“The Illusionist’s Apprentice” by Kristy Cambron: Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron is a mystery/romance set in the mid 1920s starring the great illusionist Harry Houdini’s former apprentice. Wren Lockhart lives alone with only one companion, her manager Irina. She wears men’s clothing and stands out from her peers. After Houdini’s death, Wren has kept a low profile, performing in vaudeville shows butRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

Last summer I took an epic road trip up the coast with a few friends on our way to a wedding in New Hampshire. On the way back, we stopped in Salem, Massachusetts, and I fell in love with the city–and not just the kitschy witchy bits. Between the overall atmosphere, the herb shops (IRead more

“Tower of Thorns” by Juliette Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier is the second installment in Blackthorn & Grim, a fantasy series about a prickly young woman who is bent on vengeance against Malthuin, a powerful man who killed her family.  She can’t execute her revenge because her very freedom from prison was purchased by a bargain with a faeRead more

DNF Review: “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter” by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan is a steampunk fantasy novel about a young woman who leads a double life.  Elizabeth Barnabus grew up as part of the circus, and learned from an early age how to use illusion to manipulate an audience.  After her parents’ untimely deaths, Elizabeth cross-dresses and pretends to be herRead more

“The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story” by Megan Chance

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The Visitant is a tale of ghosts and madness in historical Venice.  Elena Spira is offered a chance to redeem a past mistake by serving as a nurse to Samuel Farber, a young epileptic who recently survived a vicious attack in a back alley while out on a bender.  Samuel is different than any patient ElenaRead more

“Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool is the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s newest series, Blackthorn & Grim.  The protagonist is a woman who has been imprisoned for speaking out against authority.  Fate has not been kind to her.  She’s about to be executed for standing up for what’s right, and her time in prison has made her angryRead more

“The Snow Queen” by Alana Albertson

The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson is a novella about “The Nutcracker.”  Nieves Alba, a member of the Cambridge Ballet, is a young ballerina who has her heart set on one day playing the Snow Queen.  Right after performing “The Nutcracker,” the company’s Sugar Plum fairy disappeared.  Each year, a different member of the castRead more

“The Red Plague Affair” by Lilith Saintcrow

I read The Iron Wyrm Affair back in 2012 and adored it, and so when I saw that Lilith Saintcrow had written a sequel, I was excited to read it. The Red Plague Affair is set several years after the first book.  Once again, Sorceress Prime Emma Bannon is called upon to serve Brittania.  WithRead more

“The Never List” by Koethi Zan: Review and Giveaway

I had the pleasure of meeting Koethi Zan at a book signing several weeks ago at Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore in DC.  The event was wonderful, and it was fascinating to learn more about the author’s vision for The Never List, which drew inspiration from a number of real life cases. The NeverRead more