#EnterTheFantastic as #JorieReads this #WyrdAndWonder | Book Review of “Adrift” (Book One: Staying Afloat series) by Isabelle Adler

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Borrowed Book By: Earlier this Spring, I participated in an event uniting book bloggers and Indie Authors called #ReviewPit. One of the authors I discovered during this event was Isabelle Adler – her s/o about the novel on Twitter was most enticing (see also tweet) because ever since I co-hosted a RAL with Lisa (deargeekplace.com) for #smallangryplanet I’ve noticed I am enjoying Soft Sci Fi, found family narratives set in Space and the interworkings of a crew who are sent on a mission which is both secreted from them as far as the fuller scope of why they were sent and the curious ways a long-term mission can either make/break the crew itself. I love Hard Sci Fi and Space Operas but I also like the rebels & rogues of Space, too! (ie. Rimrider!)

I was seeking stories during #ReviewPit which caught my eye for their uniqueness but also what was quite lovely is how most of the stories which intrigued me to read were actually within the realms of Fantasy! I found this wicked interesting and it is why I was thankful during #WyrdAndWonder Year 2 I could continue to celebrate my love of Indie Authors & Indie Publishers and Press!

I submitted a purchase request to my local library for “Adrift” which is published by NineStar Press an independent publisher of LGBTQ+ Fiction. I was thankful to find out my library accepted my purchase request and I decided to share my review on behalf of “Adrift” for my own edification as much as continuing to share my readerly life with my readers. I was not obligated to post a review for this novel but I choose to write one as I love celebrating the stories I am finding as a social reader. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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I happily found an LGBTQ+ Space Opera during #ReviewPit:

When I first learnt of the #bookishTwitter event #ReviewPit, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect – I keep a watchful eye on twitterverse events where writers are seeking betareaders or where authors are seeking publication (ie. #PitchWars, etc) as I generally find #newtomeauthors this way and I do like to champion the writers who are on their path towards becoming published as this is something I can personally relate to as I’m a writer whose currently moonlighting as a book blogger and joyful tweeter! It is lovely to reach out into the Indie community on Twitter and continue to seek out the stories I desire to be reading. Ever since I first started blogging here at Jorie Loves A Story, I’ve had an eye out for Indie Press, Publishers and the writers who are seeking alternative publication – either through the Indie side of publishing directly through established publishers and press; or through Small Trade publishers or taking the full-Indie route into Self-Publishing or Hybrid publishing options.

This is what made #ReviewPit such a keen event for me – I decided to just jump into it and see what I would find. It is run similar to other events where you get a pitch about a story and you are given a clue of a nod towards its genre of interest. I quite literally had such a wicked joy just scrolling through all the lovelies being offered, I wasn’t entirely sure how many would be available to receive as print editions for review but I decided to give myself the chance to just seek out the authors first and request which ones were available lateron.

My second choice is to highlight the novel I had my library purchase for me by an author I crossed paths with during #ReviewPit – the twitterverse event where Indie Authors are matched with book bloggers and/or reviewers who are seeking Indie Fiction to read and review. It is a spontaneous event in that you do not know which genres are up for grabs and you do not know which stories are avail in the format you are able to read – for me, being a migraineur, this means I needed to find authors willing to send me their stories in print. The joy of the event was finding a lot of Speculative Fiction authors who had written Indie Fantasy novels and those are the stories you’ll see start to alight on Jorie Loves A Story between the 3rd and 5th week of MAY for Wyrd And Wonder – ahead of that, I wanted to read the first 25 pages of ADRIFT as this is a Science Fiction novel which drew my eye for its premise and the approach the author took in navigating us through this world.

To say I was overjoyed my library accepted my purchase request is putting it mildly – as it is a lovely feeling to know you have a local library whose striving to bridge the gap between Major Trade, Indie Publishers and Press and Self Published authors for today’s library patron who is seeking to expand their literary horizons.

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#EnterTheFantastic as #JorieReads this #WyrdAndWonder | Book Review of “Adrift” (Book One: Staying Afloat series) by Isabelle AdlerAdrift
Subtitle: Staying Afloat : Book One
by Isabelle Adler
Source: #ReviewPit Author, Borrowed from local library, Purchase REQ | local library

Some jobs are just too good to be true.

