The Autumn Prince Returns


In October of 2015, I released a serial on my blog called The Autumn Prince. It became more popular than I had anticipated; one reader called it the "highlight of her month," and I am still humbled by that. The following year it was adapted into a short story for the Crows on Heartstrings anthology, …

On Mermaid Tales & Short Stories


I may have completed edits for Serenade (which I still expect to release sometime in October,) but that doesn't mean I've stepped away from these characters and their adventures. It has been a fun week of world-building and character profiling. My personal copy of Dissonance is currently full of sticky notes! They were placed to …

Book Review: Wendy Darling – Stars by Colleen Oakes


I am fascinated by retellings of classic novels! Some stories are so beloved that they capture imaginations for years, never losing their magic. Often these retellings can be shallow and unoriginal, but Wendy Darling: Stars did not disappoint. It's the story of Peter Pan told from Wendy's point of view, and though it's been a …

Excerpt: A Hundred Pages


These days I really have been procrastinating edits by writing short stories. I'm not sure what I'll do with them all, but some I am really happy with; I will be sharing excerpts. I don't know how long all of them will be, and most will probably be serialized. Briony's story is still in progress, …

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Much has been said about Me Before You. While some people loved it, others disliked the premise enough to boycott the book. I tried reading with a neutral mind, but that didn't save me from the heartbreaking conclusion. It felt like a punch to the gut, even though the whole time I suspected how the story would end. …

Book Review: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson


The Bookseller follows a woman named Kitty who lives in Denver, where she runs a bookstore with her best friend, Frieda. In 1962 it's not usual for her to be unmarried at the age of thirty-eight, but she tells herself she's content. Having gone through a failed courtship and several dates that led nowhere, she's …

Book Review: Under the Trees by Ashley Maker


Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoredmund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling …

Book Review: Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb


Ship of Magic sweeps us into a world of pirates and sailors, traders and sea serpents. Don't let the length of the story frighten you: There's hardly a dull moment in this novel, the first installment of Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy. It's crafted with so much care, I found it difficult to tell who …

Review: Be Your Own Fairy Tale by Alison Davies


From the beginning, Be Your Own Fairy Tale looked promising—a book any lover of magic and dragons ought to have on their shelf. With lovely illustrations, it was impossible to ignore; however, it wasn't what I expected. I thought it would offer more in-depth history of fairy tales, introducing undiscovered gems. Instead, Be Your Own Fairy Tale …