Review: The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The second novel in N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth series, The Obelisk Gate expands upon the broken society, world, and characters of her unique and stunningly realized creation. The concepts she deals with by way of unique species and abilities, and the hardships they endure because of those extraordinary characteristics, expand in this second novel, with expertly crafted details which flow seamlessly through…

Review: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is simply one of the most stunning and original works of speculative fiction I have read in a number of years, and a novel very much worthy of all the accolades it’s received. N.K. Jemisin has created a unique world, peopled with compelling and complex characters, who, although extraordinary, very much pull at the common threads of humanity. It is a novel…

Caliban now available for pre-order

Finally, after six years, I have new novella out! Very pleased to present my readers with Caliban.  I started writing this story back around 1981-2. Did it all in one mad go, scribbling away. And then let the story simmer until three years ago, some 25 years after that first draft. When I unearthed the story, I realize why I’d written it, the journey Tine, the main character, had to take, both physical and psychological, and…

Review:The Borgias: The Hidden History, by G.J. Meyer

The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer My rating: 3 of 5 stars A slog of a book to get through, but certainly a comprehensive history of this infamous family known as the Borgias. Another book you read because you should, and certainly one you should read to dispel all the sensationalism which has gilded this family via steamy film and stage productions. View all my reviews

Review: A History of Milan Under the Sforza

A History of Milan Under the Sforza by Cecilia Mary Ady My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re looking for a comprehensive, albeit dry, history of the Sforza, this is the book to study. Every minute detail of their lives, their rise to power, the cultural and political surround has been painstakingly researched, if not particularly engagingly written. Certainly a book one reads because one should. View all my reviews

Shadow Song coming out in audiobook in 2018

So thrilled to announce Shadow Song will be coming out as an audiobook in March of 2018. It’s being narrated by Susan J. Iannucci. Susan is a California denizen, who has narrated productions all over the world from her professional sound studio. When released, Shadow Song will be available through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. I’ll have links up to both Amazon and Audible on my website under the page for Shadow Song. You will also be able to link to it…

Cover for Caliban!

Very excited to reveal the brilliant cover Jeff Minkevics has created for my forthcoming novella, Caliban. I think Jeff captured the essence of the story in his artistic concept, while also paying homage to the golden era of SF. At first Jeff wanted to give a tip of the hat to the great illustrative covers created by Doubleday artists, using a Puppet Masters feel, but when it was made apparent to Jeff that the main character…

September Progress Report

Because some of you have been asking about my next novel release, thought it would be a good idea to update you on my progress. Caliban is slated for release December 1, 2017. However, because my cover art mad genius, Jeff Minkevics, has been inundated this year, the cover for the novella is delayed, and thus the release of Caliban may be delayed a month or two. Eric Demarais has done a fabulous job of the layout, and…

Eulogy for Mother

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) That’s how the light gets in In this quote from Leonard Cohen’s Anthem, he speaks of chiaroscuro. The Oxford Dictionary defines chiaroscuro as the treatment of light and shadow in drawing and painting. I think of chiaroscuro when I think of Mother. Chiaroscuro best sketches the force of nature…

From Mountains of Ice now an audiobook!

My first audiobook, From Mountains of Ice, is now live and available on iTunes, Audible and Amazon. Narrated by Diana Majlinger, the audiobook runs 9 hours and 11 minutes long, beautifully told with a European flair that is captivating, clear and a perfect complement to this tale of madness, betrayal and endurance. If you don’t already have an Audible account, you can get From Mountains of Ice for free with an Audible trial. How cool is that? Jeff Minkevics, Five Rivers’ art…