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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Heart of the ForestHeart of the Forest by Christina Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had the pleasure of seeing this book in its infancy, so to speak, before the manuscript was submitted, and it's a tremendously engaging read. How could I not rush to buy it once it was published?

Valentina, the narrator, is a strong woman, intelligent and resourceful, and her courage is what makes this story resonate. She doesn't need to be rescued, not really. She's fierce, and I fell in love with her indomitable spirit. Aneurin, the elf she heals, and falls in love with, is far more than he appears, as is his brother, Yorwrath, an elf as fierce as Valentina, and as unforgiving.

The story has many twists and turns, and each one takes you deeper into what is an impeccably drawn world of elves and men, dwarves and dragons, and magic both dark and light. Nothing should be taken for granted, and the shadows hold many things.

Ms. Quinn made me laugh, made me curse, and broke my heart in this first novel of what is proving to be a trilogy I will never forget. I'm in love with her characters, and this subtle, powerful world of hers.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Some shameless self promotion...

I have a short story coming out this week, and I'me very excited to share the news:


So, please, head on over to Torquere Press to pre-order a copy, and save 15%. 

In addition to my story, there are some amazing authors featured in this collection of tales, and I know you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Black Magic FridayBlack Magic Friday by E. J. Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a completely delightful little snippet from the world of Neon Blue and Tsara Faa, and a perfect reminder to me of why I never shop on Black Friday.

Wonderful, wonderful read!

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Danse MacabreDanse Macabre by Christina Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not normally a fan of vampire fiction, but I love ballet, and I love the idea of vampires being dancers. I was not at all disappointed by this book, which has the best of both worlds.

The vampires in Ms Quinn's world are cold, often cruel, and they kill. They are not nice vampires. But they can, and do, love and frequently they find love with a mortal. In this case, a brilliant dancer, Aleksi, finds love with the mortal Autumn, but his position within vampire society makes their relationship fraught with misunderstandings, and even outright peril.

There will be inevitable comparisons drawn between this book and another trilogy that's attracted much attention. I would not, however, let that detract anyone from reading this book. Despite some small formatting issues, it's a marvelous read and the plot twists are well done.

I'll be looking for the sequel when it's released.

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The Emperor's New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist (Royce Ree 1-5)The Emperor's New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist by Aldous Mercer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book, and I have to second another reviewer's comment comparing it to Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. It's full of deft humor, completely ludicrous situations, and a really sweet love story between Royce Ree and his ex-husband, the very aristocratic Les'Anther Dai-Sarn.

The supporting cast of characters is as well done as the protagonists, and while the entire mission becomes a dark comedy of error after error, there is a perfect charm in the relationship between Royce and Les that makes it seem entirely reasonable.

I'll be looking for more of this series.

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Sit Pretty (Seat of Magic #2)Sit Pretty by R.J. Price
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aren's story continues as she takes the throne, or perhaps it's the throne that's taken her. The plots and subplots of this very complex society kept me on the edge of my seat, and I'll admit to growling along with Av more than once. Aren's parents cast their own unique pall over things, and Jer is a solid presence throughout. Honestly, I have trouble putting these books down, and I'm sure my husband will forgive me (some day!) for making him wait in the car while I finished the chapter before I drove him home...

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Trouble (Seat of Magic #1)Trouble by R.J. Price
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's amazing how quickly I found myself engrossed in this strange, yet familiar world Ms Price has created. Her characters are marvelously real, full of quirks and foibles, and prone to making the sort of mistakes I've found myself committing. It's refreshing to meet real people in books.

Aren is both clever and naive, looking only to find herself a refuge, a cottage by a lake. The last thing in the world she wants is to be noticed, and if she didn't have to be at court in order to give her younger sister the opportunity to attend court as well, Aren would have happily avoided the minefield that is Em's court.

Em is a mad queen, full of rage and fear in equal measures, and sees plots in every corner, Her caprice is tempered by her mate Jer, and his brother Av, but even these two can only do so much to control Em. Even Em's daughter is at risk from the wrath of the queen. Em is failing, and both men know it. While they dread Em's instability, there's no guarantee that the next queen to sit the throne will be any better.

Av barely notices Aren at first, to Aren's satisfaction. But when he does, it sets in motion a chain of events no one could have predicted. I'm not going to leave spoilers, but the twists and turns are superb, and kept me reading often later than I'd planned. I started out disliking Av, but he managed to redeem himself by the end of the book. Av's full of contradictions, and it just makes him that much more a flesh and blood person rather than a stock character.

This is the first book in a series, and I'm entirely delighted, because I really, really want more of Av and Aren, of Jer, and of Telm, not to mention Mar and Ervam. Oh, hells, I just want Ms Price to write more!

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