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Shawn Speakman

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Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near a volcano and surrounded by old-growth forests filled with magic. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words.

He was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the country for many years and now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for several authors, and is a freelance writer for Random House.

He also contributed the annotations for The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, published in 2012.

Shawn is a cancer survivor, knows angel fire east, and lives
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anthology-mechWhen I finished The White Rose Thief for the Blackguards anthology, I knew Ragnarok Publications would put together a gorgeous book!

And they did! I love everything about Blackguards. And in reviews, people seem to love my short story and many of the other stories in the anthology.

So when Ragnarok owner Joe Martin asked if I would be interested in submitting another short story for a new antho...

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Unfettered by Shawn Speakman
"Some really great short stories, some not so great.

Standouts for me were "Dogs" (pack of dogs rape analogy), "All the Girls Love Michael Stein" (about cats and goodness, I'll read this to my daughters), "The Chapel Perilous" (I love the Iron Druid..." Read more of this review »
Unfettered by Shawn Speakman
"I'd give this 3.5 if I could, but it's not worthy of a 3 so it gets 4... there are some crud in here but some gold too...

Imaginary Friends - Not a big fan of this, seemed a little simple.
How Old Holly Came To Be - A bit out of place, I expected mo..." Read more of this review »
Unfettered by Shawn Speakman
"This review is solely for the story "River of Souls" by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

It caught me by surprise to learn that there was an entirely new The Wheel of Time story in this anthology, so I immediately went to get the book from the..." Read more of this review »
BLACKGUARDS by J.M. Martin
" Alissa wrote: "Great news! I liked them both and I absolutely loved the Nix :)"

I can't love this post more! I love the Nix too! :)
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Unfettered by Shawn Speakman
" Thanks for the review, Nayan! Glad you liked my story too! :) "
" D.E. wrote: "Looks awesome! :)"

It is. ;)
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Blackguards by J.M. Martin
" Kidgreg wrote: "Great story, Shawn. White Rose Thief ties in with your series, right?"

Yes, Kidgreg. THE DARK THORN is the best place to start. THE WHI
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Blackguards by J.M. Martin
" Thanks for the review! Hope it draws more people in to read it! "
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“Unfettered is an anthology filled with magic, wonderment, and hope. It is more than it's combined stories, though. It is the power of friendship. Of giving. Of a science-fiction and fantasy community that protects its own. Of humanity escaping the ugliness that often plagues it to instead create a testament to the goodness found in every heart.”
Shawn Speakman, Unfettered

“There is no trick beyond sitting your arse in a chair everyday.”
Shawn Speakman, Unfettered

“At the top end you had some fairies squeeing at supersonic pitches; fairies thought all this military stuff was pretty silly, but they went along with it for the same reason that fairies ever did anything, namely, for the lulz.”
Shawn Speakman, Unfettered

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“Unfettered is an anthology filled with magic, wonderment, and hope. It is more than it's combined stories, though. It is the power of friendship. Of giving. Of a science-fiction and fantasy community that protects its own. Of humanity escaping the ugliness that often plagues it to instead create a testament to the goodness found in every heart.”
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