New publication

This is the animal shelter in Boerne, Texas, where "Kicking to Stay On" is set. (The image is from Google's Street View in Google Maps.) But this is NOT the shelter in the story -- that shelter is a fictional place! The real Boerne shelter is excellent, and my family got some good pets from here. So if you live in the Texas Hill Country and find yourself crying while reading my story, click on the photo above to go to the Boerne shelter's adoption page and contact info and maybe rescue a dog or a cat today.

Spring is busy for me, gang! Publications abound, and I’m feeling pretty damned lucky.

Today, my story “Kicking to Stay On” is live at Fried Chicken and Coffee — at least, it’s live until the main character kills it. He’s a dark dude, and he likes to kill things. Starting with animals. So if you love animals as much as I do, take care reading this story! Leave the lights on, keep a loved one close, and maybe hide the story from your pets.

In just so you know, this story was harder to write than it is to read — I wept while working on this — but I’m damned proud of it and I’m thrilled that this story is finally in print. Cooler still: shortly after I got word that it had been accepted, I saw a tweet from editor Rusty Barnes in which he noted that “there’s nothing like reading two stories in a row that kick you square in the doodads — and in a good way.”

I’m pretty sure one of those stories was this one, gang! I kicked Rusty Barnes square in the doodads! šŸ™‚

More stories still in the cue, everyone. Go check out the Publications page for the list, and keep an eye on the blog for more announcements.


PS: Seriously, I love animals, gang. Please track down your local humane society or animal shelter, or contact the ASPCA, and consider donating time, money, even old bedding and other items a local shelter might need.

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