Monday, December 29, 2008

Guess Alicia's Sun Sign

Are you one of those people who can just "tell" when someone's a Leo (or some other sign)? Yes? Then you're going to love this contest.

Alicia Anderson is the protagonist in Darksome Thirst and The Old Power Returns. She's about to start learning more about astrology as part of her general training in the occult sciences, which she's undertaking to help her in her battle against a particularly troublesome vampire. Can you guess her sign from her characterization in the novels?

First Prize

Guess her Sun, Moon, and Rising signs and win your choice of a Crystal Wheel or Floral Horoscope from Dikki-Jo Mullen.

Dikki-Jo is a nationally noted astrologer and spiritual counselor who has authored manynationally published articles. Her feature items and detailed astrology forecasts appear in The Witches' Almanac and Dell Horoscope publications, available in fine book stores everywhere.

Second Prize

Guess any two signs (sun/moon, moon/rising, and so on) and win a signed copy of the yet unpublished book three in the Alicia Anderson series and a copy of the 2009-2010 Witches' Almanac, in which my article on crystal balls appears.

You have until midnight Eastern Standard Time February 28, 2009 to post your entries. For full details, see the Contest Entry Page at

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I finished NaNoWriMo with 50,216 words!

The term that they use is "win"; that is, you win NaNoWriMo if you complete 50,000 words on your novel by November 30. I dunno why, but I prefer to use the verb to finish, as in "I finished NaNoWriMo" and that I did indeed do!

This is only half the battle. I'll let the novel "cool" over the month of December while I catch up on things I let go in November. Then sometime in January I'll start whipping this novel into shape as Book Three (no title yet) of my vampires, witches, and geeks series featuring Alicia Anderson and the vampire Wesley.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Still Slogging Away

I made this same text blog on my podcast page. Since people usually subscribe to just the audio feed from that page, they might miss it, so I'm repeating it here.

NaNoWriMo 2008 Progress

I’m still slogging through my manuscript for book three in my vampire series. I had hoped to have a solid outline before I started so that I could just dig in and write sequentially, but I was so busy with appearances in September and October that I didn’t get to it.

When November 1 came, and NaNoWriMo started, I had to just dive in and hope for the best. The first week went well as I wrote the scenes for each returning character and started filling in the background information for the new characters, some mortal and some vampiric.

Then I hit a slump the second week, which I hear is pretty common and felt very similar to the sophomore slump of writing your second book — heck, someone even referred to it as the sophomore slump! I started worrying that the book was crap, that I hadn’t done enough planning, and that I should just give it up for now. But, if you never start writing, you won’t finish, and I finally convinced myself that now is just a good a time as any.

So, I’m still plugging away at the new vampire novel, and if you want to see my progress, go to my home page and look at the word count at the very top of the page.

As soon as I hit my 50,000 words, I’m going to work on the next podcast, the promised interview with Dan and Michelle from Out of the Coffin, and go into more details on the contest I’m running.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Reading and Signing at Bay State Paranormal

Saturday, November 08, 2008
Bay State Paranormal Center
20 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780

At 3:15 pm, I'll give a short talk and a brief reading from my current book, The Old Power Returns, and tell you a little bit about the third book, which I'm working on now. For more info, see or

After that, I climb back into my hole, trying to write 1,667 words a day for NaNoWriMo 2008.

Happy November!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NaNoWriMo -- First day results

1,706 words this morning! Yay! I'm going to try to get ahead of the game this weekend, but I've also got to take down the Halloween decorations and put them away.

Still, I'm happy with my first-day start.

Happy NaNoWriMo!


Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween and, if you celebrate it, a blessed Samhain.

I've just posted another podcast episode of Vampires, Witches, and Geeks. That's going to be it for a few weeks because starting tomorrow, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo, where I'll be pushing to get a 50,000-word draft of my next novel in just one month. Yup. One month. That's 1,667 words a day.

Wish me luck!


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Remember: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can find out more information at

If you'd like to fund a free mammogram for someone in need, visit this site and click the button for free mammograms:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Interview Posted

I had great fun interviewing Karagan, podcaster and witch, on my "Vampires, Witches, and Geeks" podcast. He also gave me a short sample of one of his chants to post with the podcast.

