New dystopian books free for limited time!

Searching for your next favorite story? Look no further!

I’ve teamed up with 18 other bestselling authors to offer you a selection of riveting new books for free, including my just-released young adult science fiction novel, Moonblood.

Don’t delay! This offer ends soon.

Check out the new dystopian titles here before July 21!

Praise for Moonblood:

“Fans of dystopian fiction looking for something refreshingly original and truly different in the society-building/destruction theme will find Moonblood a standout….”
–D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“In a dystopian future mired in traditions whose origins have been lost, can one woman’s search for truth bring answers for her and for all of humanity? … Moonblood is an imaginative story with complex characters set in a future landscape that is all too easy to extrapolate from today’s world. It pulls you and will not let go.”
–Al Gritten, Goodreads review

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Audiobook in the works!

The very talented Amanda Leigh Jerry has agreed to narrate Moonblood! Expect to see it on the virtual shelves of your favorite audio store by mid-summer.

Meanwhile, check out Amanda’s music on Spotify and YouTube, and her storytelling for children on Amanda Reads Aloud.

Amanda Leigh Jerry is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles. She has worked as an actor onstage and on film, and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. She has composed and performed music for projects ranging from film scoring to musical theatre to her own upcoming album.

She is a narrator of novels and children’s stories, and is currently writing and illustrating her first children’s book, The Quiz Wizard Visit.

Amanda lives with her partner Alex and their two cats Hades and Masago. She enjoys making art about empathy, spirituality, and living in the future.

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Moonblood review giveaways

Throughout the month of June, sign up on Library Thing’s Early Reviewers for a chance to get a free copy of Moonblood, my latest young adult science fiction novel.

If you are a reviewer on Net Galley, it’s also available there this month.

As always, reviews are greatly appreciated.

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Join the fun at ARCHON 43!

If you’re a fan or a writer of science fiction and fantasy, don’t miss ARCHON 43, the Midwest’s Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy event. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of the Imagination.” It will be held October 4-6 at the Gateway Convention Center and DoubleTree Hotel in Collinsville, IL.

This year I’ll be sharing Table 20 on Booksellers Row with Jennifer Lynn, author of the Bree MacLeod series–“Glimpse the world through the eyes of a modern-day shaman.”

See the complete Program here. We and other members of the St. Louis Writers Guild will make the following presentations:


Publish Your Book (Without Spending a Fortune!)
Steven M. Thomas (M)
Marquette B – Gateway Center 8:00 PM

Audiobooks for Authors on a Budget
It’s easier than you think to join publishing’s fastest growing segment! Learn how to find the perfect narrator/producer and ways to promote your audiobook.
Jennifer Lynn (M),T.W. Fendley,Debbie Manber Kupfer,Steven M. Thomas
Madison C & D – DoubleTree – Collinsville
10:00 AM

Jules Verne, A Writer’s Guide to Imagination and Exploration
Follow Jules Verne on his journeys. Poe and Dumas were his inspiration as to style, but the science, imagination, adventure, and camaraderie were all his!
Ronald R. Van Stockum Jr. (M)
St. Clair A & B – DoubleTree – Collinsville
10:00 AM

Writing Mental Illness
Characters reflect real life, and sometimes are metally ill. Writers discuss the challenges and benefits of creating mentally ill characters.
Cole Gibsen (M),M. R. Sellars,Christine Amsden,Thomas Stratman
Salon 2 – Gateway Center
12:00 PM

Escape from Archon – An Interactive Puzzle Panel
The Plutonians are furious. They have heard that upstart Earthlings have downgraded their planet and they want revenge. They have traveled to our world and have infiltrated this convention. However as they are microscopic they can only communicate through a series of puzzles. Help us solve these puzzles to escape this room and save mankind!
Debbie Manber Kupfer (M),Joey Kupfer
Madison C & D – DoubleTree – Collinsville
4:00 PM

