Editor Beth Tabler

25 Book ReviewsProfessional ReaderReviews Published

Beth with long hairElizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is a lead on Grimdark Magazine. She was at one time an architect but now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and was on Team Qwillery as a judge for SPFBO5, and is a judge for SPFBO7.

You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other.

Where to Find Her

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assistant editor and author Brianna Sinder


I’m a homeschooling milspouse mom that likes to end the night in a made-up world so that I can forget my responsibilities for a little while. I also try to make up my own worlds and convince others that they’re not that bad. Currently located in Utah with two kiddos, my soldier and a rescued great dane mix. I enjoy dad jokes, kayaking, eating all the baked goods and sometimes making artsy things.

Where to Find Her

You can find her on Twitter at @BriannaSinder.

assistant editor and author P.L. Stuart

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I’m an experienced writer, in that I’ve been writing stories all my life, yet never thought to publish them. I’ve written informally – short stories – to entertain friends and family, for community newspapers, volunteer organization magazines, and of course formal papers for University. Now, later in life, I’ve published what I believe is a great fantasy novel, and definitely worth reading, called A Drowned Kingdom. My target audience is those who enjoy “high fantasy”. A Drowned Kingdom is not “dark fantasy”. It’s written in a more idealized and grandiose style that I hope isn’t too preachy, and not too grim. Still, I’m hoping my book has appeal to those who don’t typically read this type of work – those who don’t read fantasy of any kind – because of the “every-person” themes permeating the novel: dysfunctional familial relationships, extramarital temptation, racism, misogyny, catastrophic loss, religion, crisis of faith, elitism, self-confidence, PTSD, and more.

Many of these themes I have either personal experience with, or have friends or family who have dealt with such issues. I’ve had a long professional law enforcement career, undergone traumatic events, yet been buoyed by family, faith, and positivity. I’m a racialized middle-aged man. I’ve seen a lot of life. Ultimately I want the planned series, of which A Drowned Kingdom will be the introduction, to be one of hope, and overcoming obstacles to succeed, which I believe is my story as well. My protagonist, Othrun, will undergo a journey where he’ll evolve, change, and shape a continent. He’s not always likeable. He’s a snob, bigot, is vain, yet struggles with confidence. He’s patriarchal. Overall, he’s flawed. But even ordinary flawed people can change. We’re all redeemable.

Ordinary people can make a difference, not just fictional Princes. I want that message to shine through my work.

Where to Find Him

www.plstuart.com

Twitter – @plstuartwrites

Facebook – @plstuartwrites

Author Ryan Howse

I’m funnier without context.

Okay, you want context.

I’m a mid-30s nerd, married, with two kids. Also two cats–Cathulhu and Necronomicat.

I like, in no particular order, tabletop gaming, board games, arguing over books, ancient history and religion, and puns.

Where to Find Him

Reddit – unconundrum

Twitter –  RyanHowse

Goodreads – Author Page

Amazon Buy Links

Author G.M Nair

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G.M. Nair is a crazy person who should never be taken seriously. Despite possessing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a job as an Aviation and Aerospace Consultant, he writes comedy for the stage and screen, and maintains the blog MakeMomMarvel.Com. Now he is making the leap into the highly un-lucrative field of independent book publishing.

Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire is his first novel, and in a world with a fair and loving god, it would be his last. Alas, he tends to continue.

G.M. Nair lives in New York City and in a constant state of delusion.

Where to Find Him

Website

Twitter

Goodreads – Author Page

Amazon Buy Links

Steve Caldwell

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I have literally been a fan of fantasy/magic my whole life, with some of the earliest memories I have being my mother stories of brujas and spirits in the town in Puerto Rico where she was born. What really flipped the fantasy switch on full, though, was discovering a battered copy of the Sword of Shannara that cost me 25 cents at the local used book store when I was 11. Its been a long journey since that day almost 40 years ago, and thousands of books later, here we are. Living with my wife, our two non-adult kids, four cats and a vicious attack beast Chihuahua about an hour south of Seattle, I’m glad to be able to share my love of fantasy and science fiction, especially Indie and small press, with anyone who’s interested.

Where to Find Him

Website

Twitter

Eleni A.E.

Eleni is a Greek book nerd who grew up in Italy, and got her BA Honours degree in Literature from a Scottish university! She can be found reading all the SFF she can get her hands on, and reviewing it for fun when inspiration strikes and she just needs to share her passion. Alternatively, she will definitely be with a needy Westie in her arms watching series, anime, or movies. You can find her other writing on https://fanfiaddict.com or on her personal blog where there are also posts about other literary genres. Feel free to follow her day to day ramblings on Twitter

@eleni_argyro

or Instagram @the_words_we_read .

Where to Find Her

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Dylan

I like to talk, read, and write.

I talk with my lifelong friend, Charles, on the Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast. I discuss fantasy content on social media quite a bit too.

I read a lot of speculative fiction—mostly fantasy novels.

I write for Before We Go Blog. I’m also a graduate student in a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program. I write a lot for that as well. Most of that writing focuses on research I conduct on sense of calling and the experience of meaningfulness; I’m an author on several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on these topics.

I also like playing tennis.

