Title: A Time Unpromised by Natalie Payne Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming-of-Age Book Description from Goodreads: Jac Harvey has always played second fiddle to his older brother Pierre. Growing up Pierre is brilliant and handsome, very much the golden child in their family. Jac, eight years younger, is his polar opposite, shy and antisocial, struggling through school. … Continue reading Book Review: A Time Unpromised
Title: Penny White and the Cult of Unicorns by Chrys Cymri Genre: Fantasy Book Description from Goodreads: Raven's ears flicked. 'Dragons aren't known for their patience.' 'More is the pity, ' said the unicorn. 'Father Penny and I were about to amicably settle our differences. A dragon invading our home vastly complicates matters.' Five months ago my … Continue reading Book Review: The Cult of Unicorns
As part of the ongoing Flashback Friday series, here is a post based an original from June 2014 As I read through Emma for what is probably the fourth or fifth time, I’m struck by how much the story revolves around the giving and taking of advice. Each character responds to advice differently, depending on how firmly … Continue reading Emma and the Importance of Being Yourself…Even in the Face of Advice
Happy March, everyone!! This, of course, means we only have one month left before the A to Z blogging challenge kicks off (which means its high time to start planning or, in my case, writing up some of my posts ahead of time so I don't have to do the whole thing during April and … Continue reading One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge
Just wanted to share a link for half priced gift certificates from book cover designers, editors, and other providers of writing services. My book coaching is listed there as well, so if you were looking for a deal off a larger package (one long novel or perhaps two or three shorter ones), you can find … Continue reading Deals on All Things Writerly!
For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?
Book Description from Goodreads: Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time … Continue reading Book Review: Mercer Street
We've been examining family dynamics in fiction, looking at strong and healthy relationships rather than the dysfunctional ones that tend to create drama and difficulties. While the latter are more common and more interesting at times for an author to write, the former give us imaginative role models for our own lives and can give … Continue reading Fictional Families: Fathers and Sons
Book Description from Goodreads: King Arthur is dead. Camelot has fallen. Britain drowns in Saxons. These are the stories of what came after. Merlin’s prophecies begin such, in introduction: “In the days when Arthur’s dream was dimmed, as grey embers under storm, actors from our reverie still ventured forth. A boy enters decaying Broceliande with the … Continue reading Book Review: After Avalon
Yesterday we discussed how a memorable character need not be described in more than a few phrases to stick in our mind (as seen in Jane Austen's minimalistic approach in describing Elizabeth Bennet). When an author uses this approach, we may not know the character's hair color, their overall height or appearance, but a feature … Continue reading Describing Memorable Characters: Anna Karenina