Tag: fantasy

  • My Top 5 Reads of 2018

    My Top 5 Reads of 2018

    Here is a list of my five favorite reads from 2018.

  • Indie Spotlight: Power and Magic – The Queer Witch Comics Anthology

    Indie Spotlight: Power and Magic – The Queer Witch Comics Anthology

    I met editor Joamette Gil at GeekGirlCon this past October, and when she showed me this book, I knew I wanted to dive in. Aside from the book’s beautiful cover art (by Ashe Samuels), the hook that drew me in was the common subject matter explored in this anthology. Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics […]

  • Indie Spotlight: Spice Bringer, by H.L. Burke

    Indie Spotlight: Spice Bringer, by H.L. Burke

    Have you ever finished a book, crying? Crying, but not crying for the reasons you thought you’d be when you started the book? Have you ever sat quietly reading and then shouted an expletive, causing the concern of your partner? Well, I have. Guys, I finished Spice Bringer. What an emotional roller-coaster of a book. […]

  • Indie Spotlight: An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi J Wyatt

    When I was 11, I read voraciously and had a number of favorite types of books. I loved historical fiction. I loved science fiction. I loved fantasy. And, no matter what the genre, if a book had a dragon in it, I was definitely down to read it. When I got an advanced reader copy […]

  • All the Reasons You Should Read the Broken Earth Trilogy

    All the Reasons You Should Read the Broken Earth Trilogy

    The Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth Trilogy is a great read, and here are all the reasons you should pick it up.

  • Allegory and Children of Blood and Bone

    Allegory and Children of Blood and Bone

    It’s a bit chilly for August, but that doesn’t stop me from dumping a few ice cubes into a glass. Add a quarter of lime, a lug of gin, and a generous pour of tonic, and it’s a drink. I mean, it’s liquid in a glass, so I suppose that’s not a high mark to reach.

  • Creative Theft: 3 Great Writers Who Stole Their Best Ideas

    It’s vital that all authors find their own voice and strive toward a creative approach to their story. However, it’s also a little ridiculous to believe that all works of fiction must be entirely new and original. For instance, I grew a little nervous when a friend compared the magic system in my book to alchemy […]

  • Two Approaches to Worldbuilding

    Worldbuilding is one of my favorite aspects of storytelling. Whether the story is fantasy, science fiction, or some dystopian future, a great world design can make or break a story’s credibility and inspire countless future stories. In celebration of this marvelous act of creation, I’m going to share two basic approaches to start building your […]

  • My Characters and a Q&A with the Artist Who Drew Them

      I’m so excited today. Why? Because I finally have a visual representation of my work-in-progress’s main characters, Oscar and Mary Drake. This picture is so beautiful. I love the lighting, particularly how it streams through the trees. I love how you can get a little glimpse of Oscar and Mary’s personalities just by seeing […]

  • NaNoWriMo: The Birth of an Idea

    NaNoWriMo: The Birth of an Idea

    I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo four times, but only won (finished) two times. For those of you who don’t spend one month out of the year hashing out a novel, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual event that takes place in November, when thousands of people try to write 50,000 words. It’s a […]