Oh I’m so happy to have another book featuring Viv, and one that is as incredible as its predecessor (although this one is the prequel). Travis has crafted such a wonderful cosy read with slightly higher stakes than Legends & Lattes. It fits perfectly because at this point Viv is still a merc who is forced to stay in Murk for a while due to an injury. So it makes sense that trouble would find its way to her and she wouldn’t be able to resist getting involved.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Supernatural Magic with author Ed McDonald. During the episode, Ed explores the strange nature of the occult, including supernatural beliefs, history, folklore and mythology, hard and soft magic systems, magic as a part of worldbuilding/plot/character, research and lived experience, strange supernatural creatures, the ritual of storytelling and magic and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with author Ed McDonald about his new novel Traitor of Redwinter, the Raven’s Mark series, practicing sword fighting and HEMA, studying history, advice about publishing and the writing community, writing a female protagonist, believing in yourself, tattoos, mice and much more.
I sat down and read through over half of the book in one go, I couldn’t put it down. The prose is beautifully descriptive without being overly flowery. I’d find myself going back and letting certain lines sink in and ruminate before moving on.
Bookshops & Bonedust is a story that will warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and leave a tear in your eye. Travis Baldree has truly created something very special with his characters and world.
Bookshops & Bonedust won’t be published until November 2023, and typically I try to hold reviews until it’s closer to the publish date, however as soon as I saw the approval email come in, I had to drop everything and read it.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on The Hero’s/Heroine’s Journey with author R.R. Virdi. During the episode, Ronnie explores the complexities of the monomyth, including its origins/development across human history, oral storytelling traditions, creation myths and language, Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth, the heroine’s journey and the work of Maureen Murdock, individualism vs. society and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with bestselling author R.R. Virdi about his acclaimed novel The First Binding, how Jim Butcher and The Dresden Files inspired him, starting out in self-publishing and how that compares to traditional publishing, the power of stories across time, writing as work (even though we love it), genre bullshit, mythology, Star Wars and much more.
Summary: There was a plan. She had the money, the connections, even the brains. It was become one of the only female necromancers, earn as many degrees as possible, get a post in one of the grand cities, then prove she’s capable of greatness. The funny thing about plans is that they are seldom under […]
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Worldbuilding 101 with bestselling author Martha Wells. During the episode, Martha unravels the intricacies of worldbuilding, including what it means, why well-crafted worlds are important for stories, first steps for worldbuilding, research vs. creativity, keeping track of details, how to convey information through description, avoiding infodumping, drawing maps, naming shit and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with award-winning/bestselling author Martha Wells about her new novel Witch King, her acclaimed The Murderbot Diaries series, hard lessons from her decades-long publishing career, re-releasing old works (and confronting her younger self’s writing), writing both science fiction and fantasy, demons, The Untamed, Mr. Snuffleupagus and much more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Aliens & First Contact with bestselling author Christopher Paolini. During the episode, Christopher explores the mysteries of aliens, including why humans are fascinated by them, why first contact makes for fantastic story fuel, creating species and environments, science and our understanding of reality, alien tropes, reader emotions, empathetic aliens and more.