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National Tell a Fairytale Day

Apparently, it’s National Tell a Fairytale Day. I don’t know who decides these things, but Beneath Blair Mountain volunteers as tribute. While set in 1910s America, this book was inspired by Irish tales of the Sidhe and Icelandic tales of the elves/Huldufolk. At their roots, both of these traditions, like the fairytales canonized by the infamous Brothers Grimm, lean more horror than fantasy. Expect no Disney fare here. Read More…

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Published Author Happy Dance

My first book is out! You can find Beneath Blair Mountain on Amazon and Goodreads. And you never know, maybe someone will ban it and bring this blog full circle.

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Layout 1 Cover art by Mariya Suzuki

Merry met again, my good readers. For those of you following the saga of my Appalachian Urban Fantasy novella, you’ll be happy to know that Beneath Blair Mountain is out! You can find it on Amazon and Goodreads or read more about it on 1888’s website.

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Banned Books Week 2015

Hey, all. It’s that time of year again. Banned Books Week! Earlier this month I was interviewed about Banned Books Week and banned books in general by the good folks at Fabulously Feminist. It’s a pretty in-depth interview and Callie asked great questions, so go check it out. If you don’t feel like hanging on my every word, feel free to scroll down and read the list of ways you, yes you, can get involved with Banned Books Week. Read More…

Save Wolves, Read An Awesome Book

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you shameless self-promotion. The anthology I’m in is out! Huzzah! Er, awwwoooooo?

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WolfWarriors Cover design by Matt Cowan and Marshall Stevens. Wolf Warriors copyright Thurston Howl Publications.

Great news, internet! The anthology I’m in is out! Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology is a wolf-themed charity anthology to raise money for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, which seeks to educate people about wolves and their importance, as well as advocating for their preservation. The anthology is chock-full of lupine art, fiction, flashfiction, and essays of all genres, so fantasy fans, nature/animal lovers, literary folks, non-fiction people, art enthusiasts, and all manner of readers can all find something to enjoy.

The anthology also features stories by David Clement-Davies (author of The Sight, Fell, and Fire Bringer) and two-time Hugo Award winner Catherynne M. Valente (author of the Fairyland series)! I’m super stoked to be in an anthology with them and can’t wait til my copy arrives so I can read “Fell’s Dream” and “The…

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Stickin’ It to the Ban

Greetings readers, new and old. I’d like to thank you all for dropping in on us and getting involved in Banned Books Week, to whatever extent and in whatever way you did. BBW is a yearly event, not just to celebrate banned and challenged books and the freedom to read, but to draw attention to the fact that, yes, this is still happening. Here. In the US. In your state. In our schools and libraries and sometimes our legislatures. Read More…

Blackballs, Scarlet Letters, and Other Things on Your Bookshelf

How many books on your bookshelf right now have been challenged, banned, censored, outlawed, or burned? If you’re curious just how scarlet your bookshelf is, then take Buzzfeed’s How Scandalous Is Your Reading History quiz and find out. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. No doubt you have other objectionable reads lying around that are not listed here, but the quiz is fun and gives you some idea just how many classics and old or new favorites have found themselves on the chopping block (and how well-read you are). Read More…

2013 In Review

While 2013 wasn’t all that great for me, it was a great year for Bound and Gagged Books. The blog has about 10x the followers it did at the beginning of last year, one of my posts was Freshly Pressed, and Bound and Gagged was even quoted in The Huffington Post. Thus, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our lovely readers for following, commenting, sharing, and stopping by our little corner of the internet.

Thanks are also due to the other lovely people who make this blog happen. While Bound and Gagged Books began the year as a solo effort, it has since seen reviews from Elliot Oberholtzer, Victoria Lepore, and Hannah. I’d like to thank the three of them for their contributions to the blog and to the general awesomeness level of the planet. I’d also like to give a special thanks to Reviews by Lanterns Light, for being my friendly neighborhood comic book expert, and Articulate and Intricate, for inviting me to do a guest post for Banned Books Week.

Thus, without further ado, I give you my top ten books of 2013. These aren’t necessarily books written in 2013, just ones I read last year. Not all of them are banned (I do occasionally read other books). There are also quite a few graphic novels on here, as one of my reading challenges for 2013 was to read more trades and graphic novels. Feel free to leave your favorite books of 2013 in the comments. I’d love to hear what you guys are reading. Read More…