This week’s reading list

I’ve been hitting the gym every day after lunch for an hour on the recumbent bicycle, going nowhere faster than a hamster on amphetamines. And the odd thing is, I look forward to  Hamster Time. Along with a good cardio workout (and, eventually, thinner thighs),  I get  an hour to read.  Here’s this week’s Hamster Time Titles.

Wisp of a ThingWisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe is the second book in his Tufa series. Read The Hum and the Shiver first. You don’t have to–Wisp is not a sequel and both stories stand alone just fine–but you’ll want to.  Trust me on this.  This series offers a fresh approach to fairy folklore, memorable characters, solid pacing, and very fine writing. Alex Bledsoe is now officially my favorite urban fantasy writer, bumping Charles de Lint down to second.  Yeah.  It’s that good.

 

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The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Hyder Kabani is an excellent, actionable approach to the topic.  Kabani not only knows her stuff, she updates it.  There’s a link to a continuously updated online ebook. This is a great idea, since so many books on related topics are out of date before they’re published.

 

Land of the Silver Dragon

Land of the Silver Dragon by Ayls Clare is the fifth novel in her Aelf Fen Mystery.  The mysteries themselves tend to be slight–in this book it’s almost non-existent–but Clare excels at creating a sense of time and place–the fens north of Cambridge, during the reign of William Rufus (the son of William the Conqueror.) Apprentice healer Lassair is an appealing first-person protagonist.  If you’re a fan of medieval-era historical fiction, this series is worth a look.

 

 

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Cthulhu Haiku 2

Cthulhu Haiju II coverBecause clearly, one book of Mythos-inspired poetry is not enough.

Poet and editor Lester Smith is a man with a mission. He believes that poetry should be a part of everyone’s life, an everyday occurrence rather than a rare event.  Popcorn, not caviar.  This is the reasoning behind Popcorn Press, a micro-press devoted to poetry and to stories that don’t necessarily fit conventional publishing lengths and genres. For several years, he has been publishing an annualHalloween poetry anthology. This year’s book is a little late in coming, due to Life, but it’s now available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com or throughout the Popcorn Press website.

In addition to haiku, Cthulhu Haiku 2 has other forms of poetry and several pieces of short fiction, including a story by Robert J. King, who is one of my all-time favorite authors of short fiction.

If you’d like to sample the contents, the Amazon.com ebook has the Look Inside! option.  Here’s a link. If you’re already convinced that you MUST HAVE this collection in particular or MUST SUPPORT Lester’s mission in general, some handy links follow.

Buy the Kindle ebook version

Buy the Paperback from Amazon.com

Buy the Paperback directly from Popcorn Press

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Dark and twisty fairy tales

The anthology By Faerie Light has an Amazon.com listing!  Actually, it has two, one for the trade paperback and one for a very nifty hardcover edition.

Contributors include Dave Gross,  Cat RamboEd Greenwood, Jennifer Brozek, James L. Sutter, Erin Hoffman, Shanna Germain, Jeffrey Scott Petersen, Christie Yant, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Torah Cottrill, Erik Scott de Bie, Andrew Romine, Amber E. Scott, Jaym Gates, and Nathan Crowder.

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New email address

I’ve been using a Cox.net email address for over a decade, but unfortunately the service has been getting increasingly unreliable and it’s past time to make a change. If you need to contact me, please note the new address on my  Contact page.

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Free fiction: Dead Men Tell No Tales

In celebration of Halloween, here’s my favorite ghost story, originally published in Sails & Sorcery by Fantasist Enterprises and currently available in my ebook short story collection, Just Keep Weaving.

Follow the link below to 18th century Newport, Rhode Island and a story of piracy, loyalty, and debts repaid.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

 

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Cthulhu Haiku II

For the last several years,  Popcorn Press has been releasing a collection of poetry around Halloween.  In addition to a Halloween Haiku anthology, editor Lester Smith has focused on vampires, zombies, and the Cthulhu Mythos.  This year’s theme is a return to Lovecraft-inspired haiku and short fiction.

I was very pleased to learn that three of my poems will be included in this volume.

Submissions are still being accepted. For more info, please follow this link.

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