Ghost in the Machine won an Aurora!

October 18th, 2014 No comments

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As you might be able to tell from the bottle of champagne, there was some celebrating the other night. Why? Because my novella Ghost in the Machine was the winner of the Prix Aurora Award for Short Fiction. ‘Sounds cool, but what’s an Aurora?’. An Aurora is one of Canada’s Top SF&F literary awards.  

And I won it…did I mention that? Oh yes, I did (and I will continue to mention it). I’m absolutely thrilled, and excited, and thrilled some more. I couldn’t attend the awards banquet in Vancouver so I found out via text from Sherry Peters.  A trip to the LCBO was in order to purchase some Champagne. Brut, Extra Brut? Hulk-Smash Brut? Dunno…just give me a bottle that I can drink.

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What to do at Writing Conventions

December 2nd, 2013 No comments

I’ve read so many articles on how to prepare for a literary convention…especially if you’re a writer looking to break into the market.  Look at lists of agents.  Try to set up appointments with editors (hahahaha!  You’re a nobody!).  Blah, blah, blah.  Waste o’ time.

My method involves acting like a 17-year old at 3am in the hotel hallways. Yup.  That’s what success is all about.

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Crossbows and Bureaucracy

December 2nd, 2013 No comments

Opening Chapter of Curse of the Black Swan

We lay entwined, naked in the candlelight of her apartment. Rain thrummed on the baked-clay roof, muting the sounds of Havencastle at night. Amber ran her finger along the straight pink-and-white scar under my left nipple. “How’d you get this one?” she asked.

“Hugo the Hellion stuck his knife in me.”

“I heard Hugo was dead.”

“Guess he shouldn’t have stuck his knife in me.”

She looked at me with a tightened expression. “I was there when Hugo and his attack dogs plundered the Fjords near Oldbank. His sword was so great it took two slaves to carry. You’re telling me that you brought down the Scourge of the Succession?”

“A man has to defend his honour.”

She giggled but must’ve seen my disdainful look and she cut it short. “It’s just…I didn’t know you had honour.”

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SFContario

November 27th, 2013 No comments

SFC-logo-2013-banner3I’m off to SFContario this weekend. SFContario: Toronto’s Autumn Science Fiction Convention. I’ve had some good times at this convention in the past. Last year I skipped because the World Fantasy Convention was held the weekend before in Toronto.

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Open the Puzzle Box

March 21st, 2013 No comments

Puzzlebox-5.5x8.5-300dpi-C08I’m excited to announce the followup to the 2009 Aurora award winning Women of the Apocalypse. The Puzzle Box is to be released at the When Words Collide convention in August 2013.  It is a collection of four novellas (plus one framing story written by me and Eileen Bell).

An intriguing anthology where reality is transient and the puzzle box holds the key to the meaning of life.

Archeology Professor Albert Mallory understands reality. He knows the way the world works. When he steals an ancient puzzle box to pay off gambling debts, he thinks the only mysterious thing about the artifact is how to get it open. But when a stranger appears at Albert’s door demanding to see the box, Albert is plunged into mysteries he never dreamt possible.

 

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