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THE LADY OF SEEKING IN THE CITY OF WAITING got a Publisher's Weekly review. It's a good one. Not a starred review but I will take it! This is my first Publishers Weekly review. The fact that they didn't skewer me is brilliant.
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It got pointed out to me that I had not posted the blurbs I've received for the The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting. So, here they are.

"A grand tour of the city of Shadeside. From the screaming Ghost Clock to tribes of roof-running messengers to the silent warriors of the Black Watch, Shadeside is a fascinating setting, and Jennifer Brozek brings it to life." – James L. Sutter, author of Death's Heretic

"In Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, Brozek spins a fantastic tale in every sense of the phrase, layered with vibrant characters, touching drama, and intriguing themes. Read it." – Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals

"An intriguing novella with an unusual premise and a spirited heroine who insists on weaving her own path through an tangle of intrigue, despite that she cannot remember who she is. The layering of present and past mysteries gives the story a richness that helps draw the reader on toward the unexpected but satisfying conclusion." – L. Jagi Lamplighter, author of the Prospero's Daughter series
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So, FantasyNibbles reviewed The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting and didn't really like it. They did have a couple nice things to say as well as some interesting-from-an-outsider's perspective.
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A couple new reviews:

Human for a Day anthology: Fresh Fiction Review - They liked it.

Human for a Day anthology: MyShelf.Com review - Liked it a lot.

Under the Vale anthology: A Fantastical Librarian review - Discordance got a a shout out as a fresh voice and a good story.

And a reminder, My eBay auction for Worldbuilders ends on the 25th of January.

New Review

Dec. 13th, 2011 10:03 am
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A lovely new review By Aaron T. Huss of Colonial Gothic: Elizabethtown published by Rogue Games. 9 out of 10 over all from Roleplayers Chronicle.
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It's my birthday! Yay me! I've opened gifts from my family and my husband. Everyone knocked it out of the park. Mom and Dad got me an Amazon gift card which netted me six new books. Shannon and John got me custom made notepads with my picture and "A Word From Jennifer" on them as well as a custom made calendar that includes family photos and all of the birthdays and anniversaries for that side of the family. It was really cool. I love that kind of thing.

Jeff was a sneaky person and wouldn't tell me any hints at all. Plus, I've come to learn that he will obfuscate the gift in different boxes. This year, he put it in a large box, wrapped in a smaller box, and weighted it down with eight books. The gift? A set of black pearl earrings. They are gorgeous! And I would never have guessed.

Another gift to me is the fact that Human for a Day is featured today on John Scalzi's The Big Idea. This is huge and lovely and I really like what I wrote about the anthology. I appreciate that John has big and small press in his Big Idea column. This is my first anthology with a big six publisher and I really want to do more. It also amuses me that it did come out on my birthday. Almost like John is giving me an extra special gift.

I've only found one review of Human for a Day that I can find. It is a review by The Maine Edge staff writer Allen Adams and he likes it. That makes me happy.

This has been a fabulous birthday so far and I have a party scheduled for tonight.
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[ profile] seanan_mcguire complimented me in this morning's post. I was surprised and so pleased.

7. You know what? Seriously, go pick up Human For a Day. It's my good friend Jennifer's first editorial job with a big six publisher, and I really want her to be able to do more of these, because she really does a fantastic job. She brings a degree of integrity and focus to the table that really shows in the finished product, and I want to see her wind up becoming a name on a level with John Joseph Adams or Ellen Datlow, where anthology construction is concerned.

You know, that is what I want for myself. It is stunning and lovely to hear it from an author I admire and am friends with.
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Looky here - [ profile] seanan_mcguire and the Edge of Propinquity got a mention on SRN: the Signal - - Please take a listen.
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Life continues on at its breakneck pace.

Review: New HUMAN TALES review by a reader. Solid B grade.

