Soul Cages is a Finalist for NM-AZ Book Award

Book cover Soul Cages by Lynn KilmoreI hope you all are having a good Tuesday. This is just a quick note that Soul Cages is a Finalist in Young Adult for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

I’m stoked. This is just the sort of news I needed to hear after recovering from another long bout of illness. I’m looking forward to getting back to the final editing of the sequel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic so that I can get to work on a new YA novel. It’s going to be a very busy autumn and winter.

Cheers, Lynn

The Price of an Outlaw is now available to read

A crime short story I wrote set in the Old West, “The Price of an Outlaw,” has just been published by Over My Dead Body! The Mystery Magazine Online. I am hoping that this is only the first of many stories published about Will Bearman.

Cheers, Lynn

A New Mexico Fall Harvest

Green chile plants picture by Lynn KilmoreFall is approaching here in New Mexico, and you can smell it in the air as the various grocery stores roast green chile for their customers.

I’ve actually got two green chile plants growing in the garden bed. I’m thinking I need to harvest the green chile pods this weekend and roast them on the BBQ grill for storage in the freezer for the winter.

Another sign of the approach of fall is that the State Fair has returned to town, and the night temperatures are getting down into the 50-60 F range. It still gets into the 80-95 F range during the day, which makes for some interesting effects on the exteriors of the houses and the outside equipment that go through a 40 degree temperature change in 24 hours.

Lynn Kilmore picture of a rogue pumpkinWe had a rogue pumpkin plant take over part of the grass in the back yard, and to my bemusement I was able to harvest a fine looking small pumpkin that we’ll be able to use for Halloween this year.

 

We’ve also got a few more sunflowers coming into bloom just now, which brings its own sort of bittersweet joy, because I know this will be the last round of blossoms for the year in the garden. Winter is coming and the nights are getting Picture of sunflower by Lynn Kilmorecold. But the sunflowers blooming are a gorgeous burgundy color. Here’s a picture of one of them.

I hope you all have a pleasant September.

Cheers, Lynn

A Maze of Cubicles is Available for Free

Book cover A Maze of Cubicles by Lynn KilmoreFor those of you in the United States, I wish you a pleasant Labor Day.

This is just a quick note that the short story A Maze of Cubicles is available to download for free from various e-bookstores. You can click here to find a partial list of stores.

Also, student Cheska Ibasan has posted an interview she did with me a few weeks ago, which included advice for young writers. Click here to visit her blog if you wish to read it.

Cheers, Lynn

Sunflowers and a Praying Mantis

The monsoon rains have come to New Mexico. It’s not enough rain to make up for the years of drought, but the desert has turned green and the wildflowers are in bloom.Picture by Lynn Kilmore of sunflowers up close

Here in the garden, the sunflowers are a riot of yellow petals right now. I decided to post a picture.

 

I also took a picture of a young praying mantis hiding in one of the sunflowers.Picture of Praying mantis on sunflower by Lynn Kilmore

I hope you are all getting a chance to enjoy nature.

Cheers, Lynn