Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Love This Moment

It's here!  

I got the first paper copy yesterday afternoon, and I've dropped everything to proof it.  Assuming the print is okay, ARCs should arrive within two weeks.  If you're on the list, you should have your copy by Christmas.  If you're not on the list, contact me about it! Wooot!  It's a trilogy!

The Ganzfield books will be featured over at Ruby's Reads in two weeks. Check it out!

Ruby's Reads

Monday, November 29, 2010

Potty Mouth Error

We're getting more stuff ready for Jennifer's debut--including submitting Half-Blood to Amazon. I put everything up on Spencer Hill's vendor site, clicked submit, and got this:

"Input failed potty mouth validation."

Seriously?  They call it "potty mouth?"

As some longtime BFFs may recall, this isn't the first time Amazon has accused me of indecency: http://bookreviewstation.com/author-blog/guest-blog-kate-kaynak-minder/

Seriously, though, I don't know what triggered it this time.  Guesses, anyone?

A Covenant Novel
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Debut Author

How cool is this? Jennifer's book is already getting noticed. She's listed in The Story Siren's 2011 Debut Author Challenge, and several people have already added her to their TBR lists.

If you're on Goodreads, click over and become a follower and/or a fan:

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is amazing! Fans of VAMPIRE ACADEMY will love it. The main character, Alex, has a wonderfully edgy, sarcastic voice, and she's simultaneously strong and vulnerable. Put this on your "to-read" list; you won't be disappointed!

View all my reviews

You can also find her on Facebook.

Happy weekend!

SATURDAY UPDATE: Ooh--pre-order!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And The Winner Is...


Congratulations, Marcie! Please send me your mailing address through the contact form at Ganzfield.com.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Which platform? Witch platform?


Check out the red circle in the center of the sign. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I'll post the winner of the blog jog giveaway, then get busy making pies. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Being Thankful

You know how some families go around the table at Thanksgiving and each person says what they are thankful for?

What's the WORST, or WEIRDEST, or FUNNIEST thing someone could say for that?

Off the top of my head:

"I'm glad the psychic octopus is dead.  He was ruining international soccer." 

"I'm thankful for Glee theme shows." 

"I'm grateful for the incredible financial opportunity that lawyer in Benin emailed me about."

"I'm just glad this family can all get together outside of a courtroom setting."

What are YOU thankful for?

Monday, November 22, 2010


I LOVED Hunger Games, and this fan-fic scene is AMAZING.
(Warning: this clip contains spoilers and is NOT for the faint-of-heart).

The Blog Jog giveaway continues below: Comment on Sunday's Psychic Octopus post for a chance to win a free book.

Thanks to Matthias for the link to: http://io9.com/5693052/fan+made-hunger-games-clip-gets-us-excited-for-dystopian-kid+on+kid-murder?ref=nf

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Day In the Life of a Psychic Octopus

Welcome to the Blog Jog!

Thanks for stopping by!  The next stop is Ink Slinger's Whimsey at http://inkslingerswhimsey.blogspot.com.

 So...who wants a FREE BOOK? 

Post in the comments here at Disgruntled Bear by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, November 24th, for a chance to win a signed copy of Minder (shipped to a U.S. address).

Minder (A Ganzfield Novel)

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place.
Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.
A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.
And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads.
But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...

+1 chance if you mention "Blog Jog" in your comment
+1 chance if you're a follower
+1 more chance if you're a NEW follower
+1 chance for each link to this contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I'll use Random.org for the selection and post the winner's screen name on Thanksgiving Day.  If your user profile links back to contact info, I'll email you that way, too, so there's no need to put your email address in your post unless you want to receive offers of exciting financial opportunities from Benin.

And now, A Day In the Life of a Psychic Octopus...

7:38 a.m.: I wake to a scratchy touch from the cleaning brush of my alien overlords. Curses!  This must mean they want the tank clean for another one of their rituals. 

8:55 a.m.: Crowds of the strange creatures cluster on the air side of the glass.  Their missing-limbed forms move stiffly as they point dark, shiny machines at me--recording devices for the ritual. I find the machines interesting; I'd love to open one of them up and see if I could fit inside. 

