Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Girl Who Fought Napoleon” by Linda Lafferty

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon is a historical fiction novel by Linda Lafferty about a Russian girl named Nadya who cross-dresses in order to join the army and fight in the Napoleonic war. Nadya’s story is interspersed with point-of-view segments from Tsar Alexander as he struggles with balancing his Enlightenment ideals with the harsher reality that accompaniesRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “Night Ringing” by Laura Foley

Night Ringing is a new autobiographical collection of poems from author Laura Davies Foley.  I read her Joy Street collection several years ago and am delighted to be able to explore more of her work. Night Ringing includes 63ish (my count may be slightly off) short poems that begin in childhood, but quickly progress to more adult themes of finding love,Read more

Blog Tour: “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn by writer and poet Jacqueline Woodson is a new novel about a girl and her friends in 1970s Brooklyn. The story begins when August returns to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral. Seeing an old friend on the subway sparks her memories of childhood, told through Woodson’s ethereal and poetic language.  It feels as ifRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Last Woman Standing” by Thelma Adams

The Last Woman Standing is a western historical fiction novel about the gunfight at the OK Corral.  Josephine Marcus is a rebellious young woman who doesn’t want to settle down with a nice Jewish boy.  She’s lured to Tombstone, Arizona by the promise of Johnny Behan, a local sheriff. Josie arrives in Arizona naive and fullRead more

“The Woman in the Photo” by Mary Hogan: Blog Tour

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a new historical fiction/contemporary novel that explores the Johnstown Flood.  In the late 1800s, a bunch of rich Pittsburgh industrialists (Carnegie, Frick, etc.) had a private lake in South Fork, PA.  The lake was man-made, held in place by an earthworks dam.  The industrialists did not maintain theRead more

It’s that time again… Mini-Reviews!

Every now and then my backlog of read-but-not-reviewed starts getting ridiculous.  That’s currently the case, and I want to clean house before the weekend comes so I can cosplay as Hermione Granger while not feeling guilty over the shit I should have done on my blog (stressing over unfinished work would be totally in character forRead more

“Marlene” by C.W. Gortner: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Marlene by C.W. Gortner is a biographical novel about Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.  Marlene grew up in an aristocratic family that had fallen upon hard times, and her mother pressured her into nurturing her musical talent to become a concert violinist.  That was never to happen, and instead Marlene rebelled and used her talent toRead more

“The Rivals of Versailles” by Sally Christie

It’s 1745, right after the events of The Sisters of Versailles, and Louis XV is in need of a new mistress. Jeanette Poisson, much later known as Madame Pompadour, is a young girl, and a gypsy fortune-teller promises that she will one day be lover to a king.  Although her mother tries to prepare her forRead more

“Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances” by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning is a new collection of short stories (and a handful of poems) by Neil Gaiman, an author much loved for his ability to craft worlds that are breathtaking and disturbing.  I’ve read many of Gaiman’s previous books, and so was delighted to hear that he was releasing another collection of stories.  While I’veRead more

8 Fantasy Novels Every Writer Should Read: Guest Post by Kameron Hurley

This guest post is written by Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and its newly released sequel Empire Ascendant. There are an inordinate number of “best of” book lists, but “best” is a tricky thing to define. Does “best” mean the most readable? The most enjoyable? Does “best” mean the one that conformed to allRead more