Posts Tagged ‘JM Frey’

I Feel Naked

March 15, 2012

So…here’s the blog without 5MinuteFiction.

Granted, I’ve done lots of redecorating (pardon the mess) that has nothing to do with 5MinuteFiction moving to Nicole’s site. But still, it feels a bit…empty without it. I do miss it. But I’ve got SO much else going on that I’m glad someone else is taking care of it.

So what’s going on? Oh, well: (Warning, many ALL CAPS coming.)


April 18, 2012 is the official web launch day for FIGHTING GRAVITY. But in reality it’ll be ready before that. Specifically for the LAUNCH PARTY at Ad Astra. This is a con I’ve never attended but has hosted launch parties for Dragon Moon Press books for the last three years. J.M. Frey’s was last year.

Speaking of Jess, I get to meet her and my editor Gabrielle Harbowy. Let’s not neglect to mention that the LAUNCH PARTY isn’t just for my FIGHTING GRAVITY, but it’s for Marie Bilodeau’s DESTINY’S FALL.

While I’ll be flying back from Ad Astra, (hopefully not hung-over), the official FIGHTING GRAVITY blog tour will commence. It’s being organized by the lovely people at Goddess Fish Promotions who are a heck of a lot more organized than I am. So YAY! for them. I think it’s going to be fun. Check out where I’m stopping and all that I’m blathering about.

So, yeah. That’s what’s going on.

What the heck’s everyone else been up to?

Don’t Forget the Hero

August 18, 2011

You met Steve Bornstein@steve_bornstein earlier this week when he was guest judge for 5MinuteFiction. Well we’re coming back ’round to him because I want to talk about When the Hero Comes Home again. Have you read it yet? You really should. (Want to win one? Stay tuned to the end of the post and find out how you can.)

Here’s a review I wrote about it.

But while that’s a very thoughtful and interesting review, ;), let’s do something more fun and have a 5MinuteInterview with Steve!

1.) How’d you come to be a part of When the Hero Comes Home, and if someone asks you to do this again, will you jump on the chance or run screaming?

Gabrielle Harbowy and I met several years ago on an old text-based roleplaying game and we became writing partners from there. After she and Ed Greenwood conceived When The Hero Comes Home, I was invited to submit a story about a dragon, I think mainly because they were looking for a story with an unusual POV. I’d never considered myself publishable before, but I hammered out “Full Circle” and both she and Ed loved it, and the rest is history. 🙂 I would absolutely jump on the chance if asked again. The reception I’ve gotten from the writing community has been nothing short of fantastic and it’s really gotten me motivated to get my stuff out there and read.

2) Give me one sentence you want to see appear in your interview. It can be the answer to any question I haven’t asked, or just something you want to see on the screen.

When I write, I use two basic rules: Conflict is the essence of plot, and characters grow and develop by overcoming adversity. Everything else springs from that. [OK, that’s two sentences. :)]

3) What’s next for you?

Definitely more short story writing! I love worldbuilding and I’ve had a couple of projects I’ve been fiddling with for a few years now, and I’m starting to explore them more in the wake of the Hero project. I’ve got a lot of stories to tell and I’m pretty optimistic about what the future holds for it all.

4) What is the dragon’s name?

The dragon is nameless on purpose. In the world where the story takes place, dragons outlive their names.

Thanks again, Steve, for being great to work with and for the interview. Best of luck to you!

Now, for the winning of books. Well all you have to do is post a comment below. Since it’s Steve’s interview, it would be really great if it were a comment or question directed at him. Make sure there’s some way I can contact you if you win. A link to your site or twitter handle would be fine.

Friday afternoon I’ll choose one comment at random and that person will win a free Kindle copy of When the Hero Comes Home! So, what do you have to say?

Review of When the Hero Comes Home

July 11, 2011

When the Hero Comes HomeWhen the Hero Comes Home by Gabrielle Harbowy & Ed Greenwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s not what you usually think of, is it? What happens to the hero after it’s all over. But that’s the subject of the utterly fantastic anthology When the Hero Comes Home, edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, and published by Dragon Moon Press. I came to this knowing I’d like at least some of it, because Gabrielle is an incredible editor and I already love JM Frey’s writing. What I didn’t expect is that I would like–that I would love–all of it. (OK, total honesty, I have no stomach for zombies, so the little bit of that in a couple of stories, I didn’t like, but I’m clearly in the minority with the zombie-ickies, so don’t mind me.)

There’s such a wonderful diversity in these stories. Sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, it’s definitely a new experience with every story. And there are some real flashes of brilliance in here.

