ARC Review — Cruel Summer

Title: Cruel SummerAuthor: Bernard JanGenre: Science fictionPages: 513 pagesPublication date: February 28, 2021 Thank you, Bernard Jan, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Cruel Summer follows Michael, Alien, Rebecca, and many more. (You might remember Michael from my Postcards from Beyond review.) The story begins not long after … Continue reading ARC Review — Cruel Summer

Another year older!

Hello everyone! Yesterday was my birthday, and I decided to do another casual update like last year since I've been so busy. I started off strong this year, but at one of the conferences I went to, I got behind schedule. With volunteer work on top of that and projects overlapping, it had definitely taken … Continue reading Another year older!

ARC Review — The Rose Vol. 2

Title: The Rose (Vol. 2)Author: P.D. AllevaGenre: Sci-fi thrillerPages: 550 pagesPublication date: December 21, 2021 Thank you, P.D. Alleva, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! The Rose Vol II picks up right where Vol I left off. Sandy is still trying to find her missing son, but … Continue reading ARC Review — The Rose Vol. 2

ARC Review — Chambers of the Heart

Title: Chambers of the Heart: speculative storiesAuthor: B. Morris AllenGenre: SFF short story collectionPages: 246 pagesPublication date: April 16, 2022 Thank you, B. Morris Allen, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Chambers of the Heart is a short story collection full of unique speculative stories that will … Continue reading ARC Review — Chambers of the Heart

Common writer mistakes #19

#19 — Starting sections with pronouns When writing longer works, it's good practice to start each chapter or scene with the character's name instead of their pronoun. For example: Rose saw the fire hissing in the distance. vs She saw the fire hissing in the distance. This is for two reasons. 1) The character(s) referenced … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #19

ARC Review — Ghost Rememberer

Title: Ghost RemembererAuthor: Tyrus BuckleyGenre: Historical mysteryPages: 382 pagesPublication date: January 16, 2022 Thank you, Tyrus Buckley, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Ghost Rememberer follows Brenton Grey as he solves a series of tangled mysteries in a small town. While a humorous ghost follows him around, … Continue reading ARC Review — Ghost Rememberer

ARC Review — Postcards from Beyond

Title: Postcards from Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael DanielsAuthor: Bernard JanGenre: PoetryPages: 85 pagesPublication date: March 20, 2022 Thank you, Bernard Jan, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Postcards from Beyond Reality follows Michael Daniels from Cruel Summer. The seventeen-year-old writes poetry about his time … Continue reading ARC Review — Postcards from Beyond

ARC Review — Dragons in the Clouds

Title: Dragons in the CloudsAuthor: David Blair Genre: Children's fantasyPages: 101 pagesPublication date: November 16, 2018 Thank you, David Blair, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Dragons in the Clouds begins as a charming story that a father tells his daughter. He explains that thunder and tornadoes are … Continue reading ARC Review — Dragons in the Clouds

Author Interview — Rita A. Rubin

Recently, I posted a review on Amulet of Wishes, and now I get the chance to interview the wonderful Rita A. Rubin. I hope you enjoy. What has influenced you the most as a writer? Other books, I'd say. Especially fantasy books. For Amulet of Wishes, did plot or characters come first? Characters. Derek and … Continue reading Author Interview — Rita A. Rubin

Book review – Skin of the Sea (Spoiler Free)

"Releasing the woman’s fingers, I turn away, not watching as her body sinks into the depths. A daughter, a wife, a mother. My tears join." Title: Skin of the SeaAuthor: Natasha Bowen Genre: YA Mythological FantasyPages: 336 pagesPublication date: November 9, 2021 Skin of the Sea takes place in a mythical world with gods, mermaids, and … Continue reading Book review – Skin of the Sea (Spoiler Free)