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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A Wish and a Contest

Hi all! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend.  Today is the day we recognize all those who have fallen in service of our country.  Of course, it never hurts to send a wish and a prayer to all those who have left this world before us, making us the individuals we are today.  A huge Thank You winging skyward.   Just wanted to announce as well that I’m blogging at Get lost in a Story blog on June 1st (www.GetLostInAStory.blogspot.com).  We’ll be running a rafflecopter to award two copies of Charming the Professor to those leaving a comment.  The
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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

I clearly remember an evening in June 2006 when I pitched two manuscripts to two different agents at Lori Foster’s Readers and Authors Get Together. I wore my “power suit.” You know, the outfit that makes you feel professional and put together. For me, that was a black column dress (which I doubt I can still fit into) with a longish black jacket. It must have worked as both editors later bought my manuscripts. You’ve heard about the first manuscript to sell. The Education of Mrs. Brimley went on to win the Golden Heart the following month. But I’m not
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May Coming Attractions….

Welcome to MAY!!  It’s supposed to be Spring in the USA, but I just saw Bandita Susan posting about how cold it is where she lives. And a Bandita Buddy posted from Colorado, showing snow on the ground.  OMGosh!! Mother Nature is NOT happily bringing spring. It was 56 degrees at Bandita Jeanne’s son’s baseball game today. Not.  Even. Close. To. Warm. However, we’ve got warmth in the Lair, as usual. Bandita Jeanne will be on on the 8th, for her usual post.  She’ll also be hosting two guests this month… One is a fabulous author and media consultant Amy
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Road Trip to Houston, TX

Hi All – Hope you don’t mind me posting a day early.  Tomorrow (Saturday), I’ll be at the Ohioana Library Book Signing and won’t have time (and possibly internet) to reply to comments so I thought today might be better.  A little about the Ohioana Library.  Ohio is the only state in the United States that has a non-lending library dedicated to archiving the work of Ohio authors and artists.  While I’m not originally from Ohio, Ohioana decided that living here for the last fifty years or so qualifies me as an Ohio author. 🙂  I have to admit it’s
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The RITAs are coming! The RITAs are coming!

Can you feel the anticipation? This Friday, March 25th, Romance Writers of America will announce the finalists for the various RITA and Golden Heart categories.  Every author on this blog knows how it feels to be a Golden Heart finalist (Ahhh…those were the days!) as it was through the Golden Heart contest that we all met.  However, the RITAs, the peer-judged contest for published Romance, is a step above as the entire book is judged and the competition is fierce. So that’s what I’d like to talk about today.  The RITA  contest and the quest for the golden statue on
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March Madness…The OTHER Kind…

Hey gals!  It’s MARCH!!  Wow, how did that happen?  I’m braced for the Basketball Fever that March brings, here at my house, and I thought I’d talk about that today.  However… Bandita Anna C challenged me to something on Facebook.  To list 7 movies over 7 days.  Favorites.  Fun movies.  Things you liked.  I accepted the challenge. Which leads me to another thing to triangulate into this post.  March makes me crazy.  I know, I know, you all KNOW I’m fairly nuts.  I’m a writer, so ergo, crazy to a degree.  But March makes me even nuttier than the nuttiest
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