New Podcast teaser: Lauren Proves Magic is Real

Hi all! Judith here. Today I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart: a well crafted podcast. Now it’s no secret that I adore many things in the land of books. Surprisingly, one of these is something that isn’t even written. For an avid reader like me, that’s unprecedented. But hands down I love a podcast. Listening to people talk about books? Yesssss. It is a wonderful and engrossing way to learn more about the written word with the added bonus of learning the personalities of the people recommending those books through the spoken word.

So what else do I love in books? Collaborative story-telling, diverse press Blind Eye Books, author Ginn Hale, and author/editor Nicole Kimberling. As separate entities they are amazing; as part of the same new serialized podcast that explores the intersections of good storytelling, fantasy, and authorship? PHENOMENAL.

Lauren Proves Magic is Real! is a unique new way to experience SFF. It incorporates the fantastic elements of old time radio plays with fresh content, voice acting, and SFF world-building. It’s a mash up of my favorite, the podcast, with a crafted fantasy story rich in character development and piled high with a whole lot of magic and devilry. The creator, Nicole Kimberling, stopped by Binge on Books today with a teaser trailer of this new podcast and along with the whole cast lets us know what we can expect from future episodes.



About Lauren Proves Magic is Real! 

When 12-year old cat sitter Lauren discovers her neighbor is a secret agent, the next logical step is to start podcasting his reports.

This episode features music by Infinite Third from their album, “Gladly” as well as the bespoke song, “Spider on My Face” by Joji and Nodalus from Motus.

Set in the shared-world universe first explored in our book “Irregulars” “Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” explores the lesser case files of Special Agent Keith Curry, supernatural food inspector. For more Special Agent Keith Curry check out “Cherries Worth Getting.

Or you could check out the book trailer for “Cherries Worth Getting.”

“Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” was created by Nicole Kimberling and is a co-production of Tommy Jordan, Shepherd Boy Records and Blind Eye Books.

Episode One, “The Banana Thing,” was written by Nicole Kimberling and produced by Tommy Jordan. It features the voices of: JojiDal MacleanGinn Hale, Ian EveryHope, Tommy Jordan, Brendan Connor and Nicole Kimberling.

Follow along on Blind Eye Books: listen now to Lauren Proves Magic is Real!


About Nicole Kimberling, the creative mind behind this podcast: 

Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.

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Sounds Like Halloween: Day 14 with Nicole Kimberling

Nicole Kimberling joins Sounds Like Halloween with a reading from her paranormal romance, Cherries Worth Getting (Keith Curry’s Case Files #1).


About Cherries Worth Getting (Keith Curry’s Case Files #1):

NATO’s Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting us from terrible dangers as well as enthralling temptations. Agent Keith Curry is a former carnivore chef turned vegetarian. Keith must navigate Portland, Oregon’s culinary underworld to catch a killer bent on harvesting human flesh. But things get complicated when he hooks up with an old flame who he’s never been able to refuse.

 

 

 



About Nicole Kimberling: 

Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.

 


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Sounds Like Halloween: Day 5 with Ginn Hale

Ginn Hale joins Sounds Like Halloween with a reading from queer SFF novel, Lord of the White Hell.


About Lord of the White Hell:

Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.

But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions.

However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a Dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram’s as well.



About Ginn Hale:

Award-winning author Ginn Hale lives in the Pacific Northwest with her lovely wife and their ancient, evil cat. She spends the rainy days admiring local fungi. The stormy nights, she spends writing science-fiction and fantasy stories featuring LGBT protagonists. (Attempts to convince the cat to be less evil have been largely abandoned.) Her most recent publication is The Long Past & Other Stories.

Connect with Ginn: Website | Twitter | Facebook


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Maze-Born Trouble by Ginn Hale: The Best Kind of Audio Post

Hello! And welcome to Binge on Books! Today I’m giddy because I have THE BEST post for you: one that features a new book by Ginn Hale! Yessssssss. That’s right. Today marks the release of Maze-Born Trouble, Ginn Hale’s latest, featuring a sci-fi gumshoe, a dead girl, and a black hole? What? Yes. She’s here to tell us all about Maze-Born Trouble in audio with an excerpt of her reading from the book itself and a candid reader-inspired Q&A.

