I’m pleased to host a stop on the blog tour for a new YA romance anthology, Love at the Edge of Seventeen, from Stars and Stone Books! It features stories by authors M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.
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For our blog tour, we asked our authors to interview their characters! This is part one of three. Continue reading
Read as part of Comic Book Girl 19‘s online Dune book club.
Picking up a sequel 13 years after reading the first book should have made the book completely inaccessible. However, a quick trip through the Dune Wikipedia entry and I was ready to go. So ready, in fact, that I devoured this book in 2 days, whereas I remember Dune taking closer to 2 weeks. Continue reading
I had a great time reconnecting with my favorite trio, but this book threw me for a bit of a loop. Not in a bad way, whatsoever. But it was a distinctly different sort of story than its predecessor.
Part of what I loved about Beck & Call was that the three characters grow into a relationship together. During the immersive role-playing drama of the sequel, we’re returning to tried and true narratives, where the lord of the manor wants to share his new wife with his long-time friend. Continue reading
I’m totally having that weird feeling of having accomplished so much in the past month while also doing not much of anything at all. Take a look below and let me know where you think I fall on that spectrum.
Currently reading: A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet #2) by Madeleine L’Engle
Currently watching: Catching up on various DVRed shows and looking for a light-hearted series to watch (give me suggestions in the comments!)
- I’m about 3/4 done with the beta read I’m working on, and very much looking forward to finding out how it ends.
- The future of the Steel Empires series is basically to continue writing more of the series. However, I’m going to be involved in a really cool project to celebrate my publishing company, and I can’t wait to start sharing the details of that.
- Both of my work trips to New York City and Arlington were incredibly educational and awesome. Part of what I love about my day job is that I get to work on topics that I’m passionate about. As an added bonus, I spent last weekend on the beach with some good friends. So, a month heavy with travel, but I enjoyed every moment of it.
April Book Reviews
April Speculative Chic Contributions
- A slightly less busy travel month, and this time it’s all for the fiction writing! First up, I’ll be signing books as part of the Women Writing Mysterious Worlds event at Cupboard Maker Books on Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 3 PM. Come say hi if you’re local to the Enola, Pennsylvania, area!
- At the end of the month, I’ll be returning to Balticon in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor over Memorial Day weekend! I’m not sure what my full schedule is yet, but I’ll definitely be reprising my Alternate History presentation, which you should definitely come check out and see how nerdy I get.
- On the home front, I have some research books to review in preparation to write the as yet untitled sixth book in the Steel Empires series.
- Meanwhile, I have to get the final edits on book 4, Steel Time, back to my editor…
- And make revisions to book 6, Steel Shadows, now that I’ve gotten reviews back from most of my amazing beta readers!
- I also need to finish the book I’m beta reading, and complete a shorter critique for another friend.
- Finally, I’ll be copy-editing a book currently in production that I’ve been dying to read for literally years.
I love my life. Busy as hell, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And on the plus side, the weather is FINALLY getting warmer here in Maryland! Editing is much nicer when completed with windows open, and even sitting outside.
I think it’s a testament to how engrossing I found this book that I didn’t realize the title was a play on two of the main characters’ names until over halfway through reading the story.
I read this book on the recommendation of a blogger that I enjoy who talks about her romance pet peeves. In this particular case, Beck & Call was held up as an example of how to do a romantic threesome the right way. This isn’t even the case of a couple opening their relationship and falling for the third together. Instead, each character tracks a steady arc of developing feelings for the other two, which was a journey I enjoyed thoroughly. Continue reading
So much for taking a break from the romance and erotica books! This read (and probably the subsequent reads in the series) was inspired by a blog post by author Cara McKinnon, where she discussed how one of her romance pet peeves is three-way relationships where there’s only a real relationship between two of the people. She mentioned this series, and I had to find out how this book measured up.
Per the idea that a proper three-way relationship should include three real and distinct relationships, this book mostly works. In each relationship, the friends (or acquaintances) to lovers is incredibly quick. This could be a point against it, but Holly writes each character so well that the connection between each of them is immediately obvious, and you can’t help but cheer once the kissing starts. Continue reading
This was a fun anthology that I easily read over the course of a weekend of airplane flights. The stories were dissimilar enough that they were easily distinguishable, despite the thematic elements that tied them all together. I especially enjoyed that the stories did not all take place in England or even Europe, and that elements of character diversity were also present.
Favorite story: The final story in an anthology should always end with a bang, and in this case, Seanan McGuire’s “Lady Antheia’s Guide to Horticultural Warfare” was an absolute delight. The main character was charming and vicious, and the narrative upended my expectations of the story in surprising and clever ways.
Story I wish was a novel: There is incredible potential for expansion with C.B. Pratt’s “The Red Queen and the White.” I was instantly drawn to the depth of the main and secondary characters, and the world-building was solid enough for the purposes of the story while leaving me wanting so much more. I’d happily read a longer form narrative of the events in this story, because there was so much more to be explored therein, for both Earth and the mysterious aliens who arrive. Continue reading