Saturday Music: Who Wants to Live Forever

Going to try and revive this feature. A little late in the day (night?) but I was cleaning the house (gasp!) and then conked myself out on an allergy pill. Fortunately, I had Thomas on, so my little didn’t go wandering off.

But! That means tonight is for writing, and I have an old project that’s come out of the woodwork with a new plot and a new hope. So, to celebrate, here’s basically the theme song of the piece.

Kinda fitting when you’re writing immortals, lol.

Book Review: Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima

So state of things: still working on my novel, but hitting a funk; trying to work on blog posts for the Fable Online; there was a small hiccup in the formatting of Volume II, but it should be on the way soon; oh, and I’m working on a poem for some crazy reason. We’ll see if I end up doing anything with it.

But even with all of that, I needed to take a break and do some reading. Seeing as my job is near the main library (w00t!), I decided to head down there and find something to read.

Now, one of the things I do like doing as a writer is grab things that aren’t necessarily in my precise writing genre but still fit within the larger genre/sub-genre mold I’m going for. Basically, since I write romantic fantasy (or romantasy) in a spec-fic/urban fiction specific way, I like going for romantic fantasy that’s rural or epic. I want to see how others work with the tropes, but don’t want to steal plot ideas, you know?

Reason why this is important is because I went directly to new fantasy paperbacks section in the library. And found this:

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Looked pretty neat. The blurb intrigued me too:

For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities. Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.

Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes. Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…

Okay. So probably a bit more romantic than I was going for, but it sounds pretty epic here.

But. It’s not the first book of the series. And I’m one of those that has to read the rest of the series. I hate picking up in the middle. But hey! The library has the rest of the series.

…it’s here that I must confess my own idiocy. So taken was I of that first blurb, for book three, that I didn’t look at the blurbs for the rest of the series. That probably would have saved me a lot of headache here.

Which is how I ended up reading this:

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Announcements, Announcements, Announcements

 

No, I couldn’t resist that video.

So, some big things going on.

 

First, the classical poetry magazine I read for, The Quarterday Review, recently released its latest issue for Lughnasadh. As usual, there’s a great selection of poetry to check out, so I hope you will. There’s also options to purchase copies of the magazine as well now!

 

Second, I was asked by Sarah Kedar of The Fable Online to help out more with that magazine in the capacity of Associate Editor, which I happily accepted. We just released Issue 18 today, and we’re also happy to introduce options for purchase as well if you enjoy.

 

Finally, the Steampunk Fairy Tales anthology has been doing so well that we’re about to release a second volume! We had a number of new authors join us, so we’re all looking forward to showing you some more great fairy tales to enjoy. I’ll be back with more information as we get closer to the release. If you haven’t checked out the first collection, now’s a great time to do so 🙂

 

And maybe I’ll actually post more often.

New Release: Steampunk Fairy Tales

We’re live with the anthology! I’ll let Angela Castillo, the project’s fearless leader, give you the info:

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Drum roll PLEASE!!! We are thrilled to announce you can now upload Steampunk Fairy Tales on Smashwords for any platform for free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625579,
and for 99 cents from Amazon Kindle, if you prefer that format: http://www.amazon.com/Steampunk-Fairy-Tales-L…/…/ref=sr_1_2…
Sorry about the price difference, we are still working on getting the Kindle book free but it may be a few weeks. But it’s worth 99 cents! We would absolutely love your opinion of our book, if you could please leave us an honest review it would be lovely. Hope you enjoy!

 

And the blurb:

A toyshop owner builds a set of magic clockwork dolls that delight a factory town. A three-inch tall samurai faces a giant iron ogre with only a sewing needle and a coin. A scientist seeks an antidote to his formula gone wrong, with the help of his partner’s beautiful daughter.

All of these stories and more are included in Steampunk Fairy Tales. Written by authors from three different continents, every enchanting tale combines the futuristic Victorian concept of steam and fashion with memorable stories, from the recognizable “Jack and the Beanstalk”, to other popular and unfamiliar works from Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

With steam driven gadgets such as mechanical goggles, hoverboards, and an orchestra of automatons. Steampunk Fairy Tales is a charming and unique collection of works for current lovers of the genre, and those just diving in. 

Book Review: Killing Pretty

My next post’ll be about writing stuff. But right now, I have a stack of books I have to finish before November, otherwise I won’t be able to read them until December, and they’re library books.

So I’m reading.

indexA note about today’s selection. It’s the seventh book of a favorite series of mine. I will try to limit spoilers about the previous books, but I can’t avoid them entirely. Fair warning.

So as a quick, completely spoiler free, recommendation: love the series, particularly the first six books, so you should check them out, but this one feels like a letdown after the previous book. I’d wait to read it after the next book releases, assuming there is a next book.

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Book Review: Uprooted

Almost done with the chapter rewrite! *happy dance* Guess I need to celebrate by sharing another book I’ve read recently!

us-uprooted1“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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