You don't need an iPod to listen to a podcast, but if you have an iPod (or any other MP3 player), you can certainly subscribe and/or download it directly.

Check it out at

To listen to it from the web, just click the speaker icon.
To subscribe to it, click one of the buttons on the right.

I'm still very new to podcasting, so I'm still learning, but I think this one came out fairly well. Of course, it helps that Karagan has a wonderful, rich voice and wasn't shy over the phone!


Friday, September 26, 2008

Is nothing uncontroversial these days?

It seems like a good deal: Go to this web site (The Breast Cancer Site) and click the button that says "Click to Give Free Mammograms". The site is a good site, the cause is worthy, and October is Breast Cancer Month.

So what's the controversy? Some people feel that the radiation from the mammogram itself causes problems. That could be true, but right now it's the best tool we have for finding breast cancer in its early stage.

Weigh the dangers and decide for yourself. Personally, I'm gonna click. Often. My sibling's girlfriend just finished treatment. I have other friends who have fought the battle. And my mother died from breast cancer when I was still in grade school.

I get yearly mammograms because I'm at risk. I'd like to see other women have that choice.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Radio Free Bliss Re-Posted

The files for the podcast are okay now and re-posted. Ah, the joys of podcasting! ;-) I remember doing that a few times myself, and I've posted less than ten episodes!

Can't wait to listen to the episode!


P.S. The podcast is at

Radio Free Bliss, part 2

If you're trying to download or listen to the Radio Free Bliss podcast and can't, don't worry. It's not you. I think there's a problem with the files.

I've emailed Kaz, but as I said, she's 12 hours ahead, so I don't expect to hear from her for at least another 7 hours. I'll let you know when the problem's fixed.

In the meantime, if you've been successful at downloading or listening to the files, let me know.


Morven on Radio Free Bliss

I've been interviewed for Radio Free Bliss, which is a show "about writers and what drives them... Radio Free Bliss is an MP3 file that you can listen to at this website, download to your own machine, or even store on your MP3 player for listening to later."

Of course, her show is a podcast, but she makes it very clear that you don't need an iPod or other portable MP3 player to listen to it. All you need is your computer. Using any internet browser (for example, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and others), visit the following link and scroll down to find "September 2008::Morven Westfield":

Doing the interview was a lot of fun. At one point in the beginning, I kept tripping over the pronunciation of "enamored," which is one of those words that I always read correctly (en-am-ored), but sometimes say incorrectly (en-amore'd). She was extremely gracious, laughing and offering to look in her thesaurus for a word that I *could* pronounce.

The Skype connection was exceptionally clear, even though she was thousands of miles away. Yup, thousands. Her time zone was twelve hours ahead of mine! When I phoned her at 9:00 on a Sunday morning, it was 9:00 Sunday *evening* for her.

Isn't technology amazing? Working with it every day, I sometimes take it for granted, but sometimes it just amazes me how far we've come in just my lifetime. When I was in high school, for example, no one had home computers -- there weren't any -- so using computers to make a phone call over the internet wasn't possible, or at least not for anyone but computer network pioneers.

More on technology later.


P.S. I'm doing a lot of traveling in the New England area this fall. See for a list of events.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Appearances on Panels at Necon, Pi-Con

July and August will be busy this year. I'll be attending Necon, a small convention in Bristol, Rhode Island, from July 17-20, and then attending Pi-Con, a new convention (for me) in Springfield, MA from Aug 22-24. At both conventions I'll be participating in panels.

At Necon, on Sunday morning at 10:00, I'll be one of the panelists on SELLING YOUR SOUL: Book promotion in the modern world. (Don't you just love the title?) From bookmarks to book trailers, store signings to podcasts; what really gets you noticed? Nate Kenyon (moderator), P.D. Cacek, Matt Schwartz, Darrell Schweitzer, Morven Westfield, Lynne Hansen

At Pi-Con, I'll be on three panels: -- Oops. That wasn't a finalized schedule yet. So, hold off and I'll post the final one when I see it here. I guess I jumped the gun.

Hope to see some of you there.


Monday, July 14, 2008

New podcast online

I just posted my third episode of Vampires, Witches, and Geeks, my little podcast about the same.

