Celebrating Steel Victory 2.0: Free Online Workshop!

To celebrate the launch of Steel Victory 2.0, the fancy hardcover edition of my first book chock-full of special bonus features, I’m offering my popular alternate history workshop online for the first time ever! I have previously only shared this interactive presentation at live events. For this online special on Wednesday, July 15 at 7Continue reading “Celebrating Steel Victory 2.0: Free Online Workshop!”

Review: The Spare by Miranda Dubner

As an author who regularly breaks genre rules herself, it came as no surprise to me that this book was self-published. It is absolutely a love story and romance. But it centers on more than the two heroes, includes a healthy dose of family drama, and has the audacity to feature more than two pointsContinue reading “Review: The Spare by Miranda Dubner”

Review: Altered States of the Union edited by Glenn Hauman

Disclaimer: I am friends with some of the authors in this anthology; however, I purchased the hardcopy version of this book for full price. This was a fun collection of different story-telling styles that explored how events might have been altered in the history of the United States of America. Most of the stories wereContinue reading “Review: Altered States of the Union edited by Glenn Hauman”

Review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

This story is an example of true alternate history done right. It’s a combination of events and conceits that shouldn’t work together, but absolutely do because of the talent of the author. It’s also a great example of how non-chronological storytelling is occasionally essential. I could have done with a bit less of the elephantContinue reading “Review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander”

Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

I made it through the first quarter of this book before I realized that not much had really happened. Well, lots of things had “happened,” just not much of a plot. But I was intrigued by the world-building, so I decided to sit back and enjoy the story as more of a travelogue than anContinue reading “Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter”

Review: Empire of the Goddess by Matthew Warner

Disclaimer: I received an electronic version of this novel from the author for review. Things I really enjoyed about this novel: The world-building. The terrifying dystopian society fueled by human sacrifice. The representation of science versus magic, and how the two can be indistinguishable. The religious allegories. The twist and other revelations at the veryContinue reading “Review: Empire of the Goddess by Matthew Warner”

Con Report: FanX Salt Lake City 2019

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 lastContinue reading “Con Report: FanX Salt Lake City 2019”

Con Report: In Your Write Mind 2019

Last weekend, I spent four wonderful days at one of my favorite places on Earth. In Your Write Mind is a writing workshop hosted by alumni of the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, of which I am part. It’s the time of year when I recharge my writing batteries by surrounding myselfContinue reading “Con Report: In Your Write Mind 2019”

Review: Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews

This novella takes place between Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds in the Kate Daniels universe, but the point-of-view character is Kate’s friend Andrea Nash instead. We’ve already been introduced to Andrea and know secrets about her character from previous books in the series, but this time, she’s the hero of her own adventure. Once again,Continue reading “Review: Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews”

StokerCon 2019 Schedule!

I’m excited to attend my first StokerCon this week, in Grand Rapids, Michigan! This is not a convention I plan to attend normally, but the stars aligned to make attending this year too awesome to pass up, such as my publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press winning this year’s Specialty Press Award. For most of theContinue reading “StokerCon 2019 Schedule!”