Oct 222014
 
Review: Fade to Black

This book took a while to get into and understand, but once I did, it was worth the effort. It starts out smack in the middle of action, but without some explanations given about the who/how/why, I found it quite confusing. While I don’t want an info dump, some information would have been helpful. Those explanations did come, but not until almost halfway through the book. Once I learned the background and ground rules, everything snapped into place, and I started to really enjoy the story. There is a touch of predictability in the “last Heir of a dying breed” […]

Sep 182014
 
Guest Post: Stephanie Cole explains Why Alaska + Giveaway

Why does Compass North take place in Alaska? It’s the perfect place for Meredith’s story… Compass North is a romantic suspense novel about personal reinvention. Meredith narrowly escapes a catastrophic accident and is presumed dead. She slips into a new identity and a new life in Homer, Alaska, leaving behind her deceitful husband and her disastrous marriage back in Florida. She finds that it’s not that easy to leave the baggage of the past behind, but she discovers that she can peel back the layers of unhappiness that have weighed her down, to find her strength and joy again. But […]

Sep 172014
 
Interview: Clare Marshall

I have Canadian author Clare Marshall here answering a few questions for her blog tour for her book The Violet Fox. She just recently revealed the cover for the second book in the series, Silver Spear. If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say? The Violet Fox: Cinderella meets Robin Hood in an epic fantasy land. What books have influenced your writing? Specifically for The Violet Fox, George R. R. Martin gave me a lot to think about with his detailed world building. After reading A Song of Ice and Fire […]

Sep 112014
 
Guest post: Jackie Gamber’s Top Ten Dragon Movies

I love books; that’s obvious. But I really enjoy the visual storytelling of movies, too (when it’s done well, of course). And there have been wonderful dragon movies I’ve enjoyed, that have certainly influenced me from a young age to now. I’m happy to share my list of 10 dragon movies. I can’t put them in order from favorite to most favorite, because depending on my day and my mood, they all shift around in different places on the list. But these are 10 movies I would invite any friend to watch with me…and dare her not to enjoy. 1. […]

Sep 102014
 
Guest post: Gina Drayer + Giveaway

Several years ago, I came across an article from the New York Times by Carina Chocano complaining about the lazy tropes used to portray “Strong Female Characters.” “Strong female character” is one of those shorthand memes that has leached into the cultural groundwater and spawned all kinds of cinematic clichés: alpha professionals whose laserlike focus on career advancement has turned them into grim, celibate automatons; robotic, lone-wolf, ascetic action heroines whose monomaniacal devotion to their crime-fighting makes them lean and cranky and very impatient; murderous 20-something comic-book salesgirls who dream of one day sidekicking for a superhero; avenging brides; poker-faced […]

Jul 162014
 
Guest post: RJ Sullivan

The Wass-onme Art of Bonnie! I’ve told the story a few times before. In 2011, I had published my first novel, Haunting Blue, for the first time, and was doing my first convention touring with a local group of authors, including Michael West. I had a chance to see Michael and Seventh Star Press publisher Stephen Zimmer interact, saw a few of their books, and knew then that SSP would end up on the short list of where I wanted to send my next completed manuscript. During this time, I had a chance to check out several titles, including Michael’s […]

Jul 072014
 
Review: Next to You

As the second book in a duology, this was a great second half of the story. Unlike the first book, this book is told from Dan’s point-of-view, with their written correspondence also taking a narrative role. I found this an interesting twist, as most romance stories seem to be told from a female view. While I did find the narration style interesting, I could never bring myself to like Dan. He’s just not a likeable character. He’s very controlling and overbearing and more than once he said that if Becca would just let him make the decisions, then everything would […]

Jun 272014
 
Interview: Frances Pauli + Giveaway

What books have influenced your writing? I’ve read a lot of Andre Norton over the years. Like, a lot. There may have been years when she was all I read. She was so very prolific. I loved Witch World, how the books straddled fantasy and scifi, and how she always managed to weave in some romance, even though, I think, it was a bit of a risk for her to do so. I would say those books specifically, the Witch World novels, are my biggest influence. I could name others, McCaffrey, McKillip, Tanith Lee, but it always comes back to […]

Jun 252014
 
Interview: Eliot Baker

Can you tell us what your book is about? Absolutely. Around Nantucket Island, brutal crime scenes are peppered with ancient coins, found by the one man who can unlock their meaning. But what do the coins have to do with the crimes? Or the sudden disease epidemic? Even the creature? And who–or what–left them? The answer leads reporter Simon Stephenson on a journey through ancient mythology, numismatics, and the occult. Not to mention his own past, which turns out to be even darker than he’d realized; his murdered father was a feared arms dealer, after all. Along the way, Simon […]