Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

May Contain Spoilers

Here is another series I love in premise, but not execution.  Bryn and her dragon friends are recovering from the attacks from the traitorous dragons.  Parts of the school have been destroyed, and many of the students have been injured.  Because a damaged dragon is a social embarrassment to the snobby blues, those students with life altering injuries are asked to stay home and be home schooled.  Bryn isn’t having any of that, so she and her grandmother plan a party to entice all the students back to campus, with mixed success. 

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Review: Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

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Dr Elliott Drake and a group of his friends have awoken after fifty years to a nightmare.  The world they knew is gone, replaced by an earth devastated by natural disasters, and overrun with horrific monsters.  Elliott has a secret; he’s gained the ability to heal, but doing so passes his patient’s illness or injury to him.  He can pass it on to the next person he touches, but the ability terrifies him.  How can he purposefully make someone else suffer from a broken bone or an infection or a terminal illness?

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Interview with Katie MacAlister, Author of Dragon Soul

Please give a warm welcome to Katie MacAlister! She dropped by the virtual offices to answer a few questions.

What would readers be surprised to find out about you?

[KM]  Goodness. So many things, I would expect. Perhaps the fact that I never went to high school (but did go to college). Or that I wanted to be an astrophysicist. Or maybe that I have a bunch of very slight touches of facial blindness, dyslexia, and synesthesia. All of which makes it an adventure when writing out a check that has amounts using 4 or S (both of which are red).

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

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Novella Micro Review: Streaming Dawn by Steve Bein

 

May Contain Spoilers

I’ve been fighting a cold and didn’t have the energy to write a long review for this novella that takes place in Feudal Japan, so here’s a micro review.

While I enjoyed this Fated Blades novella, I did not like Kaida, the main character. She’s a shinobi, and part of the secretive Wind organization that carefully sets events in motion to control the rulers of Japan. I loved the setting, and that an old woman could be such a fearsome opponent, but I didn’t like her. Kaida is near the end of her career as an assassin, and she’s determined to avenge the death of one of her students, in direct opposition of her current assignment.

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