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.

Deep Dive | The Early Oil Industry

Ah, friends, I’ve got a new book I’m writing, and therefore a ton of new world building research I’ve been doing. Of Honey and Wildfires is not set in the same world as my Bloodlands trilogy. This is a story all its own, with characters all their own. It’s set in a sort of Wild…

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SALE | Grimtober Fest

Every October, a bunch of dark fantasy authors get together and kick off the Grimtober Fest. What this is, is a gigantic sale wherein a bunch of grimdark fantasy books are marked down to $.99 for a week. There are some fantastic books on sale this week as part of this little event, and I…

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Brief Reviews of Select Great Courses Lectures

This year I discovered the Great Courses lecture series on Audible, and it’s basically been my brand new addiction. I decided to briefly highlight some of my favorites, and a few short (very short and informal) reviews of each of them. If you like the Great Courses, I’m always looking for new ones to listen…

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Guest Post | Jesse Teller on The Pristine Moment

About the Author Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre….

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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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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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