Now Is The Time To Join Dr. Nekros

Back in 2011, I started publishing the eighteen episode odyssey of Dr. Nekros.  It’s hard to believe there are now only two episodes left in the (mostly) bi-monthly electronic serial.  The next installment will release in late June, and the final one will arrive in late July.

Years ago I promised love, betrayal, monsters, reunions, ghosts, trickery, revenge, death, black magic, and battles … but I wasn’t too sure about salvation.  Unfortunately for Dr. Nekros, I’m still not decided on that matter.

This has been an electrifying journey, and I invite you to join me  now before it concludes.  Where better to start than the beginning?


Dr. Nekros - the story so far.  Only two episodes left!

Dr. Nekros – the story so far. Only two episodes left!

Now Available – Dr. Nekros: A Catastrophic Convergence (Volume III, Episode IV)

The story continues, but the end nears.  There are only two episodes left after this to conclude the eighteen part serial, so I hope you’ll jump on board now!

Dr. Nekros: A Catastrophic Convergence (Volume III, Episode IV) – Determined to get her youngest son back, Zetta seeks to invade Della’s lair with the help of Anton and Lillian. Meanwhile, Dr. Nekros has yet another new ally willing to take the fight straight to Xaphan in order to return Matty to his mother. Though separated by the realms of reality, both Dr. Nekros and Zetta strive for the same thing, and both will be horrified by story’s end.

To read your copy on Kindle for only $00.99, click HERE!

Dr. Nekros: A Catastrophic Convergence  (Episode IV, Volume III)


Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer – A Book Review

This book touts itself as “The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction,” and that’s an accurate statement.  In fact, the illustrations were really what set this book apart.  Vandermeer offers great advice concerning fiction writing, but to be honest, it’s fairly standard if you read many books concerning the topic.  The illustrations, however, were weird, unique, and beautiful.  Additionally, though they came from many different sources, they each served to reinforce what ever point Vandermeer made.  By the way, just so you know, he uses examples from his own fiction quite a bit.

Furthermore, Vandermeer collected vignettes from various sources focusing upon authors and their advice or thoughts concerning the craft.  These were a delight to read, especially Neil Gaiman’s.  Other notable authors include George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Peter Straub.

All in all, if you’re looking for an unconventional book to help you hone your fiction writing, Wonderbook fits the bill.  Even if you don’t find Vandermeer’s insights stimulating, the illustrations should serve to inspire you.


So I Published This Book … In 2010

2010 proved a busy year for me.  I returned to teaching after staying home with our first child for two years.  I started my Master’s in Reading degree.  We also built a house.

Oh, and I published a book.

Unfortunately, amidst all of those other things, I didn’t give the book’s release the attention it deserved.

Now, here we are, a blink of an eye and four years later.  I’m finishing my Master’s degree.  We’ve had a second child.  We are still settling into our house.

Oh, and I’m sort of promoting that book from 2010.

It’s about Andropia, the world’s last city, a utopia for its citizens known as Andropians. They exist to please the Maker, he who created them in his floating Citadel. Andropians cheerfully question nothing as they go about unnecessarily purifying air, cleaning water, and raising livestock. When Isaac arrives from the Citadel, his many questions lead other Andropians to compare him to the deviant Amelia. Soon Amelia and Isaac’s paths cross, and she persuades him to help rescue their people. For she long ago discovered a suspected harbinger of destruction, an object that could mean the end of life as they know it. Isaac and Amelia invade the Citadel and confront the Maker, but nothing could have prepared them for what they learn and their final fates.

Does Andropia sound good to you?  I have copies available for $9.99.  I’d love for you to read it so much, I’ll even handle the shipping costs (as long as you’re in the continental US).

One Amazon reviewer described Andropia as “… in some ways subversive, in many ways disturbing, and in all ways a thoroughly good read! ”

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Free Samples Of My Fiction

I’m excited to announce that free samples of my work are now available at my website.  Among them you’ll find stories delving into horror, religion, family dynamics, love, humor, and empowerment.  If you like them, I hope you’ll consider checking out my two short story collections and novel.

Just click on the link to find them:

November Is National Novel Writing Month

Have you always wanted to write that novel but just couldn’t work up the gusto?  Well, no more excuses come November.  We’re celebrating National Novel Writing Month with the good people at NaNoWriMo!

The concept is simple: by the end of the month you need to have written at least 50,000 words.  Quality is not an issue; spelling and grammar are for later concerns; this is purely an exercise in letting your imagination loose.

At the following website:

you can add your name to a list of participants and get your own little space.  There is a place for you to plug in your daily word count, and no, no one is actually checking that you’re being honest.  You can also find out about “write-ins” where other writers in your region are gathering to meet, write, and maybe even socialize a little.  NaNoWriMo offers many free graphics to decorate your various social networking sites with, and they also offer many fun items for purchase that helps fund several non-for-profit plights.

Many agree that the hardest part of writing a novel is sitting down and actually getting started.  This is just the sort of fun, care-free contest that can light a fire under people and get them tapping away at the old keyboard.  Do you feel that warmth on your rump?  You know that that means!

I’ve almost participated in National Novel Writing Month for several years, but never found the discipline to stick with it.  I’ve actually been working on a novel since before I found out about NaNoWriMo, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to crank the whole thing out.  Though I’m already 10,500 words into it, I’m going to subtract that amount of words to keep things fair.  After all, where’s the fun if you cheat?

I hope you’ll take part in this event to celebrate writing and pass the news along to your friends.  In just a few short hours, it’s off to the races!


Drift: Stories by Victoria Patterson – A Book Review

Drift has edge, and, in the beginning, this edge made it a breathtaking—almost dangerous—read.  However, as the book concluded, its edge started to feel forced, thus negating its overall effect.

Patterson has successfully written a captivating collection of intertwined stories taking place in Newport Beach (of all places).  Most of the stories star recurring female protagonists, and most deal with very real issues of common life, even if in an uncommon locale.   Patterson pulls no punches, and this bluntness, initially, is refreshing and creates engaging—though not necessarily likable—characters.

A photo of Patterson smiling along a beach is embedded within the back cover of Drift.  She is a normal, attractive woman with a nice smile.  Her apparent affability unconsciously biased me, and so when male-on-male oral sex, drug use, and child abuse occurs, I was shocked.  I’ve always believed it’s important to separate the artist from the art, and I’d forgotten my own cardinal rule.  Patterson has edge—real edge—in the early stages of her collection.  It was placed perfectly within the pacing and tone of her stories, and while jarring, it didn’t strike me as awkward.  Unfortunately, about three-quarters of the way through Drift, that edge began to feel forced and even a bit sensationalistic.  It drew so much of my attention that I couldn’t lose myself in the tales any longer.

Even with that being said, it’s important to note that Patterson IS a very good writer.  While I question her plot choices near the end of the book, her stories remained tight and well-written throughout.  She has an excellent sense of pace and delivery, and her sentences flow with ease.  In other words, no matter what the subject, this is a person who KNOWS how to write well.

Anyone interested in the short story genre would do well to read Drift.  Though mostly focused upon female protagonists, there’s absolutely no reason why a male wouldn’t also benefit from these stores—perhaps a male could even learn a thing or two from the female perspective.  Furthermore, any aspiring writers should take advantage of this author who knows how to deliver edgy stories occurring within the mostly normal aspects of real life.