New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017: June

I haven’t mentioned my prompt collections in a while because I have been changing the way that I am doing this in an attempt to offer more options to everyone who purchases them and uses them.  This is the first time I have offered one of my monthly collections.

The Daily Prompt 2017: June is now available in most online retailers.

This release is only available for digital download.  In the later months, I will be introducing workbooks each month as well.  Click the button below to grab your copy now.

 

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Book Review: Magic of Thieves

Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve given this book four stars simply because it is part of a series, and as it leaves us with a cliffhanger for an ending, I do believe that this book told the story that needed to be told. However, several issues kept me from giving it a 5-star.

One, the title is extremely misleading. For a book called Magic of Thieves, I’m expecting, well, magic. The only amazing amount of magic used in this novel is done by her parents in the very beginning. Yes, Ilan has that magical emotional connection to the thief who took her in, but she never casts a true spell.

Two, I know it is part of a series, so I’m expecting a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but the one we were left with was a bit of a letdown. I feel that the author could have continued for a few more chapters, told the rest of the story, then left a small cliffhanger to make us want to read on to the next book. With the way it was left, I have questions that I would love to continue reading to get the answers to, but the ending was handled in such a way that I really don’t want to read on to get another ending that is just as much of a letdown in the second book.

Three, I feel that Ilan and her priest friend could have been developed so much more. I wanted to see more of them, but every time either of them performed any action, it felt like the same action they did before just rehashed into new words.

If you want to pay for the entire series, I do believe that this story could be an awesome read, but the first book could have been handled a bit better.

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Book Review: Left Alive #1

Left Alive #1 by Jeremy Laszlo

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First off, this book is one that is a bit outside my preferred reading. Not because of genre–I simply don’t usually read books that are written in the first person point-of-view. When I do read books written in this point-of-view, they have to be tightly written or I find myself putting them down. This one was not as tightly written as I prefer, but I did push through it simply because I’m a writer, too, and I would like to think that people will give my books the same consideration.

A few things I noticed that really made the book seem hum-drum to me was that it really needed a good, thorough editing by someone who does that type of thing for a living. In the first 38% of the book (I read it on the Kindle), the main character essentially thought the same cluster of input about his wife and two daughters about every other paragraph. I almost put the book down, and I’ll be honest, I did close it out on my Kindle and go read some short stories to give myself a break from it.

The other major issue I noticed is that all the trees and plants are dead. With all those people breathing, the world would be full of carbon dioxide pretty quickly without our natural carbon dioxide scrubbers going through photosynthesis. I’m assuming that some survived somewhere, but it would not be enough to sustain an entire planet of people, and there still seem to be a lot of people.

It had great potential for an excellent dystopian novel, and I do believe that if Laszlo had gone through a few more edits, it could have been a 5-star novel. It just needed a bit more polish.

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Book Review: Sworn to Conflict

Sworn To Conflict by Terah Edun

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I have read the first three books of this series this week, so I will review this book for itself and how it fits in with the entire series.

The writing has gotten much better since the first book. I did not find myself stumbling through sentences and paragraphs anywhere as much as I did on the first novel of this series. There were still grammar errors and sentences that needed some work, but on the whole, it was much better and much easier to read.

Ciardis seemed more likable in this novel. She did not seem as stuck up or as snobbish as she had been in previous novels, and I found myself wanting to know her more. This led to a fault I found with the book. It did not matter how stupid she acted, everyone loved her. It got a bit grating after a while. I wanted someone to reach up and smack her a few times, especially when it came to the relationship between her and Sebastion. They apparently do not know how to talk in this fantasy world. Half of their problems would be solved if they just cleared the air between them. Everyone loving the heroine despite everything she did is one reason why I took a star away on this review. A heroine has to have at least one person hate her. It could be the kitchen grunt for all I care, but someone has to hate her.

The other star was lost due to plot twists. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good plot twist, but I felt like I was on a jerky roller coaster. Every time I would pass a plot twist and almost have myself settled in the story again, another one would hit and I would be yanked upside down. I could not get and keep my bearings most of the time, and it made it quite difficult to stick with the story.

I forced myself through the first three of these to give a budding author the chance, but I think I am done with this series.

New Release: Strange Worlds, Stranger Places 2017

Are you a writer of science fiction and fantasy stories?

Do you ever feel that you need a little extra help coming up with new worlds, new creatures, or new races?

Strange Worlds, Stranger Places 2017 is for you.

Inside this book, you will find 150 creative writing prompts created with science fiction and fantasy writers in mind. Many of the prompts focus on world-building, the creation of new creatures, the creation of new races, and creation in general. The prompts within this book are broken down into six different types:

Creation Prompts: The creation prompts are the icing of this book. Using the links provided within the book to download the creation worksheets, you follow the questions and create characters, creatures, races, towns, buildings, vehicles, worlds, and more.

Opening Lines: You are given one or two sentences to get your story going, and you have to write the rest.

Random Word Prompts: You are given several words that you have to attempt to use within a scene or short story

Situation Prompts: These prompts provide you with a vague situation. You get to come up with all the juicy details and write the story.

Title Prompts: These prompts are just as they sound. You are given a title, and you get to write whatever that title inspires you to write.

Creation Use Prompts: These prompts utilize the Creation Prompts that you have already completed. For these, you take one of your creations and you do your best to write something that uses that creation in it, be it a building you designed, a new vehicle, or a character.

There are no “set in stone” instructions with these prompts. Use them any way you wish, in any order you wish. With 150 prompts to choose from, you are certain to find inspiration.

 

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