Holiday Romance Special Part 1: Kane & Archer

_Steel Magic-Jacket.inddI’ve been happily married for a few years, and while I could wax poetic about my amazing husband, when it comes to real life, we’re not the most romantic couple. He doesn’t work on Mondays, so our Valentine’s Day plan is to get some take-out Indian food and catch up on the DVR tonight. Honestly, we can’t be bothered to do anything tomorrow since he gets home late.

I am more than happy, however, to gush about the fictional couples in my life. Today, I’ll be discussing Kane Nalamas and Archer Sophin, who meet in Steel Empires #2, Steel Magic (now available in ebook or hardcopy). Tomorrow, in preparation for Steel Empires #2, Steel Blood (available July 2017), I’ll highlight Victory and Mikelos, whom you met in Steel Victory.

Some of the information below will be familiar from Steel Magic, though I’ll avoid overt spoilers. I hope you enjoy the rest as a mixture of delightful background information and a glimpse into their future within the series!

How and why did they meet?

With his warrior-mage partner, Kane was on a mercenary job to investigate the disappearance of mages in the world. Though the head of New Angouleme’s mage school assures them otherwise, Archer reaches out to reveal that not all is well. He has been functionally imprisoned, exchanging his physical safety for access to his magical power. Archer throws in his lot with Kane and Toria, following them to the other side of the world to save magic. Continue reading

Steel Magic Featured at Library Journal

_Steel Magic-Jacket.inddI had a bit of a SNAFU earlier this year with professional review sites, so I hadn’t been paying that much attention to them since the release of the second book in the Steel Empires series, Steel Magic. Therefore, I’m about half a year late in telling you all the fantastic news!

Steel Magic received a lovely shout-out in Library Journal earlier this year, and I’d love to share it with you here:

Gribble, J.L. Steel Magic. Dog Star: Raw Dog Screaming. (Steel Empires, Bk. 2). Jul. 2016. 188p. ISBN 9781935738855. pap. $14.95. FANTASY
Newly graduated Toria Conor and Kane Nalamas discover they are the last warrior-mages in Limani after the strange death of one of their teachers. Yet they are set on becoming professional mercenaries after their 18 months as contracted journeymen. As a bonded pair, Toria and Kane understand their elemental powers work even better than most, but it does not solve the mystery of disappearing mages. Hired by a city elder to resolve the matter, they travel to New Angouleme with their elven friend Syri to investigate the local mage school. When Syri is kidnapped, Toria and Kane must find and save her as well as magic itself. In this excellent follow-up to Steel Warrior, Gribble brings the newest generation to the forefront with an adventure reminiscent of Tamora Pierce’s “Alanna” series. VERDICT Strong plotting and captivating characters will please fans of fantasy quests.—KC

Direct link to post here.

I mean, there’s a minor quibble in the fact that I’m hoping they meant Steel Victory rather than Steel Warrior, but otherwise I’m humbled and pleased by that succinct review.

I’ll be back later today for my monthly roundup, but I wanted to share this delightful news first.

STEEL MAGIC Launch Party

13397025_10153706377973581_1398754547_oI hope that all of you who are local to the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC area will consider joining me for the launch party for Steel Magic!

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Address: East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave, Ste 100
Washington, DC 20003

 

This is the link to RSVP for the event. Admission is FREE.

There will be a reading and signing, along with a raffle giveaway with a bunch of cool prizes. And most importantly: delicious cake!

Many thanks to the Easy City Bookshop for hosting this event. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

“Writing Group”

Every Wednesday night, or at least as many as I can manage, I meet with three friends for what we call “Writing Group.”

Most of the time, we meet at an independent coffee shop in Historic Ellicott City, Maryland. The funniest part about it is that sometimes we don’t get much writing done (we went to a baseball game a few weeks ago). In fact, only three of us are actually writers! But what’s important is that it’s a great time to be social with some of my favorite people. They’ve been incredibly supportive of my fledgling writing career, so I wanted to thank them publicly. Continue reading

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 5: Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

For the final stop on the Steel Magic blog tour, I swung by the online home of YA Dark Fantasy author Andi Adams! She asked me to talk a little bit about the origin of the Steel Empires series. Read my post, “Evolution of an Urban Fantasy Series” to learn how Highlander inspired my love of urban fantasy, swords, and hot Welshmen!

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(There are no hot Welshmen in the Steel Empires series. Yet.)