Plugged In – a short story

By Jaimie Aurelio With her blue eyes glued to her laptop screen, a young woman tucked a loose strand of hair into the thick bun atop her head.   She was alone and it was quiet. Almost completely silent aside from the low, rhythmic hum coming from her desktop computer that was on a desk … Continue reading Plugged In – a short story

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Zenith Signing: Mysterious Galaxy Meets the Mirabel

by Michelle Starrett Besides connecting readers with book lovers, YouTube is a great space to meet the author of your next read. Two of my favorites are Sasha Alsberg of abookutopia and Lindsay Cummings who share all things books and writing. In 2016, Alsberg and Cummings self-published Zenith, a novella that they describe as an all … Continue reading Zenith Signing: Mysterious Galaxy Meets the Mirabel

Interview with Dr. Angel Daniel Matos

By Xiomahara Solis Last Spring, I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Angel Daniel Matos, “Destabilizing the Archive: LGBTQ Young Adult Literature and the Queer Politics of Digital Fan Art” event.  He is  an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. in English and a minor in Gender … Continue reading Interview with Dr. Angel Daniel Matos

Glimmer of Steel: Horror, Love and Everything Inbetween

By Jaimie Aurelio K.E. Blaski’s Glimmer of Steel is filled with excitement and horror. Blaski does an amazing job at painting a whole new world but also keeping us grounded in our own mundane world. She does something that is truly difficult to do-connecting the fantasy world with our reality. Glimmer of Steel is a young … Continue reading Glimmer of Steel: Horror, Love and Everything Inbetween

Melanin: Stranger than Fiction

By Xiomahara Solis Who doesn't love fantasy books? Anything is possible within these stories. Puny farm boys become hunky heroes, strong female characters (like Celaena Sardothien) conquer their enemies, and a chosen one always saves the day. Also let’s not forget that as a general rule, every single character is extremely hot. These are just … Continue reading Melanin: Stranger than Fiction

The Language of Thorns: Fairy Tales Reborn

By Michelle Starrett In the genre of fantasy there is the one thing that started it all, or at least inspired it, and that’s the fairy tale. This year I was introduced to the wonderful Grishaverse, a fantasy world of different countries and universe of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology. … Continue reading The Language of Thorns: Fairy Tales Reborn