Friday, October 30, 2015

10 Writing Prompts for Epic Fantasy Writers

The sole purpose of writing prompts is to stir your imagination and make you want to finish them. Here are ten writing prompts for Epic Fantasy writers:

1. A wizard witnesses something terrible inside his/her magical Gazing Pool. What did he/she see?

2. A necromancer villain becomes an unlikely hero. A sorcerer hero is made out to be a villain. Write a story about this mishap, then have them switch back to their original roles.

3. A shaman and a druid face-off as enemies, but are then forced to work together to battle a much bigger foe if they want to save their homeland. Will they remain friends, or go back to hating each other?

4. A king needs a precious, magical stone stolen from his enemy in order to save his kingdom from ruin. He enlists the help of a local thief from the village. The thief embarks on a perilous journey. What dangers will he face along the way?

5. Bickering among high-ranking Elven officials leads to a split in their community. Half leave their homeland behind to start over, becoming a newly-named race of Elves. Two best friends/lovers are forbidden to see each other after the split, but, against all odds, they continue to do so anyway. Write a story about their friendship/love affair.

6. A paladin investigates the creation of artificial magic in a different land. Who is behind this magic, and what role will the magic play in helping them conquer other lands?

7. In a world where magic is forbidden, a mage is trying his/her hardest to conceal his/her powers. Will he/she be caught?

8. Storm giants rule the vast plains of this world. Magical beings are tired of hiding and living in fear. They plot to destroy the storm giants once and for all, so they can be free. But how?

9. Titans have long hated humans, and they won’t hesitate to kill them. A rebellion stirs. Humans are tired of being treated like dirt. Will they build an army big enough to destroy the titans, or will they be the ones who are destroyed?

10. A monk and a priest are forced to make an epic journey. They can't stomach being around each other for longer than necessary. What will they discover along the way?

Happy writing!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

So, You Want to Write a Book? Here’s My Advice in 5 Steps.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they’ve always wanted to write a book, I’d be filthy rich. Usually, they tell me this after they learn I’m an author. The conversation plays out like:

Them: “Oh, you’re an author? That's cool. I’ve always wanted to write a book.”
Me: “Really? Why haven’t you?”
Them: *fumbles over response* “I, uh, don't know. Just never got around to it, I guess.”

Let’s be honest, the majority of these people have never really intended to write a novel—they just think it sounds like a cool idea. When you’re a writer, that talent is something you’ve always had, something that’s never going to leave you. Something you're so damn passionate about, it's as important to you as the air you breathe. These people who fantasize about writing a novel typically aren’t writers. That’s not to say you can’t pick up writing at any given point in your life, pump out several books, and hit all the bestseller lists. But I am saying that most people who fantasize about writing a novel do just that—fantasize. They make excuses instead of plans. If, by chance, you are one of these people, then:

Stop procrastinating. Start writing.

Here's my short disclaimer to you before you get started: writing a book is hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort, and there are so many factors that go into creating a full-fledged story from beginning to end. Sometimes, it takes authors years to complete one story. For others, it might only take a couple of weeks. 

So, how do you do it? Keep reading to find out.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: When the World Ended and We Were Invaded: Season 1

For anyone wondering what the heck this series is about, I briefly discussed it in this blog post. The gist:

A zombie outbreak is only the start of the apocalypse. Follow several different people through America's South as they face death and destruction head-on. And just when they think there might be some semblance of hope, they discover they're wrong. Dead wrong. Because they're about to face an even greater enemy, one who hails from the sky--and a different galaxy.

It's basically The Walking Dead meets Falling Skies. I haven't worked out the final summary just yet (I'm waiting until I finalize season one), but you get the idea. Right now, there are anywhere between four and seven points-of-view. I plan on adding more in future seasons. Also, I only have three seasons planned, but that could increase to four or five (or more) in the near future. It just depends on the storyline. I don't want to stretch it too thin.

Anyway, there will be eight episodes in the first season. I plan on making the first two episodes perma-free, with the rest being available for $0.99. The bundle (all eight in one) will be $4.99.

Fair warning: aliens don't show up until the end. Season one mostly focuses on the characters, and how they interact with the zombies. I don't want anyone buying this and thinking, There aren't aliens in this! I got gypped!

Season two, however, will be INSANE. I can't wait. :)

Finally, here is the cover for the complete first season:

Are you excited to read this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

It's Bring it On meets The Craft in this spellbinding witchy series debut.

A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered. 

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won't stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn't want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie's world, she learns that her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn't get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that's seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she's a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Coffee Grinder Review: Cozyna Ceramic Burr Manual Coffee Grinder

I think what I love the most about grinding my own coffee is that the flavor of the coffee bean tastes so much fresher than if I bought it already ground. If you're a coffee snob like me, you need a coffee grinder in your cuppa-Joe arsenal.

The Cozyna Ceramic Burr Manual Coffee Grinder is sleek with its stainless steel frame, it doesn't rust, and it can grind anything from espresso to your morning roast. Simply take off the lid, fill the top portion of the grinder with your favorite beans, attach the handle, and start turning.

Another great aspect about this particular coffee grinder is that it's extremely portable, which makes it travel-friendly. Designed and built to nestle into an Aeropress, this makes grinding your own coffee on the road that much easier.

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