2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…

Interview with Joshua Gaylord, Author of When We Were Animals
Author Interview / May 11, 2015

I am very excited to have Joshua Gaylord, author of WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS, join us today for a Q&A. For those that missed my review, this is one of my favorite recent books. I read a quite a few books a year, and it is always refreshing when I encounter one that just feels so different. There’s a magic to the main character that is hard to get across and I really feel there is much more to this book than it’s ability to scare or disturb. So, I was delighted to get the chance to ask the author a few questions. Red Moon meets The Virgin Suicides, WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS is an inimitable combination of an all-American coming-of-age story and a supernatural transformation legend. “For a long time, when I was a girl, I was a very good girl.” And so begins Gaylord’s modern gothic of a girl’s gritty, mythic, and violent coming-of-age. WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS is a dark, provocative journey into the American heartland and the unpredictable and biting hearts of teenagers. When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she cannot imagine how she became a kind suburban wife and devoted mother. In fact she…

Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
5 Stars , Reviews / April 30, 2015

When We Were Animals is a beautifully chilling story about humans and the animals within us. I absolutely love the prose and Gaylord’s way with words. He takes you right into the town and into the mind of our protagonist, Lumen. Lumen Fowler grew up in a small town with a peculiar nature. For three nights of each full moon teenagers “breach”, which means they run wild through the night and succumb to a carnal and predatory nature. They become animals free of of the bonds that hinder more base instincts and desires within humans in a civilized society. This stage usually lasts about 1 year and starts about age 15 but can vary per person. It creates an interesting setting where the people of the town know to stay indoors and away from these kids as they go crazy, free of restraint. Lumen is an absolutely captivating character. She is a thinker, one great example is how she explains the meaning of her name, defines herself in terms of her name (which has numerous definitions). She loves words and maps and books. She has always feels a bit different from all of her friends and peers. She is absolutely sure she will be different in that she will not…

Waiting on Wednesday – When We Were Animals
Waiting On Wednesday / March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. I’m a sucker for dark books, and something about this just calls to me to read it! Title: When We Were Animals Author: Joshua Gaylord Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Publisher: Mulholland Books     A small, quiet Midwestern town, which is unremarkable save for one fact: when the teenagers reach a certain age, they run wild. When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she wouldn’t have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact, she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen’s confessional: as a well-behaved and over-achieving teenager, she fell beneath the sway of her community’s darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident “breaches” during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path. Lumen resists. Promising her father she will never breach, she investigates the mystery of her community’s traditions and the stories erased from the town record. But the more we learn about the town’s past, the more we realize that Lumen’s memories…