Wednesday on Writing: What is Theme and Do I Need One?

Remember high school writing classes? One of the first assignments was always to define the theme in what you were going to write. We still see theme mentioned in book reviews, in blurbs and book descriptions, and in discussions about books. So, what exactly is this theme thing and do you need to worry about … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: What is Theme and Do I Need One?

Monday Musings: Loss

I lost a friend last week. Melisa Michaels, author of the Skyrider space opera series as well as other speculative fiction books, died on Friday afternoon. She was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was preparing to undergo treatment. Everyone thought she would have at least a little more time, but that wasn't to … Continue reading Monday Musings: Loss

Monday Musings: Wow! It’s September!

Where did the time go? It just doesn't seem like it should be Labor Day weekend already. We'll be seeing pumpkins and mums everywhere soon. "Two's Company" is just about done. I have a few chapters to review this week, but it is basically at the point where I am calling it final. Oh, I … Continue reading Monday Musings: Wow! It’s September!

Monday Musings: Terry Brooks Book Signing Event

Yesterday, we went to the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA for an appearance and book signing event with Terry Brooks. For those who may not know, Terry is a fantasy author. His best known series is the Shannara books, which, with the new release this year, has twenty-five titles in it. He also wrote … Continue reading Monday Musings: Terry Brooks Book Signing Event

Monday Story Time (on Tuesday): Five and Daemon, Part Two

I was supposed to get this up yesterday, I know. It was a long weekend, and yesterday needed to be a bit of a recovery day. But here it is, a day late, but here. Here is the link to Part 1, in case you missed it or need to re-read: Five and Daemon, Part … Continue reading Monday Story Time (on Tuesday): Five and Daemon, Part Two

Monday Musings: Author Interview: Casia Shreyer

This week, I am posting an interview with Casia Shreyer, a Canadian author whose book, Nothing Everything Nothing, has just come out. The book deals with the sensitive subject of teen suicide. I'll put links and other information after the interview. Here's the book's blurb: No one in Molly’s life expected her to pose for … Continue reading Monday Musings: Author Interview: Casia Shreyer

Timely Tuesday: A Peek at the Cover, and Some Details

Coming soon to an ebook near you: Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp.     Six of One is a collection of short fantasy pieces. There are mermaids, wizards, imps,  elves, angels and demons, and frogs in the night. Many are lighthearted and fun; a few are darker in tone. The … Continue reading Timely Tuesday: A Peek at the Cover, and Some Details