#SPFBO 5 and LGBTQ+ Characters

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Happy SPFBO 5! Today officially marks the start of the fifth annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, and the first reviews are already being posted! There's so much excitement going on, it's…

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Excerpt: The Sea Goddess’s Temple

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Very soon, I'll be releasing my latest book, Riwenne & the Bionic Witches. I've just completed the first revision and now it's off to my editor. And don't forget that…

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What’s Up Wednesday

I'm following in the footsteps of some of my fellow YAB Bootcamp writers and joining in the What's Up Wednesday blog hop. (I know I just posted my check-in late,…

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A Call for Content Warnings

In the past two months, I've had to stop reading three different books because they "surprised" me with sudden and graphic rape scenes about one-third of the way into the…

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Lady Warrior: Aerin of Damar

Hero-and-the-CrownOne of my favorite literary heroes of all time is Aerin-sol of Damar, also known as the Dragonkiller. She’s the main character of Robin McKinley’s fantasy novel, The Hero and the Crown. The book tells the story of how Aerin goes from an awkward princess who would rather be ignored by the Royal Court, due the dubious heritage of her late mother, to a warrior who wields a magical sword and saves her entire kingdom from the invasion of a demon army.

There are many things that I love about Aerin. She does many brave things, sometimes foolhardy, but often they are backed up by careful thought. She learns how to fight dragons effectively from studying an ancient history text in the library while she is recovering from an illness. Then she tests her methods with scientific precision until she perfects them. Any warrior who uses her brains as much as her strength is inspiring. (more…)

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