October Update

So, September was a pretty busy month and my poor little blog has been neglected for another month. I hope everyone enjoyed my little pun themed celebration of my 100th post two days ago. I’ve been hard at work, both saving lives and stamping out disease at the day job and pounding away at Operation: Ghost Story by night. So today, in lieu of Mussorgsky Mondays tomorrow, an update post, as lots of stuff is going down in the next few months.

First, The Mussorgsky Riddle has an official release date: 12 Jan 2015. Just three short months. I couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait for all of you to be able to check out my debut novel. Sometime in the next month or so I’ll let you all have a look at the cover designed by the lovely and talented Polina Sapershteyn, but that must remain a secret for the moment, so here’s another shot of Baba Yaga’s hut to whet your appetite in the meantime…


Second, as stated above, Operation: Ghost Story (not the real title, I’m being clever) is done. My critique group is finishing up with it and my awesome agent, Stacey Donaghy, has already given it the green light (after I rewrite the last 10K words or so… 😉 – what can I say, when she’s right, she’s right… Hope to start shopping this one around in November. Can’t wait to let you all know a little more info on this sekrit projekt of mine! Here’s a little hint, though…


Third, I love ellipses…


Next, a quick review of upcoming short story publications to be on the lookout for:

“Flight of the Pegasus” – my first steampunk story, due out in November 2014 in the Curiosity Quills Press Annual Anthology called Primetime: Chronology. Here is the interior cover for my story done by the amazing Ricky Gunawan:


From Emby Press in the next few months look for “Middle Ground” in The Dark Monocle, “Midnight Screening” in Reconstructing the Monster, and “None So Blind” in Deep Sea Monster Hunter – Leviathan. I’m also about to start my next Gabriel O’Connor, Immortal Monster Hunter story for the sequel to Blood Trails called Revolver. Really enjoy working with Miles Boothe over there. Check out his website by clicking on his logo below.


Lastly, the answer to my mysterious Facebook status update from a few days ago. In an effort to promote The Mussorgsky Riddle, I am working to hit a few of the east coast sci-fi/fantasy conventions and as of this moment, I’ve been accepted as a guest at two thus far. Come find me at:


27 Feb – 1 Mar 2015 in Roanoke, VA



29 -31 May 2015

with hopefully more to follow.

A good friend of mine predicted that 2014 was going to be a good year for me and so far her prediction has been on target. Be on the lookout here for announcements about the Mussorgsky launch party as well as book signings in NC, SC, GA, and VA for 2015.

That’s all for now! Have a great week everyone!


P.S. Lest I fail to mention the best thing that has happened to me in the last couple months, allow me to post this cryptic picture…

Nightingale (blue-throated)

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