Discussing Breath of Earth and Call of Fire with Beth Cato

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At Phoenix Comicon, I caught up with Beth Cato again, and I had the chance to speak with her about her Blood of Earth series, including information on her next book, Call of Fire, coming in August.

Most of our discussion focused on the history that Cato has woven her story into, specifically the treatment of women and minorities and how relevant her series is, even though it’s set in the early 1900’s.

Watch the interview below, a review of Call of Fire is coming soon!

If you love history and sci-fi, check out my review of Beth Cato’s first book in the series, Breath of Earth.

Dalton’s Time Shift Trilogy Gets Fantastic With The Black Tempest.

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You may recall last year that I did a review of author Ryan Dalton’s debut novel The Year of Lightning, which also happens to be the first of his Time Shift trilogy. Well, yours truly has had an early chance to read book two, The Black Tempest, and things get fantastic.

If you read my previous review, I was hesitant to read The Year of Lightning, considering it’s Young Adult fiction, a genre I swore off after Twilight and Hunger Games. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say up front that I was equally hesitant to begin reading The Black Tempest, considering it’s a sequel.

Despite several sequels not living up to my expectations over the years, I haven’t sworn off sequels. I’ve just become wary of them, as few live up to the expectations I have. However,  plenty of authors have had good sequels, and now I can say that Ryan Dalton is one of them. Continue reading “Dalton’s Time Shift Trilogy Gets Fantastic With The Black Tempest.” »

Catching Beth Cato at the Tucson Festival of Books and thoughts on Breath of Earth

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This post falls hard into that category of being long overdue, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to post it! In 2015, at Phoenix Comicon, I had the chance to meet and speak with steampunk author Beth Cato. Then, in 2016 , back at the con,  we had a chance to revisit her Clockwork Dagger duology, and to discuss one of her latest books, Breath of Earth, which came out in August 2016. Finally, after half a year of teaching, I caught Beth again at the Tucson Festival of Books to tell her how much I loved Breath of Earth, not just for its awesome steampunk setting, but also for its incredibly empowering characters.  Continue reading “Catching Beth Cato at the Tucson Festival of Books and thoughts on Breath of Earth” »

The Year of Lightning Review YA fiction for those that don’t love the genre

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It’s been quite a while, between all the stress and germs of being a first year teacher this is my first post in months, but thankfully Summer is here and there will be lots more to follow (especially with Phoenix Comicon this weekend)! Now if only I had a time machine… I could go back and write when I couldn’t… oh well.

If you’re still reading, here’s what I was reading. The Year of Lighting. Continue reading “The Year of Lightning Review YA fiction for those that don’t love the genre” »

Striking Up a Conversation With Author Ryan Dalton

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So the title of this post is a bit of a pun, that you should get by the end of the next sentence. Ryan Dalton‘s new book The Year of Lightning comes out on January 12th. Get it yet? No… rinse, repeat, and read on!

Continue reading “Striking Up a Conversation With Author Ryan Dalton” »

Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 4 Beth Cato

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In my final of four author interviews, I spoke on Sunday with Beth Cato who’s just released the next in her Clockwork Dagger series. Continue reading “Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 4 Beth Cato” »

Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 3 Viola Carr

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In my third of four interviews with Phoenix Comicon Authors I had the chance to break with some supernatural literature and move into steampunk, while talking with Viola Carr about her new book The Diabolical Miss Hyde. Continue reading “Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 3 Viola Carr” »