Zephy Baby

I’ve not mentioned it before, but until recently, we owned a horse. Or, perhaps, Zephyr (meaning a gentle wind from the west) owned us. Either way, we were together for almost ten years. We got her from a rescue farm that, in turn, bought horses from a premarin farm in Canada. Premarin farms are (or […]

Something New

For Opalesscence. A Goodreads Book Giveaway. While I have given away e-book versions of O before , this will be the first time I’ve done so with paperback* copies. Thus you might say it’s a bit of an experiment. Starting today, July 15, and running for one month to August 15, I am giving away […]

Opalescence: a Top Read for 2016.

Some good news re: Opalescence. I am not one to loudly trumpet my successes (few and far between though they are). However, in this case, not mentioning the following I think would be counter-productive (perhaps because they are so few and far between). If you’ve clicked on the Library Journal icon on this blog you’ve […]

Step Right Up!

If I haven’t totally botched this (always a possibility*). To my millions 😉 of loyal followers (okay, hundreds), a Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Soyal, Bodhi day, Yule, Pancha Ganapati, Shab-e Yaldā, Malkh-Festival, Chinese New Year, Omisoka, Newtonmas, Hogmanay and Humbug day (and any I might have left out by accident) gift. For a five day only […]

Primal Urges

Hmm. Someone has compiled a rather long list of prehistoric fiction novels (1,378 titles!). For you trivia buffs, before Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs came along, there was James De Mille. His 1888 story, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, is supposedly the oldest published dinosaur novel*. Anyway, I’m wondering if […]

Remembering Ruddy

I had him for 15 1/2 years. One of nine he was, at two months he was a pup the size of a cat. He thought that when I looked him and his siblings over there at the pound that I’d choose another, so he stayed in the back, looking forlorn. And so I chose […]

Library Journal!

I applied to Library Journal and BiblioBoard’s Self-e program to make the e-book version of Opalescence available to participating libraries sometime back. Following is part of an email I received a couple of days ago. “Congratulations-your book, Opalescence, has been accepted into Library Journal’s curated SELF-e collections! As your book is a featured selection we […]

Reviewing Reviewers

Well, here’s a subject that is sensitive to every writer. Reviews. When they are good, we are thrilled. But when negative, not so much. No novel writer, of course, wants to think that his/her Great Work Of Art, as they see it, is not universally loved. He/she spent untold hours (many of us anyway) trying […]