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Winter Reads: Battling in All Her Finery

| January 17, 2019

If you’re looking for short science fiction and fantasy stories about women leaders who run the gamut from military or nobility to CEOs and musicians, you should check out Battling in All Her Finery. Within, you’ll find twenty-one such stories of varying lengths and on varying topics, but all with women leaders. Whether you prefer your fantasy to be […]

Winter Reads: Twenty Thousand Leagues, Futhermuckers by Matt Youngmark

| January 16, 2019

If you’re a fan of young adult books with a whole boatload (tee-hee!) of swearing and classics of literature that have fallen into the public domain, you’re going to want to get your hands on Twenty Thousand Leagues, Futhermuckers by Matt Youngmark. It’s a delightful tale of one Arabella Grimsboro as she journeys through literature (but only that […]

Winter Reads: Seasons of Horror by Lucinda Gunnin

| January 9, 2019

I’m surrounded by tons of talented writers, both in Seattle and across the world (nearby through the power of the internet). My best friend lives almost as far across the country as she can from me (because we both want excuses to visit the opposite coast now and then). She’s also a writer who got […]

Winter Reads: Camp Haunt

| January 8, 2019

If your reading preferences lean toward the spooky and episodic, have you checked out Camp Haunt? Written as a series of diary entries, letters, and other documents from an all-girls summer camp in the early 2000s, Camp Haunt will deliver both of those things! It’s available exclusively by subscription at Channillo!

Winter Reads: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| December 20, 2018

Mystery, steampunk, and clever girls? You’ll find all that and more in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby! Written for a middle grade audience, folks of all ages will enjoy the investigations of Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, girl detectives who make their home in the mechanical garden! This is the first full-length adventure of the Marsh […]

Winter Reads: Kensei

| December 19, 2018

Teenage life plus being a superhero? That’s a tough break! But in Jeremy Zimmerman’s Kensei, the titular character deals with both (and more). She’s got to protect her city, navigate her first relationship, and figure out what’s going on with this weird gossip blog that’s disrupting her school. If you’re a fan of young adult books […]

Winter Reads: Unfixed Timelines

| December 18, 2018

If you’re a fan of history and alternate histories, check out Unfixed Timelines! Within, you’ll find a mix of short alternate history stories and essays about the real history that the stories are based on. There are zombies and aliens and witchcraft and more, but there are also notes on a regiment during the Civil War, […]

Winter Reads: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5

| December 13, 2018

If you’re looking for a great read for a younger reader, or if you prefer to read things in the middle grade/young adult genres yourself, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5 is now available in print and ebook! I’ve got a new short story in this volume, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” which is […]

Winter Reads: Volatile Figments

| December 11, 2018

If you like your holiday reading on the darker side of things, check out my short story collection, Volatile Figments. Within, you’ll find six short stories in the dark contemporary fantasy camp. The description for this book reads: Dani finds the new director in her college theater department more than a little unnerving, but she has […]

Winter Reads: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| December 6, 2018

Probably my most unusual book to date, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse uses an abnormal structure compared to my other books. What emerges is a story told in snippets, painting a picture of how the “survivors” react in a world that has suddenly gone silent. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic tales with a diverse cast of characters and […]