Monthly Archives: February 2018

Author Interview: Alex Wells

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Today I am interviewing Alex Wells, author of the new science-fiction novel, Blood Binds the Pack, second book in the Hob series.

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DJ: Hi Alex! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Alex: I’ve been professionally writing science fiction and fantasy for about eight years now. I’m also a geologist; I got my MS in sedimentology, which I’ve been told shows a little bit in how I write things. Deserts landforms are my favorites, which explains a lot about the setting for the books at least!

DJ: What is Blood Binds the Pack and then the Hob series about?

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Alex: It’s about the worker population on a company-owned and controlled planet striking to try to better their living conditions–but it’s also about ultimately who is going to control interstellar travel in this universe, even if they don’t quite realize it. It’s about working people asserting their right to survive and thrive and have control over their own destinies. There’s also, I will note, witchiness. (I’ve been told that Blood Binds the Pack manages to stand on its own, but if you read Hunger Makes the Wolf first, you’ll know the characters better.)

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Hob series?

Alex: Definitely Dune and Firefly are aesthetic influences. The biggest influence is actually historical, though. A lot of what happens in these books is influenced by or even directly related to the Colorado Coal Field Wars, which was a series of clashes between company and government men and the union coal miners.  Continue reading

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Author Interview: E.J. Swift

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Today I am interviewing E. J. Swift, author of the new sci-fi, time-travel novel, Paris Adrift.

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DJ: Hey E.J.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

E. J. Swift: Thank you for asking me! I’m a writer of speculative fiction, and Paris Adrift is my fourth novel, following The Osiris Project trilogy (Osiris, Cataveiro and Tamaruq). I’ve also had a number of short stories published, including “The Spiders of Stockholm” which was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award, and most recently in anthologies The Djinn Falls in Love (“The Jinn Hunter’s Apprentice”), Infinity Wars (“Weather Girl”) and 2084 (“The Endling Market”). In the non-writing part of my life I love gardening, nature, pole fitness, and of course, cats.

DJ: What is Paris Adrift about?

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E.J.: It’s a tale of time travel, bartenders and the City of Light. Hallie is a young woman who moves to Paris to try and escape her past. Initially it’s all going well: she finds a bar job and a community of fellow drifters in the bohemian district of Montmartre, but gets more than she bargained for when she discovers a time portal in the keg room, meets the mysterious Chronometrist, and finds herself caught up in a mission to prevent the end of the world.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Paris Adrift?

E.J.: I lived in Paris for 18 months and fell in love with the city, particularly the area of Montmartre which is a hybrid of the picturesque – Sacre Coeur and the brasseries and boutique stores of Rue des Abbesses – and the grubbier, seedier side of Paris. I also adore the film Moulin Rouge, although I avoided that period of history in Paris Adrift as it’s been explored so well elsewhere.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Medusa Uploaded (Medusa Cycle #1) by Emily Devenport


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Medusa Uploaded (Medusa Cycle #1) by  Emily Devenport

(May, 2018 by TOR)

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Author Interivew: E.C. Ambrose

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Today I am interviewing E.C. Ambrose, author of the new historical fantasy novel, Elisha Daemon, final book in The Dark Apostle series.

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DJ: Hi E.C! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

E.C. Ambrose: I dropped out of art school, where I was majoring in sculpture, to found my own wholesale gift sculpture business and focus more on writing. Alas for me, the business broke up a few years ago, but the writing took off around the same time. I live in New Hampshire with my family, and work part-time as an adventure guide.

DJ: What is Elisha Daemon and then The Dark Apostle series about?

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E.C.: The Dark Apostle follows the harrowing journey of Elisha, a barber-surgeon in 14th century England who discovers he has an unnatural affinity with Death. As his power grows, he confronts a gritty world full of injustice and tragedy—and discovers the shadowy necromancers who profit by the fear of others. Magic, intrigue and medieval surgery!

Elisha Daemon takes place in 1348: Europe has become a bottomless well of terror and death, from which the necromancers drink deep as the citizens sink into despair. If there is to be any chance of survival, Elisha must root out the truth of the pestilence at its unexpected source: the great medical school at Salerno.

But as he does, his former mentor, the beautiful witch Brigit, lays her own plans. For there may be one thing upon the face of the planet more deadly than the plague: the unfiltered power of Death within Elisha himself. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Django Wexler

Today I am interviewing Django Wexler, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Infernal Battalion, final book in The Shadow Campaigns series.

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DJ: Hey Django! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Django Wexler: Hi! I’m Django, and I write fantasy — currently military fantasy in The Shadow Campaigns and middle-grade fantasy in The Forbidden Library. In my previous life I was a software engineer, and I’m a heavy gamer of almost every sort.

Django: It’s always hard to summarize without too many spoilers! The series centers on a brilliant, charismatic young officer, Janus bet Vhalnich, who rises rapidly to supreme command when his kingdom is convulsed by revolution. Underneath the politics, though, supernatural undercurrent loom large, and eventually break through to the surface.

DJ: What is The Infernal Battalion and then The Shadow Campaigns series about?

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Django: It’s always hard to summarize without too many spoilers! The series centers on a brilliant, charismatic young officer, Janus bet Vhalnich, who rises rapidly to supreme command when his kingdom is convulsed by revolution. Underneath the politics, though, supernatural undercurrent loom large, and eventually break through to the surface.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Shadow Campaigns series?

Django: The most obvious was George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. After reading the first three books, I had the idea that I wanted to do something vaguely similar — I admired the way he’d taken the knights-and-castles fantasy back to its historical roots, and I wanted to do something historically based, with just a light touch of magic. Later I read David Chandler’s The Campaigns of Napoleon, and that seemed to fit the bill — it’s such a good story.
Another strong influence was S.M. Stirling’s books. He did a series with David Drake called The General, which is an SF retelling of the campaigns of Belisarius, and that got me going in the vein of historical retelling. Continue reading

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Book Collecting: Update #26

When I came home from school this winter, there was also one special package from Orbit. What was so special about? Well, when I opened the box, there was a gift wrapped package in there?!

What was inside when I opened the package…?


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The Friday Face-Off: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

A full list of future Friday themes can be found at Lynn’s Book Blog


The Friday Face-Off: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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Top Reads of 2017!

I feel like it would be a sin to be running a book blog and to not make a “best of” list for the books I read every year. However, 2017 was my first full year of medial school, meaning that I did not have to read many books all (only 2 novels, 1 novella, 1 novelette, and 2 short-stories in total).

Regardless! I will still promote all the books I gave a rating of 4/5 or higher! 🙂

Without further ado, I am happy to announce my…

Top Reads of 2017! 


 2. Infinity Blade: Redemption (Infinity Blade #2) by Brandon Sanderson

About the Book:

Long months have passed since Siris and the God King, enemies betrayed
together, were left to rot in the prison at the Vault of Tears. Their 
true enemy — the Worker of Secrets, creator of the Infinity Blade
itself — now reigns.

Upon finally obtaining freedom, Siris must unravel plots that seem to
 make no sense, lead a rebellion with no direction, and fight against the 
division within his very heart. The secrets unraveled will dig backward 
in time toward the origins of the deathless and the true nature of the 
world itself…

From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and ChAIR entertainment, creators of the blockbuster Infinity Blade video game series, comes the second novel in the epic Infinity Blade saga. This latest tale delves deeper into the fantastical world of Infinity Blade, a world of mystery and intrigue where magic and technology are indistinguishable and even life and death are not as they seem.

My Rating: 4/5

Why You Should Read It: It’s part 2 of the short-fiction duology, and the first was so much fun to read!

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