Balticon Book Recommendations!

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be on a fantastic panel at Balticon called ‘Weirding the Regency: Fantasy of Manners, Napoleonic Space Opera, and More.’ It was the panel I was most excited about all weekend, since the program description read like it had been written just for me! Historical fantasy and space opera are two of my absolute favorite genres as a reader AND a writer! I was joined by awesome co-panelists John G. Walker and Melissa Scott, and together with a fantastic audience we got to nerd out extravagantly.

I promised while I was there that I would write up the huge list of books I blurted out as recommendations, since I’m a fast talker (and an overly enthusiastic hand-waver). So if you were there, here you go! And if you weren’t, you should definitely still keep reading, because these are some awesome books and I highly recommend you read them. (And if you want to nerd out about them with me, I’m ALL FOR IT! Get your wavy hands ready.)

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My Balticon Schedule

I’m so excited to be a guest at Balticon this weekend! This is my local SFF convention, and I attended for years as a fan before I ever became an author, so I’m beyond flattered that they keep inviting me back! I’m on five panels over three days this weekend, and I’ll be wandering around the con for most of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you’re around, I’d love to see you! You can check out my schedule of panels below, and the entire con schedule can be found here. Looking forward to a great weekend!

balticon schedule

Book Spotlight: Steel Blood

Hi friends! I’m swinging by here to introduce you to a writer friend of mine. Because the historical fantasy genre is a place where we can mix up so many variables, we write in the same genre (and frequently co-habit panels at local conventions!) but her world is intriguingly different than mine, and it’s SO GOOD! So please read on to meet my friend J.L. Gribble and learn a bit about her newest release – I think you’ll really like it.

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddAs her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.

For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.

Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.

This is not a typical romance. It’s a good thing Victory is not a typical vampire.

Gribble photo colorBy day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.

Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.

She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits).

You can buy STEEL BLOOD on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from the publisher. And don’t forget to check out the first two books in the series, STEEL VICTORY and STEEL MAGIC.

Book Recommendations and Reviews

Reviews are starting to come in for THE STAR OF ANATOLIA, and I’m loving that readers are loving it. (Special thanks to my hard working review team! They are awesome.)


I hope you’ll pick up SoA, as well as THIEVES’ HONOR, over the holiday season. I might be biased, but I think they’re both pretty great for some light, fun reading, which is all I personally ever want during this time of year. (Save your angsty literature for, like, March, is all I’m saying. Madame Bovary can wait until at least May.)

When I’m not basking in the glow of all that reader adulation, I’m still working away on CAPTAIN’S LADY, book three in the Wizards of London series. Jack Boone is still my favorite. In the meantime, I had the privilege of attending ChessieCon this weekend, and got to be on a couple of really fantastic panels. One of them, ‘The Evolution of Women in Fantasy,’ was an absolutely amazing discussion (special thanks to my co-panelists, J.L. Gribble and C.S. Friedman, and our moderator, Kim Headlee). During that talk, I recommended some books to our audience, and I wanted to recommend them here, too, because they’re fab and you should read them. Without further adieu:

Read them. Love them. Come back here and tell me what you thought of them. (Also post reviews, authors love reviews.)

Tell me about some amazing lady-centric books you’re reading! Fantasy – in all of its incarnations (urban fantasy, paranormal romance, epic fantasy, YA, etc. etc. etc.) is an amazing place to be reading these days.

(PS: More inspiration wanted? Check out Rejected Princesses. Or head to Twitter, and follow author Mackenzi Lee’s hashtag #BygoneBadassBroads!)