Happy 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.]
I found this series right before the previous publishing company it was being published with folded. I was devastated, because it meant waiting months until I could finish the trilogy. Luckily, it was absolutely worth the wait.
The conclusion to this trilogy brought together much of the story and plot elements from the previous books, showing us more of how the society of practitioners works in England, the growing power of the Magpie Lord, and multiple developing relationships. Continue reading
I pre-ordered this book, and immediately tore through it as soon as I had a free evening. I do not regret either of these decisions. Returning to the wacky werewolf pack of San Francisco was a delight, especially with the new focus on characters Isaac and Tank. Continue reading
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 bit rushed, but that’s the curse of the short story. The resolution was unexpected and quite humorous.
Carriger is definitely finding her stride with these characters and their voices here, but it’s still a fun read if you enjoy the main series. Continue reading
Part of me is kicking myself for letting this book sit unread on my Kindle for so long. The rest of me thinks there must have been a method to my madness, because now I only have an agonizing 2 weeks to wait until the sequel is released. Luckily, I have a prequel short story to read to tide me over for about 10 minutes until then.
If you enjoy both urban fantasy and contemporary M/M romance, this book is not to be missed. It melds all of the detailed world-building that I’ve previously enjoyed in Carriger’s work with a delightful romance – all including her excellent ability to create characters so detailed that even secondary and tertiary characters leap off the page in full technicolor. Continue reading
Often novellas either feel like a padded-out short story or a rushed novel. This was neither, giving all the background detail between each of the three main characters necessary to make the next step in their relationship feel natural and inevitable. Additionally, the supernatural element of the story blended seamlessly with the relationship arc between the characters. Continue reading
The 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.
- September 5, 2018: Second Annual State of the Empires at Raw Dog Screaming Press
- September 6, 2018: Steel Time Book Launch & Excerpt!
- September 6, 2018: Steel Time Excerpt with author Cara McKinnon
- September 6, 2018: Inconvenient Time Travel: Announcing Steel Time by J.L. Gribble at Speculative Chic
- September 6, 2018: J.L. Gribble On Steel Time, Siamese Cats, And Telling Us All She Knows with author Randee Dawn
- September 6, 2018: JL Gribble reveals her fantasy movie cast for the Steel Empires series with author Sara Dobie Bauer
- September 9, 2018: Interview with a Mercenary with author Lee Murray
- September 10, 2018: An Interview with J.L. Gribble, author of Steel Time with author Nancy O’Toole Meservier
- September 11, 2018: Steel Time Excerpt at Tower of the Archmage
Thank you so much to everyone who helped boost the signal about my latest book!