Six Sentence Sunday ….

This is a nifty promotional thingy, so I thought I’d play. Find all the participants here: http://www.sixsunday.com/ My six sentences are from Infected: Life After Death, the latest book. ******* As Roan grasped his upper arm firmly, trying to staunch the flow of blood, he wondered how he‟d gotten himself into this mess. Maybe the problem was this was another male lion, one not inclined to fold, but also, he could smell illness coming off of it—it wasn‟t right in body or mind, and therefore it was not assessing threats correctly. The panicky people didn‟t help either; their fear was sharp in the air, and it was making Roan salivate just as much as the lion growling in the alley. “Roan—” Dylan asked pleadingly, visible in his peripheral...

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More music …

Part two of my all instrumental collections. I had no idea I listened to so much purely stuff before I started compiling these.

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Some news …

Dreamspinner Press will be publishing a novella of mine called “The Little Death”, around October or November. I’ll give you more details when I have them, but it’s my hardboiled detective homage/pastiche, brought up to the modern day, in a city that never sleeps – although not for lack of trying. I even have a cover I can tease you with. You’ll know more when I know more.

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Win an e-book copy of Infected: Life After Death!

Check here for details. http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1255144-e-book-giveaway

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New interview up

If you’d like to see it for yourself, please go here: http://sjdpeterson.blogspot.com/2011/05/getting-to-know-andrea-speed.html?zx=d9af1cecd9fb93a2

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Wallpapers! Part 1

As a sort of a web extra on the heels of my latest book release, I made these wallpapers of my book covers. Since I’m new at the wallpaper making game and really only have one size of the artwork to work with, these are what you’re going to get in sizes. (Sorry.) Right click to save, and I’ll see if I can do more of these in the future. (Also, they look compressed due to the design of the web page, but they download non-distorted! I...

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Infected: Life After Death is out today!

And so the second half of the soundtrack is out!

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New forum at Goodreads ….

In advance of the release of Infected: Life After Death, I have a new dedicated forum at Dreamspinner Press’s Goodreads page. And here it is: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/553718-andrea-speed?type=topic#comment_30446845   Feel free to drop by and bug me about anything related to my writing. Or don’t bug me, be polite, but I do enjoy a good bugging. See you there.

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New soundtrack!

Because Infected: Life After Death finally has a release date, I decided to release the first part of the soundtrack. (You know how I love making these.) The second part will go up about May 16th, day of release of the book. This mix varies between mournful and angry, with a curveball or two thrown in. You know, a couple of stages of...

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Release date!

Infected: Life After Death will be released May 16th!  Blurb follows: In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. But when your heart is gone, it’s easy to fall into a black hole and never crawl out. Roan has been lost and alone for more than a year, and his best friends think a new case might be just the motivation he needs. Roan forces himself back into the game and discovers a dead man who might not be all that dead, a street hustler that wants to hustle him, and a dominatrix who is well prepared to take Roan’s orders. As Roan claws his way out of the darkness by diving back into his work, he finds himself in a race against...

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Non spoiler tease for Infected: Life After Death

No release date yet, beyond May, but here’s a snippet from the upcoming book. No spoilers, so even if you haven’t read Infected: Prey and Infected: Bloodlines, you can read this, no harm, no foul. Well, there’s some bad language, but you should be used to that from me by now. **** Roan was shaking and feeling both edgy and slightly ill when there was a knock at the door. He was sure he couldn’t do this, but the drugs cast a comforting pall on his panic. He had nothing to worry about. She‟d take one look at the crazy, homeless guy look he currently had going on and run away screaming. Problem solved. Roan opened the door on a short woman wearing a blue, floral-patterned dress and thick, black-rimmed glasses that were endearing in their...

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New music mix!

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The latest Redemption Reef chapter is up …

… check it out. http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/rr-27-mano-a-mano/

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Interview up

At Michele & Jeff’s: http://michelenjeff-reviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/spending-time-with-andrea-speed.html I don’t know if I’m very interesting, but check it out.

