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Welcome to Rachel Neumeier’s Website

Hello, and welcome to my website. Take a look around – you’ll find information on my books, my life as an author and what else I’m up to at the moment. You’ll also find my personal book recommendations and some useful links. Feel free to get in touch via my contact page if you would like to find out more.

Books – Coming Soon and Out Now

Black Dog, February 2014House of Shadows, July 2012The Griffin Mage Trilogy omnibus edition, November 2011The Floating Islands, February 2011

Visit the Books page of the site for more information on all my published books.

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Latest News & Blog Posts

Things that just don’t work for me: ineffectual protagonists

October 23rd, 2014

So, Shannon Hale’s THE GOOSE GIRL. This was recommended to me by any number of people. I just finished listening to it last night. And I liked it. I really did. But. The thing is, Hale’s story keeps closely to the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale. This plot requires a somewhat helpless heroine, which would …
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How to handle negative reviews

October 22nd, 2014

Chuck Wendig has an entertaining post up: Five ways to respond to a negative review: a helpful guide. Funny! Also topical, as it happens. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that Chuck posted about negative reviews this week! Those of you who aren’t in the writer/blogger Twitter stream and who don’t happen to follow the …
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Series I’d like to start . . . or finish!

October 21st, 2014

Okay, I saw this link to the Top Ten Tuesday topic over at Shae Has Left the Room: Series you have that you would love to start, but haven’t. It caught my eye partly because of just reading THE THOUSAND NAMES, so hey! That’s one series I actually *have* started, and only a year after …
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Gritty fantasy vs Dark fantasy –

October 20th, 2014

Recently I said that THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler is a bit gritty, but less so than Scott Lynch’s books; and a bit dark, but less so than Brent Weeks’ books. And then I thought: I definitely define “gritty” and “dark” differently, but I’m not sure how broad the agreement is about what each …
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Recent Reading, and also Aargh there goes my writing holiday –

October 17th, 2014

Recent Reading: A TURN OF LIGHT by Julie Czerneda. It’s not as well written as all that, and it’s not as catchy as it might be, and the protagonist has a certain Mary Sue specialness about her — I don’t really see the appeal, and yet people fall in love with her left and right. …
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