Digging in the Dirt

Although unable to do much anymore due to arthritis, I love gardening. Quite a bit of my muse used to happen when on my knees planting, weeding, deadheading: story arcs, character reveals, not to mention my protagonist Tam’s love of gardening is directly mine.

My gardens and flower beds are vastly reduced these days, but I still love to look out and see the spirea, miscanthus, joe pye weed, sedum spectabile, liriope, ajuga, plus I still have rosemary, thyme, comfrey, chives, lemon balm, chocolate mint, and more. I can’t keep up with the weeding anymore, but I do what I can. And I’m never happier than when outside among my plants.

This photo was taken earlier this year.I had overdone it trying to weed, but I think it looks fairly nice.

garden at the back fence

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Not Good

(before the events of Sword’s Edge)

Marcalan laughed as he strode next to Haladhon, his cousin and a chief of their clan. Beneath the jesting and storytelling, Marcalan kept alert, as did his cousin, hoping to cross the ring of roadway bandits plaguing this area. Dressed not as Rangers but in commoner attire, they appeared as a couple of ordinary wayfarers.

His eyes scanned the woods along the edge of the road. “So, did you make scarce before the innkeeper could pitch you out on your ear?”

“Me? Tossed out of a pub? Cousin!” Haladhon looked properly indignant. “She did chase me with a broom, but I managed to fend her off with a wink and a kiss.”

“Stars, cousin, how do you always escape unscathed?”

Haladhon’s eyes twinkled. “Need you ask?”

Marcalan shook his head with a sigh—a tingle of something awry halted him, and he threw an arm out in front of Haladhon. Six men armed with swords leaped from the bushes. The two Rangers drew their own blades as the men ran toward them.

“Oh, this is not good,” Marcalan muttered.

“What gave you that notion, Mar?” Haladhon asked.

Marcalan parried one man’s attack, sidestepped the second’s, swung his blade through to go back to the first, then answered, “It was just a thought.” He kicked at the third man attacking him, and although his aim was off, hitting the man’s arm instead of his gut, it did well as the man dropped his sword to grab the arm, yelling in pain.

He backstepped the first man, and said to Haladhon, “I could be wrong, however.” He came in with a downward diagonal attack successfully, cutting the man’s sword arm deeply, then turned to the second man as he heard Haladhon reply, “You often are.”

“You think so?” Marcalan sidestepped, striking his opponent across the shoulder. The man fell with a cry, and he turned to face the third man who had retrieved his sword. Marcalan’s quick lunge unbalanced the man, and Marcalan disarmed him easily. He held his sword to the man’s throat as he watched Haladhon finish his last opponent.

As the man fell, Haladhon turned, lowering his sword.

“Aye. See you what I mean? Six men down, and our mission to find the men who had been robbing travelers is over that quickly. Now how is that not good?”

“I stand corrected.” Marcalan inclined his head in lieu of a bow, never taking his sword away from his man’s throat.

“However…” Haladhon looked around thoughtfully for a few moments. “I do see a problem.”

“What?”

“We have to escort these men, some of them wounded, almost a full day’s journey before handing them over.”

Marcalan groaned. “See, I told you it was not good.”

 

END

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Deuces Wild – The Space Romp You’ve Been Waiting For!

I have recently read several articles or posts from people who are tired of the overly serious, dark, dystopian science fiction that seems to dominate the scene right now.

If you’re tired of DDSF, why not try my Deuces Wild series? It’s adventurous, and yes, has some desperate moments, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

From the forward of the first book, Beginners’ Luck:

“There is something intriguing about the prospect of throwing two different temperaments together and watching the sparks fly. Especially when one party is a rigorously meticulous death-dealer, and the other is a happy-go-lucky life-giver.

In Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, we get to see the beginning of a classic, literary friendship. Two diametrically opposed personalities work together to forge their uneasy bond, thrown together by cruelty, circumstance, and sealed by something as old-school as “honor.”

Author L. S. King gives us a series which combines the best Western vibe of Butch and Sundance with the space-faring vigor of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. This is a new series whose elements feel familiar, but whose treatment is entirely fresh.”