Writing Speculative Fiction for Children -Picture Books to Young Adult
Not sure if you’re writing a middle-grade or young adult book? Learn how to write, pitch
and market stories for young readers.
Jennifer Lynn (M),Debbie Manber Kupfer,Jessica Mathews,T.W. Fendley
Marquette A – Gateway Center
6:00 PM

Writing Realistic Fight Scenes
Do your fight scene seem outlandish or fall flat? Come get tips on making your fights a knock-out!
Thomas Carpenter,Walt Boyes,Kasey Mackenzie (M),Cole Gibsen
Marquette B – Gateway Center
6:00 PM


When One Story Becomes Many
How to proceed when you realize your story is too involved for one book.
Cole Gibsen (M),Robin Wayne Bailey,Glen Cook,Thomas Carpenter
Salon 1 – Gateway Center 10:00 AM

Writing What You Don’t Know
Authors write about things they’ve never done all the time, whether it’s killing another person, working in zero gravity or something as “simple” as riding a horse. How much can you research and how much is built on reading other writers who may not have direct knowledge either?
Kristin Bailey,Ethan Nahté,Tracy Morris,Les Haven (M),Cole Gibsen
Salon 1 – Gateway Center 11:00 AM

Shamans, Druids and Wise Women-Writing the Mystic in Fiction
Discover European Mystical alternatives to the Native American medicine man, including an introduction to the concepts of mystics, Druids, Scyrs, and wise women.
Jennifer Lynn (M)
Marquette A – Gateway Center 2:00 PM

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See you at the Crossroads Metaphysical Fair!

Come celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the Crossroads Metaphysical Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 11-12, at the Holiday Inn SW – Route 66 (10709 Watson Rd., St. Louis). Join me, other metaphysical authors and vendors, including Sandy Schulz of Earth & Wheel Pottery.

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Join me May 8 at SLPA to discuss “Author Journey”

Join Brad R Cook, Cynthia A. Graham, Peter Green and me to explore our Author Journeys at the St. Lous Publishers Association 6:30 p.m., May 8, meeting at the Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave. in Richmond Heights.

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Join us Dec. 8 at 6 North in Ballwin!

Signed books by local authors make great holiday gifts! 

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Carrington Event — 159 years ago!

Available in print, Kindle & audio

Check out today’s Space Weather for information about the Carrington Event, which I referenced in my short story, SOLAR LULLABY. The legendary solar flare happened 159 years ago.

Auroras seen as far south as Cuba … and “As the day unfolded, the gathering storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire. The “Victorian Internet” was knocked offline.”

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Check out Midwest Crystal Fest, 6/23-24!

This weekend, I’ll be at the Midwest Crystal Fest, held outdoors at Emmenegger Park in Kirkwood, Mo., sharing a table with my good friend Sandy Schulz of Earth&Wheel Pottery. She makes amazing horsehair and pit-fired pottery, including runes, beads, and bowls. Of course, I’ll have my books there, too!

Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See you there!

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Behind the Labyrinth of Time: the second blue moon rises

Research is one of the fun things about writing. When I was imagining my young adult novel, The Labyrinth of Time, I became intrigued by the idea of “double blue moons.” In recent times, we generally say the second full moon in a calendar month is a blue moon. A few times each century, you have two blue moons in one year, which is called a double blue moon.

On March 30, we’ll have the second blue moon of 2018, following one on Jan. 31.  The last double blue moon happened in 1999, and the next will be in 2037.

The idea of double blue moons inspired the “prophecy of the Peruvian elders” that’s at the heart of the adventure story in The Labyrinth of Time:

Beware the second blue moon’s rising. Stones will speak to men, and the song of Pachamama and Inti will fill your hearts. Tremble at the dark moon, which heralds the Light’s return. Only those who tread the Path of Knowledge may rise among the First Men and quench the flames of doom.

I took some liberties with the “dark moon” reference. There is a total lunar eclipse during this cycle, but it occurred on Jan. 31, 2018, rather than March 30 when the story occurs. And the next total eclipse visible in Ica, Peru, is Jan. 21, 2019, which is not part of a double blue moon pair…and that was too long for Jade and Felix to wait for the comet’s return.




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