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Writerly Things: Why Do Movies of the 1980s Seem Scarier Than Those of Today? Traci Kenworth


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Writerly Things 8/3/2020: Why is It the Best Horror Movies Seem to Have Been Made During the 1980s?

Traci Kenworth

I’ve been re-watching The Hitcher starring C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Rutger Hauer. It’s credited with the most shocking and disturbing scene in cinema history ever. That is when Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character, Nash, is chained between two semi-trucks and the villain begins tugging her between them. That film made a lot of people afraid to pick up hitchhikers in its day. I wonder if the films of today have the same effect.

Alien.

Who can forget the Queen of Horror, Sigourney Weaver as Ripley who fought of an alien on her spaceship as those around her died? I don’t think anyone could replace her staunch toughness and her ability to rise above it all. Even the sequel displayed this. I won’t go into Aliens 3 or the later sequel where Winona Ryder was supposed to replace Ripley in the new franchise as neither hold a candle to those two.

Even the Hitcher had sequels that never lived up to the original. They weren’t suspenseful enough or didn’t come close to pushing us over the edge of terror, I guess.

Terminator.

This was the best movie of this franchise, though the second gets a nod as well. Knowing that that machine was out there, that it would never, ever stop, until Sarah Conner was dead terrified many. I mean, there are quite a few people wary of machines today because of this movie. Even those in the higher up departments.

Predator.

Another terrifying movie as the hunter who came down at a certain season to hunt man. This time a group of soldiers in a jungle who were already busy with a human enemy. This creature takes over a mission to kill all. Its sequels failed to reach the same heights as the original but that makes it no less scary.

The Lost Boys.

It introduced vampire and comedy together and became gold for it’s two fellow stars. When Sam discovered his brother Michael was a vampire, all hell broke loose. A coven of vampire targets the family and it’s up to the two of them joined by the Frog brothers to save the day.

Poltergeist.

A family moves into a new community, thinking they’ve got it made, and are in for a good life. Instead, their daughter goes missing. Clowns come to life. And coffins burst up through the foundation.

Amityville Horror.

A house possessed. A family in danger. A priest tries to help and finds himself in the battle of his life. Who could forget this heart stopping movie that made us check those housing leases more thoroughly?

Phantasm.

Who could forget those shiny, metal balls with blades within them chasing down the characters? The Tall Man driving around in his hearse, taking the living down to his moratorium.

Jaws.

The movie that kept people out of the water and terrified of sharks ever since. The original, once again, was the best.

I could go on and on with more movies made back then but you get the gist. I admit there are some good movies today, but the eighties seem to be the crown jewel in scary times. Although with the coronavirus going on, who’s to say that movies won’t go through another heightened period? I’ve seen some new ones that look promising, so we’ll see.

I’m wondering though: if sequels in movies do much good? Maybe the second can repeat the success but the third and so on? They don’t seem to come close to what the original introduced. This doesn’t seem to be the case with books; however, I see the sequels intensifying the situations. Wonder if it’s the media that’s the problem?

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Book Talk 3/2/2020: Francesca Fiore’s Diamond City Traci Kenworth


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Book Talk 1/24/2020: Francesca Fiores’ Diamond City (Book 1)

Traci Kenworth

Diamond City by Francesca Fiores. Jan. 28, 2020. Wednesday Books. YA Thriller genre.

Amazon blurb: “A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as any character, about a girl willing to do anything to better her circumstances. ” – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy―and risk losing everything.

Full of action, romance and dark magic, book one of Francesca Flores’ breathtaking fantasy duology will leave readers eager for more!

My Review: Aina grows up under the protection of Kohl after the deaths of her parents. She does everything he expects of her, grateful to him for pulling her from the streets. When he offers her a chance to open her own business with his blessing, she jumps at it. But is there more to the offer than she knows? After word reaches Kohl that her targets lives, she’s thrown to the wolves and must fight to survive with the help of a friend and the brother of the man she was hired to kill. Will anyone survive the city?

It was a really cool story and I enjoyed getting to know the characters of Aina, Marcus, and Rhuu. The journey through the city was pulse-pounding and everything under the sun is thrown against the trio.

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Book Talk 12/13/19: Books I’ve Read This Year. Traci Kenworth


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Book Talk 12/13/19: List of Books Read This Year

Traci Kenworth

Books I Read in 2019

Traci Kenworth

  1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor # 1 so far YA Fantasy
  2. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
  3. Katie’s Highlander by Maeve Grayson #1 so far Historical Romance
  4. Slayer by Kiersten White #1 YA horror
  5. Closing a Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
  6. Bane of the Dragon King by J. Kellerford #2 YA Fantasy.
  7. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto #3 YA Fantasy
  8. Jewel in the Mud by Harmony Kent
  9. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and John Kelley per J.K. Rowling’s permission
  11. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  12. Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer
  13. The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  14. The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz
  15. How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bradford
  16. 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black
  17. Sullivan’s Promise by Joan Johnston
  18. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Storynomics by Robert McKee
  21. Dreams of Gods & Monsters Laini Taylor # 4 YA Fantasy.
  22. Writing Realistic Men Jackson Dean Chase
  23. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard #5 YA Fantasy
  24. Finale by Stephanie Garber # 1 YA Mystery
  25. The Night Window Dean Koontz
  26. Undead anthology
  27. Before I Sleep Adam Nevill
  28. The Evil Queen Gena Showalter #7 YA Fantasy
  29. Will Haunt You Brian Kirk
  30. Graceling by Kristin Cashore #6 YA Fantasy
  31. A Curse So Dark and Lonely Brigid Kemmerer #8 YA Fantasy
  32. 150 Fantasy Writing Prompts by Sherilyn Kenyon
  33. Our Better Angels by Jonathan Reckford
  34. Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor
  35. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days Kerrigan Bryne
  36. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  37. Dragon’s Oath: A House of Night Novella by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  38. Happily-Ever-Afters: Reimagining of Snow White and Rose Red by Melanie Cellier
  39. Setting by Jack M. Bickman
  40. The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  41. Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  42. Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake
  43. The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  44. The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  45. The House at the Bottom of the Lake by Josh Malerman
  46. Surviving the Transition by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
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Reading Links 3/8/17


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Reading Links…3/7/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-kings-of-the-wyld-nicholas-eames/ Glory never gets old.
  2. https://phsolomon.com/2017/02/25/the-silmarillion-main-plot-j-r-r-tolkiens-mythology-on-9gag/ Revisit an oldie and unravel the plot.
  3. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/rarity-from-the-hollow-on-lisa-burton-radio/ Can the universe be saved?
  4. http://phsolomon.com/2017/03/03/excerpt-from-the-bow-of-destiny/
  5. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/guest-blog-why-did-i-write-about-a-golem-by-ben-galley-author-of-the-heart-of-stone/ Having a master gives golem a realm of fragility.
  6. https://teripolen.com/2017/03/03/indie-author-friday-d-lieber-indieauthor-scifi-fantasy-romance/ After an ice age, humans move underground.
  7. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/guest-review-ghosts-of-tomorrow-by-michael-r-fletcher-reviewed-by-david-walters/ 2046 Children are being stolen from their families and their brains mined in hidden creches across North America.
  8. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/03/02/so-this-happened/ #3 Star Wars.

 

MG/YA:

  1. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/celebrate-75-years-with-boxcarchildren-and-your-child-could-win-kidlit-fridayreads-books/ A five-book miniseries.
  2. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/03/forgotten-kristin-smith-cover-reveal-giveaway/ Some memories fade, these were stolen.
  3. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/03/03/introducing-caleb-roehrig/ Last Leaving.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://journeytoambeth.com/2017/03/04/letting-it-go-out-into-the-world/ The Second Chance Tea Shop.
  2. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/theyre-just-partners-the-partnership-by-charpennclark-romance-newadult/ An extra credit class brings two together.
  3. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/danger-lurks-in-every-shadow-dangerous-victor-by-ardentaislinn-romance-suspense/ There’s something wrong at the casino she manages.
  4. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-watercolours-in-the-rain-by-jolambertwriter-romance-wwwblogs/ What happens to the future when past and present collide?

 

Christian:

 

Historicals:

  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-the-replacement-chronicles-by-harperswan1-histfic-mystery-2/ The history of genetics.

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/audiobook-review-little-dead-red-by-mercedes-m-yardley-read-by-joe-hempel/ A tale even the Brothers Grimm would find harrowing and disturbing.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-the-final-reconciliation-by-todd-keisling/ Climax unforgettable and epic.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-the-time-eater-by-aaron-j-french/ A psychological war between man and the darkness.
  4. https://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/a-new-book-deal/ Book 7 of the Hellequin Chronicles.

 

Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. https://litworldinterviews.com/2017/02/26/the-battered-wife-and-her-five-little-kids-all-dressed-in-white-bookreview/ Was it murder or self-defense?
  2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-serengeti-by-rockwell_jb-scifi-weekendblogshare/ One part pulse-pounding action, two parts Wall-E2.
  3. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/stasi-wolf-interview-with-david-young/ Emotionally hard hitting.
  4. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-sixth-window-quickfire-q-and-a-with-rachel-abbott/ The truth hurts—but lies are deadly.
  5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/cursed-thomas-enger-blog-tour-review/ When his wife fails to return from Italy after her father’s death, the husband discovers his wife’s life is a tangled mystery.
  6. https://litworldinterviews.com/2017/03/03/bookreview-of-forbidden-by-f-stone/ Captain Sharif’s compound has been breached. Set in 2047 when the Muslim countries have formed together similar to the Soviet Union.
  7. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/my-grl-relaunch/ A retired lawyer finds himself targeted by a terrorist group.
  8. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/all-our-wrong-todays-elan-mastai-blog-tour-review/ So, the thing is, I come from a world we were supposed to have…
  9. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-ghost-variations-the-strangest-detective-story-in-music-by-jessica-duchen/ Inspired by a real-life incident.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2017/03/review-of-dreams-of-distant-shores-by-patricia-a-mckillip/ Short story collection, high fantasy.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

  1. https://maryblowers.com/2017/03/01/free-books-reviews-requested/ Join the list.

 

Craft:

 

Other:

  1. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/author-geoff-cronin-1923-2017-a-life-well-lived/ A collection of stories about growing up in Ireland.
  2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-land-of-the-hidden-fires-by-kirkkjeldsen-ww2-histfic/ Icy adventures in northern wastes.

