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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Goodread Giveaway of Guardians of Aandor Book 1: AWAKENINGS

In association with, I am giving away signed copies of the first novel in my Guardians of Aandor series from Tor Books.

The Giveaway ends Dec. 15, 2016, so sign up today. (If there are more than 2,000 contestants, five more books will be given away in January.) 

To win a paperback copy of Book 1, Awakenings click here

“Combines crossover fantasy in the style of Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey with urban fantasy reminiscent of Jim Butcher in a hard knocks action tale.”—Library Journal

"This solid debut will appeal to fantasy fans looking for familiar bones under a modern skin."--Publisher's Weekly

"Awakenings in a weird, wild, adventure that heralds the arrival of a new voice in the field of science fantasy." --Ben Bova

"Lazellari's debut fantasy foretells a promising career."--Glen Cook 

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

You may find the series anywhere novels are sold.

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 Book 3, Blood of Ten Kings, Coming Soon

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pushing The Envelope In Fiction; Navigating A PC-Centric Media Universe

[This article was originally published at]

So you're going to be a writer? Awesome. You are never going to please everyone, so own it; the thin-skinned have no business being authors (or auteurs). Words have put the most popular and successful authors on the painful side of a controversy (Sometimes it's intentional.) That said...keep an open mind to the opinions of critics and friends. If you are going to create fictional scenarios that skirt the edge of mass acceptance, know why you are writing those actions. When George R.R. Martin decided to have brother and sister lovers in Game of Thrones, he was setting up the premise of the entire series. The question of legitimate authority and unraveling of Westeros as a society came out of that relationship. Everything that happens in your story, no matter how taboo, should serve the narrative.