Spotlight on Uncharted

Welcome to the book tour for Uncharted by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred. Title: Uncharted Author Name: Justine Alley Dowsett & Murandy Damodred Page Count:  344 pgs. Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Comedy, Adventure, Swashbuckling, Polyamoury Release Date: April 17, 2017 Follow the Tour: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-tour-schedule-uncharted-by-justine.html About the Book: Fated […]

Why I resisted including romance in Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn

There were many struggles on the road to publishing my first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn. One of the biggest struggles came when Lai, my leading lady, came out and told me she was in love with her roommate, a woman named Tara.

I immediately resisted the idea, though probably not for the reason you think. I didn’t care whether my character fell in love with a man or a woman. What bothered me was that she fell in love at all.

George Eliot’s Influence on Alternate Histories

In the steampunk genre there are many Victorian Era authors who have influenced modern works. Many writers espouse names like Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells. Yet another Victorian Era writer, Mary Ann Evans, popularly known by her pen name, George Eliot, created works of fiction that explored the connection between the individual and society and explored the idea that a single decision or action could alter the course of history: This viewpoint has been explored at length by steampunk authors who create story worlds based on alternate histories.

The City of Blind Delight

“The City of Blind Delight” is a short story in Other Worlds Than These, an anthology that explores the theme of other worlds and the road not taken. Valente’s story is a wonderful example of the genre. It is one of those stories where there are touches of steampunk, of fantasy, and of sci-fi. Some readers may not feel that it is “strictly” steampunk because it lacks certain elements, such as a setting inspired by Victorian England or the American West. However, I would argue that Valente creates a blended genre that simply has a little more “punk” than “steam.” And really, aren’t both of those words important to the genre?

The Tinkerer’s Daughter

I purchased this novel through a free offer in Bookbub and I have subsequently purchased the other two novels in the series. I am looking forward to reading them over the holidays—preferably curled up on the couch with a cup of eggnog-flavored latte by my side. This series is a mixture of the fantasy and steampunk genres. It is appropriate for YA readers.

Book Sale

Tiffany Shand is offering her box set for $0.99 this week. I always love to help out fellow authors, and she does have some of the nicest cover art! Enjoy the artwork–and pick up the box set while it is on sale.