Aaron Allston’s STRIKE FORCE

The first superhero RPG, Aaron Allston’s STRIKE FORCE, is being rebooted for the 21st century. Here’s the pitch for the Kickstarter, which launched today and is already about half funded.

One of the stretch goals is an anthology of short fiction. I’m delighted by the prospect of participating in this tribute to Aaron and the contribution he made to the fantasy genre.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page. 

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New flash fiction

Writing short fiction is a good way to experiment with new voices, styles, even genres.
“Plot Problems” is a little hard to classify, but let’s call it urban fantasy chick lit.  Very short, very frenetic, and lots of fun to write.
Plot ProblemsIt’s available free on the EGM Shorts feature of Evil Girlfriend Media, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite micro-press houses.

Here’s a link.


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WINTER WITCH is now an audio book

Winter Witch audible coverHere’s a link to audio version of Winter Witch, a Pathfinder Tales novel written with Dave Gross.

There’s an online sample, in case you’d like to hear the narrator’s voice and reading style.

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In celebration of the season, here’s a poem that was published in Lester Smith’s 2014 anthology Halloween Haiku II.


Do come in, my dear. I suppose the light has faded?
Ah, well. What can’t be cured must be endured.
We’ll wait together.
Tea? I suppose there’s some hereabouts.
No, not the kitchen!
Well, yes–that is the logical place for it.
But we don’t go into that room.
At least, not at this hour.

We’re not alone here, you see.

Oh, it’s nothing to fret over.
Sometimes, just out of the corner of my eye,
I see these shadows–strange, shining things.
And sometimes, quite unexpectedly,
I find myself moving through a warm spot
Full of all these feelings–so busy, so loud.
So alive.

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The Road Not Taken, revisited

Here’s an interesting article about Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken:”

The famous Robert Frost poem we’ve read wrong forever

I memorized this poem in 8th grade, and even back then I caught the wry, self-deprecating tone of the last two lines. My father was given to shoulda-coulda-woulda revisionism, so by an early age I’d absorbed the habit of reflecting upon mighta-beens and mentally editing my life. This was a familiar concept, and it seemed to me that Frost nailed it in a sly, sideways fashion. Also, Frost had a pitch-black sense of humor that appealed to me, and I read his poetry attuned to that vibe.

The story of the British poet, however, adds an interesting new dimension.

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“Maintenance” illustration and link

Some people will do anything to stay young.  This isn’t that kind of story.

Read now

Maintenance illo

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Free short fiction

Small press publishing companies are popping up all over these days. Once of my recent favorites is Evil Girlfriend Media, which has a beautifully designed website (suitably evil) and a great feature:  They publish free flash fiction several times a month. The entire archive is available on the EGM Shorts page.  If you like very short fiction and are in the mood for a quick story fix, you’ll find a rather wide variety of speculative fiction.

“Maintenance” will be online this Thursday, July 9.  It’s a story I wrote during my mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, and it addresses the complications that come with love, memory, and aging.  Long-time readers will recognize a familiar theme in the story twist.

I’ll post a link to the story when it’s online.  Hope you enjoy the story!

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Happy Book Birthday to Dave Gross!

Lord-of-RunesThe latest adventure of Radovan and the Count–who imo are hands-down the best characters in the Pathfinder setting–goes on sale today.

This is the first Pathfinder book to be published by Tor. It’s in trade paperback with gorgeous cover art, and the ebook is available through Kindle. All in all, this is a big BIG step forward for Pathfinder Tales.

Here’s a link to Dave’s blog with more information about the book, details about his Reddit chat tomorrow, and an interview with the cover artist.

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Champions of Aetaltis Kickstarter

ChampAetaltis-Promo1200x1200The crowd-funding campaign for the Champions of Aetaltis anthology is off to a good start!  With 31 days yet to go, it’s over 40% funded.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page.

I’m excited about this project, and delighted to be in such excellent company: Michael Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, Cat Rambo, Dave Gross, Richard Lee Byers, and Erin Evans are among the authors who’ll be contributing tales.

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I’m headed for Aetaltis. Want to come with?

Cover, Heroes of ThornwallHappy Book Birthday to Marc Tassin and the Heroes of Thornwall!

This is his first adventure set in Aetaltis, a Pathfinder-compatible RPG setting. It’s classic sword and sorcery, done very well.

Here’s a press release with more info.


This is a beautiful book. The art is striking, and fantasy cartography doesn’t get much better than this:

Thornwall mapGreenbriarTavern Map

Champions of Aetaltis

And fiction is not far behind!

On May 11th, Marc is launching a Kickstarter to fund an anthology of tales set in Aetaltis.  If you’ve read shared-world fantasy, you’ve probably heard of some of the contributors:  Richard Lee Byers, Larry Correia, Erin Evans, David Farland, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, John Helfers, Steve Long, Mel Odom, Jean Rabe, Cat Rambo, Aaron Rosenberg, Lucy Snyder, Beth Vaughan, and Bill Willingham.

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