Starry Night by Isabel Gillies


I'm guilty of having bought this book mostly for the gorgeous cover and the title (Van Gogh is an inspiration.) It wasn't until later that I noticed the reviews on Goodreads are harsh. Way too harsh. This book? I enjoyed it. I thought it was lovely. Most of all, I enjoyed the writing style--which other … Continue reading Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Goodreads | Barnes and Noble Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew, a young … Continue reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Cover Reveal: Thicker than Blood


Thicker Than Blood The Magicians series #3 by Lindsey R. Sablowski Release Date August 2014 Find on Goodreads! Pitch: Alaire Sencler is not the man he used to be. He left behind a foul and bloody past to be with the woman he loves, but the memories never allow him to forget what he did. While the White … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Thicker than Blood

Dialect in Dialogue by S.J. Garland


Recently I reviewed a historical fiction book by S.J. Garland, and it completely drew me in. One element that stood out most was her use of Scottish dialect, so I asked if she'd write a post about it. Dialect is an interesting technique I hope to try some day. find book review of Scotch Rising here For … Continue reading Dialect in Dialogue by S.J. Garland

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision


find on Goodreads They know that fire can burn. But they've forgotten how water can scald. Thus ends Threats of Sky and Sea, a YA Fantasy by Jennifer Ellision--who is an awesome person, I might add, and allowed me to interview her here. As far as greedy kings go, this novel is home to one with an unusual upper … Continue reading Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

Interview with Jennifer Ellision


I'm always interested to learn how other authors see things. It's a complex art, and though no two stories are the same, sometimes the craft itself has similar characteristics in everyone. I'm so glad Jennifer Ellision let me ask her some questions. You should check out her book here! Q: Your characters in Threats of Sky … Continue reading Interview with Jennifer Ellision

introducing a book cover artist


Even though the book isn't out till December, I keep panicking and thinking I should have had it all ready by July. But I finally have one thing on the checklist secured: A book cover artist. My long-time friend and pen pal Syd from Videmus Art is going to read my book and see what she comes … Continue reading introducing a book cover artist

Book Review: Scotch Rising by S. J. Garland


Edinburgh 1707. The English supporters in the Scottish parliament have narrowly signed the Act of Union. The controversial paper bringing England and Scotland together into one Great Britain will not be uncontested. From the Acts inception it appears doomed to carry the blood of Scots and Englishman alike. Esmond Clyde-Dalton returns to London a broken … Continue reading Book Review: Scotch Rising by S. J. Garland

Book Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


Goodreads | Barnes and Noble Heroes never really die. We all make an impact on the world. Even if we don't make major history books, it doesn't change this truth: No life is an accident. You will meet obscure heroes in strange ways, and Revolution is one such tale. Andi Alpers meets an obscure hero by finding her diary, and is … Continue reading Book Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


This series is fascinating. The characters and concepts surprise me every time I visit. With a writing style that draws me in, I'm off on an adventure to a place with beautiful things--magical creatures, dragons, beautiful courts, and people who hold to promises no matter what. Don't make a promise in the land of faery … Continue reading Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Guest Post: How TV Shows Can Help You Plot Your Novel


by Alexa Skrywer Yup, you read that title correctly. TV shows – and I’m talking the real ones, the epic ones, not the Disney ones – can help immensely with plotting out your novel. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. I promise I won’t be offended. Finished now? Great. I’m going to use Supernatural as an example, … Continue reading Guest Post: How TV Shows Can Help You Plot Your Novel