News Update: A Wizard’s Forge Passes First Hurdle in the 2018 SPFBO

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) is an annual competition run by Mark Lawrence (author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister, among others) since 2015. Each year, Mark takes a maximum of 300 entries (first come, first served; this year the 300 slots disappeared in about a day and a half) and distributes them among … Continue reading News Update: A Wizard’s Forge Passes First Hurdle in the 2018 SPFBO

Separating Immigrant Children from Parents

A lot of bloggers have offered opinions on the immigrant children crisis lately. D. Wallace Peach’s thoughts beautifully echo my own.

Myths of the Mirror

This child was not removed from her mother at the border, but her cries demonstrate the stress these children are under even without being separated from their parents. Time Magazine cover.

This isn’t a political blog. and yet there are times when it’s vital to speak out and use whatever platforms we have available. This is such a time.

The US is in the midst of a moral crisis as the Trump Administration continues a border policy that results in the systematic abuse of immigrant children. Many Americans, of both parties and of all faiths and walks of life, are horrified, and we are doing what we can to support these children and their families by sharing our outrage, time, talent, and treasure.

There are some people who insist that these children are just fine. And physically, that may be true. But that comment conveys a lack of understanding about…

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Victoria of Ourtown, aka Vic the Blade (of A Wizard’s Forge, by A.M. Justice)

Thanks to Assaph Mehr for including Vic in his Protagonist Speaks series on his blog.

The Protagonist Speaks

Dear readers, tonight we are republishing an article from the premiere newspaper in Latha, on the fantasy planet Knownearth.

After Vic, a former scholar turned soldier, nearly killed her erstwhile captor, the newspaper issued a scathing article condemning her actions.

The newspaper has followed this up with an interview with Vic, to hear her side of the story. We publish this second interview in full. Read on to learn of Vic’s adventures, and what drove her from being a shy scholar to become a warrior and pick up the fight against Relm.


Last week, this paper published the news that Captain Victoria of Ourtown—aka Vic the Blade—had tried and failed to assassinate Lornk Korng, the Lord of Relm. The Monarchy and Prime Minister’s office have protested that the Heralds’ coverage of the incident was biased. As members of the Lathan free press, we stand by our story, but invited the…

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Gosh, what an honor to be included on the Critiquing Chemist’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2018” list. This may be just the kick in the pants I need to finish A Wizard’s Sacrifice. Check out this list for all the other great books coming up in 2018.

The Critiquing Chemist


Happy New Year Friends! With 2017 having drawn to an end it is time to look forward to what 2018 has in store for avid book lovers! Similar to last year, I’ve comprised a list of the top books in 2018 that I’m looking forward to being released.  While at least one book on the following list might be classified as wishful thinking, i.e., Winds of Winter, whereas optimistically I couldn’t help but group it in with the rest.  I’m hopeful that I will be able to get a few advanced review copies of these prior to their release date! I already was lucky enough to receive and read an advanced review copy of Iron Gold. You can read my spoiler free review here. Here’s to hopefully receiving a few more ARCs.

Let me know what you think of the titles on my lineup? Have I…

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