I am a book blogger and the owner of Bookworm Blues - a popular speculative fiction book review website. I have been a compulsive reader all my life. Early on found my reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction. I blame my active imagination for the hobbies that threaten to consume my life. A freelance writer and photographer, world traveler and recent college graduate, I'm also a new mother, cancer fighter & survivor. In my ideal world, I'd do nothing but drink lots of tea and read from a never ending pile of speculative fiction books. Respected as a reviewer, I receive book ARCs from all of the major and most minor publishers in science fiction and fantasy. But given my love of stories, I've always wanted to be a part of the creative process, and editing is my first step in that direction.

Smoke and Stone – Michael R. Fletcher

About the Book After a cataclysmic war of the gods, the last of humanity huddles in Bastion, a colossal ringed city. Beyond the outermost wall lies endless desert haunted by the souls of all the world’s dead. Trapped in a rigid caste system, Nuru, a young street sorcerer, lives in the outer ring. She dreams…

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What to Consider Before You Hire an Editor

Over the weekend, I taught a class on things to consider before you hire an editor. This is one of my favorite classes to teach. I’ve taught it a few times, and each time people really receive it well, and I really love doing it. There’s always a good amount of conversation and back-and-forth, as…

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A Thing That Happened.

I’m really not sure if I should post this. Part of me thinks I should, but another part of me thinks I really should just keep all this to myself. I… don’t know. I might post this then delete it. We’ll see. I mean, I really still am thinking that a large chunk of my…

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Book News | MASSIVE book sale

So, as you may or may not know, I am part of the SPFBO this year. One Emerald Dodge was kind enough to navigate through the headache-inducing waters of organizing a gigantic sale for all of us SPFBO5 authors who wanted to participate. Therefore, between today, August 16, and August 20, a bevy of SPFBO…

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Deep Dive | Bacha Posh

I’m really nervous about this post. It’s hella long, but I also always feel like I say things terribly and stick my foot in it with topics like this. I tried really, really hard not to… but the anxiety is there because the last thing – THE LAST THING – I want to do is…

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Book Review | Terminal Alliance – Jim C. Hines

About the book When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization….

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Announcing | Writer’s Refuge

One week ago, I decided to start an online writing community. I did this on Facebook, and I mostly did it because I wanted somewhere to go to talk to writers about the art (and trials) facing writing. (Yes, I know other groups like this exist, but I wanted my own corner because apparently I’m…

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Map of The Bloodlands

When I wrote Seraphina’s Lament, and made the decision to publish it, I didn’ t have a ton of money. Hell, I still don’t. Chronic illness is expensive, folks. Anyway, as luck would have it, I have a friend who makes AMAZING fantasy maps. He was willing to work out a deal with me, and…

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Announcement | Of Honey and Wildfires

First things first, I’m about 40,000 words into An Elegy for Hope, but this book is a beast and while writing it is fun, it’s requiring just an absolutely shocking amount of research and the going is slow. I’m aiming for publication early in 2020, hopefully in January or February. This book expands the world…

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Deep Dive | Russian Peasant Life, and the Mir

I’ve been noodling how I want to attack my next Deep Dive topic for a while now. The problem is, it’s so expansive, and there’s just so much of it, and I used so much of what I learned as jumping-off points for my worldbuilding, that I just don’t think it can all fit in…

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