This is a first! *author faints*

While scrolling through FB, I saw a lovely shot of a woman relaxing in her back garden reading a book.

Then I did a doubletake: It was one of my books!

Stephanie_McGee DW

If this keeps up, I might actually consider myself enough of an author to have Imposter Syndrome! 😉

(BTW, the ebook version of the novel she’s reading, Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, is still on sale for $0.99!)

Yeehaw!

Deuces Wild is going wild!

Slap and Tristan get caught in the middle of a war between a galactic government and planetary gods, and Tristan’s past catches up with him in more ways than one in Raises the Stakes, book three of the Deuces Wild series.

And hey, if you haven’t read the series yet, might I suggest backing up and starting with book one, Beginners’ Luck?
Take a gander:

https://www.loriendil.com/DW.php

The print and all the ebook options for all three books in the series are listed on the website page above!

#spaceopera
#sciencefiction

Mourning Nichelle Nichols, but Pressing On

I am beyond saddened by Nichelle Nichols’ passing. I met her back in the day when I went to Star Trek Conventions (dressed as a green Orion slave girl), and she was the most amazing and gracious woman I think I ever met! She had an air about her that was regal. Her kindness I will never forget, or the way she gently chided David Gerrold when he snubbed me during a Q&A session.
She impacted me so much, I named a daughter after her. 
I can’t say much else except she has left a supernova-sized hole in the universe.

sigh 😢

I guess I should try to bring up the tone, eh?

I hope whatever is going on in your life is positive and not negative. Good news is always welcome, so feel free to share if you wish. Hey, we can all use some uplifting, right?

And I do have good news of my own: the release date is getting closer!
Yes, 15 August is not that far off. Have you pre-ordered Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes yet?

Here is the Amazon preorder page:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B6KWK2QW?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420

If you wish more preorder options (such as Apple, Google, or Kobo), or if you wish to get the first two books in the series to catch up beforehand, here you go:
https://www.loriendil.com/DW.php

What is the book about, you ask? Glad you did!

Who are these beings that protect certain planets?
Non-corporeal aliens or something more?
Are they…gods?

The Confederation is bent on expansion—
The rest of the galaxy calls it conquest.

And the planetary gods are fighting back.

Slap and Tristan are not only caught in the middle of this war, but old enemies still dog Tristan’s trail, plotting his demise along with crooked cops, space pirates, and local thugs.

As if that’s not enough trouble, a gorgeous, gun-toting old friend arrives, and she causes distraction at the worst possible time.

Can Slap and Tristan navigate all the danger and succeed in their mission to stop the Confeds?

= = =

AND!
I have found a few sales and freebies for you!

The ebook Molting of a Queen, a sci-fi novella by Peter J. Foote is on sale for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09D59JWTL

Jeannette Bedard’s Fractured Orbits ebook is also on sale for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09MJNT9LC/

A prequel to the Patriot Files series, Dwayne Trapper’s Holstein Hijack is FREE!
https://readerbarn.com/shop/holstein-hijack/

The ebook Through Stranger Eyes, a cyberpunk thriller by Chris Sarantopoulos is on sale for $0.99.
https://mybook.to/stranger_eyes

That’s all for now. Until next time – be seeing you!

🤠  🚀 

Deuces Wild Cover Real—AND!!!

Yes! There it is! The cover for book three of the Deuces Wild series: Raising the Stakes.

And guess what else?

Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes is now available for preorder!

Slap and Tristan are back! And they get caught in the middle of a war between a galactic government and planetary gods, not to mention Tristan’s past catches up with him in more ways than one.

More info available here.

Yeehaw!

🤠

Author almost ready to reveal the cover of Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes!

Are you ready for the cover reveal for the third book of the Deuces Wild series?

Yes, you heard right! Slap and Tristan are back with more adventures in Deuces Wild: Raising the Stakes!

No I am not revealing the cover right now, but here is the back cover blurb:

Who are these beings that protect certain planets?
Non-corporeal aliens or something more?
Are they…gods?

The Confederation is bent on expansion—
The rest of the galaxy calls it conquest.

And the planetary gods are fighting back.

Slap and Tristan are not only caught in the middle of this war, but old enemies still dog Tristan’s trail, plotting his demise along with crooked cops, space pirates, and local thugs.

As if that’s not enough trouble, a gorgeous, gun-toting old friend arrives, and she causes distraction at the worst possible time.

Can Slap and Tristan navigate all the danger and succeed in their mission to stop the Confeds?

Drum roll starting—I will be revealing the cover “soon” (such a strange word ‘soon,’ it could mean anything).

Hang on, my good and dear readers!

🙂

Favorite Word – 26 February 2022

Ages ago, I read a book by Philip K. Dick entitled Ubik. Great story; it will twist your mind into knots! Highly recommended!

It also taught me this fantastic word:

ubiquitous

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 19 February 2022

I hadn’t thought of this lovely word in several years, until rereading a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold a few weeks ago.
So here ya go!

adduce

adduce

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 12 February 2022

The reason that this week’s word is a favorite might seem a bit…strange. It’s because of embarrassment. Like many readers, I often don’t know how to pronounce a word I have learned through reading.

So it is with this word.

dishevel

My pronunciation seemed to make sense to me. We have dis-hearten, dis-honor, dis-harmony, so it should be dis-hevel, right? Well, at least when you’re a kid.
But nooooo.
It’s di-shevel.

GQ_JustNotFair

Do you know how long it took before my brain could remap itself?
I’ll let you know.

😎

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 5 February 2022

You wouldn’t think this would be one of my favorite words, although you might well ask what makes a word a favorite word.

Good question. Sometimes it’s the meaning or maybe the scrumptiousness of the word’s sound as it rolls over my tongue.
Sometimes it’s something as fun as finding out it’s not as well known a word as I thought, which makes it stand out to me.

Today’s word falls into that category. I had no idea until I used this in stories and had folks come back and ask what it was that perhaps it wasn’t quite as well known as I thought.

settee

I looked for a photo, but there are so many different kinds that it was hard to choose, but finally I picked one:

settee

If you enjoy looking at furniture styles, you can see sooo many different types of settees. Just type settee into a search engine, go to images, and have fun!

😎

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