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Dax Murray

Book reviews, coding thoughts, feminist rants, and occasional cats.

Cover Reveal for A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams


It's here! Louisa of Juneberry Designs has finished the cover of A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams, and it looks fantastic. I could not be happier! The novella itself has been written, and it clocked in at 52,009 words. About 7,000 more words than I wanted it to be. I did a lot of editing to get it back down to 45,117 words. Some of the cuts were hard to make but ultimately I knew the scenes I cut...

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Ultimate Ball Python Care Guide


I've learned a ton since I first got Melusina in February, and I've been working on a more comprehensive guide based on my experience and my research. I am working on making a dedicated site for my snake ramblings, but for now I am gonna post a ton of good information here while still trying to get Jekyll to play nice with PureCSS's grid system.

Ball pythons are a very shy snake, and while they...

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Announcing: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams


I wanted to formally announce my forthcoming novella, due to be released this fall. It is an #ownvoices queer re-telling of Swan Lake, and I am really excited to share it with you when it comes out. I am going to be self-publishing this novella, just as The Resignation Letter was self-published. Louisa will again be doing the cover for me, and I've asked Jen of Clearing Blocks Editing to help me...

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Review: The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember


content note: discussion of rape, trans misogyny, violence against trans people

I was incredibly excited when I heard about "The Seafarer's Kiss" by Julia Embers - it seemed like everything I love. It was a fairy tale retelling. It was told from the point of view of the traditional villain in that tale, and it was going to be queer and it was going to have a character that uses they/them pronouns...

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Review: Survival Route


Survival Rout is a story with a diverse cast of characters, who must find a way to work together to escape their faery captors. The point of view switches between Aniyah and Keoki. Aniyah is captured and placed with a group of other young people, mostly people their captors assume to be women. Keoki is placed with a group of young people their captors assume to be men. Aniyah and her new friends...

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Snake Love


Me holding my snake in front of my face

I adopted a snake recently! Her name is Melusina, she was hatched in July 2016 and she is a yellow belly ball python. "Yellow belly" is her "morph" - what snake breeders use to describe patterns / markings / genetics. There's a whole system of dominate / co-dominate / recessive traits breeding that goes on to make some really awesome looking snakes. "Ball python" is the type of snake she is. Ball...

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Cover Reveal!


It's here! The cover for The Resignation Letter !

cover image: a white woman in a gown reclines on a chaise lounge, while a black woman stands in front of scientific tools looking into a magical orb

Isn't it gorgeous? Louisa of Juneberry Designs did a fabulous job getting the look and feel of the characters, and setting up the world, too. Seriously, you should chat with Louisa if you need a cool cover for your books! Having a cover makes it feel much more exciting as the release date draws near! Today for a brief moment the book was in the...

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The Resignation Letter Announcement and Miscellany


Big news! I am publishing a short story as a Kindle Select ebook! It is titled The Resignation Letter, a fantasy story about class, war, love, magic, and tough choices. You can add it to your TBR on goodreads. I've been working on this short story for awhile, and would like to thank Kat Howard for her editing on some of my initial drafts, and Louisa of Juneberry Designs for the fantastic cover....

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Review: Of Fire and Stars


I was incredibly excited about this book, I pre-ordered it back in May, and have tried to pre-order it at least a dozen times since then.

I was super excited for the Princess Romance, and on that front, I don't think I was disappointed. However, I feel that the world building was lacking, and there could have been so much more of it done. From the first time the Six were explained, I was like ...

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Review: The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time by Benjanun Sriduangkaew


This short story is available for free on Beneath the Ceaseless Sky's website. You can also pay for it on Amazon so you can read it on your Kindle. I did the latter because 1.) It's so good you should support it financially and 2.) I prefer e-ink to backlit screens.

"The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time" was written specifically to show you can have bad things happen to people...

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