Thursday, June 30, 2016

Reader: What I’m reading right now: Barbara Graham

Murder by Artifact: The Murder Quilt:

 General: The "Quilted Mystery series featuring Tennessee sheriff Tony Abernathy and his wife Theo, a quilt shop owner. Together they know just about everyone in their small county. An extra for quilters is a mystery quilt pattern in each book. The pattern is simply a little something extra and does not affect the solution to the books' mysteries.

Book Blurb: Wrapped Up In Murder. It's not just the summer head wave making Sheriff Tony Abernathy hot under the collar. He's got trouble every which way in his Tennessee town. But the murder of the mayor's wife, "Queen" Doreen Cashdollar, is particularly disturbing. Using a vicious-looking artifact, someone killed Doreen and covered her with the antique quilt she'd just loaned to the museum. The sheriff's wife, Theo, is faced with her own mystery when an old classmate shows up in Theo's quilt shop, asking questions and seeming a little too intent on catching up. As Theo tries to figure out the woman's true motive, Tony searches for a killer. But the real trouble starts when danger strikes close to home, and Theo confronts pure evil...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Reviewer: What am I reviewing right now – Kirsten Kelly


Halíth presents the fantastical world of Aessyra where prophesy tells of an evil brewing and only “the One” can stop it. Halíth’s journey begins when she steals away from an impending marriage to a fat merchant, deemed by her uncle to be a good match. In a fit of passion, she runs away in the deep of night, with nothing to her name, and is soon transformed from a scared 16 year old girl to a young warrior ready to answer her fate. In the beginning, Halíth embraces her new adventurous lifestyle focusing on fighting battles, learning the trades of the Dwarves, and drinking and making merriment in local taverns. Soon; however, Halíth’s true test of maturity comes when the Great War finally breaks out across Aessyra. The Haddu, a coalition of Orcs, trolls, and others faithful to a demonic religion, are swarming over the land, seeking to usher in the Third Darkness. Halith must grapple with challenges within and without as she dodges assassins, endures the betrayal of those closest to her, and tries to make sense of her so-called “destiny.” 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Writer: Writing Prompt 8

(previously July 9 2013, ChrisChat Talks Creativity)

When you're using your own emotions and experiences, don't forget your insights and epiphanies. Just as you grow and learn so should your characters.

This allows for change and the unfolding of story flow. Your characters now have another motive for behaviour...good or bad. A reason for the readers to reach out for the flawed hero/heroine.

Use these to plant clues. Think a jigsaw puzzle where you suddenly look at from a different angle and find the missing pieces.

From the active and obvious to the most subtle of your inner being, it's all there for your use. Don't shy away.