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Do You Believe in Magic?

How many books have you read where the strongest magic is love?

“I don’t want realism. I want magic!”
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

If you are like me, it’s a lot. Whether it’s Harry Potter or even some of my own titles, love can steal the show. It is as strong and powerful as any main character and can foil a villain without violence. But is that notion real or fantasy?

I’d like to share with you a story:

It was anything but a typical Mother’s Day. My husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer the November prior. He didn’t go out much and I hadn’t expected a gift, but there was one. A tiny rose plant sat on my desk, little red buds ready to explode into blossoms. He told me a cut flower would wither and die but this plant would last forever.

The following January he passed away. The plant sat on my desk, a reminder of his love. I went through another tragedy soon after when my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I began home care. He passed away the following January. My rose bush bloomed a single white rose.

You might think nothing of a flower, but the roses had always been red until that day. Now on special occasions such as mother’s day or my birthday I receive a present – flowers in all different colours from the same plant. I’ve seen pink, white, yellow, orange, peach and starburst. To me it’s the very definition of magical.

So, when someone asks if I believe in the magic of love, I will always answer, “Yes, I do.” Until next time, Happy Reading.

Until next time. Happy Reading.

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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – July

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favorite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration other forms of art. Once a month, I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For July, I trudged out of my comfort zone for a paint night at a local artist’s studio. The Brier’s Edge in Brantford, Ontario offers both group and private lessons for what seems to be any artistic endeavor a person might want to take on. I decided to attempt a painting.

Some people might not think a simple painting to be a big challenge – I assure you, for me it was. Anyone who knows something about me knows I can’t draw. I’m the stick figure lady, and even those are lopsided. I can’t even make a straight line. The artist, Susan, had her work cut out for her. I’m sure she wished for a stiff drink a few times during the two-hour session.

The best part about the experience was that the finished product was a combination of the artist and myself. She showed me things and helped me. There wasn’t a stick figure or wavy line in sight. While I’m not ready to try painting on my own, I feel that artistically I have grown from the experience and would recommend paint nights to everyone.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? I couldn’t help but be inspired by such a talented artist! Expect to see some new announcements in the near future. This evening was a success!

I’m looking forward to finding a new adventure in August. I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

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The Ultimate Fan Art Experience

Recently, I was approached by another local author with some ideas about a new event. If you remember last week’s article on paint night, it ties in.

The Ultimate Fan Art Experience is an author signing event, a painting event, a dinner party, a charitable auction and more. There are even optional Zumba classes. Think author retreat with book sales and you’d be close to what this event is shaping up to be.

Set tentatively for November 30th to December 2nd, 2018, there is plenty of time to prepare. It’s also prime holiday shopping time in an art loving community. A full weekend event where authors and fans can participate as much, or as little, as they choose.

Here’s how it works. Friday there will be an optional meet & greet followed by an author paint night. The paint night is included in your table price. This is where participating authors create a painting of one of their book covers. That painting will be used as the example in scheduled workshops for fans on Saturday and Sunday. Authors are urged to visit workshops where their book cover is being recreated.

Author signing will be open both Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a charity raffle and/or auction both days.

Saturday Night Authors will be treated to a buffet dinner and dance (included in the price of the table).

Zumba classes will also be made available for those interested.

If you are looking for a great experience, look no further.


Author Interest Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8vm0VEXI7RoVfjJmqshEGL9ivh8jKxDZKy6sUSXpX-wfzWA/viewform

 

Looking to attend as a fan?

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Fantasy – More Than One Genre

As a Fantasy author, I have witnessed people stick their nose up at the genre many a time. They wave their hands and say, “I don’t read Fantasy.” But why? The answer to that may lie in what people think of when they envision fantasy books.

Truth be told, this genre is misinterpreted by many a reader. The first thing that pops to mind is the high fantasy realms of medieval wizards, swords, and dragons. The second might be low fantasy works such as Harry Potter. While these might not be a reader’s cup of tea, there are many other options to explore.

There are also:

Dark Fantasy, which could double in the horror genre. These tales are sure to frighten, especially if read around a campfire.

Historical Fantasy, which adds a magical presence to the past.

Portal Fantasy, which opens doorways to new worlds.

Urban Fantasy, which takes place in the reader’s backyard, or probably a major city close by.

War Fantasy:  The end of the world as we know it.

Dystopian: The world ended and has been reborn.

Sci/Fan (Science-Fantasy): This mash-up has everything the future could imagine including technological advancements and/or space travel melted together with fantasy elements.

Romantic Fantasy: Love is for everyone after all.

Readers can even find erotic fantasy stories to enjoy.