Where to find him

Personal Twitter: @DylanRMarsh

Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast Accounts

Twitter: @TheFTFPodcast1

Instagram: @TheFTFPodcast

Facebook: @TheFTFPodcast

Podcast

Author Jenni Buchanan

I am a freelance writer, editor & content provider. Formerly social media manager and editor of the blog for RRKidz Reading Rainbow, I have had the privilege of interviewing a lot of cool writers and artists, working with inspiring activists, and interacting with some truly amazing readers and parents. My favorite question to ask is “What are you reading?” and if the answer is “Nothing, I’m not much of a reader.” I take it as my personal challenge to find the perfect book for that person.

When not writing or reading, I am a hiker, backpacker, nature-lover, T.V. watcher, armchair philosopher, and story addict. I am also (if you’re interested) a member of the board of directors for Pacific Reentry Career Services, and for One Spark Academy.

Where to Find Her

You can find out more about me at bkwurm.wordpress.com/portfolio, follow my writing on Medium at https://bkwurm.medium.com, and follow me on Twitter @JenniBuchanan

author THOMAS HOWARD RILEY

Thomas Howard Riley is a purveyor of thicc Rated R Epic Fantasy books. He currently resides in a secluded grotto in the wasteland metropolis, where he reads ancient books, plays ancient games, watches ancient movies, jams on ancient guitars, and writes furiously day and night. He sometimes appears on clear nights when the moon is gibbous, and he has often been seen in the presence of cats.

He always wanted to make up his own worlds, tell his own stories, invent his own people, and explore both the light and the darkness of human nature. With a few swords thrown in for good measure. And some magick. Awesome magick.

Where to Find Him

He can be found digitally at THOMASHOWARDRILEY.COM

On Twitter he is @ornithopteryx, where he is sometimes funny, always clever, and never mean.

On Instagram he is ThomasHowardRiley, where you will see books, and cats, and mayhem.

https://amzn.to/3hVPA3J Amazon US link

https://amzn.to/2UYvhtT Amazon UK link

https://amzn.to/3vDCb5w                   Paperback/Hardcover link

https://bit.ly/3zU8qyq    Goodreads link

http://thomashowardriley.com  Author Website

author Maria Blackrane

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Maria Blackrane was born in upstate NY. She discovered a passion for writing when she was six years old and started writing stories about the adventures of people and their pets before she moved on to more twisted subjects later in life.

She studied history and anthropology and took creative writing classes as electives. Her favorite genres to read and write are horror, darkfantasy, and grimdark. She works in social services during the day and in her spare time loves foreign shows and movies, she’s a horse rider, wine witch, sushi gobbler, sometimes-yoga enthusiast, and collects dead things.

Her first novel, girl power dark fantasy Blood, Fire, and Death is currently in the editing and polishing stage. She also has a bunch of short stories floating around searching for homes. Feel free to send a message for a request for review, preferably indie or self-published grimdark, horror, or fantasy and sci-fi on the darker, grittier, more extreme side.

Where to Find Her

Twitter: @Mblackrane
Instagram: @maria_blackrane
Readerly: @maria_blackrane

author Whitney Reinhart

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Whitney Reinhart is a reader, writer, sometimes editor/coach currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing because she believes every one has at least one story to tell. She lives (for now) in eastern Arkansas with the world’s smartest man and two Siberian Huskies posing as study buddies. Her work can be found on PocketFiction.co.uk and Fleas on the Dog. .

Where to Find Her

Visit her website, meanderyme.com, for links, book reviews, writing tips, and sign up for her monthly newsletter, Wanderings

Lashaan

They call him Lashaan. A reader. A reviewer. A researcher. He’s a Ph.D. candidate in criminology and works full-time in a North American police organization. He has an eclectic reading taste but primarily focuses on science-fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels. He might seem busy by day, but he chases after stories, whatever form they are in, by night.

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Bjørn Larssen

Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in the second half of the 1900s, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself.

Before becoming a multi-genre author, Bjørn obtained a degree in mathematics and has worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, a music producer/remixer, and a blacksmith (not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. Despite his advanced age, he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.

Where to Find Him

Storytellers – historical fiction set in Iceland
Children – dark Norse mythology retelling
Why Odin Drinks – humorous Norse mythology retelling

Queer Indie Award Winner
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal – ’Storytellers’
2020 Stabby Award Nominee – ‘Children’

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Krystle Matar


Krystle Matar has been writing for a long time, and reading for even longer. While her first true love was fantasy, she is artistically polyamorous and wanders around in historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries, true crime, literary fiction, and non-fiction pertaining to things to eat, things to drink, things to consume, and interesting people (obligatory plug for Anthony Bourdain).When she isn’t arguing with the voices in her head (she calls this “writing”) or reading, or binge watching things on Netflix, she parents and farms. She has a lot of children and even more animals and one very excellent husband.

Steve From Steve Talks Books


I enjoy reading and having interesting conversations on my booktube channel. Normally I opt for dark fantasy, grimdark, horror and anything dark and brooding. Because I hate to spoil any plot points, I try to be short and to the point with my thoughts and reviews.  When I’m not reading I’m working, spending time with my wife and kids, recording YouTube videos or riding a mountain bike.

Where to Find Him

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveTalksBooksPodcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1793148forum: https://www.creepingdeath.orgTwitter: https://twitter.com/SteveTalksBooksVero: @thatonemfer

C.T. Phipps

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular reviewer on Booknest.EU and for Grimdark Magazine.

He’s written the Agent G series, Cthulhu Armageddon, the Red Room Trilogy, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer’s Star, Psycho Killers in Love, Straight Outta Fangton, The Supervillainy Saga, and Wraith Knight.

Find Him Here

Websitehttps://ctphipps.wordpress.com/TwitterWillowhugger