Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It’s time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional…

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Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Sufficiently Advanced Magic By Andrew Rowe

This month’s giveaway book is Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe, an indie fantasy with a vivid world, labyrinth puzzles, and a complex magic system. For people looking for clean fantasy without the grittiness and sexuality of things like George R. R. Martin, this book is a good fit. There are a few romantic overtones, but no relationships ever materialize and the violence is very tame and mostly monster-focused.

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Indie Book Review — Awaken Online: Catharsis

Details Author: Travis Bagwell Published: July 23, 2016 Print Length: 526 Pages Description (from the author): Are you tired of video games and books where you always hear the hero’s tale? Perhaps it’s time to get in touch with your evil side! Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He’s in desperate need of…

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Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland

I’ve often wondered why high school English teachers seemed more concerned with teaching students iambic pentameter rather than the basics of actual story structure. As a teenager, when I’d try to write my own books, I’d wonder why the beginning would seem solid, but the story would end up meandering and soon become boring. When…

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One of my Favourites: Fallen Dragon

When learning how to plot a story, one of the common pieces of advice I’ve read is to create a likeable character and kick the crap out of them. Make their life miserable. Throw them to the ground and keep pounding. In Fallen Dragon, Peter Hamilton takes protagonist abuse to a whole new level. I’ve…

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