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Book Marks: Mean Streets

51VR1DT5AVL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Mean Streets is another urban fantasy anthology that I bought because it has a Jim Butcher story about the wizard, Harry Dresden. That story, “The Warrior,” might be my all-time favorite Harry Dresden short story, with the possible exception of the story that is the precursor to book one.

“The Warrior” has some of my favorite elements in Harry’s world – the human, Michael, who was entrusted with a sword from heaven, Michael’s family, and a really interesting battle between good and evil. I love this story! (5 stars for this one)

“The Difference a Day Makes” by Simon R. Green is a pretty freaky story about a sort of underworld and some seriously strange characters. Parts of it I really liked, and parts of it were too much for my comfort level (some weird sex stuff). It was really good writing with some of the most unique characters and details I’ve read in urban fantasy.

“The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog” by Kat Richardson was weird from the beginning, but the kind of weird that keeps you turning pages when you’re sleepy because you have no idea what is going on and you really want to know. 🙂 I liked the whole story, and it made me want to see more with this character.

“Noah’s Orphans” by Thomas E. Sniegoski interested me from the beginning because it seemed to be about heavenly angels and fallen angels. But then I realized all the angel characters were fallen angels, so I had to readjust how I was reading and understanding the story. I mostly liked it except for one big, glaring problem for me. The presentation of the Almighty as described by the fallen angels were completely unlike the God I know. He was presented as capricious and untrustworthy. That put me off. But it was otherwise unusual and interesting and well-written.

Altogether, I was very happy with this anthology. I’d certainly recommend it to you.

4 stars, Liked It

Book Marks: Dark and Stormy Knights

510TzMpWHUL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_I’m a huge Jim Butcher fan. I love his Dresden Files series so much, I go looking for short stories in that world that I haven’t read before. This week and next week, I’ll tell you about two anthologies I read this month, both with Dresden Files short stories in them. (Yay!)

Dark and Stormy Knights has nine short stories by popular authors in the urban fantasy genre. I particularly liked “Even Hand” by Jim Butcher (duh), “The Beacon” by Shannon K. Butcher (yup, Jim’s wife, never read her before but I want to now), “Even a Rabbit Will Bite” by Rachel Caine, “Dark Lady” by P.N. Elrod, and “Rookwood & Mrs. King” by Lilith Saintcrow.

The stories include a wizard, a vampire and a ghost, a dragon hunter, and some seriously strange supernatural entities, as well as lots more weird and interesting characters. Pretty cool.

I’ve read little to nothing by most of these authors, so I was eager to try them out. But many of them used a character in a series that I wasn’t familiar with, and didn’t give enough back story to help me understand the context of the story. That was disappointing and made the stories less enjoyable.

That being said, this was one of the urban fantasy anthologies I enjoyed the most. If you like this kind of story, try out this anthology. Fun stuff!

4 stars, Liked It

Super Rush

I am sooo happy to say I am sitting in an air-conditioned room writing madly away on my  superhero romantic comedy! Yay!! I’m going to try to send it out to a publisher by October 14th, the deadline for submissions.

I also worked on edits for the other anthology I’m going to be in later this year. (The first anthology, Romancing the Pages, came out in late August. My story in that one is also part of the superhero world I’m writing in now.)

Can’t write much right now to catch you up on anything else (nothing interesting enough that you’ll be upset I didn’t tell you – ha, ha, ha!) because I have to get back to my awesome fun superhero couple! Still lots left to do.

But I will take time out for an ice cream break with John. 🙂 Hope you take a moment to stop in your busy life and have a summery treat, too!

My New Story!

I’m excited to finally share with you the cover of the new anthology I’m in. Yay! It’ll be available for sale as an ebook in September. I don’t know the exact date yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.  🙂

My short story is called “Hero in Disguise” and is part of my superhero romantic comedy world. I hope you like it!