Month: December 2015

My top 10 books of 2015

My Writer's Journey

Top Fiction Books

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 1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

I would surely recommend this book to anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice, even if you aren’t into the Mystery genre. P.D. James is an awesome writer. This book is what I would call a “modern classic”. It is also a fun, surprising book. The kind you won’t manage to stop reading and you will feel sad when you finish because you can’t dwell longer in its world with its great characters.

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 2. The Martian by Andy Weir

This book is lots of fun, its main character is one of the funniest I ever met while reading. It deserved to be the 2014 Goodreads Choice Winner.
 
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 3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

If you lived during the 80’s and liked games this is the golden book for you. Back then I wasn’t the geekiest around…

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Author Interview – Laura Woodswalker

My Writer's Journey

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How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla sent a message to Mars…what happened when they answered?

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

The protagonist himself. Nikola Tesla invented the modern electrical system, so he is practically the father of the “industrial age”. He also had an otherworldly side. He reported visions of “beings of light”, and believed that he had received a message from extraterrestrials on his radio equipment. When I read his story, I thought “this is a science fiction story that practically writes itself”.

And yet until recently this man’s name was in no schoolbooks and nobody had even heard of him. Those who did, tended to dismiss him as a ‘crackpot’.  Very few authors had written serious novels with Tesla as a protagonist. His story just cried out to be written. I wanted to get inside his head; see what…

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Blacktastic: A Podcast of Black Scifi and Fantasy Stories!

Blacktastic: A Podcast of Black Scifi and Fantasy Stories!

The Kickstarter for the Blacktastic podcast:

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On December 18, 2016, I posted this in the State of Black Science Fiction group on Facebook:

“In 2016, I am going to launch a podcast show in which authors of Black Speculative Fiction will have their stories read by voice actors and then the author will answer questions from listeners about their work(s).

Stay tuned for details.”

Short; simple.

But it wasn’t so simple. Within fifteen minutes, over a hundred people had liked the post. Now the post has over 400 likes and is steadily climbing.

After taking a serious look at what it takes to produce and present the podcast to the world, I decided to crowdfund the project; to truly make this a project by and about Black people – authors and fans. Others are more than welcome to donate, too. 🙂

The Kickstarter is up and ready for you. So, give YOURSELF a gift this holiday season!
Let’s make

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The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Childrens’ Book Covers.

The Book Wars

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(Last Dragon Charmer Series Book 2)

When mysterious magic transported Prince Caden from the Greater Realm to seemingly normal Asheville, North Carolina, he was shocked to discover it was home to the most dangerous villains ever banished from his homeland. And that a great and powerful Elderdragon rules them all.

Now Caden suspects that dark forces are conspiring on both sides of the magical divide between his world and this one. The Elderdragon gives Caden a quest: uncover the dangerous plan and protect the Greater Realm from banished villains hungry for revenge. Because if they find a way home before Caden can, everyone he loves may be in danger.

Janet: The two paragraphs give conflicting view on the Elderdragon: first, that he rules the dangerous villians; second, that he wants Caden to protect the Greater Realm (making earth the Lesser Realm, one presumes?) from these villains. This is confusing. Also…

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Author Interview – Kristy Carey

My Writer's Journey

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Kristy Carey is an author and blogger with a passion for creativity.  With one publication under her belt, she plans to keep the momentum by focusing on the Urban Fantasy genre in future pieces.  She is currently splitting her time between writing and steampunk jewelry design. Her passion in both writing and design, is to mix together elements that don’t belong, and make them seem natural.  Kristy is currently working several short stories, including The Story Shoppe, an anthology of Short Stories and a retelling of fairy tales, The Charming Line.

Questions:

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Wizard seeks to save the world, by way of long life and apprentices.

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

Honestly, I was doing an event called the 7 Day Story. In it, you take one week to go from Ideas to Publishable short story in 7 days. I…

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Meet Maggie Larche

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome children’s author Maggie Larche.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Maggie.

I’m a former economist turned stay-at-home mom and children’s author. I’m originally from Pensacola, Florida, though I’ve lived in the Midwest as well as the Gulf Coast.

  1. When did you first start writing?

All writers start out as readers, and my love of books was handed down to me by my parents as a small child. I remember being only seven years old, falling asleep at night as my dad read the Lord of the Rings trilogy out loud to my sisters and me.

I wrote plenty of stories as a kid (though most of them were awful), but I don’t think I took writing seriously until I started learning the mechanics of academic writing. Something about the structure of having to prove your argument really appealed to me.

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

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By Roz DeKett

The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For a full-length novel.

That’s happened to me.

So it was an enormous relief when I heard author Hallie Ephron speak at

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the 2015 Writers Digest Annual Conference on revision—and learned the draft she felt was fit to be seen for her latest novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, was draft number 36. And that was before it went to the publisher.

Not only that, draft number 36 landed at 310 pages, while her discarded content (what she calls her “out file”) came in at a mighty 236 pages.

Hallie’s message? “Writing is about revision.”

Hallie Ephron is a best-selling author…

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SPOTLIGHT: BEFORE THE NEW MOON RISES BY AUTHOR CATHY HIRD

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When Poseidon’s ambition is thwarted (as told in Moon of the Goddess), Princess Thalassai expects to enjoy the luxury of peace in the valley of Ephyra. Instead, the Earthshaker’s revenge strikes like forked lightning. He recruits Aphoron, disgraced prince of Ephyra, to set off an attack on her home city. The god then releases a monster shark to shut down trade and lays a sleeping spell on the four kings who hold sway in the lands claimed by the ancient goddess Eurynome.

With the king under Poseidon’s spell, Thalassai struggles to maintain order in the city. Her fiancé Brizo sets sail to defeat the monster shark, but in the first encounter, the shark destroys the ship’s rudder and oars. Her brother Melanion chases after Aphoron and uncovers the prince’s plan to attack their city. As other Olympian gods who are angry with Poseidon are drawn into the fray, conflict threatens…

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Author Interview – Ryan Z. Dawson

My Writer's Journey

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Ryan Z. Dawson is the author of the self-published The King’s Eagle.  His new book, Melidora, which was published by Dire Ninja Media.

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Melidora is about a girl with amnesia who finds herself in a magical land, through which she travels trying to remember who she is.

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

I had just finished translating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into my conlang, Imnura, and I started thinking about how many stories there are in which children find secret fantasy worlds that adults have no access to.  I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and write a story about a fanasy land that is discovered by an adult instead.  This simple idea ended up becoming very personal as my main characters developed.  I have fond memories of playing outside with my friends as a child. …

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