 

 

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Writing Links 3/6/17


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Writing Links…3/6/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.autumnwriting.com/building-on-the-framework-of-fantasy-ideas/ Deepen your ideas to hook your readers. Is your forest just a forest? Or is there something lurking there your readers should know about?
  2. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/03/04/20-inspiring-pinterest-boards-for-writers/ Looking for inspiration? I love Joanna Penn’s notebooks! I wish I could find them in my area.
  3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/03/03/fantasy-indie-author-sponsorship/ May 31, 2017 deadline.
  4. https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2017/03/02/happiness-february-2017/ What made you happy in February? For me, it was spending time with family.

 

MG/YA:

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/industry-update-harlequin-books/ New imprints.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/a-storycrafting-checklist.html Does your character experience a Black Moment?
  2. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/freeze-frame-creating-stronger-scene.html Will this freeze frame method work for you?
  3. https://stevelaube.com/go-ahead-take-online-break/ Where do you take your breaks?
  4. https://stevelaube.com/amnesia-key-success/ Don’t let your writing take over who you are in Christ.

 

Historicals:

  1. https://awriterofhistory.com/2017/02/26/37-authors-twitter-party-and-giveaway-march-7th/

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-136-ania-ahlborn-on-the-devil-crept-in-story-research-and-daily-habits/ Can you go too far with a character’s depravity?
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/5-must-read-horror-articles-27-february-2017-2/ From Shirley Jackson to Gillian Flynn.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-24-february-2017/J. Abrams and Stephen King team up for a new Castle Rock story.

 

Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. http://thrillwriting.blogspot.com/2017/02/oh-places-we-will-go-info-for-writers.html Going in the drum for research.
  2. http://annerallen.com/stress-or-burnout-know-difference/ Do you know which is which? One can lead to the other. Signs to watch for.
  3. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/the-code.html How to you write your good guys and bad?
  4. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/blubbering-over-books.html Why does film move us to tears more than books? In my case, I find both equally cry-worthy at times.
  5. http://writeitforward.com/the-years-examining-history-a-year-at-a-time/ From A.D. to present, how the world was affected. The biggest world event I’ve witnessed in my life was Sept. 11, 2001. My children were babies then and little did I know that it would usher in the death of my marriage and the beginning of a freedom that scared me almost as much as those dark years did.
  6. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/ill-arrange-for-making-all-arrangements/ Caterers as sleuths? Interesting…
  7. https://everydaysamystery.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/a-world-book-day-mini-mystery/

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/02/25/stream-of-consciousness-saturday-prompt-how/ Bombs away.
  2. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/pecking-order/ What we do for pretty.
  3. https://saraflower.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/sally-chapter-ten/ More ugly in a town filled with hatred.
  4. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/10k-one/ A special book.
  5. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/not-what-i-expected/ Herald of good fortune?
  6. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/fragment-friday-new-book-edition/ Steps on the stairs.

 

Poetry:

  1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/03/01/cookie-crumb-lips-a-tanka/
  2. https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/haiku-friday-secret-burn/ Our secret exposed.
  3. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/03/03/friday-aka-tgif-2/ What we need. I agree wholeheartedly! Without each other, we have nothing to keep us moving forward.
  4. http://erikakind.me/2017/03/03/daily-kind-quote-446/ Choosing who you are.
  5. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/03/02/knights-of-old/ The glory of battle.
  6. https://erikakind.me/2017/03/02/daily-kind-quote-445/

 

Indie:

  1. http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-indies-on-the-curriculum/ Indie Fringe and more!
  2. http://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-why-indie-authors-shouldnt-give-away-free-books/ The opinion is that they glut the market and cheapen the value of books for us all. Opinions on this?
  3. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/03/03/editing-101-27-semicolons/ When the semicolon is appropriate.
  4. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/03/01/kobo-writing-life-podcast-episode-78-katie-cross-from-full-time-author-to-full-time-mom/ How she schedules her day.
  5. https://journeytoambeth.com/2017/03/01/wednesday-wander-leaning-tower-of-pisa-italy/ Did you know it was once targeted by the Allies?
  6. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/03/02/five-ways-to-contact-your-favorite-author-guest-post-by-john-w-howell/ Looking for a way to contact your favorite author?
  7. http://kriswrites.com/2017/03/01/business-musings-writing-with-chronic-health-problems/ Managing things with health problems. I take things in short stretches like she suggests though I need to admittedly, exercise. I keep meaning to but the weather sometimes deters me.

 

Craft:

  1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/the-blank-page-conquering-your-fears-and-a-couple-of-writing-prompts/ For me it’s starting a new book. All that emptiness to be filled. I worry that I can’t but somehow, manage.
  2. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/chasing-a-new-idea.html How to develop an idea into a full-blown book.
  3. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/unfulfilled-foreshadowing/ Make sure what you plant in a scene pays off in the end.
  4. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/03/revision-workshop-day-one-analyze-story.html Identify the holes in your story.
  5. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/03/top-10-things-rodeo-taught-me-about-writing/ Don’t pattern yourself after another writer. Your story, your characters are your own success.
  6. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/03/revision-workshop-day-two-analyze.html How do your characters grow over the story? Mine goes from being reckless to putting others before herself.
  7. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/03/revision-workshop-day-four-clarify.html Tackling any weak or missing goals.

