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Knights of the realm, the time has come! Heed the call! Join me and the incredible Darran M. Handshaw for this round of Call to Arms! The coveted prize of this Tourney: his immersive and thought-provoking debut The Engineer*, a Chronicles of Actaeon story.

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Today we’re joined by Angela Boord, and we discuss her upcoming novelette Dragonmeat featured in the Dark Ends anthology, the fine art of multitasking, her approach to writing those difficult scenes, and her stance on dragons.

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Mini-Review

The City Screams by Phil Williams

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The City Screams is my initiation into Williams’ work, and what an incredible introduction it has been! An urban fantasy set in Japan that pulls in a healthy dose of lore from the area, this story perfectly portrays the concepts of courageousness and resolve…

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Review

The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Time is of little consequence to immortals, but a passion brewing for centuries is about to force the hands of two strangers and alter the courses of their lives forever. The paths of a scholarly orphan and a tormented earl inevitably cross on a crisp and chilled winter evening…

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Review

Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

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From beyond the realm of mankind the gods scheme. Father Death remains withdrawn in his sanctuary of the underworld, while the arrival of Mother Death at the towering walls of Bastion from the wasteland of the Bloody Desert marks the beginning of the end…

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Monthly Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2019

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August proved to be another busy month here over at Whispers & Wonder – SPFBO reads, a few reviews for a wide variety of stories, hilarious shenanigans during the bi-weekly Call to Arms Tourneys, and some exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews with three of the five authors featured in the Dark Ends anthology…

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Review

Pursuit of Shadows by JA Andrews

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One fateful night, young Will awakens to find trouble crawling through his window. The result is a violent encounter that leaves his family in tatters, his younger sister missing, and Will with hands blistered by Keeper magic. Decades pass, and yet he still holds onto the hope…

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Knights of the realm, it is time to heed the call! Join me and the amazing Carol A. Park for this round of Call to Arms! The coveted prize of this Tourney: her magical and monster-filled debut Banebringer*, the first installment in The Heretic Gods series.

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Well, the entirety of this book is one wild expedition, fraught with horrors and peril at every. Single. Turn. A thrilling tale of adventure, treachery, and courage, The Ukinhan Wilds delivers us from the throes of a hungry sea, to shattered shores, to humid swamps, to labyrinthine caves…

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Grayden: The Secret of Illryn is a compelling story of persuasion and deceit governed by magic, gods, and the arduous journey of finding the truth. The general concept Evans conveys of a gifted person being used as a puppet by both the church and state for their own conflicting…