Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Location: New Mexico

Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Win a Free Copy of The Canvas Thief

Who would have thought that creating a graphic novel would hazardous to your health?  Maya Stephenson certainly didn't when she created her series of stories following a thief, Benjamin Black, and his nemesis, Adam Sayres, a cop. And...then one day, two men, bearing a striking resemblance to those fictional characters show up in her life. Coincidence?

Stop by the Romance Writer's Revenge today and leave a quick comment for a chance to win a free copy of The Canvas Thief.

Read Chapter One free, here!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Canvas Thief

This being, my largely abandoned blog, I forgot to mention that my latest novel, The Canvas Thief, published by Carina Press, is now available!
Ten years ago, with two perfect drawings, Maya Stephenson accidentally did the impossible. She brought her graphic novel’s characters–Benjamin Black, a thief, and Adam Sayres, a cop–into our world.

Benjamin is tired of the real world and determined to go home to EverVerse, the land of imaginary characters. He breaks into Maya’s house, planning to force her to destroy his drawings, which will Fade him to EverVerse. The last thing he wants is a relationship, especially with the person who dragged him into this world. But when he meets Maya, his heart starts insisting he’s already home.

Maya has always suspected she’s different. But until Benjamin and Adam appear in her life, she’s been the epitome of normal. And normal girls date guys with respectable day jobs. So why are her thoughts and hormones getting sidetracked by Benjamin, the enigmatic thief? Especially when Adam, “the good guy,” is available and interested.

Except real world Adam is a crime lord masquerading as an ATF agent. From Maya, he wants an army of immortals. From Benjamin, he wants immortality independent of his drawings, which can only be achieved if Benjamin Fades to EverVerse, taking one of Adam’s drawings with him.

Benjamin and Maya fight their attraction, all the while coming up with reasons to see each other. But falling is love is the least of their troubles. Not when Adam is willing to do anything, including hurting Maya’s friends and family, to get what he wants.

Buy it from Carina Press and Amazon and Audible (audio book).
Read Chapter One here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Make ArtZ!

In the Albuquerque, New Mexico area this Thanksgiving weekend? Looking for a fun place to shop, without the Black Friday lunacy and a way to support small business?

Look no farther, it's the Corrales Holiday Art Fest, featuring 40 artists, including yours truly. Admission is free. Most of the artists will be participating in a 10% off coupon program. (At our booth, Adobe Dragon, the coupon will apply to any purchase over $50.)

I will also have copies of my book, The Music of Chaos on hand. (On Saturday, November 26, I will be at a group book signing at the nearby Old Church from 1pm to 5pm.)

Come on out to Corrales, New Mexico, November 25-27, for art and fun.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Music of Chaos, Free Book Contest

Free urban fantasy book! Free art! That right, free.

Win a free copy of my quirky urban fantasy, The Music of Chaos. It's easy. Just click this link to go my contest page over on Romance Junkies. There, you'll see the following question:

"What is the name of ...'the brave soul who had dared the displeasure of my company'?"

The answer can easily be found in Chapter One of The Music of Chaos. (Seriously, you can just skim through the text. He is the only other person in the scene.)

The contest runs through August 31, 2011, so you have time to enter multiple times. While you're there, check out some of the other authors/books that are participating in this contest.

***The Music of Chaos***
***Back Cover Summary***

"My century long career as a Wolfe did bear a stronger resemblance to a blooper reel than a profession..."

Regan O’Connell has a PhD and a good job as a project manager with a consulting company. Unbeknownst to her human co-workers, she’s 130 years old, and has a magical pedigree that includes vampires and elven royalty.

Immature by the standards of immortals, she has little control over the magic that simmers in her blood. For more than a century, she has worked as a secret operative for the vampire syndicate the Grey Brethren. For just as long, she has hidden her magical disability, struggling with one paranormal misadventure after another. Tired of her shenanigans, the Grey Brethren station her in Albuquerque, far out-of-the-way by paranormal standards.

The arrival of a mysterious user of chaotic magic—a world destroying power—spells the end of Regan’s trouble-free existence. Soon after, her vampire employers issue an ultimatum: find and neutralize the chaotic magic user or find a new job. To make matters worse, she has inadvertently started a war and developed a surprising attraction to a human. Sorting the mess out will require a little help from her friends, some growing up, and acceptance that she will never be a practitioner of conventional magic.


Available from Decadent Publishing and Amazon.

Also available in ebook format.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Music of Chaos, Now in Print

Looking for a fun summer read? The Music of Chaos, my light urban fantasy about a not-entirely competent paranormal secret agent, is now available in print.

The pitch:
"Blind dates are always a train wreck."
By day, Regan O'Connell is a highly respected project manager. By night, she's a Wolfe, a paranormal agent working for a vampire syndicate.

Her two worlds collide when a co-worker sets her up with tall, dark and sexy Jason Lake. Jason is a Holder, a member of an ancient, all-human organization dedicated to policing the activities of things that go bump in the night. Things like half-vampire Regan.

Falling for the wrong guy is the least of Regan's problems. There's a murderer on the loose, and his favorite weapon is chaotic magic, an erratic force with the power to rip holes in the fabric of the universe. And the best way to catch the killer is to get close to Jason, the man who is not only her enemy, but her prime suspect.

Set in New Mexico, The Music of Chaos features a vampire who'd rather drink beer than blood; a pacifist dark elf; and a half-vampire heroine who is better at math than magic. You can read a chapter--Free--here.

Buy it now (please) at Decadent Publishing or Amazon.

For those who want instant gratification, you can download the ebook version: Decadent Publishing, Amazon/Kindle, and B&N/Nook.

Buy a book or I'll kick this cute little greyhound.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Dear Ginia Bellafante, You're a Moron

And a sexist one at that.

My response to Ms. Bellafante's mind-rapingly stupid review of HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy, A Game of Thrones, can be found here, at my new blog, But It's a Dry Heat.

But the short version is as follows:
A) That's not a review, as it doesn't bother to discuss plot and characterization,
B) Women do read fantasy, including Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series,
C) The book, yes, the book, contains sexual content. It wasn't added in to pander to an audience (or to make puritanical reviewers like Bellafante clutch their pearls),
D) Romance, chick lit and other forms of so-called women's' entertainment are not inferior art forms.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Music of Chaos, Read Chapter One

Oops. I forgot to mention that Chapter One of The Music of Chaos is now available online. Free.

In related news, yep, I am working on the sequel. I'm about more than 2/3 of the way done. It's clocking in at about 90K words, but with revision, I should get it back down into the 80K range. This storyline is very Talis-centric, although, yep, Jason is back, as is Breas Montrose, the beer-drinking, sports-obsessed vampire. And Lex the, uh, lusty fairy.

In related news, The Canvas Thief, a paranormal romance set in the same "world" as The Music of Chaos, has been accepted by Carina Press. (This isn't the official announcement as I'm still reviewing the contract.) Breas is a character in The Canvas Thief. Here, he's in the odd role of mentor. Well, not so odd, as his "protege" is a thief.

Despite the presence of Breas, The Canvas Thief isn't a vampire paranormal romance. It's more like a retelling of Pygmalion. Like The Music of Chaos, it is set in New Mexico; this time, Santa Fe.

Anyhow, go check out Chapter One of The Music of Chaos. Please?

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