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!

Review: Wild Country
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Wild Country (The World of the Others, #2; The Others, #7)Wild Country by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Anne Bishop has created an amazing world in her Others series. The consistency and depth of detail bring the world to life, while the fascinating "others" who populate it give it character.

Wild Country explores life in a border town that is perched on the brink of collapse. The town's previous residents were exterminated during the events of previous books in the series, and it is now an experiment in whether humans and others can find a new balance that will allow them to live together. Both sides have a vested interest in the outcome.

Review: The Last Kids on Earth
Friday, September 11, 2020

The Last Kids on Earth (Last Kids on Earth, #1)The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fun middle grade adventure with a quick pace, lots of action, and irreverent humor. I read it as a multi-night bedtime story with my eight year old, and she absolutely loved it and begged me to buy the next book in the series. Which I did. Not only is the story great for kids, the writing is high quality and the story line is engaging enough to keep adults entertained as well. There are also lots of fun illustrations and comic-like cut scenes.

Vote for Cover of the Month!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Cover of the Month

A Drop of Magic (The Magicsmith Book 1)

Hey Everyone,
I’m excited to say that my book has been nominated for the "Cover of the Month" contest on AllAuthor.com. Every vote I get brings me closer to the next round, so please help me out by voting for my book.
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L.R. Braden

Faerie Forged on Audio
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Faerie Forged, book three in my Magicsmith urban fantasy series, is now available from Audiobooks.com and Audible as an audiobook produced by Tantor Media and read by Heather Costa. That means you can now listen to the first three books in the series without having to wait for the next installment!

Author Spotlight Double Feature
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Today I'm joined by the amazingly talented Carol Berg *AND* Cate Glass, who just happen to be the same person. ;) I've been fortunate enough to attend a few of Carol's writing workshops, so I can say with certainty that she knows her stuff. But if my word isn't enough for you, she's also received the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, been honored as the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' "Writer of the Year" twice, and earned the Colorado Book Award FOUR TIMES, including the most recent one on May 2020 for An Illusion of Theives. Thanks Carol, for taking the time to share some background on yourself and your books!

New Release: Casting Shadows
Saturday, August 1, 2020

The newsest addition to The Magicsmith urban fantasy series is now available!

Happy Book Birthday to A Drop of Magic!
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of my very first book: A Drop of Magic.
One year ago I published my first book and kicked off my writing career. Since then, that book has become an Amazon bestseller, won multiple awards, and I've been contacted by numerous readers wanting to tell me how much they've enjoyed my stories. In the year since that first book came out I've published three others. That's four books in one year, and I'm still going strong!

Review: The Brightest Fell
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11)The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seanan McGuire continues to be one of my favorite urban fantasy authors.
In this latest addition to the October Daye series, Toby faces the threat of losing the family she's created for herself if she can't bring the family she was born into (but wants no part of) back together.

Toby is a snarky, practical woman who is easy to empathize with in most situations. She is joined on this adventure by her squire, who readers of the series will already know well, and Simon --- Toby's ex-nemesis turned savior and sort of father figure. Most of the internal arc of this adventure is about Toby getting to know Simon better, and realizing that even good people can make terrible decisions. She herself questions how far she'd go, what travesties she'd commit, to save someone she loves.