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June 2019 Recommended Books

We built a patio this June, something large enough to eventually put in a fire pit and bench when we get our strength and motivation back (and maybe when summer is starting to fade). I have been informed I could now officially be an apprentice to a mason as I have gained some basic sand-slinging and leveling skills.

Taught my son to play Misty Mountains on the keyboard as well! He picked it up quick enough, transferring over his training from the violin, and we had a great time coming up with personal mnemonics to remember the notes. Great Big Dinosaurs Fart Atrociously was perhaps the winner. He’ll certainly not forget it, which was the point XD

These are my favorite books I read in June, with an addendum that I also read and enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (a YA Fantasy about dangerous, fantastical libraries) and that it’s gone on my shelf awaiting to be picked up by the girl in a few years.

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The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
(Fantasy Mystery)

This book. Probably one of my favorites for the year so far. While reading I could clearly see the nod to Agatha Christie and it was no surprise to discover Turton made a comment about her in his Q&A at the back end of my copy. This blend of mystery and fantasy is one I continually reach for and yet, quite often, the urban fantasy that overwhelmingly attempts to tap into the mystery genre does not come close to satisfying my desires. The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle went beyond my expectations despite all the praise I knew it to have. The prose by itself would have made the story. Then add in all the twists, the turns, the confusion and excitement, and the existential question of who is Aiden Bishop underneath all these hosts he wears made this novel go straight to sitting next to some of favorite Agatha Christie. I can not wait to see what Turton writes next!

Five Unicorn Flush by T. J. Berry
(Science Fantasy)

Sequel to Space Unicorn Blues, Five Unicorn Flush came out this past May and covers what happens after the separation of some of the characters at the end of the previous novel. I can’t say much for fear of spoilers, however, I was relieved that our lead, Jenny, did not suddenly and magically become able-bodied, since that would have felt unrealistic and unachievable, and she continued to be the stubborn, successful character we met before. The darkly humorous bent this series owns continued on through this book, making it fun despite serious under-workings.

The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
(Middle Grade Fantasy)

I don’t normally recommend the middle grade books I read to my kids, but this book is so touching and well-crafted I can’t help but make an exception. The main story is told by an African grey who desperately wishes to fly free from the pet store in which he’d been born, while two other (human) characters are shown through journal entries and letters. The underlying theme of grief and growth is seamlessly folded into each character’s arc in a poignant, but different way. Enough so that while reading the second half of this book my daughter kept telling me she felt funny, felt like she needed to cry, and I agreed with her wholeheartedly. Even better, Leonardo took famous poems as inspiration to write others from the bird’s perspective in such a way that the poems were accessible to children who had never heard of Carroll or Frost or Keats. I ended up adoring this book!

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The Rains of Imarcia Published

I’m excited to announce that The Rains of Imarcia has become my first published novel. You can find it for $5.99 at Amazon, B&N and download many different formats of it available at Smashwords.

Windrunner Sey arrives upon Imarcian soil to help stave off an impending war between two cities. What she didn’t anticipate was setting down in the midst of a storm that almost ruins her chances of success before she’d even begun.

For on Imarcia, the rains kill…

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The Rains of Imarcia Cover & Description

I’m pleased to announce the cover and description of my first novel, The Rains of Imarcia. Click on the cover to get a clearer, larger version.

Coming ~ Dec 15 2011

With Imarcia’s population dwindling daily, another world, one usually neutral in Imarcian dealings, becomes concerned. So when raiding escalates between the two cities of Elarrc and Renaci, a delegate is dispatched to interpose and attempt to stave off the impending war.

Windrunner Sey arrives upon Imarcian soil to lend an objective hand. She learns quickly that not only does she have to contend with the horrors the storms rain down almost daily and the stubbornness of the Rainwatchers who lead the two cities, but she must also fight the strong desire to run home through the high storms and leave Imarcia’s people to the deadly fate they seem to wish to embrace.

Magic Realism/Fantasy Romance/Secondary World Fantasy
(~101,000 words)

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Novel: The Rains of Imarcia

The Rains of Imarcia, a novel set (surprise, surprise) in the world of Imarcia will be published mid-December of this year.

I will be aiming for a Dec. 15th publication date, but considering the inability to control the exact time when stories go live across all the sites I publish to, it is possible things might be a day or two early or late.

Back cover description and cover will be added in future posts in November and/or early December 2011.

The most updated information on forthcoming works can now be found on both the Forthcoming page as well as the specific world the story is set in. In this case, in the Imarcia World page.