Susan Cogan is a full time writer and occasionally amuses herself as a graphic designer. She writes things that she enjoys and she enjoys quite a lot. She has been at various times a nurse’s aid, a belly dancer, an actress, a journalist, and a radio shock jock. Her career is long, varied, colorful, often exaggerated and occasionally untrue. Cogan is the author of many novels: Black Jade Dragon, Dragon Sword, Dragon Rising, The Button Man, The Last Gift, Heart of the Tengeri, Murder on the Waterfront and The Man Who Needed Killing. Her nonfiction works include: Hands of the Buddha, The Buddha’s Three Jewels, and The Pocket Darwin. She has also written numerous award winning short stories.
Angie Tanaka, a professional thief, has an uneasy friendship with Daiyu, a dragon who has been around since China was a collection of mud huts. This is the first of a series of interviews with an ancient dragon who struggles to live down her past. And she has such a lot of it to live down.
Miriam Walker lives and works in 19th century London. There are monsters out in the dark streets but they are nothing compared to the wickedness humans get up to. Miriam battles wickedness both human and inhuman while always remaining prim and ladylike.
So I told myself the Dhammapada is one of the oldest books of Buddhist thought. I should read it. What I wanted was a nice simple readable version that I could dip into.
I discovered that most translations are completely unreadable, some more than others. A few modern versions attempt to clarify the text. I may be the first person to notice the problem who was a writer and not a translator.
Four short stories featuring the elegant crime-solving Lady Margaret and the long-suffering, hard boiled Inspector Monahan. It's 1935, San Francisco and the fog is rolling in with murder, crime, and danger.
San Francisco, 1935
Imagine an insinuating saxophone and you will know what it was like to meet Violet Harris. A tight dress wrapped around her like a wet leaf in autumn. My own dress was silk and hers, who knows, maybe rayon, but she filled it out with a tawdry sensuality that turned men's heads.
Includes a chapter of MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT!
The Three Jewels of Buddhism are
the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
Almost everyone has heard of the Buddha but the other two words, Dharma and Sangha, are usually strange to western ears. In Buddhism, taken together, they are known as “The Three Jewels.”
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. - source unknown....
In the South China Sea is an island that is protected by nine dragons. Angie Tanaka has made one of them really, really angry.
Thievery isn’t actually my vocation. It’s really more of a pursuit. It’s only my day job. I’m really an actress ... just kidding.
Wicked aliens are bad enough. The wickedness in the human heart can be bottomless. Fortunately, so can human courage and goodness.
Includes the first chapter of full length novel "Little Wicked Things." The further adventures of Miriam Walker!
Lady Margaret’s quest to bring a killer to justice leads her out of her art studio to a seedy all-night cafe, a Depression-era tenement, the waterfront, and eventually to the dark underbelly of Chinatown.
Merlin's Gate is a dark world where owning books, weapons or products of modern technology will get you a one-way ticket to The Pit--and all tickets to The Pit are one way.
A mini-novel for your snacking pleasure.
A young queen must save her kingdom from her crazy, homicidal brother and her ambitious wizard. She's doing a pretty good job of that until she gets kidnapped by a charming, hunk-a-licious warrior who plans to cheerfully sell her out.
This ancient book of Buddhist wisdom is older than the Bible. Rewritten in clear, clean modern language, the words of the Buddha will connect with the modern reader. The Dhammapada has been called the distilled essence of Buddhism. In 423 brief verses, said to be actual sayings from the Buddha himself, you will find inspiration and guidance.
The New Constitution
on Jan. 09, 2010
This "constitution" is the template for a heavy-handed government. It abolishes freedom of the press and an independent judiciary. It requires you to sign up on a central database to qualify for any job. It dictates when and where businesses may operate. It automatically disqualifies millions of citizens from voting. It prohibits the formation of political parties. It's a tyrant's wet dream.
Or it's brilliant satire.