ARC Review — Snake Eyes 

Title: Snake Eyes (Planet Scumm #11)Author: Planet Scumm, including Hailey Piper (Guest Editor), Maura McGonagle (Illustrator), Sim Kern, Ana Gardner, Avery Kit Malone, LC von Hessen, Stephanie Gray, Diana Fenves, Laura Barker, Lindsay King-MillerGenre: Sci-fi short storiesPages: 112 pagesPublication date: August 13, 2021 Thank you, Planet Scumm, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! It has been a while … Continue reading ARC Review — Snake Eyes 

Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

"We have failed, but I hope they will see how hard we tried." Title: Aurora BurningAuthor: Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffGenre: YA Sci-fiPages: 495 pagesPublication date: May 5, 2020 I enjoyed reading Aurora Rising, so of course I had to get book two. I read them two years apart though, so I appreciated the written recap … Continue reading Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

ARC Review — The Encanto

Title: The EncantoAuthor: Arthur Swan Genre: Adult Sci-fiPages: 280 pagesPublication date: October 14, 2021 In The Encanto, Wayob wants to break free from a Mayan artifact but causes death instead. The story follows three groups—Gray and Claire, Detectives Parker and Hernandez, and Ashley York—as they interact with the artifact and Wayob. Their stories never fully mingle, … Continue reading ARC Review — The Encanto

Late birthday catch-up

Hello everyone! I was going to do a book tag for my birthday, but I’ve been swamped with family stuff and work. Which is good since my freelance editing business is making profit and progress. So, here’s a casual book update instead.  So far, I’ve read twenty-six books this year. The best ones have to … Continue reading Late birthday catch-up

To writers who fear the first draft

Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft

Top 9 sci-fi books I’ve read so far

I did one over fantasy, so I thought it would be good to do a sci-fi one as well. I usually read soft sci-fi, which explores the soft sciences and relates to fantasy instead of hard sci-fi, which has a lot of math. Since I don’t read many popular sci-fi books, most of these may … Continue reading Top 9 sci-fi books I’ve read so far

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

Fantasy worlds are complicated to build since everything is foreign. If you're a plotter (aka you plan your story before you write it), you may have thought most of this out already. But if you're more of a pantser like me (aka you build your story as you go), you may have to go back … Continue reading 7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

What fantasy writers need in their stories

I attended Fantasy Writer’s Week from ProWritingAid, and one of my favorite talks was over an emotion writers should focus on: wonder. Wonder is a sweet mix between surprise and admiration. Bringing wonder into a story allows the reader to get more immersed in an unfamiliar world. It makes them want to know more. Dave … Continue reading What fantasy writers need in their stories

How to write an author bio for submissions

Author bios can seem difficult. It's impossible to narrow a person down to a few sentences. But writers also do the impossible all the time. My experience with this is limited to Submittable. Most places ask for a bio between three to five sentences long. Bios are simple and can have a bit of creativity … Continue reading How to write an author bio for submissions