Being an author means that you have to be prepared to take criticism and use it to improve your writing. An inescapable fact of writing is that there will be a bad book review once in a while. Even great books mistakenly get bad reviews from some quarters.Read More
Contemporary life today is full of distractions, which can make it very hard for a writer or novelist to concentrate. If you have a full-time job, finding time to write can particularly be hard. Of course, you can try to write in the evenings or on the weekends, but the chances are high that you will be exhausted after a hard day, which will definitely make it harder to focus.Read More
Magic writers are able to get away with more plot holes than their peers because illogic and inconsistencies can be explained as magic. Even then, there is a thing such as overdoing it and stretching a reader’s imagination so far such that the whole thing becomes absurd. Having rules for magic systems keeps the readers in the realm of fantasy without having them question the whole thing and see it as implausible, unbelievable and inconsistent. Here is why an author would be well advised to introduce rules for a magic system.Read More
I am so happy to be back reading again. I have missed my wind down hour and falling asleep with my kindle in my hand. Then I wake up from my half sleep to find my other half taking my kindle and putting it away so he can come to bed!
A street-girl and a lord? London is poised for scandal ... Bestselling author Joanna Taylor delivers captivating historical romance.
Can a street-girl fool Regency London?
Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious lord pursues her, it seems her fortunes are changing.
But Lord Hays wants feisty Lizzy for more than a night. He needs her to masquerade as his companion.
So can a street-girl navigate the fashion and faux pas of London society? And will Lizzy’s wild heart be too much temptation for Lord Hays?
The cover for this book is definitely what drew me into this book originally. I love the semi-mysterious woman on the cover and the masquerade mask. The blurb was incredibly good at drawing you into the story and needing to know more.
In this story, we meed Lizzy Ward, a street girl working in Piccadilly London. She never planned for her life to go this way, ending up as a prostitute wasn't exactly her childhood dream. One thing she never expected was for her luck to change. A handsome Lord finds her and offers her a deal that she would be stupid to refuse. All Lizzy has to do is dress to the nines and accompany Lord Hays to balls and dinners.
The two main characters are easy to like. Lizzy is a tough woman on the outside but inside she's a little more sensitive. She was very easy to imagine. Edward is portrayed as a businessman first and foremost, but Lizzy causes his desires to be rich to grow. He turns into a caring man the further we get into the story.
Overall this book was a wonderful read, and I can't wait to read more from Joanna Taylor
She might be the most unorganised, beautiful writer in the world, but I am super excited to have Anna on the blog for an interview. I don’t remember how I found her, but social media has been good at giving me amazing, incredibly talented and kind hearted writing friends. But enough of my gushing - let’s get to the interview!Read More
Car salesmen are known for their tricks; they have a couple up their sleeves that can make even the stingiest individual part with their money. Although it might sound easy, a career in the automobile business is not for the timid. To be a successful writer, you also have to exhibit the same healthy work ethic and drive to build your reader base.Read More
Welcome back to Little Novelist and our Interview Feature! Today I have the lovely Rebecca, so, let’s dive straight into it!
Hi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Rebecca and I am a 27 year old indie author. I live just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, with my husband and two cats (I know, a writer with cats, what a shocker). I write primarily in the urban fantasy genre and daydream about my books and characters more than I talk to real life people.Read More
Is it possible to write a novel in 6 months? Some writers have successfully done so. Apparently, time-management skills are required in this feat, even more than creativity. It takes a high level of commitment and self-discipline to pull off a venture like this. It is not impossible but it would take a few changes in lifestyle, daily habits and the way of writing. Here are a few tips you could use to write a novel in 6 months:Read More
It’s been a while since I have read a good book, and then written a book review striaght after reading it.
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Thank to NetGalley who provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Quite frankly, I feel like my childhood has been stolen from me. This story is a bewitchingly dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, AND it’s a standalone fantasy novel which is full of rewarding chapters.
To Kill A Kingdom follows Lira, the daughter of the Sea Queen and deadly siren known as the Prince's Bane. She’s a murderous siren, but also with a soft streak. Then you have Prince Elian, reluctant royalty and renowned pirate. He is captivating and asserts his power without being overbearing or vile, smart with a bit of smugness showing through, and as dashing on a ship as inside a palace.
Naturally, their fates get intertwined and we get an outstanding story about overcoming trauma, a fondness for family and there’s also a brilliant romance. (This makes my heart happy.)
I loved the dialogue in this novel. There were some great sections which could be called banterous, along with sections which will have you chuckling to yourself throughout. I loved the world-building and I was able to envision the locations in my mind.
Sadly the fight scenes weren’t as good as they could have been, but definitely not bad. I felt like certain parts that needed more pages were rushed and the opposite. A little more balance and the pacing would have ben nailed perfectly.
Overall, a very enjoyable book which I would highly recommend to friends and family.
Writer’s block happens even to the best of writers. It can hit anytime but mostly comes at the beginning of a writing project. The question that constant rings in the head is, what do I write about? When it happens, nothing seems to make sense, no idea is worth writing and the energy to write is just not there. Surrendering to writer’s block is fatal for a writer. Some writers spend years before coming back, and some leave writing altogether. How can a writer boost creativity and beat writer’s block?Read More