Your Last Last Chance in 2014!!

I’m blatantly stealing an idea from a friend (what are friends for?):

You know those spam emails and notices you get that tell you it’s the last chance to donate for the year to get a tax deduction? Well, I’m playing off that idea (which, as I said I stole from my friend Jane Lebak) and announcing LOUDLY that this is your last chance to buy Sword’s Edge and Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck in either e-book, print, or both in the year 2014!


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Act now before it’s too late!

And if you buy before the New Year rings in, you’ll get great luck in 2015, win lotteries you didn’t even play, and confetti will rain on you every day!*



* Promises of good luck, lottery winnings, and confetti guaranteed by the same folks who bring you the wonderful rewards from spam mail and chain letters and posts. Void where prohibited by common sense. Not for use around animals and small children. Terms are subject to change without notice. Batteries not included. BHT added to preserve freshness. Use only as directed.




Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck (2nd print edition) now available!

Yes, yes, finally! After several years of only being available in e-book, DW: Beginners’ Luck is again available in print! A few stray typos were fixed, and a sentence or two polished for clarity, but the big difference is the gorgeous, brand-new cover by C.K. Volnek!

Check it out:
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If you haven’t gotten your print edition yet, now’s the time!

And if you want a signed copy, we can arrange that. Just contact me through my website or my FB Author Page.


Discussion on Point of View

My friend and fellow writer, Keanan Brand, has shared some excellent thoughts on POV. Well worth stealing!

Adventures In Fiction

Today, I answered a friend’s instant message containing questions from another friend regarding the use of third-person omniscient point of view:

Moving between different people’s thoughts (“head hopping” is the pejorative term for it) is the norm for 3rd person omniscient. More modern style calls for staying close to one character for a solid block of time. I guess there are two problems that can come up: 1) Abrupt, incoherent changes, like in the middle of a sentence. 2) Excessive switching, even when it is clear who is thinking.

I’m pretty sure the book doesn’t commit sin #1. Every change of character gets a new paragraph. I try to put any words, actions and thoughts for that character in the same paragraph. Thoughts are treated just like dialog, but internal.

The question is, do the places where it switches minds cause the narrative to lose effectiveness? Is it harder to…

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