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Living (in) a Fantasy Novel

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This past week I set up a crowdfunding campaign for a new project: a series of very short novels (or novellas) about horses (of course), magic (because I write quite a bit of fantasy), and Tucson (where I live, and … Continue reading


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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Dun Lady’s Jess by Doranna Durgin

Dun's Lady Jess

Dun Lady’s Jess Book I of the Changespell Saga by Doranna Durgin Carey looked at Arlen in surprise. “You want me to fool around with an untested spell? I’ll rely on my horses, I think.” “Did you hear nothing of … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Speculative Journeys by Irene Radford

Speculative Journeys by Irene Radford

Speculative Journeys by Irene Radford In Speculative Journeys, Irene Radford extends her short story collections into science fiction and contemporary fantasy with fourteen tales both old and new. Why is time-travel reserved for wealthy tourists and forbidden to historians?


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Story Excerpt Sunday: From How Like a God by Brenda Clough

How Like a God

How Like a God by Brenda Clough Rob knew that the comic books were a bad precedent to follow.  Besides, he was just a little too plump around the middle these days to wear tights with dignity.  Any public display … Continue reading


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BVC Announces The Changeling Troll by Leah Cutter

The Changeling Troll by Leah Cutter A different kind of ugly duckling story. Christine works at her dream job in the archives at a university library, loses sleep most every night to reading, lives mostly in her dreams. But can’t … Continue reading


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Story Excerpt Sunday: from ‘The Final Choice’ in Fantastical Ramblings by Irene Radford

Fantastical Ramblings

The Final Choice a story from the collection Fantastical Ramblings by Irene Radford Death sat at the bar wondering what he had forgotten to do. 11:02 P.M. December 31. There was something he had to do before midnight or the … Continue reading


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Author Interview: Pari Noskin

Pari Noskin

Writer Pari Noskin (who is also Pari Noskin Taichert) started out life as an imaginative child with a serious case of Stubborn. Add in hating school, and all this culminated with her skipping classes for two weeks in the fifth grade. Once her transgression was discovered she was shipped off to a private girl’s school as quickly as possible. In her case, the focused attention and small classes were just what she needed to nudge both writing and a fascination with communication into full flower. Continue reading


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Story Excerpt Sunday: from ‘The Spirit Arrow’ by Deborah J. Ross

Azkhantian Tales

The Spirit Arrow from Azkhantian Tales by Deborah J. Ross The rising sun, sullen and gray, cast eerie shadows across the Azkhantian badlands. To the north, jagged hills slashed through the haze. An old woman sat on a solitary crag … Continue reading


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History to Fantasy
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As many of you know, as Patricia Rice, I’ve been published in historical romance since 1984. I’ve written westerns, Americana, Victoriana, Regencies, and paranormal historical romance well before any of those genres became popular. Historical romance has cycled through variations … Continue reading


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What’s in a Word: Shared Worlds/Shared Words
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In my last article on word-smithery, I made the observation that “There are two parties to [the author-reader relationship], of course, the writer has to know how to use the words, but the reader has to know how to read … Continue reading


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