Captain Matt Spears learns this the hard way after a mysterious employer hires his ship to hunt down an ancient alien artifact but insists on providing his own pilot. Ryce Faine is handsome and smart, but Matt has rarely met anyone more obnoxious. With tensions running high, it isn’t until they are attacked by the hostile Alraki that Matt grudgingly begins to respect Ryce’s superior skills, respect that transforms into a tentative attraction.

Little did he know that their biggest challenge would be reaching their destination, an abandoned alien base located on a distant moon amid a dense asteroid field. But when Matt learns that Ryce isn’t completely who he says he is and the artifact is more than he bargained for, he is faced with a difficult choice. One that might change the balance of forces in the known galaxy.

Matt doesn’t take well to moral dilemmas; he prefers the easy way out. But that might not be possible anymore, when his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible moment. When faced with a notorious pirate carrying a personal grudge, the fragile connection Matt has formed with Ryce might be the only thing that he can count on to save them both.

Genres: LGBTQIA Fiction, Men's Fiction, Military Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera

Places to find the book:

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ISBN: 9781945952555

Published by NineStar Press

on 26th January, 2017

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 192

Published by: NineStar Press (@ninestarpress)

The stories of the Staying Afloat series:

Adrift (book one)

Ashore (book two

Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook and Ebook

About Isabelle Adler

A voracious reader from the age of five, Isabelle Adler has always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Historical Adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination and caffeine.

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ahead of accepting my #reviewpit selections I enquired about the stories:

Whenever I am about to read a #newtomeauthor, I like to get a feel for their writing style and how they are approaching their genre of interest. It is part of my due diligence as a reader and as a book blogger – however, I do not always have the pleasure nor luxury of interacting with an author directly ahead of accepting a novel for review consideration. This is why the event #ReviewPit is such a wicked lovely idea – as it encourages direct communication between the novelist and the book blogger and/or reviewer.

I have the same general questions about all the STORIES I am keenly interested in reading – this was the series of questions I asked on behalf of Emerald Dodge who happily gave me a lovely response in return:

In the sampler I didn’t know a lot of strong words – is this considered a clean read in regards to vulgarity not being overly used? I don’t mind a few strong words here/there but not when they become overly present. Also I presume this is a relationship-based romance arc between the two lead characters? The only stories I won’t read are erotica. I’m also not into graphic violence but I didn’t gather this was that kind of story at all.

As for your questions – there is a romantic arc between the two main characters which is being established in this book and expanded in future installments of the series. There is no sexual content in this one (apart from a few kisses). There are some swear words being used (the F-word and its derivatives appear quite a few times), but I wouldn’t consider it excessive. There are also depictions of violence and its aftermath, but again, not overly graphic (I shy away from gore as well).

To which I also replied:

I appreciate your thoughtfulness in responding to my enquiries about the content – the language and the violence are still concerns of mine but I’ll just have to see when I read the story if I feel their within the limits I do accept – just thankful there is no gore as that is truly my main concern.

I wanted to share with you my dear heart readers the information I was given per book during my #ReviewPit queries in case one of the lovelies I’ve been reading this #WyrdAndWonder is catching your own eye of curiosity! This way, you’ll see the process I went through to accept the stories and what I was most concerned about prior to reading them. As you can see – the author’s response on behalf of Adrift fell a bit short of my concerns but I wanted to give the story a chance despite those initial worriment’s over what might be inclusive or not inclusive in regards to language. I have developed a more open mind as a book blogger – I give authors a chance even if they might fall clearly outside my comfort zones and/or are inclusive of elements I might not readily wish to see sprinkled throughout a narrative arc.

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my initial remarks about “adrift”:

I appear to be collecting an affinity for Space Operas bent towards those sections of space either near a rift or the canteens of where a smorgasbord of characters entreat to grab nosh and drink their leave hours away! This has all the makings of why I loved listening to the audiobook version of Rimrider and why I loved co-hosting a RAL for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet whilst it also hearkens back to my beloved #TheClanChronicles, too! Of course, this is a nod of itch towards where I found myself in Red Lotus, too.