But first! Let’s learn all about this hot new release… Read More

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Countdown to Halloween: Halloween Watching with Ginn Hale

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Halloween Watching with Ginn Hale

I love Halloween; it has been my favorite holiday since 1976, when I first had the surreal experience of seeing the streets of my new neighborhood flooded with hundreds of small monsters—all clutching little sacks, laughing and running wild through the darkness.

At that time I was only eight and had lived in the mountains, largely removed from American culture. I had no idea what I was witnessing; I only knew that it appeared to be a night when strangers opened their doors to the weirdest of creatures and gifted them with candy, fruit, and baked goods.  

From my uninformed perspective Halloween seemed to embody the most generous and beautiful capacities of human beings and our communities. Here were people, looking past alien, strange, frightening and often ugly appearances—even welcoming them with exclamations like, ‘Oh what big teeth you have!’— and celebrating their very ‘otherness’.

As a stranger—and something of a little weirdo—I was nearly moved to tears.

Though I have long since learned about the genuine origins of Halloween, that first impression has remained with me. To this day I think of the holiday as a celebration of diversity; a time when the small generosities of a neighborhood can accumulate into treasuries of sweetness, and when strangers at the door are greeted warmly no matter what they look like or how different they seem.

With that in mind I’ve compiled a list of a few Halloween movies that I feel reflect my idea of Halloween.

The first two are very much a joy to watch for kids and adults alike.  

Nightmare Before Christmas

Vivid, animated musical about the king of Halloween, growing bored and deciding that he and his people should dedicate themselves to the production of Christmas.   

ParaNorman

Also animated and very stylized, ParaNorman tells the story of a boy who can see ghosts and his attempt to placate the spirit of a wronged witch. This one stands out to me for the depth of side characters, truly funny slap-stick and an ending that speaks to both the difficulty and power of forgiveness.

Next are films that contain more adult themes or violence but are still funny and also reflect a surprising depth of humanity.

Young Frankenstein

A comedy classic that still manages to evoke the poignant isolation felt by a monster. It’s hilarious, sweet, and silly.

Shaun of the Dead

A zombie movie that pokes fun at zombie movies, while staying true to them and contemplating the importance of friendship.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Like Sean of the Dead, Tucker & Dale is a send-up (this time of the slasher in the woods sort of films). But here the would-be killers are the protagonists while the boisterous college students who are so often the fodder of these kinds of films become the relentless threat.

The final list of films are, on the surface, straight up horror, involving vampires, zombies, insane killers and invading monsters. But these films are also studies of coming to terms with suffering, loss, alienation and violence both from outside and within ourselves.  Be warned that the endings of these films are often satisfying but not always happy.

(While Attack the Block and The Host both have comedic elements, their overall tone and their endings made me include them with this group instead of the more up-beat ones listed above.)

The Host (Korean Film not American film based on Stephanie Myers book)

A dysfunctional family slowly pulls together to attempt to save one of their own from a monster. It’s the unique combination of quirkiness, terror, and sincerity that makes this a fascinating watch, for me.

Pan’s Labyrinth

A beautiful and horrific recounting of the Spanish Civil War as seen through a lens of fairy tale grotesquery. This film is brutal in its depiction of war, cruelty and sacrifice. It would be almost unbearable if not for the sheer magic of it.   

The Babadook

An inventive, tense, and scary study of a woman battling not to succumb to a monster within, while still caring for her wild son and mourning the loss of her husband.

Let the Right One In  (Original Swedish version)

Young boy befriends vampire girl who is at turns a brutal, vulnerable and loyal friend.

Attack the Block

Inner city kids battle monsters from outer space in a London housing project.

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A zombie film that explores the place of old values and societies in the face of a new kind of humanity.

So, those are a few of my favorite humanist Halloween films. Any I missed? I hope so because I would love to have recommendations from other folks!

Happy Halloween, to you all!

-Ginn

 

 


tiny-ginnGinn Hale resides in the Pacific Northwest with her lovely wife and wayward cats. She is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an avid coffee-drinker.

Connect with her on her website.

