Hi all! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Here things continue to be reasonably calm, although lockdown has been extended to the end of May. Better than the alternative, for sure. For me, of course, the difference between life under lockdown and life not under lockdown is not that big, but […]Read more "Cover Reveal and Free Review Copies of “The Breathing Sea”"
It’s an age-old problem–or maybe a problem peculiar to the modern era. Humans are drawn to violence like moths to the flame. Warn them against it, describe its horrors, and you’ll only inflame them further. So how do you create art about violence without inciting it? This is something I’ve been discussing a lot of […]Read more "Torture Without Porn: Can You Write About Violence Without Fetishizing It?"
In the last post on this topic we talked about the Hoodoo vs. Hard Work continuum. This time we’ll talk about catching your dreams and visions. But wait! you cry. This is supposed to be about practical tips! How are dreams and visions practical? Well, they’re not, not exactly. But they are a key source […]Read more "Invoking the Muse: How to Get Inspiration You Can Use II (Dreams and Visions)"
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!"
Bloom: The Order Series Book One Nikki Rae Fawn was once the specialest of all the special girls in her Compound. Until she was sold into cruel servitude and tried to fight back. Now she finds herself sold again despite being damaged goods. Is this her chance to finally escape as she’s been plotting all […]Read more "“Bloom” by Nikki Rae"
Kushiel’s Dart Jacqueline Carey During my MA program at an august and prestigious institution, there were two authors I read that made a profound impact on me. Only one of them was assigned for course work. The other I stumbled upon by accident in the local branch of the NYC public library, where I would […]Read more "“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey"
Beyond Sanctuary (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Beyond Trilogy Book 1) “Beyond Sanctuary” is a fascinating, powerful, infuriating, intoxicating, confusing mess. Or something like that. A week after reading it I still can’t decide whether I loved it or hated it. Probably both. It’s certainly sui generis and a fascinating entry into the genre of sword […]Read more "“Beyond Sanctuary” by Janet Morris"