Guest Author Andy Peloquin explains “Why Newsletters Matter”

“It’s the best sort of word of mouth out there—I know that I like one author’s book, so his recommendation of another author probably is going to carry some weight.”


Why Newsletters Matter

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Guest Author Stephanie Barr’s characters discuss, ‘How to Find Your Perfect Hero.’

Lucky: Woof!

Dante: That is not my dog.


How to Find Your Perfect Hero

starring Dante da Silva and Roxell the Tarot Queen

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Lou’s Reviews: Firebolt, by Adrienne Woods


Lou’s Reviews rating 4*


Take a dash of Urban Fantasy, throw in a dollop of Medieval fantasy and mix together, adding equal portions of love, hate, mystery and thriller. Finish off with a surprise topping of dragons and give to a SciFi/Fantasy book lover and leave them in peace for as long as it takes to devour the lot!

I loved this book (and the rest of the series too!). The play between characters, the creativity of the world its set in, there was something different in this book that appealed to me. So, what’s it about?

16 year old Elena has constantly been on the move with her Dad since she was was an infant. Every three months. Seemingly running away from ‘something’. Even her mother couldn’t handle the endless midnight moves and left when Elena was only 2. The only constants in her life are endlessly moving around and the stories her dad has told her since she was little, about a land called Paegeia, full of magic and dragons and Dragonia Academy.

Tonight is different though. Tonight, running will not help. Tonight, the ‘something’ catches up. During their escape attempt, several things happen that cause Elena to doubt her sanity. Firstly, she ‘thinks’ she sees a dragon of all thing chasing them. Secondly, aghast, she watches as her dad turns into a dragon. Then, thirdly, when things can’t get any more weird, Elena finds her self flying through the air, clasped tightly with a dragons claw, until he lets go that is. As she tumbles to the ground, Elena blacks

Before she can take it all in, Elena finds herself in another world without her father.
Her only knowledge of this bizarre land is from bedtime stories. The only strength she has is solving riddles… now she must learn to adapt and live in Paegeia, because apparently, great things are expected of her!

A wonderful aspect of the world Adrienne Woods has created is that it is so similar to our own; it has cars, museums, shopping malls and modern technology but on an more advanced level. Other parts are purely magical. The characters are interesting. You can guarantee you’ll be able to relate them to your own circle of friends from schooldays (except half of them won’t be dragons in their human form). 

All in all, this is a great beginning to what turns out to be a fantastic series.

Featured Author A.M. Rycroft, Author of the Cathell Series


Special thanks to A.M. Rycroft who was my Newsletter coach over the past few weeks. She is an indie author who is a bit of a rising star in my personal favorite genre, Dark Fantasy. I plan to pick her brain some more about being an indie author. Her books, the Cathell Series, are suberbly written and well reviewed. If you are a new indie author, she’s a good example of how to do it right. If you’re a reader of Dark Fantasy, I have your next favorite series right here. Now, without further ado. 

A.M. Rycroft

A.M. Rycroft

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#Worldbuilding Basics: 6 Tips for Setting and Theme

From Neo proclaiming his acquisition of Irish stepdancing, to a muffin-top metaphor for storytelling, it’s all here. It’s all about setting and theme in this one, and how to make sure your story – your world – doesnt go off the rails.

“Show me your dolphins.” – D.C. Fergerson

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#Worldbuilding Basics: 5 Pitfalls in Storytelling

From broken promises to mental gymnastics, and from Jar-Jar Binks to Night of the Living Dead, D.C. Fergerson explains what to avoid in your story. Whether it’s D&D, a novel, or a film, these mistakes are a no-no.

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