Laughs. Another secreted mission to salvage? I am wicked good at rooting out the stories set in sub-space which are on the fringes of space travellers, regular trade routes and honourable livings. Apparently at this rate, I am more space pirate than I am federated officer which is unique as I spent my childhood admiring the Federation even if I was swooned by the prospect of being part of Chakotay’s crew once Voyager debuted as there was something to be said for rebels with a cause!

I also have found memories of the first season of Farscape which I truly adored until it went all topsy-turvy dark and murky! I wish they had held truer to their roots and not gone mad at the ending episodes of that first year – they would have held me in their throes if the way they went rogue hadn’t been so disappointing!

my review of adrift:

I love crews which are cobbled together and held with duct tape – meaning, they aren’t generally the crew anyone is expecting to become a part of – they are made in the throes of battle, put together by orders or they are kitting out in space where they have to earn their dimes off the work they can get rather than the work they’d prefer having – in other words, I love Space Opera that has a bit of grit and grunt to it whilst threading through a sociological escapade of how those tight spaces lead to extraordinary friendships and the kind of crew you wouldn’t be willing to leave unless absolutely necessary as they become your found family.

I just laughed into a smirk when this Captain is trying to hedge the bet against having a forced commission of a destination shoved onto him where he has to yield his own ship to a pilot not of his choosing! I knew that would create drama but it might also present a hidden opportunity? It did in those prior stories I read (and loved, I might add!).

Matt, the Captain of the ship (under normal circumstances) was about to embark towards a destination not of his choosing for a price he cannot believe his benefactor is actually willing to pay him reminds me dearly of Sira’s Jason! For starters, his first priority is his ship (second to his reputation as a smuggler) and that is just like Jason as Jason would do anything he could to keep his ship in a state of order all other Captain’s could respect. It points towards a mark of honour for a space captain but also a point of personal pride – not something you can fault him for but it could be a cautionary marker of where he might choose to accept a mission he ought not have been tempted to endure.

I could see why Tony (the ship’s galley cook and emergency medic be as it were as it wasn’t her specialty) would have a preference for tea; it is a preference I am attempting to reinstate into my own life and give up ship when it comes to coffee. Tea has a uniqueness of taste in of its own right and coffee oft-times is a companionable option which is quicker but not always the better of the two in the end.

The new captain who strode onto the ship was not whom I was expecting anymore than Matt; he seemed to be far more seasoned at space travel than his years but it was how he conveyed himself on ship that was most striking. He had an ease about him that spoke of an old soul with a wizened sense of experience which pointed towards how many runs he’d made in a ship as a captain. In essence, I think what struck me and Matt the most is that this was not the captain you’d expect who’d undertake a smuggling assignment to a destination yet known.

I loved how the ship reminded me of the previous ships I’ve explored – this one though is huggable cosy – meaning, it is smaller and more portable – it has a nice alignment and layout, giving you breathable space as crew but with a tightness of a commute you’d not have to worry about navigating in your sleep. I like smaller ships as much as I like the kind which are larger than you can believe can transition through sub-space jump sites – each ship has its own reasons for likeability and this one though compact seemed to have a lot going for it.

It was good folly finding the key fault and wrinkle in Matt’s character is his trait of disconnecting with his family. There is history there and although we don’t know all the details, I sensed it was something Tony felt was either worth forgiving or letting go in order to move forward with a semblance of a familial connection intact. You could see her point-of-view but he struck me a stubborn bloke who was more comfortable in this disconnection than he was in exercising a pathway back into re-connection with his sister or any other relation Tony might foresee being a viable person for him to pursue a relationship. Sometimes families disconnect and whatever broke the connection in Matt’s family was a marked moment in his past he wasn’t yet willing to absolve.

One of the beauties of finding what cross a character has to bear is better understanding their motivation to live the lifestyle they’ve chosen for themselves. Being a smuggler on the trade routes (based on my previous readings) is a career that can either be short-changed by sudden attack or unforeseen adversities or long-lived if you played the deck your given the right way. Matt seemed like the kind of bloke who enjoyed living on the edge but still liked to keep his cards close to him – meaning, giving up the central role of ship’s captain to an unknown such as Ryce was nearly unheard of and I suspected if the price hadn’t been met, this mission never would have launched.

