Just writing to say I think you’re one of the most admirable people on this site! Also if you’re looking for a version of Harry Potter that has actual diversity at the fore I would HIGHLY recommend Zen Cho’s sorcerer to the Crown. Set in Regency England, it focuses on a black Sorcerer Royal (Britain’s chief wizard) teaming up with a biracial, British-Indian, witch to restore England’s magic + deal with racists. It’s a great read if you have the time. Have a great night!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sorcerer to the Crown! It was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I need the sequel to come out like yesterday (but I recognize that writing is hard and wouldn’t ever bug ZC about it)! 

Now as you’ve given me a great book rec, I shall give you one in return: 

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I’m not finished with the book yet (as this semester has been HECK), but it’s a really lush epic fantasy involving a young con artist and djinn. It’s really amazing so far and I think that if you loved Sorcerer to the Crown, you’ll love this!

Also, thank you so much for the kind words! Seriously! I appreciate them, and you! 😀

Zina is creating reviews, articles, and essays about pop culture and fandom. | Patreon

My background is largely in History (both of my degrees so far are in that field) but I’m also studying intersections of identity in comic books and related literature for my MA in Literature. I apply that background to what I write whether it’s in fiction or in the articles and reviews that I do.

You can find my fiction in Fireside Fiction and in the Undercities anthology by Dirty Bird Press. I have also written non-fiction (essays, reviews, articles) for Word of The Nerd, ComicsAlliance,and Strange Horizons. I also have a website where I write about commentary on and criticism of both pop culture and the fandoms it spawns. (NonFiction Masterlist here)

I’m constantly and currently working on projects for my blog Stitch’s Media Mix that focus on positive and diverse representation in fandom spaces and in the media we consume.

Right now, I’m trying to balance a busy grad school courseload, my part-part time job, and my writing, but I’m still trying super hard to make sure that readers here and elsewhere get good content! Patreon can help make that happen!

Any and all support is welcome and appreciated!

Zina is creating reviews, articles, and essays about pop culture and fandom. | Patreon

Hey! Free Ebooks!




It’s Read an Ebook Week on Smashwords right now.

There’s zillions of ebooks available for 25% off, 50% off, 75% off or FREE right now.

Including all of my books which are either 75% off or Free this entire week.

There have been a lot of downloads already but I’d love to share my books with even more people so please, go check the event out. Go check out my books.

And do share this widely. Free books is always a lovely thing and everything I write is Queer fiction.

Enjoy! 😀

Another reminder that you can get free ebooks right now over on Smashwords–go check it out and have fun, guys!

Wednesday Signal Boost!

The sale goes on so please go check it out–lots of lovely books for very low prices or free.

And do please signal boost. It would really help me out.

Searching for Real Love: My torrid love affair with Golden Age romance comics

With titles like Real Love, True Tales of Romance, and Young Brides,
these books were basically a one-stop shop for a very specific kind of
ideal. These stories tended to focus on young women who were in the
prime of their lives (according to comic publishers) and who were having
some sort of trouble in love. If you were looking for stories about
white women who fail at communicating with their significant others,
look no further than the golden age of romance comics.

So why do I love these books so much?

they’re kind of ridiculous and they really do hinge on people not
communicating with one another. I’m terrible at communication and I
think that I’d do a better job in a relationship than some of the women
in these books.

After a couple dozen issues from different series, it’s hard to take romance comics seriously anymore.

For more about my thoughts on Golden/Silver Age Romance comics and a handful of comic recommendations, head on over to my blog!