Year in review:

Popular Meme of 2017, so why not make my own?

 

When I started this year, I had a few goals in mind: Get a job, finally finish Full Moon Chronicles Book 1 and start my social media presence.

Well, I did two of those things. I started this blog, got on most social media platforms and also I got a job. A few small ones and one with a salary. It was named Movie Tavern, or as my coworkers described it, a crash course to being a server. And it was insane. Insanely fun, in how exciting it was working with people I liked to talk to who liked to talk to me. But it was also insanely… insane. For me, being an introvert who keeps to herself and only gets tired out at small dinner functions, to serve dozens of strangers a week was a challenge to be sure. But I’m definitely happy I did it. I learned a lot, and grew as a person, learning how to roll with the punches and deal with whatever came.

Continue reading Year in review:

Man Who Invented Christmas: A Writer’s Tribute

Writing is hard. In fact, it can be downright impossible at times. There’s always pressure to finish, always questions. Always annoying arguments from your characters, that no one but you seem to believe is real.

The Man Who Invented Christmas seems to profoundly understand that. For Charles Dickens (played by the brilliant Dan Stevens) is having a problem we all face: writer’s block. After the success of Oliver Twist and the failings of three smaller books, he’s in debt, he’s out of ideas, and his publishers want another story.
So he decides to write a Christmas one. But what to write? And his main character won’t appear.

What writer doesn’t have this struggle? Which one doesn’t sit for hours, or stare at themselves in the mirror trying to get the name right? Or who doesn’t think “my favorite author would never have these problems,” which was asked in the movie as well.

Dickens criticised by his MC

When I went into the theater to watch this movie, I knew it was a writer movie, I knew it would have plenty of relatable moments, but what I didn’t know was that it would be that extra push, that extra bit of motivation that I needed to finish my story.

Continue reading Man Who Invented Christmas: A Writer’s Tribute

Aveza of the Ercanhelm Character Interview

I’m so excited to share this! My friend Rebekah has a new book out called “Aveza of the Ercanhelm” and so I’m doing a character interview for her story. Aveza (as seen in the beautiful art below) is  both the MC and the name of the title. Below you can find the Q and A. Check out the book coming TOMORROW (Oct 7)! And check out Rebekah at rebekahdevall.wordpress.com

 

Image Credit: jodeee.deviantart.com

 

What do you like most about the Ercanhelm?

The Ercanhelm, from the beginning, were a family. The Ercanhelm are a haven. The Ercanhelm live on, in this world but not of it. Beatings, rapes, prostitution… deaths every day. But Ercan and his people live on. Ercan accepted me as one of His own children. The Ercanhelm did as well.

 

What do you dislike the most?

I dislike Hagan’s oppression. He has made our city and our people… nay. I dislike Hagan, stepfather or not, and that is all I will say on that matter.

 

Any place you’re scared of?

Tell no one, but I fear the palace. So many secrets are hidden between those walls… so many dark stories from my past.

 

Can you tell me one secret that no-one knows about you?

So many secrets. The only one I can tell you without endangering myself is this: my name has no meaning, just as, for much time, my life had no meaning.

 

What about personal fears?

There is little of which I am not afraid, and I hate it.

 

Who do you trust in your world? Why?

Falk. We have trained together for many years and he has never betrayed me.

 

Do you have any hobbies? 

I must admit I enjoy archery, though especially to relieve stress.

 

What do you wish to discover the most about Ercanhelm?

Whether or not they will kill me when they discover who I am.

 

What thing do you like the most about yourself?

I am strong. Despite my appearance, I am strong.

 

Dislike?

I hate this fear that cripples me, that forces me to hide myself. Fear makes me weak.

 

Lastly, if there was one thing you want to do or one place you want to go what/where would that be?

I would go to the Haven, outside the city. I would trail my feet in the water of the creek and breathe, for the first time in ten years. I would spend time speaking with my God, Ercan, and forget all the darkness that continually envelops my heart.

Review of Tethered World Chronicles

       Trolls, Gnomes, Dwarves, Oh My!

      This is a Mostly Non-Spoiler Review so be careful if you haven’t read any of the books yet!

When I picked up The Tethered World, purchased at the book signing held by my dear friend Heather Fitzgerald (yeah, I know the author and I’ll be bragging about it ’till the dragons come home), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some of it had been read at the Manent Writers Group she and I were a part of, but a handful of chapters in no way reflects the entirety of the book.

