Do you get cold when you’re reading books that happen in the Arctic, or get the creepy-crawlies when you read about ants? Then maybe you want to have a glass of water nearby when you start today’s book, which you ought to do at the first possible opportunity. Divine justice is written in blood. Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs. Until, unexpectedly,… Read more What I’m Reading Now: The Perfect Assassin →
I write, I read, I garden, and I waste time.
I am so thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Lord of Secrets, is going to be published next year (2019) by the amazing Jo Fletcher Books. You can bet that as soon as I have cool information for you (like a cover! whee!) you will hear about it here. In the meantime, I’m off to bake a cake!
What if all the stories started to come true? That’s what the hero of Trail of Lightning, Maggie Hoskie, has to face. Living in the land of Dinè (what used to be called the Navajo reservation), Maggie is one of the few with the wits, training, and grit to face the monsters that roam the world since an apocalyptic earthquake flooded most of the former United States. As if that wasn’t tricky enough, she also has to maintain working–and sometimes personal–relationships with a couple of demigods. It’s difficult to be… Read more What I’m Reading Now: Trail Of Lightning →
The mysterious town of Rotherweird lies cut off from the rest of England, independent but ignorant of its own past–a past which includes a set of exiled Tudor genius kids as founders. A new history teacher is hired at the Rotherweird school at the same time as its ancient manor is bought by a shady new owner, and things start getting very strange indeed. Summing up any more of the intricate plot is difficult without giving spoilers, so instead I’ll try to talk abou the feel of the novel.… Read more What I’m Reading Now: Rotherweird →
Note: In all honesty, this is “what I was reading during my trip to Europe back in May”, but my trip to Europe was also my “trip without wifi” and my “trip that pushed my deadlines tighter/makes writing blog posts secondary to writing novel words”, so you’re getting this review now. But you should still read this book. It’s that good. What if the only way to save the world was to rock, sparkle, and shine? What if humanity’s fate depended on how a handful of bizzaro aliens judged our… Read more What I’m Reading Now: Space Opera →
Have you always wanted the Three Musketeers, but without D’Artangan and with more magic and assassins? Then the Greatcoats are your boys. Falcio and his two best friends are loyal to a dead king, just trying to keep their heads above water long enough to gain some semblance of security. Of course, this goes poorly for them, and from the very first chapter we’re tossed into a maelstrom of sword fights, double-crosses, and callbacks to people in Falcio’s past. Overall, the book was rollicking good fun. My only quibble… Read more What I’m Reading Now: Traitor’s Blade →
“What I’m reading now” is, today, more of a “what I just finished reading”, because I couldn’t quit until I knew the ending. If you’re into Vikings, murder mysteries, and the details of feeding a bunch of warriors who show up randomly to your medieval farm and want to drink up the good mead, Kin by Snorri Kristjansson is the book for you. (As someone who both has brewed mead and regularly has to feed a bunch of people who show up randomly, I maybe empathized more with that… Read more What I’m Reading Now: KIN →
I devoured–which is a hippo pun, although you wouldn’t think it was–Sarah Gailey’s book River of Teeth in about a day and a half. You would, too, if you don’t mind having rivers and bayous becoming even more nightmare-fodder than they already are. What’s this book about? Well, it’s about hippos. And cowboys (or “hoppers”) who ride hippos. And muuuuurder. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great concept, especially one where the introduction promises me a fair array of hats. The hats, as with the rest of the… Read more What I’m Reading Now →