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

Review and Giveaway: “Mistress of the Court” by Laura Purcell

Mistress of the Court by Laura Purcell is a historical fiction novel about the Hanoverian monarchy.  The protagonist, Henrietta Howard, is trapped in an abusive marriage, and sees entering court as a way to escape her tyrannical husband.  She sells her few possessions for a ticket to Hanover, where she is accepted into princess Caroline’sRead more

“The Sparrow Sisters” by Ellen Herrick

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The Sparrow Sisters is a story of subtle magic set in a quaint New England town.  Three unmarried sisters live together and run a local greenhouse.  The youngest, Patience, is somewhat of a healer.  She uses her knowledge of plants to create herbal remedies to ease the town’s aches and pains.  Patience never really fitRead more

“The Invasion of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen continues the riveting story of a young queen’s struggle to stay true to her ideals in the face of impending doom.  In the previous book, Kelsea Raleigh chose to end human trafficking to the nearby country of Mortmense, and as a result, the Red Queen is now poisedRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura Foley

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  The Land of Happy Sometimes all this grinning feels so strange, I just lie on the porch doing nothing energetic, just lolling on the sun-warmed wood, letting the dogs lick my face, while the din of loneliness fills other ears Joy Street by Laura Foley is a collection of poems that eloquently capture momentsRead more

“Wildalone” by Krassi Zourkova

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In the legends of my country, no creature is more beautiful or more cruel than the samodiva: the young witch of the forest who dances under a full moon, lures men with promises of love, then takes their lives.  Folk superstitions claim that samodiva powers run in certain families, but I never believed this.  OrRead more

Review and Giveaway: “The Tree of Water” by Elizabeth Haydon

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The Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon is the fourth book in the young adult series “The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.”  Even though the book is later in the series, it works as a standalone because Haydon frames this book as one of many lost journals that tell tales of Ven’s adventures.  She presentsRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Lust” by Diana Raab

WHERE ELSE where else but in art can you let your fantasies blossom and dreams flower– nowhere. Lust is the fourth book of poetry by Diana Raab.  The book explores the emotional and physical intimacy of love, painting brief pictures of private moments shared between individuals and the complex feelings that they evoke. As inRead more