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.
The life updates do not stop: I have a job starting in 2018, which is very exciting. Continue reading
I GRADUATED WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN MARKETING. This is a thing I absolutely do not hate. Continue reading
This week has tested me in ways I really don’t feel like ruminating on so I’ll be talking about techno of dubious quality instead. Continue reading
Graduate school work is over. Say, WHAT?
Holidays interrupted the not-hating things. Got some reading done, got lots of graduate school done.
Sent Thieves Project to some friends and buddies to beta read. It’s going to be weird to be going on break again. Oh wait, it’s NaNoWriMo. I should get back on that.
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.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) kicked off this week and I’m off to a great start. It’s hard to get into that “get the words on the page” mode, but this is a good way to force me to get over it.
This week has been really positive for me. Been pushing forward professionally, personally, and have gotten some great feedback on my work in progress.