The Long Road She Took

Obscure title for a post… check!ayah-12

Character art… check!

Okay, this is Ayah. Or it’s one of her incarnations. If you click on the image it should take you to an ArtStation post which contains her rather elaborate history. I created her for one project and then liked the model so much that I had to find a story for her. It’s taken me at least three tries, but I think I’ve finally cracked it and you should see the results in May.

Initially she’s getting a trilogy which, incidentally, I’ve been trying to write in one form or another for several years. It was going to be sci-fi and it’s now become fantasy and, amazingly, I think it works better that way.

So, assuming I don’t freeze to death in the current ‘spring’ weather, you’ll get to find out what’s up with Ayah sometime fairly soon.


RIP Stephen Hawking

And that’s about all I have to say on the matter really. Gone is a great mind and a great character.

The Eyes of the Huntress


The new book is out. The Eyes of the Huntress.

This one was a long time coming. I originally started it in 2015, but I decided that the main character was a little too much like Aneka Jansen and went somewhere different. Well, now she’s back.


In Other News

Having a little trouble with the Twilight Empress book. I’m taking the weekend to consider a fairly drastic change in the background, but whatever happens, I’m expecting it to appear on the virtual shelves in early May.

Not Real Snow

This is an entirely irrelevant post. You have been warned!

It has been snowing here all day, but there is no snow on the ground. It’s not even lying on the dustbins, or the grass, or my car.

That is not real snow and it should be banned!

Hash tag NotMySnow. Has tag WhyNoWhiteChristmas.

Sondra Blake Characters

Haven’t done much art stuff recently, so click through below to see a selection of character sketches done for The Vanity Case.


The Vanity Case


The Vanity Case is now available. This is the first Sondra Blake novel, about a detective and her partner working to solve cases of magical crime in an alternative New York City.

Happy Whatever You’re Celebrating!

In my case, Happy Christmas, but YMMV. Here’s a Christmas pinup to cheer you through the long winter nights, or something.


This is Sondra who will be appearing in The Vanity Case in January. She will not be wearing any outfits anything like this one.