Maybe I should consider that option in the escape plan, since removing the drain cover has proved more difficult than expected.  

9:59 a.m.: The land-monsters lower the two bottles into my prison. The markings--they call them flags--mean nothing to me, but I feel the deep emotions of the surrounding voyeurs.  Their eyes widen in anticipation...which one will I choose? 

10:00 a.m.: Screw it!  I can't go wrong with Germany.

10:01 a.m.: At least the bait-fish is fresh.  Tasty.  The creatures mill around outside my tank, but the sense of urgency is gone from them.  Maybe I'll just go back to sleep.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun with Football

I thought you might enjoy seeing this outside-the-box thinking, even if you're not a football fan.

Thanks to Aaron for the link!

Tomorrow's The Game (notice the caps), which is the Yale-hahvud football game. If you've never seen an Ivy League football game, well, then, you've missed some pretty mediocre football, since there are no athletic scholarships. But it's not about the sporting event; it's about hanging out with old friends and remembering off-color songs from years past and laughing about things that happened decades ago until hot chocolate comes out of our noses.  If you're in Boston, give me a wave.  I'll be the one wearing blue.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

How is this possible?

Lori over at Pure Imagination has a mission:

Candace of Candace's Book Blog has NEVER read Harry Potter.  This must change:

Make Candace Read Harry Potter Campaign

I'm still proofing the galleys of Legacy, but they're nearly ready to go to the printer--probably later today. Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Spencer Hill Press just signed a new author!

Jennifer L. Armentrout's debut novel, Half-Blood, will be released in September 2011.

I'll have more info about her progress here over the next year.  I hope you'll add Half-Blood to your TBR list, though; I read the manuscript in a day and called her with the publication offer within hours of finishing.  It's that good. In the meantime, feel free to stop by Jennifer's blog and become a follower, so you can say you knew her before she was famous. 


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

YouTube Stuff

Whenever I'm editing or otherwise so busy that I might not have time enough to blog properly, I dip into my stash of amusing YouTube clips. This one cracks me up every time. Enjoy!

Thanks to Joanna for the link!

UPDATE: and the winner of the Legacy ARC is...

Michele L!

Congrats, Michele!  Please send me your mailing address through the Ganzfield contact form

Monday, November 15, 2010

Undead Americans

Check out Jennifer L. Armentrout's post about showing Zombies the love.

Comment on last week's giveaway post by midnight tonight if you'd like to try and win a copy of Legacy.

I'm proofing Legacy galleys today, so, um...bye!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Editing, Editing, Editing...Giveaway!

I have another week before Legacy is scheduled to go to the printer, so I'm proofing and checking and "clicking to accept the changes" in the manuscript for several hours every day.  I'm pretty sure that all other neural activity has ceased in my brain--I keep having moments like last night, when I looked up and realized that I should've fed the kids more than an hour earlier.

So, rather than post anything insightful today, I'll just give someone free stuff.

Comment below by midnight (EST) on Monday, November 15th, for a chance to win an ARC of Legacy and see what I've been doing instead of feeding my kids. I'll enter you for an additional chance to win if you're a follower as well as an additional chance for every link about this book and/or contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I'll have it shipped to a U.S. address as soon as we get the ARCs back from the printer (mid-December-ish).

The Third Ganzfield Novel

Maddie has more problems than the average seventeen-year-old:
A psychotic killer with superpowers wants her dead.
A serious medical issue makes a "normal life" impossible for her.
And she's about to be introduced to Trevor's family.

Guess which one freaks her out the most?

This site will take part in Blog Jog Day on November 21st! If you want to know more about this (it's a great way to make your way through the blogosphere and see what's out there), you cane check out the information at http://blogjogday.blogspot.com and/or sign-up at http://www.blogjogday.webs.com.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ganzfield Week

How cool is it that Missy's Reads and Reviews has a Ganzfield week? 

This must be how Lady Gaga felt when Glee did a theme night.

I got the edited version of Legacy back from my wonderful editor Deborah yesterday. I hope to come up out of my burrow and see my shadow by the end of the week.  TTFN!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Depository

Book Depository carries both Minder and Adversary, and I sometimes use it to send giveaway copies outside the U.S. They pay me royalties and have free shipping, so it's actually more cost effective than sending an in-stock copy from New Hampshire.