This one is a big improvement over the other two. I've added theme music and I've actually interviewed someone. I've still got sooooooooo much to learn about this technology, especially when I'm assembling pieces like the podcast intro, the show intro, an interview, the outro (yeah, they call it that!), and the music that fades out at the end. I think I still sound a little stiff, too.

You're probably wondering why you should even bother to listen, huh? ;-O Well, for one thing, it's not that bad, and for another, my guest, writer/publisher/vampire researcher Inanna Arthen says some fascinating things about vampires.

Take a listen, and let me know what you think.

If you'd prefer to give your comments privately, use the contact form on

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Closer to book three...

Now I don't have to cower when I go to Necon* at the end of next week and someone asks me, "So, Morven. Whatcha been up to? Working on your next novel yet?"

One of the things that's kept me from getting going with novel number three is that I need to get my head around what already happened in the first two books, what plot threads I left hanging, who's still alive, and so on.

Somewhere I heard/read about the concept of a "story bible" where one keeps all this info. Sure, I had a character/entity database and my notes on plots, and some chapter synopses, but I didn't have it all in one place. And so I embarked on creating a "Story Guide."

Last week I finished entering all the information for DARKSOME THIRST.

Next: Do the same for my second book, THE OLD POWER RETURNS.


* Necon is a convention I'll be attending. For more on where I'll be this summer, see

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hey, what's your sign?

Writers should know their characters well, so well that even if you, the reader, never know the character's favorite color or least-favorite food, the author does. So well that the author knows not only the character's age, but probably even his or her astrology sign.

As I started working on my third novel in the series, it occurred to me that I need to know my main character's astrological sign, not just because I should know my character that well, but because she's going to be studying up on the psychic sciences in her quest to understand the forces that are set against her.

But she's a composite character, made up of different people or aspects of people I've known. How could I possibly figure this out?

I found the perfect solution: Internationally-known astrologer Dikki Jo Mullen, who is the house astrologer for The Witches' Almanac, did her chart!

Dikki Jo's detailed astrology forecasts also appear Dell Horoscope publications. She is the author of four books including the recently published KOO HOLLIE AND THE CORN GODDESS CHRONICLE, "a metaphysical allegory and adventure story which doubles as a textbook about astrology, ghost hunting and much more." She teaches classes in Tarot, Ghost Hunting and Paranormal Investigation, Astrology, Tea leaf Reading and Crystal Gazing, Native American spirituality and Runes, among other subjects.

You can't imagine how exciting it was to see my main character, Alicia's, chart. Dikki Jo sent not just a chart, but a full interpretation and a beautiful hand-done poster of the chart.

So what sign IS Alicia? I can't tell you! I'm going to have a contest for readers to guess! I just have to figure out the details. Stay tuned...

Saturday, May 31, 2008

June is Book Reviewing Month

Just got this post from a book reviewer/author and fellow "Broad" (member of Broad Universe). Sounds interesting and useful...

June is 'Book Reviewing' month at Blogcritics Magazine!

To promote the release of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, co-author Mayra Calvani will be interviewing 15+ reviewers and review editors during the month of June. Learn all about the business of book reviewing and what's in the mind of some of the most popular reviewers on the internet today. Some of the guests will include: Alex Moore from ForeWord Magazine, James Cox from Midwest Book Review, Irene Watson from Reader Views, Andrea Sisco from Armchair Interviews, Magdalena Ball from The Compulsive Reader, Sharyn McGinty from In The Library Reviews, Lea Schizas from Muse Book Reviews, Linda Baldwin from Road to Romance, Hilary Williamson from Book Loons, Judy Clark from Mostly Fiction, and many others!

To see the complete lineup, visit: The Slippery Book Review Blog.

Between June 1st and June 30th, stop by Blogcritics and leave a comment under the reviewer interviews for a chance to win a Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tour (coordinated by book marketing guru Dorothy Thompson), OR, as an alternative to a non-author winner, a $50 B&N gift certificate!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Good news

The signing at Pandemonium was fun, and as a side benefit, they're now carrying both Darksome Thirst and The Old Power Returns. So, if you're looking for a bricks-and-mortar store in Cambridge, MA that sells my books, try Pandemonium. (And tell Tyler I said hi!)

Another place that will be carrying my books is the online bookstore Horror Mall. I don't see the books listed yet, but this is a very new development, so I'm not surprised.

