Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Hardcover Rating: 3.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk,Continue reading “Review: An Enchantment of Ravens”

Review: Roar

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Audible and Kindle Rating: 4.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family inContinue reading “Review: Roar”

Review: The Hundredth Queen

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Kindle and Audible Rating: 4/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary. As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’sContinue reading “Review: The Hundredth Queen”

Review: An Ember in the Ashes

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Paperback Rating: 4.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all theyContinue reading “Review: An Ember in the Ashes”

In Defense of Picture Book Writers

Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes as a kidlit writer, it can feel a bit nerve-wracking to tell someone, especially a fellow writer, that I write picture books. And I know I’m not alone in that feeling. Why is that? Back in August, I attended a writers workshop. I volunteered to help with theContinue reading “In Defense of Picture Book Writers”

The Elect: Chapter 1

Hey guys! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so excited about this entry, because after requesting permission from my publisher, I’m officially cleared to share the first chapter of The Elect with the world – FOR FREE! If you’re drawn into the story after reading this excerpt, I’d be honored if you purchase theContinue reading “The Elect: Chapter 1”

What’s in a Name?

If you, like I, struggle with figuring out how to name your characters, you’re not alone. Naming your main character (MC), as well as secondary characters and especially your story’s protagonist, is a daunting task. Names reveal more than just a relative understanding of personality – they reveal the world in which your story isContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Let’s Talk About Adverbs

To put it mildly, agents, editors, and even readers tend to hate adverbs, or at least they hate the overuse of adverbs. So, what is an adverb? Adverbs are words that describe an action. Typically, they end in “ly” (see what I did there?). What are some examples? Let’s use some Game of Thrones referencesContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Adverbs”

How to Make Your First Page Shine

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the first of many author-preneur workshops held by the Corvisiero Agency. As a client of Marisa Corvisiero, I was so excited to get a chance to see her and the other agents in person again and to soak in some more knowledge from Marisa’s different topical lessons.Continue reading “How to Make Your First Page Shine”