Sale: I sold a new short story. "Trail of Breadcrumbs" went to Timid Pirate's FINDING HOME: COMMUNITY IN APOCALYPTIC WORLDS anthology. Pre-orders start on November 1st with the release of the book on December 15th.

Publication: Issue 70 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published with two guest authors: Brandon Nolta and [ profile] seanan_mcguire.
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New HUMAN TALES anthology review. Partial liking. Partial not. Interesting all the way around.

New podcast: The Genre Traveler interviews me about RPGs, research, and writing.

Back from Lake Quinalt. Lovely birthday weekend for my husband. Now on to writing. Weird west and Battletech.
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On the work front, while I got almost nothing done on the current works in progress, I did end up writing a flash fiction piece called "That Bastard Called Hope" that was about a toy brawl in a pediatric ward of a hospital. I even sent it off to a prospective home. Mostly, I puttered around email and did what had to be done.

This included the release of my fourth anthology this year, Space Tramps, from Flying Pen Press. This is a fabulous anthology about the lost people of a space faring society; the hobo, the stowaway, the orphan, the jilly, and the refugee. It's got some great authors including Erik Scott de Bie, Dylan Birtolo, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Shannon Page.

Beauty Has Her Way received a great review from "Beauty Has Her Way is an impressive anthology of short stories about femme fatales that you’ll love to read if you’re a fan of fantastic fantasy and science fiction. Check it out today!"

Work on the Battletech web serial has stalled due to the loss of my Battletech fact checker. I really need someone who know the Battletech universe well and can answer all my questions about mechs, the culture and other such things.

Thus, I am shifting to get the two weird west stories I have due by November 1st done while doing the research on the big secret project codename "DL" for now (mostly because I don't have a real name for it yet). I'd like to return to Battletech next week. We'll see.
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Scaryminds liked it.

"Overall I had a real nice time with Grants Pass and enjoyed reading the different takes on events post apocalypse. We have stories from different perspectives, Martin Livings even takes us into space, and from different Countries. This isn't, as I thought initially, a North American centric take on things. While the anthology dropped just short of “masterpiece” classification it went damned close. If you have an interest in post-apocalyptic writing or just simply very good writing then dial into this anthology, you are going to have a hoot of a time."
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Sent to my Googlegroup first. Here because I remembered. :)

Because I think I would forget my head if it wasn't attached, I've asked my PA, Lily, to collect monthly round ups for me so that ya'll will hear from me once a month. They won't be as long as this one normally.

April 1-May 31
At the end of April, Jennifer was able to upgrade to active status with SFWA after recent sales to DAW. Go Jennifer!

"Discordance" to the anthology Tales of Valdemar #7 (DAW)
"Showdown at High Moon" to the Westward Weird anthology (DAW)
"A Promise Made" to Showdown at Midnight anthology (Science Fiction Trails)

Norwescon 34, April 21-24 in Seattle was a fantastic weekend attended by Jennifer, who could be spotted anywhere from the Apex Books table in the dealers room to the green room, sitting on a number of panels and catching up with folks along the way.

Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series at the Apex Blog published a new installment, on invites and anthologies.

Over at Geeks Dream Girl, her “Dice and Deadlines” series delved into expanding your horizons as a RPG writer.

==On the editorial side…
Issue 64 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Lillian Cohen-Moore.

Human Tales, the dark and twisted anthology of ‘faerie tales’ from the supernatural side was released by Dark Quest Books.

Jennifer’s “Dice and Deadlines” columns’ newest installment discussed the nature of the freelance job hunt, and how a positive approach makes all the difference.

At the Apex Blog, Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series saw a May installment, discussing how story selection for anthologies can work.

==On the editorial side…
Issue 65 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Mars Hage.

In April Jennifer was interviewed by about her story in No Man's Land, book four in the Defending the Future series.

Rigor Amortis Review, by Nick Bronson.
Jennifer’s story “Swallow It All” appeared in the anthology.

