It’s Raining Men at Dark Valentine

Okay, people on the writers’ lists I frequent often ask if freebies pay off. Well, they very well might for Joseph Robert Lewis and Tobias Buckell, if I have anything to do with it.

The freebies hurt me, and here’s why:

Joseph Robert Lewis gave me a free Kindle copy of his science fiction novel HEIRS OF MARS and I couldn’t stop reading and I couldn’t blink and my eyes bled and my head and heart expanded from the sheer wonder of it all and I reviewed it here and now I want to read EVERYTHING HE EVER WRITES I AM GOING TO FIND WHERE HE LIVES AND DIG HIS GROCERY LISTS OUT OF HIS TRASH….

The doctor just called and told me to up my dosage.

Just in time, because now I’m telling you that I went to Context and was given a free copy of Tobias Buckell’s Steampunk/Starpunk CRYSTAL RAIN and I just read it and I AM IN LOVE WITH A CHARACTER. The book was (ha-ha, a-ha-ha-ha) stellar. I reviewed it for Dark Valentine Magazine today, if you want to read about it. AND YOU DO.

Okay, doc, take another pill, I got it.

Seriously, two books, highly recommended.

WRITING PROMPT: I’m sure you have a book that you love–not for its associations (Mom read it to me, Belinda gave me a copy). Analyze why the book compels you. Write it down as an essay or a book review. Think about why you love that book as you write your own.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “It’s Raining Men at Dark Valentine

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      Marian Allen

      February 23, 2011 at 6:15pm

      I know what you mean, Nancy! I don’t mind those insomniac nights, because I get so much reading done. ~grin~

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  1. Belle Wong

    February 23, 2011 at 7:51pm

    The really scary thing is, I know exactly what you mean! Been there, done that (although I must admit, I haven’t gone as far as wanting to read an author’s grocery lists … but I’m sure I’m getting there).

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      Marian Allen

      February 24, 2011 at 9:02am

      lol! Well, to be honest, I’m not quite that far gone. 😉 But I’m sure you do know what I mean. There are some writers–male and female, I’m an equal-opportunity loony–who write the words that fall like rain upon my shriveled old heart and make it bloom.

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