Category Alien Contact for Idiots

Love, War, and Purple Cows #MFRWauthor

For the final, last, and ultimate week of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is: New Years Resolutions I don’t do resolutions. Never have. But rather than end with such a teensy post, I’ll add that the wife and I have signed up for a three-times-a-week fitness class starting January 3. […]

Fire and ice #mfrwauthor

Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For  week 38, the writing prompt is: The Best Parts of Each Season As an adult, I’ve lived in two very different climates. I decided to compare the southern Arizona desert with British Columbia’s cold Canadian Rockies. That’s two sets of seasons for price of one. […]

SFR Brigade Showcase — Keys to Me

Welcome to the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s first showcase of 2017. Once a month the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new work, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things. Science. Fiction. Romance. Three words that are keys to who I am. Key 1: Science Although I love learning about the universe, I’m not a serious science […]

Sale prices on great SFR books

Free books. Inexpensive books. Good books. If you’re a regular, you know I’m an active member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade. Brigade authors are cooperating in a cross promotion of books that are marked down until this coming Friday, July 22. My entry in the promotion, available for only 99c, is — Alien Contact […]

Congratulations to the 2016 On The Far Side Finalists

Every year, the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal chapter of the RWA runs two contests. The Prism contest is for works published in the previous year, and the On the Far Side contest is for unpublished authors. The finalists of OTFS have been released and are listed below. Personal aside #1: Several years ago, my Alien Contact for […]

Effing Feline Diagnoses Insanity

I, Effing Feline, got a question on last week’s post. Aurora Springer asked, “Why can’t Effing use his paws to paint? My cat uses his paw to drink water.” I can get a longer, more free-flowing line with my tail. Your cat gets its paws wet? On purpose? Insanity! Today’s snippet is from a short story, Thimbleriggers, contained […]

Results from a book review tour

Alien Contact for Idiots recently went on a review-only blog tour from Goddess Fish promotions. I’d never run a review-only tour before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew what I was hoping for: more Amazon and Goodreads comments to  guide readers to a book that, frankly, has rather languished. All in all, I’m pleased with the […]

Effing Feline was naughty (heh, heh, heh)

I, Effing Feline, was naughty. My pet human, Ed Hoornaert (aka Mr Valentine) went out back to mow the lawn yesterday, while my visiting Cousin Lee (at right) watched birds through the window and licked his lips. When Mr V came in for water, I batted a catnip mouse against the jamb … and when he went back outside again, […]

Are you a winner?

The Escapee Winners The Rafflecopter giveaway in conjunction with the release of Escapee: Repelling the Invasion is over. Here are the winners: First prize, a $10 Amazon gift certificate: BN100 Second prize, a copy of the prequel to Escapee, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station: Maria Belen Troncoso Third prize, a copy of the prequel to […]

Valentine Sale, part 1

Valentine’s Goodies on sale (and a free) This is a very special week for Mr Valentine, aka Ed Hoornaert. Did you know I’m a certifiable Harlequin hero, as well as an author? I inspired a book by NYT bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson. In honor of this special week, I’ll be highlighting some great romance books by […]