In the Bag

As an urban fantasy author, one of the best parts of my job is traveling to SFF conventions, where I participate in panels, meet new and familiar readers, and hang out with fellow authors that I generally only see on the internet. I’ve been doing these conventions for years, but last year I did a personal-best SEVEN cons of 2016, including old favorites like CONvergence and Worldcon, and new favorites like Dragoncon and Anomalycon. Because of all these adventures, I think 2016 was the year that I really perfected an important aspect of con life: the con bag. I’ve got this thing boiled down … Continue reading

Another Pro to Cons

Good morning, internet! This morning I read a fantastic blog called “The Pros and Cons of Pro Cons” by the notorious Chuck Wendig. It was actually a response to a blog by my friend Marko Kloos about the total cost of attending CONfusion, (which I also attended). You should read these excellent posts, but here’s the crux: Marko’s post was about how cons are fun but expensive, so be aware as you consider going. Wendig’s post was about how cons are fun and can be professionally useful, or not, and we should be sure to do a bunch of stuff, … Continue reading

Writing Race

You may or may not know this, but on my website there is a page called “IAQs,” which stands for Intelligently Asked Questions. My readers are, by and large, a very smart bunch, and sometimes they ask me really interesting things that I (in my hubris) think others might be interested in, too. Guys, I LOVE answering your smart questions. It makes me feel like I’m not alone in a career that’s mostly solitary. If you’ve got a question about the Old World or my books or my characters, I encourage you to leave them in the comments on that … Continue reading

Updated With Photos: Boulder Research Trip

Back in January, I posted a blog about my four-day research trip to Boulder, CO for Boundary Lines. With the book coming out in just over a week(!), I thought it would be a fun time to update and expand on the real-life locations that inspired the novel’s fictional events. Here’s how the original research trip broke down: (Warning: if you work really hard at figuring things out, I suppose this could contain vague spoilers for Boundary Lines.) Saturday I. Breakfast with friends My flight left Madison at 5:08 in the morning, and I arrived in Denver just after eight a.m. After … Continue reading

Fall TV Watch List

I never read The Fault in Our Stars, but I did see the movie trailer, and I was struck by the line “I fell for him like you fall asleep…slowly at first, and then all at once.”* That’s definitely how Fall TV season crept up on me this year. Two weeks ago, it seemed like an eternity until the new fall shows would begin to premiere. But then I got busy and distracted, and it wasn’t until I opened an internet browser this morning and saw all the advertising that I even remembered today was the day. (Now I’m kind … Continue reading

A Night at the Culture War

Last night, I had a front-row seat to one of the biggest controversies in the history of fandom. Okay, it wasn’t actually the front row. It was maybe like the nineteenth row? Whatever, I was at the Hugos. If you follow me online, you know that I normally stay the hell out of culture wars, even on my personal Facebook page or in casual conversation. I avoid these internet opinion skirmishes for two reasons: First, I don’t think being an author/semi-public persona is at all the same as being qualified to give a smart, measured, and intelligent opinion on every … Continue reading


Just a short update: I can finally announce that I have officially signed a deal for a third Boundary Magic novel, which will probably be called Boundary Born, and a fourth Scarlett Bernard novel. I’m really, really excited, and I can even give you a one-line preview of each book: Boundary Born is the story of Allison “Lex” Luther coming face-to-face with her biological father. The (currently untitled) fourth Scarlett book will be set a few years after the events of Hunter’s Trail, and follow Scarlett as she investigates a claim of innocence during the Vampire Trials. Don’t ask me … Continue reading

For Those Who Read Bloodsick…

A question that I keep getting, all over social media and email, is “Will Sashi and Will get an HEA?” I’ve seen this so often that I thought it was time to write a little blog and address it. If you haven’t read the story, though, please, please stop reading here so you don’t spoil anything for yourself. Okay, first of all, I have to say that I am honored that so many of you cared enough about Bloodsick to write me about the characters. A little background on the story: I created this novella after I was asked to … Continue reading

Book Recommendations and Ratings

A couple of things have been happening to me since Boundary Crossed had the big release. First, I’ve been making an effort to “get out there” more, which means meeting more people and making some connections with other UF writers. This especially applies to independent authors. My books aren’t actually self-published, but I’ve recently met a lot of self-published authors who are kind of phenomenal. They know how to promote themselves, they help each other out, and they let me tag along. These are not the “A Velociraptor Boned my Billionaire Boyfriend” self-published crowd; these are serious professionals whose sales … Continue reading

Happy (Official) Release Day! (Contest Ended)

  THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN- SEE BELOW. 🙂 Today is the official release day for my new Old World novel, Boundary Crossed! As many of you know, this book’s been available through the Amazon Kindle First program during the month of April, but starting today you can also get it in print or audio. To celebrate, I’m offering a Rafflecoptor contest where you can win one of the following: a signed copy of The Curse Keepers OR Chosen by Denise Grover Swank, a signed copy of Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch, or a signed copy of Boundary Crossed.. All books … Continue reading