ARC Review — Kill Your Darlings

Title: Kill Your Darlings Author: L.E. Harper Genre: Fantasy Pages: 320 pages Publication date: May 24, 2023 Thank you, L.E. Harper, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Kill Your Darlings is an author’s dream and nightmare. The author wakes up in the fancy world she had created, … Continue reading ARC Review — Kill Your Darlings

Book review – Challenger Deep (Spoiler Free)

"Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug." Title: Challenger Deep Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: YA Contemporary Pages: 320 pages Publication date: April 21, 2015 Neal has been one of my all-time favorite authors for years now—about a decade—but I've been behind on reading some of his work. … Continue reading Book review – Challenger Deep (Spoiler Free)

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

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 writing 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 writing 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