The Blood of Faeries - Research 101
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by Dan
1w ago
Howdy, Today I'll share with you some of the research that went into The Blood of Faeries. I also have a giveaway running through February 20th associated with Kerry Blaisdell’s new release Burying the Dead. Read on to learn more. Some authors enjoy the heck out of doing research. I'm not a member of that camp. I’m not against research, honest! For me, it's all about time. Writing takes time—there's planning, banging out the rough draft, and editing. All in all, I take roughly nine months to produce a marketable manuscript. Once I submit it to my publisher, there are probably another six to ..read more
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Character Interview - Gore
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by Dan
2w ago
Howdy, Today I'd like to introduce you to Gore, a recurring villainous character in The Allison Lee Chronicles. In Dragons Walk Among Us, Gore tries to kill Allison twice, nearly succeeding the first time. He has powerful patrons in The Blood of Faeries, and he's up to no good. But where do his loyalties lie—with his employers, or is he always looking out for number one? Where were you born? I was born in Bellingham. It's in Washington, up near the border with Canada. It's not far from North Cascades National Park. I spent a lot of time there hiking and camping with my dad. On one of our hiki ..read more
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Character Interview - Joe
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by Dan
3w ago
Howdy, Today I'd like to introduce you to Joe, a recurring character in The Allison Lee Chronicles. An Afghan vet, Joe is a voice of experience and wisdom in Allison's quest to find Haji in The Blood of Faeries, available everywhere on February 1, 2023. Where were you born? I was born in Alabama roundabout Montgomery. I've only been back there twice since I joined the army. I was fortunate to have some leave before being deployed to Afghanistan for the first time. Had me some home cooking! Damn, was it good. Chicken fried steak and all the fixings. I tell you what. I'm sure glad I saw my mama ..read more
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#NewRelease The Claiming by J.A. Nielsen
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by Dan
3w ago
Today on the blog, I review author J.A. Nielsen’s debut YA fantasy, The Claiming. I received an ARC from the author after being asked to blurb the book. I must admit being requested to give my opinion on a story for purposes of a blurb is quite an honor! Excerpts from my reviews have shown up on author websites and the praise page of at least one novel. This, however, is the first time I’ve been explicitly asked to provide a blurb. So, without further ado, on to the review. War, forbidden magic, and a sprinkling of innocent romance make for a fantastic debut sure to delight younger YA readers ..read more
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Witch Way to Vegas by Mark Rosendorf
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by Dan
1M ago
Mark Rosendorf requested I review an ARC of his latest installment in the always fun The Witches of Vegas series. Witch Way to Vegas is currently up for pre-order on Amazon and comes out on January 4, 2022. I have reviewed the entire series so far: The Witches of Vegas Journey to New Salem Witch's Gamble So without further ado, on to the review. The witches return to Vegas in this fast-paced YA that will delight aficionados of the series and new readers alike. I was quite pleased to learn the witches are returning to Vegas in Mark Rosendorf's latest installment of The Witches of Vegas seri ..read more
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ShegoraTH by Dima Tsyptsiura
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by Dan
1M ago
Howdy, I was contacted by Dima Tsyptsiura requesting a review of the novel ShegoraTH. After reading the author completed it while living in war-torn Ukraine, I was moved to review the book. So, without further ado, on to the review. ShegoraTH is a hard book to review. I don't even know what to call it. It's part sci-fi, part fantasy, and part…dream log? Honestly, I'm not sure. It's weird and fascinating. The author claims they want to surprise people. I admit I was surprised while reading ShegoraTH. I was astonished by how much I enjoyed the work after I got over my initial reaction of what t ..read more
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Portal Fantasies Galore
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by Dan
1M ago
Howdy, Have you read any portal fantasies lately? I have. One by an author who primarily writes detective fiction, and another by a writer who often has his characters walking through doorways into different lands—take his The Dark Tower series for instance. A Fairy Tale about fairytales? Recently, I read Stephen King’s novel Fairy Tale. A splendid book; I recommend it for fans of The King or fantasy stories in general. In this yarn, as usual, Mr. King masterfully builds suspense that keeps the reader flipping pages. Like many of King’s stories, at least most I’ve read, Fairy Tale doesn’t ki ..read more
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#NewRelease #Fantasy Curse of the Unnamed
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by Dan
1M ago
Today on the blog, epic fantasy author Bruce Blake provides insight into his series, Curse of the Unnamed, and his writing process. There's also a giveaway, so read on! What inspired you to write the book? Questions about inspiration are probably the ones writers get asked the most. Sometimes, they’re tough to answer. Some stories kind of pop to mind without warning or explanation of from whence they came. The short story that got me back into writing is an example of that. I was lying in bed one night when a scene of two men having a discussion about the ins and outs of time travel came to m ..read more
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Speculative Fiction that Surprised Me
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by Dan
2M ago
Howdy, Recently, I've had the good fortune to read speculative fiction that surprised me. Why did these books leave me gaping? Honestly, at how good they were. In addition to falling within speculative fiction's broad brush, the novels are all YA, have been nominated for major awards, all have adaptations to television/movies in the works, and two have won awards. Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders I was blown away by how good this book is. It reminds me of the original Star Trek with its optimism and inclusiveness. The original Star Trek moved the boundaries of inclusion by ..read more
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A Thankful Time of Year
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by Dan
2M ago
Howdy, However and whenever you celebrate the holidays, wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a great time. In my neck of the woods, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. It's a time of family, feasting, and giving thanks for everything we're grateful for. I'm like most people, I imagine. Thankful for family, friends, and good health. Heck, when my sons were born, just shy of four years apart, I was grateful they had five fingers, five toes, and were breathing. I was equally grateful their mother made it through the process too! The elder boy has been a soccer fanatic almost since he ..read more
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