Author Archives: Zina

About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.

Updates for Upcoming Writing

One problem with grad school is that there’s only so much I can do to get my academic and nerdy interests to collide. As a full-time grad student and a freelance, my output here has plummeted because I’m busy trying … Continue reading

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[Stitch Elsewhere] Luke Cage review @ Strange Horizons

After eight years, fourteen feature-length films, and four separate television series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally managed to place a Black man front and center in his own narrative. Luke Cage, a character previously seen as a supporting character … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Midtown Masters by Cara McKenna (+ Giveaway)

Title: Midtown Masters (Sins in the City #3) Author: Cara McKenna (Twitter) Rating: Recommended Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Queer Romance, Queer Fiction Release Date: February 21, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group: Intermix Pre-Order Here: AMAZON (KINDLE)  | BARNES & NOBLE Note: … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – Weird Ass Werewolf Tropes

Content warnings: This installment of Urban Fantasy 101 contains references to or descriptions of racism, homophobia, heterocentrism, sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic abuse, other forms of discrimination. There are also tons of footnotes. Werewolves are everywhere in the urban fantasy … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Marvel’s Black Widow – From Spy to Superhero edited by Sherry Ginn

Title: Marvel’s Black Widow: From Spy to Superhero Editor: Sherry Ginn Authors: Malgorzata Drewniok, Heather M. Porter, Samira Nadkarni, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Jillian Coleman Benjamin, Sherry Ginn, Lewis Call, David Kociemba, and Tanya R. Cochran Rating: Yeah, No Thanks Genre/Category: Nonfiction, … Continue reading

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How my island upbringing inspired “The Carnival That Comes After”

This is a little backstory post about my story “The Carnival That Comes After” in Dirty Birds Press‘ Undercities anthology which has two weeks left on its Kickstarter campaign. (So go pledge!) When I was a wee teenager, my mother … Continue reading

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[Cover Reveal] 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

I’m a huge fan of Tristina Wright and think that she’s an amazing person and a super talented writer! I’ve been following her for a while on twitter, quietly fan-Stitching over her talent and general awesomeness and when I saw … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Making Love by Aidan Wayne

Title: Making Love Author: Aidan Wayne (Twitter) Rating: Highly Recommended Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy, LGBTQIA Romance, Demons & Angels Release Date: January 30, 2017 Publisher: Riptide Publishing Order Here: RIPTIDE PUBLISHING Note: I received an ARC of this book … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace

Title: Idle Ingredients: A Sin du Jour Affair Author: Matt Wallace (Twitter) Rating: So Freaking Highly Recommended Genre/Category: Urban Fantasy, Demons & Angels, Food, Politics Release Date: February 7, 2017 Publisher: Pre-Order Here: AMAZON | AMAZON (KINDLE) | BARNES … Continue reading

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[Fanwork Recommendation] Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis

Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis is a new fan-made series that looks at Hermione’s life post-Hogwarts. It’s incredible, relatable, and funny as hell for the most part (but don’t let your guard down like I did because HGatQLC … Continue reading

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