BVC Announces The Queen and The Tower, by Shannon Page

Calendula Isadora (Callie) is an uncommonly powerful witch with a mind for science. But her independent ways run afoul of her San Francisco coven house, especially when she creates life in the form of a massive golem. And her unseemly affection for her human boyfriend? Such things are simply not done among respectable witchkind.

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 28: The Byzantine Monastery of Hosios Loukas

 Join Thor and me on our last day in Greece, as we providentially get lost and find ourselves at this beautifully serene monastery that has been active since the early 10th century. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece … Continue reading


The ARCs Are Going Out; Reviews Are Coming In!

The ARCs (Advanced Review Copies) of my upcoming mystery/suspense novel The Antiquities Hunter have gone out to other mystery and crime writers and reviewers and I got a look at some of the reviews that are posted on my publisher’s website. … Continue reading


Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 2: The Masterpieces – The Left Hand of Darkness, The Disposessed

  In one sense these books are almost brackets of the Hainish cycle. The Disposessed is positioned right at a beginning of the regathering of the worlds into a body of union, an alliance, in terms of a League of … Continue reading