Feminist, Fictionista, Foodie, Francophile

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Become a patron of the arts!

If you're a reader of fantasy and science fiction, then you know the work of Katharine Kerr. (Daggerspell was my gateway book, and I've been reading her fantastical stories set in the fictional realm of Deverry ever since.) If you're a fan of hers you may know that she and her family have been emotionally and financially devastated by her husband's early-onset Alzheimer's.

She's now reaching out to fans via Patreon, offering free fiction and other goodies in return for patronage. (Levels begin as low as $3 a month and come on...you spend more than that on a latte per day.)

Here's her Patreon page. Here's a link to her website. Here's a link to her Zazzle shop where you can pick up all kinds of swag marked with the Silver Dagger logo designed by Kerr's husband, Howard. Thanks to Patreon you don't have to be a Borgia or a Medici to be a patron to a creator. And who better than someone who's been entertaining you since 1993?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The results of this year's election--now one month old--pulled the scab off the still-festering wound of race relations in America. Read this book for a perspective. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Between the World and Me:

It is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States. Coates recapitulates the American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture." Coates draws from an abridged, autobiographical account of his youth in Baltimore, detailing the ways in which institutions like the school, the police, and even "the streets" discipline, endanger, and threaten to disembody black men and women. The work takes inspiration from James Baldwin's 1963 The Fire Next Time. Unlike Baldwin, Coates sees white supremacy as an indestructible force, one that black Americans will never evade or erase, but will always struggle against.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Joe Kenda Mug

I don't need any more mugs.
No one I know needs any more mugs. Between the one you got free when you opened an account at that new bank and the one you got from a coworker on your last birthday, and the cute one you bought online one night when you were cruising Etsy instead of sleeping--you're covered on the mug situation. And yet...this one calls me. Probably because I can hear Joe Kenda's voice in my head when I look at the words. And possibly because I know a couple of people who have crazy boyfriends--not in the homicidal kind of cray-cray way, but guys whose eccentricities make them less than endearing. (Note:  Crazy does not equal sexy. Just sayin'.)
If you have a Homicide Hunter fan on your Christmas list and they somehow don't have enough mugs in their kitchen, consider this one.

Heartblaze 3 Vampire Eternal by Shay Roberts ... a review

Heartblaze 3: Vampire EternalHeartblaze 3: Vampire Eternal by Shay Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This paranormal thriller/romance series continues to impress with the author's deft intertwining of history and fantasy. With every book, his paranormal universe has expanded, and this--the final book in "Emma's Saga"--goes out with a bang. Great female characters are a bonus too--powerful women rule every corner of the Heartblaze paranormal universe, and if that was the ONLY thing Roberts did right, it would be worth reading the books just for that reason. But the author is a story teller with a capital S, and the elements of the plot--some of them seeded as early as the first book--mesh like jeweled clockwork. Every word has a purpose, every page has a surprise, every chapter moves the story forward. This series has been a pure pleasure to read, and it's good to know there will be other books coming set in this world.

View all my reviews

Throne of the Crescent Moon ... a gorgeous fantasy book

I get so tired of fantasy books that cover the same old/same old ground. Yes, I read the Celtic tales as a kid and Norse mythology as well. But where are the fantasies set in Asia? In Africa? In Latin America? In the Middle East?
Throne of the Crescent Moon has just popped up on my radar and it's fantastic. And clearly, I'm late to the party because when it was published, nearly five years ago, it was a finalist for practically ever fantasy award out there and won the Locus Award for "best first novel." Writer Saladin Ahmed (born and raised in Michigan) also writes short stories and non-fiction. This is book one in a series. I can't wait for the next chapter!

Just read the book's description. You'll be salivating too.

A finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy Awards, and the winner of the Locus Award for Best First NovelThrone of the Crescent Moon is a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New from Poisoned Pen Press...just in time for Christmas!

Poisoned Pen Press  has got your Christmas covered. No matter what flavor of the mystery genre you prefer, they have what you want. (What you crave!) Check out their books and authors here.  I know A Decline in Prophets is on my wish list!

The second novel in the award-winning Rowland Sinclair series from Sulari Gentill.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the glamour of the ocean voyage, the warmth and wit among the friends, and yet all the time, simmering beneath the surface, was the real and savage violence, waiting to erupt. The 1930s are a marvelous period. We know what lies ahead! This is beautifully drawn, with all its fragile hope and looming tragedy. I am delighted this is a series. I want them all.”
— Anne Perry, New York Times best-selling author

Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Shop Has the Ugly Christmas Sweaters of Your Dreams!

Etsy Alert. Sweater Zoo out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has more than 100 great sweaters, including many designs that will make your holidays cozy and bright. Prices on Sweater Zoo's wares are mostly in the $20-$30 range, and there are sweater vests priced at $18. Order now to get your ugly Christmas sweaters early!