Book Review: Jove’s Legacy

  Title: Jove's Legacy Author: Kim E. Morgan Genre: Distopia/YA Fiction, Fantasy Blurb from Goodreads: Marie-Joëlle Peone's migraines kick-start her psychic abilities into high gear when she teams up with eleven polymaths, one who wants Jo dead. The twelve survive in a hostile wilderness and being hunted by predators. But Jo's visions grow beyond her control … Continue reading Book Review: Jove’s Legacy

Book Review: A Merchant in Oria

Title: A Merchant in Oria Author: David Wiley Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy (Novella) Book Blurb per Goodreads: Firion is a young merchant descended from generations of merchants. His first big break comes along when he sets out to trade with the wealthy dwarven kingdom of Oria. He has always dreamed of visiting this grand kingdom, having … Continue reading Book Review: A Merchant in Oria

Book Review: Poet of the Wrong Generation

Title: Poet of the Wrong Generation Author: Lonnie Ostrow Genre: Literary, General Fiction Book Blurb from Goodreads: “It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.” Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while … Continue reading Book Review: Poet of the Wrong Generation

Book Review: Long Road Out of Ur

Title: Long Road Out of Ur Author: Joel Thimell Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Historical Description per Goodreads: Something is rotten in Mesopotamia. A troublesome priest has been murdered; the pagan New Year's rites defiled; a royal tomb is robbed; and a would-be grifter, Lot, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. His father, grandfather and … Continue reading Book Review: Long Road Out of Ur

The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

As I writer, I'm always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I've read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don't feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning … Continue reading The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

Book Review: No Portrait in the Gilded Frame

No Portrait in the Gilded Frame by Tudor Alexander Genre: Literary fiction, Self-discovery Book Description (from Goodreads): An intelligent and captivating story about the emotional journeys we undertake and the corners of the heart we end up calling home, No Portrait in the Gilded Frame takes readers from Romania behind the Iron Curtain to the … Continue reading Book Review: No Portrait in the Gilded Frame

Book Review – The Temptation of Dragons

Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri Genre: Fantasy, Family, Relationships Book Description from Goodreads: Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’  When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I … Continue reading Book Review – The Temptation of Dragons

The Year I Learned What Hate Was

I grew up watching LeVar Burton in "Reading Rainbow" and later, in "Star Trek" alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Dorn. Skin color was about "significant" as pointed ears or angled eyebrows; it might set you apart and make you more interesting than the rest of the population, but nothing more. And I thought racism was dead. … Continue reading The Year I Learned What Hate Was

Book Review: The King’s Voice

  Description from Goodreads/Author's Website: The King’s Voice is a page turning fantasy novel set in the vast and vibrant land of Goaero. The story begins with a mute king whose voice has been stolen away. His brother, the evil Prince Encoda bestows soldier Mallory with the quest to find it. Happy to be on a … Continue reading Book Review: The King’s Voice

Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer

We can't go into "cute dog" mode to get people to like our novel. We can't just cock our head and cast a pleading, expressive glance at the people involved--whether to solicit an agent or a book reviewer. So what do we do? We write query letters...which may be one of the unavoidable, least fun … Continue reading Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer