Cover Reveal: IN EVERY WAY by Amy Sparling

This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours for whom I am a Tour Host. In Every Way By Amy Sparling Genre: Contemporary Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: 13 September, 2016   Blurb: It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend…

Elves & Aliens & Mythology

“Bianca, what’s…wait, a male elf?” Ophelia, my sister, piped in at my elbow. “I thought they went extinct with Grandpa!” In fact, she’d concluded the day before that she and me and Grandma were the last elves on earth. “Well, he’s not a Vulcan.” -Ophelia, the Sci-Fi geek twin of the Heroine of An American Elf. Sandro Boticelli’s…

The Mother of Science Fiction

I’ve heard Mary Shelley called that. She wrote Frankenstein back when women often used male pseudonyms to disguise their gender.  The irony of it is for most of the 20th century, Science Fiction was regarded as almost entirely male oriented.  You can learn a lot about storytelling by reading about the lives of great storytellers. …

Elves, Martians, & Brass Goggles

This is the title for my Tuesday posts, starting this week.  Obviously, it’ll be about Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Alternate History, like Time Travel and Steampunk.  But, I couldn’t just say that, because, you know, it just wouldn’t be as much fun.

ALMOST AMISH by Nancy Sleeth

A showcase, not a review. You do realize, of course, that authors are rarely anything like their characters and their stories are nothing like their real lives, right?  Oh, sure, we stick little bits and pieces of ourselves into them, but our stories have lives of their own. For example, my present work-in-progress is set…

Twitter Treats

Just wait ’til you see the nummies I have for you this morning!  I’ll start with the prettiest one. Shiny! Oh, a cowgirl! And a cowboy with babies at Christmas, ’cause you do realize I can’t help myself, right? Speaking of Christmas, it may come as no surprise that I set up the tree before…

Imagination to Polished Manuscript, Part Four

This is what is commonly called the Revision Stage.  I call it the Slow Crawl.  Not quite as tedious as Editing, there are fun spots in it.  Nevertheless, not as much fun as initial story creation.  Each storyteller has their own strengths and weaknesses and so mileage may vary.  I am still learning, so I…