Monday, December 26, 2011

It's Out! Vixen is Out!

I'll write a little about why I changed the title of the new novel (and the typefaces on the cover) later on, but for now holycrapit'sinthekindlestore!

Ahem. Yes, well.

My new novel Vixen is now available for purchase from Amazon for the Kindle. We're getting error messages on Smashwords, trying to add a "ghost" profile for me under the White Raven Press account, so it's not available there yet, but it will be soon. It should also be available direct from the WRP website sometime in January, once the site overhaul is complete (I won't link there for now, since there's not much to look at).

The paperback will also be out next month. It's being formatted now. (Well, probably not right now, since it's early Boxing Day morning as I write this, but soon.)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review: The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands

Review: The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands
While it's classified simply as "fiction" on the cover, this book really should be "paranormal romance" (or at least "urban fantasy") to make it easier for fans to find. There are vampires and there is romance, and most readers of "general fiction" probably won't be all that interested. That said, it's a decent entry in the "para-rom" genre. The writing is competent, though not inspired, and doesn't get in the way of the story (except for a couple of grammatical and word use quirks that, while a bit odd, almost add to the interest). The set up--vampires are real, but based on technology rather than supernatural forces--is interesting if not wildly original, and the plot is compelling and well-constructed. It's the characters that make The Renegade Hunter worth reading despite its flaws, though. They're engaging and imperfect in just the right way.

Unless it's very obvious from the cover that a book is, say, the middle book of a trilogy, even a series novel ought to be able to stand on its own for a new reader. And The Renegade Hunter almost achieves that goal. The reason it does not quite qualify as a standalone is that there is information missing at both the beginning and the end which is probably due to the book being part of a series. If it's not for that reason, then there's a bigger problem here. Fortunately, it's only a small amount of information in both cases, and while it's definitely annoying, it isn't a big enough flaw to ruin the book. So first-time readers of the series shouldn't avoid it for that reason. There is enough that's good in this novel to make it worth the read.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Coming soon (once I finish writing it, that is) from White Raven Press:

Su just wants to sit in a dark corner for a quiet drink when she spots a newborn vampire across the bar. He's confused, and he's starting to draw attention to himself. And he's hot.

So Su decides to give him a few pointers. Then she realizes that the reason this baby vamp is wandering around without a protective escort is that she killed his parent vamp earlier that night.

Now Su feels responsible. A newborn vampire is helpless until he regains his memories and learns how to act like a vampire. Su knows enough about vamps to be able to teach him that. But Su has her own problems. She doesn't have much of a memory, either, and while she's not a vampire, she's not exactly human.

Su doesn't know what she is, and she doesn't have a kindly stranger in a bar to tell her.