Setbacks

Saw my doctor this week. Was diagnosed with de Quervain’s. A fancy word for bi-lateral thumb/wrist pain. Inflammation in the sheath that houses the thumb tendons and lets them move freely. Causing pain and numbness…me and millions of other people who use a computer all the time…blah, blah, blah pain when I type/can’t grip door handles—wear braces on both hands 24/7—rest—ice—NSAIDs…you know the drill. We ALL know the drill. So, kids—take care of your hands. I took the week off from writing, letting my hands rest.

Thanks to everyone who picked up the Moonscapes bundle! Ablegamers is a great charity! I’m so happy I got to help raise money for them. I’m so glad that such a group exists and I appreciate their efforts to help people with disabilities reconnect to gaming.

Today I’m at the computer, intending to work on book 2 (Enigma) of my True Purple series (my first series :>). Need to work through Dr. Kingston’s story arc and layer it against Peter’s and Diana’s POVs. As soon as I complete this arc, I can add the final hooks into book one (called Recombinant) and send it off to my favorite copyeditor. Then start working on book three (Cipher).

In other news, I’m putting the final edits to bed for my short story, A Pearl into Darkness, for the upcoming crime anthology, Justice (Fiction River – early 2018). This is an important story to me. A hard one to tell, but one I couldn’t turn away from.

My SF novel, Rediscovery is in its final prep stages and will be appearing at the end of July from Elusive Blue Fiction. I have a handful of standalone novels that Elusive Blue Fiction will be publishing alongside my True Purple series (military SF with romantic elements) over the next few years. Also, I am working on another series (urban fantasy) set in the world of my Speechless in Seattle short story. And some other series I am considering. So many projects. Wish I could quit my day job and write full-time. Someday, I hope. For now, will just keep on keeping on…some writing time is better than no writing time. I was hoping to do a novel dare this month, but I’ll have to shift it to August to let my hands heal a bit.

Back to work!

Escapist Bundle and Story News

Just got back from a wonderful workshop on the Oregon Coast!

First up, some bundle news. Storybundle’s Escapist Bundle is in its second week of availability. My first novel, Isabel’s Tears (a paranormal romance) is just one of the many offerings in this bundle of stories. And a portion of the sales goes to Oregon’s wonderful education program called SMART which provides tutoring and books to thousands of young Oregon readers. So escape into new worlds and support a young readers with this offering from Storybundle!

Next, Fiction River: Tavern Tales (edited by Kerrie L. Hughes) is out with one of my latest stories, One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern!

Struggling with the break up of his marriage, a disillusioned cop investigates a missing persons report at the local tavern. But something isn’t quite right about the sultry piano player or the mysterious bartender that knows a little too much about him.

 

 

 

 

And…I have five new short story sales to report (wow, can you believe that? Five!). More news about these stories and publications later.

Safe Like Cedar, romantic suspense, sold to Fiction River: Summer Sizzles edited by Kathryn Grayson
Combination, crime fiction, sold to Fiction River: Editors Choice 
Death’s Other Cousin, contemporary fantasy, sold to Fiction River: Feel the Love edited by Mark Leslie
This Magic Moment, Young Adult fiction, sold to Pulphouse Magazine (yes, it’s back!) edited by Dean Wesley Smith
Trafficking Stops, crime fiction, sold to Fiction River: Spies edited by Kris Nelscott

Also, I have four more stories that will be published this year, so stay tuned for the next anthology, No Humans Allowed, edited by John Helfers—with my SF short story, Sense and Sentientability.