Good Stuff: Abomination

25909020Have you ever had to give a book two attempts?

This was one of those for me.

Gary Whitta’s writing goes deep into both the history of the story and the hearts of the characters, delivering a full, rich immersion into a very real and immediate-feeling Dark-Ages England.

The first time I tried to read Abomination I think I was restless. I usually prefer books that read like a Luc Besson movie; Pow! pow! Blam! …sexy bit… gogoGO BIG FINISH and explode.


Yeah, like that.

Maybe that makes me seem shallow. I dunno. I just get very impatient sometimes. I needed a book that moved fast like a river. Gary Whitta’s writing is more like an ocean current – deep, wide, but don’t think it’s not moving! I promise you, this book takes the werewolf/monster genre to thrilling, brutal, emotionally vibrant new places. (Fun fact: it’s not a wolf.)

The magic, the richness of the characters, the grotesquerie of the fiends in the fully-realized and very immediate historical setting stayed in my mind, and pulled me back when I was ready for a book to really sink into. The light is failing. Autumn’s closing in. Nights are growing longer. Time for a book about grappling with the darkness that lurks within all or us, eh?


Publication Announcement! “Pride and Joy”

coverI’ve been holding back on this for a while now, waiting for my Evil Girlfriend to officially kick off this project before making my announcement. I am exceedingly stoked to announce that one of my short stories has been chosen for a very cool anthology project.

The story is “Pride and Joy,” and this will be its first publication. The tale is about Elaine, daughter of a renowned armorer, seeking vengeance against the arena champion who ruined her father and her life. It was a fun write, with just the right balance of justifiable mean-spiritedness to make me snarl as I typed it out.

The story is gong to be included in Evil Girlfriend Media’s upcoming anthology “Women in Practical Armor.” Yep, you read correctly – a collection of stories celebrating strong female combatants intelligent enough to actually dress for the occasion. Stories which respect women enough to acknowledge that they can bring more to the battle than a wink and a wiggle. Much more.

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NOT this

EGM is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise production and promotional funds so this project can make a big splash when it hits the market. If this sounds like a project you’d like to support, please visit their Kickstarter page.

Rewards for contributors to the crowdfunding drive include bookmarks, art cards, ebook and paperback editions of the anthology, keychains and much, much more. Special incentive packages will be announced as the drive progresses. Keep tabs on the kickstarter page for more details!

Help spread the word. Help us give readers out there worthwhile fighting-female role models to balance out the horde of steel-bikini bimbos mass media churns out.