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About language in Zrada

I’ve been getting questions about the language in Zrada. Not the swearing (well, some about that); the actual language. The most common question is a variant of, “Does everybody in the Ukraine speak fluent English?” The answer, of course, is “no.” Zrada is full of people speaking Russian or Ukrainian,…

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Zrada lives!

At long last, Zrada has moved off my computer into the big world of online bookselling. As of yesterday, it’s now available for preorder on Amazon and Kobobooks. This is just a start. Over the next few days, I’ll be setting it up in Ingram (trade paperbacks) and in various…

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Carson wants a new hairdo

This is how Matt described Carson on their first meeting in The Collection: She’s around my age, squarish face, strong features, decent cheekbones. Not pretty, but not ugly either. Her dark-chocolate hair’s cut short—like, almost as short as mine on the sides. She’s been wearing her hair short since she…

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Zrada now in beta

Beta readers now have Zrada in their (virtual) hands. I expect to see the first results within the next few days. This is always a time of mixed feelings for me. On the one hand, getting here means I’m almost done. On the other hand, what if I’ve been buried…

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South now in Kindle Unlimited

South is now available in Kindle Unlimited. If you’re a member, you know what that means: South is now one of the bazillion books you can read on your Kindle as part of your monthly subscription. What does it mean for the rest of you? If you like paper books,…

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It’s a Book!

As opposed to a boy or girl. Chasing Clay released today! As you can see above, it’s available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited, and in trade paperback. However you get it, I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

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Chasing Clay in Beta

Yes, I know. I never call, I never write. Beta readers are the folks who get to read the book after the worst problems have been worked out but before it’s ready for publication. Don’t envy them too much — they have questions to answer and have to put up…

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Criminal Element: Two (two!) reviews of British crime shows

Continuing my entanglement with the Criminal Element, I parse two very different British TV crime miniseries: Ordeal by Innocence and Bodyguard. “A country house, a dead body, a pack of suspects—sounds like Agatha Christie, no? Of course, it does. It’s said that Dame Agatha named 1958’s Ordeal by Innocence as one of her two favorite…

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Criminal Element: The Fallen Architect

More consorting with the Criminal Element led me to read someone else’s book about a disgraced architect: The Fallen Architect is an atmospheric novel featuring an intriguing mystery, a sympathetic lead (who can also draw and paint), and a (literally) theatrical supporting cast, all set effectively in a colorful milieu….

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