Happy Solstice, everyone! In celebration of this most balanced and auspicious day, I thought I’d share a sneak peek of “The City of Shadows,” book 3 in the Giaco & Luca series. Between returning to teaching after my medical leave, and working on stuff related to my other pen name, I’ve been much slower than […]Read more "Get a Sneak Peek of “The City of Shadows”! Plus this week’s selection of giveaways"
The popularity of post-apocalyptic fiction is an interesting facet of the current literary landscape. Why this? Why now? Some aspects of it are self-explanatory. It’s the perfect way to set the adolescents in a YA novel free from adult/parental restraints, in a kind of modern desert island scenario. In a time when desert islands are […]Read more "“Some Fine Day” by Kat Ross"
The Night Circus I’d heard about “The Night Circus” for a while before I finally got around to reading it. And when I first started it, I wasn’t sure if I actually liked it or not. But by the end, not only had I warmed to it, I was enthralled by it. It’s a strange, […]Read more "“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern"
Hi All! Today I’m excited to bring your attention to an exciting new release. Renee Scattergood, sister indie author of dark fantasy with a strong female lead, has just released the latest episode in her Shadow Stalker series. It’s currently just 99c or free on Kindle Unlimited. There’s more info about it below, or you […]Read more "Check Out the Dark Fantasy Release “Shadow Stalker: Infiltration”!"
I hope everyone is having a wonderful post-Thanksgiving weekend! Mine has been productive–so productive, in fact, that I’m thrilled to announce that The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is live, ready for its pre-launch preparations! I’ll be doing a free giveaway of the ebook for the “official” launch in December, but meanwhile the paperback is available, the […]Read more "Checking up on Chekhov, Part I. Plus Sneak Peek and Free Giveaways!"
Last time I talked about how I incorporated the character of Baba Yaga into my novels. But she is hardly the only Russian fairy tale character I have repurposed for my own ends. The one who appears in all three of the mini-series that comprise The Zemnian Series, and who was one of my favorite as […]Read more "Thrown to the Wolves: Writing Russian Fairy Tales into Contemporary Fantasy"
Nocturne (The Fourth Talisman #1) Kat Ross A few months ago I got “The Midnight Sea,” the first book in this omni-series or mega-series or uber-series or whatever you want to call it, through a giveaway. It was definitely the stand-out of all the books I got through that particularly giveaway, and so I’ve been […]Read more "“Nocturne” by Kat Ross"
I’m currently reading Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s A Girl Behind Dark Glasses, about her experience as a teenager with severe ME/CFS. I’m interested in her story not just because, as someone with a chronic illness, I’m interested in the stories of other people with chronic illnesses, but because, like most people in her situation, she has to try […]Read more "Tripping Out: Writing About Altered Perceptions"
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"
Last week I wrote about how Valya, the heroine of my upcoming release The Dreaming Land, was a “bad girl,” both by the standards of her society and of ours. She’s a bit–well, more than a bit–of a femme fatale, at least in the minds of other people. In fact, I have an ad going right […]Read more "What do you call a male ingenue, anyway?"