Giveaway: A Drop of Magic
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Because the story events in A Drop of Magic begin just before Halloween, I've decided to give away some free copies this week!

I've created a short survey (only 5 questions) to learn more about your reading preferences. Fill out the form below between now and October 30th to enter for a chance to win a free Kindle edition of A Drop of Magic. I'll draw four emails at random from the forms submitted and contact the winners on Halloween (October 31st).

Thanks, and good luck!

Review: The Running Man
Monday, October 21, 2019

The Running ManThe Running Man by Richard Bachman
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In some ways this book felt like a precursor to Ready Player One. We've got a nobody character with the odds stacked against him trying to avoid being snuffed out by a soulless corporate entity. In both books the protagonist is in a race to earn a fortune, and in both cases there is a desperate despair to the state of the world. The Running Man was a quick read full of tension and social commentary. Be forewarned however that racism and misogyny abound.

Review: The Knights of Crystallia
Monday, October 14, 2019

The Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz, #3)The Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm reading this series with my seven-year-old daughter, and she loves it so much she can't wait for bedtime reading. Almost every day she tells me how excited she is to see what happens next. In my opinion, any book that gets a kid that excited about reading is doing something very right.

Review: Lake Silence
Friday, October 4, 2019

Lake Silence (The World of the Others, #1; The Others, #6)Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

If you were sad to say goodbye to to Meg Cabot and Simon Wolfgard, I strongly recommend you pick up this book. While this story is not directly related to the original books, the world of the Others continues to be intriguing and engaging, and Bishop's writing is top-notch.

World building:
This book is set in the world of the other slightly after the end of the original series. The brief human rebellion against the others has been crushed and things are pretty much back to normal except that the elders are paying more attention to the two-legged predators who share their land than they did before.

Guest Post: Review for A Drop of Magic
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hey all, check out this awesome YouTube review I just got on A Drop of Magic from I Love Vampire Novels!
Leave a comment on the video and you could be entered to win a free copy! Details at the end of the review. ;)
Thanks, JD Brown!

Review: The Becoming
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1)The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This was a fast-paced origin story with a unique mythos. I'd recommend it for fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.

Characters & Voice:
The first thing to strike me about this book was that it was written in present tense. Personally, always find a present tense narrative a bit jarring. It takes me longer to lose myself in the story. That said, it was well done. Just something to bear in mind if you (like me) have a tense preference.

Extending my Reach
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The first two books in my Magicsmith series can now be purchased at the Boulder Book Store on the Pearl Street Mall. If you're unfamiliar with this book-lover's dream, I encourage you to stop by and browse their extensive collection spread over three floors. I promise you'll find something to fall in love with, be it a cozy corner to watch the rain, a sweet treat off the chocolate rack, or (like most of us) a new literary adventure to embark on.
See you there!

Courting Darkness Online Tour
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The online book tour for Courting Darkness is officially underway!

I'm once again partnering with Silver Dagger Book Tours for an online tour of my newest book: Courting Darkness. Be sure to stop by this kickoff page for the tour to see what it's all about and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard!

Review: The Scrivener's Bones
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Scrivener’s Bones (Alcatraz, #2)The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A great continuation of the adventures of Alcatraz Smedry. In this second installment, Alcatraz isn't starting from zero. He's been established as the leader (however incompetent) of the group, and the challenges and stakes are ratcheted up accordingly.