Memories of Ash, Intisar Khanani, The Sunbolt Chronicles, fantasy, YA, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Published: June 2016 by Purple Monkey Press Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles #2 Genres: Fantasy, YA Source: Author Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time X Available: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review contains spoilers for previous books. In the year […]

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Loose-leaf Links, Earl Grey Editing, T2, Really Russian Caravan, tea, loose-leaf tea

Loose-leaf Links #22

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is Really Russian Caravan from T2. I’m a huge fan of smoked teas in the cooler months. This has a slightly artificial scent but remains tasty. Follow […]

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Aurealis Awards, Clariel, Garth Nix, tea and books

Judging the 2016 Aurealis Awards

I am super excited to share that I’ve been selected as a judge for the 2016 Aurealis Awards! If you’ve previously missed me discussing the Aurealis Awards, they are Australia’s premier juried awards for speculative fiction. They cover fantasy, sci-fi and horror, with categories for Best Novel and Best Short Story for each genre. There are […]

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Ishtar, Amanda Pillar, K.V. Taylor, Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti, Cat Sparks, horror anthology, books and tea

Ishtar edited by Amanda Pillar & K.V. Taylor

Published: November 2011 by Morrigan Books Format reviewed: Paperback, 262 pages Genres: Horror, sci-fi, speculative fiction Source: Pulp Fiction Books Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, Once Upon A Time X, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Kobo Disclaimer: A few of the contributors are acquaintances. I have done my best to give an unbiased review. This […]

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Earl Grey Editing, Penric's Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold, fantasy, tea and books

Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

Published: July 2015 by Subterranean Press Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: World of the Five Gods #1.5 Genres: Fantasy Source: NetGalley Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time X Available: Publisher (print) ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. On his way to […]

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Bout of Books, Ishtar, Amanda Pillar, K.V. Taylor, Cat Sparks, Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti, Alex Wright, Carpentaria, tea and books

Bout of Books 16 report

Round 16 of Bout of Books wrapped up yesterday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress! In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to get through a minimum of three books. I started out well, tearing through Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold. Then I started in on Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. I’d […]

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13 Bookish Witches

Today is Friday 13th, a time for black cats, superstition and (of course) witches. I might have a streak of practicality a mile wide, but I have a soft spot for witches in my reading material. Perhaps it’s because they often share that streak of practicality, along with a fierce sense of independence and a healthy […]

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Earl Grey Editing, Loose-leaf Links, loose-leaf tea, tea, Adore Tea, Golden Mao Feng

Loose-leaf Links #21

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. The tea for this edition is Golden Mao Feng from Adore Tea. It’s a lighter tea than I often drink, perfect for sunshiny afternoons, and likely to appeal […]

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Sisters of Icarus, Becca Lusher, Icarus Child, Tales of the Aekhartain, historical fantasy, historical romance, fantasy, romance, Earl Grey Editing, tea

Sisters of Icarus by Becca Lusher

Published: Self-published, September 2015 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Tales of the Aekhartain, Icarus Child #1 Genres: Historical fantasy, romance Source: Smashwords Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time X Available:  Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords Disclaimer: The author is a friend. I have done my best to give an unbiased review. Britain 163 BC On a small island just […]

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Bout of Books, Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, Ursula Le Guin, The Earthsea Quartet, tea, tea and books, Earl Grey Editing

Bout of Books 16 sign up

April put a considerable dent in Mt TBR, but there’s plenty of work still to be done. And the best way to keep up my motivation is a reading challenge, of course! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a […]

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