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Review of The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones

| April 29, 2020

The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones (Harper Paperbacks, 2019) is a beautifully crafted novel of historical fiction, holding closely to actual historical events while concocting a more fantastical explanation behind some of them. Set during the reign of Russian Tsar Nicholas, the story revolves around two Montenegrin princesses, Militza and Stana, who have […]

Cool Alternate History Resource: Historic Cities

| April 20, 2020

If you’re writing alternate history, historical fiction, or even fantastical history, check out Historic Cities as a great source of historical maps. The primary page makes it look a little Eurocentric, but if you click through to the list of city names, you’ll see maps for non-European countries as well!

Fun for Friday: Cool Historical Eclipse Information!

| March 6, 2020

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to know when during history there were eclipses in a specific location, I’ve got you covered! The HMNAO Eclipse Portal will let you choose a location and see a list of all the eclipses in that location from 1500-2100 AD (or CE). The Solar Eclipse Catalog approaches the topic […]

Fun for Friday: A Weird Historical Tidbit

| January 17, 2020

For today’s Fun for Friday, I’m posting something a little different. Despite having studied the Civil War fairly extensively, I never knew that the Confederacy considered attacking the Union using helicopters. Had their plan succeeded, the Civil War could have turned out quite differently, as neither side had a strong air presence. Had one side […]

An Interview with Heather Rose Jones

| December 2, 2019

Today, I’m chatting with Heather Rose Jones about her new book, Floodtide, her Lesbian Historic Motif Project, and other matters of writing and history! Heather Rose Jones is the author of the Alpennia historic fantasy series: an alternate-Regency-era Ruritanian adventure revolving around women’s lives woven through with magic, alchemy, and intrigue. Her short fiction has […]

Other Historical Fiction

| October 29, 2019

If you’re a fan of the stories I included in Unfixed Timelines, here are some other stories of mine you might want to track down. Wild Musette‘s Vegetable Pulp issue includes my Night Witches story about a Russian opera-singing witch rescuing her pilot and killing Nazis in World War II Germany, “Nochnaya Serenada.” The title is […]

Review of The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

| August 7, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for a non-speculative fiction book! The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is a historical fiction book about the women pilots of the WASPs during World War II. It’s a wonderful look at a little-known piece of history, with compelling characters and excellent writing. If […]