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New Redemption Reef chapter is up …

Right here: http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/rr-21-love-shack/

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Latest Redemption Reef post is up …

Right here: http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/rr-18-the-reunion/

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My latest chapter on Redemption Reef …

http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/rr-10-the-flynn-conspiracy/

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Welcome newcomers!

If you are new to my page, hello!  Feel free to look around. Most of it is writing. Speaking of which (what a segue), I have two out in print which you might want to check out if you haven’t already. Infected: Prey, out through Dreamspinner Press (available there and at Amazon, as well as other book retailers), is the beginning of the story for Roan McKichan, a private detective who is a rare “virus child”, someone born infected with the lion strain of a cat virus. He exists in a world much like our own, only with these werecat infecteds, who are hated, feared, and occasionally worshiped, depending on people and circumstances. With his partner, Paris Lehane, and even more rare tiger strain, he tries to get the bottom of a case where it seems...

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My next Redemption Reef post is up …

http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/rr-8-the-flynn-supremacy/ Check it out.

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My first chapter on Redemption Reef is up …

http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/rr-5-identity-theft/ Check it out, if you’re so inclined.

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New writing venture – Redemption Reef

I’ve gotten together with a couple of Dreamspinner Press authors to do an online gay soap opera called Redemption Reef. Full of sex and mystery and violence and all that good stuff, so check it out if you’re interested. http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/

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New music mix!

New soundtrack. And here’s the sad thing about this “love theme” (with few love songs) mix – I can break them down to specific characters. And if you’d like to know which songs are for which characters, read on. By character: Roan’s songs: Blackest Eyes, Weak and Powerless, 18 Wheels, I Lived My life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart, Thugs, Honeythief Paris’s songs: You Were The Last High, Plans, Between The Bars Dylan’s songs: Airport Surroundings, Special, You and Me, Holden’s songs: D Is For Dangerous (although, to be fair, this could apply to Paris as well), Criminal Matt’s song: Prisoner (poor Matt) The starting and ending songs – Julius and Infected, respectively – are general songs...

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Upcoming chat …

At the Yahoo group Love Romance Cafe, in about two hours’ time. (Starts at 4PM Pacific time.) Hope to see you there!

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A new reader story primer

If you’ve read Infected: Prey and/or Infected: Bloodlines and found my blog, thank you for visiting. Infected started as serial fiction here, and I still continue to write it here. The world is just too much fun to play in, and besides, I’ve expanded it with all these weird characters who are effortless to write. But for those wondering where the fiction here relates to the book, I thought it was about damn time I put up a “primer”. I number the stories as “books”, so Infected and Prey were book #1 & 2, and Infected: Bloodlines is #3. The upcoming Infected: Life After Death will contain books 4 & 5 (Life After Death and Hysteria, respectively). The stories available in the Infected fiction archive start with #6, Freefall. You probably could...

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Book giveaway!

For no reason at all, I’ve decided to give away an e-copy of my latest book, Infected: Bloodlines. All you have to do is tell me what your favorite album (or song) of the year is. Drawing will be held on the 31st, just in time for the new year.  Just post at one of these places: Goodreads CxPulp Facebook Or hit me up at my Twitter page, @aspeed, and I’ll throw you in the drawing. Good luck!

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Virtual Signing happening now! Also, new soundtrack!

Since the book was released today, I thought I’d put a new soundtrack together, so here it is: I tried not to be as noisy as most other times. I have no idea if I was successful.

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Reminder!

Virtual book signing at the Dreamspinner Blog tomorrow: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/ I will be posting some stuff, AND the first twenty people to buy the paperback of Infected: Bloodlines from their store will get an autographed copy! So please, come by and say hi.

