Fantasy Books I Want to Read in 2021

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Rose #4) by Sarah J. Maas Although Nesta isn’t my favorite character out of the ACoTaR world, but Cassian is. I don’t want Nesta to soften, but I do want her to understand who her friends are. I can’t wait to reenter Maas’s world and seeContinue reading “Fantasy Books I Want to Read in 2021”

Urban Fantasy Books I Look Forward to Reading in 2021

Blood Heir (Kate Daniels World Book 1) by Ilona Andrews In 2020, I read the entire Kate Daniels series, Iron and Magic, the Innkeeper series, and just about everything I could find written by the writing couple who go by the pen name Ilona Andrews. Professors could teach an entire creative writing class using IA’sContinue reading “Urban Fantasy Books I Look Forward to Reading in 2021”

The Little Black Flying Cat

Negrito El Gato Volador (the little black flying cat) RIP: 2002-2020 You were a brat sometimes Knocking things off shelves Nipping at our ankles Sneak attacks when we least suspected You were a sweetheart sometimes Curling in our laps Nudging your head into our palms for pets Cuddling and purring away our tummy aches andContinue reading “The Little Black Flying Cat”

On Genre: Where Does My Werewolf Story Belong?

Traditionally, a werewolf in a story earned a book a spot on the shelf of the horror section of a bookstore. However, today there are many genres that include supernatural, potentially monstrous creatures that are not inherently cursed or evil. Categorizing a werewolf story is depends on the plot, not the supernatural creature. For example,Continue reading “On Genre: Where Does My Werewolf Story Belong?”

Indie Author Spotlight: Shackle.Exe by Van D Vicious

What is cyberpunk if you don’t have the Haves and the Have Nots, and throw them together for contrast? The way the books starts, I thought this read would be a lot darker than it was. Don’t get me wrong, Shackle.exe explores characters with addictions: sex, drugs, cyber, etc. placed into situations that constantly summonContinue reading “Indie Author Spotlight: Shackle.Exe by Van D Vicious”

Back Up Your Work: A Cautionary Tale

Writers like to use different programs to get their work down. Microsoft Word being the most common. I personally switch between Word and Google Docs, but I own Scrivener. I use Scrivener for the planning stages of a book, the notes, the outline, little character cards, etc. It’s a lot better than my wall lookingContinue reading “Back Up Your Work: A Cautionary Tale”

Writer Talk: Multiple Projects

Currently I have three documents open: Eastside Faerie, Warrior Tithe, and a new short story called Galactic Emporium of Delight. I’m working my way through, writing a chapter at a time on each. I have no prescheduled time dedicated to any of them. I do, however, have a time I sit down to write everyContinue reading “Writer Talk: Multiple Projects”

Indie Author Spotlight Review: Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana’s The Knights of Caerleon Series

After the nineties, I was kind of done with Arthurian retellings. I haven’t watched any of the latest shows or movies. Then, I pick up this book. It’s told from multiple points of view, but Gwenevere is definitely the protagonist. I loved the dilemma the authors present both Gwenevere and Arthur and the notions aboutContinue reading “Indie Author Spotlight Review: Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana’s The Knights of Caerleon Series”

Struggling with Imposter Syndrome? You’re Not Alone

After dickering around writing and doing nothing with it for years, about five years ago, I decided to take writing seriously. I started attending classes and workshops to improve. I had the audacity to assume that I could put out better work than what was out there. I thought I could be like Toni MorrisonContinue reading “Struggling with Imposter Syndrome? You’re Not Alone”