Magic Monday: Shield of Drani by Melonie Purcell

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Today’s post is a day late…but that’s because I only just finished reading this book yesterday! Today I’m reviewing Shield of Drani by Melonie Purcell, a science fiction novel filled with different planets and aliens, spiced with plenty of action, intrigue…and telepathic/telekinetic characters. Here’s the blurb: One planet rich in fuel. Two psychic talents are required to mine it. Three species seeking control. Like most Arleles, Taymar is telekinetic, violent and deadly. She is also the first of her kind to be telepathic as well, making her an intolerable threat to the ruling Dran. They want to control her. To … Read full post

Author Interview: S.M. Pace

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Today’s interviewee for the Blog World Tour: Fantasy Edition is S.M. Pace. Welcome to my blog, S.M.! My first question is a predictable one: how often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write? This is going to sound strange, but I generally only write fiction, as in new drafts, on Mondays. I write for about 5 hours, getting down about 3k-5k words, which generally meets my deadlines for the week. The rest of the week is spent revising completed works, and writing blog posts. I also free write for about five minutes … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 37: October Month Map


Well, this is a little later than planned. However, today’s pretty much when this month is really beginning for me, as I’ve spent the past week taking care of other business–including finishing a beta-read for a friend that has taken me way too long to complete. Now that I’ve finished that novel, however, I can focus once more on my own goals! Let’s go over all the goals briefly… Upgrade: Yep, it’s entering its ninth revision. Or thereabouts. I was hoping this would be the last one, but after receiving several valid crits that pointed to some things that still … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 36: September Month Map Final Update


Finally, an update that’s actually on time! Yay! Mostly because I’m sleepy and don’t plan on doing anything else productive tonight once I’ve finished this post. Here’s the final Month Map: For some reason the image keeps showing up as that of the previous update’s map, so I’m praying that it’s just some visual glitch. However, if it should prove not to be–the red line should be complete, the gold line should be mostly finished, and the last bit should be mostly green, detailing how much progress I made this month. Oh, and the title should be all nice and … Read full post

Magic Monday: Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

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As I mentioned in a previous post, this month’s Magic Monday is arriving today, the fourth Monday of the month, rather than the second Monday of the month. I wanted to give a little more leeway between when I read the book and when I reviewed it, as it’s for a book group I recently joined and I didn’t want to spoil anything for them. Without further ado, however, I present Spinning Snow by R. C. Lewis–a fantastic sci-fi retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.   First, may I just say how much I freaking love this cover. … Read full post

Author Interview: JR Creaden

The second interviewee for the Blog World Tour: Science Fiction edition is JR Creaden! I’m happy to have her here today. Welcome to my blog, JR! Let’s begin. My first question is which writers inspire you? So many authors have inspired me, but I’ll narrow it down to not sound boring. First and foremost, Isaac Asimov is my greatest inspiration. His plain speak approach to storytelling sold me on science fiction for life. The character arc of his android, R. Daneel Olivaw, over millions of years across eleven books—this is the type of hero I want to write and read … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 35: September Month Map–Week 2.5


Obviously, I forgot to update for Week 2 this month, so instead you’re getting an update midway between Weeks 2 and 3. I also missed Magic Monday, which was last Monday, so will instead post a book review on the 26th (the last Monday of the month.) There will be another Blog World Tour–SciFi Edition interview on the 23rd. Overall, progress has been fair this month. The month map is gathering colors and goals are reaching completion. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve gotten done since my last update: Upgrade: I printed out a copy of the latest draft. It’s … Read full post

Author Interview: Eleanor Konik

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It’s time for another author interview for the Blog World Tour: Fantasy Edition! Today’s interviewee is Eleanor Konik, a fantasy writer who loves history. Her current work-in-progress, The Last Collared Mage, is in her own words “a fantasy mash-up of Rome’s greatest defeats”. I’m very much looking forward to reading it when it’s done! In the meantime, I’m so glad to have her here on my blog today. Welcome, Eleanor! My first question is: What inspires you to get out of bed each day? This is a really hard question for me. I have depression–though thankfully I no longer need … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 34: September Month Map–Week 1


It’s time for an update for the first week of September! I’m already making better progress than I was at this point last month, and my wrists are also doing better. Yay! Here’s what the map looks like right now: Yes, that’s right! I finished revising the current draft of Upgrade. It’s now printed out and waiting for feedback from a beta reader (Mom, who is amazing at catching all the little (and not so little) problems that might have cropped up in the latest edit). Once she’s read through it with a red pen, it’ll be my turn… And … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 33: September Month Map


It’s a new month with new goals and a shiny new month map to mark my progress on! I have three main goals for this month. Revise Upgrade, revise Demon’s Blade, and finish Of Beauty Within. The first two days haven’t been extremely productive for various reasons, but the month is still young and I’ll definitely make up for that soon. For now, here’s the fresh new map, and I’ll be back on the 8th with an update of my progress. … Read full post