The Magical Worlds of Gail Z. Martin

Hi, Everybody! Bandita Jeanne and I are cohosting today’s guest, author Gail Z. Martin. Gail writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk, both novels and action-packed short stories. Her work has appeared in over 30 US/UK anthologies. She and Jeanne are both in a new urban fantasy box set, Modern Magic, and Gail has a new short story collection, The Shadowed Path, starring one of my favorite ever characters, smuggler and swordsman Jonmarc Vahanian (see the yummy cover below!). Today, Gail’s going to talk to us about magic in epic fantasy and urban fantasy. Welcome, Gail! So what makes magic work in different fantasy
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Officially Summer!

Hi all – Monday was the official start of summer, or at least the longest day of the year.  What does summer mean to you? I’d like to say that to me it means long stretches on a beach with the sound of waves thundering nearby, but Ohio isn’t close to an ocean and I’m not fond of swimming in a lake so that aspect is more of a fall activity in our household.  We wait till school is back in session and the beaches aren’t as crowded when we go on a vacation.  This was the beach along the
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John Adams for President….No, not really…

Now don’t get worried or gear up for a political discussion here…. I absolutely refuse to talk politics in my favorite place to escape, The Bandit Lair. PLEASE do not bring this current election here. Okay, thanks. That said, I was rereading the John Adams Biography by David McCullough and thinking that things have changed, and yet not.  There was plenty of mudslinging and downright lies back in the “good old days” too, when it came to politicking.  Adams and his rivals were just that, rivals, and had little good to say about one another. A friend recently said –
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Meet Jan Scarbrough

If you like horses and small towns, you’re going to love Jan Scarbrough and what better time than now when Mercer is on sale for .99.  Here’s her inspiration for the book and her blurb. When Maddie James suggested we write a contemporary Western series together, I was in. Over time we developed the idea of a Montana family complete with a patriarch, James, and his second wife, Liz. I was tasked with writing the first book about stepbrother Brody, a Professional Bull Rider. Then Maddie wrote about James’ children—Callie and Parker—by his first wife. I wrote the story of
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