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Review: The Vanisher Variations, a Jewish Regency mystery mostly set in Brighton

The Vanisher Variations is definitely one of the Libi Astaire Jewish Regencies that stands out in the series for well-constructed plot, satisfyingness of the mystery’s solution, representation of diversity, and even just how much fun I had reading it. At … Continue reading

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“Miss Jacobson’s Journey” – Jewish Regency spy-romance-adventure

Miss Jacobson’s Journey by Carola Dunn is a lighthearted spy romance set during the Napoleonic wars and starring an Ashkenazi Jewish hero and heroine. I am so glad I found this book and read it on Shabbat. It was a quick … Continue reading

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The Olive Conspiracy: a young queen protecting her nation’s agriculture and happiness

Presenting my newest Jewish fantasy novel! When Ezra tries to blackmail Chef Yael about her being trans, she throws him out of her restaurant and immediately reports him to the queen. When police find Ezra stabbed to death, Queen Shulamit realizes … Continue reading

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Review: Regency hetero romance with Jewish hero

True Pretenses by Rose Lerner first got on my radar this summer, as a much-needed anecdote to my anger upon discovering a trope in mainstream romance of Jewish women being paired with Nazi officers. After spending an appropriate amount of time … Continue reading

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Royal family outing in the marketplace of Home City

With the loss of my grandparents this summer, I feel even more acutely the importance of “family of choice.” There are so many wonderful people in my life that I’ve found through luck rather than blood ties, from my super … Continue reading

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Climbing the Date Palm: a bisexual fairy tale about faith, justice, and family

A fantasy novel about labor rights? It’s true! Here’s the eBook link; print is coming soon. Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual, and is completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer … Continue reading

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Even Kiddush is a magic show when there’s a wizard in the family

For non-Jews: this is Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner, and Queen Shulamit is blessing the wine. Isaac is a wizard with a flair for showing off, especially for Rivka, hence the telekinesis. Characters from The Second Mango drawn by kayaczek. Sequel Climbing … Continue reading

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Glossary of non-English words in The Second Mango

Some of them seem like English to me, because they were a constant part of my upbringing and remain a constant in my life! But, I realize that many Gentile (non-Jewish) readers would like more information about some of those words. It … Continue reading

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“I believe in you.”

Isaac, the Ashkenazi wizard from The Second Mango. He likes rugalach, warrior women, and feeling smarter than people. If you like your fictional men older, bulkier, and mysterious, give him and Rivka a try! Drawn by Tumblr user angelwhoisinlovewithyou.

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Well, that’s one way to light the shamash!

Happy Chanukah from Rivka and her dragon, and from their creator, Shira Glassman. Characters from The Second Mango, a fantasy novel from Prizm Books with an all-Jewish cast, drawn by Erika Hammerschmidt

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