Review: Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray

This book is an exciting political thriller that just happens to take place in the Star Wars universe starring both new and familiar faces. It includes plenty of intrigue, instances of excitement, and brief moments of lovely characterization. And while it features half a dozen point of view characters, the chief of those is SenatorContinue reading “Review: Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray”

Con Report: Farpoint 2020

I attended my third year at Farpoint in Baltimore, Maryland, this past weekend and had an absolute blast spending time with friends and being a panelist on some of my favorite topics. I wish I’d been able to hang out more in the evening with people, but I commuted from home this year and hadContinue reading “Con Report: Farpoint 2020”

Build Report: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018

I had so much fun with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar in 2017 that I had to do it again! Below is a quick summary of all the cool things I added to my collection. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018 (75213) — 307 pieces   First, the holiday-themed elements! Christmas Moisture Vaporator, A NewContinue reading “Build Report: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018”

Build Report: BTL-A4 Y-Wing Starfighter

Just because I’m behind schedule with all of my writing projects doesn’t mean I will deprive myself of a reward when I do get something done! To celebrate submitting my fifth novel to my editor, I built this year’s special Star Wars set, the Y-Wing Starfighter. The Y-Wing is not one of my favorite shipsContinue reading “Build Report: BTL-A4 Y-Wing Starfighter”

Build Report: BB-8

There was no reason for me to buy this year’s special Star Wars Day LEGO set, but that didn’t stop me! While the awesome Y-Wing Starfighter set is waiting patiently in my “to be built” pile (dwarfed only by my “to be read” pile), I couldn’t resist putting together this cute freebie I got withContinue reading “Build Report: BB-8”

Build Report: Star Wars Arrowhead

To celebrate completing revisions on my fourth novel, Steel Time, and sending it off to my publisher for layout, I took a break before jumping into my next major project (revisions to book 5, Steel Shadows) by building the awesome set I received from my littlest sister last Christmas. The Arrowhead (75186) — 775 piecesContinue reading “Build Report: Star Wars Arrowhead”

Con Report: Farpoint 2018

Last weekend, I attended my first Farpoint convention! You could say that I got my start in speculative fiction as a Star Trek fan, so it was nice to get back to my roots, as it were. FRIDAY Since this is a “local” convention for me, I commuted from home rather than staying at theContinue reading “Con Report: Farpoint 2018”

Build Report: First Order Stormtrooper

Since I built the Parisian Restaurant over the holidays, I couldn’t really justify putting together another massive LEGO set so soon, even though I wanted to do something to celebrate completing the first draft of my most recent novel. Luckily, my sister- and brother-in-law gave me this weird dude for my birthday. I was actuallyContinue reading “Build Report: First Order Stormtrooper”

Review: Before the Awakening (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Greg Rucka

Finn’s story: This story, while well-written in the technical sense, was by far the weakest of this trio. If not for my husband encouraging me onward, I might have put the entire book down. I understand that the book was released before the film, and that the authors don’t necessarily get all the information they’dContinue reading “Review: Before the Awakening (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Greg Rucka”

Review: The Weapon of a Jedi (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Jason Fry

This book boiled down to “Just how did Luke get so good at using a lightsaber, anyway?” Which is an important question to ask, in the continuity between the films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately, the reality of the the limitations established in the Star Wars universe at that point inContinue reading “Review: The Weapon of a Jedi (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Jason Fry”