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BVC welcomes Judith Berman

Judith Berman

Please join Book View Café in welcoming Judith Berman as our newest member. Judith is a writer, anthropologist, and long-time aikido practitioner. Her short fiction, which has been shortlisted for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards, has appeared in Asimov’s, Black … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Bear Daughter by Judith Berman

Bear Daughter by Judith Berman

Until Cloud is twelve years old, she is a neglected bear cub wandering the town ruled by King Rumble. Cloud’s unexpected transformation into a human girl, with no memory of what came before, enrages Rumble, and she is forced to flee from his malevolent wizard. Her only hope of survival is a terrifying quest to free the spirits of her dead brothers.

Cloud’s journey will take her deep into spirit lands, where animals become people, people become monsters, and mortals are as easily trapped by their desires as by their fears. There she learns that her survival, her quest, and even the balance of the world depend upon whether she can reclaim her lost bear self. Continue reading

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BVC Announces Darkly Human
by Laura Anne Gilman

Darkly Human by Laura Anne Gilman

Alien landscapes. Run-down pool halls. Modern kitchens. Ghost-ridden memorials. There are shadows everywhere, housing the dark things that make us human.

Love. Hate. Fear. Hope. Continue reading

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BVC Announces In London’s Shadow by Marie Brennan

In London's Shadow by Marie Brennan

For centuries a faerie court has hidden itself beneath London: a place of shadows and intrigue, where the city’s immortal inhabitants can watch and manipulate the mortals above. Through two royal dynasties, through rebellions and plots, through war and plague and fire, the Onyx Court endures. Continue reading

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The immortal ælven face war: Blood of the Kindred by Pati Nagle

A Bodkin for the Bride by Patrice Greenwood

Blood of the Kindred by Pati Nagle The immortal ælven were forever divided when one clan began a forbidden practice: the drinking of blood. Clan Darkshore was cast out of the ælven, named “alben,” and driven west of the mountains … Continue reading

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Noblebright, heroes, and villains

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  There have been several definitions of Noblebright going around, no surprise there. Whenever anyone comes up with a new term for what they see as a certain kind of story, others find that they disagree with the definition, the … Continue reading

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Dipping into the Grimoire: Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries still on the bush

The hero of my fantasy series Night Calls is Alfreda Sorensson, a young practitioner on her way to being a full blown wizard. It’s the season for her elderberry cordial, so I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book: Verse One

To celebrate having an honest-to-God bimbo on the cover of a book—one who was specifically designed to be there, I’m rerunning the Bimbo series from 2011, which takes a humorous and sometimes terrifying look at the things that end up … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Orcas Intrigue by Laura Gayle

Orcas Intrigue by Laura Gayle

Camille Tate has always run away…but vanishing whenever life gets too frightening has never solved anything.

When a broken heart sends Cam to remote Orcas Island to try her hand at caretaking and writing a screenplay, she finds quiet beaches and cozy bookstores, plus a host of intriguing folks, including a rugged boat-builder, a glamorous neighbor, and a reassuring sheriff’s deputy.

But an escalating nest of mysteries and the haunting sense of being watched soon leave Cam wondering if she can believe her own perceptions. As intrigue turns to danger, she must decide whether there is anyone she can trust, or if it’s time for her to vanish yet again. Continue reading

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Plot, counterplot and the uniqueness of story

  You hear all kinds of numbers for the plot lines available to authors — 27, 10, 7, 3, 2, 1. Personally, I believe that there are two basic plotlines, or possibly only one he “Someone leaves town/A stranger comes … Continue reading

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