Book Review: How God Works: the science behind the benefits of religion

Book Review: How God Works: the science behind the benefits of religion Several of my favorite fantasy and science fiction authors have opted not to include religions in the world building for their stories. While I spent time crafting everything from distinct social structures to gestures—not to mention a system of skills and powers—for Cor’sContinue reading “Book Review: How God Works: the science behind the benefits of religion”

Book Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik My rating: 5/5 stars Loosely based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, this is a complex and epic novel. The story begins with Miryem Mandelstam, the daughter of a Jewish moneylender who is terrible at collecting his debts. Embittered by her family living in poverty while the rest of the townsfolkContinue reading “Book Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik”

It’s NaNoWriMo!

It’s my favorite month: NaNoWriMo! November is National Novel Writing Month, when writers challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word story, start to finish, in the 30 days of November. While it’s a personal challenge, it’s pretty famous and there’s a nonprofit organization at https://nanowrimo.org/ that can help you track your progress and link youContinue reading “It’s NaNoWriMo!”

Indy B.R.A.G. Book Award

In Daylight and Darkness wins an Indy B.R.A.G. book award “I love everything about this book.” B.R.A.G. reviewer “For lovers of fantasy this is a must read.” B.R.A.G. reviewer The Book Readers Appreciation Group for self-published books (otherwise known as Indy B.R.A.G.) highlights excellence in self-published books with their medallion award. The book is readContinue reading “Indy B.R.A.G. Book Award”

Worldbuilding: how to write a fantasy language without writing a fantasy language

Worldbuilding: how to write a fantasy language without writing a fantasy language New worlds and new cultures are my favorite parts of science fiction and fantasy. Language is a great way to add novelty and realism to your setting. If your character comes from another planet, is part of an insular group of people whoContinue reading “Worldbuilding: how to write a fantasy language without writing a fantasy language”

In Daylight and Darkness is on tour!

My book is on blog tour this month! I’ll be having socially-distanced stops at six book review blogs and there’s an associated giveaway. August 30: Bibliomaniac Aza August 30: The Reading Addict September 6: The Avid Reader September 6: The Archeolibrarian September 13: Kit ‘n Kabookle September 20: Notes from a Romantic’s Heart Go checkContinue reading “In Daylight and Darkness is on tour!”