This short story is available as a free download from K.J. Charles’ website. It is best read after Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3) by Jordan L. Hawk and the full collection of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K.J. Charles because it contains significant spoilers for both. Continue reading
The horrors of this book are once again an homage to those created by Lovecraft himself, and I continue to find absurd joy in heroes that would have completely pissed him off. At this point, I am thoroughly enamored by both Whyborne and Griffin, and Hawk continues to impress with their excellent character development. Continue reading
This book was an excellent follow-up to the first in the series, proving that Hawk is now comfortable with their world and their characters. We leave behind the Lovecraftian city of Widdershins for a company town in the Appalachian mountains, haunted by creatures who are both horrifying and unique. Continue reading
I’m thrilled to return to Farpoint 26 next weekend for my second year! I had a blast last year and made some excellent friends. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with them and other local fans. Here’s where you can find me on the official schedule:
- 10 PM: Farpoint Book Fair
- 10 AM: Alternate History: Creating Stories By Changing the Past (presentation)
- Come learn about the alternate history genre and then create a few alternate histories of your own in this interactive presentation!
- 12 PM: Autograph Session
- With Brian Koscienski
- 3 PM: Reading
- With Steven H. Wilson and Michael Critzer
- 12 PM: Reading
- With T. Eric Bakutis
- 1 PM: Autograph Session
- With Peter David (!!!!)
- 3 PM: I Have Written a Book: Now What (panel)
- With Keith R.A. DeCandido, Don Sakers, and Gregory A. Wilson
As usual, I’m more than happy to hang out with people anytime I’m not officially scheduled, whether for food, a drink, or just a chat. The best way to reach me during the convention is a direct message via Facebook or Twitter.
Until then, I’ll be over here freaking out that I’m sharing an autograph session with my favorite Star Trek writer…
Okay, kids. Something isn’t working, and I’m pretty sure I know what it is. I have reached that point where I have so much to do that I’m getting overwhelmed and not doing any of it (as evidenced by the 11 books I read this month). Time to re-evaluate and change a few tactics. Because the wrap-up below isn’t pretty.
- I did not write 18k words in Steel Justice this month. I wrote 8k, bringing me to about 49k total.
- The weekend at Broadkill Writer’s retreat got cancelled due to inclement weather.
- I barely touched Steel Shadows, though I did review my editor’s notes and clean up any issues she found.
- I did some minor brainstorming on the short story I need to write, but did not write any actual words.
Even my cat is disappointed with me.
January Book Reviews
- Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm (4 stars)
- Jackdaw (A Charm of Magpies World) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques (3.5 stars)
- “A Queer Trade” (A Charm of Magpies short story) by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
- Rag and Bone (A Charm of Magpies World) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- Love Around the Corner by Sally Malcolm (5 stars)
- Into the Mist (Taine McKenna Adventures #1) by Lee Murray (5 stars)
- The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- Into the Sounds (Taine McKenna Adventures #2) by Lee Murray (5 stars)
- Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk (4 stars)
January Speculative Chic Contributions
- Write the first draft of that short story, get it critiqued, clean it up, and submit it by the February 28 deadline!
- Complete a full editorial pass of Steel Shadows and return it to my editor for layout.
- Attend Farpoint 2019, where I will conduct my alternate history presentation along with readings, signings, and panels.
- Attend a much-needed writer’s retreat at Broadkill Resort.
- Survive a trip to New York City for the day job.
But wait! Where is adding more words to Steel Justice on that list? It’s not, alas. I needed to take one of the big things off my plate, and priority has to go to the two projects with solid (and much closer) deadlines. I’m looking forward to a productive March, especially since I already have another writing retreat planned in that month.
I already feel a huge load lifted from my shoulders. Now, time to get to work.
I picked up the first book in this series because I’d heard good things about it from readers who also enjoyed the stories in K.J. Charles’ Charm of Magpies world. They were spot-on in their recommendation, and I’ll also throw in my hat that fans of either series will enjoy the other. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased the electronic version of this novel for full price.
After reading the first book in this series, I kind of thought I knew what I was getting into. It’s really awesome that I was completely wrong. On the surface, lots of things are similar to book one. Ragtag group lost in the wilds of New Zealand: check. Giant mythical monster eating people: check. Lost tribe of humans and crazy mercenaries: wait, what? Continue reading