Self-Pub Fantasy Month In Review (And A Pause)

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Well September has come to a close and with it so has Self-Published Fantasy Month. It seems like it started with a bang and then finished with a whisper. That’s on me for some poor planning.

I only managed one review this month for The Great Restoration: A Tale of The Verin Empire by William Ray. I also posted my first ever author interview which you can read at Author Interview: William Ray.

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I also posted a Waiting On Wednesday post for The Family Blooda short story by Quenby Olson depicting events in the life of Dorothea Hawes, the protagonist of her novel The Half Killed. I read The Family Blood and loved it. The story delved a little deeper into Thea’s mysterious and creepy background, adding a bit of painful yet fantastic backstory to this dark character.

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It’s at this point that life caught up with me. If you follow me on twitter you’ll know work has reared its ugly head again. Well, in this case it’s a certification exam for work that I’m studying for. More on that below, but it pulled my attention away from the blog at a time I was hoping to devote a lot of time and effort to a new interest…self-published fantasy. But it couldn’t be helped.

Even though I didn’t manage to review or post anything else, I DID make time to read a couple of other really good self-published books.

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Kingshold is the debut novel by D.P. Woolliscroft. A political fantasy exploring what it might look like for a Kingdom to throw off the monarchy and elect new leaders. I really enjoyed this book and and look forward to the sequel. I’ll be posting a full review at some point but for now just know I give it 4 stars.

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The final self-pub book I read this month was The Wolf of Oren-Yaroby K.S. Villoso. Wow…if you like character driven novels that will punch you in the gut and have you asking for more pick this one up. I absolutely love the voice with which Villoso writes and her protagonist is one you I simultaneously loved and wanted to smack upside the head. If you’re looking for a non-western (Asian) fantasy setting that really gives a feel for place and culture, filled with betrayal and in-depth characterization pick this one up. I’ll be posting a full review of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro too at some point because it deserves one. I give this one 4 stars at minimum…maybe more.

Other than that I want to thank everyone who took part in Self-Published Fantasy mont as well. There were a handful of other bloggers who joined the cause and posted reviews for books they enjoyed. Thank you for helping bring attention to good self-published fantasy books. I also want to thank everyone who re-tweeted and liked posts I tweeted about over on Twitter. Every little bit helps to support self-published authors.

What’s Next?

Well, I’m not sure just yet. I’m taking a class to prepare me for this professional certification exam (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) and the reading is dry and there’s lots of it. I absolutely HATE business classes and any and all reading associated with them. I kind of stumbled into the HR career back in the year 2000 and I’ve been doing it so long now (with a short break) that to do anything else would be to start over which we can’t really afford. This certification while not required for my job is kind of expected in the field if I want to advance or have good prospects for employment later. My boss asked if I wanted to pursue it and my employer is paying for the class and possibly even the exam. I didn’t think I could afford to pass this up even though I’m hating it as I do it. The class runs through December and I’ll take the exam sometime after that.

This means I’ll be spending less time on the blog writing reviews. I’ll still be reading because I have to take some breaks from the dry HR texts, but I won’t have as much time to blog. My posts usually take hours for me to write and I feel like that time needs to go toward studying as much as I can. I hope to get in a few reviews between now and December but I make no promises. I’m not shutting down the blog, I’m just pausing a bit. I’ll still be on Twitter though so hopefully we’ll be able to chat there and I’ll still be sharing blog posts from blogs I follow so come find me and don’t be a stranger.

Talk to you soon…I hope.

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