Just a reminder that today is the last day to grab my new release, “Unplanned Parenthood,” for free. I wrote it five years ago, inspired by the threatened government shutdown over (de)funding Planned Parenthood. Then I thought a dystopian story about women in a failing surveillance state determined to take away their reproductive (and other) […]Read more "Last Day to Grab “Unplanned Parenthood” for free!"
“James Clyde” is a fun children’s fantasy about an 11-year-old boy who discovers he’s actually the secret heir of the ruling family of Orchestra, a fantasy world in another dimension. Plots, intrigue, and revelations of secret powers ensue. It’s a bit hard for me to evaluate this as an adult, but I dare say that […]Read more "“James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra” by Colm McElwain"
“The Cutaway” is a fast-paced and exciting story set in the glitz, glamor, and danger of DC. Containing elements of a police procedural, it changes the focus by narrating the action from the point of view of a television reporter covering the story of a young woman’s disappearance.. We are given a view of events […]Read more "“The Cutaway” by Christina Kovac"
Grab it here! And here’s the blurb: “They don’t send guys like us out on rescue missions…People don’t come back alive and get returned to their loving families when we go after them.” Jordan is the best of the best. At killing. But even she can be replaced. When she’s sent on a mission to […]Read more "“Unplanned Parenthood” is now available and it’s FREE!"
Guess what! I’ve decided to release a novelette called “Unplanned Parenthood” this Friday. It’s a dystopian sci-fi little number I wrote a few years ago and then never did anything with. Well, due to recent events, I decided to dust it off and put it out there. If you’d like a free ARC, let me […]Read more "New Release on Black Friday!"
A cute Christmas-time cozy mystery that is so full of vintage British charm it is often in danger of becoming twee. Retired art teacher Miss Seeton stumbles into not one but TWO mysteries, one involving Roman ruins and the other about a gang (no, wait, there are TWO gangs) of bank robbers. There’s also the […]Read more "“Starring Mis Seeton” by Hamilton Crane"
“Off to See the Wizard” is just as madcap and zany as the blurb promises. Also coarse, vulgar, gruesome, and laugh-out-loud funny. In a brilliant display of polyphony, it’s presented as the post facto justifications of a magical party for the disastrous outcome of their failed quest, with each character possessing a distinct (and hilarious) […]Read more "“Off to See the Wizard” by Clay Johnson"
Reading Western fiction set in Russia, or some version of Russia, is always a little off-putting for me, and at first I didn’t know what to make of “Egg and Spoon.” It’s certainly a Western take on Russia, but it’s a gorgeous, multi-layered confection for all that. It’s set sometime shortly before the Revolution, if […]Read more "“Egg and Spoon” by Gregory Maguire"
“The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds” is a fascinating story about a culture I knew very little about prior to reading this book, and I really appreciate it bringing Nyonya/Baba culture to my awareness. However, that is not the only reason to like it: it’s also a well-written and heartfelt account of one woman’s struggles […]Read more "“The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds” by Selina Siak Chin Yoke"
As a professional Russianist, I approached this book with both curiosity and trepidation. I’m always excited to see a Western book with a Russian theme, but at the same time, I’m so often disappointed in the execution. “Who Is to Blame?” definitely reads more like a Western take on a Russian theme than like actual […]Read more "“Who is to Blame?” by Jane Marlow"