Reading Recap: February 2018


Work-life-writing balance was thrown a giant wrench this month, but that didn’t stop me from diving into some excellent reads.

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Reading Recap: January 2018

RRJan2018First proper recap of the year! Balancing reading, working, and writing is proving less challenging now that I’ve also started running (yay treadmill reads).

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Author to Author with Amanda Hocking (Between the Blade and the Heart Blog Tour)


I had the pleasure of reading an eARC of Between the Blade and the Heart (2018) by Amanda Hocking. It’s an urban fantasy about Valkyries whose purpose is to send immortals back to the underworld. There are secrets, tension, and really cool fight scenes galore. I especially loved how differently Malin approaches her relationship with Quinn and her relationship with Asher. Her relationship with her mother is particularly compelling.

As part of the blog tour, Amanda answered some questions about the craft and inspiration for this Scandinavian-inspired urban fantasy. The book comes out January 2nd.

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Reading Recap: December 2017

RRDecember2017This December recap is the last one for 2017, mostly because of the 12 Days of Reading that closes out the year and kicks of my 2018 in books. I am already hype for the things to come next year, as a reader, a writer, and a professional.

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Reading Recap: November 2017

RRNovember2017.pngI won National Novel Writing Month in 2017 and finished graduate school in the same week, so reading has been in a strange place for the past four weeks. I read a work that made me really excited for my project that’s with my beta readers, so that’s a good way to regain some momentum.

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Author to Author with S.A. Chakraborty


Happy book day to Shan Chakraborty’s City of Brass, a lush epic fantasy about a con artist whisked off to an enchanting world to discover who she really is. There is magic, sword fights, and political intrigue sprinkled throughout and finely woven together. As the book is also Shan’s debut, I invited her to take time to talk about world-building, process, critique groups, and publishing. Shan and I are also part of the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers group together, an excellent community of writers working on projects in science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between.

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