Author Archives: Victoria Janssen

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.

#TBR Challenge – Furry Friends: The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson, edited by Jennifer C. Garlen and Anissa M. Graham

The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson, edited by Jennifer C. Garlen and Anissa M. Graham is a collection of essays about various Jim Henson productions. I am huge fan of Henson’s work, but managed never to see Fraggle Rock because … Continue reading

Posted in nonfiction, reading | Tagged | 2 Comments

My January Reading Log

Fiction: Roux for Two by Aurora Rey was a cute, lowkey contemporary romance between a fat queer femme and a trans man. Chef Chelsea Boudreaux has just gotten her own show, which will be filmed in the small south Louisiana … Continue reading

Posted in contemporary, fanfiction, glbtqia+, romance novels | Tagged | Leave a comment

#TBR Challenge – Once More With Feeling: Territory by Emma Bull

Territory by Emma Bull, in the fantasy sub-genre now called Weird West, was published in 2007. I bought it immediately in hardcover because I loved previous books by Bull…but then it sat in the TBR because I wasn’t very interested … Continue reading

Posted in writing | 6 Comments

HEA Quest!

Calling all fantasy and science-fiction romance writers! Join the SFWA-sponsored HEA Quest on Saturday, January 20th, 2024, 9AM – 12PM PT, for a virtual meet-up featuring three panels of writers, editors, and experts in the industry. This is a great … Continue reading

Posted in conferences, romance novels, sf/f | Leave a comment

My December Reading Log

Fiction: Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree is a prequel to Legends and Lattes, set early in orc narrator Viv’s career as a mercenary. When she’s sidelined in a small town by a leg wound, boredom leads her to make … Continue reading

Posted in alternate universe, comics, fanfiction, sf/f, ya | Tagged | Leave a comment

#TBR Challenge 2024

I’ll be participating in the #TBRChallenge from Wendy the Super Librarian once again! Themes for this year are: January 17, Once More With Feeling: Territory by Emma Bull. February 21, Furry Friends: The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson, edited by … Continue reading

Posted in reading | Tagged | 1 Comment

#TBR Challenge – Festive: Coming Home for Christmas by Carla Kelly

Coming Home for Christmas by Carla Kelly is slightly different from the other TBR books I’ve read this year; I actually started it at some point, in either 2020 or 2021, and then just…didn’t finish it, possibly because it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in historical fiction, mystery, reading | Tagged | 1 Comment

My November Reading Log

Fiction: The Lady And The Tiger by copperbadge is original fiction in the Shivadh universe, also published under author name Sam Starbuck; it features a romance between Lady Alanna Daskaz and the Duke of Shivadlakia, Gerald ben Eitan, known as … Continue reading

Posted in alternate universe, fanfiction, nonfiction, romance novels, sf/f | Tagged | Leave a comment

My October Reading Log

Fiction: A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker was my TBR Challenge book for October. System Collapse by Martha Wells is the new Murderbot book. I won’t spoil anything here! I definitely recommend reviewing the previous volume (Network … Continue reading

Posted in fanfiction, reading, sf/f | Tagged | Leave a comment

#TBRChallenge – Once Upon A Time…: Spear by Nicola Griffith

Spear by Nicola Griffith is an Arthurian novella about Peretur (Perceval) set in 6th century Wales, with a lot of realistic detail of everyday material culture, armor, weaponry, and the diverse peoples inhabiting the island after the reign of the … Continue reading

Posted in glbtqia+, lesbian, reading, sf/f | Tagged | 1 Comment