First Goals and Aspirations for 2020

Avila University started its regular spring semester about two weeks ago. Seems I've hardly drawn a breath, and the month has already slipped by! After some worry that I might be teaching an overload again this spring, I managed to negotiate with the powers that be so that my teaching obligations remain within contract. This … Continue reading First Goals and Aspirations for 2020

Daughter of Aithne wins the OZMA Award

I'm very excited to report that Daughter of Aithne, Book Three of The Silver Web, has received the 2017 OZMA Award for fantasy fiction! A division of Chanticleer's International Book Awards, the OZMA Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works of fantasy. Winners were announced last weekend at Chanticleer's annual authors conference in Bellingham, Washington. It was a … Continue reading Daughter of Aithne wins the OZMA Award

DAUGHTER OF AITHNE makes the cut!

I'm thrilled to announce Daughter of Aithne has made the short list for Chanticleer's 2017 OZMA Awards! A division of the Chanticleer Reviews International Book Awards, the OZMA Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works of Fantasy, the Supernatural, Fantastical/ Legendary/Mythical Beings, Magical Systems, Steampunk, or other inventions of fiction. Judges are now in … Continue reading DAUGHTER OF AITHNE makes the cut!

Publishers Weekly reviews Daughter of Aithne

I'm very excited to report that this week's edition of Publishers Weekly includes a review of Daughter of Aithne! The review caught me a little by surprise. I'd submitted the novel at the beginning of 2017 using BookLife, the independent author platform managed by Publishers Weekly. My hope was to score a PW review in … Continue reading Publishers Weekly reviews Daughter of Aithne

Kirkus Reviews ‘Daughter of Aithne’

I was excited (and nervous) last week to receive Kirkus Reviews' assessment of Daughter of Aithne, the third and final installment of The Silver Web Trilogy.  Nervous before I read it, excited afterwards. All three novels of The Silver Web have received positive reviews from Kirkus, but Kirkus seemed to like Daughter of Aithne best of all: "Thankfully," the reviewer writes, "[Gastreich] ends her series with the … Continue reading Kirkus Reviews ‘Daughter of Aithne’

Cover Reveal: Daughter of Aithne

I'm delighted to announce that Daughter of Aithne will be released this spring in Kindle and print editions! Cover art and design for this third and final installment of The Silver Web is by Thomas Vandenberg, who also did the covers for the first two books in the series, Eolyn and Sword of Shadows.  The image shows Princess Briana's first encounter with … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Daughter of Aithne

The Fires of Galia

One of my favorite stories to tell is about the formation of Central America. I've given this lecture for many different audiences at multiple academic levels over the course of about fifteen years. Still, I never tire of retelling the story, rolling through about 250 million years of history in just over an hour. Central America … Continue reading The Fires of Galia

Peace on Earth, Good Will to All

I'm settling in for a very nice holiday. The whole family is in town for Christmas, and that of course makes these days extra special. Fans and followers of Eolyn know how very important Winter Solstice is for the mages and magas of Moisehen. One of my favorite chapters in the first novel covers the … Continue reading Peace on Earth, Good Will to All