“Native Seeds” in Lightspeed

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The issue of Lightspeed with a reprint of “Native Seeds” is now available online, for those of you who missed its premier in Analog.  The paper and ebook should be available through Amazon shortly.

Somehow I never had the opportunity in either venue to explain that this novella is a prequel to my Coconino trilogy, also available through online bookstores.  It’s set in southern and central Arizona after famine and other catastrophes have driven most of the population to colonial planets in distant solar systems.  Those who remain find themselves facing age-old questions about culture, survival, and self-determination.


Look whose name is on the front cover of Nov/Dec Analog!

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Yes indeed, there it is at the top of the list!  Look for “Native Seeds” inside, an origin story from the Coconino series.


And a lovely cover it is.  If you have a copy, bring it along to TusCon this weekend, and I’ll be happy to autograph it for you.


“Native Seeds” is in Nov/Dec issue of Analog

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I just peeked at the upcoming issue information, and my novella “Native Seeds” will run in the next issue of Analog. This is a foundation story for The People who appear in the Coconino trilogy. I think you’ll enjoy meeting Alfonso and his friend Chico.


New sale: Native Seeds

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And just as my short story “Eii’s Coming” appears in the March/April issue of Analog, I received a contract offer this morning for my novella “Native Seeds” from the same delightful (and may I say insightful!) folks.  Yay!  “Native Seeds” is a prequel to my Coconino series, originally published by Del Rey in 1991, 1992, and 1993, and now available from Phoenix Pick.  (Check your favorite online bookseller.)

It’s the story of the Survivors, the band of young people who, without the guidance of elders, have re-create a civilization in harmony with the Mother Earth. Though they have overcome many obstacles, a new one lurks that stymies their leader.  Then they encounter another band of survivors, one that has preserved more technology.  Will it be their salvation–or their doom?


And now The Earth Saver is out!

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Woo-hoo!  Just found out “The Earth Saver,” Book 3 of the Coconino trilolgy, is also available now.  Amazon, B&N, iBook Store, SmashWords, and maybe some other places, so check your favorite vendor.  Same for “Children of the Earth.”

And a special welcome to all the new fans who’ve signed up in the past week.  Glad to have you aboard!

I’m actually working on a short story now that’s a prequel to the trilogy.  Just haven’t quite figured out where it’s going yet.  But I’ve got some interesting characters I’m playing with, so no doubt something will come of it.


Coconino Book 2 Now Available

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I just checked the Phoenix Pick website, and “Children of the Earth” is now available for purchase as ebook or paperback from amazon.  I finished proofing the galleys for that last of the trilogy, “The Earth Saver,” before we went cruising, so I’m hoping it, too, will be on the market by the time TusCon rolls around at the end of October.  Hope to see you all there!


Paper is beautiful…

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Got a wonderful surprise on my birthday:  several hardcopies of “The Earth Is All That Lasts” showed up from my publisher.  Thanks, Shahid!  I like ebooks, I read them all the time, but there really is nothing like the trill of seeing your name on the glossy cover of a beautiful, thick, honest-to-goodness paper book.  Whee!

And they are so much easier to autograph than the digital version!  <smirk>


TusCon 40 is coming up!

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It’s Nov. 8-10, and I’ll be there, bragging about my latest short story sale to the e-zine “Intergalactic Medicine Show.”  It’s a near-future SF piece called “Into the Desolation.”  It will run sometime next spring, probably the March issue, but I’ll post when I have the definite info.  It takes place in a small desert town on the edge of The Time Wastes, where time has fractured and you never know when you’ll wind up.

TusCon is a great little con, not huge so you get a more intimate experience, a chance to visit with the pros, take part in the costume competition, etc.  Find out more here:


I’ll be on a two-part panel on time travel–very apropos, considering the story I just sold!  Oh–and Part II is on Friday, while Part I is on Sunday.  Should be interesting.

I’m also tickled that my trilogy will be coming back into print early next year.  “The Earth Is All That Lasts” is in process, and I’m proofing the galley for “Children of the Earth” now.  Again, no definite pub dates yet, but I’ll post when I have them.

See you at TusCon!


Coming up for air

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I cut 16,000 words out of the novel I’m editing, and now I need to let it sit for a while.  I also just got the digital galley for “The Earth Is All That Lasts,” which is coming out as an ebook from Phoenix Pick, and I’m…stalling before I start on it.  Just don’t feel like getting my head into that today.  And I’m still fiddling with the ending of a short story and have to let that rest again, too.  So what better time to post on my blog?

But let’s skip the writing topics and talk family for a minute.  Our younger daughter and her husband are opening a brewpub in Prescott Valley, AZ–exciting times!  More news when I have it.  And our other son-in-law is applying for a position in the same town.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have them all so close by?  My husband retires soon.  We’ll be able to travel more, spend a little time helping the kids with their exciting projects.

Writers never really retire.  Sometimes I get discouraged and think I should, but then I get back into a novel or short story I’m working on and I get all wrapped up in it again.  Then I know I’ll never quit.  Now, if I could just find an agent who believed in me who didn’t retired, die, or leave the agency….  Yeah, I know, helps if I put queries in the mail.  Another thing on my to-do list, right after proofing “The Earth Is All That Lasts.”



Book buzz

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There’s a little bee buzzing around…says my first four book are going to be reappearing sometime in the next year…

Yes, mi amigos, I’ve been approached by a publisher who wants t0 put “Mother Grimm” back into print, along with my trilogy. So those of you who missed Coconino the first time around, you’re in luck!  He’s coming back.  I have the contract in my hot little hands and I’m just getting the additional paperwork together to send back with it.  I’m told that within the next year–18 months tops–all four books will be back in print.

And if you’re wondering about that sequel to “The Aztec Eagle”…I’ve pitched it to another publisher, and I’m waiting to hear.  Stay tuned!