Some of you may know that I am the editor of genre short fiction website wordhaus. Well, we're doing something new and awesome over there, and readers like yourselves are the winners.

We're giving away a free, signed novel every month.


Awesome, right? Yes.

Of course, because it's totally new, I needed some guinea pigs. And if you're not willing to step up and be your own guinea pig, what are you even doing, right?

So this month, and this month only, you can enter to win a signed copy of Mud!

So ... enter the giveaway! If you already own Mud, tell your friends! Or, enter for yourself, and then tell your friends! That's fine too.

(And if you're interested in being a future featured author, email me at

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A few weeks ago, I shared that Mud  was recognized as a Royal Palm Literary Award Semifinalist. Now, I can proudly (oh, so, so proudly) tell you that Mud is now a FINALIST for this awesome award.



Look at that little award guy, standing there all casual like it's no big deal. I could not be geeking out any harder right now.


Thanks to all of you who have been geeking out along with me on Facebook and Twitter today!

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If I had a final dying wish, it would probably be to go to Comic Con. I have tried to get tickets in the past, and alas, it seems to be an impossible feat. Thus, every year, I find myself drooling over the feed on hashtag and catching all the latest action from the event that I can.

It's kind of pathetic.

But ... maybe a few of you can relate?

At any rate, let's make sure none of us missed anything with a quick recap of all the awesome we missed out on, shall we?


Obviously, there was some truly fabulous cosplay.

My storytelling hero Joss Whedon explained what’s wrong with modern movies.

And he teased us by saying he still wants to direct a Black Widow movie (pretty please???).

Meanwhile, Marvel revealed PHASE THREE.

Even more amazing cosplay.


There was a Dr. Strange trailer. 

Brie Larson revealed that she is going to be Captain Marvel, and everyone happy danced.

The Hall of Faces was real. (It looks pretty unsettling, too).

It was extremely, crazy hot there. But these Tatooine natives were so ready for it.

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. rode the elevator. 

There was a Wonder Woman trailer.

Ahsoka Tano wore a dress made out of Legos, and made Legos the new duct tape.

The Super Girl crew talked season 2.

There was a Suicide Squad trailer.


There was a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer.

Netflix performed the mic-drop of all trailer drops, teasing Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. They also confirmed new seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

The cast of Walking Dead got their revenge.

There was a Justice League trailer, and Aquaman was suddenly not so goofy.

Chewie’s Angels. Go with it.

Alllllll the cosplay! 

The Mary Sue investigated the problem with the new Killing Joke movie.

Several of my living favorite authors hung out with me.

Eddie Redmayne gave all the people wands.

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Clark Gregg won for best tshirt.

The Flash cast revealed all sorts of spoily goodness about the Flashpoint timeline.

The American Gods trailer asked you to determine whether you are crazy, or the world is.


Benedict Cumberbatch said Dr. Strange was more important than the Avengers. (Calm down! He jests! But he might be right.)

Per standard rules of irony, the Women in Film Production panel was overrun by men who would not stop talking.

Tatiana Maslany announced a contest for a fan to win a walk-on role in season 5 of Orphan Black.


Star portraits. SO MANY star portraits.

Michael Rooker posed in full Guardians of the Galaxy makeup with director James Gunn.

Did we mention, there was cosplay?

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I'm excited to announce that I will be at Space Coast Comic Con!

I'll be signing books at my booth all weekend, plus I get the chance to talk about what it's like to imagine fantasy worlds into being on the Crafting Magical Worlds panel, where I'll be joined by these awesome authors:

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Full panel description:

Where does magic come from? How is it powered? What are its limits? From Middle-Earth to Bon Temps to Hogwarts, every magical world has its own answers to these questions. Magical words are complex, each with their own history and rules. On this panel of five imaginative fantasy authors from the Space Coast region, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look as the pros share the creative processes that drive the development of--and inspire--these unique fantasy worlds across a range of fantasy subgenres, from epic to urban to horror.

Space Coast Comic Con takes place Sept. 9-11, 2016, at the Space Coast Convention Center. Hope to see you there!

Learn more about these other wonderful fantasy authors here:

Jaimie Engle
D. Ryan Gish
Janice Hardy

Keith Rommel


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RPLA_16_SemiFinalist_Badge (1)I got some great news tonight--Mud has been selected as a semifinalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award!

The RPLA is the annual award for written works of the Florida Writers Association. The finalists and winners will be announced later in the year.


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