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The Advantages of Group Readings

Elwin Cotman

I really love it when SF/F conventions set up group readings rather than scheduling individuals in slots by themselves. Not only is this an advantage to the writer – imagine going to a con where you’re not well known and … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alma Alexander

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She was born on the banks of the blue Danube in a country whose name is but a memory. She left that home at ten, and lived in five countries on four continents before setting up shop in cyberspace. When asked about her life, all she will say is that she was born six years before men walked on the moon, and is married to a man who wooed her in cyberspace and lured her to America. But if you want to know about Alma Alexander’s stories, ah, that’s something else entirely. Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith

The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith

The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith In this romantic fantasy set in the same world as Crown Duel, Flian is an ordinary princess who would rather be left with her music, but gets abducted not once, not twice, but … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from Guardian of the Balance by Irene Radford

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Guardian of the Balance Merlin’s Descendants Book 1 by Irene Radford KA-THUMP-THM. Ka-Thump-thm-thm. The drums echoed Myrddin’s heartbeat. Faster and faster the drums beat, calling the college of Druids to Beltane revelries. Myrddin Emrys stepped into the center of the … Continue reading

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I Love Short Stories!

The Zanzibar Cat

Writing about Karen Joy Fowler’s “The View From Venus” last week got me to thinking about other short stories that I love. And that gave me the idea of coming up with a table of contents for my dream short … Continue reading

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New Story: “The Way Home”

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Operation Arcana, an anthology of military fantasy stories edited by John Joseph Adams, is out today in both print and ebook editions. The anthology includes stories by T.C. McCarthy, Genevieve Valentine, Myke Cole, Elizabeth Moon, and many more, including me. … Continue reading

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Shameless Iron Axe Giveaway

Here’s a business-of-writing thing for you.  The magic number of reviews at Amazon is 20. Once a book has 20 reviews, Amazon starts recommending a book along with other books.  This is a huge help to the author in the … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from Arrows of the Sun by Judith Tarr

Arrows of the Sun

Arrows of the Sun Avaryan Resplendent, Volume I by Judith Tarr Drums beat, pulse-beat. Slow, slow, then swifter, rising up and up to a rattle of panic-terror. The boy ran. Sometimes as he ran he was himself: wind in his … Continue reading

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The Hobbit 3: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough I’m a real fan of snappy, tight work. So I was annoyed by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This thing is at least an hour too long. All the pernicious influences of modern … Continue reading

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Engineer, Technologist, Alchemist

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been part of a Storybundle. This is a very interesting crowdfunding concept, and one I like quite a lot. It brings together for a limited time a group of works under a common … Continue reading

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