Virtual FantasyCon 2017! That’s right, Virtual FantasyCon 2017 is here! The Reader’s Corner Page is here My personal Facebook “booth” is here–come by for some pictures of exotic animals, like Akhal-Tekes! Now, we could admire pictures of beautiful horses all day and feel perfectly satisfied, but to make things even better, I’m making all four […]Read more "Virtual FantasyCon 2017 is Here!"
We Shall Ne’er Be Younger: Silver Chronicles Book One Mary Ellen Woods Recently widowed Emily is looking for a boyfriend (definitely NOT a husband–been there, done that!). Recently divorced Mike is looking for, ah, some female companionship. When they are introduced at a party, sparks fly. But does their relationship have enough of a slow […]Read more "“We Shall Ne’er Be Younger” by Mary Ellen Woods"
Free books! So many free and 99c books at today’s SIAFBB event! Kicking off a weekend of free and discounted books is today’s SIAFBB Freeday the 13th event, at which you can pick up dozens of free and bargain books, including mine. Get them here. And both parts of The Breathing Sea are free all […]Read more "Freeday the 13th! Get Your Free and 99c Books Here!"
The Shattered Lens Jonathan Alpeyrie Jonathan Alpeyrie wanted to get that one great shot. Instead what he got was captivity. “The Shattered Lens” is the account of Alpeyrie’s capture by Syrian rebels and his almost three-month stint as their hostage. This is followed by his description of what his family went through trying to free […]Read more "“The Shattered Lens” by Jonathan Alpeyrie"
The New Literary War Hero of Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan Image from “Ninth Company,” dir. Fyodor Bondarchuk When I began reading and writing about contemporary Russian war prose, especially connected to the Chechen wars, I thought that the Russian/Chechen experience, and the literature coming out of it, was unique. And of course the Chechen wars […]Read more "My Chat with Veteran and Author Andy Owen about War, Literature, and PTSD, Part II"
The New Literary War Hero in the Age of the Global War on Terror (Image from the film “Captive,” dir. Aleksey Uchitel) While this blog was originally focused mainly on my side hustle job of writing and reviewing fantasy, readers may have noticed a certain focus on matters military in recent posts, as in my […]Read more "My Chat with Andy Owen About War, Literature, and PTSD, Part I"
China Girl: And Other Stories Ho Lin “She hates the David Bowie song…How could anyone think of that as a beautiful Chinese girl?” So thinks May Lee, the exotic dancer whose story is told in the eponymous opening story of the collection “China Girl,” whose characters move, often ambiguously, between East and West, belonging to […]Read more "“China Girl: And Other Stories” by Ho Lin"