Thursday, September 19, 2019
So, you may have come across this already.
Not too bad.
Spoilers: What parent wouldn't clamp their hand over their baby's mouth?
The Allosaurus jaw-crushing strength was a bit lame.
What do you think?
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Thought I would share a picture of a scene from Outpost. While it's sort of titillating, it actually turns out to be one of the funnier scenes in the novel, and one that most readers that way.
And for those who are curious, my novels are pretty much PG-13--minimal cussing and lacking in sexual content. Just not what I write, but I that doesn't mean it my books aren't fast and fun.
Poor Stephi. That's what happened when she allowed a 13 year-old boy to guide the creation of her elven female RPG character, while egging him on, to gather fodder for a Sociology 102 paper--and then Stephi gets drawn into the game as that character...
I encourage you to give the first book in the series a try. It's filled fast-paced action, and should make you grin while reading, at least once or twice.
The artist who created the pic is Mario A. Barraza. You can find more samples of his work at his DeviantArt page: HERE
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Here's your chance to win a copy of my upcoming release: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Fairyed
All you need to do is match the pictures of the Monsters, Maces and Magic characters with their names. (Match each character's corresponding letter with his or her name.) Send answers in the body of an email with the subject line MMM Contest.
See picture below for characters and email address.
Three novels will be given away to winners, through random drawing, from all correct answers received by October 5, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).
Print editions available to winners in the USA/Canada. Ebook editions available to winners, world wide.
|Click on the picture for a larger/more detailed view.|
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Often writers ask how they can learn to write better. Yes, there are 'how to' books out there, but this is often the advice I give:
Read books you enjoy, but do more than just read them. Study them. Pay attention to how successful authors accomplished things like dialogue, description, pacing, POV, action scenes, etc. Take notes, maybe even bookmark specific examples.
Then, when you're writing and get stuck or feel something isn't working, you have examples to go back to and review. Apply how those authors managed it, incorporating your own story and writing style.
Always remember, don't compare your first draft to the final (published) works out there. Heck, be careful how you compare your finished works to others out there. Remember, you will have strengths and places where you will need to improve throughout your writing career.
I personally have go to books and authors. Zelazny, Brust, Donaldson, Ringo, Hamilton, Moorcock, and Turtledove are the main ones for me.