The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]

I freaking love Katherine Hayton’s writing. I’ve reviewed her books before (Skeletal & Breathe and Release, for example), so when this book came up as the next on my sketchy Kindle carousel, I immediately dove in prepared for a wild ride. Continue reading “The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]”

Let April Daniels introduce you to the most badass transgender lesbian superhero you’ve ever met. [Book Review]

If there’s one thing I’ve made perfectly clear in the last few years, it’s that superheroes just aren’t my thing.

No offense meant to people who love them, because I know you all are vast in number and fierce in your loyalties, but I just… rarely get into superhero stories. For one, I find them formulaic, and I rarely see the point of view of the protagonist before or after their miraculous change in station.

But this superhero book blew me away, and I can’t stop myself from singing its praises.

cover of Nemesis Book 1, Dreadnought, by April Daniels

Book Description

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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If The Labyrinth and the Harry Potter universe had a baby… [Book Review]

Have you ever gotten the chance to read a book that seemed like it would be two of your favorites melded together? That’s how I felt when I signed on to read the first in a new fantasy series recently. Continue reading “If The Labyrinth and the Harry Potter universe had a baby… [Book Review]”

Craft, business, and the best advice an indie can get in a book bundle. [Book Review]

To be honest, I don’t even know how I got my hands on this book bundle. As of this writing [in February 2017], I can’t find it available for purchase. That being said, each of the three books in the bundle are available, so I wanted to share my thoughts anyway, in case the writers out there are looking for a resource in your publishing journey.

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It’s like if Luke Skywalker was a girl…

My newest, Banquet, is finally out!

If you want me to be honest, I’ve been saying it’s like…

If Luke Skywalker had been born a girl and grown up with emotionally distant parents, joined a roving band of space pirates, been betrayed by her leader, then defected, tried to kill him, and was sent to a prison planet to serve out a life sentence.

Only she didn’t make it, because the prison transport crashed, and now she’s on a planet with an equally terrible leader, but this one is running a deadly competition for his own benefit and enjoyment.

And it’s #72 on the Amazon LGBT Science Fiction store right now. Continue reading “It’s like if Luke Skywalker was a girl…”

Righteous, she follows. [Free Short Fiction]

I can’t believe it’s less than a week now until my new science fiction book, Banquet, comes out.

On one hand, I’m nervous, because I’ve never written long-form sci-fi before. On the other, I have always loved space opera, and I’m hoping to shake it up a bit by adding my own brand of strange into this well-defined genre.

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Since I’ve been thinking so much about the book and the universe in which it is set, it was only natural that I use some writing prompts to understand it all better. I used three prompts for this short story. Continue reading “Righteous, she follows. [Free Short Fiction]”