This connected short story and novel take place in the world of A Charm of Magpies. A reader will get the most of these stories after reading the initial trilogy and Jackdaw. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I received an advanced electronic copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This novel starts with a bang and hooks you right from the start. Despite what the title implies, this is a story about more than just Norse mythology. It’s a world where every pantheon of gods is real, and while Norse and Hawaiian gods seem pretty antithetical, Jacques pulls it off and then some. Continue reading
I thoroughly enjoy this historical fantasy world, and I’m so glad that it extends beyond the initial trilogy. Part of what I loved most about this book in particular was seeing this world through new eyes, by a person who is neither magic nor cushioned by wealth and privilege. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I received an advanced electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is set in the same world (and town) as the author’s previous book, Perfect Day. It is not necessary to have read that book first, but it puts certain events into perspective. Otherwise, Theo and Luca have their own romantic story that I thoroughly enjoyed on a winter day when I’d much rather have been on a beach. It’s a great summer beach read that’s perfect all year ’round. Continue reading
Another year, come and gone. As with any year, I’ve had some major successes and minor disappointments. On the writing front, the success was my fourth book published, which means that my series is officially over halfway complete. The fifth book is also in the midst of the publication process. Unfortunately, on the disappointment side, cranking out the sixth book has been like pulling teeth. I’ve missed some goals, but the only thing to do is keep moving forward rather than berating myself for time lost.
Another quiet success is a completed goal that I never advertised publicly. In 2018, I published content on this blog an average of three times a week (M/W/F), with a few weeks at T/Th when scheduling made more sense that way. A lot of that has to do with how much more time I spent reading, allowing book reviews to dominate my posts. According to the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I read 138 titles in 2018 (books, novellas, short stories, and graphic novels). I’m actually so far ahead on my book reviews that I have blog content scheduled through February 2019. I hope to keep this trend going, especially considering the enormity of my physical and electronic to-be-read piles.
Let’s take one final look back, then move on to 2019!
- I had no excuse not to write 15k to 20k in Steel Justice…but I didn’t, and I still have no excuse. I wrote about 3k instead. Vacation and holidays should be the perfect time to write, but I read and LEGOed and spent time with my family instead.
- I did, however, complete my 2018 Resolution Project for my other blog, Speculative Chic! I finished up the Wrinkle in Time series by reading and reviewing An Acceptable Time (link below).
- I also contributed to four group blog posts at Speculative Chic (links below).
- Between Christmas and my birthday on New Years Eve, I also built my largest LEGO set to date (yes, I know I could have used that time for writing). The full Hogwarts set is stunning, with lots of fun architectural details. My build report will appear here soon.
- And finally, I had an amazing vacation with my family on a Caribbean cruise. I read 7 books in 7 days, ate a lot of amazing food, took some lovely naps, and enjoyed a splash of warm before coming home to chilly Maryland.
December Book Reviews
- A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- A Gentleman’s Position (Society of Gentlemen #3) by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
- “The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” (Society of Gentlemen short story) by K.J. Charles (4.5 stars)
- Think of England by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
- The Sumage Solution (San Andreas Shifters #1) by G.L. Carriger (5 stars)
- “Marine Biology” (San Andreas Shifters short story) by G.L. Carriger (4 stars)
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston (4 stars)
- “A Confidential Problem” (Society of Gentlemen short story) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “A Private Miscellany” (Society of Gentlemen short story) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- Wanted, a Gentleman by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
- “Song for a Viking” (coda to Think of England) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “Wanted, an Author” (coda to Wanted, A Gentleman) by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
- The Omega Objection (San Andreas Shifters #2) by G.L. Carriger (5 stars)
- Flight of Magpies (A Charm of Magpies #3) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “Interlude with Tattoos” (A Charm of Magpies short story) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “The Smuggler and the Warlord” (A Charm of Magpies short story) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “Feast of Stephen” (A Charm of Magpies short story) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
December Speculative Chic Contributions
- A Wrinkle at the End: Reviewing An Acceptable Time
- Sound Off! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Resolution Wrap-Up 2018: How’d We Do?
- Biggest Disappointments, 2018 Edition
- Future Favorites, 2019 Edition
- Resolution Project 2019
- Let’s do this! 18k words on Steel Justice, bringing me to 60k words.
- Which should be helped by the writer’s retreat I will be attending at Broadkill Resort one weekend.
- I also need to do a full copy-edit and clean-up pass of Steel Shadows.
- And write a short story to submit to an anthology! (More details on that project forthcoming.)
Through it all, I will continue reading and blogging. What do you have planned for this week, this month, this year? Let’s conquer 2019 together.
And the traditional December round-up for all the new blue police boxes to add to my epic collection! I got lots of awesome Star Wars and Harry Potter gifts (Ravenclaw represent) this year too, but my family and friends know that the TARDIS will always be my first love.
(They also know that I live on coffee, apparently. Handmade mug by Mary K. Cloonan: Frivolous Function and Dysfunction.)
The following short stories are part of the Charm of Magpies series, an historical fantasy-romance world by K.J. Charles. They are best read as companions to the main trilogy. Continue reading
Happy New Year’s Eve to all of my awesome friends and blog followers, but more importantly — happy birthday to me! I’m planning a lovely low-key evening with a small group of friends to involve pizza, cake, and games. I hope that whatever you plans have, you remain safe and have a blast.
To celebrate today, I’d love to share two short scenes that were removed from Steel Time before publication. Enjoy!
[Please note that both scenes are in very rough draft form, and neither of them have been edited.]