Friday, February 17, 2017

Tales for Today: 'Salutaris,' 'For the Burnable Cities'

My first book was "The Scattered Proud," a historical, so I and a lot of other people thought I would continue writing only historicals. Guess what? Things didn't work out that way. Not because I no longer wanted to write historicals, but because what I needed to say went beyond one genre.

This was the case with two stories I just published in paperback: "Salutaris," and "For the Burnable Cities." "Salutaris," the story of a vampire damned to live everlasting as a priest drinking the blood of Christ instead of the blood of humans, combines historical, paranormal, and contemporary. "For the Burnable Cities," a fable about people parrying lies and love in 1830s America, might look like a straightfoward historical, but it's speculative fiction set in an era that recalls Rome under Augustus Caesar as much as it takes after America under Andrew Jackson.

Each tale is founded on principles and moral truths that transcend time and place and trends: social justice,  reparation, and the human ability to condemn and caress--often at the same time. "Salutaris" was influenced by issues of homelessness and immigration at the Jersey Shore, where I live and where the issues continue to effect residents and politicians.  I began writing "For the Burnable Cities" last spring and continued writing through the general election season. The content is cautionary. But the connection to Jackson turns out to have had a certain . . . prescience.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

All my books are now in print!

Nice news! All of my books that were for Kindle only are now also available in print, in a comfortable, easy-to-carry size. These are "Salutaris," "For the Burnable Cities," "Acquaintance," "The Prodigal's Psalm," "Beethoven's Wife," and "Mount Can't" (written as Anne Arlington).

The novellas "Ferial Day" and "Master Warrick" are together in one print volume: "Ferial Day & Master Warrick: Two Alternative Histories." Yes, the cover says "2," while the listing says "Two." This will be fixed. Until then, searching "Ferial Day & Master Warrick" will bring you to the right place.

"The Scattered Proud" has always been in print as well as for Kindle.

All of the books may be purchased through Amazon.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Something for (Almost) Everyone

Now that the "Burnable Cities" promo is over, I hope you'll take a gander at some of my other work. I'm not a genre writer, telling the same tale over and over. I "see" a story and I tell it. Sometimes a story will be my answer to a challenge to do something different to a trend. For instance, "Salutaris" came about after I was challenged to take on the vampire genre. And "The Prodigal's Psalm" was the result of a dare to write something hotter than "Fifty Shades of Grey," but not as graphic and with a surprise ending.

"Acquaintance," a Regency, was comic relief after my first book, "The Scattered Proud," a coming-of-age historical set in post-Revolutionary France. "Acquaintance" is also a novella. So are "Ferial Day" and "Master Warrick," two ventures into alternative history that have surprise endings. I like the shorter form, which compels a writer to say more within a smaller space. Said one reviewer of "Master Warrick," a medieval alternative history, "A huge amount is packed into such a short (novella length) piece of writing, it has depths that make many full-length novels seem shallow."

Speaking of short forms, there's also "The Grave-Coverist," a short ghost story that shows it's not the living's memories of the dead that keep the dead alive.

So please do have a look! All my work is on Amazon, and I like to think there's something for everyone. Well, almost everyone! I don't write mysteries or police procedurals or thrillers or hard romance or elves-and-dragons fantasy. At least I haven't written any yet. One never knows, especially if I could write something like "For the Burnable Cities!" Links for the US and the UK are in the column on the right. Meanwhile, be sure to stop back. I'll be posting excerpts in the days leading up to the holidays!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'For the Burnable Cities:' Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who downloaded "For the Burnable Cities" during the free promo yesterday! That story was a labor of love. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

'For the Burnable Cities:' Free Promo Dec. 6 Only

'For the Burnable Cities' is free for Kindle today, Tuesday, Dec. 6. This is a one-day event.

Here are the links for Amazon US and Amazon UK:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

I hope you like it!