My characters are not only imaginary, they exist in an imaginary fantasy world. But they still have real-world prototypes or examples. Although I thought them up on my own, I’ve found some real-world examples of what they might look or be like. My main country in The Zemnian Trilogy is, of course, Zem’ (“Earth” or “Land”). But […]Read more "Fantasy characters come to life! With music videos, sword dancing, and free books!"
Matter of Time JE Nice In “Matter of Time,” dragons and humans co-exist in harmony–sort of. They live in the same city and work together, and the current king, chosen by humans and dragons alike, is a dragon, and everything seems great. Except for the screams and the disappearances. Something is definitely going on, but […]Read more "“Matter of Time” by J.E. Nice"
When I conceived of Valya, the heroine of The Dreaming Land, I knew I wanted her to be…bad. You know, like a bad girl. And really bad, not just fake bad. But I also wanted her to be sympathetic, which created a challenge. You see, while there are plenty of literary tropes and lots of good […]Read more "Bad Girls: Writing a Sympathetic Anti-Heroine"
Dragon Born Aaron Hodges Enala doesn’t know why, but five years earlier her parents took her away from the city of Chole and have been raising her in Dragon Country ever since, her only friend a Golden dragon named Nerissa. But when an unauthorized adventure goes wrong, Enala decides to make a break for it […]Read more "“Dragon Born” by Aaron Hodges"
The Flame of Battle Pauline Creeden and Melinda R. Cordell Dyrfinna loves battle, commanding, and dragons. But her dreams of becoming a dragonrider or getting her own command may be in jeopardy because she can’t control her magic–or her temper. After a tragic accident, will her friends and family ever forgive her? This is a […]Read more "“The Flame of Battle” by Melinda R. Cordell and Pauline Creeden"
It’s my birthday tomorrow, so I thought I’d celebrate it with a freebie! Today and tomorrow The Midnight Land I is free on Kindle. The cover for TMLI And if you’re in the US, The Midnight Land II is just 99c for the next two days as well! The cover for TMLII AND, if you haven’t […]Read more "More #FreeBooks! The Midnight Land I is free on Kindle, plus more giveaways"
Hurray! It’s here! An ARC of The Dreaming Land II, which you can pick up completely free (for a limited time) here. Here’s the current cover: And here’s the blurb: Valya has won permission to hunt down the slave traders defiling her land and stealing its children. Now begins the most difficult part of her […]Read more "Free ARC of The Dreaming Land II, plus more giveaways!"
The Summer Magic Fantasy Group Giveaway is just one of the many great giveaways going on this month. ‘Tis the weekend for free giveaways, so here are links to the various giveaways I’m participating in right now, with suggestions for other books you might also want to check out. Some of you might be asking […]Read more "More #FreeBook #Giveaways, with Recommendations"
Okay, so I’m done, I’m absolutely, completely done with posting about Arkady Babchenko–for now. No doubt I’ll rant about it further again soon. Someone asked me if I felt personally betrayed or just upset by the situation, and I had to say: both. My personal acquaintance with Arkady is so slight that I certainly don’t […]Read more "#FreeBooks! #Giveaways in Contemporary Upmarket Fiction and #NewReleases in #Fantasy"
I’m taking a short break from reviewing other people’s books while I proof my own next release, so in the meantime here’s another giveaway event (at which you can *also* pick up a free e-ARC of The Dreaming Land I, my next book). It’s a fun and eclectic event, which you can find here. And the […]Read more "Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Giveaway"