 

Other:

  1. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/26/fragments-of-perception/ A moment of perception, never again.
  2. https://janefriedman.com/5-on-elizabeth-marro/ Working with an editor to make your book better.
  3. https://storyempire.com/2017/03/01/whats-in-a-name/ Do you research your character’s name?
  4. https://janefriedman.com/you-dont-have-to-finish-every-story-you-start/ Sometimes you write more than one story for an idea until you find the right path. I do this all the time! What I think should be the story often turns out to be completely different in the end. It all pulls together for me though!
  5. https://pennyrandall.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/the-devils-hole/ Have you heard this story? Interesting but I’d have a hard time going underground, though the writer in me would love the experience.
  6. https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/curated-content-3-march-2017/ Five things an author should have on their website and more.
  7. https://scvincent.com/2017/03/04/all-in-the-feeling-2/ A good-ribbing doesn’t deter from support for each other.
  8. https://jolenemottern.com/2017/03/03/all-hail-the-lawnmower/ Good for babies? Not so much, liking the idea of mowing season beginning soon though. Sigh.
  9. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/03/04/chess-a-guest-post-by-stevie-turner/ Chess, a required game for children? It does teach concentration as well as patience. Somethings I sometimes have difficulty with.
  10. http://www.autumnwriting.com/book-endings/ I prefer the last ending too. It’s easier to nudge the reader into the reading the next, but wrapping up the first trial.
  11. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/03/the-story-of-prose-a-social-platform-for-writers/ Have you joined? What are your thoughts on this? I’d worry, if I did this, I might not be able to publish the story.
  12. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/03/descriptions-the-angels-are-in-the-details/ What do you put in your details? Think of a mountain, you’re not going to describe it like anyone else. Everyone else brings something new to the mix. That’s why writers don’t have to compete with one another. There’s room for more stories than one.
  13. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/word-of-the-day-prioritise/ To arrange or do in order.
  14. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/chimera/ Something to ponder.
  15. https://scvincent.com/2017/03/03/six-second-memory-2/ I can relate, lol.
  16. http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/03/02/author-earnings-report-the-top-12-trends-for-2017/ Take a look at these figures! Impressive!
  17. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/03/pitch-madness-draft/ Get that pitch ready!

 

 

 

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Reading Links 2/28/17


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Reading Links…2/28/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/02/19/mark-taylors-a-night-at-the-dream-theater-review/ A sci-fi/parallel world where one’s future is determined by their employment.
  2. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/02/a-unique-fantastical-world-island-of.html One of the most unique fantasies you’ll ever read.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.publishing-hub.com/2017/02/cover-reveal-for-why-i-loathe-sterling.html What if Paris Geller fell for Ferris Bueller and they both stayed horrible people?
  2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-midnight-sisters-by-saraheboucher-fairytale-fantasy/ A tale as told by the gardener.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://litworldinterviews.com/2017/02/19/poet-of-the-wrong-generation-bookreview/ Johnny Ellis is filled with regret.
  2. http://www.parajunkee.com/2017/02/20/a-million-little-things-is-literally-a-book-about-a-million-little-things-go-figure/ A group of women come together, and through friendship, explore their lives.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/the-infernal-detective-by-kirstenweiss-paranormal-romantic-mystery-fridayreads/ Book #4 in the Riga Hayworth romantic mysteries.

 

Christian:

 

Historicals:

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-the-devil-crept-in-by-ania-ahlborn/ Blends the line between reality and surreal.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-black-static-issue-56/ deals with extreme cultural and political upheaval.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-suffer-the-children-by-janden-hale/ Intelligently thought out and executed.
  4. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/the-core-by-peter-v-brett-us-and-uk-cover-reveal/ Bloodthirsty demons stalk the human race.

 

Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/april-book-watch-here-and-gone-haylen-beck/ A woman fleeing an abusive marriage with her kids is pulled over and taken into custody by the police who say they never saw any kids…
  2. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/lie-with-me-sabine-durrant-blog-tour-review/ Paul Morris is running out of money, friends, and second chances.
  3. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/02/18/review-my-grl-by-john-w-howell/ When John Cannon’s boat is targeted by terrorists, he must stand between it and them.
  4. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/six-stories-with-matt-wesolowski-harry-saint-clement-ramsay/ Wild, hunting parks…
  5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-walk-away-by-sam-hawken/ Former combat medic Camaro Espinoza is trying to put her past behind her. She knows she’s done bad things – but they were always for good reasons.
  6. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/march-book-watch-follow-me-down-sherri-smith/ When a woman receives word that her twin brother is missing, she returns home to Dakota.
  7. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/game-of-fear-by-glede-browne-kabongo/ Even good girls have secrets.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. http://kriswrites.com/2017/02/24/escape-with-a-new-bundle/ Recycled Pulp. Fantasy and science fiction.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

  1. https://teripolen.com/2017/02/24/indie-author-friday-nabila-fairuz-indieauthors-youngadult/ Two sisters embark on an adventure to find their family that has disappeared.

