The Worth of Felines – Published in AHMM

While story acceptance day is every author’s favorite (we like to get paid after all), story publication day is just as important.  One of my Magistrate Ovid stories, The Worth of Felines, is now appearing in the May/June issue of  Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.












If you’re not familiar with these stories, Magistrate Ovid lives in ancient Alexandria around the time of 40AD, when the Great Library was at its apex.  He must deal with the particular challenges of this time like vestal virgins, feuding temples, and the political implications of the Lighthouse of Pharos.  He’s a minor character from the Alexandrian Saga, which can be found at all major online retailers, but gets his own chance to shine in these stories.

Other stories about him have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.   There will be a new story, The Lightness of Man, appearing in the July/August 2018 issue.

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New Release — City of Sorcery (The Hundred Halls #5)

The end of schooling can be both a blessing and a curse.  Of course, you want to finish, but when you do, you’re left feeling like you’re losing something important.  I know when I finished college had to move into the real world that I didn’t want to go.

The last book in The Hundred Halls, City of Sorcery, is a lot like that.  It’s the last book in Aurie and Pi’s adventures, which mean they’ll have to go out into the real world after this year.  But unlike the real world, we the readers are not leaving our schooling days.  This is the last book in their adventures, but not for the Hundred Halls.  And assuming they survive, we might see the Silverthorne sisters in future books.








As the Hundred Halls heads towards civil war, the fate of the city—and possibly the world—depends on Aurie and Pi finding the truth about Invictus’ disappearance. Following a trail of dangerous clues, the sisters delve deeper into the head patron’s past, finding their family’s history entwined with the university. As they get closer to the final answer, they must decide if saving the world is worth shattering the ideas of who they think they really are.

City of Sorcery is available at all major retailers for $5.99: Amazon, B&N, KOBO, Google Play, and iTunes.

If you’re new to the series, and would like to get caught up, the Hundred Halls bundle is also available.

The bundle includes the first three books: Trials of MagicWeb of Lies, and Alchemy of Souls.  It can be found on Amazon in ebook for $8.99

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Looking Back (2017) / Looking Forward (2018)

Whew.  We made it.  I know it’s been a bit of a trash fire year, but there have been good moments.  I hope Aurie and Pi have been a part of that.  Here’s a list of some of the things that have happened, both publishing and other, and what will happen in the next year.


  • Released books three and four of The Hundred Halls.  Both Alchemy of Souls and Gathering of Shadows have been received well by readers and reviewers.  I’m very proud of the 4.7 star Amazon rating and 4.6 star Goodreads rating.
  • Had three new short stories published: The Entropy of a Small Town, The Minotaur’s Wife, and Bankrupt Memories for Auction.
  • Sold a couple of other stories: “The Stylized Unicorn Escapes Its Poster in a Seattle Teenager’s Bedroom” to Galaxy’s Edge, and “The Worth of Felines” to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
  • I attended Archcon in St. Louis for the first time.  Would recommend.  Will be back next year.
  • My wife and I got to see the last three shows of the 13-night run of Phish at MSG in New York.  We’ve seen over forty shows, and these were up there with my favorites.
  • Rachel finished a 108-mile hike from Denver to Breckenridge in July.  Yes, I realize this wasn’t me, but I’m so proud of her!
  • We celebrated our 20th anniversary in Jamaica at Couples Swept Away.



  • I plan on releasing the final book in The Hundred Halls series – City of Sorcery in February.  For fans of Aurie and Pi, don’t worry, there will be more stories about them at a later date.
  • Which leads me to: plans for The Hundred Halls.  I never intended for this to be one series only.  I’ll be staying in this universe for quite some time.  Next, I’ll be writing about other characters that have attended the Halls.  Each character will get their own series, and when I’m done, there might be something for all of them to do together (hint, hint).
  • So now that I’ve mentioned the next series, here’s a little bit about it.  Originally, when I conceived of The Hundred Halls, I wrote a different book first, but I wasn’t happy with it, so I scrapped it and started over with Trials of Magic.  That original book was called The Reluctant Assassin and features Zayn Carter who we met in Web of Lies.  Part of the problem with the first version of it, was that I wasn’t telling the story I wanted to tell.  Switching to Aurie and Pi’s story allowed me to learn about the Halls so I could tell this one.   I’m currently editing it, and I’m a 1000% happier with this version.
  • When will The Reluctant Assassin be out?  I’m going to do a little something different this time.  I plan on releasing the first three (or more) books of the series in the fall of 2018.  That way you can binge your way through the stories without having to wait for me to finish the next one.  If everything works out this way, I may continue to release series like this, but I’ll see what everyone thinks after it’s all said and done.
  • But what will I do in the 6-8 months between City of Sorcery and The Reluctant Assassin?  Good question.  I would recommend joining my newsletter where I frequently send out more information about the Halls that you can’t learn anywhere else.  During that time, I’ll be releasing one or two short stories about other characters in the Halls, but again, only to the newsletter.
  • My convention schedule for next year will be light.  I’ll be attending Worldcon in San Jose (Aug 16-20) and Archcon in St. Louis (Oct 12-14).  If you’re going to attend either one, I’d love to meet you.
  • SUPER SEKRIT PROJECT.  It’s really hard for me not to spill the beans about this one, but we want to make sure it’s perfect before we release it.  My only hints are that it’s something for The Hundred Halls and several people are working behind the scenes to make it a reality.  Hopefully this spring I’ll be able to tell you more.  I can’t wait!