CTHULHUROTIC - by Robert Derie.
Jennifer’s essay “The Sexual Attraction of the Lovecraft Universe” appeared in the anthology.

Beauty Has Her Way review

Written by the Fabulous Lily.
Edited and approved by Jennifer.
Thank you all for reading.

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I am home from a hasty roadtrip for a family wedding. Nothing like a 17 hour drive (one way) for a wedding. But, it is the last family wedding for a long time and I got to meet other new in-laws. So, it was worth it. Tiring but good.

However, I had an unusual amount of writer business come through the wires while on this trip--royalty payments, future contract discussions, blurb stuff and more--all of which I was dealing with via my smart phone. Not the ideal situation but made me thankful for the technology.

I came home to find the following review in my email. It's about Rigor Amortis at Shock Totem. They liked my brutal little story.

“Swallow it All,” by Jennifer Brozek, was another notable story, this one in the “Revenge” section. This one was quite short but it managed to provide a truly unlikeable antagonist who has had his wife raised as a zombie. It isn’t made explicit but seems likely that she died after he murdered her. Just enough details are provided about their situation that I couldn’t help but approve when he meets his deserved, and messy, end.

It is always nice to be called out specifically in a good way in an anthology review. It was a nice thing to come home to.

And now, to try to catch up on what needs doing.
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As editor - BEAUTY HAS HER WAY - by Science Fiction and Other ODDYsseys. A mostly good review. Some interesting points.

As author - CTHULHUROTIC - by Robert Derie. He liked most of the book but did not like my essay. Not super in depth but a good over all review.
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First up - BEAUTY HAS HER WAY - by Innsmouth Free Press. It is an interesting feministic critique of the anthology. Pointed out some things I had not thought of. Half-dislike. Half-like. Very thoughtful -

BEAUTY HAS HER WAY - by Rise Reviews. In-depth review of the entire anthology. Nice discussion of the different genre sections. Some thoughtful criticisms and over all with the liking.

Next - CTHULHUROTICA - by Rise Reviews. A whole lot of liking with this one. Very strong feminist POV. I got a shout out.

As an aside, I like the way Rise Reviews is working out. This nascent review site really is putting its best foot forward in an attempt to have in-depth and well rounded reviews.
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Review: Beauty Has Her Way – Rise Reviews - - Over all with the liking with some interesting criticism.

Editor: Issue 62 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published with guest author Alma Alexander.

Editor: I've sent out all of the acceptances and rejections for The Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey to be published by Graveside Books in June 2011. This is going to be a good one. I've got a nice mix of pro, up-and-comers, and new talent.

Author: I can finally announce it; I have sold my weird west story, Showdown at High Moon, to DAW anthology, Westward Weird, edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes! I'm really pleased with this one. This is my second pro-sale. One more and active SFWA here I come.
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I have been very much "heads down" on this final manuscript of HUMAN FOR A DAY for DAW. I'm pleased and even proud of what I've put together with the awesome authors who have contributed: Ian Tregillis, Jay Lake, Seanan McGuire, Tanith Lee, Fiona Patton, David Levine and Jim Hines...just to name a few.

Some of these stories are laugh out loud funny and others bring me to tears every single time I read them. I cannot wait to see this book in print.

In the meantime, here are a couple of reviews for my latest anthology release, BEAUTY HAS HER WAY by Dark Quest Books.

Fangirltastic Review: 4/5:

Goodreads by Nate Crowder: 4/5:
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Grants Pass made the Dymocks Southland - Top 10 Bestselling Australian Titles.

Also, LOLLO by Martin Livings from Close Encounters of the Urban Kind made it onto Horrorscope's 2010 recommended list.

It is always nice to see kudos to me, my projects and to authors in my projects.
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Two new reviews of the Grants Pass anthology.

The first is an indepth review that I really appreciated.

The second is from a poor lass who had nightmares after reading the book but considered this a good thing.

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