On Writing: 5 Things I Do after I Receive Feedback

In movies, the writer has a typewriter or laptop click clacking away, drafting until they write the words “The End”. The author sends the book to their agent who instantly sends it to the publishing company and voila, a book is printed and on the shelf of every bookstore ever. The novel becomes a best[…]

Book Review: Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/Dystopian Future Stand alone or series? Book one of a trilogy. Romantic Subplot? File that under “It’s complicated.” Steam? There was some sexual tension between the main character and her love interest. This is not a kissing book. Violence? Gory battle violence typical of the urban[…]

Cover Art for Warrior Tithe/ Update on Eastside Hedge Witch

Update preorder Warrior Tithe here: Preorder Warrior Tithe here!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TX68S3D I received the art for paperback this morning and it is…well look at it! It’s gorgeous! I described a scene in Warrior Tithe to my cover artist. She created a perfect image that only previously existed in my head. I’m excited to see the final layout[…]

Publishing Plans for 2021

Today I wrote “The End” to Warrior Tithe. Or rather, I wrote “To Be Continued.” I’m writing the Faerie Tales series in serial fashion. My plan is to publish each novella every three months, starting in March. Told as a story within a story frame, Warrior Tithe is both a pseudo sequel to Tam Lin:[…]

A Writerly View on Recent Events

I debated whether I’d say something here or not because this is my author website, and a writing and review blog, not a current events forum. However, I wanted to say this. Writers are keen observers. How is that related? Let me tell you. When a writer goes out in public, whether they be introvert[…]

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 see[…]

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,[…]

Writer Reads Book Review: The Kinsmen Universe

I was introduced to Ilona Andrews books by a fellow writer. I trust her taste because she’s an excellent author and we like a lot of the same authors, shows, movies, etc. She recommended Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews because I like beauty and the beast retellings. I then devoured all of Ilona Andrews[…]

What Does Genre Mean to a Writer?

Anyone old enough to remember card catalogues, remembers learning the Dewy Decimal System–a library’s classification system based on subject. Dewey Decimal Classifications: 000 – Computer science, information & general works 100 – Philosophy & psychology 200 – Religion 300 – Social sciences 400 – Language 500 – Pure Science 600 – Technology 700 – Arts & recreation 800 – Literature 900 – History & geography[…]

Celebrating Over 100 Followers!

It has come to my attention that this blog has over 100 followers! Thank you! If you’d like to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or witness my character/story boards mayhem Pinterest, click on the icons for those sites on the header for this blog on my homepage. Hope you’re all doing well. Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo Day 19: Getting Over the Hump

I wrote about 2, 289 words yesterday for the Warrior Tithe project, bringing my NaNoWriMo word count to 28086 words. This means that I’m behind on NaNo and not writing Eastside Faerie. However, because I took a step back and took a break from the project, I realized I wrote myself into a corner with[…]