Posts by Intisar

Three Sunbolt Giveaways!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Giveaways | 8 comments

Three Sunbolt Giveaways!

When it rains, it pours!

Next week I’ll be updating Sunbolt’s cover as well as uploading a slightly updated text. What? Don’t worry, the cover is really the same cover with improved color and contrast. Sunbolt’s cover was actually the very first cover that Jenny at Seedlings Design designed on commission. It was super exciting to work with Jenny on it, and now, four years later, we decided to revisit it to spruce it up a bit so that the awesome design elements snap a bit more.

In conjunction with that, I decided to take a swing at ironing out some inconsistencies in the text. Some of them are simple–for example, I never mentioned that the Ghost’s hood has a shadow charm on it so that you can’t see his face. Without that detail, it sounds like he has the hood of all impossibility. Oops! I also decided to rework the scene in which Hitomi encounters Val for the first time. As written, it didn’t work with Kol’s motivation to trade for Hitomi, which is kind of a big oopsie. The scene is pretty different now, but I hope, just as enjoyable (freaky?) and much more aligned with character motivations throughout the book.

With the new cover going live, though, I have three giveaways to share out current print editions (with the original cover) I have waiting for homes. Here they are!

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Here’s what I’m reading for the #RamadanReadathon!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Here’s what I’m reading for the #RamadanReadathon!

Well, okay, the readathon’s already been here for a week, which means I’m already behind in my reading. Eep! But better late than never, right? This readathon is all about centering Muslim voices and their stories, in a similar vein to #MuslimShelfSpace, where folks took pictures of the books they owned by Muslims. That one raised awareness of how far we have to go, this readathon gets us going!

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Writing Beneath A Glass Ceiling: A Guest Post by SFF Author Anela Deen

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Stop and Think | 4 comments

Writing Beneath A Glass Ceiling: A Guest Post by SFF Author Anela Deen

Today I’m happy to welcome Speculative Fiction author (and friend!) Anela Deen to the blog. You may remember Anela’s name from my review of her fantasy novel A Ransom of Flames, which I quite enjoyed. Today, Anela joins us to reflect on her experiences–and the experiences of women generally–when writing or working in a field dominated by men. Be sure to scroll all the way down to nab a free copy of Deviation, the Sci-Fi short at the heart of this post!

Every author will tell you critique groups are essential to the writing process. We need other writers to go over those passionate scribbles and point out the spots that need work. I tend to use online groups because you get a variety of readers and people seem to lean more towards honesty if they aren’t sitting face-to-face with each other. I’ve found them to be full of well-meaning writers looking to support, encourage, and improve each other’s art…that is until I asked for feedback on a Sci-Fi story I wrote.

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Fantasy Book Bundle Giveaway!

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

Fantasy Book Bundle Giveaway!

When it rains, it pours! Here’s another fantastic bundle of free fantasy reads (including Sunbolt, of course!). This giveaway is through BookFunnel, so many of the books do require you to sign up for the author’s mailing list to receive it. If you’re already subscribed (hint hint), you’re gold!

Check out the books here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/fantasyreads

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A Heritage of Seeking Refuge

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Stop and Think | 12 comments

A Heritage of Seeking Refuge

These last few months have really brought home to me a few things about my family. We are privileged, so, so privileged and I feel both grateful and slightly guilty for that reality. We also have a recent memory of being refugees. I am grateful for this as well, even as it changes my lived experience in ways I am still coming to understand.

Both my grandparents on either side of my family were forced to flee India during the Partition between India and Pakistan, as both countries threw off the yoke of colonization (Bangladesh was there too, as East Pakistan at the time). There were refugees of all backgrounds fleeing in pretty much every direction, and the point of this post is not to point out atrocities committed by one side while glossing over the other, nor to suggest that only one group of people were victims. The point is simply that these are the stories of my family.

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