Fantasy Book Review: Grimm: The Killing Time

Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner

A mysterious creature stalks the streets of Portland, looking for a new identity. With one touch it can dissolve its victim, assuming their appearance, personality, and memories. When Portland homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin are called in to track down a missing person, Nick comes face to face with the changeling, but its powers have an unexpected effect on the Grimm, unleashing a deadly Wesen plague and untold chaos. 

Nick and Hank investigate a missing person/murder case but catch on quickly that it’s a Wesen problem when Nick is attached by the shapeshifter. And while Nick isn’t badly hurt, he and the shapeshifter begin spreading a virus among all other Wesen – including his closest friends. The virus is dangerous as it brings out a Wesen’s basest instincts and causes them to Woge without being able to change back to their human face.

The Killing Time is set late in season 3 of the show. It’s gruesome, thrilling, and full of suspense, mystery, and danger – everything Grimm should be. As I’m already a fan of Waggoner’s writing, I had high hopes for this latest installment. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. Only that the story is so fast-paced that I read it in one sitting, making it seem much too short. Grimm fans wont want to miss this captivating story.

Author Karen Akins Guest Post

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Music/Books/Films that inspired LOOP
by Karen Akins

First up, music.

When writing, I rely heavily on my book playlist to nail the mood that I’m trying to establish in each scene or for each character. Sometimes, in revisions, I’ll even go back and revise the playlist if I realize that I’ve gotten off track, emotion-wise.

LOOP’s playlist is on Spotify:

If I had to pick a theme song for LOOP’s main characters, Bree and Finn, it would be “I’m Going to Make You Love Me” by the Jayhawks. It’s one of the few songs that’s stayed the same from the first draft all the way through the publishing process. It contains this hopeful determination that Finn naturally has and that Bree desperately needs.


Well, I’ll tell you what didn’t inspire LOOP…any time travel novels written in the last four years. I had to stop reading any other time travel once I started writing it. There are so many similar themes that run throughout the sub-genre, and I didn’t want to be overly influenced by anyone else’s worldbuilding. And let me tell you, my time travel ban has been hard. As soon as I finish final edits on LOOP’s sequel TWIST, I am going to go on a time travel binge. J

In terms of inspiring the “specialized ability in a unique setting” of LOOP, I’m going to give huge props to Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY series and Ally Carter’s GALLAGHER GIRLS series. As I was reading their stories, I kept thinking, this is what I want to convey in LOOP more than anything…fun!

Very astute readers will pick up on some similarities to Pride & Prejudice. I looooosely based my plot on P & P. (And I’m always happy to discuss those similarities once you pick them out.)


One comment I’ve received from several readers is that LOOP’s action gives it a movie feel. One sweet reader actually said, “I kept craving popcorn while I was reading, and I realized it was because I felt like I was watching a movie.”

I’m a huge sci-fi fan. Some of the gadgets and general sense of optimism for the future have a Star Trek background. And, not to be too spoilery, but one of the scenes in LOOP was most definitely inspired by the final one of The Matrix.

Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys LOOP.

SciFi Book Review: Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow by RC Lewis

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.

Essie is a smart and brave young woman, making her own way in a harsh environment. Dane is a desperate young man, looking for a way to save his people. They have an endearing chemistry that grows throughout their tumultuous relationship.

Stitching Snow is a clever, science fiction twist on the Snow White fairy tale. It’s a dark and thrilling story with plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting space adventure. This is a YA space opera set in a fascinating caste system with advanced technology and unique abilities. This is an impressive debut from a new author I’ll be watching going forward.

Book Giveaway: Coming Home

Courtesy of Ace, I have a copy of Coming Home by Jack McDevitt for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 21. I’ll draw a name on November 22, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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