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You may notice Infected: Hysteria missing …

… from the back catalog. That’s because it’s paired up with Infected: Life After Death in the soon to be published book! Well, soon is relative, because I just signed the contract. But I have a trilogy! So thank you, readers, take a bow. I’m indebted to you.

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Want an autographed copy of Infected: Bloodlines?

On December 17th, the day of release, I will be at Dreamspinner’s blog – http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/ – hanging around, posting nonsense, probably running a contest for a free e-book or two. But if you buy a paperback copy of Infected: Bloodlines from their store that day, the first 25 people will get an autographed copy. So please stop by, and I will do my best to be entertaining.

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Another nifty review ….

from here: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/2010/11/infected-prey-by-andrea-speed.html?zx=a507a44c8137d6af Thanks!

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New forum!

It is here: http://www.cxpulp.com/forumdisplay.php?32-In-Absentia So you can actually talk about my writing and stuff. 😀

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A new music mix …

… ’cause, why not?

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Infected: Bloodlines out December 17th!

I’ve mentioned it in other spots, but never here. What a terrible oversight on my part.

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Live chat on Facebook, November 6th!

If you’d like to come by, talk about my books (and maybe win one), or just shoot the breeze, I will be on Dreamspinner Press’s Facebook page from 1 to 6 PM Pacific time this Saturday. Direct link is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamspinner-Press/334648605250 Love to see you there, so drop by!

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A “lost” chapter from Infected: Prey …

A “lost” chapter from Infected: Prey …

N.B.: This short story is a “lost” chapter of Infected: Prey, which takes place within that story’s time frame, after the episode with Matt Skouris and his stalker (called by him “Rambo”), within the story Prey. So there’s some warning – if you haven’t read it or read that far, there’s a very mild spoiler. ***** Gold For Bread It was after Hipster Doofus’s latest visit to the coffee shop that Matt realized he didn’t want to be a barista anymore. It wasn’t the Hipster’s fault. It was probably a revelation he’d had before and simply forgotten. He wanted to blame the history of drug abuse for his hummingbird attention, but the truth was he’d always had...

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Got another great review …

From here: http://www.darkdivasreviews.com/?p=2654 I feel guilty foisting this stuff on you guys, but who doesn’t like a bit of ego stroking? I’m just happy people who read the book generally like it, although I still think I should slap up some kind of warning sticker about how depressing I am. The funny thing is, to me, it isn’t depressing. It’s a bit more hopeful than my usual stuff. Goddamn, I am a ray of sunshine, aren’t I?

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The cover to Infected: Bloodlines …

It releases in December. I’ll let you know the exact date when I know it.

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Because Infected:Prey was chosen as the book of the month for October …

… in the M/M Romance group at Goodreads, I decided to make yet another mixtape! Oh, come on, you were waiting for another one. (Okay, maybe not, but let me believe …)

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Win an e-book copy of Infected: Prey!

Go here for details: http://www.ebookaddictreviews.com/2010/09/26/potluck-sunday-win-a-book/ Good luck!

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Great review! And the Rainbow Cover Awards continues …

I got a very nice review from Lambda Literary, which you can check out here: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/18/infected-prey-by-andrea-speed/comment-page-1/#comment-11012 And the Rainbow Cover Awards contest continues, and yes, Infected: Prey is still in it. Go and vote for it if you’re so inclined. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1123729.html

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Rainbow Awards Cover Contest Continues …

Yaay! Infected: Prey made it to Round two. Go show me and Anne Cain some love and go vote: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1116735.html (You’ll find the book in slot four.) Thanks!

