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

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 3 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 | 2 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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18 Awesome & Free YA Reads

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

18 Awesome & Free YA Reads

Today I’ve got 18 free reads from all across YA, including a good bit of fantasy! This giveaway is hosted on BookFunnel (kind of like Instafreebie, but with the added benefit that if you have your e-reader handy, you can do a direct download to it instead of messing with conversion through your e-mail.) That said… most of these books will ask you to opt-in to the author’s newsletter in return for the free read. Mine is just a monthly mailer!

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Sunbolt Goodreads Giveaway!

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Giveaways | 5 comments

Sunbolt Goodreads Giveaway!

I have three signed copies of Sunbolt to giveaway on Goodreads! Street thieves, magic, and monsters (both human and not) — what’s not to enjoy?

Already read it? These will make great gifts as well! This giveaway is US only–but I will do a worldwide one later this summer.

The Blurb:

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

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The Bird Whisperer Speaks: Or, How to Help Baby Birds

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Stop and Think | 4 comments

The Bird Whisperer Speaks: Or, How to Help Baby Birds

The other day, a friend messaged me to say she heard I’d saved a robin. “No, no,” I responded (more or less). “It was a crow, and a very long time ago.” Well, her son had been chatting with my daughter and he’d been adamant it was a robin, but no doubt that was a mix up.

It took me a moment, and then I went, “Oh yeah, there was a robin!”

About three minutes later, I went, “There was also that blue jay, once, in Washington DC.”

And, oh my goodness, I am only now remembering the baby pigeon we raised on our balcony! We actually set poor old Poopo (pronounced poop-o, as named by my mother) free, and he flew back to us after getting beaten up by the other pigeons. It was pretty brutal. We nursed him back to health, and the second time he flew away, he seemed to do fine.

So on this fine spring evening, I’ve decided to make it my business to address you, not as an author, but as an amateur bird whisperer, with a few fine points on what to do if you happen to find a young bird stranded on the ground. Because it happens this time of year. And you could be the one to save that little creature’s life. And that, my friend, is a wonderful thing.

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Clean Indie Reads Spring Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Free | 0 comments

Clean Indie Reads Spring Giveaway!

30 Days – 44 Authors – 6 Genres

There’s a little bit of something here for everyone, and all are PG-13-ish aka YA appropriate. And every single on is free! What are you waiting for?!?

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Review: On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Book Review | 0 comments

Review: On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

I’ve been sitting on writing this review for a couple of weeks, though I’m not quite sure why. It’s been a busy two weeks, but writing a review doesn’t usually take so long that I couldn’t fit it in somewhere quite easily. I suppose the truth is that I both loved On The Edge of Gone, and found myself wishing it would hurry up a little–mostly because it wasn’t the story I was expecting. That said, some of those surprises were truly awesome, and I still highly recommend this read.

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Nab These Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads on #InstaFreebie!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Free | 0 comments

Nab These Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads on #InstaFreebie!

Here’s a whole new set of Speculative Fiction reads to top off your e-reader, including my own Sunbolt (If you haven’t nabbed it yet!). This promo includes “scintillating tales of far-off planets, wars, abductions, sword & sorcery, and children’s to name just a few!” So go find some fun reads!

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