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Author Spotlight: Ginn Hale reading an excerpt of Servant of Shadow

Hello, all! So if you haven’t realized (or haven’t read my post on the subject, FOR SHAME) October is Queer Romance Month! Hooray! Queer Romance Month is a celebration of love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. There are over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies with essays, flash-fiction and much, much more. If you haven’t gone to check it out, I highly suggest you do so now: www.queerromancemonth.com

Now, many of your favorite blogs are hosting exclusive content from Queer Romance Month contributors as part of this celebration. And do I have a treat for you. Today on Binge on Books, we have one of my personal favorites with us: Ginn Hale! Yes, Ginn Hale, the amazing author of the Rifter Series and contributor to the Charmed and Dangerous anthology is here reading from her current Work-In-Progress, Servant of Shadows (the third set of books in the Cadeleonian series)!

Read all about Servant of Shadows here: Elezar Grunito has fled his homeland—a hunted man intent on carrying out the vital diplomatic mission that will redeem him. But in Labara he faces creatures of myth and magic far more dangerous than anything he’s faced in Cadeleon. Complicating matters further is the wily street witch, Skellan, whose courage and passion threaten to unravel all of Elezar’s ambitions.

And now listen to this exclusive excerpt:

 

Sounds so very enticing, no? Now, go follow Ginn everywhere and fall in love with her and her gorgeous writing:

tiny-ginnGinn Hale lives with her lovely wife and indolent cats in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many rainy days tinkering with devices and words. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf and The Rifter trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road and His Sacred Bones. Her novella Things Unseen and Deadly appears in the Irregulars Anthology, while Swift and the Black Dog appears in Charmed and Dangerous.

Find Ginn in all the places: Website | Twitter | Facebook

This exciting, honest-to-goodness piece of multi-media content is brought to you in support of Queer Romance Month. 

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Fantasy Review: Charmed and Dangerous anthology, edited by Jordan C Price

Charmed and DangerousCharmed and Dangerous Anthology, edited by Jordan C Price; featuring stories by: Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum; Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog; KJ Charles – A Queer Trade; Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious; Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns; Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex; Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince; Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many; Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom; Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes

Published by: JCP Books LLC

Genre: Queer Fantasy Anthology

Reviewed by: Judith, Santino, and Anna

It’s a week of some BIG firsts here on Binge on Books. First we had Santino Hassell chatting up Jordan C Price in a frank author-to-author Q&A to celebrate the release of the highly lauded magical anthology, Charmed and Dangerous. And now, we have our first ever group review: it’s me, Santino Hassell (who just can’t seem to leave Jordan C Price alone), and a new guest contributor, Anna Hullum.

We’re going to do this review as a set of question and answer prompts to really see what three different reviewers thought of such a unique and diverse anthology. So let’s have at it!

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Charmed & Dangerous Anthology Release Day: Santino Hassell interviews Jordan C Price

Hello all you lucky readers! Today there’s two MAJOR reasons to be excited here on Binge on Books:

1. Charmed and Dangerous, the hotly anticipated, new urban fantasy anthology we mentioned a few weeks ago is finally HERE! Woot woot! It is edited by Jordan C Price and features work from the current masters of the genre: Jordan C Price, Ginn Hale, Rhys Ford, KJ Charles, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan L Hawk, Charlie Cochet, Lou Harper, Andrea Speed, and Astrid Amara. Anything this full of amazing writing is sure to blow your mind (and believe me, it will. We’ve read it and it is, in a word, oustanding).

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2. Santino Hassell is here today with a treat for you and me. What’s that? Oh right, he’s chatting up the queen of urban fantasy herself, Jordan C PriceIt’s two big voices in M/M discussing the Charmed and Dangerous anthology, personal favorites in books, characters, authors, upcoming projects, and so much more in a frank Q&A. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Book Reveal: Charmed & Dangerous Anthology, 10 Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

What do you get when you combine the talents of Jordan C Price, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Astrid Amara, Lou Harper, Jordan L Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, and Andrea Speed?

That’s right! A hot new paranormal romance anthology out August 25th. Take a peek here (after the jump) at the latest offering from the top names in gay romance and get ready to be teased! Introducing…

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