Fiction The Breaking Light (Skyscape Publishing, 256 pages, Available in Kindle, Paperback, Audible, and CD) by Heather Hansen As a new author, Heather Hansen delivers with The Breaking Light. The Breaking Light is a dystopian set in a planet, not our own after we have exhausted our natural resources. The predecessors of the main characters mined all the ores and minerals from Earth as well as several other locations and eventually found themselves terraforming a new planet. We met Arden immediately before she accosts Dade and attempts to enlighten him on the dangers of entering the Levels of living not designated to the upper class to which he was born into. In The Breaking Light, people are either lucky and born of the … [Read more...] about The Breaking Light
Dear Writer's Block, It's not you; it's me. I simply can't have you lording over me and casting your shadow as I struggle endlessly to craft the next great novel. While I've loved the challenge having you with me creates, I don't have any room in my life for you anymore. Therefore, I must bid you adieu. I hope you find someone else, some new fledgling writer to torment. I know with you on their backs, looking over their shoulders, and constantly on their minds, they have no choice but to struggle through and become better writers. I wish you the best, away from me. Far, far away. Au revoir. … [Read more...] about Dear Writer’s Block
Fiction Shatter Me (Harper Collins Publishing, 368 pages, $4.99 Kindle, $4.55 Paperback, $10.07 Hardcover) by Tahereh Mafi I'm sure by now, like me, you're tired of the myriad of dystopian novels. After reading the back book cover of Shatter Me in my local bookstore, I decided to give Tahereh Mafi's world a shot. While Shatter Me is set in a time following the world's near catastrophic end as we poison ourselves, animals, plant life, and the waters around us with pesticides and growth hormones, this tale is unique in that a small percentage of the population has gifts or abilities. Tahereh's main character, Juliette, is unable to have any human contact without the prospect of severely injuring those she comes in contact with or … [Read more...] about Shatter Me
Well, I mentioned in my last post under this category, Mutterings, that I often use writing prompt books such as 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly. Today is no different. Today, I was flipping through my writing prompt book and found a topic that interested me. It hit home as it said I was a children's book writer and wanted me to write the first few lines of my new book. While I'm not a children's book writer, I am a young adult fiction writer and am in fact working on another novel. So, I thought, why not? I'm going to share some of it with you today. Into the Darkness by C.K. Austin Chapter 1 He shot me. The bastard actually shot me, my mind screamed as I fell to the ground. Blood poured out of the hole in my shoulder as I … [Read more...] about Into the Darkness – Teaser
Fiction “The Circle” (Random House/Vintage House/Thorndike Press Publishing, 514 pages, $9.99/Kindle, $9.52/Paperback, $31.99/Hardcover) by Dave Eggers The Circle, soon to be a major motion picture, is an interesting read. A book of the science fiction genre, it's packed with mystery and suspense. While the writing is at times tiring and verbose, droning on and on, it eventually gets to the point. The further we delve into the book the more involved and faster paced it gets as well with fewer moments of boredom. The story tells of a totalitarianist regime being ushered in by the digital age. Every thought, picture, and social interaction are digitized to the extreme where people are offended by complete strangers not acting upon … [Read more...] about The Circle
As a writer, I often turn to writing prompt books like 300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly, to get the creative juices flowing. As I was perusing it this morning I saw an interesting topic - "When was the last time you got lost?" Now the obvious meaning to this questions is the literal one. When was the last time you got lost? Were you a kid in the grocery store or an Uber driver trying to pick up your next passenger? Maybe you were a patient trying to find your new doctor's office to which you had been referred. Whatever the case may be, most would read that and take the literal interpretation of that question to mind and answer it. While my mind did flit in that direction at first, I've recently had some life changing, heart-warming and … [Read more...] about When Was the Last Time You Got Lost?