 

Craft:

 

Other:

  1. https://cmblackwood.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/guest-author-stacy-gleiss/ A recovering Japan-aholic.
  2. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/mr-ns-top-10-baseball-books-of-all-time-fridayreads-mlb-sports/ Ten baseball books to get you ready for opening day.

 

 

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Writing Links 2/2717


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Writing Links…2/27/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/promising-form-and-content-pt-3-how-to.html A look at openings.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-case-for-inspirational-romance.html Love is an extension of God’s love for us.
  2. http://www.superauthors.com/2017/02/paying-attention.html Find something positive from day to day. I need to do this more. Today, it was a Shamrock Shake.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/going-with-flow.html Trust the one who is in control.
  2. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/making-it-real-research-before-you-write.html Do you visit the places you write about? Mine would be hard to do, for fantasy. But the historical ones are set near where I grew up.
  3. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/fresh-approach-how-to-surprise-your-reader/ Take a direction they wouldn’t expect.
  4. https://stevelaube.com/book-favor-take-break/ Where do you take a break? Mine’s usually to relax with a book, or two, or more.
  5. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/the-broken-blog.html Do you feel like your books a broken story?
  6. https://stevelaube.com/writing-controlled-fate/ Publishing is subjective and it all depends.
  7. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-easy-steps-great-synopsis/ Write your synopsis before you write the book. A friend and critique partner taught me this and it’s invaluable! It seriously helps you to focus on what story you want to tell.

 

Historicals:

  1. http://writeitforward.com/how-to-stop-an-imperial-presidency/ Steps taken by Hamilton and Jefferson.

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-135-ania-ahlborn-on-making-a-monster-self-publishing-seed-and-families-in-horror/ Win a copy of the Devil Crept in.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/5-must-read-horror-articles-20-february-2017/ John Carpenter attached to new Halloween film and horror franchise crossovers in comics.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-17-february-2017/ New Castle Rock novella by Stephen King.

 

Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/the-most-productive-approach-for-the-aspiring-novelist.html My piece of advice? Finish your work. Always. If you don’t finish, you won’t have anything to work with.
  2. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/if-i-were-huckleberry-finn-id-do-the-things-he-did/ The exploration of coming of age and self-discovery.
  3. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/so-hoist-up-the-john-b-sails/ Does your crime fiction take place on a voyage?

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/by-popular-demand-flipboard/ How to work with flipboard. Going to try this on my Kindle instead of the pc.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-134-stephen-volk-on-the-parts-we-play-filmmaking-and-writing-short-stories/ Dark Corners.
  3. http://annieneugebauer.com/2017/02/25/deaths-favorite-pet-now-free-to-read/ Siren’s Call. Women of Horror.
  4. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/handicapping-the-coming-weekend/ What to work on next?

 

Poetry:

  1. https://erikakind.me/2017/02/18/day-18-loveuary-%E2%9D%A4-heart/ Two hearts.
  2. http://johnwhowell.com/2017/02/24/friday-johnku-aka-tgif-83/ A helping hand.
  3. https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/haiku-friday-sweat-heat/ A lost shadow and a hidden poem.

 

Indie:

  1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/cyclical-melodies-beginnings-and-endings-the-undercover-soundtrack-nicole-evelina/ What melodies inspire you?
  2. https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/welcome-rrbc-rwisa-member-marlena-smith/ Questions for an Indie writer.
  3. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/02/18/word-power-words-to-use-instead-of-good-a-movie/ In need of a word to replace good? Look here.
  4. http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/02/18/can-you-help-eddie/ Whose Eddie you may ask?
  5. http://annerallen.com/make-a-living-writing-fiction/ Guest post by Elizabeth S. Craig.
  6. http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-starting-out/ Neil Gaiman says that if he were to be starting out in publishing today, he’d go Indie.
  7. http://selfpublishingadvice.org/authors-book-marketing-and-publicity-is-creative-and-fun-honestly/ You need enthusiasm to market successfully.

 

Craft:

  1. https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/description-writer-crack-finding-the-write-balance/ What type of a descriptor are you? Light, heavy? Medium? I tend to start light and layer more in as the drafts progress.
  2. http://www.livewritethrive.com/2017/02/20/6-attitudes-of-highly-productive-people/ Keep stress to a minimum. Something I struggle with admittedly.
  3. http://www.livewritethrive.com/2017/02/23/growing-your-audience-one-fan-at-a-time/ What ways do you look to grow your fans? I hope, by getting readers to know me on the blog, the web, that they’ll try my books when I publish.
  4. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/02/24/focusing/ I get distracted by items on my desk. Keeping everything organized helps. It helps to keep other things on a schedule, a small to-do list that I work on daily.
  5. http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/02/24/pixars-15-rules-of-storytelling/ #15 is my favorite. What’s yours?
  6. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/5-writing-tips-lizzie-chantree/ I say this often: read!

