Writing strong female characters with Rhonda Mason: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #6

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the “strong female character” trope. Today, with author Rhonda Mason, I talk about the ways the main character of my series falls into this particular urban fantasy stereotype — and how I break the stereotype. A quick look:

I’ve only been participating in programming at conventions for a handful of years, but I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve been asked to be on the “Strong Female Characters” panel. I guess the theory is that, as a female urban fantasy author who writes female protagonists, I can easily contribute to the discussion. Though not every hero of urban fantasy stories is female, it’s interesting how they’re automatically assumed to be part of that trope.

Male heroes, I guess, are supposed to be strong as a given.

Mason also writes amazing female characters, and you should absolutely check out the first two books of her space opera trilogy to meet Kayla! I’m not sure Victory and Kayla would become best friends, but they’d certainly have a hell of a lot of respect for each other.


Tomorrow, the Tower of the Archmage interviews me about how my gaming history influences my writing, and vice versa!

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(Other) Excellent urban fantasy authors with Sara Dobie Bauer: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #5

There are honestly too many awesome urban fantasy writers in the genre to name right now, but fellow author Sara Dobie Bauer asked me to write about my top 5 favorite and most influential. Instead of a sneak peak at the text, I’ll just show you a picture of a bookshelf in my living room. The entire thing is dedicated to just one of the authors on my list (though not all of the books are urban fantasy).

ML bookshelf

While you’re at her site, don’t forget to check out Sara’s excellent paranormal romance series, Bite Somebody, and maybe find a new favorite urban fantasy author of your own!


Join us tomorrow for a guest post on writing strong female characters with author Rhonda Mason!

The history of Limani with A.M. Justice: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #4

For the next stop on the Steel Blood blog tour, I couldn’t miss a visit with my internet doppelganger, author A.M. Justice! We share a love of world-building in our fantasy novels, so she asked me to write a bit about how the city of Limani came to be. A quick look:

But while the British settlements were funded by second and third children of the werewolf nobility, and the massive Roman plantations were supported by corporations led by wealthy Roman vampire lines, the Greek colonists embodied the nature of their origins. These disparate colonists, from multiple Greek cities, maintained the ideals of equality and democracy that linked their alliance back in Europa. The major factor in their favor was that a larger proportion than expected of the original group of colonists consisted of mages from every elemental faction. These were mages schooled in the Greek magical academies held in esteem throughout Europa, looking for adventure and new beginnings.

And it was what saved Limani, in the end.

Go check out the blog post for the full story, and don’t forget to poke around the site while you’re there! A.M. writes amazing epic fantasy with just a touch of intriguing science-fiction thrown in to keep readers on their toes.


Tomorrow, I’ll share some of my favorite and most influential urban fantasy authors with author Sara Dobie Bauer!

State of the Empires at Raw Dog Screaming Press: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #2

RDSP logoFor day 2 of the Steel Blood blog tour, I visited the Raw Dog Screaming Press blog for the first annual State of the Empires! Here’s a short excerpt:

In the past few months, since the official announcement of Steel Blood, people keep congratulating me on finishing my book trilogy. While many fantasy series do typically come in the three-story arc, I’ve got good news for you, kids.

The Steel Empires series is far from over.

Check out the post to learn more about what writing a regularly published series involves, and get some clues about what’s coming up next. Meanwhile, don’t forget that this is the last day to pre-order your copy of Steel Blood. It comes out tomorrow! (I have already informed my husband that he is treating me to celebratory sushi.)


Just us tomorrow, here at my own blog, for a short excerpt from the beginning of the book!

My Favorite Things at Speculative Chic: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #1

SC_Large_BannerOn stop #1 of the Steel Blood blog tour, head over to my second home on the internet, Speculative Chic, to learn about some of my very favorite things.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Traditional space ships are cool and all, but there’s just something more magical and special about a strange blue box. Though I am equally enamored with the Stargate’s mode of travel (and occasional time travel), it’s the TARDIS that I have taken to collecting with a passion. Whether it’s artwork, jewelry, t-shirts, or random extraneous items (yes, I do have a TARDIS mini fridge), it’s the nerdiest thing that has taken over my house.

Besides the TARDIS, what else do I consider my favorite things? Stop by to find out!


Join us tomorrow at the Raw Dog Screaming Press blog for the First Annual State of the Empires!

Book Release: TERRENCE AND THE MAGICAL SWORD OF COURAGE by C.R. Langille

terrence and the magical sword of courageHappy book birthday to one of the members of my sprawling writer family! I’m not familiar with books for this age group, but even I have to admit that this story looks adorable. If you have kids (or if you are a kid, though if you are, I’m not sure what you’re doing here *hands over a cookie and looks confused*), be sure to check it out!

Terrence and the Magical Sword of Courage
(Teddy Bear Saga #1)
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Terrence is a magical teddy bear charged with protecting kids from all the things that go bump in the night. The only problem is, Terrence is scared of just about everything. Things go from bad to worse when Grubble of the Toms shows up with his turkey-riding goblins in tow.

The clock is ticking and Terrence joins up with an unlikely ally to quest for the Magical Sword of Courage, a mythical weapon said to give the owner unlimited bravery. Follow Terrence as he travels to UnderBed and Closetville in search of the sword, running into crazy characters like the Bird Brothers, hobgoblins, and even the King of the Boogeymen.
Terrence and the Magical Sword of Courage is the first book in the Teddy Bear Saga. Readers both young and old will enjoy this heartwarming tale of adventure, friendship, and finding the strength to face one’s fears.

Read the first chapter!


Spring Into Books, 2016, Viridian CenterABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.R. Langille spent many a Saturday afternoon watching monster movies with his mother. It wasn’t long before he started crafting nightmares to share with his readers. An avid hunter and amateur survivalist, C.R. Langille incorporates the Utah outdoors in many of his tales. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association (organizer for the Utah Chapter), a member of the League of Utah Writers, and received his MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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Blog Tour: CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE

crazy-little-spring-called-love updatedThe authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.

About the book:

This delightful fantasy romance anthology features eight magical stories inspired by the awakenings and renewal of springtime. If you like fairies, djinn, gods and goddesses, druids, mermaids, magic, and true love, then this is the anthology for you.


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