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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Blog Tour: Seventh Born with Rachel Rossano

Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why she is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.

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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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Author Interview: Self-Publishing With Rebekah DeVall

To all my beautiful people,

As promised, I’m starting to work on a series concerning self-publishing. Since I recently reviewed a book by a newly and successfully self-published author, I thought we might start by asking her a few questions concerning what the process was like for her as a new writer.

As mentioned before, Rebekah DeVall is a part of a missionary family. She has been writing for years, but only recently published a novel, Aveza of the Ercanhelm. Rebekah writes primarily retellings. However, this was her first published piece that was not a retelling, and it was a genuinely wonderful story.

That said, I was able to have the chance to discuss with her on several things varying from writing strategy, the writing of retellings, and the self-publishing process. We are happy to be able to share that with you today, and I hope you enjoy it.


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Book Review: Aveza of the Ercanhelm

To all my beautiful people:

Seeing as I’ve felt like doing a series on self-publishing for a while now, I’m about to start that. Yay. Finally. That said, I’m also going to start that off with this review of a new book recently published by a young lady who has started her career off through self-publishing.

Later, I will be holding an interview with her, as well as an interview with someone who works in the field of marketing for self-publishing. And hopefully some others. So in the upcoming weeks, I hope that you will find some beneficial articles that may give authors and readers alike an idea of the hard work that it takes to self-publish a book.

That said, this first review is on a book titled Aveza of the Ercanhelm. And without further ado, here it is.


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Author Interview: Liz Kay

To all my beautiful people:

It’s been a long time since I’ve done an interview with an author, but considering that I’m going to be starting a series on publishing soon, I thought this might be enjoyable for all of you. That said, the person

That said, the person I’m interviewing today is one Liz Kay. She graduated from the MFA Writing program that I now attend and is a very accomplished author with several books published, as well as poems, chapbooks, and collections of poems. Overall, a very talented lady. She also is an editor and co-founder of burntdistrict, a literary journal that I highly recommend reading.

You can learn more about her here on her website, and visit burntdistrict to see copies of it here. You can purchase her book at this link on Amazon, as well as early copies of burntdistrict.

With all of that stated, let’s get on with the show!


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Making a Mark on Eternity

To all my beautiful people,

I’ve been sitting here for quite a while now just tapping away at the keys on my keyboard and staring at them. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to wonder what to write on my blog. Generally, I’m having to pick between ideas and try to combine and organize them. Generally, I have something on my heart that I want to write about. But today is not that day.

Today, while I have something to share, I also have a question for you, my readers. A question I want you to think on, yes. But a question that I want to see answered because I don’t think there’s a more important question on this earth.


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