New World, New Enemies: a #BookQW Excerpt

The Council leader stood, and the others fell quiet and retook their seats. Saelbeneth had kind eyes and a soft mouth, like a mother who would hold you to her bosom in warmth and safety. Vic wanted to walk round the table and enter that promise and ask forgiveness. Instead, she set her chin. “I come with offers of help, and you respond with threats and accusations?”

Book Review: Wrath of Madness by Jesse Teller

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book review on this site, and I’m pleased to get back to it with this review of Jesse Teller’s Wrath of Madness. My first foray into Jesse Teller’s world of Perilisc was Onslaught of Madness (reviewed here), which was a brilliant novel about the commander of a conquering army and … Continue reading Book Review: Wrath of Madness by Jesse Teller

Say Their Names, but Also Create Change

When George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, I was appalled by the number of people in my circle who blamed the victim for that crime. "Well, Zimmerman was scared. You can't blame him for defending himself." Zimmerman was scared? What about Trayvon? How could anyone not see that a teenage boy stalked by a full-grown man … Continue reading Say Their Names, but Also Create Change

[Guest Post] Sarah Chorn, on the LGBTQ+ History of the Wild West

Sarah Chorn’s Of Honey and Wildfires is a brilliant, literary fantasy that was meticulously researched. My review will be appearing soon on Fantasy-faction.com. In the meantime, I’m reblogging this terrific interview on LGBTQ+ people in the Old West.

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Sarah Chorn’s upcoming novel, Of Honey and Wildfires (pre-order link, review), is a fantasy set in a place heavily inspired by the American Wild West. It’s also a novel with multiple queer characters, both in terms of gender and sexuality. I was thrilled when Sarah was willing to let me host a guest post she wrote, about the queer history of the real Wild West, which is an aspect of history that rarely seems to get mentioned in the history books.

Read to the end for a special giveaway announcement, too!

Without further ado, I’ll let Sarah’s words speak for themselves!


When I realized that all of my characters in Of Honey and Wildfires fell under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, I kind of panicked. You see, I don’t plan my characters. At all. I do not map them out. I don’t even usually have names for them that…

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Matters of the Heart—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Preview

A few months ago I started participating in a Twitter hashtag called #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday), which I heard about from author/book blogger Sarah Chorn (BookwormBlues). In this weekly Tweet-fest, authors produce a quote containing the word of the week, and apropos of the holiday tomorrow, this week's word was HEART. As I was looking through … Continue reading Matters of the Heart—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Preview