Black Bead Book 4 Now On Sale!

It’s finally here, Storm Child: Book Four of the Black Bead Chronicles! Order here on Amazon, or head to your local bookstore and ask them to order it for you (I believe in supporting your local book store, keep these valuable community resources alive!). It’s likely your bookstore doesn’t stock my books, but if you […]

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Book 4 available for Pre-Order!

Exciting news my dear readers! The fourth book of The Black Bead Chronicles is finished, edited, shined, and polished — and ready to pre-order on Amazon! It officially launches on June 20th, just in time for your summer reading. The new title is “Storm Child” (previously Trade Fair, the name of the annual gathering of […]

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The Spirals of Time

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it ‘ – George Santayana, This quote has been repeated often in one form or another. The thought is a grossly simplified condensation of the truth. Time is not linear nor one-dimensional. History is a river that runs in a spiral through pan-dimensional space-time. It […]

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The Rule of Women

The language of the Black Bead Chronicles Let’s be honest. Women and men are nothing alike. Our wonderful hormones, from the moment of conception, rewrote the matrices of our brain so that men have these lovely, linear, diamond faceted brains and women have brains that can turn itself inside out and slide sideways around corners […]

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Why Electing Trump Can Be a Good Thing

Excerpts from “A Brief History of Bloodstones” In the realm of world building, one is always asking why. In The Black Bead Chronicles, the big why at the core of the domes is this: What inspired the rabid need for isolation between the domes and the Lowlands, creating a line across which no man might […]

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Goodbye Sheri S. Tepper: Brilliant Author & My Feminist Sci-Fi Inspiration

“Grass! Millions of square miles of it; numberless wind-whipped tsunamis of grass, a thousand sun-lulled Caribbeans of grass, a hundred rippling oceans, every ripple a gleam of scarlet or amber, emerald or turquoise, multicolored as rainbows, the colors shivering over the prairies in stripes and blotches, the grasses” – excerpt from Grass by Sheri S. […]

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In Response to Critics of “Black Bead”

Every author receives negative reviews from time to time. Although I don’t take them personally (every reader has different tastes), I do want to respond to a couple of criticisms in particular of the first book in The Black Bead Chronicles – Black Bead. “It’s too short.” “I wanted more.” “I don’t understand why ____ did that.” Oh, […]

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How Star Trek Changed the World

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek Season 1 Episode 1. It was a ground-breaking show but probably not for the reasons you think. Star Trek was not the only scifi show on national television. The fifties laid the groundwork for scifi in the national consciousness. It was the golden […]

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Interview with Eclectic Readers Podcast

This month I had the great pleasure to speak with Susan from the Eclectic Readers Book Club about my book series The Black Bead Chronicles. She surprised me with her thoughtful questions about book one in the series, Black Bead. If you’ve read it and have unanswered questions, I highly recommend listening in to our chat. She […]

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Black Bead wins the Ben Franklin Digital Silver Honoree Award

I’m honored to announce that Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles has been awarded the Ben Franklin Digital Silver Honoree Award for the eBook edition. Check out the awards page here! Since re-releasing my series with revised content in January of 2016, positive feedback from readers continues to trickle in every day. Thank […]

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Radio Interview with Scott Golden of Power of Perception

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Golden of the radio show Power of Perception about everything from feminism, to sci-fi, to the writing process. Being my very first radio interview, it was a learning experience! But I hope my readers will enjoy hearing about the origins of The Black Bead Chronicles and the […]

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Harry Potter

Black Bead vs Harry Potter

  JK Rowling has an unerring ear for the rhythm of language and the ability to tell a good story without burdening it with a lot of exposition. In the Harry Potter books, she created a magical world by reusing and re-purposing the core elements of every fantasy story ever written. She made it her […]

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Black Bead Nominated for Award!

I just found out today that Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles was nominated for the Global eBook Award! This is such an honor, and I’m crossing my fingers! Winners will be announced August 14th, 2016, and will be invited to attend the winner’s reception in Santa Barbara, California. As an independent […]

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Black Bead has Achieved Bestseller Status!

On January 11, 2016, I released Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles exclusively on Amazon. This second edition of my book – which was originally published several years ago – is the first in a five-book series that I’m publishing independently under the publishing imprint Wayword Press. After years of writing, editing, and […]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

What is this strange stuff called Sci-fi?

I read my first science fiction story when I was thirteen. It was seventh grade. Middle school. Middle school meant I now had access to the big kid’s library. I remember standing in the middle of this huge room (well it seemed huge, but then I had nothing to compare it to at the time) […]

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The Black Bead Chronicles — Reincarnated!

When I wrote Black Bead and published it the first time it was like watching your child leave home for the last time. So many emotions. Proud of what I had created. Sad that the experience was over. Amazed that I could do it at all, being a die­hard short story writer. Relieved that my muse would just […]

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