2018 Scribe Award Nominees for excellence in tie-in fiction

Congratulations to all the nominees!


The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the 2018 Scribe Award Nominees for excellence in tie-in fiction:

Short Story
“Banana Republic” by Jonathan Maberry
“Ganbatte” by Keith DeCandido
“Murderers’ Row” by John Jackson Miller
“Pacing Place” by Bob Mayer
“Rear Guard” by Sarah Stegall
“Storm Blood” by Peter Wacks and David Boop

Adapted Speculative and General
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter by Tim Waggoner
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Christie Golden
Kong Skull Island by Tim Lebbon

Original Speculative
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Solar Singularity by Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony De Marco, and Josh Vogt
Halo: Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck
Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden
Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices by Yvonne Navarro

Original General
Don Pendleton’s The Executioner Fatal Prescription by Michael A. Black
The Will to Kill by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

YA Original
Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space – The Cold by Cavan Scott
Warriors Three: Godhood’s End by Keith R. A. DeCandido
X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Doctor Who: Across the Darkened City by David Bartlett
Doctor Who: Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton
Warhammer 40,000: Agent of the Throne, Blood and Lies by John French
Torchwood: Cascade by Scott Handcock
Torchwood: The Dying Room by Lizzie Hopley

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at ComiCon in San Diego.

Original announcement

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Free Book Contest!

If you’ve read my review of Laura Anne Gilman’s book Silver on the Road you know I loved it.

Now, thanks to the author, you have a chance to win a FREE copy of the sequel, The Cold Eye.

Leave a comment about why you liked Silver on the Road and you will be entered in a random drawing to win a trade paperback copy of The Cold Eye.

Contest runs from now until midnight CST April 11, 2018.

Good luck!



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Review of Penric’s Fox

Review of Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this novella by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my all-time favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That being said, she rarely disappoints.

This story of the World of the Five Gods starts with an attempt at relaxation which doesn’t last long. Penric and his associates are quickly involved in a murder mystery.

The investigation requires knowledge and skills from investigators, sorcerers, and shamans to resolve.

A lovely addition to the Penric tales.

It might be a bit difficult to enjoy as a stand-alone story without any background. I recommend you start at the first tale Penric’s Demon and catch up. It will be worth your time.

I give it 4 stars.

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Penric's Fox
Lois McMaster Bujold

2018 Nebula conference site

2017 Nebula Award Finalists announced

Nebula Conference

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA in 2018!

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM – Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center – 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


2017 Nebula Award Finalists

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Review of The Wizard’s Bane

Review of The Wizard’s Bane by Michael J. Allen

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

NOTE: Read Book 1: Murder in Wizard’s Wood first. This is not a stand-alone novel.


The writing is excellent, and you want the characters to prevail. The twists and turns of the book make it tricky to review without spoilers. Suffice it to say I recommend you read it.

If this book were a game of D&D, it would go like this. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew.

I look forward to book three in the series.


I give it 4 stars.

The Wizard’s Bane
Michael J. Allen