The Tumbas are Here and Ode to a Friend


Wandering Weeds: Tales of Rabid Vegetation

anthology is here!

They roll in from unknown places, mysterious and unexplained. They take root, take over, spread to all corners and refuse to be eradicated. No one can say why they came, but there’s no arguing that they’re up to no good. These plants are out for blood, and getting rid of them will take a certain kind of hero – the best kind. Twenty-five tales of evil weeds to entertain, enthrall and change the way you look at the unwelcome invaders in your lawn.

One of those stories is my novelette,

The Tumbas

On a dusty red world inside a dome called the Pearl, Rett is selected to be the next tumba master, if she bonds with her herd and the tumbas accept her.

Before she can, the tumbas’ feral ancestors crash in through the dome, killing her teacher and her new hatchlings. Rett, the tumbas, and their whole world teeters on ruin. In order to save it, she must embrace a past she barely remembers in her dreams.

Read an extract HERE.

Available from Amazon in

Paperback and Kindle formats.

Meet some of the other authors in Wandering Weeds: Frances Pauli, Katie M. John, Adriane Ceallaigh, Louise Maskill, Voss Foster, Eric J. Guignard, Jaleta Clegg

Visit Wandering Weeds for more information.



Now onto Alexfest!

Hosted by Mark “The Madman” Koopman, ”Marvelous” Morgan Shamy, Stephen “Breakthrough” Tremp, and David “Kingpin” Powers King

For some reason I picture Tommy Shaw from Styx when I visit with Alex. Shrug. In his documentary he should be played by a gladiator from Spartacus, basically because I really enjoy watching the gladiators. Oh, and I’m sure any of them would do Alex justice. Alex reminds me of my brothers, someone I enjoy knowing and hearing from. It’s great his lovely wife doesn’t mind sharing him so much.

 Dream of the Rock Ninja

 In the corner, enveloped by dust-coated sunbeams, wails my Cavanaugh Cosbolt guitar. Constantly it sings, carrying spirits and ninjas from the magical realm of rock. Those six strings transported Val and I every weekend. She used to strum and croon while I beat a set of Ludwigs. We called ourselves Mental Trauma and played the same gig every Saturday night at the IWSG. We had friends with spiked mohawks and piercings on their lips.

The fantasy is long gone, relegated to memory and nostalgia, but I keep the Cosbolt as a reminder — rock ninjas never die.



Is this Friday! Answering these four questions will send you on an unexpected journey.

  • What is your favorite hobbit characteristic/or the one that you think closely resembles you . . .?

  • If you could choose between a scrumptious second breakfast and a perilous unexpected journey – which would you prefer?

  • Have you ever left behind something on a journey (expected or unexpected) and wished you could have it over and over again? (a pocket handkerchief?)

  • What is your Favorite part or quote from the book that you hope will be in the movie?

Sign up HERE. Those of you who have, I’ll see you on Friday.



  1. December 10, 2012    

    I’m a gladiator! That is awesome. And I’ll take any amount of talent Tommy Shaw is willing to share.
    Thank you so much, Mary. You are one awesome friend. And now a sister!

  2. December 10, 2012    

    Love the Dream of the Rock Ninja! Excellent ode to Alex.

    The Tumbas sound spooky. :)

  3. December 10, 2012    

    rock ninjas never die! love it! great honorable post!

  4. December 10, 2012    

    Yes, the gladiator image is quite suitable… and honorable…
    A Cavanaugh Cosbolt guitar? Very original.

  5. December 10, 2012    

    You’re welcome, Alex.

    It was a fun ode to do, Laura.

    I could hear the guitar wailing when I wrote it, Tara.

    Yes, gladiators, Michelle. :D

  6. December 10, 2012    

    Love the dream story!!!

  7. December 10, 2012    

    The Tumbas sounds like an amazing story. :-)

    I would love to join your blogfest, but I only read The Hobbit once (same as LOTR) and although I loved it, I don’t think I’ll have time to read it and find my favorite quote.

  8. December 10, 2012    

    A guitar playing gladiator. LOL Great! Nice shout-out to Alex and his wife.

