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Authors of Mass Destruction Podcast

Thanks to a mention on the Writer’s ​Detective Bureau podcast, I’ve added yet another podcast to my research​ playlist. It’s called Authors of Mass Destruction​ and is hosted by national security expert ​Dr. Natasha Bajema​. ​As anyone who has read WAR: Disruption will remember, I mention a new weapon of mass destruction in the book. I’m […]

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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

For the month of July, Smashwords is holding their annual Summer/Winter sale. All of my books, except for Vengeance, which is free, and Undercover, which is $0.99, are 50% off.  Here’s the link to my Smashwords page. Scroll down to see my books and the promotional pricing. The sale ends July 31st. Enjoy! Share0 Tweet0

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The Creepy Crawly Earring

One evening not too long ago, I turned my head and noticed an irregular shadow underneath my chest of drawers. I could tell from the shape that it wasn’t a spider. But I had no idea what kind of insect would have that sort of wiggly, oval shape. Some kind of beetle? I prepared to get […]

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July Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The July edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, July 4th. It includes a new, exclusive short story called “An SSU Fourth of July.” If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on your Promotions tab. If my […]

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Independence Day Musings

Tomorrow, July 4th, is Independence Day here in the United States. For the past several years, National Public Radio has had their hosts take turns reading out loud lines from the Declaration of Independence. Hearing this always brings home to me the meaning of the holiday, despite it sometimes being lost underneath barbecues and fireworks. This year, […]

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Choosing the Right Font

I’m in the process of re-formatting my books for print. I’m using a different software and unfortunately, it doesn’t allow me to import the font that I licensed for my current print books. So I’m trying to decide which of the fonts offered by this software will best suit my books. I want the font […]

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How Many Spiders?

Question: How many baby spiders does a momma spider have? Answer: Waaay too many! Yeah, tonight’s drama involved lots of baby spiders emerging from behind the splashboard of my kitchen sink. I found them crawling in the sink, on the counter, and on the windowsill. The momma was on the ceiling. Let’s just say that this is another […]

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June Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The June edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, June 6th. It contained my latest list of funny typos. If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on your Promotions tab. If my emails are consistently ending up […]

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Getting the Facts Straight – Police and Crime

I just discovered a new podcast aimed at helping writers get the facts straight when writing about the police. It’s called Writer’s Detective Bureau and is hosted by Adam Richardson, a police detective in California.  Although I don’t specifically write crime fiction, I never know when one of my characters might have a run-in with […]

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Diving Universe Kickstarter

I love the Diving Universe novels by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. They’re science fiction, but heavier on the adventure than on hardcore science. So they could probably also be classified as space opera. At the core, the books are about a woman who “dives” space wrecks much as scuba divers here on Earth might dive the wrecks […]

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