Also "not listed yet" is the Kindle version of The Old Power Returns. The Kindle version of Darksome Thirst has been available for a couple of months, but TOPR was held back due to some formatting problems.

And if that isn't good news enough, I'm going to be interviewed in July for a podcast and one of my short stories will appear in an anthology! I'll publish details on both as soon as I have confirmation of dates and things.

Gotta run. I need to start packing for WisCon. Woo hoo!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Morven's appearances in May

May is always fairly busy for me. There's always something to do (or ignore) around the outside of the house. It seems that people in New England start coming out of hibernation right about now and start having get-togethers, and events open up in general.

Here are two events I'm participating in in May.

Signing at Pandemonium Books (May 10, 2008)
Cambridge, MA
2:00 pm

I'll be signing books at Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant St., Cambridge, MA 02139, with fellow members of New England Horror Writers. Authors include me, Inanna Arthen (Mortal Touch), Scott Goudsward (Trailer Trash, Shadows Over New England), Henry P. Gravelle (Ten Wide), Nate Kenyon (Bloodstone), Alisa M. Libby (The Blood Confession), L.L.Soares (Best of Horrorfind 2, Right House on the Left), and Jennifer Yarter-Polmatier (The Madness Within).

Founded in 1989, Pandemonium has been a Cambridge institution for almost two decades and has been the Boston area's premier source of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural. For more information, visit their web site at

WisCon 32 (May 23-26, 2008)
Madison, Wisconsin
I'll be doing a short ("rapid-fire") reading with Broad Universe on Saturday at 1, in Assembly. At other times during the convention, I'll be taking my turn at staffing the Broad Universe table in the dealer's room. WisCon is the first and foremost feminist science fiction convention in the world, with offerings ranging from science fiction to fantasy to horror to non-fiction. For more info on the convention, visit

For more info on Broad Universe, see

Monday, April 14, 2008

Morven Podcasts

I’ve done a number of public readings of my vampire novels Darksome Thirst and The Old Power Returns. I always try to record my own reading so I can listen to it later to see what I need to improve upon. I always hoped I could get one good "take" to put on my web, just for fun, and because people often ask me if the reading is available online.

This past weekend I decided it would probably be quicker and better to just re-record one of them. Sadly, you don't get the audience reaction with an in-home reading, but you do get a cleaner recording.

I've put the first reading up as a podcast on

I'm going to record some other ones at home, but will also try to get some decent live recordings to put up there, too. It's really fun to hear audience reaction, especially when I read some of the sections that involve the character named Frederick.

This first one is short, just under 10 minutes. What have you got to lose? Check it out ;-)


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lunacon 2008: Part 3 (Reading with the Broads)

How could I forget to mention this? On Saturday night, I participated in a "rapid-fire reading" with other members of Broad Universe.

I always enjoy participating, as I might have said before, because I get to listen to the others' readings while I wait for my turn. This time, just because of where I was sitting, I was the last to read, so I got to hear some interesting readings.

First up was April Gray, reading from her very funny, "I'll love ya forever, but..." story of a woman whose husband shambles back from the grave -- and onto the white shag carpet.

Phoebe Wray read a selection from her just-released novel Jemma7729, a story of the future where an independent spirit rebels against a controlling State. In Phoebe's reading, Jemma sees the stars in the sky at night, stars she had been led to believe didn't exist anymore.

Racheline Maltese, whose Harry Potter trivia book was released in November, read next. (At this point I was starting to get jittery because I was up next, so I forgot to write down the name of what she read -- will get that info and update this later. Sorry, Racheline!)

Finally it was my turn. I read a scene from The Old Power Returns in which Frederick, the vampire, has promised his girlfriend that he'll go bowling with her and decides to practice. Bowling? A vampire? Yup! It's both funny and touching and I enjoy reading it. I tried to record my reading, as I did another time I read it. One of these days I'll listen to the two recordings and try to get at least a short excerpt posted.

