State of the TAM-20 Jan

Blogs, books, and more blogs

Not much going on this week. I got my hair cut and had it shaved into a dramatic undercut at the back, which alarms me constantly when I see it. I like it, but it is shorter than usual. Plus the back of my neck is VERRA CHILLY!

Anyhow, writing on the SOOPER SEKRIT PROJECT which is…fun for me? :D I’m also getting the blog tour for Prodigal (out Feb 13!) done and dusted so I might go and hit up a coffee shop to get some work done. Weirdly I can write in my office, but I blog-tour and write non-fiction better when I’m hot desking somewhere. Maybe the coffee refills in my favourite coffee shop have something to do with that?

You also still have time to vote in the PRG’s Reviewer’s Choice Awards! So go vote for me or…you know…one of those other people!

Nope, not over my Witcher fan-fever yet. Plus ‘War Pigs’ is one of my favorite songs EVAH! Good fight writing music!

Book Rec of the Week

I love me a good psychic. Or a bad psychic. You have NO IDEA how big a fan I was of Tomorrow People, and not because Mark Pellegrino was in it…. Not JUST because Mark Pellegrino was in it. So the Psycpop series is a an eaaasy rec for me.

Bitter Pill

Bitter Pill

There’s a new drug on the streets called Kick. The side effects are so brutal, most folks only try it once…unless they’re psychic. Then they do it until it kills them.

Psychic medium Victor Bayne is well acquainted with pharmaceuticals, from the Auracel that blocks his ghosts to the Seconal that offers him a blissful nights’ sleep. But he’s managed to steer clear of street drugs…so far.

Jacob Marks has a medicine cabinet filled with every over-the-counter remedy known to man, but none of them are doing much for his mood–and his long, fruitless days of combing through records at The Clinic are taking a heavy toll.

But their lackluster investigation does have one silver lining: a front row seat at The Clinic when the first Kick overdose comes in. And as scary as the drug might be, if it truly does augment psychic ability, the appeal is not lost on Vic.

Because the very first hit never killed anyone.

Where did Kick come from? Why is it so addictive? And why is everyone at The Clinic acting so darn shady? That’s what Vic intends to find out. And if he’s lucky, he can also expose a shadowy figure from Camp Hell.

Unfortunately, the demons of his pill addiction might prove just as deadly as his long-buried history. He thought he’d managed to ditch that pernicious habit. But what if it was only lurking in the shadows, waiting for the best time to rear its ugly head?

PsyCop is an ongoing series filled with supernatural action and delightfully awkward humor–with a steady undercurrent of gay romance. It’s best read in order, so if you’re new to the series, start with PsyCop #1, Among the Living…and prepare for a hauntingly good read.


Unmute! For the love of all that is good in the world. UNMUTE!

This is literally my new favorite video. I am addicted to the tippy-taps. SO SOOTHING!

Deal of the Day

Two deals today! Well, a deal and a half. I just wanted to remind you all that Bru Baker has a freebie up on Prolifc Works ahead of her heading to Coastal. Go and grab it now!

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Get a 99-Cent eBook of Truth, Pride, Glory, Love by David Connor & E.F. Mulder. The sale ends January 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

Beneath the surface, they share more than dreams of Olympic gold.

Since elementary school, the question of Reed Watson’s race has needled him. But the one thing he’s always known is that he is destined to become an Olympic star—he felt it the moment he first hit the water. Chosen by a former Olympic swimmer to train for the 2016 Olympics, Reed determinedly works toward his dream.

Along the way, Reed develops feelings for two men he’s known since childhood: Cal, his next-door neighbor, and Mathias, his rival since the fourth grade. Cal’s struggle with his sexual identity and a tragedy complicate Reed’s feelings, while Mathias’s wealth quickly makes it obvious they are from vastly different worlds. 

As Rio approaches, Mathias becomes a gay sports icon, while Reed is told to hide his sexuality for a lucrative endorsement deal that will offer his family a financial boost and help him with mounting debt. Reed’s unresolved desires for both men remain and so too do all the things that have kept them apart. Has he grown enough to navigate rougher waters, to find truth, pride, victory, and love?

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Just so you don’t think I’ve gone soft with all the cute hedgehogs. Have some horrifying Slender Man fashion.

Must Read of the Week

You have no idea how much I love a good treasure hunt story. I grew up on this stuff. One of the first books I ever tried to write (as opposed to a short story) was a rather complicated story about a will, a treasure, and a gang of bickering, rather 1920’s heirs fighting to be the one to find it. I was, like, twelve so it was neither finished nor, in hindsight, probably that good.

Still, treasure! I also hesitate to try and write a good treasure hunt because I’m never sure I can capture the intense mix of suspense and puzzle engagement that you need. I still love reading about them, though.

Treasure Fever

The discovery of a legendary, lost shipwreck in North America has pitted treasure hunters and archaeologists against each other, raising questions about who should control sunken riches.

Most visitors come to Cape Canaveral, on the northeast coast of Florida, for the tourist attractions. It’s home to the second-busiest cruise ship port in the world and is a gateway to the cosmos. Nearly 1.5 million visitors flock here every year to watch rockets, spacecraft, and satellites blast off into the solar system from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, reminding us of the restless reach of our species. Nearly 64 kilometers of undeveloped beach and 648 square kilometers of protected refuge fan out from the cape’s sandy shores. And then there’s the draw of relics like Turtle Mound, a vast hill containing 27,000 cubic meters of oyster shells left by Indigenous tribes several thousand years ago.

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