They also have a "watch people buy books" feature that I find hypnotic.  Check it out here: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/live. It's like watching fish in a fishtank...if the fish were buying books.

BTW, if you're still in the market for a query critique, J.N. Duncan's giving one away from none other than Nathan Bransford! Check it out here.

UPDATE: Missy's Reads and Reviews has a Ganzfield theme all this week!  Click on the sign to check it out!

Monday, November 8, 2010

And The Winner Is...

...with 152 votes (46.2%)...


Sixteen-year-old London Howell doesn't know what to do when a strange girl appears and claims he "created" her.

Congratulations, Lori!

I'd also like to take a moment to honorably mention Soul Stalker (2nd place with 61 votes) and Reaper (3rd place with 50 votes). We had a bunch of amazing books, and I wish everyone the best in their quest for publication.

I'm thrilled with the turn-out--329 voters! Thanks for voting, everyone!

Now that the Great Query Contest is in the books, we can turn to something new. A couple of days ago, Nathan Bransford dropped the shocking news that he is no longer a literary agent. Let's all take a moment to raise our symbolic glasses and wish him well at CNET.

Several weeks ago, Ollin over at Courage to Create asked his readers to come up with their "if someone you knew only had ONE YEAR to live these would be THE 5 books you would tell them to read" list.

I've been mulling that one over in my spare time.*
*3:24-3:27am last Tuesday. 

So, now I throw it to you. What are your top five books of all time?  Post your picks in the comments.

BTW, Legacy goes to the printer in the next two weeks, so please excuse me if my posts become brief, rambling, or non-existent between now and Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Query Critiques

I hope you've voted in the current Great Query Contest! BTW, I got an email a few days ago, and found out what some people charge: http://www.writersdigestshop.com/product/critique-series-query-letters/?r=wdjfbl102810-Z9197-promo

UPDATE: D'oh!  The online seminar was yesterday, so the link doesn't go an active page. Sorry! I was on a business trip all week and had scheduled all these posts in advance.  

$79x40 participants = a couple months' mortgage *whew*

Has anyone used a writing service like this--or have you gone to conferences or workshops that you'd recommend? How about QueryShark?

BackSpace Writers Conference was fantastic for me. I highly recommend it.

I think I'll have another Query Contest next Spring or Summer, but I think I'll cap it for the first 12 participants or so. I'll also offer a partial critique in next year's Brenda Novak auction.

Finally, here's something that gave me a laughing fit:
(the embed gave me some sassy backtalk, so I included the link as well).


Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


No matter where our political affiliations lie, we can all enjoy the cleverness:

Thanks to Matthias for the pictures!

There's another batch of these at io9: http://io9.com/5677861/is-doctor-horrible-rallying-for-sanity-or-fear/gallery/8.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Don't forget to vote in the Great Query Contest!

Elif Batuman has written a great article about how buying e-books while drinking. Check it out here:

My own Kindle-for-Mac software has been acting up. Every time I try to launch it, it bounces around for a few seconds, then quits. I've been on the phone with four different people at Amazon, and one of them basically said that the way to solve the problem (that the software doesn't open) was to open the software and select "deregister" from the Kindle menu. 


Part of me thinks that I must've hit the magic number of purchased e-books to trigger the "she really should buy the actual Kindle" sub-program. Perhaps they figure that, by holding my unread books hostage, I'll actually spring for the real-deal machine.

I refuse to give them the satisfaction. 

Truthfully, it's probably because I'm still running an older Mac OS (10.5) and one of the automatic security updates or something is causing a conflict, but it's more interesting to believe there's a massive corporate conspiracy, right?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Nathan Bransford linked to this last week; it's the form rejection from a movie company a century ago.

Since I'm now looking at queries both here on Disgruntled Bear as well as at Spencer Hill, I've been thinking about how to pass on queries.  Right now, I'm fielding fewer than five a day, and some days I don't get any.  With this low volume, I usually put in a sentence about why I'm passing. But I'm not sure if I'm helping or just rubbing salt in the papercut. So, BFFs, what do you think? Which would you prefer?

