Holding your own book in your hands – wow!

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles started from a dream I had in about 1985. It slowly grew in my head, and finally I caved and began writing it in the late 90s. Many of the stories and subplots have changed over time (the overarching major plot that encompassed many years was tossed into the midden when a Ranger I had never thought of or planned for swaggered in with a wink and grin and took over the whole bloody thing), but still, I have read and worked and polished the stories for a very long time.

And Children of the Enaisi is no exception. But as many times as I’ve read it, I never read it as a book. Since it’s been published, I’ve been floating around, as happy as a mother with a newborn who goes around bragging and showing it off. I’m sure all my friends are tired of it by now.

But I did something today I hadn’t done yet, even though I’ve had the print edition in my possession for some days: I sat down and read it, well, not all of it, but parts of it. It’s a heady experience to see the story you’ve sweated over for years and lost sleep over, and mulled and rewritten, and polished, and re-polished finally in your hands.

For my writing friends: what emotions did you feel when you finally held your book or books in your hands, and read them – this time as a published book, not just a manuscript?



Children of the Enaisi stands alone, but don’t neglect the rest of the series!

In case you missed it, the second book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is available in e-book!

Two authors whose work I enjoy have endorsed it:

Children of the Enaisi“This is an excellent book indeed. The characters are soundly crafted, and I soon found myself pulling for the protagonists and roundly cursing the villains. The society is complex and intriguing; the action scenes are detailed and well described. I look forward to reading the rest of this fine series.”
  – P.M. Griffin

“Children of the Enaisi has a beautiful high concept with a mysterious past of lost technology and ancient secrets. A fresh new take on Rangers that fans of classic pulp fantasy will love.”
  – Jon Del Arroz


Don’t worry, Children of the Enaisi is a stand-alone novel. However, don’t dismiss the first book, Sword’s Edge. It’s a fun tale as well, with a coming-of-age story, a siege, daring rescues, and more than a bit of humor.

But wait! There’s more!

There are freebies in the series. An anthology of three short stories entitled Alcandhor awaits you, as well as a fun snippet called “Not Good.”

All are available on the Sword’s Edge Chronicles page of my website.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!


Children of the Enaisi – available in e-book! I’m sooooo excited!!!

The long anticipated sequel to Sword’s Edge is finally out. Sort of . It’s available in e-book at the moment, and within a few days, the print version should be ready as well.

Yes, you read correctly! Children of the Enaisi is now available!

Check it out, as well as the two free stories also available for download in The Sword’s Edge Chronicles.

(If you like having the print edition, but would also like the e-book, you can save a few dollars by waiting for the print book, and then getting the e-book using Kindle MatchBook.)

Children of the Enaisi


Why I’m Indie

No, I wasn’t published through one of the Big Boys of publishing. I’m good enough. I won’t say I’m a great writer, but good enough, at least, especially considering some books I’ve read that have been published by the Big Boys. So why didn’t I go through one of them? Because I tried. They can say they want new talent, but what they’re saying is they want the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. Unknowns are a big gamble.

And most of the Big Boys won’t accept unsolicited queries or submissions. You must go through an agent. I nearly had an agent twice. I had the contract, but then, each time, they changed their minds. I even nearly had a publisher, but they changed their minds too.

This went on for close to fifteen years. But then two things helped me decide to go indie.

One was when my husband got cancer. It showed me that you just never know (which is part of number two, actually). He wanted to see me publish my books. Sure, I had one published already – Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, but through no fault of the owner, that company had problems and closed. I pulled back the rights and published it myself.

But did I want to do that with “my” book? The one I’d been sitting on and writing and world-building and doing the history for since the mid-80s? I wanted that one to be published by one of the Big Boys. I really did. But I wanted my husband to see Sword’s Edge published, because he loved—no, he adored me, and he wanted to see my dream fulfilled.

Two was related to number one. I’m not young. I’m an experienced writer and editor. I wanted to be able to share my stories before I died, and who knows when that might be? I could get hit by a truck tomorrow. And I remember some lines of a Pink Floyd song:

You run and you run
To catch up with the sun,
But it’s sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way
But you’re older,
Shorter of breath,
and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter,
Never seem to find the time,
Plans that either come to naught,
Or half a page of scribbled lines.

I.  Did.  Not.  Want.  That.  To.  Be.  Me.

So I went indie. I’m not Rich and Famous™, or on the NYTimes Bestseller list. But my stories are getting out there. People can read them. They like them. I get emails and messages saying they love this character or that one, and whyyyy did that have to happen, and when is the next book coming out?

I don’t think if I had a choice I’d change a thing.