Tuesday 30 April 2013

DARK LORD BLOG TOUR! Watch the pavement sizzle...

(Cursor down for $50 Amazon gift Certificate and book contest!)

DARK LORD BLOG TOUR!  27 sites in 10 days

Rowena and the Dark Lord are off for a 10 day blog tour across North America! Follow along and watch the pavement sizzle. Warning: some of the sites are HOT!

April 28

Dragonwell Publishing

Mesdames of Mayhem

April 29

Rosanna Leo’s Room

James deBenedetto – Writing Dreams

The Story Behind the Book

May 1


The Dark Phantom

As the Pages Turn

May 3

Pat Flewwelling

Straight from the Authors Mouth

May 4



Interview on Blogger News

May 5

First Chapter Reveal on Mom Blogger’s Club

Jim Callan

Another Draught
May 6

She Writes

Gloria Ferris

May 7

Red Room

Rosemary McCracken

Marta Chaussee

May 8

American Chronicle

Book Marketing Network

Tammy Smith

May 9

Sunday 28 April 2013

IT'S HERE! ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the Land's End fantasy series

Now available: ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD! book 2 in the Land's End fantasy series. Reviews:
"Game of Thrones Lite"
"The Princess Bride with Sex"
 For a very limited time, ebook available at the special introductory price of .99! (will retail at 3.99)
Paperback coming soon.
"Swords, sex and comedy...can it get any better than that!" Former Editor Distant Suns Fantasy Magazine
  AND THERE'S MORE! Cyberparty with HUGE giveaways on MAY 1!  Details coming soon.

Wednesday 24 April 2013


Reviewers of the Land's End series said, "This is Game of Thrones Lite!"
We listened.
Here is the very Game of Thrones cover for
Book 2 in the Land's End series
Available April 28

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Burn Baby! Teaser from ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, available April 28!

There he stood, maybe 10 feet away, hands on hips, like a minor god. His back was to the sun. I had forgotten how powerfully built he was, the size of his arms, the square of his shoulders. The way his legs stood apart, the large torso balanced on massive thighs. He wore a green tunic and no armor.
God, he was magnificent. Even now, even after all my time alone with Thane, I couldn’t help this feeling. There was something about Cedric that reached right through me and drew me like a moth to fire.
Burn, baby.

Friday 19 April 2013

Melodie Campbell Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Awards!

"Life Without George" published in the Aug. issue of Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine is a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Awards for Crime Writing in Canada!

In other news:
ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the Land's End comic fantasy series, launches on APRIL 28.  Cover reveal coming soon...

Many thanks to reviewers who called this series "Game of Thrones Lite."  We've listened, and the cover will reflect this direction. Designer Ryan Doan ROCKS!

Tuesday 16 April 2013

SELLING OUT TO HOLLYWOOD (comedy writer butchers reality)

I read one of those self-help books the other day, and I’m beginning to realize why I’m not getting very rich.  (For one thing, I’m not writing self-help books.)  It is patently obvious that nobody is going to get wealthy writing humour for newspapers unless they roll up the paper and whack somebody over the head with it during the course of a bank robbery.

So I’ve decided to switch media here and become a screenwriter.  I’m a natural.  I can sit in those funny collapsible canvas chairs just as well as the next guy, and besides, I know hundreds of unbelievable plots; I follow BC politics.

So here goes: for my first screamplay <sic> I’m going to do something made for TV; specifically one of those romance-suspense-action-thriller-northern-southern-civil war epic-type things, maybe a miniseries.  It would have everything – sex, violence, sex, betrayal, sex, revenge, sex - and maybe even some dialogue.  It would star a ravishing but thoroughly spoiled female lead, maybe called Sapphire.  Here’s a preview:

Sapphire flings herself up the sweeping staircase, catching bottom of skirt on knob of banister.
Sapphire (yanking at fabric):  Go away, Rot!  Just go away!
Rot:  I’m going, I’m going.  But one last thing, Sapphire honey, I’ve got to know.  How do you manage to go to the bathroom with that bloody hoola- hoop attached to your skirt?
Sapphire (rolling downstairs on her side):  Don’t go, Rot!  Please don’t go.
Rot (doffing hat):  Frankly Sapphire, I don’t give a hoot.
(From outside, several barn owls hoot.)

I predict a blockbuster.  But just in case, I have a second one planned.  It’s a 1960s historical spy flick, based on the true-to-life adventures of very bad people who might possibly be Russian.

First Spy (possibly named Boris):  Gee comrade, do you theenk perhaps we are raising peeples suspicions speeeking English with Russian accent?
Second Spy (also named Boris):  Especially seence it is very BAD Russian accent, comrade?”

Okay, so it needs a bit of work, and maybe some more sex.  I’m thinking of calling it Czech-mate. And if we bring it forward to modern times, the possibilities are endless.  What about a ‘Spy of the Month’ reality series?  Boris could live in an LA frat house with nine other comrades named Boris, and the survivor…
Or I could go back to writing for newspapers.