Book Review – Shadows of Tomorrow

Title: Shadows of Tomorrow Author: Ryan Lanz Genre: Dystopia Short Stories Only One Mask: Nob only trusts two things: his knife and his breathing mask–the latter because he has to. Ever since the world went crazy, he feels like he’s always on the run. Running from those who want to kill you. Running from those … Continue reading Book Review – Shadows of Tomorrow

Why I Write Fantasy (with just a pinch of Sci-Fi)

This week, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is asking what we love about the genre we most frequent, as writers. Click here to join the fun! I've talked about my journey into writing fantasy before, but it bears repeating (especially when it's the topic of the month). I came to fantasy very late. I never … Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy (with just a pinch of Sci-Fi)

Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts

I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy! Name: Clayton Barnett Genre: Romance-Horror-SciFi Title: Cursed Hearts Original Blurb: Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts

Book Review: Mercer Street

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

The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

Every fictional novel not set in contemporary times requires world-building. You might be able to "cheat," as it were, and do it via extensive research about what a past time period was like, rather than creating a brand new realm, but the situation is similar. Either way, the details are what sets your story apart. … Continue reading The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge

What To Do With Villains? #atozchallenge #amwriting #fantasy

Villains are a part of a great deal of fiction. Not every story has to have one, of course, but the action/adventure, science fiction, and fantasy genres tend to rely on the presence of evil-minded characters pretty heavily (and even romance can have a trouble-making rival). But what are our options when it comes to … Continue reading What To Do With Villains? #atozchallenge #amwriting #fantasy

Is Star Wars Written for the Fans?

With the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens,  I heard a most unusual complaint: that it was written too much for the fans. Many who saw it thought it was a great movie, but there were some who felt it was too nostalgic. With so many nods to the original trilogy, they felt … Continue reading Is Star Wars Written for the Fans?

Writing that Scene: Superhighway

In the format of a non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what makes a scene powerful and memorable for readers. The goal of these posts is to provide an opportunity for authors to learn from each other and to see their own writing with fresh eyes. In my own experience, hearing what … Continue reading Writing that Scene: Superhighway

Book Review: Seraphina

Description from Goodreads: Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. … Continue reading Book Review: Seraphina

Ready for More Books!

Over the last few weeks, I've begun the Writerlea Book Review series, where we examine the merits of a variety of books (primarily in the science-fiction, fantasy, or young adult genres), looking at their narration, content, characters, artwork, and world-building. They're a bit more in-depth than most (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.), but they're designed to look … Continue reading Ready for More Books!