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BVC Announces Storm of Reckoning by Doranna Durgin

Storm of Reckoning by Doranna Durgin

Lisa “Garrie” McGarrity just fought a battle of cataclysmic energies alongside a man who turned out to be not from this world at all. Now she no longer seems quite familiar to herself…or quite under control. But she’d better figure it out fast, because she and her ghostbusting reckoners team have detoured to Sedona, where a friend desperately needs occult assistance–and where fiercely driven, half-human bounty hunter Trevarr keeps glancing inexplicably over his shoulder. Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Worldweavers

Back in 2002, back when Harry Potter WAS the YA genre (Number One, and then twenty empty spaces behind it before the next contender…), I attended that year’s World Fantasy Convention. At that time, I had no real interest in … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Princess Troll by Leah Cutter

The Princess Troll by Leah Cutter

The Princess Troll Seattle Trolls series, book 2 by Leah Cutter Most trolls have no natural magical ability. However, Christine does. Enchanted powders swirl up when she walks by. Charms glow. What happens when Christine tries to direct her magical … Continue reading

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LGBT Characters and Bone War

A reader reviewer for my novel IRON AXE wrote that he liked the book until he hit the “social commentary” about gay people, and then he didn’t like it anymore.  He wanted interesting characters in his fantasy, not social commentary. … Continue reading

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Cover Mania

I love it when covers WORK. The covers for my fantasy series the Books of Blood and Iron follow a progression, and it’s pretty cool.  We start with IRON AXE: We have an ancient axe, crudely made and battered and … Continue reading

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The Ghosts that Talk

Ghosts in history first rose to my notice with Jaime Lee Moyer’s atmospheric, tense series beginning with Delia’s Shadow , set in San Francisco toward the end of World War I. This period coincides with the height of the Spiritualism … Continue reading

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The Big Book of Earthsea

Tehanu Frontispiece by Charles Vess

What is most exciting to me about this edition of EARTHSEA is THE PICTURES. Charles Vess is painting a wraparound cover and a full-color frontispiece for each of the six books (and, says he, “the title page will be in color, if I have anything to say about it.” To which I say Amen!) Then he’ll be drawing some fifty black-and-white vignettes for chapter heads, ten or a dozen full-page illustrations, and a bunch of smaller pictures throughout the book. Continue reading

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Science vs. Magic

(Picture from here.) I was at Readercon last weekend. (My panel was on the Future of Government but I’ll talk about that at a later time. Anyway, I went to one panel moderated by the eminent Gillian Daniels entitled “If … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds

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An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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Heroes, Protagonists, and the Beau Ideal

Not long ago I got into a discussion about John M. Ford, who I find always worth rereading. The particular book that sparked things off is The Dragon Waiting, about which I commented that I found the main character to be … Continue reading

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