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A Hallowe'en treat: The Witch Queen's Son

For your chilling pleasure, here is another little excerpt from one of my works-in-progress, Dark Clouds. This is a little bit forward from the story you can get for free, Chapter 1: The Mandrake Ruse. It again features Helen, the Witch Queen, and her son, Matt, the only many immune to witchcraft. Helen’s prison Shadows […]

Frightful Friday: The Vampire machine

This #spooktober, I’m re-publishing some light, Hallowe’en-related stories. This one first appeared on another blog some years ago, and I present it again here for your spooky pleasure. Let me know in the Comments whether you liked it. The power went out with drawn-out squeaks from every electronic device in the house. Rodney noticed the […]

Six-sentence Sunday: The Bones of the Earth

Once upon a time, when blogging was still young and the World Wide Web was comparatively innocent, there was a thing called Six Sentence Sunday. During this epoch, authors would publish six-sentence samples of their books, either published or works-in-progress, onto their blogs on Sunday morning, along with a link to a central site called […]

On the anniversary of Operation Bagration

  Today, June 22, is the anniversary of the launch of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, and of Operation Bagration in 1944.  The first was Hitler’s Germany’s invasion of the USSR, the largest land invasion in history. Three years later, Stalin’s Soviet Union answered that with Operation Bagration, a massive assault on the German Army Group […]

Kupailo girl solstice

Today is Midsummer’s, the Summer Solstice, long regarded as a special day by humanity.  This year, the full moon was just a few nights ago—also an auspicious time for mystics and sky-watchers.  The Bones of the Earth, my first published novel, begins at midnight on the Summer Solstice, under a full moon. That coincidence does […]

A century ago: Walking Out of War

One hundred years ago, the subject of my historical trilogy, The Eastern Front, was born. In honour of this centennial, here is an excerpt from his story, in the third volume, Walking Out of War. This story that Maurice told me could have happened on that early April day in 1945.  Approaching Berlin Prussia, April […]

April sample: Under the Nazi Heel

As we approach what would have been the hundredth birthday of my father-in-law and the subject of the Eastern Front trilogy, here’s a sample that describes life during the Nazi German occupation of Ukraine, 76 years ago.  Kalush, western Ukraine 1943 The first Friday night dance was held at the newly established Prosvita Ukrainian Reading […]