Soul’s Blood: A Space Opera with a Triad of Awesomeness

I only met Stephen Graham King online, when he asked to write for the Spoonie Authors Network. It took about five minutes for me to like him, and I'm probably exaggerating by four minutes. I'd heard author ’Nathan Bourgoine rave about Stephen's space operas, so I decided to read Soul's Blood, the first of his Maverick Heart Cycle …

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Tremontaine: binge-worthy and full of chocolate!

Truth be told, I thought perhaps there was something wrong with author Caroline Fréchette. They kept enthusiastically going on and on and on about some book called Tremontaine, insisting that we all read it. Finally, not wanted to incur Caro's eyebrows of wrath, I bought the eBook version. And now, after reading it, I can say …

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ID: In Memoriam book cover. Swirling timepiece against a light grey background. Man in red shirt and black pants has his back to us while standing akimbo. Text reads: IN MEMORIAM, ’Nathan Burgoine, Author of Light and Triad Blood.

In Memoriam: A lifetime or two within a short story

Some people can write a tome and not really tell a decent story, but then authors like ’Nathan Bourgoine can create an entire lifetime—or two—in a short work of fiction that cuts right to the soul. In Memoriam follows the story of James, an editor who has just been given a diagnosis that will debilitate and …

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Losing Faith and Loving Emma: sharing in two siblings’ grief

I met Alexis James on Twitter and when I discovered she was such a  lovely person, I wanted to support her by purchasing her books. Well, I started backward and bought Loving Emma before Losing Faith, but she said it was okay, because each book stands on its own. (Each one really does, too!) Both of these stories …

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Human, A Shadows Empires Book: left me enthralled

I have to say something right off the bat: author S.M. Carrière made a liar out of me. Yup, she totally did. And that's because I told people I'm not a vampirey book type of person. Then I read her work, Human, A Shadow Empires Book. Now I'm a big liar, liar pants on fire. This …

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Journey of a Thousand Steps: high-tech, intrigue, Ottawa

I wrote about meeting two authors from Renaissance Press when I lost my virginity at Ottawa PopExpo in November 2015. One of the authors I talked to was Madona Skaff-Koren, who wrote Journey of a Thousand Steps. She was absolutely lovely to speak with, and so was Caroline Frechette, who was also at the booth. After a delightful chat with …

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The Puddle & Gosling: Charming fantasy tale about “baristing” in Scuddy Corners

I'm really enjoying this trend of going through the writers on my Twitter list and reading their work. I'm trying to focus more on indie authors, because I know there are gems out there. So far, I'm batting 1000. Canadian writer C.Y. Falvey is the author of The Puddle and Gosling, about a young woman who flees her …

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