“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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“To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo

Definitely five stars! This was an amazing book! I tore through it in a single sitting and though the ending was perfect, I find myself wanting more from this author. The sarcasm and sass! Events to keep you on the edge of your seat! This is an entirely new take on books about legends of the sea. I couldn’t put it down and it comes highly recommended.

Summary

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a tkingdomwist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren kind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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How to Find the Right Idea

Starting off the top, this is going to be a generic list of five steps that are capable of helping everyone find the right idea in order to begin writing. If you would like to see a longer list or have suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

So, you want to write a book. It’s a daunting task and by deciding you want to make the dedication to this journey, congratulations! You’ve overcome the first step.

Here is the short list we’ll briefly be going over in this article because let’s face it. With work and family, who has time to sit down and read a term paper?

  • Inspiration
  • Browsing, see what everyone else is writing
  • Your Opinion on topics
  • What could be done better
  • Get out and experience to have something to review

 

  1. Inspiration

    Inspiration can be found literally everywhere. You don’t have to leave your house to find it. It can be a video game, a colorful historical item you come across that’s ridiculously over-priced on eBay, the lizard getting mercilessly chased by your graceless cat, etc. The key to inspiration is thinking outside of the box. Let your mind wander and you’ll be amazed to see what you come up with.

  2. Browsing

    Read. The only way you’re going to know what to expect is if you browse other titles in the genre you are aiming for. Pay close attention to how they introduce each element in every book. There is normally what’s called a “best-selling chemistry batch.” Basically, there is a pattern the story follows that draws readers in, giving them what they want and keeping them hooked. This is very useful to learn early on.

  3. Opinion

    Everyone has their own opinion about everything. Mildly use these topics to help form your writing and give it purpose. Base your character’s goals or beliefs off of some of your own to help create a strong, believable character. You won’t need to base them off yourself or others once you get in the practice of doing it, but sometimes its unavoidable.

  4. Improve

    Back to the opinions. When reading other books, there will be always a few things you’ll think could have been done better. Whether it’s introducing the villain earlier on, using a different POV, altering the ending for a better effect, etc. Use these ideas and opinions to improve your own writing and to keep yourself from making the same mistakes. This will help you to stay away from the Mary Sues and status quo everyone at the time is following. You’ll stand out among the crowd.

  5. Experience

    Taking all of the above into consideration, you’ll need to get out of the house and explore your environment. Understand how the layout of your city is planned and research how it works. Look at the layouts of other cities as well for reference, whether modern-day or throughout history. This will help better visualize the setting for your characters. While out and about, you’ll also be experiencing the environment around you. The weather, smells, sights, sounds. My favorite is people watching and seeing how they interact with each other. They are in their natural habitat. Go to local markets, restaurants, anywhere people gather. This will help give an idea of how people interact in the cities you write, no matter the time period.

 

No matter what, you’ll need to do research at some point to do a complete world-building. My personal preference is coming up with the story itself first and then building outwards as the story progresses. World-building is an extensive process and you always end up putting too much work in, creating information that’s never needed or mentioned within the books. Save yourself the time and don’t overdo any of these steps. As you go along and need to fill in more, take the time then to research and create what you need to continue on.

Always double-check your entire work. Keep notes of plots, subplots, location details, character details, etc. as you go along because by keeping track early, you won’t have to read back through to find a character’s appearance or which location is a port city, for example.

If you guys would like more articles related to writing and how-tos on particular topics we haven’t already touched on, please comment below or on the few other how-tos already on the blog. There aren’t many yet, but they have their own category now (Guide to Write) and should be easy to locate on the main page. Let me know how these articles help you or if you go about it by other methods.

“Midnight Mayhem” Published

Having unsuccessfully faced the Werewolves and Federal Witch Investigators, Loralye and her allies are forced out of Midnight Hollow. After establishing a Midnight Mayhem _3 paperback copycampsite nearby, they continue their efforts in rescuing survivors from the ongoing massacre. When Benjie is bitten, they are forced to travel to New Saudry in a desperate attempt to find a cure. An extremely powerful couple run the city, but requesting a favor from them seems impossible since the Hollow isn’t the only place with a Werewolf problem. With time running out for Benjie and the survivors back home, Loralye races to save everything she loves, but sacrifices have to be made.

This is third in a thirteen book series. Available on Kindle.

A Five-Star Amazon Review – This book follows Loralye on her mission to save the vampire she loves who was bitten by a werewolf while trying to save the innocent. Packed with lots of action and excitement, I am anxious to read the next release.