Last chance for a signed, blue butterfly first edition

WWNNcopyI’ve been in contact with Nicola’s, my local store who offers signed copies of all the books. They have thirty first edition copies of THE WITCH WITH NO NAME left. These are the ones with the blue butterfly on them. Following editions have butterflies (and I’ll even sign them) , but only the first edition have colored in the text.

If you want one of these bad boys, pop on over to their page and snag it before they’re gone. International is okay, but it’s better to email Pat for a shipping quote first at


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Early heads up, I’m going to have a contest at the end of the month to celebrate the mass market of The Witch with No Name coming out. Get your camera’s ready, I need a picture for Peri’s freebie, and I’m coming to you guys for it. More info on the 28th. :-)


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Authors are like onions

We’ve got layers, just like ogres.

I’ve got lots going on right now, but nothing to share. The weekend was spent in a pleasant mix of casual tidying of the yard and some tweaks to the monarch project. I have now officially been around the house once in my spring tidy, getting the leaves that blew in over the winter and exposing the dirt to the sun, and there are about six bags of winter at the curb waiting to be taken to the city compost. Three holly were cut down almost in half of what they were to promote new growth from the bottom. I never liked how the nursery had woven the branches around themselves. That’s not how you’re supposed to do it. Maybe now they’ll grow properly. Put in a new pump for my Koi pond/bird bath. I’m amazed at what’s coming up. It’s been a most pleasant spring so far. But I don’t take anything for granted.

IMG_2740Inside, I tweaked my monarch, adding some of the white spots into the actual knitting instead of embroidering them on after. I like it better, but it must have done four wings in one day.

It’s interesting comparing rewriting to the process of tweaking a pattern. Both are labor intensive for a small, some might say insignificant change. But I see it, and sometimes, that’s all that matters.

Original Monarch:



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It’s in the wind

WindIt’s a rushing day, a windy day, a chase the recycle bins down the street day. A roaring in the bare trees day where the dogs hasten inside, spooked by the unseen push of a vengeful summer beating  winter’s ghosts out of the shadowed places.

I’m still with fatigue of a late hour turned into an early morning as I waited for sirens to warn me to earth, a call that never came, yet did its task regardless; a lifetime of knowing and reading the wind beats Jim Cantore.

Coffee will quicken the fingers and ease the pressure within my face, but the stillness inside will remain, an unrealized memory of what if.


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Ebook deals and logos

Okay, so I was doing the happy dance yesterday when I saw the cover of THE DRAFTER on someone else’s FB feed. Seems as if the ARCs are starting to go out. It might have been a manuscript with a pretty cover, but it looked ARC size from what I could tell. Made my day.

Opti logoI’ve been working this week with the freebies again. Peri’s phone is giving me issues. I thought it done, but no, an issue came up and I had to open my namby-pamby art program up again. It looks as if I’m going to be able to have these for SASEs, I’m so excited.

The tour shirts, however, are done, and I even have a bunch sent to my publisher for RT and then BEA  (Book Expo America in NY at the end of May) I won’t be at RT, but my editor will be, and I’ve heard rumors that she’s going to be giving away an ARC at her “what’s coming up next at Simon and Schuster/Gallery books” panel, and maybe one of those shirts. If I had been smart, I would have taken a picture of the shirt to show you, but no. I must have been distracted.

Soon as the tour cities come in, though, I’ll get the Drafter Tour shirts printed up and make them available. I’m putting the Opti logo on it. That I can show you. :-) If you look close, you can see the O, P, T, I in the design. The hourglass figure was a happy accident.

If you want more info, the cover blurb is at Amazon and B & N.

TUPhcCoverA reader clued me in that THE UNDEAD POOL is on sale today for Kindles for like 1.99, so I wanted to pass that on to you as well if you’re still catching up or you’re rounding out your library. The Undead Pool: Kindle

The mass market of THE WITCH WITH NO NAME is scheduled to be released at the end of this month, so be ready for the price drop there, too.




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Rob, rob, robin goes bob, bob, bobbin

For those of you who haven’t see one yet. . . .



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The Drafter to be translated into German

TDhcCoverI have some great news for my readers in Germany. Heyne, the publisher who has released the Hollows,  has picked up THE DRAFTER. I don’t know yet if it will be paperback or hard cover, or even when it’s scheduled, but they have the rights to publish, and I’ll let you know when I get a date. So a big THANK YOU!  to Heyne! I can’t wait to see the cover. :-) Also, if you live in New York, I’ll be there at the end of May for BEA. BEA is a closed meeting for publishers and booksellers, but they will open it to the public on Saturday, and I should still be there. More info as I get it.

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Third sign of spring

I hope everyone had a family filled holiday. Here in Michigan, we get a nice Easter, weather-wise, about every third year or so. This was one of the best in a long time. Absolutely wonderful. Knowing that the rest of the week is going to be wet, I puttered outside, tidying up my office garden in prep for the rain. My fall flowering clematis really likes where it is, and it outgrew my trellis, so I fussed with that most of the time, cutting back and tidying. It looks great, and there are leaf buds on it. The fall-flowering species flowers on new wood, so a severe haircut serves it well.

Crocus2015Bleeding hearts are coming up with a vengeance, and soon I won’t be able to see out the lower windows when they fill them up. Hellebores are in full bloom, and when I dropped into my home improvement store for a new pond pump, and gave Tim a scare when I started gasping at the plants in the now-open garden center. I bought a bulb garden for my dining table, but managed not to take anything home that needed to go into the ground. As beautiful as they are, it’s too soon yet to even put spring perennials in. There are places where the ground is still frozen if you try to dig; the earth is not warm through yet.

But the surface is, and my crocus are just starting their peak. Just yellow ones so far, but soon I should have white and purple.


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