Comet or asteroid: what is the difference?

Because looking up the difference between a comet or asteroid drives me nuts. They are both: Small chunks of “stuff” that hang around in the solar system. Most describe some sort of orbit, but some pass once and we never see them again. The vast majority can’t be seen with the…

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SCUBA diving for writers

A crash course in SCUBA diving for writers. Because, y’know, I like it when people get it right. If you go diving, you need two essential parts of equipment: a tank with breathing mask, and an inflatable vest. That’s it. Well, you may need a diving suit, because you might…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 3. The Idiot King

The Idiot King is book 3 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series Johanna, Roald, Nellie and Loesie have come to Florisheim finding many of their kinsmen there. The survivors from the burning of Saardam who have come here are the nobles who were never great supporters the old king, and it…

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Return of the Aghyrians series Heir’s Revenge

Heir’s Revenge is book 4 in the Return of the Aghyrians series If Miran had princesses, Ellisandra Takumar would be one. Smart, pretty, engaged to a high-profile man, everything a high-class Mirani woman should be. But things are not well in Miran. Many years of boycotts have taken their toll…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 2. Willow Witch

Willow Witch is book 2 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series The second book in the saga. Johanna, Prince Roald, Nellie and Loesie have been captured by bandits. Touched by evil magic, Loesie behaves ever stranger and may be a danger to attempts to escape. Every step they take brings them…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 1. Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost by Patty Jansen

Innocence Lost is book 1 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series She wanted to run her father’s business. She got a mad prince, demons, ghosts and a kingdom in debt. As the only child of a successful merchant, Johanna has her wits and a sense for business. The royal family is…

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Ambassador 2: Raising Hell

Ambassador 2: Raising Hell is book 2 in the Ambassador series The second-quickest way to get yourself killed when dealing with Coldi people of the planet Asto is to look a superior in the eye. The Coldi people possess an instinct that demands the formation of hierarchical networks in which…

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Ambassador 1: Seeing Red

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red is book 1 in the Ambassador series 24 October 2114: the day that shocked the world. Young diplomat Cory Wilson narrowly escapes death in the assassination of President Sirkonen. No one claims responsibility but there is no doubt that the attack is extraterrestrial. Cory was meant…

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Return of the Aghyrians series Soldier’s Duty

Soldier’s Duty is book 3 in the Return of the Aghyrians series Izramith Ezmi is many things: a member of the feared, all-female Hedron guards, a war veteran recently returned from a pointless and bloody mission, and impatient, angry and above all, lonely. With her contract about to run out,…

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The Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb (click on the image for more info) This is not Robin Hobb’s best-know or even best-liked work, but I liked this a lot more than her popular series. The main character is male. He goes into the army because he is expected to,…

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