Sword’s Edge: “…a dang good yarn”

Oh boy! A new review for Sword’s Edge!


What a blast!

Sword’s Edge is a science fiction tale that reads like a fantasy, full of interesting characters, humor, surprises, and all the good guys and villains your could want, with journeys and battles and discoveries and the promise of more to come. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Tam and her rowdy Ranger relatives.

And, wow, are there a lot of them! To be honest, I lost track sometimes, but because King has constructed their names in such a way that readers know, “Oh, yeah, he must be one of the Ranger clan” or “He’s one of the lords,” she never loses us. As long as I can trust the author to know what’s going on and who’s who, I don’t need to remember every last detail about every character. I can just relax and go along for the ride.

And what a fun ride it is! My favorite characters are Haladhon and Marcalan. They’re the clan clowns, but don’t be mistaken by their smiles — these guys are deadly, too.

Recommended reading for anyone who loves science fiction, fantasy, or a dang good yarn.


Dover Comic Con 2014

Dover Comic Con was fantastic! When I walked in the door, I saw this sign:

Dover Comic Con










I nearly cried! Oh joy!

We continued to the Artists’ Alley to set up our table. Imagine – I’m officially at a table, selling my SF books, at a Comic Con! Oh joy!² Not long after we finished settling in, the doors officially opened.

I saw Jayne Cobb first off. He didn’t have Vera with him, which was sad. As we were setting up, my son pointed out Edward Elric was there (but I didn’t see Al). A few stormtroopers strode by, and bit later I saw a Jawa. The 4th Doctor came in and set up a table right across from me (OMG!). There were several steampunkers there – it made me think of Clara from The Guild. An “Attack from Titan” mob infiltrated the Con soon after, as well as a Tusken Raider. There were also lots of Batmans (Batmen?) there. Oh have I ever mentioned how cool my pastor is? Well, let’s just say, how many folks can say they saw their pastor at Comic Com? *grin*

I have to say, there are so many fandoms now, I couldn’t recognize many of them. There were several animes that I know by sight, but don’t know by name. (I was kinda hoping I’d see L there, but one can’t have everything.)


Oh, and guess who I saw? Boba Fett.BobaFett










Mewith4and10The 10th Doctor sauntered in and talked with the 4th Doctor. At that point I pulled them out to the TARDIS to get a photo with them.










Mewith11Then the 11th Doctor showed up so I grabbed his arm and dragged *him* to the TARDIS for a pic as well.









StormtrooperinTARDISAaand this I saw this, which left me very confused. Can we say crossover? LOL










GhstbustersAnd lookee this: a ghostbuster and a steampunk ghostbuster!










Okay, there’s tons I’m missing or forgetting off the top of my head, but I’m done in for the day. Let’s just say I found my people. And it was good!

Dover Comic Con

Are you ready for the first ever Dover Comic Con?
Yes, it’s tomorrow – Saturday, 16 August 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come meet your favorite Star Wars characters, join the  Delaware Anime Society in the Anime Video Room, stop by and meet the Philadelphia Ghostbusters, have your photo taken in a life-size TARDIS, participate in the costume contest, get tickets for the Fandom Dance (which will be after the Con from 5 to 7 p.m.), get your game on in the gaming rooms, and most importantly, check out the talented folks in the Artists’ Alley – including me!!

Comic Con Program (pdf)

See you there!  🙂

Ed Robertson: Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

This is so good, that I’m posting David Gaughran’s repost of Ed Robertson’s guest post where he highlights interesting parallels between historical paperback pricing (pre-industry consolidation) and self-published e-books.


“If indies have killed anything, it’s the idea that books need to cost as much as they do.”


“My Writing Process” blog tour

I was tagged by my good and dear writing friend Shannon McNear for a “My Writing Process” blog tour. She had been tagged by our friend Donita K. Paul, who was tagged by author Cheryl McKay, who was tagged by Rene Gutteridge, who was tagged by “Mom’s Night Out” screenwriter Andrea Nasfell, who had also tagged Cory Edwards, the screenwriter/director behind the fun, hilarious animated film “Hoodwinked” who tossed the dog that worried the cat that chased the rat that ate the cheese that – er sorry, that bit got away from me there.
Anyway, on to the questions!