Well, time to start winding down for bed. Hope you all have a good weekend,


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lunacon 2008: Part 2 (The "Escher Hilton")

Joe Mahew says, in Lunacon Report, "For those unfamiliar with the Rye Lunacon’s Town [sic] hotel, it earned its nickname, ’Escher Hilton,’ with its convoluted, eccentric building design in which one needs a native guide to get from one point to another. Finding anything there for the first time is a sort of built-in adventure game. "

I first heard someone call it the Escher Hilton when I almost bumped into her in the halls, not looking where I was walking because I was too intent on trying to figure out where the heck I was. "Sorry, but this hotel really confuses me," I said. "They don’t call it the ’Escher Hilton’ for nothing," she replied.

It’s not just that walking straight down the hall of the fourth floor and down a few steps gets you suddenly on the SEVENTH floor that was the problem. I can handle the fact that floors 1-4 on one side are called 5-8 on the other. And I could get used to the fact that the lobby on one side is on floor 2, but on the other side it’s floor 7. But the layout is not the usual rectangle of a modern hotel. And even if it were, it’s always days before I can figure out how to get around a normal hotel. It’s hard to explain, but there were angles and shifts and the map had such small print that it was hard to read in the soft lighting of the spacious halls.

But, hey, it’s not the hotel’s fault that I’m directionally challenged. Eventually it started to make some sense, but only some. I guess the good part about it was that I was too afraid of getting lost going to the Con Suite that I didn’t make many trips, which cut down on my snacking

But it also meant that I wasn’t able to make a quick stop at the dealer’s room between panels. I had hoped that I could slip out of each panel a little early, run to the dealer’s room, relieve Phoebe at the Broad Universe table, and meet and greet for 10-15 minutes at the end of each hour. I figured that if panels ended 5 minutes before the hour, I could leave 5-10 minutes before that and not miss too much. But because I couldn’t get the hang of the layout until the last day, and because a lot of the panels ran close to the end (or interested me so much I forgot to leave early), I didn’t make it.

Unfortunately that meant I missed the woman who bought The Old Power Returns! According to the woman minding the table at the time, the woman said she knew me from a long time ago, which makes me doubly sad I missed her! So, if you were that person, please contact me here or go to the contact section of my web site.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Lunacon 2008: Part 1 (Heat and Panels)

Lunacon was HOT! Yeah, really, really hot. I mean it.

Even if hubby told me beforehand that he read a review of the hotel that said it tended to have air conditioning problems, I wouldn't have taken much notice. After all, this is March, and it's still technically -- and evidently -- winter. So, had I heard, I would have just forgotten it. And maybe I did. There's a good chance that he mentioned it and I totally discarded what I considered to be irrelevant info. And, of course, I didn't pack a tee shirt or short-sleeved shirt -- after all, this is WINTER, oil prices are high, and I thought I lived in an environmentally-aware part of the country. Maybe the Rye Hilton is in another universe?

But enough about the hotel. How about the con? I attended a some great panels, ate some great gnocci in a nearby restaurant, and picked up some good books.

I've never seen so many choices for panels! Okay, so I really haven't been to that many cons, but this con certainly had the most panels and most diversity of panels that I've seen so far. Hubby was even able to find a few he found interesting. Writer Dan Robichaud from w was on a couple of good panels, including "The Carpetbaggers" (a discussion on why some genre terms aren't used in literary circles) and other differences between the two worlds, and "Gaming on the Dark Side," a panel I thought I'd have no interest in since I don't game, but which held hubby and I rapt. Also on those two panels was Adam Nakama, soft-spoken, but always with something interesting to say. I met Adam on the ride to Lunacon when we both bummed a ride from Dan and Trista because our significant others wouldn't be able to get away until late. (Speaking of interesting programming, Adam taught Tango on Saturday, but I was just getting lunch about then.)

Rosemary Edghill moderated a great panel called "Fantastic Females," a discussion of writers who wrote strong female characters in their fiction. More than one panelist and audience member mentioned that they used to read boys' adventure stories as a child because the ones with female characters just weren't interesting. Rosemary herself writes strong, believable characters and it was a pleasure to hear her thoughts and knowledge on the subject.

Jeanne Cavelos, fellow New England Horror Writer and HWA member, and director of the Odyssey Fantasy workshop, also contributed much to that panel. I caught her on an earlier panel, "Horror in the Escher Hilton," which I found interesting, especially the very brief discussion on torture porn's place in horror, and some insights that Jeanne and another panelist had on "The Blair WItch Project." (I'm one of those people who couldn't understand what the fuss was about. Now I'm wondering that if I had read their website first, would I have had a different experience?)

