Apr 07

The Dragon Songs Saga is now Complete

With the publication of Symphony of Fates, the 4-book Dragon Songs Saga is now complete.

Feb 17

Review of Teeth of the Gods

The idea of an East Indian-African fantasy turned me on to Teeth of the Gods, and the spectacular world building did not disappoint. Based on India, the visual, aural, and olfactory descriptions of clothes, customs, architecture, etc, are vibrant without weighing down the pace. It only gets better with a creative twist at the end.

The story follows Tylira, a spoiled, sheltered princess as she searches for freedom from within the confines of cultural norms. For her, the solution is to find the Teeth of the Gods, a prized artifact whose recovery will win the favor of the ruler. As a main character, she is impulsive, bratty, and selfish; but as with most YA stories, it leaves her a lot of room to grow in both character and magic.
And what a unique magic system the author has created! Part of Tylira’s growth stems from her trying and failing to connect to the Common, the source of magic.

This does bring on a downside to the story as a whole: tapping into the Common requires meditation– the user’s consciousness enters a world akin to the spirit world of Spirited Away or The Last Airbender—where Tylira meets ancestral guides. The slipping in and out of this state is disorienting at first, and sometimes I was never sure if I was in the material world or the spirit world.

In addition, the narrative thoughts slipped into present tense, which sometimes hitched my enjoyment of the story at first, but which I grew used to midway through.
Despite these issues, I found Teeth of the Gods to be an entertaining, engaging story, filled with some of the most creative world building I’ve seen in a while. I will definitely be reading the sequel to see where Tylira’s adventures take her.

4.5 stars.

Feb 15

Dances of Deception FB Release Party

I will be hosting a release party for Dances of Deception on Facebook, with giveaways, author takeovers, and more.

launch copy

Jan 08

Guest Blog on Nicki Chen Writes

Today, my guest blog on Nicki Chen Writes went live.

Jan 01

Official Relaunch of Songs of Insurrection

Official Relaunch of Songs of Insurrection

00cover_final-smAlthough it has been available for the last month, Songs of Insurrection will be officially relaunched on January 6, 2017.

Dec 29

Rebranding of Daughter of the Dragon Throne

00cover_final-smI am currently rebranding the Daughter of the Dragon Throne series with new covers and titles to reflect the epic fantasy/sword and sorcery market.  The Dragon Scale Lute has already been redone as Songs of Insurrection, and the next three should follow within the first couple of months of 2017.

If you liked the old covers, I have long-term plans to re-release them as Young Adult, First Person, single POV.  You can see the new Dragon Scale Lute on Wattpad.

The new titles of the Dragon Songs Saga are:

Songs of Insurrection (Dragon Scale Lute)

Orchestra of Treacheries (Dragon Charmer)

Dances of Deception (True Colors of Betrayal)

Symphony of Fates (Mandate of Heaven)

Sep 29

The First Dragon Charmer Published in the Bite-Sized Stories Anthology

 

Bite-Sized Stories

If you’ve read any of the Daughter of the Dragon Throne series, you’ve heard of Yanyan, who sang Avarax to sleep.  Her story is included in Bite-Sized Stories, an awesome FREE short story anthology available on  AMAZON and Nook, or

Aug 19

My Favorite Plot Twists

I have shared my favorite 5 plot twists in Fantasy Fiction on James Randall Schmidt’s blog, Mighty Thor JRS.

Aug 12

Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016

Wordle for Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off

 

SPFBO is a competition where 300 books get whittled down by book bloggers until an eventual winner emerges from the ashes.

Dragon Scale Lute is in Bibliotropic‘s group of 30 books.  It is considered a strong contender (for now!)

Jul 27

Dragon Charmer Review From G. Jacks Writes

A Four-Star Review from G Jacks Writes:

“I will say this, I commend them for their dedication to the “cause” throughout the book as each of their plans represented the very essence of the waiting game; plotting and planning for years for everything to fall into place. And with every new character, I found myself going, “Okay, so who are you really working for?” or “Alright, who are you meant to stab in the back?””

Full Review HERE.

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