Rucksack Universe update: Wander cover coming soon

In further exciting news, my cover designer had sent me mock-ups of what the Wander cover might look like. Chief Reader and I extensively reviewed and discussed the designs… and then I sent my designer the go-ahead. Stay tuned: Soon you’ll be among the first to see the cover for Wander, the next Rucksack Universe … Read more

Book Pick: Every Grain of Rice

After hearing Fuchsia Dunlop during interviews on some of my fave food podcasts, I had to check out her book. In the US, it can be easy to think of Chinese food as heavy or complex, not really the stuff of everyday home cooking. And that’s what I like about Fuchsia’s approach here: She reminds … Read more

Book Pick: How to Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

As you know, I like to describe myself as a “hygge-loving hobbit.” The Danish concept of hygge (“hyoo-gah”) is essentially based around a cozy togetherness that gives respite from the stress and travails of life. I’ve read a few books on hygge of late, but Meik Wiking’s is my current favorite. From suggestions and insights … Read more

Announcing the release date for WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe novel

The new can’t-miss Rucksack Universe prequel novel Oct. 16, 1834 The explosion that comes to be known as The Blast burns across Ireland and England. The fires alter the course of history. A new era begins: “AB” or, “After Blast.” Oct. 19, 1834 After failing at his most crucial moment, a burned and broken hero … Read more

Author Spotlight: T. Thorn Coyle’s magic and justice

Back in October 2017, I spent a week with some amazing professional writers and authors during a writing and publishing Business Master Class in Lincoln City, OR (also on the coast, just a bit north of Florence). Among the many wonderful folks I met, one who stands out the most is the radiant, brilliant, resilient, … Read more

Happy Holidays! Uncle Ant’s Tips & Gifts Guide 2017

Bruce Lee once said, “Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.” After working in content since 2000 and being self-employed since 2011, I’ve gotten to encounter many a thing that adds value to my day, to my life, to my work, and to my family. So this year, … Read more

What books are on your summer reading list this year?

Here are a few of the books on my summer reading list… Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas, by Laura Sook Duncombe Glass Houses (Three Pines/Inspector Gamache), by Louise Penny Everyday Lakota: An English-Sioux Dictionary for Beginners Kiwis Might Fly: A New Zealand Adventure, by Polly Evans Honeymoon with … Read more

Read This: STATION ELEVEN, Emily St. John Mandel

Confession: I’m only part of the way through this book. However, between Station Eleven being a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times Bestseller, and a Sword and Laser book pick, I was elated to finally start reading this. (Ironically enough, one downside of writing your own books can be a dearth of … Read more

Book/Movie Picks: Sept. 25, 1987, As You Wish & The Princess Bride

This month marks a very important date: on Sept. 25, 1987, The Princess Bride debuted. Odds are you’ve seen the movie or read the book. You probably know all about the 6-fingered man, and Buttercup the girl to be who didn’t want to be a princess. You know about the man in black. And how to … Read more

June Fantasy Book Pick: AMERICAN GODS Released 14 Years Ago

One of the USA’s top fantasy books, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was released 14 years ago in 2001. It’s a tale of mythology, and of a man just trying to get by and redeem himself after being released from prison—and after abruptly becoming a widower. American Gods remains one of Gaiman’s most popular and acclaimed … Read more