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Rainbow Awards Cover Contest …

It seems the cover for Infected: Prey is up for it! (Check out slot 5, as there it is.) Feel free to vote if you’d like. Anne Cain did an amazing job with it. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1113440.html

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If I were casting Infected as a movie …

.. or TV show. (Really, I think this was made for the serial format, but what do I know?) I was talking with a friend, and we decided to “cast” this imaginary project. So I thought just for fun I’d share my idea of what it would look like, if I were the god and could make this happen. For whatever reason, I had the hardest time casting the leads. The secondary characters were damn easy, but Roan and Paris? In fact, I haven’t cast Paris at all – my friend suggested a name, so I’ve included him. She didn’t like my idea for Roan, feeling he isn’t big enough, but had no suggestion of her own. So that’s all noted. Here’s my idea (and one of hers): Roan: Holy shit, was this a hard one. I’m still not one...

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Welcome new readers!

Hello! If you’ve reade Infected: Prey and found my blog, thank you for visiting. Infected started as serial fiction here, and I still continue to write it here. The world is just too much fun to play in, and besides, I’ve expanded it with all these weird characters who are effortless to write. But for those wondering where the fiction here relates to the book, I thought it was about damn time I put up a “primer”. I number the stories as “books”, so Infected and Prey were book #1 & 2. The ones coming up in Infected: Bloodlines are #3 & 4 (Life After Death). The stories available in the Infected fiction archive start with #5, Hysteria. You probably could read it with little confusion, although there is a spoiler of sorts...

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Win a copy of my book!

Well, the e-book version of Infected: Prey. It’s being given away here, at the Stumbling Over Chaos blog: Check it out.

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Book news!

Dreamspinner Press will be publishing the sequel to Infected: Prey, presumably titled Infected: Bloodlines, by the end of the year. Which is why you will find the stories Bloodlines and Life After Death gone from the archives. (Sorry.) But hopefully you’ll be willing to check out the book. 😀 I’ll be posting more details as they become available. How cool is this? (I’ll go ahead and answer – very cool.)

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Yet another timewaster …

There’s a new online thing that allows you to create your own radio station, so of course I did. http://songza.com/listen/turn-your-crank-to-frank I will add songs when I remember to, or as requested. Yes, that’s a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference. Why do you ask?

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I forgot what day it was …

… because I’m an idiot like that sometimes. Anyways, I have a short story in Dreamspinner Press’s “Making Contact anthology, so here’s an excerpt for your perusal, the opening paragraphs of a story titled “Alone”: **** They always said it was the loneliness that would kill you. Not right away, of course. First you’d lose your mind in this endless expanse of eternal night and ice, and then you’d kill yourself, maybe by overriding the safeties and opening the airlock door before the pressure equalized, or maybe something as stupidly low tech as cutting your wrists with a utility knife. Even though the psychological testing was more rigorous for this than anything, it was still called the “suicide run” by the guys...

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Just because I’m not writing enough …

I’ve joined with a few other Dreamspinner Press authors in writing what is essentially a prose soap opera. (Why not? I like a challenge, and I hope to throw in an evil identical twin at some point.) If you’d like to check it out, you will find it here: Keep in mind it’s for the over eighteen audience, and fairly gay, so consider yourself warned. Although I’ve introduced a mobbed up mortician. Come on, how often do you get a chance to write one of those? (That’s one thing that’s never been in the Infected series … yet. Give it time …)

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My page, if it was on Geocities

Ah, the good old days …

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Book day!!!!!

The book is out today! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!! If the frightening cat didn’t scare you off, it’s available here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_274 The book, not the cat.

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Paying some bills …

Yes, this is a shameless plug, but the money that comes from the shirt sales in the Comixtreme Zazzle store – #mce_temp_url# – helps pay for my server as well. So if you’d like to help me out here, I’d appreciate it. (And I vouch for the “lion man” shirt – it’s pretty spiffy looking in person.)

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The book cover! And other stuff.

So Infected: Prey has a June 25th release date, and here is the cover: Yes, that’s Roan, as imagined by the cover artist. He’s kind of hot. Love the tight shirt (okay, that’s more Paris than him, but I won’t quibble.) Also, I have a short story in Dreamspinner’s upcoming “Making Contact” science fiction anthology. I think that’s got an August release, but don’t quote me. And, in recognition of all of this, I have another mix collection. Because why...

