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'The Forgotten Guardian' Is Now Available as a Paperback

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The Forgotten Guardian , Book 2 of my Geomancer's Apprentice series, is now available in paperback format on Amazon.  It also is available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books and Google Books.  In their latest adventure, feng shui practitioners Joe Tham and Junie Soong are called upon to investigate a long-abandoned temple at the edge of Chinatown in Washington, D.C.  The full blurb is below. I hope you check out the book.  Some secrets are better left buried … The old, abandoned temple near Chinatown is one of Washington, D.C.’s best-kept secrets. It is dilapidated and its gods have been forgotten. However, something may still remain. Two homeless people are killed on the grounds while a developer is trying to raze the buildings. Now construction workers keep walking off the job. The developer calls in feng shui practitioners Joe Tham and Junie Soong to speed up the demolition process. It’s been months since the geomancers cleansed the Kalorama house. J

Three Days of Terror Before Thanksgiving

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It’s three days to Thanksgiving, and I have movie recommendations that will help horror fans enjoy the holiday even more. Watch a movie every night until Turkey Day. Or watch them all on the day itself, right after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Have a great Thanksgiving! Kristy (2014) A college student stays in the dorm while most of her schoolmates go home for Thanksgiving. She is targeted and pursued by a cult of sadistic killers. Does anyone else find empty college campuses creepy? If you do, this is the horror flick for you. The movie is fast-paced and exciting. Kristy can be streamed on the Roku Channel or Tubi. Into the Dark: Pilgrim (2019) A woman invites re-enactors into her home to recreate an authentic Thanksgiving with the pilgrims, in the hope that her family will appreciate the holiday even more. Unfortunately, the actors take their work very, very seriously. Pilgrim is from Season 2 of Hulu’s Into the Dark TV series produced by Blumhouse Production

Exploring the Swords of ‘The Forgotten Guardian’

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Swords are cool. Since swords appear in Book 2 of my Geomancer’s Apprentice series, I thought it might be useful to provide readers with a historical or real-world context for them. Not to worry—there are no spoilers here.  To recap, my urban fantasy series revolves around two geomancers based in Chinatown, Washington, D.C. They use feng shui to tackle ghosts and monsters in the D.C. metropolitan area. There are five kinds of swords in The Forgotten Guardian , the second book in the series. One of them is Junie Soong’s weapon, which was introduced in the first book, The Geomancer's Apprentice . The other swords are the wushu jian, the katana, the wakizashi, and the tanto. Curious as to why there are Japanese swords in a fantasy steeped in Chinese myths and magic?  Well, I guess you'll have to read the book. Energy Devourer Junie’s sword is known as the Energy Devourer. It’s made from the wood of a peach tree cut from the Shen Ting Mountains’ sacred groves. The Energy Dev

'The Forgotten Guardian' Is Now Available on Your Favorite Platforms

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I'm excited to announce that  The Forgotten Guardian , Book 2 of my  Geomancer's Apprentice  series, is now available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books and Google Books.  In their latest adventure, feng shui practitioners Joe Tham and Junie Soong are called upon to investigate a long-abandoned temple at the edge of Chinatown in Washington, D.C. Joe also continues to probe the strange circumstances of his father's death.  The full blurb is below. I hope you check out the book.  Some secrets are better left buried … The old, abandoned temple near Chinatown is one of Washington, D.C.’s best-kept secrets. It is dilapidated and its gods have been forgotten. However, something may still remain. Two homeless people are killed on the grounds while a developer is trying to raze the buildings. Now construction workers keep walking off the job. The developer calls in feng shui practitioners Joe Tham and Junie Soong to speed up the demolition process. It’s be

Book 2 of the 'Geomancer's Apprentice' Series Is Coming Soon!

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The second instalment of the Geomancer's Apprentice  novel series will be out this month. An abandoned temple in the heart of Washington, D.C. Two unsolved murders. The feng shui geomancers are called in. They find ... that some secrets are better left buried.  Praise for The Geomancer's Apprentice Amazon reviews : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- "exciting and original" -- "I loved it! I'd definitely recommend it to any lover of urban fantasy." -- "What a delightful, thrilling read." -- "Asian mysticism and paranormal done well."

Spend a Haunting Halloween With These Ghost Movies

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As many of you know, Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (it’s Gaelic and pronounced SAH-win). The Celts believed that between October 31 and November 1, the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds were weak and could be breached. That meant that the dead, fairy folk and even monsters could cross into the human world at this time. The Celts left offerings for the Sidhs, or fairies, outside their villages and in fields. They also dressed up as animals and monsters to fool the fairies into not kidnapping them. For this Halloween, I thought it might be fun to breach the walls between the world of the living and the world of the dead. How about watching a few movies about ghosts while waiting for the trick-or-treaters to arrive? If you’re interested, I have a few recommendations for you. My list is in no particular order. Some of these are older movies and/or classics. They are among my favorite horror movies, and they all br

Halloween Countdown: Ready for Gothic Tales of Terror?

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Looking for something else to do this Halloween that’s spooky and fun? How about reading a few Gothic horror stories? You’re probably familiar with stories by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. And you may have heard of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (published in 1892), which has been described as feminist Gothic. Why is Gothic fiction so deliciously creepy? Could it be the setting? The oppressive mood? The time period in which the tales were written? Many of the classic stories were published at a time when most (if not all) people were still using gaslight and candles for lighting. It’s easy to imagine, when the light is poor and fog presses against the windows, that the shadows in the corner aren’t shadows after all … For this Halloween, I’m recommending a few lesser known Gothic short stories. You may recognize a few of the authors. The list is in chronological order according to the year the stories were first published. These tales are among my favorites.