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

What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

Lately, I've been trying an experiment I've heard about for years with authors and never really took serious: writing every day. Here are some quotes from writers on the subject: “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages … Continue reading What Writing Every Day Has Taught Me

Editorial Review – Deserving Good

I've written about editorial reviews, discussing what they are and how a writer benefits from them here, and I wanted to share an example with you. So here is a guest post about a short self-help book, showcasing how an editorial review works. Enjoy!   Title: Deserving Good: Getting to Know Your Real Self and Live … Continue reading Editorial Review – Deserving Good

Book Review: Into the Shadow Wood

Title: Into the Shadow Wood by Allison D. Reid Genre: Fantasy/Short Story Book Description from Goodreads: Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill … Continue reading Book Review: Into the Shadow Wood

Book Review: A Time Unpromised

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

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: The Cult of Unicorns

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

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

Emma and the Importance of Being Yourself…Even in the Face of Advice

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

One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge

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