Review: Always Gray in WInter

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As a SF/F author I go to lots of comicbook conventions with my books and meet new an interesting folks. I also blog and keep in touch with my readers and I am always somewhat fascinated with the furry community (and being from the Midwest, I’ve never seen a higher per capita number of furries at con than Fargo, ND). That’s how I was introduced to Always Gray in Winter by Mark J Engels.

The book is technically SF/military SF and for a few good reasons. As an avid fan of World of Darkness in my teen years (Werewolf the Apocalypse, Vampire the Masquerade, etc.) I appreciate shapeshifter fiction, and I had always loved that universe’s bastet (werecats,) of which Pawlina Katczynski is one (and the word play in the naming is ingenious.) Continue reading Review: Always Gray in WInter

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Review: Turn Coat (Dresden Files)

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Finally, I got around to reading some Jim Butcher. I’m glad I did.

Turn Coat was my introduction to Harry Dresden. People have been recommending it to me for a while now since I also write some paranormal fiction and one of my series has a detective (though I modeled him more after Constantine as I hadn’t yet read any Dresden.) Continue reading Review: Turn Coat (Dresden Files)

Review: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

51oD0pjJ62L._SY346_I recently got an audio version of Kelvyn Fernandes’ book The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi. It was the perfect adventure for my recent road trip—something that the characters themselves also seemed to find themselves on, of a sort.

Fernandes’ does a good job of crafting an original feeling fantasy world, but also keeping it familiar enough that we are not pushed out of the story. I typically enjoy anything with a goblin element and so the first tale of their plundering a goblin king’s treasure was a great hook. Continue reading Review: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

Review: Black Moon by Tegon Maus

51itPWF+K7L._SY346_The first thing that I noticed on Tegon Maus’s second installment of the Tucker Littlefield Chronicles was the cover. Front and center on Black Moon, we have perhaps the most unassuming protagonist ever. It immediately made me wonder if Vizzini from the Princess Bride was our main character. Something about the completely normal seeming Littlefield is particularly appealing. Honestly—who puts a balding, middle aged, normal dude as their Fantasy protagonist? Honest people who’ve had enough rippling muscles and flat abs… and Tucker Littlefield is honest (and likeable, too.) Continue reading Review: Black Moon by Tegon Maus

Review: Before the Fall

41QSN-8e8vL.jpgI got an ARC of Leah Downing’s Before the Fall to review for my blog, Inside the Inkwell. It is book #3 of the Shooting Star Series.

While this is not normally my type of book (it’s in a POV I normally hate and on the more romance-tilted side of my main genre,) I found myself really enjoying this book. Continue reading Review: Before the Fall

Review: Boxer Earns his Wings

41je3psnvzl._sx331_bo1,204,203,200_Boxer Earns his Wings, by Douglas Van Dyke Jr. has a certain flair to it. It opens by putting you smack dab in the middle of action and Van Dyke does a great job of continuing the level of excitement throughout the book. It was an easy read and not overly long which is nice, but also promises more in another fun realm Van Dyke writes in. Continue reading Review: Boxer Earns his Wings

Review of Firefly: Big Damn Hero

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One of the things I wanted most for the holidays was to take a day or two and sit down with this new Firefly book. Mission accomplished. Big Damn Hero (and I’m assuming the subsequent two books) takes place immediately after the Firefly series ends and in that period of time between the show and the movie Serenity.

There were many things to love about this book by James Lovegrove. There was a fair amount of other involvement as well, including oversight by the Wedon himself.

Continue reading Review of Firefly: Big Damn Hero

Review: The Terran Privateer

indexI finally got to my review of The Terran Privateer by Glynn Stewart which has been in my TBR pile for a few months, now. Stewart writes a number of book series, like myself, and they all have beautiful covers.

Something about the early interplay in the dynamics between characters gave me a Battlestar Galactica vibe (the new version). While Terran Pivateer’s plot isn’t exactly original, that doesn’t make it less enjoyable. The indie world has a number of great SF writers, including Stewart (and also guys like Mark Cooper, and Jay Allan)… Continue reading Review: The Terran Privateer

Free Fiction Tuesday (plus, support starving artists at no cost to you!)

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So, I’m back after a 1 month hiatus at my blog. Yes, I have a free book this week! But also, I wanted to tell you how you can support writers in a huge way… I use Amazon Affiliate links on all of my reviews, etc. They are neat little things that give promoters a little commission. Christmas is huge for us. If you plan to do some shopping on Amazon, would you click my below link before you do your holiday shopping (even if you’ve gotten my free book before?) Continue reading Free Fiction Tuesday (plus, support starving artists at no cost to you!)

Review: Armor of Alethia

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Ralene Burke’s Armor of Alethia is a great example of faith-based high fantasy. Burke’s primary protagonist, Karina, is relatable in many ways and the storytelling and pacing are on point. As Karina begins to discover more and more about who she is, her fixation on the nearby mountain and her high calling/destiny become more focused. Continue reading Review: Armor of Alethia