Short Story: Owner of the Bank of Souls

Meg is dying–fast. There’s only one way for her boyfriend to save her. The Bank of Souls. “Tomorrow it’ll come and tomorrow she’ll be dead!” Danner stood over my cot, all dark and shadowy, though the fireplace crackling behind him did cast light on one thing—his shining green eyes. Or I guess that’s two thingsContinue reading “Short Story: Owner of the Bank of Souls”

Withered writing hand, but I’ll extend it anyway

I’ve been writing-deprived for some time. I wanna get back in the groove, share, flow, pour out whatever this imagination can come up with. But I have some serious frienemies (friend/enemies), these Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3’s: my precious children. I adore them. They’re far more important than writing, but my sleep deprivationContinue reading “Withered writing hand, but I’ll extend it anyway”

Is Sex Prevalent in YA Books?

I genuinely don’t know, since, being a Christian, I’m careful as to what I consume, and reading has been quite minimal for me. So I haven’t read many YA books, even less secular ones. Have you? Is sex something you come across often within YA books? Are teenage characters frequently having sex in these books?Continue reading “Is Sex Prevalent in YA Books?”

What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you reading?

I’m curious: What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you flipping? Are you able to share an example of a book whose first page just grabbed you and held on until the last page? I want to know what book did that for you and why. Then I can go Amazon-“Look inside”-stalkContinue reading “What is it about a book’s first page that keeps you reading?”

You can read ALL of Prodigy Prince on Wattpad – Limited time only!

That’s right, folks. You can read all of Prodigy Prince on Wattpad for a limited time. Check it out. And if you’re diggin’ it, don’t forget to vote (click the little star icon). And PLEASE DO divulge on me, let me have it, share those blazing thoughts of yours as I do take to heart,Continue reading “You can read ALL of Prodigy Prince on Wattpad – Limited time only!”

Killing Your Characters

So killing off characters in your story: is it fun for you, or torture? I’ve been on both sides of this fence, and I can say that now, it’s leaning toward more fun. For me, there’s something about the shock of it, the later oh-so-hoped for justice, the real-ness it adds to the danger andContinue reading “Killing Your Characters”

FANTASY FRIDAY: “Eldin’s Confession” – THROUGH ELISENA’S EYES PART 2, CHAPTER 5 (SHORT STORY)

Read the previous chapters: Part 1, Chapters 1-2; Part 1, Chapters 3-4; Part 2, Chapter 1; Part 2, Chapter 2; Part 2, Chapter 3; Part 2, Chapter 4 The blare of trumpets harmonizing with rapid strings and jittery jingles overpowered the corridor leading to the Banquet Hall. With my umbrella open and ready to deflect, myContinue reading “FANTASY FRIDAY: “Eldin’s Confession” – THROUGH ELISENA’S EYES PART 2, CHAPTER 5 (SHORT STORY)”

Mastering Third-Person Point of View

I’ll admit it: I haven’t mastered third-person intimate POV. I’m good at it, but based on a number of reviews I’ve been getting for Prodigy Prince, my story is really good and exciting, but a lot of readers wanted more character development. I’m seeing now the allure to first-person POV. That’s way easier for readersContinue reading “Mastering Third-Person Point of View”

Through Elisena’s Eyes: Free YA fantasy eBook

Hey fellow writers/readers. I have a short free eBook in journal format from a beloved character in Prodigy Prince, Elisena. Whether you’ve already read Prodigy Prince or not, this is a prologue and won’t spoil anything. You can get Elisena’s Journal here. Speaking of journal formats, have you read any fiction books in this formatContinue reading “Through Elisena’s Eyes: Free YA fantasy eBook”

Making Your Readers HATE Your Villain For the RIGHT Reasons

Divergent’s villainness was not detestable–at least the movie’s version wasn’t. I definitely didn’t care to read the book after watching the first movie, and the villain was just one of many reasons why. You want your audience to hate your villain, and not because he’s a boring stereotype, but because what he does is purelyContinue reading “Making Your Readers HATE Your Villain For the RIGHT Reasons”