Giveaway and Sale for Chains Carried on Wings

Text over blue background reads "YA epic fantasy novel Chains Carried on Wings Giveaway and Sale."

I’m doing an Amazon giveaway contest of my novel for my blog readers here. (EDIT: Giveaway over.)

The ebook will also be on sale this week–officially so in the US and UK store, but I priced it down in all the international stores as well.

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Bookcon 2018: Let Me Recount My Favorite Author Anecdotes

Last weekend was Bookcon, and I got the chance to go to some great panels. Pretty much everyone was interesting, but some of the writers told some seriously memorable anecdotes. I’m going to paraphrase what I remember of them, so keep in mind that memory is a tricky thing, and the following represents whatever managed to lodge itself in mine—which may not be 100% accurate. Continue reading “Bookcon 2018: Let Me Recount My Favorite Author Anecdotes”

Chains Carried on Wings Release and Upcoming Sale

I envisioned myself slowly wading into the pool of indie publishing, but now that I’ve started, I kind of want to plunge in. Which probably explains why I went ahead and published my first YA epic fantasy novel, Chains Carried on Wings, on Amazon.

A woman wielding a sword stands on a rocky outcrop with the moon looming in the background. The text reads

Saig had always lived on the edge of acceptance. Unlike a proper daughter of the head family, she longed for the freedom of the open woods over the confinement of her home. It was enough to drive away the two people who should, by rights, have been her closest companions.  Continue reading “Chains Carried on Wings Release and Upcoming Sale”

Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World

 

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Image: Henry Holt and Co. via Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Criminal mastermind Kaz put together a crew of teenagers and used them to pull off an impossible heist–but instead of reaping the rewards, they were betrayed. Now they have to get back at the people who back-stabbed them, save one of their own, and hopefully come out with something to show for it. But every power in the city wants to get their hands on what–or rather, who–they stole. Making it ever more complicated to stay in control of the situation, as the crew’s resources and allies dwindle. Continue reading “Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World”

Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution

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Image: Hachette Book Group via Kate Elliott; Cover Artist: Wes Youssi and Sammy Yuen

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Jes and her sisters have grown up relatively sheltered, their aristocratic father hiding them away from much of the prejudice against their mother’s race. But after the kingdom’s politics force their father to abandon his family, the girls navigate the world’s dangers on their own. Jes has a place for herself running the Fives, a prestigious obstacle course race. Continue reading “Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution”

We Don’t Live in a Homogenous World: List of 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Works

There are plenty of authors from underrepresented groups writing fantastic science fiction and fantasy, and they’re equally deserving of publicity and support. It’s also important to remember that media can be powerful. It influences how we view the world, and what we think of as normal. That kind of power needs to be in the hands of people with wide ranges of perspectives, so that audiences are introduced to different ideas. So that everyone has a voice. Continue reading “We Don’t Live in a Homogenous World: List of 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Works”

The Bear and the Nightingale: Independent Heroines, Folkloric Settings, and the Struggle for Personal Freedom

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Image: Random House

Genre: YA fantasy

Synopsis: In Lesnaya Zemlya, the old religion coexists with the new, both of them in practice by the people of the land. This is the world Vasilisa grows up in. She attends church, then leaves offerings for the spirits of the land and household. Moreso, unlike the rest of her community, she can see and speak with these spirits. Continue reading “The Bear and the Nightingale: Independent Heroines, Folkloric Settings, and the Struggle for Personal Freedom”

Glass Sword: Straining Trust, Loyalty, and Friendship to the Breaking Point

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Image: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: YA Dystopia/Fantasy/Sci-fi

Synopsis:

Red Queen (Book 1): Reds and Silvers are named for the color of their blood, and distinguished by the powers that the Silvers wield. That power puts the Silvers at the top of the class hierarchy, in a society that keeps Reds poor and uses them as cannon fodder in a war effort. Mare is a Red, trying to provide for her family. But unbeknownst to her, she also has the power of a Silver, and discovers that power in front of a large audience. To protect the integrity of the social order, the Silvers have to claim her as their own–but she isn’t. So can the powerful Silvers keep one girl in line? Or will Mare use her new position against them? Continue reading “Glass Sword: Straining Trust, Loyalty, and Friendship to the Breaking Point”

Roundup: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

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Image: Bradley P. Beaulieu

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Ceda despises the immortal kings ruling her home. Their authority stems from indoctrinated loyalty and a reign of terror, fueled by power no one else can match. No one has ever successfully challenged them. The Moonless Host has come closest to becoming an actual problem for the kings–but Ceda hates their tactics almost as much as she hates the rulers of Sharakhai. Continue reading “Roundup: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Yes, Part ONE), Characters Holding Themselves Together

 

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Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi

Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen survived the sadistic Hunger Games twice, unwittingly lighting the spark of revolution along the way. The Capitol’s President has responded to every slight challenge with violence or the threat thereof, finally culminating in the complete destruction of a district. Now Katniss, still reeling from the deaths and the capture of several of her friends, must become the face of the revolution. Because everyone is already looking to her. Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Yes, Part ONE), Characters Holding Themselves Together”