1: Generic: "Thank you, but we're not interested."
2: Specific to the query and pages: "I like your main character, but the opening scene doesn't pull me in. Consider starting at a different place, rather than having everyone just sitting around talking."

If you're a U.S. National, get out there today and vote already! 

Speaking of voting, don't forget to vote for the winner in the Great Query Contest!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Round Two of the Great Query Contest

Here's how this works.  Read the queries below, and then scroll down and vote for the book you'd MOST LIKE TO READ. Voting will continue until Midnight Sunday, November 7th.  I'll announce the winner of the partial critique on Monday, November 8th. 



Dear [Mr./Ms. Agent],

When thirteen-year-old Austin's parents drag him along to a villa in
Turkey they've rented for the summer, he hunkers down and counts the
days until he can get back home to his friends in England. But that's
before he rescues a talking cat, witnesses a bloody ritual that causes
two people to disappear, and finds himself whisked back in time.

Nearly two thousand years in the past, he makes a new friend--and a
new enemy. A powerful evil wants to prevent Claudius the Emperor's
invasion of Britain. Austin has to act fast to ensure that the
invasion does take place--or time and civilization as he knows it will
never be the same.

THE FACE OF A LION explores the ideas of friendship and loyalty, time
travel, and the far-reaching consequences of good or bad decisions.
This young adult historical fantasy is complete at 90,000 words.

I have previously lived and worked in both Istanbul and Kusadasi,
Turkey. My non-fiction work, including both travel articles and book
reviews, has most recently appeared in the trilingual (English,
French, and Turkish) newspaper Bizim Anadolu. THE FACE OF A LION
recently won, by unanimous decision, the Fifteen Minutes of Fame
contest hosted by Novel Journey, one of Writer's Digest's 101 most
valuable websites for writers.


Deniz XYZ


(note: there is another book with a similar title in this contest. 
Make sure you check the name and number for the poll)

Dear Ms. Agent,

In 1925, Liz Grayson succumbed to poisoning. In 1955, she burned to death. Today, she fears for her life.

Liz and her boyfriend, Chris Edwards, are ready to make their senior year at Jackson High a memorable one. But when perfect-in-every-way Mina Manson moves to town, she sets her sights on Chris and warns Liz to stay out of her way. Liz discovers the three of them are trapped in a recurring love triangle that spans lifetimes where Mina gets Chris—and Liz ends up dead.

Mina isn't her only problem. Chris doesn't believe in past lives and thinks Liz is just jealous of Mina. Every step Liz takes toward uncovering the truth pushes Chris one step further away. Liz must find a way to prove the truth to Chris and expose Mina before history repeats itself and Liz loses everything. Again.

SOUL STALKER is a 67,000 word young adult paranormal romance. This novel is a standalone with series potential.

Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work. I look forward to hearing from you.


Kimberly XYZ



Dear Mr. Agentoftheyear,

Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back from the dead. Now anything Ember touches dies, and that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Daemon Cromwell breaks into her house, claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s crazy. But when he tells her he can help her control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Daemon’s adopted father, a man she is sure has skeevy reasons for collecting gifted children like action figures.

Learning to control her fingers-of-death holds a powerful allure. Ember is willing to do anything to be able to hold her sister's hand again. And heck, she'd also like to be able to kiss Daemon. But when Ember learns the accident that made her a freak wasn’t an accident, she’s not sure who to trust.

Someone wanted Ember dead, and they still do. The closer Ember gets to the truth, the closer she gets to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

Ember is a YA Paranormal Romance complete at 82,000. I thank you for your time and consideration.


Jennifer ABC



Dear Ms. Agent,

Seventeen-year-old Avikar always dreamed of being an adventurer, but after his brother’s accidental death, he stays home and accepts life as a stable boy. When his sister Jeslyn is kidnapped, the fear of losing another sibling sends him on a journey to rescue her. After failing to save his brother two years ago, he just can’t fail again. To find her, though, he must take on an unlikely ally--the man who kidnapped her.

His search for Jeslyn leads him to Eden--a secret paradise ruled by a young, half-human tyrant named Lucino. Lucino has a hobby of collecting pretty girls, and has sent his men to take many from their homes. However, his desire to have the prettiest bride makes Jeslyn the only girl worthy.

