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  • Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books

    September 18, 2019 by

    Disclaimer: I am friends with the majority of the authors in this collection. I won my hardcopy in a raffle basket supporting an academic scholarship. This science-fiction romance collection was an excellent summer read. The stories themselves were a mixed bag for me, with a few being stand-outs. Favorite Stories “The Pirates and the Pacifist”… Read more

  • Review: Hither, Page (Page & Sommers #1) by Cat Sebastian

    September 16, 2019 by

    This short novel was perfect for a summer night escape. It included so many things that I love in a story, such as mysterious small-town murder, morally gray characters, and good representations of mental illness (in this case, post-traumatic stress disorder). On their own, Page and Sommers were both characters that I loved getting to… Read more

  • Con Report: FanX Salt Lake City 2019

    September 11, 2019 by

    Looking for my alternate history presentation to download? Scroll down! As has become annual tradition, the spouse and I celebrated our anniversary by traveling to FanX Salt Lake City. We had a blast this year, both participating in and attending panels, and my alternate history presentation made a successful reprisal. We flew to Utah last… Read more

  • Review: The Hills Have Spies (Family Spies #1) by Mercedes Lackey

    September 5, 2019 by

    I haven’t been a huge fan of the first two Valdemar collections starring Mags, but I’ll admit that he’s a lot less annoying as an adult. Luckily, his son Perry is completely different and much easier to handle despite his young age. I enjoyed this adventure featuring both characters, especially the parent-child dynamic aspect. Despite… Read more

  • FanX Salt Lake City 2019 Schedule!

    September 4, 2019 by

    This is my third year at FanX Salt Lake City and I’m more excited than ever. The spouse and I are flying in Wednesday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning, and this will be a great annual anniversary trip. He’s looking forward to stalking his favorite comic book artist, I’m excited to give my alternate history… Read more

  • August Wrap-Up & September Goals

    August 30, 2019 by

    Some new changes in the format this month! Don’t be scared, all the cool stuff you’re used to is still here. I’ve had a great month, and I’m excited to share all my news with you. The first good news: Steel Shadows has been released into the wild! This is the fifth book in the… Read more

  • Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1) by Theodora Goss

    August 28, 2019 by

    This book made quite a splash when it first came out, so it’s been on my radar for a while. I bought it about a year ago, and finally decided to start reading it recently. Overall, it is a fun, exciting, and most of all unique tale that I enjoyed immensely. My largest critique was… Read more

  • Review: Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple

    August 23, 2019 by

    I snagged this from the graphic novel section in a used book store in New York City without realizing three things. It’s written for the middle-grade audience. It’s a collection of short essays, not a graphic novel. The few illustrated elements are about the authors doing research, not the subjects of the text. That being… Read more

  • Con Report: Pulpfest 2019

    August 21, 2019 by

    Pulpfest, held outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is not a convention I would have attended normally, but my publisher held an event there and I wouldn’t have missed that for the world. Raw Dog Screaming Press celebrated their sixteenth anniversary with readings from many of their authors, and I had a blast spending time with old… Read more

  • Review: Invincible Volumes 19-21

    August 19, 2019 by

      I’m far enough along in the series that some plot points and villains are starting to get recycled, but everything is still so epic that I’m happy to be along for the ride.

  • Review: Invisible Chains by Michelle Renee Lane

    August 14, 2019 by

    Disclaimer: I am friends with the author, who provided me with an advanced electronic version of this book for review. This is the first book I’ve read in years to give me nightmares. Lane’s debut novel is an intricate and descriptive historical horror that encompasses some of my favorite tropes in speculative fiction. Jacqueline is… Read more

  • Pulpfest 2019 Schedule

    August 12, 2019 by

    This weekend I’ll be attending Pulpfest for the very first time! This convention is outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press, is celebrating their sixteenth anniversary with special events within the convention. Sixteen years is kind of a big deal for a small press, but then again, RDSP is kind of a… Read more

  • New Release: Steel Shadows!

    August 8, 2019 by

    BUY THE BOOK From my publisher Amazon Barnes & Noble CELEBRATE THE BOOK Help spread the word on social media! Check out these blog posts: Speculative Chic: My Favorite Things with J.L. Gribble Raw Dog Screaming Press: Third Annual State of the Empires Leave a review of Steel Shadows on Amazon or Goodreads once you’ve read it. Leave a review of ANY… Read more

  • Author Interview with Nancy O’Toole Meservier

    August 5, 2019 by

    I’m pleased to help celebrate the latest book in fellow author Nancy O’Toole Meservier’s superhero saga! Information about the book is below, along with some insights into her worldbuilding and writing processes and a short excerpt from the book. ABOUT THE BOOK The masks are off. Dawn Takahashi has achieved her dreams by becoming Bailey… Read more

  • July Wrap-Up & August Goals

    August 2, 2019 by

    Priority number one for August is to celebrate! Seriously, on August 8, I’m publishing my fifth book in five years — Steel Empires Book 5: Steel Shadows. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment, and while it would be easy to focus on all the other projects I have (and am behind on), I shouldn’t let this… Read more

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