Book Review: Salt

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz My rating: 3 of 5 stars Salt is an odd little book. I love the characters, but the plot and the world-building left me feeling a little cheated. Indi is an orphan and a monster hunter, sailing with his older sister and two younger siblings, looking for the monster that killedContinue reading “Book Review: Salt”

Book Review: Roberto to the Dark Tower Came

Roberto to the Dark Tower Came by Tom Epperson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Roberto to the Dark Tower Came needs ALL the trigger warnings: Gore, death, torture, sexual assault, rape, cruelty to animals, death of animals, language, whatever you can think of. If that is enough for you to not read it, thenContinue reading “Book Review: Roberto to the Dark Tower Came”

Book Review: Mask of Shadows

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars Mask of Shadows has been on my TBR list for a while, but it took being on a vacation in a cabin with no internet and inconsistent, minimal phone service for me to finally pick it up and dig in. Why did IContinue reading “Book Review: Mask of Shadows”

Five Friendly Places that Pay for Fiction

Finding a place to publish a short story can be intimidating. Submitting a story  I’ve poured my soul into out to a literary magazine is scary enough without worrying about what happens to it once it lands in someone’s slush. And there are so many places that publish fiction. I have to think about thingsContinue reading “Five Friendly Places that Pay for Fiction”

Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes

When seeking an agent or publisher for a novel, I participate in every twitter pitch party I get the chance to. So far, no one “like” or “heart” has landed me an agent or a book deal, but I still participate. They help me figure out what agents like the kind of stories I write, andContinue reading “Twitter Pitch Parties Are About More Than Just The Likes”

Replacing Textbooks With novels in First Year Writing

For the past five years, I’ve taught first year writing at community college and state universities. I assigned textbooks and/or trade books based on what other teachers used or what seemed like the kind of book college students should read. It didn’t work out so well. Now, I’m using books I get excited about. TheContinue reading “Replacing Textbooks With novels in First Year Writing”

Another Book Review: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older My rating: 5 of 5 stars Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper series has been in my TBR list for a while. I bought it a few weeks ago, but had to work through the ARC’s I had to review before I got to it. I don’t know why I waited soContinue reading “Another Book Review: Shadowshaper”

Book Review: Run in the Blood

Run in the Blood by A.E. Ross My rating: 5 of 5 stars Run in the Blood is like a breath of crisp, salty air proving you can have sword and sorcery fantasy set in a medieval-ish world without loading it up with sexism and misogyny. And you know what makes this book even better?Continue reading “Book Review: Run in the Blood”

Book Review: The Girl in the Tower

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden My rating: 4 of 5 stars A slow start, an epic middle and a bittersweet end describe The Girl in the Tower. When I read the first book in the Winternight Trilogy last year, I hadn’t realized it was a series, but enjoyed it enough to requestContinue reading “Book Review: The Girl in the Tower”

A Review: Gender Identity in Queen of All Crows

The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Queen of All Crows When my request Queen of All Crows was approved on NetGalley, I was thrilled to hear that the wait to see what happened with Elizabeth Barnabus and John Farthing would be over. However, my experience reading theContinue reading “A Review: Gender Identity in Queen of All Crows”