  9. December 10, 2012    

    I love your rock dream….well done!
    Your image of Alex is intriguing, just like him ;D

  10. December 10, 2012    

    Dust coated sunbeams is a great description. And I can’t wait to see the Hobbit in 48 FPS!

  11. December 10, 2012    

    Great tribute to Alex…LOVED your flash fiction. Nice writing style. :o)

  12. December 10, 2012    

    Mental Trauma is a great name for a punk/rock band!

    I knew he’d like the gladiator playing him a documentary. Who wouldn’t?

  13. December 10, 2012    

    Alex the Gladiator! Cool.

    And, wow, look at you! You’ve got a release of a new story every two weeks it seems. You go, girl!

  14. Melissa Bradley Melissa Bradley
    December 10, 2012    

    Tommy Shaw would make an excellent Alex. I’m really digging him being a gladiator like Spartacus.

    Love that flash piece. Very different and intriguing.

  15. December 10, 2012    

    I love evil plants! The ones in your story sound like the horrid Burdock root in my garden that I can NEVER get ride of no matter how deep I dig to extract the roots. The Alex free-write is funny. I’m enjoying reading them.

  16. December 10, 2012    

    Rock ninjas don’t die, they just go into hiding.

    Looking forward to Friday’s blogfest.

  17. December 10, 2012    

    Gladiators rock! Good choice, Mary. I also loved the Rock Ninja.

  18. December 10, 2012    

    Tommy Shaw! I used to love him. So cute. And yes, Alex as a gladiator. Oh, maybe the late Andy Whitfield would have been a good choice. Great flash piece!

  19. December 10, 2012    

    A gladiator from Spartacus should play Alex in a doco? Yeah, why not? hehehe

  20. December 10, 2012    


    Loving this blogfest for Alex.

    Can’t wait for The Hobbit blogfest!!!!

  21. December 10, 2012    

    Your flash fiction piece took me back to the punk/new wave music era of the late 70’s. I guess I got to thinking about CBGB’s.

  22. December 10, 2012    

    The idea came from some actual events, Tyrean, altho our band was completely pretend.

    It was kind of a surprise that the anthology came out, Misha.

    Gladiators are always great, Maurice.

    Who knows why I picture that, Ella.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the hobbit too, Michael.

    Thanks, ML.

    We thought so back in the day, Jay.

    Didn’t know when that one was coming out, LG. It was a surprise.

    Yay for gladiators, Melissa.

    Invite me over, Catherine. I can kill any plant in existence.

    Me, too, Diane.

    I do like the gladiators, Lee.

    I still miss Andy, Nancy.

    It’d be awesome, Lynda.

    Thanks, Laura.

    I’ve been to CBGBs several times, Arlee. :)

  23. December 10, 2012    

    Awwwww… lovely tribute, Mary! You are beyond awesome–and also another huge support in this community. Great little piece too. :)

  24. December 11, 2012    

    Oh The Tumbas sound like fun! the whole anthology sound like good read.

  25. December 11, 2012    

    Same to you, Morgan. :)

    Great to see you, Holly. Happy Holidays!

  26. December 11, 2012    

    Rock ninjas live on forever! Great little flash piece.

  27. December 11, 2012    

    This is the first gladiator I’ve seen, and it’s quite fitting. Who would win, a gladiator or a ninja? We’ll probably never know. But Alex is all of the above. Great post!

  28. December 11, 2012    

    Great flash fiction and The Tumbas sounds interesting.

  29. December 11, 2012    

    Cheers to Alex!
    I’m looking forward to Hobbitfest – got my post up early (tomorrow morning!).
    Love the word tumba.

  30. December 11, 2012    

    The picture is perfect. Nice job with the answers. You nailed Alex’s gift for being Alex.

  31. December 12, 2012    

    They most certainly do, Christine.

    Gladiators should be in everything, Michael.

    Thank you, Medeia

    Me, too, Deniz! :) Glad you joined.

    Well, I tried, Joylene. Have a great week!

  32. December 12, 2012    

    Love your flash fiction piece!