Friday’s Forgotten Books: MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO BY STEVEN TORRES

Steven Torres uses his skills as a storyteller to use the threads of an investigation to build tension in Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico. From the start, puzzle pieces are introduced that are used to filter all the additional details that arise during the course of the investigation. Torres does an excellent job of developing both the intricacies of the...

Flashback: Harrogate Chat with Simon Kernick July 2006

Nightmares, death threats and the future – and possible end – of Dennis Milne British crime fiction is known for its police procedurals but author Simon Kernick is making a name for himself with fast-paced, action-packed thrillers. I recently caught up with Simon at Harrogate Crime Festival and we chatted about his travels, his plans for the future and why...

10 #OwnVoices, Asian-inspired Fantasy YA Books of 2019

by Margaret Kingsbury This year brings a lot of amazing Asian #OwnVoices YA fantasy. While Asian characters and settings have been a part of fantasy for a long time, often these settings and cultural practices have been appropriated by white authors, and stereotypes abound. That’s one reason why it’s so important for more #OwnVoices Asian authors to be published, and...

Unforgettable Stories

When reviewing manuscripts and short stories I ask myself some questions. One of those questions has to do with impact. Is it memorable? If I set a book, manuscript, or short story aside for a few weeks and can’t remember what it’s about, chances are it either hasn’t gotten to the point where it has that punch for me, or...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Bloomsday Dead by Adrian McKinty

Anyone who murders a member of the Irish Mob in New York will have a target on their forehead, and Michael Forsythe doubled down by not only killing top men from the Irish Mob; he also testified against them. He’s stuck in the Witness Protection Program, working in hotel security, but he can’t outrun his past forever. Bridget Callaghan’s men...

Reflections: John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids Remains As Timely As Ever In Today’s World

In the future world of The Chrysalids (original U.S. title Re-Birth) all cities are believed to have been left in ruin from Tribulation, which God sent to punish the Old People for their sins. In Labrador, people are raised to follow strict rules. Everything must be in God’s image.  Very little remains from the Old People but legends, the Bible,...

Top 6 Hella Queer YA Novels You Need to Read

by Laila Winters As an avid reader of young adult science fiction and fantasy, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and the fiancée of a graduate student who needed to live near campus, I managed to fit an ever-growing library into our quaint, 600 sf apartment. With 5 bookshelves lining the wall in our living room, we have more than...

Uproot YYC – Uprooting Systemic Racism in the Arts, Centering Ourselves

By Mel Vee X At a spoken word event I performed at over three years ago for International Women’s Month, I saw an unassuming Desi woman at a table, her brow furrowed in deep concentration. I noticed she was folding leaflets for something called Uproot YYC. Being the sucker that I am for things printed on leaflets regardless of content,...

Submission Guidelines

I’ve been an active part of the fiction publishing community for 15 years now. I have navigated the submissions process as an author seeking a publisher and an agent. My first book came out with a small press that’s since disappeared, and I then signed with an agent and had three books published by Dorchester, and since reissued by Thomas...