Val was a wicked good engineer and his love of this ship reminded me of Geordi – even if this mission was wrinkling the forehead of Matt and giving him acid in his stomach for how maddeningly risky part of this expedition was going to become at the end zone, he had to credit Val with knowing how to get them there with a ship ready for the adventure ahead. The technology mentioned about how you could move through sub-space with a series of wormhole gates was definitely familiar but it is how Adler was using those gates and how the transitional moments yet ahead would be revealled were what interested me most. It would be interesting also to see how without the proper vetting (on Matt’s behalf) how much they could place trust in Ryce’s abilities to navigate the asteroid field and get this mission accomplished without unforeseen consequences.

Matt’s reoccurring nightmare is a mark of PTSD – it is so realistically brutal on his person as if he has to constantly re-remember what he survived or at least, what he has tried to forget – the physical pain and the psychologically repressed memories are adding pressure to his resolve right at a point where he needs to remain sharp on a mission that he isn’t entirely confident about undertaking. These kinds of distractions are not good for him on any level but I would imagine are less inclined to aide his current situation where a distraction of this caliber would be more threatening as he wouldn’t be at his prime to deal with other emergencies which might arise.

There is the usual shenanigans you’d expect with a crew – however, what was humbling about how Matt viewed his crewmates is that he believed in second chances. Especially of those who might not otherwise be given one by other Captains in his position due to circumstances from their past which might put them on the opposite side of the law. For Matt, a crew willing to do the work was enough conviction for him to keep them on but it is their loyalty and their drive to excel in that work which gave him the confidence to believe in their dedication to him and their missions.

When they get into a close fight with the Alraki it brought back how you can save the day in these sorts of fights from the out-of-the-box thinking which succeeded in a win from Galaxy Quest. Although, either way you sliced it – whether your dragging mines or dropping explosives in space, its these tight maneuvers which can evaporate your nerves. Captain (Matt) Spears was a complicated man – he was earnestly invested in his lifestyle choices but when it came down to the nitty-gritty bits of being a runner of goods in interstellar space, he had his rougher edges. He didn’t get-on well with most people but it is the jobs he took to make a living which placed him in the worst dangers of all. He just didn’t take jobs from people you’d reliably feel comfortable with having a debut owed too if you gather the drift? In this instance, when part of his cargo was used to avoid the Alraki attack – the reaction of the buyer was rather classic. The choices Matt had afterwards also trended towards what you could imagine but it was how Tony (his crewmate) suggested an alternative solution that pointed towards how his issues and problems were not limited to his lifestyle. They were personal and attached to his family’s relationships as well. By all counts, he was a renegade through and through with relationship issues all round.

When Matt goes off ship with Ryce – the two have an even more intensive relationship than before they left. For Ryce, his instincts and knowledge of doing this kind of mission kick-in rather immediately but that is at the angst of Matt who believes he’s going off protocol a bit too much to suit his sanity. That is the rub between the two – Matt doesn’t entirely trust the species Ryce is against his better judgements and knowledge of their personal histories – whereas Ryce doesn’t entirely know if he ought to trust Matt as his personality is equally annoying to Ryce. The two are opposites and yet, there is a smidge of an attraction between them which both are attempting to ignore whenever they get the chance to re-distract themselves on the mission at hand. The close confines of being in a shuttle though were pulling them into a territory they hadn’t foreseen – as Matt continues to distrust Ryce and Ryce further grows annoyed by how Matt reacts to everything he is doing. The fact that either of them can function at this point is just as remarkable.

Despite the overlays of recognition from my readings of #smallangryplanet I must admit, I didn’t quite have the same attachment to Adrift. Mostly as it was heavier on space politics and the military Adler established in the series rather than the interpersonal relationships I felt connected to in the other novel. The crew here felt like they had become established prior to this novel, almost like we were observing them from afar and only getting to know them on a more superficial level than a more interpersonal one. I liked the fact Adler has a lot of good instincts for describing interstellar warfare and the intricacies of jumping through different ports within the fabric of space but where I felt the story was a bit more muddling was in the day to day exchanges and relationships with the crew itself. I would have appreciated a bit more character development and fleshing out of the people who crewed this ship than just having a limited scope of who they were before we headed off into battle (be as it were).