 

Other:

  1. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/19/grand-designs/ Everything under the heavens is such a marvelous design.
  2. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/the-idea-mill-28/ Ideas, anyone?
  3. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/boxcars/ Walking in another man’s shoes with Andrew Joyce.
  4. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/diagnosis-pt4/ One man’s dream reveals how strong he is.
  5. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/3-quotes-nick-mcdonell/ Which quote would you choose?
  6. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/02/19/what-have-the-romans-ever-done-for-us-guest-post-by-ian-hutson/ Life in the canals.
  7. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-four-immune-system-and-people/ Some good advice.
  8. https://erinlferguson.com/2017/02/20/linksona/ This lady does some amazing art!
  9. https://maryblowers.com/2017/02/23/free-and-discounted-books-for-my-subscribers/ Look for my short story in her Where Dreams Live anthology.
  10. https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/ubiquitous-tips-and-book-reviews/ Are your reviews hurtful or helpful? I hope other readers find the ones I do helpful. If I don’t like a book, I don’t post a review.
  11. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/02/25/the-truth-about-publishing-before-christmas-guest-post-by-a-c-flory/ Launching at Christmas? Some things to consider.
  12. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/blog-sitting-special-at-midnight-writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-cottingley-fairies/ Real or faked?
  13. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/25/the-ghost-of-a-castle/ Ghosts?
  14. https://phsolomon.com/2017/02/24/kobo-plus-launched-in-netherlands/ The largest digital book subscription service in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  15. http://erikakind.me/2017/02/24/post/ Looking for an iPhone cover? Check this out.
  16. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/24/the-devils-arse/ Thieves caverns.

 

 

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Reading Links…2/21/17


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Reading Links…2/21/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/author-interviews/david-rowe/ Proverbs within Tolkien’s books.
  2. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/gilded-cage/ A deep divide between equals.
  3. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/in-which-i-fangirl-over-wendy-higgins.html post-apocalyptic America.
  4. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/book-review-deadhouse-gates-by-steven-erikson/ A tale of The Malzan Book of the Fallen series.
  5. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/love-volume-4-the-dinosaur/ A look at dinosaurs from their humble beginnings.
  6. https://teripolen.com/2017/02/17/indie-author-friday-christopher-d-schmitz-indieauthors-fantasy/ After merging with her copy from an alternate reality, college student, Claire Jones, is thrust into a setting beyond her imagination and must fight alongside Zabe, her self-appointed, inter-dimensional guardian.
  7. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/i-am-alive-and-you-are-dead/ One strange and visionary guy: Phillip K. Dick.
  8. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/time-is-the-simplest-thing/ Uses the tools of science fiction to make poignant comments on the issues of the day.
  9. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/central-station/ A thoughtful, poignant, human take on a possible future.
  10. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/02/16/chasing-bedlam-by-charles-yallowitz-new-release/ The love between a woman and her jeep.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/02/are-we-okay-interview-with-nina-lacour.html You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…until you leave with your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
  2. http://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/17/colleens-book-reviews-charlene-the-star-by-deannie-humphreys-dunne/ Charlene the star was born into a family of racehorses.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/02/friday-reads-one-perfect-love.html The rest of the story.

 

Christian:

 

Historicals:

  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-the-replacement-chronicles-by-harperswan1-histfic-mystery/ An early homo sapiens woman, Raven, and her interaction with a Neanderthal named Longhead.

 

Scary:

 

Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-kings-cage-by-victoria-aveyard/ Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes.
  2. http://writewithfey.blogspot.com/2017/02/abducted-life-by-patricia-josephine.html Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-dci-jones-casebook-cryers-view-by-kerryjdonovan-crime/ The murder of a detective on the task force in the south end of England is the latest in a series of mysteries.
  4. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-elisenda-domenech-investigations-city-of-drowned-souls-blog-tour-review/ When child disappears, the clock starts ticking.
  5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/one-little-mistake-emma-curtis-blog-tour-review/ When she risks everything on a whim, there’s only one person she trusts enough to turn to.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-draculas-brethren-by-richard-dalby-and-brian-j-frost-editors/ Featuring the stories that inspired and were inspired by Bram Stoker’s
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-black-feathers-dark-avian-tales-an-anthology-edited-by-ellen-datlow/ Ellen Datlow puts out some of the best anthologies! Always look forward to her collections.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

 

Craft:

 

Other:

  1. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/miranda-and-caliban/ A twist on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

 

 

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Writing Links 2/20/17


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Writing Links…2/20/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/02/11/did-things-go-to-plan-ha-ha-ha/ Keeping things going on the burner. Can you multi-task? I used to be able to bounce projects around but I’m slowing down for some reason. I can have them in various stages of planning, but writing them at the same time? A little of a panic time for me.
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/beautiful-people-couples-edition-caleb.html How do your story couples compare?
  3. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/18/how-to-have-the-perfect-weekend-writers-retreat-e-m-welsh/ Need time off? You can even stay at home.
  4. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/02/17/when-i-am-not-enough-guest-post-by-tina-frisco/ Energy follows thought.
  5. https://writersedit.com/5-fantasy-cliches-avoid/ Do you recognize these in your story?
  6. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/so-your-character-is-from-finland.html Pagan holidays such as May Day are still celebrated.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/02/writing-through-slump-by-nick-adkins.html Should you give up on old versions of stories?
  2. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/02/pair-shoes/ Did reading teach you empathy?
  3. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/jennifer-brown-author-of-dare-you-on.html Challenge yourself.
  4. http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-normal-love.html Can we normalize…normal?

