As an aspiring author, I feel awful saying this, but as I plot out the books I want to read in 2013, there isn’t much room for new authors. This is one reason I’m taking my time on my debut novel, Kaimerus, because if I don’t have time to endure mediocrity, neither do you. I was a guest panelist on SF Signal Podcast, Episode 171, discussing what I look forward to in 2013, and here’s my side in writing, (and some I didn’t get to mention): Continue reading
There are a couple handfuls of good books I read in 2012 that deserve to be recognized, but here are my top ten. Judging the top three hurts my heart, because you could put them in any order and I’d be fine. It may be that their order is there based on order of being read. Hugh’s book was the first to really amaze me. He and T.C. and James, (the other authors in the top three,) have earned my loud speaker for everything they write. I have reviews for all of these books except James’s, because that will be up at SF Signal shortly. I hope to get these authors and more on my AudioTim podcast in 2013. Continue reading
Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God’s War, shares his thoughts on what it was like to pen the story of a war where the reader sympathizes with both sides. I tease him about it being torture, but really it was a compelling, unique read that kept me in my seat for twelve hours to finish. This is the first of five video interviews, each around 15 minutes, that you can view on my You Tube channel. If you haven’t read The Black God’s War, I heartily recommend picking it up (my 5 star review). The ebook version is only $.99 at this time. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My review of Rise of Empire: Volume Two in the Riyria Revelations will be unorthodox because I’m confident anyone who has read Theft of Swords: Volume One, (my 5-star review), would be sure to continue reading the series. So, this review is more for people who have not read the earlier pieces of this series, and then at the end I’ll go into specifics on Rise of Empire. Continue reading
I was continually amazed at how such a high quality book could be an author’s debut. The specific description he uses to paint the scenery, fill us in on characters’ inner experiences, illustrate one of the most fascinating magic/religious systems I’ve read or seen, and blow my mind with complex characters (including snippets inside the point of view of various gods) made this read an absolute pleasure. Add to that a plot that was so intense I was astonished at how much happened by the 50% mark, and then only got better, throwing twists left and right as if Moses were some kind of magician samurai.
In this podcast, we discuss Lane Diamond‘s psychological thriller, Forgive Me, Alex, along with his cohort in crime at Evolved Publishing, D.T. Conklin. This is the original first part of the interview I posted for episode 25. Lane does a great job of enticing you into the characters and their conflict, and amazingly so without giving away any spoilers. We also discuss how to turn an action focused story into a character’s experience so that the reader is more engaged. D.T. shares about his story in the Evolved Publishing anthology, Evolution: Vol. 1, “The Last Earthling,” and his upcoming Epic Fantasy, Eulogy, which is due out March 14th. He discusses creating multilayered plot, what it’s like to write by the seat of his pants, and how he uses beta readers. All in all, a fun discussion with some new friends. Come and join us, and spread the word.
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