Thursday Writing Tip #1

 

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Gardenia and Ri

Sketches of Gardenia with her soulmate, Ri. What do you guys think?

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Book Review: Fated Memories

Novel Title: Fated Memoriesfm
Author: Joan Carney
Source: Gifted by the author for an honest review
Score: 4 Dragon Prints paw

Joan Carney’s, Fated Memories, novel was a fantastic read. It transports the reader to the time of Civil War and follows a group of friends who are lost in the past, Kitty, Mags, and Simon. The novel is well written and I can that a lot of research went into it.

There were a couple of expectations from me for this novel. I believed that it would be a while before the point of view changes to Kitty’s, so it took a while to realize that I will not hear the private thoughts of Mags. I also believed that I would see scenes where the girls would talk about their past and bring up some material goods, the only time where I read Kitty bringing up the material goods from the future was when she was telling Sam of who she is… and that was very late in the story. I’ve also been waiting for the girls to fix the locket right away and not just when Simon and Mags decided to take that big step for their future. When Simon returned wounded from the war, Kitty was safe and sound, I expected Simon to talk about their friends who fought with him – mainly the man who wanted to call on Kitty. Did he live? So that part was not too realistic, though I did like the ending and of how they learned the truth of how they time traveled.

There is a big plus to this story, well two. First, it keeps you guessing on what happens next. Second, the Miss Carney was not afraid to write things that were critical to the story line. Some authors are afraid to hurt their characters and Miss Carney was not. Was a pleasure to know that she gave it all to this novel.

If you’re looking to read a time travel, romance and love history then I highly recommend reading this novel. This book is for young adults and older.

#FirstLineFriday Tag

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“My first time taking a bus in this town and what’s worse is that I was just hit with a card in my face. I pick up the card and notice that it’s a tarot card. Now what?”

The first line of a novel that doesn’t exist yet and hasn’t been started yet. What do you think?

Deidra Alexander was challenged to try First Line Friday by Rami Ungart at https://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/ last week. Here’s the link: https://deidraalexander.com/2016/05/07/firstlinefriday-tag/. And I found it interesting so decided to try.

You can play along at home. Here’s what you do.

  1. Create a post on your blog titled #FirstLineFriday, hashtag and all.
  2. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  3. Post the first one or two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a completed or published story.
  4. Ask your readers for feedback and then encourage them to try #FirstLineFriday on their blogs (tagging is encouraged but not necessary).

Book Review: Wit’ch Fire

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Author: James Clemens

Source: Bought from a passing bookstore years ago

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints5 paws
It’s hard to find novels that leave a mark on an individual. Usually, it’s enough to read a novel once. However, when one finds a novel that they will have a pleasure rereading and finding new things behind the story line… those novels are worth the wait. Witch Fire, is one of those novels that I can reread every year and still love the story and the characters. Of course, Witch Fire, is only book 1 in the series… so it is the focus of the review. I love the series. Read them!

It is a story about a young girl, Elena, who grows to be a young woman later in the story line, going a journey and learn about her witch powers, all the while hiding from the Dark Lord and find her brother. She gains help from one-armed juggler Er’ril (who is my favorite character), Nee’lahn, Kral and many more. (There’s too much to say about the book, bringing in spoilers which would be bad.)

Clemens is an amazing story teller and I strive to rival his talent in the future. He was able to keep the essence of all the characters throughout the series and keeping me interested and thinking about the unfolding events.

If you’re looking to read a fantasy novel, I highly recommend reading Witch Fire. Believe me, you will get hooked and end up reading the entire series. This book is for young adults and older.

Book review: The Mardi Gras Chase

Title: The Mardi Gras Chase Snip20160530_9

Author: Maggie M. Larche

Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

After finishing reading The Mardi Gras Chase, I realized how awesome it used to be a kid. It made me think of the books that I’ve read when I was a kid, with one of them being, Time Cat. At least that’s what I think the title was. It was pure pleasure to loose myself in the Children’s Middle Grade (ages 8-12) genre. The book should be at the top of the list for any parent.

It is a story about a girl, Melanie, who’s not a fan of Mardi Gras, that is until she realizes that the floats are sending a secret message that needs to be cracked. Melanie, along with her two best friends, Kate and Faye, decide to crack the code… even getting Matt in trouble with the police to do it.

The story is fun to read, fast paced, and interesting. I think the kids would like to see some illustrations, like of the floats, the warehouse, and the cemetery. I know that I would. 😉

I would recommend to anyone to read it who is in the age group of 8-12, and some adults who want to feel like a kid again for a short amount of time.

My Journey while writing Deity’s Soulmate

My novel : book cover is a work of paranormal romance mixed with parables, poetry, soap opera and Hellenic cosmology.