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/02/17/the-keepsake-method-of-creating-characters-by-jennifer-tanner/ Do your character save things.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/love-me-tender.html Love and tension in Christian romances.
  2. https://stevelaube.com/what-is-your-attention-span/ Do you have an attention span longer than a goldfish?
  3. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/first-page-punch-keep-your-reader.html How to start your novel off in the right place.
  4. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/a-dog-monk-and-judge-walk-into-book.html Working with your editor: keep the communication open.
  5. https://stevelaube.com/easily-entertained/ What gifts do you give your characters?
  6. https://stevelaube.com/remove-barriers-fiction/ Are there barriers between your characters and the reader?
  7. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/queries-request-book-not/ The most important thing on an agent’s request list.

 

Historicals:

  1. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-unpopular-tudor.html What was Mary’s motivation?

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/5-must-read-horror-articles-13-february-2017/ One writers reason for writing horror.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-10-february-2017/ Castlevania TV series to come to Netflix.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/celebrating-women-in-horror-month-february-2017/ Some favorites to introduce here. A few: Kathe Koja, Bari Wood, Angelica Walters, Rebecca Jones-Howe, and Nnedi Okorafor. Try these and more. After all, horror started with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
  4. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/blog-networking-21617/ How to increase your blog and friends!

 

Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/handling-the-agony-of-defeat.html Even when rejections come, you go on. I had a rejection in a short contest just a few days ago. It hurts, but the best thing as James Scott Bell says: is to write something. It does take your focus off the bad, and gets you motivated.
  2. http://annerallen.com/all-about-beta-readers/ The term came from fan fiction.
  3. https://everydaysamystery.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/3-for-friday/ A quote, a mystery, and three to read!
  4. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/the-phantom-of-the-opera-is-there/ Do you have an opera in your crime fiction?

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

 

Poetry:

  1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/12/angel-frost-a-tanka/ Winter’s artistic palatte.
  2. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/weekly-image-and-haiku-aniseed/ A robin and the aniseed.
  3. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/18/knight-rising/ Into the darkness.
  4. https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/haiku-friday-eye-fade/ The stranger in the mirror.
  5. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/02/17/friday-johnku-aka-tgif-82/ Measure twice.
  6. https://erikakind.me/2017/02/17/daily-kind-quote-436/ What could be…

 

Indie:

  1. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/online-friends-a-powerful-love-inspiration-love-friendship/ How I feel about my own online friends.
  2. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/02/17/are-you-on-track-to-meet-your-writing-goals/ Do you have an accountability partner?
  3. https://jolenemottern.com/2017/02/17/light-through-yonder-mirror-breaks/ Life in the mirror.
  4. https://journeytoambeth.com/2017/02/17/out-for-a-walk/ Walking and writing.
  5. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/02/reasons-to-keep-plugging/ Digital life brings hope for all.
  6. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/a-castaway-style-interview/ John Wayne, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, and Lisa Burton.

 

Craft:

  1. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/using-theater-techniques-to-write.html A way to beat show vs. tell.
  2. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/at-home-workshop-revise-your-novel-in.html Her book is a great resource, you won’t be sorry you read these workshops!
  3. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/02/18/avoid-overwriting/ Look out for purple prose.

 

Other:

  1. http://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/17/grey-borders-magazine-now-seeking-submissions/ Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork.
  2. https://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/2017/02/stop-political-madness.html A world of ugly.
  3. http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2017/02/red-flag-alert-loiacono-literary-agency.html Agencies to watch out for.

 

 

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Reading Links 2/14/17


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Reading Links 2/14/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2017/02/the-leaning-pile-of-books-280/ The Gilded Cage. Kings of the Wyld.
  2. https://litworldinterviews.com/2017/02/05/hell-holes-what-lurks-below-bookreview/ Quick, enjoyable read.
  3. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/empress-of-a-thousand-skies/ Old time science fiction with modern sensibility.
  4. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-burning-page/ Third book in the Invisible Library series.
  5. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/american-gods/ This is a bad land for gods…the old gods are ignored.
  6. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/caraval/ Remember, it’s just a game.
  7. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/to-green-angel-tower/ Final book in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series.
  8. 0/author-spotlight-p-s-winn-2/ Writing with a spiritual twist.
  9. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/02/check-out-starfall-out-now-giveaway.html When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home planet to avoid an arranged marriage, she had no idea it would spark a war.
  10. https://sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/s-l-huang-the-little-homo-sapiens-scientist/ A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid.
  11. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/08/colleens-book-reviews-the-termite-queen-the-speaking-of-the-dead-vol-i-by-author-termitewriter/ In the 30th century, an off-world Earth expedition brings home a giant terminate.
  12. https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2017/02/07/bookreview-midnight-sisters-by-saraheboucher-tuesdaybookblog-rbrt/ Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/02/project-pandora-aden-polydoros-cover-reveal/ Olympus is rising.
  2. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/02/book-review-history-is-all-you-left-me.html Powerful and important.
  3. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/09/my-book-review-of-the-heart-stone-chronicles-part-1-the-swamp-fairy/ A glowing review.
  4. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/happy-valentines-day-books-to-sweeten-your-weekend-fridayreads-valentinesday-kidlit/ Valentine children’s books.
  5. https://journeytoambeth.com/2017/02/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-teri-polen-colleen-chesebro-and-sally-cronin/ Sara and The Heart Stone Chronicles.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/02/real-life-romeo-experiences-interview.html Understudies never get to perform.
  2. http://www.superauthors.com/2017/02/children-children-everywhere.html Kids in the story. Check.
  3. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/search/label/Girls%20Night%20Out Two romance writers with a bit more.
  4. http://kriswrites.com/2017/02/11/just-in-time-for-valentines-day-cats-and-romance-and-snow/ Fantasy with a touch of romance.
  5. https://maeclair.net/2017/02/07/welcome-tammy-tate-with-the-homecoming-shifterromance/ Book one of the Bayou Shifter series.

 

Christian:

  1. https://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/2017/02/sharing-love-with-giveaway.html Out of the Frying Pan, a romantic mystery.

 

Historicals:

  1. 6/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/ Light-skinned newcomers are changing the land of the three tribes.
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-book-review-of-girl-in-steel-corset.html In 1897, sixteen-year-old Finley Jane has no one except for the thing inside her.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-turn-of-the-tide-by-margaretskea1-histfic-wwwblogs/ A notorious feud that lasted two centuries.
  4. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/kima-by-a-h-amin/ A Christmas 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa.

 

Scary:

  1. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/02/05/underworld-blood-wars-adaptation-review/ Entertaining read and offers quite the thrill ride.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-great-british-horror-1-green-and-pleasant-land-edited-by-steve-shaw/ The first in an annual themed anthology.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/midnight-mix-tape-february-2017-when-the-women-come-out-to-dance/ Some of the latest and greatest women horror writers.
  4. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-ararat-by-christopher-golden/ Snowbound slaughter.
  5. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-conceiving-by-thomas-s-flowers/ An old school monster story.
  6. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tattered-tomes-into-dragon-valley-koko-by-peter-straub-revisited/ One of Straub’s most emotional books.
  7. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-fisherman/ Story about bereavement.
  8. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/steve-bosley/ A collection of darkly, disturbing stories.
  9. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/02/11/have-you-read-todd-keislings-the-final-reconciliation/ The answer to what happened to The Yellow Kings will terrify you.
  10. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-astronomers-crypt-on-lisa-burton-radio/ Could the observatory be haunted?
  11. https://teripolen.com/2017/02/07/the-bone-witch-by-rin-chupeco-bookreview-tuesdaybookblog/ When Tea resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is a bone witch.

 

Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/march-bookwatch-blood-tide-by-claire-mcgowan/ Called in to investigate a young couple’s disappearance, Paul Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about returning to Bone Island.
  2. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-a-darkness-absolute-kelley-armstrong/ Rockton town detective, Casey Duncan, makes a terrible and dangerous discovery in the woods outside of town.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-ardent-justice-by-peter-taylor-gooby-petert_g-weekendblogshare/ A novel that brings to light the corruption of the financial world in the city.
  4. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/six-wakes/ A locked-room mystery.
  5. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/02/09/lara-elena-donnelly-five-things-i-learned-writing-amberlough/ A vintage glam spy thriller.
  6. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/six-stories-with-matt-wesolowski-the-beast-of-belkeld/ The coven would dance, sometimes in their own shapes, sometimes in animals such as hares or dogs.
  7. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-hit-nadia-dalbuono-blog-tour-review/ When the family of top TV executive goes missing, it seems everyone has an axe to grind with him.
  8. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-sleeping-serpent-by-luna-saint-claire/ She was the storm.
  9. http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com/2017/02/review-assault-and-beret.html The fifth book in The Hat Shop mysteries.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. http://kriswrites.com/2017/02/06/free-fiction-monday-the-perfect-man/ A dangerous man uses the romance fiction a woman reads to be her “perfect” man.
  2. http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/02/lowcountry-crime-fridayreads.html Crimes that take place north of cozy, south of noir, in an area called lowcountry.
  3. http://writewithfey.blogspot.com/2017/02/candace-sams-meet-muse-his-holiday.html Wild Rose Publishing with a hero who finds his miracle on his front lawn.
  4. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/02/11/heres-an-early-peek-at-kim-newman-and-paul-mccaffreys-anno-dracula-1/ Anno Dracula gets the graphic novel treatment.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

  1. https://teripolen.com/2017/02/10/indie-author-friday-matt-doyle-indieauthors-scifi-lgbt/ The Spark Form Chronicles, Teller Tales, and Addict.
  2. https://scvincent.com/2017/02/11/a-review-by-paul-andruss/ Imagine walking through an ancient landscape, exploring their sacred sites.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/china-blue-by-madalyn-morgan-actscribblerdj-book-3-dudley-sisters-ww2-dramas/ Book 3 of the Dudley Sisters WWII drama.
  4. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/applause-by-madalyn-morgan-actscribblerdj-ww2-histfic-dudley-sisters-series-book-2/ Book 2 of the Dudley Sisters WWII drama.

 

Craft:

  1. https://maryblowers.com/2017/02/11/book-review-creating-stories/ The structure of a story.

 

Other:

  1. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/02/04/autism-a-guest-post-by-kate-hughes-author-of-home/ “You need to come get my daughter. She’s not safe at home anymore.” How terrifying for both mother and child.