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New mix, for your listening pleasure …

This is the Panic mix. You’ll have to supply your own shirtless bartenders, though.

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New mix ….

This is Dylan’s mix, and it’s a bit more mellow than most of the previous mixes, reflecting his personality:

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Announcement!

You may notice that Infected and Prey are no longer available in the archives. This is because it’s going to be published! WOOHOO! I’ll give you more details on the published version of Infected: Prey when they become available. But I’d like to thank all my fabulous readers, as you made this possible. Thank you all so very much.

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More noise ….

Roan made a mix CD for the Falcons to listen to, so here it is: It’s noisy, yes, but also surprisingly funny. This probably represents Roan’s sense of humor better than any other mix....

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Another soundtrack!

This is the Holden mix, which is a bit different from the others. Not just because Holden likes himself a bit of emo, but because many of these songs seem to capture specific attitudes and philosophies  of the character. Trying to figure out what applies and what doesn’t may make your head hurt, but that’s Holden in a...

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New mix, for your listening pleasure …

By request, here’s the Paris version of the Infected soundtrack. For everyone who likes to dance, and some who like a little Brit rock....

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More noise ….

Yes, another soundtrack. This time, consider it a glimpse of Roan’s iPod, if he was real and had one. Beware, it’s noisy (for the most part – there’s a mellow Grizzly Bear song as a palate cleanser), and a bit weird at times. But what do you expect from him? Click and enjoy. (And remember, the Kindle e-book is still available! Yes, I’m done...

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Well, this is pretty cool …

Seems Infected has been nominated for an online horror story award! Check out http://www.campanella-awards.webs.com/  for details. And thanks to those that nominated me! You guys are awesome.

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Just a weird extra …

Using this handy dandy internet service, I have put together a “soundtrack” to the first book or two of my Infected series. So many songs and artists are mentioned that I trimmed it down to twenty (yes, twenty) in this first go round, and it should give you a good idea of the listening habits of Roan and Paris (and the  author). So give it a listen and enjoy (if you can – it’s all over the place musically). And don’t forget there’s a special edition e-book on sale at Amazon! ...

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Infected Special Edition now available for Kindle!

You can get all four of the first books in the Infected series (Infected, Prey, Bloodlines, & Life After Death) in Kindle (or iPhone) form! Yes, you could read them here, but these are cleaned up, formatted, and have some author’s commentary to sweeten the pot, as well as a beautiful cover by James “Rex Libris” Turner! Help a struggling author out! Go here to check it out! P.S.: If you’d like a copy in an alternate electronic or PC form (PRC or PDF) e-mail me at andy-at-comixtreme – dot-com, and we’ll work that out.

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To make comments …

You must go here . Because we wish to make things difficult for you. (See, if you know me personally, this makes every bit of sense in the world.)

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Hello!

Welcome to my spiffy brand new site. This will be the new home of my serial fiction, as well as a place I can just blather on if I feel like it. I’ll warn everyone now that I won’t be G rated. (Neither is my fic, so that makes sense.) And let me take this time out to pimp my stuff, just in case there isn’t enough pimping scattered about. I have a book (points to Alone With The Dead link), and you can find me introducing the Bomb Queen: Dirty Bomb trade. Also, the recently released Rex Libris #9 has a short story of mine, The Blackburn Legacy, in the back. (It’ll also be in the eventual trade, but you could buy it now and support small press.) I’m always posting something or other over at Comixtreme as well, and I’ll have a...

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Not Done Yet!

Author’s Note: No, I’m not done with Danse Macabre yet, but sometimes when you’re seized with a story idea, you have to type it up before it makes you go nuts, mainly because it’s hard to write anything else until you get it out of the way. So I think I’m going to be alternating stories from now on – one week a chapter of Danse Macabre, the next week a chapter of Hysteria. Or until my head explodes, whatever comes first.

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