 99 cents CA/AU/NZ, 0.99 £, and 0,99 €! Grab them now, and happy reading! More after the cut.

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turn on the T.V., shut out the lights, Roy Rogers is blogging tonight

A quick reminder to start this Sunday catchup: Twitter. @MonkeyQueenBks. That is all.

…Well, not really. More after the cut! Continue reading

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towards the blog you left so very far behind

Happy first Sunday catchup of 2016, everyone! Don’t forget that you only have until Wednesday to enter the Goodreads giveaway to win one of three signed paperback proof copies of Redblade, the new Monkey Queen novel! Good luck to all who’ve entered, and I’ll see you after the cut. Continue reading

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all these things you blogged, you blogged sincerely

First, I realized that I forgot to include a link to KBoards in my last post, so consider that rectified. I usually hang out in the Writer’s Cafe forum, using the cunningly conceived forum name “Robert Dahlen”, but there are also forums there for discussing Kindles, other e-readers, books and other subjects. Come on by and say hi! More after the cut. Continue reading

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And she whispered, sometimes love is always blogging

First off, today is the final day of the Science Fiction and Fantasy September Promo! It’s your last day to get the first Monkey Queen book, Of Introductions And Abductions, along with 36 other exciting titles and four boxed sets, for just 99 cents each! Fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, and Michiko and Beth! Don’t miss out! Get the full list of books here and reload your Kindle, tablet or smartphone for fall reading! More after the cut. Continue reading


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all the king’s bloggers and all the king’s blogs

First, a reminder: The Vivify End of Summer Sale wraps up on Monday! A number of authors are getting together to help readers fill up their Kindles with free and bargain books to start September off right! We’re offering  Of Introductions And Abductions, the first Monkey Queen adventure, for just 99 cents US, and marked down worldwide, September 1-7! Fantasy fans can see what’s available here, and there’s a full list of books that are part of the sale here. Even if you’ve read all of Michiko and Beth’s adventures, remember – ebooks make great gifts! Go browse! More after the cut. Continue reading

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I was born a someday man, I’m a blogging child

We’ll start off this Sunday with a request: If you’ve read and enjoyed any of the Monkey Queen books, especially the first, Of Introductions And Abductions, please consider heading to Amazon and leaving a review.  Some kind souls have already left reviews, and and we thank them! But more reviews will get more readers interested, and will open up more promotional opportunities for us. So please, help Michiko and Beth find new fans by leaving a review! And thanks! More, and a slightly different Sunday catchup post, after the cut.

The other day, on the KBoards forum, a thread was posted about what were people’s top five books, and why. I jumped in with my five, and provided quotes from each to explain why. I wanted to share that here, but I’m expanding the list to ten, and changing a few of the quotes. Enjoy!


Bridge Of Birds, Barry Hughart (my all time favorite book from the moment I finished the last page, as those who’ve read A Tiding Of Magpies know):

I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world.

May your villagers remain ignorant of tax collectors, and may your sons be many and ugly and strong and willing workers, and may your daughters be few and beautiful and and excellent providers of love gifts from eminent families that live very far away, and may your lives be blessed by the beauty that has touched mine.


Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll:

“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat!”

Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett:



The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”


How Much For Just The Planet, John M. Ford:

Without missing a beat, Sanchez said “Because meeting new individuals gives me great intellectual pleasure. That’s why I became a diplomat.”

“Oh, good! There are almost fourteen thousand of us, you know. We should be able to make you really, really happy.”


The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”


Lean Times in Lankhmar, Fritz Leiber

Fafhrd and Mouser saved only the clothes they were in, their swords, dirk, and ax. And it was well they hung onto the latter, for while swimming ashore they were attacked by a school of sharks, and each man had to defend himself and comrade while swimming encumbered. Ilthmarts lining the quays and moles cheered the heroes and the sharks impartially, or rather as to how they had laid their money, the odds being mostly three-to-one against both heroes surviving, with various shorter odds on the big man, the little man, or one or the other turning the trick. […]

When Fafhrd and the Mouser finally staggered ashore panting, they were cheered by such Ilthmarts as had won money on them. A larger number were busy booing the sharks.


Sandman: Brief Lives, Neil Gaiman:

“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less. You got a lifetime.”

MythAdventures, by Phil Foglio, adapting Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin:

Aahz: “You traded a magical pendant that sees through spells for a fledgling dragon?’

Skeeve: “Yeah.”

Aahz: [picks up Skeeve and shakes him roughly]

Skeeve [discombobulated]: “What was that for?”

Aahz [furious]: “I wanted to see if you’d completely lost your mind, or if a piece of it was still rattling around in there!”

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster:

“And remember, also,” added the Princess of Sweet Reason, “that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”


And as a reward for reading this, here’s a photo of me with my new Doubleclicks Coloring Book! Yay!



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