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" … Continue reading Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books
I had another fantastic weekend at my "local" convention, Balticon, over Memorial Day weekend! This convention was my first time manning a table in the dealer room for the entire event, which was both exhausting and fun, and definitely offered a different perspective on the convention experience. Luckily, I had friend and author Cara McKinnon … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 53
I'm feeling pretty positive about how this month turned out, even if (as usual, these days) I did not accomplish all my goals. I did get to spend lots of time with awesome people and read cool books, which also have to be priorities in life. A person cannot always "exhale" productivity; sometimes you have … Continue reading March Wrap-Up & April Goals
Today, I'm pleased to spotlight a new anthology featuring some fabulous authors. These gothic romance short stories will have you quivering (in whichever way you choose to interpret the phrase) in your hot apple cider! ABOUT THE BOOK Six haunting stories of love with a paranormal twist, including a traditional nineteenth century possessed house, lycanthropy … Continue reading For Love the Bell Tolls: Author Interviews
Disclaimer: I received an electronic advanced reader copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review; I consider the editor and some of the contributors friends. Normally I keep my short story reviews, well, short, and only call out two books when I review anthologies (favorite story and story I'd like to see expanded … Continue reading Review: Born to Love Wild edited by Cara McKinnon
The panel I'm most excited about at Salt Lake Comic Con this week is definitely "So I've Written a First Draft: Now What?" (Saturday 9/23, 7 PM in room 150G). I'm a weird sort of writer. Putting the first draft on paper is often like pulling teeth (even though once I actually start writing, the … Continue reading SLCC Panel: So I’ve Written a First Draft: Now What?
Today, my books were highlighted in a monthly feature by author Cara McKinnon, where she recommends other works that her readers might enjoy. I'm incredibly honored to be in such company as Martha Wells. Cara talks a little bit about what she enjoys about my books, and provides lovely little summaries about each book in … Continue reading Cara Recommends…me!
Last night, I got home from one of my favorite trips every year. In Your Write Mind is a writer's workshop/conference hosted by Seton Hill University, as an offshoot of their Writing Popular Fiction graduate program. (Basically, the graduates wanted an excuse to come back every year, so we created one.) The workshop is open … Continue reading Con Report: In Your Write Mind 2017
Once I fell in love with the Fay of Skye series, I could no longer claim to dislike romance, historical romance, or paranormal romance. But I definitely fell in love with this series because of the incredible twist McKinnon puts on her tales, setting them in an alternate universe and focusing on both diversity and … Continue reading Spotlight & Review: MEMORIES OF MAGIC (Fay of Skye #3) by Cara McKinnon
The 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 … Continue reading Blog Tour: CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE
I'm pleased to be part of the cover reveal for an upcoming fantasy-romance anthology called Crazy Little Spring Called Love from Stars and Stone Books, featuring so many lovely authors that I know! It will be released May 3, and is available for preorder from Amazon! Includes stories by Heather Bythesea, Elsa Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, … Continue reading Cover Reveal: CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE
Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend, and the two of us have worked together to help promote each other's work as nontraditional authors. I won a hardcopy version of this novel from the author in a random giveaway drawing during a social media launch event. I would absolutely have purchased this novel anyway. Romantic … Continue reading Review: A THEFT OF MAGIC (Fay of Skye #2) by Cara McKinnon
I'm pleased to host author Cara McKinnon today for a discussion on alternate history. And it's a special occasion! Today marks the release date of the second novel in her Fay of Skye series, A Theft of Magic. I'm a huge fan of the alternate history version of Victorian England McKinnon has created, as evidenced … Continue reading Guest Post: Cara McKinnon on Alternate History
Disclaimer: The author and I attended the same graduate school program and participate in group promotional tours for our books. However, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price. For a person who doesn't claim to be a "romance book" reader, I seem to keep lucking out with some amazing speculative fiction … Continue reading Review: ESSENTIAL MAGIC (Fay of Skye #1) by Cara McKinnon
It's finally book release day! The Steel Empires series now has two books, making it officially a series! I know I've been spamming it a lot, but here's the link to purchase your print or ebook copy of Steel Magic, just in case you're new to my little corner of the internet. If you are, … Continue reading STEEL MAGIC Release Day and Blog Tour, Stop 4: After “The End”
Today I'm hosting author Cara McKinnon as she goes walkabout on the Internet in honor of her new release, Essential Magic. As a veteran of both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I'm eager to hear her thoughts on the subject! NaNoWriMo has become quite a monolithic movement in online writing circles. Not everyone loves it, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Why (Camp) NaNo? by Cara McKinnon