So, at the small coffee shop where Heather was signing Book 1, I opened the book and journeyed through the eyes of Sadie Larcen to a different world, one I hadn’t expected I would ever discover. I quickly found a corner and continued to read, finding myself unable to put it down, even when my parents were telling me we had to go.

The Tethered World Chronicles have been with me for almost a year now, a very long and hectic one. A couple of days ago, late, late in the night, I finished The Genesis Tree, the final installment of the series and was left reeling, wondering what to do next. For me, reading some books transports me to the land and when it’s over…mixed feelings abound. On one hand, once you enter a land you never truly leave, yet on the other the argument can be made that the moment you read the last word on the last page of the final book, you have to depart. Deal with the ending, force yourself to return to the human world, promising to return as soon as you can. But it is over and, while you can always return, it’s never through the same door you entered. Some series I have never finished because of that reason, and I nearly wanted to do the same with Genesis Tree but the curiosity was too overwhelming.

In three books so many things are discovered, revealed, broken and healed. In Book 1 Sadie learns of the Tethered World, a place below earth where all manner of mythical creatures abound. In Book 2, the Larcens return to the world to save the day dealing with some betrayals and unlikely friendships along the way. In Book 3, the story has to wrap up; threads have to be cut, plot arcs have to be resolved and characters have to deal with consequences and somehow it all has to tie into a big, beautiful bow that has to mean something.

So, the burning question…did it? With a resounding yes. The Genesis Tree is probably my favorite of the series because of this. Somehow, along with several twists and shocking turns, everything makes sense. It’s conclusive, it’s dramatic and it’s climatically satisfying. Without spoiling anything, I can say that this was shocking, funny, and at times truly heartbreaking. It was brilliant and beautiful, keeping me awake late into the night turning page after page. So many things to love in this: the character arcs, the relationships( including friendships, betrayals, and budding romance), the both shocking and anger- inspiring villains, and the themes of faith and loyalty especially poignant in this one, make this story well worth the time to read. This one is darker, but I think better for that. Both darkness and light are showcased brilliantly here, and this story is somehow both bleak night and bright dawn.

Heather L.L. Fitzgerald is an amazing author and an awesome friend, who somehow knows how to weave a brilliant tale that seems effortless. I do hope she writes a large stack of other stories of other worlds (or who knows, maybe the same one) that reaches high and infinitely wide.

I am a traveler, stepping through door after door of endless stories in all forms of the telling, albeit mainly in book form. In some, if not the majority, I leave little pieces of my soul, picking up wisps of characters and filling in the gaps with them. When I entered the Tethered World and the odd and complex lives of the Larcens, I never expected to leave anything behind. Yet indeed I have, replacing it with a small part of Brady (the eldest brother in the Larcen clan) and a bit of Vituvia for good measure.

I’m glad to have been a wanderer in the beautiful and awesomely awesome Land of Legend and hope to return soon…through another door, fully prepared to leave another bit of myself searching for the first part I left behind. Although I’ll probably just manage to pick up a piece of the world instead.

 

Here are some of my favorite quotes of book 3 in meme form. Below that you can find links to all the books so you can traverse through the land yourself. You can find Heather at www.heatherllfitzgerald.com and on all her social media handles. If you really like these stories check out Amy Larcen’s blog https://landoflegend.net/ or Sadie’s Pinterest www.pinterest.com/sadielarcen

 

 

 

Book 1: http://a.co/ahJ2dIi

Book 2: http://a.co/eDvOC5f

Book 3: http://a.co/40IjgQy

Any comments or questions? Anything you loved about the books that you want to share? Let me know in the comments or in any my social media handles.

All photo credit belongs to the owners. The Tethered World Chronicles is a part of Mountain Brook Ink.

Treehouse Dreams

If Sam and Slayer ever had a house, ever found the time to stop the war waging on all fronts and learned how to battle the demons raging in their minds, this would be it. Because for The Leader of the Legercharms and her Protector, they could never have a real house. They would always have battles to win and monsters to beat.

So they would find a house, deep into the forest and carve a home with Sam’s magic and Slayer’s strength. Windows would be added, to see the outside world, but no welcome mat would be placed in front of the blue door that Slayer kept telling Sam wasn’t blue but brown on the stone steps molded by Sam. Sam wouldn’t listen about the color of the door and would attempt to hang up a police call sign; Slayer would keep taking it down because they were in hiding. For that would be the only way they could live as happily ever after as they could.

They would have to be alone. Hiding from the crowded world and trying to hew out a piece of some semblance of a life. Some moment in an infinite number of seconds to try to, one day, live as comfortably and peacefully as any good Baggins should.