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On Christmas Eve my parakeet Westie spread his wings and flew away to Parakeet Valhalla. I miss the little guy. He was the inspiration for Lu's parakeet Foster, who survived being bird-napped by the daemon Black Claw. To honor Westie's memory, I'm hosting a drawing for the Foster Prize Pack. One big winner will claim all…

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Darkroom Cover

Last month I received several intriguing cover ideas from graphic designer Pete Garceau. Any of them would have made a great cover for Darkroom, so to help me choose, I polled readers to discover which one they liked most. Two clear favorites emerged. This cover captures the sinister mystery of a forest in the mountains…

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Gifted Thief

The protagonist of Helen Harper's urban fantasy Gifted Thief lives the first eleven years of her life without a name. An orphan among the Highland Sidhe, she's so despised that no one bothers giving her one. She lives in a castle, the ward of a nobleman, ignored or bullied until she escapes to the world…

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Woman reading a book in a cloud

I start every book meaning to finish. But sometimes I put the book down and never pick it up again. Here are a few of the reasons why . . . I love to read fiction. That's one reason I became a writer — to create those magical portals called books. I begin each story…

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Broken Mirror

  Here's a rerun of  an old essay on use of the second person for new readers who missed it the first time around. I'm kind of proud of this one.  You don't see much fiction in second-person point of view. You encounter plenty of characters who tell their own stories and all kinds of…

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