There is a little magic, some unusual individuals with unheard of talents, perhaps a god or two throwing around curses, dragons of all sizes, elves, dwarves, fairies, humans, robots, vampires. shape-shifters, heroes, vigilantes, villains, talking cats and yes, there may even be a sword fight or two. It is, however, still what readers love about all the other genres in fiction as well. If you haven’t given a good fantasy a try lately, take another look – I think you’ll be surprised what the genre actually has to offer.

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Summer Reading Fun

It’s July ~ Welcome to Summer.

This is such a fabulous time to read. Whether at the beach, by the pool, or having a picnic at the park, summer is made for the bookaholic in all of us. One of my suggestions to make the decision of what to read a little easier: the summer reading bucket list.

How many books can you read in the next two months?

Take a moment to honestly assess that question. Two a month isn’t bad for an average reader. That would be 4-5 over the course of the rest of the summer. We, however, are all above average. If you are nodding your head in agreement you probably have ten or more as your answer. Whatever number you came up with, double it.

For the purpose of this article, we now have twenty. Of course, the odds of us finishing all twenty before the leaves change colours are slim. It’s the challenge we are after!

The next part takes a bit of a challenge on your part – research.

You need to locate titles to match the number you came up with and write them down, one title at a time on pieces of paper shaped like ballots. This is where the bucket part comes in. It doesn’t actually have to be a bucket, you can use a box, hat, bag or another container to hold all the papers.

Now it’s time to start!

Stick your hand in and grab one paper. Whatever title appears on it is your first book to read. When you are done, grab another. As soon as you see your first tree void of green; you go back to school; or in some areas of the world the first day of fall, the challenge is over. Count up how many pieces of paper you have left to see how you did. The results may surprise you. I know the first time I tried a similar challenge I read more than I thought I was capable of.

Good luck and happy reading.

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Authors Worth Following

Authors Worth Following – Susi Wright

It’s no secret that I am an avid Indie book reader. I love giving self-published authors a chance – looking for the diamonds in the rough, so to speak. In my exploration of this side of the literary world, I have, for the most part, been pleasantly surprised by the talent that publishers have overlooked. Every now and then, however, I come across an author whose writing is so exceptional that I know they are going far.

Susi Wright is one of those authors.

Wright’s books fall into in a genre that I know a lot about – Fantasy. Epic Fantasy, to be exact. Her trilogy, The Fire Chronicles, includes well-thought-out worldbuilding and character development. The author takes her readers on a journey, letting them in on every step of way – sometimes it may be a little too much planning and strategy.

The plot is sound through all three works and earns an overall solid 4-star rating. Love, betrayal and a good fight are all included as we follow Luminor, the Lord of the Fire, and Xandor, a young warrior who seeks out others of his kind. Gaians, a magical race, cohabitate the planet with humans in an Alliance. A new enemy threatens to destroy all that has been created.

My one main comment to the author would be to take a look at ways to reduce the wordiness of some of the sentences.

If you like Sword and Sorcery, it might be worth looking into this series. It’s a Young Adult series, so it can be read by almost everyone. I’ll be watching Susi Wright’s career, expecting it to take off in the future.

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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – June

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For June, I decided to keep to the theme of Pride month. I attended an event at the Starving Artist Cafe for an open mic night put on by the BATA (Brantford Advocacy Transgender Awareness). It was refreshing to find a gathering of supporters representing all different sexualities coming together in a very much ‘be who you are‘ atmosphere.

The evening started out with the announcement of the M.C. For the night, the beautiful Blair Bitch, a well-known local Drag Queen and musician. I first met Steven B. Andrews at this same event last year and I am a huge fan of his music in every persona. He performed several songs, including my favourite of the evening, Karma Chameleon, and had the room dancing and clapping along.

Throughout the evening various attendees took the stage to showcase their talents ranging from improv acting to music and poetry. I enjoyed every single one as well as the constant stream of Sangria that kept my glass full. Christina, the owner of The Starving Artist, makes a particularly tasty one.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? I couldn’t help but be inspired by such a talented group! Expect to see some new announcements in the near future. I feel a new series brewing. This evening was a success!

I’m looking forward to finding a new adventure in July. I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

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Authors Worth Following: Part 1

It’s no secret that I am an avid Indie book reader. I love giving self-published authors a chance – looking for the diamonds in the rough, so to speak. In my exploration of this side of the literary world, I have, for the most part, been pleasantly surprised by the talent that publishers have overlooked. Every now and then, however, I come across an author whose writing is so exceptional that I know they are going far.

Ellie Midwood is one of those authors.