Plus, despite the fact I have overlooked language as a barrier into a story since I’ve become a book blogger there are certain stories out there which have truly pushed me for tolerance on this key issue I have with modern literature. This particular novel has a plethora of strong language rankling its presence into the foreground of the story to a point where I honestly was disgusted with seeing it frequently taking up space in the paragraphs. I did read through the novel – trying to seek out the heart of the story vs the angst I felt with the language but overall, it became an issue to where it was harder to overlook. In many ways it dragged down my enjoyment of reading Adrift.

In concept to attach a meaning behind the title, ‘adrift’ in this instance referred to something other than what I first perceived it might be – in other words, brace yourself for the unexpected as even though this is a Space Opera it has a budding romance inside it between two of the characters. On that level, the relationship itself was not traditionally tracking in the background – it was definitely a slow burn romance and one that had its fair share of issues from different angles of importance but it worked because of how Adler wrote it.

Unfortunately for me, the moments I enjoyed during the first quarter of the novel were not levelling out by the conclusion… I was thankful I took a chance on reading this entry in Soft Science Fiction due to my experiences through #ReviewPit but for me personally, I cannot seek out the sequel Ashore due to my issues within the context of how this series is peppered with language and with a focus outside the characters – as truly, what I love most about Space Opera are the people who live in space itself. I love feeling attached to their lives and having a better understanding of who they are – even though Adler did paint a portrait about her crew in Adrift – I simply felt slightly removed from them. In essence, I didn’t get the same attachment I had in previous readings by other authors who were able to give me the kind of read I am seeking for this genre of interest.

Fly in the Ointment – a note on language:

As most Science Fiction narratives I’ve read there are a few stronger words sprinkled into this story-line but for the most part it is freer than most of those inclusions and I am hoping it will maintain that trend. Still. I was intrigued once I realised I’m going to ride on the coattails of another covert savage mission on the fringes of sub-space! I guess I’m like those in the wild frontiers of the West – riding into the unknown and taking the adventure one starlight hour at a time?

Within the first twenty-five pages, I felt the inclusions of strong words were going to drift apart to where you might not notice them nearly as much as most stories which have such a frequent use of them. Instead, the opposite started to become true – where the words picked up speed and frequency before calming back down again. It seemed they frequented the action sequences the most – where tensions were high, emotions were wrung out and no one seemed to have a better word in their vocabulary to use than a strong one. *le sigh* I seriously felt this story had more merit with less than with more inclusions of this kind but I feel I might be in the minority on that observation.

As you can tell, my initial concerns about this being more excessive than limited in vulgarity were well-founded. Still. I am thankful I took a chance on requesting this for purchase – as by the time I returnt this to the library, another reader was eagerly awaiting it after me. I love being able to help other patrons find #newtomeauthors – for every story which might not be my cuppa tea, there is another reader out there who might consider it their #mustread choice! This is one way we can all help our public libraries – suggest purchases and know even if we didn’t find the book to be a fit for ourselves another reader will be grateful we made the suggestion.

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on the space opera style of isabella adler:

This Space Opera is openly inclusive with a cast of characters who are LGBTQ+ in background and of whom are openly expressive in their choice of lifestyles. There is also a more dramatic turn of events in regards to the birth origins of Ryce right at the point where I exited the novel for my #25PagePreview – inasmuch as there was a nightmare being re-visited by another character (or it could’ve been him) as I wasn’t able to identify them before the conclusion of the twenty-fifth page.

The story has the foundation of a traditional Soft Space Opera adventure with a sociological lens on gender, sexuality and the complexities of personal vs professional relationships. It also hints towards how a person’s past is not an indication of their self-worth nor of their future endeavours whilst threading through a narrative of intrigue in regards to whom they are taking this commission for as they find themselves inbound to salvage an alien relic from a far off solar system.

