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”

Review: “Remnant” (Caldwell & Feximal/Whyborne & Griffin Mystery) by K.J. Charles& Jordan L. Hawk

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.

Reviews: “Interlude with Tattoos,” “The Smuggler and the Warlord,” and “Feast of Stephen” (A Charm of Magpies short stories) by K.J. Charles

The following short stories are part of the Charm of Magpies series, an historical fantasy-romance world by K.J. Charles. They are best read as companions to the main trilogy.

Reviews: “Song for a Viking” and “Wanted, an Author” by K.J. Charles

The following stories are available for free on the author’s website and cannot be read as stand-alones. They are lovely follow-ups to the novels referenced in the reviews.

Reviews: “A Confidential Problem” and “A Private Miscellany” (Society of Gentlemen short stories) by K.J. Charles

The two following reviews are of content freely available on the author’s website as supplemental material to the Society of Gentlemen series. Neither can be read as stand-alone, but are best enjoyed following a read of the full series.

Review: “Marine Biology” (San Andreas Shifters short story) by G.L. Carriger

Cute story that was short and sweet. I’m not a huge fan of the “insta-love” trope in romances, but you can hand-wave it away here as a werewolf mating thing. Getting some background into the characters that I adore in The Sumage Solution was nice, however. The plot aspect of this story felt a bitContinue reading “Review: “Marine Biology” (San Andreas Shifters short story) by G.L. Carriger”

Review: “The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” (Society of Gentlemen short story) by K.J. Charles

This short story acts as a sort of prequel to the Society of Gentlemen series, filling in the background for one of the established parings in the full trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone. My favorite part of this story is card game of “strip poker,” though Ash and Francis are playing aContinue reading “Review: “The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” (Society of Gentlemen short story) by K.J. Charles”

For Love the Bell Tolls: Author Interviews

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, lycanthropyContinue reading For Love the Bell Tolls: Author Interviews”

Review: Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Written by Justin Richards Illustrated by David Wardle As part of an amazing Doctor Who-themed raffle basket I won recently, I acquired this amazing boxed set of “Time Lord Fairy Tales.” These sixteen short stories are told in the fashion of the fairy tales they are based on, but just like the television show they areContinue reading “Review: Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Review: Born to Love Wild edited by Cara McKinnon

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 expandedContinue reading “Review: Born to Love Wild edited by Cara McKinnon”