In order to reach Jeslyn, Avikar will have to face an ancient guardian snake, seductive dark haired beauties, and a battle in which he is hopelessly outnumbered. He will have to overcome his fear of inadequacy and believe in himself, or he’ll never see his sister again.

WINDS OF CHANGE is a complete, 65,000 word YA fantasy novel with series potential

I don’t have any fancy credentials, unless not dying in the first few chapters of a Choose Your own Adventure book counts.


Eliza ABC



Dear Agent,

The last place Evvy expected to find love is in the arms of the fairy prince...which probably means she shouldn’t have rejected his marriage proposal.

In fairy tradition, the worth of a fairy girl is determined by the beauty of her flower and the number of human shoes a groom is willing to pay for her hand in marriage. With a blossomless flower, Evvy can hardly be considered worth a shoelace, let alone the shoe it came from. So when Evvy is kidnapped by the Weeds but isn’t ransomed, she is certain she will never find a respectable husband, and the only thing she wants in life, is to be worth a pair of Converse High Tops.

As a prisoner of the Weeds, Evvy begins to feel acceptance, and a possible romantic attraction to her abductor—a man who treats her decently enough despite the occasional threat to feed her to his falcon. But when the fairy prince to shows up a season later to rescue her and declare her his intended bride, she doubts her place in either world.

On the journey to find her own salvation, Evvy must figure out which world she fits in before her chance to reconcile with either man passes and true love is lost to her forever.

SEEDS OF EDEN is a 75,000 word young adult fantasy novel that can either be a stand-alone story or the first book of a series.

Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work. I look forward to hearing from you.


My Name


(note: there is another book with a similar title in this contest. 
Make sure you check the name and number for the poll)

Dear Ms./Mr. Agent,

Sixteen-year-old London Howell doesn't know what to do when a strange
girl appears and claims he "created" her. He can't ask his dad, who
doesn't even recognize him most days, and his uncle is an indifferent

His plan to dump her off with the police gets derailed when he learns
he's drawn the attention of the House of Dering, the family that rules
over the city's mages. The measure of a mage's power lies in his
soul--power which can be ripped free and exploited--and they think
London's got one hell of a repository. They want him to find a Sieve
to siphon his magic, but seeing as the family's got enough secrets to
fill the Thames, London's pretty sure their intentions are less than
benevolent--especially once his dad goes missing.

With demons whispering in his ears, nightwalkers dropping him into
shadows and the House of Dering offering answers to questions he never
knew he had about himself and his family, London has no idea whom to
trust. While he will make or break whatever alliances necessary to
find his dad, what happens if it's at the price of a human soul?

SOUL SIFTER is a YA urban fantasy complete at 86,000 words. This is my
first novel.

Thank you for your time and consideration.





Dear Ms. Kaynak,

Quincy Amarante’s only goal in life is to be the “It” girl of Rancho Valley High and she’s determined not to let a little thing like the afterlife get in the way. Unfortunately, Destiny has other plans when he ruins her sixteenth birthday with the news that she’ll become the fifth grim reaper.

Forced to learn the family business from a crabby dead relative, Quincy struggles to keep her status even while her priorities shift from who she wants to be to who she really is. After falling for the hot new guy at school, Quincy discovers that her romantic ideals are just another illusion to overcome. With her world unraveling one carefully placed thread at a time, she loses her best friend, falls in love with the last person she expected, and must make a decision that could cost her the most precious thing in the world: her life.

REAPER is complete at 66,000 words and is for young adults who enjoy a little bit of the paranormal with their romance. I would be happy to send you the manuscript and synopsis at your convenience.

My fiction appeared in “Orion’s Child” and “Adventures of the Average Woman”. I’m an active member in my local chapter of SCBWI.

Thank you in advance for your valuable time and consideration.


Linda STU



Dear Ms. Agent:

Traumatized by witnessing her father’s brutal murder, Lorna masters
her feelings of powerlessness by becoming an assassin.

Lorna discovers she can create and hide in shadows. While this gives
her a distinct advantage over her targets, her father’s killer remains
elusive. With no leads, Lorna accepts an assignment to kill an island
king with a high price on his head. King Alaric is everything Lorna
isn't--noble, kind, and good. When she falls for him, Lorna distances
herself from her assassin lifestyle but cannot escape her past. A mass
gravesite on the island provides clues to her father's murder and why
people want Alaric dead.

