R.I.P. Zoe
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I've had a difficult couple of weeks. My sweet kitty, Zoe, took a turn for the worse just before Christmas. She's been struggling with cancer for about two years, and after what should have been a routine treatment she suddenly stopped eating. The vet suggested I put her down, but I wanted to give her a chance to bounce back, as she had done in the past. She did seem to recover briefly, and for about a week we thought she was going to make it. Then she had a relapse. Rather than watch her waste away in pain, we made the choice to euthanize her. I don't regret the decision, but I do miss my kitty.

Review: A Glimmer of Ghosts
Thursday, January 7, 2021

A Glimmer of Ghosts (The Hell Gate Series)A Glimmer of Ghosts by Hunter J. Skye
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Part Ghostbusters, part Beauty and the Beast, A Glimmer of Ghosts is Hunter J. Skye's debut novel and promises to be the start of an impressive career. If you like ghost stories and paranormal romance, this book is for you.

The action starts off right away in a haunted graveyard, where main character Mel shows off her very unique talent. Mel suffers from narcolepsy, which causes her no end of trouble, but when in the stage between wake and sleep, she has the ability to see and sometimes interact with the spirits of the dead.

10 Best Moments of 2020
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Looking back at 2020, there were a lot of difficult times, but it wasn't all bad. Here (in no particular order) are my top 10 favorite moments of the past year.
    1. Hitting the #1 bestseller spot on Amazon
    2. Winning the Imadjinn Award for Best Urban Fantasy Novel
    3. Winning the Eric Hoffer First Horizon and Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Awards
    4. Being able to breathe again when the Colorado wildfires were finally contained
    5. Camping with my family

A Fresh Start
Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!
In 2020, the world was rocked by the Covid pandemic, Colorado's forests were devastated by rampant wildfires, kids were in and out of school, jobs were lost or redefined, and families and friends were unable to get together, but we survived.

Review: Claws of the Cat
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Claws of the Cat (Shinobi Mystery, #1)Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Claws of the Cat was a fun "who done it" mystery. This was very much the type of story where the protagonist, and by extension the reader, follows a trail of breadcrumb clues that lead back and forth between suspects in an intricately woven web of lies and secrets. I did not at any time feel like the solution was obvious, and while I sometimes got annoyed that the protagonist came to a realization that wasn't revealed until the next encounter, I never felt lost.

Review: Zombie Parade
Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (Last Kids on Earth, #2)The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installment of Last Kids on Earth was all about disappearing zombies and the appearance of not-evil monsters. Jake and his friends get in way over their heads, but there's a very "united we stand" vibe that sees them through.

I liked the author's attempt to give Jake an internal conflict about keeping his friends safe, though it felt a bit stretched at times.

Overall, it was a very amusing read and my daughter is certainly eager to continue the series.

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Review: Sometimes the Magic Works
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing LifeSometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This book didn't have a whole lot of actual writing advice. It was more a collection of personal anecdotes about how the journey to success went for this one man. From what I learned, much of that success was due to being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people -- a tactic that others cannot hope to duplicate and is therefore not particularly useful. This is not to say that Terry Brooks isn't a great writer, I love his books, but he was lucky.

There were some amusing parts, but overall the book left me with a bitter taste because it was centered around the idea that sometimes, for some people, things just magically work out, which implies that sometime (for most of us) they don't.

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Review: Trapped
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)Trapped by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a bit disappointed in this installment of the Iron Druid series. The writing was good, and the humor was there, but this book lacked a cohesive plot. I feel like it existed solely to tie the previous book and the next book together.

2020 Imadjinn Awards
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Last weekend the winners for this year's Imadjinn Awards were named at the closing of the Imaginarium Convention, and I'm so excited to say that A Drop of Magic was named Best Urban Fantasy Novel! Below is a list of the winners and finalists in the various categories. Congratulations to everyone who placed!