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Interview with an indie author (Elizabeth Baxter)

Elizabeth Baxter, author of Circle Spinner and Other Tales If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be? The Lord of The Rings (omnibus edition … Continue reading

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Interview with an indie author (Jeremy Laszlo)

Jeremy Laszlo, author of The Blood & Brotherhood Saga If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be? First off, the stork and I would have … Continue reading

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Interview with an indie author (J Naomi Ay)

J. Naomi Ay, author of The Boy who Lit up the Sky If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be? My favorite book of … Continue reading

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Interview with an indie author (Brandon Luffman)

Brandon Luffman, author of Best Served Hot and Out After Dark If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be? This is a tough call … Continue reading

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Death Comes On The Wind (Fell’s Hollow), by A.J. Abbiati

Rating – 4.5 stars Genre: Fantasy with strands of mystery and adventure. Fell’s Hollow: a refuge for the unscrupulous and home of some nasty creatures. The first short in this set tells the story of Chibb – a young boy new … Continue reading

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Genres (Part 2): Writing style

$Disclaimer$ – The following is not neccessarily my opinion but a collection of thoughts taken from reviews posted openly online. Following on from my previous post on rethinking genres this post covers the more general aspects such as length and … Continue reading

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The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

Here’s an example of what I’d class a 6 star… Rating: 6 stars* Genre: High fantasy (see genre map below) Publisher: Gollancz *see ‘general rules’ This one had me losing sleep, skipping work, and left me generally useless until I’d managed … Continue reading

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Genres (Part 1): Fantasy

Part 1: Fantasy What comes to mind when you hear fantasy? Magicians? Elves? Dragons? The underlying theme in most fantasy stories is some magic or supernatural phenomena that cannot be explained by science fiction or fact and is often, but not necessarily, … Continue reading

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The Cookie Tin, by Nigel Edwards

A novella (or extended short story) from Greyhart Press. Rating: 4.5 stars Genre: Scifi / fantasy  “Have you ever wondered how someone would feel if they were you?” “Are you sure?” I have to be honest here… the cookie tin is not … Continue reading

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Short stories as a marketing tool?

I’m a keen believer in the power of a good sample.  For authors this could refer to sample chapters of a new book, or, as I highlight here, making short stories available for free.  As a marketing tool a good short story … Continue reading

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