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Kira (she/her) has been working in bookstores for the better part of the last fifteen years. A lover of fantasy, sci-fi, and romance, Kira is passionate about the transformative potential of imaginary worlds and the power of collaboration and collectivity in fact and fiction. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and her dissertation focuses on belonging and found family in speculative audio fiction and fan communities. Kira has a chapter in Roleplaying Games in the Digital Age: Essays on Transmedia Storytelling, Tabletop RPGs, and Fandom from McFarland. Her piece looks at collaborative storytelling, worldbuilding, and audience participation in the actual-play D&D fantasy comedy podcast The Adventure Zone. From 2016-2019, she was the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Language and Sexuality. She loves playing RPGs and video games, volunteering at PAWS Atlanta, reading and watching sci-fi and fantasy, and wrangling her four cats: Ichabod Crane, Magrathea, Hazelnut, and Mr. Tumnus.

Holiday Gift Guides: 

  1. Fantasy and Science Fiction for the Queer Romantic

  2. Gifts for the Cat Lover in Your Life: Children

  3. Gifts for the Cat Lover in Your Life: For Teens & Adults

A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250788870
Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

An Indie Next Pick!
A LibraryReads Pick!
With Four Starred Reviews

Red, White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.

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ISBN: 9781250217349
Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

An Indie Next Pick!

A Man Called Ove
meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Welcome to Charon's Crossing.

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ISBN: 9780063025226
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Published: HarperTeen - September 28th, 2021

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

It’s a new star-crossed romance about the magic of first love from the acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and Brave Face, Shaun David Hutchinson.

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ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000

The acclaimed trilogy that comprises Lilith's Brood is Hugo and Nebula award-winner Octavia E. Butler at her best.

Presented for the first time in one volume with an introduction by Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., Lilith's Brood is a profoundly evocative, sensual -- and disturbing -- epic of human transformation.

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ISBN: 9780358424413
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Published: Clarion Books - September 14th, 2021

When her siblings start to go missing, a girl must confront the dark thing that lives in the forest—and the growing darkness in herself—in this debut YA contemporary fantasy for fans of Wilder Girls.

Derry and her eight siblings live in an isolated house by the lake, separated from the rest of the world by an eerie and menacing forest.

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ISBN: 9781984813787
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

The Caldecott Honor-winning true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War courageously offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.

Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty--except for the many cats left behind.

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ISBN: 9780062973122
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 8th, 2021

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely allianc

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ISBN: 9781982170714
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021


The Charm Offensive will sweep you off your feet.” —PopSugar

In this witty and heartwarm

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ISBN: 9781419739835
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more!


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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021


From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks...

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ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021


In Talia Hibbert’s newest rom-com, the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

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ISBN: 9780316541435
Published: Orbit - March 30th, 2021

The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable debut from a major new voice in epic fantasy — a stunning tale of magic, mystery, and revolution in which the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her power and her place on the throne.

"One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year." — BuzzFeed News
"An amazing start to a new t

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ISBN: 9781087808659
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Published: Austin Chant - June 1st, 2021