And finally I got to meet fellow HWA author Jonathan Maberry, but, darn, I forgot to get a copy of his Vampire Universe! Jonathan and urban fantasy author Mark del Franco were on a panel on "Social Networking for Writers" and not only did I get some good tips, but got to hear a lot of interesting related chatter on writing in general.

Whew. Gotta stop here. There's lots more to tell, including what, exactly, is the "Escher Hilton," but I'll have to hold that until later.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rapid-fire reading at Boskone 45

I just got email that I'll be participating in a "rapid-fire reading" with other members of Broad Universe at Boskone 45 this Friday, February 15, sometime between 9 and 10 p.m.

In a rapid-fire reading, a number of different authors read from their work, the length of time dependent on the number of readers. I don't know the order yet, but I know that I'll be reading sometime during our hour-long time slot.

I'm not sure yet whether I'll read from The Old Power Returns or whether I'll read from one of the short stories I've been working on. I guess it depends on the time allotted. We'll just have to keep it a surprise, eh?

Boskone is a regional Science Fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming and covering horror and fantasy genres as well. For more info, visit

This year it's being held at the Westin Waterfront, 25 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.

So, if you're there and bored around 9 p.m., check us out! I don't know the room location, but I'm sure that it'll be posted or that someone at Information will know.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Results of Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll

Results of the Vote

The results for the latest Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll are out! Go here to see them:

Although my vampire novel The Old Power Returns didn't make it into the Top 10, it did make it into the top 25, coming in at number 15. Back in 2003, my first novel, Darksome Thirst, tied for tenth place, so it's not as good, but I'm still pleased.

A couple of author pals also made the list. Inanna's Arthen's Mortal Touch (Vampires of New England) also made a good showing, coming out in the top 25 (number 23), which is encouraging since it's another vampire novel (and an excellent one at that, I might add).

Another treat was seeing The End of Desire: A Rowan Gant Investigation (Miranda Trilogy) by M. R. Sellars hit number 2! Way to go, Murv!

Thanks to everyone for your support. That support is what keeps me going when I think I'm just too tired to keep this up or when I get into one of those funks where I believe that I must be deluding myself when I think I can string two words together.




Inanna Arthen's web site

M. R. Sellars' web site

Friday, February 01, 2008

Happy Groundhog Day

To those outside the United States, the media coverage of Punxsutawney Phil must seem a little absurd. Why do they disturb this poor member of the Marmot family every year on February 2? "According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring." (From

Though some consider this a modern event made just for media, the origins go way back. According to the history page on Phil's web site, weather predictions on this day were common, though they didn't disturb poor Phil to do it.

So aside from wondering what the groundhogs who live next to our house will see tomorrow, what have I been up to? Well, for one thing, I'm actually keeping a New Year's resolution! Yup, I promised myself that I would polish up some old short stories and send them out. (I also want to write some new ones, but I won't go so far as to *promise* myself to do that, LOL!) Will let you know how that goes. I sent two out this week.

Speaking of letting you know, in my last post, I asked that if you liked The Old Power Returns, to cast your vote at

I haven't heard back, but I don't think I made the top 10. I left it too late to notify people. I'll let you know how I did when I see the final results posted.

That's all I've been up to so far, but I've got a lot in store the next few months. Boskone, Lunacon, conBust, WisCon, and Necon, and a number of small signings that haven't firmed up yet. I'll be updating my Appearances page as soon as details are nailed down.

That's it for now. Stay warm, and may your Groundhog Day be dark and rainy, which, if I'm interpreting things correctly, means I'm wishing you no more winter!


That's it for now. Stay warm!


Monday, January 14, 2008

Vote for Morven!


No, no, don't worry. I'm not going to try to give Hillary a run for
her money. The race I'm running in is not presidential, though I
wouldn't guarantee that it's not political (grin).

There's an online poll called the Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll
where you vote for your favorite novel published in the previous year.

It's well underway -- it ends the 15th -- and I've just been told that
someone has voted for my book!

If you liked The Old Power Returns, please go and cast your vote at

(It's in the Horror category.)