[D&B Vol. 01] Episode 005

The demon blood had stiffened on her battle tights. It flaked away in small patches, covering the cell’s wooden bench in spots of darkness every time she shifted. Her thighs hurt from laying on the hard surface, her hips and shoulders too, all those soft points objecting to a night spent in close contact with … Continue reading [D&B Vol. 01] Episode 005

[D&B Vol. 1] Episode 004

‘Sword Uthor!’ She barely heard Della yelling behind her, deliberately shut her ears to the power of her friend’s voice, to the command in the name she’d left behind when she’d stuck a knife in her own heart and launched herself into new life. Not again. Not again. Not again. The chant matched the pound … Continue reading [D&B Vol. 1] Episode 004

[D&B Vol 01.] Episode 003

Another lifetime. Another war they couldn’t win because her sister and Empress fell for the same pretty face. Suun had kept Nova alive long enough for the paramedics to find them. The woman and her partner had both had the calm, stoic expressions of those who had seen it all, but Byrne had recognised the … Continue reading [D&B Vol 01.] Episode 003

[D&B Vol 01.] Episode 002

Crumpled and torn lockers lined the way; doors shredded by massive talons and scorched by fire bolts, an entire row buckled around a body-shaped impression, the faded yellow paint smudged with blood. A lot of blood, and under it the shattered remnants of a sword, the rippling sunmetal lifeless, splattered with the same blood that … Continue reading [D&B Vol 01.] Episode 002

[D&B Vol 01.] Episode 001

The staff drove through the demon’s chest with a wet crack. Dark blood splashed up the soldier’s leg, the thick black stuff sizzling on boots and flesh, the faint skin of magic that was her only armour no longer as strong as it had been at the start of the long battle.  She put her … Continue reading [D&B Vol 01.] Episode 001

Sci-fi books on my TBR pile

Like a lot of bookworms, my to-be-read pile is huge, like monster kanji huge. Genre-wise there’s just about everything in there, from romance to action, crime and (of course) almost every shade of sci-fi and fantasy you can imagine. Here are a few of the sci-fi ones I’m really looking forward to reading. Descriptions from … Continue reading Sci-fi books on my TBR pile

She Will Stand Her Ground: Annie McCann on Strong Female Characters

In this interview, avid reader and blogger Annie McCann talks to me about Shazrad, the heroine of The Wrath and the Dawn, a modern retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. BELINDA: Tell us about Shazrad, what makes her strong? ANNIE: In The Wrath and The Dawn, Shazrad is a woman living in a man’s world under a tyrant boy … Continue reading She Will Stand Her Ground: Annie McCann on Strong Female Characters

Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction. BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong? FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the … Continue reading Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters