Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price before I ever met her in person! Favorite Story: “Seder in SPACE” is a short science-fiction story that embodies one of things I find in the best science-fiction stories — that the more things change, the more things stay theContinue reading “Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose”

Book Spotlight: Tales From the Storm by C.R. Langille

I’m pleased to celebrate author and friend C.R. Langille’s new short story collection, Tales From the Storm, today. Learn more about the book and the author below! ABOUT THE BOOK The storm rages on, leaving death and destruction in its path. With the chaos comes strange tidings and wicked ordeals. From C.R. Langille, author ofContinue reading “Book Spotlight: Tales From the Storm by C.R. Langille”

Review: “An Ill-Advised Rescue” (Kate Daniels #5.?) by Ilona Andrews

This short story is included in the back of Kate Daniels Book #6: Magic Rises, and the author note in the front advises the reader to start there before launching into the novel. Since I can’t find a place to review this story on Amazon or Goodreads (indeed, it’s not even listed as part ofContinue reading “Review: “An Ill-Advised Rescue” (Kate Daniels #5.?) by Ilona Andrews”

Review: “Eidolon” (Whyborne & Griffin #1.5) by Jordan L. Hawk

This short story takes place near the beginning of Whyborne and Griffin’s relationship, and reading it after seven full novels is an interesting trip into the past. In this story, there’s still a bit of relationship angst that I now know to be completely unfounded, but it’s not so angsty as to make me rollContinue reading “Review: “Eidolon” (Whyborne & Griffin #1.5) by Jordan L. Hawk”

Review: “Magic Tests” (Kate Daniels #5.3) by Ilona Andrews

I first read this short story as part of the collection Small Magics. It also appears in the anthology An Apple for the Creature, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. My review is below: Because I’m always thrilled to learn more about Kate’s protege, I was delighted to read “Magic Tests” in this collection. JulieContinue reading “Review: “Magic Tests” (Kate Daniels #5.3) by Ilona Andrews”

Review: “Into the Darkness” (Taine McKenna Adventures #1.5) by Lee Murray

This short story is not to be missed for any fan of the Taine McKenna adventures. It features everything I love about the series, condensed into an action-packed, bite-size piece. Well, not quite everything. This takes place in a small town in France rather than a New Zealand locale, but I promise everything else isContinue reading “Review: “Into the Darkness” (Taine McKenna Adventures #1.5) by Lee Murray”

Review: “Mr. Gold” by Margot Rose

A fun, quick read. The developing relationship between the characters could have been fraught and over-dramatic, but Rose balances the need for tension in the story with the realities of modern, mature adults. It’s a romance story, so you already know that there’s going to be a happily ever after. My favorite part of thisContinue reading “Review: “Mr. Gold” by Margot Rose”

Review: “A Lord to Love” by Sara Dobie Bauer

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I read a much earlier draft of this story, but it was just as much of a pleasure to read the final product a second time around. Bauer features the best of both worlds here: despite this being aContinue reading “Review: “A Lord to Love” by Sara Dobie Bauer”

Review: “And Now For Something Completely Different” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

I love when stories are exactly what they say on the tin, but when the St. Mary’s crew is involved, you know it’s still going to outrageous. The Christmas story for 2018 features very little Christmas and a lot of planetary-hopping shenanigans. As someone who follows the current research into getting the first human toContinue reading “Review: “And Now For Something Completely Different” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: “A Questionable Client” (Kate Daniels #0.5) by Ilona Andrews

This short story takes place prior to any of the novels in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. However, reading this story after reading at least the first novel, Magic Bites, works best. “A Questionable Client” tells the story of how Kate first meets one of her informational contacts, a shape-shifter called Saiman. He’s kind ofContinue reading “Review: “A Questionable Client” (Kate Daniels #0.5) by Ilona Andrews”