Mahrime: Mythpunk for Monsters by Penny Blake

…and the longing for all the things that human company ought to bring but seldom does. ~ From the painter’s daughter by Penny Blake This is a collection (mostly reprints) of odd tales, poems, and pieces falling somewhere between with … Continue reading

The Brotherhood of the Black Flag by Ian Nathaniel Cohen

Between gobbling up Hornblower and a fascination with deep waters, this book easily caught my eye. I was not expecting it to have such a traditional, and therefore predictable, plot, but ultimately, The Brotherhood of the Black Flag was a … Continue reading

Call of the Druids by Fiona Tarr

History is full of moments when those in power stomped out all mention of magic, but what if the people with such talents teamed up to prevent their elimination? That’s the foundation of Call of the Druids, and I presume … Continue reading

Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Ever heard someone wondering how to meet people in a modern world? Well, for Brandi it involves being soaked in a rainwater puddle when a car went by…combined with the driver being a decent guy who stopped to apologize and … Continue reading

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by Valerie Comer

“Holier than thou” is a well-known phrase in the English language, and in Valerie Comer’s first cowboy inspirational romance, Kade and Cheri struggle with just that as they try to overcome their history. It’s much easier to compare your faults … Continue reading

Healer’s Need by Rhenna Morgan

I am enjoying the Men of Haven series by Rhenna Morgan a lot, so when the publisher offered me an ARC of Healer’s Need, I decided to try this series. Trouble is much of what I like about Men of … Continue reading

The King of Hearts (Part 4 of the Red Dog Conspiracy) by Patricia Loofbourrow

The first book in this series sucked me in though noir is not my preferred genre, being largely about the worst in people. Jacq of Spades balanced the dark world with a young woman, Jacqui, determined to do right by … Continue reading

Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

I read the first book in this series when Seanan McGuire was the author guest of honor at BayCon quite a few years back, but reading in paper is hard for me so I never read the others my husband … Continue reading

Troll Tunnels by Erin M. Hartshorn

This is the third Boston Technowitch novel, and with the series shaping up to be long, it falls approximately in the middle. For me, that’s where a series succeeds or fails. The first two established a distinct pattern of narrative … Continue reading

Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) by Daniel Potter

I met Daniel Potter at BayCon 2018 and based on his pitch, gave Off Leash a try. The book took a bit to reach the top of my pile, but when I started reading, I expected to be entertained and … Continue reading