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Feature Friday: Still Rock Water

Today’s Feature is Still Rock Water, by Francene Stanley. I’ve had the pleasure of blog touring with Francene, and she is one of the most sincere and helpful people I’ve ever met! I’m not surprised that her book draws us into a world where a woman is able to step past her pain and obstacles in order to help others–with …

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Black, White, and Gray–Blending Good & Evil in Fantasy

Even the Dark Lord loves his mommy… I can agree with this. We don’t need a mustache-twirling baddie who jumps and shouts, “Look at me, I’m EVIL!” The danger in creating (or reading) about the all-black villain who only shows us how evil he can be, is that it runs the risk of him becoming a cliche, or worse, a …

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The Tower’s Alchemist Chapter One

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGvGIyuyrKk[/tube] Please enjoy this audio rendition of the first chapter of The Tower’s Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1). If you haven’t started the series yet, you can still grab the first book for free (and the second for $3.99).

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Feature Friday: Made to Forget

I’ve already had the pleasure of reading Samantha LaFantasie’s HEART SONG, so I’m eagerly awaiting the release of her newest book, MADE TO FORGET (July 2013). This is the first of the Nepherium Novella Series. Check it out! Book Description There’s something that lies within my memory. Hidden in the dark. Something that can kill me and those that I …

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Dante’s Inferno & Dan Brown: A Little Clarification

You already know I love Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Ever since I read it in my college Great Books program, I just fell in love with the story. It had allegory, symbolism, mythology, history, religion–and a genius imagination to tie them all together. So, when I saw Dante’s familiar profile plastered on the cover of the latest Dan Brown book, …

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Are We Breaking Up? Urban Fantasy & Smex

We all have expectations when we pick up a book. We get a horror book and expect frightening things. We pick up a romance and expect the thrill of love. But what happens when genres are blended, and your urban fantasy has become all about smex? To put it another way, your kickass vampire/werewolf/ghost hunter has forgotten she’s part of …

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Let’s Talk Time Travel

I came across this fun post over at DVICE which refuses to accept that some scientists have spoiled our fun and declared time travel to be impossible–those scientists just don’t know that we’ve still got five more options on the table! From wormholes to quantum physics, there are several time travel theories that make their way into fiction and consequently …

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Feature Friday: The Enchanted Skean

  Today’s feature is The Enchanted Skean, by Vonnie Winslow Crist. If you enjoy YA Fantasy, then you’ll definitely need to check out this story. And did I mention that I scored an interview with the author? I’ve got some fun details on this magical fantasy book, so read on! Genre Young Adult Fantasy Book Description The Enchanted Skean – …

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The Gray Tower Trilogy

[tube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBGfj19RFbU[/tube] The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare presents… The Gray Tower Trilogy. Enjoy the book trailer!

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Feature Friday: Sanctuary

Today’s feature is Sanctuary, by Kris Kramer. This fantasy story is set in a long ago Britain where Vikings exert cruelty and strength, and magic is more than mere myth. It’s got a 4.7 average at Amazon, so check it out! Genre Historical Fantasy Book Description In 9th century Britain, chaos rules as kingdoms splinter, Vikings invade from all corners, …