Star Wars Episode X: A Missed Opportunity

Star Wars Episode X: A Missed Opportunity

Warning: Mild spoilers for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Okay, so everyone’s been blowing up social media about Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and how inadequate it was for about the last month. I won’t bore you with another review, but I will give some thoughts on a missed […]

Review: Beasts Beneath the Flesh

Review: Beasts Beneath the Flesh

Being the superficial reader that I am, I was intrigued by the book cover art that author Joe Colomban posted on Twitter for his upcoming book, Beasts Beneath the Flesh. The artwork by fantasy and sci-fi legend Boris Vallejo is a really cool throwback to the fantasy book covers of the mid-20th century featuring ripped […]

EARCS and Piracy

EARCS and Piracy

Yesterday on Twitter, indie author Jasmine Gold mentioned that she found her book on piracy websites. Due to the timing and file format, she believed that it was an EARC (electronic advanced reader copy) reader who released the book. Warning to writers new to self-publishing: When I published my novel last summer, some supposed reviewers […]

The Predatory Agent No One Talks About

The Predatory Agent No One Talks About

This one’s been blowing up big on Twitter the last 48 hours… When it comes to predatory agents, everyone instantly starts thinking of the schmagent-types trying to scam you out of your money. Stuff like the Edit Ink scam or ones who want to charge you upfront come to mind. Nope, we’re not talking about […]

Review: MIND- Two Short Tales of Horror

Review: MIND- Two Short Tales of Horror

While I stopped to review the first half of “Soldiers of Earthrise Book 2,” I decided to give a quick read-through of EH Night’s third book, MIND. And this one is a QUICK one.  I’m not sure of the exact word length, but each story strikes me as on the cusp between flash fiction and […]

Goodbye Teens, Hello Roaring Twenties!

Goodbye Teens, Hello Roaring Twenties!

The Twenty-Teens were a decade of both calm regularity (Hey! No poop jokes!) and emotional whiplash. Lots of folks look back on what happened in their lives at the end of the decade and I’ll hop on the bandwagon myself. Hyperlinks are available if I’ve blogged about it. And if you’re wondering: Yes, I’m humble-bragging […]

When Authors and Critics Should Engage

When Authors and Critics Should Engage

A few weeks ago, there was a Twitter beef between an author and a critic who gave a negative review of her book. The author challenged the critique by saying the critic only read an ARC and the critic countered this by saying the final copy of the book had the same issues. The author […]

Review: Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall (TAS1)

Review: Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall (TAS1)

Back in early 2018, indie author Rae Knightly offered EARCS of Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall (The Alien Skill Series Book 1) and I never got around to reading mine until now. Please accept my deepest apologies, Rae. Now that I’ve seen what a great story this was, I’m really kicking myself for not […]

Review: Soldiers of Earthrise Book 2- Earthlings

Review: Soldiers of Earthrise Book 2- Earthlings

Disclaimer: The first half of this book was read in EARC form so some things may be different from the final release available.  My review of Book 1 Not sure if it’s true, but Book 2 felt much longer than the first one.  Since this is Book 2 of a series, there will be spoilers […]

Write Critical Reviews, Not Negative Reviews

Write Critical Reviews, Not Negative Reviews

I was him-hawing about posting my review of Watersong because it was to be the first critical review on my blog. I even postponed it two days for this reason.  Some people are good at taking thoughtful criticism, and some aren’t. Hannah Conrad took my critical review in stride which was a relief. She even […]