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Launching the Amalgam Book Club with A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS

A Hundred Thousand Worlds Bob Proehl US hardcoverJoin me at Amalgam Comics on October 5 to discuss Bob Proehl’s A Hundred Thousand Worlds!

Valerie Torrey took her son Alex and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a lesbian comics writer to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A Hundred Thousand Worlds will be the first title in Amalgam’s book club, which launches in October. We’d love to see you there!

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Chat with me about geek culture & Girls in Capes in NW Ohio October 15!

Northwest Ohio, I’m coming home!

Come hang out with me at Way Public Library’s very first Pop Culture Con on October 15 from 11 to 4!

I’ll be presenting on what I do at Girls in Capes and how to promote diversity in books, comics, and other forms of media.

Way Public Library’s Pop Culture Con will be a family-friendly event. There will be a few fun fandom activities, workshops on writing fanfiction and drawing comics, a costume contest, and more.

Get updates on this event and RSVP on Facebook at the official event page!

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Join Girls in Capes Book Club to discuss Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED

Uprooted_cover_pictureJoin us at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA on September 24 to discuss Naomi Novik’s award-winning novel UPROOTED!

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Get more details or discuss online at the official post on Girls in Capes.

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New review at Girls in Capes: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

Jemisin_ObeliskGate_TPCheck out my review of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin at Girls in Capes!

The Obelisk Gate is the second book in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series, and it was one of my most anticipated books out this summer as well as one of my most anticipated books of 2016. The bar was set pretty high, and when I started reading it, I was a little worried that my expectations would result in disappointment.

They didn’t.

The Obelisk Gate was my second 5-star review in two weeks. Learn more about this amazing book and what precisely I loved so much about it. (Spoiler alert: Jemisin’s writing voice is flawless.)

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Read my review of K.B. Wagers’ BEHIND THE THRONE on Girls in Capes

B-T-7-darkerCheck out my review of BEHIND THE THRONE in Girls in Capes!

I also love the way that the book addresses not only who she is as a gunrunner (basically a glorified space pirate), but who she is as the heiress to the empire and as a woman. Her heart is broken over her loved ones who have been killed; she’ll never live up to her mother’s expectations or her sister’s legacy; she worries about fulfilling her duties not just to the throne, but her people.

Behind the Throne is a debut adult science fiction set in the heart of space. 5 out of 5 stars!

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First August snail mail

My schedule and habits have been pretty disrupted because of my move and the start of my new job in mid-June. I’m getting back on track, though. The stamps for my first August letters were the really pretty flower ones – I have a lot of cool stamps to use, so I’m excited to get more.

Side note: This year, USPS will have Wonder Woman stamps for the anniversary! The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held on Oct. 7 on the first day of New York Comic Con.

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Find out what I recommend in Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy in Summer 2016

My newest piece on Girls in Capes is a recommendation list of this summer’s most anticipated adult science fiction and fantasy for GiC readers.

I have a notoriously tall To Be Read pile. If you look at my Goodreads account, you’ll see that I consistently have 10 or more books shelved in Currently Reading, and right now my To Read list is almost at 500!

…but that doesn’t mean I don’t always have an eye out for even more books to read, especially ones from authors I’m really excited about. Here are a few of my most anticipated new releases for Summer 2016, in order of their release date.

Just between you and me, I have two books that I’m most excited to share — the launch of a new series and a continuation, with one firmly a science fiction space opera and the other an apocalyptic fantasy.

But hey, I won’t spoil the surprise: you’ll find my reviews for K.B. Wagers’ Behind the Throne and N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate on Girls in Capes later this summer.