Cassie Scot in Living Color

The outfit you see Cassie wearing on the cover is one I suggested to the artist. I found it on Nordstrom’s website, and knew it was the sort of thing Cassie would choose to wear — stylish and colorful. (The artist changed the color to better suit the picture.) In the book, Cassie says she […]

Daily Indulgences: Why I Won’t Settle for Pale Imitation Dieting

One of the first things that happens when I go on a diet is people start suggesting low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb, or generally pick-your-favorite-low recipes. “You’ve got to try my cherry pie with Splenda! You’ll never notice the difference!” (Yes, I will.) “These black bean brownies are delicious!” (I’m thinking of another word that begins with […]

Cassie Scot Video Trailer

It’s becoming more and more popular to make a video trailer for novels these days. I’m not sure how much marketing influence they have, but it came with my Pump Up Your Book tour (beginning next month) so here it is! I put a lot of work into this in the end. Most video trailers […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: Winter’s Heart (Book 9)

And now, I fear, I must recant something I’ve been saying in my reviews of the past three books. I called it “the slowing of the plot.” But as I reread this book, the last of my rereads before I move ahead into new territory, I realized something. It’s not that the plot slowed down […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: The Path of Daggers (Book 8)

My opinion of this particular book has improved upon reread. Maybe it helps that sense of impatience that I don’t have to wait several years for the sequel to come out, because for certain things are still edging forward slowly, but there was something compelling about the hard lessons Rand had to learn over the […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: A Crown of Swords (Book 7)

And the slowing continues… This book only covers about two weeks, shorter than any span of time in the other books. Ebu Dar is a big focus, where Elayne and Nynaeve are trying to find the bowl of the winds. Mostly though, it was a nudge here and there, ending with a big push that […]

Wait? Did I see Cassie on Amazon/B&N already?C

Why yes! Yes you did! One of the things I do to promote my work is to enter it into contests. This worked exceptionally well for The Immortality Virus, which won two awards and was a finalist in a third. Last week, as I was compiling the list of contests I wanted to enter, I […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: Lord of Chaos (Book 6)

And so begins the slowing of the plot… I say this from the perspective of someone who was fond enough of this story to be willing to reread these long books in order to finally see how it ends, but let’s face it, the number 1 complaint of readers when it comes to The Wheel […]

Attn Fellow Chocolate Snobs: An Easter Lesson

Whew! I managed to pull off Easter for the family this year, but it was a near thing. And really, my reasoning was sound. Why stock up on Easter candy weeks in advance, only to have it sitting on a shelf or in a closet, tempting me? Oh, it’s “hidden” from everyone else, but *I* […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: Fires of Heaven (Book 5)

Nations fall. The tower breaks. And the seals on the dark one’s prison are crumbling at an alarming rate. In my rereading of book 5 of the Wheel of Time, I felt a bit impatient with one of the subplots — Elayne and Nynaeve trek across the world after dealing with black aja members in […]