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Magic Awakens StoryBundle Ends Tomorrow!

| April 27, 2022

Tomorrow is the final day for the SFWA “Magic Awakens” StoryBundle! For a minimum payment of $5, you’ll get four books, including Promise Me Nothing. If you pay $20 or more, you unlock ten bonus books, for a total of fourteen books! That’s a pretty nice deal! Promise Me Nothing is a young adult contemporary […]

The Owls are Gonna Get You in Intercity Illusions

| April 21, 2022

My story, “The Owls are Gonna Get You,” was a Drawlloween-prompted story, joined by my general dislike of owls. (They do some creepy things with their bodies that I am not fond of, in addition to my fear of birds.) And while the owl in this story is not really all that scary, the title […]

Promise Me Nothing in the Magic Awakens StoryBundle!

| April 6, 2022

I’m excited to share that my novel Promise Me Nothing is part of the SFWA “Magic Awakens” StoryBundle, available from today through April 28th! This is a great opportunity to get four books (including mine) at a “pay what you want” price (minimum $5). If you pay $20 or more, you unlock 10 (!) bonus books! […]

Review of Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

| December 29, 2021

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill, 2017) is a gorgeous young adult fantasy novel touching on power and inequity with an epic background of magic. The protagonist, Taj, is an aki who is able to eat the sins of other people to keep them pure. He’s recognized by his peers as being one […]

Review of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

| September 29, 2021

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015) is the first book in their young adult space opera Illuminae Files series. A mix of sci-fi, thriller, and mystery, Illuminae is a story told in found documents from interview transcripts to AI artistry. Just a day after Kady Grant broke up with […]

Review of The Silence of Bones by June Hur

| July 14, 2021

The Silence of Bones by June Hur (Feiwel & Friends, 2020) is a historical young adult mystery set in early nineteenth century Korea, full of rich detail and wonderful characters. The mystery is also phenomenal, and it will keep you guessing all the way to the reveal! Damo Seol is an indentured servant, bound to […]

Camp Haunt, Exclusively at Channillo

| March 30, 2021

Camp Haunt is an unusual novella. It’s an epistolary novel, with the fragments including letters, diary entries, and camp forms. It’s one that I wrote without substantial revision, as I was often writing each section of it about a week before they went live. It’s also the only novella that I’ve published but not via […]

Have You Checked Out Promise Me Nothing?

| March 11, 2021

Have you had a chance to check out Promise Me Nothing yet? It’s out in both ebook formats and paperback, so you can read it whichever way you prefer! Here’s the blurb for this young adult contemporary fantasy novel! Supernatural Reform School or Horrifying Death Trap? Dedwydd Academy is meant to be a third chance for […]

Promise Me Nothing Out Today!

| February 16, 2021

Today is release day for my young adult contemporary fantasy novel, Promise Me Nothing! It’s available in ebook or print format from all of the usual locations! Supernatural Reform School or Horrifying Death Trap? Dedwydd Academy is meant to be a third chance for Briar Williams, exiled from the fae realm of Idyll for her part […]

Promise Me Nothing Out Tuesday; Facebook Takeover on Thursday

| February 11, 2021

My new young adult contemporary fantasy novel, Promise Me Nothing, comes out on Tuesday, February 16th. That’s next week! If you haven’t already pre-ordered it, you can! Print books will also be available (soon)! In addition to the book release on Tuesday, next Thursday, February 18th, I’m taking over my friend Jesikah Sundin’s MoonTree Readers […]