Month: October 2015

Review: All From Dreams by Bethanie F. Devors

Dawnrigger Publishing

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounds up.
This is a nice, filling read. It satisfied like a good basic pizza satisfies: warm, packed with familiar flavors and cooked to a nice golden brown. The descriptions are lush without being wordy, the dialogue is snappy, and the characters are memorable, fun, interesting, people I enjoyed getting to know. I want to see them again, and I will be buying the sequel when I get word that it’s available for pre-order. Neither formatting nor grammar errors ever threw me out of the plot, and that’s worth mentioning. So I have.

More positives: I could relate to the protagonist’s emotions; I liked the fish-out-of-water premise of a tech-savvy modern woman dropped into fantasy setting premise; (I am on a serious portal fantasy kick, yes. I am not ashamed.)…

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Prize-Winning Animation Lets You Fly Through 17th Century London

http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/fly-through-17th-century-london.html

“Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a realistic street pattern [taken from historical maps] and even included the hanging signs of genuine inns and businesses” mentioned in diaries from the period.

For their efforts, the De Montfort team was awarded first prize in the Off the Mapcontest, a competition run by The British Library and video game developers GameCity and Crytek.”
see at: http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/fly-through-17th-century-london.html

Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Try/Fail Cycles with Yes, But/No, And

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Without conflict, there is no story. You’ve probably heard this before, and it’s true. For a story to work, you need:

a) A protagonist who wants something, and

b) Something to get in the way of the protagonist achieving that goal

You need to give your protagonist a treasure to find, a dragon to slay, a puzzle to solve, or a lover to woo. And then you need to put obstacles between your protagonist and the prize. Your story will look something like this:

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Of course, your protagonist doesn’t just go charging straight through all those obstacles. Instead, most stories have the protagonist working through the obstacles one at a time, with the level of difficulty and stakes rising at each turn. This creates a “story arc” that looks something like this:

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But, in better stories, the protagonist’s climb up that arc is anything but smooth. No easy stroll up…

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Author Interview – Pete Sutton

My Writer's Journey

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Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol, UK and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He’s had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature.

On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ and his website here http://petewsutton.com/  He’s contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: https://farhorizonsmagazine.wordpress.com/

Questions:

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Seven Deadly Swords is the story of a cursed crusader seeking redemption across several lifetimes

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

Several things coalesced into the book – one of the major inspirations was the book “The Crusades through Arab…

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Start Writing your Bestseller!

Nicholas C. Rossis

I came across this inspirational infograph by Essaymama on Shannon A. Thompson’s blog. We get to see where our favorite writers started, and how long it took them before they found success in the form of a bestseller.

Some authors started out as young as 13 and others as late as 65. Virginia Woolf started writing at 27 years, but only become popular at 43. Haruki Murakami was a bar manager till 29 years, and Charles Bukovski a postman ’till his 40s. The moral here is clear: it’s never too late to start writing your bestseller. Just don’t give up!

Oh, yeah. And it’s obvious why everyone hates E.L. James 😀

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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Cover Reveal — Nightlight Tales by Anthony Renfro

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13 tales of terror.

13 tales that will have you reaching for the nightlight before you go to bed tonight.

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Excerpt from Need to Feed:

The house appeared to be silent, but he thought he heard something, something low and almost inaudible coming from one of the bedrooms.

It was a sucking sound, like something feasting.

He made his way towards that sound, boots clicking on the uneven hard wood floor, spurs jingling, hoping he wasn’t right, but pretty sure he was.

He stopped at the door that led into the Master Bedroom, and listened again. Sure enough, the sound he was hearing was coming from this room. He held the holy water vial up, and popped the lid off with his thumb. He aimed his gun forward, and slipped into the room.

The first person he saw was Bob, lying on his back on the floor, and on…

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Chasing a girl on a bike down a hill

Chasing a girl on a bike down a hill

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It was like a scene from a movie. We were having a family evening at the park, I was pushing our little guy on his trike, and my husband was getting our four-year-old helmeted up and ready to ride her bike. It’s been a summer filled with trips to the pool, learning to be a fish. Most days it was too hot to go to the park and ride her bike. She hadn’t gone for a cruise on her cool Princess two-wheeler in a while.

Then there was that moment. That slo-motion, watching-in-horror moment that freezes you.

My husband and daughter caught up to us quickly, with him on his skateboard (where he sometimes hitches a ride like Marty in BACK TO THE FUTURE) and she on her bike. They got ahead of us quickly, cruising side by side. I only looked away for a moment. When I looked back…

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New – Free on Kindle until Wednesday

Lisa Scullard

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Writing & Publishing For Yourself: The Indie Author Handbook, Self-Publishing Toolkit, and Staying Sane Survival Guide – or ‘The Adventures of an I.T. Helpdesk’ by Lisa Scullard (non-fiction/humour)

FREE on Kindle today – Write a decent book, Tweet a few times, accept any spontaneous reviews graciously, and keep all of your friends…

Hi folks! Seeing as I didn’t know what I’d really done to earn recognition as a top blogger on here, a while ago I went through all of my posts on Writing and Publishing and compiled a list (see my Tutorials pages). Following that, and reading them through, I realised I had a whole lot more to add – to update – and articles elsewhere that were relevant. As well as journal entries of everything I’ve learned on the indie author journey.

I’ve now`organised them, fully-revised and updated, into this eBook above – containing my earliest advice…

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Introducing Sins of the Future

My Writer's Journey

Sins of the Future contains fifteen terrifying futuristic tales written by fifteen brilliant authors. Each tale is different than the next and they all come together beautifully to make up one amazing anthology. The stories vary in the futuristic realm, some happen here on Earth, other’s happen up in outer space. Some stories contain robots, other stories contain animals that walk and talk like we do.

Take a look at the banners created for each story to get an idea of just what our anthology is going to entail. We hope you are left on the edge of your seat in anticipation for our release October 31, 2015.

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Mercury’s Kiss by Jen Ponce

Polidori Corporation, the world’s largest provider of innovative robotics for home and office, is proud to introduce the latest addition to their Personal Assistant Robot family: James. James is the first Passbot to combine home maintenance with…

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Author Interview – Henry Herz

No Wasted Ink

Author Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children, so they will grow up to be interesting adults. Please welcome him to No Wasted Ink.

Author Henry HerzI write fantasy and science fiction for children, sometimes aided by my young sons. I am a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). In addition to writing books, I review children’s books for the San Francisco Book Review and the San Diego Book Review. I also enjoy moderating KidLit or speculative fiction literature panels at conventions like WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con. I created KidLit Creature Week, an annual online gallery of monsters, creatures, and other imaginary beasts from children’s books and I was the co-developer of Six Degrees of Sauron, a web-based version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but applied to The Lord of the…

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