OK, this week's Book Quote Wednesday (#BookQW, a Twitter promotion started by author Jenna Barwin) excerpt from A Wizard's Sacrifice has a pretty large squee factor for me, because the word of the week, BALANCE, appears in one of my favorite chapters in the entire book! Here, Ashel and his friend Melba have been kidnapped by … Continue reading Steedfast—a #BookQW Excerpt
The Second Rogue—a #BookQW Excerpt
Thabean slammed a wall of solidified air into Meylnara and zipped past her. The corridor teemed with rattling minions. Raising a shield, he sent an electric jolt through the floor, frying the feet of his enemies. Wizard and minions faltered, and he sheared up through fibrous walls to reach the stars.
The Cost of Failure: A #BookQW Excerpt
Another Wednesday, another excerpt from A Wizard's Sacrifice, using the #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday) hashtag created by author Jenna Barwin on Twitter. I'm planning to run these previews every Wednesday until the book launches on October 6, so keep your eye out. There's a randomness to the #bookqw word of the week (this week, it's NEED), … Continue reading The Cost of Failure: A #BookQW Excerpt
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?”
True Gift: A #BookQW Excerpt
It's Book Quote Wednesday (#BookQW) again, and that means another excerpt from A Wizard's Sacrifice. The word today is WAIT, a word that appears in Ashel's first POV chapter in the sequel to A Wizard's Forge. Here we see what Ashel's up to after the war that concluded in Forge, and the chapter gives a … Continue reading True Gift: A #BookQW Excerpt
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
Labor of Love: A BookQW Excerpt
Ragged screams battered Vic’s ears; sweat and blood stabbed her nose. And fear. The air reeked of it, sharp and raw. She tasted its foul dry flavor, and it bled from her lungs into her bones. She’d fought some losing battles, but none like this.
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
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[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.
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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