Guest Post (the Heroine Question) and Upcoming Books

I wanted to pop in before Thanksgiving to let everyone know that I have a guest post over at the blog of the fabulous Alyx Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea and the upcoming A Daughter of No Nation (Seriously, it will be available be in ONE WEEK.)

There I will be talking about one of the two Childhood Heroines who really stayed with me: Katherine “Kit” Tyler.


(The other. whom I discussed over on the Ragnarok Blog a few months ago, was Mrs. Frisby.)

I was also lucky enough to have Dreaming Death pop up on SFSignal. I’m so glad Kristin is looking forward to reading it.

And just one final reminder that my Rafael novella, The Seer’s Choice, is still part of the Kindle Unlimited program, if you borrow books from them.  This novella runs concurrently with The Shores of Spain, and tells what’s happening back in the Golden City while Joaquim and Marina are abroad. (For users of other ebook platforms, The Seer’s Choice should be available in early January. )

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!!!




The Non-Exclusivity of Ideas…

I’ve posted about this before. Ideas come to multiple people, often in fairly close configuration. This week, I got my most recent demonstration of that.


Yes, I’ve been watching Dark Matter. Yes, it’s a series chock-full of tropes. I’m still enjoying it….but it was episode four that really got my attention!

In episode four, we’re introduced to a concept in passing (via a video commercial in the clinic) that shows a futuristic alternative to travel: faxing yourself somewhere else, and then uploading the memories acquired by that copy before that short-term body expires.

Uh…that’s pretty much the back drop for my 2008 story Taking a Mile. (Click over to the FREE FICTION header on the navigation bar, and you’ll find it there.)

That story appeared in an well-known anthology, so it did get around Hollywood, I suspect. Is it possible that someone read my story and incorporated the idea into the TV series? Sure, it’s possible.

But it’s not too likely that if it happened, I could ever prove it.

I am, however, very curious to find out whether the double who’s appeared in the TV series turns out to be, like my story’s heroine, a copy who refuses to die as scheduled. It will be interesting to watch the remainder of season one and find out.

However, this is part of creative life. People have similar ideas. I actually mentioned in the anthology’s intro for that story that a lot of my ideas for it were formed by reading the works of Ansen Dibell, who wrote a series of novels where multiple copies of the same person were made (although not at the same time). Her series shaped a lot of my personal perceptions of consciousness, and therefore, she might have looked at my work and wondered if I’d copied her…


(I would love to know how many other people have found their ideas reflected in someone else’s work…)



WFC Con Report

Con Reports are one of those things we seem to do to let the world know we actually went to a con instead of saying we did and spending the day getting massages and eating room service nachos.

So let’s see…

We flew to Saratoga Springs on Thursday, and every stage of the trip went smoothly. After we arrived, we went out to dinner with Lawrence M. Schoen and his wife Valerie, and had excellent crepes. I’m afraid that I was so tired after that (we -did- get up about 2:30 AM), that I went back up to my room and went to bed.

Friday morning I woke promptly at 4:30 AM. That should provide everyone with an explanation why I’m rarely at parties at night…by then I’m dead on my feet!  I had breakfast with my wonderful agent, Lucienne Diver, and then did a panel on Healers in Fantasy (with James Alan Garner,  Julie Czerneda, and Anatoly Belilovsky–one of my fellow Codexians.)  I do know that panel went very well because there were still people stopping me the next day to tell me how much they enjoyed it.

The rest of the day was a bit of a blur. There was a mass autographing session that night where I was rather shocked to find that a reader had actually brought some of my books to be signed. That made my evening ;o)  (Thanks, Dee!)

At some point in there I met several excellent people, but I certainly won’t be able to name them all.  I got to catch up with Tina Connolly and Caroline Yoachim, chatted with Tex Thompson, Dominick D’Aunno, met Shecky Betai, hung out with fellow Carpe Libris gals, Melissa Mead and Ruth Burroughs, and chatted with Renee Babcock and Cathy Green…and I need to remember to send out author copies when I get them! Too many others to get them all. I’m sorry if I’ve left you off, but I’m beginning to think I need to take notes at these things!

Saturday was the Codex Breakfast (always fun) where some issues with the venue’s wheelchair accessibility became evident.  I followed that with a comparatively lackluster panel (no one came up to tell me they enjoyed that one….hmmm), then had dinner with another crowd where I got to meet other smashing people. Or was that Friday night?

This is the problem with con reports…by the time I’ve arrived home, I’ve forgotten the order of everything!

I did get to go to the awards banquet (along with my husband), courtesy of my publisher. The Penguin table had not only two of  the amazing editors (Diana Gill and Anne Sowards), but also Joe Haldeman (!) and his charming wife, Guy Gavriel Kay (!), and Anne Bishop(!!!), none of whom treated me like I was a terrible interloper. (There was one other gentleman at out table, an editor named Oliver….whose last name continues to elude me!)

