Coming Soon: The Second Battle

I’m working hard right now to finish up the final edits and formatting on The Second Battle. This novella is a retelling of the Second Battle of Moytura from Irish mytholgy especially for a YA and older audience. It had been previously published, and I’m re-releasing it with Four Phoenixes. I’m not going to announce a release date until I’m sure I have my ducks in a row, but I hope to have it ready to go by St. Patrick’s Day!


Whose Feminism?

For some reason, a year and half after my originally posting this post, a slew of some variety of feminists (at least I’m assuming they’re feminists–it was hard to tell, really) have commented negatively on my suggestion that perhaps Little Women heroine Jo March might have been described by Louisa May Alcott as transgender or genderfluid–or whatever passed for those ideas in the 19th Century. Not sure where-all my blog post went on the Intertubes, but wow, are they indignant about such an idea, and all responded in a cluster over a 24-hour period. Somehow, I either killed their sacred cow in Jo March, or I destroyed feminism itself by calling her a man. Which, if you read the post, I did not. Jo is a woman, and she remains a woman throughout the novel. If she, or Alcott, were in any way genderfluid, then the 19th Century didn’t have much for them in any event. My speculation is just that, speculation. Creative thinking. Thinking about possibilities. Alcott lived an extraordinary and unconventional life, after all.

I am not at all opposed to differing opinions in online discussions. Don’t see a transgender issue in Little Woman? Fine, no problem. We can discuss that, as well as many other possibilities within the text. What I do take issue with, however, is the notion that transgender or genderfluid people take something away from or invalidate women and their feminism. I never said that Jo March was all those wonderful things because she was “really a man.” That’s just bull-hockey, and the comments I received reflected a simplistic and strictly binary view of human gender and sexuality. Those sorts of second-wave comments (and I’m a tail-end second-wave feminist, mind) have no place in a modern understanding of human gender and gender expression, and they will not see light of day on my blog.

If your feminism doesn’t include transgender people, then you need a new feminism.

Another one for the grownups!

THE NEWFOUNDLAND VAMPIRE by Charles O’KeefeThe Newfoundland Vampire by [O'Keefe, Charles]


Like many geeks, Joseph O’Reily has always fantasized about being a vampire.

Then one night Cassandra Snow walks into his life and he learns that not all dreams should come true. Cassandra has plans for him – plans for eternity.

As his world begins to turn upside down, Josephs wrestles with the changes to his everyday life. Eternal youth and amazing power come at a price that might be higher than he can afford. Vampires may not be human, but Joseph is determined to hold on to what he values most—his humanity.


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One for the Grownups!

THE KNIGHT OF CUPS by Kevin WrightThe Knight of Cups: The Danse, Book 1 by [Wright, Kevin]


While investigating a gangland murder, Chicago Police Detective Tom Chapel discovers that the world is darker than he’d ever dreamed possible — a world where evil is very real, where creatures like vampires gather in dark alleyways, and where the most dangerous predator isn’t always what you’d think. Are Chapel’s experience and skills as a cop up to the task, or are they a liability? And just who is Pieter Durant? There are things hunting in the night that even the monsters fear…


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Gift Ideas from 4P–Rabbit in Red

RABBIT IN RED by Joe Chianakas
The first book in the Rabbit in Red series by Joe Chianakas is a page-turning start to a series designed especially for horror aficionados. It would make a great holiday gift for the more mature YA or adult horror reader on your list.
Bill Wise has blood in his past, so he turns to horror films to wipe it clean. Jaime Stein has felt the betrayal of death, so she too takes refuge in the on-screen deaths of others. Now Bill, Jaime, and seventeen other horror-loving teens have gathered at Rabbit in Red Studios, the brainchild of eccentric horror producer Jay “JB” Bell, for the terror-filled, blood-drenched contest of their lives.
JB has presented this competition as a race between the best of the best that will reward the winners with cash, internships, and a career making the movies they love. But things aren’t always as they seem at Rabbit in Red, and soon life starts to imitate art. Will Bill and Jaime be strong enough to confront real horror to save their friends, or will they all fall victim to JB’s twisted plans?
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Summer Half Over?

Holy cow, how is that even possible? I can’t remember when a summer has flown by so quickly!


Proof that I’m working!

This past spring saw the publication of the first book in the Finn the Hero series, Finn and the Boys,  a picture pattern book for emergent readers. I’ve heard the most amazing stories from parents whose preschoolers are reading it independently and whose older struggling readers are finding success and being proud of themselves for reading a book. This was exactly what I wanted to hear.

And everyone is simply charmed by Adam Clark’s wonderful illustrations. He’s hard at work this summer finishing up the pictures for Finn and the Fish, and we hope to have it ready this fall, maybe in time for Halloween.

As for the Were-Children, I really am working on that. I wrote Wolf Moon during a NaNoWriMo November, and I just didn’t plan very well. What I have is one big document, written in whatever order it came out, and it’s just a hot mess. So far, this summer, I’ve gotten eight chapters sorted out, and I’m writing a new chapter nine before sorting out the rest. Once I get it in order, it’s still going to take a lot of revision and editing before it’s ready. Maybe spring break next year? That’s what I’m shooting for anyway. I’ll need to make the most of what’s left of the summer!

Both Cat Moon and Finn and the Boys are available from Amazon. Cat Moon is only $.99 all summer!

Finn and the Boys

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