Keeping Time by Gabrielle Harbowy I read first, because she’s my editor and I idolize her but I’d never read anything by her. I was so pleasantly surprised, both by the compelling storytelling and by the ending. The Once and Now-ish King by JM Frey I jumped to next, since I already love her debut novel, Triptych. That. One. Rocks. So insanely clever and funny.

There’s such raw, real humanity—and inhumanity—in The Evil that Remains by Erik Buchanan. Brine Magic by Tony Pi was unique, fascinating, and moving. One and Twenty Summers by Brian Cortijo left me gasping for more—and those were not tears, really they weren’t. But, Brian, when you write more of this one, I want first dibs.

The imagery and emotion of Ashes of the Bonfire Queen by Rosemary Jones was so real that I find myself still thinking of it, feeling it, more than a week later. Mirror, Mirror by Phil Rossi was such a creepy-realistic look at the human psyche and the things we do and are capable of. And if I’m ever capable of writing the rich prose Erik Scott de Bie does in Oathbreaker, a Tale of the World of Ruin, I’ll die a happy writer. The best part of that one wasn’t just the beautiful drapery, but the way it revealed a fascinating story set in a world far more well-imagined than you usually expect in a short.

Full Circle, by Steve Bornstein, may well be my secret favorite. I’m a sucker for a well-told second person POV and this one is pitch perfect. Steve also builds an great story from very little real info to start on, letting the surprise unfurl with the story, without leaving you scratching your head wondering what’s going on. Just the delicious thrill of I-know-I’m-going-to-love-this-as-soon-as-I-figure-it-out.

Those aren’t all the great things about this anthology, or even the best, simply the ones that stick out to me over a week later when I finally had a chance to write this review. Don’t do yourself the disservice of missing this one. It’s an amazing experience.


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Because I Said So: When the Hero Comes Home

June 23, 2011

At least that’s the default answer when my kids ask me “why?”

So, yeah, that really doesn’t have anything to do with this post. This is a plug for a book. Yep. When the Hero Comes Home. But it’s not just because it’s co-edited by my fantabulous, editor Gabrielle Harbowy at Dragon Moon Press. Or that it includes a story both from her and an author I’m very proud to know and promote regularly JM Frey, author of Triptych. Plus stories from authors I’d like to know, like Todd McCaffrey and Phil Rossi. I’m also plugging it because it’s good.

Really good. This isn’t a real review, not yet. That’s only because I haven’t finished it yet. But last night I read Gabrielle Harbowy‘s and JM Frey‘s. Gabrielle’s was a fascinating story painted in such evocative language.  JM’s had me dying laughing. So incredibly smart and funny. I can’t wait to get home and read some more.

You should check it out. Really. I’ll wait.

When the Hero Comes Home


You’re welcome. Enjoy it.

It’s Make Triptych #1 on Amazon Day

April 11, 2011

It’s Make Triptych #1 on Amazon Day!

I interviewed author JM Frey last week here and here. But right now we’re just going to focus on what’s most important: how totally awesome this book is! Here’s my Goodreads review. But stay through the end for the exciting news:

TriptychTriptych by J.M. Frey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what I expected when I came to this book, but it surprised me at every turn, which is amazing for a book that starts with the end first.

From the luscious prose of literary fiction in what could easily have been stock sci-fi, the skillful use of cliches and pop-culture references for a geek-dream-come-true, the heart-wrenchingly true characters and complex relationships, to the use of time travel to NOT pull all the cinema-stunts you expect when you hear “time-travel,” the book was a sheer joy to read.

As a testament to the skill of JM Frey as an author, the alien character was just as easy to identify with as any other. Sure, I’ve been the young mother primed on hormones and no sleep willing to tear out eyes with my bare hands to protect my child, so of course I felt Evie’s plight keenly. But I’ve also been the lost, grieving, out-of-place, off-kilter outsider who just desperately wants to make it to the next minute without causing my whole world to fall apart. Again. (Granted, it was probably a bit teenage-melodrama-induced on my part, but still.) So I was right there with Kalp, even as he described physical traits and reactions that made it obvious we weren’t even the same species.

And we haven’t even mentioned Gwen and Basil yet.

On top of the beauty of the story, the author plays with typical novel structure and writing in ways that are fascinating to watch without being intrusive or distracting.

Truly a fabulous book. One of the best sci-fi I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

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Now, Let me assure you, you want to buy this book. So get over there!

Everyone who posts below that they’ve bought Triptych today will be entered into a drawing to win the super cool, hand knit (by me) spaceship coaster and a $5 Amazon Gift Card!

Don’t worry. If you can’t/won’t buy the book today, you can enter too by tweeting, blogging, or Facebooking about it. Just comment below to let me know you’ve done it.

No it is NOT a dinosaur and I'd like to see YOU try to design and knit a spaceship!