Month: May 2015

Book Review: “Dry Land” by Jennifer Anne Seidler

Book Review: “Dry Land” by Jennifer Anne Seidler

“Dry Land” by Jennifer Anne Seidler from Lorna George:

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Review of The 11th Percent by T. H. Morris

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from a Goodread group (LoP)

This is a ghost story and supernatural adventure. I enjoyed the battle between our heroes and the enemy.

I have not read many ghost stories, but I imagine this is somewhat different than is traditional. The story begins as many fiction books do. There is a main character whom we follow through the entire book. He is not happy at his job. Suddenly his life begins to change.

What I assume might be different from some ghost stories is the movement into a full war that slowly develops for our hero. From incident to incident, he begins to see he must join with his new allies and engage the enemy who is doing some bad things on a massive supernatural scale. He acquires powers and is central to the battle against evil. This is a hero’s journey story with a team of heroes taking on a very impressively powerfully enemy.

Some of the things I liked were the dialog between characters, character change through the story, and the strong description of locations. A good job was done giving each character different personalities. Each character changed through the story. The hero is a different person by the end. Some of his allies are not whom they seem at first. Some become better, some not so much.

I did not enjoy the information dumps. There is a great deal of information about the supernatural rules in this story. Sometimes, it goes on for pages and pages. I suppose it is hard to avoid when the author is presenting such an unusual world with a different set of realities than we are used to. Perhaps in followup books that particular exposition will not be necessary.

The story is told in 3rd person limited in past tense. We follow the one character’s POV the entire story. He grows through the book but is very naive at the beginning of the story.

This story should be fun for people who would be interested in a battle on the supernatural plane. Our hero starts out weak and ignorant and becomes a powerful fighter physically and psychically. I would think the story would be appropriate for children as young as 8 years old. There is no sex, and while people and spirits are destroyed, supposedly there is “no such thing as death.”

I enjoyed this read. I would try another offering from this author. Give it a try, you might like it.

A look at outlining in Excel

Novel outlining in Excel:

Michael J. Martinez

With the release of The Venusian Gambit, I’ve been doing a fair amount of stuff, including a guest post on the writing process at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds, as well as a Reddit AMA on r/Fantasy. And a question came up in both places: What’s with this Excel outlining you keep talking about?

Well, it’s a long answer, but I figured I’d give it a go. I use Excel to outline my novels in a far more complete, intensive way — more like a storyboard, really. I can include not just what happens, but to whom it happens, why, their reactions, the effect on the setting, etc. I found Excel useful because my books tend to have some complexity to them — different dimensions, multiple POV characters, lots of moving parts — and it helps me keep things straight. Plus, I like being able to storyboard a scene before writing…

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Cover and Teaser: Hard Luck in Paperback At Last

Hard Luck by M. A. Ray

Saga of Menyoral

I’ve been busy. Please excuse my repeated, extended, and egregious absences. I have something to show you!

One of the projects I’ve been working on is getting Menyoral into paperback. I’ve been privileged to work with an awesome graphic designer, Rachel Bostwick (whom you can visit and engage yourself), to produce the very prettiest book we both can make, and Hard Luck is almost ready. Today I want to show you the cover. Check out this beautiful field of green.

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I also want to show you a sample of the interior. Here’s a page from the interior, just so you can see the fineness of the work. I love it so much!

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I’ll let you know when they’re ready!

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Guest Post: A Day In the Life – Brian Downes

Guest Post from jmloftus:

Dare to Dream, Live to Write

I am writing a novel called Red Sleeper, which is the follow-up to The Berlin Fraternity. Writing is a torment and a torture, and I wish that I could stop. I tried to stop – after I finished The Carrefour Crisis, my fourth novel that failed to find a literary agent. But it didn’t take. To write is to waste my time pushing a boulder; to not write is to waste my life. This is less expensive than heroin, but it’s just as helpless and more humiliating.

The first thing I need is an idea, but ideas are the easy part. And because novels take so long to write, I usually have ideas waiting in line. Any newspaper or nonfiction is full of ideas. There are so many of them that you will be overrun; one will land its barb in you.

The daily process goes like this. I wake up and go online…

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Sins of the Past – Say Hello to N.M. Scuri

N. M. Scuri from DebbieManberKupfer:

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  1. Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome N.M. Scuri. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve always loved books and stories. I grew up on Hammer films, Dark Shadows, and Stephen King. Everything pretty much came from that.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

In addition to Mr. King, I tend to run the gamut. Right now, I’m reading the Brontë sisters. I wrote my dissertation on Oscar Wilde and James Joyce.

  1. Tell us a bit about your story, It’s All Good News?

I was inspired by the story of Preston Castle. It’s also known as the Preston School of Industry and is located in California. It was a reform school that is alleged to be haunted due to the violence that occurred there over the years. I set my story during the Great Depression. It was a dark time in America, and I could see people clutching…

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