It may sound cliché, but Tom Collins has looked for love in all the wrong places. Having the fabric of the society ripped apart due the Apocalypse hasn’t helped his dating life one bit either. But when a stranger comes to his famous mother’s boutique talking of deals, weddings, and nations on the brink of war, how does Tom respond? Will he work to fight the evil Marauders or fall victim to a woman he believes is “The One”?
Rachael Krotec has somehow made it look easy to expand and infuse new life into a genre many feel overused. Premonition, the first book of The Anima Trilogy, throws readers into a twisted tale of fantastical betrayal and loyalty, hope and fear, treachery and forgiveness. But first and foremost, it critiques the idea of destiny: what is the true meaning of any prophecy?
Cruciani throws readers immediately into the life of a woman hell-bent on making a name for herself in the scientific world. What stands out to me as most significant about “The Scientist” is its use of . . . well, I was actually about to reveal a detail super important to the story, so I won’t drop that bomb!
Marian Thorpe’s Empire’s Daughter, the first book of her Empire’s Legacy series, takes place in the fictional land known simply as “The Empire.” Written in the first person, the tale follows Lena, a young woman raised in the coastal town of Tirvan. Within the first few pages, I realized I’d stumbled upon a truly special story; for Thorpe has created an alternative world that bends gender and sexual norms in brilliant form.
William F. Aicher’s The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks immediately thrusts readers into a strange world of biotechnology, virtual reality, and post-modern political turmoil. David S. Sparks, the singular point of view throughout the story, provides readers with a window into a bleak post-apocalyptic outlook of the world, mired with chemical warfare, bioengineering mishaps, and political conspiracies. David is just as foreign to this new world as anyone who picks up this tale.
By the end, you’ll feel entrenched in the spiritual journey of these three heroes, rooting for them as they discover fantastical powers beyond anything you can imagine.
I’ll be frank: I wanted to play Mage Knight for a long time. C.D. first purchased Mage Knight in 2013 and bragged about the game so much. However, he always prefaced that to truly play the game, you need to play the long tutorial level first. I audibly guffawed at this time and time again, considering the collective hours we’d spent playing Civ V, Game of Thrones Risk, Game of Thrones the Board Game, and countless other games.
I highly recommend taking a chance on The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi. Peter, a mage, and Fi, a Chimaera, will keep your mind focused on this tale, and by the end, you’ll feel all their pain.
North & South invokes the spirit of Game of Thrones; both the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of Martin’s series of novels. North & South has its adorable, light-hearted moments. It also has its gruesome, terrible, sickening moments.
If you’re looking for a medieval fantasy that will suck you in like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, or Mistborn, experience Dawn of Wonder. You’ll leave its pages with both shock and awe.
Mono faces down the Holy Empire as it drives relentlessly toward the borders of his people. Yet even in the face of daunting odds, he holds onto their religious prophecies. Will hope reign supreme, or will Mono and his Legion succumb to their enemies?
Everyone should go check out A Million and One Magazine, and while you’re there, read Simulating the Senses of Trolls by C. D. Tavenor!
Martin, no one denies the great service you’ve performed for your nation, and for your species. You managed to survive on Mars for three months all alone before the Goliath arrived to pick you up. It amazes me, and all of us, that you did what we thought was only possible in movies.
Ignore your own intent. Kill your pride, and let the words tell the story on their own. Only then will your story become what it was meant to be.
Writing is often a cathartic experience. Something of ourselves bleeds into every scene and speaks through every character. During this process, especially when it comes to main characters, we’re tempted to limit the unattractive aspects of a given personality.
A blog by Rebecca F. Kenney. Every book begins with an idea. Inspiration, some call it. Others claim to have a muse—inner voices that won't stop talking, or a secret world locked in their minds, clamoring to be released.
Hi there, I'm Victorique and I mostly write historical fiction. Research in historical fiction is synonymous with the genre. If you want to write in this genre, you’ll spend a lot of your time reading. Whether it is before you write a word in your WIP or after, you’ll spend a lot of time looking things up. And a rule of mine is, if you aren't sure, don't assume, investigate, and ask around if you know any experts.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to write a guest post for the wonderful EJ Allen, another author. Go check out his website, he has a lot of great articles on writing, but more importantly, if you’re interested in a deeper dive into the writing of Legion of Mono, here’s my post from his blog!
How many people remember the moment they first opened up their copy of Lord of the Rings, revealing the majestic world of Middle Earth for the first time?
Everything must connect back to your story’s design. If it doesn’t, kill it with fire.
Do not let your writing career destroy your life. You write because you enjoy it, and you believe you have stories to tell that will entertain people and make them think. If that passion wrecks your financial security, you will lose the fire to write.
Because I can’t resist talking more than 280 characters about certain subjects, I thought it apt for the Book Builder’s Blog to tackle the prologue question!
I promised we’d explore the bundle of rights contained within the “copyright” you hold for your book. Almost all of these rights can be “acquired” by a publisher when they form a contract with you. So without further ado, let’s begin!