The Eric Hoffer Book Awards
Monday, May 18, 2020

I can now introduce myself as an award winning author!

This morning, the results were published for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Book Awards for which my book, A Drop of Magic, was shortlisted. While I wasn't able to bring home the grand prize, I was honored to receive not one, but two distinctions!

Review: Night Broken
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually read this book for the first time a couple years ago (before I started regularly reviewing books), but I'd somehow gotten it out of order in the series. Now I'm rereading in the right order. The fact that I had no qualms reading the book a second time is a good indication of its quality.

Along with the regular characters from Mercy's life so far, this book introduces Mercy's sort-of-half-brother Gary Laughingdog, a fellow coyote shifter. We also spend a good amount of time with Christy, Adam's infuriating ex-wife and Jesse's mother. She's a character designed for the reader to hate, and Briggs succeeds with flying colors.

Spring Under Quarantine
Thursday, April 9, 2020

It's been over a month since my last blog post, so I figured it was time for a much overdue update. March certainly was a month of change, and I'm not just talking about the crocuses coming up and the first blooms on the trees. For most of us, spring 2020 has been difficult, uncertain, and in some cases tragic.
I'm lucky in that the stay at home order did not prevent my husband or I from doing our work since we both worked remotely anyway. That did not, however, prevent our lives from being turned upside down.

Review: The Dark Talent
Monday, March 2, 2020

The Dark Talent (Alcatraz, #5)The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overview: Huh. Well, that happened. Sanderson's writing continues to entertain and engage, but if you're looking for a satisfying ending to the series . . . this isn't it. That said, it seems there will, at some point, be another more final finale.

World building: Hot on the heels of his "save" of Mokia, Alcatraz returns to the Hushlands in an all-out frontal assault on the most protected librarian base, the Highbrary, located under Washington D.C. Other than the vast underground structure of the librarian stronghold, most of the world building comes in the form of an increased understanding about the Smedry talents, how they were made, and what they were for.

Review: The Queen of Nothing
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overview: Once again, Ms. Black delivers a killer story in this satisfying conclusion to her Folk of the Air series. If you like darkly twisted stories about the fae, this is a series you won't want to miss.
That said, be sure to read these books in order! While each book is satisfying and has a contained story arc, the trilogy is written as one continuous plot. You will miss too much if you don't start at the beginning.

Review: A World Without Princes
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overview:
This story starts with a high level of intensity and never slacks off. If you liked the first book, you won't be disappointed with this second installment of The School for Good and Evil.

World building:
We are returned to the School for Good and Evil along with our protagonists, but the school is much changed. Rather than Good and Evil, the school is now separated into Girls and Boys. The balance has been broken, and the land has been cast into disarray by Agatha's choice to stay with her friend rather than her prince.

Review: The Shattered Lens
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overview:
This is the fourth book in the Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarian series, and picks up pretty much right where book three left off: with Alcatraz in the Free Kingdom of Nalhalla. In keeping with the other books in this series, events quickly become chaotic, exciting, and just plain weird. While this is a bridge book in the series, it has a satisfying arc and conclusion.

Amazon Rankings for A Drop of Magic
Saturday, January 18, 2020

It's been an amazing day for A Drop of Magic!
As of the writing of this post, the first book in my Magicsmith series has rocketed to the top of several Amazon Bestseller lists. Here are some of the best:

#1 in Dark Fantasy

Faerie Forged: Book Tour!
Thursday, January 16, 2020

The blog tour for Faerie Forged is up and running!
I want to give a big thank you to everyone who signed up as a host! And an extra thanks you to my publisher Bell Bridge and Silver Dagger Book Tours for helping set everything up!

Here's a schedule of all the tour stops with links so you can visit these wonderful sites: