Monthly Archives: December 2015

Backlist Burndown: Scourge of the Betrayers (Bloodsounder’s Arc #1) by Jeff Salyards

Backlist Burndown is a monthly meme hosted by Lisa from Tenacious Reader where you put aside at least one book from your blacklist every month to read, and then post a review of it on the last Friday of that month.


Scourge of the Betrayers (Bloodsounder’s Arc #1) by Jeff Salyards

Publisher: Night Shade Books

Publication Date: May 1, 2012 (first published Jul 25, 2006)

Edition: Hardcover, 320 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 3/5


Salyards fights scene are brutal, rough, intense, and bloody. Some of the best I’ve ever read. Continue reading

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2015 In Review

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Guest Post: The Importance of Worldbuilding by Megan E. O’Keefe

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Megan E. O’Keefe lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. (It’s only a little like Fight Club.) She has worked in arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.

Megan is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, vol. 30. Steal the Sky is her first novel.

You can find Megan online at meganokeefe.com and@MeganofBlushie on Twitter.


 The Importance of Worldbuilding

by Megan E. O’Keefe

I love character-driven fiction. Give me a strong voice, solid motivations, and a protagonist willing to act, and I’m on board. But no character exists in a vacuum. They, like us, are products of their world and their upbringing. In genre fiction especially, characters are inextricably linked to the world you craft around them. For a character to be compelling, so too must be the world in which they inhabit.

It was worldbuilding that first lured me into writing fantasy. I found the idea of secondary worlds (worlds created from whole cloth) to be absolutely fascinating. You can create anything at all; the only limit is your imagination and what your readers are willing to believe. A well crafted world can transport you to fantastical, impossible places. Through internal consistency and vivid imagery, a well built world can also increase a story’s verisimilitude to make the reader feel as if they’re really there. Possibilities abound, but unfortunately writers too often fall into the trap of re-imagining medieval Europe, or perhaps the Renaissance. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Peter McLean

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Today I am interviewing Peter McLean, author of the debut urban fantasy novel Drake, the first volume in the Burned Man series.

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DJ: Hey Peter! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Peter McLean: Hi, thanks for having me! Well, I’m English and a married grandfather in my 40s. I’ve been writing for over twenty years, and actually taking it seriously for perhaps the last five years or so. Since leaving school I’ve been a kung fu teacher, a Wiccan priest, a Unix technician and a chaos magician, and I am now an IT account manager at a multinational outsourcing corporation.

DJ: What is Drake about?

PM: Drake is a contemporary noir fantasy thriller about an alcoholic, hard-gambling, demon-summoning hitman and the murderous, chainsmoking angel he teams up with. Together they battle Furies and face Lucifer himself in their search for redemption. Continue reading

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Book Collecting: Update #18

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LONG OVERDUE – but here are some books I got singed back in October!
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Book Review: Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Publisher: Plume

Publication Date: June 24, 2003 (first published January, 1 1997)

Edition: Paperback, 672 pages

Genre: Horror, Western, Post-Apoclyptic

Rating: 4.5/5 Rating


Wait, did we just got some ANSWERS!? Continue reading

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Guest Post: My Experience Promoting Superhighway on Twitter by Alex Fayman

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Alex Fayman was born in the former Soviet Union. His family immigrated to the United States in 1989 when he was twelve, in pursuit of religious freedom. Alex holds a PhD in finance and enjoys teaching and doing research at a university. He is happily married and has three sons.


 My Experience Promoting Superhighway on Twitter

by Alex Fayman

In February 2015, I published my first novel Superhighway and was looking at a daunting task of promoting the book without a single dollar allotted for promotional purposes. I had never used Twitter, so in February I started learning to tweet with a handful of followers @AlexFayman. 6 weeks after I started tweeting, I had over 9,000 Twitter followers. The Twitter community really appreciated the creative ways I came up with to advertise Superhighway. I used images of exotic locations, cars and people in order to convey the subject matter of the book. I still use a great hook line “What would you do if you had the power to fly through the Internet and change data?” Continue reading

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Book Review: The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Publisher: Plume

Publication Date: June 24, 2003 (first published January, 1 1991)

Edition: Paperback, 422 pages

Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Post-Apoclyptic

Rating: 4.5/5 Rating


This was The Dark Tower I’ve been waiting for Continue reading

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