Johne Cook
Editor, Ray Gun Revival magazine

And endorsements for Stacking the Deck show the second book keeps the same spirit:

“Recommended reading to all lovers of space opera, science fiction, and unlikely buddies saving the universe.”
Keanan Brand

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. …you probably won’t put it down until you finish.”
Lou Antonelli

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”
Mike Resnick

So what are you waiting for? The Deuces Wild books are available in print or in e-book format.

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Dover Comic Con 2017 Was the Best Yet!

Arise, arise, Fandoms of Comic Con!
Fun deeds awake: LARP and laughter!
pics shall be taken, bling shall be gotten,
a geek-day, a hot day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride now to Dover!
(with profound apologies to Prof. Tolkien)

Yesterday was the most amazing Dover Comic Con yet!
I saw many friends and there were some I looked for but didn’t find, although I know they were there: Everett De Morier, Liz DeJesus, Kristen L Corbett, Will Hahn, Jason Mears, Kerri Hollyday, James Dufendach, Frank Dawson Jr, Christy Shaffer, and Becky Palmer. (Especially Liz DeJesus, who helped me set up, and came by just to see if I was okay later on. Hugs, my friend!)
If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sorry, but I came home and collapsed almost immediately and slept for over twelve hours straight. I’m still not totally awake and coherent.

The panel on “What an Editor Wants” was fun – lots of folks showed up. I hope I didn’t frighten them, because that wasn’t my intent. But the business is so cutthroat, I wanted to emphasize that you must be on your best game, and be as professional as possible. Will Hahn co-hosted with me, and I think he un-scared them after I got finished terrorizing them.

I’m uploading the cosplay photos to my FB author page, and I apologize because I didn’t get lots of pics because my booth was so busy!

Folks constantly stopped, asking about my books – I didn’t have to do any hawking, which is great because I’m lousy at it. LOL
I had some few run up with gasps or squeals and saying, “Is that book two?” about Deuces Wild: Stacking the Deck (one man marched over, picked up Stacking the Deck and held it high, and huffed, “FINALLY!”  I told him book three was already being written, to which he replied, “Good!”), and others who were groaning because the sequel to Sword’s Edge wasn’t yet released. I made sure they either took a business card or took advantage of the QR code for my website so they could keep up with news about the release of the sequel.
A few even slowed walking past and called out to the effect of, “I have her books, they’re great! Can’t wait for more!” as folks were huddled at my booth.
It’s a strange but fantastic feeling to know you’re an author with fans, and that they’re eagerly awaiting more stories!

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Dover Comic Con Is Almost Upon Us!

It’s less than a week until the Dover Comic Con, and I’m getting excited! Cosplay, spending the day with My People, geeking out about geeking – I cannot wait!!!

Since it’s so close to the Con, I thought I’d do a little self-promotion. I don’t do this well. But it’s part and parcel of being an author, so I sorta have to if I want my stories read. And I do want my stories read! Makes sense, eh?

If you haven’t yet gotten Sword’s Edge, now is the time to buy it, so you can be ready to read the sequel – and no, it’s not published, but it’s close! The sequel is finished, it’s just techy/business/marketing stuff at this point. But soooooon!
And it’s called Children of the Enaisi. Remember that. Soon. Honest. Very soon!

And what are these two books about, you ask? They’re all about swords, capes, and fun medieval-ish culture, but no, there’s no magic. Not what we would call magic, although some of the people on that world might. It’s forgotten ancient technology, and it’s being rediscovered.

From the review by the TLC Librarian: “King creates wonderful characters, unfolding them naturally… [She] weaves science fiction with the setting and atmosphere of the medieval period in a way that is believable and thrilling. From swords and candles to artificial light and automatic doors, she makes it all fit together. Sword’s Edge is another triumph for Lee King. I’m already asking for the sequel.”

And if you come to the Con, you can buy Sword’s Edge, and get it signed by the crazy dame that wrote it! 🙂

And about my other series, Deuces Wild – there are two novels published in that series. Beginners’ Luck and Stacking the Deck.
Cowboys and space pirates; lassos, horses, and ray guns; ranchers and galactic governments; and all with lots of swashbuckling and just plain fun.
Don’t take my word for it:

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. …you probably won’t put it down until you finish.”
Lou Antonelli

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”
Mike Resnick

So there you have it!

And again, if you don’t have the books, you can pick them up at Dover Comic Con this coming Saturday, 19 August, 2017, at booth #52.
I’ll be there.
With bells on!

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