That wraps up the review of 2017 and a sneak peek at 2018.  Let’s hope this next year is better than the last!

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New Release — Gathering of Shadows (The Hundred Halls #4)

After a long wait, book four of the Hundred Halls, Gathering of Shadows, is now available!

Every fall the city of Invictus bustles with new students, and the classrooms reek of spent faez.  This year it’s true of every hall except one—Arcanium. 

While Semyon Grey, the Patron of Arcanium, slowly heals from his soul being torn, no one in the Hall can practice their craft, leaving them defenseless against the Cabal and faez madness.  The Silverthorne sisters must find a way to speed up the healing, or the Hundred Halls won’t survive the year.  But everything they try only makes things worse, until they’re left with an impossible decision that may cost the sisters their lives.

Gathering of Shadows is available on Amazon as an ebook for $4.99 and paperback at $12.99.

If you’re new to the series, and would like to get caught up, the Hundred Halls bundle is also available.

The bundle includes the first three books: Trials of Magic, Web of Lies, and Alchemy of Souls.  It can be found on Amazon in ebook for $8.99

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Archon 41 Panel Schedule

If you’re in the St. Louis area and attending Archon 41 this weekend (Sept 29 – Oct 1), I will be in attendance and sitting on a number of panels.  Please look me up and say hello if you’re going to be there.

Panel Schedule

Fantasy World-Building: Not Just a Copy of Medieval Europe

Friday 21:00 – 21:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

Learn about creating a setting that lives and breathes and is believably consistent. Fantasy worlds are much more than physical surroundings and non-tech trappings!

Crafting the Dark Hero

Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

How to make even the darkest of heroes (or heroines) likable to your audience.

Recurring Themes in Speculative Science Fiction

Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Marquette B (Gateway Center)

Speculative fiction has become more and more popular in recent years. Come participate in a discussion on themes in spec lit and what’s on the horizon.

Sex and Controversy in Young Adult Literature

Saturday 18:00 – 18:50, Marquette B (Gateway Center)

A discussion of how YA uses sex and controversy to meet the needs of teens. What are the limits? Should there be limits?

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StoryBundle – Light in the Dark YA Bundle

Over my career, I’ve written in many genres but Young Adult is my favorite.  It’s also my favorite to read going all the way back to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Some of my favorites are The Uglies Trilogy and the Hunger Games.  So I was excited to be invited to a YA themed bundle.

There are thirteen books in the Light in the Dark YA Bundle (if you pay $15), which is a terrific deal.  I’ve included the full Gamers Trilogy, so you won’t have to buy any more books to finish it.  The bundle is available for a limited time.

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The SF&F Binge Reader Bundle

The Digital Sea Bundle is one of ten collections in the SF&F Binge Reader Bundle on StoryBundle.  This is a crazy good deal as you’ll get 19 novels and countless short stories, but it’s only available for a few weeks, so get it while you can.

The bundles also form mini bundles of their own. If you like adventurous science fiction, start with these bundles: The Science Officer Omnibus, and The Diving Series Starter Bundle. If you had a tough few months and want books that will make you smile, start with The Washington Witches, The Thunder Mountain Series Starter Kit, and The Fates Trilogy. If you want to focus on gaming or the digital universe, try The Digital Sea Trilogy and The Feyguard Books. And if you’re in a short story mood, we have the Fiction River Fantasy Bundle, the first year of the acclaimed Uncollected Anthology, and Faerie Summer.

In addition to all that wonderful fiction, if you purchase the bundle you have an option of donating a portion to charity.  The Able Gamers Foundation is an organization that helps people with disabilities participate in the world of high tech gaming by customizing equipment for them.

The initial titles in the Bundle Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • The Digital Sea Complete Box Set by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Uncollected Anthology: Year 1 by Uncollected Anthology
  • The Fates Trilogy by Kristine Grayson
  • The Faerie Summer Bundle by Jamie Ferguson

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • The Washington Witches Series, Volumes 1-3 by Mindy Klasky
  • The Diving Series Starter Bundle by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Fantasy Bundle by Fiction River
  • The Thunder Mountain Starter Bundle by Dean Wesley Smith
  • The Science Officer Omnibus 1 – Volumes 1-4 by Blaze Ward
  • Feyguard Books 1-3 by Anthea Sharp

This bundle is available only for a limited time via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

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Alchemy of Souls, Book 3 of The Hundred Halls, is now available

I am happy to announce that the long awaited Book 3 of The Hundred Halls, Alchemy of Souls is now available on Amazon!  Continue reading the adventures of Aurie and Pi today.