I absolutely adore the twins, Ri and Ra, and of course, their father Villam.  In the future, I am hoping for my sister to draw them in their human forms. The cover shows Ri in his dragon form… so three guesses on how Ra looks. 😉

Recently, I went to a ceramic painting studio and chose myself a dragon, Villam, to be more precise. villam 2  It took about six hours just to do his scales! I’m so very proud of my work.

Drum roll please! Or Get ready to set the fireworks out in the field.

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Book Two is coming along nicely. I am thinking the cover will have Gardenia with Ri in their human forms. Not sure about their environment yet, though. So far, I have forty pages… mainly because I keep rewriting this one scene! It has to be perfect, just like their soulmate bond.

There will more illustrations  to enhance and supplement the descriptions and dialogue, so don’t worry, you’ll get to see more of my favorite couple… though they do rival Omari and Zack in my not published novel…. but that’s for another post.

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Thanks for reading. ^_^

Book Review: 251 Things to do in Tofino

Title: 251 Things to do in Tofino 251things

Author: Kait Fennell

Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints 5 paws

Before reading “251 Things to do in Tofino,” I have never taken the time to read guide books before. Thank you to the author for letting me know about her work, it was a superb read that I could not put it down. It took everything in me not to research every website provided, and yet I have visited the photo galleries and the jewelry websites. Out of all the photographers who reside in Tofino, I fell in love with the works by James Cedar. His work is so powerful and it calls to you to visit Tofino.

Kait’s list sounds fun and at times expensive. Also, the different events makes me think that one needs to move to Tofino to live there for a year to truly understand the tight community and explore all the nooks. If I ever visit Tofino, I will reread the book and ask locals about the secret places that are only known to them. All I would have to do is wear the right clothing, talk the lingo, and tell that I believe into Iisaak, Qwa’aak qin teechmis, and hishuk ish ts’awalk. If you would like to know what those three terms mean, get the book!

After the list of things to do, Kait added letters from the people living in Tofino. All of them can write! It is like they are wizards who put spells onto readers to come and join their community. Hypnosis to the max. Also, I think it was great for Kait to mention about the firefighters, police, and other people who help keeping the community safe. I started wondering if the place is the safest community out there with all the bright recommendations. So, it is good to know that the people look after one another and have all the necessities.

Overall, it was pleasure to read this book. I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of visiting Canada and looking to visit not just Victoria but something more magical. I’ve been to Victoria a couple of years ago and I remember it pretty well, now all I have to do is save money and make plans to visit Tofino, myself.

Reminder: Hire guides and bring ton of walking shoes!

Book Review: The Bathory Curse

Title: The Bathory Curse bathorycurse

Author: Renee Lake

Source: Received a free copy for an honest review

My Rating : 4 Dragon Prints4 paws

Before reading The Bathory Curse, I don’t think that I’ve read books that had the ‘real’ Dracula in them. It’s always been about hot young vampires pursuing young mortal girls or young mortal girls fighting against vampires. Renee Lake has the king of the vampires pursue his first wife who became a Strega after she was brought back to life thanks Bendis, Goddess of the Night, Magick, and the Hunt.

However, the short synopsis on Amazon intrigued me. It took me three evenings to finish the novel. The story was well told, though it has missing punctuation, typos, and no family tree. I counted over thirty-three characters which appeared and reappeared through the twenty-four chapter novel. A family tree would certainly help the reader not get lost who is who… especially the women who spent centuries in limbo. Note: The missing punctuation and typos did not stop me from enjoying the story.

It is a story about Dracula’s first wife, Nea who will forever look to be twenty-five years old woman. After she is saved by Bendis, she has to break the curse that has haunted her family for years. Over the years, she gains allies in her strogi, her vampire husband, other Strega, and mortals. So I would say the premise and the plot are very good.

The story is actually quite complex and I would give 5 stars alone for the fact that the author got this story finished and published. I can tell that the research portion of writing this novel took a long time and it was a pleasure reading. My favorite characters are Sabine and Nea. They are great friends.

However, I think that there are areas that can be improved. We see a vampire for the first time in chapter 5, I was waiting to read about a vampire and thought he or should would show up in chapter two or three. In chapter 9, we learn that the Bathory women are part of different lines. I believe that information would have been good to know a little bit earlier because it came as a surprise. Also, I would have liked to see more scenes with Costica. It seemed that there would have been more of him. However, one of my favorite scenes was when Nea, along with her friends, went looking for the flower. It would have been interesting to see what Sabine’s ‘nightmare’ was.

Overall, it was pleasure to read this book. I would recommend to anyone to read it who is okay with adult scenes, dark characteristics, and fantasy aspects about the gods.