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Review: Flames of Attrition – Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Flames of Attrition - Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Genre: Fantasy, Portal Fantasy, Sci-Fantasy Get It On Amazon | Publisher | Kobo| Apple Books | Nook | Smashwords | Google Play About The Book The commander writes strategy in ink, the captain in orders, the trooper in blood. – Teachings of the Jeskan Guard The nation of Jeska stands at a crossroads. As the newly-appointed king, Corren must contend with civilian distrust, an imminent invasion, and his fractured family. His wife and son are missing—trapped behind enemy lines. He’s brought evidence the rising insurrection is funded by the shamans, but instead of disbanding that guild, the Council of Elders believes the enemy’s lies that Corren’s corrupt. In days, an army … Read more

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Point of View: First Look – The Hencha Queen

The Hencha Queen print wrap

Hey all… Something fun for you this week. The prologue of The Hencha Queen, coming out in just seventeen more days. I’ll share Chapter One next week. Enjoy! Universal Buy Link Prologue: Spin’s quantum brain was in flux, trying to process everything. Aik was under the spell of some strange entity. Another artificial construct like himself? Raven had been at Anghar Mor. His first friend in almost a hundred years, lost. And what about me? He’d been human once. A husband with a daughter named Sera. The same Sera who had flown with him on the Spin Diver, much later. He was certain … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Ham and Echo: Voyage of the Gordon Lighton – M. Jay Williams

Ham and Echo: Voyage of the Gordon Lighton - M. Jay Williams

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: M. Jay Williams was born in Hartford, Connecticut, where he spent his youth. As an adult he made his way to southern Connecticut and settled in New Haven.  Armed with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, his early years were marked by the unique perspective gained from a career as a flight attendant, allowing him to explore the world firsthand. The roots of his passion for writing can be traced back to … Read more

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Point of View: Cover Reveal / Preorder

The Hencha Queen - J. Scott Coatsworth

It’s time for the cover reveal for the third book in the “Tharassas Cycle.” The Hencha Queen will be out on March 14th, and so I thought it would be fun to share the cover evolution. Kelley York at Sleepy Fox Studios started with a general concept: Okay, so it’s a good start. But the pose was too static, the clothing too flat, and the staff just wasn’t right. So Kelley adjusted it a bitL Much better pose. But the eyes and expression are a bit vacant. Not sold on the staff, and the dress color and fabric – just … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Drake LaMarque

Drake LaMarque

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: Writer of steamy paranormal MM queer fiction ( genderqueer NB, they/them). I like pirates, sea monsters, magic and kink. Come follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drakelamarqueauthor Thanks so much, Drake, for joining me! J. Scott Coatsworth: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it. Drake LaMarque: The Suburban Book of the Dead, it’s a Young Adult ghost story with lots of action. I actually first wrote it because I … Read more

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Review: Shadows of Insurrection – Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Shadows of Insurrection - Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Genre: Fantasy Get It On Amazon | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords | Publisher About The Book There’s a kettle of rotten fish on the fire … and the stink’s about to get worse. – Jeskan proverb Once in a generation, the matriarchs of Jeska choose a new king to manage the government and command the Guard — protecting Jeskans from crime, invaders, and insurgency. Corren’s been training for that job since he was six, but this is an unsettled time: rumors of strange incursions, grumbling discontent, and increasing brigandry. Corren’s own problems are multiplying. His father, a skeptical shaman, has gone missing, His polyamorous foster-brother keeps … Read more

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Point of View: Six Indie SFF Authors You Should Be reading

Colin Alexander

I thought I’d do something a bit different today, and share with you six Sci Fi and Fantasy authors you may not have heard of but whom you should definitely be reading. These are drawn from my own personal book reviews over the last 12 months. Here we go: Colin Alexander Colin Alexander is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. Actually, Colin Alexander is the pseudonym for Alton Kremer, maybe his alter ego, or who he would have been if he hadn’t been a physician and biochemist and had a career as a medical researcher. He’s been reading science … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Russell J. Sanders

Russell Sanders

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: A  teacher, a singer, an actor, a director, a chef, a traveler, a writer…these are all descriptions of native Texas author Russell J. Sanders, now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. A life spent in Texas led to a relocation adventure, because that’s what life is about–embarking on adventures. So he and his husband set out for parts unknown and are loving it! Russell writes young adult novels, and his works are infused with … Read more

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Review: The Great North – J. Scott Coatsworth

The Great North -J. Scott Coatsworth

Just got a great review for The Great North from Ulysses at the Paranormal Romance Guild: Get It On Amazon | Universal Buy Link About The Book Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated northern town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, and betrothed to marry the beautiful Kessa in just a few weeks. Mael is shepherding the remains of his own people from Land’s End, a village much farther north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed the town. Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When they meet, their love may … Read more

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Point of View: Total Immersion

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I love it when a story sucks me in, pulling me so far under that I actually forget the real word exists, and just an afternoon (or half the night) exploring an entirely different place. Such experiences of total immersion in a story seem to come more and more rarely for me. I’m not sure why – maybe because I tend to be more distracted when I read? Or maybe because many of the books I choose these days are more character driven, or tend to go light on the details of the world in which they take place? In … Read more