Lorna grows closer to finding her father’s murderer, but enacting her
revenge would destroy any chance she has of being with Alaric--leaving
Lorna torn between murder and love.

HIDDEN IN SHADOWS is a complete 97,000-word paranormal romance
standalone novel with series potential.

I am the author of a fantasy romance series, The Kingdom of Arnhem –
Woman of Honor (2009) and Knight of Glory (2010) published with Desert
Breeze Publishing. I have also sold nine short stories for
anthologies, including Mertales by Wyvern Publications, and many
collections from Pill Hill Press. I have a blog with over 220

Thank you for your time and consideration.





Dear Ms. Agent:

When fifteen-year-old aspiring novelist Alexia writes with a magic
pen, everything she writes comes true.

With the pen, Alexia discovers a portal to the mystical Land of
Imagining and learns she is an All-Knower. The rest of the peaceful,
magical All-Knowers are in terrible danger. The Head Demon seeks to
enslave and kill them, determined to rule the Land of Imagining.
Alexia's hidden power with the magic pen makes her the Chosen One--the
only person who can protect the All-Knowers from the demon--but she
has no idea how to actually use it.

After the Head Demon steals the pen and kidnaps her family, Alexia
must locate the demon's secret lair and secure her pen before the Land
of Imagining becomes the Land of Terror.

ALEXIA'S PEN is a 78,000-word fantasy YA standalone novel with series potential.

I am the author of a fantasy romance series, The Kingdom of Arnhem --
Woman of Honor (2009) and Knight of Glory (2010) published with Desert
Breeze Publishing. I have also sold nine short stories for
anthologies, including Mertales by Wyvern Publications, and many
collections by Pill Hill Press. I have a blog with over 220 followers.

Thank you for your time and consideration.




(note: this is a changed title from Round 1)

Dear Ms. Agent:

Subject 31 wants her life back; if only she could remember it.

The Humani Project’s latest experiment believes she's human, but her sleek black fur, claws, and tail make that seem...impossible. Her only clue to an existence before she had panther DNA spliced to hers is a fragment of a memory and a name--Janelle.

Imprisoned in a Phoenix, Arizona lab where failure equals termination, 31 must balance her warring human logic and animal instinct to survive. But she doesn’t know the first thing about taming a wild animal--especially when it’s a part of her.

After Lorenzo Fernandez, the lead scientist, breaks protocol to save her life and calls her by name, the woman she was rises up in a determined hunt for the truth. Why does the one person she should hate above all others love her? Why does she feel the same? As time runs out, her only hope is to harness the animal within to protect herself and the man she loves.

Good thing cats have nine lives—she’ll need every one of them to uncover the truth.

DUALITY is a science fiction novel complete at 114000 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Lexcade DEF



Dear Ms. Agent,

Didymus of Tiberias is a successful caravan driver in Galilee who has created a new life and new identity for himself until his closest friend, Nathaniel, exposes his criminal past.

Didymus wants to forget his father sold him into slavery for the price of a broken donkey and a few coins. He wants to erase his memories of murdering his abusive master to escape to freedom. But when his fellow former slave and co-conspirator, Nathaniel, acknowledges he's confessed their crimes to a man named Jesus of Nazareth, Didymus fears he will lose everything he has so carefully crafted. If Jesus turns him in to the Roman authorities, he faces arrest and crucifixion. He will do anything--even kill again--to prevent that gruesome fate.

Using his caravan as a cover, Didymus pursues Nathaniel and Jesus from Capernaum to Jerusalem. But he never expects to fall in love with Tabitha, a former leper who has been healed by Jesus. He knows her first loyalty is to Jesus. He longs to make her his wife, but he doesn't know if he can trust her with his secrets. If she betrays him as well, it could cost him his life.

Complete at 95,000 words, THE BLOOD OF A STONE (historical fiction) was long-listed for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project.

I hold an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and am the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. My short story, "First Flight," was a literary fiction finalist in the Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Other short pieces have been published in print and online.

Thank you for your time and consideration.




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