What draws you inside is how Adler is writing it and how she is setting the stage for the future chapters to be disclosed. You feel invested in their journey but also, in what they are hiding about themselves – bits of which are being found out as the journey moves forward towards the system they are en-route to transition to via the wormhole jump but also, how as they progress towards that destination how an ominous threat still lingers off-scene.


What makes this a lovely addition to LGBTQ narratives in Speculative Fiction – especially with a keen focus on Soft Science Fiction is how Adler wrote the intricate relationship budding between Matt and Ryce. Theirs wasn’t an easy connection to navigate – they both have baggage from their respective pasts, trust issues and of course, there is that volley of egos they have to work through as well. Their also different species and they each have their own mind when it comes to being the ‘captain’ in charge of a crew. Yet, within that space – Adler makes their relationship feel organic as it moves through the background of the evolving plot involving everything else going on in this politically adverse world.

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#FuellYourSciFi Elements:

→ Smugglers, Rogues and Renegades

→ Interstellar warfare and political upheaval

→ Soft Science Fiction – a focus on people and their lives

→ Humanoid species

→ Ancient alien artifacts

This has a lot of elements that you might be seeking out of a Space Opera – from the illusion of an ancient alien race whose leftover artifacts are of extreme import to the current military who are fighting a war they don’t believe they can win without substantial loss. Thereby, anything they can find from the prior generations is something they feel might be worthwhile though how that will help them overall in their battles is yet to be seen.

There is a lot of empathsis on the warfare and political upheavals within this world – from the perspective of the smugglers and the military personnel. There are more than one humanoid species in this series and they each have their own particularities that might be of interest to someone who likes to see the Space Opera genre constantly expanded by how each writer brings our attention to different lifestyles and personalities by the species they are developing to inhabit their corner of subspace.

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my 2019 reading challenges:

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For those who are curious, the sequel is released:

this is Digital First – audio/print should follow suit.

Ashore by Isabelle AdlerYou can only put the past away for so long.

This had never been truer for the crew of Matt’s ship, the Lady Lisa. Even as their engine suffers a critical malfunction and Matt scrambles to fund the costly repairs, Val, the ship’s reticent engineer, unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a deadly ghost from his past. Now it’s up to Matt, Ryce, and Tony to rescue him, even if it means breaking the law and striking an uneasy bargain with a local black-market kingpin—but what if this time their best efforts simply aren’t good enough?

And it might be that Val isn’t the only crew member Matt risks losing when his budding relationship with Ryce unexpectedly runs aground. With their love and commitment put to the test, Matt and Ryce must rally to save their friend and to keep their ship afloat, but in a race so desperate there might not be any real winners.

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2 responses to “#EnterTheFantastic as #JorieReads this #WyrdAndWonder | Book Review of “Adrift” (Book One: Staying Afloat series) by Isabelle Adler

  1. Oh my, that’s a great review! One of my reading goal for 2019 was to read more sci-fi because it’s a genre with which I have a complicated realtionship of hate-love and I am failing miserably with it, but now I am dying to dive in some opera space because your review motivated me (I know it may sound strange but… that’s true!) and I will add this book on my TBR too, because it sounds soo good!

    • Hallo, Hallo Susy!

      Forgive me for falling a bit behind with my responses this month…. I saw your comment round the time it posted and it truly delighted me to no end! I am always dearly hopeful something I am reading or showcasing might help someone else with their own readerly goals… the fact I’ve encouraged you to dig into more Sci-Fi is really brilliant!!

      Doesn’t sound strange at all to me! This is why reading book blogger’s blogs is vital I think because something we’ve disclosed and shared might help someone else on their own readerly path! If this one nudged you in the direction you wanted to head – AWESOME!!

      Are you going to join #RRSciFiMonth this November!? Its hosted by Lisa & Imyril – my dynamic co-hosts for #WyrdAndWonder? I usually try to host a chat or something else whilst their at the main helm of the event. They took over for Rinn who founded it – its a whole month of Sci Fi — might help you stay within the groove?!

      Hoping this becomes one you will enjoy exploring and here’s to more wicked good SF in your life!! Very blessed you’ve left me your note and let me know how this review encouraged you. I appreciate you took the time.

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