Character Sketch: Maggie
Friday, March 22, 2019

She's got crazy, kinky hair and a British accent that gets thicker when she's upset. Please welcome the newest addition to my character sketches: Maggie!

Review: Shadows
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ShadowsShadows by Robin McKinley
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The central premise of this story is that the main character's new step-father, Val, has creepy, seemingly alive shadows surrounding him that only Maggie can see. These shadows make it hard for Maggie to relax around Val, or even look at him directly, which causes a great deal of strain on her relationship with her mother. The story grows from there, using the relationship between Maggie and Val as a microcosm for the larger conflict of science and magic in the world. The story was entertaining, and I enjoyed where it was going, but in the end, I feel like it left a lot of questions unanswered. In a lot of ways, it felt like the book ended where the real story was just beginning.

Character Sketch: David
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I've added a new character sketch to my bonus features! Please welcome Alex's friend, David Nolan:

Review: Calamity
Friday, March 8, 2019

Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A solid ending to the Reckoners series. While this book didn't thrill me as much as Firefight, Sanderson delivered his usual quick, descriptive, engaging writing. He also kept enough options open to keep me guessing until the end. If you like superhero stories and great twists, this is a series you won't want to miss. That said, if you haven't read the previous two books, you may not want to read my review of book 3 until you do.

New Bonus Content: Character Sketches
Sunday, March 3, 2019

I've started making character sketches and basic bios for all of my Magicsmith characters!
These will be posted in a new tab on the Bonus Features page titled, surprise, surprise, Character Sketches.
I started with Alex since she's my main protagonist, and I'll add new sketches as I finish them. I'm only presenting each character's attributes as known by Alex at the beginning of book one, so as not to give anything away. Later, I may add more in-depth biographies that include knowledge gained about the characters throughout the series, but I'll be sure to hide them behind spoiler warnings if I decide to do that. :)

Another Step Forward
Friday, February 15, 2019

I turned the manuscript for Courting Darkness over to my publisher.

There's still a lot of steps before publication -- revision, copy edits, cover design, etc. -- but I'm super excited to have another completed work under my belt.
Now I'm focusing all my energies on the third book, currently titled Faerie Forged, which marks the midway point of my series.