Alchemy of Souls

In the Hundred Halls, students experiment with all manners of magic: catoptromancy, lexology, verumancy, rune spells, demonology, shape changing, and a thousand other arcane techniques.  Every magic is encouraged.  Every magic, except one—soul magic.

As Aurie’s third year begins, students are found without their souls, ripped from their bodies, leaving them empty husks.  Someone, or something, is stealing them for a nefarious purpose.  With that kind of power being collected, not even the professors are safe.  If Aurie and her sister cannot stop the soul thief before the end of the year, the Hundred Halls will never be the same.

Get your copy here, or start reading for free on Kindle unlimited.

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Escape to New Worlds

We all need a break from the daily grind of work, family, and politics.  The Escapist Bundle on Storybundle has arrived just in time to satisfy that need!  There’s a wealth of great fiction in a variety of genres from multiple award-winning authors.  I’m a fan of every author in the bundle and you should be too.

The Escapist Bundle – Curated by Allyson Longueira, WMG Publishing

Ever feel like you need to escape from reality for a while? A day, a week, four years—whatever it takes. It seems like many of us feel that way right now, so what better time for some escapist fiction?

Hence, this new Escapist Bundle for StoryBundle, an entertaining vacation of the written word and a bit of a new format for StoryBundle.

You see, the eleven fantastic books in this bundle come from authors tied together by, among other accolades, their inclusion in a single volume of Fiction River, in this case a volume called Recycled Pulp. For those of you unfamiliar with Fiction River, it’s an original anthology series that Adventures Fantastic calls “one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

With 22 volumes published so far, Recycled Pulp proves one of the most creative volumes. Inspired by the fantastic, escapist pulp fiction of the last century, the amazing authors in this volume were tasked with creating modern escapist fiction from nothing but a pulp-inspired title. The results were fantastic, indeed.

Ten of those authors have provided books for the bundle. Like the diverse genre mix of stories Fiction River is famous for, this bundle also features a diverse genre mix of books. But they all have one very important thing in common—they are the perfect escape from everyday life.

Included in the bundle is, of course, Fiction River: Recycled Pulp, edited by John Helfers. We also have: Lisa Silverthorne’s Isabel’s Tears, a novel about a magical inn; Dayle A. Dermatis’ Waking the Witch, a gothic mystery novel with some paranormal elements and a light romance; Kelly Washington’s The Pale Waters, the first novella in a four-part epic journey; Erica Lyon’s Hot Waters, a steamy sea adventure novel; and New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The War and After, five historical fantasy stories of magic and revenge.

As a bonus, we have Rebecca Senese’s ten-story science fiction collection Tales of Possibilities; Thomas K. Carpenter’s Revolutionary Magic, a historical fantasy and the first in the Dashkova Memoirs; Annie Reed’s A Death in Cumberland, a moody police procedural; Nebula Award finalist Cat Rambo’s Neither Here Nor There, a double collection of alt-world and real world fantasy stories; and last but not least, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s The Slots of Saturn, the origin story for his fan-favorite superhero Poker Boy.

As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of six books in any eBook format—WORLDWIDE. If you pay $14 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the five bonus books as well.

The Escapist Bundle runs for three weeks only. This is cheaper than any vacation, and best of all, you get to enjoy it from wherever you are. Now, that’s a true escape. – Allyson Longueira

The initial titles in the Escapist Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Waking the Witch by Dayle A. Dermatis
  • Hot Waters by Erica Lyon
  • Recycled Pulp by Fiction River
  • The Pale Waters by Kelly Washington
  • Isabel’s Tears by Lisa Silverthorne

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • A Death in Cumberland by Annie Reed
  • Neither Here Nor There by Cat Rambo
  • The Slots of Saturn by Dean Wesley Smith
  • The War and After by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Revolutionary Magic by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Tales of Possibilities by Rebecca M. Senese

This bundle is available only for a limited time via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to SMART, a group that provides early reading support, access to books and community engagement to positively impact literacy outcomes and provide equitable opportunity for all kids!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for and

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Awards Eligibility Post

Ahhh…Winter.  When the air tries to freeze your face off and writers must contort their way through the dance of offering up their fiction for award consideration without seeming too needy.  Like a grass-stuffed lemming, I must follow the herd off the cliff of expectations.

The stories and novels published in 2016 that I would like to be considered for awards are:

Norton Award for Best YA Fiction – Trials of Magic

Short Stories for both Hugo / Nebulas

Also, this is my first year of Campbell Award eligibility.

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