“Jeremy Cutler and the Torch of Time” by Michael Faix

Five stars! From the moment I began reading, I thought to myself, this reads just like Harry Potter! The narration has a similar tone of voice as the first two of Rowling’s books and I couldn’t help but begin to feel excited about this. The book did not disappoint. This is a wonderful story about a young boy that all ages are going to love reading. Can’t get your child to enjoy reading? Hand them this next.

Summary – 

JEREMY CUTLER knows nothing of sailing with pirates, visiting a cursed villagejeremy, or confronting dark magic. All Jeremy wants is his family to be the way they used to be, and to have Christmas again, which had been cancelled three years ago, after the horrible accident.

But worlds collide when two ghosts arrive, sending Jeremy down a path to a fantastic place to search for an invisible castle that holds a grand destiny. But first, Jeremy must make it past the terrors of the forest… before something much worse finds him.

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How to Write the Right Idea

This article is in follow up to “How To Find the Right Idea.”

By following the five easy steps from the previous article linked above, you should now have an idea to start writing with. But, now what? How do you begin writing it? Everyone has a different way in which they write, so you don’t have to do the following steps in order. However, it’s essential they are included for your story to be whole.

  • Main Character
  • Point of View
  • Tone
  • Style
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Plots and Subplots
  1. Main Character

    To begin the story, you’ll need to establish who your main character is. With a quick internet search, you can find hundreds of different templates so you won’t forget any minor details.

  2. Point of View

    This is the viewpoint from which you tell the story. You have options between First Person, Second Person, Third Person Limited, and Third Person Omniscient.

  3. Tone

    The tone of your story can be serious, humorous, satirical, passionate, sensitive, zealous, indifferent, caring, caustic, etc. It depends on the material you have decided to work on.

  4. Style

    Style is the choice of words and the use of language, sentence construction, imagery, etc. This is the dialogue between characters, figurative language, personification, similes, hyperboles, puns, etc.

  5. Theme

    This is the main idea that weaves the story. There are different levels to this from explicit, implicit, multiple, and secondary.

  6. Setting

    The setting is the world-building portion of writing. Here is a search for templates. It’s a good idea to take a look at multiple versions to find one you’d like to use or create your own. You’ll be less likely to forget to add details by going this route.

  7. Plots and Subplots

    Plots are the order of events that happen within the story. This can be done in chronological and with flashbacks. The normal pattern of action is as follows: rising action, steady action, suspense, cliffhanger, foreshadowing, climax, coincidence, falling action, and resolution. There are progressive and episodical plots, depending on the length or type of story you’ll be working on.

As said in the previous article, don’t spend too much time dwelling on all of these details and don’t get carried away with the world-building at the beginning. You’ll end up creating too much information to be included within the book and, unless part of a series, it would be a waste of time. There are planners and pantzers in the writing world. Some authors prefer to have an entire outline before starting out while pantzers start with an idea and build the rest as they write. I fall more into the pantzer category on most projects.

If you have any suggestions, please leave them below in the comments.

“The Bow of Destiny” by P.H. Solomon

Five stars! Wow. The characters are larger than life in this. You could almost expect them to climb out of the pages, I’m not even kidding (and promise I’m more sane than Athson at the beginning). This story is very well-written. It certainly leaves you desperately wanting more. There’s a good thing there are more books, though I can hardly contain my excitement for the next one. Another awesome author has made it onto my reading list. Do yourself a favor if you love fantasy and adventures. Give this a read. Comes highly recommended.

Summary – 

Haunted by his past.

Hunted in the present.

Uncertain what is real.

This unique epic fantasy will keep you turning pages as Athson discovers his destiny is both inconvenient and unavoidable.

Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragicdestinyally orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the mage who serves Magdronu the dragon.

When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, Athson’s not sure it’s real.

But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And they serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu.

Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra.

But Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are.

With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson faces frequent danger, his grasp on reality, and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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“Firebolt” by Adrienne Woods

Four Stars! This book was amazing! I read it in one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyed the new ideas this author had when creating this world. The writing is definitely aimed for young readers, but I still enjoyed it! The only reason for four stars instead of five is because of the simple mistakes found through the manuscript. Looking forward to the next installment!

Summary – Firebolt

Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.

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“Road of the Lost” by Aidan Russell

Four Stars! Absolutely loved this book! Thoroughly enjoyed the eloquent writing, the larger than life characters, the setting, the adventures! Reminds me very much of R.A. Salvatore’s writings. The only issue I had with it was at the beginning when POVs are changed, it’s not so obvious and was very confusing at first. Everything else was wonderful!

Summary – 

Ancient evils awaken. The glades overflow with blood. If the forest dies, the world will burn. Reslo wants nothing more than to be home in time for supper, but ancient evils want to drown his forest homeland in blood. An outsider from birth, he is at last given an opportunity to serve alongside his people and save their mother forest. But if he thought fighting against the cruel Dark Elves and their Ogre allies would test his endRoadurance, Reslo must also keep alive two bungling, novice knights from a foreign kingdom on a quest to find their lost champion.

Fresh from squirehood, Jerah and Gratas are tasked to find the missing knight and the holy sword entrusted to him. If they perish, their kingdom’s armies will march, and war will be unavoidable. Road of the Lost is an epic-quest fantasy that features wise-cracking characters pitted against world-shattering adversity. The pages are filled with an abundance of intense, vivid, and consuming action. If you like classic fantasy with gritty combat and captivating heroes, then you’ll love this book!

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“Our Dark Stars” by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Five Stars! Absolutely loved it and cannot wait for more from these authors! I read this book in one sitting and literally could not put it down. The action, story line, mystery, twists, characters! So much life and adventure in this one book. These two are definitely on a fast track to being added to my list of favorite authors!

Summary – 

While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
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One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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“A Choice of Crowns” by Barb Hendee

Absolutely loved this book. It was so riveting, I finished it in one sitting. I enjoyed the writing style, the larger-than-life characters, the intrigue and mystery woven by this author. The only complaint I have about this were the grammatical errors within. It sometimes distracted from the story itself and could easily have been avoided with the help of a good editor. Looking forward to the next installment coming later this year!

Summary – 

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowacrownsn obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .

~ If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
~ If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
~ If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .

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