Monday, April 15, 2024

Subscribers Can Now Read Deleted Scene From Forthcoming 'Soul Stealer'

I’m pleased to announce that newsletter subscribers may now access a deleted scene from The Soul Stealer, the forthcoming fifth and final book of The Geomancer’s Apprentice series.

This is the first time ever that I’m releasing a deleted scene from one of my books.

I cut these two chapters from The Soul Stealer because they were too tangential to the main plot.

The chapters feature one of Joe and Junie’s side missions. It’s kind of apt that this particular adventure ended up on the cutting room floor, since it takes place in a movie theater.

If I needed a title for it, I guess I can call it “A Night at the Cinema” …

Here’s the blurb:


Junie Soong and Joe Tham are called to an old movie theater. The new owner wants to redevelop the building, but she can’t do much until the ghost in it is made to leave.

This should be an easy job, except … things are never that easy for our underdog feng shui experts.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

A Snippet From 'The Soul Stealer' ...

Work on The Soul Stealer, book #5 of my Geomancer’s Apprentice series, is coming along nicely. I thought I’d share a snippet today.

The photo below of Chinatown, Washington, D.C., is mine, taken on a beautiful, sunny day. The Friendship Archway, the historic area’s symbolic gateway, is said to be one of the largest ceremonial arches outside China. It was the inspiration for the series!

Look to the column on the right to read more about the background and themes for the books. 


As they strode past the Friendship Archway, a woman bent down and tried to pick Hu up. She backed off when he arched his back and bared his teeth.

You’re not supposed to pet him,” Junie told her. “He’s a service animal.”

Oh, sorry,” the woman said. “He’s beautiful, but not very friendly.”

He’s not,” Junie agreed. “That’s part of his training.” If the woman only knew the guardian could rip her in two with one swipe of his paw.