While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

We all know the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the princess who was cursed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die unless awoken by love’s true kiss. 575 more words

Book Reviews

#Diversiverse Review: Intisar Khanani - Thorn

My first read for Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe challenge can be declared a success. I am still very careful with self-published titles but if enough recommendations float my way, I usually give the book in question a try. 1,261 more words


Book Review: Boy, Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

“We’re friendly toward strangers because of a general belief (I don’t know where it comes from) that we’re born strangers and that the memory of how that feels never really leaves us.” …

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The Crooked Bookshelf,

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (36)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon. 119 more words


TTT: Underrated Books in Fantasy

Not sure where to draw the line in order to consider what “underrated” would be, but I figure here’s another chance to tout off some of my favorite fantasies that don’t exactly have a huge following on Goodreads (well, some of them have a couple thousand ratings, which is awesome…but you know what I mean). 669 more words


Author Ray Ballantyne spotlighted in the Statesman Journal

Our author, Ray Ballantyne, recently launched his book The Last Child of Hamelin to a fabulous crowd at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Not only did he read a chapter from his newly published book, but he also told a story that inspired him to write it. 103 more words

Books For Children

The big announcement--take two!! Vlog!

We’ve gotten the go ahead to let everyone know what’s going on with A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON, the book that is like a phoenix and has risen from the ashes.  10 more words