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Out of this World!

Have you heard about the recent discovery of seven earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a nearby star? The star is a dim one, but it’s only about 40 light years away, which makes it practically part of our neighborhood. What’s more, the planets seem to be made of rock (vs gas), and three of them are in …

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The Cobra Effect is published!

I have woefully neglected my blog—my apologies! Let me begin catching you up on some of my writing: in late November, 2016, I published The Cobra Effect, sci-fi, kind of a sequel to The Laptev Virus, but also a stand-alone, so feel free to read it even if you haven’t read Laptev. Some people like …

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Yet another pathogen found in the melting permafrost of Siberia

NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff reported in the news this morning that “an outbreak in Russia is thought to be a result of thawing permafrost.” This time it is a bacterial strain called Anthrax. You may remember that this microbial bad guy was also associated with postal terrorism around the time of 9/11, in which several people …

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The Laptev Virus is a Winner!

I’m thrilled to announce that The Laptev Virus is a winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award! It sold a thousand copies in the first 3 months of publication and is still going strong! Please help me spread the news by recommending The Laptev Virus  to your friends, family and colleagues. And don’t forget that …

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Laptev is Live!

(I mean the book, not the virus!) In case you’ve missed it, THE LAPTEV VIRUS is now available in two different formats: Kindle (99 cents) and paperback. In my last blogpost I gave you a sneak peek of the first chapter and I hope you’re ready to read the rest now. When you finish, I …

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What is a Megavirus?

In the last decade, scientists have discovered viruses that are much larger than any viruses ever known before. They are called Megaviruses, or more correctly, Megaviridae. They are being discovered in remote parts of the planet, such as very deep in the ocean or tucked under thousands of years of ice, up in Siberia. In …

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The Genius of Jasper Fforde

This week I had not one, but two dreams come true! Dreams come in all sizes and shapes. Some are dreams that one works toward diligently, and others are more like passing wishes—it would be really awesome if I ever got a chance to… This week the stars aligned in the universe, and I found …

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Harvey and Elul

In Jewish tradition, this month before the High Holy Days is called Elul. It is a time of reflection, a time to think about the past year, ponder manners in which one may have “missed the mark” and which one now regrets. Harvey Jones, the main character in my debut series, the Cantabria American School novels, is …

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Brujas newsflash

One of the fun things you can do is play around using the words you’ve slaved over for so many years and plug them into a program called Wordle, which will mix them up and represent them in randomly colored shapes based on word-count. So, in honor of autumn, which is upon us with its …

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Thank you, Lauren Sapala!

Knock me over with a feather! I’ve got a wonderful success story to share with you today. It begins late in 2013, during the final stages of writing The Cantabria American School series. The editor I had hired had sent me a huge list of issues that needed to be addressed, (rightly so), providing me with no …

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