Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Silk Betrayal is certified for Underground Reviews

I haven't used the Underground Reviews site in the past, so I'm not entirely familiar with how they work. But their focus is on smaller, independent presses and self-published books. To make sure they get books that aren't just tossed onto Amazon without the full editing, proofreading, etc. treatment they ought to have, the site goes through a certification process before approving books for potential reviewers. The Silk Betrayal is now certified for their reviewers.

That doesn't mean it has a review yet. So why am I even bothering to mention it here? Apparently you can go vote for the book, which makes it more likely a reviewer will choose it. So if you have an account at Underground Reviews or feel like creating one for yourself, then vote for The Silk Betrayal to be a featured review there soon. (How much influence does that have? I have no idea...)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Doppelganger Showdown

My mid-grade/YA short story "Doppelganger Showdown" is in this issue of Frostfire Worlds. My contributor copy recently arrived, so here's what it looks like in the wild.

The story has a variety of inspirations, including my own daughter and the take on fairies in Susanna Clarke's Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell--I've tended to shy away from fairies and elves in my writing, but I love her take on it, reaching back to traditions of the fair folk (or whatever you want to call them) as as tricksters and dangerous beings on the edges and hidden places of our world.

You can buy a copy of this magazine, with a bunch of stories and poems for middle grade readers (and those who enjoy stories for that age group) at the Alban Lake bookstore.