Sunday, December 10, 2017

I'm afraid of the blog, I'm afraid I can't help it

Sunday catchup, and here's a reminder if you missed it: "The Missing Mallard (Or, 'Duck, Macalley! Duck!')", the new Peavley Manor novelette, was released this past Tuesday! Click here to get buying links and read a preview, or head to Amazon!.

Another reminder: If you enjoyed "The Missing Mallard", or anything else I've written, let people know! Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads help other readers make up their minds about buying a book, and social media shares can catch someone's attention. Spread the word around. Thanks! (And don't forget that e-books make great Christmas gifts!)

Keeping it short this week; I'm in wind-down mode after publishing one novella and four novelettes this year. (I broke 90,000 words for 2017, which was amazing.) But I did do a complete bit of dark silliness this past week, and here's a link to the Twitter moment where it emerged. Enjoy "The Night Before the War on Christmas"!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Missing Mallard (Or, “Duck, Macalley! Duck!”) - out now!

The time is here to unravel the mystery, as the feathers fly and the villains gather! "The Missing Mallard (Or, 'Duck, Macalley! Duck!')", the new Peavley Manor novelette, is now available at Amazon and other e-book stores! Check for links below the cut, or search your favorite store for "Missing Mallard"!


One would think that an auction of duck paraphernalia would not create that much excitement. Unfortunately for Alice Peavley and her valet Macalley, one of the items in the auction, a golden duck figurine, is attracting far too much attention...especially from a number of villains and scoundrels. Food fights, pixie sorceresses, mad scientists, adorable yet destructive automatons - can Alice and Macalley prevail, or has doom come to Darbyfield?

Read on after the cut for buying links and a sneak preview of "The Missing Mallard"!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

spreading holiday cheer

Sunday catchup, and we're taking a break from the themed post titles. Why? Well, hold on to your Santa hats - "The Missing Mallard (Or 'Duck, Macalley! Duck!')" will be coming out this Tuesday, December 5!


(An important note: "The Missing Mallard" will only be available through Amazon and other e-book vendors, no free offers as with the other Peavley Manor novelettes. However, the price will be just 99 cents US.)

Check back on Tuesday for the official release announcement, with buying links, or keep notified by signing up for my mailing list, liking my Facebook page, or following me on Twitter! There'll also be a full sneak preview on Tuesday! Here's another little snippet to (hopefully) whet your appetite until then. In it, Alice has a few words for a sinister pixie countess...

“This auction was intended to be for duck enthusiasts, not villains and their sworn enemies!”

“‘Villain’ is such a harsh term,” Gylburnt said.

“What term should I use, then?”

“‘Destined future ruler of Tirnog, conqueror of the lands of the Crescent Sea, and subjugator of humanity.’”

I shook my head. “That might be a bit too long, Countess.”

“Spoilsport.”

After the cut...an annual tradition.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

look at his blog, did you see his crazy blog

Sunday catchup ahoy! It'll be a short one today, but with some good news - the main draft of the next Peavley Manor novelette, "The Missing Mallard (Or, 'Duck, Macalley! Duck!')", has been completed! I'm not going to give a confirmed publication date today, but you might want to keep December 5th open just in case. Please enjoy this short excerpt from the midpoint of "The Missing Mallard"! Duck enthusiasts can be quite fanatical...

“Honored guests!” The quarrelers fell silent as Bludergard rose to his feet, clanging a spoon against his wine glass much as a best man at a rather trying wedding reception would, and punctuating his remark with a loud hiccup.

I winced. “This cannot possibly go well.”

“Alice!” I could hear the reproach in Clarinda’s voice. “Let him have his say. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, you know.” I nodded and held my tongue as Bludergard resumed his speech.

“Look at us!” he said, swaying slightly. “Quarreling over such trivial things. Which breed is best. We all love these marvelous creatures, and no breed should be placed above another.” I could hear murmurs of “Hear! Hear!” from the crowd.

“Is this how we honor the memory of Trenton Fotheringay, the greatest of us all?” Bludergard continued. “We should respect each other’s opinions. We should focus on what brings us together.” I could see people nodding in agreement or dabbing at their eyes.

Next to him, Stibbins nodded and lifted his wine glass. “Well spoken, guv’nor!” he said.

Bludergard snatched the glass from his valet’s hand and held it high. As Stibbins glared at him, he said, “I propose a toast to that most marvelous of birds!” This was met with another, louder round of “Hear! Hear!”

“Honored guests…” Bludergard paused and smiled drunkenly. “To geese!”

Stibbins sighed deeply. “Not so well spoken, guv’nor.”

As Bludergard drank Stibbins’ wine, most of the other guests glanced at each other, then at him. They began to mutter threateningly. “Clarinda?” I said. “Your clock analogy failed to take into account that one that always runs several minutes slow is never right.”


Sunday, November 19, 2017

I could blog for a thousand years

Sunday catchup ahead, and since it's almost time for holiday shopping to begin, I'll remind you that ebooks make great gifts. Even mine. [grins] More after the cut!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

modern love gets me to the blog on time

Helloooo Sunday Catchup! This exchange may just have been written for the upcoming Peavley Manor novelette, "The Missing Mallard (Or 'Duck, Macalley! Duck!)":

Macalley raised an eyebrow. “You’re not worried that you might actually have to find a space to display that duck, madame?”

“Not at all, Macalley. I never win these raffles,” I said with a grin as I started the motorcar.

Heh heh heh,

More after the cut!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

watching some good friends blogging, "Let me out!"

Sunday catchup, and did you know that today is National Redhead Day? Here's a quick story: In Copper Cove, I never specified Tabitha Miles' hair color, but I always saw her as a blonde. However, when Shei Darksbane was preparing the book cover, she found a stock image with a ginger model and pleaded with me not to change the hair color. I gave in. More after the cut (and a reminder that Copper Cove is available now at Amazon)!