Review: An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet #5) by Madeleine L’Engle

Acceptable TimeFor the final installment of my 2018 Resolution Project over at Speculative Chic, I reviewed An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Unfortunately, this series did not end with a bang for me. You can read the full review here, and check out an excerpt below:

This series, which gave us everything from aliens to angels to unicorns, fell flat with its final installment. The decline from high-concept physics and fascinating representations of mystical beings to overwrought Judeo-Christian concepts of sacrifice left me yearning for the previous generation of Wallace children – even Meg.

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Steel Time Deleted Scenes!

Steel Time Jacket.inddHappy New Year’s Eve to all of my awesome friends and blog followers, but more importantly — happy birthday to me! I’m planning a lovely low-key evening with a small group of friends to involve pizza, cake, and games. I hope that whatever you plans have, you remain safe and have a blast.

To celebrate today, I’d love to share two short scenes that were removed from Steel Time before publication. Enjoy!

[Please note that both scenes are in very rough draft form, and neither of them have been edited.]

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Review: A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet #3) by Madeleine L’Engle

Swiftly Tilting PlanetContinuing this year’s journey to rectify a series I definitely should have read while I was growing up, I recently reviewed A Swiftly Tilting Planet for Speculative Chic. You can find my full review here.

An excerpt:

L’Engle has taken her previous ventures regarding science and brought them to an entirely new level here. Something about the delicate balance of science with faith and mysticism made all of these things intriguing yet accessible. I especially enjoyed how she used music as her descriptive metaphor for Gaudior the unicorn’s method of traveling on the winds of time.

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Steel Time Blog Tour Round-Up

Steel Time Jacket.inddThe difficult part of launching a new book while also traveling out of town to an enormous convention is that it’s difficult to promote the blog tour posts that I organized at the same time. So, here’s a handy round-up and GIANT thank you to everyone who supported Steel Empires Book 4: Steel Time by sharing information or hosting me on their blogs! Check out the posts below for some cool behind-the-scenes details about my life and writing process, excerpts from Steel Time, a character interview with Toria, and pictures of my adorable cats.

COVER REVEAL

BLOG TOUR

BOOK SPOTLIGHTS

Thank you so much to everyone who helped boost the signal about my latest book!

Steel Time Book Launch & Excerpt!

Steel Time Jacket.inddHappy book birthday to me! Today, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the fourth book in my Steel Empires series. Steel Time is extra-special for me because time travel is one of my favorite speculative fiction motifs. Working the concept into my own expansive universe was challenging and a LOT of fun. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t just throw my characters into a certain blue box.)

I’m at FanX Salt Lake City today, giving a presentation on one of my favorite topics: alternate history! I’m sure this evening will involve lots of fun shenanigans, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a book launch day. As a treat to celebrate, I also get my picture taken with David Tennant, my favorite Doctor, tomorrow afternoon! (Look for my con report with my full write-up of the trip on the blog next week.)

Last year, when Steel Blood came out, so many people congratulated me on finishing my trilogy. Though events can stand alone after the first three books, I have so much more story to tell. I really appreciate you coming along on the adventure.

Today, I’m happy to share some basic information about the book and then give you a sneak peek at the very first chapter! And if you haven’t met my crazy world yet, I encourage you to jump in with book 1, Steel Victory.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

You’re never too young or too old to experience a paradigm shift.

Toria Connor is 25 when tripping over an artifact in the ruins of Nacostina thrusts her a century into the past, before the city is destroyed during the Last War. Now, she finds herself alone. Adrift in a time where she must hide everything important to her, from her mercenary career to her true magical ability.

Victory is over eight centuries old when she follows her adopted daughter. She has seen empires rise and fall, but never anything like this. She must survive alone in a city inhospitable to vampires, dodging friends and foes from her past alike.

Both of them know the clock is ticking down to the moment when the city is wiped off the map.

Now, they’re in a race against time. To find each other. To escape the past. And to save the future.

There are many ways to get your own copy of Steel Time!

Read on for the opening to Steel Time!

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Steel Time Cover Reveal!

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I’m thrilled to announce two things today! The first, as indicated by the title of this post, is the final cover to book 4 of the Steel Empires series, Steel Time! The second is the official release date of my fourth novel: Thursday, September 6, 2018!

Make sure to follow my blog for more information about where to get your own copy of Steel Time as it becomes available.

Did you miss the first books in the series? Be sure to check out the first Steel Empires installments below:

  1. Steel Victory
  2. Steel Magic
  3. Steel Blood

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Review: “The Steam Pump Jump” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short) by Jodi Taylor

Steam Pump JumpThis short story very much needs the context of pretty much all of the novels in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series so far to understand the detail of what’s going on. But otherwise, it’s a “typical” St. Mary’s lark, full of the usual shenanigans and mayhem (#disastermagnets). And as an added bonus, it’s from Markham’s point of view! Any perspective from security department versus the historians is fun, but Markham just adds that much extra flavor.

I felt that the beginning of the tale was a bit drawn out until we got to the interesting bits, but even that section had it’s laugh out loud moments of humor. This tale is not to be missed by St. Mary’s fan(atic)s.  Continue reading