Monthly Archives: August 2019

#IndieSpotlight Mark Huntley-James

Independent Author Mark Huntley – James talks about his series, Demon Trader “ Lots of small ideas can make a plot, but I don’t feel they make a story on their own. ” I don’t have big ideas, just small, disposable and sticky ones which gradually clump together into something that looks like a big idea, in the right light. When I …

I Know Science Fiction and Fantasy Can be Daunting

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” Hey lovely people. I want to talk to you about science fiction and fantasy. Science Fiction and Fantasy can be a daunting genre to get into. It is that wild genre that isn’t always based in reality. I mean what are you supposed to do with space …

First Chapter, First Paragraph – The Child Thief by Brom

First Chapter, First Paragraph In a small corner of Prospect Park, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, a thief lay hidden in the trees. This thief wasn’t searching for an unattended purse, cell phone, or camera. This thief was looking for a child. In the dusk of that early-autumn day, the child thief peered out from the shad- ows and falling leaves to …

Review of Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

“Two is for discipline, heedless of trial; Three for the gleam of a jewel or a smile; Four for fidelity, facing ahead; Five for tradition and debts to the dead; Six for the truth over solace in lies; Seven for beauty that blossoms and dies; Eight for salvation no matter the cost; Nine for the Tomb, and for all that …

Review of Aftershocks by Marko Kloos

What Happens After A Great War… “She figured that if the Mnemosyne ever became fully sentient and staged a rebellion against biological life-forms, it would remember who had treated it with respect.” Book Synopsis A solar system fights to survive and reform in the wake of war, but the real battle is about to begin. Across the six-planet expanse of …

Ender’s Game – Where Do We Go From Here?

“No book, however good, can survive a hostile reading.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card gifted me many years ago with five words. “The enemy’s gate is down,” when I was 17 years old. Until that point I had no idea the world that existed in science fiction. It was vast, it was beautiful. It was full of starlight, …

First Chapter, First Paragraph – The Fireman by Joe Hill

First Chapter, First Paragraph Harper Grayson had seen lots of people burn on TV, everyone had, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school. Schools were closed in Boston and some other parts of Massachusetts, but here in New Hampshire they were still open. There had been cases in New Hamp- shire, but only a few. …

Guest post by Author Kit Falbo – The “Who” of Characters in Fiction

When writers conceptualize a character, they usually know who that character is. That complete picture of their personality and how they will react in different situations, that is how writers often write them once they master consistent characterization. The big problem is how do writers convey the who of their character to the readers.  The expectations protagonists create going forward. …