This past weekend I was honored to be invited to return to Cleveland ConCoction! I had such a great time in 2016 that I accepted eagerly. It’s one of my favorite conventions in terms of how authors are treated, by both the con and attendees. I had a great weekend of book sales, catching up with old friends, and meeting new people! Continue reading
Late last year I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a novella for a holiday anthology, “No One on Earth” (part of Starstruck Holidays). Today, I’m happy to revisit this sexy speculative fiction story through an interview with author Jennifer Loring.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jon, a psychic since childhood, has never felt at home in the world, even less so after his lover died on Winter Solstice a year ago. Since his abilities failed him when he needed them most, he turns to alcohol and rejects his family’s assertion that he is a Star Child—an alien/human hybrid. When Jon’s sister suggests he should look into the legend of Handsome Fellow, Jon decides that if he cannot find happiness himself, he will bring it to others.
Erukkass’ people, a species of interdimensional aliens, have been observing Earth and interacting with humans for so many centuries that some Native American tribes believe their ancestors originated from the stars. After his lover passed away in what appears to be a medical accident, he accepts a scientific mission… but not for the reasons his government expects. He has located his beloved on another timeline, in another universe—ours—and he will not leave without him.
Jon returns home from work one evening to find a gift of his own—a strange young man waiting for him. Erukkass unveils one stunning revelation after another, including the truth behind his lover’s death and the nature of time itself. Can he and Jon forge a future together, or will two timelines that have always intersected, no matter when or where, finally be forced to diverge?
The mixture of themes for the Starstruck Holidays anthology is pretty unique. Did you already have your story written, or did you write it specifically for the anthology call?
I wrote it specifically for the anthology. That’s not something I do very often, but the call intrigued me enough to give it a shot. Plus, I really wanted to write something about indigenous culture. It’s largely untapped aside from some of the more horror-oriented legends like the skin-walkers and the wendigo. Continue reading
I’m looking forward to returning to Cleveland ConCoction for my second year (March 10-12)! It’s a great mix of literary, media, gaming, and costuming focus, with something for everyone. It’s also my favorite con in terms of they way they are set up to promote authors, with an Author’s Alley where the con sets up it’s own bookshop so authors don’t have to lug their books around all weekend, and where authors can hang out and meet fans during downtime. I was so pleased to be invited back.
Let me know in the comments where you’ll be at this con so I can be sure to say hi! Or, here’s my schedule so you know where to track me down.
- 12:00 PM: Author Perspectives on Fan Fiction
- 9:00 PM: What is Urban Fantasy?
- 12:00 PM: Vampires, Werewolves, and Gods — Rewriting Legends
- 2:00 PM: Author Showcase — Reading from the Steel Empires series, following by time for signing
- 9:00 PM: Why Villains Matter
- 11:00 AM: Post Apocalypse — How Will It End?
This short story set in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s universe is a great way for a new reader to dip their toe into the series without committing to a full novel. It highlights my favorite trio of time travelers (Max, Peterson, and Markham — with bonus Maj. Guthrie) on a relatively simple mission that obviously goes disastrously wrong.
For readers more familiar with the series, this short story does a wonderful job of showing just how picky and malleable History really is, and perhaps the rules that the historians ascribe to it aren’t really rules after all.
For those curious, the child referred to in the title is not a religious figure. In fact, he’s not the one who leaves his mark on history whatsoever, leaving me to give author Jodi Taylor major props for her subtle reminder to readers that history might be written (mostly) by men, but it survives because of women. Continue reading
This novel was another strong installment in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel series, full of both laugh-out-loud and gasp-out-loud moments. I continue to love Max, Leon, Peterson, and the rest of the gang, and Taylor’s glimpses into the past are realistic and tantalizing.
I think we’ve established by this point that I adore this series, and while not every book is perfect, never once have I felt like Taylor phoned it in or didn’t raise the stakes. That being said, I’ve now finished 7 novels regarding these characters and their organization, and I have a request. Continue reading
I picked up this book on Kindle purely because of a blog post by the author completely owning the fact that he had written about a character who was gay without homosexuality being used as a plot device or some sort of moral lesson. As someone who strives for the same diversity in her own writing, I knew I had to get the book based on that blog post alone. Continue reading
I find the title to this latest installment of my favorite time travel hijinks series highly amusing because I thought I already knew all the ways in which things would go wrong in this world. It turns out that I was tragically wrong, and I’m so thrilled that this author can keep surprising me. Continue reading
Disclaimer: The author and I share a publisher and I consider her a friend. I received an ebook version of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
Despite this being the second in a shared-world series by many authors, this story works well as a stand-alone tale. It included just enough science-fiction world-building to give me the information I needed for the story without feeling bogged down. In fact, I would happily read more set in this world because the details I was given were so intriguing. Continue reading
This post includes reviews of the final three installments of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Continue reading
Disclaimer: This review is of a novella that is part of the Starstruck Holidays anthology; due to time constraints, I am only able to review one installment of the anthology at this time. The author and I attended the same graduate program and have assisted each other with promotional work in the past. She provided me with this anthology in ebook form in exchange for an honest review.
“No One on Earth” by Jennifer Loring sucked me in with an immediate tragic hook that made me want to root for the main character, Jon Kline, no matter what else was to come.
However, what truly immersed me into the story were the elements of diversity not commonly seen in speculative fiction, much less a story that bends so many genres. This includes not only the main character’s ethnicity, but that his personal history includes athleticism while his interests are more nerdy and academic. I also loved the intersection between indigenous mythology and modern astronomical knowledge and how it creates internal conflict for the main character. However, the tragic realism of Jon’s family dynamic is applicable across all cultures, as is his heartbreak. Continue reading