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Many years ago, I threw together a few of the short stories I’d written in my world of the Cosa Nostradamus, where magic ran alongside electricity.  It was a quick thing I did for the die-hard fans of the novels, and it never got much distribution.

But as we started to get the Retrievers and PSI novels set in this world ready for reissue, I thought…. I’ve written a bunch more in this world. Maybe I should collect those stories and do it right, this time?

When I suggested this to some readers, the reaction was, um…


and I went:


and then my designer and I put our heads together, and she came up with the absolutely amazing

Which is not only utterly GORGEOUS and perfectly evocative, but also leads into the repackaging of the novels, starting in December….



on-sale November 16th, 2019
available now for pre-order!






The Collected Cases of Duchess, PI

Looking for a little fun summer reading while you hang out at the beach, pool, or air-conditioned cave?

Or maybe you’re in the Southern hemisphere, looking for a cozy, by-the-fireplace read?

May I introduce you to Duchess, PI?

The Alley is no place for the innocent, the unwary, or the just plain foolish. But if they didn’t exist, Duchess would be out of work. For a fee, she can solve your problem – or make it go away. When trouble’s on your tail, and you can’t go to the cops, Duchess is the cat you want in your corner.

However, not even the best PI can solve every case, and her connections – from an up-and-coming police dog to a would-be thief-in-training – get her into trouble as often as they get her out…


The Case of the Tom in Trouble
Spark to Tinder
The Case of the Feckless Ferrets
Scales of Justice
The Case of the Seaside Swindle


Available now for pre-order!    Only $2.99!

Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Apple iBooks  / Amazon UK
Amazon Canada / Amazon AUS


Heading out to Minneapolis over the 4th of July weekend to partake of the crunchy goodness that is CONvergence once again!  I look forward to seeing folk there, and yes, I will have books to sell and sign!


Thursday, July 4th

Non-Medieval Fantasy


Saturday, July 6th

Creating Tiny Imagined Spaces


Managing Your Creative Career


Writing a Culture Not Your Own


Unconventional Story Structures for Writers


Sunday, July 7th

Ubik: Safe When Used as Directed