Blog Tour: Through the Pages

To all my beautiful people,

I think I’ve said it half a million times or more, but I love reviewing books and being a part of blog tours. That said, I probably get involved in too many of them and should be reasonably too busy to do them–but I hate saying no.

And so here we are. I should be working on all the schoolwork that I have to get done, but instead I’m reviewing this book by the lovely Miss Annie Louise Twitchell. You may remember this name from the last blog tour I was involved in with Twitchell and DeVall, discussing their fantasy retellings (which I still suggest taking a look at).

This time, I have the pleasure of reviewing Annie’s book, Through the Pages. This book is her very first novel, and it’s an excitement to get to be involved with this project.

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Book Review: Broken Arrow

To all my beautiful people,

It makes me supremely proud to have the chance to review this book for you.

Not often do I get the chance to read ARC copies for up and coming authors. When those copies are the first book in a series, it’s common for me to read one, enjoy it, and never read the rest.

However, I’ve recently read a book for a young friend and I must say that it’s something that I would be interested in reading again, as well as having the opportunity to read its sequels.

This book was written by a young lady on my writing forum, Neverland. Because of this, I’m excited to share this with you.

I recently posted concerning the importance of being involved with other writers and the opportunities doing gives you. For me, that opportunity is getting the chance to see young authors make their way in the world–and to read really great books. Obviously.

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Blog Tour: A Tale of Two Apples

To all my beautiful people,

I’ve discovered that I have a veracious love for being a part of blog tours, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share in this one.

Once upon a time, existed the Rooglewood Five Poisoned Apples Contest. Since this contest existed, two of my favorite girls, Rebekah DeVall and Annie Louise Twitchell, submitted to this contest.

Shortly thereafter, Rebekah came and hunted me down. She expressed that she and Annie were going to do a joint publication. As usual, I got roped into the beta reading and editing process–and may I just say that it was a complete joy. I love fantasy, and it’s been a long time since I read a good retelling. The last good one I read was The Girls at Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine.

Having the chance to read these girls’ versions of the tale of Snow White, a story which I do not generally enjoy, I was enthralled. Both were unique and enrapturing tales that I think anyone who loves fantasy will find worth a read.

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Writing 101: Vision of Solitude

To all my beautiful people,

I hear so many people make flippant comments about writers. For example, one person told me “oh, you’re a writer, that’s why you spend so much time alone.” Unfortunately, no. I spend a lot of time alone because I just don’t care for a lot of noise and people easily annoy me. The struggles of living life as an INTJ.

That said, I wanted to stop and attack this idea. So many people think of writing as a solitary activity. There are so many reasons and examples of why that isn’t true, that I almost don’t know where to begin. However, begin I must.

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777 Challenge

To all my beautiful children,

Well, today is a fun day. You see, I got online to write this post–and then was subsequently alerted to the fact that today is also Romantic Typewriter Garden’s third birthday. So yay! It’s…mostly not dead. (Despite my not having posted in a while.)

So why am I posting today? Well, because I’m bad at saying no mostly. Also because my dear friend, Windy Darlington, tagged me in the 777 Challenge.

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Book Review: Seventh Born

To all my beautiful people,

I read very few fantasy stories anymore that stay with me. I read very few character portrayals that I remain consistently adoring toward for a long period of time. I have very few books which I can honestly say that I would go back and read again and again. Yet, some part of me feels that I have found one, and I want to share it with each of you as well.

The author of this book is one Rachel Rossano, a self-published author who has been writing and publishing since the early 2000’s. Her creations were something of which I remained unaware of until recently, and now I’ve found my mind in a state of unrepentant desire to mass-read everything to see if it’s as beautifully done as this first book that I have read.

Recently, I had the pleasure to read an ARC copy of Rachel Rossano’s newest release, Seventh Born, a debut novel in her trilogy “The Talented.” This book was engaging and unique in terms of both the writer’s voice and the characters.

Before we get started, I will share with you a little about the author herself. (At the bottom of this article you can find media links for her, as well as a purchase link for the book–JUST RELEASED!)

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.
Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

This shared, I only recently finished reading one of her books, and it is certainly one that I wanted to share with my darling little readers.

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Writing 101: This is You

To all my beautiful people,

A song brought this article on. A song that I think every writer needs to take to heart. And so I’ll leave it here for you.

I always say I’m going to blog more often. I set goals for myself for bi-weekly, once a month, and it generally just happens once in a blue moon when I’m feeling like saying something important to an audience outside myself.

I also realized currently that perhaps I blog out of a fear. I think I fear that I won’t have readers that care about my work or a platform to work off of if I ever tried to publish something. I think I also have a fear of becoming irrelevant in this world–that what I say in these articles, in the pages of my writing, may only have meaning to me.

Perhaps I’m right. Perhaps I’m not. I’m not really searching out validation of either idea right now. I think perhaps I am searching for something within myself–something that is more steadfast than the simple fleeting inspirations that come and go. I’m searching for that part of myself that used to live and breathe writing, that was incomplete without it. Because I know it’s there inside me, but there are a lot of fears and inadequacies that cover it up.

These are the things I’ve been thinking about in this new year. And I think that perhaps there are others that face these same thoughts as well. Perhaps. If not, maybe I’m the only one. But at least in having written what I am going to write today the words will be in the open for those who need them now and in the future.

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Darkest Night: Holiday Guest Post

To all my beautiful people,

Sh. I know it’s late. Don’t remind me. Keep the Christmas spirit alive, you humbugs.

Anyway, so. I was hosting a contest on my writers’ forum, Neverland, along with a few other people. The contest was themed so that each story had to be written about a writer’s characters celebrating Christmas. And if they didn’t celebrate Christmas it needed to be about what they celebrated instead, or about what they chose not to celebrate.

That said, one of the prizes was for the winner’s piece to be posted on this blog. This talented author is one you’ve seen before. She won the Summer 2017 blog contest in Fiction. Both pieces of fiction show excellent taste and worldbuilding skills.

On this blog, you will be able to read an excerpt of the winning Christmas short story, Darkest Night. The rest can be read at her blog, if you wish to do so. A link will be included at the end of the article for you to read it there.

Before you read this excerpt, let me tell you a little about this author (who recently changed her pseudonym) and the background of this piece so that everything makes sense:

Rachel Brandt is an author for a variety of speculative fiction pieces, particularly fantasy, horror, and realistic fiction with supernatural elements. This particular short story, Darkest Night, is set in the same world as one of her upcoming novel projects, Bone Chills, which is a middle grade portal fantasy about a girl who finds herself in a world of eternal winter surrounded by both undead creatures and beastmen. You can read the full short story over on the author’s blog Dreaming Vicariously, along with some of her other writing, opinions/reviews on different pieces of media, and essays or posts about her thoughts on writing and storytelling as a craft and other things along those lines.

Therefore, without further ado: Darkest Night.

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Author Interview: Thoughts on Marketing and Publishing With Isabella Morganthal

To all my beautiful peoples,

I keep saying things about blogging more often and whatnot and then life and NaNo and school and work and…things. That said, at least NaNo was a success. In the month of November, I managed to write over 100,000 words, primarily a novel but also other things.

That said, I’m about to post a long awaited article on publishing and marketing with a very talented young lady as my interviewee. This young lady’s name is Isabella Morganthal. You can find out more about here using the biography she included at the bottom of this interview, as well as contact her (which I highly encourage because she’s an inspirational young author) in many areas including fiction and non-fiction.

That said, I don’t want to waste any more of your time. Without further ado, I present this lengthy interview with Isabella Morganthal on the adventures of marketing, publishing, and other writery things. Enjoy!

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