Rise to the Sun: Review

Start: December 21, 2021 Finish: January 1, 2022 Synopsis: From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark. Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . […]

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Jesus and John Wayne: Review

Start: November 2, 2021 Finish: December 27, 2021 Synopsis: Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account that reveals how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism–or, in the words of one modern chaplain, with a “spiritual badass.” As Kristin […]

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A Master of Djinn: Review

Start: December 8, 2021 Finish: December 20, 2021 Synopsis: Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer. So when someone murders the members of a secret brotherhood dedicated to […]

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May & June Reads

I originally wanted to post this at the beginning of June, following my usual timeline with this series. But I was in the middle of ‘Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky’ and wanted to finish it before publishing these. It took longer than I wanted to actually finish the book (damn my inability […]

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April Reads

Another month, another (small) list of books. I put this post off from a few extra days because I hoped to finish one extra book before publishing this. But I have a while to go until I finish ‘Self-Editing for Fiction Writers’ so I’m putting that in the May Reads post. April went by in […]

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A Memory Called Empire: Review

A Memory Called Empire follows Mahit Dzmare, the newly minted ambassador to the vast and ravenous Teixcalannli Empire. At the start of the story, her mission is simple: discover what happened to the previous ambassador and keep the empire from annexing her home, Lsel Station. But the simple quickly spirals into the complicated within Mahit’s first few hours in the City, the planet that serves as the heart of the Empire.

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A Writer’s Journal: March ’21

While my novella has a LONG way to go until it’s ready for submission, I’m enjoying this process so much. I love the main character and how she moves through this world. I’m trying to shy away from actively revising the story as I draft, but I’ve made notes on what I want to research and add to the story in future drafts.

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January Reads

From novellas to novels to the occasional non-fiction book, I chipped away at my ‘TBR’ list in preparation for the host of highly anticipated books that will be published later this year.

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