Midwood writes in a genre that used to make me, personally, cringe at the thought of reading – Historical Fiction. I always believed that any book listed in that category would bore me to sleep. Then I came across a book called Emilia: The darkest days in history of Nazi Germany through a woman’s eyes. The description hooked me into trying it. I’ve now read four of her books and have another one I am about to start.

Emilia: The darkest days in history of Nazi Germany through a woman’s eyes

This is a powerful story that follows a young girl from having a normal life, to being placed in concentration camps, and finally to the end of the war. The reader is taken on a journey of lost innocence, hardening hearts, and finding love.

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenfuher’s Wife (Book 1)

This is the story of Annalise, a young ballerina who happens to be Jewish at the start of Hitler’s reign. Her family, however, was successfully able to hide their roots. In the first part of the story, she marries her father’s friend, a German officer who is also a double agent. Readers see the main character transform from a spoiled girl to a caring woman.

The Girl from Berlin: Gruppenfuhrer’s Mistress (Book 2)

The second book picks up quickly where book one ended. Annalise stands alongside her husband in all his endeavours – leading her into a world of trouble. Another man, one people depict as cruel and heartless, continuously saves her. The connection between the two is undeniable, but Annalise intends to be loyal to her husband.

The Girl from Berlin: War Criminal’s Widow (Book 3)

I dove right into this book, wanting to know the outcome – even though there was a bit of foreshadowing in book one. The end message is a powerful one. I’m not sure how I feel about it. However, I have to admit the ending is how things could have happened, but it’s an ending not everyone will be happy with.

I enjoyed the series enough to pick up Midwood’s new book The Indigo Rebels. I can’t wait to read it!

As these books do deal with mature subject matter, I suggest an 18+ audience with a warning label for rape, hate crimes, war, torture and general violence.

You can find all of this author’s works at www.amazon.com/Ellie-Midwood/e/B00MAZ2N30

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Finding New Words

When we are younger, we spend an enormous amount of time learning new words on a daily basis. Throughout school, we are taught and expand our vocabulary at an incredible rate. Then, when we graduate, we fall into a daily pattern, forgetting how important learning new words can be. Why? It could be because we simply aren’t forced to learn anymore. As adults, we fall into that belief that we know enough. It is easier and quicker to go with what we already know. It doesn’t have to be that way though. In today’s world, words are literally at your fingertips. Here’s a list of ways you can easily expand your vocabulary on a daily basis: 


Reading.

Whether it is a book, newspaper or magazine, reading expands our vocabulary. Often we can understand a word we haven’t seen before from the context it is used in.


Word of the Day.

Get the App! You can have a new word sent to you every day. There are a lot of sites to choose from. If you can’t decide, pick more than one.


Scrabble.

Family game night can include a monthly Scrabble game. Who has the strongest vocabulary in your family? Living alone? Facebook has a version as well. You can play with friends or challenge strangers.


Crossword Puzzles.

Start with a book of easy puzzles and climb your way to master! Crossword puzzles are fun and can be completed with a friend.


Conversation.

Simply talking with other people is a way to learn new words. Of course, if you come across a vocabulary genius you may want to have a dictionary app on your phone or a small paperback one in your pocket.


You can’t lose with any of these ideas. Before long, you’ll be stringing new words together and impressing yourself and those around you with your wide range of knowledge!

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Finding Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block – May

How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration from other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.

For May, I did something a little different. I attended an evening at the race track with family for Mother’s Day. The night included a buffet dinner and window seats overlooking the track. While some of you may not consider horse racing a form of art, I beg to differ. There is a certain gracefulness in the way these animals circle the track – one that I hope to be able to put into words.

The best part of the evening for me, by far, was choosing who to place my two dollar bet on. I’m not a stats and inside information gal. I went strictly by the names. With names ranging from famous books, authors and characters, to funny sayings and plays on words, we were laughing all night. I admit I didn’t walk out winning loot, but I did have an amazing night.

I tip my hat to the courteous staff. The food was well prepared and plentiful. Betting stations were located only three tables away from us, which allowed us more time between races for chit chat.

The energy of racetrack goers is contagious. The roar of cheers for different numbers at the finish put a bolt of electricity into an already charged atmosphere. Of course, that also mean we were exhausted by the time we made it home. The muse was silent as I fell straight to sleep.

Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? The answer to this one is a little more complicated. While it’s true I didn’t come home and write as I experienced with other outings, I will be using the evening as a scene in an upcoming book. I chalk this one up as a success in the research department.

I am, however, looking to grasp that creative flow – I’ve been a bit lazy this past week. In June, I need to step up the artsy part of the adventure day! I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!

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