Questions from a hopeful Neo: Why do I have to choose an audience?

Most published authors field questions from new and aspiring writers at some point in their careers. They wonder how to get published, who to schmooze and, if they’re really serious, they ask questions about craft and style and substance. More … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alma Alexander

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.

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CAFE READS: The Sea is Coming: A Collection from the Left Hand World, by Jill Zeller

I seldom read short stories anymore, yet when I do, I wonder why not. They offer such an array of experiences. Jill Zeller’s The Sea is Coming is no exception. The book is a diverse collection of unusual and fascinating … Continue reading

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Artist in Residence Quarantine Diaries Episode 17: Of Fairy Tales

As some of you might know, I”m running a kickstarter right now for a book of Fractured Fairy Tales, to be published via BVC next year (it’s here if you want to support it). So let me speak of fairy … Continue reading

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CAFÉ READS: A POSSE OF PRINCESSES, by Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith specializes in fantasy, especially for young adults. She manages to tell rip-roaring adventures about young people while still tucking a few good lessons gracefully into the narrative of her stories. Whether her heroine has become a figurehead for … Continue reading

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Artist in Residence Quarantine Diaries Episode 15: Of books old and new…

So, I’ve been deep in the throes of plotting and planning and behind-the-scenes stuff, so let me bring you up to speed,here. New novel landed in July, “The Second Star”. I just got the royalties statement for the launch period … Continue reading

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BVC Announces It’s Raining Angels and Demons by Jennifer Stevenson

MAN DROUGHT ENDS! Heaven doesn’t remember them, Hell doesn’t want them, and horny women are after them. Can the slackers teach Jeff and Mutt enough to satisfy the women they love? It’s raining angels and demons!

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CAFE READS: EVIL GENIUS, by Patricia Rice

Anastasia Devlin is a virtual assistant, an invisible researcher and finder-of-all-things, known to her clients as a handle and a PO Box.  She’s also the daughter of a gorgeous, dysfunctional woman of many marriages & affairs who has spent a lifetime globetrotting and possibly spying for her country. At twenty-six Ana bolted, and has been hidden from her family for four years.

Then one morning she opens her door to find her nine year old sister Elizabeth Georgiana, I.E. EG for Evil Genius. And the plot just gets more tangled and crazy from there.

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CAFE READS: SHAMAN: THE ADVENTURES OF RHYS LLEWELLYN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

SHAMAN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, is a collection of tales that concern the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist/archaeologist/xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his assistants Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax.

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Why are kings the default government in many SF and fantasy novels?

    Two words, power and privilege. What’s not to like? What’s not to hate? Whatever those words power and privilege evoke to us, it’s usually not boredom. It’s tough to get away from the fact that human beings tend … Continue reading

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