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.

#TBRChallenge – Baggage: My Father’s Ghost by Suzy McKee Charnas

TweetMy Father’s Ghost (2002) by Suzy McKee Charnas is a memoir by one of my favorite science fiction writers and favorite people, as well. As you can guess from the title, it’s focused on her relationship with her father, Robin … Continue reading

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My February Reading Log

TweetFiction: The Iron Children by Rebecca Fraimow will be out in early April; I read an ARC via Netgalley. In this novella, two countries are at war. The larger and more powerful Levastani want to take back the smaller country, … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Getaway: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

TweetA Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson is, I believe, the last of her adult novels that I had left to read. My profound thanks for this journey go to Kelly Link, who recommended the author to me roughly two … Continue reading

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My January Reading Log

TweetFiction: Aftermath: Tides Turning (Clorinda Cathcart’s Circle Book 18) by L. A. Hall started my year off right with a check-in on old friends. I loved how the younger generation was taking up the slack to subtly change things for … Continue reading

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Welcome to Refuge!

This is the official website of writer Victoria Janssen, author of A Place of Refuge, three science fiction hopepunk novellas following three former guerillas who’ve escaped to a utopian planet after losing their fight against a fascist empire. They’re figuring … Continue reading

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I Heart SapphFic Reading Challenge Week 4: Spaceship / Space Station

TweetFinding Refuge is featured this week in the I Heart SapphFic Reading Challenge Week 4: Spaceship / Space Station! I’ll be visiting the I Heart SapphFic Reader Group on Facebook on and off all week, and will be giving away … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Starting Over: A Paradigm of Earth by Candas Jane Dorsey

TweetA Paradigm of Earth by Candas Jane Dorsey is a 2001 book which begins with several traumatic events told in a lowkey voice of depression. Morgan Shelby works with children who have severely disfiguring birth defects. Despite the first sentence … Continue reading

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My December Reading Log

TweetFiction: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a charming romance with older characters set in a contemporary small English village. Major Ernest Pettigrew, a widower of six years, has just been told his brother unexpectedly died, when he … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge 2023

TweetThis year, I’ll again be participating in the TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian. My goal is to post reviews of a themed book on the third Wednesday of every month. Feel free to join me! Tag your … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Festive: Silent Night by Stanley Weintraub

TweetSilent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub has been on my TBR for quite a while, along with a lot of other World War One reference books; some of them, I don’t read … Continue reading

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