Monday, May 10, 2021

Westside Saints is available now in paperback.


Return to a twisted version of Jazz Age New York in the follow up to Westside 


"A masterpiece."—Library Journal


Six months ago, the ruined Westside of Manhattan erupted into civil war, and private detective Gilda Carr nearly died to save her city. In 1922, winter has hit hard, and the desolate Lower West is frozen solid. Like the other lost souls who wander these overgrown streets, Gilda is weary, cold, and desperate for hope. She finds a mystery instead.


Hired by a family of eccentric street preachers to recover a lost saint’s finger, Gilda is tempted by their promise of “electric resurrection,” when the Westside’s countless dead will return to life. To a detective this cynical, faith is a weakness, and she is fighting the urge to believe in miracles when her long dead mother, Mary Fall, walks through the parlor door.


Westside Saints is available now in paperback from Amazon and other booksellers.  


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Little Johnny 4

Fred and Mary got married, but can't afford a honeymoon, so they go back to Fred's parent's home for their first night together. 

In the morning, Johnny, Fred's little brother, gets up and has his breakfast.

 As he is going out of the door to go to school, he asks his Mom if Fred and Mary are up yet. 

She replies, "No". Johnny asks, "Do you know what I think?" His mom replies, "I don't want to hear what you think! Just go to school." 

Johnny comes home for lunch and asks his mom, "Are Fred and Mary up yet?" 

She replies, "No." Johnny says, "Do you know what I think?" 

His mom replies, "Never mind what you think! Eat your lunch and go back to school." 

After school, Johnny comes home and asks again, "Are Fred and Mary up yet?" 

His mom says "No." He asks, "Do you know what I think?" 

His Mom replies, "Ok, do tell me what you think?" 

He says: "Last night Fred came to my room for the Vaseline and I think I gave him my airplane glue." 


A teacher said to her class, "All Right, I’m going to hold something under the desk and I want you to guess it. This one is round and red." 

Little Johnny's hand shot up, but he was ignored. 

"It's a plum miss," said a girl.

"No it's an apple, but I like your thinking. The next one is oval shaped and green."

The teacher ignored Little Johnny again and a boy said, "It's a kiwi miss." No, it's a guana, but I like your thinking." 

Little Johnny said, "I got one miss, its stiff, about an inch long and with a red nib." 

"Johnny, that’s disgusting!" shouted the teacher. 

"No it's a match, but I like your thinking." said Little Johnny. 


One day, Little Johnny saw his grandpa smoking his cigarettes. 

Little Johnny asked, "Grandpa, can I smoke some of your cigarettes?" 

His grandpa replied, "Can your penis reach your anus?" 

"No", said Little Johnny.

His grandpa replied, "Then you're not old enough." 

The next day, Little Johnny saw his grandpa drinking beer. 

He asked, "Grandpa, can I drink some of your beer?" 

His grandpa replied, "Can your penis reach your anus?" 

"No" said Little Johnny. 

"Then you're not old enough." his grandpa replied. 

The next day, Little Johnny was eating cookies. 

His grandpa asked, "Can I have some of your cookies?" 

Little Johnny replied, "Can your penis reach your anus?" 

His grandpa replied, "It most certainly can!" 

Little Johnny replied, "Then go screw yourself "

Saturday, May 8, 2021


A new motley crew journeys to another corner of the cosmos in the final installment of the Wayfarers series

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.


When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes—are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.


Available now from Amazon and other booksellers


Friday, May 7, 2021

Vocabulary: Some Words to Ponder

Ambidextrous [ am-bi-dek-struhs ] -- able to use both hands equally well.  

Bandersnatch [ ban-der-snach ] -- an imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition.  

Chutzpah [ hutz-pah ] -- informal shameless audacity; impudence.  

Conundrum [ kuh-nuhn-druhm ] -- 1. a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as: "What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper." 2. a confusing and difficult problem or question.  

Funambulist [ fyoo-nam-byuh-list ] -- a tightrope walker.  

Infamy [ in-fuh-mee ] -- extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act.  

Micawber [ mi-caw-ber ] -- one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune.  

Nemesis [ nem-uh-sis ] -- something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.  

Obfuscate [ ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt ] -- to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy; to make obscure or unclear.  

Peregrinate [ per-i-gruh-neyt ] -- to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot.  

Prolixity [ proh-lik-si-tee ] -- a tendency to speak or write at great or tedious length.  

Ramshackle [ ram-shak-uhl ] -- loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky.

Ubiquitous [ yoo-bik-wi-tuhs ] -- existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Sneak Peek for January 2022


Look for these in January 2022 from Angry Robot Books at Amazon and other booksellers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pageants and Weddings

The Passing of the Crown – Authorities in Sri Lanka arrested Caroline Jurie, the reigning Mrs. World, after she snatched the crown from the head of Pushpika De Silva as she was crowned Mrs. Sri Lanka on national television on April 4, allegedly injuring her. Jurie, the 2019 Mrs. Sri Lanka, claimed De Silva was a divorced woman, which made her ineligible to win the pageant, but organizers confirmed De Silva is only separated, and she has been re-crowned. The new queen reported on Facebook that she went to the hospital to be treated for head injuries after the incident, and police spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC Jurie was charged with "simple hurt and criminal cause." Pageant director Chandimal Jayasinghe said, "It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage." 

[BBC, 4/8/2021]

All in the Family – At a wedding in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in China on 31 MAR, the groom's mother noticed a birthmark on the bride's hand that was similar to one belonging to her long-lost daughter. When asked, the bride's parents admitted they had found her as a baby by the side of the road and taken her to live with them as their own -- a secret they had never told. The Daily Star reported that upon hearing of the connection, the bride burst into tears, saying the moment was "happier than the wedding day itself." Bonus: The groom was also adopted, so their marriage could proceed as planned. [Daily Star, 4/5/2021]

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe


Steal the Sky

Megan E. O'Keefe

The David Gemmell Morningstar Best Newcomer Award-winner, re-released with a gorgeous new cover!

In her breathless debut novel, Megan E. O'Keefe gives us The Lies of Locke Lamora on giant sand dunes with exploding airships; the first title in the Scorched Continent series. 

“Come for the heist, stay for the inventive world building.” – Kirkus Reviews

Available from Amazon and other book sellers