Monthly Archives: January 2016


This past year, 2015, I spent most of my time working on novels. I love novels, they've always been my passion, but traditional publishing takes a long time to put out the kind of big books I like to write, so my eligible works for 2015 are slim. Steal the Sky is a 2016 book, and will be eligible for awards next year.

My Eligibility

Of Blood and Brine | Read for free online at Shimmer or listen for free at PodCastle

  • Eligible for the Hugo, shorty story category
  • Eligible for the Nebula, short story category
  • Eligible for the World Fantasy Award, short story category

I am also in my second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This is my last year of eligibility for this award, as it's meant to go to those who are just getting started. For this award you can consider my complete body of work, as the award goes to the author, not an individual piece. That means Another Range of MountainsSteal the Sky,  Of Blood and Brine, and my silly flash story, The Fight Before Christmas can all be taken into consideration.

If you have no idea what a Hugo or Campbell award is, you can find out more info on WorldCon's website. Anyone who was a member of Sasquan or this year's WorldCon (MidAmeriCon) before Jan. 31st is eligible to nominate in the Hugos/Campbell. The Nebula award is voted on by the SFWA, and the World Fantasy award is voted on by a select jury.


This month has been jam-packed with Steal the Sky related things, as you'd expect. The book released in mass market paperback and e-book January 5th, and people seem to be enjoying it. Hooray! Here are some reviews, if you're curious: npr, The Speculative Herald, and SF Signal.

I've been scampering around the internet and the real world creating guest posts, answering interview questions, and hosting signings in the Northern California area. That info can all be found here:

Blog Tour

Signing Tour

  • January 9th, 2016 @ 3pm | Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA, USA |Facebook Event Page
  • January 16th, 2016 @ 2pm | Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • January 23rd, 2016 @ 4pm | Novi Sheraton (ConFusion), Novi, MI, USA
  • January 29th, 2016 @ 7:30pm | Avid Reader Books, Davis, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • February 13th, 2016 @ 1-3pm | The Book Shop, Hayward, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • March 19th, 2016 @ 1pm | Copperfield's Books, Petaluma, CA, USA

This weekend I take off to ConFusion in Michigan, and I am so looking forward to sharing the shenanigans that follow with you all when I get back!


This month's inspiration is all about the first flower grown in space. Isn't it lovely?

Image courtsey of NASA

A Story Recommendation

The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick - An old, tongue-in-cheek, favorite of mine. Short and well worth the read to those who love language.

Today I'm hosting the wonderful Josh Vogt, author of The Cleaners, Enter the Janitor, and all around awesome person. I do not, however, suggest trying any of this drinks. Well, maybe the water's safe. Maybe.

Fantastic to join you on ye ol’ blog of drink-swappage. Let me jump in with a quick drink recipe beloved by one of the main characters from Enter the Janitor, the first in my urban fantasy series, The Cleaners. Danielle Hashelheim (aka Dani) has a particular cocktail she loves to swig on a regular basis these days.

The recipe:

  • 1 – 6 oz. bottle hand sanitizer
  • Personal note from Dani: “No, really. It’s quite refreshing. Just don’t sneeze while gargling.”
  •  Note from me: “Never try this at home, kids.”

I suppose she deserves an explanation. See, Dani’s a germophobe. She’s had issues with dirt and germs and all things icky ever since she can remember, and has developed numerous coping mechanisms to keep the filthy world at bay. She’s always carried bottles of hand sanitizer to combat immediate exposure, though really bad situations require a several-hour-long decontamination process.

She didn’t used to actually drink the stuff, knowing how harmful it could be. But ever since she joined the Cleaners—a supernatural sanitation company—she’s received a few nice employee perks including magical protection against the harmful properties of cleaning chemicals and supplies.

Bonus drinks round!

Janitor Ben: The cheapest beer on tap. Dani’s janitorial mentor doesn’t care about the quality. He just wants something to relax with after a long day scrubbing toilets and turning muck monsters into inanimate piles of goop.

Carl: Water. Ben’s partner is a water elemental, after all. While cooped up in a spray bottle much of the time, he always enjoys a dip in the nearest puddle.

Sydney: “Life is meaningless. Drinks are meaningless.”

Okay then. We’ll stop there.


Enter the Janitor: A janitor working for a supernatural sanitation company must track down a fledgling demigod before it’s corrupted or destroyed, all while training a rebellious new employee whose fluctuating power could trash an entire city.

The Maids of Wrath (2016): When a couple maids wielding feather dusters fly into bloodthirsty rages, it’s up to the Cleaners to uncover the Corruption within their own ranks, or risk getting their whole company flushed down the drain.

Josh-8194-2 - smallerWriter. Freelancer. Unashamed geek. Josh splits his time between dreaming up new worlds and forms of magic and providing marketing/sales copy for clients. It's sometimes difficult to know which requires more imagination.