EOLYN’s Day in the Sun

EOLYN has made the Amazon Best Sellers list, occupying the No. 1 slots for "Sword and Sorcery" and "Epic Fantasy." She also reached the top 100 Kindle Best Sellers overall, slipping into slot 100 this morning. It's been a thrilling weekend, watching her rise through the ranks. Thank you to everyone who took a moment … Continue reading EOLYN’s Day in the Sun

Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

I'm testing the waters with some video content on my Instagram account. Called "Free Read Fridays," each episode will include a brief (1-minute) reading from a randomly selected page in my novel EOLYN. I will occasionally cross-post here, but the best way to catch Free Read Fridays is to follow me on Instagram. This week's … Continue reading Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

Year of Gratitude 2021

Eolyn introduces young Briana to the power, abundance, and magic of the forest. Detail from Daughter of Aithne. Artwork by Tom Vandenberg. Even as we continue deep inside the pandemic, 2021 has brought signs of hope. As of this post, new case numbers have dropped dramatically. Campaigns for vaccination are gathering momentum. D.C. politics, despite … Continue reading Year of Gratitude 2021

Words of Courage, Comfort, and Contemplation

Prairie wildflowers brighten the summer months at Jerry Smith Park, Kansas City, MO There are small things I can point to as bright spots inside the pandemic. Among these, I've discovered the pleasure of podcasts. I know: I'm years behind on this one. I'd never listened to podcasts before March 2020, but being away from … Continue reading Words of Courage, Comfort, and Contemplation

First Goals and Aspirations for 2020

Avila University started its regular spring semester about two weeks ago. Seems I've hardly drawn a breath, and the month has already slipped by! After some worry that I might be teaching an overload again this spring, I managed to negotiate with the powers that be so that my teaching obligations remain within contract. This … Continue reading First Goals and Aspirations for 2020

Winter Solstice Reading

  Happy Winter Solstice! I'm celebrating this year by bringing back a tradition I let slide a while ago: my annual holiday reading. Technology has changed since the last time I did this, so it took some time to figure things out, but the recording is finished and uploaded - embedded below and available on … Continue reading Winter Solstice Reading

Where Magic Resides

WordPress friends, my apologies leaving you alone for so long! Honestly, I do not know where this semester went. Every time I wanted to sit down and write an update, time was whisked away by some pressing commitment. I won't mourn being off line. I never do. Life feels more real when I'm away from this … Continue reading Where Magic Resides

Turning Point Revisited

In 2007, I sold my first short story, 'Turning Point,' to the speculative fiction journal¬†ZAHIR.¬† Set in the highland forests of Costa Rica, 'Turning Point' chronicles the tensions between three field entomologists who must decide what to do when a faerie falls into one of their malaise traps. The meticulous Ruth, dedicated to documentation and … Continue reading Turning Point Revisited

Hidden Heritage

We're well into classes at Avila, but in quiet moments I still reflect on my summer trip to Germany and all the things I learned and saw traveling the country with my family; visiting the stomping grounds of relatives and ancestors. I've long been fascinated by family histories, a habit instilled in me no doubt … Continue reading Hidden Heritage