And Monday? Well I spent that in blissful research, aided by the SSPL’s Local History Librarian, Teri Blasko, who dug up all manner of resources for me and made some excellent recommendations…

So that was Saratoga Springs. I really love it there, although if I had to be there in January, I don’t think I would. ;o)

And since I’ve gotten back, I’ve been back to scrambling around, getting work done on the house and trying to catch up…so if I’m sending you something, it may take a couple of days to get to it. Sorry!

But it was a lovely town to return to, and I hope that we’re there again in another 8 years (although the issues with accessibility should be addressed first.)


After the war….

Just to show that I actually am working on something (and am determined to get it finished by the end of the month!), I’m posting it in bits within my webpage.

So if you’re interesting in reading about Alejandro Ferreira, you can click here. I’ll stick more up every few days until I’ve got the whole thing finished (although I suspect it will be quite long.)

I’m not sure what the title will be, but eventually I’ll be stuck with one (when I order the cover), so if you have any clever idea, let me know in comments!


WFC Schedule + Goodreads Giveaway

I’ve been underwater lately with my recent move to Texas, so I haven’t been posting much, but I’m finally getting all the moving chores back under control and will have time to return to the writing world. In fact, I actually met with some other writers yesterday for a two-hour writing session at a Starbucks!

But World Fantasy Con is coming up very fast, so I wanted to get my schedule posted. I will be on two panels:

Friday at 11AM:

Healing in Fantasy
Sometimes you just need a doctor, but in Fantasyland a healer has to do. Magical healing is a surprisingly common and yet complex issue. The panel will discuss the ramifications of magical healing and which texts they feel illustrate some of the more nuanced approaches to getting your heroes and heroines back on their feet.

James Alan Garner (mod.), Anatoly Belilovsky, J.K. Cheney, Julie Czerneda


Saturday at 11AM

Fantasy Landscapes and the limits of imagination
From gloomy Gothic woods, to empty Gothic Mountain fastnesses… is there more to fantasy-scapes than the Gothic, or are we stuck in a haunted Gothic rut?
J.K. Cheney, John Clute, Mary Soon Lee, Paul Park

(I very much fear I’m the moderator on that last one, although it doesn’t have me marked.)

Anyhow, I’ll be present there, and if you run into me, stop and say hi! (And remember that I’m terrible with names, so be patient if I can’t remember yours ;o)


Also, I have a Goodreads GIveaway of The Seat of Magic running for two more days over on Goodreads, so if you want a copy, click to go over and sign up!


New from The Golden City—The Seer’s Choice

If you want to know what happened to Genoveva Carvalho after the events of The Seat of Magic (wherein a family secret was revealed), check out my new novella, The Seer’s Choice, currently free for Kindle Unlimited readers.

Genoveva Jardim’s father was a monster—a defrocked priest who used his healer’s gift to murder instead. Determined to make amends for the deaths her father brought to the Golden City, she turned her back on her life among the aristocracy. She’s chosen to work for the Special Police, learning how to use the healer’s gift she’d never even known she had. She wants to save lives instead of killing like her father.

Rafael Pinheiro has kept an eye on Miss Jardim for some time now. The very first time he met her, his seer’s gift told him he would someday marry her. What he can’t figure out is why he would choose her. She’s young and an aristocrat—hardly a match for a mere police captain raised in an orphanage. They don’t seem to have anything in common.

But when Miss Jardim’s life is threatened, everything changes…

(Also available for purchase here.)


FenCon Schedule:

I have my schedule for FenCon below, which should be fun…


Rebels vs. Big Damn Heroes
Friday, September 25, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Without question, Firefly/Serenity fans and Star Wars devotees are two of most passionate groups in fandom. From the ongoing charity work of the Browncoats and the 501st/Rebel Legion alike, fans have taken these two massive science fiction franchises far beyond the screen. How can two such different ideas strike the same chords in so many fans? Join us as we compare and contrast!
Panelists: J.K. Cheney, J. DeLaughter, G. Oliver, S. Swendson *

Dissecting Fantasy.
Friday, September 25, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
What elements of fantasy work for readers/writers? What elements are overdone and cliche’?
Panelists: C. Donahue, A. Simmons, S. Sinor,  J.K. Cheney *


The Author/Editor Relationship
Saturday, September 26, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Authors and editors share the same goal: To publish the best book possible. Industry pros share tips for navigating this sometimes frustrating – but often rewarding – process.
Panelists: D. Afsharirad, C. Douglas, W. Ledbetter, S. Rosen, B. Sinor, J.K. Cheney *

Creating Alternate History
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Alternate history requires a lot of research and ideas. Where do you look? How do you come up with those ideas?
Panelists: R. Boatright, R. Caine, L. Carl, P.N. Elrod
(I’m not listed, but I’ve been asked to moderate this one.)


All History is Alternate
Sunday, September 27, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The winners write the history books, and what’s in those books may not match up to the experiences of those who were there.
Panelists: R. Boatright, K. Bogen, J.K. Cheney, B. Denton, M. Tatum, S. Stirling *

I may not be there between certain panels (since I’m in the process of moving), but if I’m there, drop by and say hi!