Month: February 2018

It’s Launch Day for Sparrow Squadron

It’s launch day for my new YA novel, Sparrow Squadron!

I’m grateful to have Allie from Girl With A Good Book And Her Dog to help celebrate with a feature post and interview. Here’s a highlight:

Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite book?
This may seem odd, because neither their writing styles, nor the genres reflect most of what I write, but my favourite author is the horror writer Thomas Ligotti and my favourite book is Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. Ligotti is such a master at creating a bleak and foreboding atmosphere with his words. I’d love to have that skill, but I’m content to simply be able to enjoy it. Foucault’s Pendulum is often described as a thinking person’s DaVinci Code, and I think it has a lot of the same appeal as that bestseller, except you get to feel snobby about it :-).
For more, check out the link below:

Sparrow Squadron Release Day!

Sparrow Squadron’s First Blog Review!

I’m very happy to be able to link to the first blog review for Sparrow Squadron. Many thanks to Allie over at the impeccably named Girl With A Good Book And Her Dog Blog!


This book is phenomenal.


Read a preview here.


Deadly Skies: Soviet Women Fighter Pilots of WWII

Nearly eight decades ago, Soviet women fighter pilots proved they could be the Top Guns of their day.

We live in a time when shockingly regressive views can gain traction and popularity. Case in point: apparently some people aren’t convinced that women can fly planes. That deserves a “well, actually:” women have been involved with powered flight since the very beginning.

While pioneering early aviators like Amelia Earhart may have seemed like novelties or aberrations, that changed with World War II. Just as it was a time for women to prove in large numbers they could do “a man’s job” in science and industry, this was also when women proved they could fly planes just as well. Air forces on all sides employed women as test pilots and to ferry new planes to the front lines. Moreover, in the Soviet Union, women pilots were put to the ultimate test in combat.

Due to the Cold War, the contribution of Soviet women combat pilots was little known in the West. Thankfully, more and more, their history is coming to light. Most of the attention goes to the “Night Witches,” an all-female regiment of bomber pilots. Flying their antiquated biplanes in the dead of night, they are a plucky underdog story. But arguably more amazing is the fact that the Soviet Union also entrusted women with the most expensive and technologically advanced hardware the Motherland had to offer: fighter planes.

This is the story of Soviet women fighter pilots of World War II.