1) Who are you?

Well, it depends on the day of the week, and also which planet I’m on, but mostly I’m an Overlord on a quest for galactic domination. Muahahahahahaaaaaaa! Never fear though – I’m currently on hiatus, as is the e-zine for which I’m an Overlord: Ray Gun Revival.

However, when on this planet, my mild-mannered alter ego is a wife, a mom, a homeschooler, a grandma, mummy to an adorable chihuahua, a retired martial artist, a gymnastics coach, a hippy, a gardener, and a lover capes and swords. And purple: got a thing for purple.
Oh, did I mention capes?

2) What are you working on?

I have three active works in progress. Book two of my Deuces Wild series, which is a western-in-space romp, and has no capes in it. Dang. I will have to try to work some in somehow. Hm…  (due date: October-ish*)

Also, the sequel to Sword’s Edge, a sword-and-planet science fiction novel, and it does have capes – well, cloaks, same difference: they swoosh! (due date: January-ish*)

Not that I’m an overachiever, but in addition, I have a prequel to Sword’s Edge which takes place one thousand years beforehand and has lots more of an overt science fiction element to it. And, no I haven’t found a place to put capes in it, but I’m working on it. (due date: November-ish*)

* subject to the fickleness and rudeness of Real Life™

3) How does your work differ from others of its genre?

My work has capes. Lots of capes. Besides that, well, other than the television show Firefly (and movie Serenity), I don’t know of tons of space opera with a western element to it. Have I missed lots of stuff that I’d love to read? If so, let me know, please!

Also, I really am not aware of lots of medieval meets high-tech stories like mine. The closest I can come to it is the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey – which if you haven’t read them, why not? And no, I am not comparing myself or my writings to the great Anne McCaffrey, that takes hubris beyond anything even I can imagine!

And again, I could be missing tons of stories that have a medieval meets high-tech vibe, so if I have, let me know. I only have enough on my To Be Read pile for about three millennia, so I’m always looking for more!

4) Why do you write what you do?

Because the voices in my head won’t shut up!

And I’ve always wanted to explore other planets, and since that’s just not possible, I do the next best thing: create other worlds so I can visit them. But empty planets would be boring, so I have to put lots of iiiinteresting (said in my best Bugs Bunny the Beautician voice) people on them. Oh my, yes, so many iiiinteresting people!

5) How does your writing process work?

Most of my stories have come from dreams. Literally. I will have a great dream and when I wake up, I start writing. Many times to finish the interrupted dream because dagnabbit, I want to know how that dream ended!

I generally get an overview of a story – the overall story arc – in my head, and a scene or two that are vivid (from a dream, or daydream, or some scathingly brilliant idea), and I fill in the gaps from there as if I were a reporter, following my iiiinteresting people around and chronicling the events. Sort of. Well, more or less; it’s hard to control such iiiinteresting people. At times I have to go back and rewrite to force my characters to make different decisions so they don’t totally mess up my story arc.

One still managed it however. He was to be a Tasha Yar – a red shirt (yes, I know she really didn’t wear a red shirt, because hey, that would be too obvious) who became dear to my readers then was slated to die. Instead he totally changed the story arc not just of one book but of the whole blinkin’ series! And he refuses to die. And another character has threatened to refuse to cooperate if he does die. Does anyone else have their characters extort them?

Right now, I get very little writing time, so naturally I’ve given myself three deadlines in a short time span. An author friend has stated that writers are masochists. I agree. I tend to grab writing time when I can between lots of very rude Real Life™ interruptions. But I work best with deadlines, so there you go.

Okay, my job now is to tag two other people. It was hard narrowing it down, but here I go:
Jane Lebak